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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, April 13
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
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Using Picture Books to Make “Text to Investigation” Connections in Science

Literacy has used “text to” connections to help students make authentic connections. Integrating picture books helps expand text to investigation connections in the science classroom.

This session is targeted for novice/intermediate attendees.

Materials needed:

  • Children's book (related to science) of your choice
  • shallow plastic tub with water (similar to plastic shoeboxes)
  • variety of different objects that can be placed in water—some that sink and some that float
  • tin foil
  • common objects for weight to be used in tin foil boat such as pennies, marbles, similar sized legos, etc.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. explore how to expand a common literacy strategy of “text to” connections when using picture books in the elementary science classroom; 2. engage in investigations that model the use of “text to” connections that help students connect their own authentic experiences and help students understand and make sense; and 3. consider criteria for the selection of books, identification of phenomena, and how the selection of investigations can be a powerful experience for students.

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Tuesday, April 13
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
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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 scraps)
  • tape (duct or masking)
  • scissors
  • paper
  • pencil
  • ramp (made from sturdy poster board or rigid cardboard)
  • 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.

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Wednesday, April 14
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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Using Literacy Elements as a Cross-Curricular Bridge to Strengthen Science Teaching

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes

Literacy strategies, such as analyzing, discussing, and summarizing, can be utilized while reading science-based articles, authentic science research, journals, and textbooks. The use of these strategies provides a cross-curricular bridge that not only increases understanding but also increases a student's ability to think critically. Our professionally trained STEM coaches know what it takes to effectively integrate literacy and writing into the science content. Using a constructivist approach, participants will experience hands-on learning that will give them a greater understanding of literacy in science.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. work in a collaborative group to understand the importance of a constructivist approach; 2. understand how constructivist strategies provide a cross-curricular bridge that not only increases understanding but also increases a student's ability to think critically; and 3. work on an interactive activity to know what it takes to integrate literacy into the science content.

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Wednesday, April 14
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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Investigative Phenomena: An Equitable Approach

Sponsoring Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Join Global Educator and Into Science author Michael DiSpezio for an engaging and motivating session on the tenets of an equitable approach to phenomena-based learning. Profiling an assortment of investigation phenomena, you'll discover how these process interactions are presented using everyday and inexpensive materials. Driven by experiences common to a diverse student population, the approach levels the often more exclusive playing field of traditional experimentation. Plus, it's fun! So, whether you are teaching face-to-face, hybrid, or remotely, this informative and practical session offers ideas for immediate implementation and success.

Takeaways: 1. Tenets of an equitable approach to phenomena-based learning; 2. Discover how the process interactions are presented using everyday and inexpensive materials; and 3. Approaches that level the often more exclusive playing field of traditional experimentation.

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Wednesday, April 14
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
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Always Time for Science in Early Grades with Streaming/Literacy Connections

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes

With the increased focus on accountability for science, we can offer a play- and literacy-based program for young learners. This hands-on science program supports child development and socio-development in a meaningful way. There is always time for science!

Takeaways: Science: 1. provides real-life applications for math and language arts; 2. develops problem-solving and critical-thinking skills; and 3. fosters curiosity and creativity.

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NSTA-Gunner-Stroup-STEMscopes-Apr14.pdf
Slides from presentation - Always Time for Science

Wednesday, April 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 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.

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NSTA-STEMscopes-Arnette-Green-CER.pdf
Presentation slides from the session - CER

Wednesday, April 14
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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NSTA Press Session: Integrating STEM and Literacy with Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons

The authors of the Picture-Perfect STEM series will share how  picture books can make STEM come alive for your students!

Takeaways: 1. Strategies for integrating STEM and literacy in K–5; 2. Suggested picture books that integrate STEM and literacy; and 3. A STEM lesson you can use right away.

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Wednesday, April 14
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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Elementary Extravaganza Presented by Members of the NAEYC Early Childhood Science Interest Forum

The Elementary Extravaganza has been a very popular mainstay of the NSTA national conferences for eight years. This year it includes a rapid-fire series of presentations that provide preK–6 teachers with opportunities to impact their science teaching and learning. Each session will focus on specific topics that relate to the needs of preschool and elementary teachers.

After an energy-filled series of six presentations, a question and answer session will be held with presenters to provide time to discuss ideas. Six presenters in each room will provide ideas using a modified Pecha Kucha strategy.

