Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Days: Immerse Yourself in Content at NSTA’s Area Conferences This Fall

NSTA’s fall area conferences on science education are right around the corner:

If you’ve ever attended, you know that you get up to 16 hours of credit for sessions in vital areas like STEM, literacy, 3D learning, education technology, and other great subjects. You probably also know that exhibitors like Carolina Biological Supply, Disney Youth Programs, ePlanetarium, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, LEGO Education, miniPCR, National Geographic, Pasco Scientific, Texas Instruments, and the Makerboard People will be there to show off their latest innovations (leave room in your suitcase for all the giveaways!). And best of all, you know you’ll make new professional contacts and friends.

But did you know we have special programming days where you can take a deep-dive into chemistry, physics, and engineering, spearheaded by the American Chemical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Society for Engineering Education? Browse your topic below, and see all conference details here.

Chemistry Day at NSTA

Two ACS-sponsored programs, one for grade levels 9–12 and the other for middle level educators, will take place.

Connecting Structure and Properties: Building and Applying Knowledge

For grades 9–12

Friday, October 6, Baltimore
Friday, November 10, Milwaukee
Friday, December 1, New Orleans

Sponsored by the American Chemical Society

Solutions to real-world problems involving chemistry are complex and explanations of relevant phenomena are multifaceted. A deep understanding of how the particle-level structures of substances affect their macroscopic properties is necessary if students are to develop explanations and design solutions to complex problems. Explore how to engage students in challenging problems and help them learn to collect and explore data in order to develop a scientific understanding of structure-property relationships. Demonstrate students’ learning through relevant-to-their-lives applications.

Middle School Chemistry—Big Ideas About the Very Small

Friday, October 6, Baltimore
Friday, November 10, Milwaukee
Friday, December 1, New Orleans

Sponsored by the American Chemical Society

Come to one, two, or as many sessions as you like during this day of activities and information for teaching and learning middle school chemistry. Staff from the American Chemical Society (ACS) will introduce participants to the free online resource Each of the four sessions will include hands-on activities and explanations from the website that participants can easily incorporate into their teaching to support their current textbook and curriculum. Handouts of the session activities will be available for all participants.

Physics Day at NSTA

  • Friday, October 6, Baltimore: Sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the Chesapeake Section of AAPT
  • Friday, November 10, Milwaukee: Sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and Milwaukee area AAPT members
  • Friday, December 1, New Orleans: Sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) with the LIGO Science Education Center

The American Association of Physics Teachers offers a full day of physics content. Physics Day consists of interactive hands-on workshops and sessions covering important physics topics for today’s world. Each of these workshops or sessions is organized by experienced physics educators and designed to deal with innovative teaching methods and/or hard-to-express concepts that can be immediately applied in your classroom.

Engineering Day at NSTA

Friday, October 6, Baltimore
Friday, November 10, Milwaukee
Friday, December 1, New Orleans

Sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has put together a public/private partnership to develop ways of engaging elementary, middle school, and high school students and teachers in engineering. Participants will learn about innovative, hands-on, project-based engineering activities, courses, curriculum options, events, outreach programs, professional development, and competitions designed to increase engineering and technological literacy of all students; encourage more and more diverse students to pursue engineering careers; and enable teachers to learn about and experience engineering. Presenters will share lessons learned and examples of inquiry and design activities that have been developed in partnership with K–12 science teachers for use in the classroom and in informal educational settings. The materials result from a collaboration of engineering educators and STEM professionals working with, Engineering is Elementary, and Colleges of Engineering across the nation who actively engage in K–12 engineering in collaboration with partner teachers and schools. All sessions will help teachers understand the new ETS Engineering Design portion of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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The mission of NSTA is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.

Future NSTA Conferences

2017 Area Conferences

2017 Discover the NGSS “Train the Trainer” Workshops

2017 NGSS Administrator Institute

2018 National Conference

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  1. sily smith
    Posted January 11, 2018 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    Its very good information. Thanks.

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    Posted February 8, 2018 at 5:55 am | Permalink

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    Posted February 22, 2018 at 1:21 am | Permalink

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