Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:01 AM

Dear Fellows-


I am looking forward to meeting you in LA!
 
To prepare for the Conference you can browse the sessions online and use the personal scheduler (http://www.nsta.org/conferences/schedule2.aspx?id=2017los) to select sessions that align with the work you will be doing in the Academy in STEM integration in support of engineering and workforce skills. I have attached a document that is an agenda of events that you must attend as an Academy Fellow as well as recommended general sessions. Please review this document carefully.
 
On Friday March 31 from 4:30-5:30 at the JW Marriott Studio 2 room, our program evaluator, Greg Sherman, is hosting a small focus group to discuss your conference experience and hopes/goals for the Academy. This is voluntary; if you want to join the focus group we will take the first ten who email me they are interested (Greg will have a small gift for your participation).
 
Post-conference we will begin our focused work on STEM and workforce skills through tasks in the Learning center. Please remember to utilize and familiarize yourself with the Learning Center.
 
If you have any questions please email me directly at wbinder@nsta.org.
 
Warm regards-
Wendy
 

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:32 AM

Good evening Ms. Binder.

I am interested to be in the focus group with Mr. Sherman.

Thanks.

John Hoayun
John Hoayun
105 Activity Points

Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:20 PM

I would like to ba a part of the focus group. Thank you, Tina

Tina McKenzie
Tina McKenzie
975 Activity Points

Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:52 PM

Hi,

I am interested in the Focus Group.

Catrina Reid
Catrina Reid
585 Activity Points

Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:11 AM

Good Morning Wendy,

Have we received our confirmed PLI tickets?

Catrina Reid
Catrina Reid
585 Activity Points

Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:46 PM

I am interested in attending the focus group with Greg Sherman on March 31st.

Thanks,

Sergio

Sergio Lopez
Sergio Lopez
750 Activity Points

Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:58 PM

Hi Fellows-
We will be meeting in just two weeks! I have enjoyed reading the introductions each of you have posted as it gives me faces with names- thank you!

Attached is a short PowerPoint you can view that covers some helpful information as you get ready to travel to LA.

Please review this at your earliest convenience. If you have any questions after viewing please post them here in the forum and I will reply in a timely manner.

Warm Regards-
Wendy


Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:50 PM

Transportation from LAX airport:

I just learned today that the taxi fares have increased and average 60-90$ depending on traffic. Economical alternatives are:

Lyft--- they are offering attendees who are new to Lyft 15$ in free rides! Download their app and use 15BONUS as the code in payment section before requesting Lyft to claim your 15$ in free rides! This is for new accounts only-- but Lyft is way cheaper than taxis or even Uber.

Uber- they have offers for first time users all the time-- way cheaper than taxis.

Supershuttle--Also very cheap -- Use code CL3EL for conference rates--- www.supershuttle.com

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:50 AM

Good morning,

Thanks for the information.

John Hoayun
John Hoayun
105 Activity Points

Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:02 AM


Please find below a brief FAQ for the NSTA Conference App:

Where can I find the NSTA Conference App?
Download via Apple Store or Google Play
Or can access at www.nsta.org/conferenceapp

What information is available within App?
· Complete Event Schedule
· Program Changes & Cancellations
· Speakers
· Show Hours
· Maps of the Convention Center, Hotel properties, Downtown area
· Exhibitor List
· Exhibit Hall Floor map
· Sponsor Listing
· Attendee to Attendee connections
· Shuttle Bus Schedule
· Transportation & Parking Information
· Social Media Connections
· Search Function
· Session Evaluations Link (doesn’t work too well on iPhone/iPad)
· General Information: Advice for First-Time Conference Attendees, Audiovisual Needs, Business Services, Discover LA Information Desk, First Aid Services/Lactation Room, Getting Around Town Guide, Lost and Found Info, Lyft Special Offer, NSTA International Lounge, NSTA TV, Parking, Presenters & Presiders Check-In

I’m having trouble loading the Los Angeles Conference within the App.
NSTA has one overall App which houses all of our conferences. If an attendee already has the App, they should try the following:
A) Tap the hamburger at top left, then Gear icon at top right, tap Back to All Events. You should see Los Angeles listed here and can load from this screen.
B) Force close the application and try reloading.

