Exhibit Hall Information for 2012 Science Education Conference Available Now!
by Lisa Hegdahl
Over the past few months, you’ve been kept up to date about the ongoing planning for the 2012 California Science Education Conference that will be held in San Jose on October 19-21. So far, we’ve shared registration information, an online brochure, and online scheduling. Information about all of these can be found on the CSTA website.
Did you know that you can also view a map of the Conference Exhibit Hall and get information about vendors who have already booked booths? It’s easy! Just go the CSTA website, click on the 2012 Conference link, then Exhibit Hall, then Current Floor Plan. When you hover your mouse over booths marked in orange, the name of the organization that has purchased that booth will appear. Click on the booth to get more information such as links to the organization’s website and e-mail address. Several sponsors of the 2012 California Science Education Conference already have booths listed on the site and there are many more to come. For example, the California Institute for Biodiversity has chosen booth #410, Chevron Corporation will exhibit in booth #314, and you can see The Tech Museum of Innovation at booth #323.
As the Exhibit Hall web page says, “The educators that continue to attend the conference in these rough economic times are those that are dedicated to their profession, innovators in their classrooms, and are committed to providing quality science education to their students. They come to the conference not only for the professional development and networking opportunities, but also to stay on the cutting edge of what is available to them to enhance their students’ learning, and to shop for classroom essentials. Teachers that attend the California Science Education Conference recognize the exhibit hall as a crucial part of their conference experience. It is their opportunity to meet with their suppliers, make contacts with new ones, and to have hands-on access to products that might otherwise be viewable only on the web.”
And remember, if you haven’t registered yet for the conference, there is still time to get a great price before the fee increases again. As always, members get a significant discount. While you are registering for the conference, be sure to book your hotel room as well. See you in October!
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