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Information and news found on this page are from NSSTA Partners and other organizations that have shared information with us to share with our members.  The Nevada State Science Teachers Association (NSSTA) does not claim any ownership or responsibility for any events, workshops, or activities not specifically sponsored by the Nevada State Science Teachers Association (NSSTA). Please contact event organizers for more information.

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  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022 3:29 PM | OPEN Executive Director (Administrator)

    Please see the attached flyer below for Get Outdoors Nevada's 2021-2022 virtual programs. 

    Virtual NGSS Flyer Spring 2022.pdf

  • Monday, March 21, 2022 2:00 PM | OPEN Executive Director (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Steve Gaskill from K.O. Knudson JHS in Las Vegas and his students who were just named national finalists in Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow Challenge.  They get $50,000 and a trip to New York to pitch their idea to Samsung!

    Their project was to design better bus benches for the Las Vegas summers.  Their solution was to replace the RTC's current steel benches with benches out of concrete made using recycled sunflower stalk aggregates.  This was one of the top ten finalists in the country.

    You can vote for this idea in the "Community Choice Vote" every day here: 

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2022 3:27 PM | OPEN Executive Director (Administrator)

    The Regional STEM Networks’ High-Quality STEM, Equity and Awareness Subcommittees publish new tools


    The Regional STEM Networks’ Subcommittees, in collaboration with OSIT, have developed a collection of Nevada-specific tools using research and rigorous independent evaluation. A High-Quality STEM rubric was developed to provide guidance for measuring the quality of STEM programs. The Equity tool compiles best practices regarding increasing equity in STEM. The Awareness tool provides examples of how various stakeholders can increase awareness of STEM, the benefits of STEM, and local STEM opportunities.

    To learn more about the tools, register to attend the informational sessions offered this week!

    High-Quality STEM Rubric   Tues 3/15  1 - 2 PM   

    Register in advance

    Equity in STEM Tool   Wed 3/16  1 - 2 PM   

    Register in advance

    STEM Awareness Tool   Thurs 3/17  4 - 5 PM   

    Register in advance           

  • Monday, March 14, 2022 3:26 PM | OPEN Executive Director (Administrator)

    The Nevada Division of Minerals and the Nevada Mining Association would like to invite you to join us April 12-13 for the 31st Annual Southern Nevada Earth Science Education Two-Day Workshop. This PDE training is completely free and provides the opportunity to earn one PDE credit. The two-day workshop will take place in-person at Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School located at 2015 S. Hualapai Way, Las Vegas 89117 (see map below). We are offering two fun-filled days of rocks, minerals, and mining. On day one, participants will spend the day rotating between five classroom sessions. Two of the sessions are required for all participants and the remaining three sessions offer a variety of electives so participants can choose the topic best suited for their grade-level curriculum. On day two, attendees will participate in a grade-level breakout session to collaborate with other teachers on how to adapt the material for use in their classrooms. After which participants will depart on one of three field trip options to active mine sites and/or areas of geologic/cultural significance. Masks will be required on the bus for the field trip.  For more information and to register please visit Please feel free to call 702-486-4343 or 775-829-2121 with any questions. We hope to see you there!

    Contact Rebecca Ely with questions. 

    Rebecca Ely

    Geologist-Field Specialist-

    Mineral Education Programs

    Nevada Division of Minerals

    375 E. Warm Springs Rd. Ste#205

    Las Vegas, NV 89119

    (ofc)702-486-3915; (cell) 702-340-7953

  • Thursday, March 10, 2022 6:28 AM | OPEN Executive Director (Administrator)

    Please see the following flyer for more information.  Register here.

    Questions can be sent to SNRPDP's Stacy Bird 

  • Thursday, March 03, 2022 4:11 PM | OPEN Executive Director (Administrator)

    Death Valley National Park invites you to participate in the pilot of our distance learning program.

    Virtual Trips are available until Friday, April 1st, 2022, with registration closing on Friday, March 25th, 2022. You can view information about our current program offerings on our distance learning webpage including how to register for a Virtual Trip.

    We are excited to be able to offer virtual opportunities for teachers to bring Death Valley to their students. Because this is a pilot program, we appreciate any feedback you wish to share, whether your class participates in a program or not.

    If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to reach out.



    Death Valley Education Program

    Phone: 760-786-3226

    Quick Links:

    Ranger Guided Field Trip Programs: Ranger Guided Field Trips - Death Valley National Park

    Pre- and Post- Visit Lesson Plans: Teaching Resources - Death Valley National Park

    Digital Student Report Information: Student Report Information - Death Valley National Park

    Weather Data provided by the National Weather Service: Death Valley National Park Weather

  • Thursday, March 03, 2022 3:46 PM | OPEN Executive Director (Administrator)

    The National Weather Service office in Las Vegas is hosting their first ever #WildWestWxShowdown and invites everyone to participate.  

