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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.


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!

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.


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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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.


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.


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)

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.


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

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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
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
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
1:30 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.


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 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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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.


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