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  • 05 Sep 2022 9:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    August 31, 2022

    Good Afternoon,

    It's been a big science summer, but this week and the anticipation of the Artemis Launch I am finding particularly stellar (or lunar as the case may be  ). I hope you are finding a way to celebrate science and sense-making in your space, and it is beyond me that it is already September! 

     

    I am excited to share the KSDE Science Newsletter with you (LINK). We have a lot of new opportunities we are trying this fall and I'm sincerely looking forward to meeting and working with more of you. Also remember I am here to support you in any way I can, so feel free to reach out if I can ever help!

     

    Included in this month's issue;

    • Regional Professional Development / Learning Communities 
      • College Credit and Professional Development Certificates Available
    • STEM Teaching Tools Resource Study
    • Lunch Series for Leaders
    • Save the dates for KABT and KATS
    • And so much more!!!
       

    Click here (LINK)to read the entire September edition of the KSDE Science newsletter.

     

    Thank you for all you do for Kansas Students and Science,


    Ad Astra Per Aspera


    Meg


    Logo Kansas State Department of Education; 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 102; Topeka, Kansas 66612-1212

    Meg Richard, NBCT, PAEMST 19'

    Education Program Manager - K-12 STEM Education

    Career, Standards and Assessment Services

    (785) 296-8108

    mrichard@ksde.org

    www.ksde.org

     

    Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.


  • 29 Aug 2022 2:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Register here.

    President's Note--

    We want teachers to have fun as scientists and experience the cosmosphere as well as have the opportunity to engage with pedagogy with their peers. The cosmosphere confirmed that these simulators & interactive exhibits are exclusive to school tour groups so it's very exciting that we get to experience them! The department head of our USD 383 (my school district) is making plans to pull their trailer up that Friday night and having a campout nearby. If you're interested let me know and we can try to add your tent onto the RV site.


    Families are welcome! We're just asking that when you register, you pay for their lunch. There will be an option for that registration which is $10. The schedule will have options built in for family members. Recommended age for children to attend is 10+ though there are lots of fun things like a salt mine tour which are also in the area for the day.


    KATS will have 4 sessions per the request of the cosmosphere. The Kansas Geological Survey has already signed up to be a presenter. 


    Sincerely,

    Robert Hamilton


    P.S. Here are the cosmosphere session descriptions again in case you're colleagues need some cajoling. I'm SUPER pumped for these!


    1. Rube Goldberg 1.5 - 3 hours.  Build a Rube Goldberg Machine that plants a flag into the lunar surface.  6 simple machines must be incorporated, and the machine with that runs for the longest time wins.
    2. Past, Present & Future Missions to the Moon 1 hour.  Mission control must communicate to the astronauts the solution to fixing the carbon dioxide filter.  Based on the Apollo 13 disaster.  Will you be able to fix it before time runs out?
    3. Simulated space mission in the Astralis Capsule 30 minutes/team of 5 (we can only run up to 5 people at a time during a mission.  For 20 people, this would take 2 hours).  Run a simulated mission to low Earth orbit in our Astralis capsule. 
    4. Astronaut Training Simulators 1 hour.   Train like an astronaut in our 4G centrifuge and feel the change in Gs that an astronaut would experience during a typical rocket launch.  Feel what it would be like in an out of control tumble in a spacecraft in our Multi Axis Trainer.  Learn some basic Russian and use the same Soyuz simulator used by former astronauts to train for their own missions.
    5. Lunar Landers 1 hour.  Build a model of a lunar lander that houses 6 astronaut marshmallows.  Your goal is to design a lunar lander that will help these astronauts land safely on the surface after a very long drop.
    6. Battery Challenge 1 hour.  Experiment with building a battery using different types of metals and electrolytes.  Test to see the best combination in a battery modeled after Volta's very first battery.
    7. Battlebots 1.5 hours.  Use EV3s to battle it out in the ring.  Will you build an offensive or defensive robot?  Last robot in the ring wins.
    8. Museum Scavenger Hunt 1 hour.  Take pictures and find clues in our museum to solve a puzzle.
    9. Museum Tour 1 hour.  Guided tour through our museum with a focus on the Space Race.
    10. Drones 1.5 - 3 hours.  Learn the basics of flying a drone, and practice drone photography.  



  • 15 Aug 2022 7:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WENDELL G. MOHLING AWARD APPLICATION DEADLINE

    SEPTEMBER 24, 2022

    Are you a K-12 Kansas teacher who currently teaches science? Would you like the opportunity to apply for funds so that you could experience attending a National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Conference this year? In 2006, the Wendell G. Mohling Foundation began selecting a teacher each year to receive a $1000.00 scholarship award to attend a NSTA conference of their choice. The application deadline is Saturday, September 24, 2022, so you still have plenty of time to c omplete and send in your application. The application with requirements can be downloaded by going to the foundation website at www.wendellmohlingfoundation.com and click on “Apply” at the top of the page.   If a teacher has questions, he/she can contact me at neill1703@gmail.com or by phone at 1-620-342-4677. 

    Kay Neill, Foundation Chair


  • 06 Aug 2022 5:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good Afternoon,

    I hope this finds you well and ready for a great new year- I'm excited to share the August KSDE Science Newsletter with you (LINK) we have many opportunities coming up this fall and I'm sincerely looking forward to more opportunities to meet many of you.

     

    Included in this month's issue;

    • Regional Professional Development / Learning Communities 
      • College Credit and Professional Development Certificats Available
    • STEM Teaching Tools Resource Study
    • Lunch Series for Leaders
    • Save the dates for KABT and KATS
    • And so much more!!!
       

    Click here (LINK)to read the entire August edition of the KSDE Science newsletter and please let me know if there is anything I can do to better support you.

     

    Thank you for all you do for Kansas Students and Science,

    Meg

     

    Logo Kansas State Department of Education; 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 102; Topeka, Kansas 66612-1212

    Meg Richard, NBCT, PAEMST 19'

    Education Program Manager - K-12 STEM Education

    Career, Standards and Assessment Services

    (785) 296-8108

    mrichard@ksde.org

    www.ksde.org

     

    Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.


  • 03 Aug 2022 10:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS) and KSDE have teamed up to create a New Teacher PLC.  Pre-service teachers and teachers in the first three years of teaching meet to build community, ask questions of experienced teacher leaders from around the state, and navigate the first years of school. Attendees  who are in their pre-service and first through third year will be compensated with a "Coffee from KATS" at the conclusion of each meeting. 

    Meetups occur the first Wednesday of each month from 4:00-5:00pm.

    https://ksde.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcod-6srjkvG9RHx0cfE-JiFT_nhZ_uDHDg


  • 03 Jul 2022 5:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello KATS!


    The results of the Vice-President election are in! Wendy Calderwood has been elected by the membership with 37 of 39 votes in favor. 


    Congratulations Wendy!


    In other news, please save the date for a KATS Fall event at the Cosmosphere on Saturday, October 15th. The KATS board has been hard at work this summer to bring the best professional development and networking opportunities to you this fall. The theme will be "Life in Space". The program has not been set, but look forward to some cosmosphere special activities and stellar (pun intended) presentations! We need 20 participants for liftoff so be sure to save the date!


    The KATS Board of Directors will meet in a few weeks for our summer board meeting. Be on the lookout for updates of our meeting in the middle of August!


    If you have questions or would like to reach out please contact Secretary@kats.org and CC: President@kats.org.


    Your's in science,

    Robert Hamilton,  KATS President



  • 12 Jun 2022 9:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    • Opportunities for Re-licensure and College Credit
    • K-2 Science SEL/Careers Pilot with the DeBruce Foundation
      • June 9th Link: (Link)                                       June 16th Link: (Link)
         

    Click here (LINK)to read the entire June edition of the KSDE Science newsletter and please let me know if there is anything I can do to better support you.

    --Meg Richard

  • 25 May 2022 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    [Covington, KY] (May 3, 2022) – The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) has opened the application period for the first annual Lt. Governors’ STEM Scholarship Program, sponsored by ACT, to award up to $1,000 to 12 schools nationally to support STEM-related activities for youth. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2022, with award recipients announced and funded in Summer 2022.

     

    “The lieutenant governors and seconds-in-command in state and territorial government are uniquely poised to lead on STEM Education,” said NLGA Director Julia Brossart.  “By supporting STEM-related activities in schools across the country, lieutenant governors can encourage a long-term interest and passion in STEM education in America’s youth, while building the workforce of the future.”  NLGA will award three scholarships to states and territories in each of the four NLGA regions in 2022, for a total of 12 scholarships worth $10,000 total. The Scholarship Program is administered by NLGA, the nonpartisan, nonprofit association for the nation’s seconds-in-command, and sponsored by ACT, the education and career readiness nonprofit.

     

    “As the only major college admissions test provider to include a science assessment, ACT believes that a high-quality STEM education is important to enable all learners, including and especially young people from underserved populations, to graduate high school ready to succeed in a STEM career,” ACT Chief Executive Officer Janet Godwin said. “We are proud to sponsor this program and equip all students for the economy of today and tomorrow.”  Teachers in all public, private, and tribal schools in the 50 states and five U.S. territories are invited to apply at nlga.awardsplatform.com. Funding will be awarded to schools to support STEM-related activities, programming, curriculum, equipment, and other expenses.

     

    “The need for increased educational opportunities in STEM is bipartisan and an area of consensus for the nation’s lieutenant governors,” said NLGA Associate Director Kellie Rittershausen. “NLGA has adopted STEM Education as a pillar of work for the association on behalf of Members, who see the importance of educating students in STEM to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.”

     

    Applications will be reviewed in June 2022, with award winners announced at the NLGA Annual Meeting, July 20-22, 2022. Additional information on the STEM Scholarship Program, including instructions for applying, can be found at https://nlga.us/strategies/nlga-state-strategies-in-stem/.

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    Julia Brossart, Director

    National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA)

    525 W. 5th St. Ste. 226 – Covington, KY - 41011

    (859) 283-1400

    www.nlga.us


  • 28 Apr 2022 9:13 AM | Anonymous member

    Still available if you attended KATS Kamp:   Earn 1 hour Graduate of Kansas State University credit for $200  Details 

  • 28 Apr 2022 9:04 AM | Anonymous member

     Twenty-four teachers will be selected to attend an exclusive From Lab to Classroom Professional Development Workshop, presented by Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom July 26-27.  Details: 

    https://ksagclassroom.org/happenings/pro_workshop/

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