The presenters are leaders in elementary science education and award-winning teachers. This session's presenters are members of the NAEYC Early Childhood Science Interest Forum. Three additional Elementary Extravaganza sessions will be scheduled throughout Elementary Week.

The presentations included in this session are:

Sea Turtle Exploration
Presenter: Anne Lowry

Spring into Science: Capillary Action Flowers
Presenter: Janna Doherty

Animal Architects
Presenter: Julie Travaglini

Make Way Raceway: Ramps and Balls
Presenter: Juelie Perry

Moderator: Julie Travaglini

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.

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Wednesday, April 14
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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Integrating Science and Literacy with FoodPrints Curriculum

Experience the interdisciplinary approach of the FoodPrints Curriculum with a Science and ELA focus to teach nine major garden and food education themes.

Takeaways: 1. Engage in three different lessons (Edible Plant Parts, Seed Dispersal, and the Garden Ecosystem) for grades 1–3 that can be used in the classroom, and adapted for virtual instruction using literacy-based approaches aligned to Common Core ELA and hands-on science investigations aligned to NGSS; 2. Learn methods for teaching vocabulary in the garden, using visual literacy as a tool for teaching science content, addressing speaking and listening standards, using creative approaches to early writing, and using read alouds to support instruction; and 3. Explore the FoodPrints Curriculum’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching elementary science lessons with garden and food education themes and gain free access to our lessons and resources for preK–5.

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Wednesday, April 14
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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Integrating Inquiry and Literacy in the Elementary Science Classroom

Investigate using inquiry-based learning and the SEPs to deepen students’ understanding of both science concepts and literacy strategies remotely or in the classroom.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. l eave with a toolkit of hands-on, inquiry science investigations inspired and enhanced by literature; 2. l earn about distance-learning tools that support integrating the Science and Engineering Practices with literacy strategies to engage students in real-world science; and 3. identify strategies and resources for using books, productive talk, and science writing to integrate science, literacy, and discussion in ways that foster critical thinking, academic language, and meaning making.

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Wednesday, April 14
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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Elementary NSTA Lessons Plans: Science Instruction for ALL, Part 1

Join us to experience an elementary NSTA lesson plan containing the assets that contemporary research shows are needed to support ALL students, particularly those from underserved communities and those traditionally marginalized in science classrooms. Reflect on the teacher guidance provided that empowers students, targets current standards, and creates a classroom community of learners.

Takeaways: 1. Gain strategies designed to shift instruction to create engagement and scientific literacy for ALL students that leverage the assets students bring to the table; 2. Explore a high-quality NSTA lesson plan; and 3. Understand what sensemaking is and how to create opportunities for sensemaking.

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Wednesday, April 14
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
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Elementary NSTA Lessons Plans: Science Instruction for ALL, Part 2

Join us to experience an elementary NSTA lesson plan containing the assets that contemporary research shows are needed to support ALL students, particularly those from underserved communities and those traditionally marginalized in science classrooms. Reflect on the teacher guidance provided that empowers students, targets current standards, and creates a classroom community of learners.

Takeaways: 1. Gain strategies designed to shift instruction to create engagement and scientific literacy for ALL students that leverage the assets students bring to the table; 2. Explore a high-quality NSTA lesson plan; and 3. Understand what sensemaking is and how to create opportunities for sensemaking.

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Wednesday, April 14
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
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Elementary Extravaganza Presented by the NSTA Committee on Preschool–Elementary Science Teaching

The Elementary Extravaganza has been a very popular mainstay of the NSTA national conferences for eight years. This year it includes a rapid-fire series of presentations that provide preK–6 teachers with opportunities to impact their science teaching and learning. Each session will focus on specific topics that relate to the needs of preschool and elementary teachers.

After an energy-filled series of six presentations, a question and answer session will be held with presenters to provide time to discuss ideas. Six presenters in each room will provide ideas using a modified Pecha Kucha strategy.

The presenters are leaders in elementary science education and award-winning teachers. This session's presenters are members of the NSTA Committee on Preschool–Elementary Science Teaching. Three additional Elementary Extravaganza sessions will be scheduled throughout Elementary Week.

