Alaska Science Teachers Association

Science Teachers All Over the State Offer

Engaging Lessons to Kick Off the School Year



ECOSYSTEM MODELS

at Begich Middle School


Students are exploring and demonstrating the limiting factors for living species as well as cycling of nutrients



FISH PRINTING


Students in    Kindergarten

in Haines combining art with their science.





WHAT'S DOWN THERE?


Sitka Sound Science Center hosts Dr. Rachel Lauer, visiting scientist from University of Calgary, and SSSC Science Educators Janet Clarke and Kristina

Tirman who are spending the day with the 7th grade science classes at the Middle School. Here students look at a seafloor core from the Queen Charlotte

Fairweather Fault. This is the age students get turned onto the idea that they could make a living looking at things most people never see!

WE WANT TO SHARE YOUR ENGAGING ACTIVITIES--any grade! Contact Science Matters coordinator here to tell about it. We love photos. Be sure identifiable student faces have adult permission granted.


ARE YOU A MEMBER of ASTA?

If you are, or if you join now, you can apply for a professional development travel grant OR a classroom project grant worth up to $500. Deadline October 31.

Apply here PD Travel or Classroom



USEFUL LINKS FOR TEACHING

RIGOROUS AND RELEVANT SCIENCE IN ALASKA



K-12 Energy Lessons


K-12 Resources from

the Alaska Science Curricular Initiative

from years back.

Standards-based Curriculum for teaching about our aquatic resources in grades K-8.

Alaska Science Forum by Ned Rozell--short written pieces explaining Alaska phenomena


Excellent collection of lessons centered around rural Alaskan life.




Web cams images and background images on Alaska's volcanoes and real-time data.



Materials assembled by Andy Hope through the Alaska Native Knowledge Network at UAF.




PROUD OF OUR PRESIDENTIAL AWARDEES!

As announced on June 25, 2018

For more information on how to

apply for the PRESIDENTIAL

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHING

or nominate someone else, go to PAEMST or contact Joey Jigliotti for science or Sandy Schoff for math.

The 2019 nomination period is for secondary teachers, grades 7-12, is now open. The process of applying

is itself professional development in

its purest form, away from the oversight of administrators or actual instructors. It is a time for self-reflection and celebrating your

intrinsic gifts as a teacher. Keep science and math education moving forward and in the news!





Ms HEATHER WOLLRICH

of Anchorage School District earns the PAEMST award for Elementary  Science for 2016.


Click for more about her

Ms. JENNIFER KUETER

of Anchorage School District earns the PAEMST award for Elementary Mathematics for 2016.


Click for more about her.



MAKE PLANS TO GO TO AN AREA CONFERENCE THIS FALL!

Reno, NV Oct. 11-13

"Elevating Science: Digging Deeper

3 Strands

Developing Persistence, the Power of Experience

Advancing Three-Dimensional Classroom Culture

Cultivating Constructive Partnerships


CONFERENCE WEBSITE


National Harbor, MD November 15-17

"Science Education: A National Priority"

3 Strands

Monumental Challenge: STEM Equity, Diversity,

and Advocacy via NGSS

Freedom to Become Scientifically Literate

Cultivating Curiosity in the Capital Region

CONFERENCE WEBSITE


Charlotte, NC Nov. 29-Dec. 1

"Energize Science: Educate and Engage"

3 Strands

Illuminate Literacy Through Science

Amp Up Science Instruction

High-Voltage Science Strategies Beyond Standards

CONFERENCE WEBSITE


OUR MISSION

To inspire, promote and support excellence in

science education.


Goals

Advocate science literacy for all Alaskans.
Promote the exchange of information about science and science education among researchers, scientists, institutions, public leaders and science teachers.
Recognize indigenous knowledge and diverse ways of knowing about science and the natural world.
Encourage the development of a skilled and knowledgeable work force in science related careers.

Summer Student Opportunities

Student Competitions

Professional Development

20 Oct 2018 10:00 AM • Campbell Creek Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska


Elementary Engineering

Engineering is Elementary developed by the Museum of Boston


City Technology K-5 Designers of the Future provided by City College of New York


Design it! NPASS2 National Partnerships for Afterschool science


Message from ASTA President

Wow! What an amazing cross-content conference. Thank you to the conference committee and everyone involved for such a transformative professional development experience. Anchorage will have big shoes to fill in 2019!


As we go through the holidays and into the new year there are exciting times ahead for STEM education in Alaska. Commissioner Johnson announced at the conference that DEED will begin a review of state science standards, most probably in January. This will be a busy time for ASTA as we advocate for the science education of ALL Alaskan students and ensure that not only are all student receiving rigorous and performance based science education, but also in a culturally responsive way.  


As educators in and around the classroom, we know what is best for our students and need to make this known at the state level.  Please stay tuned for opportunities to get involved.


I hope everyone is having a good school year. As usual, we are feeling the effects of decisions often made without our input, but I have the utmost confidence that Alaskan educators continue to do what is best for all Alaskan students day in and day out and know we can continue to be a force for positive science education reform.


Please do not hesitate to contact ASTA with questions or concerns.


Sincerely,


Ben Walker

President









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