Announcing the WSTA 2015 Conference!

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

October 23, 24 and 25th   


Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington


Call for Proposals,  Call for Exhibitors,  Coming Soon


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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,

Scientific Argumentation: Helping Students Identify, Evaluate, and Support Claims (2-part course)

Use Smithsonian and other published resources to help students judge the quality or reliability of evidence, evaluate scientific claims, and construct scientific arguments. In a live, interactive format, try out an instructional strategy and an online annotation tool. This webinar will address inquiry skills and CCSS ELA standards for informational texts in scientific and technical subject areas. Provided materials focus on real-world, curriculum-relevant topics such as fracking and the Asian carp invasion. 

Free Registration Required:

Target Audience: 
9th and 10th grade science teachers

Part 1: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Part 2: Monday, February 23, 2015

(Note: the course takes place over two sessions and attendance at both, along with completion of the evaluation, is required to receive a certificate) 

7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT/5:00 p.m. MT/4:00 p.m. PT

60 minutes each session

The event will take place online via the Google+ platform. Registrants will receive links to the two sessions prior to the event. 

The webinar is archived and available for viewing after the live event has occurred.

Michelle K. Smith is Associate Director for Digital Media in the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. She oversees content development for instructional materials and web-based programs based on the Smithsonian s collections and expertise.

Dr. Victor Sampson is an Associate Professor of STEM Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of a growing series of books about engaging students in scientific argumentation, a key practice of science that helps students master content while they write about and discuss claims and evidence. 

Certificate of Participation: Webinar participants earn a certificate of participation for attending both sessions and completing the evaluation form at the end of the program. 

For more information: Contact

Science for Elementary School Leaders

Friday, February 27th, 2015
Renton School District Boardroom
300 SW 7th St. Renton, WA 98057
Join us as we learn from renowned science educator and
trainer, Sara Moore, and answer some burning questions.
Sara is a former classroom teacher and teacher educator. She regularly
presents at conferences and publishes in professional journals. She presently
serves as Director of Mathematics & Science at ETA hand2mind.
What is STEM? What is engineering design?
Why does elementary STEM education matter?
How does integrated STEM relate to other initiatives/focus areas?
Each session will include hands-on STEM activities
Sign up using Eventbrite for the FREE workshop that suits your needs.
Provided by ETA Hosted by Renton School District February 2015
For the Leaders around the Puget Sound 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Research on how teachers develop confidence on teaching
STEM/engineering design
How to ensure students leave elementary prepared for middle/high
school STEM programs and beyond
Impact of teacher evaluation criteria and process on STEM implementation

For District/Building Leaders 11:30 – 3:00
Deeper dive into connecting STEM to other focus areas,
particularly literacy and math
Developmental progression and learning trajectories
across the elementary grades
Importance of parent involvement and how we can change stereotypes
How can you support your teachers? (e.g. materials, classroom management,
Lunch will be provided

For Teachers 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Practical discussion of what engineering design and STEM are & what they can
look like in the classroom 
Increasing Parent involvement
Discussion of practical concerns at the classroom level
Subject integration (e.g., how is engineering design related to mathematical problem
solving process.)

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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

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