2021 National Harbor Area Conference

November 11-13, 2021

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FILTERS APPLIED:9 - 12, Innovating the Future of Education Technology and Science Education, Physical Science

 

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Teach like an Elder and Help Your Students Thrive!

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 8



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Teach Like an Elder Power Point

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Did you realize that elders used inquiry, a multidisciplinary project-based approach, hands-on learning, and innovation? Incorporating these ideas will improve your classroom for ALL students.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. All teachers can adapt their teaching methods to match those of our elders. 2. The sequence and methods that were used by our elders insured that students were active learners. 3. The elders not only had students build a foundation of knowledge, but also they accomplished this by using inquiry, exploring phenomena, implementing a hands-on approach, and concluding with an innovative extension.

SPEAKERS:
Joel Truesdell (Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus: Keaau, HI)

Phone Physics

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 3



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Phone Physics NSTA National Harbor Presentation

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Leverage the power of smartphone sensors in today’s physics classroom so that all students get experience in experimental science. Class-ready materials provided.

TAKEAWAYS:
Phone physics increases equitable access to experimental science in the classroom or at home as a flipped lab or distance learning. Phone sensors match or improve upon precision and accuracy of classic physics equipment. Phone physics has a low floor/high ceiling and is appropriate for all levels.

SPEAKERS:
Michael Tobler (Moreau Catholic High School: Hayward, CA)

NSELA-Sponsored Session: Highlighting Stories of Successful (Formal and Informal Science) Partnerships from National Science Leaders

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake G


STRAND: Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators

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Participants will learn about the successful and varied informal and formal science partnerships developed by members of the NSELA leadership community.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Successful partnerships between formal and informal science institutions increase student and community engagement in STEM education; 2. Success stories include STEM ecosystems; and 3. The NSELA Learning Center provides resources and support for ongoing learning about formal and informal science partnerships.

SPEAKERS:
Andy Weatherhead (National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA): Downingtown, PA)

Pushing Technology Past the User Guide

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 3



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Pushing Technology Past the User Guide Presentation
Reference Sheet Pushing Technology Beyond the User Guide

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Learn how to utilize the technology you’ve come to love in innovative ways not discussed by their accompanying user guide for both instructional and noninstructional purposes.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Technological platforms can be used creatively to do more than what each platform is marketed for 2. Technology is beneficial for both instructional and non-instructional practices 3. Technology is a powerful tool for educators whether students are in person or virtual

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Allessio (Robbinsville High School: Robbinsville, NJ)

Does Black English Stand Between Black Students and Success in Science?

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C


STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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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. Emphasis will be placed 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 (Whittier Elementary: Kansas City, KS)

Modeling Stellar Evolution Using NASA Images, Data, and STEM Analysis Tools

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 8



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Modeling Stellar Evolution Using NASA Tools.pdf
NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory
NASA's Universe of Learning STEM Literacy Program

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

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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:
Knowledge of the process of how stars form and change over time ending in catastrophic events, providing conditions for the formation of planets. Students will understand that all knowledge of celestial events is determined by analyzing the light from these events and provide possibilities – not definitive answers, as the data can be interpreted differently. 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.

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

Thermoset Versus Thermoplastic Polymers

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 5


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Join me for an overview of thermoset versus thermoplastic polymers and hands-on activities to be done in the classroom, including predictive design, calculations, and environmental impact discussion.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Different ways of categorizing polymers; 2. Difficulties with recycling certain polymer materials; and 3. Design and environmental challenges for students.

SPEAKERS:
Scott Spohler (Global Impact STEM Academy: Springfield, OH), Briana Richardson (Washington High School: Washington Court House, OH)

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)

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)

Dog Mode Design Challenge

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 4



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Dog Mode Challenge Presentation

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Keep your pets safe from being left in hot cars by using automatic sensors to design an alarm that could save their lives.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Solve a real-work problem with coding and engineering design, no prior experience needed; 2. Learn about inputs from sensors (temperature) and if-then-else decision logic to control an output (sound or color LED) based on the sensor readings; and 3. Gain exposure to possible STEM careers in automobile design features.

SPEAKERS:
Jessica Kohout (Educational Consultant: Voorhees, NJ), Stacy Thibodeaux (Southside High School: Youngsville, LA)

Climate Science Storylines for a High School Chemistry Class

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 1


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Dr. Michael Wysession, NGSS co-author and geophysics professor, explores creative storylines for integrating up-to-date, research-driven climate science into high school chemistry courses.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Climate-related storylines provide powerful frameworks for students to learn fundamental chemistry core ideas and reinforce understandings of crosscutting concepts and science and engineering practices; 2. The wealth of Earth-orbiting NASA satellite data now available in real time provides us with an unprecedented understanding of the science of climate change and also provides many opportunities for student experiential learning; and 3. The latest advances in climate modeling can allow students to both see the impact that humans are currently having on Earth systems and to build a sense of hope in how future changes in human practices can reverse current impact trends.

SPEAKERS:
Michael Wysession (Washington University in St. Louis: Saint Louis, MO)

Seeing Earth's Magnetic Field from Another Perspective

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C


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Use your smartphone to see geomagnetism through a 3-D immersive experience and explore how planetary magnetic fields are used in space science.

TAKEAWAYS:
Visualize the Earth's magnetic field, including dip angle (inclination) and declination. Describe the shape of a magnetic field around a simple dipole. Explain how magnetic field sensors are used by spacecraft to make conclusions about the nature of planets (including their suitability for life).

SPEAKERS:
Rebecca Vieyra (PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO), Chrystian Vieyra (Vieyra Software: Washington, DC)

Connecting Math and Science Through Technology: Data Analysis Made Easy

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 4



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Connecting Math and Science Through Technology Data Analysis Made Easy

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Increase student engagement in analysis and evaluation of real data. Engage students of different ability levels in mathematical models with measurements not previously accessible in the classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Combine graphing calculators with handheld sensors to maximize class time; 2. Use real data to develop mathematical models; and 3. learn how to test your hypothesis by doing an experiment and analyze your results.

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

Making Transdisciplinary Connections in Chemistry Using the NGSS SEPs and CCCs

Friday, November 12 • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake C



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Reaction of the Week.pdf
Reaction of the Week.pdf

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Participants explore using a "Chemical Reaction of the Week" to target SEPs and CCCs. Related activities require students to connect their thinking to multiple disciplines.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. identify SEPs and CCCs for students to practice and refine and will develop activities related to a chemical reaction that explore those practices; 2. experience the activities from the perspective of a student, responding to prompts, drawing models, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions based on evidence; and 3. make transdisciplinary connections for themselves and their students by exploring various applications of the components of the specified reaction.

SPEAKERS:
Dina Dormer (West Chester Area School District: Exton, PA)

BIOZONE Showcases Their NEW Titles: AP Environmental Science and AP Biology

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake E


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Sponsoring Company: BIOZONE International Ltd.

BIOZONE has published two new exciting titles for the latest CEDs. Listen to the publisher explain their features and get a one-year FREE eBook license.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Discover how the new titles have been structured to follow the latest CEDs; 2. Inquiry, case studies, and data analysis are used to develop enduring understanding of key concepts; and 3. Personal Progress Checks prepare students for the AP exam.

SPEAKERS:
Maureen Rich (BIOZONE International Ltd.: Hamilton, New Zealand)

DCI, CCC, and SEP's, Oh My! Sweet and Salty Investigations with a 3-D Twist!

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 4



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DCI, CCC, and SEPs Oh My! (1).pdf

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Discover how to implement three-dimensional learning into any science curriculum, all while engaging learners to become phenomenal!

TAKEAWAYS:
How to use SEPs to drive student instruction. Molecular level modeling of processes using data to support claim

SPEAKERS:
Stacy Thibodeaux (Southside High School: Youngsville, LA), Jessica Kohout (Educational Consultant: Voorhees, NJ)

Cheap STEM for the Classroom

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 3


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Explore STEM with concrete, metal, and clay. Apply math concepts and pull in lots of real-world examples. Supplies are cheap and students love destructive testing.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Basic properties of materials science categories—metals, ceramics, polymers, composites; 2. Affordable labs exploring these properties and ways to adapt these labs for specific classroom needs; and 3. Real-world applications for these materials and lab concepts, focusing on the iterative design process.

