Event Calendar


Washington Science Teachers Association

For General WSTA Information,  Contact President Andy Boyd at boydscience@gmail.com

 For Membership OR  Conference Questions,  contact John McNamara  McNamara@wsu.edu 509 592 0099

For Financial Questions and mailing,  contact Karen Madsen, 2911 88th Street SE

Everett WA 98208, (425) 337 5552.


See our pages on the upcoming 2017 Annual Conference Oct 20 to 22 at Chiawana HS in Pasco!

Registration is open....Submit a Proposal,   Register as an Exhibitor or an Attendee!  (all presenters must register)


Upcoming events

    • Thursday, August 10, 2017
    • Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    • Three Magnets Brewing, Olympia, WA
    • 30


    September 12

    Representatives from the Pacific Shellfish Institute will kick things off on September 12 with their presentation entitled:  “From Compost to Cucumbers.”  

    Pacific Shellfish Institute is an Olympia based non-profit organization with a mission to foster sustainable shellfish resources and a healthy marine environment through research and education.  Join shellfish biologists Andy Suhrbier and Aimee Christy as they share their research addressing ways to reduce, reuse and recycle excess nutrients in Puget Sound including nutrient bioextraction using blue mussels, alternative dog waste disposal practices, and sea cucumber polyculture.  You may walk away with a give-away item that you won’t find anywhere else – guaranteed!






    A fun and educational evening of colleagues, friends, brews, food, and SCIENCE!   No cost,  clock hours available.  2017 topics relate to the climate and the wonderful and varied food production system in our State!  

    7 pm,  Tuesdays (as below) at Three Magnets Brewing Co. in Olympia

    This is for September Session only!


    Contact Carmen Kardokus( ckardokus@osd.wednet.edu)

    • Friday, October 20, 2017
    • Sunday, October 22, 2017
    • Chiawana High School, 8125 Argent Road, Pasco, WA 99301

    WSTA 2017  Annual Conference

    3-Dimensional Learning in the Tri-Cities

    Exhibitor Registration

    The Washington Science Teachers’ Association (WSTA) invites you to join us as an exhibitor at our annual conference, October 20 to 22, 2017.  We will be at Chiawana High School in Pasco, A wonderful new school building outstanding for personal contact with all the attendees.

      In the heart of Washington State's Science, Engineering and Technology hub , it is an ideal location for Washington Science Teachers to gather and gain insight into Science education. 

    In addition the conference gives teachers opportunities to explore the new Next Generation Science Standards, science instructional materials and engage in dialogue with science professionals through workshops and exhibits. 

    The State of Washington continues to move forward with STEM and NGSS teaching, and our keynote speaker is the new Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal to speak on education in our state.

    We expect another great turnout of science and STEM teachers in all subjects and grade levels and we hope you can join us!

    Give a Presentation 

    In addition to being an exhibitor; consider being a presenter at the conference. We are looking for presentations coordinated with the conference theme, “3-D Learning in the Tri-Cities."  This is a chance for any grade level, any subject to be presented. 

    Presentations need to address the Next Generation Science Standards adopted by Washington State. They should also fall into one of our strands for the conference. Presentations that are hands-on/minds-on are encouraged. Please remember that the presentation in educational for our attendees and not a time to sell product.  Below is the link for the call for proposals.

    After September 15th, 2017 we can still accept exhibitors on a first come first served basis, and not guaranteed, and for an additional 25% fee BUT we would still love to have you.

    Your Role as Exhibitor

    Those involved in education, teaching professionals and those providing material support, share common interests. One of these interests is sharing new products, techniques, and innovative ideas to enhance the educational process. 

    Attendees to the conference enthusiastically visit the Exhibits Area to consider new products and ideas demonstrated by WSTA exhibitors. To insure a high flow of traffic by your booth will be in a large room open to the entrance foyer.  This room will be the central gathering place for the conference. 

    We will also have a reception Saturday afternoon in this hall.  This has been well attended and has been a positive experience for attendees and the exhibitors.

    Conference Demographics

    We are anticipating between 300 to 500 Teachers of Science at the 2017 WSTA Conference. These will include teachers, local and state administrators, department chairs, university science methods professors, pre-service teachers, and informal science educators. Classroom teachers specializing in all grade levels, from kindergarten through university age, are represented.

    Conference Site

    The conference will be held at Chiawana High School on Argent Road in Pasco, just off the Road 68 exit on I-182.   The exhibits will be in the cafeteria of the building,  which is a very large,open airy place,  that will be the main entry way for the conference. in the main hall of the convention center.


