Calling All Science Educators: Virtual Conference Tomorrow with the National Science Teaching Association

You’re Invited to the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Virtual Conference!

Join us tomorrow on Saturday, December 7, starting at 10:00 am ET, to learn about the value of connecting in-school and out-of-school STEM activities, to hear from educators who have implemented successful programs, and to explore ways you can connect your learning environment to settings outside your building.

SciStarter’s Caroline Nickerson will be one of the presenters!

Use our promo code (NSTAVC20) for a registration discount. You can register here.

The Importance of Informal STEM Education

Blended STEM learning experiences that connect in-school and out-of-school learning are a key recommendation in the recently released America’s Strategy for STEM Education:

Creative, blended educational opportunities that combine elements from traditionally separate approaches to learning—e.g., formal-plus-informal, career and technical education-plus-college preparatory—and are aligned across the scope of learning partners—result in learners gaining and building their skills in ways that work best.

Research by Adam Maltese, Robert Tai, and colleagues also shows how important out-of-school STEM experiences are at developing an interest in science, especially at the elementary school level.

Why a Virtual Conference?

A virtual conference is an exciting and convenient way to engage in professional learning. You can log on from anywhere with an internet connection and interact with presenters and educators from across the country.

We’ll see you there!

Special thanks to NSTA for providing text for this post…and for hosting an awesome virtual conference!

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About the Author

Caroline Nickerson

Caroline Nickerson

Caroline Nickerson is a Senior Program Director at SciStarter where she manages the Citizen Science Month Program, SciStarter’s Corporate Volunteer Programs and other programmatic and outreach efforts, including working with SciStarter’s Syndicated Blog Network, which encompasses the Science Connected, Discover Magazine and SciStarter platforms. She spends her day helping educators, library staff, community leaders and volunteers from all walks of life do real science. Caroline is a Master of Public Policy graduate from American University, where she was a Reilly Environmental Policy Scholar, and is a current PhD student at the University of Florida. She also works with the UF-VA Bioethics Unit, the Christensen Project, Florida Community Innovation and the Commission on Local Debates. She was the 2019 Cherry Blossom Princess representing the state of Florida and the grand prize scholarship winner at Miss Earth USA 2021 as Miss Louisiana Earth.