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Answering the Call in Palm Springs!

Poolside chill, amazing mountain views, balmy evenings, great restaurants, ultra cool mid-century architecture, golf, tennis, hiking… Who doesn’t love Palm Springs? And to top it all off, this October 14-16, it’s THE place for science teachers and educators to be inspired, share ideas, and find their statewide community. That’s right, the California Science Education Conference is back in Palm Springs and is back to being IN PERSON! 

Our theme this year is “A Call to Action for Science Education.” California and the world need a high quality science education more than ever, and in many ways, the past few years have been a step backwards. It's time to recommit to great science learning for everyone. The  conference will be a three day communing on how to answer that call with action. 

Make sure to visit the CASE booth in the exhibit hall to share how you are answering the call to action and how you can get involved!

In addition to the three days of workshops by science educators for science educators, there will be social events. Friday night will be the traditional members-only pool party. It will feature the cardboard boat challenge, where teams will have 45 minutes to design and build a cardboard boat that can successfully be paddled across the pool. This will also be the time to toast this year’s CASE award winners, groove to the DJ, and cool off.  

We have some fun, community events planned. Look our for more information coming soon!

Our opening keynote, Tim Blais of Acapella Science, will get the fun started.  He  promises a talk and performance that will get everyone singing and dancing. Check him out on YouTube for his inventive and infectious blend of singing, beatboxing, and super geeky science content https://www.youtube.com/c/acapellascience

Come a day early for our Leadership Conference on  Thursday October 13th, and learn about answering the call to action as a science leader. This is a day for department chairs, district level leaders, and anyone who takes responsibility for improving science education to get into the nuts and bolts of planning for NGSS implementation. Just because you don’t have an official position doesn’t mean you’re not a leader! 

Palm Springs was my home for 18 years and is still my home away from home. I invite you to come play and learn, and I hope to see all of you in Palm Springs this October! Register here.



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Peter A'Hearn

Written by Peter A'Hearn

Peter A’Hearn is a self-proclaimed science education troubadour and is the President of CASE. (2021-2023).

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