kansas association of teachers of science


  • 13 Feb 2017 10:04 PM | Anonymous

    Kansas Citizens for Science, a long-time partner with KATS, announces scholarships of $100-275 to be awarded to attendees for KATS Kamp this spring.

    KCFS realizes that KATS Kamp is the premiere professional development opportunity for science teachers in Kansas. We therefore want to provide the opportunity for increased numbers of K-12 teachers to attend.

    Early career teachers who have district/building mentors are encouraged to have their mentors apply also. If an early career teacher is awarded a scholarship, their mentor will receive one also. We want such teams to be able to work together at Kamp. An early career teacher may, of course, apply even if no mentor applies.

    KCFS will provide scholarships based on the following criteria:
    • Teachers who will be first time Kamp attendees.
    • Early career teachers.
    • Teachers whose district provides no support for attendance.
    • Teachers who will agree to attend one of the sessions sponsored by KCFS
    • District/building mentors of early career teachers

    Award recipients will be expected to apply knowledge obtained at Kamp in their classroom.
    Applicants do not have to meet all the above criteria, but these are the criteria which will be used to determine scholarship recipients.

    Please submit this form no later than February 28th, 2017. The form is at http://www.quia.com/sv/733006.html

    Questions should be sent to cheryl.shepherdadams@gmail.com

    . Recipients will be contacted after March 15 by email.

  • 01 Feb 2017 8:23 AM | 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 with one face-to-face class meeting on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The course develops knowledge and skills STEM preservice or inservice teachers 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.  Some scholarships are available.  Please contact Brady Lund blund2@emporia.edu for more information about enrolling in PS591, PS791, or LI791. Limited space (25). Certificate website: http://tinyurl.com/publhlc

    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.


  • 31 Jan 2017 7:41 PM | Anonymous member

    If you are a lead teacher or science curriculum leader this could be for you!

    Curriculum & Instructional Leaders (teacher leaders, instructional coaches, principals, curriculum administrators/directors, assistant superintendents, and superintendents):

    KASCD is offering an Edcamp/Unconference on February 10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Wichita Airport in Wichita, KS.  This event is free for all KASCD members.  Others who wish to attend may join KASCD in order to attend.

    Kansas ASCD (KASCD) is excited about hosting an Edcamp unconference for curriculum and instructional leaders. Come join us February 10, 2017 and participate in a full day that emphasizes peer-to-peer collaboratively learning focused on the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events. The day will begin with a light breakfast and networking. Start thinking about a session that you'd like to add on the schedule. Don't worry about being prepared with a presentation; just come with a topic for discussion or a question that has been burning. After we kick off, we'll start our sessions. The "law of two feet" applies all day.

    • Hosted by KASCD to provide a forum for curriculum & instructional leaders to collaboratively discuss and exchange ideas over timely issues with which your district is confronted
    • Topics are set by you, the day of the event (e.g. individual plans of study; OVTs—outside validation teams; 5 Pillars of KansasCan; peer observations; civic engagement, great math resources (or any subject); KDG readiness; professional learning strategies that change practice; technology integration; assessments; SECD curriculum—socio emotional character development, etc.)
    • Sessions are determined the day of the event and driven by participant interest
    • Sessions created where anyone can be a presenter and everyone is a contributor
    • Reliant on the law of two feet that encourages participants to find a session that meets their needs
    • The agenda for the KASCD Edcamp is:

      7:45-8:20 AM   Gathering/Breakfast/Greeting
      8:20-8:45         Session planning
      8:50-9:45         Session 1
      9:45-10:00       Hallway Chats (defined as summary, reflection, & sharing highlights of session on chart paper)

      10:00-10:50     Session 2
      10:50-11:00     Hallway Chats
      11:00-11:50     Session 3
      11:50-1:00       Lunch (on your own at area restaurants or the hotel)
      1:00-1:15         Drawings/prizes
      1:15- 2:05        Session 4
      2:05-2:15         Hallway Chats/Snacks
      2:15-3:05         Session 5
      3:05-3:30 PM   Smackdown & Closing (The smackdown: a 15-20 minute time in which any willing participant has no more than 2 minutes to share an idea, tool or tip with the crowd).

      Registration is completed online at  http://www.KASCDedcamp. weebly.com  

    • To join KASCD please complete the following information and respond to  george.abel@usd253.net and then register at the above address.


      Email address:  


      School and Position:  

      Billing street address:  

      City, State  Zip:  


      Method of Payment:  __Check     __Bill Me     __ PO #

      George Abel, KASCD Treasurer

      Assistant Superintendent - Teaching and Learning

      Emporia USD 253

      1700 W 7th Avenue

      Emporia, KS  66801



  • 31 Jan 2017 7:36 PM | Anonymous member

    Regional Outstanding Science Educator:  Each region can recognize an outstanding science educator.  The individual must be a member of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS) and teaching in his/her region for recognition at KATS Kamp Science Education Conference.  Nominations can be made via the following Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/wZ4n7Y7fUGztFAhg2 or by emailing Past-President Brian Cole (coleb@usd113.org) by March 10, 2017

    A nomination consists of

    i.                contact Information of the nominee (including school, subject/grade, email address, etc.)

    ii.               a written narrative describing the outstanding contributions/events  that indicated the nominee is deserving of the recognition, and 

    iii.             any other information that you feel is important in consideration for the award.

