kansas association of teachers of science


  • 26 Sep 2017 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Each year the Wendell G. Mohling Foundation awards $500 to support the attendance of one Kansas science teacher to the national or a regional NSTA convention. 

    The applicant must have  taught science for at least two years and not previously attended an NSTA convention.  The application deadline has been extended to October 15, 2017.

    The application and detailed eligibility guidelines can be accessed by going directly to wendellmohlingfoundation.com.

  • 15 Sep 2017 10:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Science Foundation STEM Forum & Expo

    The 7th annual National Science Foundation STEM Forum & Expo will be held in Philadelphia July 11-13, 2018.  The session presenter proposal submission closes December 4, 2017.  We are looking for people with a science background or strong interest in science to review and score the upper elementary presenter submissions.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE AN ELEMENTARY TEACHER.

    The scoring window is open from December 18, 2017 through January 8, 2018.  Scoring should take no longer than 30 minutes for each application.  Reviewers would receive approximately five applications to score. 

    Although serving as a panelist reviewer is an unpaid opportunity, it is something that would look fantastic on your resume.  Enclosed is the upper elementary strand description.  If interested, please contact Brandi Leggett at brandileggett@smsd.org, with your name, position and school district (if applicable). 

    In addition, we are still looking for STEM session proposals, Pre-K through High School. For more information, go to http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx

    Upper Elementary Strand Description:

    How do we respond to research that indicates that by the time our students reach the fourth grade, a third of them will lose interest in science? How do we ensure that our students develop a solid foundation in the STEM areas so that they are prepared to both work and live in the 21st century? To reverse this trend and ignite their interest in future STEM careers, elementary students need quality learning activities and experiences that spark curiosity, promote confidence, support the rigor of current standards, and develop competence in STEM subjects. The sessions in this strand showcase programs and instructional strategies that support STEM and have been successfully integrated into the elementary core curriculum.

    Thank you,

    Brandi Leggett

    NSTA STEM Forum & Expo Steering Committee

  • 05 Sep 2017 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KSDE Science Professional Development Opportunities

    After collecting and reviewing science educator listserv survey data from the previous school year, KSDE has been working with a great group of educators and service centers to provide science professional learning opportunities to meet board goals. These sessions target science education needs and gaps evaluated from surveys. KSDE will be hosting four trainings in the fall featuring one session topic and four in the spring for a different session topic.

     General Information:

    • ·                 Full day sessions will begin at 9:00am and conclude by 4:00pm (graduate credit available).
    • ·                 Cost $20 per attendee
    • ·                 You do not have to be a part of the service center to participate; anyone can attend.

    Dates and Locations have been set for the fall trainings (spring session dates will be announced soon):

    K-12 Educators Fall Session Title: Deeper Dive Using the Two Newer Dimensions of Our Science Standards

    Session Description:

    • ·         This session will focus on developing a better understanding and learning how to use the two newer dimensions of the science vision for education. The scientific method and term “inquiry” are better defined now with the science and engineering practices. The cross-cutting concepts are new to science education and link the different disciplines in science and connect to other content areas. These two dimensions are essential for the new vision of 3-dimensional learning in science.
    • ·         This session works towards the KSDE vision results your district is working towards in the areas of postsecondary success, civic engagement, kindergarten readiness, and high school graduation.


    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me!

    Lizette Burks, Ed.D.

    Science Education Program Consultant

    Career Standards & Assessment Services

    (785) 296-8108



    Kansas State Department of Education


  • 28 Aug 2017 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Science Teachers Association


    Dear Science Educator:

    I invite you to join NSTA and other leading education groups on Tuesday, August 29 for the National Day of Action to advocate for Title II funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA).

    President Trump has called for no new funding for ESSA Title II funds, and Congress may eliminate all Title II funding when they return after Labor Day. Title II has been funded at $2.3 billion since 2014. 


