2021 National Harbor Area Conference

November 11-13, 2021

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Smashing Classrooms Walls Through Virtual Events

Thursday, November 11 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 3


STRAND: Innovating the Future of Education: Technology and Science Education

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Take your students beyond your classroom walls through virtual speakers and field trips with those on the front lines of science, exploration, and conservation.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Discover the benefits of bringing exciting scientists, explorers, and conservationists live into your classroom through virtual guest speakers and field trips; 2. Explore how easy it is to do with exciting resources like Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, Explorer Classroom, Google, and more; and 3. What to do before, during, and afterwards so your students get the most from these experiences.

SPEAKERS:
Joe Grabowski (Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants: Elora, ON)

3-2-1 Lift-Off! NASA’s Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Activities

Thursday, November 11 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson B



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Collection of 3-2-1 Lift-Off! NASA's BEST Satellite
Link to files used in the 2021 presentation

STRAND: Integrating Multiple Learning Experiences and Connecting to Move Forward

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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 learn about and use the engineering design process to build and perform a drop test of a satellite using NASA’s BEST activities. Educators will learn how to integrate the process skills of measuring, calculating, designing and evaluating while teaching the engineering design process. 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)

Self-Efficacy and Agency in Science Education for Students with Learning Challenges

Thursday, November 11 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake C



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Self-Efficacy and Agency in Science Education Is it Possible

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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Unpack executive functioning and best practices for increasing students with learning challenges' efficacy in Project Based Learning. We'll discuss workshop barriers and pitfalls you've experienced.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Unpack executive functioning for students with learning challenges in science education. 2. Identify the best practices, tools and strategies, to help students manage Project Based Learning (PBL) in Science. 3. Model the continuum of more hand-holding to less when facilitating PBL in science education for both primary and secondary students.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Chambers (The Siena School: Silver Spring, MD)

What Do I Do with This? Making Sense of Your Assessment Data

Thursday, November 11 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 6



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Session Resource Document Form
Access resource document for the session through this form. The Resource Document has links to all activities and will include a link to the slide deck following the workshop.

STRAND: Sharing Authentic Assessment Strategies

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We are awash in assessment data, but often it’s overwhelming to make sense of it. Come 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, LLC: No City, No State)

Exploring Practices, Nature of Science, and Science in Society: Analyzing Historical Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

Thursday, November 11 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson D



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Item List Connecting with Primary Sources in Science
A list of the primary sources we had laid out at the beginning of the workshop, with live URLs included.
Items Connecting with Primary Sources in Science
PDFs of the primary sources we had laid out at the beginning of the workshop.
Presentation Analyzing Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
This is a copy of the PPT slides that we used during our presentation.
Primary Sources and Science
What are some of the ways historical primary sources may used in a science classroom? Come to our session and learn about millions of free, digitized resources that you can use with your students, as well as a number of practical teaching strategies!

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Practice hands-on strategies for engaging students with scientific notebooks, letters, photos, and drawings; and highlighting scientific practices, nature of science, and connections between science and society.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Access to millions of free, digitized primary sources the Library of Congress has for K-12 science educators, such as: Thomas Jefferson’s weather journal, Robert Hooke’s first drawings of cells, photographs from the Dust Bowl, historic newspaper accounts about lead paint and electric cars, and much more! 2. Multiple hands-on strategies for integrating science-related primary sources in the K-12 classroom, to facilitate student engagement, critical thinking and student-centered construction of knowledge. 3. An understanding of how primary source analysis can lead to unique insights related to the Nature of Science, such as: how scientists and engineers think, practice, and apply scientific principles and discoveries in the real world; how scientific ideas evolve over time; and how science and engineering are related to society.

SPEAKERS:
Michael Apfeldorf (Library of Congress: Washington, DC)

Share Your STEM Expertise with a Global Audience: Fulbright DAST Opportunities for U.S. Science Teachers

Thursday, November 11 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 1


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Fulbright's DAST program is seeking U.S. teachers for two- to six-week projects all over the globe. Come hear from 2020 Uzbekistan Fellow Allan Miller and learn how you can apply.

TAKEAWAYS:
What is the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teacher Short Term Program for US Teachers and how can a teacher apply? An understanding of the presenters experience in Uzbekistan in Jan / Feb 2020 training the first cohort of STEM teacher trainers at the Samarqand Institute for Teacher Education An overview of the 3 Dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards, which served as the foundational learning for grounding the Uzbek Teacher Trainers in an understanding of "What is STEM?"

