2019 STN Convention Planning
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.
HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR PRE-PLANNING:
- Dates: March 28-31, 2019
- Location: Seattle Washington
- Hotel Location: Hyatt Regency Seattle and Sheraton Seattle (reservations can be made AFTER STN online registration in December)
- Determine which students are attending
- Collect partial payments for airfare, hotel, registration, contests and training
- Consider the many activities in Seattle. Contact our Travel Partner - USA Student Travel
- Enlist the help of parent volunteers and chaperones
- Determine which students will share rooms
- Determine the contests students will enter
- Book airfare early - Contact our Travel Partner - USA Student Travel
- Review past conventions with students!
- Prepare for a dynamic and exciting convention!
MORE DETAILS FROM OUR PLANNING EXPERTS:
Early Steps to Convention
Discuss the convention with students and parents.
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.
Hyatt Regency Seattle – this is a brand new hotel is not even open to the public yet. Rooms will be $255 inclusive of taxes and fees. This will be our base hotel for all activities except Opening Ceremony, Excellence Awards and Closing Ceremony, which will take place at the Washington Convention Center, 2 blocks away (walk time 3 minutes 23 seconds).
Sheraton Seattle – This hotel has been completely remodeled and has a huge Starbucks in the lobby ready for lines of caffeine-needy students. The rooms will be $243 inclusive of taxes and fees. The hotel is directly across the street from the Convention Center.
We need to meet our room blocks in order to have access to all the hotel meeting rooms and the convention center for the live events. Please be sure to book rooms in the two convention hotels 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.
Our travel partner is USA Student Travel. They will assist with airline tickets, they will handle your room reservations at our two hotels, they will find transportation, outside events, and anything else you may need.
Here is the quick overview:
Wednesday, March 27 – Arrivals and Registration open 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Thursday, March 28 – Crazy 8s Team Contests
Thursday March 28 – 8:00 pm – Opening Ceremony at the Convention Center
Friday March 29 – Professional Sessions, Contests, Workshops
Friday March 29 – 8:00 pm – Excellence Awards
Saturday, March 30 - Professional Sessions, Contests, Workshops
Saturday March 30 – Evening Mariners Game (details pending)
Sunday March 31 – 10:00 am Closing Ceremony
We expect to have 60+ professional sessions included in the registration fee. We have moved them from 60 minutes to 90 minutes due to the requests for more time for questions and interacting with the speakers.
WORKSHOPS (formerly called Training Sessions)
We are planning a few new Workshops this year. They will be an additional $40. Watch for details soon. Of course, Shooting with a Pro will be back if we can get Les Rose to break out of Syracuse for a few days!
On Thursday, March 28, STN will host the 2019 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 Seattle area. You can edit wherever you’d like or you can reserve an Edit Table for an additional $25. (limited number available).
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 28, 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.
Each program can enter up to 2 Crazy 8s contests on Thursday, March 28.
High schools can enter up to 12 contests on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30.
Middle schools can enter up to 8 contests on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30.
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 Seattle!