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Below you will find important details about badge pickup, tote bag pickup, parking, transportation, and more. Please read this information carefully!
What to Pack:
- If you received your name badge in the mail make sure to bring it with you!
- Please pack comfortable clothes including tennis shoes. Attire is casual. Bring a sweater – rooms in the convention center are notoriously cold!
- Snacks. There will be concessions and restaurants open in the George R Brown behind registration in Exhibit Hall B3, across the street in Discovery Green and there are also tons of food options in walking distance at Houston Center. For more food options in the area, visit the CAST Microsite. Outside food is not allowed in the meeting rooms but you may want to pack a few light snacks for your hotel room.
- The CAST host hotels are the Four Seasons, Hilton Americas and the Hyatt Downtown Houston. The Hilton has a skybridge directly attached to the convention center and valet or self parking. The Four Seasons is also in short walking distance to the center. We have provided a shuttle bus for all attendees who booked at the Hyatt. This is the only hotel with a CAST shuttle.
- Parking: Several parking locations are available near the Convention Center here. Rates vary.
What to do when you arrive:
- Pick up your name badge at the George R Brown Convention Center, Level 3, in Exhibit Hall B3. If you registered prior to October 14 your badge was mailed to you. If you did not receive your badge in the mail please go to Onsite Badge Printing. If you registered between October 15 and the conference your badge has been pre-printed and will be available at the Badge Pick Up Booth.
- Pick up your tote bag. If you received your name badge in the mail this is the only thing you have to do! You must have your name badge to pick up your tote bag.
- Pick up your materials Wednesday evening so you are free to begin attending the workshops of your choice on Thursday morning! Registration is open 4-9 on Wednesday for early pickup. Once you have your tote bag and name badge, you are free to go to your sessions!
Attending Workshops and Jam Sessions:
- Workshops are included in the price of your badge. Workshop attendance is on a first come, first served basis. Arrive early!
- There are over 700 workshops occurring over the course of the conference, so use the printed program and your CAST App to help you get from session to session. You must have a name badge in order to get into the workshops. Every room needs to be cleared after each session so that the next presenter may set up for their workshop.
Adding Paid Sessions:
- You may add additional paid sessions (short courses, luncheons, and field trips) online before the conference or you can add short courses and field trips at on-site registration.
- All paid sessions will close online the day before they take place.
- All field trips depart from Level 1, curbside at Hall A (near where the CAST shuttles depart to hotels).
- Please pay attention to registrant details such as closed-toe shoes for boarding boats!
Continuing Education Credit:
- All sessions at CAST offer TEA approved continuing education credit. In the back of your program, there is a form to fill out which sessions you attended to count your hours.
Links and Information:
Click Here for the CAST 2013 Schedule at a Glance
Click Here to view the full CAST 2013 Schedule including all 700 Workshops
Click Here for the PDF version of the Onsite Printed Program
For Houston area restaurant coupons and attraction discounts check out the CAST Microsite Here
The CAST Phone App, sponsored by McGraw Hill, is available for download for iPhone and Android
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD CAST 2013 MOBILE APP
The App will ask for a username and login. Please use the below login.
- USERNAME: CAST
Please note we will NOT be in the STAT Office during CAST. If you require assistance you may email us at email@example.com or go to one of the Information Booths onsite in Houston. Thank you for your attention, and have a safe trip to Houston!
Dear STAT members,
We are facing another pivotal point in science education and we need your input.
This week, the State Board of Education is meeting. Committee members will hear testimony and make critical decisions about several issues. The first is transitioning to the new graduation plans under HB5. The law allows the State Board of Education to identify advanced courses related to the new graduation program, identify the curriculum requirements for the endorsements, and determine the requirements for performance acknowledgments related to the new graduation program. We need your input as we provide feedback to the SBOE for defining "advanced courses" and which courses should be included for each endorsement.
We are excited to announce that the August Issue of The STATellite is now available!
In this issue you will find informative articles such as:
CAST TOUR 2013
Call for Award Nominations
Shifting Current Lab Activities
K-12 Science Practices
Cultivating Critical Thinkers
and much more!
You can view this issue HERE
SCIENCE LEADERS MEET WITH TEA COMMISSIONER
Texas science association leaders met Commissioner of Education Michael Williams to discuss implementation and further policy issues resulting from legislation passed during the recent legislative session. STAT and TSELA spokespersons thanked the Commissioner for his early support of four years of high school science and pledged to continue to provide input on such issues as teacher preparation (both content and pedagogy), alternative certification, scientific quality of career and technology courses, and college and career readiness.
Join us for the last STAT Twitter chat before we take summer break!
Tuesday, June 25th at 8:00 CST/7:00 MST #txscied
Our discussion will include HB5 and teacher certification standards. We have been asked to submit questions that teachers and administrators have. We need your voice.
What questions do you have about the new endorsements and graduation plans?
What effects will HB5 have on science education?
What topics do you want to discuss during future chats?
Social Media Committee Update
Facebook Contest Winners Announced and Week Three of STAT Twitter Chat
Congratulations to Tim Holt for the most referrals on our CAST Tour 2013 Facebook page and Kathryn A. Collins Kraften for winning the drawing. Each will receive a $25 gift card.
Join STAT for a discussion about science and science education on Tuesday, June 11th at 8/7PM CDT/MDT
What does science mean to you?
We are excited to announce that the May Issue of The STATellite is now available!
In this issue you will find informative articles such as:
- Teaching Future Teachers
- Earth Space TEKs
- NanoSpace News
- Texas Envirothon
- STAT Facebook Contest
- CAST 2013 Info
- and much more!
You can view this issue here: http://statweb.org/statellite
As of August 31 no lesson plans will be available through CSCOPE.
"The CSCOPE era is over. However, what the last several months has proven is that the state will have to create a plan to monitor all on line material in the future so that our schools and classroom remain completely transparent to parents and the legislature knows what is being taught in our classrooms across Texas" Senator Dan Patrick said in a press release yesterday.
Go here to see the press release.