The presentations included in this session are:

Science Discoveries in PreK Town Planning
Presenter: Anne Lowry

Making Sense of the Moon and its Phases with Models
Presenter: Judith Boyle

Stop-Motion Science
Presenter: Ashley Townsend

Green Architects: The Wall Is Alive
Presenter: Annette Venegas

Teaching the Engineering Design Process in a Virtual Classroom
Presenter: Jennifer Williams

Creating Science Authors: Making Books About the Moon
Presenter: Wendi Laurence

Moderator: Judith Boyle

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.

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Wednesday, April 14
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
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Student-Centered Science Notebooks in Your Classroom

Join the author of Notable Notebooks and Exemplary Evidence to discuss effective notebooking practices. Get a preview of her upcoming book about elementary science notebooks!

Takeaways: 1. Science notebooks are an essential component of 3-D student-centered classrooms; 2. While there are a variety of notebook models in use, a flexible, hybrid approach is best to meet the needs of elementary students; and 3. Notebooks can be a rich source of formative and summative assessment data.

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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.

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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
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
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Connecting Reading, Writing, Science, and Nature with the Next Time You See Books

Sponsoring Company: NSTA Press

The author of the Next Time You See series will share a mentor text study where students can write their own Next Time You See book about a natural object of their choice.

Takeaways: 1. Educator Guide for Mentor Text Study; 2. Series of YouTube videos guiding the study; and 3. Ideas for balancing screen time with green time.

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Thursday, April 15
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Supporting Teachers and Students Through 3-D Science

Sponsoring Company: Carolina Curriculum

A three-dimensional, phenomena-based science program can help address many of today’s challenges. Using examples from Building Blocks of Science® 3D, we’ll identify opportunities to support learning recovery, engage all learners, and promote social and emotional learning. Participants are invited to share ideas that worked and struggles they still face.

Takeaways: 1. Participants will identify opportunities to support learning recovery; 2. We will engage all learners; and 3. We will promote social and emotional learning through three-dimensional science.

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Thursday, April 15
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Integrating ELA in Elementary Science

Sponsoring Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Join Reading and ELD Specialist and HMH Into Science author Marjorie Frank for a workshop that uses a variety of interactive activities to provide a rationale for integrating ELA experiences into science instruction, and processes and procedures for doing so. A simple and straightforward hands-on activity will be used as a launch point for a lesson plan.

Takeaways: 1. A variety of interactive activities; 2. A rationale for integrating ELA experiences into science instruction and processes and procedures for doing so; and 3. A simple and straightforward hands-on activity will be used as a launch point for a lesson plan.

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Thursday, April 15
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
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NESTA and CLEAN 1: Strategies for Integrating Climate Science into the Elementary Classroom

Teachers will explore how to break down this controversial topic, teach it across disciplines, make it culturally relevant, and motivate students to develop climate change solutions.

Takeaways: Elementary teachers will: 1. walk away with peer- and science-reviewed lessons they can immediately put to use in their teaching; 2. walk away with a variety of strategies and resources that will help integrate climate science into their classrooms; and 3. learn how to break down the complex and controversial subject of climate change.

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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.

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Thursday, April 15
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
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Increasing Equity in Science Through Collaboration and Conversation

Learn how Culturally Responsive Teaching strategies engage elementary students in inquiry and modeling while fostering student agency and developing 21st-century skills.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn Culturally Responsive Teaching strategies that increase student participation and engage them in learning around the NGSS; 2. learn how collaboration to model phenomena can support English Learners by providing equitable opportunities in science education while helping students develop their voice and fostering student agency while fostering 21st-century skills; and 3. be invited to reflect on how to develop student agency whether teaching in-person or in distant learning.

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Thursday, April 15
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
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Featured Panel: Linking Literacy: A Discussion with Authors on the Use of Kidlit in the Classroom

Kidlit opens the world to students through information, illustrations, and interesting topics. This panel will feature award-winning children’s authors whose stories create portals to exploring science.

Moderator: J. Carrie Launius

Presider: Christine Anne Royce

Panelists:

  • Laurie Wallmark, Author
  • Melissa Stewart, Children's Book Author
  • Jessica Fries-Gaither, NSTA Press Author, and Columbus School for Girls
  • Tracy Nelson Maurer, Author
  • Patricia Valdez, Scientist and Author

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That's Who Bio Worksheet Maurer.pdf
Transdisciplinary biography writing prompt based on mentor text.

