Author Archives: Lauren Jonas, NSTA Assistant Executive Director

Here’s Why Space Nerds Need to Be at #NSTA17 LA






We didn’t invent the term space nerds; we just invited the two most interesting people on the planet who are proud to own it to speak at NSTA’s 2017 National Conference in Los Angeles: March 30–April 2. 15 Early Birds Get to Dine With Andy Weir Our keynote speaker is Andy Weir, author of the New […]

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Embark on Your STEM Odyssey in LA at #NSTA17






This spring, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will feature a special strand “2017: A STEM Odyssey” at our 2017 National Conference on Science Education, in Los Angeles: March 30–April 2. Students’ science learning has changed dramatically from learning in the past. In a STEM environment, students’ understanding of the world around them is facilitated through […]

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Take 20 Percent Off the Top 20 NSTA Press Titles for 20 Days






Give yourself the gift of more time in the classroom when you combine science and literacy! Find a new teaching technique that revitalizes your classroom, or learn to ask the questions that unlocks students’ love of science. And from December 1 to 20, 2016, take 20% off our top 20 titles when you use promo […]

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#NSTA16 Portland: Come and Get Your Swag!






At NSTA’s Portland conference today at the membership booth, we’re giving away tickets to our LA conference next spring, tweet shirts (while supplies last), and gift cards. And that’s what you can win before you even step into the exhibit hall. Below is a sampling curated from Twitter of what our exhibitors are giving away […]

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Tackling Scientific Problems and Pitching Engineering Solutions at #NSTA16 Columbus






This December, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will feature a special strand “Tackling Scientific Problems and Pitching Engineering Solutions” at our 2016 Area Conference on Science Education, in Columbus, Ohio, December 3-5. We need this strand, because the challenges facing society are both complex and interdisciplinary. Issues like water availability/quality, climate change, renewable energies, food shortages, […]

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Only at NSTA Minneapolis: #ToysForNerds






“Uh oh, someone hold me back #toysfornerds #ONLYatNSTA.” @SaraKDM sums up the joy of the thousands of science teachers who came together at NSTA’s area conference on science education in Minneapolis to do the things they rarely get a chance to do anywhere else: Be the learner, test out new tech and toys, focus on […]

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Book Beat: August 2016






Tips for the First Days of School From engaging first-day activities to tips for setting a positive and supportive tone in science class, teacher-to-teacher advice is like Olympic gold at this time of year. NSTA Press authors offer lots of strategies and ideas to help you start the school year off right. Download these chapters […]

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Could a Species Like Bigfoot Have Evolved? 17 Mysteries Revealed at #STEMforum Last Week






2016 STEM Forum and Expo Denver, Colorado, July 27–29 As Seen on Twitter How do you make a banana piano? #STEMforum @NSTA in the Exhibit Hall playing a banana piano!! pic.twitter.com/fxlcEN0W0w — Danielle Perrotta (@dani_perrotta) July 29, 2016 Is it true that STEM lessons can be found anywhere? STEM in the streets of Denver, CO […]

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The Anatomy of the STEM Pipeline: Dissecting Misconceptions at the 2016 #STEMforum






Anatomy: The subject tend to make teachers freeze up, or make the obligatory “gross” puns. But it’s a great topic for STEM, and a career field more students need to know about. The NSTA staff had a chance to sit down at the 2016 STEM Forum and Expo with Shawn Boynes (SB), Executive Director of […]

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How Can Science Teachers Use Examples of Dishonest Science?






NSTA members ask and answer one anothers’ questions about science teaching every day via the listserv, and the topics are fascinating. The latest question, trending on our NGSS list, focuses on dishonest science. The answers and comments are eye-opening! Question: “We’re exploring what it means to be principled and show integrity in science and I’m […]

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