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Monday, April 12
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Keynote Presentation: Equity-ology

Growing up in a single parent home on the south side of Chicago, IL, Justin J. Shaifer had little awareness of the potential of a STEM career. His worldview drastically transformed after experiences at Hampton University. Justin graduated with a bachelor's degree in marine and environmental science with the highest departmental GPA, and was also president of Hampton University's student body while receiving scholarships from NASA and NOAA that covered 100% of his tuition and room and board. Now 24 years old, Justin travels the country empowering young students to "embrace their inner nerd" despite their surroundings, and developing culturally responsive STEM curricula for New York City institutions.

Justin is executive director of Fascinate, Inc., an organization created to excite underrepresented students about STEM. He is known for his work on the Magic Cool Bus Project. Past partners of his organization include Microsoft, MIT Media Lab, and the Children’s Aid Society. Justin is studying these programs’ effects as a PhD student at Columbia University.

Speakers

Justin Shaifer (Fascinate, Inc.: New York, NY)

Tuesday, April 13
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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NSTA’s “State of Education” Message

Hear about the new administration’s priorities and plans for supporting science and STEM educators and learn more about education and funding priorities in Congress. Bring your questions, and join us in this discussion about what’s going on in Washington, D.C.

Speakers

Jodi Peterson (: Arlington, VA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
(Please login with your NSTA account to view the materials)

NSTA State of Education Message.pptx

Tuesday, April 13
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speed-Sharing Chats

Speed-sharing chat topics will include:

  • Science experiments gone awry 
  • Funniest teacher jokes
  • Funniest administrator jokes
  • “Worst day ever” experiences that you can now laugh at
  • Funniest teacher sayings 
  • Funniest things you’ve heard students say
  • Weirdest experiment results
  • Best science experiments
  • If you could rename teachers, what would it be?
  • If you could rename science, what would it be?
  • Things you wish you would have known before becoming a science teacher
  • Weird things you’ve done in class
  • Weird things students have done in class
  • Most hilarious things you’ve seen or heard at school
  • Funniest tweets about teaching, teachers, or students you’ve ever seen.

Join in, have fun, and let loose! This event will be one you’ll never forget!

Note: This session involves Breakout Rooms. In order to participate, you must have the latest version of Zoom downloaded to your computer. Before accessing our Zoom platform, please visit Zoom.us/download, click on Download, and then click on Execute file to initialize.

Please note that these chats are available to the first 500 participants.

This event is not being recorded.

Speakers

Tuesday, April 13
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
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Best Practices for Offering Remote Science Activities

Attendees will participate in a hands-on experience as they construct an understanding of the best practices for presenting hands-on activities remotely.

This session is targeted for novice attendees.

Materials needed:

  • scissors
  • several paperclips
  • sheet of scrap paper

Takeaways: 1. Discover tips, techniques, and strategies for the successful facilitation of online activities; 2. Discover new activities appropriate for online delivery, including virtual field trips; and 3. Participate in an online activity to experience (as a student) what works and what doesn't.

Speakers

Michael DiSpezio (Master Educator, Presenter, and Author: North Falmouth, MA)

Wednesday, April 14
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
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Visual Scaffolds That Transform Content Vocabulary Instruction During Remote Instruction

Virtual word walls support academic language acquisition. Three strategies will be presented for use in remote or in hybrid classrooms to strategically target vocabulary.

Takeaways: 1. How to use virtual interactive word walls to support academic language acquisition during remote or hybrid instruction; 2. Learn how to use virtual interactive word walls to highlight connections between science concepts and inquiry-based science activities while connecting scientific concepts and academic vocabulary; and 3. Experience three strategies that may be used, with virtual interactive word walls, to strategically target vocabulary during remote or in hybrid instruction.

