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February STEMtastic Event -  February 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm.    More information below.

STEMtastic Events

The annual CT Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at the UConn Farmington campus showcases original scientific research by CT high school students. The quality of the research is amazing! Whether they participate as presenters or as "observers", your students are bound to be impressed . . . and maybe even inspired.

To learn more about the CT Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, visit

Latest News

  • Check out these great STEAM resources from our November STEMtastic speakers Erin Ritz, Sarah Riccio, and Liisa Peterson

  • Jason Learning is calling out to all youth to participate in a National Recycling Video & Poster Contest. Find all the info here
  • Listen to CSTA Board Member Mark Ruede's interview on CT NPR program, "Where We Live," focused on How CT Science Teachers Help in Discerning Fact From Fiction.   
  • Congratulations to Lori Durocher, Kindergarten teacher at Norfeldt Elementary School in West Hartford, for being named the 2020 Elementary Science Awardee for PAEMST.
  • Check out these great Elementary literary resources that compliment the NGSS standards.

  • Do you have an idea for a STEMTastic webinar?  Is there someone you would like to talk to?  Is there an area of interest that you think other teachers would like to discuss?  Please let us know.

  • NGSS Assessment Tools  - This site is designed to facilitate development and sharing of classroom NGSS assessment items and item clusters (groups of items associated with same phenomenon)

Upcoming Events

Save the Date - Future STEMtastic Events
  • February 13 - Kelly McGlinchey

  • March 13 - Louisa Iacuri CT ~ Women's Hall of Fame

  • April 23 - Sandra Pearl ~ PhD STEM Scientist 

PD Opportunities

Visit our Professional Development and Grants pages for more information

Congratulations to all of our 2022 Awardees!

CSTA Awards

2022  CT Science Awards 

Congratulations to all Awardees!

Excellence in  Science Teaching 2022

  • Excellence in  Elementary Science Teaching - Honorarium Courtesy of Kanse Griffing and Gina Wofford
Shannon Hokans, CREC Academy of Aerospace & Engineering Elementary, Rocky Hill, CT
  • Excellence in Middle School  Science Teaching - Honorarium Courtesy of Jon DeVito of Lab-Aids, Inc
Melissa Carter, STEM Academy, Monroe, CT
  • Excellence in  Secondary Science Teaching - Honorarium Courtesy of Connecticut Science Teachers Association
Erin Ritz, Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Stamford, CT
  • Ralph and Ruth Yulo Beginning Teacher Award 
Michael Ayala, East Shore Middle School, Milford, CT

  • Babu George STEM Award  Honorarium Courtesy of Isabelle Farrington School of Education and Human Development at Sacred Heart University
Sarah Riccio, Irving School, Derby, CT

  • 2022 Marty Tafel Student Science Research Award Winners 

Samuel Wu, Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon CT - "The Right Switch: An Automatic Light Switch Sterilization Device" 

Sia Reddy, Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon CT - "Pellet-"O"-Trap: Capturing Plastic Pellets Through a Multi-Filter System & Analyzing Their Progression Using Binary Image Processing" 


Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching.  

Anyone may nominate exceptional mathematics or science teachers, or teachers may apply directly at Nominations are currently being accepted for 7-12 science/engineering teachers. Deadline is 1/9/23 and applications are due by 2/6/23.

For more information, please contact Sean Serafino, the PAEMST State Science Coordinator, at


2022 State Finalist K-6: Carly Imhoff

2021 State Finalist 7-12: Robert Cormier

2021 State Finalist 7-12: Lauren Danner

2021 State Finalist 7-12: Alexa Mitchell

2020 Awardee K-6: Lori Durocher

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