Pacific-basin STEAM Teaching Conference @hAWAIICON

Kona Sheraton hotel, Big Island of Hawaii, September 24-27, 2020

This unique science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics teaching conference brings together internationally recognized K-12 STEAM education thought-leaders, scientists, teacher educators, award-winning authors, film makers, comic-artists, game designers, and science fiction television and movie personalities in one of the most amazing STEAM teaching environments on the entire planet — The Big Island of Hawai’i.  Make plans now to join us and upgrade your hands-on activity STEAM teaching toolkit today! 

Things you don't want to miss at this unique conference include:

  • Four days of hands-on STEAM teaching workshops with classroom-ready materials from some of the best professional developers around! Separate workshops are specially designed for elementary teachers and secondary teachers…(you can see last year’s 2018 Program Booklet PDF here; and the 2019 program here)

  • Get cutting-edge science updates from research scientists

  • The "A" in STEAM isn't a silent, add-on letter at PSTC - see the Jr. Geek Film Competition, student-readings of their work, short-story fiction writing competitions, art show and competition, and even a Jr. Costume CosPlay Runway Show.

  • Opportunities to visit unique, ocean-side project-based schools, take ocean-tours, and visit cultural sites that teach using problem-based science approaches

  • Socialize and learn from your favorite TV & movie science fiction actors and authors along with a host of scientists, scholars, and cultural leaders. (The entertainment industry guest line up is updated frequently.) Bring your camera; your students won't believe who you met!

  • Graduate credits and CEU’s are available as well (sign-up on site)

Your students will thank you for coming!

Hands-on professional development workshop presenters invited to attend include: 

Keynote speaker, dr. christine royce, president of the national science teachers association nsta

Keynote speaker, dr. christine royce, president of the national science teachers association nsta

  • Rick Jones, University of Hawai'i West O'ahu (Conference Co-Chair)

  • Andre’ Bormanis, Hollywood Science Consultant for Star Trek, Cosmos, & The Orville

  • Christine Royce, President National Science Teachers Association

  • Peg Steffen, NOAA (ret.)

  • Keao NeSmith, University of Hawai’i linguist and author of Hawaiian Harry Potter

  • Olivier Guyon, Kathy Guyon, Maunakea astronomers

  • John Stallman, Naturalist

  • Lou Mayo, NASA Goddard

  • Keith Olsen and Candee Elseworth, NELHA

  • Stephanie Slater, CAPER Ctr for Astro & Physics Educ Res

  • Tim Slater, Univ. of Wyoming (Conference Co-Chair)

  • Gary Fujihara, Big Kahuna Meterorites

  • Derek Buzasi, Kepler Mission & Florida Gulf Coast U.

  • Heather Preston, Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

  • Chester Lowery, Hilo Easy-Botics

  • Veny Liu, University of Hawai'i West O'ahu

  • Carrie Cole, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

                                            ... among many others

REGISTRATION FEE:  The four-day registration fee is just $99 with a school employee ID  and, in addition to teaching workshops, science updates, and CEUs, includes access to all HawaiiCon Celebrity presentations as well as all professional development sessions for educators and outreach enthusiasts held at the hotel conference center, including those with scientists, scholars, linguists, cultural practitioners, and media guests: The entertainment industry guest line up is updated frequently.  Whether you come for one day or for four, this K-12 teaching conference is one not to be missed. Come for one day or come for all four!  Please reserve your spot by paying the registration fee by selecting this link.   All presenters and participants pay this nominal registration fee.

Uh Hawaiian LINGUIST Dr. Keao Nesmith - Literary translation expert

Uh Hawaiian LINGUIST Dr. Keao Nesmith - Literary translation expert

CONFERENCE HOTEL:  Our beautiful conference hotel is located right on the water just south of Kona on the sunny western coast on the Big Island of Hawai’i, the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.  We’re just 15 miles south of the Kona KOA International Airport. Book your rooms directly with us for convention exclusive rates.  Rooms start at just $189/night and include free parking, free Internet-access, and so much more — all without paying additional resort fees! 

PRESENTATION PROPOSALS:  Although the program is nearly full, there are a few spots for additional presenters.  Consider proposing a professional development session or workshop which will be considered on a rolling basis for the conference with notifications sent on the first day of each month after initial submission, with priority acceptance date of May 15. All sessions are composed of 50-minute blocks (which can be combined). Titles, a  summary description, and brief biographical sketch are to be submitted to the PSTC Conference Co-Chairs using the online form.  Additionally, professional, peer-reviewed conference proceedings will be published at the conclusion of this conference—detailed author-submission guidelines are forthcoming. Kindly note that all presenters and participants pay the nominal registration fee.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES:  Opportunities to earn official PD3, CEUs, and graduate credits will be available for participants.  Information available onsite when you arrive.

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