NSTA 2014: Bialik Delivers, Spicer Dances and Dow’s Robot Shows No Shame #makereducation
Check out It’s About Time’s re-cap of NSTA (National Science Teachers Assocation Conference ) 2014:
An estimated 11,000 educators and exhibitors converged in Boston this year for the National Science Teachers Assocation Conference (#NSTA14), and if you’re an enthusiastic lover of all things STEM, it was as if the mother ship had called you home.
As Joshua Manley (one of our ever-insightful science educator bloggers) put it so eloquently in his pre-conference blog post (“10 Must-See Sessions at NSTA 2014”), this year’s jam-packed agenda with over 1,500 sessions and events left us feeling like kids in an ice cream store (so much to see and taste, so little time!).
NSTA-goers who descended the escalators onto the exhibitor floor were immediately greeted by Camp IT’S ABOUT TIME® – per usual, we claimed one of the best parking spots (er, booths) at the conference, attracting teachers galore with our innovative products, knowledgeable staff and giant-sized No. 2 pencil, an unexpected crowd-pleaser while we also had the pleasure of hearing the many wonderful stories of science teachers engaging young minds in new and exciting ways. As our our tagline says: “Full STEM ahead!”
We also hosted 12 “Future of Education” workshops featuring exciting presentations by the likes of Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft, Professor of Science Education at the University of Massachusetts and one of “IT’S ABOUT TIME ®’s Top 10 Game-Changing Edupreneurs to Watch in 2014.” (View the full list HERE.)
Meanwhile, our team was pretty much everywhere, sweeping the labyrinthian Boston Conference Center to capture images, tweets (#NSTA14) and video from last week’s events (including video interviews with several NSTA featured speakers Arthur Eisenkraft, Yvonne Spicer, John Penick, and Steve Rich which will be posted on our YouTube channel shortly HERE)….
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