2021 Portland Area Conference

October 28-30, 2021

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Teaching Beyond Insulin: Exploring Environmental Contributions to Type 2

Thursday, October 28 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - D133/134



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GSEO Environmental Survey
GSEO Environmental Survey

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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You’ve used blood glucose regulation to teach homeostasis. Extend those lessons with classroom-ready strategies that address how policy and place contribute to Type 2 Diabetes.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. become familiar with a research-based storyline that disassociates genetics from health outcomes; 2. learn that 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; and 3. learn that environmental factors can both increase and decrease a person’s risk for type 2 diabetes.

SPEAKERS:
Joan Griswold (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Atom Lesiak (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

Getting Students to Read in Science

Thursday, October 28 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - D137/138



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Vocabulary Tiers

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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:
Teachers will: 1. learn how to use articles to make their content more applicable to the lives of 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 (Whittier Elementary: Kansas City, KS)

Phone Physics

Thursday, October 28 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E142/143



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Phone Physics NSTA Portland Presentation

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Learn how to leverage the power of the sensors nearly every student has in today’s physics classroom so that all students get experience in experimental science.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Phone physics increases equitable access to experimental science in the classroom or at home as a flipped lab or distance learning; 2. Phone sensors match or improve upon precision and accuracy of classic physics equipment; and 3. Phone physics has a low floor/high ceiling and is appropriate for all levels.

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

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

Thursday, October 28 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D139/140



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Science Terms
Vocabulary Tiers

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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)

Determining the Expansion Rate of Supernova Remnants Using Web-Based NASA Data and STEM Image Analysis Tools

Thursday, October 28 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D133/134



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Exapnsion Rate of an SNR js9.pptx
NASA Science Olympiad Guide for using js9
JS9 is an astronomical image display and data analysis program that works in a web browser. User guides and activities can also be found on this page.
NASA's Universe of Learning
The Expansion Rate of a Supernova Remnant - a js9 activity (revised).docx
Activity instructions and partial answer key.

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

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Use STEM web-based analysis software and real data to determine the rate of a supernova remnant expansion and its uniformity.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Astronomical observations with the same parameters separated by time can be used to study the dynamics of a supernova remnant; 2. Expansion velocity of a supernova remnant can be used to determine its age and perhaps connect it to historical observations of such; and 3. Js9 web-based software provides students with real opportunities to do astronomical research.

SPEAKERS:
Pamela Perry (Lewiston High School: Lewiston, ME)

A Chemical Inquiry: Let’s Master Equilibrium!

Thursday, October 28 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - E146


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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. llearn ways to overcome student misconceptions about equilibrium; and 3. learn to use appropriate technology to facilitate data collection and analysis for an Inquiry lab.

SPEAKERS:
Gregory Dodd (Retired Chemistry Teacher: Pennsboro, WV)

Anchored Inquiry Learning: Designing Meaningful Instruction to Explore Phenomena

Thursday, October 28 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - A107-109


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Experience how the Anchored Inquiry Learning instructional model creates learning experiences that motivate students to engage with significant, real-world phenomena and problems in biology!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Develop an understanding of the Anchored Inquiry Learning (AIL) instructional model, the research that underpins the approach, and how it integrates elements of the 5E, NGSS Storylines, and other instructional models; 2. Consider the role of instructional coherence and real-world phenomena or design problems as an anchor for multiple cycles of inquiry in effective teaching and learning; and 3. Consider the role of an anchoring phenomenon and culminating task in providing equitable access and motivation for all learners.

SPEAKERS:
Kim Parfitt (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI)

Taste Buds in Your Gut? Exploring Taste, Cell Communication, and Glucose Homeostasis

Thursday, October 28 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - E142/143



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Lesson Resources
Lesson Resources

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Experiment with the “sugar-blocking” tea Gymnema sylvestre and model cellular communication pathways in the tongue and the gut before evaluating possible mechanisms of action.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn: 1. how to model the physiology of sweet taste perception; 2. hHow the systems that detect sugar can be disrupted; and 3. how to evaluate three proposed mechanisms of action.

SPEAKERS:
Atom Lesiak (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Joan Griswold (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

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

Thursday, October 28 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - A107-109


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. Push Black students academically forward without making them feel torn between two language worlds.

