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Pre-Conference Workshops

STAT is thrilled to offer Pre-Conference Workshops as a part of CAST24 programming. These immersive, hands-on experiences and extended professional learning opportunities will be held prior to CAST24 on Wednesday, November 13.

Register for a pre-conference workshop as you complete your CAST24 registration (additional registration fees apply). Please note that availability is limited for each workshop, and transportation to the workshop locations is not included (except for the San Antonio River STEM Boat Tour). Attendees must arrange their own travel to their workshop location. Workshop length and tentative start times can be found below. Additional details will be sent to registered attendees at a later date.


Pre-Conference Workshop Locations and Fees

Igniting Lifelong Learning: Integrating Museum Visits Into Curriculum With The Witte | $75

Museums are a place of learning, inspiration, and enjoyment, contributing educational content for audiences of all ages. At the Witte, we inspire people to shape the future of Texas through transformative experiences in nature, science, and culture. Join us to learn how a field trip can become an ignition point for lifelong learning for your students. By engaging in several hands-on activities, you will learn how to integrate a museum visit with your curriculum. And we will talk about ways to break down the barriers to taking school field trips.

Workshop Length: 3 Hours, Start Time TBD

Set Sail for the San Antonio River STEM Boat Tour! | $25

Want to learn all aBOAT the ecosystem restoration and flood infrastructure along the San Antonio River? Attendees will take a 1.5-hour boat ride along the river to learn all about how science, technology, engineering, and math transformed this waterway from a trapezoidal drainage channel into a healthy restored ecosystem that supports native flora and fauna while maintaining flood control. Join us for a fun and informative excursion! (Transportation included.)

Workshop Length: 1.5 Hours, 3:30 PM–5:00 PM, Wednesday, November 13

Project Learning Tree: Explore Your Environment With the San Antonio Botanical Garden | $50

Get your own K–8 Explore Your Environment curriculum guide and learn how to bring the environment to life in your classroom! Gain the skills and confidence you need to inspire your students HOW to think, not WHAT to think, about complex environmental issues, such as forest conservation, climate change, and water resources. Participants will receive a certificate for their TEEAC approved credit hours. PLT teaches you everything you need to know to engage your students in these fun, hands-on lessons. Student worksheets are included. Each participant will each receive an activity guide.

Workshop Length: 6 Hours, 9:00 AM–1:00 PM, Wednesday, November 13

Curiosity Unleashed: Inquiry-Based Learning at The Doseum | $25

Students are naturally curious. As educators we can channel this curiosity into inquiry-based learning, investigating, critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving. Maker-Centered Learning (MCL) and Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) are interdisciplinary, constructivist approaches to learning and teaching that are based on guided inquiry. Each approach encourages learners to slow down and look closely. VTS is rooted in discussion—providing a method for creating safe spaces for conversation that focuses on elaborating on what is seen by finding and communicating supporting evidence. MCL is rooted in deconstructing the designed world to understand better the parts that make up the whole—whether objects or systems. MCL empowers learners to become agents of design who can make their world into whatever they imagine! In this training, you will be introduced to these approaches through hands-on/minds-on activities, reflection, and discussion.

Workshop Length: 2 Hours, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM, Wednesday, November 13


Pre-Conference Workshop Payment/Cancellation Policy

Registration fees for Pre-Conference Workshops are nonrefundable and must be paid in full prior to your participation. Your registration is a “reservation” to attend the workshop, and you are responsible for full payment whether or not you attend the workshop.

Before registering, please review STAT’s Registration Terms and Conditions.

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