Announcing the WSTA 2015 Conference!

  • Oct 23-25
  • Shoreline, Washington


The Collection of Evidence (COE) Team at OSPI is searching for biology teachers interested in piloting two of six new Biology COE tasks this spring.

Biology teachers would receive two paper-based tasks to pilot in general biology class(es) the second week of April. During the administration of each task it is expected that each student completes the task independently while supervised by their teacher. Each task may be administered in parts over more than one session as long as students are not allowed to return to questions completed in a prior session. Students are allowed access to the same tools as a student completing the Biology End-of-Course (EOC): a calculator in test mode and a straight edge.

Teachers would be provided four full weeks to administer the two tasks. The two tasks would be mailed back to OSPI during the second full week of May.

Please complete the questionnaire below if you are interested in participating:

Closing Date: February 4, 2015

National Youth Science Camp®

The NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP is an honors program for two highachieving high school students from each state in the United States and others from around the world. This residential summer experience is held in a rustic setting in West Virginia’s eastern mountains and has honored and challenged over 5,000 participants since it began in 1963.
National Representation Graduating high school seniors representing each state and several countries are selected to attend the NYSC through state and country-based competitions. Selection criteria include demonstrated achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and participation in school and community activities, with leadership potential.

The NYSC is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation® , a nonprofit organization. For more information please visit, call (304) 205-9724, send an E-mail message to,

Employment Notices

If you have a job opening and you would like to advertise it for free on WSTA.NET, please send the advertisement to webmaster and we will post it!  Please make sure the advertisement is in ASCII Text (no PDFs or other attachments).  Listings will be posted for 60 days.

EYH Thurston County - STEM conference for girls

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Thurston County is a non-profit organization that organizes an annual STEM conference for middle school girls.   The conference details are below, our brochure is attached, and registration is now open on our website (  

EYH 2015brochure.pdf


EYH Thurston County will be holding its 26th annual STEM conference for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls on March 7, 2015 on the South Puget Sound Community College campus.  In case you are not familiar with Expanding Your Horizons (EYH), it is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to introduce girls to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  Here at EYH Thurston County we run a half-day annual conference with exciting hands-on workshops for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls led by women professionals in STEM fields.  The conference is very affordable (just $15.00) and we offer many full scholarships to the event.   Our ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st century challenges by providing them with professional women role models.


This year we’re so excited to welcome Gail Hendrick, author of Something Stinks!, selected by the National Science Teachers Association as an Outstanding Science Trade Book for students in K-12.  Every girl who attends the conference will receive a free copy of the book; Ms. Hendrick will also speak to the girls and be available to sign books.  And Dr. Mindy Roberts, of the Washington State Department of Ecology, will be our keynote speaker.  She’ll be giving an exciting presentation on what computer modeling the effects of pollution in Puget Sound and mountain climbing have in common.


We would again appreciate your assistance with the distribution of our attached electronic brochure.  Please share it with your 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and parents.  For more information about EYH, including videos, flyers and a look at past conferences, please visit our website ( or Facebook ( page.

Professional Development Survey

In an effort to meet the training needs of our membership, WSTA is conducting a survey online through Survey Monkey to determine what professional development members believe we should offer in each of our regions. The survey takes about 3-5 minutes and can be accessed at:

WSTA 2014 Conference

October 17 to 19, 2014

Downtown Spokane Conference Center 

The Next Generation:  Science and STEM for All!

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Conference Information

1. Conference Program and Conference APP


WSTA Board attends National Congress on Science Education in DC in July 2014!


WSTA attended the annual National Congress on Science Education (NCSE) held in Washington, DC this year. state science teacher organizations with information and a voice for science education matters through NSTA. The latest information and resolutions are brought to state chapters, and chapters can provide input on these matters. This years workshop topics included:

  • Providing Support to State Chapters   
  • Using Technology to Improve Communications and Membership   
  • Next Generation Science Standards and their Implementation

John Parker (President) attended the congress on behalf of WSTA and information from the congress  was provided to the WSTA Board and incorporated into strategic planning and goal setting at the Board Retreat in August at Baker Lake Lodge.


Donate to WSTA

WSTA is a non-profit organization and gladly excepts donations to further the science education of our youth in Washington state through our mission and vision. If you would like to make a donation, please click the link Donate to WSTA.



Upcoming events

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 9:00 AM • Capital Region ESD 113, Tumwater, Washington
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