SPEAKERS:
Allan Miller (Champlain Valley School District: Shelburne, VT)

Phenomenon-Based, Literacy-Rich Learning Using Digitized Museum Objects

Thursday, November 11 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson D


STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

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Engage with Research Quest, free, online, NGSS-focused, phenomenon-based investigations that use 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)

Moving Beyond the Bold Words: Meaningful Language Development Through Science and Engineering Practices

Thursday, November 11 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C



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NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
STEM Teaching Tool Sharing and Building on Each Others’ Ideas

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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This workshop focuses on how high-quality instructional materials designed for the NGSS provide for language skills to be developed by all students, including emerging multilingual students, by engaging in Science and Engineering Practices.

TAKEAWAYS:
(1) By engaging with content first before learning science-specific vocabulary, students of varying language proficiencies are provided with an opportunity to express their ideas using the language they have. (2) Implementing meaningful student discourse in the science classroom can shift the focus on science and engineering practices and away from academic vocabulary. (3) Strategies that support emerging multilingual learners actually support all learners in developing proficiency in the science and engineering practices.

SPEAKERS:
Neelo Soltanzadeh (WestEd: San Francisco, CA)

STEM Education | Space Station Explorers | ISS National Lab

Thursday, November 11 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 2


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Discover ideas, curricula, and lessons/activities from the Space Station Explorers Program. They inspire curiosity, develop skills, and promote learning in scientific, mathematical, life science, and Earth science spheres by engaging students with the International Space Station.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to access the ideas, curriculum, and lessons/activities of the Space Station Explorers Program How the program integrates appropriately and easily into the classroom (physically or virtually) as well as activities for learning at home. How to become a Space Station Explorer Ambassador

SPEAKERS:
Melissa Pore (Bishop O'Connell High School: Arlington, VA)

Engaging Students in Online Science Investigations Using Digitized Museum Specimens

Thursday, November 11 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 7


STRAND: Innovating the Future of Education: Technology and Science Education

Show Details

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:
Online science investigations can engage students in real-world issues, promote accurate data collection, and facilitate critical thinking and reflection. Digitized museum specimens increase student motivation during data collection and support understanding of data findings. Online data collection can facilitate accurate data collection and reduce barriers related to specimen access.

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

Partnering with NSTA to Reach Your Professional Learning Goals

Thursday, November 11 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 8


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Explore how to take advantage of NSTA’s vast resources and pathways—including both asynchronous and synchronous options—to create personalized professional learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Discover the value of being a School or District NSTA Partner; 2. Explore how to maximize online professional learning for all teachers; and 3. Discover how to utilize NSTA's online learning resources to support in-person professional learning.

SPEAKERS:
Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Flavio Mendez (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Experience the Role of Engineering in Creating More Inclusive Classrooms with TeachEngineering

Thursday, November 11 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 3


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Experience engineering design by participating in a TeachEngineering activity that integrates engineering on a shoestring to promote classroom inclusivity and make engineering accessible for ALL.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. engage in a meaningful hands-on NGSS engineering design-aligned activity for middle school students from the FREE TeachEngineering digital library; 2. experience the role of engineering design (including engineering on a shoestring) in creating a more inclusive classroom by playing to students’ multiple strengths and allowing ALL students to bring their unique background and experiences to the table; and 3. engage in discussions about tools and strategies (best practices) that educators can use to promote equitable access for marginalized student groups.

SPEAKERS:
Dua Chaker (TeachEngineering: Boulder, CO)

NSTA’s Sensemaking Ecosystem

Friday, November 12 • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson B


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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:
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 Using a Daily Do, explore the four critical attributes of sensemaking: Phenomena; Science and Engineering Practices; Student Ideas; and, Science Ideas 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)

Cultivating a Culture of Argumentation in Your Classroom

Friday, November 12 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 7


STRAND: Integrating Multiple Learning Experiences and Connecting to Move Forward

Show Details

This session will model how to create purposeful, scaffolded PBL experiences that move students toward constructing explanations of natural phenomena.