I’m a new user and am having trouble downloading the App.
This is typically a connectivity issue. Please find a location where you have a strong cellular signal or Wifi service and try to download again.

Can I login with my NSTA information?
No, you must create a separate CrowdCompass login.

I tried to create a login but never received a verification code?
Typically this is a connectivity issue. If you continue to experience this, please delete and reinstall the App.

Where is the schedule I created on the NSTA website?
The App and Website schedulers are on two different systems. You will need to recreate your conference schedule in the App if you’d like to have it there.

I want to take Notes and export them after the conference. How?
You must create a CrowdCompass Login. You can then export your notes to your CrowdCompass Account and download them from there.

I’m having a hard time finding what I’m looking for…
Try the Search function which is a robust key word search.

Other Questions/Issues:
Attendees can stop by the Exhibitor Registration desk for assistance.

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:31 AM

When I clicked on the link to do the personal scheduler, I did not see it on the link. Can you give me an idea where to look on the page for it? Thanks.
Deb

Deborah Sparby
Deborah Sparby
815 Activity Points

Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:34 AM

right hand side of the page

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:53 PM

Got completely scheduled! Thanks so much. I think I over scheduled on Friday, so I am hoping to make them all, but how much of a problem is it if I miss one of the sessions around lunch Friday? I signed up for all the ones you recommended, but think I may have bit off more than I can chew.

Deborah Sparby
Deborah Sparby
815 Activity Points

Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:36 AM

You may need to go to LA conference page and hit browse sessions- then its on right hand side-
heres the link again- but sometimes it takes you to our main page instead
http://www.nsta.org/conferences/schedule2.aspx?id=2017los

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:53 AM

Thank you! I am so excited to meet everyone in sunny LA!

Katherine Tateishi
Katherine Tateishi
915 Activity Points

Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:24 PM

Hi Wendy,

I'd be happy to participate in the focus group.

Thanks,
Stephanie :)

Stephanie Wotton
Stephanie Wotton
255 Activity Points

Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:45 AM

Thank you Stephanie!

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:47 AM

Thank you John, Catrina and Tina-- and all who volunteered--i have enough now for the focus group. I will email the focus group when i have more details.

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:19 AM

I am having trouble accessing the scheduler, is anyone else having the same issue?

Stephanie White
Stephanie White
805 Activity Points

Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:39 AM

see my post to Deborah on this

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:10 AM

Yes, are we preregister for some events or not?

Sergio Lopez
Sergio Lopez
750 Activity Points

Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:42 AM

All conference badges and tickets come via email about -2 weeks before the conference!

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:49 AM

Free opportunity March 29th in the evening-
Disney’s advance exclusive screening of their nature movie Born in China. This is an advanced showing and you can have free tickets while they last from Disney’s executives. You must register via the link below soon. No restrictions on guests or family was expressed to me.

https://www.disneynow.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x2897708ecb

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:28 PM

I noticed this on one of the conference pages and registered for one ticket- I figured I might be going to this one alone, but would love company if anyone wants to join me!

Katherine Tateishi
Katherine Tateishi
915 Activity Points

Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:24 AM

I'm going! It sounds really interesting!

Jennifer Basalari
Jennifer Basalari
4590 Activity Points

Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:30 PM

I'm going too!

Donna Miller
Donna Miller
3835 Activity Points

Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:18 PM

I signed up to go as well.

Brooke Reynolds
Brooke Reynolds
731 Activity Points

Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:40 PM

Hello Ms. Binder,

I would love to an opportunity to participate in the focus group if there is still room.

Kristy Mar

Kristy Mar
Kristy Mar
435 Activity Points

Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:58 PM

I am going too! I will "run" from the Bill Nye Conference to the screening. I am super excited about all the sessions and events!

