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Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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How to Give Children More Opportunities to Use Science and Literacy to Make Sense of the World Around Them

Los Angeles Convention Center - 403B

This session introduces a way to create learning experiences that will give students opportunities to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking as they use the DCIs, CCs, and SEPs to explain natural phenomena.

Takeaways: 1. How to ensure students have access to science by designing investigations that promote and support the use of literacy skills; 2. How literacy can be used in the service of sensemaking; and 3. How to embed formative assessment of science practices and literacy skills into an investigation in a meaningful and informative way.

Speakers

Todd Hutner (The University of Alabama: Tuscaloosa, AL)

Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Inspiring Literacy and Science Interest with Data

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

We use data to do science; data literacy is its own set of skills. Young learners benefit when we integrate data, literacy, and science together.

Takeaways: 1. Identify how data literacy is a critical aspect of literacy and science literacy in the 21st century; 2. Explore strategies and resources to use to authentically integrate data into K–5 science instruction; and 3. Develop a plan for next steps to elevate data as an aspect of meaningful connections between literacy and science.

Speakers

Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, Rutgers University: Princeton, NJ)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Session Resource Document Form
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Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Using CERs as Formative Assessment to Show Student Learning in Interactive Notebooks

Los Angeles Convention Center - 404

In this session, attendees will learn how to get students to write a scientific argument using a CER tool. They will also learn about a self-evaluation tool students can use to critique their writing.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. how to use a CER writing tool to make sure students are writing high-level scientific arguments; 2. the importance of the self-evaluation tool when writing CERs; and 3. how to use student interactive notebooks as a tool if students are reaching the learning goal.

Speakers

Nikki Luckin (Fairmont Elementary School: Sanger, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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NSTA Area Conference - 2021.pdf
Rubric Example 3
Rubric Example 2
Rubric Example 1
CER Argument Self Reflection for a Notebook (1).pdf

Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Taste Buds in Your Gut? Exploring Taste, Cell Communication, and Glucose Homeostasis

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Experiment with the “sugar-blocking” tea Gymnema sylvestre and model cellular communication pathways in the tongue and the gut before evaluating possible mechanisms of action.

Takeaways: Participants will learn: 1. how to model the physiology of sweet taste perception; 2. how the systems that detect sugar can be disrupted; and 3. how to evaluate three proposed mechanisms of action.

Speakers

Joan Griswold (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

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Lesson Resources
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Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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A Phenomenal Approach to Notebooking: Putting the Interaction into Interactive Notebooks

Los Angeles Convention Center - 403B

Make student thinking come to life with notebooks! Increase the rigor of student work—learn new strategies for organizing content and how to use templates for any science class. Take home current NGSS classroom examples to get you started.

Takeaways: 1. The how and why of science notebooks; 2. Engaging ALL students in science; and 3. Templates scaffold student learning for success.

Speakers

Jennifer Weibert (Fresno County Office of Education: Fresno, CA)

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NSTA LA Notebooks.pdf

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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NSTA Press Session: Inspiring Curiosity and Writing with the Next Time You See Series, K–5

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

Learn how the Next Time You See books can connect students with nature and inspire them to write their own books about natural objects and phenomena.

Takeaways: 1. Explore research about the positive effects of time in nature on children and adults; 2. Learn how literacy and science can be connected through writing activities; and 3. Receive classroom-ready resources (videos and graphic organizers) to guide your students through a Mentor Text Study.

Speakers

Kim Stilwell (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Classifying Solar System Objects: Is Pluto a Planet?

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Solar system objects are grouped by characteristics. We model how scientists classify solar system objects. What’s a planet, dwarf planet, etc.? Is Pluto a planet?

Takeaways: 1. We, including scientists, group objects to help us understand and describe the world around us; 2. The way we, including scientists, group things may depend on the manner in which we are studying them, i.e., there may be more than one “correct” answer; and 3. Objects in the Solar System (planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, moons) can be grouped by their properties: rocky surfaces, gaseous atmospheres, orbit around the Sun or a planet, where they are in the Solar System, etc.

