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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.

 

WSTA 2018 Conference is Launching!   

The Call for Proposals, Exhibitors and Registration is Open! 


Upcoming events

    • Friday, October 19, 2018
    • Sunday, October 21, 2018
    • The Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel and Conference Center
    Register

    WSTA 2018  Annual Conference

    EXHIBITOR/SPONSOR REGISTRATION

    3-D Learning: Shifting the Paradigm in the PNW


    The Washington Science Teachers’ Association (WSTA) invites you to join us as an exhibitor at our annual conference, October 19th and 20th at The Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel and Conference Center. 

    We want to thank you for being our Business Partners in continuing education for all of our teachers.   As Business Partners, Sponsors and Exhibitors you provide stability for our teachers year to year by helping to provide the best in - depth professional development available,  and WSTA thanks you!

      Meeting in an area of wonderful environmental attributes, strong agricultural activity and high technology,  we will be focusing specifically on the 3 dimensional, deep learning supplied by the NGSS. This conference will draw the best leaders in NGSS teaching and members of all State Educational Service Districts and almost all districts in the state!

    The State of Washington is a highly recognized national leader in STEM and NGSS teaching.

    Keynote Speakers

    Dr. Ken Wesson, Delta Education

    Neuro-Cognition and the NGSS-deep learning

    Ms. Phyllis Harvey-Buschel,  MESA-UW

    Science for all Students-Access and Equity Perspective


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    Because of the high-level focus on professional development, at the request of our members, there is a limited space for exhibitors.  Space is available for the first 33 exhibitors and we thank you for your support! 

    After September 15th, 2018 we can still accept exhibitors on a first come first served basis, and not guaranteed, and for an additional 25% fee. 

    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. The exhibit area will be adjacent to the keynote speakers and general membership meeting. 

    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 250 to 300 Teachers of Science at the 2018 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 the The Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel and Conference Center, WA..  The exhibit area will be right in the middle of all the activity, in this smaller and more efficient venue.   The traffic will be quite good for you. 

    CONFERENCE HOTEL

    Because we are at a single hotel and convention center,  the lodging rooms and meeting rooms will be in the same place,  very convenient for you and the attendees!   Reservations for your lodging rooms can be made directly through The Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel and Conference Center, WA reservation system.  Mention WSTA 2018. 

    Booth Details


    Because we are back at a convention center,  you will be able to access the exhibit area on Friday so that you have a more convenient and leisurely time to set up.

    The exact time of access will be provided soon,  but it will be Friday afternoon the 19th.  

    Saturday will be 'game day'.  You will have breakfast available at 7 am, and lunch and snacks.   The keynote is from 8 to 9,  so the booths should be ready to go by 9 am, earlier if you want. 

    There will be a reception at the end of the day for you and all the 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 33 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:
     


    Mike Allen (Exhibit Hall Chairperson)           Email: wstaexhibithall@gmail.com

    DATES AND DEADLINES


    Exhibit Hall  hours- Friday Afternoon October 19th,  setup,  times to be available soon.  

    Saturday you will have access from 7:00 am to 6 pm, with a 4:30 to 6 pm reception,  food and no-host bar and prizes.

    The area will be open for attendees from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday.

    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 19, 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • Saturday, October 20, 2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • Four Points By Sheraton Bellingham, Bellingham, WA
    Register

    Washington Science Teachers Association

    ATTENDEE REGISTRATION

    3-Dimensional Learning:Shifting the Paradigm in the PNW

    October 19 and 20, 2018

    The Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel and Conference Center

    Come to Bellingham for deep, 3-Dimensional Learning 

    The 2018 WSTA Conference will focus on implementing three-dimensional teaching, learning, and assessing in STEM classrooms.

    Engage in in-depth, intimate workshops focused on equity, implementing three-dimensional teaching, learning, and assessing in STEM classrooms. There will be sessions for elementary, middle, and high school educators in all the disciplines of the NGSS. Please join us to learn about how implementing standards-based STEM curriculum has improved student experiences in Washington.


    Keynote Speakers

    Dr. Ken Wesson, Delta Education

    Neuro-Cognition and the NGSS-deep learning

    Ms. Phyllis Harvey-Buschel,  MESA-UW


    Conference Chair (Workshops/Content) Roy Beven  rbeven@fidalgo.net

    Conference Coordinator (logistics/registration/support):  John McNamara mcnamara@wsu.edu

    Exhibitor Information:  Mike Allen wstaexhibithall@gmail.com

    Click Here to Sign up as an Exhibitor!

    Registration Page and Form is Here!

    Call for Proposals is Here!


                                           FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    We will open registration for field trips later this summer.  We would like you to note that for this year,  we will be running workshops on Friday,  which we have not done in the recent past.  So you may want to wait to see those workshops, which will be scheduled in August prior to committing to field trips.  The cost for field trips will be $35 and will be a separate registration from the conference.  Here is the information we have to date.

    All field trips will leave from and return to the 4 Points by Sheraton Conference Site.  Lunch will NOT be provided for half day trips.  

    Field Trips—WSTA Annual Conference, Bellingham, WA October 19, 2018

    Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Half day. Morning.
    The Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was created by the Washington Legislature and U.S. Congress in 1980. We manage the reserve to protect more than 11,000 acres of critical intertidal and upland habitat in Skagit County.

    As a living field laboratory with support facilities and professional staff, Padilla Bay Reserve carries out several programs and activities to meet the needs of the state Shoreline Management Act and federal Coastal Zone Management Act.

