January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Get Ready for December’s NSTA/CSTA Joint Conference!

Posted: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

by Laura Henriques

This year’s NSTA Long Beach Area Conference is being hosted in collaboration with CSTA. There are all sorts of exciting events planned for the conference and we hope you’ll be with us to take advantage of all of them!

The official conference is December 4-6, 2014 but there are will be two full-day field trip options on Wednesday, December 3rd. There will be an array of field trips and short courses as part of the conference. The field trip choices include The Science in your Beer: Chemistry, Microbiology, and Sensory Analysis at Smog City Brewing, Up Close & Personal with Ocean Critters: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Slip-Sliding Away: a Palos Verdes Geology Tour, Looking to the Future: Visiting the Endeavour Space Shuttle and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Journey into Space at the City of Downey, Columbia Memorial Space Center, and Wet & Wild Adventures with the Southern CA Marine Institute. CSTA will be hosting the two full-day field trips ahead of the conference. These include a bus trip exploring the San Andreas fault with It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas fault Up Close and other southern California geology hot spots and a full-day Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island on Catalina Island and the Wrigley Science Laboratory (registration for these full day pre-conference field courses will be available in August).

Special speakers for the conference include a keynote by Julie Scardina and focus speakers Arthur Beauchamp, Myrna Perez, and Clea Koff. The CSTA General Session will be a time for our brief annual meeting, honoring of 2014 award winners, and a talk by Stephen Pruitt who will share with us the latest resources developed by Achieve. This will take place on Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday evening there will be a CSTA-led event at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. The evening, sponsored by Chevron, will include ocean science activities, special presentations, and a chance to explore. This is a ticketed event with a discount for CSTA members (registration for the aquarium event will be available in August).

If you are not already a member of CSTA or NSTA you should join now! The member discount for the conference is $90! You have multiple membership options this year. You can join CSTA ($50 for the year… that will result in $40 in your pocket with the $90 discount), you can join NSTA ($75…. $15 in your pocket) or, this year only, you can get a joint NSTA/CSTA membership for the reduced price of $105! This special rate (20% off!) is available this year only since we are jointly hosting the conference. If you already are a member of CSTA or NSTA the joint membership will simply add a year to your existing membership.

The conference promises to be a good one. Check out CCS over the next four months as we provide more details about the conference. Registration is now open. We’ll see you in Long Beach.

Written by Laura Henriques

Laura Henriques

Laura Henriques is a professor of science education at CSU Long Beach and past-president of CSTA. She serves as chair of CSTA’s Nominating Committee and is a co-chair of the NGSS Committee.

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