NESTA hosts numerous high-energy “Share-a-Thons” annually, including multiple Share-a-Thons at the spring national NSTA Conference on Science Education and one at each of the fall regional NSTA Conferences on Science Education. A Share-a-Thon is a venue for science education colleagues to share their favorite lessons, activities, labs, etc with colleagues from around the country. These exemplary lessons, activities, labs, etc. are tried and true and are usually in a format that makes it ready-to-use as soon as you get back to your classroom.
Presenting at a Share-a-Thon consists of describing your lesson, activity, or lab with colleagues as they circulate around the room. The presenter is provided with a table to set up the materials for their activity and as Share-a-Thon attendees visit the table, the presenter provides a brief synopsis of the activity and a handout with the necessary methods on how to run the activity in the classroom. Share-a-Thons are typically attended by approximately 200 teachers during each 1 hour session of the national NSTA conference. The high-energy environment in the presentation hall has been described as a round-robin and a flea market as presenters share their wares and attendees gather exemplar teaching materials.
If you are interested in presenting at one or more of our upcoming Share-a-thons, please apply here, and we will be in touch with you soon. Share-a-thons provide a great opportunity to share your activities at a national share-a-thon and simultaneously have a chance to meet an extended group of your colleagues in a professional meeting. Some school administrators are more likely to agree to allow you to attend the conference if you are a presenter, and therefore by presenting at a NESTA Share-a-Thon you may have a better chance to attend one of the NSTA meetings.