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 NSTA Fall Area Conferences and the Nashville National Conference (31 Mar - 3 Apr). Here are the overall plans for NESTA events at these.

Specific information about 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 view files for many of our presentations at these meetings by opening the links for each conference.

NESTA thanks all presenters and participants who came to the NESTA/Windows to the Universe events at the NSTA Chicago National Conference last spring. Browse the schedule of events at this meeting.

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.

NESTA and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History is organizing a field trip at the GSA Baltimore Meeting on Oct 31 to the Museum. In addition to the special guided program about the Museum exhibits and educational programs, participants may enjoy an 'urban geology' tour of buildings between Union Station and the Museum. Check back for more information.

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

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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.


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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 Reception 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.

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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