Pacific Science Teaching Conference @hAWAIICON

Kona Coast, Big Island of Hawaii, September 13-16, 2018

This unique science teaching conference brings together internationally recognized scientists, teacher educators, and science fiction media personalities in one of the most amazing science teaching environments on the entire planet.  Make plans now to join us and upgrade your hands-on activity science teaching toolkit today! 

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

  • Four days of hands-on workshops with classroom-ready materials!  Separate workshops are specially designed for elementary teachers and secondary teachers.  
  • Opportunities to visit unique, ocean-side schools that teach using problem-based science approaches
  • Chance to socialize and learn from your favorite TV scientist-actors along with a host of science fiction actors & science fiction authors. (The entertainment industry guest line up is updated frequently.)  Your students won't believe who you met!

Your students will thank you for coming!

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

  • Rick Jones, University of Hawai'i West O'ahu (Conference Co-Chair)
  • Sarah "Katie" Guffey, University of Southern Alabama
  • Tania Burchell, National Radio Astro Observatory (ret.)
  • Cindy Fong, Hilo Intermediate School
  • Cheryl Gansecki, videographer at
  • Ken Hon, University of Hawai'i Hilo volcanologist
  • Lou Mayo, NASA Goddard
  • Stephanie Slater, CAPER Ctr for Astro & Physics Educ Res
  • Tim Slater, Univ. of Wyoming (Conference Co-Chair)
  • Derek Buzasi, Kepler Mission & Florida Gulf Coast U.
  • Heather Preston, Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium
  • Sharon Schleigh, CAPER Ctr for Astro & Physics Educ Res
  • Carrie Cole, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

                                            ... among many others

REGISTRATION FEE:  The four-day registration fee is $169 (only $99 if paid by May 15!)  and includes access to all HawaiiCon Celebrity presentations and professional development sessions for educators and outreach enthusiasts held at the hotel conference center, including those with scientists and media guests: The entertainment industry guest line up is updated frequently.  Please pay the registration fee by selecting this link.   All presenters and participants pay the registration fee.

CONFERENCE HOTEL:  The conference hotel is is nestled on a white sandy beaches along the western the Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Book your rooms directly with us for convention exclusive rates.  Rooms start at just $220/night and include free parking and so much more,  although  lately people seem to have the best luck by calling them directly and asking for the HawaiiCon discounted room rate.

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. Titles, a  summary description, and brief biographical sketch are to be submitted to Tim Slater,, PSTC Conference Co-Chair using the online formKindly note that all presenters and participants pay the nominal registration fee.

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