TSTA is the largest science educator organization in Tennessee. We are five hundred + members strong! 

TSTA Conference 
Keynote Speaker
Friday Luncheon

Michael DiSpezio
Marine Biologist, Author

Brain Sense: Learning About the Brain Through Puzzles, Illusions and Hands-on Activities 

THANK YOU Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for sponsoring the guest speaker

Michael is a renaissance educator, speaker, and author.  A former marine biologist, Michael completed his graduate studies at the Marine Biological Lab at Woods Hole and worked as a research assistant to a Nobel prize winner.  His knowledge of natural history has resulted in numerous publications and speaking engagements throughout the world on an assortment of scientific topics that range from optical illusions to learning and the brain.  Leaving the laboratory, he celebrated his passion in education as a K-12 classroom teacher for nearly ten years. Towards the end of that tenure, he began writing textbooks and was awarded his first authorship on a high school chemistry series.  Extensive travel has taken him from the Emmys with an award nominated show on HIV to the Bahamas where he developed the Discovery Channel Camp at Atlantis.  To date, he is the author of over 30 trade books and has co-authorship on over 3 dozen science textbooks.

Michael is co-author of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ScienceFusion and STEM consultant of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Texas Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra 2.

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TSTA Annual Conference
Coming in December

Conference Theme: Supporting Change for Better Science in Tennessee

DECEMBER 1-3 2016 in
Murfreesboro, TN
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Timeline: Adoption
2018 Textbook/Curriculum Materials
2018-2019 Standards Implementation

New Tennessee State Science Standards will be implemented in 2018-2019. On July 22, 2016 Laura Encalade, State Board of Education (SBOE), presented the science standards for first reading at the SBOE meeting. The standards were passed on First Reading. If passed on Second reading, October 14, 2016, this set of standards will be implemented according to the following timeline. You can find the link to the agendas and live streams at this linkConsider attending the TSTA Conference December 1-3, 2016 to hear about the new science standards. As a TSTA participant you will have opportunities to hear about changes that have been made. Kelly Chastain, State Science Coordinator, will be providing an overview as well as grade level specific sessions during the conference.

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TSTA Conference
Guest Speaker 

Brendan Mulian
Science Educator and Astrobiologist

A special THANK YOU to the sponsors National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning

Brendan Mullan explores innovative ways to communicate astronomy to the public and inspire a new generation of scientists. He won the 2012 U.S. FameLab competition and is a recent Ph.D. graduate from Penn State, where he teaches and develops curriculum for astronomy courses.

Brendan Mullan thinks scientists should reach out—to schoolchildren, college undergraduates, folks in the neighborhood, curious Web browsers, and everyone in between. His research tackles some of astrobiology’s most complex questions, but his public outreach efforts bring astronomy and astrobiology out of the ivory tower to make science more accessible, engaging, and entertaining.

“Astronomy is like the gateway drug of the sciences,” says Mullan. “Many people are already fascinated by the night sky, space missions, and colorful photos of planets, galaxies, and swirling clouds of interstellar gas. Human beings fundamentally want to connect with some cosmic context greater than themselves. I want to give them that chance.”

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Educators attending this one-day event were excited to return to the classroom with new ideas. Look for more in the coming year! The videos are available to view on the TSTA website. VIDEOS

"Jennifer Dye - awesome information easily understandable provided great labs and class ideas. Easy and comfortable to ask questions. Great and terrific."

"I attended Stephanie Novin's K-6 session on Engineering. There was a lot of exciting activities that I will use -- also it was a great reminder of Teachniques. Thanks !!"

"Jennifer Dye's session was very beneficial - I enjoyed the aspect of modeling to show students how to work together as opposed to the teacher. Also that experiments and labs do not have to be complicated to be super effective!! Thank you!"

National Mole Day October 23-

Mole Day is October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. in honor of  Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 1023). Celebrate Mole Day (October 23 or June 2) with Mole Day jokes and humor.

Q: What did Avogadro teach his students in math class?
A: Moletiplication

Q: What do you call a 10th grader who is taking chemistry?
A: A sophomole.

Q: Why is it bad to tell mole jokes?
A: It's mole-itically incorrect 

Q: What did the generous mole say when people crashed his party?
A: The mole the merrier!

Q: What are mammoles?
A: Four-legged animoles!

Q: How would you describe a stinky chemist?
A: Mole-odorous

Thank you to our Sponsors of the 2016 TSTA Conference




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