Supporting Excellent Science Teaching for Georgia


Connect With and Support Georgia’s Science Teachers

2019 Call for Conference Exhibitors, Conference Sponsors, and Award Sponsors


GSTA’s 2019 annual conference is expected to bring more than 1,600 science teachers to Columbus, GA  for 2½ days of professional learning, networking, collaboration, and recognition.  Would you like to share your products and services with these educators, support their professional learning, or help GSTA recognize outstanding teachers, administrators, and students?  If so, then we invite you to exhibit at the conference, become a conference sponsor, or sponsor an award.  Please read below to learn how each of these options can help your organization connect with our attendees and support science education in Georgia.


Conference Overview

With the theme, I Love Science! the 2019 conference will help teachers engage their students in meaningful science learning with a focus on the new Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) in Science.  Sessions aligned to the following strands will be complemented by field trips, featured speakers, socials, and our annual awards banquet.


  • Passionate About Literacy to Fuel Deeper Scientific Understanding
  • Passionate About Real-World Relevance of Science Through STEM/STEAM
  • Passionate About Three-Dimensional Science Practices 

Exhibiting at the Conference

Highlighting your products and services in our bustling exhibit areas is a great way to connect with our participants and let them know what you have to offer.  We will include dedicated time in our program to drive traffic to your booth.  You may also submit up to four proposals for conference sessions, in which you engage teachers first-hand to demonstrate how your resources can benefit students in the classroom.  We also invite all exhibitors to provide a door prize for our Friday-afternoon drawing.  This drawing is always a highlight for our participants, and it provides further incentive for participants to visit exhibits throughout the conference.  Please read below for exhibitor details, additional sponsorship opportunities, and registration and contact information.


    Promotional Opportunities

    Click the links below to jump to information about each opportunity


    Exhibiting at the Conference

    Highlighting your products and services in our bustling exhibit areas is a great way to connect with our participants and let them know what you have to offer.  We will include dedicated time in our program to drive traffic to your booth.  You may also submit up to four proposals for conference sessions, in which you engage teachers first-hand to demonstrate how your resources can benefit students in the classroom.  We also invite all exhibitors to provide a door prize for our Friday-afternoon drawing.  This drawing is always a highlight for our participants, and it provides further incentive for participants to visit exhibits throughout the conference.  Please read below for exhibitor details, additional sponsorship opportunities, and registration and contact information.

    Exhibitor Type

    Registration Fee

    Benefits

    Non Profit

    $225 (Before Nov. 15th)

    $250 (After Nov. 15th)

    • 10’ x 10' Booth with one 6 ft. skirted table, two chairs, waste basket, pipe and drape.
    • Dedicated exhibit hall hours
    • Complimentary membership to GSTA
    • Exhibitor listing and website in conference program
    • Exhibitor lounge with complimentary morning breakfast
    • Ability to submit up to four conference session proposals (Note: General participants are limited to three proposals. Acceptance of proposals is not guaranteed, and will be determined by GSTA's program committee.)
    • Four individual conference registrations.  Additional registrations are available for $100 each.
    • Free park entrance and parking
     For Profit

    $325 (Before Nov. 15th)

    $375 (After Nov. 15th)

    •  Same as above

    Exhibitor Invitation Letter

    Exhibit Hall Information

    Ready to become an exhibitor?  Next Steps

    Sponsoring the Conference or Awards

    GSTA relies on partnerships with generous sponsors to provide the best science professional learning experience in Georgia and to recognize excellence in science education across the state.  To foster these partnerships, GSTA offers multiple sponsorship levels that allow sponsors to support the excellent professional learning offered through our conference or to help the Georgia Science Teachers Education Foundation recognize excellence in science teaching.

    General Guidelines:

    •  For each sponsorship, the sponsor may choose to support either the conference through GSTA’s general organization or the awards program through our education foundation.
    • Multiple sponsorships are available at each level.
    • Sponsorships do not include exhibitor registration.
    • In-kind sponsorships can be negotiated.

    Benefits for All Sponsors

    • Free tickets to GSTA's annual awards banquet (Bronze=1 ticket; Higher Levels=2 tickets)
    • Input on booth location for sponsors who register as exhibitors by the early bird deadline
    • Name and color logo listed in conference program, on online app, and on electronic kiosk
    • Recognition in GSTA's e-newsletter and website
    • All awards sponsors will also be recognized with name and logo in awards banquet program
       Level  Amount  Conference Sponsorship
       Award Sponsorship
       

      Additional Benefits

      Bronze

      $500

      • Conference Totes
      • Administrator of the Year
      • May provide one item to be stuffed into conference bags OR Recognition with selected award during awards banquet

      Silver

      $1,000

      • Networking Social
      • Teacher of Promise
      • Conference Grant
      • Classroom Mini-Grant
      • 1/4-page (3.5"W x 4.25"H) black & white ad in conference program
      • Signage at selected social OR Recognition with selected award during awards banquet
      • May provide one item to be stuffed into conference bags

