This a joint meeting of the
Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA),
the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics
the Chicago Section of the American Association of Physics
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
8:00 pm, ISAAPT Council meeting, Samuel Tinley
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
scheduled for Friday morning
in 20 rooms.
Friday, 12:00-1:15 pm. Presidents’ Luncheon,
Exhibit North and West Rooms.
recognition and keynote speaker, Brady
Barr, Moderator NGS-TV, "Dangerous
2:00-4:00 pm. Educational
presentations ranging in length from 15 minutes
to 50 minutes.
There are currently
scheduled for Friday afternoon
in 20 rooms.
Friday, 4:00-5:30 pm.
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
for Saturday morning in 16 rooms.
8:45-9:00 am. Transportation loading
for field trips, Conference Center South
9:00 am-12:00 pm. Field Trips.
Museum of Science and Industry - WOW or Crime
Adler Planetarium, The Morton Arboretum,
Special sessions and arrangements for student teachers throughout the
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
Electronic proceedings for
participants. We plan to make most
presentations available electronically to
participants either on a flash drive or
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
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.
Registration • Here is the
The registration deadline October 15.
• Here is the registration form as a
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
Exhibits, Advertising, Sponsorship
For exhibit, advertising, or sponsorship
information contact ISTA Executive Director
Harry Hendrickson at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
This online form includes a call for contributed presentations,
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,
research, science leadership, technology, or
Intended audience - K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12, K-12, 9-college,
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.