    We have rooms booked at the Pasco Red Lion, just a few minutes from the School,  that will be our headquarters hotel for the board.  We also have rooms booked at the Pasco Holiday Inn Express.

    Call 1-800-REDLION and ask for WSTA October 19 to 22!

    Booth Details

    The conference will be held at Chiawana High School,  8125 Argent Road off of Road 68 in Pasco.  

    Setup will be Friday late afternoon and evening.   Refreshments will be provided.  

    The exhibits will be open from 7:30 to 6 pm  on Saturday,  with a reception from 4:30 to 6 for all attendees. 

     Information about the pipe and drape vendor will be emailed to you. You may order extra furniture and booth signs through them. Booths will be 8’ x 10’.  Two chairs, one table, and draping will be provided. There are only 60 booths available this year, so please sign up early. 

    Final booth assignments will be made in late September. Spaces will be held on a first come basis.

    · Booth registration is for one person per booth and normal services. (e.g. Pipe and drape, lunch and one table and two chairs per booth). Additional services and costs provided upon request.

    For more information on Premier Booth locations or questions regarding exhibitors contact:

    Nancy Ridenour (Exhibit Hall Chairperson)           Email: wstaexhibithall@gmail.com

    All conference questions  John McNamara McNamara@wsu.edu 509 592 0099


    Exhibit Hall  hours- Friday October 20: Set up for Vendors from 3:30 to 8 pm 

    Saturday open fro 7:30 am to 6 pm, with a 4:30 to 6 pm reception,  food and no-host bar and prizes.

    Vendor open from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday, vendors close at 5 pm.

    Tear down for exhibitors at 6 pm.

    No Exhibit hall on Sunday

    Exhibitor reservations due Sept. 15th.  Payment is due at the time of online registration.  Online registration is the only method to be used.  After Sept 15th vendors can still register but for 25 % more.

    EXHIBITOR RESERVATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THIS DATE CANNOT be guaranteed inclusion in the conference program and will be charged a 25% service charge.

    • Friday, October 20, 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • Sunday, October 22, 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Chiawana High School, 8125 W Argent Rd, Pasco, WA 99301

    Washington Science Teachers Association

    Fall 2017 Annual Meeting

    3-D Learning in the Tri-Cities!

    October 20 to 22, 2017

    Chiawana High School, Pasco WA

    Themes and strands:

    • All Standards, All Students (Equity in the NGSS)
    • STEM Certification for All Teachers
    • Progressing through the Standards
    •  NGSS in the Elementary Grades
    • ·Integrating Energy, Engineering and Science
    • History and Future--Engineering in Washington

    Keynote Speakers: 

    Mr. Chris Reykdahl  

    WA Superintendent of Public Instruction

    Dr. Phillip Bell,  Univ of WA

    "Equitable 3D science instruction for all students"

    Mr. Mike DiSpezio

    "Brain Sense: Learning About the Brain Through Puzzles, Illusions and Hands-on Activities"

    We will be stressing STEM FOR ALL—all students with all career interests.


    There will be several field trips to local Universities, parks, museums, hospitals, tech centers, agricultural science centers, environmental science research and many more!

       For Field Trip Registrations...Click Here

    Fun Awards Banquet Registration...Click Here!

    Conference Chair:   Mary Wise   mary.wise@rsd.edu

    Conference Coordinator:  John P McNamara  mcnamara@wsu.edu      509 592 0099

    Vendor Chair:  Nancy Ridenour  wstaexhibithall@gmail.com

    Hotel Rooms Blocked at The Pasco Red Lion (HQ Hotel) and The Holiday Inn Express


    • Friday, October 20, 2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • Sunday, October 22, 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • Chiawana High School, 8125 Argent Rd, Pasco, WA 98301
    WSTA 2017 Conference Proposals

    Deadline to submit proposals is July 31st, 2017. Proposals submitted after this date may be considered on a space available basis. 

    In order to register, please click 'register' button to the left

    Please note all presenters and vendors are required to register for the conference.

    All session rooms have a document camera, interactive projector, whiteboard, and wireless Internet.

    In the proposal web forms you will have the opportunity to give the title, specific description, the themes and strands you will address, the length of time and day and time preferred, special needs, target audience, and specific NGSS standards you may address.

    You can view and download a Word Doc listing the information needed on the form , BUT all workshops must be submitted through the Web Form.

    Workshop Proposal Description.

    Vendors: If you registered as a vendor on the Exhibitor page, that is registration for one person.  Additional people need to register for the conference separately. If you also want to present a workshop please submit a workshop proposal.

