2011 Illinois Science Education Conference

"Science Teaching and Learning
in America's Heartland"

 Conference Center, Tinley Park, Illinois
October 27-29, 2011

This a joint meeting of the Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA), the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (ISAAPT), the Chicago Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (CSAAPT), the Illinois Association of Chemistry Teachers (IACT), the Illinois Association of Biology Teachers (IABT), and the Environmental Education Association of Illinois (EEAI).

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Fall 2011 meeting of these organizations.  Please come to learn more about science, discover new tools and techniques for teaching science, share your experiences via presentations, attend workshops, go on tours, talk to vendors, and meet old and new friends.

For the first time ever, the science teacher organizations in Illinois are meeting together to provide pre-K to college level educators with professional development. Presenters will include teachers, teacher-trainers, scientists, agency and organizational representatives, and vendors.

Photographs taken at this Conference

The ISAAPT display table

Exhibit hall - electric car

Newton's Cradle at the
Museum of Science and Industry

P197 - 3D printing workshop

Schedule and Highlights
Thursday, Oct. 27
  12:00-8:00 pm.  Registration, South Entrance Reception Desk.
  5:00-8:00 pm.  Reception, food, refreshments, and exhibits, Exhibit Room South.  Informal meetings with scientists, science education leaders, and organizational representatives.
  6:00-7:00 pm. "Power Hour", Exhibit Hall. Meet honored guests.
  8:00 pm, ISAAPT Council meeting, Samuel Tinley Room.
Friday, Oct. 28
  7:00 am-4:30 pm.  Registration, South Entrance Reception Desk.
  7:30 am-noon and 1:15-4:00 pm. Exhibits by vendors and organizations.
  7:30-11:50 pm.  Educational presentations ranging in length from 5 minutes to three hours including several workshops.  There are currently 90 presentations scheduled for Friday morning in 20 rooms.
Friday, 12:00-1:15 pm.  Presidents’ Luncheon, Exhibit North and West Rooms.  Awards recognition and keynote speaker, Brady Barr, Moderator NGS-TV, "Dangerous Encounters".
  2:00-4:00 pm.  Educational presentations ranging in length from 15 minutes to 50 minutes.  There are currently 44 presentations scheduled for Friday afternoon in 20 rooms.

Friday, 4:00-5:30 pm.  The Atom Smashers (2008, 54 min), South Pavilion 2. This film follows a group of Fermilab physicists as they race to find the Higgs boson, a yet-undiscovered subatomic particle that could explain how matter--and therefore life--can exist. A screening of the film will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers, Clayton Brown and Monica Ross.

  5:30 pm.  ISAAPT business meeting, South Pavilion 2.
Friday, 7:00-10:00 pm.  Gala Evening at the Museum of Science and Industry. A ticket is required ($50). It includes entry, food, fun, refreshments, and transportation (or parking).  6:00-6:30 pm, buses leave for the Museum.  9:15-10:00 pm, buses leave for Tinley Park.
Saturday, Oct. 29
  7:00-9:00 am.  Continental Breakfast, South Pavilion Room
  8:30 am-noon.  Educational presentations ranging in length from 5 minutes to three hours including several workshops.  There are currently 36 presentations scheduled for Saturday morning in 16 rooms.
  8:45-9:00 am.  Transportation loading for field trips, Conference Center South Entrance
  9:00 am-12:00 pm.  Field Trips.  Museum of Science and Industry - WOW or Crime Lab, Adler Planetarium, The Morton Arboretum, ExxonMobil Refinery
  Special sessions and arrangements for student teachers throughout the conference.
  Several raffles for fabulous educational equipment and materials.
  Organization and committee meetings led by officers and directors.
  Saturday field trips and tours.  9 am to early afternoon. For a nominal transportation fee, teachers will be treated to incredible science education workshops and behind the scenes tours.   All tour hosts will provide educational materials and sources.
  Electronic proceedings for participants.  We plan to make most presentations available electronically to participants either on a flash drive or website.

The Tinley Park Conference Center is located about 20 miles East of Joliet at the intersection of I-80 and IL 43 (Harlem Ave.) It offers free parking, free WiFi, easy roll-in ground floor setup, and a vendor-friendly management. It is accessible from all directions by interstate highways, and is 16 miles south of Midway Airport.

The conference center was recently doubled in size and it is attached to the Tinley Park Holiday Inn Select with a conference rate of $109 (sgl/dbl). For reservations call (708) 444-1100 and mention Science Education to get the special rate.

   •  Here is the online form. The registration deadline  October 15.
   •  Here is the registration form as a PDF file.
The registration fee includes the Thursday evening reception, Friday luncheon, and two continental breakfasts. Online registration by credit card with no extra cost, or mail in registration with a check or purchase order. Exhibit prices start at $110 for a non-commercial table.

Exhibits, Advertising, Sponsorship
For exhibit, advertising, or sponsorship information contact ISTA Executive Director Harry Hendrickson at hhendrickson@ista-il.org or call 217-498-8411.
Call for Presentations - The deadline was June 15
  This online form includes a call for contributed presentations, workshops, posters and Take Fives.  Please note that Take Fives are not part of the Registration form for this conference.
After providing a title and description (60 word limit), you will have the following choices:
    When - Friday, Saturday or either day
    Length - 5, 15, 25, 50, 110 or 170 minutes
    Subject - biology, chemistry, earth/space science, elementary science, engineering,
                     environmental, instructional strategies, physics, safety, science education
                     research, science leadership, technology, or other
    Intended audience - K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12, K-12, 9-college, pre-service teachers,
                                         college/university, administration, or other
The form includes a text box (200 word limit) in which you may elaborate about your presentation.  For example, if you are going to give a workshop, please indicate that here and provide additional information if necessary. If you plan to present a poster, please indicate it here. You will need to provide your own means of supporting the poster on a table.  Note that Take Fives only require a title, not a description.


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