Junior School Science Teachers Present at NSTA Conference
Jeff McCarroll
Melanie Smith
Shady Side Academy Junior School science teachers Jeff McCarroll and Melanie Smith presented a session at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference on Science Education, held in St. Louis, Mo., April 11-14. The conference drew thousands of science educators from all across the country and featured more than 1,000 different professional development sessions.

McCarroll and Smith's presentation, entitled "Engineering Challenges and the Power of Analyzing Failure," shared their observations from a Buddy Science Challenge that Junior School students performed in January-March of this year. Included in the presentation was a recently published article from NSTA's Science & Children journal that gave teachers language to use with their students surrounding failure and how to help them positively respond to it.

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 50,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education. Learn more at

Congratulations, Mr. McCarroll and Mrs. Smith!

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