STEM20: Virtual Event

October 27-31, 2020

All sessions added to My Agenda prior to this notice have been exported to the mobile app and will be visible in your account when the app launches. Any sessions added now, will also have to be added in the app.
Grade Level


Topics

















Strands






Session Type






Pathway/Course

FILTERS APPLIED:Postsecondary, Upper Elementary

 

Rooms and times subject to change.
32 results
Save up to 50 sessions in your agenda.

Keynote Message: Adapting to Isolation

Monday, July 27 • 12:05 PM - 12:15 PM

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

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)

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

Monday, July 27 • 1:09 PM - 1:49 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
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

Show Details

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)

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

Show Details

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


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
STEM_Action_Plan.pptx
STEM_Digital_Learning.pptx

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

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

Show Details

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


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
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

Show Details

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


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
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

Show Details

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

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)

Elementary STEM Showcase

Monday, July 27 • 1:09 PM - 1:49 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
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

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:
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)

Engineering a Unit to Promote STEAM Concepts for Elementary Classrooms

Monday, July 27 • 2:47 PM - 3:27 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
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

Show Details

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


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
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

Show Details

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

Show Details

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


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
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


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Balance Screen Time with Green Time
Emily Morgan

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

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


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
NSTA_STEM20_UncoveringStudentIdeasEngTech_ELEMENTARY.pdf

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

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


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
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

Show Details

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)

Equitable STEM Through Culturally Responsive Distance Learning

Monday, July 27 • 2:47 PM - 3:27 PM

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

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


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Cross Cutting Concepts
Crosscutting_concepts_chart.docx

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

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)

Integrating STEM in PreK–5 Classrooms

Monday, July 27 • 5:14 PM - 5:54 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
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

Show Details

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


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
STEM20_7-27-20_Have you Daily Do-ed_Elementary
STEM20_7-27-20_Have you Daily Do-ed_Elementary

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

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


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
NSTA_STEM20_Appy_Hour_handouts.pdf

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

Bring STEM lessons to the next level with Appy Hour. From augmented reality to literally holding the world in your hand, the possibilities are endless!

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to use augmented reality to bring your projects to life and how to share those projects with your students' families. Find exciting ways to let your students be immersed into new worlds. Learn how to combine subject areas while using these engaging free apps.

SPEAKERS:
Tiffany Pace (Cross Lanes Elementary School: Charleston, WV)

Nanobot Sumo! Teaching Science and Engineering Practices by Hacking Hexbugs® with Elementary Students

Monday, July 27 • 5:14 PM - 5:54 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Google presentation supporting video.
This google slides presentation is what I reference in my video presentation on Nanobot Sumo engineering with elementary students.
Hexbug_Sumo_copy.docx

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

Teach children to become inventors and engineers—it can happen when they’re engaged in science and engineering design practices. Introduce low-cost robotics in your elementary classroom by having your students create simple sensors for Hexbug® nanobots to perform specific jobs or compete in “battlebot” Sumo matches.

TAKEAWAYS:
The practice of effective instruction in science and engineering practices within integrated STEM lessons. Teamwork in the iterative process and innovation within basic engineering design that builds upon cohesive, and collaborative student engagement. An introduction to low-cost, micro-robotics that meet key NGSS and state science and engineering standards.

SPEAKERS:
Thomas Meagher (Owatonna Public Schools: Owatonna, MN)

Primary Sources in the Library of Congress: Teaching with STEM

Monday, July 27 • 5:14 PM - 5:54 PM

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

Using the LOC digitized primary sources, an activity can be created that helps students engage in learning, develop critical-thinking skills, and construct knowledge. Some possible resources participants will analyze are early periodic tables, researcher notebooks, photographs, engineering design plans, and scientific drawings.

TAKEAWAYS:
• Connect with a primary source • Make inferences based on prior knowledge and close observation • Discuss benefits and strategies for engaging students with primary sources

SPEAKERS:
Barbara Bromley (Hazelwood Elementary School: Lynnwood, WA)

STEAM Starts from the Stacks

Monday, July 27 • 5:14 PM - 5:54 PM

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

Discover STEAM-y starters in books we know, love, and have on our shelves. Titles, activities, and resources will be shared.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn why picture books are great starters for STEAM exploration. Discover favorite books and challenges. Explore how to add STEAM into already utilized texts in your curriculum and classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Kate Burton (Trinity School: Atlanta, GA)

Elementary STEM Showcase

Monday, July 27 • 5:14 PM - 5:54 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Boon-dah_Learning_System_-_nsta_presentation_notes.pdf
Citizen Science: Enabling Remote Learning Through Collaboration
Flowing Idea Full Story Read
This video is one of our animated book readings with narration.
Flowing_Idea_Animated_Story_nstaPromo.pdf
This is free content for you to use. Let us know what you think and please subscribe to our newsletter.
Interactive Story and STEM Bundle
This is a free product for new subscribers to our newsletter.
Morrison_recordingsheets.pdf
Example recording sheets for Lab Notebooks
STEM_in_ACTION!_Legos_Challenge_Akers.pdf
STEM Legos Challenge Task Cards

