Discounted Universal Orlando Youth Program Tickets for Conference Attendees. 


Our next conference


All sySTEMs Go!


will be at the 


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel 

at the Entrance to Universal Orlando

5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819


October 19-21, 2017


Registration is open

Register for the Conference, Field Trips and Workshops Here

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the Conference here


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Field Trips, Socials and Workshops Here


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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando Reservation Link


Reserve Your Hotel Room Here


A block of rooms has been reserved for October 14, 2017 - October 24, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando. The special room rate will be available until October 6th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Booking a reservation for the hotel is simple. To begin the process, click on "HOTEL RESERVATION LINK" below to receive our group's preferred rate.

PLEASE NOTE SELF-PARKING IS COMPLIMENTARY FOR ALL OVERNIGHT ATTENDEES DURING THE EVENT DATES. DAY ATTENDEE PARKING IS $10 EXCLUDING TAXES WITH NO RE-ENTRY PRIVILEGES.



HOTEL RESERVATION LINK<--Click Here       





DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando



DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando - Hotel Exterior both towers


5780 Major Blvd.
Orlando, Florida 32819
Tel: +1-407-351-1000
Fax: +1-407-363-0106 







Universal Orlando Youth Programs is providing all attendees and their families discount tickets to be used only between October 17-21, 2017. FAST is only making the form available to our attendees. However, if you have any questions, please contact Universal Orlando Youth Programs. FAST will not be able to answer any questions concerning the discounted tickets.


Universal Youth Programs contact information is provided below.


2017 FAST Conference Ticket Order Form.pdf <---- Click Here for form



http://universalorlandoyouth.com/<--- Click Here for Universal Youth Programs



Universal Youth Program Group Travel Operations & Reservation Department

Business Hours:

Open Daily: 8:30AM-5:30PM EST.

1-800-YOUTH-15 | www.UniversalOrlandoYouth.com




DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando

Keynote Speaker




Andr&#233;s Ruzo


Andrés is a scientist, author, science communicator and educator, who in 2011 became the first geoscientist granted permission to study the sacred Boiling River of the Amazon. He believes that environmental responsibility and economic prosperity can go hand in hand, and uses science to unite both aims. 

 

Andrés is the Founder and Director of the “Boiling River Project,” a non-profit dedicated to understanding and protecting the Boiling River by bringing together modern science and traditional Amazonian knowledge. 

 

Andrés is a TED SpeakerTED Book Author,  National Geographic Explorer, and contributor to National Geographic Learning educational materials. He holds degrees in Geology and Finance from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), where he is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Geophysics.





Schedule at a Glance 

FAST 2017 Conference

All SySTEMs Go!

Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando, Orlando

October 19th – 21, 2017


Time                          Event                                       Location                    


Wednesday, October 18th, 2017


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM                   FAST Attendee Registration             Doubletree Conference Center



 

Thursday, October 19th, 2017


7:00 AM – 5:00 PM                   FAST Attendee Registration            Doubletree Conference Center

 

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM                   FIELDTRIPS AND WORKSHOP     Doubletree Conference Center

                                                          Pre-Registration Required


2:00 PM - 4:15 PM  CONCURRENT SESSIONS      Doubletree Conference Center

                                                  included in conference registration

                                                              

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM                   SOCIAL

                                             It’s Miller Time!                                 Doubletree Pool & Mangrove

                                                          Meet our Featured Speakers:                          

                                                          Zipporah Miller & Ken Miller

                                                         Pre-Registration Required

                                                        Sponsored by Pearson      



                                                                         

Friday, October 20th, 2017 


7:00 AM – 4:00 PM                   FAST Attendee Registration            Doubletree Conference Center

 

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM                   VENDOR EXHIBITS                           Citrus Ballroom

                                                   12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Closed for Vendor Lunch

 

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM                   LIFT OFF!!                                      Osceola Room

                                                       FAST Annual Business Meeting

                                                Recognition of

                                                     Science Educator Awardees

                                                KEYNOTE:  Andrés Ruzo

                                                                

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM                   CONCURRENT SESSIONS              Doubletree Conference Center          

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM                   SOCIAL

                                          Guardians of the STEM Galaxy!  Universal Ballroom

                                                          Wear your favorite Galaxy attire!            

