NISE / S4 - Mini-Conference 2019

S4-Logo Northern Illinois Science Educators (NISE), in cooperation with the South Side Science Supervisors (S4), is excited to host a FREE mini-conference on Thursday, April 4th at Evergreen Park High School from 6-9pm with check-in starting at 5:30 pm. The theme is “Recharge & Inspire.” The conference is geared toward middle and high school science teachers and will have a variety of science disciplines and approaches to teaching. Our goal is to provide teachers practical ideas to support their daily work with their science students.

The two featured speakers for the event, Dr. Mark Hammergren and Dr. Geza Gyuk. Both are astronomers from the Adler Planetarium. Dr. Hammergren will give a presentation entitled "Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites through Time and Space" and Dr. Gyuk will discuss "Gravity, Cosmology & Reality." They will also give a joint presentation on Adler's student and community projects including the "Far Horizons" program. The talk will include work on high-altitude balloon missions to the stratosphere, currently used to map pollution, and efforts to delve hundreds of feet below the surface of Lake Michigan hunting for meteorite fragments.

The evening will consist of approximately twenty (20) presentations. PD Hours/CPDUs will be provided (2.5 hrs) for those who attend the entire event. Food and beverages will be provided during check-in.

Schedule (tentative):
5:30 pm - 6:00 pmRegistration & Welcome
6:00 pm - 6:50 pmSession 1
7:00 am - 7:50 pmSession 2
8:00 pm - 8:50 pmSession 3

This event is intended for all 6-12 science educators and is free. Updates on presenters, registration, and other additional information will be made available here as the date approaches. CPDUs will be provided for those who attend the entire event and provide their IEIN during registration.

Questions? Contact the NISE Conference Email at

Online Registration

Please note that there is limited seating; We expect the event to be full and may have to turn people away. While the event is FREE, please don't take a seat by registering if you are not confident you can attend or wait until you are to register. If you do register and must cancel, please email us at as soon as possible.

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Presentation Listing & Other Files

  Download a PDF of the Presentation Schedule! (ver 1.2 as of 2019-04-03)

  Download a PDF of the Tentative Breakout Session Abstracts! (ver 1.1 as of 2019-03-12)

  Download a printable flyer to share with colleagues! (ver 1.1 as of 2019-03-12)

Conference Location

Evergreen Park High School
Address: 9901 South Kedzie Avenue, Evergreen Park, IL 60805

Just the Facts

NISE & S4 Mini-Conference

Date: April 4, 2019 (Thu)
Time: 5:30 pm to 9 pm
Location: Evergreen Park HS
9901 South Kedzie Ave
Evergreen Park, IL
Food: Yes
Cost: FREE
Seats: 150 (Max)
CPDUs: Yes (2.5 Hrs)
Reg: Pre-Registration Required
Audience: K-12 Science Teachers & Admin.
Topics: NGSS, Instructional Delivery,
Assessment, Curriculum Dev,
Classroom Tech., Science Adm,
and more ...