Preconference Sessions

Establishing a Collaborative Science Classroom
Presented by PIMSER

9:00am - 4:00pm

Collaborative learning is necessary in an effective science classroom as students work together to explore science questions and generate ideas everyone owns. Join PIMSER for a full day pre-conference session where you will practice, explore, and leave with research-based strategies that support classroom teachers in establishing classroom environments that provide opportunities for all students to engage in thinking and learning like scientists.


Patti Works, and Stephanie Harmon, PIMSER Regional Teacher Partners

Pre-registration: REQUIRED

Registration fee: $75
You must select this pre-conference session when registering for the conference. The fee will be added to your total conference registration.

Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory Visit

9:00 - 11:30am

More information on this experience will be available soon!

  • Overview of Maywoods programming with a facility tour
  • Participation in (at least) 3 activities including biotic sampling; teachers will take home supporting handouts
  • Meet Maywoods superintendent Homer Strong,

A 1,700 acre natural area and wildlife refuge nestled in the Knobs Region of Kentucky, Maywoods is located 22 miles southwest of Eastern Kentucky University's (EKU) Richmond campus and straddles parts of Garrard and Rockcastle Counties. As EKU's Environmental and Research Laboratory, the facility provides research opportunities for the University's students and faculty, as well as environmental educational opportunities for the University community, surrounding county schools and community groups. Maywoods is open to the public from dawn to dusk every day for hiking and fishing (see regulations below). 

Pre-registration: REQUIRED
Registration fee: FREE

Kentucky Castle Farm Tour & Networking

3:00pm - 5:00pm

The Farm at the Kentucky Castle is a growing property that provides food for our farm-to-table restaurant, and serves as a home for several animals. Everything begins here, with rich, organic soil cultivated by farmers and farmers in training in our teaching garden. We partner with local high school students from Locust Trace AgriScience Center to educate and equip the next generation for growing the best produce Central Kentucky has to offer. Locust Trace is a school committed to facility design and agriculture being the educational focus. Our farm is a classroom. Our Master Gardener has begun planting our production garden ensuring that 100% of the produce that lands on your plate in the restaurant is not only estate grown and farmed, but as fresh as possible.

  • Passed appetizers & cash bar on the rooftop
  • Network with fellow educators
  • Tour the farm
  • Limited to 50 attendees

Pre-registration: REQUIRED
Registration fee: FREE

Hummel Planetarium

7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Arnim D. Hummel Planetarium has been nestled on the south side of Eastern Kentucky University’s campus since 1988. Since then, it has provided informal science education programs to EKU students, P-12 students, as well as the community. The main theme of the programs are seated in the fields of physics and astronomy, but recent programs have explored a myriad of STEM related topics through engaging hands-on experiences.

  • View "The Exploding Universe"
  • Explore the celestial objects in the local evening sky

Pre-registration: Not Required
Registration fee: FREE

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