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CAST24 Call for Proposals Is Open

The Call for Proposals for the 2024 Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST), presented by the Science Teachers Association of Texas, is now open! Submit your session proposal by Friday, May 31, to share your expertise at CAST24, this November 14–16 in San Antonio.

As one of the premier science education events in the country, CAST traditionally features hundreds of breakout sessions presented by educators like YOU who generously share their best strategies for inspiring discovery of the world through science. STAT invites you to turn your innovative teaching strategies and lesson plans into proposals for sessions that could benefit educators and students across Texas and beyond. 

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2023 STAT Statewide Award Nominations Are Open

Each year, STAT is proud to recognize excellence in and dedication to the field of science education through its annual award program. A committee of STAT members reviews all applications and selects award recipients to be recognized during the annual Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST), presented by STAT.

Nominations for the 2023 STAT Statewide Awards are now open. Nominate a peer, a colleague, or yourself today! Nominations and self-nominations will be accepted until August 31. All nominees will receive additional information, including an invitation to apply, which must be completed by September 14. Learn more about the award types and requirements here, and then submit a nomination today.

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CAST23 Early Bird Registration Is Open

Early bird registration and housing for the 2023 Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST), presented by the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT), are now open. Register now to reconnect with your Texas science community in Houston this November 9–11.

Learn more about registration types and deadlines here.

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CAST23 Teacher Appreciation Pre-Sale Is Open

The CAST Teacher Appreciation Pre-Sale is here! National Teacher Appreciation Week may just be a week long, but STAT is extending the celebration of our Texas science educators. 

Now through Wednesday, May 31, you can register for the 2023 Conference for the Advancement of Science Teachers (CAST), presented by STAT, November 9–11 in Houston, at the lowest possible rate to celebrate the many ways you’ve inspired discovery of the world through science this year. Register now for just $205 and save!

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CAST23 Call for Proposals Is Open

The Call for Proposals for the 2023 Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST), presented by the Science Teachers Association of Texas, is now open! Submit your session proposal by Wednesday, May 31, to share your expertise at CAST23, this November 9–11 in Houston.

As one of the premier science education events in the country, CAST traditionally features hundreds of breakout sessions presented by educators like YOU who generously share their best strategies for inspiring discovery of the world through science. And this year, with the adoption and implementation of the new science TEKS approaching, attendees will benefit from sessions designed to help them navigate three-dimensional science teaching by leveraging the recurring themes and concepts and science and engineering practices into their daily instruction.

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STAT Announcement on CAST 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) is announcing today that the in-person Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST), that was scheduled to take place November 5-7, 2020, in Houston has been cancelled. Instead, STAT will deliver CAST 2020 as a virtual experience to be held over the same dates.

This was not an easy decision, but as an organization dedicated to advancing science teaching and learning, STAT leadership carefully considered all scenarios, data from scientists and guidance from public health officials. Ultimately, the significant challenges presented by COVID-19 and the health and safety risk to our attendees, exhibitors, speakers, volunteers and staff led all parties to conclude that it is impossible and irresponsible to hold our event as scheduled, so cancelling the in-person conference was the only responsible action.

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COVID-19 & CAST 2020

STAT Statement on COVID-19 & CAST 2020

With CAST 2020 scheduled for November, we are currently moving forward with our regular timelines, planning, and preparations. STAT leadership is diligently monitoring the situation as it unfolds and will adjust and communicate changes as necessary.

We plan to host an incredible event as we return to Houston, but the safety of our attendees, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff will always be paramount.

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News: 2019 STAT Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2019 Outstanding Science Educators 

Each year, STAT proudly recognizes excellence in dedication to science education through our annual award programs. The STAT Awards Committee is honored to announce the following educators as STAT's 2019 Statewide Award recipients.

Outstanding Science Educator of the Year Awards

The STAT Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year Awards recognize excellence in science teaching. The awards are presented to STAT members in the following categories:

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The CAST 2019 Call for Proposals Will Open Soon!

The Call for Proposals for CAST 2019 presented by the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) will open in early April.

Each year, more than 5,000 educators and science advocates gather for the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, aka CAST, one of the nation’s premier science education conferences. CAST 2019 will take place Nov. 21–23 in at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

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CAST 2018 Recap and Resources

STAT's annual conference, CAST, truly explored new frontiers in 2018, and our members' excitement and passion for learning was — as always  inspiring. If you missed CAST this year or simply need a boost of inspiration, please take a moment to watch the CAST Recap video (below) and browse the CAST 2018 photo gallery.

STAT members, including our newest members joining us as part of their CAST 2018 registration, can now access session handouts from the conference.

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2018 STAT Award Recipients

Congratulations to These Outstanding Wducators!

The Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) is proud to recognize excellence in and dedication to the field of science education through its annual awards program. The STAT Awards Committee is honored to announce the following educators as STAT's 2018 Statewide Award recipients. Join us to recognize them Thursday, November 1, during the general session at the 2018 Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching.

Outstanding Science Educator of the Year Awards

The STAT Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year Awards recognize excellence in science teaching. The awards are presented to STAT members in the following categories:

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CAST 2018 Keynote Speaker

Dianna Cowern, Science Communicator and Creator of Physics Girl

STAT is thrilled to announce that Dianna Cowern, science communicator, educator and content creator for the one million-subscriber YouTube Channel Physics Girl, will speak at the CAST 2018 General Session Nov. 1 in Fort Worth. Dianna earned a bachelor of science in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before researching low-metallicity stars at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and designing an iPad app as a software engineer at GE. She then pursued her career in STEM outreach working as an educator at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, California, and as a physics outreach coordinator at the University of California, San Diego. Her work on Physics Girl has been featured in the Huffington Post and Slate Magazine and on Scientific American blogs. Check out Dianna’s YouTube channel. 

CAST 2018 registration and housing will open in late August. Stay tuned for announcements!

CAST 2018 Scholarship Applications Open

Scholarship Application Deadline: Sept. 5, 2018

CAST is known across Texas (and across state lines!) as a celebration of all things science. Nearly 6,000 science educators gather each fall for three days of inspiration and idea sharing. Would financial support for travel, hotel or even a substitute make it possible for you to attend CAST? Consider applying for a CAST 2018 Scholarship! STAT is pleased to award $750 stipends to qualified members to be used as the recipient needs (for registration, hotel, travel, a sub, etc.). Scholarship applications are due Sept. 5, and recipients will be notified by Sept. 25. Apply today.