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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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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
4:50 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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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.

Speakers

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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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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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
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 2020.pdf
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NSTA Leaf Packs Virtual Presentation Fall2020

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)
This handout provides all of the links and follow-up resources related to the presentation.
Presentation Jamboard
The link to the Jamboard that will be used during the presentation. Editing capability will be turned on during the presentation. It will then be changed to view only afterwards.

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

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
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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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
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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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

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
11:30 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)

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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
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)

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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)

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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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NSTA-WIDA Session: Designing for Equitable Sensemaking

Participants will learn ideas and strategies for engaging MLs in science as they relate to the Principles of Equitable Engagement for Multilingual Learners in Three-Dimensional Science developed through the Making Science Multilingual initiative that is a collaboration between NSTA and the WIDA Consortium.

Takeaways: 1. Examine a set of principles co-developed by NSTA and WIDA, and discuss how these apply in classrooms to benefit multilingual learners; 2. explore ways to help a linguistically diverse group of students engage together in sensemaking in 3-D science; and 3. explore ways to make science instruction more equitable and include more cultural and linguistic assets.

Speakers

David Crowther (University of Nevada, Reno: Reno, NV), Rita MacDonald (Wisconsin Center for Education Research: Madison, WI)

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NSTA WIDA Engaging for Sense-making session (PPT)

Sunday, November 15
1:10 PM - 1:15 PM
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NESTA and AGI Session: Geoscience Is for Everyone—Activities That Help Students Explore STEM in Their Lives

Take part in activities making personal/local connections that encourage learners to reflect on the role of STEM in their lives, communities, and possible futures.

Takeaways: 1. Through engaging students in investigations centered on STEM careers we can inspire the next generation of STEM pioneers and innovators to build a better world; 2. Geoscience is for everyone; and 3. Personal and local connections like those explored in this workshop demonstrate the role of STEM for all learners.

Speakers

Aida Awad (Education Consultant/ Adjunct: Buckeye, AZ), Ed Robeck (American Geosciences Institute: Alexandria, VA)

Sunday, November 15
1:15 PM - 1:20 PM
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Environmental Education Clubs, Green STEM, and Eco-Schools

Discussion centers on how to start an Environmental Education Club, incorporate green STEM-focused curriculum, and become part of the Eco-School global initiative.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. how to start an Environmental Education club at their school and will see examples from other schools and colleges; 2. about Green STEM lessons and interdisciplinary units that they can easily incorporate in their standards-based curriculum; and 3. about the Eco-School global initiative and will explore how they can inspire their students to collaborate with others and involve their local communities so together they can create creative and meaningful solutions to protect the planet.

Speakers

Lisa Ristuccia (Fountain Hills Charter School: Fountain Hills, AZ)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Eco-School Fact Sheet
Eco-Schools the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Eco-Schools Pathway Icons (Printable pdf)
Experiential Outdoor Learning in the Schoolyard
GLOBE Framework Alignment
Green STEM Guidebook
Hiking the Seven Cs by Brad Daniel
Living Schoolyard Activity Guide
Nature Play at Home Guidelines
Nighttime Adventures
Nighttime Adventures - Exploring and appreciating the mysteries of the night by leading walks after dark Article by Brad Daniel & Cliffard Knapp in Green Teacher
Positive Actions for the Sustainable Development Goals
Resources Sheet for Eco-Schools and Green STEM
Schoolyard Habitat Monarch Guide
SciGirls Go Green Activity Guide
Global Eco-Schools
National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA
NWF Eco-Schools USA - Virtual Classroom Resources
Greenpoint Eco-Schools Sustainability Toolkit
Schoolyard Habitat Monarch Guide
Kids Gardening - Grants
Growing Spaces - Grants
Seed Your Future - Grants
Whole Kids Foundation - Grants
Captain Planet Foundation - Grants
The Awesome Foundation - Grants
Project Learning Tree
Project WET
SciGirls Go Green Activity Guide
Green STEM Guidebook from NWF
Nature Play at Home from NWF
GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)
EarthEcho International
EarthEcho Water Monitoring
Ranger Rick Magazine
Ology from the American Museum of Natural History
Global Green STEM
Green Schoolyards
Living Schoolyard Activity Guide
BEETLES Project
Earth Day Network
National Geographic Kids
Article - "Nighttime Adventures" by Brad Daniel
Article - "Hiking the Seven C's" by Brad Daniel
Arizona Game & Fish Department – Focus Wild Arizona
ChangeX
Arizona Association for Environmental Education
North American Association for Environmental Education
Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Green Schools
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
Connecticul Green LEAF Schools
SciTech Institute Resource Directory
NWF - Learn about Eco-Schools USA! (video)
Eco-Schools Presentation for NSTA Engage Fall 2020 Conference

