2021 Portland Area Conference

October 28-30, 2021

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FILTERS APPLIED:6 - 8, Hands-On Workshop, Developing More Inclusive Classrooms, Engineering


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Design a Limb

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

Oregon Convention Center - D136

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Build - A - Limb A hands-On Engineering Approach to Teaching Homologous Structures.pptx

STRAND: Sharing Authentic Assessment Strategies

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Teach homologous structures by having students design and build limbs and compare them with other students’ creations.

How to: 1. design a hands-on activity to illustrate homologous structures; 2. design an engineering activity for students to design and build limbs, like arms, wings, and flippers; and 3. use these limbs to begin a discussion about homologous structures and common ancestors.

Michael Rockow (Leslie Middle School: Salem, OR)

ASEE Session: Journey to Mars: Build a Mars Rover Using NASA's Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Curriculum

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

Oregon Convention Center - D139/140

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BEST Rover Activity.pdf
Design a Lunar Buggy Activity
Additional Hands on Activity

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Use the Engineering Design Process to build and test a Mars Rover that will carry equipment and astronauts while learning about current NASA missions.

1. Learn about the Engineering Design Process; 2. Gain in-depth knowledge of NASA's BEST Curriculum; and 3. Attendees will design, build, and test a Mars rover.

Vemitra White (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center: Huntsville, AL), Jamel Alexander (Missile and Space Intelligence Center: Huntsville, AL)

Science At Home: Bridging the Gap

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

Oregon Convention Center - D137/138

STRAND: Integrating Multiple Learning Experiences and Connecting to Move Forward

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Looking for ways to connect what students learn at school with their home learning environment? This session will provide participants with many overarching hands-on science lessons that integrate the science and engineering practices and can easily be completed at home or school. Materials are cheap and easily accessible for parents/teachers.

1. Overarching science concepts at each grade band; 2. Connecting hands-on science activities to at-home learning; and 3. Creating an at-home lessons template.

Curtis Varnell (Guy Fenter Education Service Cooperative: Branch, AR)

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