The Washington Science Teachers Association is an organization dedicated to advocating and promoting quality science education at all levels of instruction.

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Professional Development  for K-12 in the NGSS!  

The Annual Conference in Pasco October 20 to 22!


Just Happening....Science & Brews

Come visit, relax, network, have a brew or something,


learn about great science concepts and applications!

Tuesdays at 7 pm: March 7, April  11, May 9, June 6 

Have a fine evening and learn about science and climate, and Washington State: farming, food production, bees, mussels....

Questions? Contact Carmen Kardokus

Oly Science Brews Flyer

Register (non-binding) here (no cost but space is limited) 

Washington State Clock Hours available



 Get the latest WSTA Journal!

 Members can download free!


Nominate yourself or a colleague for a WSTA Position!

It is impactful, non-stressful, rewarding and in all honesty,

not a tremendous amount of work!

See the Information and Nomination Form!

Contact President-Elect Andy Boyd for details



See all the information on the best professional development available: 

WSTA Annual Conference Pasco October 2017


 See below for:

OSU/NASA Teacher Advisor Opportunities

Presidential Award Nominations

Fred Hutchinson Opportunities! 


We hope you enjoyed the New Waves!! Professional Development on

Learning Progression for Waves in the NGSS!

Our new and expanded Progression through the Waves

By popular demand, we are continuing the very important

training for ALL grade levels on the wave functions

explicit in the K-12 NGSS Physical Sciences requirements.

Come see and interact with Award Winning, NGSS trained classroom

teachers to expand your knowledge and teaching power!


Here we go again!

The Next Progression through the Waves will be in Spokane in April!

April 15th,  8:30 am to 3:30

Place TBD


Are your teachers wanting to dig deeper into Next Generation Science Standards? Let WSTA help you! We created a 6-hour workshop designed to immerse teachers of all grade levels in Three Dimensional, NGSS learning.

In the workshop, the K-12 standards that address mechanical waves will be used as a lens to understand how core ideas, science and engineering practices and interdisciplinary cross cutting concepts build through the grade levels.

Participants will experience how NGSS three dimensional learning  facilitates  differentiated  instruction so all students learn. We will also explore other NGSS and WSTA resources to learn how to add new dimensions to your favorite lesson and discover NGSS connections to Common Core standards.

If your district in interested in scheduling this workshop, please contact Lois Sherwood at This workshop qualified for 6 clock hours and STEM training.



Quotes from past attendees:

"Great way to look at a single DCI and follow it through K-12."

"I feel so much better about NGSS and beginning to figure out how to incorporate them in my teaching. Thank you!"








Thanks to those who visited us recently in Portland at NSTA


WE HAVE THAT INFORMATION and it is all recorded.

Please check and update your personal record

in the member pages!

Thanks for your support of great science education!



Encourage your colleagues and teachers to come to 

Chiawana HS in Pasco Oct 20, 21, 22 2017 for the 

WSTA 2017 Professional Development Conference


 3-D Learning in the Tri-Cities!

Come Hear our Keynote Speakers:

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction

Chris Reykdal!

'Science Education in Washington State'


Dr. Phillip Bell,  University of Wash.

'Equitable 3D Science Education for All Students'


See the Event Calendar Tab and Look For:  

Call For Proposals 


Exhibitor information


Upcoming events

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 • Three Magnets Brewing, Olympia, WA
Friday, October 20, 2017 • Chiawana High School, 8125 Argent Road, Pasco, WA 99301
Friday, October 20, 2017 7:00 AM • Chiawana High School, 8125 W Argent Rd, Pasco, WA 99301
Friday, October 20, 2017 7:00 AM • Chiawana High School, 8125 Argent Rd, Pasco, WA 98301



Please consider nominating several secondary science or math teachers for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.  

Must be full time science/ math teacher with 5 or more years of experience. 

Go to for the nomination form.

Thanks for your support!

Contact me for help:

Midge Yergen

5 th Grade Math/Science Teacher

Lakeside School, an independent coeducational day school located in North Seattle, is currently recruiting for a middle school 5th grade math-science teacher. This will be a one year, full-time (1.0) faculty appointment for a teacher on leave.

Application process Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history via the online application located on Lakeside’s website ( From the home page chose About US / Careers / View and Apply for Available Jobs. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. 

Great Learning Opportunity


Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms*, is a WGBH initiative for the development of media-rich digital learning resources to increase students’ engagement with science phenomena and practices in the classroom. Teacher voices are a critical part of our design and production efforts, which is why we developed a teacher advisor program . This is an opportunity for K-12 educators to join our team in the design and implementation of digital media tools that have the potential to impact millions of STEM classrooms nationally.


Produced by WGBH, these resources will feature WGBH and NASA content, and be available free via PBS LearningMedia ™. We're looking for 50 teacher advisors across the grade bands to help us in this mission.


Please complete this application  only if you will be a full-time educator in the 2017-18 school year and are able to teach Earth science topics of weather, land and water (K-5) or weather and climate and geoscience processes (6-12) in the fall of 2017.


There are several questions on the application  about your classes in the school year 2017-18. We understand that your responses will often be approximations.


The application deadline is February 8, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT. Applicants will be notified of selection by March 2, 2017. 

Please refer to our information site,, for an outline of the expectations, benefits and timeline of the program.


Contact Carolyn Jacobs  ( if you have questions.  Thank you.


*This activity is funded by NASA under cooperative agreement award No. NNX16AD71A.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


The application deadline WAS February 8, 2017,

check back for the next opportunity



The new Fall 2016 WSTA Journal is now online. (you must login as a member to view)

See Table of Content for October 2016--all

See Editor Letter and first pages--all





2017_FSA_Flyer .pdf


Engineering Fellows is a highly competitive program that brings engineering expertise directly into fifth grade classrooms around the state by partnering teachers with professional engineers and college students studying engineering. Our two-organization team of Washington STEM and Washington MESA aims to ensure that almost 200 fifth grade teachers are equipped, empowered, and well-supported to deliver exceptional engineering curricula based on realworld challenges. In the first year this program will serve 30 teachers located in two diverse regions of Washington state. This program will engage professional engineers and college students in engineering to help provide teachers with engineering expertise through collaborative program development and implementation of real-world STEM challenges in classrooms. 

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2017 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Science Education Partnership


We invite middle and high school science teachers from public schools, private schools, or home schools in Washington State to apply.

SEP offers:

  • Professional training in local research labs and at Fred Hutch
  • Access to to the SEP Kit Loan Program during the school year.   Learn more on SEPGuides:
  • Opportunities to work with other science educators in your subject area
  • Professional development opportunities and on-going support throughout the year
  • $500 stipend and optional graduate level credits

Applications are read by SEP mentor scientists.  Each mentor selects one applicant as a partner for participation in the SEP program.  Twenty-five teachers are selected each year to join the SEP community.

Our applications for the 2017-2018 SEP cohort are now available online. Visit our SEP Application webpage for more information:

2017-2018 Timeline:

Applications due by: Monday, March 6, 2017

Notification of Acceptance: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Opening Day: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Summer Session: Weekdays, July 10-26, 2017
Kit Signup Day: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Reflection Day: Saturday, May 5, 2018

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

1100 Fairview Ave N


Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 667-4487

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) 

awards are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level." Any teacher or other K-12 educator who covers a significant amount of earth science content with their students is eligible. Ten national finalists are selected, one from each NAGT regional section. Some sections also recognize state winners. Individuals may apply themselves or nominate a colleague for the award.

The Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards program was adopted by NAGT in 1971. Devised to honor pre-college teachers of earth science, the program has the following specific objectives:

·         Identify excellence in teaching

·         Appropriately recognize and reward excellence in teaching

·         Stimulate higher levels of teaching performance

·         Establish NAGT as a strong support organization for pre-college education, and

·         Via active statewide and sectional programs, build a solid state, regional, and national liaison with administrators of pre-college earth science education.

Make a Nomination

To nominate a teacher for this award, please complete the online nomination form.

Washington is in the Pacific Northwest Section.

Project SMART 

is a UNH outreach program for high school students considering a career in science. SMART is a residential program where students live on campus for 4 weeks and participate in 1 of 3 modules of their choosing. Students learn advanced concepts in science and participate in active research programs with UNH faculty. Students who select Biotech and Nanotech learn advanced concepts in genetics and perform sophisticated laboratory experiments. Students in Marine and Environmental Science divide their time between field and laboratory work and spend part of their time continuing long-time studies of environmental change in the mountains, woods, ponds and marine environments of New Hampshire. Students in Space Science work with faculty on diverse current research efforts including the use of spacecraft data and build a balloon payload with scientific instruments of their own construction that they fly to the edge of space. Learn more at and 

NSTA has developed a new WSTA Learning Center 

 If you are responsible for coordinating or developing professional learning programs for your school, district, or state, or if you are professor teaching science pre-service teachers at a college or university, we would like you to know that the NSTA Learning Center contains a variety of online learning experiences to fit any educator’s learning style and content need and can be accessed 24/7

This link can also be found under the Resources tab.






Employment Notices
If you have a job opening and you would like to advertise it for free on WSTA.NET, please send the advertisement to webmaster and we will post it!  Please make sure the advertisement is in ASCII Text (no PDFs or other attachments).  Listings will be posted for 60 days.


Donate to WSTA

WSTA is a non-profit organization and gladly excepts donations to further the science education of our youth in Washington state through our mission and vision. If you would like to make a donation, please click the link Donate to WSTA.




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