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11/21/2014

Local science and math educators attend the Arizona Science Teachers Association 60th Annual Conference

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eleven local science and math educators were among over three hundred science educators from across Arizona who attended the Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA) Annual Conference, Let’s Build Science, earlier this month at Northern Arizona University’s North Valley Phoenix Campus.

Becky Bell, from Duncan High School; Terry Bash, Heather Dillman, and Dana Olson, from Ft. Thomas High School; Heidi Vosbein, from Mt. Graham High School; Ashley Scorse, from Pima Elementary School; Evelyn Hallford, from Safford High School; Michelle Howell, of Thatcher High School; Cindy Rickert, from Thatcher Middle School; and Paul Anger and Dr. Phil McBride, from Eastern Arizona College, attended the annual conference that provided educators an opportunity to share ideas and work together in advocating best standards-based science teaching and learning for all of Arizona’s children.

Educators had over fifty, one-, two-, and three-hour workshops to choose from in the areas of Leadership, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), Integration of Disciplines, and Science Content.

EdTechInnovators also facilitated five, one-hour workshops on utilizing technology in the classroom for teachers. Participants commented that the workshops provided discussion of how students learn and how to scaffold learning experiences so all children are successful. “The resources that were shared will help teachers get current information regarding curriculum and instruction,” said Anger, EAC’s Discovery Park Campus director, ASTA Regional Representative for Graham and Greenlee Counties, and Chair of the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative (EASI).

In addition, Gregg Treinish, founder of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), a nonprofit organization connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field, was the keynote speaker for the conference. Treinish also organizes his own expeditions, contributing to research on wildlife-human interaction, fragmented habitats, and threatened species. Treinish has worked with students, teachers, military veterans, and families on vacation to collect samples, photographs, data, and observations in an effort to utilize ‘citizen science’ as a main way that scientific data can be collected and shared.

In addition to workshops and awards, the conference attendees had the opportunity to see the latest technology and resources for science education by visiting over 40 vendors who exhibited at the conference.

For more information on the Arizona Science Teachers Association or its regional partnership with the local science educators group, the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative, please contact Anger at paul.anger@eac.edu .

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