STEM20: Virtual Event

October 27-31, 2020

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Keynote Message: Adapting to Isolation

Monday, July 27 • 12:05 PM - 12:15 PM

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Join Mike Massimino, former NASA astronaut, as he relates his time in space with the feelings of isolation and loneliness that many of our teachers and students are experiencing in this distance/virtual learning environment. Mike’s message is a reminder to all of us, that in spite of the physical distancing, we can (and, should!) stay “connected” to one another.

SPEAKERS:
Mike Massimino (Columbia University: New York, NY)

Featured Session: Tools with Tim & Rob @ 12:20

Monday, July 27 • 12:20 PM - 1:00 PM


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Elem_Tech_Tools_with_Tim__Rob.pdf
Resources__Elementary_Tech_Tools_with_Tim__Rob_.pdf

STRAND: Lower Elementary/Early Childhood

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So great, we got through this year: Now what? As we prepare for next school year, what digital tools are out there to support us in blended learning situations that will put us in the classroom, in the home, and back? Join us for a select list of flexible, easy-to-use tools that have the potential of opening up new possibilities for teaching and learning. We’ll keep it lively and engaging and along the way as we share a host of digital resources for Early Childhood education and elementary classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Robert Payo (Denver Urban Gardens: Denver, CO), Tim Blesse (Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Denver, CO), Elizabeth Garlick (North Mor Elementary School: Denver, CO), Will Allen (Graham Mesa Elementary School: Rifle, CO)

AIA Session: Making a Makerspace: Crafting Space to Encourage Freedom-Centric Learning

Monday, July 27 • 1:09 PM - 1:49 PM

STRAND: Lower Elementary/Early Childhood

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How can you craft space to help emphasize student-centered environments for inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, and freedom-centric learning? Join an architect with the Committee on Architecture for Education to explore strategies and examples on how spaces can inspire community, creativity, curiosity, and caring.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Attendees will learn from a case study of a new K-8 STEAM school how various design qualities of openness, art, connectivity, and nature can create freedom-centric learning. 2. Attendees will learn what it means to craft space and how creating diverse and agile settings removes barriers and allows teachers and students to take ownership and adapt the environment to their needs. 3. Attendees will explore how theme-based design can be utilized to shape cultural interactions, indoo/outdoor connections, and the building as a canvas for art.

SPEAKERS:
Olivia Graf Doyle (Architecture for Education: Pasadena, CA)

NCTM Session: Mathematics and Integrative STEM—Models, Measuring, and Ratios Through the Solar System

Monday, July 27 • 1:09 PM - 1:49 PM


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AstronomicalMeasuringTape.pdf
Math,_STEM,_and_the_Solar_System_Presentation.pdf
Planets_informationv2.xlsx
The Sweden Solar System – the largest model of our planetary system in the world
More info and pictures of Sweden's Scale Model of the Solar System.
To Scale: The Solar System @ Black Rock Desert
World's Largest Scale Model of the Solar System Covers Entire Sweden

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Through an integrative STEM approach, build student understanding of Earth and our solar system while creating models, using ratios, and considering scale.

TAKEAWAYS:
Develop measurement, ratio, and modeling understanding in context. Build a better understanding of earth and our solar system. Develop connections between math and science teaching practices.

SPEAKERS:
David Barnes (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Reston, VA), Sarah Bush (University of Central Florida: Orlando, FL)

Using Scratch Jr. to Develop Concept Models in Lower Elementary Students

Monday, July 27 • 1:09 PM - 1:49 PM


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EQuIPD_Core_Model.JPG
This is a model which represents the ideology for the grant.

STRAND: Lower Elementary/Early Childhood

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Engaging Quality Instruction through Professional Development (EQuIPD) is helping teachers to develop core concept models in students through improved instructional practices and use of technology, including Scratch and Scratch Jr.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. How Core concepts models are build in early childhood through specific staged activities. 2. How Scratch Jr and Scratch can be used by students and teachers to build a storyline for a concept model. 3. How teachers can use storylines to help build concept models in students.

