The undergraduate and graduate science education students and three Biology faculty members, Drs. Hanmer and Hagevik and Ms. Ash, attended and presented at the regional National Science Teachers (NSTA) conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina, from November 7-9, 2013. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.
Nineteen UNCP graduate science education students attended the convention. The titles of the three Biology faculty and student presentations were: Wiggling Into Biochar, Bringing Scientific Argumentation Into the Science Classroom, and Let’s Argue About It! Ms. Ash presented a session on the HERP project called Got HERPS, There’s an APP for That! with other members from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The sessions were well attended by anywhere from 20 to 60 attendees. Our student presenters included Indya Evans (undergraduate) and Ursula Adams, Corinne Jordan, David Wimert, Jennifer Spivey and Chris Spencer (graduate students).
On Friday evening, the UNCP faculty and students ate dinner together to celebrate the successful presentations! The UNCP students remarked of the experience, “We really encourage anyone who has a chance to attend this conference in the future to attend.”
Photographs and article are courtesy of Rita Hagevik.