Virginia Association of Science Teachers


  • 05/01/2017 1:30 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Are you looking for a challenging leadership position that impacts local, state, and national science education? Would you like to serve the association that serves you? The VAST Nominating Committee is currently accepting nominations from the VAST Membership who are in good standing for the following positions on the 2018 VAST Board: President-elect, Secretary, Regional I (Central) Director, Regional III (Northern Neck) Director, Regional V (Valley) Director, and Regional VII (Southwest) Director. Submission deadline is May 1, 2017, but why wait? Click on the links below for complete information and the nomination forms below. Send you completed nomination form and email to

    Call for Nominations (pdf)

    Nominating Form (pdf)


  • 04/25/2017 8:10 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Prince William County Schools, a growing and vibrant School Division in Northern Virginia, is now hiring science teachers for SY 2017-18. Multiple opportunities exist, particularly in the area of Earth Science. View all vacancies and corresponding job descriptions and apply online at . Learn more about careers in PWCS at  EEOC/M/F/D/V

    Julie E. Curry, M.S. Ed.

    Coordinator, Recruitment & Retention

    Office of Recruitment & Specialty Programs

    Department of Human Resources

    Prince William County Public Schools


  • 04/04/2017 9:29 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    VAST Invites all K - 12 artists and young scientists to enter

    Showcase your original 2-D talent on 8.5x11inch paper. A template with the required layout and theme is available for the download on the VAST website. Judging categories will be K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

    Judging Criteria Specifications:

    The artwork should be created on a copy of the “Celebrating Science” template. The student should complete their original artwork in the designated space provided, below the header, on the template in portrait orientation, not landscape. The artwork should have a clear message and visual clarity. If a student is unable to use the “Celebrating Science” template, they need to limit their design to an 8 in. x 8 in. size so it can be inserted into the template.   

    Submitting Procedure: All submissions become the property of VAST.

    Postmarked no later than May 1, 2017.
    Mail submissions to: Robin Curtis (4127 Wiffet Way, Williamsburg, VA 23188)

    Email Questions to Susan Bardenhagen at:


    PDI Page: click here

    Info Art Contest - download pdf

    Template - download pdf

    Information about the Artist - download pdf 

  • 04/03/2017 10:00 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    PDI presentation proposals are due May 1. To learn more, go to:

  • 03/08/2017 9:09 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Virginia Outstanding Biology Teacher Award

    Every year, an outstanding Virginia biology educator (grades 7-12) is recognized with the Virginia Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (VOBTA) and receives the National Association of Biology Teachers Outstanding Biology Teacher Award (OBTA) for Virginia. Candidates for these awards do not have to be NABT or Virginia Association of Biology Teachers (VABT) members, but they must have at least three years of public, private, or parochial school teaching experience. A major portion of the nominee's career must have been devoted to the teaching of biology/life science, and candidates are judged on their teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, and student-teacher relationships. The VOBTA recipient is the special guest of VABT at the annual Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Professional Development Institute (PDI) Awards Dinner. Here, the winner is recognized at the VAST Awards Ceremony and receives a plaque for themselves and their school. At the NABT National Convention, they are the guest of Carolina Biology Supply Company at the Honors Luncheon held at the NABT Professional Development Conference, receive gift certificates from Carolina Biological Supply Company, resources from other sponsors, and award certificates and complimentary one-year membership from NABT. For information and/or to nominate or apply, please contact Kathy Frame at Deadline April 28, 2017.

  • 03/06/2017 9:00 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Climate Connections


    Each Wednesday in March • 7 – 9 pm

    Join us for this Climate Connections lecture series designed to connect you with resiliency-themed content while exploring our societal understanding of climate science.

    March 1

    Communicating Climate Science and Resiliency

    Carrie McDougall, Ph.D., Scientist, NOAA

    Climate Change Primer - What It Is, How It’s Happening, Its Impacts, and How to Adapt

    Jeremy Hoffman, Ph.D., Climate and Earth Science Specialist, Science Museum of Virginia

    March 8

    Sea-Level Rise in Virginia and Chesapeake Bay: Then, Now, and Next

    Carl Hershner, Ph.D., Director, Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary

    March 15

    Geologic Studies of Barrier Islands: Helping Society Better Understand and Respond to Changes Affecting the Outer Banks and Virginia’s Eastern Shore

    Chris Hein, Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary

    March 22

    Shoreline Erosion in Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Coastlines - Research and Future Management Plans

    Scott Hardaway, M.S., Marine Scientist, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary

    Houses That Float – Flood Gates 5-Stories High? Innovative Ways Other Countries are Dealing with Sea-Level Rise, and What May Be in Our Future in Hampton Roads

    Molly Mitchell, M.S., Marine Scientist, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary

    March 29

    Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

    Baba Brinkman, Canadian climate rap artist, award winning playwright, and former tree planter

    Climate Connection lecture series is free; reservations are required.

    To reserve your space, go to

    Questions? Call us at 804.864.1400.

  • 03/03/2017 2:12 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    We are looking for an energetic, tech-savvy, VAST member to join the communications team to contribute or coordinate social media. Can't spare much time? Not a problem, we would welcome whatever time and talent you can give! For more information, contact:

  • 03/02/2017 3:45 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Buckingham County Public Schools is seeking a full-time MS/HS Earth Science teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Please email a resume to Brian Green the Director of Human Resources at

  • 03/01/2017 9:20 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    PBS NewsHour Extra is the NewsHour’s teacher resource site for grades 7-12. We are looking for science teachers to write fun, project-based lessons related to STEM, inventions, and the environment. There is a stipend involved. For more information, write

  • 02/22/2017 8:14 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Evolution Education

    Evolution Education is a project organized by the Cox Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia. They are evolutionary biologists and educators who advocate for real collaborations between scientists and teachers to develop new, inquiry-based models for education in (and out of) the middle- and high-school science classroom. The program is based on three core principles:

    · K-12 science education is failing to teach evolution unequivocally as a central principle in biology

    · Students learn science best by doing actual science

    · Teachers become more effective educators when they participate in authentic scientific research

    Please visit each of the sites to receive more information about important details

    2017-2018 Teacher Fellowship- Experience field based evolutionary biology. Application is now open! Apply before April 1, 2017

    2017 Teacher Workshop, July 19-21 - Registration is now open! Register before April 1, 2017

    Evolution Education is a partnership of UVA's Curry School of Education, Mountain Lake Biological Station, Golden Apple Foundation, and the Virginia Department of Education with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Virginia Association of Science Teachers

209 W 15th St, Richmond VA 23224

(757) 897-3104

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