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Science educator and students attend national conference

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May 28

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Dr. Kenneth Carlson and seven students attended the National Science Teachers Association Conference.

Associate Professor Kenneth Carlson, Ph.D., and seven students

Shawnee State University Associate Professor Kenneth Carlson, Ph.D., and seven students attended the National Science Teachers Association Conference in Boston in April.

Keynote speaker Mayim Bialik from the hit TV series “The Big Bang Theory” drew thousands of teachers to the NSTA General Session.

“I encourage my students to join science teacher’s organizations,” Carlson said. “You can learn so much at these conferences and it keeps you up-do-date in the field.”

Founded in 1944, the Arlington, Virginia–based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.

Approximately 55,000 NSTA members representing more than 100 countries, includes science teachers, science supervisors, informal science educators, administrators, scientists, and leaders in business, industry and government.

Along with its members, NSTA’s 58 state chapters, 33 associate groups, nine affiliates, and nearly 100 student chapters work together to further promote and support science education.

Many students won books at the conference and one student, Teresa Welch, won a back pack filled with items including an electronic balance scale.

“The conference is huge. There are thousands of meetings and the convention is the size of two football fields,” Carlson said. “We attended one night of physics and three and a half days of science meetings.”

In addition to the conferences, NSTA offers a variety of professional development programs for science educators. The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy and the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy are tailored to address the individual professional development needs of teachers and school leaders with research-based learning opportunities.

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