Here’s Why Elementary Science Teachers Will Love #NSTA18 Atlanta

NSTA is headed to Atlanta for our 2018 National Conference on Science Education, March 15-18, and we have incredible things in store for elementary teachers!

The first thing you’ll want to put on your schedule is the Elementary Extravaganza on Friday, March 16. Here’s video from a recent extravaganza, and this year’s promises to be just as exciting.

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Cultivate Curiosity

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Make time for the Mary C. McCurdy Lecture: Cultivating Every Child’s Curiosity in the Natural World, taking place Thursday, March 15, 2:00–3:00 PM, in the Georgia World Congress Center, B309.

Young children are naturally curious about how the world works and are capable of sophisticated thinking and reasoning. In the age of an ambitious framework and the Next Generation Science Standards, there is a compelling focus on young children—nurturing their wonder about phenomena and equipping them to engage in scientific discourse and practices for investigating the natural world. Presenter Carla Zembal-Saul (professor of science education and the Kahn Professor of STEM Education at Penn State University) will share the approaches that elementary teachers are using to leverage children’s natural curiosity in early grades to support three-dimensional learning in science. Special attention will be given to approaches intended to engage English language learners.

Sink Your Teeth Into These Sessions

Just a few of the sessions we can’t wait to join:

  • Georgia Science Innovation Exposition Share-a-Thon
  • Connecting Makerspaces to the NGSS and CCSS
  • The Virtual Vet: Elementary Learners (Grades 3–5) as Scientists in a Serious Educational Game
  • Use Science, Coding, and Robotics in the Elementary Classroom to Solve Real-World Problems
  • Bird Enthusiasts Engineer Mindful Science
  • Train Like an Astronaut with STEM
  • Butterfly Gardening Using Native Plants
  • NSTA Press® Session: EUREKA! Grade 3–5 Science Activities and Stories
  • CSSS-Sponsored Session: Supporting Language and Literacy Through 3-D Science Instruction in Early Grades
  • Fake News! Helping Students Understand the Process of Science
  • iPads to Support Literacy in Science
  • Science on the Go: Using Museum Resources to Support Place-Based Learning
  • CESI-Sponsored Session: Transforming and Creating “Predict, Observe, Explain” Sequences for Lower Elementary Science
  • Failure Is NOT an Option—It’s Required
  • Fun Weird Science Phenomena
  • NARST-Sponsored Session: Investigating and Designing Paper Airplanes
  • Science at the Dollar Store: 2018 Version!
  • Integrating Crosscutting Concepts and Math Using NSTA Recommended Trade Books
  • Underrepresented Groups in Educational Science Comics
  • Paul F-Brandwein Lecture: Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery

More About the 2018 National Conference on Science Education

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One Comment

  1. Peggy Ashbrook
    Posted January 17, 2018 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Looks like an enriching line-up of sessions for elementary teachers. Early childhood teachers, preK-grade 2, will also find sessions for this age student, including the Elementary Extravaganza, not to be missed!
    Take a look at these sessions:
    Teacher Researcher Day Session: Using Found Objects to Introduce STEM Concepts to Little Ones,
    NSTA Press® Session: Bringing the S-T-E-M Together in Early Childhood Using Science and Engineering Practices,
    Supporting Early STEM Inquiry Through Learning Partnerships,
    East Meets West: Pathways to Understanding How Young Children of Different Cultures Engage in Physics (Force and Motion) and Engineering,
    STEMifying Storybooks: A Planning Guide Using Storybooks to Integrate Science and Engineering into Elementary Classrooms

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