The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 50,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education. NSTA has over 100 student chapters across that encourage professional learning and networking of preservice teachers of science from across the United States and Canada. Student chapter participation offers opportunities for increased leadership skills, career growth, and networking for students and faculty.
The WWU Student Chapter of NSTA was recently re-established by a group of 5 students in Spring of 2018, and has already grown to 25 active members! Our spring activities have included an after-hours tour of the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention to learn about educational programming and a trip to Spanel Planetarium for a show and explanation of how the planetarium works with local schools. Future meetings will focus on other resources available to teachers to support putting on science fairs, integrating engineering & computer science, partnering with the local community, and more!
By supporting the next generation of science teachers, you’ll be helping improve science education for future generations! All funds will be used to advance the education and professional development of our members, and to extend their learning beyond the university. Your donation will help members participate in upcoming professional conferences of the Washington Science Teachers Association (Fall 2018 in Bellingham) and of the NSTA (2019 in Seattle). These conferences are exciting learning opportunities for students to network with teachers and preservice teachers from the region, and to expand their knowledge and skills for teaching science and inspiring the next generation of science learners.