Greetings, CAST members and guests! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, I know that we at CAST have a LOT to be thankful for this year!
Firstly, THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Colorado Science Conference on November 9th, it was a huge success! I’d also like to give a big thank you to all of the presenters, the CSC Planning Committee, and to my fellow CAST Board Members who were all a large part of why this year’s conference was such a success. This year’s conference was filled with amazing things such as Temple Grandin’s inspiring keynote address, the incredible award winners, but for me the most incredible thing was just walking through the presentation hallways and seeing all of the engaged, powerful talks going on! Everything from the power of virtual/augmented reality in the classroom, to fun ways of engaging students through “Escape Classrooms”, to the exciting future of science education in our beautiful state of Colorado. I was moved by how eager everyone was in the rooms I passed, both to learn and to share learning with one another. I am excited to see where the future takes us!
It’s an auspicious day for science, with the Mars InSight lander having successfully made its way 300 million miles to settle gently onto the flat surface of Elysium Planitia on our ruddy-colored celestial neighbor. Even with my students riled up and struggling to focus after their weeklong holiday, I was moved by how inspired and excited they were to learn about and watch the landing today. It’s that inspiration, in our students, in our classrooms, that will truly be the fuel that takes humanity farther than it has ever travelled in the next century. Thank you for everything that you all do to ignite and fan those flames of excitement about science in your students!
Sincerely yours in science,
Ryan Johnson, CAST President