Last week, thousands of educators and professionals gathered in Long Beach, California to be a part of an all-around science experience. “SCIENCE-Catch the Wave!” a National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference on science education in collaboration with the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) provided an opportunity for attendees to expand professionally and mentally, hear from experts in various science fields, and connect with other like-minded peers.
The conference was planned around three strands but one in particular focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Classrooms: Anytime/Anyplace/Anywhere. As more and more schools across the country push efforts to incorporate STEM programs in the classroom, it is the job of educational organizations to help provide a platform that will expand STEM education opportunities and open doors to new career paths.
NSTA is busy preparing as the registration deadline nears on December 17th, for eCYBERMISSION, the U.S. Army’s free, national web-based STEM competition for students in grades six through nine and administered by NSTA.
In this competition, students team up, identify a problem in their communities, and propose a solution by using scientific practices or the engineering design process. Students then compete for state, regional, and national awards. The coolest part is that students are exposed to career opportunities and the real-life applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.