The 2020 NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Boston, Massachusetts

The NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Boston, Massachusetts will be held from Thursday, April 2 to Sunday, April 5, 2020. NESTA has 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. William Sweet
NOAA-NESTA Sponsored Lecture:
Sea Level Rise Here and Now, A NOAA NOS Planet Stewards Event

NOAA has been measuring sea levels for over a century, ensuring safe transportation for mariners and coastal preparedness from ocean storms. Observations are showing that due to decade's worth of sea level rise, high tide flooding is becoming more common in many U.S. coastal communities, adversely affecting infrastructure and public patience. Find out more about the science of sea level rise, the impacts coastal communities like Boston MA may face in coming years, and the products and services NOAA has developed to help communities plan and prepare for next season, next year and for decades to come.


When: Friday, April 3, 2019, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: 253C, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center






Biography of Dr. Sweet:

Dr. William Sweet is a NOAA Oceanographer studying sea level rise and changes in coastal flood risk for decision makers. He recently assessed future coastal flood risk for US Department of Defense installations worldwide and was a chapter author for the 4th National Climate Assessment. Before NOAA, he probed the seas with life and death situations, from wind pulses and fish kills to upwelling and marine diversity. He received his B.A. in Physics from UNC Chapel Hill and a Master's and Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from NC State University. He currently lives in Annapolis, MD and sails the Chesapeake with his wife and kids looking for signs of sea level rise.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
NESTA and MEL2: Promoting Argument-Driven Explanation in Earth and Environmental Science
Harbor Ballroom III, The Westin Boston Waterfront
Presenter(s): Donna Governor, Professor, University of North Georgia, Margaret Holzer, Teacher, Chatham High School, Stephen Nelson, Science Teacher, North Forsyth High School, Elisabeth Pinion, Teacher, North Forsyth High School, Lorie Skorich, Forsyth Central High School

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
NMEA Session: NOAA Planet Stewards—Engaging Data, Digital Storytelling, and Making a Difference Through Content, Collaboration, and Action
052AB, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Presenter(s): Bruce Moravchik, Education Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service


Friday, April 3, 2020 (All sessions in 052AB of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center)

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
UNAVCO, IRIS, and NESTA Present: What Plate Boundary Is This?
Presenter(s): John Taber, Director of Education and Public Outreach, IRIS, Shelley Olds, Science Education Specialist, UNAVCO


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
NESTA Session: STEM in the 18th Century: Measurement, Surveying, and the Shape of Earth
Presenter(s): Eric Pyle, Professor, James Madison University

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
NESTA and NOAA Session: NOAA's Ocean Today Videos and Data in the Classroom
Presenter(s): Bruce Moravchik, Education Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service, MKurt Mann, NOAA National Ocean Service

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, NESTA Executive Director, Belinda Jacobs, NESTA President/ Science Educator, Cedar Ridge High School


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Concord Consortium and NESTA Present GeoHazard: Use Simulations to Explore Natural Hazards and the Risks They Pose to Human Lives
Presenter(s): Christopher Lore, Research Assistant, The Concord Consortium, Amy Pallant, Science Education Researcher, The Concord Consortium


3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NESTA and SSSA Session: Know Soil, Know Life—Dig into the Connections!
Presenter(s): Margaret Holzer, Teacher, Chatham High School, Susan Chapman, Director of Membership Services, Soil Science Society of America, Kathryn Reiels, Manager- Student & Early career Programs, Soil Science Society of America, David Lindbo, Director, Soil & Plant Science Division, USDA-NRCS, Clay Robinson, Professor of Soils, Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS)


5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Sign up to present— NSTA Aerospace Advisory Board / NESTA Space Science Share-a-Thon
Presenter(s): Richard Jones, District Director XVI, University of Hawaii-West Oahu, Becky Kamas, STEM on Station Activity Lead, NASA Johnson Space Center, Carla McAuliffe, Senior Curriculum Developer, TERC, NESTA Executive Director