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

Literacy Through Book Clubs in the Science Classroom

Thursday, October 28 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D136



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Book Club Presentation
Presentation for Book Clubs in the Secondary Science Classroom

STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

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Learn how to break down standards, incorporate book clubs, and implement workshops to intentionally teach literacy skills that transfer to all aspects of life.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learners will: 1. learn how to intentionally break down the science standards to focus on the literacy skill to teach the science content; 2. practice breaking down their own science standards into literacy activities that can be run in a workshop classroom; and 3. learn how to use book clubs to support literacy through the workshop method within the science classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Katerina Flanders (Lambert High School: Suwanee, GA), Kelli Schuyler (Lambert High School: Suwanee, GA), Desmond Jackson (Lambert High School: Suwanee, GA)

3-D Science in a World of Eight Billion

Thursday, October 28 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D133/134


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Engage in three-dimensional learning with hands-on activities to explore human population, biodiversity, climate change, land and natural resource use, and paths to sustainability.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. learn ways to incorporate 3-D learning strategies into hands-on activities around the NGSS topic of Human Sustainability; 2. come away with ideas and lessons to supplement their coursework in High School Biology and Environmental Science (General and AP) with experiential activities for in-person and virtual classrooms; and 3. be able to identify how the presented hands-on activities meet the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and Science & Engineering Practices; and how the activities can be used to reach all kinds of learners, for an inclusive classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Brennan Brockbank (Portland Public Schools: Portland, CT)

Correlation, Causation, and Island Biogeography

Friday, October 29 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E146



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Correlation, Causation, & Island Biogeography Resources
Shared Google Drive folder containing documents that support this instructional module.

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

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We will use Google Forms and Google Sheets to propose and evaluate hypotheses based on research conducted in Wisconsin's Apostle Islands. Bring your laptop!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Choosing appropriate independent variables is an important science practice; 2. Patterns of data points indicate the strength of correlation between dependent and independent variables; and 3. Strong correlations indicate a greater likelihood that an independent variable has an important influence on a dependent variable.

SPEAKERS:
Charles Collis (Clayton High School: Clayton, MO)

Embedding Literacy Supports in 3-D Biology Units for Equitable Learning

Friday, October 29 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - C123


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Come experience how embedding literacy supports for reading, writing, and academic discourse in three-dimensional, phenomenon-focused biology units promotes science understanding for ALL learners!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Develop an understanding of how embedding literacy supports for reading, writing, and academic discourse in three-dimensional units of instruction creates an equitable learning environment for all students; 2. Consider the role of literacy supports in conjunction with science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to promote students in figuring out key science ideas; and 3. Consider the role of literacy supports in formative and performance assessments that equitably allow students to demonstrate their learning.

SPEAKERS:
Kim Parfitt (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI)

What We Don’t Know CAN Hurt Us: A New Unit on Cancer Inequities

Friday, October 29 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - C123



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Session Slides

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Explore a new unit about cancer inequities, designed by Northwest science educators and the Science Education Partnership at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. critically examine cancer data and explore the question, "Is Cancer an Equity Issue?"; 2. analyze patient case studies; and 3. experience an overview of the other unit lessons.

SPEAKERS:
Amy Lindahl (Multnomah Education Service District: Portland, OR), Renee Agatsuma (Mount Rainier High School: Seattle, WA), Hanako Osuga (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center)

Phenomenon-Based Instruction: Unpacking the 3-D NGSS

Friday, October 29 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - A107-109


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The focus of this presentation is to equip teachers with the pedagogical and technological skills needed to drive three- dimensional NGSS-focused instruction using phenomena.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Help teachers develop and use thought-provoking phenomena to enable students to make connections between the science concept and real-life situations; 2. This session provides participating teachers opportunities to experience lessons in the same manner as students; and 3. Help teachers to use digital platforms for academic dialogue that would spike discontent in the students' understanding of the phenomena, driving them to use science practices to explore their curiosities further.

SPEAKERS:
Chidi Duru (Prince George's County Public Schools: Upper Marlboro, MD)

Experience Kinematics: Using Data to Understand Motion

Friday, October 29 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E146


STRAND: Sharing Authentic Assessment Strategies

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Learn what representations and data your students can use to bridge phenomena and mathematics, and how to assess kinematics understanding, as opposed to rote algebra skills.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Using authentic data from real, open-access journal articles to model motion; 2. Students using multiple representations to shift back and forth from pictures, graphs, and math; and 3. Assessing students' understanding through their performance using real data.