STRAND: Upper Elementary

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:
Lauren Angelone (Xavier University: Cincinnati, OH), Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn (National Science Teaching Association), Elizabeth Dethloff (Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM: Katy, TX), Godwyn Morris (Dazzling Discoveries / Skill Mill NYC: New York, NY), Richard Schaen (Wyoming City Schools: Cincinnati, OH), Brooke Shoemaker (Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center: Washington, DC), Prabakaran Soundararajan (BOON-dah LLC: Tampa, FL), Janet Mannheimer Zydney (University of Cincinnati: Cincinnati, OH), Tom Lauwers (Birdbrain Technologies, LLC: Pittsburgh, PA)

EcoMOD: Computational Modeling for Elementary Ecosystem Science Education

Monday, July 27 • 6:03 PM - 6:43 PM

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

Learn computational modeling with the EcoMOD curriculum. See how to explore a 3-D virtual ecosystem, and program a beaver agent to build a dam.

TAKEAWAYS:
The EcoMOD research curriculum demonstrates an effective approach for integrating computational modeling and science content. Visual block-based programming interfaces make computational modeling for STEM learning accessible in upper elementary school. The NSF-funded EcoMOD software and curriculum are being made available for download through free license from Harvard University.

SPEAKERS:
Shari Metcalf (Harvard Graduate School of Education: Cambridge, MA)

Have You Daily Do-ed? Classroom and Distance Learning Lesson Plans for Elementary Teachers, Part 2

Monday, July 27 • 6:03 PM - 6:43 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
STEM20_7-27-20_Have you Daily Do-ed_Elementary

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

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

Forming Natural Bridges: Integrating STEM with Social Studies

Monday, July 27 • 6:03 PM - 6:43 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
On_the_Trail_with_Lewis_and_Clark_Resources.pdf
Template_On_the_Trail_with_Lewis_and_Clark.pdf

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

The Lewis and Clark expedition offers a rich opportunity to bridge STEM, social studies, and ELA using three-dimensional learning as the foundation.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to use picture books, historical fiction, as well as primary sources to engage students in STEM/Social Studies learning. Attendees will be work to solve STEM problems that simulate problems encountered by Lewis and Clark expedition. Attendees may choose to grapple with/solve problems involving either Life Science, Physical Science, or Earth and Space Science as they work through a lesson built on the 5E model. Attendees will learn to see the connections between NGSS, CCSS, and NCSS standards so they, too, can build lessons integrating all three areas.

SPEAKERS:
Julie Siebach (Retired Teacher: Cedar Hills, UT), Deborah Draper (Cedar Ridge Elementary School: Cedar Hills, UT)

Integrating Dance and the NGSS: Creating a Human Machine

Monday, July 27 • 6:03 PM - 6:43 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Integrating_Dance_and_the_NGSS__Creating_a_Human_Machine.pptx
Slide show
LP_Integrating_Dance_and_the_NGSS_Creating_a_Human_Machine.docx
Lesson Plan

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

Use dance and movement to teach science and engineering concepts to better meet the needs of kinesthetic learners. Explore how to integrate dance and science to construct a Human Machine based on simple machine movements and the engineering design process.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will be able to integrate dance and movement as a way to teach science and engineering concepts to better meet the needs of kinesthetic learners. Using dance to learn science in a nontraditional learning environment will allow for a variety of access points for the participants. Academic vocabulary in both disciplines will be built on during the presentation that is accessible for both a novice or more advanced-level practitioner.

SPEAKERS:
Dawn Dyson (The Music Center: Los Angeles, CA)

A STEAM Exploration of Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Monday, July 27 • 6:03 PM - 6:43 PM

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

We will explore a STEAM inquiry designed to engage upper elementary students in the creation of tiny homes as a solution to homelessness. 

TAKEAWAYS:
1) Engage around a mathematics rich tried and tested STEAM inquiry 2) Learn the role of empathy in authentic STEAM inquires 3) Outline possible strategies for implementing STEAM inquiries in upper elementary classrooms

SPEAKERS:
Sarah Bush (University of Central Florida: Orlando, FL), Daniel Edelen (University of Central Florida: Orlando, FL)

Getting Girls Involved in STEM with Innovative and Artistic Inventions: An Exploration of the Work of Rube Goldberg

Monday, July 27 • 6:03 PM - 6:43 PM

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

Tinker with how to use the work of Rube Goldberg to develop engineering skills in upper elementary students. Participants will find out how to create their own Rube Goldberg device and develop a skill set to create innovative and engaging STEM/STEAM activities for girls at their respective schools.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will have the opportunity to learn about the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) program that I run at my school, providing the girls an opportunity to develop their STEM skills, with a focus on spatial awareness. Teachers will learn how to incorporate the work of Rube Goldberg into STEAM lessons. Teachers will be able to develop their own STEAM lessons, utilizing what they have learned in their workshop to engage girls in science.

SPEAKERS:
Katie Diaz (Horace Mann School Lower Division: Bronx, NY)

Demo Show

Monday, July 27 • 6:48 PM - 7:00 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Kentucky_Science_Center_Virtual_Programs_Ed_Guide.pdf
Learn how Kentucky Science Center can support your virtual programming needs!

STRAND: Upper Elementary

Show Details

Join us for this demo show by the Kentucky Science Center. You won't want to miss this display of favorite science demonstrations that are brought to students and families everywhere!

Back to Top