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Friday, November 13
4:00 PM - 4:05 PM
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President's Welcome

 

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Elizabeth Allan (University of Central Oklahoma: Edmond, OK)

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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DCIs, CCCs, and SEPs, Oh My! Sweet and Salty Investigations with a 3-D Twist!

Discover how to implement the three-dimensional learning into any science curriculum all while engaging learners to become phenomenal!

Takeaways: 1. How DCIs, CCCs, and SEPs all relate to a phenomena; 2. Data collection to investigate phenomena; and 3. What three-dimensional assessment looks like in the classroom.

Speakers

Stacy Thibodeaux (Southside High School: Youngsville, LA), Jessica Kohout (Howard County Conservancy: Woodstock, MD)

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DCI, CCC, and SEPs Oh My!.pdf

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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Supporting Diverse Students Through Problem-Based Enhanced Language Learning (PBELL)

Educators will be introduced to PBELL and how it can make science accessible and engaging for all levels of special education and English language learners.

Takeaways: 1. Similarities in ELL and Special Education Students; 2. Strategies to support ALL diverse learners; and 3. How to embed language acquisition throughout science content making it accessible to all.

Speakers

Brittney Oden (Educational Consultant: Tempe, AZ)

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Supporting Diverse Students Through Problem-Based Enhanced Language Learning

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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Enriching Science Classes with Sustainable Agriculture Concepts and Activities

Join us to discuss how to enhance student learning by incorporating activities that relate to real-world environmental and agricultural challenges in science classes.

Takeaways: 1. Incorporating real-world challenges relating to sustainable agriculture exposes students to meaningful applications of environmental, life, and physical sciences; 2. Communicating that science is not simply abstract concepts, but a way to solve important problems, may increase student engagement in the classroom; and 3. Sustainable agriculture activities lend themselves to adaptation to appropriate grade level or science class.

Speakers

Maud Walsh (Louisiana State University: Baton Rouge, LA), Jennifer Irving (Louisiana State University: Baton Rouge, LA)

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Enriching science classes with sustainable agriculture concepts and activities

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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Understanding Complex Concepts and Vocabulary for Diverse Learners

Educators who specialize in the teaching of students with dyslexia describe vocabulary modifications, schema development, kinesthetic activities, and methods to modify science content for students with language-based learning differences.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how to: 1. craft well written vocabulary definitions; 2. use kinesthetic activities to help students gain understanding of vocabulary and complex science concepts; and 3. create a structured word wall that supports students.

Speakers

Clinton Kittrell (The Summit School: Edgewater, MD), Christine Zito (Miller School of Albemarle: Charlottesville, VA)

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Understanding Complex Concepts and Vocabulary for Diverse Learners.pdf

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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NESTA Session: Hands-On Weather Unit for Middle Schoolers

Teachers can engage in a three-dimensional lab-driven approach to answer the driving question, Why does hail fall some times, but not at other times?

Takeaways: 1. How to kick off a weather unit with an engaging phenomena; and 2. Hands-on activities for students investigating weather phenomena.

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Chris Campbell (UTeachTech at Louisiana Tech University: Ruston, LA)

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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What Secondary Educators Need to Know About Performance Tasks

Participants will review performance task components and will utilize a task screener tool to evaluate a performance task.

Takeaways: Participants will learn: 1. what a performance task is; 2. key components of a performance task; and 3. how to evaluate a performance task.

Speakers

Sara Torres (Arizona Science Teachers Association: Tucson, AZ), Sarah Sleasman (Arizona Dept. of Education: Phoenix, AZ), Meg Gebert (Arizona Science Teachers Association: Tucson, AZ), Rebecca Garelli (Arizona Dept. of Education: Phoenix, AZ)

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Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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Ice, Ice, Baby: An Integrated 3-D Storyline Unit for Middle School Science Using Instant Ice Packs

Implement a three-dimensional middle school unit covering nervous system, chemical reactions, and engineering design! Session targets teachers, coaches, and supervisors from novice to advanced. To contact us, please fill out the form here.

Takeaways: 1. Explore an NGSS-designed 3-D middle school integrated unit about instant ice packs; 2. Experience activities designed to model how to implement strategies for integrating 3-D learning; and 3. Reflect on how teachers can facilitate and motivate students to drive instruction .

Speakers

Stephanie Bank (Kentucky Avenue School: Pittsburgh, PA), Arlene Friend (Von Tobel Middle School: Las Vegas, NV)

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Ice Ice Baby: An integrated Middle School Storyline
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Ice, Ice, Baby: An Integrated 3D Storyline Unit for Middle School Science
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Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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NGSS-Focused Summative Classroom Assessments of Three-Dimensional Learning

Explore classroom-tested benchmark assessments and scoring guides designed to assess students’ three-dimensional learning related to middle school performance expectations for life, physical, and Earth science.

Takeaways: How to: 1. identify all three dimensions in an assessment item; 2. score for three dimensions in one assessment; and 3. adapt assessment items for classroom use based on their students/classroom.

Speakers

Maia Binding (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

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NSTA 3D Assessment Presentation 2020.ppt

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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NESTA Session: MEL2—Thinking Scientifically in a Changing World

Engage in argument-driven scaffolds for Earth and environmental science topics to critically evaluate connections between evidence and alternative scientific explanations using model-evidence link (MEL) diagrams.

Takeaways: 1. Learn what a MEL diagram is; 2. Practice using a MEL diagram to promote evaluation; and 3. Learn how to access the suite of MEL materials.

Speakers

Tim Klavon (Temple University: Philadelphia, PA), Janelle Bailey (Temple University: Philadelphia, PA), Doug Lombardi (University of Maryland: College Park, MD)

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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NARST-Sponsored Session: STEM for Social Justice—Increasing Representation and Diversity in Classrooms and Curricula

Learn how to leverage community resources and infuse criticality into your science curriculum. Presenters will engage attendees in standards-focused activities.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how to: 1. embed justice-oriented practices into their classroom teaching; and 2. create transformative curricula and innovative professional learning experiences to develop highly effective science teachers and teacher leaders.

Speakers

Laura Pena (Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA), Natalie King (Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA), Christine Thomas (Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA), Desmond Lee (Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA), Vanessa Grady (Rex Mill Middle School: Rex, GA), Nicholas Collins (Langston Hughes High School: Fairburn, GA)

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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Digital Tools and Online Strategies for Hybrid/Remote/Online Science Instruction

Transitioning to online instruction requires educators to employ new digital tools and strategies. We'll focus on an overview of digital tools and strategies.

Takeaways: 1. Making connections between digital tools and strategies for use in student engagement; 2. Becoming familiar with the shared digital tools and strategies for use; and 3. List of online resources for use in online instruction.

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Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Sanctuaries 360°: Immersive Experiences in America's Underwater Parks

Sponsoring Company: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is introducing a collection of immersive underwater experiences to bring these exceptional places to viewers everywhere. Join us on a virtual tour of our underwater parks. Learn what national marine sanctuaries are and dive below the surface to virtually interact with sanctuary sea life.

Takeaways: 1. Take a visual tour of America's national marine sanctuaries and learn more about the conservation of these underwater parks; 2. Immerse and explore these underwater treasures through free virtual reality dives and 360 degree underwater photos; and 3. Walk through at least one NGSS-focused lesson plan for grades 6–8 that complements the underwater VR dives.

Speakers

Claire Fackler (NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries: Santa Barbara, CA)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Strategies to Support English Language Learners in the Science Classroom

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes

Engage in strategies to help your ELL population make sense of science concepts and apply their science knowledge to real-world applications. In this session, we will explore a variety of strategies for differentiating instruction so that ELLs within the classroom can build their ability to communicate science concepts effectively.

