Category Archives: NSTA Reports

Encouraging Creativity in STEM Class

Creativity often may be overlooked in science, technology, engineering, and
math (STEM), but STEM teachers are finding ways to make their lessons and courses innovative and encourage their students to be creative. Continue reading

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Learning About STEM Through BMX

Teaching students science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by connecting it with bicycle motocross (BMX), closed-course bike racing over natural or simulated rough terrain, is possible with programs from the American Bicycle Association’s USA BMX philanthropic arm, the USA BMX Foundation, located in Gilbert, Arizona. Continue reading

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My Journey to NSTA

Guest blog post by Paul Orbe Dear NSTA Members: I would like to take this opportunity to share my experience with NSTA, our professional organization. Before I embark in storytelling I deem necessary to offer a quick overview in how … Continue reading

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How NSTA Expanded My Small Town World

Guest blog post by Pam Devers I grew up as the typical “small town girl living in a small town world” (Journey).  In the eighth grade my mind was set that I was going to be a science teacher and … Continue reading

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Robert E. Yager Exemplary Teaching Award—2019 winners

The Robert E. Yager Exemplary Teaching Award recognizes six full-time K–12 teachers of science who successfully use innovation and excellence in their classroom. District III Katherine OwensSTEM TeacherWashington Episcopal SchoolBethesda, Maryland After almost a decade in the consumer product industry … Continue reading

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Adding Inquiry to ‘Cookbook’ Labs

“I have converted several standard labs from AP Physics 1 to more engaging inquiry labs using NGSS [Next Generation Science Standards]. I want my labs to connect to my students’ lives, phenomena they see and feel every day,” says Jose Rivas, AP Physics 1 and engineering teacher at Lennox Math, Science, and Technology Academy in Lennox, California. Continue reading

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Why I Am Voting YES for Science Teaching by Judy Boyle

I am an elementary teacher, not a science teacher. I teach everything from shoelace tying to technology. When I began teaching, my science content knowledge was at a minimal and when I taught science I tiptoed around it as if … Continue reading

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NSTA Members to Vote on New Name

The NSTA Board of Directors took a bold step to usher in a new, exciting future for NSTA by voting in February in favor of changing the association’s name from the National Science Teachers Association to the National Science Teaching … Continue reading

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NSTA Conferences: Professional Learning and So Much More

Editor’s Note:  In this blog series commemorating NSTA’s 75th Anniversary we take a look to the past with an eye to the future. Can you imagine attending an NSTA convention over Thanksgiving weekend?! Indeed, that was the timing of NSTA’s first regional meetings … Continue reading

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Podcasting in the Science Classroom

“Make sure [you convey] what you want students to learn [when they make podcasts]. The content is more important than the technology; learning outcomes are more important,” Basler emphasizes. Continue reading

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