kansas association of teachers of science


  • 02 Sep 2020 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    My name is Aida Farough and I'm faculty in the Geology Department at K-State. We have recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for professional development (PD) of science teachers in Kansas: Geoscience Career Ambassador Training (GeoCAT) workshop.

    Keep in mind that this PD is not only for Earth science teachers but all science teachers.

    Dr. Aida Farough

    Teaching Assistant Professor

    HydroLearn Fellow: https://www.hydrolearn.org/

    Lead PI on GeoCAT: https://www.k-state.edu/geocat/ 

    Department of Geology

    Kansas State University

    108 Thompson Hall

    Manhattan, KS 66506

    office: 202 Thompson Hall


    See:  https://www.k-state.edu/geocat/   for details. 

  • 31 Aug 2020 7:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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  • 22 Aug 2020 11:35 AM | Anonymous member

     Willie and the Salad Bonanza is a contest open to elementary, middle and high school teams, along with other K-12 community organizations such as 4-H, scouts, FFA or other teams, interested in the scientific principles surrounding plant growth.  The challenge is to grow the largest amount of spinach, kale, and looseleaf lettuce in the same container.  Plants may be grown hydroponically, or in soil, and the one yielding the greatest ratio of  biomass to volume wins.  Registration and details on the contest can be found at: http://olathe.k-state.edu/saladcontest 

  • 18 May 2020 9:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you’re interested in educating students about energy or reducing energy use in schools, consider attending our informational webinar on the K-12 Energy Benchmarking program, Thursday, May 28th at 3:45 pm. If you’re unable to attend, a recording of the webinar will be posted to the Kansas Energy Program’s website for viewing.


    Project-based learning opportunity for Kansas schools: We have started a new K-12 Energy Benchmarking program, where we will be assisting schools with benchmarking their energy use in Energy Star Portfolio Manager and then identifying opportunities for improvement. Now is a great time to get started for the next school year! Here’s how the program works:

    • For the summer, we will focus on establishing a baseline for your building by obtaining utility bills (at least 12 months of electric, natural gas, and water) and entering the energy use data into the Portfolio Manager database.
    • We will then work with you to figure out how to best incorporate this project at your school during the next school year. This part is flexible and totally up to you. Ideally, we would like a group or class of students to take over data entry, learn how to analyze the information, conduct energy audits, and present their findings to teachers and school administrators. We are here to help during this process!
    • Energy auditing equipment will be available for loan (infrared cameras, light meters, data loggers, range finders, etc.)


    Webinar description: Are you interested in learning more about the K-12 Energy Benchmarking program? Our upcoming webinar will provide an overview of the project, what to expect, activities for students, how to pay for energy efficiency improvements, and more. The webinar will be conducted via Zoom and is scheduled for 30 minutes, but we will stay on longer to answer any questions.


    Register in advance for this meeting:



    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.





    Kurt Foley

    K-State Engineering Extension – Kansas Energy Program

    2323 Anderson Ave, Suite 300 | Manhattan KS 66502

    816-898-5711 (mobile) | 785-532-6952 (fax)

  • 15 May 2020 8:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Galaxy Forum to focus on NASA  Artemis Program

    The theme of the annual Ad Astra Galaxy Forum in August 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.  Whether it will be an in-person, Skype or Zoom-type event will depend on the COVID-19 status.

    The Forum will feature an overview of NASA's program, an Artemis-connected speaker, plus more on the Moon. If you are interested in keeping updated about this free event as it develops, please send name to contact@adastra-ks.org  You are not registering at the present time, you are just indicating interest.  

    Jeanette Steinert
    Ad Astra Kansas Foundation

  • 14 May 2020 9:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a result of recent online elections and in accordance with the KATS bylaws, the KATS executive board has added a new member and reorganized itself as follows:

    President – Elizabeth Tackett

    President-Elect  - Betsy Lawrence

    Vice-President:  Robert Hamilton

    Past President-  Nancy Smith

    The secretary and treasurer positions remain as:

    Secretary:  Fred  Snyder                    

    Treasurer: Brian Nelson   

    ---Randy Brull, Webmaster

  • 30 Mar 2020 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Advanced Placement Chemistry staff has provided a collection of online chemistry information which looks too good to pass up, no matter what level of chemistry you might be teaching.  Here is the list posted on March 30. 

    AP Chemistry Exam Information



    Resources that Support Online Chemistry Education from ChemEdX



    Resources from the American Association of Chemistry Teachers



    Virtual Chemistry Experiments and Simulations from the American Chemical Society



    At Home Science Education from Flinn Scientific



    Teaching Chemistry & Science Online Resource Guide



    Collisions - an interactive game that helps high school students visualize and interact with chemistry concepts



    Mechanisms - a tool that allows students to learn and practice reaction mechanisms by moving and manipulating individual bonds and electrons.



    Enjoy--Randy Brull

    P. S. As you find more resources during this strange time, please feel free to share them.  Any KATS member can post to the NEWS section of the website.  (Remember to log in to activate your ability to post.)  --rb

  • 14 Mar 2020 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March 13, 2020

    KATS Members and KATS Kamp registrants,

                In the spirit of providing a safe learning environment for our science community, the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science organization is cancelling the 2020 KATS Kamp.  This professional development conference was to be held at Ft. Hays State University on April 24-25, 2020.  We regretfully will not be rescheduling the conference for this year.  This decision was not made lightly, and we are committed to the health and safety of participants.  That being said, here are some updates:

    • KATS Kamp 2021 will be held at the K-State Olathe Campus (22201 W. Innovation Drive, Olathe, KS 66061) on April 23-25th
    • KATS Board Members:  Look for an upcoming email about our spring Board Meeting.
    • KATS Members:  Look for an email about positions that will be open on the Board for the 2020-21 school year and voting procedures.
                Thanks to all of our vendors, presenters and registrants…we value your continuing support of providing quality professional development for Kansas teachers.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at president@kats.org

    Yours in Science Education,

    Nancy Smith, President

    KATS 2019-2020

KATS emails:  

Webmaster: webmaster@kats.org

Emails for all officers can be found at CONTACT US.

Payments and invoices should be sent to:

Brian Nelson

KATS Treasurer

748 South Fountain

Wichita, KS 67218

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