Speakers

Julie Jackson (Texas State University: San Marcos, TX)

Thursday, April 15
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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Using Student-Driven Experiences to Build Understanding

Sponsoring Company: Legends of Learning

With the amount of time for science instruction constantly under scrutiny, developing experiences beyond traditional classroom hours is critical. Learn how educators can leverage game-based learning to introduce, review, and deepen student content understanding. Through student-driven learning, Legends of Learning helps educators ensure that not a moment of time is lost.

Takeaways: 1. New ways to engage students through game-based instruction; 2. How student-driven learning resources can maximize instructional time; and 3. Strategies for using game-based learning to introduce, reinforce, and enrich student content experiences.

Speakers

Joselyn Whetzel (Legends of Learning: Washington, DC), Aryah Fradkin (Legends of Learning: Washington, DC), Sean Reidy (Legends of Learning: Washington, DC)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Legends of Learning Virtual NSTA Presentation April 2021
Legends of Learning provides the only truly comprehensive, curriculum-aligned and research backed game-based learning solution. Our cutting-edge, web-based GBL content is aligned to the Louisiana state standards. Our over 2,000 interactive math and science games and simulations and over 100,000 assessment questions cover all K-8 math and science standards, all delivered through an intuitive, user-friendly digital content platform.

Thursday, April 15
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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The Walking Classroom as a STEM Resource

Sponsoring Company: The Walking Classroom

The Walking Classroom is a research-proven program of audio podcasts that students listen to while they walk. Our STEM program includes 60 science podcasts, including a science career series and supplemental resources. Elementary students learn better, retain information longer, and want to learn more about topics after listening and walking.

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. learn about the research-proven benefits of listening to podcasts while walking as experienced by students; 2. find out more about the podcast content provided by The Walking Classroom, which includes Earth science, physical science, life science, and a careers in science series; and 3. get an overview of the additional resources provided that supplement each podcast and include video clips, downloadable worksheets, suggested hands-on activities, virtual field trips, and more!

Speakers

Debra Ives (The Walking Classroom: Chapel Hill, NC)

Thursday, April 15
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
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Keynote Presentation: U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel A. Cardona Answers Your Questions

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel A. Cardona as he shares a special message and answers questions from science teachers.

Speakers

Miguel Cardona (U.S. Secretary of Education: Washington, DC)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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NSTAEngage_Spring21_Thu_4-15-2021-Cardona.pdf
Keynote Presentation: U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel A. Cardona

Thursday, April 15
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
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Cooped Up Kids? Students Explore STEM Indoors and Out

Discover free age-appropriate "Cooped Up Kids" activities that connect kids to the outdoors and exciting science content whether in school, remote, or blended.

Takeaways: 1. Discover free hands-on lessons that are tied to the NGSS and Common Core Standards and discuss how to implement them whether learners are at home or in school; 2. Describe the socio-emotional benefits of place-based outdoor experiences for diverse K–8 students; and 3. Learn how to access a variety of free educational interactives, online multimedia resources, and citizen science projects scaffolded by lessons that are perfect for K–8 settings.

Speakers

Jennifer Fee (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Ithaca, NY)

Thursday, April 15
7:20 PM - 8:05 PM
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Keynote Presentation: Education Through Minecraft

Bestselling author Max Brooks believes in the power of educating through entertainment, whether it’s learning survival skills through zombie fiction or better understanding our own history through graphic novels. What better way to reach students than through mediums they have fun using, such as video games? Join Max as he explains why he thinks the massively popular game Minecraft has the potential to be the greatest teaching tool since Gutenberg’s printing press.

Speakers

Max Brooks (Author: Venice, CA)

Friday, April 16
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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Marketplace Partner Keynote: Integrating Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI) in the STEM Classroom

Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Co.

STEM is not just about integrating science, technology, engineering, and math. Dr. Carol O’Donnell discusses how schools can support STEM students and teachers of diverse backgrounds through curricula, professional development, and leadership development that take an integrated approach to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in K–12 STEM. Participants will learn about several free Smithsonian resources to integrate inclusive design into K–12 STEM curricula, apply PD strategies for teaching English learners and girls in STEM, and diversify the STEM teaching workforce.

