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  • April 29, 2024 4:47 PM | Anonymous

    Are you passionate about the intersection of technology and education? Join us on Thursday, May 16th, from 6-8 pm at The Ripe Tomato in Ballston Spa for an enlightening discussion on how Educational Technology (EdTech) is reshaping the landscape of science education. We are thrilled to welcome Christy Williams from Explore Learning, a leading company in the field of interactive educational simulations.

    Gone are the days of passive learning through textbooks and lectures. Today, simulations have evolved into powerful tools that engage students in dynamic exploration and experimentation. Christy will unveil the transformative impact of these simulations, which now offer features like variable manipulation, "what-if" scenarios, data collection, analysis, and even career exploration.

    At the heart of this revolution is the commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. Simulations cater to learners of all levels, from advanced students seeking academic challenges to those at risk of falling behind. By immersing themselves in virtual environments and assuming professional roles, students can grasp complex concepts with ease.

    Christy, who collaborates closely with the creators of Gizmos, will showcase how these simulations are not just enhancing science classrooms but also paving the way for a more interactive and personalized learning experience. From improving student engagement to providing invaluable assessment tools aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), EdTech companies are driving innovation in education like never before.

    Pub Science events like this are not only enriching but also accessible to all. Admission is free, and you're invited to join us for an evening of insightful conversation and professional development. Plus, attendees can earn 2 CTLE hours while enjoying the relaxed ambiance of The Ripe Tomato. Space is limited to 25 participants. Registration opens May 1 at:

    Location: The Ripe Tomato, 2721 Route 9, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

    Event Schedule:
    6:00 pm - 6:45 pm: Gather, order drinks, and food
    6:45 pm - 7:45 pm: Presentation and conversation
    7:45 pm - 8:00 pm: Wrap up, questions, settle your tab

    Don't miss this opportunity to glimpse into the future of science education. Join us, and together, let's harness the power of EdTech to inspire the next generation of innovators.

  • April 13, 2024 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    In the ever-evolving landscape of education, the importance of professional development cannot be overstated. Teachers, the architects of our future, constantly seek opportunities to enhance their skills, update their knowledge, and explore innovative teaching methodologies. Enter Lab Day 2024, a beacon of collaboration and learning, which recently illuminated the educational community in our region.

    Hosted by the Eastern Section of the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS), Lab Day 2024 proved to be an unparalleled success, drawing in over 60 local teachers eager to delve into the latest advancements in science education. With a commitment to fostering excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, Lab Day served as a platform for educators to engage, exchange ideas, and invigorate their teaching practices.

    Lab Day 2024, held at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY, pulsated with energy as educators from diverse backgrounds congregated to participate in a series of workshops, seminars, and hands-on activities. From seasoned veterans to enthusiastic newcomers, the gathering epitomized the spirit of community and continuous learning.

    The workshops themselves were a testament to the organizers' dedication to addressing the evolving needs of today's educators. Covering a wide array of topics ranging from incorporating technology into science curriculum to promoting inquiry-based learning, each session was meticulously designed to empower teachers with practical tools and strategies they could implement in their classrooms.

    "Lab Day 2024 allows regional educators to engage in impassioned discourse on the importance of cultivating curiosity and critical thinking skills in their students, inspiring them to redouble their efforts in creating dynamic learning environments," stated Katy Perry, Chair of the Eastern Section of the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS).

    The success of Lab Day 2024 can be attributed not only to the quality of the programming but also to the unwavering support of the sponsors, volunteers, and organizers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure its smooth execution. Their dedication and passion for advancing science education in our community were palpable throughout the event.

    "As Lab Day 2024 drew to a close, there was a palpable sense of excitement and optimism in the air.  Armed with newfound knowledge, fresh perspectives, and a strengthened sense of camaraderie, the attending teachers departed with renewed vigor, ready to inspire and empower the next generation of scientists, innovators, and problem solvers," stated Leigh Feguer, Conference Chair for the Easter Section of the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS).

