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  • 13 Oct 2021 8:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I have a few things that can be shared with KATS teachers: KAS Educator Grant Extension, Patch Design Contest for NASA CubeSat Mission, Space Exploration Activities Research.


    The Kansas Academy of Science is extending the deadline for their new K-12 Educator Grant. This grant is meant to provide means to purchase materials needed for a classroom scientific project or lesson. The new deadline for submission is November 15. Multiple grants are available. Check out the website for more info and the submission form: http://www.kansasacademyscience.org/educator-grant.html.


    Wichita State University and Ad Astra Kansas Foundation are partnering to present a CubeSat Mission Patch Contest for an upcoming NASA space mission to study solar neutrinos and particles. This contest is open to students in grades 6-12. Submission deadline is November 12. The entry form, which includes patch design requirements, is available on the Ad Astra website: http://adastra-ks.org/.


    Teachers and classrooms are needed to continue a grant that is investigating students’ interest in space science through a series of activities. These activities are designed for middle school classrooms, but other grades are welcomed to participate if the teacher feels they fit with their curriculum. Stipends are available for teachers (if allowed by the district) and to help cover materials costs. For more information and to view the activities, contact Jill Fisher (jill.fisher@wichita.edu). Resources from the related teacher workshop last July are available on the WSU website: https://bit.ly/3iYXUQj.


    Thank you for sharing!


    Jill Fisher

    LAS Community Outreach Coordinator

    Wichita State University

    1845 Fairmount Street

    Wichita, KS 67260


  • 13 Oct 2021 7:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Second Annual Art Auction...Wendell G Mohling Foundation


    The Wendell G Mohling Foundation is hosting the second annual

    Art Auction Fundraiser, November 6, 2021, will be held at The

    Barn at Kill Creek Rd., 9200 Kill Creek Rd., DeSoto, KS. All

    proceeds benefit the Foundation, whose mission is to support

    science education in Kansas by awarding an annual scholarship to

    a K-12 Kansas Science teacher to use in attending a National

    Science Teaching Association conference.

    Bidder registration and item viewing begins at 2pm. Auction

    begins at 3:00. Approximately 25 items of original or limited

    edition art will be offered, including: watercolor, oil, acrylic,

    photography, textiles, jewelry, turned wood, wood carvings and

    collectible prints. Our New limited quantity collectible wine glass,

    commemorating the Wendell G Mohling Foundation will be

    showcased and offered for sale at this event. Wine by Davenport

    Orchard and Winery.

    This auction is a live auction. In addition we will also have a

    direct sale table with a few choice items which you can purchase

    without bidding.

    For additional information, visit our website:

    wendellmohlingfoundation.com. In addition, see Facebook event

    to view auction items:


    To contact the Foundation, mohlingfoundation@gmail.com or 


    --from Carol Mohling

  • 13 Oct 2021 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Now accepting applications for 2022


    OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2021) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications now through early 2022 for graduate courses and master's degrees that offer extraordinary experiences through zoos and botanical gardens in the United States and in 15 countries throughout the world. http://ProjectDragonfly.MiamiOH.edu

    Earth Expeditions are study abroad courses that take place online and in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas. Earth Expeditions courses can be taken as stand-alone graduate credit, or they can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree. The GFP combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities, and students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.eduhttp://GFP.MiamiOH.edu

    Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2022 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided through Master Institutions in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Jacksonville, New York, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis. http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu

    Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

    COVID-19 Info and Curricular Innovation

    Spencer C. Pate

    Curricular Support Assistant

    Project Dragonfly, Miami University

    Oxford, Ohio 45056



  • 13 Oct 2021 10:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ad Astra Kansas Galaxy Forum--“ARTEMIS and BEYOND” event scheduled for October 24

    The theme of the annual Ad Astra Galaxy Forum on Saturday, October 24, at the Cosmosphere  will be The Artemis Program--NASA's plan to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024.  A hybrid event, it will include both in-person and virtual presentations. The Forum will feature an overview of NASA's program by Artemis-connected speaker and native Kansan Michael Staab; also, a closer look at our only natural satellite, plus an update on the next rock on our space exploration bucket list—Mars. And more.

    Information flyer

    Speaker bios

    Teacher information

    The event will be 1-2:30 at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson. Attendance can be either in-person or virtual. Due to social and mask requirements, in-person seating is limited and registration is needed. Do so at  contact@adastra-ks.org.   If you would like to attend virtually, it will be LIVE on our Ad Astra Kansas Foundation Facebook page. No registration needed.

    Sponsored by the 501c3 Ad Astra Kansas Foundation to promote science education in Kansas.


    Jeanette Steinert
    Ad Astra Kansas Foundation

  • 13 Oct 2021 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good afternoon,

    We hope this finds you well. We are pleased to share the October newsletters from the KSDE STEM team.

