Arriving the night before the conference starts? Join
thousands of visitors and locals in beautiful downtown
Palm Springs on Thursday evening for the valley's finest
event. Every Thursday evening, downtown Palm Springs
transforms into a bustling venue with a diverse array
of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of
fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks,
and sweets. Add all that to the great shops, restaurants,
clubs, and entertainment venues located along world
famous Palm Canyon Drive, and the
is one of Southern California's most popular weekly
Springs is all about hanging by the pool! Join CSTA
for a fun evening of music, networking, and more around
the largest swimming pool in Palm Springs! The Renaissance
Palm Springs Hotel pool deck features cabanas, fire
pits, and a heated swimming pool. CSTA and the UCR Bourns
College of Engineering/MESA program will add a twist
to the standard pool party scene with engineering challenges!
Register your team for the cardboard boat challenge
(teams of 2 to 4) and race across the swimming pool,
try to build a stomp rocket that will clear the pool,
or just kick back and enjoy the music.
to buy your ticket, only $10, for this fun event.
No need to find a place to have dinner in town before
the event, your $10 ticket entitles you to $10 worth
of food and drinks.
Downtown Palm Springs is just a few blocks from the host hotel and convention center. The downtown core features restaurants, bars, and nightclubs galore . Looking for something a little more low-key? Grab a movie at the nearby cinema, or simply relax at the hotel pool or bar.
CSTA is pleased to offer conference attendees an opportunity to meet and network with fellow science teachers. We have made reservations at several area restaurants for Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 pm. Each reservation is for a table of six, and the restaurants have all agreed to issue separate checks.
Here is how the program works: Visit the Dine-About Palm Springs sign-up board in the CSTA booth on Saturday until 3:30 pm. There you will find the list of restaurants, sample menus, and a sign-up sheet. If you would like to eat at that restaurant, add your name to the list. Once the sign-up list is full, no more names can be added. On Saturday, October 22, arrive at your restaurant of choice and check in for the reservation being held under the name of CSTA. Then enjoy an evening shared with your fellow science teachers, making new friends, and enjoying a night out on the town.
Feeling lucky? Want to take your chance at pulling the wheel or your luck of the draw? The Spa Resort Casino is a stone's throw away for those with a gambling spirit or adventure for nightlife. Go on your own or travel with a group. CSTA will lead the group from the lobby of the Palm Springs Convention Center to the Casino at 7:00 pm.
Spa Resort Casino offers an action-packed, 24-hour casino with slots, table games, high-limit gaming and a gorgeous live music lounge in a setting that is stylish, yet comfortable. Spa Resort Casino is also home to the area’s only fully-enclosed, non-smoking slot room.
When it’s time to take a break from the action, a variety of popular restaurants are right off the casino floor. Steps from the fabled Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs, is one of the city's best-kept secrets in fine dining: The Steakhouse at Spa Resort Casino, honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
Even more awaits Spa Resort Casino guests at the Paradise Rewards Club. Make that the first stop and sign up for membership with a chance to win $5,000 Paradise Cash Play.
Want to catch a movie while you are in Palm Springs for the conference? Regal Cinemas has a 9 screen theater just a few minutes walk from the Hilton and Renaissance hotels.
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