kansas association of teachers of science


  • 21 Apr 2017 3:20 PM | Anonymous

    Revisions/ Corrections  to Schedule

    Saturday; April 22

    Breakout Session II: 1:20-2:10

    Heritage Hall- Spencer Auditorium 1:20-2:10

    School District and Community Engagement in STEM Education on the International Space Station… and Beyond!

    Main Presenter: Dr. Jeff Goldstein


    E-Mail: jeffgoldstein@nsesse.org

    What happens when a community gets their own space program, engaging hundreds of students in experimental design, with one launching launching to the Space Station? Or if given a model solar system?

    Repeated: No

    Sign-Up Required: No

    Type: Hands- On Workshop

    Audience:  General – all levels

    Strand: STEM

    Session 3  DYI Marble Run is cancelled. 

     Move Scaling the Solar System Distances  to Meadowlark Room in the Flint Hills Building

    Sunday: April 23

    Breakout Session IV;

    8:30 – 9:20

    Heritage Hall Seminar Room B

    Enhancing the STEM curriculum with Virtual Simulations

    Main Presenter: A. C. Russell


    E-Mail: arussell@usd259.net

    Games are a perfect solution to enhance STEM curriculum and build 21st century student skills. Students can manipulate key variables, generate and text hypotheses and engage in extensive , “what if” experimentation.

    Repeated: No

    Sign-Up Required: No

    Type: Hands- On Workshop

    Audience:  General – all levels

    Strand: STEM

    • ·        Rachel Wahle is KACEE representative

    Breakout Session IV;

    10:30 – 11:20

    Heritage Hall Conference Room A

    "Warnings, warnings, warnings-how many is enough?"

    Main Presenter: Shannon Cartwright

    E-Mail: shannoncart@att.net

    Five key strategies to improve student scores and reduce disciplinary challenges. Equally important, teacher satisfaction.

    Repeated: No

    Sign-Up Required: No

    Type: contributed paper- methods

    Audience:  General – all levels

    Strand: All


  • 22 Mar 2017 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    NEON - NASA Educators Online Network

    ANNOUNCEMENTS  forwarded from Dr. Paul Adams

    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.

    March 21, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. ET: Teachers Connect: NASA's Langley Research Center Centennial Badge (Grades 6-8) -- The first half of the webinar will focus on clouds and their role in Earth’s energy budget and on implementation ideas using GLOBE for different classroom settings as part of the “Earth Right Now: LaRC 100th” digital badge. Participants will talk about student badge implementations, extension ideas and extra resources. The second half-hour will center on the engineering design process using the "Drag Race to Mars Engineering Design Challenge" as part of the “Journey to Mars: LaRC 100th” digital badge. This portion of the webinar will focus on forces and motion and on math calculations using paper airplanes and testing different materials as part of the “Aeronautics: LaRC 100th” digital badge. This webinar meets requirements of teacher discussions within the NASA Langley 100th Educator Professional Development Collaborative digital badges. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/224590 To learn more about the Langley 100th digital badges, log in to https://nasatxstate-epdc.net/ and search for LaRC 100th.


    March 21, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Earth Right Now -- Weather to Fly By (Grades K-12) -- Participants will learn about basic meteorological concepts including the general characteristics of the atmosphere and how weather conditions and weather phenomena occur. There will be hands-on, standards-aligned mathematics, science and engineering activities about density, mass, fluid dynamics and weather so participants can new ideas take back to their classrooms. Real-world connections with NASA and the airplanes that do weather research will be discussed as the webinar highlights a partnership between NASA Armstrong and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, with the Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology, or SHOUT, mission. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/229951


    March 23, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Earth Right Now: From Earth to the Moon (Grades 4-12) -- Earth is influenced by our moon. Humankind has always observed and asked questions about the moon. NASA has studied our moon for almost 60 years and has sent humans there. Explore that technological accomplishment and the Earth/moon relationship by integrating NASA missions, online resources and STEM classroom lessons. Experience some real “classroom lunacy.” Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/229609


    March 27, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. ET: Earth Right Now: NASA Satellite Missions GPM and SMAP (Grades K-12) -- Join our special guest speakers at NASA to learn about the Global Precipitation Mission, or GPM, and Soil Moisture Active Passive, or SMAP, mission. Partipants will explore science content, teachable activities, and resource suggestions for use within educational programs. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/209359


    March 27, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET: Earth Right Now: Elementary GLOBE -- Using Picture Books to Initiate STEAM PBL (Grades K-5) -- Explore science-based storybooks that introduce students to key concepts in water, soil, clouds, seasons, aerosols, climate and Earth system studies.The Elementary GLOBE program explores classroom learning activities complementing the science content covered in each storybook. The activities are designed to further engage students in GLOBE's seven investigation areas. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/218043


