VAST is a comprehensive professional organization
dedicated to the advancement of science education for all.

(3.22.14) Latest Edition of The Science Educator

(3.14.14) Virginia Department of Education Science Updates

(2.18.14) VAST Advocacy page HB930 and HB1054 on Education Reform

(1.30.14) Check out the new Facebook Page for VAST Region II


Science Education Safety

The PDF files below are for science safety guides. The guides are free to schools to download. To read or print the files you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.

The guides were published by Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) with support from the American Chemical Society, the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, DuPont Corporation, Intel Corporation, American Chemical Society, and the National Institutes of Health. You may print and distribute the booklet to teachers and other educators.

Science Safety Information to Download:

General Science Safety

Safety Web Links


VAST Region 3 Professional Development Conference
May 3, 2014, 8:30—2:00

UMW Grad. Center, Stafford VA


Come SPARK your learning with Hands-on and Minds-on approaches featuring  S.T.E.M.!

More info check out VAST Region 3 on Facebook or contact: Sherrie or Leslie

Keynote Luncheon Speaker: Nathanael Miller, Aerospace Engineer @ NASA Langley and STEM education enthusiast!

· Presenters are FREE!
· VAST members $10
· VAST non-members $25 (this includes a VAST membership    for the year)

Registration includes:
Lunch, conference bag, make and takes, lanyard and raffles.
Special raffle...a  FREE 2014 VAST conference registration in Roanoke!
Over $125 value!!


The Virginia Museum of Natural History has an exciting opportunity for middle school students! We would like to invite you to register for one of our upcoming Smithsonian Science How live, interactive webcasts. Each webcast will align with the Next Generation Science Standards and Virginia Science Standards of Learning and will focus on connecting students to scientists, increasing students’ understanding of science, and inspiring students about STEM education and careers. In addition to the 25-minute webcast led by Smithsonian scientists and staff, VMNH educators and scientists will engage students in a specially developed, educational program to reinforce the content of the webcast. To sign up or for more information, contact or call (276) 634-4185.

For more information on Smithsonian Science How and each of the webcasts and to access classroom activities, lessons, readings and other related resources, visit the webcast homepage at:

VMNH will be hosting the webcasts either by at-the-museum or outreach throughout the Commonwealth.

In-the-classroom or At-the-Museum

Thursday, April 24, 11 am & 2 pm: Biodiversity: Exploring Deep Ocean Life

Thursday, May 15, 11 am & 2 pm: Geology: Earth’s Deep Interior

Thursday, June 5, 11 am & 2 pm: Paleobotany: Reading the Tree Leaves

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