Science Teachers Association of NY State
Central Western Section

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Overview of STANYS-CWS

The Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS), founded in 1896, is an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in science education. Central Western is one of the seventeen STANYS Sections and encompasses the counties of Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates. Our purpose is to promote science education and provide programs benefiting students and teachers in this region.

Are You a Member of STANYS-CWS?

If you live or teach in Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties, you will be interested in joining the Central Western Section of STANYS and participating in the educational activities we offer. Activities sponsored or endorsed by CWS are listed on the calendar page of this Web site. We are particularly proud of our annual science enrichment events for students. Science Exploration Days has no equal across the state and our Science Congress is one of the few NYS regional science fairs affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair. For teachers, we provide an opportunity for professional development and networking at the spring mini-conference..

CWS activities are open to all science teachers and their students in the six-county area, regardless of their membership status. Nonetheless, your membership is important to the viability of the section and the continuation of section events. The rebate our section receives from the state is based on membership and membership determines our representation on the STANYS Board of Directors.

By joining STANYS, you become a part of the primary organization that represents your profession at both the state and local levels. Full membership in STANYS costs $44 per year ($82 for two years) and retired teacher dues are $23/$42. STANYS also offers a group membership for five or more teachers from one district, at a discount of 20%. In addition, STANYS and NSTA can offer you a joint membership. If you are a pre-service student you may obtain free membership with a letter from your supervisor. The benefits of joining and the details regarding membership may be found on the STANYS membership web page.

If you are new to the profession or have allowed your membership to lapse in recent years, please join now! You may join during any month. For more information contact Membership Chair Edel Maeder:

Downloadable Membership Form (pdf)

Informative Membership Trifold (pdf)

Science Exploration Days

The annual Science Exploration Day(s) provide a unique opportunity for students from the six-county area to attend seminars and exhibits presented by local scientists, professors, and professionals. The event is held on the campus of St. John Fisher College during the second week of May.

Interested in having your students participate? You must preregister your school by December. Members will receive the link to the SED announcement and registration information in the autumn online CWS Newsletter, or you may download the preregistration form now. For questions concerning registration please contact Registrar Michael Herzog: .

Visit the Science Exploration Days page to learn more about this enjoyable and educational event!


Science Congress

The regional Science Congress, after 40 years, is no longer being organized by CWS-STANYS after 2017. In its place is the Terra Rochester Finger Lakes Science and Engineering Fair. Like the former Science Congress, it is a showcase for student research projects and serves as a means of stimulating interest and proficiency in the sciences and related fields.

Any student in grades 6 - 12 within the Central Western Section area (Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties) may enter a project in this regional program. Qualified winners may be selected to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the STANYS State Science Congress, and other national and international competitions.

If you need assistance, contact former Science Congress director, Dr. Jutta Siefert Dudley.

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