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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Contact us if you have any questions or comments, see the Board Member List for your contacts. 


Thanks to those who visited us recently in Portland at NSTA

and at the School Superintendents and Directors 

meeting in Spokane!






Thanks for your support of great science education!

Encourage your colleagues and teachers to come to 

Chiawana HS in Pasco Oct 20, 21, 22 2017 for the 

WSTA 2017 Professional Development Conference



2016 NSTA Area Conference

Thank you to all the members, new members and future members who visited us in Portland, Oregon November 10–12, 2016 at the NSTA Conference.
We wish you the best in your professional lives.   The clock hours will be processed as soon as possible,  be sure to keep your form we gave you as it is the official and only record you will have.
For those that asked about membership,   if you did not already get the discounted NSTA and WSTA membership , go to the membership page and sign up,  we will give you the discount if you join in the next two weeks. 
Please be patient if you signed up through NSTA,   we do not know when your information will come to us.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2017 WSTA Fall Professional Development Conference for October 20th, 21st and 22nd at Chiawana HS in Pasco, WA.  There is a save the date flyer to the right side,  and keep checking back.   Themes and Keynotes will be posted soon and the Call for Proposals and Registration information will be up in early January at the latest.
JOIN UP and get the new WSTA Journal below.  Keep up on all the great NGSS/STEM education ideas and updates from OSPI on your certification requirements, professional development opportunities and dead


The new Fall 2016 WSTA Journal is now online. (you must login as a member to view)

See Table of Content for October 2016--all

See Editor Letter and first pages--all


Woodland Park Zoo is offering an Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), an exciting Master’s degree from Miami University with experiential learning and field study with the zoo. The AIP is designed for a broad range of professionals from education, conservation, business, and government settings. The AIP offers a groundbreaking graduate degree focused on inquiry-driven learning as a powerful agent for social and ecological change.


AIP Flyer FINAL 2016 with forum.pdf


Pacific Education institute is doing Secondary Drain Rangers PD in Woodinville-Nov 5 and Puyallup-Dec 10.  

 Below are the two flyers and a link 

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:

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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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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 

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 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.




Upcoming events

Friday, October 20, 2017 7:00 AM • Chiawana High School, 8125 W Argent Rd, Pasco, WA 99301

WSTA 2017 Annual Conference

October 20, 21, 22

Chiawana HS Pasco WA

Contact John McNamara


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can do for Science, STEM and the NGSS teaching 

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