2016 California Science Education Conference Evening Events

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OCTOBER 21-23, 2016 • Palm Springs, CA


Palm Springs VillageFest - Thursday, October 20, 6:00 pm—10:00 pm

Arriving the night before the conference starts? Join thousands of visitors and locals in beautiful downtown Palm Springs on Thursday evening for the valley's finest event. Every Thursday evening, downtown Palm Springs transforms into a bustling venue with a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks, and sweets. Add all that to the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located along world famous Palm Canyon Drive, and the result is one of Southern California's most popular weekly events: VillageFest!

STEM Pool Party and Engineering Challenge - Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:45 pm—9:00 pm

Palm Springs is all about hanging by the pool! Join CSTA for a fun evening of music, networking, and more around the largest swimming pool in Palm Springs! The Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel pool deck features cabanas, fire pits, and a heated swimming pool. CSTA and the UCR Bourns College of Engineering/MESA program will add a twist to the standard pool party scene with engineering challenges! Register your team for the cardboard boat challenge (teams of 2 to 4) and race across the swimming pool, try to build a stomp rocket that will clear the pool, or just kick back and enjoy the music. Be sure to buy your ticket, only $10, for this fun and new event. No need to find a place to have dinner in town before the event, your $10 ticket entitles you to $10 worth of food and drinks.

2013 Conference STEM Pool Party Video

Saturday Night - The Choice Is Yours!

Hang out at the pool, catch a movie, enjoy dinner out with friends, or grab the bus to the casino!

Downtown Palm Springs is just a few blocks from the host hotel and convention center. The downtown core features restaurants, bars, and nightclubs galore. Looking for something a little more low-key? Grab a movie at the nearby cinema, or simply relax at the hotel pool or bar.

If you are looking to make new friends - sign-up to participate in one of our dine-about dinners or buy a ticket on the bus to Agua Caliente Casino.

No matter what you choose, you will find something to match your mood in beautiful Palm Springs.

Dine About Palm Springs

CSTA is pleased to offer conference attendees an opportunity to meet and network with fellow science teachers. We have made reservations at several area restaurants for Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 pm. Each reservation is for a table of six, and the restaurants have all agreed to issue separate checks.

Here is how the program works: Visit the Dine-About Palm Springs sign-up board in the CSTA booth on Saturday until 3:30 pm. There you will find the list of restaurants, sample menus, and a sign-up sheet. If you would like to eat at that restaurant, add your name to the list. Once the sign-up list is full, no more names can be added. On Saturday, October 22, arrive at your restaurant of choice and check in for the reservation being held under the name of CSTA. Then enjoy an evening shared with your fellow science teachers, making new friends, and enjoying a night out on the town.

Bus Trip to Agua Caliente Casino - Saturday, October 22, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy a group bus ride and 90 minutes at the Agua Caliente Casino! Located just 20 minutes from downtown Palm Springs, the Agua Caliente Casino offers slots, table games, restaurants, buffets and more! Tickets are just $20!

Night at the Movies!

Want to catch a movie while you are in Palm Springs for the conference? Regal Cinemas has a 9 screen theater just a few minutes walk from the Hilton and Renaissance hotels.