Students present workshops on their favorite subjects; other students attend these workshops! Open to all students grades 3–12 in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito and San Mateo Counties. You do not need to be a GATE-identified student in order to attend the conference, or to present a workshop. Everyone is welcome to this FREE conference!
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Students grades 3–12 (and their parents/guardians) are invited to attend a conference by and for students. The conference is open to ALL students from throughout the region: Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Monterey and San Benito Counties. You do not need to be a GATE-identified student in order to attend the conference, or to present a workshop. Everyone is welcome!
At the conference, students will offer a wide variety of 25-minute workshops and presentations to other students. Much like an adult professional conference, students will receive a program that lists the various presentations and workshops, and can choose to attend up to six sessions.
This TOTALLY FREE event will be held at Cowell College on the breathtakingly beautiful campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz. Comprising 2,000 acres of the former Cowell Ranch, the UCSC campus includes rolling meadows and forests of redwoods, oak and madrone, with sweeping views of the Monterey Bay and Pacific Ocean.
Student workshops will be held in the classrooms of Cowell and Stevenson Colleges. Free parking is available, and conference attendees can grab lunch (before the conference) or dinner (after the conference) at the University Dining Hall right at Cowell-Stevenson Colleges, or several other places just a few minutes walk from Cowell-Stevenson. (Several campus maps are available online.)
Sorry, the campus tour is full, but you may sign up and be placed on the waiting list!
Students and their families are invited to take a FREE tour of the campus before the conference. The walking tour, hosted by UCSC students and staff, will start and end at Cowell College, and will involve walking approximately 1½ miles—including up and down some hills—during a 90-minute tour. The tour will depart from Cowell College at 10:30 am, returning to Cowell around 12:00 noon, leaving time for lunch before the conference begins at 1:00 pm. With apologies to our younger students, UCSC staff tell us the tour is open only to students grades 6–12, and their families. Please make sure to indicate your interest in taking the tour when you register for the conference, so that UCSC staff can plan accordingly. Hurry, limited space available!
The conference program will begin at 1:00 pm sharp! Please plan on arriving by 12:30 (10:00 if you want to take the tour)to park and sign in, so that we can begin on time.
Students wishing to offer a workshop, performance or other presentation are asked to submit their proposal to us no later than Friday May 8. The registration form has a place for your presentation’s title and a brief description (500 characters max = around 100 words). You can also let us know that you want to present, but will send us your presentation information later. If you do this, make sure we get your workshop info by May 15, or you may not be able to present. And if we get more presentation proposals than we have room for in the schedule, it may be “first come-first served,” so don’t wait too long!
NOTE: A parent, guardian, teacher or other adult (21 years or older) must be in the room while you are presenting!
Use these “Student Presenter Nomination Award Certificates” to help encourage a student present a workshop—along with the resources linked to above.
This slideshow (737 KB .ppt ) offers a brief overview of the conference and how to plan a presentation.
(This version of the slideshow is missing several slides, that have photos of students presenting workshops at the 2010 conference. Until we get permission to post these images online, we can’t post them. Email Ted (edward_altenberg [at] pvusd [dot] net) and he can email you the picture slides.)
Workshops can be about almost anything, topics you’ve learned about inside or outside of school, including but not limited to any of these topic ideas:
Actual Workshops Presented in Past Years:
More Workshops Ideas:
And tons more possible topics! You decide! Come join us and share your interest, your hobby, your expertise, passion!