Speakers

Carol O'Donnell (Smithsonian Science Education Center: Washington, DC)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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gender_equity_stem_ed_white_paper.pdf
NSTA_DEAI_April2021_FINAL_SENT.pptx
https://landing.carolina.com/stc-resources/hands-on-science-raises-scores-in-science-reading-math
Smithsonian_Teaching_Everyone_Curriculum_White_Paper.pdf
laser-infographic2.pdf

Friday, April 16
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Address Learning Loss in Science with TCI

Sponsoring Company: TCI

Essential to good scientific practice and mitigating learning loss is the ability to communicate an argument effectively. You’ll be mining chocolate chip cookies to see the cause and effect between human activity and Earth Systems. We’ll demonstrate how to integrate language skills while guiding students in developing their science knowledge.

Takeaways: 1. Mitigate learning loss by integrating literacy skills in science investigations; 2. Learn to integrate literacy skills into elementary science classrooms; and 3. Leave with practical real-world tips that can be immediately incorporated into the classroom.

Speakers

Dawn Smith (TCI: Murray, KY), Kelsey Moore (TCI: Mountain View, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Vocabulary Development Strategies
Literacy in Science
Bring Science Alive! Speaking and Listening Toolkit
Reading Toolkit

Friday, April 16
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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Marketplace Partner Keynote: Planning for a Responsive Relaunch

Sponsoring Company: Amplify

What have we learned during the past year about what we most value about teaching and learning? Where does science fit in a responsive relaunch? Join leaders from UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science as we reflect on these questions and begin to explore how to capitalize on a phenomenon-based approach to create a culture that values student voice and fosters curiosity and engagement.

Speakers

Rebecca Abbott (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Planning for a Responsive Relaunch - NSTA April 2021.pdf
Slides: Planning for a Responsive Relaunch
Capitalizing on Science for a Responsive Relaunch
Handout (use this one)

Saturday, April 17
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
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Designing Culturally Responsive Makerspace Pop-Up Activities

Discover research-based approaches on how to build a strong makerspace community that taps into foundational scientific literacy skills. Participate in a makerspace project-based literacy challenge.

Takeaways: 1. Improve culturally responsive teaching in an informal makerspace environment through the development of makerspace pop-up activities and training approaches following a makerspace project-based literacy process; 2. Increase scientific literacy achievement through informal literacy hands-on makerspace pop-up activities focused on STEM real-world activities; and 3. Describe opportunities and hands-on mobile approaches to build capacity of existing informal makerspace learning of remote communities, diverse learners, and STEM professionals serving underrepresented minority populations.

Speakers

Jennifer Miller (Sul Ross State University: Alpine, TX), Thomas Tomas (Little Singer Community School: Winslow, AZ)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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CRTMakerspace_April17.pdf
Designing Culturally Responsive Makerspace Pop-Up Activities.pdf

Saturday, April 17
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
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Phenomena to Scenario: Intentionally Moving from Inquiry to STEM Application

Engage in this interactive session to find out how the idea of anchoring to a phenomena to begin a STEM unit lays out a plan for helping students to see how science impacts their community.

Takeaways: 1. Understand why the scenario helps students connect the phenomena to their own community/ global issues; 2. Show how to move from the unit phenomena introduction to the crafting the storyline for the student learning; and 3. Teachers will have a chance to practice developing their own scenario based on a given phenomena.

Speakers

Jo Anne Vasquez (Rocks to Rainbows, LLC: Gilbert, AZ), Michael Comer (Savvas Learning Co.: Paramus, NJ)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Phenomena to Scenario Planning Form_04.2021.pdf
Vasquez.Comer_WHERE Model Template_NSTA Engage Spring21 .pdf

Saturday, April 17
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
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Keynote Presentation: Engaging Students by Integrating Culturally Relevant Instruction

Alejandro understands that students arrive each day with an abundance of cultural wealth. He will share how establishing authentic relationships with his students and strategically integrating culturally relevant instruction has increased student motivation, morale, and engagement in his class. He will also provide insight to some of the challenges that our students from underrepresented populations face, and how providing his students access to a variety of people, programs, resources, and experiential learning opportunities has been critical to his students’ success.

