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  • 04 Mar 2022 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    Good afternoon,

    We hope this March edition of the Kansas Science Newsletter finds you well. A promise of spring is in the air and with that opportunities and dreams of summer! There is a lot of information in this month's Science newsletter but I want to draw your attention to a couple of important opportunities below involving FREE Professional Learning, the state assessment and a Grant opportunity.


    As always, I greatly appreciate the work you are doing for Kansas science students. Please take a moment to look at the entire newsletter here (Link) and don't hesitate to reach out if I can support you better in any way.





    1. In order to better support the needs of Kansas Science teachers we are so pleased to announce the opportunity of science content based VIRTUAL PLCs. These Professional Learning Communities are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about how to best implement the NGSS routines. Come once, or come every month.
    2. Biology: (Register Here) Chemistry: (Register Here)
    3. Physics: (Register Here) New Teacher: (Register Here)


    1. KSDE STEM Grants
    2. Middle School Perkins Reserve Grant: Searching Career Opportunities through Research and Exploration (SCORE) Grant #06080. This grant will provide funds ($22,000) for the specified teacher groups to develop course STEM based unit supports that align, integrate and elevate multiple career pathways and work based connections. A total of 10 districts will develop 3 units a piece with the intent of making 30 STEM units widely available for statewide use at the completion of the projects.

      Link to Grant Application / Information (Link)

      Information Webinar Links:

      March 9th, 3pm-4pm: (Registration Link)
      March 24th, 3pm-4pm: (Registration Link)
    1. State Assessment- CALL FOR REVIEWERS

      Have you ever been curious how assessment items are developed? Have you ever wondered how you might help make sure they are aligned? THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY!  

      This paid opportunity, the KAP External Review of Items and Passages for Science is planned to be a live event held in July 25-29 in Lawrence.

      We are looking for participants who 

      • have experience working with a wide variety of students and student needs. 

      •  are current practicing educators, former educators, community members, scholars, or professional representatives of diverse populations. 

      We want to ensure we have 

      • representation from each of the 10 Kansas educational districts. 

      • a mix of urban and rural districts represented. 

      • a demographically diverse group of participants. 

      • a cadre of educators with experience teaching science content, as well as educators with experience teaching EL students, students with disabilities, and students with diverse experiences.


        If you are interested in participating in one or more of these events, select the following link to complete the interest survey by Friday, April 15, 2022. 

        2022 KAP Summer Interest Survey  

        Once we have collected information from interested individuals, KSDE staff will select participants and KAP staff will notify you by email using the email account. Thank you for your interest in KAP events! 

         Email if you have any questions. 

        Best regards, 
        KAP Staff





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    Meg Richard, NBCT, PAEMST 19'

    Education Program Manager - K-12 STEM Education

    Career, Standards and Assessment Services

    (785) 296-8108


    Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.

    The Kansas State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: KSDE General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, KSDE, Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson, Suite 102, Topeka, KS 66612, (785) 296-3201.

  • 25 Feb 2022 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    Help inspire STEM confidence in middle school and high school students from underrepresented groups!

    Students of one of the Advocates at ISEF

    Dear STEM Educator, Mentor, or Youth Advocate,

    We invite you to apply for the Society for Science Advocate Program, which provides a $3,000 stipend and training to an individual (teacher, scientist, counselor, or mentor) who agrees to serve as an advocate for a minimum of 3 additional students from traditionally underrepresented groups to transition them from conducting scientific or engineering research (science fair-type) projects to completing applications to STEM research competitions. There are four different types of Advocates, which allow both beginners and more advanced applicants to further expand their capabilities to support student research competition participation.

    Many students doing science research are not aware of the myriad of opportunities that are attainable by submitting their work to competitions. Just completing the rigorous application process can inspire confidence in their scientific abilities and lead them to consider a STEM career. Many competitions provide monetary awards for post-secondary education and can boost a student's chance of acceptance into the college or university of their choice. Too few students from traditionally underrepresented groups are presented with these opportunities and often lack the know-how to successfully enter.

    For eligibility information and to apply for the Advocate Program, click here. Advocates must already have a formal role with students completing research projects. This program is sponsored by Arconic Foundation, Intel, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, National Geographic, and Regeneron.

    Application Deadline:  March 6, 2022

    Please send any questions to
    Caitlin Sullivan — Director of Outreach & Equity Programs
    Emily Freeland — Outreach & Equity Programs Specialist

    Society for Science
    Society for Science is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. In addition to running the top science research competitions in the world (Regeneron Science Talent Search, Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS), the Society also publishes Science News magazine and Science News for Students online.   


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  • 08 Feb 2022 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    Registration for the 2022 KATS KAMP to be held on April 23 in Olathe is now open.  See details at the 2022 KAMP tab on the main menu above.  

  • 08 Feb 2022 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    If you are willing to be on the April 23 KAMP program by making a 45 minute presentation which is open to the conference attendees, you are encouraged to do so.  Please sign up here.

  • 02 Feb 2022 8:28 AM | Anonymous

    • 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



    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. 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

    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

    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 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

    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.  

KATS emails:  

Emails for all officers can be found at CONTACT US.

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