    Criteria:  Proposals will be evaluated on the extent that they align with one or more of the Conference Strands:

    • All Standards,  All Students
    • STEM Certification for All Teachers
    • Progressing through the Standards
    • NGSS in the Elementary Grades
    • Integrating Energy, Engineering and Science
    • History and Future-Engineering in Washington State


    Involve participants through activities and/or discussions.     

    Align with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards.

    Are based on current and available research and issues in science, technology, engineering and/or math.

    • Friday, October 20, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Pasco Red Lion Hotel Pickup and Drop Off

    Field Trips for WSTA 2017!

    NOTE:   Buses and all transport will leave and return to the Pasco Red Lion  NOT  the school!  There is NO on site event(s) at the High School Campus on Friday!

    Description of Field Trips

    All Field Trips are $30 per person.

    Please note the HANFORD B Reactor Trip MUST be booked by Friday Oct 6th!  Extra information from YOU is required.  Please read instructions carefully!

    No guarantees...trips will be cancelled if insufficient numbers by 1 week prior to meeting.

    LIGO Hanford Observatory, 127124 North Route 10, Richland Wa 99354. Half day. Morning or afternoon. 


    Washington State and Louisiana house two of the world’s most sensitive measuring instruments: the LIGO interferometers. These facilities are funded by the National Science Foundation and operated by Caltech and MIT. LIGOs mission is to detect and study cosmic gravitational waves. 
    These waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time that were predicted by Einstein in the General Theory of Relativity. At LIGO, we had the first ever direct detection of gravitational waves  on September 14, 2015. LIGO draws from and adds to the newest knowledge in gravitational physics, astrophysics, and astronomy.  Visit the facility and learn about this great aspect of physical laws.

    Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard   Half day afternoon

    The elegant and luxurious winery is surrounded by acres of lush landscaping and waterfalls. Take in the view of a sea of vines, the Yakima River, quaint Benton City and the rolling Horse Heaven Hills while sipping on the award-winning, estate produced wines on the Terrace at Terra Blanca. For an unforgettable experience, journey underground beneath the tasting room to explore Terra Blanca’s barrel caves, the largest of its kind in the state of Washington.

    Ste. Michelle Estates WSU Wine Science Center  Half day,  morning or afternoon.

    The Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center opened June 4, 2015, on the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus in the heart of Washington Wine Country. This 40,000-square-foot facility includes a state-of-the-art research and teaching winery, research laboratories, classrooms and meeting spaces that serve as a gathering place for industry members, students and visiting scholars from around the world.  The WSU Viticulture and Enology Program, directed by world-renowned wine microbiologist Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling.

    Hanford Historic B Reactor.    Four hours,   staggered schedule

     The Hanford B reactor is where history was made and history was changed.  See the actual reactor where the first plutonium was produced which helped usher in the Atomic Age. “The B Reactor National Historic Landmark is now also a component of the newly created, three-location

    Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Signed into law December 2014, under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the B Reactor and historic town sites on the Hanford site, will join the other Manhattan Project sites at Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to create an unparalleled visitor experience inside these marvels of 20th century science and technology. The B Reactor is the world’s first production-scale nuclear reactor, and was created as part of the top secret Manhattan Project during World War II. B Reactor was built in just 11 months, without the help of computers or even final scale drawings, and produced plutonium for the first atomic explosion, the Trinity test in New Mexico on July 16th, 1945, and for the Fatman bomb, which helped to bring an end to World War II.

    Tour 1 – 43 Seats (if needed we could fit 45 Max.)   9:00 a.m. Introduction Ends 1 pm

     Tour 2 – 24 Seats 11:45 a.m.   Introduction.  Ends 3:45 pm

        I will need these names byFriday, October 6, 2017.

     For participants under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must read and sign a release form outlining the potential hazards at the facility, and his/her responsibilities for supervising his/her child. 

    To enjoy this tour, you should be able to stand for up to 30 minutes, walk short distances, and withstand temperatures over 90 degrees in the summer. You must also be able to read and comprehend all mandated Hanford safety awareness information. Guests are required to stay on the tour path and follow the instructions of escorts at all times.

      Before or after your tour, you can learn more about the world-changing history, science and engineering behind the Manhattan Project and B Reactor, as well as the history of Native American and early settler populations at the Hanford Site, with videos produced by the B Reactor Museum Association and the Atomic Heritage Foundation.

    The Reach Museum   Half day,  morning or afternoon.

    The REACH is a storytelling center that inspires learning and celebrates the natural, scientific, and cultural history of the Tri-Cities region through engaging exhibits, educational programs, special events, and guided tours. Visitors can live the story of our region’s history and culture through gallery exhibits. Conference attendees will be treated to gorgeous views of the Columbia River and the shrub-steppe landscape of the Tri-Cities. Explore the outdoor exhibit at The REACH and learn about the flora and fauna that call the Tri-Cities home.

