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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.

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Session Resource Document Form
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Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Connecting NGSS to Student Interests and the Science That Surrounds Us in Real Life

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408A

Learn how to create engaging lessons, connecting to student interests and to the science and natural phenomena that surround us. Pick up strategies to engage K–6 students in explorations, helping them recognize and understand real-world science while creating a lifelong love of science. Handouts!

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. innovative strategies to help children identify, explore, and understand a variety of interesting, real-life science that surrounds them in their everyday world; 2. how to design lessons that emphasize exploration, and give students the opportunity to test variables and analyze their effects; and 3. effective questioning strategies to engage students and increase the depth of student thinking, also helping to make student thinking visible; and to help teachers use effective questioning strategies to help students clarify and articulate their understanding of essential science phenomena and concepts.

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Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Experience Kinematics: Using Data to Understand Motion

Los Angeles Convention Center - 513

Learn what representations and data your students can use to bridge phenomena and mathematics, and how to assess kinematics understanding, as opposed to rote algebra skills.

Takeaways: 1. Using authentic data from real, open-access journal articles to model motion; 2. Students using multiple representations to shift back and forth from pictures, graphs, and math; and 3. Assessing students' understanding through their performance using real data.

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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.

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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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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.

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Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Crash Science—When Physics Meets Biology

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408A

Use innovative video-assisted STEM activities, demonstrations, award-winning videos, and behind-the-crash-tests tours to teach the science of car crashes. Free lesson plans included. Visit  Classroom.IIHS.org  for more information.

Takeaways: Participant will learn: 1. how to access inquiry-based activities and video-supported experiences integrating STEM concepts with vehicle crashworthiness and crash avoidance technologies; 2. how scientists and engineers use technology (crash dummies, crash tests, crash avoidance testing) at a vehicle research center to measure and evaluate vehicle safety systems; and 3. how to incorporate technology-enhanced STEM design challenges (Project Pedestrian Sensors and Egg-Carrying Paper Car Crash) into their curriculum to promote student awareness and understanding of how engineering and technology are used to build safer vehicles.

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Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Lights-Camera-CRASH: Exploring Crash Science with Griff Jones and the IIHS’s Vehicle Research Center

Los Angeles Convention Center - 511

Use award-winning videos, paper car crashes, egg drop cushions, and behind-the-crash-tests tours to teach motion and energy concepts. All resources are free at classroom.iihs.org.

Takeaways: Participants will learn how: 1. to access inquiry-based activities and video-supported experiences integrating STEM concepts with vehicle crashworthiness and crash avoidance technologies; 2. scientists and engineers use technology (crash dummies, crash tests, crash avoidance testing) at a vehicle research center to measure and evaluate vehicle safety systems; and 3. to incorporate culminating STEM design challenges (Project Pedestrian Sensors and Egg-Carrying Paper Car Crash) into their curriculum to promote student awareness and understanding of how engineering and technology are used to build safer vehicles. Examples of student assessments (formative and summative) are provided.

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Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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A STEM Ice Core Investigation That Integrates the Three Dimensions of NGSS

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502A

Come discover a multidisciplinary, open-ended investigation that incorporates absolute and relative dating, anomalies, historical context, volcanoes, solar proton events, energy cycles, Earth systems, terrestrial events, and supernovas.

Takeaways: 1. Students will have a better understanding of the process of constructing knowledge; 2. Students will have to analyze and defend their results; and 3. Sometimes there is no answer key, only possible solutions from constructing and analyzing data from several sources that cross traditional disciplines.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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.

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Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Modeling Stellar Evolution Using NASA Images, Data, and STEM Analysis Tools

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

Model stellar evolution processes using NASA images, plotting H-R diagram transitions, and determining the chemistry and physics of supernovas using NASA STEM image analysis tools.

Takeaways: 1. Knowledge of the process of how stars form and change over time ending in catastrophic events, providing conditions for the formation of planets; 2. Students will understand that all knowledge of celestial events is determined by analyzing the light from these events and providing possibilities—not definitive answers, as the data can be interpreted differently; and 3. Image analysis software tools allow scientists to gain detailed information of stellar physical and chemical processes and constantly refine our evolving models of stellar evolution.

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Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Making the STEM Connection by Looking into the Future

Los Angeles Convention Center - 512

This project-based STEM experience encourages your students to design and create cities of the future. Give your students a real-world experience of doing what an engineer does while working with real engineers.

Takeaways: 1. Discover how this career-related project-based experience can illustrate the application of STEM; 2. Help students understand the engineering design process and project management; and 3. Give students a real-world experience of doing what an engineer does.

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Saturday, December 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Nurture Through Nature: How Teachers Stumbled Their Way into Building the Most Innovative School Club in the Country

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

Want to get your students outside enjoying nature and taking an active interest in improving the world around us, but don’t know where to start and how to sustain it? Join in for strategies to encourage critical thinking about environmental issues, methods to help students gain awareness of everyday resources and uses, budgeting and funding procedures, and ways to meet multiple subject areas. Empower your students to become part of the solution!

Takeaways: 1. Critical thinking about environmental issues methods to help students gain awareness of everyday resources and uses; and 2. Ways to meet multiple subject areas.

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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.

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Saturday, December 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Using Environmental Solutions as a Lens for Teaching Science and Engineering

Los Angeles Convention Center - 406B

Sponsoring Company: Green Ninja

The workshop will introduce and provide examples for a project-based framework that integrates climate science topics and themes with all the science disciplines, including engineering and computer science.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. get the opportunity to reflect on the framework and model presented and share their own experience with other participants; 2. get the opportunity to develop a storyline and sequence of lessons that blend together multiple science NGSS standards using a project-based approach; and 3. get to review and discuss the work of other colleagues during the session.

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Saturday, December 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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You 👏🏻  Better 👏🏻  Work 👏🏻—From Modeling to SuperModeling

Los Angeles Convention Center - 153A/B

Sponsoring Company: Savvas Learning Co.

From concrete to abstract—encourage students to revise working models to become “supermodels.” Join us for a hands-on activity and leave with tools for your grade level.

Takeaways: 1. Gaining a better understanding of various types of models; 2. Using models to create an inclusive environment; and 3. Improving models as a means to authentically assess.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Uncover the Dual Nature of Light Using Modeling and Scientific Argumentation!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 514

Take home an NGSS unit where students test the wave and particle model against phenomena and engage in scientific argumentation, uncovering the nature of light!

Takeaways: 1. Teachers will walk away with a multi-lesson unit that has students testing the particle and wave model of light against phenomena and engaging in argumentation (including lesson plans, student handouts, and a summative assessment with rubric); 2. The material allows students to investigate multiple wave-like phenomena (e.g. diffraction, interference, polarization) and particle-like phenomena (e.g. Plank’s Blackbody Radiation solution, the photoelectric effect, the Compton Effect, and the Bohr Model) of light; and 3. Teachers will be provided with research-based student argumentation strategies and support materials that encourage students to go beyond “Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning.”

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Nature of Light Lesson Sequence
A Google Drive folder of all materials (activities, pre-activities, supplemental materials, summary, and pacing guide) for the "Nature of Light" lesson sequence discussed and reviewed in this session.