Speakers

Alejandro Diasgranados (Aiton Elementary School: Washington, DC)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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keynote slides

Monday, April 19
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Keynote Presentation: Environmental and Climate Justice Education—From Grass Roots to the Classroom

In this session participants will get an overview of how environmental and climate justice have been introduced to classrooms through partnerships, expos, and educational programming. Participants will also get an overview of key terms, focus areas, and resources for learning more about environmental and climate justice through a local lens.

Speakers

Taylor Morton (WE ACT for Environmental Justice: New York, NY)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Environmental and Climate Justice Education slides

Tuesday, April 20
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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NSTA’s “State of Education” Message

Hear about the new administration’s priorities and plans for supporting science and STEM educators and learn more about education and funding priorities in Congress. Bring your questions, and join us in this discussion about what’s going on in Washington, D.C.

Speakers

Jodi Peterson (: Arlington, VA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
(Please login with your NSTA account to view the materials)

NSTA State of Education Message.pptx

Tuesday, April 20
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speed-Sharing Chats

Speed-sharing chat topics will include:

  • Science experiments gone awry 
  • Funniest teacher jokes
  • Funniest administrator jokes
  • “Worst day ever” experiences that you can now laugh at
  • Funniest teacher sayings 
  • Funniest things you’ve heard students say
  • Weirdest experiment results
  • Best science experiments
  • If you could rename teachers, what would it be?
  • If you could rename science, what would it be?
  • Things you wish you would have known before becoming a science teacher
  • Weird things you’ve done in class
  • Weird things students have done in class
  • Most hilarious things you’ve seen or heard at school
  • Funniest tweets about teaching, teachers, or students you’ve ever seen.

Join in, have fun, and let loose! This event will be one you’ll never forget!

Note: This session involves Breakout Rooms. In order to participate, you must have the latest version of Zoom downloaded to your computer. Before accessing our Zoom platform, please visit Zoom.us/download, click on Download, and then click on Execute file to initialize.

Please note that these chats are available to the first 500 participants.

This event is not being recorded.

Speakers

Tuesday, April 20
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
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SEL During COVID-19: How Can People Help End Pandemics?

Experience a contact tracing activity and explore how a storyline unit supports SEL during the pandemic while emphasizing health equity. Print http://bit.ly/MSContactTracing ahead of time.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn how discussions of a pandemic can be attentive to students’ social-emotional needs; 2. consider how COVID-19-focused learning can and should provoke students' thinking about how their actions affect others and can help end pandemics; and 3. experience a contact-tracing activity that supports students’ thinking about issues of trust in public health.

Speakers

Dan Voss (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL), Dawn Novak (Science Educator: Grayslake, IL)

Tuesday, April 20
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
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Earth Day: Data Stories

My NASA Data shares scientifically interesting stories and other resources that can be implemented for Earth Day.

Click here for a list of materials needed and activity instructions.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. gain access to data stories that can be used on Earth Day; 2. learn of interactive models that incorporate NASA Earth data; and 3. walk away with access to NASA resources for their Earth science classrooms that can be linked directly to their learning management systems.

Speakers

Angela Rizzi (NASA Langley Research Center/ Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI): Hampton, VA), Elizabeth Joyner (NASA Langley Research Center: Hampton, VA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Handout
Teacher Survey

Tuesday, April 20
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
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Best Practices for Offering Remote Science Activities

Attendees will participate in a hands-on experience as they construct an understanding of the best practices for presenting hands-on activities remotely.

This session is targeted for novice attendees.

