kansas association of teachers of science


  • 22 May 2017 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Middle school science teachers, are you interested in new NGSS-based instructional materials for weather?

    BSCS and the UCAR Center for Science Education are developing an innovative middle school science unit on weather that uses activities, data, and scientific protocols from the GLOBE ProgramThis 4-5 week curriculum unit is a comprehensive approach to the NGSS-based concepts on weather, such as the uneven heating of Earth, local and global atmospheric circulation, and air mass formation and collision, all in pursuit of understanding normal weather patterns and extreme weather events that we experience in our everyday lives.

    We are recruiting twelve middle school science teachers to attend a teacher professional development workshop in Boulder, CO, from August 13-18, 2017, and to field test the instructional unit with students in the fall semester of 2017. Teacher and student feedback will play a significant role in informing the revision of the materials. Please note that it isn’t a requirement for field test teachers to be familiar with the GLOBE Program in order to participate.

    We will provide funds for travel, lodging, and meals for the professional development workshop in August. In addition, we will provide field test teachers with a $1440 stipend: $300 after completing the workshop in August and $1140 after completing the field test in the fall.

    For more information and to apply for this opportunity, please visit: https://scied.ucar.edu/field-test-recruitment

  • 22 May 2017 9:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Center for Earth and Space Science Exploration Announces:

    New Flight Opportunity for School Districts--

    Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) Mission 12

    to the International Space Station, Starting September 2017

    Find details here. 

  • 19 May 2017 8:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Sponsored by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory and the Fort Hays State College of Education, this no cost workshop on Monday, July 17 shows the way to bring modern physics into your classroom.  

    Topics include:

    • Relativity and Gravitational Waves
    • Nuclear Radiation
    • Particle Physics
    • Anti-matter
    • NGSS alignment
    Workshop hours are from 9am - 3pm.   Lunch is provided.  Please register online.   For more information please contact:  

    Paul Adams

    Dean, College of Education

    Anschutz Professor of Education & Professor of Physics


  • 19 May 2017 8:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Teaching Nature of Matter aligned with NGSS

    July 17th and July 18th, 2017

    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Activities and lesson ideas for elementary classrooms.

    • Participants will receive a $250 participation stipend

    • Lodging stipend

    • Lunch provided on both days

    • All workshop supplies will be provided

    • Held at Fort Hays State University

    • Limited to first 24 registrants

    • Optional 1 credit hour – Paid by Participant

    • Deadline to register June 16th, 2017

    • Registration fee $20 (non-refundable)

    For more information, please contact: Ann Noble at amnoble@fhsu.edu or at 785-628-5449

    Operation Primary Physical Science Workshop

    Please mail $20 registration fee before June 16, 2017 to: Ann Noble, 600 Park Street, Hays, KS, 67601

    Name: _____________________________________________________

    School: _____________________________Grade Level:_____________

    Address: ____________________________________________________

    City: ______________________ State: _________ Zip: ______________

    Phone Number: _______________________________________________

    Email: ______________________________________________________



  • 25 Apr 2017 9:46 PM | Anonymous member

    STEM Classrooms and Competitions:  Asking Questions and Defining Problems – Inquire Today  

    The first course of four in ESU’s 12-credit hour information, technology, and scientific literacy certificate program will be offered again this summer, May 22 – August 1, 2017, online using Canvas. Based on available funding, up to 16 students may receive scholarships for tuition and books for three of the four courses.  

    The course (791) develops knowledge and skills STEM preservice or in-service teachers (science, math, engineering, technology) and school librarians need as co-teachers to provide grades 4-12 students guided inquiry instruction around critical issues such as sufficient energy; prevention and treatment of illness and disease; maintaining clean food and water; and global environmental change.

    Complete course descriptions and course learning outcomes are available on the certificate website. Certificate website: http://tinyurl.com/publhlc 

    Please apply using the online form. Look for STEM-ALL Application Information form.

