REGISTRATION IS OPEN!


Our conference

will be at the 


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel 

Miami Airport and Convention Center

711 NW 72 Avenue, Miami, Florida, 33126

October 25-27, 2018

to register and book your hotel use the links below


Conference Registration<--Click here 

Field Trips, Social Events and Workshops <--Click Here

 Hotel Reservation Link for Group Rate <--Click Here


See below for a description of the Field Trips, Social Events and Workshops

DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center

Vendor Information

For Vendor information pertaining to the Exhibit Hall, please contact


 Sharon Cutler: cutlersharon@mac.com


VENDOR REGISTRATION FORM <--Click here if you would like to represent your company at our 2018 FAST Conference in Miami


Field Trips


Thursday, October 25, 2018

All Field trip participants will meet at the registration area in the Convention Center at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport and Convention Center. Transportation is provided to all Field Trips. 


FIELD TRIP #1: 

 Kayak Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

      

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time: 6:45 am until 2:45 pm

Cost: $ 68.00

Includes: Lunch, transportation, park admission, equipment

Dress: Ready to get wet, lotion, camera (not included)

Participant Limits: 

          minimum  15

          maximum 22 (depends on bus size)


Description:

Come explore the park on sit-on-top kayaks! On the bus ride down, you will be given some information about the ecosystems within Pennekamp State Park. Then you will paddle though and around the mangroves at your own pace. Whether you are a novice or an expert the area to kayak is just right for you. Kayaks, paddles and PFDs will be provided. Afterwards, lunch will be provided, and you will also have time to walk around to explore the rest of the park on your own – don’t forget to visit the Environmental Education & Visitor Center. If you forgot anything, there is a small gift shop with basic in-the-sun necessities. 


FIELD TRIP #2: 

 Ride the Glass Bottom Boat at Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park 

      

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time: 6:45 am until 2:45 pm

Cost: $ 68.00

Includes: Lunch, transportation, park admission

Dress: Outdoor comfortable clothing, lotion, camera (not included)

Participant Limits: 

          minimum  15

          maximum 22 (depends on bus size)


Description:

Enjoy a unique glimpse into the serene undersea world in style and comfort on the glass bottom boat, Spirit of Pennekamp. The itinerary includes a number of shallow reefs teeming with wildlife.  Protect yourself from South Florida’s sun with hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Afterwards, lunch will be provided, and you will also have time to walk around to explore the rest of the park on your own – don’t forget to visit the Environmental Education & Visitor Center. If you forgot anything, there is a small gift shop with basic in-the-sun necessities.


FIELD TRIP #3: 

     Fairchild Gardens 

      

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time: 8:45 am until 12:30 pm

Cost: $5.00

Lunch on your Own

Participant Limits: 

        minimum  15

        maximum 30


Description:

Fairchild is considered one of the best botanic gardens in the world. Their plant collection nestles within the beautiful framework of their landscape design providing an unparalleled sense of awe. Their horticultural collections and exhibits make the experience of visiting Fairchild unforgettable through guided and self-guided tours of the Garden. Enjoy a free, narrated tram tour with one of their expert volunteer guides. Year-round tram tours run approximately 45 minutes and offer an introduction to the history, mission, and Fairchild's plant collections. The tours give an excellent overview of the Garden, after which you can explore on your own.


FIELD TRIP #4: 

   PHILLIP AND PATRICIA FROST MUSEUM OF SCIENCE 

      

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time: 8:45 am until 12:30 pm

Cost: $5.00

Lunch on your Own

Participant Limits: 

          minimum  15

          maximum 30


Description:

Wander through the new Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in downtown Miami. From its yellow-submarine-like elevators, which take guests to varying levels of a 500,000-gallon aquarium, to its 30-foot-long feathered dinosaur, the sights in the open-air space are other-worldly. Frost Science is a world-class science museum dedicated to sharing the power of science, sparking wonder and investigation, and fueling innovation for the future. Visitors can hurtle through space in a planetarium equipped with a 3-D 8K visual system-one of only thirteen like it in the world and come face to face with sharks in our 3-level aquarium.