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.

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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.

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Friday, April 16
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
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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.

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Friday, April 16
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons: Using Children's Books to Inspire STEM Learning

Sponsoring Company: NSTA Press

The authors of the Picture-Perfect STEM series will share lessons that integrate STEM and literacy through the use of engaging STEM-related picture books.

Takeaways: 1. Picture-Perfect lesson you can use in your classroom right away; 2. Picture book recommendations for integrating STEM and literacy; and 3. Padlet of Picture-Perfect STEM resources.

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Friday, April 16
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Leveraging Student Experiences to Promote Equity, Relevance, and Deep Learning

Sponsoring Company: Amplify

Students learn best when they are empowered to draw on and make connections to their own experiences, prior knowledge, and cultural and social backgrounds. In this interactive session, participants will explore how an asset-based approach can inform strategic adaptations to core science instructional materials to promote equity, relevance, and deep learning for all students.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn how to empower students to draw on and make connections to their own experiences, prior knowledge, and cultural and social backgrounds; learn how an asset-based approach can inform strategic adaptations to core science instructional materials; and 3. gain strategies on how to promote equity, relevance, and deep learning for all students.

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Eliciting and Leveraging Student Experience handout - NSTA Spring 2021.pdf
Handout - Eliciting and Leveraging Student Experiences and Ideas Routine

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.

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Planning for a Responsive Relaunch - NSTA April 2021.pdf
Slides: Planning for a Responsive Relaunch

Saturday, April 17
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
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Elementary Extravaganza Presented by Science & Children Authors and Reviewers

The Elementary Extravaganza has been a very popular mainstay of the NSTA national conferences for eight years. This year it includes a rapid-fire series of presentations that provide preK–6 teachers with opportunities to impact their science teaching and learning. Each session will focus on specific topics that relate to the needs of preschool and elementary teachers.

After an energy-filled series of six presentations, a question and answer session will be held with presenters to provide time to discuss ideas. Six presenters in each room will provide ideas using a modified Pecha Kucha strategy.

The presenters are leaders in elementary science education and award-winning teachers. This session's presenters are Science & Children authors and reviewers. Three additional Elementary Extravaganza sessions will be scheduled throughout Elementary Week.

The presentations included in this session are:

STEAM Across Elementary Grade Levels: Engineering Design, Bridges Across the World, and the Art Element of Line
Presenter: Kathleen Tate

Drawing Like a Scientist
Presenter: Christine Preston

Schoolyard Investigations: Outdoor Science with Primary Learners
Presenter: Laura Schneider

Creative Connections: Expanding Access to STEM and Literacy at the Elementary Level
Presenter: Sara Nelson and Rachel Shannon

STREAMing Engineering
Presenters: Lauren Burrow and Chrissy Cross

Shape, Bake, and Grow: Taking to the Outdoors in Urban Settings Encourages Plant Knowledge and Healthy Lifestyles
Presenter: Shelly Counsell, Mary Palmer, and Felicia Peat

Moderator: Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn

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.

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Saturday, April 17
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
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NSTA Press Session: All Students' Ideas Matter

Inclusive approaches to teaching and learning include probing questions that all students can relate to, that provide multiple entry points for engagement, and that create a desire to want to figure it out. Learn how to use the Uncovering Student Ideas probes and strategies to support a classroom where all students' ideas matter!

Takeaways: 1. Learn about a resource for formative assessment; 2. Explore key points from research on learning that support using formative assessment probes; and 3. Gain new strategies for eliciting all students' ideas and building a classroom culture where everyone's ideas matter.

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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.

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Saturday, April 17
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
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Elementary Extravaganza Presented by Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees

The Elementary Extravaganza has been a very popular mainstay of the NSTA national conferences for eight years. This year it includes a rapid-fire series of presentations that provide preK–6 teachers with opportunities to impact their science teaching and learning. Each session will focus on specific topics that relate to the needs of preschool and elementary teachers.

After an energy-filled series of six presentations, a question and answer session will be held with presenters to provide time to discuss ideas. Six presenters in each room will provide ideas using a modified Pecha Kucha strategy.

The presenters are leaders in elementary science education and award-winning teachers. This session's presenters are Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees. Three additional Elementary Extravaganza sessions will be scheduled throughout Elementary Week.

