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  • 17 Aug 2021 11:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    • Fall Book Study- Ambitious Science Teaching
      • Starting August 26, 6-7 pm CT
      • Free books available! College Credit available! PD Credits available!
      • To register or get additional information: (Link)
  • 14 Aug 2021 5:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    James Webb Space Telescope headlines 2021 Galaxy Forum  

    From J. Steinert-- Ad Astra Kansas Foundation

    Complete with its mirror (21-ft diameter),  power (7x more powerful than Hubble), type (infrared) and viewing distance  (one million miles from Earth)  the long-anticipated JWST is currently scheduled to launch in late 2021.  Sure to be a trending science topic, teachers will be ahead of the curve with a presentation by Dr. Scott Acton, of Ball Aerospace and Technologies, where part of the JWST was built. In talking about the telescope, its design and construction, the presentation will be heavy on graphics, animation and appreciation for the universe we live in.

    The Galaxy Forum, sponsored by the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation, will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, August 21, at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson.  The event is FREE.  Students also welcome.  In-person and virtual attendance available.   For more info.  For questions or to register here.

    Also, Dr. Nick Solomey of WSU will speak about how we use different types of particles to look into places we cannot see. Sarah Lamm, K-State master student in geology, will update us on that intrepid rover, Perseverance. Steve Durst, AAKF board member, will update us on a current  educational project.

  • 19 Apr 2021 8:50 AM | Anonymous member

    Kansas secondary science and math educators can develop project-based learning alongside Emporia State University professors at the ESU Research Institute this summer.

    Applications are being accepted for the institute until April 30. The application is available at www.emporia.edu/research.

    Ten Kansas educators will be paired with ESU professors of biological sciences, applied mathematics/statistics, chemistry, earth science or physics to develop long-range research projects to engage students in relevant, authentic research during the following academic year.

    Those selected to participate will work with faculty on the Emporia State campus July 8 through 10 to design and develop research models appropriate for secondary science and math courses. ESU faculty will provide training and continue to serve in a research advisory capacity throughout the following academic year.

    The educators selected for the research institute and their students will be invited to present results at ESU’s annual Research & Creativity Day and participate in a special Black & Gold event during the following spring semester.

    Participants will receive a $1,200 stipend and one hour graduate credit after project submission.

    Funding for the institute is provided by Emporia State University alumni, Dr. Randal W. Scott (B.S. Chemistry ’79) and Eileen M. (Schmitz) Scott (B.S.E. Elementary Education ’80).

    For more information, visit www.emporia.edu/research.


    Click on the image above to learn more about the Together, Forward campaign.

    1500 Highland Street    Emporia, KS 66801    (620) 341-5440    alumni@emporia.edu


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  • 25 Mar 2021 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is Randy from Inspirit AI, the artificial intelligence program for high schoolers taught by MIT and Stanford graduate students. 


    As applications for our summer program close next Wednesday, March 31, I wanted to invite your students to apply here! Please find here our 1-page flyer, which some of you have requested. We're excited to have your students work with our team of MIT and Stanford mentors in small groups (4:1) on Zoom to learn the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and apply their learnings in a social impact project in an area they’re passionate about such as healthcare, robotics, art, political science and more!


    If your students would like to prepare ahead of the program or just get a taste of AI, they can also check out our Basics of AI for High School Students and Building AI Projects for High School Students guides. 


    I’ve included a program blurb below and would appreciate it if you could share it with your students from grades 9 to 12. 


    Let me know if you have any questions, and I’d be happy to hop on a call to tell you more about Inspirit!





    P.S. Read about how a school district is bringing AI to their classrooms

  • 24 Jan 2021 4:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The KATS Executive Board held the regular winter meeting on the morning of Saturday Jan 23.  The main business of the meeting was planning for the annual KATS KAMP conference to be held in virtual format the weekend of April 23-25. 

    Conferences will be scheduled beginning Friday Evening April 25 and concluding Sunday at noon.  Registration costs will be substantially lower than for the traditional in-person conferences.  See the "EVENTS" tab for further details as they become available. 

  • 09 Oct 2020 12:47 PM | Anonymous member

    The Mohling Foundation is well aware that all science teachers are extremely busy, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore we are making one final deadline extension for applicants to be in for the 2020-21 school year. Applications must be postmarked by October 25,2020 or emailed to us by midnight on the same date. 

