• SECO Member Full Symposium– $200.00
  • SECO Member 1 Day Attendance– $140.00
  • Non-member Full Symposium– $225.00 
  • Non-member 1 Day Attendance – $165.00 

Registration includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, WiFi, and a reception Monday evening at Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens (free transportation provided).

Purchase Orders: Should you need to use a purchase order please contact Leslie Silbernagel at
leslie.silbernagel@gmail.com for additional details. 

    2018 SECO Science Symposium

    January 29-30, 2018


    Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
    Lewis Center, Ohio

    SECO Room rate of $139/Single or $149/Double 
    Rooms at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center are limited.

    24 Hour Reservations: 614-880-4300, Option 1
    Group Code: 105349
    Online Booking Link: BOOK HERE 

    Deadline to register for the conference is January 5th!
    PO's will not be accepted as part of late registration and will NOT be taken on the day of the conference. 

    College credit will be available for purchase from Ashland University the first day of the conference. 

    Please note:
    By action of the SECO Board of Directors, registration is required for participation in all activities of the symposium. Registration fees cover all non-ticketed symposium activities, meals and entry into the exhibit hall. Fees do not cover ticketed events and lodging. By registering to attend the SECO Science Symposium, you grant permission for SECO to take and use your photo in SECO marketing and promotional pieces for an undefined period of time. Marketing and promotional pieces include, but are not limited to, printed brochures, postcards, reports, flyers and materials as well as online uses such as postings on the SECO website, online newsletter, and email blasts. SECO shall own all rights, including copyrights in and to the photos. If for some reason, you do not agree with this, please notify SECO in writing by January 5, 2018.

    On-Site Registration and ID Badge Pick-Up Hours:

    Sunday, January 28:  5:00 PM–7:00 PM

    Monday, January 29: 7:00 AM–4:00 PM

    Tuesday, January 30: 7:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Keynote Speakers:

    Monday, January 29, 2018

    Tuesday, January 30, 2019

    • Dr. Brian Mandell, Division Director of Curriculum & Communications, Smithsonian Science Education Center

    Field Trip (optional):

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Field Trip:

    • Columbus Idea FoundryTour the Largest Makerspace on the Planet! The Columbus Idea Foundry is a community of makers, designed to help explore new ideas and unleash the passion to create things.

    Ohio Department of Education Updates:

    • Monday, January 29, 2018: K-5
    • Tuesday, January 30, 2018: 6-12

    Symposium strands include:

    Dream BIGGER!

    Design and Engineering Principles-Exposing educators to the engineering and design practices, this strand guarantees to tap into the creative side, look past content knowledge toward the process of doing science.

    Resources for Inquiry-Learn about resources that provide educators with strategies, protocols and tools to promote curiosity and foster questioning, critical thinking, and problem solving.  Learn how to nurture and preserve a curious mindset.

    Earth, Life and Physical Science Content - Science content matter focuses on the science facts, concepts, principles, theories, etc. that are important for all students to know, understand and apply.  Educators will explore resources and opportunities that encourage students to develop decision-making abilities and engage in hands-on science.

    Arts and Literacy - Educators will understand the importance of getting their students to read and write in their classroom and the ease with which it can be accomplished. Examine the cross-curricular connections between science, arts and literacy, to provide a creative bridge, reach diverse learners and fully engage the brain.  

    Mathematical and Technological Applications - Integrating math and/or technology in instruction acknowledges the importance of understanding problems, developing and using models, constructing viable arguments based on evidence, and critiquing the reasoning of others.

    The Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

    Illustrations from WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER by Walt Whitman . Illustrations copyright © 2004 by Loren Long.  Used by permission of Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

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