Speakers

Larry Lebofsky (Senior Education Specialist: Tucson, AZ)

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Solar System Classification Images
Images for the Solar System Classification Activity
Solar System Classification Intro and Activity
Introduction to the Solar System Classification Activity and Images
Bennu Introduction
Introduction to Asteroid Bennu activity.
Classifying Solar System Objects Presentation
PowerPoint for the Classifying Solar System Objects Workshop

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Does Black English Stand Between Black Students and Success in Science?

Los Angeles Convention Center - 404

Discussion centers on tools to properly analyze Black students’ scientific work to determine if the misconceptions and misunderstandings are a learning issue or language issue. This workshop focuses on the use of language to reduce the ethnic achievement gap in science.

Takeaways: 1. Analyzing students’ work from a linguistic lens; 2. Recognizing biases when it comes to student language; and 3. Pushing Black students academically forward without making them feel torn between two language worlds.

Speakers

Jonte' Lee (Calvin Coolidge Senior High School: Washington, DC)

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Teaching Beyond Insulin: Exploring Environmental Contributions to Type 2

Los Angeles Convention Center - 513

You’ve used blood glucose regulation to teach homeostasis. Extend those lessons with classroom-ready strategies that address how policy and place contribute to type 2 diabetes.

Takeaways: Participants will; 1. become familiar with a research-based storyline that disassociates genetics from health outcomes; 2. l Learn that type 2 diabetes is a complex condition that is heavily influenced by environmental factors such as access to resources, personal choice, product marketing, public policy, socioeconomic status, and stress; and 3. learn that environmental factors can both increase and decrease a person’s risk for type 2 diabetes.

Speakers

Joan Griswold (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

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GSEO Environmental Survey

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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NASA's Space Food and Nutrition

Los Angeles Convention Center - 403B

Explore caloric and nutritional values of NASA's space food. Discover a menu of inquiry activities/resources to integrate into the classroom to satisfy your STEM appetite.

Takeaways: 1. Explore NASA STEM activities that investigate space food and nutrition for astronauts living on the Space Station; 2. Construct sample space food menus to develop a better understanding of nutrition for human space exploration; and 3. Make connections between math, science, nutrition, and exercise while exploring the impact of living in space and in our gravity-filled environment here on Earth.

Speakers

Barbie Buckner (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Greenbelt, MD)

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NASA Space Food & Nutrition Files
use this link to my NSTA collection of resources for the NASA Space Food & Nutrition Files that includes the powerpoint from my 2021 session

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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STEM Teaching Tools: Resources for Justice-Centered Science Instruction

Los Angeles Convention Center - 514

Choose which of these free resources for equitable science instruction are most relevant to your work. Then read, discuss, and plan!

Takeaways: 1. Science learning is culturally rooted, and strong instruction should take an asset-based approach to young peoples’ ways of thinking and knowing; 2. Developing more inclusive classrooms is a constant process. There are always steps educators can take to support equity, no matter where they are in their journey; and 3. These resources offer tangible next steps educators can take toward equity in their classroom, from identifying meaningful anchor phenomena (stemteachingtools.org/brief/42) to teaching biology in more gender-inclusive ways (stemteachingtools.org/brief/76) to fostering more student talk (stemteachingtools.org/brief/35).

Speakers

Deb Morrison (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Abby Rhinehart (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Escaping the Mundane Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Throw away your worksheets and turn your classroom into a collaborative, engaging “escape” room.

Takeaways: 1. Discover how to turn existing lessons into engaging escape rooms; 2. Receive dozens of hands-on puzzle ideas; and 3. Hear how to have your students create a standards-based escape room.

Speakers

Carissa Brazeal (Hollywood Academy of Arts & Science: Hollywood, FL)

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Develop Engaged, Future-Ready Science Learners

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Attendees will actively engage with innovative, technology-rich tools while learning strategies to teach data collection and analysis, engineering design processes, coding, and robotics. Discover engaging ways to apply coding to make devices “work,” adding rigor and complexity as learners gain skills and understanding.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how to: 1. design accessible, equitable hands-on learning experiences, in which ALL students actively participate and engage with innovative technology tools, helping students learn essential science concepts, engineering processes, and learn how to collaborate with peers to increase understanding; 2. teach authentic data collection and analysis, so that students can learn how to explore and test variables and measure and analyze their effects; and 3. use programmable technology tools and devices as effective teaching tools, helping students learn how to input code to achieve a desirable outcome, and how to analyze, diagnose, and correct the code when the device doesn’t perform as intended.

