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.

NESTA thanks all presenters and participants who came to the NESTA/Windows to the Universe events at the NSTA Chicago National Conference.

Here is the schedule of what was offered.

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"

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 to JOHN RUSSELL (Columbia Secondary School, NYC). Also: NESTA's Silent Auction.

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

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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.

We thank our Receivers for NSTA Chicago:

Pauline McInerney
Humphrey Middle School
777 Falconridge Way
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Attn: Pauline Mcinerney

Carol Schnaiter
Amboy Central School
30 East Provost St.
Amboy, IL. 61310

NESTA Field Trips: Most years at the 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.

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.


Form for specimen identification

Upload a photograph of a specimen

Friends of Earth Science Reception: NESTA hosts a reception for Friends of Earth Science at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education each year.

Our Friends Reception serves as the venue to recognize exemplary teaching through presentations of the href=""> Edward C Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching by the American Geoscience Institute.

The reception is a great place to see old friends and meet new ones, as well as NESTA members and leadership. Bid on unique items in our Silent Auction.

AGU Speaker at NSTA Conference: As a component of our collaboration with AGU, NESTA hosts the AGU scientific speaker at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education each year. This speaker provide insight from the forefront of geoscience research in high-impact presentations that provide useful information for you to use in your classroom.

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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