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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.


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.


Jane Luu (Draper Laboratory: Cambridge, MA)

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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.


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

Sunday, November 15
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
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Closing Keynote Address: WOW! Tips, Techniques, and Tricks for Motivating Students

Join master educator, presenter, and author Michael A. DiSpezio as he explores ways in which you can effectively engage students within our challenging times. Driven by a diverse cache of science engagements designed for both at-home and face-to-face encounters, this presentation profiles tenets for reclaiming motivation, engagement, and success. These easily repeatable and inexpensive experiences offer multiple opportunities that are effective in recapturing, maintaining, and nurturing student success in standards-based science literacy. They range from mind-bending science challenges to an activity assortment of awesome hands-on experiments that you can perform with everyday items. So join Michael for a practical and pragmatic session that surveys a variety of tips, techniques, and tricks designed for the at-home/online science classroom. Plus, make sure you have several sheets of scrap paper, paper clips, scissors, and tape at your desktop for this interactive experience!


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

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