KATS Kamp Scholarships

KCFS KATS Kamp Scholarships

Kansas Citizens for Science, a long time partner with KATS, announces scholarships of $100-275 to be awarded to attendees for KATS Kamp this spring.

KCFS realizes that KATS Kamp is the premiere professional development opportunity for science teachers in Kansas. We therefore want to provide the opportunity for increased numbers of K-12 teachers to attend.

Early career teachers who have district/building mentors are encouraged to have their mentors apply also. If an early career teacher is awarded a scholarship, their mentor will receive one also. We want such teams to be able to work together at Kamp. An early career teacher may, of course, apply even if no mentor applies.

KCFS will provide scholarships based on the following criteria:
Teachers who will be first time Kamp attendees.
Early career teachers.
Teachers whose district provides no support for attendance.
Teachers who will agree to attend one of the sessions sponsored by KCFS
District/building mentors of early career teachers

Award recipients will be expected to apply knowledge obtained at Kamp in their classroom.

Applicants do not have to meet all the above criteria, but these are the criteria which will be used to determine scholarship recipients.

Applications may be downloaded from the the KATS website or from www.kcfs.org. Applications should be sent by email to Harry McDonald, KCFS President, biologycctrack@hotmail.com, by March 15.

Recipients will be contacted by March 22 by email.

KCFS KATS Kamp Scholarship

Name ______________________________________________

Email address _______________________________________

School _____________________________________________

Grade/Subject taught _________________________________

Attended Kamp before Yes ______ No ______

Number of years teaching _____________________________

My district provides help with registration fees Yes ___ No ___

I agree to attend at least one of the KCFS-sponsored sessions at Kamp Yes _____ No _____

If you are in your first three years of teaching and have a mentor who is also applying, please name your mentor. If you receive a scholarship, so will your mentor.

What I hope to learn by attending KATS Kamp:

Submit by Mar. 15
Email to: biologycctrack@hotmail.com

Johnson County Science Cafe

Johnson County Science Cafe’

Zapping Charlemagne’s Power Grid: A Solar Superflare in 774 AD?

Speakers: Adrian Melott, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas
Date: March 11, 2014

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Coaches Bar and Grill, 9089 W. 135th Street, one block west of 135th and Antioch, south side of 135th St.

Solar superflares, their effects, how bad they might get, how often …

Dr. Melott received his Ph.D. at the University of Texas in 1981. He was one of the pioneers in simulation of the formation of structure in a dark-matter dominated Universe.  In 1996 he was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society “For groundbreaking studies of the origin and evolution of cosmic structure”, and in 2002 received the APS Joseph A. Burton Forum Award “to recognize outstanding contributions to public understanding or resolution of issues involving the interface of physics and society.”  He was an organizer and founder of Kansas Citizens for Science, which played a major role in restoring evolutionary biology to public science standards. Recently he shifted his research to “astrobiophysics”, beginning with the possible role of gamma-ray bursts in terrestrial mass extinctions, as well as long-term biodiversity fluctuations.  In 2007 he named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “For distinguished contributions to cosmological large-scale structure, for organizing public support for teaching evolution, and for interdisciplinary research on astrophysical impacts on the biosphere.”

For more information: biologycctrack@hotmail.com

Web resources on penguins and Curiosity rover

Here are some links that were shared during recent science cafes. Thought some of you might find these useful.

Websites from Gary Wesche’s January presentation on penguins.

About PEI
PEI is a vibrant network promoting polar education and research to a global community. By fostering dialogue and collaboration between educators and researchers, PEI aims to highlight and share the global relevance of the polar regions with the broader community. Join PEI to be a part of this growing global network!
PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which K-12 teachers spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. The goal of PolarTREC is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing K-12 educators and polar researchers together.

The best education site for following Antarctic Adelie penguins
Links from Aaron Sengstacken’s presentation on the Curiosity rover.
Mars Science Laboratory http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl
Raw Images http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/
Curiosity Twitter http://twitter.com/MarsCuriosity
MARDI Landing Video http://youtu.be/Esj5juUzhpU
New York Times Interactive

Johnson County Science Cafe

Johnson County Science Cafe’

A History of Water Pollution in Kansas City

Speakers: John Dunn, Environmental Engineer, US EPA Region 7
Date: February 11, 2014

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Coaches Bar and Grill, 9089 W. 135th Street, one block west of 135th and Antioch, south side of 135th St.

Kansas City is a river town.  Our local history and the history of water pollution are closely related. We will talk about familiar places and names, and how this fits into the water pollution story of Kansas City.  You will see how the decisions of years past have created our current challenges and choices in the KC Metro.  Please bring questions!

Mr. Dunn has worked as an Environmental Engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency for 25 years.  During that time he has served in the NPDES Water Pollution Permits Section.  His areas of experience have included Water Quality-based permits, Industrial Permits, Biofuels development, Power Plant issues, TMDL’s, Biosolids, Big River issues, and Security and Water Infrastructure Protection. Volunteer in the Missouri 340 race. Ground Crew, Safety Boat.

For more information: biologycctrack@hotmail.com