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Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Using Stop-Motion Animation to Model Chemical Reactions

Los Angeles Convention Center - 405

Learn how to help students create stop-motion animated movies to model the atomic rearrangement that occurs during simple chemical reactions!

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. basic techniques for planning and creating stop-motion animated films; 2. how to use this tool to model the atomic rearrangement that occurs during chemical reactions; and 3. how best to teach students how to use stop-motion to create their own animated movie models.

Speakers

Steven Gaskill (K.O. Knudson Middle School: Las Vegas, NV), Heather Rampton (K.O. Knudson Middle School: Las Vegas, NV)

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Powerpoint Presentation
Video examples are embedded in the PowerPoint.

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Chemistry of Copper: A Two-Part Inquiry

Los Angeles Convention Center - 405

Learn about the chemical properties of copper using appropriate technology in this hands-on activity.

Takeaways: Participants will; 1. learn to research and design an inquiry experiment; 2. use technology to gather and analyze data from the inquiry; and 3. visualize what occurs on the submicroscopic level by employing particulate drawings.

Speakers

Gregory Dodd (Retired Chemistry Teacher: Pennsboro, WV)

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
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 (Educator and Learning Scientist: Seattle, WA), Abby Rhinehart (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Synthetic Biology: The Intersection of Biology, Engineering, and Computer Science

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Participants will combine engineering and biology as they work through a free activity from a no-cost introductory curriculum on the emerging field of Synthetic Biology.

Takeaways: Looking for free resources and innovative ways to introduce engineering into K–12 classrooms? American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) pre-college division will share them!

Speakers

Leonardo Morsut (University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA), Wendy Wooten (Reseda Charter High School: Reseda, CA)

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Synthetic biology resources
List of resources for synthetic biology with links to curricula, books, videos, journal articles

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)

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Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement - LA Conference Paper.docx
Paper related to "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
Template for Constructing Muscle Stimulator.pdf
Template to parts list layout for "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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Algal Blooms and Algae Resources.docx
Flooding and Severe Weather Resources.docx
General Topics and Resources.docx
IMSA Developed Research Questions.docx
IMSA Team Schedule.docx
Individual School Schedule Letter.docx
Marine Debris Resources.docx
Plant and Animal Invasive Species Resources.docx
Problem Statement List.docx
School Team SME Sessions.docx
Student Generated Questions for SME.docx
Vector Borne Diseases Resources.docx
The Great Water Design Challenge LA.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 (Educator and Learning Scientist: Seattle, WA), Tana Luther (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA)

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
Slip or Trip.pdf
Discussion Diamonds Presentation.pptx

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)

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Session Resource Document Form
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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.

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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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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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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CSSS-Sponsored Session: What Is Computational Thinking and Why It's Not Just a Buzzword

Los Angeles Convention Center - 506

Participants will learn about the key pedagogical model of computational thinking (CT) and see how it can be incorporated into lessons by teachers at all grade levels.

Takeaways: 1. Conceptual thinking; 2. Coastal erosion phenomenon; and 3. Take a complex problem, deconstruct it, and use data to reason a testable answer.

Speakers

Jamie Mixon (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA), Tana Luther (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA), Molly Talbot (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA), Michelle Lewis (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA)

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

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)

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

Saturday, December 11
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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NSTA’s Sensemaking Ecosystem

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

Join us to learn what sensemaking is and how to use research-based resources to engage students in making sense of the world around them.

Takeaways: 1. Develop an understanding of what sensemaking is and how it can help build classrooms where students are able to make sense of the world around them; 2. Using a Daily Do, explore the four critical attributes of sensemaking: Phenomena; Science and Engineering Practices; Student Ideas; and Science Ideas; and 3. See what Professional Learning Units are and how they can help bring sensemaking to your classroom.

Speakers

Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Elizabeth Allan (University of Central Oklahoma: Edmond, OK)

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)

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Blood Sugar Balance game

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)

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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 (Educator and Learning Scientist: Seattle, WA)

Saturday, December 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Crash Science Inquiry: Investigating Distracted Driving Dangers

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

Complete a distracted driving simulation and discover free award-winning videos, STEM activities, and real-world applications exploring science, engineering, and vehicle crashworthiness. Free lesson plans included.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. complete a distracted driving simulation; 2. explore how scientific and engineering principles can be modeled in classrooms using crash test–related videos and activities; and 3. apply this crash science and vehicle safety knowledge and engage in safer behaviors when riding in or driving a vehicle.

Speakers

Griff Jones (University of Florida: No City, No State)

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)

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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 Chemical Inquiry: Let’s Master Equilibrium!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 512

Join this workshop and participate in a hands-on activity to help students overcome common chemical equilibrium misconceptions.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. take part in a hands-on inquiry activity with a chemical equilibrium having a large K value; 2. learn ways to overcome student misconceptions about equilibrium; and 3. llearn to use appropriate technology to facilitate data collection and analysis for an inquiry lab.

Speakers

Gregory Dodd (Retired Chemistry Teacher: Pennsboro, WV)

Saturday, December 11
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Analysis of Supernova Remnants Using X-Ray Spectroscopy with Web-Based NASA Data and STEM Image Analysis Tools

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

Identify elements in the spectra of supernova remnants to determine the properties of collapsed and exploded stars using web-based NASA X-ray data and image analysis tools.

Takeaways: 1. Js9 web-based software can be used to analyze NASA data sets to determine the type of supernova; 2. Js9 provides students with real opportunities to do astronomical research; and 3. Energy spectra from NASA data are used to determine the elements in a supernova remnant.

Speakers

Donna Young (NASA/NSO/UoL Program Manager: Laughlin, NV)

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XRay Spectroscopy of SNR js9 PPT.pdf
Student Handout fjor X-Ray Spectroscopy
SNR Energy Spectra Handout.pdf
Worksheet for X-Ray Spectroscopy
https://chandra.si.edu/js9/index.html
Js9 Access Portal with Guides, Tutorials and Investigations

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)

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NSTA LA 2021 Mathematical and Computational Thinking.pdf