kansas association of  teachers of science

Kansas Association of teachers of science  --  kats

The Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS) is the District 11 chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The purpose of the KATS organization shall be the advancement, stimulation, extension, improvement, and coordination of science teaching in all fields of science at all educational levels throughout the state of Kansas.

The preliminary KATS Kamp 2018 program is here! Some of the highlights include:

  • ·         Guest Speaker Dr. Christine Anne Royce, NSTA President Elect
  • ·         “Never Science Alone” Ignite Speech Panel featuring Dora Kastel (American Museum of Natural History), Dr. Daniel Bergman (Wichita State), Dr. Paul Adams (Fort Hays State), Dr. Kenneth Thompson (Emporia State), Traci Kallhoff (Exploration Place), Dr. Jean Dockers (Pittsburg State), Dr. Laurie Cleavinger (Kansas University), and Dr. Jackie Spears (Kansas State University). The speech will include a Q&A Panel Discussion
  • ·         STEAM designer Wendi Laurence of Create-osity (Follow her @createosity on Twitter)
  • ·         Space enthusiast Leesa Hubbard from Sallie Ride Science
  • ·         Drs. Matt Miller and Larry Browning returning from South Dakota State University with a whole new bag of tricks (Saturday Night entertainment)
  • ·         First Annual Idea Exchange – “Thinking Outside the KATS Box” where ANY attendee is welcome to bring a small experiment or STEM-based contraption to leave on the table for all of Saturday and everyone can manipulate, explore, or read about the idea (BRING YOUR IDEA!)


The hallmark event of the KATS organization each year is the April conference.  Each year dozens of teachers from all corners of the state and from every grade level converge on Rock Springs Ranch near Junction City to spend a weekend sharing ideas and enthusiasm for science teaching. 

KAMP 2017 is history by now, but make plans to join us for KATS Kamp 2018 on April 20-22 at Rock Springs 4-H Conference Center!

Be a presenter at KAMP 2018. 

 If you are willing to present an item of educational interest at a session of the 2018 Kamp, you may get on the program by completing the electronic form here.   More details are available on the KAMP 2018 page.

KAMP 2017 featured the outstanding and inspirational photography of Mike Weiss, associate program manager of the Exploration and Space Communications Division of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. 

Be a KATS Sponsor

KATS helps science teachers be more fully prepared for their challenging job with students in the classroom.  It's no secret that funding for teacher workshops is currently weak.  If you are in a position to sponsor a teacher at the annual KAMP conference, or to support a teacher award, we'd like to hear from you.  Check the SPONSER link here. 

Mohling Auction Returns

KATS KAMP - April 22, 2017 
By Carol Mohling
What is the purpose of this auction? To raise money to use in
awarding a winner $500 toward attending a National Science
Teachers Association conference. We have open application time
until October 1 of each year. Access an application form along
with the criteria for being chosen, by clicking on this Mohling
Foundation link
You may contribute items to the auction, such as teacher, school
or science related items, something you make or something
someone else made, collectibles, antiques, trips, timeshares,
tickets to an event, and the list goes on!  More

  Check news for opportunities available to KATS members!



Executive committee

(Revised April 24, 2017)

President: Carol Bonham
President Elect: Tim Elsen
Vice President: Nancy Smith
Secretary: Clarence (Fred) Snyder
Treasurer: Shirley Rose
Past President: Dixie Lee Smith
email: KATS.org1967@gmail.com

  A letter from the president  

"Never Science Alone” is our theme for this year. Our vice president, Tim Elsen is developing the  program for KATS Kamp. Be sure to mark your calendars for April 20-22!!

 As science teachers, we face the challenge of keeping our students engaged while advancing their scientific literacy. The critical thinking and problem solving that we as teachers encourage is touching the future. Lofty goals for a time that teachers are continually asked to do more with less. One way to thrive in this environment is to build a support system of experienced cohorts. Never science alone points to the strength in cooperation. It also points to the idea that science doesn’t exist as a subject by itself. We utilize the tools of communication, mathematics, technology, civic conscience and art to make the science come alive. At all levels of science education this interrelatedness is important! We build those foundations to link our experiences.   

What KATS can bring to you is opportunities! It is invaluable to have someone with experience let you know how an activity worked for them. What cheaper source of materials can be used? Is this professional development opportunity applicable and worth the time and money involved? A KATS member can share that information with you.   KATS has over fifty years of history providing this for our Kansas teachers. As an affiliate of NSTA, we have access to national initiatives and resources as well.

Your yearly dues work out to less than $3 a month to bring you access to a network of opportunities. The network of knowledgeable and caring science educators at all levels is available to you through our membership. Our conference in April provides workshops, keynote speakers on a variety of topics. Make the most of the opportunities. Bring a colleague and “never science alone”!

Carol Bonham KATS president 2017/18

KATS -- CELEBRATING OVER 50 YEARS; estabilished in 1967!   

If you are a science teacher in Kansas, you belong in KATS!


Randy Brull


The Kansas Association of Teachers of Science  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

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