Takeaways: 1. Learn strategies to support English Learners; 2. Participate in activities that help scaffold reading and writing for ELs; and 3. Learn how to differentiation ideas

Speakers

Veronica Burnett (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Kenneth Heydrick (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

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NSTA-2020-Strategies to Support ELLs in the Science Classroom-BURNETT.pdf

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Modeling the Introduction of a New Species

Sponsoring Company: Lab-Aids, Inc.

Through an online simulation, participants will develop a model for an ecosystem and then introduce a new species to explain how this new component in the system affects the flow of energy and cycling of matter throughout the ecosystem. Learn about Lab-Aids’ new Remote Learning Activities and discover ideas for implementing hands-on curricula into an online platform. The activity provides an opportunity to assess student work related to MS-LS2-3.

Takeaways: 1. Learn about Lab-Aids' new Remote Learning activities while discovering how to implement hands-on curricula into an online platform; 2. Utilize a digital simulation to develop a model of a food web to show the flow of energy and cycling of matter throughout an ecosystem; and 3. Relate core science concepts to the issue of introduced species and their effects on ecosystems.

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Cindy Lilly (Ocean Bay Middle School: Myrtle Beach, SC)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Using Models to Make Connections Between DNA and Chromosomes

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

In this hands-on interactive workshop, participants will learn how to utilize physical chromosome and DNA models to explore and compare the processes of mitosis and meiosis with students.

Takeaways: Participants will learn how to: 1. use models to teach the organization and structure of DNA; 2. use models to compare mitosis and meiosis; and 3. connect DNA structure to phenotypic expression when teaching genetics.

Speakers

Chris Chou (Longmont High School: Longmont, CO)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Using Pivot Interactives for Chemistry Teaching

Sponsoring Company: Pivot Interactives

Come learn how Pivot Interactives helps students learn chemistry concepts and lab skills using our online learning platform. Interactive video allows students to make their own measurements from libraries of thousands of high-resolution videos and interactive measurement tools. Customizable instructions, fast grading tools, and LMS integration make life easier for teachers too!

Takeaways: 1. Learn how Pivot Interactives allows students to start with phenomena and guides them to use their own measurements and observations to build and apply models; 2. see from the student perspective how Pivot Interactives enables online labs; and 3. explore the content library, grading tools, and LMS integration.

Speakers

Peter Bohacek (Pivot Interactives: Minneapolis, MN)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Fueling Success with Students—Win Up to $10k!

Sponsoring Company: NSTA, Shell Teacher Awards and Competitions

Do you impact your school and community with STEM? If you teach K–12, come learn how to apply to win one of eight Shell-supported awards through this teacher competition.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how to apply for a Shell-sponsored award or competition; 2. begin your application or nomination of a Shell-sponsored program and receive a prize; and 3. collaborate with past winners and judges to learn how to strengthen your application.

Speakers

Amanda Upton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Ruth Ruud (Cleveland State University: Cleveland, OH)

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Shell Programs presentation
Learn about the two Shell Teaching Awards and the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge competition.
Instructional Method and Teaching Philosophy questions
Shell Programs flyer

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Evidence in the Era of NGSS

Sponsoring Company: Amplify

How do we support students to gather a variety of evidence in order to deepen their understanding of phenomena? Join program authors from UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science to experience how a multimodal approach allows students to grapple with phenomena and real-world problems like scientists do. We will unpack structures from the K–8 Amplify Science curriculum and consider how a deep understanding of NGSS can support you in making principled pedagogical decisions.

Takeaways: 1. Gain a deeper understanding of the role that different sources of evidence play in phenomenon-based teaching and learning; 2. experience an exemplar of how students figuring out investigative phenomena can support their increasing understanding of more complex anchor phenomena; and 3. reflect on how students engage in all three dimensions of NGSS as they gather evidence and grapple with real-world phenomena.

Speakers

Leslie Stenger (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA), Rebecca Abbott (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

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Evidence in the Era of NGSS_AmplifyScience.pdf

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Defining Waves: Building Disciplinary Core Concepts with Bring Science Alive!

Sponsoring Company: TCI

Participants will be immersed in an investigation designed to reach all learners and make learning science concepts fun and engaging. Participants will experiment with a variety of materials to make different kinds of waves and come up with a scientific definition of waves.

Takeaways: 1. Attendees will learn how to engage students with phenomenon-based storylines that provide real-world problems for students to connect their learning with their own experiences; 2. through the session immersion and hands-on investigations, they will see how each TCI's Bring Science Alive! lesson incorporates three-dimensional learning in the middle school classroom; and 3. attendees will walk away knowing how to use the TCI's digital platform to bring science alive in the distance and blended learning environment.

Speakers

Brian Thomas (TCI: Mountain View, CA), Deanna Morrow (TCI: Mountain View, CA)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Remote-Ready STEM Labs—Be a Scientist!

Sponsoring Company: ExploreLearning

Create more “ah-ha!” moments with ExploreLearning Gizmos virtual labs and simulations. Highly interactive and visual, they are as fun as they are effective. Students learn by doing (just like real scientists) as they use Gizmos to explore, discover, and apply new concepts in STEM.

Takeaways: 1. Technology can bring real-world experiences to students; 2. using simulations and animations in science makes science relative; and 3. even if students don't have access to lab materials they can still preform labs.

Speakers

Thom O'Brien (ExploreLearning: Charlottesville, VA)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Engage Students at Home with Vernier's Experiment and Sample Data Library

Sponsoring Company: Vernier Software & Technology

To help ensure students continue to learn key scientific concepts during this precarious time, Vernier has put together over 300 free experiments with sample data files covering many subjects that you can distribute to students. Your students can analyze real data and answer questions based on their results.

Takeaways: 1. Access a free collection of experiments with sample data that you can distribute to your students at home; 2. students will use the experiment data we've collected to perform their own analysis; and 3. your students will use the sample data to demonstrate understanding of scientific concepts by using built-in tools to analyze results, answer questions, and form conclusions as they follow experiment instructions.

Speakers

David Carter (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR)

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
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Dissecting Leaf Packs to Assess Watershed Health

Learn to dissect a leaf pack and identify macroinvertebrates to infer water quality. Engaging hands-on activity for all grade levels.

Takeaways: 1. Discover how to use this student- or teacher-driven investigation to learn about your local watershed; 2. Learn to identify macroinvertebrates and discover what they can tell you about water quality; and 3. Learn how data can be entered in a global database as part of a citizen science project.

Speakers

Susan Brown (Northland Preparatory Academy: Flagstaff, AZ), Carrie Jenkins (Sinagua Middle School: Flagstaff, AZ)

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NSTA Leaf Packs Virtual Presentation Fall2020
NSTA Leaf Packs Virtual Presentation 2020.pdf
PDF Version of Presentation

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
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Webcams as Windows into Animal Behavior

Live webcams provide easy access to wildlife around the world…without leaving the classroom. Find out how these webcams can help students better understand animal behavior.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. define ethology and ethograms and provide at least two real-world examples; 2. demonstrate how to develop grade-level appropriate ethograms and use these tools to study animal behavior in the classroom; and 3. identify at least two free webcams that can be used to address grade level–specific DCIs related to ecology and/or adaptations.

Speakers

Eric Proctor (Arizona Game and Fish Department: Phoenix, AZ)

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Presentation Resource Guide (with Links)
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Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
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STEM, Equity, and Leadership

Concerned about the STEM achievement gap? Learn about the latest data, as well as experience a strategy for facilitating equity conversations and its use with students or colleagues to develop equity leaders.

