The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will hold its regional meeting in Cincinnati from December 4-6, 2008. The theme is “Renewing the Energy in Science Education,” with seminars, exhibits and field trips focusing on energy. The conference headquarters is the Millennium Hotel, with events there, at the Duke Energy Center, and at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Learn costs and choices by viewing information at http://www.nsta.org/pdfs/2008CincinnatiPreview.pdf and register by November 14 by downloading forms at the site.
Xavier University will offer one graduate credit to document attendees’ professional development during the Cincinnati conference. One must register for the Cincinnati Area Conference and complete an application and a written assignment. For more information on this option, please contact Cindy Geer, PhD, chair and associate professor of childhood education & literacy at 513-745-3262.
"Five thousand science teachers will converge in Cincinnati,” says Geer. “Where else can teachers meet a NASA scientist, well-known authors, get great ideas for effective science lessons, and have fun? The NSTA conference has a lot to offer and Xavier University is proud to be a part of it."
The convention will feature two keynote speakers. Homer Hickam, a Best-selling author from Huntsville, Ala. will speak on “Adventure, Rocket Ships, Lighthouses, and the Dreams of Boys” on Thursday, December 4. From Rocket Boys/October Sky to The Far Reaches and back to The Red Helmet, Hickam combines storytelling with the inspiration to “do more, go further, dream bigger.” He was a NASA engineer, working on the Hubble Space Telescope and training astronauts for Spacelab and Space Station missions. His novels The Keeper’s Son, The Ambassador’s Son, and The Far Reaches are part of his popular “Josh Thurlow” series. His latest work is the novel Red Helmet.
Thane Maynard, Executive Director of Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, will speak on “The Nature of Hope” on Friday, December 5. Best known as writer and host of numerous wildlife programs, including Cincinnati Public Radio’s The 90-Second Naturalist, airing on stations across North America, he has been featured on Good Morning America and The Today Show, and a regular wildlife expert on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Thane is the author of 13 books on wildlife. His latest work, Working with Wildlife, explores various wildlife careers. Saving Endangered Mammals (1992) was named Outstanding Science Book of the Year by the NSTA and the Children’s Book Council.
The NSTA conference brings together science education leaders and experts with educators who are interested in personal and professional growth. It provides the forum to start discussions about science education from the broadest perspective of national standards to the very specifics of strategies and techniques that work well in the classroom. The newest teacher as well as the most experienced curriculum administrator is welcome. Local field trips are available including the National Weather Service, Wm. H. Zimmer Generating Station, The Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife, Rumpke Landfill, Newport Aquarium, Procter and Gamble, The Cincinnati Observatory, Duke Energy Control Center, and Stoned in Cincinnati: The Building Stones of Downtown Cincinnati.