2021 National Harbor Area Conference

November 11-13, 2021

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FILTERS APPLIED:PreK - 5, Hands-On Workshop, Innovating the Future of Education Technology and Science Education, Informal Education


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NSTA Press Session: Inspiring Curiosity and Writing with the Next Time You See Series, K–5

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C

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

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

Debra Sawyer-Moulton (NSTA Sales Rep for DC, DE, MD, PA, VVA, WV: Charlestown, MD)

Using Nature as Inspiration to Design Martian Landers

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 4

(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Martian Lander Data Sheet in Microsoft Excel format
This is a condensed data sheet geared toward upper elementary for students to collect speed or distance data.
NSTA Using Nature as Inspiration to Design Landers Lesson Plan document
Suggested lesson plan for "Using Nature as Inspiration to Design Landers" in pdf format.
NSTA Using Nature as Inspiration to Design Landers PPT
The presentation is in Power Point format. The file can be used as a student presentation. In the notes section, data sheets, lesson plans, and lesson ideas are listed or linked.

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

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Grades K–8 teachers—please join us for this hands-on workshop using biomimicry to design a system to land payloads safely to the surface of Mars.

Participants will: 1. integrate data using pocketlab sensors; 2. learn about modifications to this lesson that can help increase equity for all learners; and 3. see examples of formative assessments that can be used to assess student learning.

Lisa Pitts (Oakdale School: Edmond, OK), Sheryl McCarthy (The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori: Cincinnati, OH)

Inspiring Literacy and Science Interest with Data

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 6

STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

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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.

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.

Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, LLC)

Collaborating to Create Field Investigation Kits for Virtual Learning

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 6

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STRAND: Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators

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Learn about the partnership between a school system and a field research station and our modification and collaboration of outdoor field activities to virtual teaching.

How to create budget-friendly virtual field investigation kits for at home learning. Gain knowledge on teaching collaboration virtually (How we separated the instructional duties.) Examine examples of kit materials and come away with ideas on how to produce their own for their teaching situation.

Emily Ford (UVA’s Blandy Experimental Farm: Boyce, VA), Stephanie McLain (Clarke County High School: Berryville, VA)

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