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NSTA 2013 Spring Conference in San Antonio

NSTA is coming to San Antonio, Texas from April 11-14, 2013 for their Annual Spring Conference.

Register by February 22 to take advantage of the Earlybird rate.  Don't forget, STAT Members get a discount. You can sign up to be a STAT member here and if you went to CAST, you're already a member!

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Apply for NSTA Committees, Advisory Boards, and Panels

Dear NSTA District XIII Science Education Colleagues,

NSTA is accepting applications from members who are interested in serving on committees, advisory boards and panels. The deadline for applications is December 8th.

More information about NSTA committees and how to apply can be found here.

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Remember, use NSTA: referred by NSTA State Chapter when asked for a Registration Code!

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) competition free for students in grades six through nine where teams can compete for state, regional and national awards while working to solve problems in their community. Sponsored by the U.S. Army in response to the nation's need for increased literacy in STEM, the competition expands STEM education opportunities across the country and will help improve our global competitiveness and national security. It will open doors to new career paths for American students that lead to a brighter tomorrow. To learn more and to register a team to compete, visit the eCYBERMISSION website.

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Texas Medical Association Awards

The Texas Medical Association is giving away $22,500 in CASH prizes! Three Texas science teachers will receive $5,000 each and an all-expense paid trip to TMA’s annual conference for the presentation ceremony in May 2013! Their schools will receive a $2,000 award to use toward the science curriculum! In addition, second-place winners receive $500 for their schools!

Final Call for STAT Officer Nominations

Tue, 09/11/2012

This is the last week to nominate a STAT member for the STAT Executive Committee.

If you or another current STAT member is interested in becoming a leader in a vibrant and growing community of science educators and administrators, a nomination must be made by September 15, 2012.

All nomination materials must be submitted via email to by September 15. Complete nomination requirements may be viewed on the Nominations page.

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August STATellite: Special CAST Issue

Tue, 08/21/2012

Sneak Peek at CAST 2012: Get Your Geek On!

The August issue of The STATellite has all the latest news and information about CAST 2012 in Corpus Christi. Also, be sure to check out all the fun and helpful information, such as:

  • 2012 STAT Award Winners
  • A Framework for K-12 Science Education has Arrived
  • Free video resources from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • ...and more!

View the STATellite Here!

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STAT Executive Committee Nominations Open & Brand-New CAST Site

Fri, 08/10/2012


Become a leader in a vibrant and growing community of science educators and administrators from across Texas: nominate yourself or another current STAT member for the STAT Executive Committee.

Join our mission of facilitating quality science education and disseminating best teaching practices at this pivotal time in STAT's history.

All nomination materials must be submitted via email to by September 15, 2012.

Complete nomination requirements may be viewed on the Nominations page.


We've been hard at work revamping the CAST site. Check it out, and stay tuned for CAST updates on Facebook, Twitter, and STATweb!

CAST Registration re-opens on August 15th. Start planning to attend - you won't want to miss it. We'll see you there!

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A Message From STAT President-Elect Donald Burken

Fri, 07/27/2012

Dear Members,


The STATellite is the newsletter of our organization and serves to keep you informed about best practices in science. 


We are looking for articles to be published in the next STATellite and we need your help. It would be great for the science teachers of Texas to have you publish in the upcoming STATellite.

Knowledge never takes the summer off. Share yours with STAT in August's STATellite. Email your articles, teaching tips, favorite iPad apps or let us know about your summer science experiences in our most-read issue of the year! Email us at by August 1st.
I hope that you will be able to submit an article or teaching tip. 
Donald Burken
President-Elect, Science Teachers Association of Texas

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Legislative Committee Reviews STAAR Results

Wed, 06/20/2012

House Committee Reviews STAAR Results

The Texas House Committee on Public Education took testimony yesterday to better understand the surprisingly low scores from this year's first iteration of the new STAAR test.  Recurring themes included questioning the 15 percent of final grade requirement and whether it is redundant to also have a teacher-prepared final exam.  Numerous parents questioned why the expensive testing program coincided with the state appropriations decrease.  

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Last Chance for STAT Award Nominations

Mon, 06/11/2012

This week is your last chance to nominate an outstanding teacher for a STAT Award. If you know a STAT member who has made notable contributions to science education, tell us about them!

Award recipients receive a variety of prizes and recognitions, including plaques, honorariums, and VIP tickets to CAST 2012 events.

Nominations and required materials must be received by Friday, June 15, 2012. Award recipients will be recognized at the CAST 2012 Opening Ceremonies. Please remember: only current STAT members may be nominated for awards.