HASTI   Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc.     


A statement from HASTI on laboratory activities during COVID-19:

The start of the 2020 school year is definitely causing pre-K-12 science educators to rethink and reflect on how they provide science instruction for their students.  The planning of laboratories, group work and teacher interactions with students will not look like the 2019 school year.  Many questions are present on how we maneuver classroom activities in the presence of COVID-19 and CDC guidelines.  HASTI understands the questions and concerns that Indiana educators have as they plan the 2020-21 school year.  We recommend to educators striving to implement the Indiana Science Standards that engage their students in the disciplinary core ideas, cross-cutting concepts and science and engineering practices to utilizing the resources and recommendations provided by the National Science Teaching Association.

We encourage educators, administrators and parents to review a recently published NSTA article from Drs. Ken Roy and Kevin Doyle.  They recommend possible laboratory strategies that can be implemented that follow the CDC guidelines and also meet the Indiana laboratory guidelines.   The strategies outlined include both virtual and face to face experiences.

HASTI wants to hear your questions and your ideas providing networking opportunities.  Visit our webpage to view our new forum – 2020-21 School Reopening  (https://hasti.wildapricot.org/2020-2021-School-Reopening), our HASTI Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/102146046520136/) and the HASTI Twitter feed (@HASTIsci).  Let’s stay in communication and share what we are doing in our classrooms to stay safe while engaging our students in learning science.

Kristen Poindexter – HASTI President (2020-21) – president@hasti.org

Carolyn Hayes – HASTI Executive Director – executive director@hasti.org


Roy, K. & Doyle, K. (2020). “Safety Recommendations for Opening the New School Year” The Science Teacher, 2020, Vol 88, Issue 1

Save the Date:

Date:  February 7-9, 2021

The conference is going VIRTUAL.  Submit your proposals for the conference at the following link:  


We are working with ICTM and they are hosting the proposal registration on their website.

Do you need some ready to go Science lessons for your students?

Check out NSTA's Daily Do lessons! A new lesson is posted each day and cover a wide range of topics!

Why should you join hasti?

·         HASTI Ensures that voices of science teachers are included in decisions made at the state level that affect science education by having representation with the Indiana Department of Education. 

·         Collaboration with professionals and colleagues in your field in order to share invigorating stories and informative classroom successes or seek guidance from your fellow peers. 

·         Access to the member-only privileges such as: newsletter, journal/publication, grant, award, prize, standard and assessment notification, professional growth point, and/or board leadership opportunities.

·         Discounted admission and/or membership to HASTI/NSTA, conferences, workshops, participating zoos and/or museums around the state.

·         Become part of a long-standing science organization that encourages quality science teaching.

Meet your hasti president

Kristen Poindexter


Hasti Mission

Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc.

Mission:  The purpose of HASTI is the advancement, stimulation, extension, improvement and coordination of science education in all fields of science at all educational levels.

HASTI is a clearinghouse and provider of quality professional development for science educators, and serves as a voice for science education across the state. The association also promotes professional communication among science educators.

We invite you to join if you are involved in teaching science in any of the following venues:

  • PreK-12 education
  • Informal education
  • College or university education
  • Homeschooling
  • Vocational or Jobs training

We also offer Associate Memberships for businesses and organizations who provide products for science educators.

Sponsors wishing to support HASTI and its mission can learn more about sponsorships by emailing the Executive Director at executivedirector@hasti.org

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"The Hoosier Association of Science Teachers , Inc" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 383, New Albany, IN  47151

Email:  Executivedirector@hasti.org     

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