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The December STATellite is Now Available!

Tue, 12/13/2011

Check out the post-CAST edition of the STATellite for special promos for CAST 2012, teaching tips, CAST photos, and more!

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Check out the Scientists of the Future Jamboree at Stunt Ranch!

First Annual Scientists of the Future Jamboree

A fund raising event for The America’s Future Scientist Fund

Date: Sunday January 22, 2012 – 3pm-8pm

Where: The event will be held at the Stunt Ranch & Fire Lake Event Center
13317 Fitzhugh Road Austin, TX 78736

Join 1000 friends and family for the most exciting science education event of the year. You’ll experience hands on science of the movies and witness amazing stunt demonstrations by renowned movie stunt expert Steve Wolf and his team of professional stuntmen, zip line rides, The Austin Planetarium, Dr. Cold, rope obstacle course, food and the first human android keynote in the history of man – “Zeno” developed by Hanson Robotics, this kid-friendly event will ignite the love of science in adults and children and raise money to provide supplemental curriculum to elementary and middle school teachers!


Members of STAT receive a 25% discount on tickets, using the code: 2pct5

Buy tickets here!


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CAST 2011 Pics and SBOE Victory!

Wed, 11/30/2011

Check out pics from CAST 2011!

(Click the picture to be taken to the slide-show.) 


CAST 2011 Pictures


If you have photos you would like to share, email them to, and we'll put them in our album! 



While we were at CAST...


STAT President-Elect Sharon Kamas was at the Capitol on November 17 to weigh-in on the issue of providing Texas classrooms with new textbooks.  See Sharon's testimony here.


Shortly after the November 17 meeting, we recieved word that science materials are in the top spot on the SBOE's Adoption Cycle!  This is indeed a victory for science teachers across Texas.  View the Proposed Adoption Cycle of the SBOE here.


As the school year winds down, we'd like to wish you a very relaxing winter break.   

We're excited to see what 2012 will bring your association.   

Happy Holidays!

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What to Know Before You Go! (to CAST 2011)

We're so excited to see you at CAST 2011:  The Art of Science!
Below you will find important details about badge pickup, tote bag pickup, parking, transportation, and more.
Please read this information carefully!


Click here for a general CAST Schedule.

What to Pack:
  • If you received your name badge in the mail make sure to bring it with you!
  • It will also help if you print and bring your conference agenda. Just go the CAST registration site, put in your name, email address and then your confirmation number.  Please note: You must use the same name and email address you used to register. Your agenda will make it faster for you to get into your registered sessions such as short courses, field trips and socials.  If you are part of a group, you must use the group administrator's name, email, and confirmation number to login.
  • If you have a smart phone, download the CAST App!  Our new App will help you get prepared for your conference by keeping all information at your fingertips.  You can also receive text alerts for important events, and much more! Remember:  Fill out your profile info to be entered to win a free registration for CAST 2012!
  • Please pack comfortable clothes including tennis shoes. The Dallas Convention Center is quite large, so bring your walking shoes.
  • Attire for the conference is casual.If you are attending field trips, bring a set of clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.  Also, do not forget to pack sweaters or a light jacket. Even with warm weather, the meeting rooms can be quite chilly.
  • Bring pens and paper.  Also be prepared to take away items from over 400 vendors. You will receive a giant tote bag this year, but some teachers might find that they need extra bags for more goodies.
  • Snacks. The Dallas Convention Center center will have multiple concession stands open and available.  There is a food court located behind registration that will be open at 7am each day.  Outside food is not allowed in the building. However, you might want to pack a few light snacks for your hotel room.
  • Registration, workshops, and short courses will all be held at the Dallas Convention Center Downtown. Field trips are off-site, but transportation will be provided. 
  • Transportation between the host hotels (the Sheraton and the Marriott) and the convention center is provided. For a full list of pickup places and times, please click here. If your hotel is not on the list of CAST host hotels, you will need to find alternate transportation  to the Convention Center. 
  • Parking: Several parking locations are available near the Convention Center.  Please click here to view the options available.
What to do when you arrive:
  • Pick up your name badge. If you didn’t register before October 14th, then you will need to pick up your name badge and conference materials. You will pick these up at the Dallas Convention Center Exhibit Hall C, Level 2. If you registered before October 14th but did not receive your badge in the mail, please go the Exhibit Hall C to one of the “Badge Printing” stations to have one printed. Exhibit Hall C is open: Wednesday 4-9 p.m., Thursday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 7 a.m.-10 a.m.
  • Pick up your tote bag. If you received your name badge in the mail, all you need to do is pick up your tote bag on-site. The location and times for tote bag pickup are the same as the name badge printing stations above. You must have your name badge to pick up your tote bag.
Once you have your tote bag and name badge, you are free to go to your sessions! We recommend picking up your materials Wednesday evening so you are free to begin attending the workshops of your choice on Thursday morning. 

