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  • 27 Mar 2018 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Website is Not Just for Professional Scientists

    Looking for a database that will challenge your honors and AP students?  Take a look at our TOXNET database.  We've introduced this website to teachers at the National Science Teachers Association and the National Association of Biology Teachers.  To our surprise, teachers were eager to get back to the class and use it with their students.

    So let's start with this one tidbit of information... Not all the information in TOXNET is applicable to the classroom.  Here I will highlight two of the databases that seem most relevant.

    ChemIDPlus Advanced - This is one of my favorite websites to share with teachers.  With this site, teachers and students can look at 3D models of various chemical structures.  Teachers can display SIS and TRANS models without the cumbersome ball and stick models you use in the classroom.  With this database you can conduct similarity searches and view toxicity test results. To add an additional level of complexity to your lesson, have students explore the links to scientific journal articles.

    Hazardous Substance Data Bank -  Very complex but filled with useful information for those students who demonstrate an ability to work at a collegiate level.  With this website students learn about the toxicology of potentially hazardous chemicals. They will research information on human exposure, environmental fate, chemical and physical properties, and more.  Each section contains a summary section and abstracts to peer reviewed journal articles on the topic area covered.

    Webmaster note:  I'm not sure who, exactly, sent this to  us, but it appears to be a government sponsored website for professional scientists offering quality chemical information available at no charge to classroom teachers and students also.  --Randy Brull

  • 26 Mar 2018 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Exploration Place Informal Science Outreach & Summer Camp Educators

     This position will work with all ages through museum-based camps and outreach programs. They will perform many duties such as presenting programs for a variety of audience sizes, delivering hands-on activities, facilitating inquiry-based learning, and serving as a program and education resource for visitors and staff. Full time position includes weekends and holidays as required. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required.  Demonstrated experience teaching science to groups of children in a dynamic, fun, engaging, high paced environment is highly preferred. Multiple positions available. Bachelor’s degree in education or science is required; advanced degree preferred.  Fluency in Spanish is a plus. Apply online or e-mail resume to Kathleen.frimel@exploration.org. No phone calls please. EOEhttp://exploration.org/employment/employment-application/

  • 21 Mar 2018 9:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas Science and Engineering Fair will be held on April 6 at the Cessna Activity Center at 2744 George Washington Blvd in Wichita.  Exhibits will be on display and available for public viewing from noon until 3:00 pm.  See https://sites.google.com/a/kansassciencefair.com/kansas-state-science-and-engineering-fair/home

    for more details. 

  • 21 Mar 2018 8:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Know a great K-6 science or math teacher?

    Nominate a teacher to receive the Presidential Award

    for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

    The National Science Foundation currently is accepting nominations and applications for the 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. This program recognizes teachers for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science.

    State Presidential Award finalists receive a $500 unrestricted cash award and an invitation to a professional development conference sponsored by Westar Energy, Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation and the Kansas State Department of Education.

    National Presidential Awardees receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

    To apply, teachers must first be nominated for the award. Teachers can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else, such as principals, teachers, parents or members of the general public. Once nominated, teachers will receive an email with instructions on how to access the online application.

    The nomination deadline is April 1, 2018, and the application deadline is May 1, 2018.

    Please consider nominating an outstanding mathematics or science teacher today!  To make a nomination, go to www.paemst.org, and then click on Nominate a Teacher.

     

     

    Tamla Miller

    Administrative Specialist

    Communications and Recognition Programs

    (785) 296-4950

    tmiller@ksde.org

    www.ksde.org

    Kansas State Department of Education

    LANDON STATE OFFICE BUILDING, 900 SW JACKSON STREET, SUITE102, TOPEKA, KS 66612

  • 28 Feb 2018 7:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out the latest opportunity from Kansas EPSCOR:

    The workshop will be held June 4-8, 2018 at the University of Kansas Field Station and is directed toward High School Biology, Ecology and Environmental Studies teachers.  To read more about the workshop go to:  

    https://epscoroutreach.ku.edu/

    Applications can be found at: 

    https://epscoroutreach.ku.edu/ecosystems-kansas-summer-institute-application

    Tim E.

  • 06 Feb 2018 10:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bring ONE STRANGE ROCK to your School for Free this Spring:

    From award-winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, National Geographic’s new docu-series ONE STRANGE ROCK is a mind-bending, thrilling journey that explored the fragility and wonder of planet Earth–one of the most peculiar, unique places in the universe. This earth science series is narrated by actor Will Smith and features perspectives from 10 astronauts on the wonders of Earth as seen from space.

     

    National Geographic is making the first episode available for free preview screenings in high schools, colleges, and after-school programs nationwide before the international broadcast premiere on March 26th, 2018.

    Sign up here to request a free preview screening of ONE STRANGE ROCK!

     

    Participating schools will receive a confirmation email and we’ll send you a DVD two weeks before your screening.


    Learn more about the series on our website and please let us know if you have any questions. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your colleagues as well.

     


  • 31 Jan 2018 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas Association of Biology Teachers is a group of current and former educators interested in advancing the practice of science teaching within and beyond the borders of the state of Kansas. Each year we work with the National Association of Biology Teachers to honor a state biology teacher with the Kansas Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. We are accepting nominations for the 2018 recipient and we hope your district will choose a nominee.

     

    OBTA recipients are special guests of Carolina Biology Supply Company at the Honors Luncheon held at the NABT Professional Development Conference (San Diego, November 8-11, 2018), receive gift certificates from Carolina Biological Supply Company, have a travel stipend to defray costs of attending the NABT National Conference, and award certificates plus a complimentary one-year membership from NABT.

     

    Email the director with your district nominee’s contact information (kluthek12@gmail.com). The director will send your nominee the application requirements.

     

    Kansas teachers do great work. Please help us recognize that good work with this award.


    Best,

    Kelly Kluthe

    KS OBTA Director

    Olathe West High School

  • 10 Jan 2018 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge
     
    MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge (http://m3challenge.siam.org) is the new name of the prestigious Internet-based competition known for providing a pinnacle high school experience for juniors and seniors and inspiring them to pursue STEM majors and careers. Now sponsored by leading software developer MathWorks, the contest is free and open to all U.S. students, and will award top teams this year with $100,000 in scholarships toward the pursuit of higher education. M3 Challenge has given more than one million dollars in scholarships to date and has been endorsed by the NASSP since 2010.
    Challenge weekend is set for March 2-5, 2018. Registration is open now through Friday, February 23, at 4 p.m. EST sharp!
     
    Working in teams of three to five, participants come up with their best solution to an open-ended, math-modeling problem focused on a realistic issue in just 14 hours. Complete details, rules, and practice problems, as well as a free downloadable handbook on getting started with math modeling are available at http://M3Challenge.siam.org.
     
    If you would like more information about the Challenge or posters to distribute to your organizations or colleagues, please send a request with due date and shipping address to m3challenge@siam.org.
     


  • 04 Jan 2018 4:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are an elementary school teacher that wants to make a difference and teach in region IV, we have opening for this area.  Contact Carol Bonham ; carolb@prattcc.edu for more information! 

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