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What's All This Fuss About ScIC 'Science is Cool' Un-Conferences?

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Almost 50,000 teachers were part of ScIC conferences in the first year! But maybe you have never heard of us? Well it's a fun story that was one of those many 'silver linings' that came out of the pandemic.

Check out this short highlight reel from our first few conferences. It still gives us goosebumps when we watch it. It will give you a quick insight into what ScIC is all about.

ScIC Highlight Reel

 

The funny thing is that we never intended to be in the 'science teacher conference business'. So how did we get here?

PocketLab is an education technology company that designs and sells an innovative system of hardware sensors, software, and lessons for science classrooms.

We were getting ready to attend NSTA Boston 2020 when the pandemic hit. In-person events across the world were quickly cancelled leaving ours and everyone else's calendars empty, plus a critical need for teacher PD unfulfilled.

So what did we do? We had the idea of doing a free live Zoom event where we could invite all of our industry friends to come and present and give teachers at home, something to do while the world was trying to figure out how to proceed in pandemic life.

We were hoping to get the word out enough for at least 300 educators to show up. To our surprise, almost 3k teachers from around the world attended and demanded more!

So as soon as we caught our breath, we started planning the next one! And here we are, five full-day conferences later, plus tons of smaller events, and we are not planning on stopping anytime soon.

After each event, we have surveyed the audience and have consistently ranked higher than Apple, Starbucks, Netflix, etc with our Customer Promotor Score. Plus we received such comments as:

"Loved, loved, loved this conference."

"These conferences are amazing! I love that I can attend virtually from Colombia. I would never be able to attend in person!"

"Best professional development I have ever attended"

The education community has spoken loud and clear that there is a genuine need for more, so we will continue to do our best to deliver high value content that is educational yet always entertaining.

We want to continue to hear feedback like this...

"It was fun and at the same time very informative. It always amazes me how you make science so COOL!"


To retain the spirit of how this all began, PocketLab is committed to keeping our events free, as non-commercial as possible and maintain a high level of teacher education. But free doesn't mean that it will be low quality! In the words of the late great Dr. Robert Lue "Free should be as good as it can get. Free should be awesome. We have the resources in this world to make that happen."

Some of our more notable speakers/presentations have included Dr. Liz Warren of the ISS, Neil deGrasse Tyson host of StarTalk, National Geographic, Walt Disney Imagineering, Paul Anderson, Lego, Jason Lindsey 'The Science Guy' from Hooked on Science, the Smithsonian, Science Friday, the Exploratorium, Biomimicry and more!

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We are now constantly in a state of planning for our 'next' event and we are constantly pivoting based on the feedback from our audience.

If you or one of your contacts would like to be involved, please reach out to us at contact@thepocketlab.com. We would love to hear from you.

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