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I. Overview from the CAST Chair

II. Conference Schedule

III. Administrators and Policymakers Institute

IV. Speakers and Sessions

“This is the
best conference
I’ve ever been
V. Conference Highlights
to. I’m excited
about teaching VI. Housing and Registration
- CAST 2009
Attendee VII. Exhibits and Advertising

VIII. Sponsorship

IX. STAT Membership

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G et inside the best science education that Texas has
to offer at the Conference for the Advancement of
Science Teaching (CAST) 2010 when we bring science
to the city in Houston, Texas November 11-13.

This Insider’s Guide includes conference highlights

and the conference schedule. We are also pleased to
announce that sponsorship, advertising, and
exhibitor opportunities are still available for this
year’s conference.

Whether you’re a science teacher, an administrator,

or even a business executive, you can find an exciting
opportunity to grow at CAST.

Do you want new teaching strategies, learning The conference will begin Thursday, November
activities and engaging labs aligned to the TEKS 11th, and we’re going to kick it off with a grand
for your grade level? CAST will help you help “Science in the City” reception, sponsored by our
your students. We’ve got over 550 options (and partners at Chevron. Our 400+ exhibitors will
100 more sessions than 2009!), each one counting also keep their booths open during the reception
for your continuing education credits. for you to enjoy.

Do you want a break from your daily routine and Registration for the conference begins August 15,
a chance to enjoy science in another city? We’re at! The Early Bird
offering field trips to the coast, the Houston Discount is only available until September 24, at
Museum of Natural Science, and even the zoo! the low cost of $115.

Have you ever wished you could see famed CAST, now in its 53rd year, is hosted by the
oceanographer and explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, live, 7,000- member non-profit association, The
in-person? You will, at one of the largest Science Teachers Association of Texas. CAST is
opening ceremonies in CAST history. still planned and primarily run by volunteers and
is the largest state science conference in the
It’s now easier than ever to access the workshops nation. We invite you to be part of our network
you want. Fill up your entire day with learning as a member, a conference attendee, a sponsor,
by attending our new “Science JAM Sessions,” or even a friend on Facebook. It is the combined
top sessions for larger audiences including Kenn work of all science educators and suppliers in the
Heydrick of the Texas Education Agency. state of Texas to provide resources for the future
science leaders of tomorrow.
See you in Houston!

CAST Chair
Conference Schedule
thursday, november 11th
7:00 am - 5:00 pm CAST Registration
7:00 am - 8:00 am First Time Attendees Coffee Hour
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Scheduled Field Trips
8:30 am - 1:00 pm Administrators and Policymakers Institute
8:30 am - 5:30 pm Workshops - every hour
8:45 am - 5:45 pm Science JAM Sessions - every 1.5 hours
9:00 am - 12:00 pm 3-hour Short Courses
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Opening Ceremony: Keynote Speaker
Bob Ballard,Teacher Award Presentation,
STAT Business Meeting
2:30 pm - 7:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm 3-hour Short Coruses
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm CAST 2010 Grand Reception

friday, november 12th

7:00 am - 5:00 pm CAST Registration
7:30 am - 9:00 am STAT VIP Breakfast
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Scheduled Field Trips
8:30 am - 5:30 am Workshops - every hour
8:45 am - 5:45 pm Science JAM Sessions - every 1.5 hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 am - 12:00 pm 3-hour Short Courses
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Keynote Speaker: Debbie Silver
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 3-hour Short Courses
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Science Teachers’ “Steppin’ Out” Social

saturday, november 13th

7:00 am - 10:00 am CAST Registration
8:00 am - 3:30 pm Scheduled Field Trips
8:00 am - 2:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Workshops - every hour
“Great ideas, visuals,
8:45 am - 11:15 am Science JAM Sessions - every 1.5 hours and examples.
9:00 am - 12:00 pm 3-hour Short Courses Awesome presenters!”
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Closing Session -CAST 2009 Attendee
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3-hour short courses
You already know that the new science TEKs will change your curriculum, but do you
know what you can do to improve scores in your district?

We are calling all administrators, principals, and district policymakers to join the
Science Teachers Association of Texas as we host our annual Administrators and
Policymakers Institute (API) to learn about the changing dynamics of the Texas science

API focuses on science education objectives and administrator training for new science
standards. Please join us at CAST for a special half-day program designed to fit your
science goals and objectives. This year’s API will occur on Thursday, November 11
at the Houston Hilton-Americas.

The low registration fee of $95 includes breakfast, an opening general session, 10
educational breakout sessions and a luncheon featuring educational consultant and
expert in the “Neuroscience of Learning,” Kenneth Wesson. Wesson’s presentation,
“How Children Learn: Brain Research and Inquiry-Based Science,” will give you the
tools you need to understand how to get inside students’ minds and help them succeed.

Don’t be left behind!

Move ahead with API!
He discovered the RMS Titanic, methane-
fueled mud volcanoes in the Gulf of Mexico,
completely preserved shipwrecks in the Black
Sea, and much more!

And now, famed oceanographer and explorer

Dr. Robert Ballard, will take you on a journey
beyond your classroom textbooks and dive into
the heart of the expedition experience. Join us
for this exciting keynote as Dr. Ballard takes us
on a new mission to create the Classrooms of
Tomorrow, November 11th during the opening

You may shed a few tears, you’ll probably laugh so hard

you’ll snort and, chances are, you’ll hang on every word.
Take the advice of Dr. Debbie Silver and realize the
benefits of Practicing Safe Stress in your classroom. Join
us November 12 for this humorous and reflective keynote
session: A Presentation for Educators who are Over-
Tired, Over-Burdened, Over-Committed and/or Just
About Ready to SNAP!

