2016 California Science Education Conference


OCTOBER 21-23, 2016 • Palm Springs, CA


Online Registration Is Now Available

Two Easy Ways to Register:

Register online (credit card only) or

Download a registration form (Check, P.O., and Group Registrations)

Conference registration includes access to over 180 workshops, the exhibit hall, focus speaker sessions, and keynote speakers.

Hotel reservations are being accepted: Click here for online reservations and pricing details.

Registration FAQs: Click here

2016 Conference Registration Rates:

CSTA Members save when registering for the conference. Not a member? Join before you register and save! Membership is just $50/year.


Early Bird
On or Before July 25!

July 26 - October3

On or After October 3

CSTA Member Registration*

Full Registration




Weekend Only




CSTA Preservice Member*

Full Registration




Weekend Only




Nonmember Registration

Full Registration




Weekend Only




Other Rates









*Membership paid through November 1, 2016 or later.

+Groups of 20 or more qualify for this special rate regardless of the membership status of each registrant. All forms (one for each registrant) must be accompanied by a single check or purchase order and received by October 3, 2016. Group registrations will not be accepted at on-site registration.

Registration FAQs

Q: What is included in the conference registration fee?

A: Your registration fee includes over 180 one-hour workshops, the opening and closing general sessions, focus speaker sessions, and full access to the exhibit hall. Weekend-only registrations include only those workshops,and Focus Speaker sessions held on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 - 22 and access to the exhibit hall on Saturday.

Other ticketed events such as the Awards Luncheon, short courses, evening events, and field courses are not included in your registration fee.

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Q: What forms of payment does CSTA accept?

A: CSTA accepts checks and purchase orders (see note below) for conference fees, made payable to CSTA. We also accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. CSTA's federal tax ID number is 94-2926545. CSTA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

Special Note Regarding Purchase Orders: POs used as payment for the conference must be received by October 3, 2016. You may use a Purchase Order if you register on-site, however, you must have a copy of the original purchase order. We are not able to accept just the purchase order number as payment.

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Q: I want to register at the Early-Bird Rate, but I won't be able to secure funding from my district or school until the fall. Can I still register at the Early-Bird rate?

A: Yes. Complete your registration on-line or via fax with payment. When we receive payment from your school/district in the fall, we will refund the fees in full to your credit card.

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Q: My school district has approved my request to attend the conference but the purchase order will not be processed by the registration deadline. If I pay the conference fees myself, will I be refunded after CSTA receives payment from my school district?

A: Yes, CSTA will refund any funds that were submitted by you once payment has been received from your school district. We recommend you submit your payment with a credit card which will allow us to process your refund more quickly.

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Q: Are registration fees transferable?

A: Yes! In fact, if you are registered for the conference and then find that you cannot attend yourself, we encourage you to send a colleague in your place along with a signed letter stating you wish to transfer your registration fee.

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Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: If you need to cancel your registration, the cancellation notice must be made in writing and received by CSTA prior to October 3, 2016. Cancellations should be directed to the Executive Director and can be mailed (950 Glenn Dr. Ste. 150, Folsom, CA 95630), faxed (916) 979-7023), or e-mailed (registration@cascience.org) to CSTA. Cancellations are subject to a $25 administrative fee. Registration fees are fully transferable; if you need to cancel you are strongly encouraged to send a colleague in your place. To transfer your registration to another person, send a request in writing stating to whom you wish to transfer your registration fee.

A full refund of the registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee, will be granted for all written cancellation requests received by October 3, 2016. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after this date. Refunds will be issued based on the manner of payment by November 15, 2016. Refunds will not be processed at the conference and there are no refunds for no-shows. Meal purchases cannot be refunded, and no refunds will be issued for amounts under $25.

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Q: Can I register at the conference?

A: Yes, you may register at the On-Site registration desk; however, CSTA strongly recommends that you pre-register, which allows you to save time and money. It also ensures you space in ticketed events.

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Q: I've pre-registered for the conference. Will I receive my conference materials in the mail?

A: You will receive an e-mail registration confirmation but the conference materials will not be mailed. The entire conference schedule will be available on the CSTA web site beginning in May. The schedule is searchable by presenter name, subject matter, grade level, professional development strand, and day. CSTA encourages you to view the on-line schedule and plan your participation prior to the conference. Pre-registered attendees may report directly to the Pre-Registration counter and pick up their conference materials.

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Q: Can my spouse/partner attend the conference with me?

A: Registration for a spouse/partner allows admission to exhibits area, general sessions, evening events (if a ticket is purchased), and focus speakers events only. Spouse/Partners may not participate in field courses, short courses, or workshops.

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Q: Can I bring my child to the conference with me?

A: While we recognize that some events may be of some interest to children, our primary concern is for the enjoyment and benefit of our adult attendees. It is not our intention to prohibit attendance by children; however, CSTA assumes no liability for the actions, supervision, care taking, or well being of children. Any children brought to a CSTA event must be accompanied at all times by their parent or adult guardian. Children are required to register for the conference. Children's registration provides admission only to the same activities as the spouse/partner registration.

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