January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

My Dream Vacation

Posted: Friday, September 30th, 2011

by Rick Pomeroy

While travelling this weekend, I got to thinking about what makes vacations special. Vacations either take you to places you have never been before or to favorite spots where you know the people and the activities. People often take vacations with friends, sharing new and exciting activities and places to eat. They often find themselves talking and visiting long into the night, solving life’s problems and renewing friendships through personal, not electronic, contact. Vacations are a chance to get away from your daily work responsibilities and the ever-present emails and questions that the job throws your way. Some people take vacations to see plays or sporting events, some hope to hear inspiring speakers or to shop for cool and exciting stuff. In essence people take vacations to get away from their daily grind and to see and do the kinds of things that they enjoy.

Imagine if you could do all of these things and they were tax deductible to boot (check this out with your tax consultant). THAT would be a great vacation. CSTA’s California Science Education Conference (CSEC), from October 21st -23rd is all of these things and more. Located in Pasadena, CA for the first time, this year’s conference will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center. Despite the new venue, there will be many things that are familiar to even the most casual CSEC attendee. There will be an exhibit hall with many of the vendors and exhibitors that you look forward to talking to each year.  The Conference Committee has arranged three days of workshops where you get to talk to friends and colleagues about new ways to do those activities we all enjoy in our classrooms. There are speakers to help give new meaning and relevancy to your curriculum and there are field trips to museums, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and a special opportunity to visit the SOFIA aircraft used by NASA for the study of stratospheric infrared astronomy. Finally, we will have an opportunity to hear presentations by futurist Jim Brazell, Food Sleuth Shirley Corriher, and ways to make a difference in our eco-footprint by Ed Begley Jr.

If this sounds like your type of dream vacation, be sure to plan to attend the California Science Education Conference. For more information, visit the CSEC website (http://www.cascience.org/csta/conf_home11.asp) by October 7th to take advantage of the remaining registration deals. For those of you traveling from outside the Pasadena area, hotel rooms have been reserved at a special conference rate if booked through the CSEC Conference Housing service @ http://www.conferencehousing.com/csta/Pasadena/.

Rick Pomeroy is science education lecturer/supervisor in the School of Education, University of California, Davis and is CSTA’s president.


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