Takeaways: 1. To obtain the latest national data on the STEM achievement gap; 2. To experience a strategy for facilitating discussion of difficult equity issues; and 3. To be invited to become an equity leader, given the need and resources available.

Speakers

Jerry Valadez (Fresno State and SAM Academy CSW: , 0), Gary Nakagiri (K=12 Science Consultant: El Cerrito, CA)

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Handout 2
Handout 3
Handout 4
Handout 4a
Handout 5
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*Equity Resource List.docx
For NSTA Engage 2020 presentations
REVISED List of Handouts
Handout 7

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
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Conducting Labs in the Virtual World

In this session, we will focus on how two science teachers (one hybrid and one virtual) still conduct labs with their students.

Takeaways: 1. Labs are still possible during this pandemic. 2. Labs provide high engagement while students are still learning at home. 3. Simple labs are better than no labs at all.

Speakers

Samantha Ramaswamy (Penn-Trafford High School: Harrison City, PA), Andrew Walton (Upper Moreland High School: Willow Grove, PA)

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Presentation Slides
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Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
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Energy Efficiency: Making a Difference Can Start Early

Introduce students to ways we use energy—exploring thermal energy transfer, electricity, lighting, and more! Learn great investigation activities for both the home and school!

Takeaways: 1. Learn how to use energy management tools to measure energy use in the school and at home; 2. Describe efficiency and conservation, and categorize an energy-saving measure as either efficiency or conservation; and 3. Teach students how to measure and calculate which devices use more electricity than others and which cost more than others.

Speakers

Tyler Cvitkovic (The NEED Project: Manassas, VA)

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School Energy Inspectors
Elementary students are introduced to the basic concepts of energy use and energy efficiency. Free PDF download or e-publication! Please note there is a Teacher Guide and a Student Guide. Can be adapted to teach virtually!

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
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Environmental and Instructional Strategies for Safer Lab Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic!

Environmental/instructional strategies will be addressed to help teachers reduce risk and provide for safer lab activities in on-site school science labs and virtual formats.

Takeaways: 1. Five effective ways of reducing health risks during the COVID-19 pandemic; 2. Facility environmental concerns and ways to make them safer; and 3. Instructional strategies to reduce risk for safer lab activities.

Speakers

Kenneth Roy (Glastonbury Public Schools: Glastonbury, CT)

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NSTAENGAGEConfDrRoy13Nov2020.pdf

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
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Three-Dimensional Teaching and Learning in the Virtual Middle and High School Classroom

This session will use a Storyline from the Illinois Science Teachers as an example for 3-D Learning in the middle and high school virtual classroom.

Takeaways: 1. Phenomena are important in helping engage students in a storyline to help to explain something in nature; 2. Developing and using models can be done by students in a virtual environment; and 3. There are many ways to use technology with virtual learners to analyze data and construct explanations and other science and engineering practices, incorporating crosscutting concepts to learn the disciplinary core ideas.

Speakers

Karen Mesmer (Mesmer Science Education Consulting: Baraboo, WI), Brian Bartel (Appleton Area School District: Appleton, WI)

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Presentation for Three-Dimensional Teaching in the Virtual MS & HS Classroom

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
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ASTE-Sponsored Session: Supporting Diverse New Teachers

New diverse teachers leave the profession at incredibly high rates. Join us for a discussion of research-based implications on how to better support these educators.

Takeaways: 1. Identify reasons it is critical to support new minority teachers; 2. describe strategies for supporting these educators; and 3. discuss practical tips for retaining diverse teachers in the profession.

Speakers

Latanya Brandon (Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry Campus: New Paltz, NY), Amanda Gunning (Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry Campus: Dobbs Ferry, NY), Meghan Marrero (Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry Campus: Dobbs Ferry, NY)

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
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The Science of COVID-19—From Virus Basics to Vaccinations

In this engaging and informative online session, Michael will offer a conceptual landscape on which you'll construct a valid understanding of COVID-19. Using a PowerPoint deck populated with richly illustrated and animated slides, Michael will facilitate this essential experience in a manner that's engaging and not intimidating. Through this understanding, you'll become empowered to teach the applicable concepts of COVID-19 literacy, resulting in a student population that is better informed to make critical decisions, especially those that impact their health.

Takeaways: After attending this session, attendees will be empowered with an understanding of COVID-19 on which to: 1. increase classroom effectiveness in teaching appropriate disciplinary core ideas of life sciences; 2. apply 3-D learning to understanding the biology COVID-19 virus and the resultant pandemic; and 3. apply crosscutting concepts along with science and engineering practices to an understanding of COVID-19.

Speakers

Michael DiSpezio (Master Educator, Presenter, and Author: North Falmouth, MA)

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Share COVID19 Webinar - Michael D.pptx

Friday, November 13
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
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Featured Presentation: Ask Dr. Wen!

Join NSTA President Dr. Elizabeth Allan as she interviews Dr. Leana Wen, a practicing physician who has been a leading expert on health policy and public health during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
 
In the wake of COVID-19, educators are facing unique challenges. At the top of that long list are problems associated with the interruption of established in-classroom practices and routines to remote learning, the emotional toll of physical separation due to social distancing, and, as they face the inevitable challenges associated with returning to in-person instruction, the concern and unpredictability about personal safety and health.
 
During this interview, Dr. Wen will respond to questions on how to best support teachers’ well-being as they simultaneously create positive learning environments for their students.

NSTA’s Chief Safety Compliance Adviser Dr. Kenneth Roy will join Dr. Allan immediately following Dr. Wen’s interview to discuss lab safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speakers

Leana Wen (The George Washington University: Washington, DC), Elizabeth Allan (University of Central Oklahoma: Edmond, OK), Kenneth Roy (Glastonbury Public Schools: Glastonbury, CT)

Saturday, November 14
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
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The Kavli Foundation Keynote Presentation: The Story of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt: How Science Progresses

Sponsoring Company: The Kavli Foundation

Soon after Pluto's discovery in 1930, astronomers noticed that it did not behave much like a planet: its orbit was highly inclined and so elliptical it even crossed the orbit of Neptune. Pluto’s image as an oddball persisted until the 1990s, when it was found to be part of the Kuiper Belt, a large population of icy bodies beyond Neptune consisting of material left over from the planet formation process. The discovery of the Kuiper Belt permanently changed our view of how the solar system formed, and showed that Pluto was not so odd after all. The Pluto–Kuiper Belt story is the quintessential example of how science works: change—whether we like it or not—is the only way science goes forward. 

NSTA wishes to thank The Kavli Foundation for sponsoring this speaker.

Speakers

Jane Luu (Draper Laboratory: Cambridge, MA)

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Luu_NSTA_2020Nov14_v2.pdf
Slides from J. Luu's talk on Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

Saturday, November 14
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
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The Resilience Challenge: People Living with Changing Land and Moving Water

The Mississippi River drains two-thirds of the conterminous United States at a rate of 16,000 cubic meters of water per second per day, generates a half trillion dollars of economic revenue annually, and accounts for more than one million US jobs. In addition to the forces from the river, there are forces from the Gulf of Mexico itself that bring to the Gulf Coast unwelcome coastal surge, sea level rise, harmful algal blooms, and the costliest storms in the country. All the while, the region boasts some of the fastest growing cities in the country. These forces and stressors set up a challenge—how do we maintain the economy of the region, the safety of the people, and the rich, diverse cultures of the Gulf Coast communities over the long term? There is a role for science to improve prediction capabilities, a role for engineering to improve our built environment, and a role for social science to help interpret these inputs for better decision making. This talk will discuss efforts on going in these spaces to position the Gulf Coast for a sustainable and resilient future.