Materials needed:

  • scissors
  • several paperclips
  • sheet of scrap paper

Takeaways: 1. Discover tips, techniques, and strategies for the successful facilitation of online activities; 2. Discover new activities appropriate for online delivery, including virtual field trips; and 3. Participate in an online activity to experience (as a student) what works and what doesn't.

Speakers

Michael DiSpezio (Master Educator, Presenter, and Author: North Falmouth, MA)

Wednesday, April 21
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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Using SEL to Build Student Self-Efficacy and Confidence with BrainPOP Science

Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP

Learn how to build on the core concepts of WISE interventions to integrate social-emotional learning competencies into science teaching and learning with the new BrainPOP Science.

Takeaways: Learn how to: 1. reduce ambiguity for students to build self-efficacy and confidence in science; 2. provide immediate and precise feedback for students through formative assessments incorporated throughout the lesson; and 3. incorporate reflection questions at the end of each science lesson, and pause points throughout the lesson to promote meaning-making.

Speakers

Maneeza Dawood (BrainPOP: New York, NY)

Wednesday, April 21
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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Reinforcing Middle School Physical Science Concepts with Computational Problem-Solving Practices

Sponsoring Company: PASCO Scientific

How can you infuse computational problem solving into your science lessons? In this session, we will work through the process to incorporate data collected from active physical science explorations into coding challenges.

Takeaways: 1. Reinforcing forces and motion concepts through computational problem solving; 2. Authentic application of mathematical practices; and 3. Utilizing data in programming applications.

Speakers

Heidi Brennan (PASCO Scientific: Roseville, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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https://bit.ly/PASCO-NSTA-2021

Wednesday, April 21
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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Integrative Sustainability Education

Sponsoring Company: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

In this workshop, participants will discuss how sustainability can be an integrative thread throughout STEM topics, such as climate change and environmental science. Participants will identify strategies for integrating sustainability into their existing curricula and will define sustainability in terms of systems thinking and future orientation. This workshop will be led by faculty and staff from the University of Wisconsin-Steven Point’s Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability Program.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. discuss how sustainability can be an integrative thread throughout STEM topics; 2. be able to identify strategies for integrating sustainability into their existing curricula; and 3. be able to define sustainability in terms of systems thinking and future orientation (e.g., beyond reduce, reuse, recycle).

Speakers

Elizabeth Potter-Nelson (MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative: Cambridge, MA), Erin Redman (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Stevens Point, WI), Rachael Rost (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Stevens Point, WI)

Wednesday, April 21
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
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Rock Their Worlds: Teaching Earth Science Using Online Simulations

Sponsoring Company: Simulation Curriculum Corp.

Simulation Curriculum is a pioneer in developing online simulation-based curricula to help enhance students’ understanding of Earth science topics as diverse as climate change, plate tectonics, volcanism, Earth materials, and geological processes on Earth’s surface. NGSS-focused lessons engage students with interactive simulations and thought-provoking exercises. Designed for online learning and compatible with iPads, Android tablets, PCs, Macs, and Chromebooks. Free trial access provided!

Takeaways: 1. Online science simulations are effective tools to compliment your instruction; 2. Become familiar with Layered Earth as a resource for teaching Earth science; and 3. Learn how to integrate Earth science and literacy.

Speakers

Martin Gabber (Retired Educator: Toronto, ON)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Layered Earth Access Code Information
If you wish to follow along with the presenter during this workshop, this PDF file contains details on how to access a free trial of the Layered Earth web-based software.

Wednesday, April 21
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
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Master Data Analysis

Sponsoring Company: Estes Industries

Learn how model rocketry altitude tracking is a great way to get students comfortable with collecting, graphing, and analyzing data. Win a Mini AltiTrak set for your classroom!

Takeaways: 1. Tips to incorporate graphing into a lesson; 2. Information on data analysis activities for students; and 3. How to use the Estes Mini AltiTrak as a technology tool for data collection.

