kansas association of teachers of science


  • 16 Dec 2018 8:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We are excited to announce details of the 2019 Kansas KidWind Challenge. Please take a look at the details below and check out the attached informational flyer. This year, we’ll be expanding the Challenge to include four regional and one statewide KidWind Challenge. For those who have participated in the past, we recognize the events are being held earlier in the year than usual and apologize for any inconvenience. This will allow teams from across the state to better participate and provide more time for preparation before the national KidWind Challenge.


    2019 Kansas KidWind Challenges

    • ·        SW Kansas – 2/7/19 (Thu): Dodge City (Village Square Mall) – register
    • ·        NE Kansas – 2/14/19 (Thu): Manhattan (Unger Complex) – register
    • ·        SE Kansas – 3/1/19 (Fri): Burlington (Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant) – register
    • ·        NW Kansas – 3/7/19 (Thu): Oakley (Northwest Kansas Educational Service Center) – register
    • ·        Statewide – 3/30/19 (Sat): Topeka (Kansas Museum of History) – by invitation to top teams

    We’ll be hosting two informational webinars on Thurs, Dec. 13 and Mon, Jan. 7 at 3:45pm, so please consider attending. The webinars will be recorded, even if you can’t make either of them. Click on the hyperlinks above or visit www.kansasenergyprogram.org/kidwindchallenge to sign up.


    More information about the events can be found at www.kansasenergyprogram.org/kidwindchallenge.


    If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask.





    Ryan Hamel, PE, CEM, CMVP

    K-State Engineering Extension – Kansas Energy Program

    2323 Anderson, Suite 300 Manhattan, KS 66502

    785-532-3351 (office) 913-231-2760 (mobile)

    785-532-6952 (fax) www.kansasenergyprogram.org


  • 16 Dec 2018 8:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    In this issue:

    • Driving Question Boards: A Strategy to Support Phenomena Driven Learning
    • Nation's Highest Honor for Science Teachers: Accepting Applications
    • Kansas Association of Teachers of Science: Sumbit a Proposal to Present
    • Elementary and Secondary Science News and Resources

    Thank you.   --lb


  • 01 Nov 2018 5:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    NSTA is offering $95 off the price of registration to the St. Louis National Conference to anyone who is a member. If you get a membership to NSTA, it will cost you $79; but you will save $95 on the conference registration. You can get an NSTA membership any time - today, next week, next January, or when you register for the event.

    KATS will be adopting a similar system. Between now and April 27th, 2019, anyone can register to be a KATS member for $35. If they have a membership before the April conference, then the price of "KATS 1.5" will be reduced by $30 (from $95 to $65). For most people, the most convenient option will be to renew their membership at the time they register for the annual KATS conference.

    Some districts/administrators do not want to pay for a person's membership to an association. This will allow someone to join KATS separately and still pay less at the time of conference registration.

    Some people want to attend our conferences but do not wish to be a member. The next KATS conference will still cost under $100 for a person who wants to attend but not join KATS. However, for only $5 more, you can get both.

    Do not hesitate to email me as necessary. ( president@kats.org or telsen@usd259.net)


    Tim Elsen

    KATS President

  • 01 Nov 2018 5:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello all:

    Fall 2018 Ad Astra Newsletter

    There's a lot of cooperation going on in this newsletter--and it's all beneficial to the Ad Astra State. 

    Three Kansas research universities collaborate on future space technology.

    Interstellar symposium and propulsion workshop will come to Wichita in 2019 (Collaboration between NASA and the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (TVIW), hosted by Wichita State University and Ad Astra Kansas Foundation).

    Call for abstracts to 6th Interstellar Symposium and Interstellar Propulsion Workshop is in effect.

    Galaxy Forum goes to both ends of the solar system.

    Ad Astra Kansas Space Day soars.

    Kansas astronaut has "one wild ride"



  • 01 Nov 2018 10:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Know a great math or science 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 2019 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.

