kansas association of teachers of science


  • 22 Aug 2019 8:06 PM | Anonymous

    Teachers, you are invited to the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation’s


    At the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS

    August 24, 2019 / 1-3 p.m.


    THEME: “Black Holes, Humans in Space… and more”


    Purpose:  Teachers will be provided useful classroom information on galaxy space exploration and humans in space.


    They will:

    • 1.     Hear information on the Event Horizon Telescope and other cutting-edge research into black holes.
    • 2.     Be apprised of a recent discovery of “cold quasars” and what that might mean for stars’ life cycles.
    • 3.     Follow the process by which engineers design habitable environments for astronauts
    • 4.     Be familiarized with the newest technologies being used to explore our solar system.
    • This event is FREE of charge. To register send name, school and number attending to jeanettesteinert@att.net Certificates of attendance will be available. Geared to middle school on up.

    BRIGHT IDEA:  Make a day of it-- attend the “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” free documentary screening for teachers provided by the Cosmosphere at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. For info, go to teachers.  

    Speakers and Topics:

    NOTE:  Both main speakers are accomplished women scientists—role models for any interested students who would like to come.


    Hearts of Darkness: Uncovering the Supermassive Black Holes at Galaxy Centers"

    By Dr. Allison Kirkpatrick / University of Kansas


    Kirkpatrick is an expert on supermassive black holes. As an observational astronomer, Dr. Kirkpatrick uses data from Spitzer, Hubble, Chandra, and other telescopes to quantify the energy output of supermassive black holes and the amount of star formation in host galaxies. She will share the latest on the Event Horizon Telescope observation and other cutting-edge black hole research. Kirkpatrick recently garnered national attention for her discovery of yet unknown “cold quasars”, a breakthrough that changes scientific thought as to how galaxies mature.


    Humans in Space”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

    By Dr. Amy Betz / Kansas State University


    Heat and water--two big concerns in space. Dr. Betz, of the K-State Department of Mechanical Engineering, will discuss the designing and developing of habitable environments for astronauts. She is currently part of a Kansas multi-university NASA research project to develop more efficient and compact technologies for cooling and water recycling systems in spacecraft. As part of the discussion, she will demonstrate two activities to illustrate principles she works with. This is part of a STEM workshop she is developing for middle school teachers.

    “An Interstellar University in the Ad Astra State”

    By Steve Durst / AAKF


    Steve Durst is a co-founder of the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation. Durst, whose Space Age Publishing Company has offices in Hawai’i and California, has focused on space news and exploration for over 40 years. He discusses his hopes for the space sciences in Kansas in the 21st century.  

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


  • 12 Jun 2019 9:32 PM | Anonymous member

    Instructor-Part-time-Biological Sciences /Education The Department of Biological Sciences at Emporia State University invites applications for a part-time instructor to teach “Field and Lab Biology” to Elementary Education majors in our BEST program in El Dorado, KS. The appointment will be for the Fall 2019 semester with the potential for renewal.

    Position Summary

    The responsibilities of the position are to teach two sections of GB 303, Field and Lab Biology. This unique course is a hybrid lab and lecture class designed to provide pre-service K-6 teachers with the content and skills necessary to effectively teach biology in their future classrooms. The content of the course is a broad survey of the diversity of organisms with an emphasis on botany and zoology as well as human anatomy and physiology.


    A Master’s degree in Biology or Education is required. Experience teaching life science at the K-12 level and/or training elementary teachers in science teaching methods is preferred. Must be available to teach Thursday evenings and Friday mornings at our offsite location in El Dorado, KS.


    To apply, submit a letter of application, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Tim Burnett, Emporia State University, 1 Kellogg Circle Box 4050, Emporia, KS 66801 or tburnett@emporia.edu. Screening of applicants will begin July 1 and continue until the position is filled. A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hire.

    Emporia State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sex, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other factors which cannot be considered by law

  • 30 May 2019 10:58 AM | Anonymous


    I hope you all had a great close to the school year with students and in this month's newletter you will find professional development resources that may help support you this summer. Check out the resources using the link below!