In addition to these fantastic keynote presentations,

you will have your option of attending 14 one-hour
workshops out of more than 550 options tailored to
the TEKS, your grade level and subject of science.
You may also individually purchase 3 hour or 6
hour hands-on short courses or half day and full day
field trips to add to your experience!

BRAND NEW! CAST 2010 Science JAM Sessions
are included in your registration. These extra
sessions, just 45 minutes long, help you keep your day JAM-packed with education and
knowledge! These courses are also specifically designed to hold larger audiences and
will give you an opportunity to network with teachers from across the state.
We know a number of teachers who pack extra suitcases
for all the giveaways and new materials to purchase at
our exhibit hall. CAST 2010 will feature 400 exhibit
booths filled with the latest teaching tools and science
activity gear. Be prepared to get moving as you venture
from booth to booth and take products from “Science in
the City” to your city.

Science in the City Reception

Join us on Thursday for our opening night grand
reception, graciously sponsored by Chevron. The
reception is free to all attendees and will include
appetizers, entertainment, giveaways and surprises
for our guests! As a special treat, the exhibit hall
will stay open during the reception so you can snack
while you stroll the exhibits.

Steppin’ Out Social

Plan to attend the Friday night social at the
Houston Pavilions. Special discounts for dining,
drinks, entertainment, shopping, and more will
be available for all CAST attendees.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

All CAST attendees will enjoy free admission to
the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston with
presentation of name badge. Enhance your
Houston experience by enjoying the almost 60,000
pieces MFAH has to offer from around the world.
Register for the conference, beginning August 15, 2010,
by visiting our website:

Early Bird Rate: $115 (must be registered and paid before 9.24.10)
*Register early and your name will be entered in a drawing for a VIP seat and invitation
to the exclusive VIP reception with Robert Ballard on Wednesday, November 10! Also,
register at the Early Bird rate to guarantee that your name badge will be mailed to you
in advance so you can go straight to the sessions.
Advanced Rate: $145 (must be registered and paid between 9.25.10-10.15.10)
Regular Rate: $160 (must be registered and paid between 10.16.10-11.13.10)
Student: $25 (with proof of current enrollment)
Administrators and Policymakers Institute (Thursday Only): $95
Family Member: $45 (with any full registration fee)
Saturday Only: $50

We recommend booking rooms at our state-of-the-art host hotel, the Houston Hilton-
Americas, located across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Hotel: Houston Hilton-Americas Hotel Rate: $165

Hotel: Doubletree Hotel Houston Downtown Hotel Rate: $132

Attendees that book through the STAT housing site will:

• Be guaranteed that their hotel will be on the CAST 2010 hotel shuttle route.
• Receive lower rates through STAT’s block of rooms.
• Stay at official CAST hotels, which have been inspected by staff prior to booking: we
only book with hotels we have reviewed.
• Be giving back to CAST: future hotel contract negotiations depend
on the size of our block. CAST is able to keep rates low if more attendees
book within our designated hotels.

to book your rooms today!
VISIT Exhibiting Booth Cost Information:
to purchase advertising 10’ wide x 10’ deep in-line booth - $700
Corner Booth - $800
or booth space! 20’ x 20’ Island Booth - $3200
20’ x 30’ Island Booth - $4600

Each 10’ x 10’ space is carpeted, and equipped with one 6’ skirted table, two chairs,
back and side drapes, and an identification sign.

Exhibit Hall Hours:

Thurs., November 11: 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri., November 12: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat., November 13: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
“It’s like South
by Southwest,

the STATellite Electronic Newsletter
but for science
- CAST 2009
and Attendee
Texas Science Teacher Electronic Journal
Page 1 (Full Page) - $500
Page 2 (Full Page) - $450
Full Page - $400
Half Page - $250
Quarter Page - $150

“Hats off to a CAST Printed Program

Back Cover (Color) - $3,000
fantastic show! Inside Back Cover (Color) - $2,000
You guys should Inside Front Cover (Color) - $2,000
write a manual Full Page (B&W) - $900
Half Page (B&W) - $500
on how to run an Quarter Page (B&W) - $300
exhibit hall!”
- CAST 2009

For Inquiries, Contact:

Frank Butcher
STAT Advertising/Exhibits Manager
Phone: 281/424-1230
Fax: 281/424-1769
Become part of a growing legacy of learning for thousands of
teachers and students across Texas.

Social Events $4,000

Attendee Gift Sponsor $6,500

Transportation Sponsor $5,000

Technology Sponsor $5,000

Workshop & Short Course Sponsor $10,000

Celebration Dinner $1,500

Field Trip Sponsor $2,000

Contributing Sponsor $500

VIP Breakfast $2,000

Thank You to Our Current CAST 2010 Sponsors.

The JASON Project
H-E-B Vernier
Sargent-Welch Ohaus Science Kit KBR
Texas Regional Collaboratives Millmark Education
BioEd Baylor College of Medicine K8Science
Museum of Fine Arts Houston Cisco DOW USA

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, call (512) 491-6685.

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