Sunday, November 15
1:20 PM - 1:25 PM
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Supporting Three-Dimensional Learning Through Model-Driven Inquiry Units and Resources

We will introduce a collection of units and resources to help teachers engage students in three-dimensional learning through model-driven inquiry.

Takeaways: 1. Anchoring instruction around authentic phenomena is the first step to 3-D learning; 2. The practice of modeling should be at the center of your instructional units; and 3. Models help groups of students build explanations of phenomena together over time.

Speakers

Todd Campbell (University of Connecticut: Storrs Mansfield, CT), Ron Gray (Northern Arizona University: Flagstaff, AZ), Victor Sampson (The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, TX)

Sunday, November 15
1:20 PM - 1:25 PM
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Project Hero: Activating Empathy for Species and Ecosystems in Trouble

Project Hero is a free program that challenges students to accept standards-focused and project-based Quests aimed at helping locally relevant species and ecosystems under pressure.

Takeaways: Participants will be able to: 1. create an account and explore Quests as they become available ; 2. facilitate the QUEST process with their students ; and 3. demonstrate understanding of the process for applying for a grant to support their Quest.

Speakers

Laura Arndt (Global GreenSTEM: Franktown, CO)

Sunday, November 15
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Why the Big Blue Planet Needs Butterflies, Bees, Birds, and Books

Keeping the Earth big and blue requires getting students out into the schoolyard. Discover how to put in gardens or an outdoor classroom and how to support the learning through crosscutting concepts with journals and children’s literature.

Takeaways: 1.Teachers will experience through photographs, stories, and activities how to engage all students in connecting sustaining Earth to the local schoolyard and their backyards; 2. Teachers gather resources for lessons, units, and a wide selction of chidlren's literature, going home equipped to address crosscutting concepts effectively; and 3. Hands-on activities and anecdotes of the presenter's expereinces will give teachers inspiration to help children find connections to nature at home and at school.

Speakers

Steve Rich (Science Author/Consultant: Atlanta, GA)

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List of Kids Books Websites
This is a partial list of my recommendations for kids books related to the topic, and several websites as well. If you need the PowerPoint, I am working on reducing the size of the file so plese contact me at bflywriter@comcast.net if you don't see it posted yet. Thank you for participating i NSTA Engage Fall20 and for your interest in my session.

Sunday, November 15
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Land, Water, and Air, Oh My: A Student-Immersed Experience

Explore an authentic problem-based learning lesson that covers land pollution, water pollution or air pollution. This lesson promotes engineering design, problem-solving, scientific inquiry, and literacy. This lesson highlights a 3-D learning experience.

Takeaways: The attendees will learn: 1. What is Project and Problem-Based Learning? 2. How human actions around the world are influencing our natural resources? 3. How to use everyday, low budget supplies to model solutions for various forms of pollution?

Speakers

Ashley Lyle (Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School: Baton Rouge, LA), Alison Baker (Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School: Baton Rouge, LA), Brittany Hinyard (Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School: Baton Rouge, LA)

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Project Based Learning Land, Water, and Air, Oh My!!
Project Based Learning student rubric and informational sheet.
Pre-presentation materials
These are the materials participants will need to complete the lower level project based activity.

Sunday, November 15
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Sparking Discovery and Exploration—From Home!

This session will engage teachers in experiencing and exploring free NGSS-focused resources for classrooms from STEM@GTRI.

Takeaways: 1. Free NGSS-focused resources; 2. virtual field experiences; and 3. educational technology.

Speakers

Tyler Kinner (Georgia Tech Research Institute: Atlanta, GA)