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 and the NGSS (if applicable).
Building Partnerships for Effective Science Education
Building collaborative partnerships in science enriches student learning, as well as creating life-long, 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.
Partner Association Member***
Retired NSTA Member
One Day Only (Thu or Fri)
(Member or Nonmember)
One Day Only (Sat)
(Member or Nonmember)
Nonteaching Spouse/Guest Attending
*Earlybird deadline: November 4, 2019 Advance deadline: November 22, 2019
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).
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.