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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
4:50 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)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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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.

Speakers

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

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)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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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)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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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
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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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)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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REVISED List of Handouts
Handout 7
Handout 2
Handout 3
Handout 4
Handout 4a
Handout 5
Handout 6
*Equity Resource List.docx
For NSTA Engage 2020 presentations

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
These slides are continually being updated with more resources that are shared.

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)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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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

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)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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List of handouts
Handout 1
Handout 2
Handout 3
Handout 4
Handout 5
Handout 6

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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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)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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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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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)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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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)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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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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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

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)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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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
11:30 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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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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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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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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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)

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Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge and Shell Awards presentation
Instructional Method and Teaching Philosophy questions
Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge flyer
Shell Programs flyer

Sunday, November 15
1:00 PM - 1:05 PM
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CSSS-Sponsored Session: High School STEM Pathways: K–12, Postsecondary, and Private Partnerships for Innovative Student Experiences

Public/private and postsecondary/K–12 partnerships create three-dimensional STEM opportunities for ALL students. We will share a Louisiana model and how to bring it to your school or district.

Takeaways: 1. Louisiana High School STEM Pathway; 2. Louisiana pathway descriptions, implementation outlines, virtual PD and virtual learning modifications, and contact information for follow-up; and 3. small groups brainstorm individual implementation outlines.

Speakers

Nathan Corley (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA)

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
1:25 PM - 1:30 PM
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ASEE Session: Free Engineering Resources for K–12 Classroom

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) shares free resources and innovative ways to introduce engineering into K–12 classrooms. Join us to learn more and engage in a hands-on activity.

Takeaways: 1. Leading, free, engineering resource sites; 2. ASEE's commitment to engineering education; and 3. ways to engage with engineers.

Speakers

Martha Cyr (The STEM Education Center at WPI: Worcester, MA)

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Infuse Engineering Resources in the P-12 Classroom with ASEE!
Hear about various free resources available to help bring engineering to your classroom. Also let us know how we can support you!

Sunday, November 15
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Exploring Engineering Through Connected Learning and Real-World Problem-Solving

We will present a unit designed to help students understand friction by using connected learning, engineering design principles, and real-world problem-solving.

Takeaways: 1. How to create real-world problems based on engineering design principles; 2. Explore how connected learning can engage all learners by tapping into their interests; and 3. Examine the framework of engineering design principles through an example of friction.

Speakers

Tevis Jacobs (University of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, PA), Cassie Quigley (University of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, PA), Autumn Dillaman (Falk Laboratory School: Pittsburgh, PA)

Sunday, November 15
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Making Quality Science Instruction Accessible and Equitable to ALL K–6 Students

Attention will be paid to research-based strategies and resources to differentiate instruction, making science accessible and engaging for ALL students. Discussion centers on ways to increase participation, engagement, and advance learning. Handouts.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. strategies, to engage all learners actively with hands-on experiences, to advance learning and deepen conceptual understanding for all K–6 students; 2. ways to differentiate instruction, offering tiered or leveled experiences, where explorations vary as to the complexity of the task, while offering essential concepts to all students; and 3. effective questioning strategies to enhance and deepen student understanding, increase academic language, and help make students’ thinking visible.

Speakers

Donna Knoell (Educational and Technology Consultant: Overland Park, KS)

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)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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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)