    Certificate website: http://tinyurl.com/publhlc

    Please contact Brady Lund blund2@emporia.edu for more information about enrolling.

    Dr. Mirah Dow, Professor, mdow@emporia.edu

    Dr. Ken Thompson, Professor, kthompso@emporia.edu

    STEM-ALL is partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.



  • 24 Apr 2017 1:04 PM | Anonymous member

    Summer Educators

    Exploration Place is seeking enthusiastic, engaging, and high-quality educators to engage campers during 10 weeks of summer camp, assist camp instructors, keep campers active during after care and deliver outreach programs for PreK-8 during the summer months. Multiple positions available. Summer Educators will be needed for sessions from May 30 – August 11, 2017.  Training will be provided. High school diploma required. Education or science background and fluency in Spanish preferred. Flexible schedule required, including some evenings, weekends and holidays. Please e-mail your resume to Kathleen.frimel@exploration.org or complete an application at the front desk. No phone calls please. EOE


  • 23 Apr 2017 12:32 PM | Anonymous

    KATS Board Meeting Minutes DRAFT


    Jan 2017

    At Exploration Place


    1          Meeting Called to order at 10:23

    Members present are: Julie Bergkamp, Katie Cox, Shirley Rose, Tim Elsen, Carol Bonham, Dixie Smith, Lori Coles, Randy Brull, Carol Mohling, Traci Kallhoff.  A quorum was present.

    2          Changes/Additions to agenda

    3          Minutes from the September meeting were not approved because Elizabeth had the           minutes and she was not present.  They will be emailed out for approval in the near        future.

