Virginia Association of Science Teachers


  • 12/15/2020 7:40 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    We are pleased to publish the Winter 2020 issue of the Journal of Virginia Science Education, which is available to VAST members on the website. Additionally, JVSE invites pre-service and in-service teachers, school administrators, science education faculty, and informal science educators to submit papers for the Summer 2021 issue of JVSE. The theme is Strategies to Support Learning the Age of COVID-19 and we’d love for you to share lesson activities, solutions, and research associated with all you’ve learned over the past year! Submissions unrelated to the theme are also welcome!!! Submissions due March 1, 2021 and the Summer issue will be published July 1, 2021. Winter break is a great time to reflect on your practice over the previous semester! If you have questions, please reach out to Amanda Gonczi and Jenn Maeng, journal co-editors at

    Member download:

  • 10/16/2020 1:18 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy (CASE)
    in partnership with The NEED Project

    October 30, 2020
    Virtual Workshop

    Zoom details will be provided closer to workshop date

    Click and complete your registration!


    • 5th-12th grade teachers
    • CTE educators


    • Substitute reimbursement/stipend
    • pre workshop materials
    • NEED curriculum packet



    Before workshop: Pre-test (emailed link)

    8:45 a.m.            Teachers begin to log in

    9:00 a.m.            Introductions, norms, goals        

    Introduction of sponsors and facilitators, Zoom norms and expectations, and goals for the workshop

    9:10 a.m.            Renewable Energy Mentimeter Teachers participate in fun online response forum

    9:30 a.m.            Science of Energy transformation and forms and sources

    10:00 a.m.          Candy Collector and Electric Connections

    10:55 a.m.          Quick Break

    11:00 a.m.          Introduction to Wind Energy 

    11:15 a.m.          Wind energy activity breakout   

    Breakout groups will do Wind Can Do Work and Build an Anemometer and report back.

    12:15 p.m.          Break for lunch 

    12:45 p.m.          Wind Reporting – Successes and challenges

    1:00 p.m.            Introduction to Solar Energy

    Teachers will learn about solar energy, its limitations, and its benefits

    1:15 p.m.            Quick Break

    1:20 p.m.            Solar Energy Activity Breakout

    Build a Solar oven challenge and work with UV beads and report back

    2:05 p.m.            Solar Reporting – successes and challenges

    2:20 p.m.            Wrap-up             

                                  Posttest and evaluation links shared

    2:30 p.m.            Adjourn


    Contact Wendi Moss at or
    call 1-800-875-5029

  • 08/15/2020 7:57 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Virginia Academy of Science Mentorship Assistance Program

    If you are a high school teacher with an interest in having a mentor work with your class, please fill out the form found at:

  • 08/10/2020 8:03 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Deadline Approaching for The Teaching of Geology Mini-grant Proposal

    The reviewers are looking for proposals that will result in more hands-on activities, and a better understanding of the importance of geologic resources, and/or geologic principles.

    All K-12 educators, public and private, are eligible to apply.

    Deadline is August 20.

    Click here for more information.

  • 07/30/2020 1:19 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Summer Edition of The Science Educator Is Now Available

    In this issue, dedicated to the November PDI, you will discover:

    • unique experiences being planned;
    • the schedule at-a-glance;
    • exciting keynote speakers;
    • a wide variety of presentations on every level; and,
    • details on over 120 live and prerecorded sessions!

    Click here to download your copy.

  • 07/25/2020 2:36 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)
    Last year the Virginia Academy of Science launched a new outreach effort in which mentors recruited from the Commonwealth’s colleges, universities, and research centers worked long-term with students in high school classrooms on a research project of local interest.  For 2020-21, there will be a strong need for supporting K-12 classrooms across the Commonwealth that will be suffering from uncertainty about the ability to meet in person and to work on science projects. To that end, we are looking to recruit both mentors (grad students, postdocs, instructors, scientists, etc.) and high school teachers who would like their students to participate in a virtually-driven long-term research project.  To do this, we would like to offer high school instructors the opportunity to either do a project of local interest or to participate in a “Citizen Science” type initiative in which their class will work with others across the Commonwealth and (sometimes) the nation in the collection and analysis of data. 

    If you might be interested in serving as a mentor in this project, please fill out the form found at: 

    If you are a high school teacher with an interest in having a mentor work with your class, please fill out the form found at:
  • 07/10/2020 2:12 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Reminder! The deadline to submit an article for winter 2020 JVSE publication is fast approaching.  Articles are due by July 31! The theme is Science: An Opportunity to Improve Students' Literacy Skills. We welcome manuscripts focused on this important topic but welcome contributions on any topic. The journal accepts manuscripts that fall within one of three categories: Lesson Activities, Research, and Sharing Solutions. Guidelines for each of these categories are described on the journal homepage. If you have any questions please feel free to email Amanda Gonczi, journal editor, at

  • 07/01/2020 5:44 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The latest edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Virginia Science Education is now available to read and download. Member login required. 

  • 06/15/2020 7:02 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Academy of Integrated Science at Virginia Tech is hosting a Virtual Nanoscience Professional Development Workshop for High School Teachers!  The workshop is FREE and classroom kits will be mailed to each teacher participant.  Virtual activities will take place the weeks of July 6th, July 13th, July 20th, and July 27th.  We hope that you can come! 

    Click here to see a flyer with additional details including the registration link.  Learn about nanoscience and how you can add it into YOUR classroom activities!

    Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope to see you (virtually) this summer!

    Thanks so much,

    Charlotte Parks

    Academic Advisor and Recruiter

    Academy of Integrated Science

    Hahn Hall South, Suite 2108, 800 West Campus Drive Blacksburg, VA 24061


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