Speakers

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

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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NESTA Presents: Addressing the NGSS Through Topographic Maps and Profiles

Los Angeles Convention Center - 404

Make the conceptual leap from 2D to 3D and make teaching topography, topographic maps, and topographic profiles a concrete, engaging hands-on learning experience.

Takeaways: 1. Modeling is a key process within the NGSS, participants will walk away with multiple engaging hands-on activities that will allow their students to model and visualize 2D topographic maps and profiles as 3D representations; 2. Using topography that is unique to the community (Mt. Saint Helens for example), participants will be able to understand the environmental and topographic impacts of geological processes; and 3. Making the abstract concrete using simple and inexpensive materials makes the learning accessible and impactful to more diverse learners.

Speakers

Richard Jones (University of Hawaii-West Oahu: Kaploei, HI)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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LA 2021 Topographic Maps and Topographic Profiles.pdf
Activity that will be completed during the session. Several of the topographic maps used are placed based and should be familiar to anyone from the greater LA Basin.
NSTA 2021 -Topographic Maps and Profiles.pdf
PowerPoint of presentation that shows how to construct the two models used to help students understand how 2D topographic maps represent 3D surfaces.

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Phenomenon-Based, Literacy-Rich Learning Using Digitized Museum Objects

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Engage with Research Quest, free, online, NGSS-focused, phenomenon-based investigations using authentic museum objects and research to build students' literacy, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.

Takeaways: Teachers will: 1. experience an exemplar set of free resources that successfully integrate NGSS and ELA standards to provide students with meaningful, self-directed learning; 2. recognize that providing students with opportunities to research phenomenon-based problems professional scientists devote their careers to using the collections and data they build new knowledge from can empower students to better understand the enterprise of science, the natural world, and the natural history of our world—while building their literacy and critical-thinking skills; and 3. understand that creating opportunities to make critical thinking visible is an essential scaffold necessary to support student efficacy with problem finding and problem solving.

Speakers

Madlyn Larson (Natural History Museum of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT)

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Unleashing Your Inner Scientist!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

Find yourself teaching science with little or no “formal” science training? Have no fear—let’s uncover the unknown science within you!

Takeaways: 1. Science is not a mystical/elite field; 2. Educators know more science than they are aware of; and 3. Both educators and students can be more comfortable with "science" topics when presented in everyday terms.

Speakers

Carl Carranza (Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: San Pedro, CA)

Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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The New Normal: Reviewing the Remote Experience, Keeping the Positive, and Blending Lessons When Returning to the Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

Multiple lessons were learned with remote instruction that can be transitioned into the face-to-face classroom and that support blended science instruction. Examples, tools, and strategies provided.

Takeaways: 1. Discuss the lessons learned during remote instruction that have the staying power and should be part of blended instruction; 2. Identify positive instructional strategies that maximize technology and digital tools and determine the best way to transition those tools into the blended classroom; and 3. Engage in example activities where connections between digital tools and strategies for use in student engagement are made.

Speakers

Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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NSTA Press Session: Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons: Using Picture Book to Inspire STEM Learning, K–5

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Learn how to integrate STEM and literacy through the use of high-quality STEM-related picture books.

Takeaways: 1. Strategies for integrating STEM and literacy in K–5; 2. Suggested picture books that integrate STEM and literacy; and 3. A STEM lesson you can use right away.

Speakers

Kim Stilwell (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

This workshop provides participants with materials to construct a probe that can safely stimulate muscle movements in the arms and hands to build understanding of the nervous system’s interactions with the muscular skeletal systems.

Takeaways: 1. How the nerves utilize electrochemical energy to create muscle movements; 2. How muscles when stimulated can move limbs; and 3. How to repurpose and utilize a TENS unit to demonstrate interactions of the neural and muscular skeletal systems.

Speakers

Mark Malone (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs: Colorado Springs, CO)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Template for Constructing Muscle Stimulator.pdf
Template to parts list layout for "Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement"
Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement.pdf
PowerPoint related to "Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement" as a PDF
Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement - LA Conference Paper.docx
Paper related to "Build a probe to stimulate muscle movement.

Friday, December 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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NMLSTA-Sponsored Session: The Great Water Design Challenge

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Problem solving? Creativity? Collaboration? Design Challenge? Join in a mini design challenge and develop your own challenge tailored for your class before you leave.

