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


Welcome!  We hope you enjoy the news and information on this site.

Contact us if you have any questions or comments, see the Board Member List for your contacts. 


Thanks to those who visited us recently in Portland at NSTA

and at the School Superintendents and Directors 

meeting in Spokane!






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!





2016 NSTA Area Conference

Thank you to all the members, new members and future members who visited us in Portland, Oregon November 10–12, 2016 at the NSTA Conference.
We wish you the best in your professional lives.   The clock hours will be processed as soon as possible,  be sure to keep your form we gave you as it is the official and only record you will have.
For those that asked about membership,   if you did not already get the discounted NSTA and WSTA membership , go to the membership page and sign up,  we will give you the discount if you join in the next two weeks. 
Please be patient if you signed up through NSTA,   we do not know when your information will come to us.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2017 WSTA Fall Professional Development Conference for October 20th, 21st and 22nd at Chiawana HS in Pasco, WA.  There is a save the date flyer to the right side,  and keep checking back.   Themes and Keynotes will be posted soon and the Call for Proposals and Registration information will be up in early January at the latest.
JOIN UP and get the new WSTA Journal below.  Keep up on all the great NGSS/STEM education ideas and updates from OSPI on your certification requirements, professional development opportunities and dead


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


WSTA Professional Development Begins for 2017!!

NGSS Progression through the Waves!

You know what NGSS are, but do you know how they can transform Science instruction?

Spend a day with WSTA to add new dimensions to your favorite lessons.

Learn how your instruction fits into the K-12 science framework. Use the Wave standards as a lens to learn how core ideas, science & engineering practices and interdisciplinary crosscutting concepts build through the grade levels. Explore connections to Common Core!

Cost is $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers. This workshop qualifies for 6 clock hours and STEM training. Districts are encouraged to send vertical teams! Bring lunch plus laptop/tablet!

February 11, 2017: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Shoreline Conference Center, Room I-107

18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

Contact Lolo Sherwood for details! Lois Sherwood [] 







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
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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.





Upcoming events

Saturday, February 11, 2017 8:30 AM • Shoreline Conference Center, Room I-107 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA
Friday, October 20, 2017 7:00 AM • Chiawana High School, 8125 W Argent Rd, Pasco, WA 99301

WSTA 2017 Annual Conference

October 20, 21, 22

Chiawana HS Pasco WA

Contact John McNamara



Nancy Ridenour




New WAVES Professional Development!

See what WSTA

can do for Science, STEM and the NGSS teaching 

in your district!

contact Lolo Sherwood


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