TAKEAWAYS:
• Examine ways to engage students by using phenomena that directly connect to the core ideas. • Explore strategies that develop a culture where student thinking is valued • Examine practices that encourage students to defend their ideas or challenge their classmate’s ideas using evidence

SPEAKERS:
Zipporah Miller (Educational Consultant: Bowie, MD)

AI-Enabled Human-Centric Video Game Design with English

Friday, November 12 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 3



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Lessons Video
Lessons for Teachers
You Can Be A Game Changineer

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By linking video game design with English, the design process becomes more natural, user friendly, and human centric…and it encourages the practice of computational and critical thinking.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Design video games by describing the logic of the game. 2. Discover the logic behind popular video games. 3. Practice computational and critical thinking

SPEAKERS:
Michael Hsiao (Virginia Tech: Blacksburg, VA)

Project-Based Learning: Implementation in Challenging Classrooms

Friday, November 12 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C



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Final Filtration Budget.docx
Initial Budget Template
Meeting Minutes (Student Reflection)
PBL Presentation
We didn't get to the entire presentation today, but there is a lot of good information on the other slides that will help you better understand PBL
Water Filtration Student Intro
Water Filtration Student Reflection
Water Filtration Teacher Plan

Show Details

Let's explore the implementation of PBL in challenging classrooms. What are successful strategies that can be used to engage students in science?

TAKEAWAYS:
1. How to determine if project-based learning is right for your students; 2. Benefits and challenges that come with project-based instruction; and 3. Key strategies to successful implementation of project-based learning.

SPEAKERS:
Peter Azmani (University of Louisville: Louisville, KY)

Incorporating Technology into Inquiry-Based Science Lessons

Friday, November 12 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 3


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Content experts have developed processes for creating inquiry-based lessons. Participants will learn how to integrate technology in order to create engaging science lessons.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn the major components of inquiry-based science instruction. Participants will learn how to develop inquiry-based science lessons. Participants will learn how to incorporate technology into inquiry-based lessons to promote student engagement.

SPEAKERS:
Ann Williams-Brown (Houston County Schools: Perry, GA), Tonya Woolfolk (Houston County Schools: Perry, GA)

Forging Successful Collaborations Through Facilitative Instructional Coaching

Friday, November 12 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 14


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We present the EQuIPD coaching model used in establishing collaborations between teachers and coaches in a professional development to improve teaching practices and student outcome.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. The attendees will learn how coaching can foster collaborations among teachers and coaches to effect improvement in teaching practices. 2. The attendees will reflect on their practices by engaging with a facilitative coaching method by EQuIPD experts. 3. The attendees will learn the critical features of the EQuIPD facilitative coaching model.

SPEAKERS:
Nancy Ruzycki (University of Florida: Gainesville, FL)

Game On! Gamify Your Classroom and Student Learning

Friday, November 12 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake D


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Sponsoring Company: Legends of Learning

From unplugged to plugged-in game design, explore how games create an authentic learning experience in which students collaborate, communicate, and have fun in the process!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Use an innovative approach to game-based learning as a primary vehicle for science instruction; 2. Make lessons fun and accessible while encouraging students to take personal responsibility for their education; and 3. Create an equitable learning environment where students can progress at their own rate, allowing for differentiation based on student needs.

SPEAKERS:
Joselyn Whetzel (Legends of Learning: Laurel, MD), Joshua Goldberg (Legends of Learning: Laurel, MD)

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: Scientific Explanations to Increase Student Voice

Friday, November 12 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 12


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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) is a way for students to explain observed phenomena in a scientific way. This structured approach allows students to use observations and data from an investigation. Students use critical reasoning to connect the claim, evidence, and reasoning together. CER is an acclaimed and highly successful instructional strategy that is changing how students understand concepts and write explanations for phenomena.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Understand the benefits of using the CER Framework; 2. Construct and critique a scientific explanation; and 3. Develop appropriate scaffolds for scientific explanation skills.

SPEAKERS:
Stacey O'Connor (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Dr. Kenneth Heydrick (: Houston, TX), Pam O'Brien (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Beyond Labz: Realistic Virtual Labs That Bridge the Gap Between Real Labs and Scientific Inquiry

Friday, November 12 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake F


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Sponsoring Company: Beyond Labz

Built on a platform developed over 20 years, Beyond Labz creates an open-ended environment providing students the opportunity to experiment, practice, fail, discover, and learn.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Beyond Labz simplifies and reduces the cost and expertise needed to provide crucial laboratory experiences and practice for Secondary and Higher Ed students; 2. Attendees will learn how the labs are used for pre- and post-lab experiences, credit recovery and lab make-up, student engagement in class, and meeting NGSS standards; and 3. Basic onboarding and start-up instructions will be provided for drop-in solutions, and instructions for using some of the more sophisticated features will also be described.

