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                             24th Annual Science in the South Conference

                                                January 31, 2020

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 a range of sessions with a lens on learning. 

Featured Presenter - Katherine Golden, Manager of Sustainability Education at Missouri Botanical Gardens, will provide attendees with information and ideas to use in the classroom including using the mindset of exploration to empower students to explore our changing planet to learn how to make positive sustainable choices. Katharine will also provide an additional session of her choice. 

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:  K-12 educators are encouraged to bring their best practice to engage other teachers from across Illinois. All educators are invited to present any science-related topics that would be of interest to K-12 science teachers. Each accepted presenter pay a reduced $25 fee, which includes conference materials, session/exhibit viewing, breakfast, luncheon and parking pass. Presenters can pay $50 which includes the ISTA membership too. You may fax or email a proposal form and presenter registration form to 618-453-5680 or

New for 2020 - Poster Presentations by Middle and High School Students:  Middle school and high school students may present on a research project they have created, during a poster session at the conference.  If you have a student interested in presenting their research on a project, please complete the presenter registration form to participate.  the poster presentation session will be determined by number of submissions and more information will be provided closer to the conference date. Students must be accompanied by a sponsoring teacher.

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 – 9am                  Registration, Check-In, Continental Breakfast, Exhibitors
9 – 10am                     Session I Presentations
10:10 – 11:10am         Session II Presentations
11:10 – 11:40am         Exhibit Viewing
11:40am – 12:00pm     Luncheon
12:00 – 1pm                Featured Presenter
1:10 – 2:10pm             Session III Presentations
2:20 – 3:20pm             Session IV Presentations
3:30 – 4:30pm             Networking Reception and Prize Drawing

Program Location:  Student Center, SIU Carbondale

Registration Deadline (for guaranteed lunch): January 29, 2020

Participant Registration Fees:

**Includes conference materials, exhibit viewing, refreshments, lunch, parking pass and ISTA 2019 annual membership.

  • On or before January 16, 2020: $80
  • After January 16, 2020: $95

Student Registration Fee:

  • $22

Cancellation/Refund Policy:  A refund, minus a $25.00 processing fee, will be issued if requested prior to January 18, 2019.  No refunds after that date.

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