    Please click on our link here on the KATS webpage for access to the Mohling Foundation website to get more details. While this year’s offering looks a bit different than in years past, it is nevertheless a unique opportunity to continue professional growth and extending your network, plus getting lots of perks and free materials. 

    For more information, contact mohlingfoundation@gmail.com

  • 05 Oct 2020 9:14 PM | 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.

  • 27 Sep 2020 2:39 PM | Anonymous member

    Due to the impact of COVID-19, our award structure has changed for this year.  The good news is that we continue to offer an award and also that it remains at $700. Continue to use the application form on our website, which can be accessed by clicking on the link on the KATS website. Follow the instructions and apply no later than October 10, 2020. Look over the requirements and be certain you qualify. Including that you have NEVER attended an NSTA conference. 

    The winner agrees to complete the following over the next school year.  2020/2021
    - Join NSTA at the Professional level $80. 
    - Register and participate in NSTA virtual Engage conference Nov 13-15. 
    - Register and attend the NSTA National Conference, Chicago 2021, currently planned virtual. 

    - Join or extend KATS Membership. 

    - Attend and make a presentation at the annual meeting of KATS, April 2021. 
    - Purchase teaching items from NSTA Science Store. 
    - Provide original receipts to the Mohling Foundation for award monies spent, no later than May 2021. 
    For additional information regarding the Mohling Foundation, go to Wendell Mohlingfoundation.com. If you have questions email Carol: mohlingfoundation@gmail.com. 

    Applications must be postmarked by October 10, 2020 or submitted electronically and received by no later than October 10, 2020. 

    Good Luck. 

  • 15 Sep 2020 10:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good afternoon,


    The Cornell Lab of Ornithology K-12 team knows that times are trying right now and the pandemic presents many unknowns. We hope these STEM resources and professional development opportunities might be helpful to your members, and hope you will share them.

    1. We are hosting free monthly webinars with a variety of topics. Our very first one (Sept 22nd or 24th) is specifically on Remote Learning Resources. Link to webinars: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/webinars-2/ (We welcome you to post these to your professional development calendars.)
    2. Our popular “Science & Nature Activities for Cooped Up Kids” resource provides grade-appropriate science activities, whether students are learning in person, online, or blended. A growing number of fun and interactive lessons are available at: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/science-nature-activities-for-cooped-up-kids/.
    3. Find a variety of curricula, downloads, guides, and other activities organized by grade-level here: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/get-started/
    4. Keep learning by taking the one of our Online Courses: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/courses-and-ceu/
    5. Finally, we can offer customized webinars to your members on topics ranging from nature-based STEM learning, citizen science, and hands-on science investigations. Please reach out to me and we are happy discuss your needs and options.


    Wishing you all much success as you guide your students through this pandemic and beyond!






    Susan Licher

    Program Assistant, K-12 Programs

    Cornell Lab of Ornithology

    159 Sapsucker Woods Road

    Ithaca NY 14850

    Cornell staff are working remotely at this time. Email is the best contact.


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    Susan Licher <ssl266@cornell.edu>

    5:20 PM (4 hours ago)

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  • 10 Sep 2020 8:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Information about Bioscience Collective

    Free USABO Preparation Course from BioScience Collective


    BioScience Collective <bioscicollective@gmail.com>

    Sep 9, 2020,


    Dear KATS Members,

    Hi! I hope you are doing well.

    We are writing on behalf of the BioScience Collective, an organization created to inculcate a passion for biology in students by allowing them to participate in research-based discussions and experiment analysis, and by helping them prepare for biology competitions.

    To assist students across the United States (and beyond) who are passionate about biology, we are offering a free live stream prep course for the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) from the first week of October to the first week of February. Once a week, we will do an hour-long live stream on different topics found on the USABO open exam. By the end of the course, students will have learned an extensive amount of information and be ready to take the USABO and other competitive exams. The live stream will be taught by students who are very experienced in Biology and have reached the rank of semifinalist (consisting of the top 10% of participants) on the USABO. 


    We attached a flyer to this email, and we would really appreciate it if you could send it to your members in order to maximize the number of students who can benefit from our course.


    This is the form to sign up: https://forms.gle/nRBjU9V1szJ9uN3m8

    The form is also linked in the flyer attached to this email. The exact date and time that we will conduct the live streams will depend on the preferences of the students who sign up. 

    Thank you so much for your consideration, and for your work in furthering science education. Please reach out to us at bioscicollective@gmail.com if you have any questions.

     ---Officers of Bioscience Collective

     What we offer.pdf


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