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.

We are now preparing for the NESTA Events at NSTA Nashville(31 Mar - 3 Apr).

You can view resources shared during the NESTA Events at the Reno (Fri, 23 Oct), Philadelphia (Fri, 13 Nov), and Kansas City (Fri, 4 Dec) Area Conferences are now available.

You can also browse the NESTA and Windows to the Universe events at the NSTA Chicago National Conference last year.

NESTA Field Trips: In conjunction with the NSTA National Conference on Science Education and other Geoscience Education meetings, NESTA may host Earth Science-related field trip that explores local geology and/or places of interest related to the Earth Sciences.

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.

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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.

The NSTA Nashville Raffle will be on Fri, 1 Apr, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, in Music City Center Davidson B.


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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.

Our "Friends Receptio"n serves as the venue to recognize exemplary teaching through presentations of the 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. This year the reception will be held on Fri, 1 Apr, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. at a location to be announced soon.

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.

We are proud to announce that the 2016 AGU Lecture at NSTA Nashville will be delivered by Dr. Linda Kah, the Kenneth Walker Professor at the University of Tennessee--Knoxville and Co-Principal Investigator of the Mars Curiosity Mission. Join us on Sat, 2 Apr at 11:00 - 12:00 The location will be announced soon.

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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