Speakers

Lauren Alexander Augustine (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Washington, DC)

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NSTA Lightning Chat Presentation

Saturday, November 14
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
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COVID-19: Questions and Answers

Join Michael as he addresses questions you may have on the science, spread, therapies, and prevention of COVID-19. At the beginning of this lightning chat, you can post your own question, which will be queued with unaddressed questions from his previous session entitled “The Science of COVID-19—From Virus Basics to Vaccinations” (Friday, 5:45–6:30 PM).

Speakers

Michael DiSpezio (Master Educator, Presenter, and Author: North Falmouth, MA)

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Share NSTA Q and A.pptx

Saturday, November 14
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
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Engaging Students in Sensemaking—Together, at a Distance

Join us to hear about the work we have been doing to support science teachers in designing NGSS units that support literacy development as well as three-dimensional learning, and watch as we demonstrate how teachers can utilize rich science texts and online tools for annotation and collaborative meaning making.

Speakers

Cynthia Greenleaf (Strategic Literacy Initiative/WestEd: Oakland, CA), Heather Howlett (WestEd: San Francisco, CA)

Saturday, November 14
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
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How Educators Can Empower Students to Do the Work of Climate Action

During this lighning chat, we will discuss:

  • How can education support our students to be ready for the jobs that come with climate action?
  • Do your Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs focus on climate-related careers?
  • What are some of the jobs that are being created to address climate change in your community? (Hint: Check out renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs to start.)
  • What is your community or state doing to address climate change? Do you see a role for education to support these plans?

Speakers

Frank Niepold (NOAA Climate Program Office: Silver Spring, MD)

Saturday, November 14
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
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Backyard Science

Join Dr. Mike Marvel to hear about new angles on traditional science topics that your students can use in their homes to keep their experimental design and scientific reasoning skills active. Mike will pass on several ideas that use inexpensive, common items to explore topics such as thermodynamics, intermolecular forces, and acid-base indicators. For example, students can compare the food dyes present in M&M’S™ and Skittles® using paper towel chromatography, and evaluate the thermal conductivity of materials with paper plates. You’ll see how you can use these activities at all levels, to probe concepts extensively or keep things light.

Speakers

Mike Marvel (Flinn Scientific, Inc.: Batavia, IL)

Saturday, November 14
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
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Educational Resources on the Web

Let FLINN Scientific take you on a tour of the multiple resources available for you to help make informed decisions surrounding the learning continuum of your students in science and STEM programs. James Palcik and Vikki Myers will help you evaluate what you can use to have the most authentic, engaging science program possible regardless of the learning environments. There are plenty of curated resources that exist that may be useful for you to use in helping your students achieve their goals in their forward trajectory through postsecondary and into careers in STEM.  Let us explore some practical web-based resources and activities together.

Speakers

James Palcik (Flinn Scientific Canada, Inc.: Hamilton, ON)

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Educational Resources on the Web NSTA Lightning Talk FLINN.pptx
Presentation containing live links for online resources for teaching and learning science in the K-12 sector. Brought to you by FLINN Scientific

Saturday, November 14
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
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Teach Hands-On Learning in an Asynchronous Virtual Learning Environment

Don't let distance learning stop you from engaging your students with hands-on exploration, a crucial component of science education. In this discussion, we'll share how you can provide hands-on learning experience for your students during asynchronous learning in a virtual setting. Then, we'll open up the discussion for you to share what you've found about hands-on instruction in the age of distance learning. Some of the questions we'll answer include:

  • How can I incorporate hands-on learning into virtual instruction?
  • Is it possible to teach hands-on learning in an asynchronous learning environment?
  • How does that work?

Speakers

Michele Cozza (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1G3p2xidrFot_Fc19ZPki-a8GWLScWrDRJnHAouWeoV8/copy
Slide Deck used for presentation

Saturday, November 14
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
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Distance Learning

This chat will provide an opportunity for educators to share their success and challenges around distance learning. They will be met with two facilitators who have experience regarding digital technology and supporting sensemaking in a remote setting. Educators will be given the opportunity to meet and network with others while having discourse around distance learning and five common missteps when using technology in the classroom.

Conversation Based Around 5 Traps Article:

  • Even in virtual learning, making sense of phenomena should be the goal of science educators. What strategies are you using to avoid the content trap?
  • Having the opportunity to share ideas and negotiate their thinking is an essential part of sensemaking. How are you avoiding the isolation trap with your students?
  • A trusting environment and strong classroom community is necessary for students to collaboratively build their ideas. How are you avoiding the learning-is-serious trap?

Speakers

Jessica Holman (Boone County High School: Florence, KY), Brianna Reilly (Great Minds: Washington, DC)

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Phenomena, Questions, and Models

We will investigate the use of anchoring phenomena in lessons with an emphasis on the science and engineering practices. We will discuss the integration of questioning, models, and phenomena in the classroom.

Takeaways: 1. Phenomena are the basis of science, since science is all about understanding our natural world; 2. Questioning is a key component of science instruction. A teacher should "never say what a student can say" but instead elicit students' responses to drive the instruction; and 3. Modeling is a dynamic process in science. Science modeling is different from "a model" or using modeling as a pedagogical process (i.e., "I do, we do, you do").

Speakers

Kelly Moore (Tennessee Tech: Cookeville, TN)

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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NSTA Press Session: Uncovering Student Ideas in K–12 Remote Learning Classrooms

Explore a variety of ways to use the Uncovering Student Ideas Formative Assessment Probes during distance learning.

Takeaways: 1. Recognize the importance of eliciting students' prior conceptions; 2. Gain tips and strategies for using the probes during remote learning to engage all students in learning concepts and figuring out phenomena; and 3. Learn ways to modify probes for digital use and applications.

Speakers

Page Keeley (NSTA Past President: No City, No State)

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Equity in Science Education Roundtable

Join us in sharing your concerns and resources for enhancing equity and access in STEM programs. Learn what NSTA, and others, are doing for STEM equity nationwide.

Takeaways: 1. To be able to share your issues and concerns related to equity and STEM; 2. To know, and be able to listen to, other like-minded educators who are concerned about equity and STEM; and 3. To be invited to join an ever-expanding national network of educators who are concerned about equity and STEM.

Speakers

Gary Nakagiri (K=12 Science Consultant: El Cerrito, CA), Jerry Valadez (Fresno State and SAM Academy CSW: , 0)

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List of handouts
Handout 1
Handout 2
Handout 3
Handout 4
Handout 5
Handout 6

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Special Session: Taking Care of Ourselves

To do our best for our families, our communities, and our students, teachers must take care of their own mental, emotional, and physical health. It is important that as teachers, we are supporting ourselves and each other in finding ways and time to take care of our minds and bodies. In this session we will discuss mindfulness, kindness, and compassion practices that teachers can use, and share resources that can help you consider ways to take care of yourself and others in ways that are nourishing and enlivening, including readings and articles; videos and podcasts; and guided self-care practices.

Speakers

William Penuel (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

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Self-Care Resources
This is a list of links and resources for self-care for educators that can be shared freely.

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Middle Level Science Expo, Part 1

The Middle Level Science Expo has adapted the exciting, quick-fire format of the popular Pecha Kucha presentations, which originated in Japan and allows for very focused and streamlined presentations. This "social show-and-tell event" brings together leaders in science education as presenters offer 15 slides for 20 seconds each for a total of five minutes. Each five-minute presentation will offer teaching strategies and resources in the best practices in science education for our middle level learners. Presenters will take questions during the last 10 minutes of the 45-minute time allocation.