The presentations included in this session are:

The Power of a Punch Card
Presenter: Crystal Brown

Old Enough to Save the Planet and Pretty Tricky
Presenter: Delene Hoffner

Darwin’s Rival: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Search for Evolution
Presenter: Christine Anne Royce

Busy Bird Nest Builders
Presenter: Nancy Smith

A Special Place Early Childhood STEM
Presenter: Juliana Texley

Explore the World with Technology, Movement, and Citizen Science
Presenter: Natalie Harr Ylizarde

Moderator: Conni Crittenden

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wednesday, April 21
6:00 PM - 6:45 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.

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Thursday, April 22
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
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Increase Engagement in Science Trough Asynchronous Learning

Sponsoring Company: Legends of Learning

It is no surprise that the more engaged a student is with their learning, the more knowledge they retain. One significant takeaway from this past year is that many students thrived in an asynchronous learning environment. Learn how to support educators within any instructional model through game-based learning, increasing student engagement and content retention.

Takeaways: 1. How asynchronous learning can help engage students through content experiences; 2. How to support educators within any instructional model through game-based learning; and 3. Understanding of how game-based learning can increase engagement while teaching content.

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Thursday, April 22
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Keynote Panel: Psychosocial Skills and Achievement: A Two-Way Street

The objectives of this session are threefold: to assist teachers in identifying students who need additional social and emotional support; to highlight the dynamic between SEL and learning/achievement as bi-directional, since SEL instruction and skill building have been shown to improve achievement, but achievement or lack of it also impacts children’s sense of well-being; and to highlight psychologically validated strategies designed to prevent distress as well as enhance performance in the science classroom. Teachers will learn about approaches they can use to help students manage performance fears and encourage strategic risk-taking that fosters creativity.

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Friday, April 23
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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Marketplace Partner Keynote: Creating Inclusive STEM Classrooms to Support All Students from Diverse Backgrounds

Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP

STEM fields do not currently reflect the diversity in our country. Not every student will need to be a scientist or engineer but every student should be able to envision themselves in a STEM field. How do we create inclusive classrooms to support all students from diverse backgrounds?

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Friday, April 23
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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Marketplace Partner Keynote: A New Awakening: Taking Care of the Social and Emotional Needs of Students and Teachers

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

This past year put a spotlight on the social and emotional needs of our teachers and students. Let’s step back and look through a renewed lens at what really matters. While good teaching is the hallmark of student success in the classroom, this can only happen when teachers and students are in a good frame of mind and position to care for one another. We'll tackle this critical issue with relevant tools and suggestions. Learning from this past year can transform education forever.

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Saturday, April 24
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
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Keynote Presentation: You Would Be a Great Teacher!

If a student in your class is amazing at math, then what job do you tell them they'd be good at? Engineering, maybe? What if they have a natural aptitude for science, or they’re well-spoken and love to debate? The best answer for these questions, and every other issue we face in education, is simple: You would be a great teacher!

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Monday, April 26
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Keynote Presentation: Lessons from CDC Studies of COVID-19 in Schools and Implications for Science Education

School-based studies of COVID-19 have provided valuable information about how the virus spreads and the activities and settings most associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Although some risks can be ameliorated with policy or environment change, behavior plays a large role in risk of infection. Science teachers are well positioned to address behavioral contributions and can impact behavior change to mitigate the spread of COVID-1.

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Tuesday, April 27
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.

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Wednesday, April 28
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Fueling Success for Students—Win Cash and Prizes Up to $15K

Sponsoring Company: Shell Science Lab

Come start your winning application for one of three Shell-sponsored programs. We'll walk through the application step by step and you'll be able to begin your application or nomination form live.

Takeaways: Learn: 1. tips to complete a successful application; 2. who's eligible to apply; and 3. how to nominate a deserving teacher.

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Thursday, April 29
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
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Keynote Presentation: The Challenge of Creating Equity in Science Education

Sponsoring Company: Shell

Science advocates discuss the challenges of creating equitable opportunities for teaching students in science education. We all know that it is a challenge, but through this dialogue, implications and considerations will be highlighted to provide participants ideas for overcoming this challenge and successfully educating underrepresented students.

