Join ISEA at CAST 2017 in Houston

cast-01ISEA will be back at CAST in Houston this November 9th-11th.

For the first time, we will be sharing a contact list with school teacher’s attending CAST. If you have yet to do so, please submit your organization’s contact information here to be included in the list. We know that many sites can’t afford a booth, so this is your free opportunity to market your programs!

ISEA CAST 2017 Strand
Room numbers & times subject to change. Please visit CAST website to verify schedule.

Can’t leave your classroom? Let us come to you! By Sasha Orman, Texas State Aquarium
Thursday 8:00-9:00am, GRB – 381 C

Quick and Easy Science (STEM) Starters by Kristi Eschberger, Girlstart, Ellen Quigley, Girlstart, Shelby Schaefer, Girlstart
Thursday 11:30-12:30pm, GRB – 381 C

Improving Literacy and Reading Comprehension in Science Through Journal Writing (short course) by Dr. Lucinda N Sohn, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Dr. Lucinda Juarez, University of Texas at San Antonio, Cynthia Hopkins, Corpus Christi Independent School District
Thursday 1:00-4:00pm, Hilton Room – 337 B

Expedition Mars by Celina Terrones, Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College
Thursday 1:30-2:30pm, GRB – 381 C

A Novel Approach to Impact Biodiversity by Tracy Friday Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
Thursday 3:00-4:00pm, GRB – 381 C

From Hoop Gliders to Earthquake Towers – Where to Find TEKS-aligned Hands-on Activities by Tricia Berry, Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin, Gina Higby, Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin, Kristi Eschberger, Girlstart, and Katelyn Wamsted, Girlstart
Thursday 4:30-5:30pm, GRB – 381 C

Creating Conservation Champions! By Joanne Baptista and DeAndra Ramsey, Houston Zoo
Friday 8:00-9:00am, GRB – 381 C

10 Fantastic Force and Motion Activities for your Classroom by Christina Soontornvat, iFLY Indoor Skydiving
Friday 9:30-10:30am, GRB – 381 C

It was a Dark and Stormy Grant Proposal: How to Write Grants People Want to Read by Christina Soontornvat, Christina Soontornvat Consulting
Friday 11:00am-12:00pm, GRB – 381C

Modeling the Expanding Universe with McDonald Observatory by Dr Keely Finkelstein, McDonald Observatory at The University of Texas at Austin, Marc Wetzel, McDonald Observatory at The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Judy Meyer, McDonald Observatory at The University of Texas at Austin
Friday 1:30-2:30pm, GRB – 381C

Excite and Engage Kids in Hands-on STEM with Free Educator Resources in English and Spanish by Joanne Baptista, Houston Zoo, Tricia Berry, Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin, Gina Higby, The University of Texas at Austin, Katelyn Wamsted, Girlstart
Friday 3:00-4:00pm, GRB – 381C

Early Childhood Science Conversations with Bella the Begonia by Cheryl Potemkin, Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
Friday 4:30-5:30pm, GRB – 381 C

P.L.A.Y. (Play, Learning, Adventure, and YOU!) by Kate Unger, Houston Zoo
Saturday 8:00-9:00am, GRB – 381 C

Create a Meaningful STEM After School Program Just for Girls by Itzel Gutierrez, Girlstart, Hailey Gottardy, Girlstart
Saturday 9:30-10:30am, GRB – 381 C

Engaging High School Students in Future Water Quality Challenges by Melissa Mullins,  Baylor University Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research
Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm, GRB – 381C

What is CAST?

In addition to our annual conference, the ISEA board of directors works to bring informal science education partners to the Science Teacher Association of TexasConference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (or CAST). ISEA curates a strand of sessions and workshops and coordinates the ISEA Experience in the Exhibit Hall.

The ISEA Experience in the Exhibit Hall is composed of ISEA members, informal educators, and partner organizations.  We encourage all booths in the section to bring hands-on and interactive activities that represent the best parts of what their programs have to offer.

About the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) and what it means to ISEA Members:
At 7,500 attendees, CAST is the largest statewide meeting of Science Teachers in the nation – and a great place for ISEA members to connect with formal educators in their specific region and beyond. As an Affiliate of STAT (Science Teachers Association of Texas), ISEA has several unique opportunities to connect our members with science teachers at the conference and “bridge the gap” between formals and informals. While ISEA is presenting a stellar strand of presentations highlighting the value of informal education, there are still opportunities to put your organization’s information into the hands of thousands of Science teachers!

Planning on going to CAST?
Volunteer to spend some time at the ISEA Booth! Bring your organization’s fliers and information for distribution, plus you’ll get the opportunity to talk about ISEA and your hard work. This is free face-time to talk about the value of informal education and your organization to teachers! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Daniel at for more information.

Will your organization have its own booth at CAST? Please contact us so that we may direct interested teachers to you! 

Can’t make it to CAST this year?

Send us your stuff!
Your organization can still have a presence at CAST even if you are unable to make it to the conference in person. ISEA will have information from member organizations to give to interested teachers. Send us your fliers and promotional items to pass out at our booth. Contact Daniel at to make arrangements.

For more information about participating in the ISEA Experience at CAST, please email Daniel at 

Resources from CAST 2015: 

Learn how to build your own wind tunnel here:

Wind Tunnel Lesson Plans:

Presentations Available Online:

It was a Dark and Stormy Grant Application: How to use fiction writing techniques to write better proposals presented by Christina Soontornvat

Electrifying Curriculum Resources and All the Best Science and Math Activities presented by Nucleus Learning Network (Emily Weerts and Sarah Morris)

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