    Wind Farm, McNary Dam,  Sage Museum.   Full Day

    Energy Learn all about the different forms of energy that is available in Eastern Washington.  You will visit a wind farm, McNary Dam, and the Sage Center, a museum about agriculture and energy.    8am-1 pm

    Maximum 26 people

    Ice Age Floods and Vineyards Ride along with Bruce Bjornstad, Ice Age Flood expert, to learn about the Ice Floods and how they impacted the AVA’s and growing of grapes.  Meet the grape growers and learn from them on how they chose the type of grape that would do best in their area.  8am -1pm

    Maximum 26 people

    Ice Age/Mammoth Dig/Wallula Gap/Devils Canyon …Full day.

     The tour will be led by Gary Kleinknecht, an expert in the field of Ice Age Floods.  It will begin with a trip to the Coyote Canyon Mammoth dig site and then to Wallula Gap and Devils Canyon. 8am-4pm   Maximum 26 people

    Farm to Table… WSU Ag Research Station, Sunheaven Farms (onions, sugar beets), irrigation, Chukar Cherries  Full day 8am – 4pm

    The day is spent learning about how our food is grown and what it takes to get it to the table.  The day begins with a tour of the WSU Ag Research Station and then on to Sunheaven Farms to learn about growing of onions and sugar beets and how important irrigation is to the process.  Our last stop is Chukar Cherries for a tasting.  8am – 4pm

    .    Maximum 26 people

    • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    • Chiawana High School
    • 145


    Have a great time after the long day of learning...have a nice meal,  visit with friends new and old and congratulate our award winners.


Past events

Tuesday, June 06, 2017 June Oly Science and Brews!
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 May Oly Science and Brews!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 April Oly Science and Brews!
Saturday, February 11, 2017 Workshop on Progression for Waves and Light
Saturday, March 12, 2016 Workshop on Performance Expectation Progression for Waves and Light
Saturday, February 27, 2016 Workshop on Performance Expectation Progression for Waves and Light
Saturday, February 27, 2016 Workshop on Performance Expectation Progression for Waves and Light
Saturday, February 20, 2016 (Cancelled) Workshop on Performance Expectation Progression for Waves and Light
Saturday, February 06, 2016 Workshop on Performance Expectation Progression for Waves and Light
Friday, February 05, 2016 Workshop on Performance Expectation Progression for Waves and Light(New Date and Location)
Saturday, January 09, 2016 Workshop on Performance Expectation Progression for Waves and Light
Saturday, December 12, 2015 Workshop on Performance Expectation Progression for Waves and Light
Saturday, October 24, 2015 WSTA 2015 Awards Reception
Friday, October 23, 2015 Pacific Education Institute NGSS and ELA Together
Friday, October 23, 2015 WSTA Pre-Conference Short Course: Supporting the NGSS with Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)
Friday, October 23, 2015 WSTA 2015 Conference Field Trips & Tours
Friday, October 23, 2015 WSTA 2015 Conference in Shoreline - Registration
Wednesday, February 04, 2015 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Saturday, October 18, 2014 Mobius Science Center Dinner OR Sunday Box Lunch to-go Ticket
Friday, October 17, 2014 WSTA 2014 Conference in Spokane. Call for Proposals.
Friday, October 17, 2014 Add a Field Trip!
Friday, October 17, 2014 WSTA 2014 Spokane Conference Registration
Friday, October 17, 2014 WSTA 2014 Vendor Exhibitor Registration
Friday, October 17, 2014 Volunteer for WSTA 2014
Saturday, October 04, 2014 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Monday, July 14, 2014 2014 REACCH Summer Teacher Workshop
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Pacific Northwest Section 2014 Summer Conference
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Saturday, April 26, 2014 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Thursday, April 03, 2014 2014 NSTA National Conference
Monday, March 24, 2014 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Saturday, March 15, 2014 Elementary Science Instruction, the Next Generation Science Standards And Common Core
Saturday, March 15, 2014 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Friday, March 07, 2014 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Saturday, February 01, 2014 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Saturday, January 25, 2014 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Friday, January 24, 2014 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Friday, January 10, 2014 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Saturday, December 07, 2013 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Friday, December 06, 2013 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Friday, December 06, 2013 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Saturday, November 23, 2013 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Friday, November 08, 2013 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE) Training
Thursday, October 24, 2013 2013 NSTA Portland Area Conference
Saturday, October 19, 2013 Integrating the K-5 Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with the K-5 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
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