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Friday, April 30
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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Marketplace Partner Keynote: Computational Thinking: Riding the Next Wave of Student Engagement

Sponsoring Company: PASCO Scientific

How do we capture the attention of our digitally tuned students today? The answer came from an experiment in 2013 called “an hour of code.” Today, coding and computational thinking is the new wave that is capturing students’ attention worldwide. New approaches in the U.K., Sweden, Norway, and even the U.S.’s NGSS all use this cleverly disguised critical-thinking skill to excite, engage, and educate the future generations. We will investigate this new instructional wave together.

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Friday, April 30
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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Marketplace Partner Keynote: Science Denial—From Climate to COVID: How Educators Can Make a Difference

Sponsoring Company: Savvas Learning Co.

Public opinion in the U.S. continues to demonstrate a surprising unwillingness to embrace the scientific consensus on major issues affecting the country and the world. This problem relates to popular perceptions of science and scientists, placing science educators in the crosshairs of this conflict. We will suggest ways in which science educators can play a key role in regaining the cultural high ground in American society.

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Saturday, May 1
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
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Keynote Presentation: The Multiplier Mindset: Cultivating a Culture of Success

Sponsoring Company: Shell

In this session, we will discuss how the best leaders are multipliers who make everyone around them smarter and promote their team’s success using this strategy. The keynote will focus on how these strategies can be implemented in the PK–20 systems to cultivate a culture of success for our students and teachers.

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Monday, May 3
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Keynote Presentation: Assessing How We Test the NGSS

This presentation will focus on the current state of science assessments around the country. Particular attention will be given to the challenges for reimagining science assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards. Strategies will be included for how to develop assessments that meet the needs of classroom teachers, can measure student content knowledge on statewide summative tests, and can scale at the levels required. Specific attention will be given to addressing how assessments can be more culturally responsive to a wider range of students.

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Tuesday, May 4
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.

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Wednesday, May 5
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: Preservice Teacher Welcome

Come meet the NSTA Presidents and discover how NSTA can help you on your path to becoming a teacher of science at all levels.

Takeaways: 1. Meet the NSTA Presidents; 2. Learn about how NSTA can help preservice teachers; and 3. Discover NSTA resources available to you as a preservice teacher.

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Wednesday, May 5
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: Science and Literacy: Complimentary Disciplines Inciting Critical Science Citizenry

Explore the placement of science literacy within the nature of scientific knowledge and the Next Generation Science Standards. Gain insights on implementing science literacy strategies.

Takeaways: 1. Exemplars with steps for implementing three or more literacy strategies; 2. Overview of how Science Literacy connects with the Nature of Scientific Knowledge; and 3. Overview of the position of Science Literacy within the NGSS.

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Wednesday, May 5
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: It’s Debatable…for Preservice Teachers! Using Socioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy, K–12

During this session, participants will explore the use of controversial societal issues related to science to develop their students’ scientific literacy.

Takeaways: 1. Learn more about socioscientific issues; 2. Understand how socioscientific issues relate to scientific literacy; and 3. Learn how to address socioscientific issues in the classroom.

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Wednesday, May 5
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: Teaching Science in a Virtual Learning Environment

Join us as we discuss strategies to provide ALL students opportunities for engaging in science and engineering practices individually from home and sensemaking collaboratively with their peers.

Takeaways: 1. Learn more about inequities that virtual learning has illuminated; 2. Strategize ways to make virtual learning more equitable; and 3. Learn more about NSTA resources to support that.

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Wednesday, May 5
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: Elevating the Discourse Between Science and Religion

How do you address students’ questions on science and religion? Join me for a conversation on different ways to address science and religion in a science classroom.

Takeaways: Learn more about how teachers can: 1. address students’ questions about science and religion ; 2. better understand the relationship between science and religion; and 3. clarify the role of science teachers in helping students navigate the differences.

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Wednesday, May 5
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: ELL Inclusion in Science Teaching

Learn about implementation of culturally relevant resources in secondary science and practices to teach ELLs in elementary and middle grades science.

Takeaways: Learn how to: 1. use bilingualism (English/Spanish) in science; 2. use and create culturally relevant resources; and 3. promote socioscientific reasoning in science .

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Wednesday, May 5
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: Using Place-Based Education to Teach Beyond the Test

Learn how to incorporate place-based learning within your instruction to allow ALL students to apply their factual knowledge in practical, meaningful ways within a relevant context.