SPEAKERS:
Brian Woodfield (Brigham Young University: Provo, UT)

Exploring the Properties of Water and Cell Membranes

Friday, November 12 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 13


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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Explore the properties of water and discover the structure and function of cell membranes with engaging models that allow students to drive their learning!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. learn how modeling the properties of water allows students to predict the structure of cell membranes; 2. use models to explain the structure and function of cell membranes, including the transport of molecules across the membrane; and 3. experience how the use of these models allows student thinking to become visible.

SPEAKERS:
Keri Shingleton (Holland Hall: Tulsa, OK)

Plants from Fish Poop: Exploring Classroom Aquaponics and Raising Trout

Friday, November 12 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 8



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Plants From Fish Poop Files on Google Drive
Slideshow, handouts, and examples to assist in raising fish.

STRAND: Integrating Multiple Learning Experiences and Connecting to Move Forward

Show Details

How does toxic ammonia from fish waste end up serving as a nitrogen source for plants? Attend this informative session to learn about aquaponics.

TAKEAWAYS:
How the nitrogen cycle influences both plant and fish health. How to use a modular design philosophy to allow students to innovate and create an aquaponics system in the classroom. How to incorporate Virginia's Trout in the Classroom program into your aquaponics system.

SPEAKERS:
Eric March (Browne Academy: Alexandria, VA), Kristen Oberhofer (Browne Academy: Alexandria, VA)

Collaborative Partnerships + Hands-On Activities = STEM Career Interest

Friday, November 12 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 6



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BioNetwork STEM Outreach Website
If you want more information about what we do, or if you'd like to view our resources, please check this site out!

STRAND: Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators

Show Details

Connect your school with local colleges and STEM employers using relevant, standards-based, hands-on activities that spark interest in science and STEM careers. Sample activity included.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to identify and reach out to potential community and industry partners How to build a program or event that meets the needs of all stakeholders Developing authentic learning experiences to impact student perspectives of locally available STEM careers

SPEAKERS:
Bethany Kenyon (BioNetwork: Greenville, NC)

Floating Offshore Wind

Friday, November 12 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake F


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Sponsoring Company: The NEED Project

Engage in hands-on, critical-thinking activities to help students explore the technology, siting considerations, and benefits of floating offshore wind turbines.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn how to describe and measure wind speed and why that is important for siting a wind turbine; 2. Be able to test, modify, and re-test a design to learn how wind can do work; and 3. Learn about free NGSS-focused curriculum resources.

SPEAKERS:
Kimberly Swan (The NEED Project: Manassas, VA)

Effective Intervention Strategies: Let’s Hook Students into Learning

Friday, November 12 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 12


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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Let’s explore several intervention strategies to help struggling students in STEM. We'll move beyond differentiation and scaffolding. Come learn other proven intervention techniques to help students. Let’s modify our traditional outreach to connect with students so that they gain greater understanding.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Explore several intervention strategies to help struggling students in STEM; 2. Compare differentiation and scaffolding strategies and learn successful adaptations of each strategy; and 3. Explore effective intervention strategies that are built into the STEMscopes curriculum.

SPEAKERS:
Stacey O'Connor (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Dr. Kenneth Heydrick (: Houston, TX), Pam O'Brien (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Science Education Through the Lens of Agriculture

Friday, November 12 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake A/B


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Sponsoring Company: American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

Designed to address the Next Generation Science Standards, this workshop will focus on using agriculture to increase the relevancy and authenticity of content in science classrooms, provide valuable resources, and introduce attendees to professional learning opportunities.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. How NGSS can or will incorporate agricultural content to create relevant and authentic content for students; 2. Learn about the developed resources available for science teachers to integrate science into their classrooms through the lens of agriculture (middle and high school); and 3. Explore professional development (CEU credit events) available to science teachers through AFBFA.

SPEAKERS:
Jenna Large (American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture: Washington, DC), Craig Rebich (American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture: Washington, DC)

Ditch the Dish and Kick the Ice Bucket with Classroom-Friendly Bacterial Transformation!

