The Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc. (HASTI) was created in 1969 as a state affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). HASTI's first conference was held in 1971, and has been convened each year since.
HASTI 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 governed by its By-Laws, proposed by the Board of Directors and approved by a vote of its members.
Saturday, May 4, 1968 - Exploratory Meeting at Kokomo with Hank Bindel, NSTA Assistant Executive secretary for Field Services, present.
Saturday, May 10, 1969 - ISSA meeting at Perry Central Middle School followed by an afternoon meeting of interested persons in which a constitution and by-laws for the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers (HAST) were adopted. Instructions were given to Jerry Colglazier, and other Central Indiana Board members to incorporate the new organization as a not-for-profit corporation under Indiana law over the summer and designate the Senior State Science Consultant as the Resident Agent of the future corporation. Clyde Motts was elected president, Gil Turpin elected V.P., John Bonar elected Secretary.
Saturday, October 25, 1969 - Meeting at Madison, following an IAS annual meeting at Hanover College, during which the the May constitution and by-laws, revised to reflect the corporation status, were approved. HASTI was adopted as the official acronym of the organization and the suggested seal for the corporation was accepted. Since Gil Turpin had started doctoral studies and felt he did not have the time to devote to the V.P. office of a new organization, Madison H. S. Science Department Head, Virgil Imel, who had also attended the organizational meetings, was named to replace him as V.P.
Saturday, April 18,1970 - A Statewide meeting was held at Indiana Central College (now The University of Indianapolis) to allow publishers of the science texts that might be offered for state adoption that fall to expose their textbooks to as wide an audience as possible. (HASTI's first year emphasis had been on getting as many Indiana Science Teachers as possible to attend National NSTA Convention held in April 1970 in Cincinnati.)
Friday and Saturday, February 5 & 6, 1971 - First HASTI Convention was held at the recently remodeled Atkinson Hotel (formerly the Severin Hotel, now the Omni Severin Hotel) in Downtown Indianapolis.
Friday and Saturday, February 4 & 5, 1972 through Thursday, Friday & Saturday, February 12, 13 & 14, 1981 - The Annual HASTI Convention was held at the Stouffer's Inn on N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis. It became a three day Convention in 1975.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 4, 5 & 6, 1982 - The HASTI Convention was moved to the Indianapolis Sheraton West Hotel on the Airport Expressway. In 1982 or 1983, the hotel was re-franchised as the Indianapolis Adams Mark Hotel. The annual HASTI Convention continued to be held at the Adams Mark through Th-S, February 10 - 12, 1994.
Thursday-Saturday, February 9 -11, 1995 - The HASTI Conference was moved to the Indiana Convention Center.