Takeaways: 1. Construct a deeper understanding of the content presented in state curriculum standards; 2. View experiential learning events as a critical aspect of science education in their classrooms; and 3. Discover how investigations of local natural phenomena can serve as the foundation on which investigations of more distant or abstract phenomena can be constructed.

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Wednesday, May 5
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: Supporting Equity and Justice Through 3-D Science Instruction: The Road Travelled and the One Ahead

Explore how instruction can equitably support science learning that is consequential to students and their communities while promoting a more just society and flourishing world.

Takeaways: 1. Learn more about what equitable science teaching is; and 2. Learn how to use the STEM Teaching Tools resources to support equitable science instruction.

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Wednesday, May 5
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: Making Science Fairs More Equitable Online

Come hear how preservice teachers organized and hosted a virtual science fair that aligns with the NGSS science practices—and learn how to do this yourself!

Takeaways: Learn how: 1. to hold a science fair virtually; 2. to align the traditional science fair project with the NGSS science and engineering practices; and 3. preservice teachers can learn from this real-world practicum experience.

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Science Fair Website
This is the website we created for the science fair.
Science Fair Project Mentor Videos
View presentations made by our science fair mentors!

Wednesday, May 5
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: Safety in the Classroom

In this session, learn more about safety protocols specific for science and
critical to teaching science during a pandemic from NSTA’s Safety Advisor!

Takeaways: 1. Learn about NSTA supports for safety; 2. Explore safety issues for science teaching; and 3. Learn more about pandemic-related safety issues.

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Wednesday, May 5
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: Next Generation Science Assessment

Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) consists of tasks designed to meet the Next Generation of Science Standards and for teachers to use formatively in their science classrooms. Come learn how to access and use equitable assessment tasks to engage all students in 3-D learning!

Takeaways: 1. Learn about how to assess 3-D learning; 2. Understand how formative assessment aligns with the NGSS; and 3. Learn more about resources to support equitable assessment through NGSA.

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Wednesday, May 5
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: Navigating Your Student Teaching

Join our panel of  these recent student teachers to find out how to successfully navigate your student teaching, Ask questions and interact with these graduating seniors.

Takeaways: 1. Hear from recent student teachers about the challenges they faced; 2. Ask questions about what to expect while student teaching; and 3. Get advice on how to handle the unexpected.

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Wednesday, May 5
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: Developing Leadership Through NSTA Student Chapters

Discover how an NSTA student chapter on your campus can support your professional growth and development! We’ll share tips for growing or starting your student chapter!

Takeaways: 1/ Learrn how to organize and start an NSTA student chapter for preservice teachers at your college or university; 2. Discover the wide range of activities that a chapter can organize for professional growth and development; and 3. Find out how NSTA is rebuilding our student chapter program at the National level.

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Wednesday, May 5
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM
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Preservice Day Session: Preservice Teacher Wrap-Up

Don’t miss this final, short session to give feedback about the conference and  how NSTA can help you. We have some final information and door prizes as well!

Takeaways: 1. Provide feedback for today’s sessions; 2. Let us know how NSTA can help you grow as a preservice teacher; and 3. Win a $25 gift card for NSTA Press.

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Thursday, May 6
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
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Featured Panel: Network Around Preparing STEM Teachers for High-Need Schools: Join the ARISE Community

ARISE, an initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides resources, tools, and a community to foster research and evidence-based innovation in STEM teacher education. We invite you to learn about ARISE (Advancing Research & Innovation in the STEM Education of Preservice Teachers in High-Need School Districts) and its resources and join our community—almost 10,000 strong!

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Thursday, May 6
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
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ASTC-Sponsored Session: The Art of Facilitating Observation: Strategies to Deepen Scientific Literacy

A 21st-century museum will share strategies developed through school partnerships that strengthen student language and listening skills while meeting Next Generation Science Standards.

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. be introduced to strategies to practice student-led, evidence-based discussions about scientific concepts; 2. see the application of this open inquiry technique for in-person or digital learning; and 3. experience the process in action.

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Thursday, May 6
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
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Bringing Indigenous Ways of Knowing into Place-Based STEM Projects

Explore with Indigenous Knowledge Keepers how and why to include Indigenous Ways of Knowing and voices in your place-based STEM projects.

