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Conference Overview

Reno-Sparks Convention Center • 4590 S Virginia St • Reno, NV
October 11–13, 2018

Elevating Science: Digging Deeper

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The 2018 Area Conference on Science Education, Reno, NV, will begin on Thursday, October 11, and end on Saturday, October 13.

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Developing Persistence: The Power of Experience

Failure or delayed success has surprising benefits to students, teachers, and administrators—it often initiates meaningful learning experiences. Nurturing such experiences is part of three-dimensional learning; educators should support students in developing their own explanations, ideas, and solutions. Sessions in this strand will focus on the struggles and triumphs that drive learning and explanation development. Learn from your peers' experiences in persisting as they negotiate the terrain of facilitating science learning for the next generation.

Advancing Three-Dimensional Classroom Culture

Educator understanding of three-dimensional learning is a continuum—from having a firm grasp of the structure of the three dimensions, to integrating appropriate science practices and crosscutting concepts, to developing grade-level storylines based on phenomena. In this strand, participants will be able to choose hands-on/interactive sessions based on their needs.

Cultivating Constructive Partnerships

Teaching can be isolating. Learn how to move beyond your four walls and collaborate with colleagues, informal educators, scientists, and the community. Increase opportunities to advocate for your students' science learning while you build your leadership skills. Learn how to enhance your professional growth by using the expertise in your building and your community. In this strand, presenters will showcase collaboration with business and industry, informal science organizations, policy stakeholders, and colleagues.

Graduate Credit for Reno Area Conference Attendees

Earn one (1) or two (2) graduate-level credit/units in professional development through Dominican University of California course #EDUO 9031. To obtain credit/units, you must be registered for the NSTA Reno area conference, complete the required assignments, and pay a fee of $95 for one credit/unit or $190 for two credits/units. An NSTA transcript is also required. Your required assignments must be successfully completed and sent to the instructor within three weeks of the conference ending date. Deadline is November 30, 2018. Click here for complete details.

Conference Pricing

  Earlybird* Advance* Onsite
Full Registration      
NSTA Member $190 $200 $235
NSSTA Member** $190 $200 $235
Partner Association Member*** $190 $200 $235
Nonmember $285 $295 $325
Retired NSTA Member $135 $135 $160
Full-time Student $100 $110 $130
  Earlybird* Advance* Onsite
Level 1 - Three-Dimensional Workshop + Full Registration      
NSTA Member $500 $575 $575
Nonmember $575 $650 $650
  Earlybird* Advance* Onsite
Level 2 - Three-Dimensional Workshop + Full Registration      
NSTA Member $600 $675 $675
Nonmember $675 $750 $750
  Earlybird* Advance* Onsite
One Day Only (Thu or Fri)      
(Member or Nonmember)
$170 $180 $190
Full-time Student $70 $80 $90
  Earlybird* Advance* Onsite
One Day Only (Sat)      
(Member or Nonmember)
$105 $110 $115
Full-time Student $45 $55 $65
  Earlybird* Advance* Onsite
Nonteaching Spouse/Guest Attending
All $95 $100 $115

*Earlybird deadline: August 31, 2018
Advance deadline: September 21, 2018

**Chapter Members:

  • NSSTA (NV) - Nevada State Science Teachers Association

***Partner Association Members:

  • AACT - American Association of Chemistry Teachers
  • AAPT - American Association of Physics Teachers
  • ACS - American Chemical Society
  • ASEE - American Society for Engineering Education
  • NABT - National Association of Biology Teachers
Come as a group! Register four attendees and get a complimentary 5th registration. Use code 5FOR4 at checkout to get the discount (*applies for full registration ONLY).

Event Sponsors

NSTA and the Conference Committee are extremely grateful to the following companies and associations for their generous support and contributions to the 2018 Area Conference on Science Education in Reno, NV.


Conference Committee

Camille Stegman
Conference Chairperson
NSTA Director, District XVI
Associate Director
Raggio Research Center
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89557

Megan Beckam
Program Coordinator
Master Teacher
University of Nevada, Reno
Mackay Mines, Room 308
MS 0165
Reno, NV 89557

Sylvia Scoggin
Local Arrangements Coordinator
K-12 Science Program Coordinator
Washoe County School District
380 Edison Way
Reno, NV 89502


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