The Student Television Network Convention is a unique experience for both teachers and students. In just four days, you can learn from professionals, participate in contests, meet peers, understand deadlines, acquire skills and have fun. Pre-planning for the STN Convention will ensure the most positive experience for teachers and students. Before registration even opens, you can make the most crucial decisions and be prepared in advance.
- Dates: March 12-15, 2020
- Location: Washington DC
- Hotel: Washington Hilton (reservations can be made AFTER STN online registration in December)
- Meet with students and parents to determine interest and involvement
- Determine which students are attending
- Collect partial payments for airfare, hotel, registration, contests and training
- Consider the many activities in Washington D.C.
- Enlist the help of parent volunteers and chaperones
- Determine which students will share rooms
- Determine the contests students will enter
- Book airfare early
- Review past conventions with students
- Prepare for a dynamic and exciting convention!
Download the Convention Planner and discuss the schedule, pricing and options.
Determine your chaperones – we suggest you bring a ratio of 1:8 for high school and 1:6 for middle school.
Study flight options and sign up for reminders of lowered fares.
Hotel reservations can be made only after you register for the convention. You must have an STN Convention Registration number to reserve a hotel room. Hotels must be paid in advance of your arrival.
Washington Hilton Hotel.
This is the iconic DC hotel with plenty of history and space for our busy convention.
A few facts courtesy of Wikipedia:
Designed by architect William B. Tabler and built in 1965. Numerous large events have been regularly hosted at the Hilton Washington, including the annual dinners of the White House Correspondents Association and the Radio and Television Correspondents Association, as well as the National Prayer Breakfast.
During the 1960s and 1970s, the hotel hosted a number of big musical acts for concerts in their large ballroom, including The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. In 1972 it was home to the first International Conference on Computer Communications.
We need to meet our room blocks in order to have access to all the hotel meeting rooms and the Presidential Ballroom for the live events. Please be sure to book rooms in the convention hotel rather than choosing other options. Your rooms help to keep the overall costs down and allow us to offer the convention registration for just $100.
Wednesday, March 11 – Arrivals and Registration open 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Thursday, March 12 – Crazy 8s Team Contests
Thursday March 12 – 6:00 pm – Opening Ceremony
Friday March 13 – Professional Sessions, Contests, Workshops
Friday March 13 – 8:00 pm – Excellence Awards
Saturday, March 14 - Professional Sessions, Contests, Workshops
Sunday March 15 – 10:00 am Closing Ceremony
PRO SESSIONS - FREE WITH REGISTRATION
We expect to have 60+ professional sessions included in the registration fee. Sessions will typically run 60 minutes with 15-20 minutes for networking and questions.
WORKSHOPS - additional fee
Workshops are hands-on learning sessions for both students and teachers. Typically they are 2 hours and the additional fee is $40 in advance or $60 onsite.
On Thursday, March 12, STN will host the 2020 Crazy 8s Contests. These are team building contests that teachers can participate in with their students. You may sign up for a maximum of 2 Crazy 8s contests per member program and all of your students may join in on the production. For Crazy 8s, you can film anywhere in the DC area. You can edit wherever you’d like or you can reserve an Edit Table for an additional $25. (limited number available).
Each member program can enter up to 2 Crazy 8s contests on Thursday, March 12.
You should not pre-plan your interviews or locations. Please wait for the topics before you decide on the best people and places.
At 7:30 am on March 12, STN will release the topics on Social Media and in your contest pouch that will be available at the Contest Booth at convention. Included in your pouch are the instructions and a pre-labeled flashdrive for your entry. Save the pouch and the flashdrive and turn them in by the deadline at 4:00 pm.
High schools can enter up to 12 contests on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14.
Middle schools can enter up to 8 contests on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14.
A few important documents:
Contest List - list of all contests
Contest Schedule – includes information pick up times and deadlines
Contest Grid – includes maximum number of students and entries for each contest
Watch for updates on the STN Website, on ListServ and in STN Social Media.
See you in DC!
CONVENTION SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
with thanks to the Joel and Teresa Pfister Foundation for funding of these awards
Archbishop McCarthy High School
Aviara Middle School
Cedar Crest High School
Dallastown Area High School
Doral Academy Preparatory
Dos Pueblos High School
Fayetteville High School
Fitzgerald High School
Johns Creek High School
Kalaheo High School
Las Cruces High School
North Springs High School
Fernando Ruelas-Lopez Jr.
Norwood High School
Rochester Middle School
Royse City High School
Sage Creek High School
Seminole Ridge High School
South Elgin High School
DIANE HENDRICKS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Maumee Valley County Day School
Diane Hendricks was a dedicated STN employee who transformed the way finances were handled,
managed the office and contributed countless hours at the STN Convention.
Diane passed away in December 2019. Her friends and family have made this scholarship possible.