    This year's awards will honor science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/computer science teachers working in grades 7-12.

    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 program is now accepting nominations for kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers for the nation’s highest honor for mathematics and science teachers.

    The nomination deadline is March 1, 2019, and the application deadline is May 1, 2019.

    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 (Tammy) Miller

    Administrative Specialist

    Communications and Recognition Programs

    (785) 296-4950



  • 06 Oct 2018 2:50 PM | Anonymous member

    Science Friday has a wide variety of free educational resources for teachers that involve real-world datacurrent studies, and accompanying audio segments from the show or video. We're looking to continue to improve our resources and get feedback from the educator community on the resources themselves. 

    Teachers can also apply to field test one of our resources as well. Teachers who are chosen as field testers will even earn a Science Friday beaker mug or vacuum insulated water bottle as a thank you for their time and opinion.

    Our survey link can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LQWBNH5

    Thank you for your time and have a great day!

  • 26 Sep 2018 9:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    *Registration Deadline Extended to Sep 28*

    Make Learning FUN & ACCESSIBLE for All

    KACEE Professional Development Event:

    Environmental Education & NGSS in Kansas City

    Learn how to use the environment to engage children in learning  - both outside and indoors! 

    Learn how EE and formative assessments can help you with the state science standards and making science more accessible and equitable!

              You’ll receive  Project Learning Tree and a Next Generation Science Standard E-Unit  for your grade level         



    EE & NGSS in Kansas City


    Oct 3, 2018   4:30pm—6:30pm   Kansas City

      ~ Plus 14 additional ONLINE course work hours

    Open to all PreK—8 Educators

    $55 per participant

      One graduate credit hour available through Baker University for an additional $75

    Click HERE for more information and to register

    Registration Deadline *EXTENDED TO SEP 28!!*


        Questions? Contact Ashlyn Kite-Hartwich at 785-889-4384 or akite@kacee.org

  • 12 Sep 2018 9:07 PM | Anonymous member

    The Mohling Award for science educators has a deadline approaching soon - September 23rd. Go to the Mohling website, http://www.wendellmohlingfoundation.com/ or contact the foundation at mohlingfoundation@gmail.com for more information.

  • 12 Sep 2018 8:56 PM | Anonymous member

    Kids to Parks Day National School Contest is NOW open! @NationalParkTrust’s contest is open to all Title I schools (40% of students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch) and school groups in the U.S. in grades preK through 12. The goal of the contest is to help educators engage students with their local parks through education, outdoor recreation, and stewardship. Contest closes on February 14, 2019, with winners announced on the website on March 7, 2019. To download your entry form and apply -- and to review contest details, sample entries, and past winners -- go to http://bit.ly/KTPScience . Good luck to everyone!

  • 11 Sep 2018 2:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    My name is Sara Abeita, and I am a Biology teacher at Free State High School in Lawrence Kansas. I am also a member of the Kansas Association of Biology Teachers (KABT) and wanted to share with you about our upcoming Fall Professional Development Conference, which is coming up on September 22nd. The conference will be held at the KU Field Station's Armitage Education Center in Lawrence Kansas from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

    I know that a full Saturday is hard to give up, but I feel that this conference is a low-cost and high-value opportunity for Biology educators to learn and collaborate. I have attended the conference the last five years and always walk away with new things to try in my classroom. KABT is full of passionate and motivated practicing educators that push me to improve my teaching. It costs $15 to attend the conference, with an optional KABT membership for additional $15. Lunch will be provided during the conference and all presenter resources will be shared via a google drive folder. 

    I linked a flier and schedule for the event, and hope that you consider attending. There is more information available at kabt.org or on our facebook page. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and to forward this on to other educators who you think would benefit from the conference. 

    Thank you!


    Sara Abeita

    Lawrence Free State High School

    Biology Teacher

    Knowles Teaching Fellow 

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