kansas association of teachers of science


  • 17 Feb 2020 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    Silent Auction - Wendell G Mohling Foundation

    Once again, Wendell G Mohling Foundation will be hosting its annual fundraiser Silent Auction at the meeting in Hays, KS.  We will be open from 7:15am Saturday to 1:00pm.  All proceeds benefit the Mohling Foundation. We award one K-12 Kansas science teacher, $700 to use to attend an NSTA conference of their choice in the year they win.  Since 2006, we have been issuing these scholarships to a KATS member. 

    The award is named in honor of Wendell G Mohling, a Kansas high school Biology and Student Naturalist teacher, who was also president of KATS, NSTA,  1983 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math, 1985 NASA Teacher in Space from Kansas and Space Ambassador, plus numerous other awards.  But he never forgot his Kansas roots or his love of teaching Science.  He valued the experiences he gained attending national science teacher conferences.

    So, when you come to KATS KAMP in April, if you have something you would like to contribute to the auction, please let me know and bring it along with you.  We will gladly accept your donation. 

    As usual, we encourage you to "bid high and bid often".  You must be present to pay for and pick up the items you win.  We accept cash, checks and credit cards.  We do pass along the 4% transaction fee, which the foundation is charged.  The generosity of KATS  members is appreciated and passed along to all our recipients.   Thank you. 

    Keep in touch via Facebook: Wendell G Mohling Foundation.  Website : wendellmohlingfoundation.com.  Email: mohlingfoundation@gmail.com. 785-764-9625 Carol Mohling

  • 17 Feb 2020 5:10 PM | Anonymous

    ADVENTURE IN THE SUBATOMIC UNIVERSE an inaugurual lecture by KU physicist Alice Bean, is open and free to the public at Alderson Auditorium of the KU Memorial Union on February 25 at 5:30 pm.  Reception follows at 6:30.  Dr. Bean has participated in subatomic particle research  with the Large Hadron Collider and has collaborated in presenting the results of this research to young and old via a series of website games under the title of Quarks for Kids

  • 13 Feb 2020 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    Apply for a two week stipend-supported Summer Institute integrating technology and history!

    July 20-July 31, 2020 NEH Summer Institute for Teachers

    Apply to join history, science and technology teachers from across the United States for a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers: The Cold War Through the Collections of the Intrepid Museum! The Summer Institute will immerse participating teachers in scholarly research as well as the artifacts and oral histories in the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s collection that embody the Cold War era. Integrating content exploring the historical context of technological innovation, the Institute will serve a national group of 25 teachers in order to deepen their understanding and increase confidence in their ability to explore the subject thoroughly, critically and engagingly with their students. 

    These projects are designed principally for full-time or part-time teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. Museum educators and other K-12 school system personnel—such as administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum developers—are also eligible to participate. Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

    Each participant receives a stipend of $2,100 for the two week institute.

    For more information and application instructions - https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/cold-war-collections

  • 11 Feb 2020 6:57 AM | Anonymous



    My name is Blair Schneider and I am the Educational Outreach Manager for the Kansas Geological Survey. I am not sure who to contact at your organization about this, but we are having a fundraiser this month on February 20th as a part of the One Day. One KU campaign. The KGS is being featured, and one of the projects we are hoping to raise funds for is building free Earth Science Teaching Toolkits that can be distributed to teachers across the state, as well as provide free trainings and professional credit hours for them on how to use them.


    The toolkits will cover a variety of topics, including rocks, minerals, water, earthquakes, etc! You all have an amazing community, and so I wanted to see if you would be willing to advertise that this event is happening. You can learn more about the campaign here: https://kansas.scalefunder.com/gday/giving-day/18833/department/22073



    Blair Schneider, PhD

    Education Outreach Manager
  • 31 Jan 2020 8:15 PM | Anonymous

    The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) Energy Office partners with the Kansas Energy Program* to provide energy education resources to K-12 schools throughout Kansas. The program has provided energy education assistance to more than 77 schools and K-12 organizations/events and 9,838 students through on-site presentations and KidWind Challenges, and through its energy equipment lending library.

    This year, the KCC Energy Office stepped it up a notch and has launched a new initiative to assist Kansas’ schools in benchmarking energy consumption through Energy Star Portfolio Manager, an online tool you can use to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. This hands-on, project-based learning activity is intended to get students involved in learning about energy use in their schools. The Kansas Energy Program will provide personnel to conduct the initial benchmarking, and will train teachers and students in the use of Portfolio Manager. Student-led teams can then maintain the Portfolio Manager database and present the school’s progress to teachers and administration. As an additional activity, students can use energy-measuring equipment in the Kansas Energy Program’s lending library to conduct mini energy audits to see where energy may be used more efficiently.

    To gather initial data on interest in the project, we request you complete the following survey (16 questions, 3 minutes). Visit our websites to learn more about the KCC Energy Office/Kansas Energy Program partnership, and feel free to give us a call if you have any questions. Again, all activities through this KCC Energy Office initiative would be at no-cost (other than teacher time).

    Survey: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0wep6EV2DHOb4DX

    *The Kansas Energy Program is housed with Kansas State University Engineering Extension.

