Iowa Science Teaching Section (ISTS)

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



Two Ways to Join or Renew Membership in ISTS

Option One: Join the Iowa Academy of Science

ISTS is one of 12 sections in the Iowa Academy of Science.
Join the Iowa Academy of Science (IAS) and choose ISTS as one of your four section affiliations.


Option TWO: Join both IAS and NSTA at a Discount

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! 



2019 IST Fall Conference web page

2019 IST Fall Conference web page

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


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.