    March 28, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. ET: Earth Right Now: Looking at Satellite Images (Grades 4-10) -- Use NASA resources to practice exploring the world in spatial terms. This webinar will explore how to use maps and other imagery to acquire, process and report information from a spatial perspective. Students will examine maps at different scales and make observations about the amount of detail they can see. Students then can learn to compare satellite images with maps and use satellite images to measure and map changing land use. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/218054


    March 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Earth Right Now: Space Weather (Grades K-12) -- Participants will learn about ways space weather and radiation impact Earth, as well their effects on planning for space travel and the journey to Mars. Participants also will learn about current research taking place at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/229952


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



    For US Educators: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station--Students Talk to Astronauts

    Call for Proposals -- Window is February 15 – April 15, 2017

    The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crewmember on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the radio contact would be held between Jan 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits determine the exact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Students learn about technology, communications, and science studied on board the ISS.

    The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15, 2017. For proposal information and details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and days/times of Information Sessions, go to www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact Please direct any questions to ariss@arrl.org .
  • 20 Mar 2017 1:57 PM | Anonymous

    Opportunities for students and teachers are detailed in this spring listing. 

    Table of Contents

    1. NASA Space Place
    2. Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement
    3. National Rural Education Association: Essay Contest
    4. SciJinks E-Newsletter
    5. NGSS Now Update
    6. NEON - NASA Educators Online Network
    7. STEM Classrooms and Competitions
    8. Ascend Learning: Middle School Science Teachers
    9. Sigma XI Outstanding Science Educator Award
    10. International Ocean Discovery Program Opportunity
    11. Earth Day Video for the GLOBE Program
    12. Kansas NSF EPSCoR Workshop for Physics and Physical Science Teachers

  • 15 Mar 2017 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    By integrating the national agriculture standards into she does in her Eisenhower High School (Goddard, KS) ecology classes and the on-campus OWLS area Denise Scribner has won both the state 2017 Kansas Foundation Ag in the Classroom Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year Award and is the winner of the National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award for 2017 presented by  the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Farm Credit. 

    go to for announcement:  http://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/announcement.htm

  • 27 Feb 2017 1:17 PM | Anonymous


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    Kansas NSF EPSCoR
    2021 Constant Ave.
    University of Kansas
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    Special Announcements

    February 2017

    Full proposal for RII Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows due
    February 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

    November 2017

    Save the Dates! 25th NSF EPSCoR National Conference
    Missoula, MT - November 5-8, 2017

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    2017 Kansas NSF EPSCoR Physics Teacher Workshop at Kansas State APPLY NOW

    Kansas NSF EPSCoR presents “Modeling the Unseen in the Physical Sciences”, a workshop for Kansas and Nebraska High School and Middle School Physics and Physical Sciences Teachers June 15-16, 2017 at Kansas State University.

    2017 Kansas EPSCoR Track 2 Researcher and University of Kansas Physicist, Dr. Hui Zhao, discovers a new bilayer material

    A member of the Kansas NSF EPSCoR Track 2 “Collaborative Research: Imaging and Controlling Ultrafast Dynamics of Atoms, Molecules and Nanostructures” research team, Dr. Hui Zhao and his team at the Ultrafast Laser Lab at the University of Kansas have successfully created a new bilayer material.

    Small College Faculty Collaboration with KU brings a low-cost Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Instrument to MidAmerica Nazarene University

    As part of the Kansas EPSCoR Track 2 “Collaborative Research: Imaging and Controlling Ultrafast Dynamics of Atoms, Molecules and Nanostructures” small college collaboration initiative, Dr. Jordan Mantha, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) partnered with Dr. Chris Elles, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kansas (KU) to develop a low-cost Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) instrument.


    Both the Kansas NSF EPSCoR and the Nebraska NSF EPSCoR programs are sponsoring at least six Kansas or Nebraska undergraduate students to participate in their 2017 Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) students (at least three students will be accepted at each campus). For more information - http://kansas-nsf-epscor.blogspot.com/2016/12/summer-undergraduate-research.html

    University of Kansas and West Virginia University collaborate on Water Restoration Project

    Congratulations to University of Kansas Associate Professor, Dr. Edward Peltier Improving Water Management, Treatment and Recovery in Oil and Gas Production and Professor, Dr. Stephen Randtke, of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department; Dr. Karen Peltier, Assistant Scientist and Director of Labs for the KU Tertiary Oil Recover Program; and to West Virginia University Director of WVU Water Research Institute, Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Dr. Lian-Shin for receiving one of the 11 NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-2 (RII) investment strategy awards.