    A link to each content area’s newsletter may be accessed here (Link) and I have included some science highlights below.



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

    ·         Professional Development Opportunities

    o    Modeling in Secondary Science
    October 11th at 4 pm (Registration Link)

    o    FALL into Phenomena with a Great Book! (Thematic Elementary Science)
    FREE BOOKS for first 10 participants
    October 21st at 4:30 pm (Registration Link)

    o    A Thematic Unit Adventure with Body Venture (4th grade)
    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
    November 5th from 8-noon, (REGISTRATION LINK)
    November 10th from 12:30 - 4:30 (repeat) (REGISTRATION LINK)

    KSDE Stem Team

  • 07 Sep 2021 9:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KAS is happy to announce a new grant opportunity: we are funding K-12 classroom grants for the 2021-22 school year. Individual science teachers or teams of teachers are encouraged to apply before the September 30 deadline. Full set of instructions and application can be found at our website. http://www.kansasacademyscience.org/educator-grant.html.

    Information from Jill Fisher at Wichita State University


  • 02 Sep 2021 3:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the September issue:

    • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)- K-6 Cycle
    • 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. 
    • Nominate a teacher here: (Link)
    • Fall Book Study- Ambitious Science Teaching
    • Starting September 9, 6-7 pm CT, College Credit available! PD Credits available! To register: (Link)
    • Call for KSDE Teacher Leaders!
    • A teacher leader has demonstrated expertise with strategies, methods, and trends in education in Humanities and/or STEM.  The teacher leader is collaborative, knowledgeable, and evidence based.   Additional skill in dynamic presentation is a plus. Link to interest form: (Link)
    • Fall Conferences- Save the dates and more!
    • Reminders for Collaboration: 
    • Science Curriculum Leaders Collaboration, September 21st, 4pm (Registration Link)
    • Science Teacher Collaboration, September 15th at 4pm (Registration Link)

  • 27 Aug 2021 5:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Art Auction Fundraiser—November 6, 2021, 1:00-3:00pm at The Barn at Kill Creek

    Farm, Desoto, Kansas

    Proceeds will go to the Wendell G. Mohling Foundation to be used to support Kansas

    Science Teachers.

    Kay Neill, President

  • 27 Aug 2021 5:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 Teachers 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 September 24, 2021, so you still have plenty of time to complete 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.  This year there

    will be 2 national NSTA conferences to choose from: March 31-April 3 in Houston, Texas and July 21-24

    in Chicago, Illinois.

    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

  • 17 Aug 2021 11:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We hope this newsletter (Link) finds you and yours well. This month features back to school safety, opportunities, collaboration and more!

    Also included in the August issue:


    • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)- K-6 Cycle
      • 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. You are a part of over 5,100 award-winning educators and we need your help to continue to grow this network!

        To nominate a K–6th grade teacher for this award, complete the nomination form available on the PAEMST website and submit the teacher’s name, email address, and school contact information. You are welcome to submit multiple nominations if you know more than one teacher deserving of this award. The 
        nomination deadline is January 7, 2022, and the application deadline is February 6, 2022. PAEMST awardees are one of the best sources of future nominations!

    • Fall Professional Development
      • 3D Classroom Assessments- Where to Start?- MS & HS, August 23rd at 4pm (Registration Link)
      • Clay Circuits and Lightbulb Moments- Elementary (Repeat of August 2 Session), August 30th at 4pm (Registration Link)
    • Fall Book Study- Ambitious Science Teaching
      • Starting August 26, 6-7 pm CT
      • Free books available for the first 20 participants who register! College Credit available! PD Credits available!
      • To register or get additional information: (Link)
    • Call for KSDE Teacher Leaders and Introducing KSDE STEM
      • Recently organizational changes have occurred within the Career Standards and Assessment Services (CSAS) at the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE). Multiple disciplines are being reorganized into Humanities and STEM. The disciplines, standards, assessments, and support of great classroom instruction will continue.  KSDE will continue to do what the agency has always done -- elevate great teacher leaders. We are looking for individuals, Teacher Leaders, who are interested in joining this work.


        Definition of Teacher Leader:  

        A teacher leader has demonstrated expertise with strategies, methods, and trends in education in Humanities and/or STEM.  The teacher leader is collaborative, knowledgeable, and evidence based.   Additional skill in dynamic presentation is a plus.

        Link to interest form: (Link)

    • Fall Conferences- Save the dates and more!



    Reminders for Collaboration

    July's Theme: Family Engagement


    Science Curriculum Leaders Collaboration,

    August 17, 4pm (Registration Link)


    Science Teacher Collaboration,

    August 18th at 4pm (Registration Link)



    Thank you again and please let me know if us can help support you in any way,

    Meg & Stephen





    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




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