January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

On-line Program Book & Personal Scheduler Available Now!

Posted: Sunday, July 1st, 2012

by Lisa Hegdahl

2012 Conference LogoBack by popular demand are the On-line Program Book and Personal Scheduler for the annual California Science Educators Conference.  Clicking on the conference logo on the lower left on the CSTA website will take you to the 2012 California Science Education Conference and then to the On-line Program Book and Personal Scheduler.  Currently you can see lists and descriptions of Short Courses, Field Courses, General Sessions, Meal Events, and Evening Events that will be part of the 2012 California Science Education Conference October 19-21 in San Jose. The schedule of Workshops will be available in August.  Using the Personal Scheduler, you can plan your time at the Conference as well as see other CSTA members who are attending the events with you.   

When planning your Conference weekend, don’t forget to include the Evening Events.  For instance, on Friday night, October 20th, CSTA will host an Evening Event entitled A Climate Science Media Festival – Film, Social Media, and the Green Ninja.”  This event is included with your registration, but you must request a ticket if you plan to attend. The evening will showcase a selected number of short films and social media tools that focus on the science and solutions to our changing climate. Barnaby Dallas, director of Spartan Film Studios and teacher of advanced screenwriting at SJSU and DreamWorks will lead a panel of film writers, social media designers and science educators who critique each media piece and offer thoughts on how to effectively use film and social media in the classroom.  The evening finishes with the Green Ninja – a climate-action superhero created by faculty and students at San Jose State to engage young people in topics related to our changing climate.  What a great way finish off your first full day of conference activities!

Registration for the 2012 California Science Education Conference in San Jose, October 19-21 is open now! Current CSTA members pay a significantly lower rate than nonmembers.  Not a member of CSTA?  You can join CSTA when you register online for the conference (or download a registration form) and still pay a reduced price.  Not only will you be registered for the Conference, your member benefits will begin immediately.  See the CSTA website for details. With Conference hotel rooms being offered at incredibly low rates, they are likely to sell out soon, so don’t delay.   As usual, registration for the California Science Education Conference also includes access to over 150 workshops, the exhibit hall, and Focus Speaker sessions.

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Lisa Hegdahl is an 8th grade science teacher at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, CA and is President for CSTA.

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Posted: Saturday, January 14th, 2017

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

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Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

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