2021 National Harbor Area Conference

November 11-13, 2021

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FILTERS APPLIED:9 - 12, Hands-On Workshop, Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators, Informal Education


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CSSS-Sponsored Session: Justice-Centered Climate Science Learning

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 5

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Explore climate science and justice intersections in teaching and learning through practical examples and resources for classroom engagement.

Climate science justice Learning activities and resources to build capacity within the educational systems to engage in this much needed work, and specifically to foster inquiry and civic practices for both educators and students. Resources to help educational leaders navigate the implementation of such learning across varied educational systems and community contexts

Deb Morrison (University of Washington: No City, No State), Michael Heinz (New Jersey Dept. of Education: Trenton, NJ)

A STEM Ice Core Investigation That Integrates the Three Dimensions of NGSS

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 5

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Ice Core Records Downloadable Materials
Ice Core Records NGSS.pdf
NASA"s Universe of Learning Program STEM Literacy Program

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

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

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

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

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 4

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

Critical Thinking Coastal land erosion phenomenon ake a complex problem, deconstruct it, and use data to reason a testable answer

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)

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.

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.

Lauren Milord (DreamUp, PBC: Washington, DC)

For the Benefit of the People: Using National Parks as Virtual Classrooms

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C

STRAND: Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators

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Learn how to effectively integrate free science-based resources from public land agencies into engaging and rigorous project-based learning experiences for students of all ages.

- Learn how to access free lesson plans, data sets, multimedia resources, and experts that can help you create authentic projects focused on NGSS-aligned learning goals. - Learn about recent research that shows how a high-quality project-based learning framework provides the best learning outcomes for science students of all ages. - See exemplar projects that illustrate why PBL is a natural fit for learner-centered, experiential, inquiry-based lessons.

James Fester (Hill-Murray School: Maplewood, MN)

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