kansas association of teachers of science


  • 02 May 2019 8:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    STEM Reimangined Through Project Based Learning

    June 17-18, 2019

    Newman University

    3100 McCormick Ave., Wichita KS

    STEM Reimagined is the theme for the 2019 Kansas Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Conference. Join fellow math and science teachers from across the state to review, refresh and retool STEM. This conference will focus on ways in which teachers can use STEM activities to implement Project Based Learning (PBL) in their classrooms. PBL has been a wide-spread conversation throughout the state, but what are critical components for PBL in the science classroom? No matter the instructional model you use (PBL, 5E method, problem-based learning, etc.) come find out strategies that are critical to all instructional models that will help support student sensemaking in science.

    The mornings will include guest speakers from Kansas Association of Teachers of Science, Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics, and others and chances to learn from expert math and science teachers in Kansas.  During the afternoons each day, grade-banded groups will be digging deep into science specific strategies that are critical to help support student sensemaking in science. This will be a great opportunity to be inspired and learn from others. Bring your team or just yourself. Either way, you will walk away with your plan to move instruction to the next level this coming fall.

    The afternoon science presenters were part of a professional development project KSDE held this past year to help support the transition from scientific inquiry to three-dimensional teaching and learning. These master science teachers implemented a high quality unit of instruction this year and are ready to share some of the best strategies they learned with you.


    Graduate credit is available and registration closes May 24. Thank you for your consideration.



  • 13 Apr 2019 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wendell G Mohling Foundation Award change!!

    The Mohling Foundation has been giving an award amount of $500 since 2006. This is considered "incentive" money to assist in funding a K-12 Kansas science teacher to attend an NSTA conference of their choice, during the school year in which they are selected as the recipient. 

    Beginning next year, we will award $700 to one K-12 Kansas science teacher to use toward attending an NSTA conference of their choice.  While we know this still is inadequate to fund the expense, we consider it as incentive money to encourage a school district to do the "right" thing and pay the balance of the cost. School districts need to invest in the success of their teachers and in 90% of the cases involving our winners, the districts have indeed risen to the challenge. 

    For more information, or to download an application form, please visit our website: www.wendellmohlingfoundation.com or you may access our website from www.kats.org. Applications are due Oct 1. 


  • 19 Mar 2019 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas State Science & Engineering Fair (KSSEF) brings together all students advancing from local and regional science fairs happening across the state. The Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair is an ongoing annual project, occurring on March 29. 2019, at the Cessna Activity Center in Wichita, Kansas. KSSEF represents an excellent opportunity for aspiring students across Kansas to challenge one another, and themselves, to expand their knowledge of the scientific fields. Students will gain experience in critical thinking, leadership, and develop their problem-solving skills. The winning students will receive numerous awards that include trophies, cash, and scholarships. 

    Students competing at the KSSEF will have competed at one of the six regional science fairs within Kansas and finished in the top 25% of their respective division. Students are required to have completed their own scientific research and must present their findings in both written and oral formats. Students who were judged to be in the top 35, or 25%, of their division in the regional fair will advance to KSSEF. The fair will showcase over 200 projects from students in grades 4-12.

    How to get involved with KSSEF. Volunteers in STEM related fields are scheduled to meet with students and judge their scientific research at KSSEF. We are in need of more judges and If you are interested in volunteering as a judge, please complete the application below or pass along to others you know that may be able to help out.


    from: Lizette Burks: Member, KSSEF Board of Directors
  • 06 Mar 2019 9:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please find a link below to access the most recent KSDE Science Newsletter.

    In this issue:

    • Learn more about how phenomena are central to our Kansas Science Standards
    • New classroom formative assessment resources
    • National Science Curricular Review: EdReports (6-8 Material Reviews Are Out)
    • Kansas educators invited to join scientists at SciComm


    Thank you.



  • 06 Mar 2019 4:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lunar and Planetary Institute

    Earth and Space Science
    News, Events, and Resources



    Apollo 50 Next Giant Leap

    Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge

    NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline invites teams of students in grades 5-12 across the United States and territories to recreate the Apollo 11 moon landing using a drone and a LEGO Mindstorm robot. Organizations will run the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student (ANGLES) Challenge locally to select a team to advance to the nearest regional challenge hub. The top team at each regional challenge hub will earn the grand prize of a trip to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas!



    Humans in Space Youth Art Competition! 

    The SciArt Exchange invites young people 10-18 years old to submit visual, literary, musical and video artwork about what we will do on the Moon and why it is important. Entries are due April 30, 2019.


    Join us in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston or online on Thursday, March 7, to hear Dr. Hewett give an overview of the incredible observations the New Horizons mission made at Ultima Thule. This presentation is part of this year's Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series theme, "LPI at 50: A Half Century of Solar System Exploration."



    The online LPI Earth and Space Science Newsletter has links to events, workshops, grants, opportunities for students, and other science news.
  • 03 Feb 2019 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    KATS officers--

    I have an opportunity for teachers that I hope you will pass on to your members:

    Real World Science is a weeklong summer seminar for 5th-8th grade science teachers that explores key STEM concepts using real-world WWII examples. Twenty-eight teachers from across the country will come to New Orleans to experience hands-on how necessity, knowledge, perseverance and skill lead to inventions, innovation, and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), just like in World War II.