This event is organized by Mary Lou Lipscomb, Retired Educator, and National Middle Level Science Teachers Association.

NSTA is grateful to Lab-Aids, Inc. for sponsoring the Middle Level Science Expo.

Speakers

Loris Chen (Science Education Consultant: Fair Lawn, NJ), Jessica Kohout (Howard County Conservancy: Woodstock, MD), Alison Betz Seymour (Science Teacher: Winchester, 0), Elizabeth Weissman (The Ramaz School: New York, NY)

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Exploravision Informational Brochure
NSTA About Exploravision
Innovation in Biology

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Middle Level Science Expo, Part 2

The Middle Level Science Expo has adapted the exciting, quick-fire format of the popular Pecha Kucha presentations, which originated in Japan and allows for very focused and streamlined presentations. This "social show-and-tell event" brings together leaders in science education as presenters offer 15 slides for 20 seconds each for a total of five minutes. Each five-minute presentation will offer teaching strategies and resources in the best practices in science education for our middle level learners. Presenters will take questions during the last 10 minutes of the 45-minute time allocation.

This event is organized by Mary Lou Lipscomb, Retired Educator, and National Middle Level Science Teachers Association.

NSTA is grateful to Lab-Aids, Inc. for sponsoring the Middle Level Science Expo.

Speakers

Reneé Belisle Kelly (Amplify: Brooklyn, NY), Covey Denton (Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education: Wilson, NC), Stacy Thibodeaux (Southside High School: Youngsville, LA), Susan German (Hallsville Middle School: Hallsville, MO)

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Science Simulations and Digital Notebooks.pdf

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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NSELA-Sponsored Session: Tools for Science Leaders

The National Science Education Leadership Association welcomes participants to an open roundtable discussion with experts who will share successful practices in science education.

Takeaways: Emerging leaders will leave with science education leadership skills.

Speakers

Linda Cook (The University of Texas at Dallas: Richardson, TX), James Blake (Lincoln Public Schools: Lincoln, NE), Shane Woods (Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas: Dallas, TX)

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20Fall NSTA Tools For Leaders.pdf

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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The Facts Do Not Speak for Themselves: Exposing Students to the Powerful Story of Climate Change

Teach science-skeptical students about climate change by exposing them to the powerful story and evidence of climate change found in your community.

Takeaways: 1. Students are not convinced by data models, but they are convinced by what they can experience in their own communities; 2. There is evidence of climate change that can be found in every part of the country; and 3. Knowing what to show students in the community, and how to tell the story of climate change on a local level, empowers students to make a difference.

Speakers

Patrick Burkhart (Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania: Slippery Rock, PA), Jason Hilton (Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania: Slippery Rock, PA)

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Factsarentenough.pdf

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Always Time for Science in a Virtual World

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes

Time is something that all teachers wish they had more of! Especially in elementary school, it can be difficult to find time to teach science the way that it should be taught. In this session, our experienced STEM coaches will assist teachers in identifying and creating practical, high-impact strategies for teaching science—especially when time and materials are limited. Expect to engage in hands-on learning designed around the understanding that time is often a constraint. Graphic organizers and easy-to-use formative assessments will be introduced and utilized throughout the session.

Takeaways: 1. Identify essential components for science lessons; 2. Leverage opportunities for cross-curricular connections; and 3. Engage in easy-to-use formative assessments to guide instructional time

Speakers

Kenneth Heydrick (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Kristen Wheat (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, MS)

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Investigating Embryology

Sponsoring Company: Lab-Aids, Inc.

Through an online simulation, participants will interpret skeletal and embryological images to identify patterns of similarities and differences across species that look very different as mature animals. Students identify patterns of similarities throughout developmental time to infer evolutionary relationships not obvious in the mature animals. Learn about Lab-Aids’ new Remote Learning Activities and discover ideas for implementing hands-on curricula into an online platform. This activity provides an opportunity to assess student work related to MS-LS4-3.

Takeaways: 1. Learn about Lab-Aids' new Remote Learning activities while discovering how to implement hands-on curricula into an online platform; 2. Utilize a digital simulation to sort and compare skeletal and embryological images; and 3. Analyze and interpret embryological images to identify patterns to infer evolutionary relationships.

Speakers

Cindy Lilly (Ocean Bay Middle School: Myrtle Beach, SC)

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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CRISPR: Connecting New Science to What You Already Teach

Sponsoring Company: MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling

The discovery of a CRISPR-based adaptive immune system in bacteria has already revolutionized the molecular biosciences. We will explore this new science using physical models…and suggest a way to connect this topic to what you already teach.  Isn’t it time we started to fix our genomes?

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how: 1. CRISPR Cas9 is similar to and different than a restriction enzyme; 2. CRISPR functions as an adaptive immune system in bacteria; and 3. CRIPSR technology can be used to detect coronavirus.

Speakers

Tim Herman (MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling: Milwaukee, WI)

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Using Pivot Interactives for Biology Teaching

Sponsoring Company: Pivot Interactives

Come learn how Pivot Interactives helps students learn science concepts and lab skills using our online learning platform. Interactive video allows student to make their own measurements from libraries of thousands of high-resolution videos and interactive measurement tools. Customizable instructions, fast grading tools, and LMS integration make life easier for teachers too!

Takeaways: 1. Learn how Pivot Interactives allows students to start with phenomena and guides them to use their own measurements and observations to build and apply models; 2. see from the student perspective how Pivot Interactives enables online labs; and 3. explore the content library, grading tools, and LMS integration.

Speakers

Peter Bohacek (Pivot Interactives: Minneapolis, MN)

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Facilitate Student Agency Through Design Challenges

Sponsoring Company: MatterHackers, Inc.

Learn how to lead students through engaging learning experiences such as the make:able challenge in order to improve learner outcomes and deepen student agency. They will be able to use empathy, STEM skills, and their own interests to improve the lives of others through assistive technology and 3D printing.

Takeaways: 1. Learn about the make:able challenge and how you can implement it at your school; 2. use resources from the Build a Better Book project to facilitate design challenges for people with visual impairments based on student interest; and 3. gain strategies to help promote student independence, growth, and reflection.

Speakers

Mara Hitner (MatterHackers, Inc.: Lake Forest, CA), Steven Jones (Swanson Middle School: Arlington, VA)

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Facilitate Student Agency Through Design Challenges
Slide deck, links & resources to all materials discussed in Steven Jones' workshop of "Facilitate Student Agency Through Design Challenges"

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Science2Go: Keeping Students Active in the Science Practices

Sponsoring Company: Flinn Scientific, Inc.

Our current climate challenges us as educators with searching for meaningful ways to keep students in the practice of inquiry-based hands-on science. Given the limitations of remote and blended learning environments, what are effective ways to engage students effectively? Dr. Mike Marvel shares solutions for effective instruction for multiple environments.

Takeaways: 1. How to strengthen students’ experimental design and scientific reasoning skills regardless of the learning environment; 2. how videos of authentic scientific phenomena can be paired with prompts designed to improve students’ data analysis skills; and 3. how students can explore complex scientific topics in their homes without the need for expensive equipment and supplies.

Speakers

Mike Marvel (Flinn Scientific, Inc.: Batavia, IL)

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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An Introduction to eCYBERMISSION: Engaging Your Students in a Web-based STEM Competition

Sponsoring Company: AEOP

Come learn about the eCYBERMISSION competition. It's a web-based STEM competition for students in grade 6–9 where they learn the value of teamwork and make discoveries to help their community, all while competing for monetary prizes!

