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      Why do you want to go to #NSTA19 St. Louis, this spring? Want to hear from Scott Kelly, a retired astronaut who spent 342 consecutive days? Planning to implement the Next Generation Science Standards? Are you a STEM star? Twenty prizes will be awarded when the contest ends on December 21. Tell us about your NSTA dreams and you* may win one of them!

      • Twenty (20) grand-prize winners will be awarded a voucher good for travel on Southwest Airlines to the 2019 NSTA National Conference on Science Education.

      *Must be planning to attend the conference, be at least 18 years of age, and traveling from the United States.

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      #NSTA19 St. Louis, April 11–14

      Keynote Speaker Scott Kelly

      Scott Kelly is a former military pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy captain. A veteran of four space flights, he was mission commander on several expeditions to the International Space Station and was a member of the almost yearlong mission aboard the ISS from 2015 to 2016. During the 11-month space mission, he set records for the single longest space mission by an American astronaut... before returning to terra firma with fellow crewmember Mikhail Korniyenko of Roscosmos. The goal of the mission was to better understand how the human body is affected by long-term spaceflight. He has written books chronicling his 342 days in space, including Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery and My Journey to the Stars for children. 

      After his retirement from NASA in March 2016, the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs appointed Scott Kelly as United Nations Champion of Space. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the State University of New York Maritime College in 1987 and a M.S. degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

      NSTA wishes to thank Knopf Doubleday and Random House Children’s Books for sponsoring this speaker.

      Conference PD Focuses on the Following Strands

      Three-Dimensional Grand Slam

      Shifting science educators’ focus from simply teaching science ideas to helping students figure out solutions is exciting. In their learning, students must use all three dimensions of the NGSS or NRC Framework in an integrated fashion in order to make sense of phenomena or design solutions to problems. Classrooms incorporating three-dimensional learning have students build models, design investigations, develop explanations, and argue using evidence, all of which allow students to develop important 21st-century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management. This strand will focus on implementing three-dimensional learning to increase student understanding and will be targeted by level: novice, intermediate, or advanced attendees. (Note: Click here to learn more regarding three-dimensional instruction, Krajcik, J. 2015. Three-Dimensional Instruction, Using a New Type of Teaching in the Science Classroom. Science Scope.)

      Phenomena: Gateway to Learning

      Using phenomena in science experiences expands learning. Inclusion of multiple disciplines or subject areas in three-dimensional learning aids in deepening student thinking, learning, and reflecting. This strand will show how teachers can use structures such as the 5E instructional model, Claims-Evidence-Reasoning (CER), Problem-Based Learning, Place-Based Learning, or Project-Based Learning as viable approaches to facilitate student understanding. This strand will be targeted by level: novice, intermediate, or advanced attendees.

      Jazzing Up Science with Cross-Curricular Connections

      In the past, science and engineering were often taught in isolation. Using best practices has proven that integrating science and engineering with other content areas or other science disciplines promotes students’ mastery of disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts. Integration within the sciences or among other disciplines leads to deeper learning and understanding for all students. This strand will focus on ways that science and other subject areas can be integrated, including the best way to bundle disciplinary core ideas. This strand will be targeted by level: novice, intermediate, or advanced attendees.

      Confluence of Equity and Education

      “Arguably, the most pressing challenge facing U.S. education is to provide all students with a fair opportunity to learn” (Framework; NRC 2012, p. 282). This challenge is of great importance as we continue to embrace changing demographics in our classrooms, communities, and country. Our imperative is to maintain high expectations and broaden access and opportunities in STEM education to increase the likelihood of student success and to prepare them to compete globally. This strand will be targeted by level: novice, intermediate, or advanced attendees.

      Give this letter to your principal to support your request for conference attendance.

      Click for more information on the 2019 National Conference in St. Louis, such as planned sessions, exhibit hall hours, and Conference Committee Leaders.