Speakers

Kathy Biernat (Educational Consultant: Franklin, WI), Nicole Bayeur (Estes Industries: , United States)

Wednesday, April 21
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
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WhiteBox Learning: The E in STEM  

Sponsoring Company: Flinn Scientific, Inc.

This workshop will demonstrate an authentic engineering practice so compelling that science and engineering students create an average of 62 virtual design iterations of balsa wood bridges, gliders, mousetrap cars, wind turbines, drones, and many others before (optionally) building a physical model of their optimized design.

Takeaways: 1. Time and money (nearly) prohibits science and engineering classrooms from presenting an authentic engineering practice; 2. WhiteBox Learning provides an authentic experience by utilizing powerful web-based tools with roots in industry that leverage gamification for motivation; and 3. It is possible to leverage familiar projects like balsa wood bridges, balsa wood gliders, mousetrap cars, and others to teach engineering in an authentic way. This is great news because the familiarity of these projects makes it easier for teachers to take on engineering.

Speakers

Tom Robertson (WhiteBox Learning: Louisville, KY)

Wednesday, April 21
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Save a Nickel and Learn to Trickle!

Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

Learn how to create a project-based camp or classroom lesson that enable students to apply concepts, such as photosynthesis and the water cycle, to design a smart irrigation system. Inspired by real-world events, students are motivated to apply problem-solving skills and learn some basic programming to come up with innovative solutions to using water more efficiently.

Takeaways: 1. Developing models to better understand a process; 2. Constructing explanations and designing solutions; and 3. Introducing students to coding to solve a science problem with an engineering solution.

Speakers

Jessica Kohout (Howard County Conservancy: Woodstock, MD)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Smart Irrigation System for TI-Nspire CX
Students are challenged to use science and technology to design and build a system that utilizes a limited amount of water in a “smart” way to grow crops.

Wednesday, April 21
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Inquiry-Based STEM, Featuring the PocketLab

Sponsoring Company: Estes Industries

Give your students the opportunity to nurture their inquisitive nature with our Does Mass Matter? lesson plan. Learn more about how Estes is working with cool educational companies and industry professionals to provide you with hands-on, real-world learning experiences for your classroom. All participants will be entered to win our Green Eggs™ Starter Kit!

Takeaways: 1. Improve inquiry-based learning techniques; 2. Foster students' inquisitive nature with the PocketLab; and 3. Incorporate all four elements of STEM with the Does Mass Matter? lesson plan.

Speakers

David Bakker (PocketLab: San Jose, CA), Kathy Biernat (Educational Consultant: Franklin, WI), Nicole Bayeur (Estes Industries: , United States)

Wednesday, April 21
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Engage Students with TCI Engineering Challenges Anytime, Anywhere

Sponsoring Company: TCI

Designed to be engaging no matter where learning takes place, TCI’s Engineering Challenges get students thinking and acting like real-world engineers, but most importantly, excited about science. Discover the power of the TCI approach and get practical real-world tips for your classroom.

Takeaways: 1. Explore TCI’s unique approach to engineering; 2. Learn to engage students anytime and anywhere with engineering challenges; and 3. Leave with practical real-world tips that can be immediately incorporated into the classroom.

Speakers

Brian Thomas (TCI: Mountain View, CA), Deanna Morrow (TCI: Mountain View, CA)

Wednesday, April 21
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Tapping into the Phenomena of Drinking Water

Sponsoring Company: LaMotte Co.

Water is the single most valuable resource essential for life on Earth, yet is subject to increasing scarcity, pollutants, and overuse. The Tapwater Tour curriculum makes the real-world connection between the phenomena explored in the lesson and actual hands-on laboratory activities that students experience while revealing the quality of their own tap water. Group discussions, activities, and analysis of class data provide opportunities for teamwork, collaboration, and reflection.