    Title II is the only dedicated source of funding for professional development of teachers. These funds are also used to pay teachers' salaries and address teacher shortages in hard-to-fill areas, including STEM. 

    Title II funds will be critical to the science and STEM teacher professional development that will need to take place as more states begin to roll out Next Generation Science Standards and the three dimensional learning outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.

    Read more about Title II here and find out how much your state will lose if Title II funding is eliminated.

    I urge you to join NSTA and your colleagues for this National Day of Action and take a minute to send an email or call your member of Congress and tweet out your support for Title II. In your emails and calls remember to mention how Title II will be needed by science and STEM teachers as we adapt to new ways of teaching and learning to incorporate new standards, bring more engineering into the curriculum, and fully integrate STEM education in classrooms nationwide. 

    The loss of Title II will have significant impact on teachers, school leaders, principals, and the students we serve. Please take a moment to advocate for more funding, and send this email to colleagues in your network and ask them to participate. 

    Thank you for supporting science education.





    David L. Evans
    Executive Director, NSTA

  • 23 Aug 2017 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEON - NASA Educators Online Network


    Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

    Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

    The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

    August 23 2017, at 4:00 p.m. ET: Exploring Beyond the Planets: NASA and Star Wars -- The Connections Are Strong in This One! (Grades K-12) -- Are planets like those in “Star Wars” really out there? NASA plans to find out. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to learn about exoplanets and the search for habitable worlds. Bring this topic to your classroom with a NASA STEM lesson plan that focuses on sequencing, comparing and contrasting. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/249124


    August 24, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse 2017: So It Rained -- What Did You Miss? (Grades K-12) -- If you didn’t see the 2017 solar eclipse, what did you miss? Even if you watched the event, join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore the science, views and videos of the eclipse that were recorded by NASA and citizen scientists across the U.S. NASA STEM solar resources for the classroom will be presented for your use year-round. And be prepared to share your eclipse stories. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/265514


    August 29, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Exploring Beyond the Planets: Art and the Cosmic Connection (Grades K-12) -- Learn about the solar system and beyond. Participants will explore activities that bring art into the STEM classroom. The NASA STEAM activity, "Art and the Cosmic Connection", also will be discussed. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/254230


    August 30, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Exploring Beyond the Planets: Do You Think Aliens Exist? (Grades K-12) -- Participants will ponder intriguing questions about the universe and explore topics related to the search for life beyond our planet while using some of the same strategies that astrobiologists use. Children's literature books also will be introduced. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263967


    August 31, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. ET: Exploring Beyond the Planets: Meteorite Mysteries (Grades K-12) -- Meteoroids are pieces of interplanetary material hurtling through space. When they enter Earth’s atmosphere, they become meteors for the few seconds they streak across the sky. The heat from friction makes them glow. Parts that reach the ground are called meteorites. Find out how to borrow meteorite samples from NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/249126


    For the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development webinar schedule, go to: http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/
  • 18 Aug 2017 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Chris Herald, who has been teaching for the Manhattan-Ogden school district since 1993, was recently named one of 10 national STEM ambassador for 2017 by the National Science Teachers Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.   Read more from the Manhattan Mercury.

  • 17 Aug 2017 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Science Friday Live: Presented by KMUW

    Saturday, September 9 at The Orpheum Theatre

    Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.

    Dear Science Teacher,

    Hopefully you’ve heard that Ira Flatow is bringing his radio show--Science Friday--to Wichita on September 9 at the Orpheum. With over 1.8 million listeners each week through 374 public radio stations across the United States, we’re absolutely thrilled that he chose our town for this live event.

    We started selling tickets to the public on July 1, and the show is nearly sold out. One of our goals, however was to provide a STEM experience for young people in our community, so we’ve reserved a block of 300 seats in the balcony for students of science. Now that school is starting up again, we’d like your help in identifying students who would be interested in attending the show for FREE.

     We do not need you to identify students by name. Instead, simply reply with a number of tickets you’d like to give away to deserving students. You get to decide who. (If you would like to attend the show along with your students, feel free to add yourself to the ticket count – just be aware that you'll be seated in the rear balcony!)