    4          Officer Reports

    • ·         Dixie
    • o   Opened up with a thank you to the past members of KATS who got this organization up   and running.
    • o   She also discussed her recent attendance of Train-the-Trainer on NGSS in Portland, OR.  She mentioned that the NGSS standards were much more flexible that she previously thought.
    • o   The down payment for Rock Springs was paid.  The final payment is due at KAMP, but Rock Springs would like an estimate just prior to the start of KAMP.  Shirley said would be helpful if our registrar were available to help with the payment to catch any discrepancies between what we were billed for and the number of attendees and our usages or services. The technology available will be the same as last year. The remodel of the ground floor of Heritage Hall is being remodeled and should be done.
    • ·         President-elect-Carol Bonham
    • o   KATS will be celebrating its 50th year.  It was suggested that the past presidents be invited for a reception.
    • o   Currently there are 15 presentations for Saturday morning 19 for Saturday afternoon and 5 for Sunday.  We need to get the word out because the deadline is sooner than it has been in previous years to allow for more time to produce the KAMP book.
    • o   She’s looking for scholarships to help people attend KAMP as well as put that information of those opportunities on the website.
    • o   We need volunteers to shuttle speakers from KCI to KAMP.
    • o   We need to spread the word on KAMP now that we are confident on website registration.  There is currently no fun-run scheduled for KAMP.
    • o   She’s got many left-over shirts, but many of them are not in great condition and many of the sizes are not available.  We need to decide as a board if we want to continue KATS memorabilia. 
    • o   Key note speakers are:
    • §  Jeff Goldstein, Dr. David Crowther-president elect from NSTA, Mike Weiss-for NASA Goddard  Space Center, Rex Buchanan- USGS, Steve Barbato- Executive Director of International Technology Engineering Educators Association, Matt Miller, Matt Haddock       , Kathy Horsemeier, Harry Henderson- Director of Lake Afton Observatory
    • §  Jeff has a speaker fee, but it has been approved.  David doesn’t have a speaker fee, but will be reimbursed for lodging but most of them are speaking as friends of KATS.  The Molhing foundation has given 12 photos to use as gifts for speakers.  The list of speakers is phenomenal, but we need to be sure to get the word out on them.
    • ·         Vice President –Time Elsen
    • o   So far he has contacted 11 vendors.  He put it on pause because they were asking about pricing.  Currently, we charge $80/person for early bird registration.  It also included as 1 year membership.  There is a $35 charge for an 8 ft. table and $50 for 2 8 ft. tables.  This does not include lodging and meals.  This is a change in how the pricing is broken down because of our change to using High Touch.  Tim did a test run and there was a glitch that was causing it to be free.  Carol brought up the fact that the vendors are not excited to pay $80/person, but Rock Springs is paying insurance and we have to pay to use the rooms.  Carol Mohling reminded us we need to run this as business and quit thinking as teachers. They are getting tax write-offs for this.  At national conferences pay registration fees; they are expecting to do that.  This gives them membership and is helpful in maintaining contact with them after KAMP is over.  She encouraged us to look at KAMP guest registration.  They are not going to presentations, but are at KAMP.  They would register, but there isn’t a spot for them to do so.  Randy is going to be sure to get the website to say vendor registration is $80/person and the table options will also appear.
    • o   Tim bragged about Region IV.  They will have a regular meeting in early November called KATS at the Zoo.  It worked out well.  Previously their region meetings had been 10 college students.  The last event at the zoo was approximately 40 people with about 75% of them being college students.
    • ·         Past President- Brian Cole
    • o   Was not present to give a report
    • o    
    • ·         Treasurer Report-Shirley Rose
    • o   2015 KAMP paid for its self and profited $24.  In 2016 we finished KAMP ~$3,000 in the hole.  She expressed her concern that we do not have people attending meetings to get the word out and get necessary tasks completed.  We need active board members and we have 157 members means we do not have many members.   .  At this point we are looking into dipping into our saved money.  Our first payment to Rock Springs is paid.  Pay Pal is up and working for registrations and we are getting the non-profit fee.   We bank with UMB.  They no longer have Saturday hours.  The bank is hoping to make the service where they can take a picture of a check to deposit it.  She is also looking to talk to Erin about the Square. She also is concerned with getting loose ends and having all money collected by May.  She wondered if having all money going to one place would be beneficial.  Randy mentioned that when someone registers it creates an invoice.  It is possible for Shirley to mark on that invoice who has paid and Lori can then see that.  When someone pays from Pay Pal, it should show up on both Shirley and Lori’s end.  Shirley will also get an email conformation any time money comes to KATS from Pay Pal.
    • o   Randy was given a round of applause.  He’s been great with the website and helping everyone that has needed him.  He has made payments out of his own pocket to Wild Apricot.  Paying them is something we need to do.  They only accept credit.  Shirley is against getting a KATS credit card to pay this.  Randy recommends giving this responsibility to Shirley.  She can pay from her personal credit card and then write a check to reimburse herself.

    There was a short break from 11:45-12:00

    5          Special Reports

    • ·         Wendell G. Mohling Foundation
    • o   We have a winner!  Laura Leis form Lindsborg.  She teaches 6th grade and is going to go to the national convention in LA.  She was given $500 for the trip from the foundation and her school board offered to pay the balance.  The best part of this was that she found this because of the KATS website.  The deadline will remain September 1st and the requirements will stay the same. 
    • ·         Webmaster—Randy Brull
    • o   He started with a tour of the website.  The News feature was looked at in depth because it will be a great feature in keeping members updated.  It’s possible for board members to add to the page on their own.  If it’s an attachment, it can be sent to Randy and will get it up on the news.  He then showed how to log in to the website and which features are available to members and non-members.  It was decided the president needs to have access to being an administrator so that he or she can effectively contact members and board members about meetings.
    • o   Tim suggested that we put a widget on the page so that people can follow us on FaceBook and Twitter.  And also, a “live feed” of the most recent tweets.
    • o   There was a suggestion that we could use a place to email board members or executive board members. This would make it easier to contact board members about meeting or for members or potential members to ask questions.  It was also suggested that at the top we make a new category called “resources” to post newsletters, lesson plans, and activities.
    • ·         Membership—Lori Coles
    • o   She noted that she sent out over 100 emails to people that had expired memberships.  Some of them had come back to her, some were teachers that retired, and some of them thanked her for letting know memberships have expired.
    • ·         KACEE-Dan Whistler
    • o   There are some special projects he is working on and will not be able to be a representative and Wendy will step in as a representative.  He is at the college level and she is not.