Takeaways: 1. Simple hands-on methods that students can easily and safely perform in the classroom, or as teacher demonstrations for distance learning, will be presented; 2. Examples of phenomena to engage students in water quality testing will be given; and 3. Ideas for adapting lessons to suit student audience/grade levels/abilities will be shared.

Speakers

Margaret Hill (LaMotte Co.: , United States)

Wednesday, April 21
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: Scientific Explanations to Increase Student Voice

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) is a way for students to explain observed phenomena in a scientific way. This structured approach allows students to use observations and data from an investigation. Students use critical reasoning to connect the claim and evidence together. CER is an acclaimed and highly successful instructional strategy that is changing how students understand concepts and write explanations for phenomena.

Takeaways: Teachers will explore how to: 1. encourage student curiosity and engagement in authentic science and engineering practices; 2. engage students in deeper skills of inquiry; and 3. empower students to lead discussions about scientific phenomena, based on logical protocol for using evidence to make a claim.

Speakers

Kristen Wheat (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, MS), Michele Cozza (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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CER_Anchor_Chart.pdf
NSTA_2021_Sessions_Flyer_0412.pdf
All STEMscopes sessions at NSTA Spring 2021
Summer_STEM_Enrichment_brochure.pdf
Summer enrichment options
Three_Tier_CER_Scaffold.pdf
CER_Peer_Evaluation.pdf
ALI_All_Product_Overview_2021.pdf
All STEMscopes products and services
Cozza-Wheat-CER-STEMscopes-NSTA-2021-Apr21.pdf
Presentation slides from session, Cozza and Wheat, STEMscopes
ClaimEvidenceBoxes.pdf
CER.pdf

Wednesday, April 21
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Virtual Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour

Sponsoring Company: Amazon Future Engineer

Give your students real-world computer science and career exposure through Amazon Future Engineer's new live, virtual, and interactive Fulfilment Center Tours! From our online store to doorstep, students will discover how computer science, state-of-the-art engineering, and incredible people deliver customer orders at Amazon.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: how Amazon uses computer science, engineering, and amazing people to deliver customer orders around the globe; 2. how algorithms, sensors, cloud computing, machine learning, databases, and more all help make Amazon possible; and 3. what it's like to be an engineer at Amazon.

Speakers

Trinidad Cisneros (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA), Tony Wallin (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA), Hilah Barbot (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA)

Wednesday, April 21
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Adding NOAA's SOS Explorer to Your Data Visualization Education Toolbox

Sponsoring Company: NOAA Office of Education

Modern society is awash with data that tell complex stories in the language of mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Most humans are intensely visual and find it difficult to find meaning in just numbers. NOAA's answer—SOS Explorer (SOSx), now available as a FREE APP on your tablet or smartphone!

Takeaways: 1. Interpreting data through visualizations; 2. Using mobile device apps in teaching; and 3. Resources available from NOAA.

Speakers

Beth Russell (NOAA's Global Systems Laboratory: Boulder, CO), Hilary Peddicord (NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory: Lyons, CO), Stephen Zepecki (NOAA Office of Education: Silver Spring, MD)

Wednesday, April 21
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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NMLSTA-Sponsored Session: Meet Me in the Middle Virtual Share-a-Thon, Session 1

Join us for a variety of short, modified Pecha Kucha–style presentations, after which the presenters will be available for questions and further discussion.

The presentations included in this session are:

EarthKAM: Have Your Students Take Photos from ISS
Presenter: David Curry

The Post-COVID Dissection Lab
Presenters: Nicole Green and Bailee Henderson

Teaching Physics on the Cheap
Presenter: Shannon Hudson

Shape of Life: Virtually Teaching The Greatest Story Ever Told—Evolution of the Animal Kingdom on Planet Earth
Presenter: Denise Ryan

NMLSTA Award Opportunities
Presenter: Alison Betz Seymour

Parent/Family Involvement in Science: Why It's Important and How to Make It Work
Presenter: Jessica VanValkenburg

Teaching the Engineering Design Process Through Urban Gardening
Presenters: Elizabeth Weissman and Rebecca Somogyi

Moderator: Mary Lou Lipscomb

Note: This session involves Breakout Rooms. In order to participate, you must have the latest version of Zoom downloaded to your computer. Before accessing our Zoom platform, please visit Zoom.us/download, click on Download, and then click on Execute file to initialize.