SPEAKERS:
Nancy Ruzycki (University of Florida: Gainesville, FL), Seleka Kerr (University of Florida: Gainesville, FL), Leigh Arnold (The School District of Palm Beach County: West Palm Beach, FL), Jared Carter (University of Florida: Gainesville, FL)

Animals as Engineers

Monday, July 27 • 1:09 PM - 1:49 PM

STRAND: Lower Elementary/Early Childhood

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From folklore and fiction to real life, animal mascots engage early learners in using science and engineering practices to explore how natural engineers solve problems.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn creative ideas for integrated lessons Overview of “tinkering,” “making,” MEA’s (model eliciting activities) and STEM Make meaningful connections between STEM, literacy and the natural world

SPEAKERS:
Margaret Giunta (Pinellas County Schools: Largo, FL), Kali Guinn (Pinellas County Schools: Largo, FL)

Augmented Reality to the Rescue: Practical Resources to Use in Your Classroom Right Away!

Monday, July 27 • 1:09 PM - 1:49 PM

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Leverage technology to keep your students engaged. This session will showcase the use of augmented reality (AR) technology within the learning cycle framework in upper elementary classrooms.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will be: • Given a list resources that can be used for physical science, life science and earth/space science • Have a hands-on experience with a few different applications and resources for an immersive experience • Discuss how to accommodate a diverse set of learners and how to use proper scaffolding

SPEAKERS:
Sumreen Asim (Indiana University Southeast: New Albany, IN)

STEM 101: Getting Started as STEM Specialists in Your School

Monday, July 27 • 1:09 PM - 1:49 PM


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STEM_Action_Plan.pptx
STEM_Digital_Learning.pptx

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Your STEM journey begins here. Incorporate STEM and PBL into the K–5 curriculum. Receive ideas for program development, grants and funding, as well as  inexpensive or free field trips.

TAKEAWAYS:
Incorporating STEM curriculum and PBLs into the K–5 grade–level curriculum requirements. Finding and scheduling in-house free and inexpensive field trips, guest speakers, and virtual experiences for all students at your school. Funding and grant writing information and sources to fund your STEM program.

SPEAKERS:
Johanna Disney (McKendree Elementary School: Lawrenceville, GA), Julie Wilkerson (McKendree Elementary School: Lawrenceville, GA)

How to Implement STEM and NGSS into Your Classroom Through the Use of NSTA Competitions

Monday, July 27 • 1:09 PM - 1:49 PM

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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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 about NSTA competitions Learn about how you can use competitions as a resource to implement NGSS and STEM into your curriculum Learn how you and your students can win prizes and recognition

SPEAKERS:
Matthew Hartman (BrainPOP: Pittsburgh, PA), Alexis Mundis (Army Educational Outreach Program: Arlington, VA), Acacia McKenna (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Using Model Aircraft in Your Classroom

Monday, July 27 • 1:09 PM - 1:49 PM


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AeroLab_doc.pdf
AMA Flight School
Starting point for teachers - to receive more resources contact the education department: [email protected]
AMA_Workshop_Weblinks.pdf
force_and_motion-flight-scientific_method-design_process-fpg9.docx
Making and Flying the Tethered Jetstream Model
This short video shows how to make the Jetstream Tethered flying model to be used with all the investigation worksheets and data collection. You will receive 7 of these models in your kit.
Wings Over Indiana - PBS & NASA Flight Special

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Students will love launching their own aircraft to study flight! Receive three types of flying models and everything you need for teaching with them. Lessons and activities are suitable for a wide range of ages and include flight dynamics, control surfaces, Newton’s laws, potential/kinetic energy, center of gravity, speed, weight/lift, thrust/drag, and centripetal force.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Experience for yourself how model aircraft provide a hands-on, engaging and memorable way to learn about STEM concepts including basic flight dynamics, potential and kinetic energy, center of gravity and more. 2. Learn specific strategies for incorporating these activities into your classroom, making this STEM learning experience both successful and fun for you and your students. 3. Go back to your classroom feeling prepared with a free kit that includes three types of aircraft plus curriculum, directions for student activities, hand-outs and instructions on receiving post-workshop support.