      #NSTA19 St. Louis Sweepstakes

      Five (5) winners will be selected per week until December 21, 2018. Twenty (20) prize winners will each be awarded two (2) one-way vouchers good for travel on Southwest Airlines to the 2019 NSTA National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri, taking place April 11-14, 2019. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and reside in the United States, and travel to and from airports serviced by Southwest Airlines. The following terms apply.


      1. Eligibility: The #NSTA19 St. Louis Sweepstakes is open to those who sign up via the online sweepstakes page and who are 18 as of the date of entry. The sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the United States and is void where prohibited by law. Employees and Board members of the National Science Teachers Association (the “Sponsor”), their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, suppliers, and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

      2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, you agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and you represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein. In addition, you agree to accept the decisions of the National Science Teachers Association as final and binding as it relates to the content. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

      3. Sweepstakes Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on or about 11:00 a.m. ET on November 26, 2018, and ending at 5:00 p.m. ET on December 21, 2018.

      4. How to Enter: The Sweepstakes must be entered by submitting an entry using the online form provided. The entry must fulfill all sweepstakes requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are not complete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the National Science Teachers Association. You may enter once per day using the online form, and you must fill in the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the National Science Teachers Association. If participants share the campaign via social mediathey will get one (1) extra entry per share with a possible total of 5 extra entries from sharing.  

      5. Prizes: Five (5) winners will be selected per week until December 21, 2018. Twenty (20) prize winners will each be awarded two (2) one-way vouchers good for travel on Southwest Airlines to the 2019 NSTA National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by the Sponsor. No cash or other prize substitution permitted except at Sponsor's discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes shall be the sole responsibility of the winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by winners is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for the National Science Teachers Association to use winner's name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

      6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

      7. Winner selection and notification: Winners of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing under the supervision of the Sponsor. Winners will be notified via an email sent to the email address they used to enter the Sweepstakes within two (2) business days following the winner selection. The National Science Teachers Association shall have no liability for a winner's failure to receive notices due to winners' spam, junk e-mail, or other security settings or for winners' provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If the selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 5 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and releases as required, prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected.

      The receipt by winner of the prize offered in this Sweepstakes is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal and state laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY ANY WINNER (AT SPONSOR'S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN SUCH WINNER'S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE SWEEPSTAKES AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED. 

      8. Rights Granted by you: By entering this contest you understand that the National Science Teachers Association, anyone acting on behalf of the National Science Teachers Association, or its respective licensees, successors, and assigns will have the right, where permitted by law, without any further notice, review or consent to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter in perpetuity and throughout the World, your entry, including, without limitation, the entry and winner's name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image or statements about the Sweepstakes, and biographical information as news, publicity or information and for trade, advertising, public relations and promotional purposes without any further compensation. By entering the Sweepstakes you agree to receive email newsletters and promotional materials periodically from the National Science Teachers Association. You can opt-out of receiving this communication at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the e-mail.

      9. Terms: The National Science Teachers Association reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Sweepstakes should (in its sole discretion) a virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes. In such case, The National Science Teachers Association may select the recipients from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by The National Science Teachers Association. The National Science Teachers Association reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or website or violates these Terms & Conditions.

      The National Science Teachers Association has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Sweepstakes, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to; multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by sweepstakes rules; or the use of bots, macros or scripts or other technical means for entering.

      Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, The National Science Teachers Association reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

      10. Limitation of Liability: By entering you agree to release and hold harmless The National Science Teachers Association and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from (i) such entrant's participation in the sweepstakes and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof, (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer, cable, network, hardware or software; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions or telephone or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.

      11. Disputes: THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF the United States AND Virginia, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, participant agrees that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Virginia having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorneys' fees, other than participant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

      12. Privacy Policy:  Information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the The National Science Teachers Association website. To read the Privacy Policy, click here.

      13Winners List: To obtain a copy of the winner's name or a copy of these Official Rules, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: The National Science Teachers Association, Social Media Department, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201. Requests must be received no later than February 1, 2019.

      14. Sponsor:  The Sponsor of the Sweepstakes is The National Science Teachers Association, Social Media Department, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201