Takeaways: 1. Discover a variety lessons, units, professional development opportunities, and resources for hybrid or virtual instruction; 2. Learn ways to engage middle level students in exciting inquiry learning; and 3. Become aware of ways to involve parents and/or community in science.

Speakers

Denise Ryan (Shape of Life: Capitola, CA), David Curry (Newtown Middle School: Newtown, PA), Nicole Green (Animalearn: Jenkintown, PA), Bailee Henderson (Animalearn: , United States), Shannon Hudson (Crawfordsville Middle School: Crawfordsville, IN), Alison Betz Seymour (Science Educator and Communicator: Scottsdale, AZ), Jessica VanValkenburgh (Columbus State University: Columbus, GA), Elizabeth Weissman (The Ramaz School: New York, NY)

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Link to additional EarthKAM Resources
Useful documents to use when getting started with NASA's EarthKAM
EarthKAM User Guide
Everything you need to know so that you can have your students remotely control a camera on the International Space Station.

Wednesday, April 21
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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Integrating Science and Literacy in Middle and High School Classrooms with Argument-Driven Inquiry

Sponsoring Company: NSTA Press

Learn about Argument-Driven Inquiry and how it can help students engage in real-world science while using literacy-based materials in the service of sensemaking.

Takeaways: In this session, participants will: 1. how to use this instructional model, or way of teaching, to give students an opportunity to learn how to use the core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and practices of science to make sense of natural phenomena; 2. how to give students an opportunity to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking in science; and 3. ways to support students as they engage in real-world science while using literacy-based materials in the service of sensemaking.

Speakers

Victor Sampson (The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, TX)

Wednesday, April 21
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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NMLSTA-Sponsored Session: Inspired by Germany—Understanding Global Climate Change to Take Local Action

Explore global climate change data and human impacts using the Bremerhaven Klimahaus as a model to engage students in asking questions and taking local action.

Takeaways: 1. Climate change impacts vary by location and disproportionately affect disadvantaged populations; 2. Individual actions have impacts on multiple scales from local to global; and 3. Empathetic, scientifically literate youth working in partnership with community members can be agents of change.

Speakers

Loris Chen (Science Education Consultant: Fair Lawn, NJ)

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2021 Climate Passport.pdf
https://sites.google.com/view/exploring-global-climates/home
Website link update.

Wednesday, April 21
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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Examining Nature of Science and Standards in a Post-COVID World

Using COVID data and multimedia sources, teachers can elevate students’ understandings of science as a human endeavor, and explore diverse contributions and other nature of science themes.

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. acquire multiple classroom resources for COVID data, updates, and multimedia; 2. examine connections among pandemic examples and grade level nature of science (NOS) themes in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS); and 3. explore opportunities to enhance science lessons with key NGSS NOS themes such as science as a human endeavor, diverse contributions and cultures, using a variety of methods, and knowledge open to revision in light of new evidence.

Speakers

Danny Bergman (Wichita State University: Wichita, KS)

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NGSS Appendix H - Nature of Science (NOS)
Includes the "NOS Matrix" from NGSS
Additional resource for teaching Nature of Science with superhero movies
Bergman, D.J. (2019). The “Marvel”-ous nature of science: Using superhero movies to teach methods and values in science. The Science Teacher, 86(9), 20-25.
PowerPoint Slideshow - NOS, NGSS, COVID
Slideshow featured with links to articles, websites, NGSS, and additional resources for examining Nature of Science (NOS) themes and standards in context of COVID-19 news and resources.

Wednesday, April 21
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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