    6          Session work from 1:50-2:35

    • ·         Dixie brought up that Lizette Burks had been in contact with her about a donation to KSDE in support of the Kanas Excellence Math/Science Teacher Conference.  It was brought up that the issue was voted on at the last meeting so discussion ended.
    • ·         Tim moved to increase the table price from $35 for 1 table and $50 for two to $50 for 1 and $75 for 2 and it was seconded by Carol Bonham.  These fees are in addition to the $80 registration fee for the 1 day early bird price.  A two day fee is $150.  MOTION CARRIED.
    • ·         Tim and Tracy were discussion off site networking social.  There could be a “KATS birthday party” that would be outside of Rock Springs.
    • ·         Tim moved create a new registration level called “nonparticipation” that would be $25.  It was seconded by Scott Capes.  Julie questioned what was to stop anyone from registering as a nonparticipant.  We could monitor this with different colored name tags. Tracy questioned calling it nonparticipant.  This would cause confusion for vendors since it seems as though they are not participating in the conference.  The last suggestion was to call it guest.  It was decided that the official name could be confirmed at a later time, but the creation of the new level was agreed upon.  MOTION CARRIED.
    • ·         Advertising with 500 postcards distributed within the regions will be done.  Board members will then distribute them within their region.  There will be electronic post cards available also.  Carol reminded us that the best thing is for us to each bring a friend to KAMP with us.

    7          Meeting was adjourned at 3:09

    The next meeting is April 23rd at KATS Kamp.



  • 23 Apr 2017 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    AGENDA--KATS Board Meeting

    April 23, 2017   12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

    Rock Springs 4-H Camp




    •         I.       Call to Order (12:15 a.m.)


    •      II.       Changes/Additions to the Agenda
    •    III.       Approve Minutes from January 20, 2017 (KATS Board Meeting (@  Exploration Place

                                                                                                     IV.            300 N. McLean Blvd, Wichita, KS ‎ 67230)


    • IV.          Reports of Officers


    • A.     Past - President Dixie Smith
    • ·         Welcome/Opening Comments/Thank-you for a successful camp.
    • ·         Rock Springs has been a pleasure to work with.  It is apparent to me that it is a great advantage to work at a place where the facility is known and familiar. Daniel has been especially helpful at every turn. 
    • ·         The Friday evening steak fry went smoothly in spite of rain.  It would be my recommendation to do the event again at the Collegiate Shelter.  Rock Springs did not charge us for to use the shelter after all, and it was about the right size for the event.  Paul Adam’s and an outside supporter provided the meal, which consisted of steak grilled on site and other dishes catered and brought to camp.  If the group wants to repeat the steak fry next year, Paul is happy to arrange funding again, and I will also be happy to supervise the event.  (See new business.)
    • ·         Pass the gavel to incoming President, Carol Bonham
    • ·         2017-2018 duties:  Awards and Elections for Open Positions[i]


    • B.     President Carol Bonham
    • ·         2017-2018 duties:  Schedule and run Board Meetings; Liaison with Rock Springs


    • C.     President Elect Tim Elsen
    • ·         2017-2018 duties:  Plan and organize 2018 program for camp
    • D.     Vice President Nancy Smith
    • ·         KATS Kamp Vendors/Exhibitors and Donors
    • ·         Prizes for KATS Kamp (General Assemblies, Mealtimes, Regional Sessions, Evening entertainment)


    • E.Treasurer Report -- Shirley Rose
    • ·         Financial report


    • F. NSTA District XI Director  -- Carrie Launius.  (Planning for the 2018 Regional Meeting in St. Louis)


