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The West Virginia Science Teachers Association, or NSTA, will meet in Morgantown October 31- Nov. 2 for its annual conference on science education at Lakeview Resort.

The conference will begin at 1:00 Oct. 31 and conclude at noon Nov.2.

At this year's conference, participants from across the state will learn about the latest in science content, teaching strategy and research, network with fellow education professionals and hear thought-provoking presentations from world-renowned scientists and educators.

Designed to enhance and expand science educators' professional growth, the conference will feature hands-on workshops, presentations about the latest breakthroughs in science and demonstrations covering every discipline, grade level and teaching focus. Teachers will discuss popular topics, including the Next Generation Science Standards, how to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning, geology and more.

The keynote conference speakers are Dr. Ken Wesson, neuroscientist and director of Science Master and Peter Michael, professor of Geosciences at the University of Tulsa. Wesson will present Next Generation Success: Teaching Students to Think Scientifically. Michael will give a presentation on ocean and geologic formations on Earth.

James Phares, superintendent of West Virginia School has been invited to address the science teachers at the Friday evening banquet. In addition, more than 15 companies and organizations from across the country will display science education materials, tools, products, and services available in WVSTA's Exhibition of Science Teaching Materials.

Conference Chair and Science Department Chair at Fairmont Senior High, Kathy Jacquez, described the conference as "one of the most exciting opportunities to engage science teachers from across the state. My colleagues will return to their home district with lessons and tools to meet the demands of 21st century learners."

Teachers interested in attending the conference can register online at http://www.wvsta.org/ or onsite at the Lakeview Resort. For updated information about the conference, visit http://www.wvsta.org.