Saturday, April 4, 2020, Pacific Salon D, Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Short Course—SC-7: NESTA and CIRES: On Board with MOSAiC: Unprecedented Science and Curriculum from a Year in the Arctic
Presenter(s): Katya Schloesser, Curriculum Developer, University of Colorado Boulder, Anne Gold, University of Colorado Boulder, Katie Gavenus, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Lynne Harden, Curriculum Developer, University of Colorado Boulder, Jonathan Griffith, University of Colorado Boulder

Saturday, April 4, 2020 (All sessions in 052AB of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center)

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
The Concord Consortium and NESTA Present GEODE: Transform How You Teach Plate Tectonics with Free Interactive Models
Presenter(s): Trudi Lord, Senior Project Manager, The Concord Consortium, Amy Pallant, Science Education Researcher, The Concord Consortium


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
NESTA and NASA Session: Ready, Set, Engage! Strategies for Making Earth Science Data Analysis Intuitive, Simple, and Fun!
Presenter(s): Elizabeth Joyner, Education/Outreach, NASA Langley Research Center, Angela Rizzi, Associate Outreach Coordinator, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI)


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sign up to present—NESTA Earth System Science Share-a-Thon
Presenter(s): Richard Jones, District Director XVI, University of Hawaii-West Oahu

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
NESTA and ASU Session: Exploring Phenomena with Three-Dimensional Digital Models
Presenter(s): Jessica Swann, Community Manager, Arizona State University


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
NESTA Session: Addressing the NGSS through Topographic Maps and Profiles
Presenter(s): Richard Jones, District Director XVI, University of Hawaii-West Oahu

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, Carla McAuliffe, Senior Curriculum Developer, TERC, NESTA Executive Director
Where: 052AB, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center


NESTA Friends of Earth Science Reception

6:30 PM to 8:30 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: Harbor Ballroom I & II, The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel

Saturday, April 4, 2020, Room 105, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
NOAA in Your Classroom I: Sea Level Rise, Remote Sensing, and Real-World Data
Presenter(s): Bruce Moravchik, Education Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
NOAA in Your Classroom II: Planet Stewards—Students Effecting Real Change
Presenter(s): Bruce Moravchik, Education Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service


Other Earth Science-related presentations by NESTA Members

Wednesday, April 1, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Professional Learning Institute—PLI-4: Using Technology to Conduct Investigations and Model Scientific Phenomena
Commonwealth C, The Westin Boston Waterfront
Presenter(s): Amy Pallant, Science Education Researcher, The Concord Consortium

Thursday, April 2, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Whale of a Share-a-Thon
052AB, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Presenter(s): Bruce Moravchik, Education Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service

Thursday, April 2, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Partnering with NASA in the Process of Student Data Collection Through Engagement in a High School GLOBE Investigation
258C, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Presenter(s): Tina Harte, Task Lead/Senior Education Specialist, NASA Langley Research Center

Thursday, April 2, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Short Course—SC-2: A Collection of Climate and Energy Educational Resources, Guiding Teachers Toward Climate and Energy Education
Pacific Salon F, Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Presenter(s): Wendy Abshire, Education Program Director, American Meteorological Society, Don Duggan-Haas, Director of Teacher Programs, Paleontological Research Institution, Eric Pyle, Professor, James Madison University

Friday, April 3, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Meet Me in the Middle Share-a-Thon
205 A-C, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Presenter(s): Bruce Moravchik, Education Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service

Saturday, April 4, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
NASA Goes to Camp
205B, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Presenter(s): Tina Harte, Task Lead/Senior Education Specialist, NASA Langley Research Center, Cassie Soeffing, Senior Science Educator, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

Sunday, April 5, 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Strategies to Support Mathematical and Computational Thinking in the NGSS Classroom
107A, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Presenter(s): Susan Meabh Kelly, AAPT-New England Section