2021 Portland Area Conference

October 28-30, 2021

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FILTERS APPLIED:9 - 12, Hands-On Workshop, STEM

 

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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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


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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

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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)

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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