Dear Earth Educators' Rendezvous participants,
We are less than one week away from our gathering in Lawrence!
A few things to note:
- Participant Information page
Please look over the Participant Information Page for information on arriving at the Rendezvous including ground transportation options and registration check in, during the Rendezvous including campus locations and evening events, and after the Rendezvous including information on local attractions and highlights.
- Check In
Beat the rush and check in early on Sunday afternoon between 3 and 7 p.m. just inside the entrance to the Earth, Energy and Environment Center (EEEC)- Crescent Rd. and Naismith Drive. Registration check in will continue the rest of the week in this same location from 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m. You must check in before attending any events so please allow enough time before your workshop or event begins.
- Going green: get Rendezvous info online
Bring your laptop or wireless device: the Rendezvous is "going green" and will not be printing an Official Program. There will be ample maps and signage at the registration desk (and there is a daily PDF schedule for download and/or print at the top of the program) but please have the Rendezvous website bookmarked for accessing program information on your laptop or device. In addition, you may find it handy to have your device at many workshops, mini-workshops, and teaching demos. Forgot what workshops you registered for? No problem, your name tag will include these details.
- Evening Email
Be sure to check your email for our nightly communication which will include last minute updates and highlights for the upcoming day.
- Presenting at the Rendezvous?
Review the Presenter Guidelines web page regarding format and how to upload a digital copy of your presentations and materials. If you are presenting a poster, please bring it with you. Oral presentations should be uploaded no later than 8:00 a.m. the morning of your presentation. If you are leading a teaching demo, please bring any materials you may need.
- Review the Program
We hope that you will take some time to look at the Official Program.and plan how to maximize the Rendezvous offerings for you. While you are expected to attend the full morning workshop for which you registered, you have lots of opportunities to customize the afternoon. Follow a particular theme or mix and match to create your own conference experienceâ€”we want to have your time at the Rendezvous be as rewarding and productive as possible! While you can freely move between contributed oral sessions, if you plan to attend an afternoon mini-workshop please stay in the workshop for its full duration.
- EarthConnections at the Rendezvous
Check out the offerings from the EarthConnections Alliance at the Rendezvous. EarthConnections is a national effort supporting the development of local education pathways that link opportunities to learn geoscience together with opportunities to use that learning in the local community at multiple points in students educational progress.
- Earth Educators' Rendezvous Challenge
NAGT is excited to announce that we have received $4000 in pledges for the first ever NAGT Challenge. This Challenge will raise funds for travel stipends to the 2019 Earth Educators' Rendezvous. The only way we can 'unlock' these funds is to raise an additional $4,000 for a dollar-to-dollar match. If we are successful, we will have $8,000 to provide travel stipends for participants to attend the 2019 Rendezvous. Give now through your NAGT Membership account and select the Professional Development Fund. Help us get the ball rolling!
- Connect Via Social Media and our Rendezvous Digital Message Board
Looking to share a ride to and from the airport? New to the Rendezvous and looking for lunch/dinner companions? Do you want to follow up with folks following discussions started in your workshop or poster session? Please utilize our digital message board to continue the conversations and networking.
If you know of something that you think other participants should know about, just send a tweet to @nagtgeo and include the hashtag #EarthER18. We'll be gathering all those tweets together on a page so that we can all benefit in near-real time.
The Rendezvous will also be sharing images and posts of interesting things happening via the NAGT Facebook page. Go "Like" us so you'll get these updates as well.
We look forward to seeing everyone in Lawrence soon!