The 2019 NSTA National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri

The NSTA National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri will be held from Thursday, April 11 to Sunday, April 14, 2019. We have a number of exciting sessions! Don't miss out on our Share-a-Thons and the events below! For more information about the conference and to register go to NSTA's Conferences Site.

Dr. Theresa Damiani
American Geophysical Union Lecture:
Finding Our Way—The Science Behind Today's GPS Revolution

Getting from place to place is a daily activity for most people. Now, many of us use the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) through our smartphone, car, or other navigation device to do that. But that capability has only been widely available in the last two decades, before which paper maps and compasses were used for thousands of years. So what sparked this massive technological leap forward? The combination of very precise positions from satellites (GPS) available anywhere on Earth, miniaturized computing, and up-to-date maps. This talk explores the science of GPS and mapping, how it allows us to quickly and easily find our way through the world, and the sometimes, unexpected ways in which it is revolutionizing our society. And, as positioning science and technology continues to evolve, how it enables a not-too-distant future of autonomous vehicles and smart cities.

When: Friday, April 12, 2019, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Ferrara Theatre, America's Center Convention Complex

Biography of Dr. Damiani:

Dr. Damiani works for Spatial Reference System Division at NOAA's National Geodetic Survey. She has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Geological and Earth Sciences from Penn State University and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Geophysics and Seismology from The University of Texas at Austin.

Friday, April 12, 2019 (All sessions in: Annex, America's Center Convention Complex)

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
NESTA and NOAA Session: NOAA's Every Full Moon Video Series and Data in the Classroom
Presenter(s): Bruce Moravchik, Education Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service, Molly Harrison, NOAA Planet Stewards Program Mgr., NOAA Fisheries, Kurt Mann, NOAA National Ocean Service

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
NESTA and NOAA Session: NOAA Planet Stewards—Content, Collaboration, and Action
Presenter(s): Bruce Moravchik, Education Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service, Molly Harrison, NOAA Planet Stewards Program Mgr., NOAA Fisheries

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Sign up to present—NESTA and NOAA Ocean, Climate, and Weather Share-a-Thon
Presenter(s): Carla McAuliffe, Senior Curriculum Developer, TERC

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
NESTA and SSSA: Soils—The Great Core Idea Connector!
Presenter(s): Susan Chapman, Director of Membership Services, Soil Science Society of America, Margaret Holzer, Teacher, Chatham High School, Clay Robinson, Professor of Soils, Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS)

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NESTA and NOAA Session: Game Design and Game Jams for the Science Classroom
Presenter(s): Peggy Steffen, Retired, NOAA National Ocean Service, Bruce Moravchik, Education Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service, Molly Harrison, NOAA Planet Stewards Program Mgr., NOAA Fisheries

Saturday, April 13, 2019, Hall 1, America's Center

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Sign up to present—NESTA/NSTA's Aerospace Education Advisory Board Space Science Share-a-Thon
Presenter(s): Carla McAuliffe, Senior Curriculum Developer, Christian Greer, Chief Officer for Science Education Experience, Saint Louis Science Center

Saturday, April 13, 2019 (All sessions in: Annex, America's Center Convention Complex)

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Concord Consortium and NESTA Present: High-Adventure Science—Free Simulations Exploring Earth's Systems and Sustainability Topics
Presenter(s): Amy Pallant, Science Education Researcher, The Concord Consortium

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
NESTA, UNAVCO, and IRIS Session: Are Earth's Plates Really Moving? Explore Earth Science Data
Presenter(s): Shelley Olds, Science Education Specialist, UNAVCO, John Taber, Director of Education and Public Outreach, IRIS

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sign up to present—NESTA Earth System Science Share-a-Thon

Presenter(s): Carla McAuliffe, Senior Curriculum Developer, TERC, Richard Jones, District Director XVI, University of Hawaii-West Oahu

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Concord Consortium and NESTA Present: GEODE: Transforming Geoscience Education with Interactive Models for Exploring Plate Tectonics
Presenter(s): Amy Pallant, Science Education Researcher, The Concord Consortium

