2024 International Conference

The SASTE region and conference planning committee invite you to join us in New Orleans at the Sheraton on Canal St. near the historic French Quarter next January! Pre-conference adventures begin on Wednesday, January 10th and conclude with the ASTE awards and business luncheon on Saturday, January 13th. 

Here are some reasons to visit this unique southern city.  

  1. Weather: The weather is mild and you can leave your parka at home! 
  2. Food: There are over 1,400 restaurants in New Orleans. The city is home to some of the world’s most unique cuisines. When you come to New Orleans, come hungry.
  3. Music and nightlife: Jazz bands play live music on the street and in venues such as the famous Preservation Hall.
  4. History: The city’s historic architecture was constructed over a period of almost three hundred years. New Orleans is home to the National World War II Museum and the Backstreet Cultural Museum among others. 
  5. Nature: Visit the Audubon Aquarium, Insectarium and Zoo, which are all in the city. Take a short drive to explore the swamps, marshes and bayous of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

We look forward to hosting you in THE BIG EASY!

Photos courtesy of https://www.neworleans.com/

2022 Southeast Meeting

Following the success of the 2021 hybrid event, the SASTE 2022 meeting is planned to be hybrid. However, it will be difficult to refuse this TWO day face-to-face, beach front experience. This year the venue is The Lodge at the Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The meeting will pilot a two day event with the majority of the presentations taking place on Friday and a more low-key networking environment on Saturday. There are a variety of room choices; from the typical king/double rooms to bunks. Because of the unique and beautiful location, rooms at the conference hotel are anticipated to sell out. If you plan to attend in person, it is recommended that you reserve your room now. Details are below.

  • Hotel name: The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel
  • $179 per night for the Park View King Bed. If you would like a different style room, try calling early to book and negotiating for the same price within our block.
  • Do not book online, call the hotel directly, 251-540-4000.
  • We have a block of rooms for Thursday October 6th,  Friday October 7th  and Saturday October 8th.
  • When you call, provide the group name SE Association for Science Teacher Education. Book within this block for the special room rate.
  • If you have any issues, email slee@bagley.msstate.edu

2023 International Conference

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The Conference Committee invites you to journey to Utah and join us at the 2023 ASTE conference in Salt Lake City. Pre-conference adventures begin on January 11th, and the conference continues until January 14th. Numerous hiking trails and ski slopes are accessible within a short drive from Salt Lake. Conference rate hotel rooms will be available from January 9th through January 16thso that you may fully explore all the many wonders Utah has to offer.

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Fun Run

Why not kick off the 2023 conference on the “right foot?” I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with a little exercise in a friendly atmosphere with terrific company! We will be holding the 5K fun walk/run on Thursday, January 12th at 6:30 am in the Lobby of the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel (conference hotel). The “race” is free! So all you need do is complete the waiver and email it to epeters1@gmu.edu. If you can’t decide now, we will have waivers in the hotel lobby on the morning of January 12th. Recent Honors: Top Ski Resorts: Snowbird and Alta (Forbes) #1 US Hiking City: Salt Lake City (National Geographic) #1 Mountain Town: Park City (Travel + Leisure) #1 Board Gamers: Salt Lake City (BestPlaces) #2 Friendliest US City: Salt Lake City (Travel + Leisure) Utah hosts the Utah Jazz, Utah Grizzlies, REAL Salt Lake, 6 National Parks, and 7 National Monuments. And for patrons of the arts, Salt Lake offers nationally recognized professional companies: Ballet West, Salt Lake Symphony, Utah Opera Company, Pioneer Theater Company, and the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre Company. We look forward to hosting you at higher elevations!

2023 Covid Policy

The 2023 ASTE Salt Lake City Conference is an international event that will draw together many members of our ASTE family, some of whom are more vulnerable to COVID-19. Although there is no current mask mandate or proof of vaccination requirement from the state of Utah or Salt Lake County, we strongly recommend (but do not require) that participants wear high-quality masks (KN-95) while indoors in crowded areas, and ASTE will have high-quality masks available to participants. Also in line with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, we strongly recommend (but do not require) that participants be fully vaccinated. Being fully vaccinated is defined as having received a completed full primary series (two shots of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccine, or one shot of the Johnson and Johnson) plus at least one booster.

ASTE will also employ other measures to keep each other safe during this gathering:

  • Large spaces for eating to allow for physical spacing in the conference hotel
  • Virtual options for large group gatherings so that vulnerable members can watch from their rooms to minimize risks
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue.

The ASTE leadership will reevaluate the COVID situation and make needed policy changes according to CDC guidelines closer to the conference date

2022 International Conference

2022 Conference Theme: Why science education?

Physicist James Trefil suggested that before we can answer the question of what constitutes good science education and how to teach, we must first consider the why.  As we heal from the pandemic, consider the impacts of climate change, social justice issues, and learn from robots exploring the surface of Mars, we have chosen as the conference theme “Why Science Education?” as an invitation to reflect upon and explore the why, what and how of science education in the 21st century.


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Hotel Reservation

Need to cancel or switch to virtual? Please contact our Executive Director.