Takeaways: Design sprints: 1. support innovation by solving a problem in a quick and creative manner; 2. engage students in 21st-century skills; and 3. incorporate many of the Next Generation Science Standards Science and Engineering Practices.

Speakers

Liz Martinez (Curriculum/Professional Development: Escondido, CA)

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General Topics and Resources.docx
Flooding and Severe Weather Resources.docx
Algal Blooms and Algae Resources.docx
IMSA Team Schedule.docx
Problem Statement List.docx
The Great Water Design Challenge LA.pdf
IMSA Developed Research Questions.docx
Plant and Animal Invasive Species Resources.docx
Vector Borne Diseases Resources.docx
Individual School Schedule Letter.docx
School Team SME Sessions.docx
Marine Debris Resources.docx
Student Generated Questions for SME.docx

Friday, December 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Real-World Science

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

The NWWII Museum has developed a science curriculum for students in grades 5–8 that uses stories from WWII and connected investigations to bring science to life for students.

Takeaways: 1. Get access to the free Real World Science curriculum; 2. Practice one or more of the activities; and 3. Find out about teacher workshops, student webinars, and other resources from The National WWII Museum.

Speakers

Rob Wallace (Teacher PD and Curriculum Design: Kenner, LA)

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Real World Science web page
RWS NSTALA.pdf
Real World Science curriculum links

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Engineering for STEM Literacy in Support of Workforce Readiness—Presented by Teacher Fellows from the 2020–2021 Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Come experience quality engineering lessons inspired by externships with engineers that require students to acquire and use elements of disciplinary core ideas (DCIs) from physical, life, or Earth and space sciences together with elements of DCIs from engineering design to solve problems.

Takeaways: 1. Experience how to create an authentic need to integrate science and engineering ideas to solve an authentic problem, making the interdependence of science and engineering explicit; 2. Explore examples of engineering lessons that provide access for all students that are grounded in sensemaking; and 3. Discuss what it means to be career ready and the skills that are inherent in three-dimensional learning as espoused by NGSS and the K–12 Framework for Science Education.

Speakers

Wendy Binder (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

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Engineering Literacy in Support of Workforce Readiness.pdf

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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CSSS-Sponsored Session: Supporting All Students in Making Sense of Phenomena by Building All of Their Intellectual Resources

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

Students bring amazing intellectual resources to make sense of natural phenomena. Come learn how to notice and leverage these resources in your teaching.

Takeaways: 1. Identify equity dimensions of sensemaking through the science and engineering practices; 2. Learn to see different ways students contribute to making sense of phenomena—and connect to science; and 3. Better appreciate that navigating multiple ways of knowing is the basic human condition, not the exception.

Speakers

Deb Morrison (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Tana Luther (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Protocols for Student Success with Science and Engineering Practices

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

Using protocols will scaffold students’ learning as they apply science and engineering practices to science lessons. Come see how this approach can change your science instruction!

Takeaways: 1. Teachers will receive a grade-band appropriate set of protocols ready to use in the classroom (printable copies, teaching slides, and digital versions compatible with Google Classroom will all be provided); 2. Experience a model lesson using the Science and Engineering Protocols; and 3. Receive training on how to use the Science and Engineering Protocols to engage students in doing science, not just learning about science.

Speakers

Lynn Gutzwiller (Murray City School District: West Jordan, UT), Rachael Coleman (Jordan School District: West Jordan, UT)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Polishing Students’ Argumentation Skills: Using Discussion Diamonds to Support Discourse and Evidence-Based Writing

Los Angeles Convention Center - 506

Experience how the discussion diamond protocol can help support students’ argumentation skills and Claim-Evidence-Reasoning writing through peer discourse.

Takeaways: 1. Student discourse can be used to support the development of students’ argumentation skills; 2. The discussion diamond protocol provides students with a structure to build scientific arguments based on evidence and reasoning in collaboration with their peers; and 3. The discussion diamond protocol is a versatile tool that can be adapted for students at different skill levels and in various subjects.

