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Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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NITARP: High School Teachers and Students Working with Astronomers on Current Research

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

NITARP (NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program) gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. Small groups of mostly high school educators work with professional astronomers for an original research project.

Takeaways: 1. A clear understanding of the application process to apply for a NITARP opportunity; 2. An idea of the research experience of a participant involved in this astronomy experience; and 3. An awareness of the vast astronomy resources (images and astronomy programs) available for free to educators and their students.

Speakers

John Taylor (ETHOS Innovation Center: Elkhart, IN)

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(Materials are only accessible to NSTA Members)

NITARP NSTA F2021.pdf
Presentation about the NITARP program run by Caltech's IPAC and NASA to connect teachers with researchers in the field of astronomy.

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Fueling Success with Students—Win Up to $10K for You and Up to $15K for Your Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 513

Do you impact your school and community with STEM? If you teach K–12, then come learn how to apply to win one of eight Shell-supported awards, and a teacher competition.

Takeaways: 1. Share your passion and practice by applying for one of eight awards, and a teacher competition; 2. Learn from past Shell awardees, finalists, and judging panel members’ important tips to apply for this award; and 3. Learn how to win a trip to the 2022 NSTA Houston National Conference, March 31–April 3, 2022.

Speakers

Amanda Upton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Ruth Ruud (Cleveland State University: Cleveland, OH)

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

Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Broadening Participation in STEM Through Implementation of a Computer Science Curriculum in Rural and Underserved School Districts

Los Angeles Convention Center - 512

This presentation gives an overview of a professional development program for inservice teachers designed to provide content knowledge and pedagogical strategies for engaging high school students from traditionally underrepresented groups in computer science.

Takeaways: 1. Professional development for inservice teachers; Culturally relevant teaching strategies in the STEM classroom; and 3. Broadening participation in STEM for traditionally underrepresented populations.

Speakers

Melody Russell (Auburn University: Auburn University, AL), Mohammed Qazi (Tuskegee University: Tuskegee Institute, AL), David Shannon (Auburn University: Auburn University, AL), Jared Russell (Auburn University: Auburn University, AL), Jeff Gray (The University of Alabama: Tuscaloosa, AL), Misty Thomas (Auburn University: Auburn University, AL)

Saturday, December 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Building STEAM Through Community Collaborations—You're Not Alone!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

Learn about a STEAM Ecosystem providing hands-on connections between NGSS and STEAM careers. The collaborative includes a large school district and nine community agencies.

Takeaways: Each attendee will be provided with Dramatic Results’ STEAM Ecosystem Mapping Tool to take back to their communities to: 1. identify potential collaborators in their community (“community” includes local, regional, national\, and even international) strengths and challenges posed with each potential collaborator; 2. establish shared goals for their STEAM Ecosystem; and 3. learn how to adapt their STEAM Ecosystem to include both in-person and virtual engagement and program delivery.

Speakers

Tori-Ann Hampton (Dramatic Results: Signal Hill, CA), Christine Pham (Dramatic Results: Signal Hill, CA)

Saturday, December 11
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Connecting Teachers with a University to Bring Computer Science to Life in Elementary-Level Classrooms

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Best practices and lessons learned from the USC BOTS computer science teacher education program and recommendations for building successful university-elementary teacher partnerships in computer science.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn about: 1. the USC BOTS program and the major benefits of a successful university-elementary teacher CS partnership; 2. common challenges of such collaborations and how to overcome them; and 3. the steps recommended to foster their own successful university-elementary teacher CS partnerships.

Speakers

Mary Bonaparte-Saller (University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA)