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What happens, has happened, and will happen at NSTA conferences on science education. Click on a headline to read the entire post.

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Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Workshops at NSTA’s Area Conferences This Fall

“Uncovering Student Ideas is highly recommended for teachers at every level; it contains a set of essential tools that cross discipline, grade, and ability levels. There’s no better way to guide your planning and decision-making process.” —from Juliana Texley’s review of Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Vol. 4 Research has shown that the effective use [...]

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Picture-Perfect Science Workshops at NSTA’s Area Conferences This Fall

“Emily Morgan and Karen Ansberry have done it again! Their newest volume, Even More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons, K–5: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, is as excellent as their previous books.” –from a review in Science Books & Film/AAAS STEM education begins in elementary school, but it can be difficult for elementary teachers to fit [...]

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Outdoor Science Preconference Workshop at NSTA’s Richmond Conference This Fall

If you’ve thought about taking students outdoors to learn science, this preconference workshop in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, will provide the tools you need to be successful. Teachers can expect to take part in practical, hands-on strategies correlated to the NGSS that get students engaged in active learning. Engineering practices will be [...]

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Building Partnerships and Collaborations at the #NSTA14 Area Conference on Science Education in Richmond

A recent Education Week blog post touts the importance of cultivating curiosity in children. Science teachers do that every day, and one of the things NSTA members frequently do is share their ideas about how to nurture curiosity—not just in their students, but in themselves. This year, attendees of NSTA’s 2014 Richmond Area Conference on [...]

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NSTA conference in Boston: Reflection and making connections Part 2, Sat and Sun

Here are the descriptions of a few more sessions I attended at the 2014 NSTA national conference in Boston. These summaries are from my notes and may not accurately reflect the presentations or the presenters’ views. Don’t delay, go to the Boston session schedule and download any files from the presentations you attended, or wish [...]

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#NSTA14 Heats Up in NOLA with the STEM Iron Chef Competition

Attendees of NSTA’s 2014 STEM Forum and Expo will be challenged to cook up a recipe for STEM success next month. No aprons will be required, though; this challenge focuses on a different mix of materials—the kind you’ll be able to use in class to whet your students’ appetites for science. NSTA’s STEM Iron Chef [...]

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NSTA conference in Boston: Reflection and making connections Part 1, Th and Fri

I didn’t see the swan boats in the Public Garden or tea in the Harbor, but I did see many things—skylines, modern art, sunrises and fabulous sessions at the conference. I got to use a Smart Pen, talk with other early childhood educators, draw a cricket, and hear inspiring talks. It has taken me a [...]

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#NSTA14 Boston Stories

NSTA was in Boston last week, where more than 11.5K science teachers gathered for our national conference on science education. It was no surprise that all the selfies seemed to be group shots—because that’s what science teachers do, they share! So we can’t think of a better way to give you a taste of the [...]

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Top 10 reasons for visting the conference exhibit hall

With a nod to David Letterman, here are my top 10 reasons for spending time in the exhibit hall: 10.  Interacting with people. You get a chance to meet and talk with other members and vendors. 9.  Planning ideas for your summer “vacation.” Lots of information about summer programs, travel opportunities, and graduate study. 8.  [...]

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Elementary Extravaganza, Ramps and pathways

The Elementary Extravaganza was pulsing with energy as educators from many settings rushed in at 8am to get personal attention from the hundreds of presenters who were ready to share their work. Thanks to the sponsors–www.BioEdOnline.org, Delta Education, School Speciality, ScienceCompanion, and Carolina, as well as NSTA. The setting with presentations at round conference tables [...]

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