Virginia Association of Science Teachers


  • 02/13/2020 9:21 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Do you have lesson activity, research article, or solution to share? The  Journal of Virginia Science Education, VAST’s peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions for upcoming issues. Our next issue will be published July 1, 2020 and the theme is The Outdoor Science Classroom. Manuscripts that do not address this theme are also welcome. Submissions to be considered for this issue are due by March 1, 2020. Please see the website: for planning templates, submission guidelines, and review criteria. Contact Amanda Gonczi or Jennifer Maeng, co-editors, at for questions. 

  • 01/16/2020 10:05 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Winter Edition of The Science Educator Now Available

    In this issue:

    • Honorees recognized at the November PDI: VAST Recognition in Science Education awardees, Presidential state finalists, Sterling awardees, Virginia Outstanding Biology Teacher awardee.
    • Ellen Peterson, the 2018 Sterling winner, shares her project to move her classes from "Textbook to 3D".
    • Anne Peterson gives a Virginia Department of Education update.
    • PDI presenters Suzie Gilley and Page Hutchinson describe how to create a field kit.
    • "Donata the Dragonfly Explores the Dominion” highlights places to explore in winter.
    • See images of the many attendees and activities at the PDI Roanoke.

    Click here to download the January Newsletter.

  • 01/16/2020 9:56 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    “Programs that Work”

    The application deadline has been extended through February 1, 2020

    STEM awards for exemplary projects and programs in K-16 STEM Education

    The Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition (VMSC) invite you to nominate effective student and teacher education projects and programs for its annual “Programs That Work” Awards. The VMSC recognizes exemplary mathematics, science, integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs for which there is evidence of a positive impact on student or teacher learning.  Proposals will be evaluated on the extent that applicants are able to:

    • Represent innovative, exemplary programs that have proven effective with all students or teachers
    • Demonstrate the important mathematics, science, and STEM concepts, skills or processes students and teachers learned as a result of the programs
    • Document impact on teaching and learning

    Virginia’s public and private elementary and secondary schools, public school divisions, institutions of higher education, state agencies, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are invited to apply.

    It is entirely appropriate to nominate your own project or program as long as the following criteria are met:

    • ·         The project or program is a specific STEM project with goals and objectives

    ·       Science, mathematics concepts, technology, skills, and or processes are the main focal point of the project or program

    • ·         The STEM project or program has a documented impact on STEM learning which has been documented with an assessment
    • ·         The project or program has been implemented for a minimum of at least 2 years within the past 5 years

    The application date has been extended through February 1, 2020. Applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis for programs that have been conducted within the past five years and have demonstrated positive results.  Awardees will be recognized at a conference and awards ceremony on February 18, at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, in Henrico, Virginia.  Through a generous grant from Dominion Energy, the VMSC will support the travel and lodging of award recipients.

    Applications can be found at

    For additional information, contact the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition by e-mail at

  • 01/09/2020 8:14 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Teacher Appreciation Day and Open House

    Saturday, January 25 • 9:30 am – noon

    Teacher Appreciation Day is back at the Science Museum of Virginia! Teachers, bring your immediate family, show your school ID and receive FREE general Museum admission for both you and your family! Don’t miss a day of fun that includes our new touring exhibition, Giant Insects.

    Make sure to RSVP on Facebook and you’ll get a reminder before the open house.

    For more information, contact us at 804.864.1400 or

    SCIENCE MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA Teacher Appreciation Day and Open House

  • 12/02/2019 9:12 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The 2019 winter issue of JVSE (member login required) includes four manuscripts each with a very different and unique focus- providing something of interest and value for all readers. As disparate as the articles may seem, they are all concerned with supporting student interest, success, and identity within science through innovative instruction.

    The first article, “Do you see what I see? Plant and animals and habitats, oh my!” is a Lesson Activity to support elementary students’ understanding of observations and inferences in science. In the article, “Lights, camera, and a call to action: Women in media help promote science identity in female students” the authors Share a Solution to help teachers foster a science identity among their female students using video. The approach can be used with students of any age. The final articles are both Research Articles that involve high school students. These manuscripts address the oral argumentation abilities of students with disabilities and cross-disciplinary impacts of students’ math identity, respectively. Together, the articles comprising the winter 2019 issue of JVSE provide a variety of practical options that teachers and administrators can add to their toolboxes when designing and implementing science programs.


  • 11/18/2019 8:43 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Better Together: 

    Connecting Educators with Engaging



    Region 2- Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Day

    When:Saturday, December 7, 2019

    Time: 9am-12pm

    Where:National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)

     100 Exploration Way

     Hampton, VA 23666

    What will be offered:

    • Training from National Geographic Society, Geo-Inquiry Process and Phase 1 Certification 

    • Engineering Activities for Science Classrooms using NASA eClips™ Resources

    • Minute-to-Win-It Science Edition 

    • Lunch

    Cost: $5 per attendee 

    Click here to register.

    Space is limited: Contact Becky Schnekser

  • 10/26/2019 7:30 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Check out the new Facebook Page for VAST Region 2:

  • 10/24/2019 2:05 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities for Virginia high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12. Each of these programs also hires a cadre of educators to help grade student work. We are hoping that you can help to spread the word about these same opportunities to your colleagues and students:


    Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities for Virginia high school students in grades 10 through 12. Please review each page for information on the teachers that we hire each year.

    10TH GRADE
    Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS)
     – Online course for 10th grade students focusing on missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, with a week-long summer academy program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

    Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS)
     – Online course for 11th and 12th grade students focusing on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to the Moon and on to Mars with a week-long summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center. Students can earn up to four free dual enrollment college credits.

    Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS)
     – This interactive online earth system science course for 11th and 12th grade students features NASA scientific research and data. Students can earn up to five dual enrollment college credits and can also be selected to attend a summer academy program at NASA Langley Research Center.

    Our online course applications are OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 10th for 10th – 12th grade students to apply. Each program also hires a cohort of Master Teachers to grade student work. Please refer to each program’s website for details on becoming a paid Master Teacher!

  • 10/18/2019 12:52 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Early Bird registration has been extended to October 20. Click here to register.

  • 10/18/2019 12:50 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

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