Speakers

Nicole Ciccarello (Beverly Hills High School: Beverly Hills, CA)

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Discussion Diamond Handouts.docx
Discussion Diamonds Presentation.pptx
Slip or Trip.pdf

Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Welcome to the Inquiry Zone!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 506

Elementary teachers can become comfortable teaching science without "adding to their plate." Our strategies have led to a natural approach to cross-curricular instruction.

Takeaways: Participants will learn: 1. an approach to decrease the load or stress for elementary teachers to help them feel more comfortable implementing inquiry; 2. how literacy is foundational to a robust cross-curricular science inquiry approach; and 3. an approach to help students "think like a scientist."

Speakers

Douglas Hunnings (Elkhart Community Schools: Elkhart, IN), John Taylor (ETHOS Innovation Center: Elkhart, IN)

Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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What Do I Do with This? Making Sense of Your Assessment Data

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

We are awash in assessment data, but often it’s overwhelming to make sense of it. Join us to learn tips and strategies for wrangling data.

Takeaways: 1. Explore new ways to organize data collection and raw data to aid in exploring the data for stories after it is collected; 2. Acquire skills in tying questions, data types, and data visualizations to enhance your ability to make sense of the assessment data; and 3. Identify next steps to better utilize and leverage your assessment data to help you measure students’ success and know what steps to consider next.

Speakers

Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, Rutgers University: Princeton, NJ)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Session Resource Document Form
Form to access the Resource Document and slide deck from the session.

Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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3-2-1 Lift-Off! NASA’s Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Curriculum

Los Angeles Convention Center - 501

Use each stage of the Engineering Design Process to complete a team challenge of building and launching a satellite while making connections to NASA missions.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn about and use the engineering design process to build and perform a drop test of a satellite using NASA’s BEST activities; 2. learn how to integrate the process skills of measuring, calculating, designing, and evaluating while teaching the engineering design process; and 3. make real-life connections to how NASA engineers use the engineering design process and work as teams to accomplish their mission goals.

Speakers

Barbie Buckner (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Greenbelt, MD)

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NASA 3..2..1..BEST presentation files
This is a link to my BEST collection of resources including the PowerPoint used for the 3...2...1... Lift-Off NASA's BEST Curriculum

Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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You Had Me at Toys :)

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

Middle schoolers haven’t grown up yet so trot out the toys and the science parodies…the best way to their brains!

Takeaways: 1. Reading is great but singing about a concept will cement vocabulary better than anything else; 2. Kids needs to be engaged with the material and nothing does that like PLAYING with something and raising their own questions; and 3. Science classes that are fun as well as challenging will be the ones that educate.

Speakers

Jen Taylor (Lakeview Academy: Saratoga Springs, UT)

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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xPHOl2VH61-ASz_S6EJQvcC7lp43nAIf/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=11282

Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Getting Students to Read in Science

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

Reading should not be limited to English courses. Leave with strategies on how to motivate students to explore science through scientific novels. Review three years of qualitative data on how novels increased  literacy, scientific fluency, scientific connectivity, and college preparation in a marine biology course.

Takeaways: Teahers will: 1. learn how to use articles to make their content more applicable to the lives of the students; 2. receive strategies on how to get students to read more scientific articles; and 3. receive resources on selecting grade-appropriate scientific articles.

Speakers

Jonte' Lee (Calvin Coolidge Senior High School: Washington, DC)

Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Using Picture Books Can Promote Literacies with Text to…Connections

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

Literacy has used “text to…” connections  to help students make authentic connections. Strategies/examples of expanded “text to…” connections for science and math are modeled.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. explore how to expand a common literacy strategy of “text to” connections when using picture books in the elementary science classroom; 2. engage in investigations that model the use of “text to” connections to help students connect their own authentic experiences and help them understand and make sense; and 3. consider that the criteria for the selection of books, identification of phenomena, and selection of investigations can be a powerful experience for students.

Speakers

Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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NSTA Press Session: Argument-Driven Inquiry as a Way to Bring Three-Dimensional Instruction to Your Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

Argument-Driven Inquiry is an instructional model that gives students an opportunity to learn how to use DCIs, CCs, and SEPs to explain natural phenomena and creates a learning environment where students are able to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking.

Takeaways: 1. How to use this instructional model, or way of teaching, to give students an opportunity to learn how to use the DCIs, CCs, and SEPs to make sense of natural phenomena; 2. How to give students an opportunity to use their own ideas and ways of communicating to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking; and 3. How to give students more opportunities to decide what counts as valid and acceptable and develop new criteria for what counts evidence in science.