Takeaways: 1. How to engage students in problem solving; 2. challenging puzzles to take back to the classroom; and 3. information about how eCYBERMISSION gives students a chance to explore and solve problems using science and engineering.

Speakers

Matthew Hartman (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Braincandy: Sparking Evidence-based Argumentation

Experience Braincandy—a free, web-based platform designed to stimulate evidence-based argumentation. Braincandy supports a safe, anonymous space to argue positions, engage in consensus, and critique ideas.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn how to implement Braincandy in their classrooms; 2. learn how the anonymity creates a low-risk environment to foster student argumentation; and 3. understand the effective use of digital tools to support learning.

Speakers

April Holton (Arizona State University: Tempe, AZ), Bryan Henderson (ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College: Phoenix, AZ)

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NSTA Engage 2020 Braincandy Workshop.pdf
This is a PDF version of the workshop slides. It contains screenshots and instructions for how to create and deliver Braincandy questions.

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Student Action at the Intersection of Effective STEM and Water Stewardship

A project-based STEM curricula has students applying their knowledge and skills to improve the world they live in by achieving quantifiable water savings.

Takeaways: 1. Science in the classroom can lead to real-world results; 2. Water audits require the use of math and technology to solve real-world problems; and 3. Community involvement enhances student learning and experience.

Speakers

Sandra Hurlbut (The University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension: Phoenix, AZ)

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Water Scene investigation Booklet
This booklet walks the students through how to pereform their home Water Scene Investigation and record their data.
Students Putting It All Together Data Sheet.pdf
This is the student data sheet they use to enter data and then use to report their water savings data onto our WSI website.

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Beyond the Classroom: Developing Robust Industry and Community Partnerships to Strengthen Applied STEM Learning and Address Workforce Development in STEM Fields

Hear innovative ideas for developing partnerships and programs with community, universities, and industry to equip students with STEM skills necessary for success in tomorrow’s world.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how to go beyond one-off field trips to engage students in deeper, more meaningful, long-term, and real-world learning; 2. Learn how to take advantage of the coming "silver Tsunami" in most industries, to get unique learning experiences and measurable outcomes for your students; and 3. Understand that "STEM fields" are not limited to robotics or space exploration; most if not all fields soon will require at least a basic understanding of STEM concepts.

Speakers

Gordon Bourns (Bourns, Inc.: Riverside, CA), Sharon Gutierrez (Riverside Public Utilities: Riverside, CA), John Robertson (Riverside Unified School District: Riverside, CA), Damaris Velez (Riverside Public Utilities: Riverside, CA)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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NASA’s Moon to Mars: Using the Engineering Design Process to Build Satellites

Use each stage of the Engineering Design Process to complete a challenge of building and drop testing a satellite while making connections to NASA missions.

Takeaways: 1. We can use the engineering design process in our everyday life to solve problems and make improvements; 2. NASA Engineers must ask a question, imagine a solution, plan a design, create that model, experiment and test that model, then take time to improve the original—all steps that are crucial to mission success from Moon to Mars and beyond!; and 3. While this activity will focus on teaching the engineering design process using the process skills of measuring, calculating, designing, and evaluating, the "boring part" of ask, imagine, plan will be focused on to emphasize deeper learning as a thought process prior to simply "building stuff."

Speakers

Barbie Buckner (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Greenbelt, MD)

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BEST Activity Guide (Grades 6-8)
BEST Activity Guide (Grades 6-8) - Filled with activities designed for use with the Engineering Design Process
BEST Activity Guide (Grades 3-5)
BEST Activity Guide (Grades 3-5) - Filled with activities designed for use with the Engineering Design Process
BEST Activity Guide (Grades K-2)
BEST Activity Guide (Grades K-2) - Filled with activities designed for use with the Engineering Design Process
Group Roles
Suggested Group Roles for use with BEST activities
Revised BEST EDP Model
Newly revised BEST Engineering Design Process Model. Specifically designed with educators in mind to ensure a start and end point with the specific goal of sharing results.
BEST Legacy EPD Model
This is the original BEST Engineering Design Process Model. Shows a cyclical patter with no real start or end point.
JPL EDP Model
This is the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Engineering Design Process Model. This has a defined beginning and a cyclical ending.
NASAs Moon to Mars Using the Engineering Design Process to Build Satellites.ppt
Presentation powerpoint used within the session. Notes section of the slides contains links and additional information.

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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How to Implement STEM and NGSS into Your Classroom Through the Use of NSTA Competitions

Hear about various NSTA competitions and how they can bring STEM and the NGSS into the classroom, as well as give students and teachers a chance to earn recognition and prizes.

Takeaways: Learn: 1. about NSTA competitions; 2. how NSTA competitions help integrate STEM and NGSS in the classroom; and 3. how students and teachers can win recognition and prizes.

Speakers

Matthew Hartman (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Acacia McKenna (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Shell Science Teaching Award: Fueling Success with Students; Win Up to $10K

Do you impact your school and community with STEM? If you teach K–12, come learn how to apply to win one of eight Shell-supported awards.

Takeaways: Share your passion and practice by applying for one of eight awards. Learn from past Shell awardees, finalists, and judging panel members’ important tips to apply for this award, and how to win a trip to next year’s national conference in Chicago.

Speakers

Amanda Upton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Richard Embrick (Crockett Middle School: Richmond, TX)

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Shell Programs presentation
Instructional Method and Teaching Philosophy questions
Shell Programs flyer

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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What Elementary Educators Need to Know About Performance Tasks

Participants will review performance task components and will utilize a task screener tool to evaluate a performance task.

Takeaways: Participants will learn: 1. what a performance task is; 2. key components of a performance task; and 3. how to evaluate a performance task.

Speakers

Sara Torres (Arizona Science Teachers Association: Tucson, AZ), Sarah Sleasman (Arizona Dept. of Education: Phoenix, AZ), Meg Gebert (Arizona Science Teachers Association: Tucson, AZ), Rebecca Garelli (Arizona Dept. of Education: Phoenix, AZ)

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Resource Page for Elementary Assessment Session
All resources used throughout this session, including a PDF of the presentation slides.

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Fairy Tales of Science

We use fairy tales to pass societal values and norms to the next generation. Why not use (tweaked) fairy tales to support students in using NGSS science and engineering practices.

Takeaways: You will get, and learn how to use: 1. versions of fairy tales that illustrate the SEP; 2. activities that support use of these fairy tales; and 3. protocols and strategies to support productive student reading and talking in your science classroom.

Speakers

Rob Wallace (Teacher PD and Curriculum Design: Kenner, LA)

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3 pigs.pdf
the girl, the bear, and the three bowls.pdf

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Special Session: Teaching Science and Engineering During a Crisis: Maintaining High-Quality Science and Engineering Learning During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in widespread and ongoing changes to how the K–12 education system functions, including disruptions to science and engineering teaching and learning environments. In early September 2020, the Board on Science Education at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released Teaching Science During the COVID-19 Pandemic, to offer guidance to educators as they take on the challenge of adapting instruction to these challenging times. The guide aims to describe what high quality science and engineering education can look like in a time of great uncertainty and to support practitioners as they work toward their goals. This session will provide an overview of the key principles in the guide and engage participants in a discussion of how these principles can guide the difficult decisions they are making day to day as they navigate complex blends of virtual and in-person learning environments.

Speakers

Jennifer Childress Self (NextGenScience: San Francisco, CA), Heidi Schweingruber (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Washington, DC)

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Teaching Science and Engineering During a Crisis -- Slides

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Three Transformations: Making Sense of Three-Dimensional Learning

Come learn about the transformations that support three-dimensional learning. Participants will engage with a hands-on experience and have time to analyze in order to develop an understanding of what is needed to transform learning in the classroom.