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
NESTA and MEL2: Going Beyond the Controversy by Promoting Critique, Evaluation, and Argument in Earth Science
Presenter(s): Donna Governor, Professor, University of North Georgia, Margaret Holzer, Teacher, Chatham High School

National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Raffle

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Coordinator(s): Parker Pennington IV, Retired Educator, National Earth Science Teachers Association
Where: Annex, America's Center Convention Complex

Friends of Earth Science Reception

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
At the reception we recognize excellence in Earth Science teaching through awards from NESTA and our partners. Come see old friends and meet new ones!
Where: Crystal Ballroom, Marriott St. Louis Grand

Sunday, April 14, 2019, Room 225, America's Center

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
NESTA and UNAVCO: Hands-On Demonstrations and Models for Your Earth Structure, Earthquake, and Plate Tectonics Unit
Presenter(s): Shelley Olds, Science Education Specialist, UNAVCO, Michael Hubenthal, Senior Education Specialist, IRIS, John Taber, Director of Education and Public Outreach, IRIS

Other Earth Science-related presentations by NESTA Members

Thursday, April 11, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Whale of a Share-a-Thon
Presenter(s): Molly Harrison and Bruce Moravchik, Planet Stewards Coordinators, NOAA National Ocean Service, Kurt Mann, Executive Producer NOAA Ocean Today
Annex, America's Center

Thursday, April 11, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
NSTA's Position Statement on the Teaching of Climate Change: A New Tool for Up-to-Date Science Teaching
Presenter(s): Frank Niepold, Climate Education Coordinator, NOAA Climate Program Office, Michael Wysession, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, Eric Pyle, Professor, James Madison University, Don Duggan-Haas, Director of Teacher Programs, Paleontological Research Institution, Nancy Kellogg, Retired Educator, David Evans, Executive Director, NSTA
145, America's Center

Friday, April 12, 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
PolarTREC: Arctic Microbiological Adventures
Presenter(s): Dieuwertje Kast, STEM Programs Manager, USC Joint Educational Project
Room 241, America's Center

Friday, April 12, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
National Middle Level Science Teachers Association - Meet Me in the Middle Share-a-Thon
Presenter(s): Molly Harrison and Bruce Moravchik, Planet Stewards Coordinators, NOAA National Ocean Service
Majestic D/E, Marriott St. Louis Grand

Friday, April 12, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Argumentation and Modeling in Earth Science Using Free Online Modules
Presenter(s): Amy Pallant, Science Education Researcher, The Concord Consortium, Stephanie Harmon, Regional Teacher Partner/Science Teacher, Rockcastle County High School
Room 242, America's Center

Friday, April 12, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
My NASA Data 2.0: NASA Debuts Fresh Face and NGSS Earth Science Resources
Presenter(s): Elizabeth Joyner, Education/Outreach, NASA Langley Research Center, Tina Harte, Task Lead/Senior Education Specialist, NASA Langley Research Center
Room 228, America's Center

Saturday, April 13, 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
NOAA in Your Classroom Workshop Series I: GPS (NOAA)
Presenter(s): Peggy Steffen, Retired, NOAA National Ocean Service
Room 141, America's Center

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
NOAA in Your Classroom Workshop Series II: Remote Sensing and Real-World Data (NOAA)
Presenter(s): Bruce Moravchik, Education Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service, Molly Harrison, NOAA Planet Stewards Program Mgr., NOAA Fisheries, Katherine Hawley, Management and Program Analyst, NOAA/NESDIS
Room 141, America's Center

Saturday, April 13, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
NOAA in Your Classroom Workshop Series III: Stewardship (NOAA)
Presenter(s): Bruce Moravchik, Education Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service, Molly Harrison, NOAA Planet Stewards Program Mgr., NOAA Fisheries
Room 141, America's Center

Saturday, April 13, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Teaching Science Using Student-Collected Environmental Data: A Three-Dimensional Learning Experience
Presenter(s): Tina Harte, Task Lead/Senior Education Specialist, NASA Langley Research Center Christy Wall, The GLOBE Program
Room 242, America's Center