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ASTA 2016 Annual Fall Conference - Science in Action!

 Science in Action! 

ASTA Annual Conference
November 19, 2016

Phoenix, AZ



The annual conference of the Arizona Science Teachers Association, Science in Action! will be  held on November 19, 2016 in  Phoenix at Grand Canyon University with pre-conference institute in science on Friday, November 18th.  Over 300 science educators will share ideas and work together to advocate research-based science teaching and learning for all of Arizona's children. Attendees have over 4 concurrent sessions with numerous workshops to choose from a focus strand:  Real World Connections; Hands-On STEM; Tools of the Trade.  For an overview of workshops by strand click here and for descriptions of workshops to  click here.

·        Real World Connections One of the main goals of science education is to provide students the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful both personally and professionally.  This strand will help teachers to recognize learning opportunities  in formal and informal settings that can support students in and out of the classroom.  This strand may involve topics such as career preparation, industry/education alliances, citizen science initiatives and understanding the impact of various issues important in science and promotion of career pathways.  

·        Hands on STEM – Science education has drastically changed over time with the focus shifting from knowledge based understanding of science concepts to an understanding of the world through the intentional connections of the four disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.  STEM education and curriculum utilizes strategies that engage diverse learners and highlights career pathways into STEM.  This strand will involve the importance of "doing" science. 

·        Tools of the Trade – Science teachers are challenged daily with staying current on the available resources and tools.  Wheth
er it's technology, content, or pedagogy - this strand gives teachers ideas to build and enhance their "teacher toolbox" with strategies and ideas to support all students in science and STEM.  

Conference Details:  Saturday, November 19th, 7:45 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open 7:15 am - 1:30 pm
Annual Meeting 7:45 am - 8:15 am
Exhibitor Hall Open 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions 8:30 am -10:00 am
Energy Break with Exhibitors 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Concurrent Sessions 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch, Awards, Special Guest 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Energy Break with Exhibitors 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm
Concurrent Sessions 3:20 pm - 4:50 pm
End of Conference Raffle  4:50 pm

Registration is open!  Click Here.
Registration fees for the ASTA Annual Conference to be held on November 19, 2016.
Early Bird - payment due by 
Oct. 31, 2016
New/Renewing Member - $ 120
Joint Member* - $ 165
Life Member - $ 100
Full Time Student Member - $ 40.00
GCU Faculty - $40.00
GCU Full-time Pre-Service - $20.00
Spouse - $ 20.00

Pre-Registration after 

October 31, 2016 or On-Site
New/Renewing Member - $ 145
Joint Member - $ 190
Life Member - $ 125
Full-time Student - $ 50.00
GCU Faculty - $50.00
GCU Full-time Pre-Service - $30.00
Spouse - $ 30.00



Exhibit Area - 

Attendeess will also explore hundreds of science classroom resources by visiting exhibitors.     Conference attendees have full access to exhibits during these hours. 

Interested in being a conference sponsor?  Opportunities are available for sponsors for Teacher of the Year Awards, Luncheons, and Energy Breaks.  Click here for more information.

Commercial Exhibitor Price Set for 2016 - Click here to register
$275 -- Exhibit Area - includes: table, 2 chairs, pre and post conference advertisement, lunch tickets for 2; registration for 2
$100 -  45 Minute Presentation - 
must have submitted a proposal by August 20th and been accepted
$ 175.00 – 1.5 Hour Presentation - must have submitted a proposal by August 20th and been accepted
$25 -  Additional Exhibitors
$ 100 - Late Fee - register after 
October 31, 2016

Non-Profit Exhibitor Price Set for 2016 - Click here to register
$100 - Exhibit area - includes: table, 2 chairs, pre and post conference advertisement, lunch tickets for 2; registration for 2
$50 – 45 minute presentation - must have submitted a proposal by August 20th and been accepted
$100 – 1.5 hour Presentation - 
must have submitted a proposal by August 20th and been accepted
$25 -  Additional Exhibitors 
$25 - Late Fee - register after 
October 31, 2016


ASTA Pre-Conference Institute - Friday, November 18, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

"Making Science Instruction Phenomenal"
Presented by ADE
Description:  Join us as we investigate how phenomena are used to inform science instruction and deepen student conceptual understanding.  Evaluate how the big ideas in science and the learning progressions can enhance student learning when instruction is focused on developing a scientific understanding of phenomena. 
1.      Explore the big ideas in science and determine how to focus lessons on these big ideas to deepen student understanding.

2.      Evaluate the learning progressions and how the big ideas are used to investigate the cause(s) of  phenomena.
Audience: PreK-12th grade educators, coaches, specialists, administrators

Cost:  $20 - Registration is required by November 12, 2016.  No on-site registration will be available.
$40 NON-ASTA Members 

Location:  GCU
Time:  8:30 am - 3:30 pm; Lunch will be provided thanks to Texas Instruments

  • Amy Gingell – ADE Science Specialist
  • Jen Gutierrez – ADE STEM Specialist
  • Eric Bucher – ADE Early Childhood STEM Specialist
Teachers who are interested in diving deep into science instruction should take advantage of this opportunity on Friday, November 18th.  

Make your reservation today.
Call (844) 683-5428 or go online at gcuhotel.comWhen making reservation, indicate that reservation is for ASTA Conference.
Room rates: $79 (deluxe room), $84 (Junior Suite), $89 (Regular Suite) before tax
Canyon 49 Grill and pool are on the premises.
Shuttle departs a short distance from hotel (27th Avenue complex) and drops off on campus every 20 minutes from 6:00am to 10:15pm.