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CAST Conference 2016

Posted By Karen E. Menard, Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Education Division – Consumer Outreach Committee Blog


All Things H2O                                 December 2016 Issue


CAST Conference 2016




If I have seen further, it is by Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

This was the inspiring theme at the November 10-12, 2016 Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST).

This year was my first time attending CAST.  CAST is the annual meeting of Science Teachers Association of Texas, or STAT. The conference was held in San Antonio, Texas with attendance of approximately 5,500 teachers plus over 900 vendors and exhibitors, which makes CAST the nation's largest statewide meeting of Science Teachers.



Interestingly, the conference (originally CASMT) came first - in 1953 - and from this effort, STAT was born in 1957. As a personal aside, I taught high school chemistry for six years before I began working in water and I very much regret that I was unaware of both STAT and CAST.  They are wonderful resources for teachers.  If you have a teacher in your life, spread the word!




  • A statewide organization of elementary, middle level, and high school teachers, college educators, supervisors of science, principals and others dedicated to maintaining the highest levels of science education in our schools.
  • A chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) is to build a community dedicated to advancing science teaching and learning.



My purpose in attending was to help in the Texas Partnership for Water Education booth.  This booth was a joint effort of both TAWWA and WEAT.  It was a great time and I met some really cool people!  And who doesn’t like hanging out with teachers? Over three hundred visitors came by our booth and spoke to our water professional s. They were so energized and happy to have all the stuff we were there to share.  This was my first year, so it was gratifying to see some of them come back and say “Oh, I have that poster from last year!” and talk about how they have used our material.



We handed out information on water conservation, the water cycle, and water infrastructure. As you might imagine, the algae poster and microorganism trading cards were the faves.  The coloring books and posters were printed on dead trees, but a lot of the other stuff was electronic on nifty flash drives.




We thank our booth participants , committee members  and their employers who helped make this event possible. The 2017 CAST event will be held in Houston , Texas and promises to be even bigger than previous years.  Please contact Sharon Miller if you would like to participate in the 2017 CAST event.  I, for one, can’t wait!


Booth Participants:

Teresa Arnold Mayorga, SPMWD

Joshua Milks – CP&Y, Inc.

Jackie McMahon – Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Estella Cota, Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Mathew Matula – MWH Global Inc.

Fernando Cantero – Garza EMC, LLC

Juan Palacios, RPS Klotz Associates, Inc.

Rosa Valdez, Garza EMC, LLC

Joel Valdez, Nexus Engineering



Committee Members:

Sharon Miller, Perkins Consultant Inc.          

Alex Whitaker

Teresa Arnold Mayorga, SPMWD

Joshua Milks – CP&Y, Inc.

Rosa Valdez, Garza EMC, LLC.




About the Author:

Teresa Arnold Mayorga has a B.S. in chemistry from Texas A&I University and an M.S. from TAMUK.  She worked in the chemical industry for 16 years and taught high school chemistry for 6 years before coming to work at San Patricio Municipal Water District.  She is also an adjunct chemistry instructor at two local community colleges.  She and her family live in Kingsville.

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