Friday, November 12 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake E


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Sponsoring Company: MiniOne Systems

Reduce your prep and integrate technology to take the mess and stress out of transformation with the Let it Glow™ Bacterial Transformation MiniLab.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to: 1. reduce the mess and stress of bacterial transformation; 2. use a PCR System to perform transformation; and 3. use The Winston, The MiniOne PCR System, and gloTrays to replace ice buckets, heat baths, and petri dishes.

SPEAKERS:
Callen Hyland (Embi Tec: San Diego, CA)

When the Wheels Are Turning, the Students Are Learning!

Friday, November 12 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 4



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When the Wheels Are Turning, the Students Are Learning!

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If you’re new to coding, then come get up to speed! By combining coding and hands-on activities, you can learn how to program a robotic vehicle to perform different challenges.

TAKEAWAYS:
• Bring coding and hands-on science learning together; • Learn creative ways to use the engineering design process to teach science; • Write simple code to use a Rover to explore the relationship between speed, distance, and time.

SPEAKERS:
Karlheinz Haas (Science/Math Instructor, Retired: Tequesta, FL)

Easy Ways to Differentiate Science Curricula for Highly Able Learners

Friday, November 12 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 5


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This workshop explores a myriad of simple ways science classroom teachers can differentiate their lessons/units/curricula to meet the needs of highly able learners.

TAKEAWAYS:
Highly able leaners often require differentiation to achieve their full educational potential. There are simple strategies that can be employed to enrich the education of high achieving students without adding hours to a teacher’s workload. Using a variety of strategies, teachers can adapt their lessons, units, and projects to meet the needs of highly able learners.

SPEAKERS:
Rebecca Ellis (Argyle Middle School: Silver Spring, MD), Alaina Piek (Oklahoma Road Middle School: Sykesville, MD)

Engaging Students in Data Literacy Activities Through the Exploration of Primary Sources

Friday, November 12 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 3



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Data Analysis with Primary Sources NSTA National Harbor November 2021.pdf
Missing Temperatures Activity.pdf

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Participate in hands-on activities focused on data literacy to engage students in questioning, analyzing, and using mathematical thinking around historical primary sources.

TAKEAWAYS:
• Free online resources from the Library of Congress for K-12 science and math teachers to use with their students. • Activities and resources to develop students’ data literacy skills. • Hands-on, concrete strategies for using primary sources with your students.

SPEAKERS:
Peter DeCraene (Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow: Washington, DC)

Discover NSTA’s New Professional Learning Units to Earn Continuing Education Credit

Friday, November 12 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 1


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Explore NSTA’s NEWProfessional Learning Units. Discover these bite-sized asynchronous professional learning experiences that support student sensemaking to earn credit to submit to your school or district.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Discover how NSTA can provide asynchronous and bite-sized continuing education credit options (2 hours per PLU); 2. Explore how each PLU contains reflections or tasks connected to the classroom that are submitted to NSTA for review or feedback; and 3. Explore how we can support professional learning for individuals or schools/districts, including the flexible options available for Professional Learning Unit topics, and how these fit into our Professional Learning pathways.

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

Using Interactive and Digital Student Notebooks

Friday, November 12 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 12


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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Come learn several strategies to help students organize their learning. Transform the old composition notebooks into a useful and engaging tool that incorporates technology and multimedia. Interactive student notebooks use various modalities and a left/right–side format, and offer students an electronic portfolio of learning. Join us!

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn: 1. several strategies to help students organize their learning; 2. how to adapt old student notebooks into digital interactive portfolios with Slides, Jamboard, Flipgrid, Padlet, and Screencasify; and 3. how to structure notebooks for left-side "Output" and right-side "Input."

SPEAKERS:
Dr. Kenneth Heydrick (: Houston, TX), Pam O'Brien (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Stacey O'Connor (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

“Going with the Flow” of Genetic Information

Friday, November 12 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 13


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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Model the cellular processes of DNA replication, transcription, and translation using manipulatives that support NGSS three dimensions, most notably the science and engineering practice of developing and using models.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. work together to practice model DNA replication as well as transcription and translation, while learning how this approach deepens student inquiry and understanding; 2. investigate how a mutation in DNA can result in a change in the protein produced; and 3. consider how this modeling approach to DNA function works well with phenomenon-driven lessons.

SPEAKERS:
Keri Shingleton (Holland Hall: Tulsa, OK)

Virtual STEM Events: Reaching Minority Groups from a Distance

Friday, November 12 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 7


STRAND: Innovating the Future of Education: Technology and Science Education

Show Details

Try our version of virtual STEM that allowed continued collaboration with a community project to help minority students plan for the future.