      Gold

      $1,500

      • Refreshment Break
      • Teacher of the Year
      • 1/2-page (7.5"W x 4.25"H) black & white ad in conference program
      • Signage at selected refreshment break OR Recognition with selected award during awards banquet
      • May provide one item to be stuffed into conference bags

      Platinum

      $2,000

      • Featured Speaker
      • ScienceQuest Teacher Scholarship
      • Science Adventure Student Scholarship
      • Full-page (7.5"W x 9"H) black & white ad in conference program
      • Recognition during introduction of designated featured speaker OR Recognition with selected award during awards banquet
      • Recognition in conference program with designated speaker's profile
      • May provide two items to be stuffed into conference bags

      Ready to become an sponsor?  Next Steps


      Advertising in the Conference Program & App

      The conference program and app will be constant companions to the 1300+ science teachers and leaders at GSTA's 2017 conference.  Get your brand in from of those attendees as they browse sessions, navigate the conference center, and look for opportunities to connect with their colleagues.  GSTA is offering print program ads, as we have in the past, but we are bringing new value to sponsors and advertisers by upgrading our conference to include a social network and valuable new features.  Most notably, we will be able to distribute native sponsored posts within the app's social timeline.  As a result, attendees will see your brand without having to visit a separate sponsors link.  This will bring new value and allow you to engage attendees in new ways.  All conference advertisers and sponsors will receive this service.  To get started, simply choose your advertising level and follow the next steps below.

      Print Program Advertising Rates

      • $250 - 1/4-page black & white
      • $500 - 1/2-page black & white
      • $750 - full page black & white
      • $1,000 - full page color, inside cover


      Next Steps

      Are you ready to Connect with and Support Georgia’s Science Teachers?

      Opportunity

      Next Steps

      Contact for More Information

      Conference Exhibits

      Dr. Sharon Boyer, Exhibits Chair, sharongsta14@gmail.com

      Conference Sponsorships

      Dr. Donald White, Conference Chair donald.white@cowetaschools.org

      Ms. Sarah Eales, President

      seeales@gmail.com 

      Award Sponsorships

      Dr. Sally Creel, Awards and Foundation Chair, sally.creel@gmail.com

      Program/App Advertisements
      • Complete this order form and submit to Dr. White

      Dr. Donald White, Conference Chair and Executive Director, donald.white@cowetaschools.net 


      Additional Information for Exhibitors

      • Exhibitors may submit session proposals through the regular process on GSTA’s website.  The deadline for all proposals is October 31st, 2018.
      • Hotel reservations for the Columbus Marriott can be made on their website using this link.
      • Columbus Marriott 801 Front Avenue Columbus, GA  31901 706-327-0162
      • Columbus Convention & Trade Center and GSTA Contact Information:

      Columbus Convention & Trade Center

      801 Front Avenue        

      Columbus, GA 31901

      706-327-4522

      Exhibits Chair:

      Sharon Boyer

      sharongsta14@gmail.com  

      770-403-9836

      • Each company/organization is limited to TWO booths.

      • Registration and Cancellations:
        • Each exhibitor is entitled to register four (4) representatives without charge per booth purchased.  Each additional representative will be billed $100.
        • Exhibitors who request cancellation of their exhibit space before November 15, 2018, are entitled to a full refund.  For cancellations made by December 15, 2018, a 50% refund will be provided.  No refunds after December 15, 2018.  All cancellation requests must be made in writing to the Exhibits Chair.
      • Please list your website correctly on the registration form and provide the email address of one of your exhibitors to receive future correspondence about the conference.
      • EXHIBITORS MUST AGREE NOT TO DISMANTLE OR TEAR-DOWN EXHIBITS BEFORE 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY
      • Exhibit Hall Hours: 

      Date

      Time

      Activity

      Wednesday, 13 February

      4:00pm - 8:00pm

      Exhibitor move in

      Thursday,     14 February

      8:00am - 5:00pm

      Exhibit Hall open

      Friday,         15 February

      8:00am - 5:00pm

      Exhibit Hall open

      Friday,         15 February

      5:00pm - 9:00pm

      Exhibitor move out

       

      Additional Information for Awards Sponsors

      The Georgia Science Teachers Education Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation of the Georgia Science Teachers Association.  It was organized to serve as the charitable arm of the GSTA.  The goal of the Foundation is the distribute awards and scholarships for promoting science education.  It will accept real or personal gifts (money or even property) from individuals or corporations.

      Annual tax deductible contributions may be made at several levels as described above.  In addition, individuals may contribute an “In Honor/Memory Of” donation of $250.  Appropriate acknowledgements will be mailed for such contributions.  GSTEF Donors who contribute $500 or more will be invited to the annual GSTA Awards Banquet.  Records of contributions will be kept on a calendar year basis.

      The Georgia Science Teachers Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and 509(a) organization.  Please send this form and contribution, payable to the Georgia Science Teachers Education Foundation, Inc to:

       GSTA/GSTEF Executive Secretary/Treasurer

      GSTA

      860 Johnson Ferry Road NE

      Suite 140-334

      Atlanta, GA 30342

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