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2018 Fall Conference on Science Education

Sessions & WorkshopsExhibiting at the Conference Sponsorship Opportunities 
 Registration Conference Schedule 

  OSTA is proud to be partnering with the Oregon Coast Aquarium to present the
2018 Fall Conference

Save the Date and Join Us at the Beach!

October 12-13, 2018
Newport Middle School

We are busy organizing and planning a great conference for your professional development.

Stay tuned to this page as updates will be made leading up to the conference.

Registration Information

Registration will open on June 1st

Conference on Friday, October 12, 2018
 Registration TypeEarly Registration
Through August 31
Advanced Registration
Through September 30
Onsite Registration
After September 30
 Member $110 $135 $150
 Non-Member $135 $160 $175
 Pre-Service Teachers or
 Student Members
 $30 $30 $35
 Retiree Member $55$65$75
 WSTA Member* $110 $135 $150
 Session Presenters $65 $90 $100
*WSTA Member rate requires a registration code. Please contact WSTA Representative Carol Sandison for that code at carols@solidnet.com

Registration for Saturday workshops, Tours/Field Trips and the Awards Banquet are separate and can be added on to the conference registration or registered for separately.

Submissions for sessions and workshops is now closed.

If you have a session or workshop that you believe we should consider, please contact us at

Proposals submitted will be reviewed in May, with confirmations sent in June.

Strand 1: Navigating Phenomena-Based Storylines

Chair: Jomae Sica

Description: Students are naturally curious about the world around them and are constantly asking, “Why?” By beginning instruction with phenomena, it intrinsically motivates students to answer this question by utilizing the scientific and engineering practices to investigate the topic through inquiry and communicate their ideas through identifying patterns, making data-driven predictions, or presenting arguments from evidence or solutions. Once the phenomenon is introduced, students will inherently have more detailed questions that will drive daily instruction throughout the unit to add pieces to their sense-making. This creates a common theme throughout the unit that students return to thinking about after each lesson creating a coherent storyline. The sessions in this strand should demonstrate how to select phenomena for a unit, anticipate student questions to build the storyline, or demonstrate how utilizing phenomena has increased the use of the practices to increase relevance in learning.

Strand 2: Buoying Math and Literacy with Science and Technology Integration

Chair: Andy Byerley

Description: The process of making sense of phenomena and designing solutions to problems is full of opportunities to speak, listen, read, write, and reason mathematically. As a result of most instruction being broken into “silos” of content areas, students often see science, math, and literacy as separate disciplines with potentially little overlap. In reality, sense-making depends on collaboration and communication across disciplines. When done well, effectively integrating science and technology more fully into the curriculum can raise student achievement in math and literacy because students can utilize math in an authentic context and produce language necessary to communicate original ideas. The sessions in this strand should showcase lessons or units that effectively integrate science with math and/or literacy, or showcase instructional routines or practices that promote mathematical reasoning and/or language production among students.

Strand 3: Learning Where you Live with Place-Based Education (Coastal Learning Symposium Strand)

Chair: Sara Shaw Roberts

Description: Place-based education has become a recognized method for fostering academic achievement, engagement, and responsible citizenship in students of all ages. The goal of place-based learning is to help youth understand how everyone and everything in their community - both natural and cultural - is interconnected. Service learning, environmental explorations, and civic engagement are all used to help the next generation address some of today’s toughest challenges, starting at home. Sessions in this strand should share strategies for connecting students to their communities in deep and meaningful ways, introduce methods for forging relationships with community partners, and reveal the many benefits of this learning model.

 Conference Schedule:

Thursday, October 11th 

● Early Registration 

● Happy Hour & Networking

Friday, October 12th 

● General Session 

● Concurrent Sessions 

● Exhibitor Displays and Scavenger Hunt 

● Networking Opportunities 

● Awards Banquet and Celebration 

● Aquarium After Hours 

Saturday, October 13th 

● Local Area Tours 

● Deep Dive Workshops


Get your organization's products and services in front of educators from around the state as one of our valued exhibitorsOSTA's advertising campaign has begun.  Get your organization's name on our conference page as confirmed by completing your registration.

Exhibiting at the OSTA conference offers organizations the opportunity to connect with educators around the state. We offer networking opportunities leading up to, during and after the conference.

Questions? Contact us at exhibitors@oregonscience.org, or 971.361.0STA.

 Register as an exhibitor 

Registration Add-Ons for Exhibitors: 

Extra tables: Need more room than one 6-foot table? We can do that.
Advertising​: Our conference scheduler will be handed to every attendee at the conference. 
Sponsorships​: Your logo and name on our conference web page and more, depending on level.

Confirmed Exhibitors
 Accelerate Learning: STEMscopes Oregon Sea Grant/Oregon Coast STEM Hub
 Friends of Outdoor School Oregon State Marine Board
 Girls Who Code Oregon State University/Marine Studies Initiative
 Oregon Forest Resources Institute University of Oregon/Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
 Oregon National Primate Research Center/OHSU Vernier Software & Technology

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits 

Get your organization's name and logo onto our conference page, advertising and program materials.

OSTA's outreach campaign regularly sends conference advertising to our contact list of over 2,000. In addition, we mail conference information in August to all schools in Oregon and SW Washington.

We have several sponsorship levels available including in-kind sponsorships.

There are two ways to procure your sponsorship: 
1. When registering your company as an exhibitor, select a sponsorship level in your registration, or 
2. Visit our Donation page, or send your donation to OSTA at

4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #1025, Portland, OR 97214. 
OSTA also welcomes in-kind sponsorships 

If you would like to speak with OSTA about sponsorship, please contact us at administrator@oregonscience.org or 971-361-OSTA. 

Here's a flyer with this information for you to share.


4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, PO Box 1025
Portland, Oregon

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