Takeaways: With guidance from an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper: 1. gather examples of, and reasons for, looking at NGSS PEs, DCIs, SEPs, and CCCs through the complementary lens of Indigenous Ways of Knowing, which we call Indigenizing STEM; 2. create an ancestral land acknowledgement statement, with instructions, that can be used at your school, organization, or project site; and 3. create an honoring (blessing) protocol from the Indigenous perspective that acknowledges the respected human-environment relationship. This protocol could be done on the land of STEM project before changing or taking from the ecosystem.

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https://native-land.ca/
Go to Native-Land.ca to learn of the Native Nations who originally lived on and cared for the land where you are on. Do an internet search for information about this tribe or nation to learn about their relationship with and stories about the natural world. How could you respectfully contact someone to learn more? Use guidance on the website A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgement and download The Honor Native Land Guide pdf another website to write a land acknowledgement for your land-bas
Why include Indigenous Knowledge in Your Land-based Project
In this fun and thought-provoking video, RunningHorse Livingston, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, creatively shows the benefits and value of bringing Indigenous Ways into your scientific study of land and all parts of nature. After watching his video, think about how your land-based project might benefit by including relevant Indigenous Ways of Knowing. In the previous video, you learned who the ancestral Indigenous People are for your land.

Saturday, May 8
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
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Effective Questioning Strategies to Engage Students in STEM

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 competitions.

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.

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Saturday, May 8
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
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Preservice Session: Preparing to Tackle Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Science Education

Ideas of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the science classroom are challenges for new teachers. Strategies, tools, and resources will be given to support preservice educators.

Takeaways: 1. How to teach for equity, diversity, and inclusion; 2. What you may not know and weren’t taught in your preparation program; and 3. Resources to help address these issues.

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Saturday, May 8
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
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Do You Need a New Science Lab? Come Learn How to Apply to Win for Your School!

Are you located in the U.S. near a Shell asset? Attend this session for the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge to learn how to apply for this amazing opportunity. Pick up tips for completing a winning application and begin your journey in applying to win an updated science classroom. This program will award 33 prize packages valued up to $15,000 for high school and $10,000 for elementary and middle school!

Takeaways: 1. Learn how you can apply to win the Shell Science Lab Challenge; 2. Learn the tips to completing a winning application; and 3. Have an opportunity to actually begin to complete the application and have your questions answered.

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Saturday, May 8
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
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Fueling Success with Students—Win Up to $10K!

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 awards.

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.

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Saturday, May 8
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
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A Differentiated Approach to Supporting Adult Learners

Join us to learn more about our journey to support teachers' social and emotional well-being by designing differentiated learning experiences as we implemented three-dimensional science.

Takeaways: 1. Methods to design effective differentiated learning for science educators; 2. Ways to support adult learners via differentiation; and 3. Ways to strengthen the implementation of 3-D science teaching, learning, and assessment across districts.

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Saturday, May 8
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
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NSTA-WIDA Session: Creating Equitable Science Instruction for Multilingual Learners

This session will utilize the design principles for engaging multilingual learners in 3-D science to create engaging and equitable learning experiences for ALL students, but especially MLLs.

Takeaways: 1. Examine a set of principles co-developed by NSTA and WIDA and discuss how these "show up" in classroom; 2. Explore ways to help a linguistically diverse group of students engage together in sensemaking discourse; 3. Explore the role of modeling as a sensemaking support in linguistically diverse classrooms; 4. Learn about WIDA’s four Language Practices to authentically engage ALL students in using language for sensemaking; and 5. Learn how the Teacher Discourse Moves and Student Discourse Moves facilitate the exploration and transformation of science understanding.

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Saturday, May 8
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
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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.

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Saturday, May 8
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
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Urban Science Educator Discussion and Panel

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.

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Saturday, May 8
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
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Keynote Presentation: Teaching to Change the World: Using Social Justice Science Pedagogy to Empower Every Learner

When you think of social justice teaching, does science come to mind? Science involves the consistent and systematic analysis of the world we live in. However, when we think of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology we rarely examine how learning concepts in core disciplines can empower students to explain the social phenomena that frame their lives. This presentation explores what social justice science teaching looks like in science and how we can empower students to see the value of science when we center social science teaching in our practice.

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