Takeaways: 1. Authentic sense-making of phenomena or problems can be achieved through shifting heavy lifting of constructing understanding to students; 2. encouraging and listening for diverse student ideas that can be critiqued using evidence supports all students’ pathways toward understanding; and 3. using specific talk moves that change the pattern of conversation from IRE (Initiate, Respond, Evaluate) to Reasoning is needed for all to be engaged in sense-making.

Speakers

Kristen Moorhead (PLI, LLC: Mesa, AZ)

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Tool 1_ SUSD Evidence of AZSS.docx (1).pdf

Saturday, November 14
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
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Featured Presentation: Science Is All Around Us

Science is all around you, no matter where you are! Join Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier—biochemist, pharmacy student, and self-proclaimed science nerd—as she shares suggestions for discovering the science in our everyday lives. During her presentation, Camille will discuss fun and creative approaches for the at-home, online science classroom to keeps students engaged during these challenging times.

Speakers

Camille Schrier (Miss America 2020 and Biochemist: Sewell, NJ)

Sunday, November 15
11:00 AM - 11:05 AM
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President's Welcome

 

Speakers

Elizabeth Allan (University of Central Oklahoma: Edmond, OK)

Sunday, November 15
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
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Global Warming

We will explore opportunities to understand climate change and meet Next Generation Science Standards in today’s classrooms. Some questions to consider:

  • How do we provide a framework for students to understand and solve climate change while providing them with hope for their futures?
  • What impacts of climate change concern students most?
  • How do we know if information is factual or fiction?

Speakers

Laura Tucker (Consultant: Port Townsend, WA), Lois Sherwood (Professional Development Coordinator: Port Townsend, WA)

Sunday, November 15
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
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Making Learning Accessible

What does accessibility look like in the science classroom? As we take on the Next Generation Science Standards and combat the digital divide, another question that comes up is how to effectively teach the NGSS to all students. Some questions to think about:

  • What are the internal biases that I carry in my work as a science teacher?
  • What are the systemic barriers in place that contribute to student inequities?
  • What is my role in advocating for all standards for all students?

Speakers

Leena Bakshi (STEM 4 Real: Honolulu, HI)

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Whos Learning Now Students With Special Needs Toolkit 4Real
Case Study 3: Students With Disabilities and the NGSS
SPED My Stomach Hurts 5E Learning Sequence

Sunday, November 15
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
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COVID-19 Educational Resources on the Web

Join Michael as he offers a “lightning” overview of COVID-19 educational resources on the web and profiles a cache of free, downloadable activities he has written. Then, he’ll open the “virtual” stage for sharing your ideas on how best to teach the science and the associated health concepts.

Speakers

Michael DiSpezio (Master Educator, Presenter, and Author: North Falmouth, MA)

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Share NSTA Web Resources.pptx

Sunday, November 15
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
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Effective Questioning Strategies to Engage Students in STEM

Join Acacia as she shares tools that can be used either in person or in a distance-learning environment. Discover how you can use these tools in the science classroom, especially with STEM projects and competitions.

Speakers

Acacia McKenna (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

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Questioing strategies into Action with Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision
Utilize what you learned from the session to engage students in effective questioning strategies through a no cost K-12 STEM competition open to all students in the United States and Canada.
ToshibaNSTA ExploraVision Competition Information
Utilize the questioning strategies shared in this session to engage K-12 students in project based STEM projects. The deadline for this year's competition is February 8, 2021.
ExploraVision Brochure_Yr29_FINALlowres.pdf

Sunday, November 15
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
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Weather Science and Safety Education

During this chat, we will discuss:

  • What types of weather science and safety resources are you looking for to use with your students?
  • What are your biggest challenges when teaching about weather science and safety?
  • What types of resources are you looking for to use with your students?
  • Are they related to extreme weather hazards in your area?

Speakers

Mary Fairbanks (NOAA National Weather Service: Silver Spring, MD)

Sunday, November 15
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
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Ask Me Anything About Science and Safety

Come have a conversation with James Palcik, director of Education, Safety, and Compliance at FLINN Scientific, where you can truly ‘Ask Me Anything Science / STEM related’. Topics might include the increased protocols surrounding lab equipment sanitation, healthy hygiene guidance, how to disinfect lab instruments and apparatus, how to conduct safe lab activities in the classroom and at home, remote learning continuity for science and STEM students, and so much more. James will be happy to answer your questions regarding best practices in the lab and virtually for educators across the country—don’t be shy!

Speakers

James Palcik (Flinn Scientific Canada, Inc.: Hamilton, ON)

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Common Questions and Answers from Science Educators regarding Science, Safety
Base presentation for the interactive session where participant questions are live answered during the session on a wide-range of topics in science teaching, best-practices, safety protocols and much more. Hosted by FLINN
Handbook of science safety protocols for COVID-19 in schools
This is a practical playbook to be used as a reference for science departments dealing with COVID-19 situations. FLINN has developed this resource guide to assist you in managing aspects of disinfection, sanitation, hygiene, prevention and routines surrounding COVID-19 in your school. A valuable reference item!

Sunday, November 15
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
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 Investigational Shifts: Moving from Old School to NGSS

During this chat, we'll consider how NGSS has shifted the way that we should teach. Best practices for implementation will be shared, as well as ways that science is now more engaging to Gen Z students between phenomena and explorations. Assessing student understanding will also be discussed.

  • How do the three dimensions of NGSS change the way that we teach science?
  • How has inquiry changed over time?
  • If I incorporate more hands-on instruction, will I have fulfilled the NGSS fully?
  • How does phenomena tie into the NGSS?
  • How may I assess students for their understanding of science under NGSS?

Speakers

Lisa Larsgaard (Twig Education: Santa Cruz, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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NSTA 2020 Coffee Chat Investigational Shifts_ Moving from Old School to NGSS.pptx

Sunday, November 15
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
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Race and Bias: How to Engage All Learners

During this chat, we'll explore how to make science accessible to all students. This is critically important, as all students should have the opportunity to learn science to be prepared for a future STEM career. It is required by the NGSS in Appendix D and every district, teacher, and parent should also want this for the success of their students. This is not an easy task and is an area in which we must continue to learn and grow. This is evidenced by the implicit biases that occur and the gaps that exist in populations that pursue STEM college and careers.

  • What is equity? What is a bias?
  • Why does equity in STEM education matter?
  • What role has implicit biases played in creating historically underserved student populations?
  • How does the addition of phenomena in science education help support equity?
  • How can we create more equitable STEM learning opportunities for all students, including during distance learning?

Speakers

Contessa Akintunji (Twig Education: Santa Cruz, CA)

Sunday, November 15
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
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Let STEMscopes Support You with Synchronous and Asynchronous Virtual Learning Opportunities

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes

Explore how popular educational technology tools can enhance your science curriculum for guided and independent remote learning. This session will provide participants with easy-to-implement strategies to create meaningful experiences that empower your students with 21st-century skills needed to succeed in a virtual learning environment.

Takeaways: 1. Help streamline the planning process; 2. Identify what is essential for each platform; and 3. Experience what those experiences look like.

Speakers

Kenneth Heydrick (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Ashley Mathis (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Michele Cozza (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Synchronous_Asynchronous NGSS Planning Template.pdf
STEMscopes Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Guide_09-2020 (1).pdf

Sunday, November 15
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
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Explore and Create Video Case Studies with HHMI BioInteractive Resources

Sponsoring Company: HHMI

Students like videos and they like stories. Learn how to create a video case study to engage your students using Understanding by Design principles and free HHMI BioInteractive Resources. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops/tablets.