SPEAKERS:
Rick Crosslin (MSD of Wayne Township: Indianapolis, IN)

Teaching Students How to Debate in the Science Classroom

Monday, July 27 • 1:09 PM - 1:49 PM


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Constructive_Speech_Organization_graphic_organizer.pdf
Constructive_Speech_Organization_graphic_organizer_Word.docx
a graphic organizer for information
Flow_Chart_PDF.pdf
PENNEAST_PIPELINE_information.pdf
An overview of the debate topic

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Develop critical thinking and research skills in your science students via debate. Bring the ideas you study into the real world. Hear how I researched and planned a debate to give my students a chance to investigate how communities evaluate environmental concerns.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to structure a science debate in the classroom How to select an appropriate topic How to help students find relevant information for the debate

SPEAKERS:
Rebecca Kurson (Collegiate School: New York, NY)

Integrating Science Learning, Language Learning, and Computational Thinking with All Students, Including English Language Learners, Part 1

Monday, July 27 • 1:09 PM - 1:49 PM

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Attention will be paid to contemporary perspectives on how to integrate three-dimensional science learning, language learning, and computational thinking with all students, including English language learners. In addition, student artifacts illustrating such integration will be shared.

TAKEAWAYS:
1) Contemporary perspectives on how to integrate science, language and computational thinking 2) Curriculum materials and classroom instruction to promote such integration 3) Analysis of student artifacts illustrating such integration

SPEAKERS:
Okhee Lee (New York University: New York, NY)

Elementary STEM Showcase

Monday, July 27 • 1:09 PM - 1:49 PM


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2020_STEM_in_Action!_Showcase_Handout_Akers_.pdf
STEM lessons and book lists
26621_MacroChecklistPDF.pdf
Macroinvertebrate Card Checklist
Free Read-Alouds and Mentor Text Study
Green Breaks Blog with Links to Resources
https://emilymorganbooks.com/resources/
KinderLab_KIBO_-_6_Key_Benefits_of_Robotics.pdf
Remote Robots Programming Instructions
Click here to learn more and program robots remotely live during/after the session.
Remote Robots Programming Instructions
STEM_in_ACTION!_Legos_Cards_Akers.pdf
Lego Challenge Task Cards
STEM_in_ACTION!_NGSS_Poster_Akers.pdf
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices small poster
STEMIFY_Virtual_Student_Experiences.pdf

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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The Elementary STEM Showcase has adapted the exciting, quick-fire format of the popular Pecha Kucha presentations for this year’s STEM20: Virtual Event. This "social show-and-tell event" brings together leaders in STEM education as presenters who offer 15 slides for 20 seconds each. Each five-minute presentation will offer teaching strategies and resources in the best practices in STEM education for our youngest learners. Featured materials come from celebrated classroom educators, authors of NSTA Press books, award-winning books from the Best STEM Books list, and strategies from the NSTA preK–5 journal, Science & Children.

NGSS connections to student experiences will be highlighted during each Pecha Kucha presentation. Participants will interact with presenters about STEM investigations and resources through a Q&A session at the end of the time block. Presentations will be passionate, funny, informative, and inspirational. Join us for this new format and learn from this fast paced, energy-filled experience and leave with ideas to use with your students and colleagues.

The Elementary STEM Showcase will be presented three times:

  • 1:09 PM—focus on the Upper Elementary STEM Classroom
  • 2:47 PM—focus on the Lower Elementary and Early Childhood STEM Classroom
  • 5:15 PM—focus on Informal Education Support for the STEM Classroom

SPEAKERS:
Amanda Glover (Museum of Science, Boston: Boston, MA), Emily Morgan (Picture-Perfect Science: West Chester, OH), Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA), Judith Boyle (Divide School District #4: Divide, MT), Rebecca Kurson (Collegiate School: New York, NY), Patricia Newman (Children's Book Author & Speaker: Carmichael, CA), Collin Doruff (Isidore Newman School: New Orleans, LA)

Featured Panel: Distance Learning Through the Educational Journey

Monday, July 27 • 1:58 PM - 2:38 PM

STRAND: Lower Elementary/Early Childhood

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Join us to explore a holistic view of the challenges, as well as learn tips and strategies to successfully implement distance learning in your elementary classrooms. Moderated by Kavita Gupta, panelists will share experiences and wisdom gained toward driving equity across learning styles, changing assessments, and addressing interventions. Participants will walk away equipped with best practices in distance learning, including a new educational context.

