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Make Every Science Lesson COUNT

ASTA is partnering with Brain POP Science to bring science educators around the state acce


Our organization will be partnering with Brain POP Science, an online engagement tool for educators and students. Brain POP uses simulations, readings, explorations, and animated videos to introduce students to universal science concepts.  

On September 9, 2023, Mr. Huey Huynh will be joining us to talk about what Brain POP can offer our ASTA members. 

Coming soon we will be doing a pop up event in central Arkansas to meet with educators, network, discuss Brain POP Science, and have some adult fun after school!

Thursday Sept. 7th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm OR Sept. 19th at 6 pm

On September 7 and September 19 , we will be hosting a meet and greet social for ASTA members and non-members. Share with your co workers, science educators, or any others who are interested in joining us!

All About Our Organization

Arkansas Science Teachers Association serves the science educators in the state of Arkansas. We are here to make educational changing decisions to best help serve our community, students, and fellow educators. Our board works tirelessly to provide the most up to date science educational news, ground breaking classroom and lesson strategies, and professional development opportunities for all science educators from the primary to the collegiate level. 

Why you should join? 

- Professional Organization 

- Networking with other Educators

- Lesson Ideas 

- Science Newsletter

-Professional Development Opportunities 

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Professional Development Opportunities and Student Summer Camps
Check out what our ASTA members have to offer for professional development during the summer of 2023 


Teacher Spotlight
Amanda Smith 
Salem Springs, AR 

Amanda Smith teaches at Salem Springs School District, and has been a member of ASTA for one year. She has partnered with Ridout Lumber in North Arkansas to have her students certified in Lean Six Sigma. Afton Yount and Richard Kapp will present the problem solving method to students and then certify them in six sigma on May 8, 2023. Congrats to Amanda for connecting careers in your community with the classroom.  

Our very own Mid-Level Director, Jackie Scott has been named as one of PIAEE Winners. During the pandemic in 2020, students at Horace Mann Arts and Science Middle School in Little Rock, Arkansas, were disappointed when the school science fair was cancelled. Luckily, Mrs. Scott came to the rescue. After helping students conduct their own research, she helped them come together to create the school’s native plant garden as a substitute activity. With all the experimentation and real-life application of the traditional science fair, Mrs. Scott’s garden project used a special notebook—one she created herself—to guide students as they researched plant species, ideal placement, soil quantities, and more. It had the additional benefit of teaching students about the importance of teamwork, whether that be coordinating with the engineering class to manufacture the garden beds or collaborating with the art class for beautiful art pieces about the native plants.

At her middle school, Mrs. Scott is grateful for the opportunity to teach students through experience. With today’s limited outdoor, hands-on student experiences, her lessons are increasingly vital. With respect to the native plant garden, students could make their research come to life as they read about the plants and insects that they personally selected and handled. Additionally, Mrs. Scott’s teachings are a crossover of science, math, and art, proving that practical knowledge is never confined to a single field. Above all, Mrs. Scott emphasizes the importance of using science wisely and sustainably—students created their garden after thorough research on sustainable mulch, the importance of planting native species, and environmentally friendly agricultural practices.

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NSTA Conference '23

Make sure to sign up for the NSTA Conference 2023! Call for session presenters, deadline May 2, 2023!

State Finalist for 2023 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

Our very own Historian has been named one of the State Finalists for 2023 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. It is an honor to receive nomination for this award in any capacity and Patrycja Krakowiak has earned this award. She is already a winner in the hearts of her fellow colleagues and students. 
Patrycja Krakowiak works at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She is the Science Department Chair and a Life Science Specialist. She has been an active member of the ASTA for two years! 

“I joined ASTA after finding out there was a need for board members at a conference where PAEMST finalists were presented. It is an amazing opportunity for networking among science teachers from around the state” - Patrycja Krakowiak 
Patrycja Krakowiak, 

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AEEA - Arkansas Environmental Education Association

Wanting to incorporate more outdoor education? Check out in person and webinar offerings on a variety of topics on the Arkansas Environmental Education Association.

Click here for more information


2023 Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship

Our very own Northwest Director, Matt Holden , has been selected for the 2023 Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education! Matt teaches at Fayetteville High School and is passionate about his work in environmental studies. 

Only 50 educators from across the US, Canada & Puerto Rico were chosen from a pool of hundreds of applicants for this field-based professional development opportunity. He will be traveling to Antarctica aboard National Geographic Explorer later this year!!!

Education has been a platform for his aspirations and allowed him to travel the world as a science educator. We are so excited for him and this amazing award. He will have the opportunity to embark on expeditions around the World for professional learning and the educational experience of a lifetime. 

Check out more about the program and awarded recipients at the  National Geographic Website. 


January Board Retreat

We had board members from all over the state meet. We reviewed bylaws, set up committees, and discussed how we could better serve the science educators throughout the state. 



Are you looking for an educational professional development like no other. Well, then look no farther! STRIVE  is a State-wide PAID Professional Development Program for Arkansas Middle and High School STEM Teachers. For more information click the link below! Application deadlines are coming soon! 

What We Offer

 Making Learning Fun in the Science Classroom

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Lesson Ideas

We make learning fun through a variety of engaging and outside-the-box activities. Teaching is a skill, but great teaching is more of an art that only a few can master. Click here for great lesson ideas!


Educational Support 

Our annual newsletters are packed full of information about the organization, professional development opportunities, and science strategies that are proven effective! Please reach out to help us know how to better serve you! 


Entended Learning

We know how difficult it can be to find  reliable resources that focus on assessment and design of lesson learning. Being able to access resources, special offers, and the latest Arkansas Science news is our number one goal for all science educators.


Spotlights - Science Teachers

Around the state,  educators are doing great things in their classroom. Let's celebrate their success!


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