Speakers

Todd Hutner (The University of Alabama: Tuscaloosa, AL)

Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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NARST-Sponsored Session: Science in Disguise: Merging Art and Science in Field-Based Experiences

Los Angeles Convention Center - 513

We will discuss a model for merging art and science instruction to attract and engage diverse students, develop science communication skills, and increase environmental stewardship.

Takeaways: 1. Strategies for, and benefits of, implementing interdisciplinary science research into a middle or high school science course; 2. Developing environmental stewardship in students; and 3. How to develop reflection skills, communication skills, and science research skills in students.

Speakers

Susannah Sandrin (Arizona State University West Campus: Phoenix, AZ)

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NARST-Sponsored Session Science in Disguise Merging Art and Science in Field-B
Power Point file with links for the Merging Art and Science session

Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Making High School Science Accessible for All

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Different strategies will be shared and discussed that have been used to make science accessible for all high school students.

Takeaways: 1. Relationship building ideas to help get to know your students; 2. See different formative assessments that work for all; and 3. Learn classroom activities that support learning.

Speakers

Brenda Walsh (Eden Prairie High School: Eden Prairie, MN)

Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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NMLSTA-Sponsored Session: Oil Spills and Dust Bowls

Los Angeles Convention Center - 501

The Dust Bowl and oil spills and disasters. What do they have in common? Engage in hands-on activities that investigate the interaction of Earth’s four spheres.

Takeaways: 1. Scientists from various disciplines work together to solve problems; 2. Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere are constantly interacting with one another; and 3. Human interaction with Earth’s systems may be detrimental with long-term effects.

Speakers

Liz Martinez (Curriculum/Professional Development: Escondido, CA)

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Oil Spills and Dust Bowls.pdf
Dust Bowls and Oil Spills Activity.docx
Oil Spills and Dust Bowls Images.docx
Dust Bowl Event Cards.docx

Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Teaching Science Standards Through Coding

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

Learn how to reach the three-dimensional science standards in your classroom through hands-on coding with the BBC micro:bit and free online Microsoft MakeCode simulator.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. gain personal hands-on experience using a BBC micro:bit to teach the Next Generation Science Standards; 2. learn how to teach problem solving through coding at an age-appropriate level with tips and pointers from presenters who each have over 10 years' experience in the elementary classroom; and 3. walk away with a free sample lesson from CYBER.ORG that includes the corresponding Next Generation Science Standards for the upper elementary classroom.

Speakers

Laurie Salvail (CYBER.ORG: Bossier City, LA), Brittany Pike (CYBER.ORG: Bossier City, LA)

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Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Making Science Inquiry Work for Emergent Bilinguals

Los Angeles Convention Center - 511

Learn how the structure of your inquiry activities can produce roadblocks for emergent bilinguals, and how shifts based on student strengths increase engagement and success.

Takeaways: 1. Good science modeling uses words and picture to make meaning. Working through multiple representations of phenomena shares similarities to translanguaging among bilinguals, resulting in a resource as opposed to a deficit approach to learning; 2. Student collaborations centered around representations, as opposed to language, are more inclusive and improve understanding for all students; and 3. Generative frameworks through chunking steps and heuristics allow for organization of understanding and context transfer.

Speakers

Christopher Moore (University of Nebraska Omaha: Omaha, NE)

Saturday, December 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Science—It's LIT!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 506

Discover best practices for incorporating ELA and technology—they're easy to implement in your classroom! Grab your device and let's talk all things science…it's LIT fam!

Takeaways: 1. Examples of activities and assignments will be shared that can be incorporated in a variety of classroom science activities; 2. Attendees will create a foldable that can be used for a variety of topics and see how it was used in the classroom; and 3. Attendees will participate in a digital activity that can be manipulated to fit their content.

Speakers

Andrea Starks (Houston Middle School: Germantown, TN)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Lab RERUN
*Not my original document. Use for wrap up and clarifying lab/hands-on activities
SPACE Writing.pdf
*Not my original document. Prompts for writing in the science classroom. Use for daily activities, lab activities, etc.

