kansas association of teachers of science


  • 02 Feb 2022 8:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    • Fourth Grader Falls for Science
    • Professional Development/Collaboration
    • National Youth Cybereducation Program
    • Free Professional Learning Communities
    • and much more!!
    • See the entire newsletter here

  • 01 Feb 2022 9:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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    Dear Science Teachers,

    Hope you’re well!

    Looking for great resources that will help your students learn Science?

    Then join the literally millions of teachers and students around the world who have used the Shedding Light series of videos, worksheets, and practical activities to make teaching and learning Science easier, more effective, and more enjoyable!!

    ·          Each Shedding Light series (there are eight in all) covers an entire unit of work, but each program is a fully, self-contained lesson! They cover ChemistryLightMotionSun and Earth (Climate Science)HeatEnergyAcids and Bases, and Electricity.

    ·          Each program comes with an outstanding worksheet, many now in Google Doc format! Check them out here!!

    ·          Each worksheet comes with answers!

    Each video makes it easier for teachers to teach and easier for students to learn. The outstanding explanations, animations, and demonstrations will

    ·          improve your students’ grades;

    ·          drive positive engagement in Science and;

    ·          allow all students to maximize their learning.

    The worksheets are structured in sections that match the sections in each video. They

    ·          promote critical-thinking skills;

    ·          enhance literacy and numeracy and;

    ·          provide a strong sense of accomplishment as students complete them.

    Best of all, the Shedding Light videos are available for free right now on

    Learn360, Films on Demand, SAFARI Montage, and ClickView.

    https://www.liacoseducationalmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/students-watching-a-Shedding-Light-video.jpg The video resources and the worksheets can be used both in the classroom and at home! If a student is absent, he or she can still keep up with the rest of the class!!

    So, if your school has one of these services, you can head straight there! However, if you don’t have these services, you can get hold of the programs from our website.

    Full transcripts for each program are also on the Liacos Educational Media website, so students can use them as an online text bookCheck them out. You will also find the worksheets on the website.

    Follow the links below to preview each series. They are available for free right now on Learn360, Films on Demand, SAFARI Montage, and ClickView.


    The 8-part Shedding Light on Atoms series

    Show them periodically…


    How do we know about atoms if they’re too small to see?


    This series covers not just what we know about atoms but also how we know what we know about atoms. We discuss atoms, atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, and a whole lot more!

    The 8-part Shedding Light on Motion series

    Get your students up to speed…


    Using brilliant live-action footage, this series makes it easy to teach speed, acceleration, Newton’s Laws of Motion, and a whole lot more!


    The 6-part Shedding Light on Light series

    Let your students see it…


    This series looks at color, reflection and mirrors, refraction, lenses, the eye, electromagnetic waves, and a whole lot more!


    The 3-part Shedding Light on Energy series


    Make the change…


    This series looks at forms of energy, energy transformations, efficiency, human energy intake and expenditure, and at the two simple rules for weight loss; that’s right, there are only two!


    The 6-part Shedding Light on Heat series


    Hot stuff…


    This series covers heat energy, temperature, temperature scales, changes of state, thermal expansion, heat transfer, and how humans maintain a constant core temperature regardless of the conditions.

    The 5-part Shedding Light on the Sun and Earth series


    Essential Climate Science…


    The Sun illuminates and warms our precious planet. This series introduces students to the basics of climate science. We examine what causes seasons, how the movement of the sun across the sky affects the renewable-energy industry, and a whole lot more.

    The 4-part Shedding Light on Acids and Bases series


    They’ll get a great reaction…


    Acids and bases play a huge role in every aspect of our lives. They can be found everywhere, from our farms to our kitchens and from our power stations to our industrial plants.

    This series explains what acids and bases are and how the chemical reactions they undergo are a part of our everyday life.


    The 5-part Shedding Light on Electricity series


    The Shocking Truth…


    The Shedding Light on Electricity series exposes the shocking truth about electricity. Yes, positively a bad pun to begin with, but we promise to conduct ourselves really well from now on. This series teaches students watts of stuff (sorry, couldn’t resist) about electricity including how it’s produced, how it’s used in our homes, how it’s controlled, and how we keep ourselves safe from nasty shocks. Currently the best video series available. Ohm my goodness, this series is without parallel.



    We wish you, your colleagues, and your students all the very best for the rest of the school year and invite you to click this link to the LEM website now!!!


    Kind Regards,

    Spiro Liacos,

    Science Teacher,

    Liacos Educational Media


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    Investigating Motion Practical Activities: How fast can you run? As fast as a leopard…

  • 31 Jan 2022 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Still a few spots left for this Workshop register today!


     to promote Student Research Engagement with NASA for Grades 3—12



    • Teacher in-service Workshop delivered virtually (February 22, 23 March 1, 2, 2022 at 4:30-5:30 pm)
    • Face to face Teacher Workshop and Flight with Arduino Coding and payload construction (March 12-13, 2022)
    • Individual school-based work by student/teacher research teams (late March/early April 2022)
    • Virtual mentoring of students and teachers by FHSU HAB team
    • Analysis and sharing data through a virtual poster session prepared by student teams (April 2022)
    • Teacher participant stipend $800
    • Teacher lodging and travel stipend $400
    • Workshop materials and supplies will be provided for student payload design
    • Limited to first 12 registrants
    • Deadline to register February 9, 2022
    • Registration fee $20 (non-refundable)


    For more information and to register online please go:


     Cari Rohleder, coordinator


  • 25 Jan 2022 9:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kansas Association of Teachers of Science is calling for presenters that would engage teachers at our yearly KATS Kamp. The theme of this year's KATS Kamp is: "Surviving and Thriving"

    Please complete the form linked here if you are interested in presenting a session at the upcoming KATS conference (April 23) at Olathe.   

