NESTA Events at NSTA Conferences

NESTA offers events throughout the year for teachers, including at NSTA National and Area Conferences. Each year, we offer a full program of events including a Field Trip (most years), multiple PD Workshops and Share-a-Thons, Rock and Mineral Raffles, lectures, a Friends of Earth Science Reception, and a Membership meeting at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in the Spring. In addition, NESTA offers multiple workshops and a Rock and Mineral Raffle at NSTA Area conferences in the fall. Beginning in 2010, Windows to the Universe workshops are a part of the NESTA program.

NESTA/WttU EVENTS AT THE NSTA CHICAGO NATIONAL CONFERENCE

All events below are in McCormick Place, Skyline W375e.

Fri, 13 Mar

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM - NESTA Session: Earth Science Rocks! Using Earth Science Activities to Engage Students as Scientists

09:30 AM - 10:30 AM - NESTA Session: NESTA Geology Share-a-Thon

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - NESTA Session: NESTA Climate, Ocean, and Atmosphere Share-a-Thon

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM - NESTA Session: NESTA Earth System Science Share-a-Thon

2:00 – 3:00 PM – AGU Lecture – Dr. Jim White, University of Colorado "Abrupt Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future" McCormick Place, Skyline W375b

02:00 PM - 03:00 PM - NESTA Session: Harnessing the Power of Earth System Science for Developing Science Practices and Crosscutting Concepts

6:30 - 08:00 PM - NESTA "FRIENDS OF EARTH SCIENCE RECEPTION" and presentation of the AGI Edward C Roy Award for outstanding K-* Teaching. Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Regency Ballroom C/D.

Sat, 14 Mar

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM - NESTA Session: Multimedia Tools and Classroom Resources for Teaching Earth System Science

09:30 AM - 10:30 AM - NESTA Session: Using Data in the Earth and Space Science Classroom to Engage Students as Real Scientists

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM - NESTA Session: NESTA Space Science Share-a-Thon

02:00 PM - 03:00 PM - NESTA Session: How Weird Can It Get? Developing Weather and Climate Literacy

03:30 PM - 04:30 PM - NESTA Session: National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) Rock and Mineral Raffle

5:00 - 6:00 PM - National Earth Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting--ALL NESTA MEMBERS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE

For all NSTA Conference dates and details go to: http://www.nsta.org/conferences.

For each NSTA Conference, NESTA arranges a Receiver. This local person volunteers to be the shipping address for any donations of rocks and minerals or other items that NESTA members send to the conference.

Receivers for National, Chicago, Mar 12-15, 2015:

Pauline McInerney pmcinerney@att.net
Humphrey Middle School
777 Falconridge Way
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Attn: Pauline Mcinerney

Carol Schnaiter carjef@comcast.net
Amboy Central School
30 East Provost St.
Amboy, IL. 61310


NESTA Field Trips: Most years at the spring NSTA National Conference on Science Education, NESTA hosts an Earth Science related field trip that explores local
geology and/or local places of interest related to the Earth Sciences. This all-day field trip usually takes place the day before the NSTA conference begins.

This year at NSTA Chicago, NESTA will not operate our own field trip, but we do recommend that NESTA members may wish to register for one of the conference field trips, specifically:

T-2: A Guided Tour of the History and Features of Burnham Park, Chicago

Thursday, March 12 1:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Ticketed Event: $8 advance; $14 on-site
Purchase tickets when you register online or on the Chicago Advance Registration Form.

A short distance from McCormick Place, Burnham Park is located on the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. Join the Illinois State Geological Survey and the Chicago Park District as we explore the park and the natural beach processes of Lake Michigan. As the weather in March may be cool, participants will be bused through the park and features of the park will be explored on foot as weather permits. While visiting the Northerly Island Visitor Center, participants will see how the Chicago Park District inspires families to get outdoors and appreciate nature. Learn about fossils and mineral resources of Illinois as well as listen as historians and archaeologist describe historic park events, such as the 1933 World’s Fair. This educational trip is funded, in part, by an Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Management Grant with funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Note: Remember to dress for the weather.

Please meet the trip leader at Gate 41 of McCormick Place (level 1, West Bldg.), 2301 S. Indiana Ave., on the corner of Indiana and Cermak (E. 22nd St.) 15 minutes before departure time.

For details on the this and other field trips including itinerary and costs, check information about our current field trips closer to the date of the conference or contact a NESTA Board Member. Find out about the current field trips, and register to go on the field trip online.

Share-a-Thons: NESTA offers multiple high-energy "Share-a-thons" annually, including multiple Share-a-thons at the national NSTA conference and in most years, one at each of the NSTA Regional conferences on science education. At a Share-a-thon, science educator colleagues share their favorite classroom activities with other teachers. Attendees can walk away with handouts describing proven, successful activities that they can use right away in the classroom, as well as meet old friends and make new ones. Presenters get a chance to share with their colleagues. To find out how you can participate at a presenter at one or more upcoming Share-a-Thons, please click here. Click here for a list of upcoming Share-a-Thons.

List of upcoming Share-a-Thons

Apply to present with online form

Rock and Mineral Raffles: For Earth and space science teachers, part of the excitement of attending a NSTA conference is the NESTA Rock and Mineral Raffle, offered at NSTA National and Regional Conferences. People get a chance to win awesome specimens from all over the country. Click here to find out more about NESTA Rock and Mineral Raffles, including how to contribute specimens to upcoming Rock and Mineral Raffles.

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Form for specimen identification

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Friends of Earth Science Reception: NESTA hosts a reception for Friends of Earth Science at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education each year. The reception is a great place to see old friends and meet new ones, as well as NESTA members and leadership. Be sure to join us at the reception this year on Friday, March 13, at 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place/Regency Ballroom C/D! Check the Calendar of Events to find more information.

Earth and Space Science Resource Day: The NESTA Earth Science Resource Day offered at the NSTA National Conference is a perfect professional development day for an Earth and space science educator. To find out more about this exciting event, click here.


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NESTA Speakers at NSTA National: NESTA hosts scientific speakers at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education each year. These speakers provide insight from the forefront of geoscience research in high-impact presentations that provide useful information for you to use in your classroom. Presentations are also subsequently made available on the website. Click here to find out about speakers at our upcoming events at the NSTA National Conference on the Earth and Space Science Resource Day.

Membership Meeting: Our annual Membership Meeting takes place on the Earth Science Resource Day at the spring NSTA National Conference on Science Education. Updates from NESTA Executive Board Members are given and new Executive Board Members are introduced. This meeting provides the latest news about earth science education, and is an opportunity for members to make recommendations to the NESTA leadership. If you plan on attending the NSTA annual conference, plan on attending the NESTA membership meeting to meet your NESTA leadership team.


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