By Carole Hayward
Posted on 2018-10-30
NSTA’s 2018 Charlotte conference on science education is right around the corner (November 29–December 1).
If you’ve ever attended, you know that you get up to 13 hours of credit for sessions in vital areas like STEM, literacy, and 3D learning. You probably also know that exhibitors like Astrocamp Virginia; Carolina Biological Supply Co.; the Museum of Science, Boston; NASCAR Hall of Fame; the National Inventors Hall of Fame/Camp Invention; STEMscopes; and TeacherGeek, Inc. will be there to show off their latest programs and innovations (leave room in your suitcase for all the giveaways!). And best of all, you know you’ll make new professional contacts and friends.
But did you know you can take a deep dive into your grade level by planning your schedule around your grade level? Browse below to find ideas for your grade level, and see all conference details here.
First, put this meeting of your peers on your schedule. NSTA’s High School Committee is hosting this get-together just for you:
Thursday, November 29
High School Teachers: Birds of a Feather
Queens, The Westin Charlotte
Next, put the keywords “high school” into the session browser, and find the ones that are right for you. Here are just a few that you may want to target:
Big news for share-a-thon lovers! The Charlotte Conference Program Chair, Manley Midgett , shares this invite: “Join me as I’m joined by as many as 50 dedicated science educators from across the state, with each sharing his or her most successful activity. Share-a-thons will take place at the same time for elementary; middle school; and Earth, life, and physical sciences. A keynote speaker will follow. Have a crazy fun time!” Want in? Plan to attend the NCSTA Share-a-Palooza on Thursday, November 29, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM, in Grand Ballroom C/D, at the Westin Charlotte.
Looking for more? Put the keywords “middle school” into the session browser, and find the ones that are right for you. Here are sessions you may like:
Is teaching science your super power? If not, it will be if you attend this panel: Empowering Teachers, Nurturing STEM Equity: The UNCG STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative, on Friday, November 30, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM, in Room 215, at the Charlotte Convention Center. The organizers say “Professional learning and networking centering engineering design makes a difference for elementary teachers’ and students’ engagement. How? Curriculum and professional development resources will be shared.”
Find other sessions just for elementary teachers by browsing the scheduler. Here are some you may want to attend:
Check out more sessions and other events with the Charlotte Session Browser/Personal Scheduler. Follow all our conference tweets using #NSTA18, and if you tweet, please feel free to tag us @NSTA so we see it!
Need help requesting funding or time off from your principal or supervisor? Download a letter of support and bring it with you! Charlotte support letter
And don’t forget, NSTA members save up to $95 off the price of registration. Not a member? Join here.
The mission of NSTA is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
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“Dive into Three-Dimensional Instruction” Workshop
National Harbor, November 16–17, 2018
2019 National Conference
St. Louis, April 11–14
2019 STEM Forum & Expo
San Francisco, July 24–26
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