Saturday, December 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Blood Glucose Balance: Using an Online Game for Diabetes Education

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

As an extension of our Type 2 Diabetes curriculum, we developed an online game to learn about blood glucose metabolism and the impact of disease.

Takeaways: 1. How to use the web-based game Blood Glucose Balance to engage learners in the complex phenomenon of glucose metabolism and diabetes; 2. Blood glucose levels are regulated to stay within a healthy range. Type 2 diabetes is the result of chronic high blood glucose levels over time, as mechanisms for regulation fails; and 3. Type 2 diabetes is a complex condition that is heavily influenced by environmental factors such as access to resources, personal choice, product marketing, public policy, socio-economic status, and stress.

Speakers

Joan Griswold (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Blood Sugar Balance game

Saturday, December 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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A Better Way to Take Notes! Visually Processing Science Content with Sketchnotes

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

Students love sketchnoting in science! Come learn how visual notetaking leads to deep processing and retention of content. Editable templates will be provided.

Takeaways: 1. What are sketchnotes; 2. How to use sketchnotes in science; and 3. How to greatly increase student processing.

Speakers

Jennifer Weibert (Fresno County Office of Education: Fresno, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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NSTA LA Sketchnotes.pdf

Saturday, December 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Leading Conversations Around Identity, Race, Belonging, and Bias in STEM Spaces

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Join the UCLA Science Project as we explore structures and formats for science leaders looking to engage teachers around social justice in STEM classrooms.

Takeaways: 1. Co-construct a learning experience centered around inclusion and belonging within school site meetings; 2. Recognize how our identities and lived experiences impact our approaches to science education and leadership; and 3. Establish space and culture that sustains conversations around equity issues.

Speakers

Leticia Perez (UCLA Science Project: Los Angeles, CA), Zachary Cue (UCLA Science Project: Los Angeles, CA)

Saturday, December 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Making Student Thinking Visible: Developing and Using Models in Instruction and Assessment

Los Angeles Convention Center - 511

We will explore how students can use modeling and linked practices to engage with phenomena. Participants will take home a goody bag and lesson plans.

Takeaways: 1. We will demonstrate how students can use modeling, argumentative writing, and data analysis to explain different scientific phenomena throughout Earth and space sciences, life science, and physical sciences; 2. Participants will have the opportunity to build and revise three different kinds of models during the session as learners, and then reflect on how to use the same strategies with their students; and 3. Everyone will engage with different modeling scaffolds that increase inclusion and link the practice of modeling to others such as arguing from evidence, analyzing and interpreting data, and obtaining, evaluating and communicating information.

Speakers

James Clark (Director: Pleasanton, CA), Samantha Johnson (Arroyo High School: San Lorenzo, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Modeling NSTA LA 2021.pdf

Saturday, December 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Inclusive Science Assessments: Supporting and Designing Equitable Formative Assessments to Build on Learners’ Interests and Knowledge

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Learn how to integrate the cultural resources your students bring to class with your science teaching and learning. Come explore equity-based cultural formative assessments.

Takeaways: 1. Resources for instructional leaders and educators to support and create meaningful connections between classroom science concepts and the application of those ideas in everyday situations; 2. Discussion of the implementation of these tools and resources in dynamic school environments; and 3. The strategies presented in this workshop can be used with any curricula, at any grade level, and in all subjects of science and engineering.

Speakers

Deb Morrison (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

Saturday, December 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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ALL Elementary Teachers Are STEM Teachers

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Come experience the true impact of standards-driven STEM lessons that embed literacy components through the use of children’s literature and more!

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. understand that integration of content in the elementary classroom is the only way to address the issue of finding instructional minutes to teach all content areas; 2. learn how to use children’s literature and informational text to increase the engagement of students in STEM learning experiences; and 3. be able to quickly analyze their existing lessons to increase the rigor by incorporating grade-level standards for science, math, and literacy.

Speakers

Lesley Gates (Fresno County Office of Education: Fresno, CA)

Saturday, December 11
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Infusing Your STEM Curriculum with Real-World Connections

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Discover how students may use their mobile devices to document “science in action,” anytime, anywhere, in this unique intersection between socratic questioning and place-based learning.

Takeaways: How students may use their mobile devices: 1. to demonstrate their knowledge of scientific concepts in a real-world context; 2. connect this real-world context to crosscutting concepts; and 3. explore how this learning model may be used to support service learning in the science curriculum.