    In conclusion, Lab Day 2024 was more than just a professional development event; it was a celebration of excellence, collaboration, and the transformative power of education. As we reflect on the success of this year's gathering, let us carry forward the spirit of innovation and community that defined it, ensuring that every day in the classroom is a Lab Day filled with discovery and growth.

  • March 14, 2024 8:44 AM | Anonymous

    Are you passionate about science education? Do you enjoy being part of a community dedicated to promoting excellence in science education? If so, we invite you to become an event volunteer for the Eastern Section of the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS)!

    Eastern STANYS is gearing up for another exciting event, and we need dedicated volunteers like you to help make it a success. As an organization committed to advancing science education, we rely on the support and enthusiasm of volunteers to ensure our events run smoothly and effectively.

    What is Eastern STANYS?

    The Eastern Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in science education. We strive to provide educators with resources, support, and professional development opportunities to enhance the teaching and learning of science in New York State.

    Why Volunteer?

    Volunteering with Eastern STANYS is a fantastic opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to science education while connecting with fellow educators and professionals in the field. By volunteering, you'll have the chance to:

    1. Gain Experience: Volunteering with Eastern STANYS provides valuable experience in event coordination, communication, and teamwork.
    2. Make a Difference: Your contributions as a volunteer directly impact the success of our events and ultimately support the advancement of science education in our community.
    3. Network: Connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for science education and explore opportunities for collaboration and professional growth.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    We have a variety of volunteer roles available, including:

    • Registration Assistance
    • Session Moderators
    • Exhibit Hall Support
    • Event Setup and Cleanup
    • Hospitality Team
    • Social Media Ambassadors

    How to Volunteer

    If you're interested in volunteering for an Eastern STANYS event, please visit our website at for more information or contact Leigh Feguer, Events Chair. Volunteering is open to educators, students, and anyone with a passion for science education.

    Join Us!

    By volunteering with Eastern STANYS, you'll play a crucial role in supporting science education and helping to create a memorable and impactful event for educators and students alike. We look forward to welcoming you to our volunteer team and working together to make Eastern STANYS 2024 a success!

    Thank you for your support and dedication to advancing science education in New York State. Together, we can inspire the next generation of scientists, thinkers, and innovators.

    ~Leigh Feguer, Eastern Section Events Chair

  • March 01, 2024 8:00 AM | Leigh Feguer (Administrator)


    Troy, NY, March 1 - Eastern Science Teachers Association of New York State is excited to announce Lab Day 2024, an annual event dedicated to fostering science education and innovation. Scheduled for April 13, 2024, Lab Day 2024 promises to be an engaging and informative experience for educators.

    Lab Day 2024 will feature a dynamic lineup of workshops, presentations, and hands-on activities aimed at promoting excellence in science education. Participants will have the opportunity to explore innovative laboratory techniques, learn from esteemed professionals in the field, and network with fellow educators to exchange ideas and best practices.

    "We are thrilled to host Lab Day 2024 and provide educators with the tools and resources they need to inspire the next generation of scientists," said Katy Perry, Chair of Eastern STANYS. "Science education is more important than ever, and Lab Day is an invaluable opportunity for teachers to enhance their skills and enrich their curriculum."

    Highlights of Lab Day 2024 include:

    • Interactive workshops covering a range of scientific disciplines, from biology and chemistry to physics and more.

    • Experts demonstrating innovative teaching materials, technologies, and resources to support hands-on learning in the classroom.

    • Networking opportunities for educators to connect with peers, share ideas, and collaborate on strategies for enhancing science education.

    Lab Day 2024 is open to educators at all levels, as well as administrators, and anyone with an interest in science education. Attendees can register online at: and are encouraged to reserve their spot early, as space is limited.

    For more information about Lab Day 2024, including registration details and a complete schedule of events, please visit:

    About Eastern STANYS:

    The Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS) promotes excellence in science education. Our mission is to work with educators and communities to provide opportunities for all students to participate in and learn science. 

