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  • 31 Jan 2018 9:16 PM | Anonymous

    Are you interested in learning more about biotechnology and how to implement it with your students?  The BTC Institute located in Madison, WI has 3-5 day summer courses designed for teachers: Biotechnology: The Basics, Biotechnology: Beyond the Basics and Biotechnology: The Basics for Middle School Teachers.   There are no course fees, stipends and optional graduate education credits are available.  See: for details. 

  • 23 May 2017 7:22 AM | Anonymous

    The NSTA nominations and application portal is currently open. You may nominate a science educator today.

    Anyone who is nominated will receive an e-mail notification that they have been nominated, and will have a link provided in the e-mail encouraging them to begin their application. They do not receive notice as to who nominated them.

    An awards flyer is attached and the link is:

    ...See More

    Awards flyer 2017-18.pdf


  • 08 May 2017 2:14 PM | Anonymous

    Below is an email I received from Hal Phoenix out of Ellendale, who just moved here from Colorado and is soon to become an NDSTA member.  This is a growing request regardless of location/district size, so maybe our members have some solutions:

    I teach at a Hutterite Colony for Ellendale Public Schools. Next year I will have 6-9th graders (12) and I need to teach Earth Science. However, I don't have any textbooks. The Colony won't buy them and my district won't buy them. Could the Science Association help? Either put me in touch with a teacher/district that is replacing their classroom textbooks and would be willing to donate their old textbooks to my class or with a grant to buy some textbooks?

    I don't think he would object if you contacted him directly at:

  • 06 Feb 2017 1:31 PM | Anonymous

    Growing Your Classroom Creatively with STEAM!

    An online course with the Project Food, Land & People Program

    Earn your Professional Development Credit while you teach easily implemented lessons with students in your classroom! Begins Feb 15th

    Experience lessons and resources that are hands-on, provide critical-thinking activities, timely background information, measurable objectives, and references that distinguish them among materials used to teach about food, natural resources and consumers.

    Use FLP lessons, share ideas with K-12 teachers from across the state, receive valuable resources and earn your NDSU credit! Attend two interactive video sessions with your laptop and complete the remaining requirements independently. For more info contact or 701-799-5488

    Register online at

    or view info at NDSU DCE

    $50 Registration plus $50 1-Credit NDSU Fee (Scholarships available)

    Veteran teacher and advocate Ginger Deitz along with Jill Vigesaa serve as course facilitators Teacher comments include: “If you haven’t taken a FLP Class yet, YOU MUST!!” “Most informational and hands on class I have ever taken. Thank you for everything!” “This course was very informative! The instructors were well organized with many hands-on activities, resources, and a wealth of information!” “A great balance of material, activities, and instruction. Great class!”

    Deadline will be FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10th Don’t miss out!

    Click here to register

  • 06 Feb 2017 1:26 PM | Anonymous

    “Growing Creatively with STEAM” is the theme for the NDSU spring semester online course being offered by Project Food, Land & People.  The course will begin with an introduction on Wednesday, February 15th from 4-6 pm (more offerings as needed).  Educators will follow a link with a laptop or other camera enabled computer, where they will see/hear the class facilitators and other class participants on the screen.  Educators will have access to a wide variety of grade level designed lessons from which they will choose three (3) to present in their classrooms or to students, with completion by May 10th.

    STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!

    Food, Land & People lessons provide hands-on, critical thinking activities, measurable objectives and references that distinguish them from among materials used to teach about food, natural resources, cultures and consumers.  This course will provide you with ideas and resources to grow your class creatively!