Speakers

Eric Walters (Marymount School of New York: New York, NY)

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Infusing Your STEM Curriculum with Real World Connections

Saturday, December 11
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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NASA’s Scale of Discovery and the Solar System Scroll

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

Let’s make a pocket solar system scroll. Come learn how to apply ratios to create a scale model of the planets based on your height.

Takeaways: 1. With a properly scaled solar system scroll, participants will identify inner and outer planets and readily SEE why they are named as such (ESS1, ESS2); 2. Understanding the concept of rations and fractions, part-to-whole, participants will leave being able to create a proportional solar system in their classroom, on a football field, or across their state; and 3. This activity takes unique NASA content, places it in context within the curriculum, and makes applications beyond the solar system that include scientific inquiry and scientific discovery while using mathematics to show proportions and relate to the overall structure of our solar system (ETS2).

Speakers

Barbie Buckner (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Greenbelt, MD)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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NASA's Scale of Discovery & Solar System Scroll activity files
This link will take you to my collection of NASA's Scale of Discovery & Solar System Scroll activity files including the powerpoint used in my NSTA 2021 session.

Saturday, December 11
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Creating and Maintaining an Equitable Science Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

STEM classrooms should establish a welcoming environment in which all individuals can use their cultural knowledge and practices to make sense of the world.

Takeaways: 1. A shared understanding of equity and social justice in science classrooms and STEM communities; 2. Approaches to identify and honor student-lived experiences and cultures; and 3. Challenge conventional notions of what counts as science.

Speakers

Jon Kovach (UCLA Science Project: Los Angeles, CA)

Saturday, December 11
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Los Angeles Convention Center - 511

Connect place-based phenomena with concepts and language of the disciplines through collaborative storytelling while strengthening students' language skills and digital literacies.

Takeaways: 1. Support grade-specific state standards using phenomena found in plain view of the classrooms; 2. Identify picture books that support these phenomena and develop concept appropriate vocabulary; and 3. Build digital collaboration, design, and citizenship skills that support literacy.

Speakers

Morris McCormick (Arminta Street Elementary School: North Hollywood, CA)

Saturday, December 11
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Historical Accounting of Oppression in STEM Spaces

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Empowering students to make science-based decisions requires acknowledgment and dialogue around the injustices marginalized communities have endured within scientific fields.

Takeaways: 1. Develop empathy through the exploration of historical events that have accumulated generational mistrust of STEM communities; 2. Create opportunities to acknowledge and validate personal experience even when it might contradict our personal experience or larger data sets; and 3. Explore the impact of the objectivity myth perpetuated within STEM educational spaces.

Speakers

Justin Betzelberger (UCLA Science Project: Los Angeles, CA), Zachary Cue (UCLA Science Project: Los Angeles, CA)

Saturday, December 11
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Mathematics and Computational Thinking Using Authentic Data and Practices

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

Start highlighting the practice of mathematics and computational thinking! We’ll utilize resources that allow students to engage in traditional and less traditional ways.

Takeaways: 1. Participants will engage as learners in different levels of mathematical representations, all of which emphasize how to make the practice more inclusive of all students; 2. Everyone will leave being able to demonstrate at least three different ways to mathematically represent authentic data; and 3. Participants will look critically at how to scaffold different graphical texts for student analysis.

Speakers

James Clark (Director: Pleasanton, CA), Samantha Johnson (Arroyo High School: San Lorenzo, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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NSTA LA 2021 Mathematical and Computational Thinking.pdf

Saturday, December 11
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Engaged and Online—Virtual Science Investigations Using Digitized Museum Specimens

Los Angeles Convention Center - 511

EPIC Bioscience are free online investigations for NGSS middle school life science. Students collect and analyze data from digitized museum specimens to develop evidence-based arguments.

Takeaways: 1. Educators can evaluate online science investigations based on key features needed to engage students in real-world issues, motivate accurate data collection, and facilitate critical thinking and reflection; 2. Digitized museum specimens can increase student engagement during data collection and support student understanding of data patterns; and 3. Fully supported online science investigations have potential to reduce barriers related to museum access and specimen availability.

Speakers

Madlyn Larson (Natural History Museum of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT)