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  • 25 Jul 2018 12:09 PM | Anonymous member

    CH500 Fall2018 Nuclear Chemistry & Radiation Safety will be an online 3 hours course offered through Emporia State University.  It will cover topics like  Atomic and Nuclear Structure & Radioactive decay, Interactions of Radiation with Matter, Types and Sources of High Energy Radiations in the Environment, Radiation Safety & Shielding, Medical Radioactive Isotopes and Application of Nuclear Technologies.  There is a prerequisite of Calculus I, Physics II or Chemistry II or the consent of the instructor, Bindu KC, PHD Nuclear Physics Physical Sciences Department, Emporia State University bkc@emporia.edu.  Information about enrolling can be found at https://www.emporia.edu/regist/enroll/

    Link to graduate school admissions: https://www.emporia.edu/grad/admissions/


  • 18 Jul 2018 10:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click here for the summer 2018 Ad Astra Newsletter.

    Features include:

    • 2018 Galaxy Forum travels with Juno to Jupiter, then puts eyes on the Sun

    • Kansas astronaut will launch to International Space Station in October

    • 2018 Randall Chambers Award winners

    • Interested in rocketry?  Check these out...

    • KU mini-satellite launch is on the horizon

    • Teachers can see free educational documentaries...

    • In memoriam...

    Information provided by Jeanette Steinert
  • 16 Jul 2018 4:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TEACHERS--You are invited to the 2018 Galaxy Forum

     

    Current theory is that Jupiter formed just after our Sun.  At one time Jupiter and the Sun were two big gaseous masses competing for dominance.  The Sun exploded first….

    To find out what happened next—come to the FREE 2018 Galaxy Forum to be heldat the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 1-3 p.m.

                           Eyes on Jupiter and the Sun  

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

    Purpose:  To provide teachers with timely information to take back to the classroom on advances in the thriving field of solar system space exploration

     

    Objectives:

    Teachers will:

    1.     Be updated as to current scientific theory about the formation of our solar system.

    2.     Learn the latest discoveries concerning Jupiter.

    3.     Receive an overview of the Sun and its processes.

    4.     Be familiarized with the newest technologies being used to explore our solar system.

    5.     Be provided materials for classroom use.

     

    Teachers can correlate with state science standards. Correlates to MS-ESS1-3, HS-ESS1-1, HS-ESS1-2, HS-SS1-3

    Certificates of attendance will be available. Q and A after each presentation. Open to both students and teachers. Geared towards middle school on up.

     

    This event is FREE of charge.  Space is limited.  To reserve seating and to help with count for materials preparation, send name, school and number attending to jeanettesteinert@att.net. Also, feel free to forward any questions to the same e-mail address.

     

    BRIGHT IDEA:  Also attend one of the Aug. 11 “Space Next” free documentary screenings for teachers provided by the Cosmosphere at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. We will close out the Galaxy Forum at 2:50 to allow for teachers who want to attend the 3 p.m. showing.  For more info, go to cosmo.org/exhibitions/theater

     

    The Speakers and Topics:

     

    “The Outer Planets in the Context of the Formation of the Solar System”

     

    Dr. Thomas Cravensof the University of Kansas has a 30-year career in astrophysics. He has worked with NASA’s Pioneer, Maven, Cassini and Juno missions, as well as theoretical modeling of atmospheres and ionospheres of Jupiter’s and other planets’ moons.  Solar wind interaction with planetary bodies is another of his research specialties. He is author of the introductory textbook “Physics of Solar System Plasmas”, published by the University of Cambridge, U.K.

    “Exploration of Jupiter by Spacecraft including NASA’s Juno Mission”

     Stephen Houston, a Tribune native, earned a B.S. in physics from K-State in 2015. Currently a fourth-year grad student in space plasma physics at KU, Houston has been working with data from the Juno spacecraft ever since it arrived at Jupiter in 2016.  Working with NASA and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab scientists on this project, his focus is data from the JEDI / JADE instruments, which sample electric fields, plasma waves and particles around Jupiter to determine how its magnetic field is connected to the atmosphere, and especially the auroras (Northern and Southern Lights). 

    Exploration of the Sun: Inside and Out”

    Caleb Gimar, a Hutchinson native, earned his Bachelor’s in physics at Wichita State University, and is now a grad student in physics there.  He will speak on what we know, what we want to know about the sun and highlight two solar projects—the soon-to-be-launched Parker Solar Probe and a new NASA project awarded to WSU to design a neutrino spacecraft to study the sun’s interior. Gimar is part of that design team.

    The Ad Astra Kansas Foundation  is a non-profit organization focused on promoting science in Kansas, especially the space sciences. This FREE educational event is sponsored by the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation to enrich science education in Kansas.  Find us at www.adastra-ks.org  and on Facebook.


  • 30 May 2018 5:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2018 Kansas Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Conference: STEM Powered

    K-12 Math and Science Break Out Groups for Personalized Learning

    Meet the Science Presenters

    Registration Closing June 1, 2018

     

    June 18-19: Newman University, 3100 McCormick Ave., Wichita KS                  

    Dedicated content area experts will work with attendees to address instructional and content shifts reported as being most challenging. Bring your team or just yourself. Either way, you will walk away with your plan to move instruction to the next level this coming fall. 

    During these two days of intense professional learning, you will:

    Network with some of the best math and science teachers in Kansas;

    Acquire ideas and tools from Kansas math and science education researchers;

    Dig deep into strategies to move your classroom, building, and district closer to 
    your vision for math and science education;

    Take your teaching to the next level.

    College Credit is available through Friends University.  

    KEEN members will have the opportunity to invite an award-worthy colleague who is not a KEEN member to attend this conference. Please refer to registration fees below.

    Conference Registration Fees

    The fee structure is noted below.

    KEEN Member Registration Fee                                $50

    Non-KEEN Member Registration Fee                        $75

    Presidential Awards Dinner ONLY                             $25

    Conference registration fee includes, the two day conference, lunch each day and snacks in the afternoon. The fee also includes the awards dinner on Monday evening honoring the 2018 Presidential Awards nominees and finalists.  Please indicate on the registration portal if you plan to attend the awards banquet.
  • 23 Apr 2018 9:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to everyone who made it out to Rock Springs for KATS Kamp 2018! It was an amazing time with lots of stuff never before seen at KATS Kamp.

    If you attended, please complete the reflection survey at http://bit.ly/KATS-survey in a timely fashion. Submissions will close this month.

    Also, A DEADLINE IS APPROACHING!

    Seed to STEM summer workshop applications deadline is tomorrow, April 24th.  If you are a middle school or high school science teacher or know of a teacher who may be interested please encourage them to submit an application today for one of our summer workshops.  There are labs for all science teachers such as Chemistry, Biology, Agriculture, etc. With a middle school and high school track, every teacher will practice 14 labs that they can use in the classroom PLUS walk away with $500 worth of lab equipment and continued support.  AND all is FREE!  Only expense to the teacher is the transportation to get to the workshop. Graduate credit is also available at the cost of the teacher. To learn more and apply visit https://kscorn.com/6-12-training/


  • 16 Apr 2018 3:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Highlights:                       See complete Newsletter here.

    IN THIS ISSUE:

    • Proclamation by the Governor 

    • In case you were wondering... a list of Nobel Prize winners in science with Kansas connections

    • KU Martian spacecraft design wins AIAA award

    • AAKF fosters STEM at Engineeering Expo

    • NIAC award targets solar interior

    • Send your name to the Sun

    • WSU is tops in aerospace engineering

    • Astronaut Scott Kelly in Hutchinson

    • Interstellar R & D





  • 13 Apr 2018 6:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The KATS Kamp Program is here! Try this link:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_wWrT3-HOLC1fw6q7UkZYumaR8z7GqRT/view?usp=sharing

    Register now, if you have not done so already.

  • 09 Apr 2018 10:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KATS has a new idea, but we need your help to test it out!

    What if most of the KATS Kamp attendees brought a small gadget, phenomenon, experiment, design, or image to show off? Experienced teachers showing classic ideas to new teachers; new teachers showing never-before-seen ideas to the experienced teachers. And everything in between.

    Everyone will have about a one meter by one meter square area on a table to show off one science idea. Example: a Think Tube next to some printed off instructions/investigations.

    We will leave our ideas on the table all day Saturday (7am to 7pm) allowing others to touch, read, or examine the diverse ideas. What could you bring?

    See you April 20th - 22nd!

  • 31 Mar 2018 11:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     2018 Kansas Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Conference: STEAM Powered

    The best math and science teachers in the state will come together to review, refresh and retool current math and science practices and inspire educators to provide a  “STEAM Powered” classroom to their classrooms.

     

    I am excited to announce a great opportunity for professional learning for this summer that will help you to really use the implementation of the Kansas Standards for Mathematics as an opportunity to advance instruction in your classroom, building, and district!  The mornings will include guest speakers from KATS, KATM, and others and chances to learn from expert math and science teachers in Kansas--including those that have been a part of innovative Math and Science Partnership grants in Kansas.  

     

    This will be a great opportunity to be inspired and learn from others, but it's the afternoons that I think will really be fantastic.  During the afternoons each day, grade-banded groups will be digging deep into content.

     

    Below are the fantastic afternoon sessions we will be offering in science:

    SCIENCE ELEMENTARY SESSION

    Many educators have heard a lot about phenomena, but what exactly are they, and how is using phenomena different from how educators teach science already?

    This workshop is designed to introduce K-5 science educators to the process of selecting phenomena to anchor classroom units and assessments in order to support students’ three-dimensional science learning. This session will help participants explore what phenomena are, then engage with a process that has been developed and tested for selecting good phenomena to anchor a unit and help create three-dimensional classroom assessment tasks. Looking at classroom assessments will help us keep the end in mind so we are able to choose relevant phenomena keeping us from simply making the phenomena a hook instead of the anchor. The approaches learned in this workshop can be used with any curricula, at any grade level, and across all subjects of science.

     

    SCIENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Many educators have heard a lot about phenomena, but what exactly are they, and how is using phenomena different from how educators teach science already?

    This workshop is designed to introduce 6-8 science educators to the process of selecting phenomena to anchor classroom units and assessments in order to support students’ three-dimensional science learning. This session will help participants explore what phenomena are, then engage with a process that has been developed and tested for selecting good phenomena to anchor a unit and help create three-dimensional classroom assessment tasks. Looking at classroom assessments will help us keep the end in mind so we are able to choose relevant phenomena keeping us from simply making the phenomena a hook instead of the anchor. The approaches learned in this workshop can be used with any curricula, at any grade level, and across all subjects of science.

     

    SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL SESSION

    Many educators have heard a lot about phenomena, but what exactly are they, and how is using phenomena different from how educators teach science already?

    This workshop is designed to introduce 9-12 science educators to the process of selecting phenomena to anchor classroom units and assessments in order to support students’ three-dimensional science learning. This session will help participants explore what phenomena are, then engage with a process that has been developed and tested for selecting good phenomena to anchor a unit and help create three-dimensional classroom assessment tasks. Looking at classroom assessments will help us keep the end in mind so we are able to choose relevant phenomena keeping us from simply making the phenomena a hook instead of the anchor. The approaches learned in this workshop can be used with any curricula, at any grade level, and across all subjects of science.

     Registration Open

    The 2018 Kansas Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Conference scheduled for June 18-19 will be held at Newman University, 3100 McCormick St, Wichita, KS 67213.  

    During these two days of intense professional learning, you will:

    ·         Network with some of the best math and science teachers in Kansas; Acquire ideas and tools from Kansas math and science education researchers;

    ·         Dig deep into the standards with strategies to move your classroom, building, and district closer to your vision for math and science education;

    ·         Take your teaching to the next level.

    You are encouraged to attend and extend an invitation to your principals and superintendents to join you at the conference.


    Application

  • 31 Mar 2018 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KSDE Science Phenomena Based Learning Fellow

    Learn While Teaching ProjectA

     

    Applications Due: April 25, 2018 by 5:00 pm

    Successful Applicants will be notified through email by April 30, 2018

     

    Overview

    The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) is seeking science educators to participate in a program to develop master teachers for science education. Fifteen Kansas science educators will be selected to participate in this pilot program offering professional development to educators as they implement a high quality unit of instruction embodying the Kansas Curricular Standards for Science.

     

    The program will provide both in-person and virtual learning experiences to participants aimed at increasing their ability to understand and implement instruction aligned to standards in a science project based learning instructional format to support KSDE state redesign efforts. For the first year of the program, KSDE is seeking educators who will be teaching 5th, MS-Physical Science, and HS Biology in the 2018-2019 school year.

     

    Please consider this great learning opportunity for you and your students. This would also be a great way to help move your district forward in PBL instruction for science embodying our Kansas Curricular Standards for Science and state redesign efforts!

     Application available here.

     

     

    Lizette Burks, Ed.D.

    Science Education Program Consultant

    Career Standards & Assessment Services

    (785) 296-8108

    lburks@ksde.org

    www.ksde.org/science

    Kansas State Department of Education

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