Takeaways: 1. How to develop a video case study, which can then be used in a flipped or traditional classroom; 2. How Understanding by Design principles drive the direction of the case study; and 3. How to increase engagement using interrupted videos.

Speakers

Karen Lucci (Retired Educator: Morrisville, PA), Sherry Annee (Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School: Indianapolis, IN)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Creating a Video Case Study NSTA Engage.pdf
Template for designing questions when writing a video case
Video Case Workshop Outline and Resources.pdf
Outline of workshop with links to all resources
Timed transcript
for use in workshop
Video case question template
This allows you to assess your questions as you write it.

Sunday, November 15
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
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Coronavirus: Science Is the Answer

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Through a series of videos and physical models of coronavirus proteins we will explore the molecular mechanism of virus infection, and how a vaccine will produce antibodies that will neutralize the coronavirus spike protein. We will also preview a student modeling program focused on the development of therapeutic nanobodies.

Takeaways: 1. Coronavirus in an enveloped virus with spike proteins on its surface; 2. the spike protein plays a critical role in the infection process; and 3. several different strategies are being taken to create a vaccine to inactivate the virus.

Speakers

Tim Herman (MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling: Milwaukee, WI)

Sunday, November 15
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
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Teaching Physics Using Pivot Interactives

Sponsoring Company: Pivot Interactives

Come learn how Pivot Interactives helps students learn physics concepts and lab skills using our online learning platform. Interactive video allows students to make their own measurements from libraries of thousands of high-resolution videos and interactive measurement tools. Customizable instructions, fast grading tools, and LMS integration make life easier for teachers too!

Takeaways: 1. Learn how Pivot Interactives allows students to start with phenomena and guides them to use their own measurements and observations to build and apply models; 2. see from the student perspective how Pivot Interactives enables online labs; and 3. explore the content library, grading tools, and LMS integration.

Speakers

Peter Bohacek (Pivot Interactives: Minneapolis, MN)

Sunday, November 15
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
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Defining Waves: Building Disciplinary Core Concepts with Bring Science Alive!

Sponsoring Company: TCI

Participants will be immersed in an investigation designed to reach all learners and make learning science concepts fun and engaging. Participants will experiment with a variety of materials to make different kinds of waves and come up with a scientific definition of waves.

Takeaways: 1. Attendees will learn how to engage students with phenomenon-based storylines that provide real-world problems for students to connect their learning with their own experiences; 2. through the session immersion and hands-on investigations, they will see how each TCI's Bring Science Alive! lesson incorporates three-dimensional learning in the middle school classroom; and 3. attendees will walk away knowing how to use the TCI's digital platform to bring science alive in the distance and blended learning environment.

Speakers

Deanna Morrow (TCI: Mountain View, CA), Dawn Smith (TCI: Murray, KY)

Sunday, November 15
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
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Enliven the Study of Motion with Vernier Video Analysis

Sponsoring Company: Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Video Analysis™ brings video analysis to your students in a dedicated application. Students can use their mobile devices to insert a video with recorded motion, mark points to track the object, and set the scale. This app brings video analysis to your students regardless of device—even Chromebooks!

Takeaways: 1. Students can use prepared videos, found videos, or collect their own videos for analysis; 2. analysis is rapid and easily repeated, so students are able to immediately analyze and think critically about the collected data; and 3. students can use their mobile devices in the laboratory or out in the field to insert a video with recorded motion, mark points to track the object in motion, and set the scale of the video.

Speakers

David Carter (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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How to Attract More Girls to STEM and Beyond!

A chief news meteorologist will share her story on disrupting stereotypes and celebrating gender equity from kindergarten to postsecondary. Emphasis will be placed on equipping educators with keys to attract young girls to STEM professions.

Takeaways: 1. Embracing differences: challenging the status quo and debunking gender myths; 2. Learning to create education cultures that celebrate our uniqueness; and 3. Why girls need community and role models: developing stronger mentor/mentee programs for girls within our schools.

Speakers

Ashley Gann (CBS 42 News: Birmingham, AL)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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“Voices of Hope”: A Climate Science Unit

Climate science can be a difficult topic, however, focusing on hope and action allows students to see they can make a difference. Come see how!

Takeaways: 1. Gain strategies to support all students, but especially English Learners using OCDE (Orange County Department of Education) Project GLAD® strategies; 2. Learn the content and the relevant issues that are impacting climate change; and 3. How to focus on the importance of maintaining hope. We do this by showing students how their actions will make a difference.

Speakers

Kate Lindholm (North Central Educational Service District: Wenatchee, WA)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Our Watery Fingerprints: Teaching About Human Impacts on Marine Ecosystems

Explore how human activities have affected marine ecosystems, including the Gulf Coast, since the Industrial Revolution. Engage in hands-on simulations, interactive stories, and demonstrations.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn ways to incorporate hands-on activities related to marine ecosystems around the NGSS Middle School topic of Human Impacts; 2. acquire ideas and techniques for helping students deepen their understanding of the connections between population trends, land use, natural resource use, and environmental impacts through simulations, interactive stories, and labs; and 3. be able to identify how the presented hands-on activities meet the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and Science and Engineering Practices; and how the activities can be used to reach all kinds of learners.

Speakers

Donna Torres (INFINITY Science Center: Pearlington, MS)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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NSTA Our Watery Fingerprints.pdf
Information about Population Education and how to access free curriculum.

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Bring on the Data! Beginning Strategies to Integrate Data and Scientific Literacy into Your Science Classroom and Beyond

Leverage how people learn from data to teach data skills alongside content with these beginning strategies to build students literacy in science, math, and technology.

Takeaways: 1. A framework for thinking about how people learn from data and what are the steps along the progression from being a novice to expert user of data to do science, math, and use technology; 2. Strategies and resources to use in our teaching in any unit to better set students up for success as they build their mastery of data skills to become more data and science literate; and 3. a suite of tips and tricks to integrate into our current curricula across different disciplines that enhance how students work with data to learn their science and math content as well as critical evaluate claims in the world.

Speakers

Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, Rutgers University: Princeton, NJ)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Session Resource Document
We will use this shared Google Document to access a variety of materials to use during the workshop, as well as share multiple additional resources to use and pursue following the workshop.

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Beyond a Test: Alternative Assessments in Science

We will share unique and interactive assessments that go beyond multiple choice tests. These options offer learners a variety of ways to demonstrate their mastery of content. Varied assessment options will be explored, including alternative testing questions, interactive assessments, concept maps, and projects.

Takeaways: 1. Attendees will learn about alternate ways of assessing student learning that allows all learners the ability to demonstrate mastery of content; 2. Alternate mid-term and final exam options will be shared; and 3. Attendees will learn how to create valid assessments for English Learners.

Speakers

Stephanie Matson (Thomas Worthington High School: Columbus, OH), Kimberly Thesing (Thomas Worthington High School: Columbus, OH)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Beyond a Test: Alternative Assessments in Science Presentation

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Do You Need a New Science Lab? Come Learn How to Apply to Win for Your School!

Located in the U.S. near a Shell asset? Attend this session for the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge to learn how to apply for this amazing opportunity. Pick up tips for completing a winning application and begin your journey in applying to win an updated science classroom. This program will award 33 prize packages valued up to $15,000 for high school and $10,000 for elementary and middle school!

Takeaways: 1. Learn how you can apply to win the Shell Science Lab Challenge; 2. Learn the tips to completing a winning application; and 3. Have an opportunity to actually begin to complete the application and have your questions answered.

Speakers

Amanda Upton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Ruth Ruud (Cleveland State University: Cleveland, OH)