SPEAKERS:
Kavita Gupta (Monta Vista High School: Cupertino, CA), Dedric McGhee (Memphis-Shelby County Schools: Memphis, TN), Jessica Holman (Boone County High School: Florence, KY), Heidi Thompson-Abell (Squires Elementary School: Lexington, KY), Shelby O'Neil (Jr Ocean Guardians: Berkeley, CA)

Teaching the Brain to Young Learners

Monday, July 27 • 2:47 PM - 3:27 PM

STRAND: Lower Elementary/Early Childhood

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Join in for an introduction to the brain and mindfulness for the youngest learners. In this kindergarten unit, students learn the basics of how the brain works, as well as a few parts of the brain and the meaning of growth mindset. This unit includes a “brainy” engineering project.

TAKEAWAYS:
Students can learn how the parts of the brain work Students can learn how to use mindfulness Students will learn about growth mindset

SPEAKERS:
Rebecca Kurson (Collegiate School: New York, NY)

STEM Family Night

Monday, July 27 • 2:47 PM - 3:27 PM


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Family STEM Night PPT PDF
PowerPoint Presentation PDF for our session at NSTA STEM20. Please contact us if you have any questions!

STRAND: Lower Elementary/Early Childhood

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Get the tools to plan and execute a successful STEM Family Night geared toward all ages.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to plan a STEM family night What types of activities do you choose How to get parents involved

SPEAKERS:
Jacqueline Mumford (St. Paul School: Salem, OH), Misty Dietrich (St. Paul School: Salem, OH), David Pancurak (St. Paul School: Salem, OH)

Engineering a Unit to Promote STEAM Concepts for Elementary Classrooms

Monday, July 27 • 2:47 PM - 3:27 PM


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Chemical_Engineering_Lesson_Plan.docx
Civil_Engineering_-_Pipeline_Challenge.pptx
Civil_Engineering_Lesson_PLan.docx
Electrical_Engineering_-__Propeller_car_challenge.pptx
Electrical_Engineering_Lesson_Plan.docx
Engineering_Jeopardy.pptx
Mechanical_Engineering_-_Roller_Coasters.pptx
Mechanical_Engineering_Lesson_Plan.docx
Scientist_V._Engineer_Lesson.docx
Scientist_v_engineer_-_day_1.pptx
Sort_an_Engineer_Card_Sort.docx
Sort_an_Engineer_Lesson_Plan.docx
Sort_an_Engineer_PowerPoint.pptx
Water_Filters_Challenge_-_chemical_engineering.pptx

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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We created a unit to introduce students to STEAM concepts by using engineering as the backbone. All resources, including activities and assessments, will be shared.

TAKEAWAYS:
-Elementary students have common misconceptions about engineers and engineering. -The engineering design process is an effective tool for designing STEAM-based lessons and units. -There are four main types of engineering (civil, mechanical, chemical, and electrical), upon which all careers within engineering are based (eg. biomedical, mining, architectural, environmental, aerospace, geological, etc.)

SPEAKERS:
Jeffery Townsend (Eastern Kentucky University: Richmond, KY), Taylor Cobb (Preservice Teacher: Waco, KY)

Creating Three-Dimensional Inquiry Lessons

Monday, July 27 • 2:47 PM - 3:27 PM


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EQuIPD_Model.JPG
This model represents the core ideology for the grant
https://nsta2020.eventfinity.co/schedule/338464/vmeet/64666
Inquiry_Model_Development_and_purposes.pdf
This is a document we created to show the inquiry model stages. It aligns with the 5E model and Three Dimensional Learning.

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Engaging Quality Instruction through Professional Development (EQuIPD) is helping teachers to develop inquiry lessons that teach students to think critically and learn to solve the mysteries in the world around them using three-dimensional practices. Learn to create and use inquiry to truly engage your students in STEM.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Identify a main learning goal, phenomena to explore, and concept model to plan effective STEM lessons. 2. Use the 5Es model of inquiry to create a real-world mystery that students will be motivated to solve. 3. Use technology as a tool to support model concept development. 4. Use Question Formulation Technique and Claim-Evidence-Reasoning to elicit student thinking.

SPEAKERS:
Nancy Ruzycki (University of Florida: Gainesville, FL), Christine Angel Danger (Hillsborough County Public Schools: Tampa, FL)

Using Fables and Fairy Tales as a Basis for Integrated STEM Lessons

Monday, July 27 • 2:47 PM - 3:27 PM

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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The elementary classroom provides an ideal place for teachers to integrate two of the areas that have many commonalities—science and literacy skills. Identify and integrate fairy tales and fables into STEM teaching lessons. Example lessons and suggested children’s books for use will be shared.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will 1). identify and integrate fairy tales and fables into STEM teaching lessons; 2). participate in activities that model the integration of children’s stories and science content; 3). discuss strategies for integrating both science and reading skills.