See the latest Message from the Conference Planning Committee 12.22.21


2022 Conference App

FINAL 2022 ASTE Conference At-A-Glance

Virtual Conference At-A-Glance

Finding Virtual Conference Sessions in the App: Go to Menu -> Sessions By Room then choose either ASTE Zoom Room for Sessions or Virtual Poster Hall for the Posters

Full Conference Details

Science Teacher Shuffle

As you are in the thick of this academic year and start thinking ahead to ASTE, remember there’s a great way to start off the conference. Yes, it’s the Science Teacher Shuffle! We’ll again be meeting in the conference hotel lobby on Thursday at 6:45 AM to kick off the conference on the “right foot!” Join us for a 3 mile fun run or a 2 mile walk. Swamp Rabbit trail is about a 4 minute walk from the hotel, and I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with a little exercise in a non-threatening atmosphere, with terrific company! The race is free! So all you need do is complete the 2022 Fun Run Waiver and email or snail mail it to me! Hope you will join us!

Conference Planning Committee

  • Committee Chair, Andrea Carneal Burrows
  • Local Conference Chair: Michael Svec
  • Program Coordinator, Brooke Whitworth
  • Graduate Student Member, Drew Gossen
  • Ex Officio Members:
  • ASTE President, Debi Hanuscin
  • Director of Electronic Services, John Rhea
  • Equity Committee Representative, Phillip Short 
  • Executive Director, Kate Popejoy

Local Planning Team:

  • Jennifer Albert, Nate Carnes,  Cynthia Deaton, Merrie Koester, Christine Lotter, Stephen Thompson, Meta Van Sickle, William Veal

Conference Volunteers: 

Learn more about how you can volunteer to serve as an ASTE Thread Coordinator, Conference Proposal Reviewer, or Session Presider for the upcoming meeting!

2021 International Conference

Thank you to the over 350 of you who participated in our first ever Virtual Conference! We owe a debt of gratitude to our Thread Coordinators, Proposal Reviewers, Presiders, Zoom Hosts, and all the ASTE staff (Program Coordinator, Brooke Whitworth, Executive Director- Kate Popejoy, and Director of Electronic Services- John Rhea) and the ASTE leadership  who worked behind the scenes to make this happen!  

3MT and NTLI Fellowship

CONGRATULATIONS to our Three-Minute Thesis competition winner, Stephanie Stehle from George Mason University who presented High School Students’ Use of Metacognition in Physics Problem Solving .

On behalf of the  SITE Science Education SIG Chair Joshua Ellis and Co-Chair Dr. Nathan Dolenc, we are pleased to announce this year’s NTLI Fellow as Prof. Kate Walker for her presentation, Undergraduate Utilization of Virtual Reality in Conducting Student Designed Scientific Research. The John C. Park National Technology Leadership Initiative (NTLI) Fellowship, sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology, was established to recognize an exemplary presentation on technology at ASTE’s annual conference. Each year, NTLI Fellows are invited to present at the annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). We would like to thank the members of this year’s NTLI Review Panel: Drs. Sumreen Asim, Rich Lamb, Gillian Roehrig, and David Slykhuis.

Important Links:

ASTE Conference App Did you miss a session? No worries!The app can still be used by registered confernece participants to continue to visit posters and access pre-recorded presentations and papers through February 15th.

ASTE Conference Evaluation Survey Conference participants are invited to provide their input on this, and future, ASTE conferences. Please respond by February 15th. 


2019 Southwest Meeting

On Friday October 25 the annual SWASTE regional conference will kick off with an evening fieldtrip to the Amazeum (a children’s science center) where we will have dinner and tour the exhibits. After this we will spend some time at Crystal Bridges (a museum of American art) on the same grounds as the Amazeum.

Saturday, October 26th is when the conference presentations will take place. We will be meeting on the University of Arkansas campus in the college of education buildings. Lunch will be provided. Additionally, Dr. Daniel Kennefick, a physics professor at the University, will be giving a keynote address where he will discuss his latest book entitled “No Shadow of a Doubt: The 1919 Eclipse that Confirmed Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.”

With questions, please email srburgin@uark.edu

2019 Mid-Atlantic Meeting

West Virginia would like to welcome you all to the 2019 Mid Atlantic – Association of Science Teacher Educators regional conference at the beautiful Pipestem Resort in Pipestem, WV, September 27-28. Pipestem Resort State Park gets its name from the native pipestem or meadowsweet plant used by Indigenous Peoples and early pioneers as hollowed-out pipe stems for their tobacco pipes.

Lodging will be in the McKeever Lodge or in one of their two to four bedroom cabins (cabins go quickly so reserve early if you want one).  Lodge rooms will be $93.00 per room/ per night/ plus tax.  Cabins vary by size and availability.  The conference rate is good for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday but you will have to specifically request the conference rate for Saturday night if you are staying till Sunday. There is also a campground if you prefer bringing your own lodging with you.

Please refer to MAASTE to get the conference rate.

Come early and stay late.  There is plenty to do at Pipestem Resort State Park including local artisan shop, indoor pool, Mountain biking, hiking, and fishing (licenses can be obtained at www.wvfish.com).  And of course during your “down time” between all of the activities you plan to do at this beautiful park, we will  have a wonderful slate of presentations from our colleagues across the region and social time to get to know the newcomers and catch up with the regulars we don’t get to see very often.

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2019 Southeast Meeting

Participants arriving before lunch on Friday will have an opportunity to engage in stream work with students at the local schools, followed by an evening social. Conference presentations will begin Saturday morning and will include a few new format options to allow for greater mentoring and dialogue between regional members. Submission for proposals will open by mid-April, with an early acceptance date to allow for and encourage graduate student attendance.

2019 Far West Meeting

The 2019 Far West Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Hawaii International Conference on Education (HICE).  Additional information about HICE can be found at http://hiceducation.org.  Please contact Corinne Lardy (corinne.lardy@csus.edu) for specifics about the Far West Meeting.