The annual conference of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest gathering of teachers in the world. This year, the theme of the conference was Science on My Mind. On March 15–18, more than 12,000 teachers joined forces in Atlanta to talk science, grow professionally, and network. Jen Elliott, an educator here at the Museum, attended and participated as a presenter.
Jen’s presentation, Designing the World: Engineering Design through a Historical Lens, shared techniques on using the Museum’s historical resources to support lessons on engineering design. It was well received by teachers working with different grade levels from across the country. She also won second place in the Most Creative Lab Coat contest! By participating in this rich conference, Jen was able to network with teachers from across the country, learn about the latest trends in implementing Next Generation Science Standards in classrooms, and connect educators to the unique educational programs offered by the Museum.
The Intrepid Museum’s educators regularly attend conferences like these across the country to hone their expertise and share best practices. What they learn informs the professional development opportunities offered here at the Museum for New York City Teachers.