    WSU Agricultural Research Center, Half day. Morning

    Dr Carol Miles and her team at WSU Mt Vernon will host teachers to learn about how science is applied in agriculture. Program highlights will include:

          Mt Vernon’s 4th and 5th grade field experiences: connecting to the community

          Biodegradable plastics in agriculture and beyond.  ESS3 Human Impact on Earth

          Watermelons in the PNW?  Grafting is the key.  ETS biological engineering

           Dry beans curriculum from WSU Mt Vernon: Integrating science and health standards

          Current research at WSU Mt Vernon: plant diseases, entomology and more……

    The trip will also include a visit to demonstration gardens and orchards.

    Fermentation Science Double Header - Kulshan Brewing and Lost Giants Cider, Half day. Afternoon.

    Spend the afternoon touring not one, but two amazing, state-of-the-art businesses. Learn from master brewers about the complex science of making beer and cider including topics such as water chemistry, enzyme activity, fermentation, yeast management, microbiological ecosystems, and mechanical engineering as you tour these two facilities which produce some of the regions most popular beverages.

    PACCAR Technical Center Truck Testing Facility. Half-day. Afternoon.

    The PACCAR Technical Center 242-acre site provides test and development for PACCAR divisions, including Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF trucks. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art product development and validation capabilities and staffed with experts in powertrain and vehicle development. See first-hand the advanced engineering tools in the technical centers that are utilized to innovate and accelerate the launch of new products. New 3-D prototype machines accelerate the design process from concept to production. Digitally controlled, proprietary hydraulic road simulators enhance product validation by replicating millions of road miles in weeks, instead of years. Sophisticated computer simulations and advanced analysis of engine and vehicle control systems operate on powerful supercomputers to optimize vehicle efficiency.

    Spanel Planetarium and WWU Science Facilities Tour.   Half day.  Afternoon.

    Join WSTA members for a private show at the Spanel Planetarium on the Western Washington University campus. The show will include a new program the Planetarium has developed to advance the Next Generation Science Standards in local elementary public schools. The presentations have been carefully designed in cooperation with school district officials and faculty to coordinate with the latest science curriculum of 4th and 5th grade students. Among other highlights, our show will include:

    1. A demonstration of the phases of the moon, followed by a general Q&A about the moon.

    2. A demonstration of the causes of the seasons, followed by a Q&A about the seasons.

    3. A brief tour (fly-bys) of the planets of our solar system.

    4. A feature video presentation:

    The trip will also include tours of research facilities in the science and engineering departments of WWU.


    Rooms are blocked for us at the 4 Points until October 1,  so sign up soon!


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    • Friday, October 19, 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • Saturday, October 20, 2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • The 4 Points by Sheraton Bellingham, Bellingham WA
    Register

    WSTA 2018 Conference Proposals





    Deadline to submit proposals is July 31, 2018. Proposals submitted after this date may be considered on a space available basis. 

    Note: all presenters and vendors are required to register for the conference. To register as an attendee, please go to the registration page and click 'register'; to register as an exhibitor, please go to the exhibitor page and click 'register' button to the left.

    Attendee Registration Page

    Exhibitor Registration Page

    The 2018 WSTA Conference will focus on implementing three-dimensional teaching, learning, and assessing in STEM classrooms, and equity. There will be an equal number of elementary, middle, and high school workshops.

     We are looking for proposals that clearly describe how implementing standards-based STEM curriculum has improved student experiences. 

    If you want your workshop considered for Washington State STEM certification requirements, please read the extra guidelines and answer those questions on the form. 

    The Conference Program Committee will notify applicants by mid-August as to the acceptance of the workshop.

    Please complete the registration form that opens when you click 'Register' at left  to submit your proposal.  The information required on the registration form is also in the Word Document in the link below, that you can review prior to filling out the web form. 

    Word Document with Call for Proposal Questions

     (do NOT submit this document (use the form through the 'register' button).


    Criteria: Proposals will be evaluated for how the workshop plans to engage participants in one or more of these conference strands:

    ·        Classroom Implementation of 3-Dimensional           Teaching, Learning, and Assessing

    ·        STEM in the Classroom and School

    ·        All Standards for all Students

    The downloadable document includes the information needed for workshops which wish to fulfill the STEM clock hour requirements. 

    PLEASE NOTE:  There will be no water, gas or other lab equipment in this facility.   Anything you need for demonstrations you must bring yourself. 


Past events

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 May 8 2018 Oly Science and Brews!--Wolf Haven
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 April 2018 Oly Science and Brews!--Humble Bumbles
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 March 2018 Oly Science and Brews!
Saturday, October 28, 2017 December 12 Science and Brews/of wolves and people
Friday, October 27, 2017 November 14 Science and Brews/Of Wolves and People: Science Behind Transforming Conservation Conflicts
Saturday, October 21, 2017 POGIL Workshop WSTA 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017 WSTA 2017 Awards Banquet
Friday, October 20, 2017 WSTA 2017 Pasco Field Trips! CLOSED! October 20th only!
Friday, October 20, 2017 WSTA 2017 Annual Conference
Friday, October 20, 2017 WSTA 2017 Exhibitor Registration CLOSED
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 October 10 Science and Brews/The Gall of Insects
Thursday, August 10, 2017 Fall--September 2017 Oly Science and Brews!
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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