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January 19, 2018

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 covering many Science topics, including NGSS and special sessions on microscopy It’s time to start bringing our focus back down to Earth after the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017!

  • Luncheon Keynote Speaker – Dr. Diane R. Nelson, Professor Emerita, Department of Biological Sciences, East Tennessee State University, has studied tardigrades since 1970 and completed her PhD on the ecological distribution of tardigrades on Roan Mountain in 1973. She published many articles and chapters on tardigrades and although she is “retired,” continues to research, write, lecture, and publish about water bears.
  • 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.
  • Saturday Workshop (Extra $25 fee applies) – On Saturday, January 20, 2018, Dr. Diane Nelson will offer a Bear Hunting Workshop open to all Science in the South attendees. Have you ever seen a live water bear (tardigrade)? Come to this hands-on workshop to learn how to find water bears in your backyard or schoolyard. Make a simple screen to separate the tardigrades from mosses and lichens. Use a dissecting microscope to watch water bear behavior. Make a permanent slide of a tardigrade to observe under a compound microscope and take the slide home with you. Learn major characters to identify tardigrades to genus. Design your own research study to do with your students, and have fun learning about these charismatic microscopic animals!

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 or

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 4.5 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
11:45am – 12:30pm    Luncheon
12:30 – 1pm                General Session
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 5, 2018

Participant Registration Fees:

**Includes conference materials, exhibit viewing, refreshments, lunch, parking pass and ISTA 2018 annual membership.

  • On or before January 5, 2018: $80
  • After January 5, 2018: $95
  • Saturday Workshop: $25

Student Registration Fee:

  • $22

Cancellation/Refund Policy:  A refund, minus a $25.00 processing fee, will be issued if requested prior to January 12, 2018.  No refunds after that date.

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