                                                          Pre-Registration Required                 

                                                         Sponsored by PASCO




Saturday, October 21st, 2017


7:00 AM – 9:00 AM                   FAST Attendee Registration           Doubletree Conference Center

 

8:00 AM – 11:30 AM                 CONCURRENT SESSIONS           Doubletree Conference Center

           

8:00 AM – 11:30 AM                 VENDOR EXHIBITS                          Citrus Ballroom

 

11:30 AM – Noon                      Drawings for Prizes                         Citrus Ballroom



 

PARKING:    Self-Parking is free for Attendees Registered at the Doubletree

                        Parking for all others is $10 / day – no in/out privileges.


All sySTEMs Go!




Program Booklet<--Click Here

(This is the hard copy you will receive at the conference. It is the Final Document updated on 10/11/2017)


It has detailed information concerning all 

aspects of the Conference.


See you There!!!






Draft Program<--Click Here

(This is in an Excel spreadsheet so you can sort by your choice. Changes may occur without notice)

 updated Oct 18, 2016































It's Miller Time! 

Sponsored by Pearson 


Social Event

Cost-FREE! MUST REGISTER!

Thursday, October 19, 2017 

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM 

Doubletree Pool Deck


WELCOME BACK!!!! Please plan to join Pearson poolside Thursday evening as we celebrate "Miller Time". Dr. Ken Miller, author of the best-selling Biology program of all time, "Miller and Levine Biology" , will be on hand to enjoy the evening with our Florida teachers. Pearson also welcomes Dr. Zipporah Miller, author of the ever popular Florida middle school program, "Interactive Science", as well as Florida's brand new "Elevate Science" series. Come as you are and enjoy snacks, adult beverages, and the company of your colleagues. Pre-registration is required, so don't miss this opportunity. AND...as an added bonus, attendees will be treated to a sneak peak of how Pearson is poised to "elevate" Florida science to new heights! See you Thursday!!!




                          



The Guardians of the STEM Galaxy!

Sponsored by PASCO Scientific


Social Event

 Cost-FREE! MUST REGISTER!

Friday, October 20, 2017

5:30 pm - 7:30pm

Universal Ballroom






We invite you to join PASCO Scientific as we celebrate YOU:  The Guardians of the STEM Galaxy!  This celebration is a "come as you are" OR "come in costume" party with opportunities for best costume prizes, and other prizes awarded as we explore the use of PASCO Technology and Curriculum as our weapons to fight the anti-STEM evil forces.  The FAST Board members have joined forces with PASCO Scientific to bring you this exciting  Guardians of the Galaxy themed wine-and-cheese event.  Come as your favorite Galaxy protector from any movie, series or comic strip, or invent your own and join the fun.  Costumes are welcome but not required.  Pre-registration is required for this party and we will be hosting the first 150 teachers to sign up.  Come join PASCO Scientific as Guardians of the STEM Galaxy.




Field Trips


Thursday, October 19, 2017

All Field trip participants will meet at the registration area in the Convention Center at the DoubleTree Orlando at the Entrance to Universal. Transportation is provided to all Field Trips. 



FIELD TRIP #1: Explore Shingle Creek:                            Importance of Watershed Protection

      

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 8:30 am until 12:30 pm

Cost: $15.00

Lunch on your Own

Participant Limits: 

          minimum  20

          maximum 40


Description:

Join Ecological Classroom Outdoors as we explore the headwaters of the Everglades right here in Central Florida. Participate in field activities that show how you can get students out of the classroom to gather real world data by identifying species that depend on these waters. Test water quality and explore the impact of invasive species and environmental factors.  Transportation is provided. 




FIELD TRIP #2: Skeletons Museum/Orlando                               Eye 

      

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 11:30 am until 4:30 pm

Cost: $5.00

Lunch on your Own

Participant Limits: 

          minimum  15

          maximum 46


Description:

Explore the Skeletons Museum with a custom scavenger hunt and hop over to the Orlando Eye attractions for an up close and personal experience at Sea Life. Participate in a Behind the Scenes Tour, and get a chance to explore the Madame Tussauds exhibit and ride the Orlando Eye!  Teachers must bring their school ID and ENTER their Florida DOE Teacher License Numberduring registration in the appropriate field to pick up their complimentary Awesome Pass.  The pass is also good at Legoland. Transportation will be provided. 



