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January 20, 2017

Join K-12 educators from across Illinois to build your teaching skills, expand your content knowledge, and network with other teachers to exchange ideas. Whether you are a first-year teacher looking for new ideas or a veteran teacher looking for ways to energize your classroom, Science in the South offers a variety of workshops that will be relevant, informative, and fun! Don’t miss this opportunity to walk away with ready-to-use, hands-on activities and lesson plans for all grade levels!

This year, we will be offering special sessions on NGSS implementation and testing as well as sessions focused on astronomy. It’s time to start thinking about the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse! As such, our keynote address this year will focus on the upcoming event. Carbondale is in the path of totality for the August 21 eclipse!

  • Luncheon Keynote Speaker – This year’s keynote address will focus on the upcoming 2017 Total Solar Eclipse and one teacher’s experience filming the 2016 eclipse. Further details to come! Visit to learn more about what SIU and Carbondale have planned for the event.
  • Networking Reception At the end of the day, spend a few minutes networking with other Science in the South participants and presenters. This will be a great opportunity to further enhance your professional contact list and continue to exchange ideas! Refreshments will be provided.

Call for Presentations: All educators are invited to present any science-related topics that would be of interest to K-12 science teachers. Each accepted presenter will be required to pay a $25 fee, which includes conference materials, session/exhibit viewing, breakfast, luncheon and parking pass. Please fill out the online proposal. You may also fax or email a proposal form to 618/453-5680.

Please review the NSTA Minimum Safety Guidelines.

Exhibits: Any science-related, technology-oriented, commercial and non-commercial companies and organizations are welcome that would be of interest to K-12 science/math/agricultural teachers and school administrators. Expected attendance:200-300 science teachers.

PDHs: Earn up to 5.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for participating in Friday's session.

Conference Schedule:

            7:30 – 9 a.m. - Registration, Check-In, Continental Breakfast, Exhibitors
            9 – 9:50 a.m. -  Session I Presentations
            10 – 10:30 a.m. - Exhibit Viewing and Refreshment Break
            10:30 – 11:20 a.m. - Session II Presentations
            11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Luncheon and Keynote
            1 – 1:50 p.m. - Session III Presentations
            2 – 2:50 p.m. - Session IV Presentations
            3 – 4 p.m. - Networking Reception

Program Location:  Student Center, SIU Carbondale

Registration Deadline (for guaranteed lunch): January 6, 2017

Participant Registration Fees:

**Includes conference materials, exhibit viewing, refreshments, lunch, parking pass and ISTA 2016 annual membership.

  • On or before January 6, 2017:$80
  • After January 6, 2017: $95

Student Registration Fee:

  • $22

Cancellation/Refund Policy:  A refund, minus a $25.00 processing fee, will be issued if requested prior to January 13, 2017.  No refunds after that date.

Registration Options:

  • Participants:Register online
  • Exhibitors:Register online
  • To register by phone with a VISA, Discover, or MasterCard call Conference and Scheduling Services @ 618/536-7751
  • Fax registration with credit card payment information to 618/453-5680 or email