    PROGRAM DATES: July 14 - 20, 2019

    WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The seminar application is open to any 5th-8th grade science teacher (public, public charter, private, and parochial), who will be teaching a science course to students in the same age group in the 2019-2020 school year. Applications will be evaluated through a competitive process that will include information on teaching experience, a short written statement, and two letters of recommendation. Teachers newer to the classroom are encouraged to apply.

    Applications will be accepted from January 7 – March 15, 2019. 


    COST: This seminar is supported by a grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Teachers will receive free room and board in New Orleans, a travel stipend, and all seminar materials free of charge.


     Thank you

     Rob Wallace

    STEM Education Specialist

    The National WWII Museum


  • 31 Jan 2019 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nominations are needed soon for the following awards and offices--                           

    Regional Outstanding Educator: Each region may choose to identify an outstanding science educator. The individual must be a KATS member, in its region for recognition KATS Kamp. Nominations are due to one of the members of your Regional representatives by February 1, 2019. The Regional Representatives will provide the name of the selected individual to a Nomination and Awards Committee by February 8, 2019. The winner will be contacted for biographical information to be used in publicity related to the award. A nomination consists of contact Information of the nominee, a written narrative describing the outstanding contributions/events that indicated the nominee is deserving of the recognition, and any other information that you feel is important in consideration for the award. 


    Distinguished KATS Member Award: This award is designed to recognize KATS members who have made significant contributions to KATS and science education. The award is presented to one individual each year at KATS Kamp. Nominations are due February 1, 2019 to Carol Bonham.  A  Nomination and Awards Committee will select the awardee.  A nomination consists of contact Information of the nominee, a written narrative describing the outstanding contributions/events that indicated the nominee is deserving of the recognition a written narrative describing the outstanding contributions/events of the nominees to the KATS organization any other information that you feel is important in consideration for the award.

     KATS Outstanding Contributions to Science Education in Kansas:  At the August 25, 2012 Board Meeting, KATS established an award to recognize outstanding contributions to science education by an organization or individual(s) Selection of the award winner is done by the Nomination and Awards Committee from nominations from by KATS members. The award is not an annual award; zero or more awards can be made in any year depending on the quality of qualified nominations. The award winner will be recognized at the KATS Meeting, formal presentation of the award will be at a venue identified by the award winner. Nominations are due February 1, 2019 to Carol Bonham.  A nomination consists of: contact Information of the nominee, a written narrative describing the outstanding contributions/events that indicated the nominee is deserving of the recognition any other information that you feel is important in consideration for the award.

    As past president, I will be also be taking nominations for any openings on the board including the following:

    Region I Elementary

    Region II Secondary

    Region III College

    Region IV College

    Region V Elementary

    Region VI Secondary

    Please send an email to me carolb@prattcc.edu if you have any nominees or any questions. Thank you for your assistance!

    Carol Bonham Past President KATS

  • 30 Jan 2019 5:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We are happy to announce two great partnerships for upcoming virtual K-12 science professional development opportunities. Many have reached out this year requesting Kansas Science Standards opportunities for district and building K-12 science leaders in your setting.


    KSDE is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to provide an online science professional development opportunity for PK-5 elementary science educators in Kansas. This is a first come first served opportunity for up to 45 participants sponsored by KSDE. https://www.smore.com/p0y74


    KSDE is also partnering with Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska education departments to support K-12 science educators with a number of different topics that have emerged in each of our settings. We have learned collaborating across states can help educators grow their networks and find more resources. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_UQv3u-6HnC5r5MVxKzmWBI-Nu14qyO1/view?usp=sharing


    Graduate credit is available for both partnerships and this would be a great opportunity for a number of different science education needs I often hear working with buildings and districts across the state.


    • This opportunity is particularly helpful for rural school districts where travel for professional development may be more difficult.
    • Elementary educators teaching science have special considerations and the NSTA partnership will help support this grade band in much more depth.
    • Learn how to better use the resources you have in your school district no matter how old or new they may be. PD is still needed to know how to make better use of those resources!


    Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration.



    Lizette Burks, Ed.D.

    Science Education Consultant

    Career Standards & Assessment Services

    (785) 296-8108



    Kansas State Department of Education

  • 25 Jan 2019 8:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 MAPS EPSCoR Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute ( https://epscoroutreach.ku.edu/) for Kansas High School Biology/Environmental Sciences teachers that will be held June 17-21, 2019 at the Konza Prairie Biological Station (near KSU).  Teacher participants will earn a stipend of $750 for actively participating in the week’s activities and writing curriculum.  In addition, a travel allowance will be provided for those living more than 1 hour away from the field station.


    Please share this information with your High School Biology/Environmental Sciences colleagues and encourage them to apply (or apply yourself if you teach Biology/Environmental Sciences and/or didn’t go last year)


    Apply here: https://goo.gl/McoVSk


    Check out the blog article about how Amy Hammett (2018 attendee) is using what she learned at the institute in her classroom:  https://goo.gl/AC2JCN


    And here is a promotion video about last year’s institute for you to share (if you want J):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpgw3POGZpQ


    For additional information, visit our blog: https://goo.gl/kfqyAS or website: http://www.nsfepscor.ku.edu/


    If you or they have any questions contact Peggy pschultz@ku.edu or me.




    Rosemary Blum

    Education, Outreach and Diversity Director

    Kansas NSF EPSCoR





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