    The Eastern STANYS Section includes the counties of: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington.


  • February 29, 2024 12:33 PM | Anonymous

    The Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair will take place on March 16, 2024 at the Sage and Walker Labs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. It is both a regional fair for the Regeneron Intern2ational Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the STANYS Science Congress. Students present original STEM research to scientists and engineers. There is a junior division for grades 6-8 and a senior division for grades 9-12. It is open to the public from 3-4:15 PM.

    For more information, please visit: or contact Joan Wagner, Director of Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair.

  • September 23, 2023 10:48 AM | Leigh Feguer (Administrator)

    It is with great excitement that the STANYS Eastern Section announces the Keynote Speaker for the Fall 2023 Regional Conference, William (Billy) Green. We look forward to an evening of stories and encouragement from this inspirational and forward-thinking educator. Billy’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching and learning is contagious and this is an evening you won’t want to miss! - Leigh Feguer NBCT (STANYS - Eastern Section, Fall Conference Chair) 

    Billy Green is the 2023 New York State Teacher of the Year and recipient of the 2023 FLAG Excellence Award for Teaching. He is a Chemistry &  Physics teacher at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in Harlem, New York. The mission of his work is to create spaces for learning and career pathways that empower marginalized people to find their place in STEAM by implementing practices that are responsive to the multiple identities of the individuals and communities he serves. He is the NYC Subject Area Representative (Chemistry) with the Science Teachers Association of New York State.  In 2023, he attained the Math for America Master Teacher II+ fellowship, allowing him to facilitate professional development for teachers across New York City. In an effort to expand his community outreach, Billy partners with East Harlem community-based organizations (SCAN-NY) to provide sustainable inclusive programming for LGBTQ youth. He collaborates with Opus Dance Theatre, Inc. to develop international Arts in Education camps in Africa that use the arts to create, preserve, and advocate for indigenous cultures. Billy is a member of the NYC Public Schools Chancellor’s Advisory Committee and an Ambassador for the NYS Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures.  Billy is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and has degrees from New York University and Williams College.

  • March 11, 2023 10:11 AM | Anonymous

    The general election results are in! Voting was conducted over a 10-day period from March 1-10th and was limited to currently active members. Twenty-eight percent of our section membership voted, a turnout which is consistent with previous years.

    Once again, Katy Perry will serve as our chairperson as well as a Director at Large. Joshua Conway will serve as Vice Chairperson, in addition to his responsibilities as webmaster. Elisabeth Milot and Erin Roberts will retain their board seats as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Karen Rees will also continue to serve as a Director at Large. 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to any member through the directory or use the contact page to send a message.

  • March 06, 2023 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    This week-long, hands-on lab experience shows educators how to use applied engineering techniques in their classroom. Educators work hands-on with metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites, and develop a greater appreciation for the importance of these materials in modern life. The camp is FREE for attendees, and participants are eligible to receive four (4) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and can opt for two (2) graduate level credits. Camps are offered across the United States, Canada and virtually. Click here to learn more about the camp.

    Dates: July 17-21, 2023

    Times: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location: HVCC, 80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy, NY 12180

    ASM Materials Education Foundation

    Established in 1952, the ASM Materials Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit supporting organization, to encourage education and scholarships. For 70 years, the organization has been devoted to promoting applied science careers for students and teachers. The ASM Materials Education Foundation provides for the advancement of scientific and engineering knowledge through its support of education and research.

  • March 03, 2023 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    The Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair will take place on March 18, 2023 at the Sage and Walker Labs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. It is both a regional fair for the Regeneron Intern2ational Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the STANYS Science Congress. Students present original STEM research to scientists and engineers. There is a junior division for grades 6-8 and a senior division for grades 9-12. It is open to the public from 3-4:15 PM.

    For more information, please visit: or contact Joan Wagner, Director of Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair.

The Eastern Section is a regional chapter of the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS).
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