    16 weather phenomena will battle it out for the most dangerous weather event in the west.  Battles will be all month long and you can follow along on Twitter and Facebook, with morning posts describing the weather phenomena and evening posts declaring a winner.  A printable bracket can be found below.

    NWSVegas Wild Western Weather Showdown 2022.pdf

  • Wednesday, March 02, 2022 4:08 PM | OPEN Executive Director (Administrator)

    The Las Vegas Science and Technology is back in person this year.  Please see the below ways in which you or an organization you are with may want to be involved.

    Science Is Everywhere Day (May 1, 2022): Science is Everywhere Day highlights the importance of science in our community and allows businesses to showcase science in their organizations for students and families.  If you have a business that does cool science and can open your doors to the public for a free tour, demo, or workshop, this is for you. Please see the attachment for more information regarding this event. Email to get involved. 

    Science in Schools (May 2 - 6, 2022):  STEM Professionals will be matched with a classroom or school to share their work with students. We need more than 100 speakers this year for any grade level.  Your commitment could be as short as 1 - 2 hours on one day or as long as multiple hours over multiple days, depending on your availability. To sign up to be a speaker, please go to and access the “Get Involved” tab to find the link under "Speak In Schools" .   If you sign up to participate in this, we will work hard to connect you with an appropriate school(s) and teacher(s).  Your matches will be emailed to you and the teachers mid-April to allow you and the school staff to connect and schedule.  The need is great at all grade levels, but please consider being available to modify for any grade level. If you have more questions about this, contact Cheryl Wagner at or at 702-799-0303 ext. 5169. 

    Giant Expo at the World Market Center (May 7, 2022):   This hands-on expo is expected to have more than 10,000 visitors this year.  We are looking for organizations and businesses that can share hands-on STEM experiences for families throughout the day.  To reserve a booth now, go to and click on the “Get Involved” tab.    If you think you might want to do this but are not sure about what you could do at your booth, please feel free to contact us and we can brainstorm some great ideas.

    There are additional opportunities throughout the week-long festival including community events, volunteering opportunities, sponsorships, and speaking engagements.  Please visit to learn more or email to connect with our director. 

    Alexandra Liebman

    Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival


  • Tuesday, March 01, 2022 4:12 PM | OPEN Executive Director (Administrator)

    Good morning. Please see the message below on behalf of the Nevada Science Olympiad Board. Please note, questions should be directed to

    The Nevada Science Olympiad board is seeking qualified event supervisors for the 2022 Virtual Nevada State Tournament to be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

    Below is a list of the events and times that are still in need of event supervisors.

    Interested teachers should send an email to by Wednesday, March 9, 2022, and include:

    • Contact information,

    • Event preference/availability,

    • Disclosure of any affiliation to a competing team that may be viewed as a conflict of interest. 

    Those that email their interest and are approved by the Nevada Science Olympiad Tournament Director will receive additional information to register as an event supervisor. CCSD teachers will receive extra duty pay of 8 hours for each event supervised.

    Approximate Time Allocations:

    • 1 hour to review rules (provided once confirmed as an Event Supervisor).

    • 3 hours to prepare the event exam and enter it into the NVSO platform by March 21, 2022.

    • 4 hours proctoring the event, grading the tests, and turning in the final scores on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

    Available Test Events:

    Time - 8:00 AM to 8:50 AM

    Division B

    • Green Generation

    • Crave the Wave

    Division C

    • Code Busters 

    Time - 9:10 AM to 10:00 AM

    Division B

    • Meteorology

    Time - 10:20 AM to 11:10 AM

    Division C

    • Green Generation

    Time - 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM

    Division B

    • Bio Process Lab 

    Division C

    • Wifi

    Time - 12:40 PM to 1:30 PM

    Division B

    • Road Scholar

    Time - 1:50 PM to 2:40 PM

    Division C

    • Environmental Chemistry

    Available Build Events (mp3 files will be provided for the Event Supervisor to review):

    • Storm the Castle - Division B

    • Electric Wright Stuff - Division B

    • Mouse Trap - Division B

    • Wright Stuff - Division C

    Thank you for considering this opportunity to support STEM in Nevada!

    The Nevada Science Olympiad Board

Nevada State Science Teachers Association
P.O. Box 90761

Henderson, NV 89009 

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