    I am also writing today as I am moving out of this role with the Kansas State Department of Education and will be working at the University of Arkansas/School of Education next year teaching graduate science education courses and working on an equity teacher preparation project. If you need to reach me after June 4 please do so at lizette.burks@gmail.com.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed these last three years helping support curriculum, instruction, and assessments state-wide for science. I was an 8th grade science teacher when the current Kansas Standards for Science (NGSS) were adopted and I took this role in hopes of supporting implementation of what this vision has in store for students. It has been an honor supporting the transition from scientific inquiry to three-dimensional learning found in our standards. What I can say for sure is that this vision is definitely worth all of our hard work happening across the state!

    If you are interested in leading science education with the Kansas State Department of Education my job will be posted on this site in the future. I will be at the Kansas Excellence in Math/Science Teaching Conference KSDE is holding in June at Newman University. I hope to see you there and the deadline to sign up was extended!

    Thank you for all that you do and again it has been an honor to serve in this role. Have a great summer!



    Lizette Burks, Ed.D.

    Science Education Consultant

    Career Standards & Assessment Services

    (785) 296-8108



    Kansas State Department of Education


  • 22 May 2019 4:09 PM | Anonymous

    Registration closed May 24.

    Registration for  Chemistry Modeling Workshop offered at Fort Hays State University will still be accepted until this coming Friday, May 24.  Any interested teacher should contact Earl Legleiter (303-801-8401),  Paul Adams (785-628-5344), or Ann Noble (785-628-5449) at the FHSU Science and Math Education Institute as soon as possible. 

  • 22 May 2019 9:19 AM | Anonymous


    The Science and Mathematics Education Institute (SMEI) at Fort Hays State University developed from a strong desire to improve and embrace the education of science and mathematics in Kansas. By bringing together an extensive network of educators and pedagogy enthusiastics, SMEI hopes to strengthen the comprehension of these necessary skills in not only kindergarten through 12th grade and college students, but also the surrounding community. Check out upcoming summer opportunities!


  • 22 May 2019 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    KSDE Math/Science Summer Conference: June 17-18 (Wichita)

    Registration extended-- still available. 

    STEM Reimagined is the theme for the 2019 KSDE Kansas Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Conference. PBL has been a wide-spread conversation throughout the state, but what are critical components for PBL in the K-12 science classroom? No matter the instructional model you use (PBL, 5E method, problem-based learning, etc.) come find out strategies that are critical to all instructional models that will help support student sensemaking in science aligned to the Kansas Standards for Science (NGSS).

    The mornings will include guest speakers from Kansas Association of Teachers of Science, Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics and others and chances to learn from expert math and science teachers in Kansas. The afternoon K-12 science presenters were part of a professional development project KSDE held this past year to help support the transition from scientific inquiry to three-dimensional teaching and learning (NGSS). These master science teachers implemented a high quality unit of instruction this year and are ready to share some of the best strategies they learned with you (driving question boardstalk moves, etc.). Graduate credit is available and registration closes May 24. http://bit.ly/2ZQndbZ

    Free Materials Camp for HS Teachers: June 17-21 (Kansas City)

    Join the fun this summer in Kansas City where you will learn the basics of Materials Science Technology as taught at the high school level. During this cost-free, week-long camp, you will work hands-on with metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites.  Participating teachers will leave with a comprehensive series of low/no cost laboratory demonstrations in applied science to use in chemistry, physics, math, technology, and industrial arts. You will also have an opportunity to earn 4 CEU credits through the ASM Education Foundation. http://bit.ly/2Hi9wtS


    Science & Our Food Supply Free PD Workshop: June 1 & 7 (Wichita)


    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have created Science and Our Food Supply, a hands-on curriculum for use in middle level and high school. During this one day workshop, teachers will have the opportunity to participate in food science experiments, explore food safety issues, and will become familiar with the lessons and activities in the Science and our Food Supply Curriculum. This curriculum is helpful for formal and informal educators who teach life science, nutrition, health, and family & consumer science classes. http://bit.ly/2LGIhyC


    Upcoming Environmental Education Workshops Across Kansas: Kansas Association for Conservation & Environmental Education


