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Supporting Educator Understanding of the NGSS
Three Dimensions of Learning While Engaging Elementary Students in Engineering
Design and Design Thinking
Learn to access hundreds of free hands-on engineering
design activities that exemplify the interconnected three-dimensional elements
of K–5 science learning.
For this beginner-level
hands-on activity, each participant will need:
- 4–6 Lifesaver® mints
- 4–6 plastic straws (with diameters smaller than the
Lifesaver® mint’s hole diameter)
- 2–4 popsicle sticks
- 1–2 index cards (or thin cardboard or poster board
- tape (duct or masking)
- ramp (made from sturdy poster board or rigid
- meter stick
- 10–30 pennies
Takeaways: Participants will: 1. engage in a hands-on NGSS engineering design–aligned activity for elementary students from the FREE TeachEngineering digital library; 2. experience the integration of design and design thinking through 3-D learning while exploring a fun way to ignite student creativity; and 3. experience the interconnectivity of 3-D learning while strengthening their own ability to implement 3-D teaching and learning practices in their classrooms.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and
Science Teaching: Recognizing Quality Teaching in STEM
Sponsoring Company: PAEMST
Come learn about the highest recognition for STEM
educators in the United States. We will discuss eligibility criteria,
nomination, application, and review process for the awards. Awardees receive a
certificate; a $10,000 award; a trip to Washington, DC, for a recognition event;
and access to over 5,100 award-winning teachers.
Takeaways: 1. How you can win $10,000; 2. How you can apply for this prestigious award from the U.S. Government; and 3. The benefits of applying for this award.
Integrating Hands-On STEM and Literacy Through Picture
Five STEM authors provide hand-on activities and ideas for using picture books
to support both literacy and science in the classroom and via distance
Takeaways: 1. An understanding of how to incorporate STEM activities into your literacy routines; 2. Full lesson plans for classroom and at-home activities that can be used with each of our books; and 3. A list of STEM book titles to support literacy and science learning in the classroom.
Presenter Materials for this Session:
Effective Questioning Strategies to Engage Students in
Collaborate and share tools that can be used either in
person or in a distance-learning environment. Discover how you can use these
tools in the science classroom, especially with STEM projects and
Takeaways: 1. Collaborate and share tools that can be used either in person or in a distance-learning environment; 2.
Discover how you can use these tools in the science classroom, especially with STEM projects and competitions; and 3. Engage with educators that are interested in improving science literacy with K-12 students via interactive engagement strategies for students.
Fueling Success with Students—Win Up to
Do you impact your school and community with STEM? If
you teach K–12, come learn how to apply to win one of eight Shell-supported
Takeaways: 1. Learn how to apply for a Shell-sponsored award; 2. begin your application or nomination of a Shell-sponsored program and receive a prize; and 3. collaborate with past winners and judges to learn how to strengthen your application.
Presenter Materials for this Session:
ASTC-Sponsored Session: Inspiring the Next Generation of
Women in STEM
Do you care about inspiring girls to pursue STEM
careers? Then join us to learn about the IF/THEN Collection designed to help
ensure equitable gender representation in STEM! The IF/THEN Collection is the
world’s largest FREE library of images, videos, and other content portraying
women in STEM.
Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn about the background and purpose of the IF/THEN Collection; 2. learn how to use the IF/THEN Collection to support STEM learning programs; and 3. get hands-on experience utilizing assets from the IF/THEN Collection.
Urban Science Educator Discussion and
Educators share challenges and strategies to enhance
STEM learning in the urban environment. A variety of real-world issues and their
successful solutions will be shared.
Takeaways: 1. Engage with educators who have led their school systems to meet various challenges; 2. Learn from successful programs; and 3. Discuss relevant issues related to urban science educators.