    You can also nominate someone for the Distinguished KATS Member Award or an organization, group, or business for the KATS Outstanding Contributions to Science Education in Kansas by emailing me (coleb@usd113.org) or the Google Form link above.

  • 28 Jan 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Educator Resource Day 
    January 28, 2017 
    FREE Event 

    Interact with master teachers demonstrating hands-on STEM lessons and learn about area STEM field trips and other useful resources for you and your students. 
    Click Here to sign up today 

    Click here for ERD Flyer to share with others!

  • 20 Jan 2017 4:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Science Foundation currently is accepting nominations and applications for the 2017 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, 2017, and the application deadline is May 1, 2017.

    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.

  • 18 Jan 2017 6:01 PM | Anonymous

    Program director Carol Bonham has extended the deadline for submitting KAMP presentations until Monday, January 23.  Click here for details. 

  • 12 Jan 2017 5:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The weather this weekend is looking like such bad traveling conditions that we need to move the meeting until next weekend.  The Exploration Place is going to allow us to move our meeting day (Thank you!) so hopefully this will not be too great an inconvenience for most of us.   And it should certainly be safer for everyone!


  • 10 Jan 2017 5:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello! This is for the members of KSSEF and KATS that are in USD259. Dixie, can you please forward to KATS members in USD259?




    Traci Kallhoff | Director of Education 
    Exploration Place,

    The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center 
    300 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203
    Direct: 316.660.0665 
    | Fax: 316.660.0670 
    traci.kallhoff@exploration.org| www.exploration.org


    Travel back in time to a frigid world with Discover the Ice Age, a national traveling exhibit at Exploration Place, Saturday, Feb. 4 - Sunday, April 30, 2017.



    This message from Exploration Place, Inc. contains information which is privileged and confidential and is solely for the use of the intended recipient.  If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any review, disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the contents of this message is strictly prohibited.  If you have received this in error, please destroy it immediately and please notify the sender immediately at 316-660-0613 or Exploration Place at 316-660-0600.  Thank you.


    From: Jeff Darr [mailto:JDarr@usd259.net
    Sent: Monday, January 09, 2017 10:47 AM
    Subject: RE: Innovation U Product Reveal





    The Innovation U PRODUCT has been revealed!  You can view the new video with the information at www.iu316.com.  Remember to register your team(s) by 11:59 PM this FridayJanuary 13th.  We sure hope that your class can take part in this exciting educational opportunity.  The original email describing the competition is included below.  Have fun INNOVATING!

    Thank You,

    Jeff Darr

    Wichita Northwest DECA


    Hello Fellow Teachers:

    For the past two years our Wichita Northwest DECA Chapter, with the sponsorship of the Wichita Entrepreneurship Task Forcee2e accelerator (e2e)and Greater Wichita Partnership, have put on Entrepreneurship/Innovation competitions for grades 3-8 in the Wichita Public School System.  Participation doubled from year one to year two and we are hoping to do the same with our upcoming competitions.  As we are starting to see even 10 year old kids on Shark Tank, we decided to expand the competition to include grades K-2 as well.  We are excited to offer this opportunity to bring entrepreneurship and innovation to your classroom and we would be honored if you choose to have your class participate.


    The program is called Innovation U and is led by three student members of the Wichita Northwest DECA Program.  Nathan George, Riley Johnson and Noah Birchfield are coordinating all of the activities for Innovation U.


    The Three Levels of Competition:

    Grades K-2:    Innovation Challenge (new this year)

    Grades 3-5:     Innovation Rally

    Grades 6-8:     Innovation Express


    Due to the tremendous support of the Wichita Entrepreneurship Task Force and the Wichita Business community, the prizes have increased significantly for each level of competition.

    Each competition will now have awards for the Top 5 places as shown below.

    1st Place -       $500

    2nd Place -      $250

    3rd Place -       $125

    4th Place -       $  75

    5th Place -       $  50

    *This award is to be presented to the teacher in the form of a gift card. Our intent for giving these prizes is for you, the teacher, to use the prize money to buy classroom essentials to help your students learn more about the principles of Entrepreneurship.


    Competition Overview:

    All three of these competitions will involve the reveal of an everyday product and each participating class will have opportunity to create new value by finding and developing new uses for the revealed product. Each class will develop a 3-minute pitch video of their creation utilizing the guidelines that are provided on the web site.  The everyday product will be revealed on January 9th, 2017 on the website listed below.

    The website will also have a video describing the program along with even more detail describing each of the competitions.


    Competition Website:



    Tips to Uploading a Video to YouTube



    Need Some Help Creating the Video?

    Simply do a Google search such as “apps to create videos” and several free options will populate the page.


    Important Dates to Remember:

    January 9th, 2017 –     Everyday product will be revealed at www.iu316.com

    January 13th, 2017 –   Deadline for registering your class at www.iu316.com  *Registration is now open

    January 31st, 2017 –   Deadline to submit your video at www.iu316.com

    February 10th, 2017 - The TOP 5 in each competition area will be announced at

                                        www.iu316.com along with emails to each of the TOP 5 classes.


    We appreciate you taking the time to look into participating in your grade level competition and we hope your class can compete in this fun and engaging educational opportunity!


    Thank You,

    Jeff Darr

    Wichita Northwest DECA

    Student Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan TEAM: 

    Nathan George | Noah Birchfield | Riley Johnson


  • 03 Jan 2017 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Meeting place still to be announced.  Time:  10 AM - 3:oo PM.  Please pass along to all KATS Board Members.  Thanks, Dixie

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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