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Announcing the WSTA 2015 Conference!

The Next Waves of Science:  NGSS, CCSS and STEM!

October 23, 24 and 25th  


Conference Web Page 

 

Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington

 

Call for ProposalsExhibitor Information and Registration


General Conference questions

Contact Lisa Chen at chili_888@yahoo.com


Exhibitor Questions

Contact Nancy Ridenour at  ridenour2@charter.net


 

Interested in a sponsorship?

Contact John McNamara at McNamara@wsu.edu

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 MESA.org webpage.

Hazards on the Homefront  teacher training workshop this August

This workshop will be held this August on the following days.

 

Workshop at Tukwila Community Center

·         Grades 4-6: Tuesday, August 11, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

·         Grades 6-12: Wednesday, August 12, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Optional tour of the South Wastewater Treatment Plant

·         Grades 4-12: Thursday, August 13, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 

Lunch will be provided and clock hours will be available for a small fee. For more information, please see the flyer included below


Science of Waves

This experience will engage elementary educators, with a target of classroom teachers of grades 3-6, in a science inquiry study of the various wave phenomena currently specified for elementary grades by the Next Generation Science Standards. The days will be filled with guided activities, investigations, small and large group discussions about ideas, observations, summarizing models and explanations.

This exciting opportunity to engage in professional learning around the science of waves was developed through the SEISMIC MSP Project and will be facilitated by higher education discipline experts Dr. Sue DeBari (WWU geologist) and Sara Julin (WCC Physicist).

FREE clock hours are available!

 

August 11-14, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Federal Way School District

Transportation Building (Support Services Center)

1211 South 332nd St, Federal Way, WA  98003

Register for this professional learning opportunity at http://edmsp.mspnet.org/index.cfm/register/form_info_view?form_id=305 by June 30.

 

Travel costs are assumed by participants and there is not funding to cover stipends for teacher time.

 

Energy Literacy and Bioenergy Science Teacher Workshop - July 21st in Shoreline


Are you a middle or high school teacher interested in energy literacy or biofuels and bioenergy?

Are you interested in learning more about these topics?

If yes, then register for this free workshop in Shoreline on July 21st!

 Here is more information on the workshop:

 Developing clean energy technologies will be a critical issue for the next generation of scientists and engineers. Regardless of career choice, energy literacy is important for all students. Biofuels and bioenergy have made great advancements in recent years and are gaining much attention both nationally and locally.

 This workshop, led by instructors of the Science Math and Investigative Learning Experiences program at Oregon State University, will give teachers the tools to integrate lessons about biofuels and bioenergy into their classroom. Teachers will be guided through hands-on lessons targeted at 6-12th grade.

Please share this opportunity by forwarding this email or the attached flyer.

Shoreline biofuels workshop flyer.pdf

Personal Genetics Education Project

Summer Institute
July 28-30, 2015
9:00am - 3:30pm
Harvard Medical School
New Research Building
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur Boston, MA 02115

Earn 18 PDPs for the three-day session
Cost: $50 (early bird price until 5/31/15); $60 beginning 6/1/15
(scholarships available)

If you have any questions, please email Lauren Tomaselli at ltomaselli@pged.med.harvard.edu or call (617) 432-1797. We will send an email with more details about directions, parking, etc. in June. If you will be coming from out of town and would like suggestions for nearby hotels, please email Lauren.

More information click here.




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 www.nysf.com, call (304) 205-9724, send an E-mail message to office@nysf.com,

U.S. National Model STEM Education Program Opportunity


Dear STEM education colleague,

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) was designed as a model U.S.
national STEM education initiative to inspire and engage the next generation.
It was launched in 2010, before 'STEM' became a curricular focal point, and serves as a phenomenal, high media visibility, high caliber, turn-key program that can provide a district a core STEM activity tuned to Next Generation Science Standards. Over 45,900 grade 5-15 students have now been immersed in real experiment design across 110 communities and 113 flight experiments have flown (each representing a community), with 25 more awaiting launch in June 2015 on the SpaceX-7 mission to the International Space Station.

SSEP provides truly authentic STEM education experiences with seamless integration across STEM disciplines, and cross-disciplinary connections to reading, writing, communication, and art and design. SSEP is garnering very significant media attention at the local, regional and national level, which can be effectively leveraged by a school district.

We are truly inviting YOUR students to be real researchers, and your community to be part of America’s and Canada's Space Program – in fact we want you to have your OWN Space Program.

Click here for more information


Teacher Survey


Would you like a chance to win an iPad Mini or a Samsung Galaxy Tablet (if you win, you can pick which you get)? Two will be given away. We are looking for secondary science teachers to complete an anonymous, 20-minute survey to help us understand the effects research experiences have on teachers’ skills and practices once they begin their careers. The survey is for all secondary (6-12) science teachers regardless of their research experience. The survey contains background questions, questions about your classroom and classroom practices, and questions about any research experiences that you may have participated in. Once you have completed the survey you will be given the opportunity to enter your name in a drawing for the iPad Mini or Galaxy Tablet.

 

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact either Dr. Sarah Boesdorfer, 319-273-7146 or sarah.boesdorfer@uni.edu, or Dr. Dawn Del Carlo, 319-273-3296or dawn.delcarlo@uni.edu.

 

The survey can be found at http://tinyurl.com/ls2c7xg



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.




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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C77C5X9

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

Friday, October 23, 2015 • Shorecrest High School
Friday, October 23, 2015 7:00 AM • Shoreline
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