TAKEAWAYS:
• Virtual events have led to reaching communities that were difficult, for various reasons, to visit in person. • Simple modifications can be made to numerous activities that allow for safe implementation at home. • Student engagement was just as high, sometimes more, as it was during in-person events.

SPEAKERS:
Courtney Behrle (BioNetwork: Greenville, NC)

NASA’s Scale of Discovery and the Solar System Scroll

Friday, November 12 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C



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NASA's Scale of Discovery Collection of Files
Files and Resources used during the session presentation

STRAND: Integrating Multiple Learning Experiences and Connecting to Move Forward

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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:
With a properly scaled solar system scroll, participants will identify inner and out planets and readily SEE why they are named as such (ESS1, ESS2). 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. 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)

NSTA Press Session: Ignite Your Professional Teaching Practice with NSTA’s Trilogy of Three-Dimensional Resources

Friday, November 12 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 1


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Join us as we explore how NSTA’s three-dimensional resources can be utilized to enhance your teaching. Walk away with effective strategies for science teaching and learning and hear from educators as they provide tips for using these resources.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Hear from classroom teachers about how they are using NSTA Press publications; and 2. Leave with top-notch teaching tips and innovative lesson plan ideas that promote imaginative learning and student engagement.

SPEAKERS:
Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Wendy Binder (Program Director, STEM Professional Learning: Arlington, VA)

Improve Students' Mental, Physical, and Academic Health with The Walking Classroom

Friday, November 12 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake A/B


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Sponsoring Company: The Walking Classroom

Walk, Listen, and Learn! The Walking Classroom is a research-proven program that enables students to get fresh air and exercise while building content knowledge.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Understand the research-proven impact that exercise during the school day has on student physical, mental, and academic health; 2. understand how The Walking Classroom engages different learning styles and helps narrow the achievement gap; and 3. learn how The Walking Classroom works by experiencing the program and learn how to create a walking classroom of your own.

SPEAKERS:
Laura Fenn (The Walking Classroom: Chapel Hill, NC)

CRISPR Cas9: A Powerful New Tool for Editing the Human Genome 

Friday, November 12 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 13


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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Modeling CRISPR technology engages students in understanding the foundational concepts of molecular biology and biotechnology through two-dimensional and three-dimensional representations of the CRISPR/Cas9 protein.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Receive professional development in the endogenous CRISPR/Cas9 system and learn how it can be incorporated into your current biology curriculum; 2. Use models to investigate how the mechanism of the CRISPR/Cas9 system are used to edit genomes; and 3. Discuss the ethical issues related to using gene editing technology.

SPEAKERS:
Daniel Williams (Shelter Island Union Free School District: Shelter Island, NY)

DNA Forensics Solves the Murder Mystery of Dr. Ward

Friday, November 12 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake E


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Sponsoring Company: MiniOne Systems

Using the MiniOne System, develop an understanding of forensic science and gel electrophoresis while investigating the mystery of who killed Dr. Ward.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn how you can use electrophoresis to teach real-world forensic science to students in grades 9–12; 2. See how the MiniOne System has significantly reduced prep work for teachers by allowing students to get hands on with every step of the lab process; and 3. Understand how electrophoresis can be engaging and lead students toward careers in STEM fields.

SPEAKERS:
Callen Hyland (Embi Tec: San Diego, CA)

STEMify Your Daily Do's

Saturday, November 13 • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson B


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Join us to strengthen STEM in your classroom by STEMifying a Daily Do.

TAKEAWAYS:
3 Key Takeaways: 1. Sensemaking in your classroom using NSTA Daily DOs 2. How Daily DOs and other lessons can be modified to include more STEM 3. How to design for equity in STEM/Science classrooms

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

NASA Space Food and Nutrition

Saturday, November 13 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C



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NASA Space Food & Nutrition File Collection
Resources from conference presentation

STRAND: Integrating Multiple Learning Experiences and Connecting to Move Forward

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

TAKEAWAYS:
Explore NASA STEM activities that investigate space food and nutrition for astronauts living on the Space Station. Construct sample space food menus to develop a better understanding of nutrition for human space exploration. 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)

Using Maggots, Flies, and Flesh to Solve a Mystery!

