NMLSTA


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Welcome to NMLSTA

NMLSTA is THE place for middle school science educators to connect!   

NMLSTA is the ONLY science teacher association devoted to meeting the unique needs of middle school science educators.

We are a group of science educators who are excited about the connections we have made with fellow science educators across the nation!  As a team, we all can work together to stimulate, improve, and coordinate science teaching in the middle level grades, to promote the continuity of science education by developing and improving programs that begin in preschool or first grade and develop in a continuous fashion through grade twelve and beyond, to recruit and retain qualified individuals to teach science at the middle level, to develop and improve education and curriculum programs for science teachers preparing to teach at the middle level, and to improve the public identity and status of the middle level science educator.

We do all of this, all while having fun at the same time, with events at the various NSTA regional conferences, culminating with our hugely popular Meet Me In The Middle Day at the annual NSTA conference! 

We welcome you to join us by clicking on the 'Join us' link above.

Why join?

  • Recognition as a member of a national science educator association
  • Low membership cost
  • Share teaching tools and resources
  • Stay connected - Network nationally with science educators across the United States
  • Member only access to resources
  • Newsletter
  • First notice of MMITM
  • VIP status/Priority consideration to present for NMLSTA at NSTA
  • Eligible for Hurd Award with CASH prize

  • Eligible for our Classroom Teacher award given to up to 10 teachers twice each year
  • Representation at a National level

  • Offers, news, and science teacher information and opportunities

  • Opportunity to assist in planning for the Meet Me in the Middle Day at the National NSTA Conference

  • Other opportunities for leadership at a national level

NMLSTA Fall 2019 Classroom Award Winners


The Winners Are...

(alphabetical by project title):


Basic Laboratory Equipment

Karin Martinson,

Lexis Preparatory School, AZ


Discovering Scientific Inquiry Through Biographies of Famous Scientists

Susan Whitehead, 

Guthrie Upper Elementary School,OK


Laptop Pillows for Reading & Working

Rebecca Holder,

Thomas County Middle School, GA


Making Engineering Real

Brenda Farkas,

Glades Middle School, Fl


Mission to Mars

Nancy Gifford,

Monomy Regional High School, MA


Oil Spill Bioremediation Kit

Lori Reynolds,

West Vigo Middle School, IN


On the Case - Solving Crime in the Classroom

Rebecca Hillenburg,

Edgewood Junior High School, IN


Outdoor Classroom for Teachers

Maureen Smith,

Broome Tioga BOCES, NY


Robotics and Automation

Kristen Slota,

Afton Elementary School, PA


Showing 3-D Learning Through 3-D Models

David Amidon,

LaFayette Jr/Sr High, NY



This is to inform you that the 2020 NSTA National Conference in Boston will not be taking place as scheduled to health concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Click HERE for NSTA’s official statement.

Please remember to cancel your lodging reservations by the information in your housing confirmation email from orchid.events You may also go to https://book.passkey.com/event/49967809/owner/1418/home   If you were flying, contact your air carrier and check on their policies for canceling your flight. Please be patient as NSTA needs time to sort out the logistics of cancelling the conference.

 A big thank you everyone who was planning to participate in NMLSTA’s Meet Me in the Middle day! We couldn’t do it without you. Your talents, ideas, and participation are greatly appreciated. A tremendous amount of work goes into planning and organizing our special day. Our NMLSTA Board of Directors is to be commended and congratulated for their efforts, particularly Mary Lou Lipscomb, our Meet Me in the Middle coordinator.

 As we look ahead, we are excited about upcoming events! We want your help. Consider submitting an Idea of the Month, applying for the Classroom Teacher award, the Hurd award, participating in a webinar, and much more. Our website will soon be going through a makeover. Check back often for more details and opportunities.

 Stay healthy,

Liz Martinez

President NMLSTA

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MMITM Day 2019 at NSTA St. Louis

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Our members are eligible for awards of cash to be used in their classrooms! 

Applications for the next round of NMLSTA Classroom Teacher Awards will be available after the first of the year.

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