kansas association of teachers of science


  • 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




    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.

  • 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.

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Payments and invoices should be sent to:

Brian Nelson

KATS Treasurer

748 South Fountain

Wichita, KS 67218

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