kansas association of  teachers of science

Kansas Association of teachers of science  --  kats

KATS Kamp 1.5 is now history.  The demonstrations and displays have been dismantled. Tomorrow (Sunday, April 28) will see the new board meet for the first time.  

Please continue to check the NEWS page for timely information about science education events throughout the year.   

Click here for the complete KAMP program.  The sessions are over, but you can find presenter names in case there are questions which can be answered by email.

Outstanding Science Educators Announced

The following have been named recipients of the Outstanding Science Educator Award from their respective districts and will receive recognition at the KATS 1.5 conference.

Region I -- Betsy Lawrence

Region II -- Melanie Falcon

Region III -- Jennifer Richmond

Region IV -- Nathan Bonham

Region VI -- Dettra Crawford

Dave Chambers will be recognized for outstanding contributions to science education in Kansas. 

Thanks to all who submitted nominations. 

 Nominations are also needed for board positions as the terms of incumbents expire or become vacant for other reasons.

  • Region I Elementary
  • Region II Secondary
  • Region III College
  • Region IV College
  • Region V Elementary and College
  • Region VI Secondary

All nominations should be submitted to Carol Bonham at past-president@kats.org.   Elections will be held during KAMP 2019 (Version 1.5) on April 27. 

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.

Mohling foundation accepting scholarship applications until october 16, 2019

The Wendell Mohling Foundation annually provides a scholarship for a Kansas Teacher to attend an NSTA regional or national conference.  See the News tab above for a complete application or visit the Mohling Foundation Web Site.


KAMP 2019 (version 1.5) will be a one day event on April 27 at the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson.  Check-in will be available at 7:30 am with the first program session set for 8:30.  See the complete program here.   Professional sessions will be available throughout the day concluding with a Planetarium event at 7:00 pm.  On-line registration is available at the EVENTS page of this website.  Registration cost for members has been set at $65 and set for non-members at $95.  If your membership has lapsed or needs to be renewed, you may renew on the JOIN US page.  Link is on the main menu at the top of this page.

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 SPONSOR link here. 

Executive committee

(Effective April, 2019)

President: Nancy Smith
President Elect: Elizabeth Tackett
Vice President: Betsy Lawrence
Secretary: Clarence (Fred) Snyder
Treasurer: Brian Nelson
Past President: Tim Elsen
email: KATS.org1967@gmail.com

A letter from the president  

Never "science" alone. I was standing in the Science Museum Oklahoma (OK City) looking at an image of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and many others when the words struck me. Newton stood on the shoulders of giants, and so do we. The 2019 STEM-based conference, titled "KATS 1.5," will be a chance for us to see the giants of science, math, technology, and engineering. I hope to see people from all over the country and many other disciplines join us on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at the Kansas Cosmosphere. STEM requires us to never "science" alone.

If you attend the national NSTA conference in St. Louis next April, or if you have a great STEM-based idea, please share what you can at KATS 1.5. Presentation proposals are closed, but we will have KATS Box tables where you can present anything that fits in a 1 meter x 1 meter square.

Also, we are trying a new form of communication with KATS. If you use Facebook, look up the KATS Ed Chat. This Chat forum allows people to digitally share ideas, videos, and documents. We hope to see you there.

Good luck in your endeavors and keep in touch with us.

Tim Elsen

KATS president 2019

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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