2016 NSTA Area Conference

Portland, Oregon: November 10–12, 2016
Conference Strand

NSTA is currently accepting proposals for the following conferences. To submit, please click here.


Performance Expectation Progression for Waves and Light

WSTA presents a professional learning opportunity grounded in the Science Professional Learning Standards and the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The six-hour workshop is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of the Washington State Science Learning Standards (WSSLS) characteristics and performance expectations (also called Next Generation Science Standards). Participants will experience three-dimensional learning activities aligned to PS4 Waves and their Application in Technologies for Information Transfer.

Workshop Goals:

  • Increase understanding of Performance Expectations (PE), Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), Science and Engineering Practices (SEP), and Crosscutting Concepts (CCC).

  • Develop best teaching practices through 3 Dimensional Learning activities.

  • Increase knowledge of a learning progression within the WSSLS, focused on PS4 Waves.

  • Connect aligned Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts/ Literacy and Mathematics embedded in workshop activities.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • At the completion of the workshop participants will be able to apply their knowledge of the WSSLS, three-dimensional learning, learning progressions and aligned CCSS to increase efficiency and effectiveness in teaching and learning in the classroom. Participant content focus will be 1stgrade, 4thgrade, Middle

  School (MS) and High School (HS) light and sound waves.

  • District teams, curriculum specialists and administrators are encouraged to participate.

  • 6 Clock Hours available from WSTA for $20


Greetings Teachers,

NatureBridge is offering two summer workshops providing valuable resources
for your classroom and schoolyard with clock hours are available for each one.

Environmental Science Field Studies: NGSS in Action
Date: June 20-23, 2016
Cost: $200/participant

Design and conduct field investigations that apply the
Practices of Science in the NGSS.

Register Now!
Olympic National Park - Learning from a Distance
Dates: July 25-28, 2016
Cost: $200/participant

Develop distance learning
programs in collaboration with Olympic National Park staff to
bring the national parks into
your classroom.

Register Now!

Some WA State districts are paying teacher's tuition for these workshops. Check with your administrator to find out if this support is available.

Visit the NatureBridge website to learn more about our programs in Olympic National Park

In the adventure of science (and learning),

Eva Foster
Environmental Science Outreach Manager
NatureBridge - Olympic


Puget Sound Renewable Educator Leadership Institute

The Renewable Educator Leadership Institute is an innovative teacher professional development opportunity for Pierce, Snohomish, and King County K-12 educators who seek to meaningfully engage students in preparation for STEM careers. The weeklong summer institute leverages two major change elements of our society – the emergence of the new energy economy and the changing power grid – as demonstrations of real-world systems that can facilitate impactful, interactive learning experiences for students. The Leadership Institute is provided by BEF Solar 4R Schools, and is sponsored by Boeing Foundation, with additional support from M.J.Murdock Charitable Trust and the Bonneville Power Administration. 

Location and Date

July 18 – 22, 2016

University of Washington - Bothell

8:30 am – 3:30 pm Daily

Eligibility and Qualifications

This opportunity is open to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Formal K-12 educator working in a school district in either Pierce, Snohomish or King Counties in Washington
  • Prepared and available to participate in the 5-day Institute in its entirety
  • Demonstrated (or strong desire to become) leaders within their communities
  • Prepared and able to train up to 20 teachers within their respective districts on STEM renewable energy topics and activities
  • Able to manage or facilitate a district-level renewable energy science kit (or kits)
  • Ready with an idea to develop into an NGSS-aligned task or project related to renewable energy

Learn more >> 

Download the RFP >>>

Destiny Middle School - Job Posting

Math Teacher

Science Teacher


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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 is an immersive one week summer experience followed by in-school teaching with engineering support, and six Saturday sessions throughout the school year for selected 5th grade teachers. Teachers will work collaboratively with engineering college students and professionals to develop NGSS-aligned design challenges. Design teams will create or adapt engineering challenges for integration with local curriculum throughout the coming academic year. 

WHEN: July 11th – 15th, 2016 

WHERE: University of Washington 

FOR: Thirty 5th Grade South Puget Sound and Yakima teachers from classrooms with high percentages of students underrepresented in STEM.

HOW TO APPLY: Space is limited. Please use the link below to complete a brief application by March 30, 2016 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Phyllis Harvey-Buschel at

PDF Information

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 

Summer Camp Teaching Position 

 Science for ages 10-16

The Northwest School is looking for 1-2 teachers to teach science classes at our 2016 summer camp. For details, and to apply, please visit the job posting. Applicants must have experience working with the 10-16 age group as well as with English Language Learners. The science classes are a mix of international and domestic students and are largely project based. Topics to be covered this year are: Microbiology, Marine Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. If you have questions, please contact NWS Summer Camp director Van Nguyen.



              BIOFUELS + CO-PRODUCTS         



Education Track: Bioenergy Literacy in STEM Education

Tuesday, May 3 - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

at the Seattle Airport Marriott

Seattle, Washington, USA

$50 registration fee $500 travel stipends available for educators.

Submit a research poster & receive complimentary registration.

Educators will receive networking opportunities with scientists, research professionals, and industry leaders representing renewable energy and will leave with free curriculum resources and ideas on how to teach about bioenergy.

Questions? Contact Sarah Burgess for more information

For information about $500 Educator Stipends contact Jenny Schon

For information about WA State Clock Hours contact Danica Hendrickson


Thank you to everyone that made this year's Conference a success!

Announcing the WSTA Annual Conference!

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

October 23, 24 and 25th   

Conference Web Page   Field Trips and Tours

Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington

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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