    The lessons include alignments to the standards for Next Generation Science, National Family and Consumer Science plus English and Language Arts.  For a brief description of some of the lessons you have to choose from visit:  or

    Please refer to the FLP VIII syllabus  for more detailed class information and requirements.  Also, feel free to call or email Jill Vigesaa at 701-799-5488 or

    Class size is limited to 30 teachers.  Register today at:

    View the class flyer here: Growing Creatively with STEAM

  • 23 Jan 2017 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    MSUM Workshop on Science Modeling Grades 6-12

    Have you ever wondered what counts as a scientific model in the classroom?  Would you like to discuss new ideas with colleagues for how to engage your students in scientific modeling?  Consider attending a workshop for area middle and high school science teachers at Minnesota State University Moorhead:

    • Saturday February 4th
    • 10:30AM – 2PM
    • Hagen Hall, room 325

    The morning session will address Defining the Next Generation Science Standards Intent for Modeling as a Practice of Science.  The afternoon session will discuss Examples of Modeling as a Practice of Science.  Each session will consist of short presentations in each of the science disciplines (life, physical, earth) followed by facilitated open discussion. 

    Hagen Hall is at the corner of 11th St and 6th Ave on the MSUM campus in Moorhead. Free parking is available on the north side of 6th Ave adjacent to Hagen Hall.  The workshop credits 3 CEUs.  Lunch is included. If you would like more information or would like to register to attend (the workshop is free, but we would appreciate registration by Feb 1), please contact Russ Colson,
    Workshop funded by MSUM’s NSF Noyce Scholarship Program “Preparing STEM Teachers to Successfully Navigate the Urban to Rural Gradient”
    National Science Foundation Award Number: 1540713

  • 16 Jan 2017 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    The North Dakota Envirothon competition will be held May 10-12, 2017 at Crystal Springs Camp near Medina, ND. The competition is open to high school students grades 9-12. Teams consisting of five students will put their soils, aquatics, plants, and wildlife knowledge to the test on outdoor trails and hone their oral presentation skills by addressing a current issue. This years current issue is "Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship". Register by February 10, 2017 to ensure your team a spot at the North Dakota State Envirothon competition! The top team will qualify for the National Envirothon Competition in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Contact Dane Buysse (Coordinator) at 507-828-2658 or to receive your teams registration forms. Study materials can be found on the website at You can also follow us on Facebook!

  • 22 Dec 2016 2:11 PM | Anonymous

    A new collaboration between the New Jersey for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Colorado State University – Global Campus provides North Dakota science teachers with the opportunity to advance STEM teaching skills; learn effective new strategies for teaching physics; and earn graduate credit with new online courses. 

    CTL is a nonprofit run by teachers to advance student achievement in math and science, and provide a simple, scalable solution to our country’s immense STEM teacher shortage. 

    CTL is the leading U.S. provider of free, editable course materials for K-12 math and science instruction; and has become the #1 producer of physics teachers in the country. 

    All courses can be pursued on your own schedule, provide graduate credit and are applicable to a Master’s Degree at CSU–Global.

    Find out more here:

  • 12 Dec 2016 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    Win a Trip to #NSTA17 Los Angeles

    Check out this Los Angeles Bundle giveaway for #NSTA17 National Conference


  • 06 Dec 2016 2:16 PM | Anonymous

    We’re very excited to announce an upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.

    We are now seeking applicants for our Fargo, ND program. Participants should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering.  We would very much appreciate if you could pass this information along to any high school principals, high school science teachers or high school students you may know.  Applicants should be directed to fill out our online application in advance of the February 9, 2017 application deadline.

    Additional information can be found on our website:

    The application may be accessed directly using the following link:

    More information and a printable flyer for this event can be found here. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have.  Again, we sincerely appreciate your help in identifying qualified applicants for our program.

    All the best,

    Manuela Restrepo, Program Coordinator 


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The North Dakota Science Teachers Association is a group of interdisciplinary science educators. Our membership is open to K-12 classroom teachers, university faculty, informal educators, concerned citizens, and business personnel.

Our Mission Statement: 
"Science is part of everyone’s natural curiosity and encompasses all aspects of our lives.  It has had an impact on human history and promises to have an influence on the future.  The NDSTA seeks to:  inspire, promote and support excellence in science education and learning.  We will therefore, voice the continued need for quality science education in the state of North Dakota."

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