SPEAKERS:
Briana Richardson (Washington High School: Washington Court House, OH), Scott Spohler (Global Impact STEM Academy: Springfield, OH)

The Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience as a Framework for Successful Environmental Literacy Partnerships

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 1


STRAND: Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators

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It takes a village to build and sustain formal and informal environmental educational partnerships. Join the nonprofit ShoreRivers, Maryland's Wicomico County Public Schools, and funder The Chesapeake Bay Trust, as they share how the "Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience Academy" created 15 unique partnerships and curricula that support Next Generation Science Standards and Maryland's Environmental Literacy Standards, and connected students with their communities.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. The Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience provides a curriculum framework that embraces and enhances formal and informal partnerships that support Next Generation Science Standards. 2. Formal and informal educators can collaborate to support Environmental Literacy through local issue investigations that culminate in students doing science while engaging directly with field professionals and community networks while advocating for community solutions. 3. Best practices for informal and formal collaborations and funding opportunities to support systemic and sustainable partnerships.

SPEAKERS:
Suzanne Sullivan (ShoreRivers: Easton, MD), Mairin Corasaniti (Education & Outreach Coordinator: Easton, MD), Hemalatha Bhaskaran (Wicomico County Public Schools: Salisbury, MD)

NSELA-Sponsored Session: How as Science Leaders Are We Supporting an Asset View of Science Learners?

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake I


STRAND: Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students Post-COVID-19

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Participants will learn about how some districts around the country are using an asset approach to post-COVID learning and will collaboratively share ideas with others.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Some districts around the country are focusing on an acceleration rather than a remediation post-COVID approach to learning; 2. An asset approach to learning and learners supports social and emotional well-being; and 3. The NSELA Learning Center provides resources for continued learning about asset versus deficit approaches to learning.

SPEAKERS:
Andy Weatherhead (National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA): Downingtown, PA)

Encouraging Independent Scientific Research

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake H



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Encouraging Independent Scientific Research_NSTA no pics.pptx

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Let's discuss ways to get students excited about independent scientific research.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Attendees will learn ways to incorporate independent research in their classroom. 2. Attendees will learn about the opportunities that are available to students who are involved in independent scientific research. 3. Attendees will review what paperwork and student developed materials are necessary for a middle/high school science fair and where to obtain needed resources.

SPEAKERS:
Emilie Tekely (Dauphin County Technical School: Harrisburg, PA)

Are These Materials Designed for NGSS? EdReports Expansion to High School Reviews

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 3


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EdReports is expanding into high school instructional materials reviews. Learn about the High School Learning and Listening Tour, provide feedback on our current thinking, and hear about opportunities to become a reviewer.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Build an understanding of the challenges educators face in finding quality materials and how EdReports aims to address those challenges; 2. Learn about the expansion into High School science and develop an understanding of the findings from our High School Learning and Listening tour, characteristics of alignment to the NGSS and usability, and discuss smart adoption processes; and 3. Hear about opportunities to engage as an EdReports reviewer in upcoming reviews, which includes NGSS training, an extended learning community, and a paid stipend.

SPEAKERS:
Teresa Eliopoulos (EdReports.org: Alexandria, VA)

Collaborating with Science Leaders to Advance 3-D Science Teaching and Learning

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 1



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Handout Copy of NSTA - Collaborating with Science Leaders Session Presentation (Nov 2021).pdf

STRAND: Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators

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Join us as we share our journey of collaborating with science leaders to recognize and design quality professional learning to advance 3-D science teaching and learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. An understanding of the science leader’s role in putting the pieces of the NRC Framework together for a coherent science program. 2. Ways to strategically plan and prioritize professional learning based on system and individual teacher needs. 3. Ways to approach addressing what teachers need to know and be able to do if students are to achieve our vision for science learning.

