Author Archives: Lauren Jonas, NSTA Assistant Executive Director

10 Upper Elementary Sessions at the 2016 STEM Forum and Expo






At the 5th Annual STEM Forum & Expo, hosted by NSTA, taking place July 27-29 in Denver, Colorado, upper elementary educators will share quality learning activities and experiences that spark curiosity, promote confidence, support the rigor of current standards, and develop competence in STEM subjects. The Forum will showcase programs and instructional strategies that support […]

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Recommendations for Science-Focused Additions to a Middle School Reading List






Question of the Week on the Middle Level List Serve “I’d really like to encourage my middle school (6-8) students to read more science literature for more robust discussions. In class, I have provided articles and short reading passages from various resources but 40 minutes a class isn’t enough, especially with lectures and labs. I’d […]

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#NSTA16 Nashville | Do Not Try This at Home!






Big Bird, @BillNye and Flamingos… No it’s not a crazy dream, it’s #NSTA16— @eckzoo April 3, 2016 If you weren’t in Nashville last week for the 2016 National Conference on Science Education, you didn’t have to dodge asteroids being shot at innocent science teachers by BILL NYE! It was quite the week, and you can […]

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Bill Nye’s Rising Star Wants to Talk to Science Teachers






Whitney Pratz (Partnerships Manager at the Planetary Society) had no idea she was applying for a job with America’s science superhero a few years ago when she applied for a nonprofit job on craigslist. She was just trying to learn something new and ended up with her dream job. I sat down with her for […]

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You Won’t See This List on Buzzfeed: Events for Middle School Teachers at NSTA’s National Conference






If you teach middle school science, you need to be in Nashville for the NSTA National Conference on Science Education, March 31–April 3. You’ll be with thousands of your fellow teachers for the week and take home tried-and-true strategies for everything from creating maker spaces to breaking down lessons for diverse communities of learners. There […]

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Top Twitter Conversations Among Science Teachers in the Last 48 Hours






What were science teachers talking about on Twitter this weekend? Here are the top 12 stories we saw blowing up our network. Enjoy, and let us know what stories you’re following. #1. Gizmodo’s incredible Mythbusters supercut Relive the best moments of the #Mythbusters with this incredible supercut: https://t.co/J7iEjXXEJS pic.twitter.com/wD6pp1uPGy — Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) March 6, 2016

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Zika, @neiltyson, and flick picks from POTUS: Twitter tales for science teachers






You can’t believe everything you see in social media, but when something’s popular on Twitter/Facebook/Snapchat, it’s sure to be something you can use to catch students’ attention. The stories that caught our eye this week run the gamut from truly frightening to beautifully inspirational. Spoiler alert… Neil deGrasse Tyson is NOT the astrophysicist with the […]

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Did You Vote for NSTA’s New Leaders? Here’s Why You Should






The 2016 presidential election has drawn a lot of attention in the press but there is another important election that is also occurring in 2016 – the NSTA Elections. Candidates have been selected from a rigorous nomination process for the next NSTA President-Elect, Division Directors, and District Directors. Just as it is important for U.S. […]

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The Paris Agreement: What Do Science Teachers Need to Know for Class on Monday?






The Paris Climate agreement is top news this weekend. Here are a few resources teachers can share with their students on Monday. Share this tweet Seeing the Earth from 250 miles up gives you a new appreciation for why we need to take care of it. #ParisAgreement pic.twitter.com/mGPdUKRRi7 — Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) December 12, 2015 […]

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17 Things You’d Only Hear if You Were at #NSTA15 in Kansas City Last Week






They come to conferences for intensive professional learning, nationally renowned speakers, and exhibit hall swag… but what science teachers really come to NSTA for are the moments you wouldn’t get anywhere else! #1 …today I lassoed a beetle #wcedchat #NSTA15 #carolinaredcarpet Today I lassoed a beetle and it pulled things.Who doesn’t like science again?? pic.twitter.com/fYJ33al24f […]

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