Mark your calendar for NSTA's last 2016 area conference—we'll be in Columbus, Ohio! Twitter hashtags: #NSTA16 (2016 conferences), #NSTA (all-purpose)

champions of science:
A gameplan for the future!

The Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 North High Street, Columbus OH 43215

Thursday, December 1 - Saturday, December 3, 2016


To help you make the most of the professional development opportunities available at the Columbus conference, the Conference Committee has planned the conference around three strands that explore topics of current significance, enabling you to focus on a specific area of interest or need.

STRAND #1: Training Camp: Strengthening Fundamentals in Elementary Education

Effective elementary science instruction requires a specific set of skills to provide students meaningful learning opportunities. Teachers need to have a fundamental understanding of integrating content, crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices, as well as strategies to assess student understanding. This strand will strengthen participants' abilities to implement and assess rich science instruction for all students.

STRAND #2: Game Time: Tackling Scientific Problems and Pitching Engineering Solutions

The current challenges facing society are both complex and interdisciplinary. Issues like water availability/quality, climate change, renewable energies, food shortages, the need for improved transportation/city infrastructure, and issues in the biomedical realm require clearly defining problems that can be solved through design. Students address these issues by implementing the practices of scientists and engineers, including developing explanations, designing and building models, and creating solutions. Students must be able to link the domains of science and teachers must teach students in a learnable manner that reaches multiple grade levels, increasing in depth and sophistication.

STRAND #3: Science Boosters: Taking It to the Next Level

People are naturally inquisitive and make real-world connections beyond the science classroom. Teachers are the key to the establishment and success of educational partnerships, as well as the promotion of enriching experiences. This strand increases participants' understanding and ability to initiate and build successful collaborative partnerships that provide a wealth of resources inside and outside of the classroom in order to take science to the next level.

For more information, visit the NSTA Columbus Conference Page.

state honors seco

Thanks and congratulations to SECO volunteers who staffed an experiential education exhibit at The Ohio State Fair! The exhibit was selected by The Ohio Expositions Commission on July 31st for the Technology Education Award of Merit as an outstanding benefit to Fair attendees!!

At the Fair, teachers and stand-out students from around Ohio challenged learners to solve riddles of engineering, physics, math, and more. Exhibitors shown (from left to right) are Maria Villares, Dawn Villares, Angela McMurry, Martha Rutan, Vicki Willett, and Eryn Ruder.

To all those who contributed, sincerest thanks for an experience of great value.

i spy seco!

You don't have to venture far to visit with SECO. Organized into 10 Ohio Districts, we regularly lead and attend events within minutes of all member schools. For more information about upcoming events, contact us.

Plato's plateau

On a starry night, at the moon's first quarter, mountains in the sky are clearly visible. They are the rings of rock outlining the big spots we see on earth.

These mountain ranges rise higher than 7,000 feet from the moon's surface, and provide a circle of safe harbor from lunar winds for lands within. So, inside many of the circles you see, serene plains reside.

The northernmost among these celestial sanctuaries is Plato's Plateau, named for the Greek philosopher to whom so much modern-day thought traces its origin.

Around 400 B.C., Plato decided that there are only three ways to persuade an audience to do as you'd like them to: Ethos (ethics), Logos (logic), and Pathos (passion) are modes of persuasion that we sometimes call the three artistic proofs. Twenty-four centuries later, mankind has never invented another way to convince someone of a cause.

Here on earth--at the foothills to the Rocky Mountains on July 26, in fact--Plato's Plateau cast a perfect reflection. Just then, past, present, and future SECO presidents gathered at the 2016 National Congress on Science Education.

SECO President Kristie Reighard (right), Angela Goodson McMurry, SECO President-Elect (left), and Kay Wagner, SECO Interim Executive Director (center), at the National Congress on Science Education (NCSE) In Denver.

Together, these women provide a ring of shelter, with lasting continuity, for the benefit of SECO members.Each, at the peak of her individual career, provides a unique perspective which combine to cover Plato's proofs full-circle.

Kay Wagner's monumental achievements over decades of service to SECO epitomize strong Ethos. Kristie Reighard's attention to an ocean of communication, events, and issues as current president promotes a sende of logical strength. Angie McMurry's enthusiasm is perfectly placed to encourage organizational growth for the foreseeable future.

Together with their abiding leadership, may we grow the mountains in our skies, and shepherd all lands within.

New Haven Lab Teacher Eric Rank suggests re-engineering classrooms by showing teachers experiential engagement in action.

What inspiration might you draw from Eric's work? And what might you add to the conversation? Member blog posts are welcome here. Please help us celebrate your successes.

Share. Listen. Learn. Grow. And be recognized. That's what we're here for. We're SECO. The Science Education Council of Ohio.

NSTA conference leaders

A shout-out to the following SECO members for leading the planning and development of NSTA's December Conference in Columbus:

Kristie Reighard
Conference Chairperson
SECO President 2016
Delta High School
605 Taylor St.
Delta, OH 43515

Trudy Giasi
Program Coordinator
K–12 STEM Coordinator
Columbus City Schools
Linmoor Education Center
2001 Hamilton Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

Patrick Herak
Local Arrangements Coordinator
Senior Lecturer
Dept. of Engineering Education
The Ohio State University
244 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

SECO welcomes Thomas J. Merrill as Executive Director

Astronomers welcome!

Be you a student, scholar, coach, or counselor passionate about science instruction, there's a place for you shine your brightest, surrounded by stars, with The Science Education Council of Ohio. We are a professional services organization, 1,000 members strong and growing, with one aim in mind: SECO supports educational collaboration optimally.

The Council delivers on our promise by providing world-class events, instruction, advocacy, and experiential opportunity built and administered by all who endeavor to elevate excellence in the classroom. We attract, serve, and are led by Ohio's best teachers, in every discipline of science.

We invite you to imagine, to innovate, and to invest with us as we strive to create new worth and new value for all learners. We challenge you to do as Walt Whitman proposed once: to open your eyes wide to the whole universe of all that can be possible; and hence realize your dream.

On behalf of our Board and membership, I look forward to the inspiration your involvement will bring. Please connect with us soonest.

Thomas J. Merrill, M.Ed.
Executive Director

Teacher's Note: When I Heard The Learn'd Astronomer is an old poem by Walt Whitman, put to breathtaking illustrations in 2004 by Cincinnati native Loren Long. The book can be used in K-16 classrooms as an inspirational introduction to a range of science instruction.

experiential engagement

As the Official State Chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), we devote ourselves here to promote teachers who aspire to inspire others to pursue the higher art of our craft.

2015 NSTA Presenter Eric Rank leads a digital STEM lab at New Haven Public Schools in New York. His 2-minute video catalogs simple, experiential engagement lessons visualized, and is worth sharing.

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SECO was established in 1977, and has continuously promoted the advancement of science education in Ohio. The key to SECO's effectiveness is its membership. Our members include elementary, middle school, junior high and senior high teachers. We welcome college-level instructors, administrators, suppliers of science equipment and textbooks, and all others interested in science.

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