SPEAKERS:
Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

Integrating Science Learning, Language Learning, and Computational Thinking with All Students, Including English Language Learners, Part 2

Monday, July 27 • 2:47 PM - 3:27 PM


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Okhee_Lee_Part_1_STEM20_Virtual_Event_7-27-20.pptx
Okhee_Lee_Part_2_STEM20_Virtual_Event_7-27-20.pptx

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

Attention will be paid to contemporary perspectives on how to integrate three-dimensional science learning, language learning, and computational thinking with all students, including English language learners. In addition, student artifacts illustrating such integration will be shared.

TAKEAWAYS:
1) Contemporary perspectives on how to integrate science, language and computational thinking 2) Curriculum materials and classroom instruction to promote such integration 3) Analysis of student artifacts illustrating such integration

SPEAKERS:
Okhee Lee (New York University: New York, NY)

Balance Screen Time with Green Time

Monday, July 27 • 2:47 PM - 3:27 PM


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Balance Screen Time with Green Time
Emily Morgan

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Author Emily Morgan will share ideas for adding “green breaks” to the school day that provide an opportunity for students (and teachers) to get away from their screens and reset and refresh their minds.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Research on the importance of green time 2. Ideas for simple "green breaks" 3. Projects the integrate more extensive green time

SPEAKERS:
Emily Morgan (Picture-Perfect Science: West Chester, OH)

NSTA Press Session: Uncovering Elementary Students’ Ideas About Engineering and Technology

Monday, July 27 • 2:47 PM - 3:27 PM


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NSTA_STEM20_UncoveringStudentIdeasEngTech_ELEMENTARY.pdf

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Learn how to use purposefully designed, engaging questions to elicit and address students’ commonly held ideas about core concepts and practices related to engineering and technology.

TAKEAWAYS:
1) Learn how formative assessment probes reveal students' ideas about engineering and technology, including common misconceptions and stereotypes about engineers. 2) Learn how to embed the engineering and technology probes into instruction. 3) Learn how the engineering and technology probes support disciplinary core ideas and practices.

SPEAKERS:
Page Keeley (NSTA Past President: No City, No State), Cary Sneider (Portland State University: Portland, OR), Mihir Ravel (Visiting Scholar: Portland, OR)

Share Observations and Ideas About Teaching STEM in COVID Times Using Innovators’ Compass Online

Monday, July 27 • 2:47 PM - 3:27 PM


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Innovators_Compass__Teaching_STEM_in_COVID_times_-_slides.pdf
Slides from the session "Share Observations and Ideas About Teaching STEM in COVID Times Using Innovators’ Compass Online"
Innovators_Compass_Graphic_Tools.pdf
A selection of the free graphic tools available at innovatorscompass.org, which make 5 questions asked by engineers, scientists, and engineers accessible for any classroom moment—from STEM to SEL.

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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What if students habitually explored the key questions posed by scientists, engineers, and designers in anything they do? Innovators’ Compass is a 5-question tool, in all-free online and offline formats, to make that possible—developed by an MIT and IDEO alumna who’s now an Olin College educator. A quick introduction will include short videos of the Compass used in STEM.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn about a visual tool, in all-free on-and-offline formats, with 5 questions distilled from many practices in science, engineering, design, and beyond. See students and educators applying these for STEM, interdisciplinary, and SEL problems and projects. Use these 5 questions with peers on a pressing problem: how to advance hands-on STEM in (semi) virtual times.

SPEAKERS:
Valeria Rodriguez (STEM Educator & Instructional Technologist: Miami, FL), Ela Ben-Ur (Innovators' Compass: Cambridge, MA)

The Success of the 89 STEM Learning Ecosystems

Monday, July 27 • 2:47 PM - 3:27 PM


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Building_STEM_Ecosystems.pdf
What it takes to build a STEM Ecosystem How to build a STEM Ecosystem The evidence to support the value of a STEM Ecosystem

STRAND: Building STEM Ecosystems: Community Partnerships

Show Details

Hear how the Samueli Foundation along with its partners designed and scaled the STEM Learning Ecosystem to now 89 communities around the world.

