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

Exhibitor Questions

Contact Nancy Ridenour at


Interested in a sponsorship?

Contact John McNamara at

REACCH Summer Teacher Workshop

A major outcome of Regional Approaches to Climate Change in Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH) is to share curriculum with teachers and students of Idaho, Oregon and Washington. After all, your students will be faced with the challenges and opportunities climate change will bring to our region. Please join us for 3 days of professional development, science and technology!

REACCH Summer Teacher Workshop
Climate Change, Agriculture and Society University of Idaho Moscow, Idaho June 29-July 1

You will receive, free of charge:
*         Two continuing education credits
*         Room and board (double occupancy)
*         Resources for your classroom-curriculum which meets Common Core and Next Generation Standards
*         Cool techie tools & cutting-edge research!
To register and to learn more visit:
Contact us at

Join Us at the PEI Summer Institute! June 25th and 26th

PEI faculty Nancy Skerritt and Pat Otto will be convening a two day workshop this summer for a deep dive into outdoor field experiences that link to ELA and NGSS standards in your classroom. We will be at the Lively Environmental Center in Mill Creek, WA. 


An 8th grade science teacher who attended last year had this to say about the impact of the workshop for her students: 

“During the fall and early winter I used the Stormwater Engineer, Stormwater Management and most recently the Water Percolation materials with my students. In February we completed the interim SBAC tests and in house scoring. The informal feedback I have received is that many of my students demonstrated greater understanding of the what was required for the Performance Assessment Task and generally showed a better understanding of what was needed for the essay / narrative portion than the other 8th graders that did not experience the materials.” 


Benefits of the PEI Summer Institute: 

Get ELA Performance Tasks linked to science topics;

PEI Field Investigation Guide and Designing High Impact Field Experiences Guide;

Project Learning Tree K-8 Guide; 

Learn to apply writing and research ELA standards to science content and outdoor learning;

Implement NGSS Science and Engineering Practices including Claims, Evidence and Reasoning;

Teams get a 1 hour consultation with PEI faculty in the fall to support implementation and give feedback on projects. 

Receive 12 Clock Hours



Cost: $200 per individual. Registration is due by June 12th, 2015

School district teams are $200 for first person and $100 dollars for each additional person. 

2 people: $300 

3 people: $400 

4 people: $500 


Seats are limited – sign up soon! Register Here:

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.

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 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 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, call (304) 205-9724, send an E-mail message to,

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, or Dr. Dawn Del Carlo, 319-273-3296or


The survey can be found at

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:

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
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