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Conference Overview

Washington State Convention Center • 705 Pike St. • Seattle WA 98101

Come as a Team! Bring 5 attendees for the price of 4. Use Code 5FOR4 to get a free fifth registration when you sign up four attendees.

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The 2019 Area Conference on Science Education, Seattle, WA, will begin on Thursday, December 12, and end on Saturday, December 14.

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Providing STEM Pathways for the Future

STEM begins with science, therefore it is critical that we develop and encourage all students to pursue a range of science opportunities in STEM classes. This will serve them well as they enter the job force and their adult lives. Science experiences must start at the preK level to ensure each student has a STEM future. Students need hope for earning living family wages and being productive contributors to our society. This strand will help teachers see how they can provide opportunities for each student to learn about and experience STEM pathways, incorporating three-dimensional learning as described in the NGSS and other standards based on the Framework.

Building Partnerships for Effective Science Education

Building collaborative partnerships in science enriches student learning, as well as creating lifelong, life-wide, and life-deep experiences for students. Partnerships can be peer to peer, team to team, across curricular areas, as well as outside the classroom. We specifically invite Career and Technical Education–related workshops that focus on the scientific aspects of this strand. This strand will provide participants with strategies to increase partnerships through collaboration, thereby deepening the learning experience of our students.

Finding Joy in Experiencing Science

To promote a scientifically literate society, it is imperative to instill in our students a love of science. Students need opportunities to be engaged in the scientific process and find happiness and hope in the scientific endeavor. All people need to be able to understand topics and make personal, professional, and civic decisions based on scientific evidence. In this strand, participants will learn about various ways of encouraging student engagement in science and learn about successful strategies for promoting student enjoyment in science throughout the learning process.

Graduate Credit for 2019 Seattle Area Conference

Earn one (1) or two (2) graduate-level credit/units in professional development through Dominican University of California course #9039. To obtain credit/units, you must be registered for the Seattle 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. Register for graduate-level credit by Monday, December 30, 2019, and submit the required assignments by Sunday, January 26, 2020. Click here for complete details.


Full Registration
NSTA Member
WSTA Member**
Partner Association Member***
Retired NSTA Member
Full-time Student
One Day Only (Thu or Fri)
(Member or Nonmember)
Full-time Student
One Day Only (Sat)
(Member or Nonmember)
Full-time Student
Nonteaching Spouse/Guest Attending

*Earlybird deadline: November 4, 2019          Advance deadline: November 22, 2019

**Chapter Members:

  • WSTA  (WA) – Washington 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).

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Event Sponsors

NSTA and the Conference Committee are extremely grateful to the following companies and associations for their generous support and contributions to the 2019 Area Conference on Science Education in Seattle, WA.



Conference Committee

John P. McNamara
Conference Chairperson
Emeritus Professor
Washington State University
510 SE South St.
Pullman, WA 99163

Bob Sotak
Program Coordinator
Science/STEM Education Consultant
Sotak Consulting Services
12132 Possession Lane
Edmonds, WA 98026

Lisa Chen
Local Arrangements Coordinator
Science Educator
Shoreline School District
18560 1st Ave. NE
Shoreline, WA 98155


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