2016 NSTA Area Conference

Portland, Oregon: November 10–12, 2016
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Great opportunity for students to shine in Science Communication! 

The 2016 Breakthrough Junior Challenge is open until Octboer 10th. Sponsored by Priscilla Chan,  Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri and Julia Milner, the program aims to generate excitement in math and science through encouraging imaginative and effective communication on important topics.  The information is in the linked pdf file and at .  A great and important opportunity!

How would you implement technology to enhance your teaching methods and address learning challenges? Would you invest in a new computer or mobile devices for your students to use in the classroom? Or perhaps make use of software that streamlines your curriculum and lightens the load of grading papers?

Let us know in 400-500 words the impact new classroom technology could have for you and your students. The top three submissions featuring the most innovative and beneficial uses for classroom technology will each be awarded $1,000 to spend on new technology for their classroom!

Learn more about this Directv Grant


Engineering Fellows is a highly competitive program that brings engineering expertise directly into fifth grade classrooms around the state by partnering teachers with professional engineers and college students studying engineering. Our two-organization team of Washington STEM and Washington MESA aims to ensure that almost 200 fifth grade teachers are equipped, empowered, and well-supported to deliver exceptional engineering curricula based on realworld challenges. In the first year this program will serve 30 teachers located in two diverse regions of Washington state. This program will engage professional engineers and college students in engineering to help provide teachers with engineering expertise through collaborative program development and implementation of real-world STEM challenges in classrooms. 

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Free live bat program for 4th graders

Our bat conservation organization is offering free educational programming for 4th graders across the U.S. this remaining school year. 

The free program, supported by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, includes a 30-45 minute on-screen program featuring 3-4 bats found around the world and a discussion of the role that bats play in our environment. Students will be able to see the bats, learn from our educator and ask questions. The program is accompanied by an in-class research and writing project to further engage the students. 

 You can see more about us at

4th Grade Virtual Bat Education Workshop.pdf

virtual bat education flyer.pdf

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) 

awards are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level." Any teacher or other K-12 educator who covers a significant amount of earth science content with their students is eligible. Ten national finalists are selected, one from each NAGT regional section. Some sections also recognize state winners. Individuals may apply themselves or nominate a colleague for the award.

The Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards program was adopted by NAGT in 1971. Devised to honor pre-college teachers of earth science, the program has the following specific objectives:

·         Identify excellence in teaching

·         Appropriately recognize and reward excellence in teaching

·         Stimulate higher levels of teaching performance

·         Establish NAGT as a strong support organization for pre-college education, and

·         Via active statewide and sectional programs, build a solid state, regional, and national liaison with administrators of pre-college earth science education.

Make a Nomination

To nominate a teacher for this award, please complete the online nomination form.

Washington is in the Pacific Northwest Section.

Project SMART 

is a UNH outreach program for high school students considering a career in science. SMART is a residential program where students live on campus for 4 weeks and participate in 1 of 3 modules of their choosing. Students learn advanced concepts in science and participate in active research programs with UNH faculty. Students who select Biotech and Nanotech learn advanced concepts in genetics and perform sophisticated laboratory experiments. Students in Marine and Environmental Science divide their time between field and laboratory work and spend part of their time continuing long-time studies of environmental change in the mountains, woods, ponds and marine environments of New Hampshire. Students in Space Science work with faculty on diverse current research efforts including the use of spacecraft data and build a balloon payload with scientific instruments of their own construction that they fly to the edge of space. Learn more at and 

NSTA has developed a new WSTA Learning Center 

 If you are responsible for coordinating or developing professional learning programs for your school, district, or state, or if you are professor teaching science pre-service teachers at a college or university, we would like you to know that the NSTA Learning Center contains a variety of online learning experiences to fit any educator’s learning style and content need and can be accessed 24/7

This link can also be found under the Resources tab.

WSTA Board Retreat 

Professional Development Planning

During the annual WSTA Board retreat on August 6-8, 2015; WSTA Board members and elected Regional Representatives met to finalize professional development plans to deliver training to teachers and administrators for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. One of the primary strategic directions of the Washington State Science Teachers Association is to provide science education training throughout Washington State; and this year WSTA plans to conduct a 6-7 hour training in each region of the state to train teachers how to fully utilize the science practices, science content, and cross-cutting concepts related to the new Washington State Science Learning Standards. Each of our ten regional representatives will lead the training in their own region after spending 35-50 hours preparing to deliver this professional development. All interested in participating in the training can register in September on our website. We hope you will join us!


Washington MESA Engineering Design and Computer Science Day 

Over 250 students attending a full day of workshops, and participated in creating mobile applications and design challenges at the Microsoft Conference Center last Saturday. To see more pictures from the event check out the MESA Day menu on Washington webpage.

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.


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.




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