    Kurt Foley

    Graduate Student Intern

    Kansas Energy Program

    K-State Engineering Extension

    2323 Anderson Ave, Suite 300 | Manhattan KS 66502

    785-532-4998 (office) | 785-532-6952 (fax)

    ksenergyprog@ksu.edu | www.kansasenergyprogram.org
  • 25 Jan 2020 11:10 AM | Anonymous member

    In order to build the future workforce to meet the demands of the animal health industry, Kansas State University through a USDA grant is offering a summer "boot camp." It is geared to give teachers the basis needed to develop STEM curricula and career-related materials. Find out how you can participate by clicking link below:


  • 23 Jan 2020 5:28 PM | Anonymous

    Geoscience Career Ambassador Training (GeoCAT)

    The Geoscience Career Ambassador Training (GeoCAT) Workshop will be held June 22-26, 2020, at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, and will focus on introducing and familiarizing educators (for teachers, advisors and 4-H volunteers) with geoscience careers in an effort to increase interest and enrollment of diverse student populations in geosciences across the state of Kansas. The GeoCAT program emphasizes recruiting and supporting under-represented students from populations in STEM fields to geoscience majors, in an effort to build a strong geoscience workforce in the future, particularly in Kansas, with industries that depend heavily on environmental and energy resources and their effective management. The GeoCAT workshop is an NAGT sponsored project and is also supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant ICER-1911590 GP-IMPACT: GeoCAT Workshop: Geoscience Careers Ambassador Training Workshop. For more information contact geocat@k-state.eduApply here by April 30, 2020. 

    Some important information about the workshop:

    1- Zoom participation, and partial participation is possible.

    2- Those who participate physically for the whole workshop will receive a stipend of $300.

    3- Participants can earn 3 graduate credits (or less) for participating in the workshop.

    4- This workshop is accepted as a Professional Development for teachers of all levels by Kansas Department of Education.

    Dr. Aida Farough

    Teaching Assistant Professor

    HydroLearn Fellow: https://www.hydrolearn.org/

    Lead PI on GeoCAT: https://www.k-state.edu/geocat/ 

    Department of Geology

    Kansas State University

    108 Thompson Hall

    Manhattan, KS 66506

    office: 202 Thompson Hall

  • 04 Jan 2020 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    Grant Opportunity: National Park Trust's Kids to Parks Day National School Contest

     National Park Trust's annual Kids to Parks Day National School Contest empowers students to plan their own educational park experience. Open to all Title I students (40% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch)  in grades PreK through 12, this contest provides grants up to $1,000 to cover transportation, park-related fees, stewardship supplies, or anything else students believe would enhance their experience. The deadline to apply is February 14, 2020. Details can be found at http://bit.ly/KTP2020STO

     Emily Edgar

    Senior Education Coordinator 

    National Park Trust
    401 East Jefferson Street, Suite 207
    Rockville, MD 20850
    Office: 301.279.7275

    Cell: 301.807.5297




  • 14 Oct 2019 3:20 PM | Anonymous

    The weather is turning cool, but we have some hot topics in the  2019 Fall issue of the Ad Astra Kansas News 


    • Upcoming Symposium's Next Giant Leap:  Ad Astra
    • Wichita aerospace company selected as NASA partner
    • Galaxy Forum topics inform
    • NASA Eyes--Kansas Minds
    • Celebrating the Scientific Legacy of NASA and Apollo
    • Move over Mighty Mouse: KSU researchers send mice to space for immune studies
    • Symposium science fiction panel
    • KU expanding aerospace / satellite design facilities
    • Interstellar R&D


  • 01 Oct 2019 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    The deadline for accepting applications for the  Mohling Foundation Scholarship to attend a regional or national NSTA convention has been extended through Oct 16.  

    Applicants must have two years of teaching experience in any of grades K-12 in Kansas Schools and intend to continue teaching for the next year.

    Application follows:

    Wendell G. Mohling Foundation Scholarship Application


    This scholarship, in honor of Dr.Wendell G. Mohling, will be awarded to a Kansas science teacher, to attend a National Science Teachers Association Conference.

    The scholarship, to be used sometime during the school year it is awarded, will be in the amount of $700.00.  Application deadline is October 1st.


    The applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

    1) The teacher is currently teaching science in a Kansas school, in grades K-12, and has

         been teaching science for a minimum of 2 years. 

    2)  The teacher will continue teaching science in a Kansas school during the following   

         school year, after the scholarship is awarded.  A letter of support from the teacher’s 

         superintendent/ principal will be required, and must accompany the application.

    3)  The teacher has never attended an NSTA convention.

    4)  The teacher will provide receipts to the foundation, to document the teacher’s 

         expenses while attending the convention.

    5)  The teacher will join or renew his/her Kansas Association of Teachers of Science

          membership for the year.  The foundation will reimburse the cost of this membership.



    Applicant Information




                 First                              Middle                           Last


    Current Teaching Assignment:  ________________________________________



    School Name:______________________________________________________



    School Address:   ___________________________________________________




    School District:  ____________________________________________________


    School Phone Number:  ______________________________________________


    School Fax Number: ________________________________________________


    Email Address: ____________________________________________________



    Home Address: ____________________________________________________



    Home Phone Number: ______________________________________________


    Mobile Phone Number:  ____________________________________________



    Undergraduate Degree: _____________________________________________


    College/University:  _______________________________________________


            Year Granted:   __________________________


    Prior teaching experience:  List the school district, the dates employed, and subject(s) taught.








    Respond to the following on an 8 ½” x 11” paper, double-spaced, one side only:

    Explain in detail how attending a NSTA Convention will benefit you as a science teacher, and the impact your attendance will have on the students that you teach.  Maximum length not to exceed one page.  Attach this essay to the application.


    By signing this application, you are attesting that the above information is correct and that you meet all of the requirements for the scholarship.  Please mail this application with the letter of support from your superintendent/principal to:  Wendell G. Mohling Foundation,

    P.O. Box 442536, Lawrence, KS  66044.   Deadline:  October 16, 2019



    __________________________________________________     __________________

                     Signature                                                                                   Date


    Information about the Mohling Foundation, downloadable scholarship application, and biographical information about past winners is available at:  www.wendellmohlingfoundation.com

    Questions may be directed to: mohlingfoundation@gmail.com

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