    Just reply to this email with the number of tickets you’d like to distribute by August 25 at 5:00 p.m. We will deliver the tickets to you during the week of August 28, or you can pick them up.

     Here are the details for the show if you’d like to gauge interest from your students now:

    Science Friday Live: Presented by KMUW

    Saturday, September 9 at The Orpheum Theatre

    Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.

    As I mentioned, we’re reserving a block of seats, so supply is limited. If you find you’ve requested more tickets than are able to attend, we’ll gladly redistribute any unused tickets so that there are no empty seats that night! I hope to hear from you soon!


     Sarah Jane Crespo

    Director of Community Engagement

    crespo@kmuw.org | 316.978.7431 | Follow on twitter @sarahjanecrespo


  • 02 Aug 2017 10:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Total Eclipse, Cassini and Mars water (or lack of) to be subject of Galaxy Forum

    The free 2017 Galaxy Forum will  be held at the Cosmosphere  in Hutchinson on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 1-3 p.m.

    Purpose:  To provide teachers with cutting edge information on three topics that have immediacy in the science world in a way that they can take back to students.



    Teachers will:

    1.     Be able to take back to their classrooms and students an enhanced knowledge of the total solar eclipse taking place that following Monday (Aug. 21 ).

    2.     Have access to first-hand information about  Cassini’s final  mission (occurring September 15 ) from the NASA-JPL  expert in charge of the “Grand Finale”.

    3.     Learn about the latest findings concerning the past presence of water on Mars and its implications for habitability.

    4.     Take back educational materials to the classroom.


    Teachers can correlate with state science standards. Certificates of attendance will be available. Q and A after each presentation. Open to both students and teachers. Geared towards middle school on up.


    The Speakers and Topics:



    Dean Stramel, professor of chemistry at Fort Hays State University—“The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse:  What, When, Where, Why?” As a primer on this amazing event, Stramel, will look into why this is such a big deal that people travel all over the globe to see it.  What is the science behind it? What does it teach us? What are the logistics to watching it? Eclipse glasses included in materials packet.


    Todd Barber, NASA-JPL lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission since 2002—“Lord of the Rings—the Cassini Mission to Saturn”. Cassini has orbited Saturn for 13 years. In its aptly named “Grand Finale” Cassini will swoop between Saturn and its innermost ring ending in the probe’s crash into Saturn on September 15, 2017.  What has Cassini revealed over the years? What kind of close-ups, what kind of details are expected? What do we hope to learn from this final mission? Barber is a Wichita native and Southeast High graduate.


    Sarah Lamm, Kansas State University--—“Mars:  Through the Eyes (and Lasers) of Curiosity”  KSU senior Lamm will talk about her two summers spent at Los Alamos National Laboratory working with data from Curiosity’s ChemCam instrument.( It’s the part that looks like the head and eye of the rover). The Colby native has been studying the presence of manganese, an indicator of the past presence of abundant liquid water. On Earth abundances of manganese are closely associated with microbes and the rise of oxygen in the atmosphere. Thus, manganese has important implications for the future habitability of Mars.


    The Ad Astra Kansas Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on promoting science in Kansas, especially the space sciences. This FREE educational event is sponsored by the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation to enrich science education in Kansas.

    Find more information on this forum go to www.adastra-ks.org  This event is free of charge.  Space is limited.  To reserve seating and to help with count for materials preparation, send name, school and number attending to jeanettesteinert@att.net.


    Also, feel free to forward any questions to the above e-mail address.



  • 25 Jul 2017 8:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

                                                   Youth Incentive Award

    The Coleopterists Society, an international organization of professionals and hobbyists interested in the study of beetles, has established a program to recognize young people studying beetles.  The Society has pledged to provide up to $600 each year for the Youth Incentive Award Program.  The Junior award is a monetary grant of $200 and the Senior award is $400.  Award recipients also will receive up to $200 (Junior) and $400 (Senior) of equipment credit from the BioQuip Products catalog. In addition to monetary and BioQuip grants, award recipients will each receive a one year subscription to the society journal, The Coleopterists Bulletin

    This is for children of grades 7-12 only.


