May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

Pasadena Conference Drew a Good-Size Crowd

Posted: Friday, November 4th, 2011


“Host of new ideas to take back Monday, I am inspired!”

“So much to do, applicable to the classroom as well as professional development.”

“I really enjoyed the workshops, and look forward to using new strategies in the classroom!”

“Overwhelming amount of great information.”

These are just a few of the comments received from the evaluation forms filled out by attendees to this year’s CSTA conference.  Over 1,400 science educators convened in Pasadena this past October 21-23.  The sun was shining, the weather was warm, and spirits were high throughout the three days of the conference. This was the first time the California Science Education Conference had been held in Pasadena, and overall, attendees and exhibitors alike enjoyed the venue.

World-renowned biochemist and chef Shirley Corriher presenting at the Awards Breakfast, sponsored by Northrop Grumman.

The conference opened on Friday morning  with a rush at the registration desk and 17 concurrent workshops beginning at 8:00 am.  Coffee in the registration area was sponsored by Molina Healthcare and gave attendees a morning boost. To help those new to the conference, Sargent-Welch, ScienceKit, and Ward’s Natural Science sponsored the Welcome Session for First Time Attendees. The workshop, lead by CSTA President Rick Pomeroy and President-Elect Laura Henriques gave those new to the conference the opportunity to learn about the best way to make the most of their time and have their questions answered. The sponsor provided a delicious continental breakfast and prizes.

Donna Ross with other field course participants in front of SOFIA.

The three-day event featured over 150 workshops, exhibitors, Short Courses, and exciting Field Courses to Dryden Air Force Base to tour SOFIA, Caltech, JPL, and the LA Museum of Natural History. Friday evening featured the Cheesy Science Fiction Movie Night with a screening of Angry Red Planet. Saturday evening was very exciting and featured a presentation by the world-renowned artist Wyland, who, through the donation of limited edition prints, raised $4,400 for CSTA! Our sincerest appreciation goes out to Wyland and the Wyland Foundation for their support.

CSTA Member Doug Falk with artist Wyland

CSTA thanks the attendees, the exhibitors, and the generous sponsors of the 2011 California Science Education Conference for their participation.  Sincere thanks also goes to the 2011 Conference Committee members (Dean Gilbert, Laura Henriques, Jeff Bradbury, Robert de Groot, Lisa Hegdahl, Rick Pomeroy, David Seidel, Judith Sydner-Gordon, Tim Williamson, and Karen Withey-Smith), and the 2011-2012 CSTA Board of Directors who donated countless hours in advance of and during the conference.  And a huge thank you to the presenters, most of whom donated their time, for making the conference possible.

Ed Begley, Jr. presenting at the Closing Session on Sunday, October 23, sponsored by Chevron.

Please be sure to visit the CSTA website at http://www.cascience.org/csta/csta.asp for post-conference information and to search for handouts that have been posted by presenters.  For a complete listing of sessions with handouts posted, please visit http://www.cascience.org/csta/conf_handouts11.asp.

 

We look forward to seeing you all in San Jose next October!

Thank you to the 2011 California Science Education Conference sponsors who helped to make this year’s event possible:


PLATINUM SPONSOR

Chevron

GOLD SPONSOR

SILVER SPONSORS

BRONZE SPONSORS

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

ArtPlantae – Botany & Botanical Art Education
UC Davis School of Education

http://www.education.ucdavis.edu/


 

 

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

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