The Washington Science Teachers Association is an organization dedicated to advocating and promoting quality science education at all levels of instruction.
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2016 NSTA Area Conference
Portland, Oregon: November 10–12, 2016
Great opportunity for students to shine in Science Communication!
The 2016 Breakthrough Junior Challenge is open until October 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 www.breakthroughjuniorchallenge.orgwww.breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org . A great and important opportunity!
TOMORROW’S AVIATION WORKFORCE NEEDS STRONG STEM EDUCATION TODAY!
Join us for our second annual High School Aviation STEM Symposium, November 6-7, in Seattle, WA at the Museum of Flight.
With its recently launched Boeing Academy for STEM Learning, the museum provides an ideal setting for the symposium. Now more than ever, educators and school leaders need to be equipped with the right tools and strategies to implement and operate effective aviation STEM programs. Our symposium is a unique, focused event that puts you shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow educators, guidance counselors, administrators, and aviation program leaders.
Take advantage of this proximity of talent – network, learn how others have worked through aviation classroom challenges, and participate in the discussion of aviation education strategies. Then take back the latest innovations and best practices for incorporating aviation education into STEM programs, improving or expanding current aviation STEM initiatives, and implementing successful collaboration among stakeholders.
Visit the website for more details. http://youcanfly.aopa.org/high-school/symposium
The symposium is limited to 250 participants, so we encourage you to register early to secure your seat.
Position Description: Director of Science Education and Audience Engagement Wanted
Foss Waterway Seaport celebrates Tacoma’s rich maritime heritage past, present and future. It is Puget Sound’s maritime heritage education and event center where families, groups and communities come to discover, explore, work and play. The Seaport offers land- and boat- based education programs.
The Director of Science Education and Audience Engagement leads the Seaport’s efforts to provide meaningful experiences for diverse audiences, onsite, online and in the larger community. Their focus is to encourage and support the engagement of visitors with the Seaport’s mission; and bases their efforts on current research and best practices in science and museum education, and visitor studies; evaluating their results both qualitatively and quantitatively to determine approaches that best meet the goals of the Seaport.
The Director of Science Education and Audience Engagement works with area schools (teachers, districts and Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction - OSPI) and community groups to create science and history education programs that meet the needs of local schools, with an emphasis on reaching students and their teachers in 5th through 12th grade. The Director will take the lead in creating partnerships with grades 1-12 and university programs. The Director demonstrates an understanding of how to engage family audiences and the general public with a welcoming and accessible approach.
The Director of Science Education and Audience Engagement works with other senior museum staff to define strategies for engagement and learning, developing partnerships with area school districts and the community, the development of temporary and permanent exhibitions and other public programs that engage the museum’s diverse audiences.
The Director of Science Education and Audience Engagement has direct oversight and teaching responsibilities for marine and environmental science programs, which includes:
WASHINGTON STEM + WASHINGTON MESA ENGINEERING FELLOWS PROGRAM EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
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.
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 www.batconservation.org.
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.
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 http://www.smart.unh.edu and http://projectsmartspacescience.sr.unh.edu/
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 Professional Development Planning
During the annual WSTA Board retreat in August of 2016; WSTA Board members reviewed the 2015-2016 Professional Development "Progression through the Waves."
The user feedback was overwhelmingly positive and teachers felt like they understood the NGSS much better and felt more confident to teach physical sciences, WAVES and other elements.
We will be offering this training again in 2016-2017 and will be expanding soon to include Life Sciences and Earth Sciences.
Deep, 3-dimensional learning with disciplinary content, science and engineering practices and cross-cutting concepts is what the NGSS is 'all about' and this training will help you master the skills you need to teach the next generation.
Come see us at NSTA in Portland Nov 10 through 12 for places and dates, see us at WSSDA in Spokane November 17 through 19th, keep checking the website and emails for information.
WSTA exists to improve science education in the state and we can help you master the NGSS!
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.
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.
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.
WSTA 2017 Annual Conference
October 20, 21, 22
Chiawana HS Pasco WA
Contact John McNamara
Come see us at the WSSDA Conference in Spokane
Nov 17 through 19th
See what WSTA
can do for Science, STEM and the NGSS teaching
in your district!