                                        The objectives of the Youth Incentive Award are to:


     * provide encouragement and assistance to young beetle enthusiasts (grades 7-12).


      * promote the study of beetles, the most diverse group of insects, as a rewarding lifelong avocation or career.


     * provide opportunities for young people to develop important life skills such as leadership, cooperation, communication, planning and conducting a scientific study, grant writing and managing funds.


     * provide some financial support to enrich activities or projects.


    A Youth Incentive Award Committee from the Coleopterists Society will evaluate the applications and will select up to two winners annually; one each in junior (grades 7-9) and senior (grades 10-12) categories.  The selection committee invites proposals for topics such as field collecting trips to conduct beetle species inventories or diversity studies, attending workshops or visiting entomology or natural history museums for special training and projects on beetles, studying aspects of beetle biology, etc.  The proposed activities or projects will be evaluated on their degree of creativity, educational benefit to the applicant, scientific merit, feasibility and budgetary planning.  This Award is for proposals by individuals only.  Each applicant is strongly encouraged to find an adult advisor (teacher, youth group leader, parent, etc.) to provide guidance in proposal development, but the proposal MUST be written by the applicant.  The Coleopterists Society would also be happy to assist in establishing contacts between youth and professional Coleopterists.


    Additional details and application forms for The Coleopterists Society Youth Incentive Award Program can be obtained from: Dr. David G. Furth; Entomology, NHB, MRC 165; P.O. Box 37012; Smithsonian Institution; Washington, D. C. 20013-7012 (phone: 202-633-0990, FAX: 202-786-2894, email: furthd@si.edu).  Also check The Coleopterists Society WebPage: http://www.coleopsoc.org/default.asp?Action=Show_SocietyInfo&ID=Youth


    Applications for this year must be submitted by 1 November 2017.

  • 19 Jul 2017 2:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEON - NASA Educators Online Network


    Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

    Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

    The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

    July 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: Guest Scientist -- High-Altitude Ballooning (Grades K-12) -- Get an overview of high-altitude ballooning during eclipses with Bernhard Beck-Winchatz from the STEM Studies Department at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Beck-Winchatz has worked on several NASA projects using weather balloon flights that provide affordable access to a spacelike environment for student research. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263980


    July 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: Building Your Own Eclipse Equipment for Your Classroom on a Budget (Grades K-12) -- Learn how to build inexpensive models to teach solar eclipse concepts in the classroom. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263974


    July 20, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: What, When, Where, How and Safety (Grades K-12) -- On Aug. 21, 2017, most Americans will experience their first total solar eclipse in almost 40 years. What is a solar eclipse? Where will the eclipse be visible? When will the eclipse occur? How can the eclipse be viewed safely? This webinar will explore these questions using some of the many NASA resources and classroom lessons supporting this solar event. Learn about the important safety of properly viewing the eclipse with your students. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/263468


    July 24, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta, Guest Scientist (Grades K-12) -- As a singular event of national scale and with a global audience, the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, will be a landmark event for a new generation. Where will you be? In this webinar, participants will be able to connect with the lead program scientist for NASA's "Living With a Star" initiative, Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263957


    July 25, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Solar Eclipse: Shadows (Grades K-12) -- On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the continental U.S., the first in almost 40 years! Participants in this webinar will learn about shadows and the upcoming solar eclipse. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/254223


    July 26, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Earth, Moon and Sun -- Modeling the Solar Eclipse (Grades K-12) -- Participants will explore hands-on and inquiry-based resources related to the solar eclipse. Learn how to bring STEM challenges and the adventure of space exploration to students in the classroom. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/237946


    For the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development webinar schedule, go to: http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/

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