Saturday, November 13 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake D


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Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

Attendees will explore a virtual decomposing corpse along with other clues to solve a mystery.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Data-assisted problem solving; 2. The science behind decomposition and variables that affect it; and 3. Storytelling is a powerful way to engage students into learning science concepts.

SPEAKERS:
Jeffrey Lukens (Retired Science Teacher: Sioux Falls, SD), Jessica Kohout (Howard County Conservancy: Woodstock, MD)

Crossing Over: Incorporating Energy and Science in Literacy

Saturday, November 13 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake E


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Sponsoring Company: The NEED Project

Introduce basic energy concepts early on with hands-on lessons disguised through songs, stories, games, and chants to teach energy buzzwords.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn fun, free energy-themed lessons designed to reinforce vocabulary and concepts; 2. Learn a variety of language arts skills and artistic skills to teach students about energy and STEM information; and 3. Learn how to easily differentiate energy in literacy activities for primary, elementary, and intermediate levels and align to NGSS and state standards.

SPEAKERS:
Kimberly Swan (The NEED Project: Manassas, VA)

Folding and Molding: Hands-On Protein Structure

Saturday, November 13 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 13


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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Explore the forces that determine protein shape by actively modeling protein structure! Then explore a particular class of proteins—enzymes—by playing with models.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Protein shape is determined by interactions between amino acids that are specifically ordered in the primary structure of proteins; 2. Protein shape is critical for proper functioning of the protein; and 3. Enzymes are a type of proteins that interact with their substrates in specific ways.

SPEAKERS:
Karen Avery (Pennsylvania College of Technology: Williamsport, PA)

Transforming the STEM Classroom with NASA and Literacy

Saturday, November 13 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 6



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NASA and Literacy presentation
NASA Design Your Own X-Plane
NASA Jr. Pilot Program
X-59 STEM Learning Module

STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

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Integrating literacy into science classrooms increases both literacy and STEM skills. Come see how NASA resources and easily implemented tools and techniques can transform any STEM learning environment.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn about and practice implementing literacy techniques into hands-on STEM activities 2. Be introduced to free existing NASA materials that focus on and support STEM and literacy 3. Examine ways literacy in a STEM classroom enhances NGSS Science and Engineering Practices skills

SPEAKERS:
April Lanotte (NASA Headquarters: Washington, DC), Rachel Stagner (Templeton Academy: Washington, DC)

Literacy in the Science Classroom

Saturday, November 13 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake G


STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

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Explore innovative approaches to incorporating vocabulary and text in the science classroom using strategies encouraging reflection, critical thinking, communication, and consistent connection to content.

TAKEAWAYS:
1) Immediately applicable, engaging activities that can be used at any grade level 2)How to help students connect what they are doing in science to themselves, their world or the world around them 3) How to create a space in your classroom for weekly vocabulary in order to ensure all students have the same base of information for classroom discussions, activities and content instruction

SPEAKERS:
Kate Price (Moore Square Magnet Middle School: Raleigh, NC), Kim Patterson (West Pine Middle School: West End, NC)

A Tale of Three Projects: Technology-Enriched Project-Based Learning

Saturday, November 13 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 2



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MIssion to Learn - One of the Projects
Tale of 3 Projects - NSTA DC 2021.pdf

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Share our Vermont middle school journey implementing project-based learning and the “ best of times, worst of times" in units involving podcasts, student science videos, and design challenges.

TAKEAWAYS:
What are the key design elements for technology-rich project based learning units? How can a project drive student learning and still keep content learning targets in the center? Is it possible video production, podcasting or engineering design challenges might enhance students’ proficiency based learning in my classroom - and if so, how?

SPEAKERS:
Damon Tighe (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA)

Let's Get Back to Hands-On Learning and Use 5E Science Lessons to Emphasize Effective Instructional Sequences

Saturday, November 13 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 12


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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Research has shown that the actual doing of science or engineering will pique students’ curiosity, capture their interest, and motivate their continued study. Combining this information with simple shifts in instructional sequencing will help students construct scientific meaning. Are you ready to open your eyes to a whole new world of scientific inquiry!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Explore the research-based 5E instructional model with adaptations for acceleration and intervention; 2. Learn several techniques to embed hands-on learning experiences in various classroom environments; and 3. Learn how to make simple shifts in your instructional plan and sequence to foster better student understanding of concepts.