    Presentations will be 45 minutes in length.  Proposal acceptance notifications will be sent no later than March 15, 2022.  

    Contact Betsy Lawrence at 913.515.4888 or president-elect@kats.org with questions.   This is a volunteer opportunity to share your teaching ideas with educators across the state of Kansas.

  • 23 Jan 2022 10:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas Association of Teachers of Science annual conference (KATS KAMP) has been scheduled as an in-person event for Saturday April 23, 2022 at the Olathe campus of Kansas State University.  Please mark your calendars.  

  • 11 Jan 2022 11:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KATS board members have been asked to set aside time on Jan 22 to attend the virtual meeting which will focus on planning the annual spring meeting of the KATS organization.   Meeting details are available on the "Board Resources" tab of the web site.  

    All KATS members are encouraged to communicate your ideas and questions to board members in the next few days to increase the productivity of the meeting.   Board members are listed on the "About Us" tab of the web site.  

    --Randy Brull, webmaster

  • 11 Jan 2022 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click here (Link) to read the entire January edition of the KSDE Science newsletter, or find some high lights below...

    Newsletter Headlines  

      • Collaboration Meetings 

      • Administration / Leaders Lunch Book Study
      • The Instructional Leader's Guide to Implementing K-8 Science Practices    
      • This book study is targeted for those who support educators in their implementation of K-8 Science. The book includes a review of the NGSS standards, strategies for supervision, observation, feedback and professional development.


        Meetings will take place via zoom on Thursdays in February from 12-1 CST. Registration will be confirmed with a link to access materials. (Registration Link)


    • K-8 Teacher Book Study
    • What's Your Evidence? Engaging K-8 Students in Construction Explanations in Science
    • Join other educators in this study around the implementation of K-8 Science. The book includes a review of the NGSS standards, strategies for classroom discussion and using evidence to support student claims.
    • Meetings will take place via zoom on Thursdays in February & Early March from 7-8pm CST. Registration will be confirmed with a link to access materials.
    • (Registration Link)

    Click here (Link) to read the entire January edition of the KSDE Science newsletter.


  • 05 Nov 2021 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Paid Professional Development for Math and Science Teachers! 


    Want to expand your knowledge of engineering and NGSS teaching strategies? 


    And get paid for it, too? 


    Now’s your chance.  The University of Kansas is offering an exciting summer program for high school science and mathematics instructors to learn about engineering design and how to incorporate these concepts into your classes. 


    We invite talented teachers from diverse backgrounds to participate in this 6-week summer program.  Educators of all science and math subjects for grades 9 to 12 are encouraged to apply, especially pairs of teachers from the same school teaching different subjects. 


    Participants will work in teams to do real-world, water-themed research in engineering labs at KU.  And, they will translate that research into lesson materials to take back to their classrooms. 


    Your students will thank you!  All participants will receive supplies to support their new curricula offerings to enhance student learning and raise student awareness of career paths in STEM.  


    Click here to learn more  


    Application deadline:  January 31, 2022 


    Program dates:  June 13 - July 22, 2022 (July 4 off) 


    Benefits:  $8,000 for the six-week summer program PLUS supplies to implement new lesson materials in your classroom.  Housing is available for a limited  number of participants. 


    Funding for this program is provided by the National Science Foundation.   


    What are other teachers saying about the program? 

    See videos about the RET program on our website.







    Have questions? Contact: 

    Tess Seuferling

    Interim Education Coordinatortseuf@ku.edu    

    The University of Kansas Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) 


    What is CEBC? 

    You can make a world of difference by changing how chemicals are manufactured.  This is why CEBC was created:   to  invent cleaner, safer, renewable, energy-efficient chemical processes that protect the planet and human health.  To make sure innovations move from lab to marketplace, CEBC partners with chemical companies—to date, 22 total. Learn more at: www.cebc.ku.edu 

  • 03 Nov 2021 5:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Included in this month’s science newsletter (Link) are

    Collaboration Meetings 

    Professional Development Opportunities

    • To CERs and Beyond- Arguing from Evidence in the Secondary Classroom
      November18th at 4 pm (Registration Link)

    • Test Talk! Let's Talk About the Fifth Grade Science Assessment 
      November 22nd at 4:30 pm (Registration Link

    Did you know monthly PD sessions are recorded? Find recordings here: (Link)

    Body Venture Thematic Unit 


    Join KSDE STEM, Health and Child Nutrition & Wellness in a professional development centered around elementary science, nutrition and fitness. The virtual Body Venture opportunity will be paired with FREE lessons and kits (as supply allows) that can easily be tailored towards elementary classrooms that want to eat smart and play hard.

    Help science come alive in your classroom with the living body as it's guide!

    Join us for a kick-off on Tuesday October 12th at 4 pm to learn more OR register for a training today

    The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program is pleased to announce that nominations and applications for the 2021–2022 application cycle are open. Please consider nominating a teacher for this prestigious honor. The nomination deadline is January 7, 2022, and the application deadline is February 6, 2022. To nominate a teacher visit: https://www.paemst.org/nomination/nominate



    And much more!


    Thank you so much for all you do,

                                  Meg & Stephen





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    Career, Standards and Assessment Services

    (785) 296-8108




    Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.

  • 13 Oct 2021 9:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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