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ISTS advocates for excellence in science education by promoting professionalism, influencing policy, and enhancing learning. 


Thanks to all attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and sponsore for a successful conference!

Thanks to all attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and sponsore for a successful conference!

ISTS Newsletter and ISTS Journal

ISTS Newsletter and ISTS Journal

Elected Leadership, Regional Directors, Interest Area Chairs

Elected Leadership, Regional Directors, Interest Area Chairs

Links and other Resources

Links and other Resources

Friend of Science and Outstanding Service Awards

Friend of Science and Outstanding Service Awards

News and Opportunities

News and Opportunities


IAS and NSTA Joint Membership

The Iowa Academy of Science and the National Science Teachers Association are offering a joint membership. Join both organizations and save money. The cost is $129 - a savings of $20. Both new and existing IAS members may take advantage of this membership offer. Learn more and join or renew by clicking below! 


Ken Turner Elected ISTS Vice Chair

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Science Education, University of Dubuque

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Ken Turner earned his MAT at DePauw University, Indiana; and received his EDD from National Louis University, Wisconsin in 2015.  He has taught Biology, Chemistry, Chemistry of Food, AP Chemistry, and Physical Science at the high school level.  He taught seventh grade Earth Science, and four summers of Materials Science and Engineering Design (for seventh and eighth grade) at the Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University; and was a National Board Certified Teacher until 2015.  Now he teachers General Chemistry and STEM Engineering Design at University of Dubuque; he also leads Chemistry Outreach to local high schools and supervise tutoring for high school students.

Ken has led workshops and presentations at ISTS, IAS, and NSTA from San Francisco to Baltimore.  He will be presenting two talks at NSTA Milwaukee in November; on Fostering Creativity and on Creating Engineering Design projects.  He has had articles published in The Science Teacher, Journal of Chemical Education, and others; and has co-authored two books on middle school and high school science. 
(Here’s an article: http://digitalcommons.nl.edu/ie/vol8/iss2/5)

He was selected director for a Toyota Tapestry Award and won Tandy Top 100 Teachers of Math, Science, and Computer Science.   He will use his skills and abilities to serve our members and the ISTS mission: to advocate for excellence in science education by promoting professionalism, influencing policy, and enhancing learning.  It will be an honor to serve our communities with you.


2016 ICTM - ISTS Math Science Conference

Thanks to the more than 600 attendees and exhibitors who helped make the 2016 ICTM Math Science Conference a success.  We also want to thank everyone who attended the Pre-conference Science Workshops at the Science Center of Iowa. We have had many positive comments about the quality of the conference.  The conference was made possible through the cooperation between the Iowa Science Teaching Section (ISTS) of IAS and the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM). Here are a few conference photos.


ISTS Goal Statements

  • Influence policy as it relates to science education.
  • Promote professionalism in science education through standards, collegial relationships, continuous education and an involved membership.
  • Enhance student learning through the explorations of productive avenues for student learning, the promotion of elementary science, and provide an information clearing house for science education.

The Iowa Science Teaching Section is equivalent to state science teacher associations in other states.