Social Events



 Meet and Greet! 


Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM


Cost-FREE! MUST REGISTER!

Location: TBA

Come as you are and enjoy snacks, adult beverages, and the company of your colleagues.



 Life Members' Breakfast


Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM 

Life Members Only 

Cost-FREE! MUST REGISTER!


Our annual celebration of Life Members.

Life members: You must be signed into the FAST website to register.

WORKSHOPS

(Thursday, October 25, 2018)


 

Workshop #1


Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Title: Hands-on with LEGO We Do 2.0

Presented by: Debra Kelly Thomas, Computer Science Instructional Specialist for Broward County Public Schools, certified trainer for Engineering is Elementary, Code.org, CS Fundamentals, and Lego Education

Location: TBA

Workshop Cost: Free, Pre-registration required

Maximum: 26 (14 minimum)


Description:

Learn how you can incorporate LEGO WeDo 2.0 in your classroom to integrate computer science and computational thinking while meeting content area benchmarks.  In this workshop you will create and program a robot to investigate the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object in a “Robot Tug-of-War” Challenge.  Free lesson plans and curriculum will be provided. Target audience: Teachers (Grades 2 – 5).


Workshop #2


Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Title: Essential Chemistry: Wine Tasting Chemistry- Spectroscopy,                  and Acidity

Presented by: JP Keener, PASCO Scientific

Location: TBA

Workshop Cost: $5.00 Pre-registration required

Maximum: 25 

 

Description:

Wines are described by their color and taste. In this workshop, we go beyond reds and whites and actually measure the color of the wine. Using spectroscopy, we will distinguish between different  types of wine – applying principles and procedures that may be used in any classroom (with other types of samples of course!). We will be doing some wine tasting to see how sensitive we are to the acidity of a wine. Acidity is a word that is often used to describe the taste of wine, but what does it really mean? In this hands-on activity we can use PASCO’s Wireless Spectrometer, and pH sensor to explore the science of behind a favorite beverage. Wine (for testing and tasting), and cheese provided. Give aways!


Workshop #3


Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Title: Solar Energy 101 Workshop

Presented by: Susan T. Schleith and Penny Hall, Program Director and Coordinator K-12 Education, Fl. Solar Energy Center/UCF 

Location: TBA

Workshop Cost: $ 5.00, Pre-registration required

Maximum: 30 (12 minimum)


Description:

This four hour workshop provides teachers with the resources and experiences to rapidly implement solar energy content into their curriculum.  It includes background information on solar energy and associated technologies, hands-on, inquiry based experiments covering solar thermal concepts and photovoltaic technologies, and offers opportunities to participate in or create your own integrated STEAM – E (Energy-focused), project-based student activity.  All materials are aligned with the Sunshine State Standards and NGSS.  Free materials and door prizes! 


Workshop #4


Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Title: Hands-on with LEGO Mindstorms EV3

Presented by: Debra Kelly Thomas, Computer Science Instructional Specialist for Broward County Public Schools, certified trainer for Engineering is Elementary, Code.org, CS Fundamentals, and Lego Education

Location: TBA

Workshop Cost: Free, Pre-registration required

Maximum: 26 (14 minimum)


Description:

Learn how you can incorporate LEGO Mindstorms EV3 in your classroom to integrate computer science and computational thinking while meeting content area benchmarks.  In this workshop you will program a robot to safely navigate a course.  Free lesson plans and curriculum will be provided. Target audience: Teachers (Grades 4 – 8).


Call for Presenters!

The Heat is on, Full STEAM Ahead!

October 25 – 27, 2018


If you have any questions concerning a presentation, please Contact 

Nancy Besley at

nancybesley@gmail.com


Register for the Conference, Field Trips and Workshops Here

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