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  • 29 Apr 2020 8:27 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    FREE!!! Web Seminar

    Join us on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, starting at 7:00 pm ET to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope!

    The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was launched into Earth orbit on 24 April 1990 by the Space Shuttle. A flaw in the primary mirror initially made it look destined to be a historic failure. Space-walking astronauts made repairs and upgrades on five missions, and the resulting flood of outstanding science results made Hubble an epic comeback story. Along with the worst-to-first drama, the striking images Hubble produced evoked awe and wonder among the public. Hubble became a household word, the gold standard in astronomy, and an icon of modern science.

    The presenter, Max Mutchler, has been working on Hubble for the entire 30-year mission, and is the Principal Investigator for Hubble's 30th anniversary image which is being unveiled around the world in April. Muthchler will share highlights of the Hubble mission, including some behind-the-scenes insight on how these amazing Hubble images are created.

    Presenter: Max Mutchler


    Target Audience: All individuals interested in science and science education.

    Date: Wednesday April 29, 2020

    Time: 7:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM CT / 5:00 PM MT / 4:00 PM PT

    New Users: Log in 15 minutes prior to the start time for an introduction to NSTA web seminars.

    Duration: 60 minutes

  • 20 Apr 2020 8:18 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    Are you an elementary school teacher working to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? Register to participate in the Shifting to the NGSS: Professional Book Study, taking place in April/May, 2020!

    Program Dates: The four live web seminars are scheduled from 7:15 - 8:45 pm Eastern time on the dates below (all Tuesdays):

    April 21, 28, May 5, and 12, 2020

    Fee - NSTA Member: $63    Non-Member: $79  
    Link to additional information and to REGISTER

    NSTA has developed an Online Book Study around the Enhanced E-book: Discover the NGSS: Primer and Unit Planner. This enhanced e-book offers a comprehensive introduction to the NGSS, including background information, each of the three dimensions in depth, and steps to move teachers toward classroom implementation.

    During the online book study, elementary school teachers attend live web seminars and participate in asynchronous discussions with other participants and with the web seminar presenters, Tricia Shelton and Jessica Holman. The web seminars support use of the Enhanced E-book to deepen participant understanding of the innovations of the NGSS. Presenters also share examples and stories from the classroom to illustrate HOW this understanding can be used to translate the NGSS into classroom teaching and learning.

  • 18 Mar 2020 7:59 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    FREE!! Join us on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, starting at 7:00 pm ET to learn about the concept of "planet" and the current debate by scientists.

    Target Audience: All individuals interested in science and science education.

    Date: Wednesday March 18, 2020

    Time: 7:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM CT / 5:00 PM MT / 4:00 PM PT

    New Users: Log in 15 minutes prior to the start time for an introduction to NSTA web seminars.

    Duration: 60 minutes


    What is a planet? Scientists who study our solar system and others think about planets in different ways. Some focus on the ways that different kinds of solar system bodies (planets, moons, asteroids, and comets) travel in their orbits, and thus define a planet based essentially on where it is. Since 2006, there has been significant professional and public debate about this concept of "planet" because such a definition was adopted as "official" by the International Astronomical Union, resulting in the famous demotion of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet status. However, many other scientists actively working in the field define a planet based not on where it happens to be, but instead on what it is like, intrinsically.

    This seminar focuses on the widely-used idea of a "Geophysical Planet Definition", and how it implies that our solar system houses not just eight planets, but perhaps, truly, hundreds.

  • 13 Mar 2020 8:59 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    Real World Science at The National WWII Museum

    Free Opportunity for Teachers:

    This year’s cohort will join the program in New Orleans from July 12th-18th 2020.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 cohort of Real World.  Applications are accepted from January 6th 2020 through March 13th 2020.

    The Real World Science Summer Teacher Seminar brings 28 teachers who will be teaching science to 5th-8th graders in the following school year to our museum for a week long training experience. Two of the spots are reserved for Louisiana teachers, and teachers from public and public charter schools are accepted. We are particularly looking for teachers with 2-10 years of experience who are excited to improve their practice of science teaching.   

    The teachers learn best practices in science teaching and 3D instruction while being introduced to the Real World Science curriculum. It includes a trip to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory in Livingston, LA, and a field day doing water quality studies at City Park and Lake Pontchartrain.

    Teachers are reimbursed for flight expenses, and the museum provides hotel accommodations and most meals.

    Applications are accepted from January 6th 2020 through March 13th 2020.

    Apply here:

    For more information, email

  • 08 Feb 2020 10:00 AM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    NSTA Virtual Conference: The Crosscutting Concepts as Lenses to Explore Phenomena, February 8, 2020  (10am-2pm)

    Crosscutting concepts are sometimes the neglected dimension of the NGSS and other standards based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education. But crosscutting concepts can provide students a useful lens for making sense of phenomena. They include patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change. Join us on Saturday, February 8, starting at 10 am Eastern, to learn how crosscutting concepts can be used as lenses to explore phenomena. 

    By the end of this virtual conference, participants will be able to:

    Construct an explanation of why crosscutting concepts are valuable tools for students as they make sense of phenomena.

    Analyze students learning in a specific disciplinary context to determine the role crosscutting concepts played in their learning.

    Explain how student’s understanding of the crosscutting concepts can be assessed.

    Elementary, Middle School, High School

    Fee: $63 NSTA Member   $79 Non-member

  • 17 Oct 2019 8:50 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    NSTA Science Update: Exploring Earth's Final Frontier - The Deep Sea

    October 17, 2019   7:00 - 8:00pm ET
    Free!! for NSTA and Non-members

  • 18 Sep 2019 8:48 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    Pulse of the Planet: The State of the Climate in 2019

    September 18, 2019  7:00 - 8:00pm
    Free!! for NSTA and Non-members

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Liverpool, NY 13089-2121


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