TAKEAWAYS:
What it takes to build a STEM Ecosystem How to build a STEM Ecosystem The evidence to support the value of a STEM Ecosystem

SPEAKERS:
Veronica Gonzales (Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES): Cleveland, OH)

Elementary STEM Showcase

Monday, July 27 • 2:47 PM - 3:27 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Makers Mart and Common Core
Makers Mart Overview
Makers Mart Skill Summary
STEM_in_ACTION!_Legos_Task_Cards_Akers.pdf
Legos Challenge Task Cards
STEM_in_ACTION!_NGSS_Akers.pdf
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices small poster
STEM_in_Action!_Showcase_Akers_.pdf
STEM lessons and book lists

STRAND: Lower Elementary/Early Childhood

Show Details

The Elementary STEM Showcase has adapted the exciting, quick-fire format of the popular Pecha Kucha presentations for this year’s STEM20: Virtual Event. This "social show-and-tell event" brings together leaders in STEM education as presenters who offer 15 slides for 20 seconds each. Each five-minute presentation will offer teaching strategies and resources in the best practices in STEM education for our youngest learners. Featured materials come from celebrated classroom educators, authors of NSTA Press books, award-winning books from the Best STEM Books list, and strategies from the NSTA preK–5 journal, Science & Children.

NGSS connections to student experiences will be highlighted during each Pecha Kucha presentation. Participants will interact with presenters about STEM investigations and resources through a Q&A session at the end of the time block. Presentations will be passionate, funny, informative, and inspirational. Join us for this new format and learn from this fast paced, energy-filled experience and leave with ideas to use with your students and colleagues.

The Elementary STEM Showcase will be presented three times:

  • 1:09 PM—focus on the Upper Elementary STEM Classroom
  • 2:47 PM—focus on the Lower Elementary and Early Childhood STEM Classroom
  • 5:15 PM—focus on Informal Education Support for the STEM Classroom

SPEAKERS:
Jason Innes (Kinderlab Robotics, Inc.: Waltham, MA), Belle Akers (Convent & Stuart Hall's Schools of the Sacred Heart: San Francisco, CA), Ron Grady (NOLA Nature School: New Orleans, LA), Anne Lowry (Aleph Academy: Reno, NV), Alexandra Morgan (Boulder Journey School: Boulder, CO), Katie Morrison (University Child Development School: Seattle, WA), Lauren Zander (Isidore Newman School: New Orleans, LA)

Equitable STEM Through Culturally Responsive Distance Learning

Monday, July 27 • 2:47 PM - 3:27 PM

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Sponsoring Company: Twig Science Next Gen

Learn how Twig Science Next Gen leverages the strengths of multicultural backgrounds to help students feel valued and empowered with STEM. Twig Science raises expectations for all students (No deficit mindset here!) and helps build an equitable community of science and engineering in classrooms where all students see themselves as valuable contributors.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Distance Learning does not have to be difficult! 2. Underrepresented populations in STEM can be strategically empowered 3. Inspire all students to pursue STEM Careers

SPEAKERS:
Lisa Larsgaard (Imagine Learning | Twig Education: Santa Cruz, CA)

Featured Session: The Crosscutting Concepts—Science, Children’s Literature, and Beyond

Monday, July 27 • 4:25 PM - 5:05 PM


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Cross Cutting Concepts
Crosscutting_concepts_chart.docx

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Scientists share a common framework for thinking: the crosscutting concepts described by NGSS. This is why someone studying goat stomachs can converse intelligently with someone studying La Niña. They may have different knowledge bases, but they use the same framework for thinking and communicating about their respective topics. Valerie and Mark invite you to consider that the crosscutting concepts are a framework, not only for scientists, but also for all human thinking. This is why we can see these concepts shouting and whispering in every children’s book we pick up. When we look closer, we can even see how this framework can help us understand social problems and offer solutions. Join Valerie and Mark as they ignite a conversation about how the crosscutting concepts inform how we understand children’s literature, our classrooms, and beyond.