SPEAKERS:
Tonya Woolfolk (Houston County Schools: Perry, GA), Patricia Morgan (Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA)

Chemistry of Copper: A Two-Part Inquiry

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 4


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Join this workshop to 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)

Inquiry-Based Mindfulness: Connecting Mindful Breathing to Human Physiology

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake I



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Inquiry-Based Mindfulness

STRAND: Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students Post-COVID-19

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High school biology students use an inquiry-based approach to investigate the impact of five-minute mindful meditation in the classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn: 1. about the statistically significant impact short amounts of mindful meditation have in a classroom setting, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic; 2. about connecting mindfulness to physiological factors, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate; and 3. to recreate this experiment with their own classes and integrate this activity into a biology or life sciences curriculum.

SPEAKERS:
Dana Bunnell-Young (Severn School: Severna Park, MD)

Crosscutting Concepts All Straightened Out!

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake H



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Crosscutting Concepts Slidedeck
This is the Slidedeck including links to resources for the Presentation.

STRAND: Integrating Multiple Learning Experiences and Connecting to Move Forward

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The Crosscutting Concepts will be used to thread Disciplinary Core Ideas together in a meaningful way. This is for intentional integrated science instruction.

TAKEAWAYS:
The Cross Cutting Concepts will be explained and illustrated. Practical examples will be given how to combine seamingly different lessons into novel ways. Comparison strategies will be used in a fun game way.

SPEAKERS:
Susan Allison (Dawson Education Service Cooperative: Arkadelphia, AR), Aaron Buchman (Northeast Arkansas Educational Coop: Walnut Ridge, AR)

Lower the Barriers in Science Education, Not the Bar

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake G


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Discover safe ways to lower the barriers to a fair and equitable science education for student groups who have been excluded or marginalized.

TAKEAWAYS:
- Activities that build a positive student/teacher relationship as well as a positive classroom community - Activity to nurture challenging but achievable student created goal building -Activity to differentiate your current science lessons

SPEAKERS:
Donna Kaiser (Stamford High School: Stamford, CT)

Radio Astronomy in the Physics Classroom: A Daytime Activity!

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson D


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In this hands-on lesson, students will use an inexpensive student-built radio telescope to collect information about the rotation of the galaxy. This information will be used to determine galactic velocity.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Students get to do real astronomy with a telescope they built; 2. Radio astronomy can be done during class time as radio wave detection is not affected by daylight; and 3. Students will learn about the unique nature of galactic rotational behavior.

SPEAKERS:
John Clark (Volusia Online Learning: Port Orange, FL)

Enabling Real-World STEM Learning Through Collaboration with Industry Experts

Saturday, November 13 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 3


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Explore proven methods for developing collaborative relationships between students and professionals to utilize science and engineering practices to address authentic challenges.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Attendees will be given clear examples of impactful collaboration between formal and informal educators and professionals through interactive activities; 2. Through a guided work burst, participants will use a framework to develop their own written products to use with their students to develop collaborative relationships with informal educators and professionals, which can be assessed by a single point rubric for their effectivenessl and 3. Attendees will participate in an open panel discussion with experts and seasoned educators to address challenges and concerns, and how to create learning opportunities.

SPEAKERS:
Lauren Milord (DreamUp, PBC: Washington, DC)

Say What? Getting Students to Learn and Use Scientific Vocabulary Words

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 3



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Science Vocabulary Terms
Tier 1, 2, 3 Words

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Emphasis will be placed on five-minute daily strategies that will get students to become fluent in scientific vocabulary.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Develop students’ critical-thinking skills through the use of scientific vocabulary words; 2. Provide teachers with five-minute daily strategies to strengthen students’ scientific vocabulary usage; and 3. Provide teachers with exercises that will help students recognize the difference between Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary words.

SPEAKERS:
Jonte' Lee (Whittier Elementary: Kansas City, KS)

Beams to Bridges: Graphing Stress-Strain Curves

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 4


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A hands-on beam lab produces graphs critical to understanding beam properties for engineering. We'll focus on making, interpreting, and teaching the graphs in a classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Cheap and effective beam and bridges labs; 2. Graph analysis and real-world applications; and 3. Iterative engineering design to improve results.

SPEAKERS:
Briana Richardson (Washington High School: Washington Court House, OH), Scott Spohler (Global Impact STEM Academy: Springfield, OH)

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