    May 28 (Topeka) Environmental Education Summer Course

    June 6 (Galena) Environmental Education in Southeast Kansas

    Join us for this workshop and learn how to incorporate environment education into your curriculum/programs to make teaching across the curriculum fun and engaging. http://bit.ly/2E7L91q


    July 9 (Olathe) Green Champion Energy Institute Workshop

    Open to educators from the Olathe school district. Join other teachers in the Olathe District as we strive to become the first “green district” in the Kansas City area. You will walk away with hundreds of engaging, hands-on, inter-disciplinary materials and resources to incorporate into your classroom. http://bit.ly/2E7L91q
  • 02 May 2019 8:24 AM | Anonymous

    STEM Reimangined Through Project Based Learning

    June 17-18, 2019

    Newman University

    3100 McCormick Ave., Wichita KS

    STEM Reimagined is the theme for the 2019 Kansas Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Conference. Join fellow math and science teachers from across the state to review, refresh and retool STEM. This conference will focus on ways in which teachers can use STEM activities to implement Project Based Learning (PBL) in their classrooms. PBL has been a wide-spread conversation throughout the state, but what are critical components for PBL in the science classroom? No matter the instructional model you use (PBL, 5E method, problem-based learning, etc.) come find out strategies that are critical to all instructional models that will help support student sensemaking in science.

    The mornings will include guest speakers from Kansas Association of Teachers of Science, Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics, and others and chances to learn from expert math and science teachers in Kansas.  During the afternoons each day, grade-banded groups will be digging deep into science specific strategies that are critical to help support student sensemaking in science. This will be a great opportunity to be inspired and learn from others. 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.

    The afternoon science presenters were part of a professional development project KSDE held this past year to help support the transition from scientific inquiry to three-dimensional teaching and learning. These master science teachers implemented a high quality unit of instruction this year and are ready to share some of the best strategies they learned with you.


    Graduate credit is available and registration closes May 24. Thank you for your consideration.



  • 13 Apr 2019 9:20 AM | Anonymous

    Wendell G Mohling Foundation Award change!!

    The Mohling Foundation has been giving an award amount of $500 since 2006. This is considered "incentive" money to assist in funding a K-12 Kansas science teacher to attend an NSTA conference of their choice, during the school year in which they are selected as the recipient. 

    Beginning next year, we will award $700 to one K-12 Kansas science teacher to use toward attending an NSTA conference of their choice.  While we know this still is inadequate to fund the expense, we consider it as incentive money to encourage a school district to do the "right" thing and pay the balance of the cost. School districts need to invest in the success of their teachers and in 90% of the cases involving our winners, the districts have indeed risen to the challenge. 

    For more information, or to download an application form, please visit our website: www.wendellmohlingfoundation.com or you may access our website from www.kats.org. Applications are due Oct 1. 


  • 19 Mar 2019 3:43 PM | Anonymous

    The Kansas State Science & Engineering Fair (KSSEF) brings together all students advancing from local and regional science fairs happening across the state. The Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair is an ongoing annual project, occurring on March 29. 2019, at the Cessna Activity Center in Wichita, Kansas. KSSEF represents an excellent opportunity for aspiring students across Kansas to challenge one another, and themselves, to expand their knowledge of the scientific fields. Students will gain experience in critical thinking, leadership, and develop their problem-solving skills. The winning students will receive numerous awards that include trophies, cash, and scholarships. 

    Students competing at the KSSEF will have competed at one of the six regional science fairs within Kansas and finished in the top 25% of their respective division. Students are required to have completed their own scientific research and must present their findings in both written and oral formats. Students who were judged to be in the top 35, or 25%, of their division in the regional fair will advance to KSSEF. The fair will showcase over 200 projects from students in grades 4-12.

    How to get involved with KSSEF. Volunteers in STEM related fields are scheduled to meet with students and judge their scientific research at KSSEF. We are in need of more judges and If you are interested in volunteering as a judge, please complete the application below or pass along to others you know that may be able to help out.


    from: Lizette Burks: Member, KSSEF Board of Directors

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