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    Kansas NSF EPSCoR Program is funded by the National Science Foundation Grant No. EPS-0903806 and the State of Kansas. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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  • 26 Feb 2017 10:59 PM | Anonymous



    Registration is Now Open


    Wichita State University, home of the Shockers, is pleased to be hosting an Advanced Placement Summer Institute on the WSU campus this summer, June 19-22, 2017.  Our Institute will offer sessions for the following AP courses:

    • AP® Language and Composition
    • AP® Literature and Composition
    • AP® Biology
    • AP® U.S. History: Crossing Boundaries with Skill Focused Approaches to AP U.S. History and AP World History
    • AP® Statistics
    • Pre AP® English
    • Pre AP® Math

    We have secured experienced consultants from the Midwest and Southwest College Board Regions to lead our sessions, which are open to both new and experienced AP® teachers.


    WSU is also providing the opportunity for Institute attendees to earn graduate level credit at a discounted rate.






    Institute Dates & Times

    Monday, June 19 - Thursday, June 22
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day

    Lunch is included each day.





    Wichita State University is pleased to offer attendees a special opportunity for housing during the Institute.  A set of rooms for attendees has been arranged on the Wichita State University campus in Shocker Hall.  Individuals may arrive on the afternoon of June 18 and will depart at the close of the Institute on June 22nd. Single rooms are $174 for the time period.  Double rooms are $154 for the time period per person.  Individuals will receive a pillow, pillowcase, two sheets, blanket, hand towel, washcloth and bar of soap.  More information about Shocker Hall can be found at http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=housing&p=/shocker_hall_landing_page/.  Breakfast and dinner is not provided but individuals can purchase it on-site at Shocker Hall for an additional cost.



    To reserve your space, complete the registration form and return it to:

    Wichita State University
    Conference Office
    1845 Fairmount St., Box 136
    Wichita, KS 67260-0136

    Phone: (316) 978-6493

    Fax: (316) 978-3064

    E-mail: conference.office@wichita.edu



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  • 15 Feb 2017 4:53 PM | Anonymous

    The KSU chapter of Sigma Xi (a scientific research society and publisher of American Scientist)  has for a number of years given an annual award to an outstanding secondary science teacher.  One of the missions of Sigma Xi is supporting education, and we feel that recognizing excellence in secondary science teaching in our state is an important expression of this mission.

    Over that last several years we have received a large number of excellent candidates and it is a challenge each year to select only one or two awardees.  

    The award winners in the last few years were:

    2016 Mr. Adam Robb - Moundridge High School, Moundridge

    2015 Ms. Josephine Reno - Central Middle School, Kansas City
    2015 Mr. Gabriel Dalton - Highland Park Highschool

    2014 Ms. Miranda Forgey - Hope Street Academy, Topeka

    2014 Mr. Jeremy Mohn -  Blue Valley Northwest High School

    2013 Mr. Jeff McFarlane - JC Harmon High School

    2012 Ms. Susan Arnold - Maize High School
    2011 Ms. Brenda Bott - Shawnee Mission West High School
    2011 Mr. Dan Whisler - Sterling High School
    2010 Ms. Janice Crowley - Wichita Collegiate High School
    2009 Ms. Carrie Newdigger - Macksville High School
    2008  Ms. Lyric Cairns - Salina South High School
    2007 Mr. James Enneking - Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
    2007 Ms. Laurie Cleavinger - McLouth High School
    2006 Mr. Duke Harman - Eisenhower Middle School, Manhattan
    2005 Ms. Jan Cyr - Blue Valley North High School
    Nominations for the award (by administrators, principles, or other teachers) should be sent to me (e-mail or regular mail) by March 20.  Please feel free to renominate outstanding teachers who were not selected for awards in previous years.  The simple nomination form is included below.  

    Thank you for your support of quality science teaching in Kansas!

    Keith Miller
    Chair: Science Educator Award Committee
    KSU Chapter Sigma Xi




    Candidate’s Name ______________________________________________________________

    Candidate’s School _____________________________________________________________

    School Address ________________________________________________________________

    School Telephone Number _______________________________________________________
    Candidate’s Home Address _______________________________________________________________

    Candidate’s Home Telephone _____________________________________________________
    Candidate’s Teaching Specialty  ___________________________________________________
    Candidate’s Length of Teaching Service _____________________________________________
    Candidate’s Degrees (Degrees, Years, Colleges):



    Nominator’s statement of achievement on behalf of the candidate:
     (Attach statement to this form.)
    Return to:  Dr. Keith B. Miller, Committee Chair, Dept. of Geology, 108 Thompson Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506  by March 20, 2017, or e-mail to keithbmill@gmail.com

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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