SPEAKERS:
Christopher Moore (University of Nebraska Omaha: Omaha, NE)

Analysis of Supernova Remnants Using X-Ray Spectroscopy with Web-Based NASA Data and STEM Image Analysis Tools

Friday, October 29 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - C123



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A Quick Look at Cassiopeia A
NASA Science Olympiad Guide for using js9
JS9 is an astronomical image display and data analysis program that works in a web browser. User guides and activities can also be found on this page.
NASA's Universe of Learning
Xray Spectroscopy js9 (revised).docx
Activity instructions and partial answer key.
XRay Spectroscopy of SNR js9 (revised).pptx

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

Show Details

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:
Pamela Perry (Lewiston High School: Lewiston, ME)

Using DNA Technology to Exonerate the Innocent

Friday, October 29 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - C123


Show Details

This new framing of a popular forensics lab connects science topics such as DNA technology to mass incarceration by using real cases of wrongful convictions.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. How DNA technology can be used not only to identify criminals but to exonerate the innocent; 2. How DNA technology can be presented in the classroom in a social context that can open discussions about issues like mass incarceration and criminal justice; and 3. How science can be used in service of social justice.

SPEAKERS:
Jeanne Chowning (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center: No City, No State), Hanako Osuga (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center)

Teaching About the Intersections of Biology, Race, and Racism: Strategies and Resources

Friday, October 29 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D137/138


STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

Show Details

Come discover a curriculum for biology educators that explores how racism, the construct of race, the history of science, and genetic variation intersect.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Race is a socio-political construct with deep implications but race is not a good surrogate/proxy for biology; 2. Understanding human genetic variation can disrupt the idea of genetically meaningful “races”; and 3. Using the idea of “race” uncritically in science can reinforce racist ideas (such as the idea that race, rather than racism, underlies health inequities).

SPEAKERS:
Jeanne Chowning (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center: No City, No State), Hanako Osuga (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center)

Blood Glucose Balance: Using an Online Game for Diabetes Education

Friday, October 29 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - C123


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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 fail; 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:
Atom Lesiak (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Joan Griswold (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

Chemistry of Copper: A Two-Part Inquiry

Saturday, October 30 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - D137/138


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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)

Using Societal Challenges as Phenomena in 3-D Units to Develop Student Agency

Saturday, October 30 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - A107-109


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Come experience how leveraging complex culturally relevant societal challenges as phenomena in three-dimensional teaching and learning supports student motivation and development of agency.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Develop an understanding of how complex societal issues can serve as anchoring phenomena and problems in three-dimensional units of instruction to motivate students and develop student agency in adressing these issues; 2. Consider the role of complex societal issues as an anchor for multiple cycles of inquiry in effective teaching and learning; and 3. Consider the role of culuminating tasks and performance assessments that equitably allow students to demonstrate their learning.

SPEAKERS:
Kim Parfitt (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI)

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

Saturday, October 30 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D136



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Ice Core Records NGSS.pdf
NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory
NASA's Universe of Learning STEM Literacy Program

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Let me introduce you to 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.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Students will have a better understanding of the process of constructing knowledge; 2. Students will have to analyze and defend their results; and 3. Sometimes there is no answer key, only possible solutions from constructing and analyzing data from several sources that cross traditional disciplines.

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

Making Science Inquiry Work for Emergent Bilinguals

Saturday, October 30 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - A107-109


STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

Show Details

Learn how the structure of your inquiry activities can produce roadblocks for emergent bilinguals, and how shifts based on student strengths increase engagement and success.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Good science modeling uses words and picture to make meaning. Working through multiple representations of phenomena shares similarities to translanguaging among bilinguals, resulting in a resource as opposed to a deficit approach to learning; 2. Student collaborations centered around representations, as opposed to language, are more inclusive and improve understanding for all students; and 3. Generative frameworks through chunking steps and heuristics allow for organization of understanding and context transfer.

SPEAKERS:
Christopher Moore (University of Nebraska Omaha: Omaha, NE)

Immunotherapy Storyline: How One’s Own Body Can Be Used to Fight Cancer

Saturday, October 30 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D136



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Immunotherapy NSTA Portland 2021 Slides

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We’ll share free lesson resources that explore the immune system’s role in fighting cancer and how gene editing technologies hold the potential for new cures.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Our immune system uses specialized cells to deal with various threats to the body, including pre-cancerous cells; 2. Genetic engineering is a powerful tool with the potential to develop cancer treatments like CAR T-cell therapy, but also holds the potential for misuse; and 3. There are numerous ethical considerations when carrying out clinical trials for cancer therapies.

SPEAKERS:
Regina Wu (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center: Seattle, WA), Jeanne Chowning (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center: No City, No State)

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