Attending Workshops:
  • Workshops are included for all full conference attendees. Due to the logistics of offering so many free workshops, we are unable to allow attendees to reserve spaces. Therefore, workshops attendance is on a first come, first served basis.  Arrive early!
  • There are over 600 workshops occurring over the course of the conference so use the printed program and your CAST App wisely to help you get from session to session.*You must have a name badge in order to get into the workshops. Please also note that every room needs to be cleared after every session so that the next presenter may set up for the next workshop.
Jam Sessions:
  • Jam sessions are 45 minute-long workshops for larger audiences, including presenters like the Texas Education Agency and the Discovery Channel.
  • Jam sessions will begin 15 minutes after each round of regular workshops begin. So in case one of your workshops is full, you will have time to plan on attending a Jam session!
Adding Paid Sessions:
  • You may add additional paid sessions (short courses, luncheons, and field trips) before the conference. You can do this at home before you leave or you can add short courses or field trips at on-site registration.
  • All paid sessions will close online the day before they take place.
Field Trip Pick-up:
  • Transportation for field trips is provided. Buses pick up at curbside Lobby D, Level 1 of the Dallas Convention Center. Please arrive no later than 20 minutes before the departure time listed on the program to avoid delays.
  • Each event will have a presider holding up signs for the departing trips. Find your sign and stand with your group. The group presider will lead you to the buses.
  • It will help if you have your conference personal agenda printed to show proof of your registration.
  • Field trips will leave on time—do not arrive late for your departure.
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.
Volunteer Check-In:
  • If you have offered to volunteer please check in at the Volunteer Booth in Exhibit Hall C. If you have extra time in your schedule and would like to contribute to CAST, please stop in and donate your time to keep CAST moving smoothly!  Sign up to volunteer here!
Please call the STAT Office at 512-491-6685 or email us at with any other questions!
Thank you for your attention, and have a safe trip to Dallas!



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Speaker of the House Joe Straus releases Interim Charges for House Committees

Fri, 10/21/2011

Yesterday, October 20, Joe Straus announced the Interim Charges for the Texas State House of Representatives Committees.  In addition to the charges assigned to each committee, he requested all committees find ways to increase transparency, accountability, and efficiency within the state government, and to make recommendations for significantly improving the state’s manufacturing capability.  Charges relevant to science educators are below, but for a complete list of all charges, click here.

    House Committee on Public Education:

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You're too good to wait in line!

Don't wait in line at CAST!  Wouldn't you rather get your tote bag and hit the sessions instead?

Sign up by October 14th to have your name badge mailed to you and receive the CAST Advanced Registration Discount.

Register Now to get the Advanced Registration Discount price of $145 per registrant!

Treat yourself at CAST...

Attend the Friday Night Social:
Late Night at the Museum:
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Friday, November 18th
STAT Special Discount Tickets: Only $15!
Register Now!

Ignore what your district will pay for and sign up on your own for the Friday night social!

Just go to this website, buy as many tickets as you like using your credit card, and pick them up on-site at CAST!  We're trying to make it easier on you to make the most of your time in Dallas, and we hope this helps.

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Take a VIP Tour of the Dallas Cowboys Stadium!

Special Offer for CAST Attendees:
Dallas Cowboys Stadium VIP Tour: Only $35.00!

Tours run Friday, November 18, from 9:30AM-1:30PM, and pick up at
the Dallas Convention Center.

Click Here to Download the Tour Order Form

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Get CAST Field Trips Before They're Gone!

Go Behind the Scenes with CAST 2011 Field Trips. 
These sessions have limited enrollment: sign up before they're gone!
Highlights Include:

  • Lockheed Martin: Take the F-35 factory tour at Lockheed Martin's main assembly plant.
  • Horse Country Tour: Tour state of the art breeding facilities on working horse ranches.
  • Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Behind the Scenes Tour: See cheetahs, rhinos, and other endangered animals.
  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing: See billions of dollars being printed as you walk over the production floor.

...and many more!

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Cirque Imagination Sends CAST Reception Soaring!

Register Now for CAST 2011 and Enjoy The Art of Science Reception
with entertainment by Cirque Imagination

Thursday, November 17th  5:30-7:30 PM
@ the Exhibit Hall  (Free for all CAST attendees!)
Witness the beauty of gravity as acrobats fly through the air in the exhibit hall. 
This event is free for all CAST attendees, and includes hors d’oeurves, giveaways, and more!

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Celebrate the Art of Science with Jean Paul Gaultier!

CAST 2011 Friday Night Social  

Late Night at the Museum:

the Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:  From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Friday, November 18th @ the Dallas Museum of Art

Be one of the few to see this showcase of Gaultier's haute couture dresses and ready-to-wear pieces.
This exhibit is visiting only two U.S. cities on its international tour!
Get your tickets via CAST Registration for only $15.