FIELD TRIP #3: STEAM at Universal 

      

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 8:30 am until 12:30 pm

Cost: $5.00

Lunch on your Own

Participant Limits: 

          minimum  15

          maximum 24


Middle and high school teachers ONLY


Description:

Explore the new STEAM apps through a pre-lesson, view a NBC learning video, experience the brand new STEAM app, and learn about the Universal Youth Program.  Participants will receive complementary admission to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure for the day and may stay or return to the park after the field trip.  For additional tickets for your family, a separate email will be sent to field trip participants at a later date. Transportation is provided for session participants only.


WORKSHOPS
(Thursday, October 19, 2017)


 

CANCELLED      Workshop #1



Title: Self-driving Cars and Standards Driven Content-           Coding for Curriculum


Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm


Presented by: JP Keener, PASCO Scientific

Location: DoubleTree Hotel, Room: C3/C2

Workshop Cost: $5.00, Pre-registration                                                     required

Maximum: 25 


Description:


Robots are technically fascinating and also fun and engaging.  With the new Florida Computer Science Standards, schools will be seeing more exciting applications of robotics and programming.  This hands-on workshop presents technology-enhanced lessons focusing on force and motion using some incredible classroom-scale robots. Using coding basics, Author and Physicist Tom Hsu will explore essential kinematics ideas from the 6-12 curriculum - such as velocity, acceleration, motion graphing and vector analysis. This will get students doing physics like nothing else. Physics and physical science resources, weblinks to interactive equations, access to assessment banks and signed copies of Tom Hsu’s newest text, “Essential Physics” will also be provided. There will be other give-aways to the winners of our various robotics competitions.  As a thank you for joining us, each participant will be receiving a gift certificate to be applied towards a PASCO  Scientific purchase – possibly the robotics module or physics demonstration tools.  This is a $100.00 value – Limit first 25 to the workshop



Workshop #2



Title:Project WILD Takes Flight: Don't Miss Your STEM         Connection!


Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm


Presented by: Anita Forester, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission/Project WILD Coordinator

Location: DoubleTree Hotel, Room: D1

Workshop Cost: Free, Pre-registration                                                     required

Maximum: 25 


Description:


Targeted for the middle-school audience, though widely adaptable, Flying WILD offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history.  Project-based classroom applications, service learning and community involvement are encouraged through sections of the guide dedicated to the planning and implementation of birding festivals. This workshop will provide hands-on experience with the Flying WILD curriculum. Participants will be given a Flying WILD Activity Guide and support materials to take flight!




Workshop #3


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


Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Presented by: JP Keener, PASCO Scientific

Location: DoubleTree Hotel, Room C3/C2

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. As a thank you for joining us, each participant will be receiving a wireless temperature sensor, and a personal license to the software: Sparkvue.  This is a $150.00 value – Limit first 25 to the workshop. These types of activities are showcased in Essential Chemistry and Essential Physics.  Book Author Tom Hsu will be providing autographed copies of the books.


Workshop #4


Title: Electric Vehicles (EVs): Driving a Sustainable Future!



Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Presented by: Susan T. Schleith and Penny Hall, Program Director and Coordinator K-12 Education, Fl. Solar Energy Center/UCF; Thomas S. Turrentine, PhD., Director,  and Dahlia Garas, Research Program Diretor - Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center, University of California, Davis

Location: DoubleTree, Room: D3

Workshop Cost: Free, Pre-registration required

Maximum: 30 (12 minimum)


Description:


Cars are ubiquitous in our culture and represent a right-of- passage for young people.   Electric vehicles can be a great hook to get even the most reluctant learner engaged in STEM. Through hands-on, project based learning students will use scientific and engineering practices to explore electric vehicle technology, its integration with renewable energy, climate change and sustainable transportation. Impacts of this technology and infrastructure include re-imagined buildings, cities, roadways, and the way we live and work. Participants will be introduced to electric vehicles and opportunities to incorporate EV lessons, models and projects that link engineering, technology, environment, science and society into their curriculum or in after-school programs.  An electric vehicle “ride and drive” will be included in the workshop, which allows attendees the opportunity to explore the current EV technologies and how they work.  Participants will be provided with project ideas and standards-based activities. Door prizes!


Workshop #5


Title: Hands-on with LEGO We Do 2.0


Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm


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: DoubleTree, Room: Broward

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 #6


Title: Hands-on with LEGO Mindstorms EV3


Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm


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: DoubleTree, Room: Broward

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).


Vendor Information

For Vendor information pertaining to the Exhibit Hall, please contact


 Sharon Cutler:cutlersharon@mac.com




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2017 FAST Conference in Orlando



All sySTEMS Go!


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