SPEAKERS:
Valerie Bang-Jensen (Saint Michael's College: Colchester, VT), Mark Lubkowitz (Saint Michael's College: Colchester, VT)

STEM in Action: Empowering Student Learning

Monday, July 27 • 5:14 PM - 5:54 PM


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red_blank_cards_Akers.pdf
Blank challenge task cards
STEM_in_Action!_Empowering_Student_Learning_Akers.pdf
STEM challenge lessons, book lists, and online reosurces.
STEM_in_ACTION!_Wood_Plank_Cards_Akers.pdf
Challenge task cards for wood planks or Jenga blocks

STRAND: Lower Elementary/Early Childhood

Show Details

Come ready to dive into STEM challenges and leave with confidence! Participants take on roles as architects and engineers while they plan, build, test, and improve their designs. What are the possibilities? 

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants understand what students experience as they go through the steps of planning and constructing to meet a goal. Participants will learn the importance of an interdisciplinary approach through cross-curricular content. Participants will show an understanding of the importance of independent thinking as well as collaborating with others.

SPEAKERS:
Belle Akers (Convent & Stuart Hall's Schools of the Sacred Heart: San Francisco, CA)

Integrating STEM Teaching and Learning into the K–2 Classroom

Monday, July 27 • 5:14 PM - 5:54 PM


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Resource_Materials_from_Vasquez,_Comer_and_Gutierrez.docx

STRAND: Lower Elementary/Early Childhood

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Integrating STEM into the K–2 Classroom is a critically important contribution toward advancing STEM education, for two overarching reasons. First, it blazes a trail for early elementary classroom practitioners to reflect the latest thinking in STEM, and second, it provides a means by which early elementary educators can meaningfully contribute to America’s STEM movement.

TAKEAWAYS:
-Experiencing through hands-on activities STEM Teaching and Learning in the Primary Classroom. - How to develop a STEM Unit for primary using their own standards and curriculum. -Discovering how exciting it is for teachers to build the foundation for STEM Teaching and Learning.

SPEAKERS:
Jo Anne Vasquez (NSTA President 96-97: , AZ), Michael Comer (Savvas Learning Co.: Paramus, NJ)

Integrating STEM in PreK–5 Classrooms

Monday, July 27 • 5:14 PM - 5:54 PM


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Childrens_Literature_Titles_used_in_STEM.pdf
List of books I use in STEM classes grades 1st-5th.
Earthquake.pdf
Earthquake activity that I did with 2nd graders to coincide with their reading curriculum. We read a story about earthquakes and using spaghetti noodles and marshmallows students created a building that would withstand an earthquake. We tested them at the end to see how they held up and had class discussions about what certain ones held up better than others.
Muir_Woods-_STEM_Activity.pdf
STEM Activity Page for the activity Muir Woods

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Find out how you can integrate STEM into various subjects across the preK–5 curriculum. Leave with the ability to recreate several hands-on activities incorporating reading, social studies, science, and math.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will gain ideas for lessons in the areas of reading, social studies, science and math. Attendees will receive a list of curated books to use in the classroom and receive handouts of ready-to-use lessons. Attendees will be able to take materials with them from the activities.

SPEAKERS:
Angela Henderson (Southside Christian School: Simpsonville, SC)

Have You Daily Do-ed? Classroom and Distance Learning Lesson Plans for Elementary Teachers, Part 1

Monday, July 27 • 5:14 PM - 5:54 PM


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STEM20_7-27-20_Have you Daily Do-ed_Elementary
STEM20_7-27-20_Have you Daily Do-ed_Elementary

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Daily Do sensemaking tasks are designed to engage students in authentic, relevant science learning whether at home or in the classroom. Join us to explore how these phenomenon-driven tasks motivate students to engage in science and engineering practices to make sense of science ideas (disciplinary core ideas) they need to explain how or why the phenomenon occurs. No matter the grade level or science subject you teach, we have Daily Do sensemaking tasks for you!

TAKEAWAYS:
Understand what sensemaking is and how to create opportunities for sensemaking (recognize sensemaking tasks) Strategies for ensuring students are part of a rich learning community (science is social) - remote or classroom - and how being part of that community supports sensemaking Opportunities for family engagement in sensemaking tasks to build a family-school connection/community that supports all students learning science.

SPEAKERS:
Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Appy Hour

Monday, July 27 • 5:14 PM - 5:54 PM


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NSTA_STEM20_Appy_Hour_handouts.pdf

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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Bring STEM lessons to the next level with Appy Hour. From a