    •   V.          Other Reports
    • a.       KATS Kamp Registration – Eryn Norton-Moland and Erica
    • b.      Membership Chair Lori Coles
    • c.       Website Update – Randy Brull (New Business)
    • d.      Newsletter Elizabeth Tackett
    • e.       KACEE – Liaison vacancy
    • f.       Kansas State Department of Education Lizette Burks
    • g.       Informal Liaison Traci Kallhoff
    • h.      Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair – Liaison vacancy
    • i.        Wendell G. Mohling Foundation – Carol Mohling
    • j.        Regional Reports (Regions 1-6, Appendix III)




    • VI.          KSDE:  Lizette Burks


    • VII.          Breakout Work Sessions in Committees as needed.  See Appendix II.
    • Motions passed on to Secretary for New Business.


    • VIII.          Brief Reports, if needed, from Work Groups with identified issues and proposed solutions, and motions.
    • IX.          Old Business
    • Location of KATS organization documents     


    •   X.          New Business
    • ·         motions and action from workgroups (as needed)
    • WildApricot:  Helper to route and respond to general emails received at kats.org1967@gmail.com; Assistance with classifying incoming emails
    • ·         Should we have a steak fry again at camp in spring 2018?
    • ·         Summer conferences:  Congress and Stem
    • ·         Transition to Teaching (Alternative Licensure)
    • XI.          Announcements
    • XII.          Next Meeting TBA
    • XIII.          Adjourn (2:15 PM)




    • ·   2017 National Congress: July 19 – Saturday, July 22, Buffalo, New York
    • ·   2017 STEM Events: Atlanta (June 8-9); Cincinnati (June 14-15); St. Louis (July 18-19); Fayetteville (August 3-4)
    • ·   2019 National Conference, St. Louis




    Appendix I:  Regions Map





    Appendix II: Committees and Work Groups


    Instead of standard committees (listed below), Board Members may form work groups for preparing for KATS Kamp Conference, Fall Mini-Conferences, or other activities.


    [STANDARD COMMITTEES (and related Goals): Advocacy Committee: (G2); Technology Committee: (G1, G2); Mentoring and Preservice: (G3); Fundraising: (G3); Conference Planning Committee: (G3.2); Membership Committee: (G3.1); Nominating Committee and Awards: (G1)]


    2016-2017 Work Groups:

    • 1.      Fall Virtual Mini-Conference Planning (as needed)
    • a.       Activities, Speakers
    • b.      Technology Needs
    • c.       Recruitment and Advertising
    • 2.      KAMP Recruitment and Advertising
    • 3.      Awards and Elections
    • 4.      Website Continued
    • 5.      Other?



    Appendix III:  Regional Reports


    Region 1:  Suggested fruit at snack times; they enjoyed seeing the Past-Presidents; they missed the Grand Illuminator.  Region I also suggested that we set up “innovation stations” for people to work in teams/brainstorm during sessions. 



    [i] If you have not served two consecutive terms in your current position, you could run again.

  • 22 Apr 2017 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    Fort Hays State University is offering one hour of graduate credit for those attending the Saturday session of KAMP and fulfilling two additional requirements.  (1) Produce a sheetof paper recording the sessions attended (attend at least 5 sessions).  Beneath the title of each write two or more take aways for your teaching.  This could be a teaching tip, new information, or possible resources(s) for your classroom.  (2) Write a two-page paper that goes into greater depth on the most relevant session you attended in your classrooms.    In the paper identify what it was that you see had relevance for your teaching, to support Three Dimensional Learning.  Indicate standards are supported with your implementation plan.  

    Work should be submitted by May 15, 2017.  Credit will be awarded in the summer term and available in July as a transcript record. 

    For more details contact:


KATS email:   kats.org1967@gmail.com

Payments and invoices should be sent to:

KATS Treasurer

P.O. Box 780899

Wichita KS 67278

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