SPEAKERS:
Dr. Kenneth Heydrick (: Houston, TX), Pam O'Brien (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Stacey O'Connor (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Enliven Learning with Experimentation

Saturday, November 13 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake A/B


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Sponsoring Company: Vernier Software & Technology

Excite your students with hands-on science, whether you’re in the classroom or teaching remotely through collaborative data collection and real-time analysis. Seeing data collected right before their eyes using the Vernier Graphical Analysis™ Pro app gives students the ability to connect abstract concepts to real-world applications. Learn how to use our app to energize your classroom through data sharing, interactive sample experiments with synced data, custom videos, and more.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Educators can create experiments and share the data with students in real time; 2. Seeing data collected right before their eyes gives students the ability to connect abstract concepts to real-world applications; and 3. Graphical Analysis Pro helps students experience three-dimensional learning.

SPEAKERS:
David Carter (Vernier Science Education: Beaverton, OR)

Modeling How Cells Talk: Making Sense of Synapses and Signals

Saturday, November 13 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 13


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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Spark questions with the Synapse Construction Kit© and model activities to achieve Concept Explanation and Visual Representation goals in a topic that students find interesting.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Model neuron and synapse structure and anatomy; 2. Model mechanisms of membrane transport and cell-to-cell communication; and 3. Explore the drugged synapse.

SPEAKERS:
Daniel Williams (Shelter Island Union Free School District: Shelter Island, NY)

Supporting All Students in Making Sense of Phenomena by Building All of Their Intellectual Resources

Saturday, November 13 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C


STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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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 sense-making through the science and engineering practices 2. learn to see different ways students contribute to making sense of phenomena - and connect to science. 3. better appreciate that navigating multiple ways of knowing is the basic human condition, not the exception.

SPEAKERS:
Michael Heinz (New Jersey Dept. of Education: Trenton, NJ), Lauren Thompson Allen (D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education: Washington, DC), Deb Morrison (Educator and Learning Scientist: Seattle, WA), Tana Luther (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA)

Digital Choose-Your-Own Science Adventure

Saturday, November 13 • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 2


STRAND: Innovating the Future of Education: Technology and Science Education

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Experience three different digital design challenges using branching scenarios that provide student choice and data sets. Each challenge is presented on a different digital platform.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Participants will engage in a digital design challenge to test efficiency of wind turbine blades. 2. Participants will engage in a digital design challenge to test the strength of electromagnets. 3. Participants will engage in a digital design challenge to test the greenhouse effect in an area of a specific land surface (polar region, water, desert).

SPEAKERS:
Kathleen Brooks (CREC: No City, No State), Rebecca Tonkinson (eesmarts: Hartford, CT), Sharyon Holness (eesmarts: No City, No State)

NESTA and NOAA Planet Stewards: Sea Level Rise—What It Is; Why It’s Happening; Why It’s So Very, Very Dangerous; and What You Can Do About It

Saturday, November 13 • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson B



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NESTA_NOAA Sea Level Rise Planet Stewards Presentation
This session presents the data behind climate driven sea level rise and its impacts, classroom-ready, interactive, data-driven, NGSS aligned activities, and how you can get up to $5000 for your school to mitigate climate change and its impacts
NOAA NOAA Partner Sea Level Rise Education Data Resources

STRAND: Integrating Multiple Learning Experiences and Connecting to Move Forward

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This session engages participants in the exploration of middle school–oriented, classroom-ready, interactive, online, data-driven, three-dimensional activities and visualizations that present how sea level rise is caused by climate change, how NOAA monitors and measures these changes, how U.S. coastal regions are dangerously impacted by it, and how teachers can get up to $5000 for their school to mitigate its impacts.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Educators will explore a middle school oriented classroom-ready multimedia module, and use data-driven NOAA websites which explain and visualize how climate change is causing sea levels to rise globally, impacting all U.S. coastal areas, and straining community resiliency. 2. Educators will explore NOAA’s classroom-ready, Data in the Classroom modules: Investigating Sea Level Using Real Data, and learn how their students can use data from NOAA’s satellites and coastal stations, to do the analysis to see sea level changing, to understand the impacts on communities, and to learn how they can integrate its inquiry based resources into their classrooms today. 3. Educators will learn about NOAA Planet Stewards, a Federal program which offers educators up to $5000 to engage in hands-on stewardship activities to mitigate climate change and its impacts in their communities.

SPEAKERS:
Bruce Moravchik (NOAA National Ocean Service: Silver Spring, MD)

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