Rossy Guzman
Rossy Guzman
730 Activity Points

Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:28 PM

great--- i will be going as well!

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:57 PM

Yes same here!

Kristy Mar
Kristy Mar
435 Activity Points

Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:11 PM

Here is the Presentation from our Dunner last night==
Wendy

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:56 AM

Hi Fellows--
Hope you all enjoyed the movie!!!

See you at the Learning Center Reception tonight at 5:30 in Gold Ballroom Salon 4 here in our hotel. This is the next event you all are to attend. Please dress business casual- no jeans please.

Wendy

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:59 AM

This conference has been so enriching! I'm sorry I haven't seen more of everyone, looking forward to seeing you all this evening at the reception:)

Katherine Tateishi
Katherine Tateishi
915 Activity Points

Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:52 PM

And Happy Birthday to Stephanie Wotton!

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:36 PM

Happy Birthday, Stephanie!

--
Mrs. Ton
Madrona Middle School
7th Grade Science
7th Grade PLTW Intro to Computer Science
8th Grade PLTW Design and Robotics
CJSF Advisor

Nancy Ton
Nancy Ton
485 Activity Points

Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:03 PM

It's been an amazing week - my head is full of ideas and inspiration. Now to carve out some time to digest all of it... ! I really enjoyed meeting my fellow Fellows; I look forward to collaborating with everyone as the year progresses. Can't wait to see everyone again this summer! I wish everyone a safe journey home!

Sylvia

Sylvia Tseng
Sylvia Tseng
725 Activity Points

Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:19 PM

I agree! The NSTA conference is always great. With numerous sessions, hands-on activities, and the amazing exhibit hall, I always leave inspired to try new things in the classroom. It was nice to meet the fellow members and talk to the alumni. I'm excited to start this journey and see everyone in July! Have a safe trip home.

Nancy

Nancy Ton
Ton
485 Activity Points

Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:49 AM

I feel beyond fortunate for the way that EVERYONE was so kind, helpful and generous with the way they took care of us. I feel part of something special and something that will definitely offer me opportunities to grow personally and professionally. Thank you to the sponsors, the former participants, my current fellows and all that supported us during this beginning part of an incredible journey.

Deborah Sparby
Deborah Sparby
815 Activity Points

Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:28 PM

Thank you and our sponsors for an amazing NSTA experience. My first time was great! Can't wait to see everyone again. Big thanks to everyone's hard work.

Kristy Mar
Kristy Mar
435 Activity Points

Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:48 AM

This was my first time attending the NSTA Conference and I must say it was overwhelmingly amazing. I am so grateful to our sponsors at Northrop Grumman and NSTA for providing this opportunity for us and I can not wait to start implementing and sharing some of what I learned during this conference with my colleagues. I am also so happy to have met all of you and have come out of this experience with many new friends across the U.S. and the world. I can't wait until we all meet up again in July. :)

Christina Grimm-Petriccione
Christina Grimm-Petriccione
330 Activity Points

Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:43 PM

Hi Fellows-

I trust you all traveled home safely!

So wonderful to meet you all face to face and get to know you a bit after only having your application information!

I am off today and tomorrow as i worked the weekend- back in Wednesday. At that time i will post again with what to do as follow up and sharing of resources.

But- a few things regarding your travel vouchers- etc.
Please tape your receipts ( parking, uber, bag fees)to 81/2x11" standard paper and either mail it in with your voucher or scan it all and email- and remember to sign your voucher. Please do not send photos of the documents.
You do NOT need to fill in anything in the meals area- i will do that.  If you drove to the airport at home also send in the MapQuest directions with your voucher showing mileage from your home to your airport.

I put a w-9 in your folders- those also need to be filled out and sent in -scanned or mailed.

I will post more when back at work Wednesday.

Warmest Regards-
Wendy

Wendy Binder
Wendy Binder
6710 Activity Points

Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:58 PM

Wow great info!

Yvis Lauzurique
Yvis Lauzurique
4135 Activity Points

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