NSTA Engage: Spring21 - Sessions

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Wednesday, April 28
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
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Making Science Inquiry Work for Emergent Bilinguals

Learn how the language and structure of your inquiry activities can produce roadblocks for emergent bilinguals, and how subtle shifts dramatically increase engagement and success.

Takeaways: 1. A resource versus-deficit perspective and building lessons around abilities; 2. Breaking down language barriers in student-student collaborations through effective modeling; and 3. Using multiple representations in science, utilizing emergent bilingual's strength with translanguaging.

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Thursday, April 29
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
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Experience Kinematics: Using Data to Understand Motion

Learn what representations and data your students can use to bridge phenomena and mathematics, and how to assess kinematics understanding, as opposed to rote algebra skills.

Takeaways: 1. Using authentic data from real, open-access journal articles to model motion; 2. Students using multiple representations to shift back and forth from pictures, graphs, and math; and 3. Assessing students' understanding through their performance using real data.

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Wednesday, May 5
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
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Preservice Day Session: Engaging in Climate Science

In this session preservice teachers will explore several activities that help them present climate science through data collection, virtual modeling, and place-based inquiry.

Takeaways: 1. Examine how increasing the amount of black carbon (soot) on Earth's surface, especially in the polar regions, can increase the amount of energy absorbed by Earth's surface; 2. Become familiar with the AMS Conceptual Climate Energy Model, a computer simulation designed to enable you to track the paths that units of energy might follow as they enter, move through, and exit an imaginary planetary climate system; and 3. Use local empirical data from the U.S. Weather Service to discover climate change at a local level.

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Engage and Explore Black Carbon with Windows to the Universe.pdf
Using a simple activity available from Windows to the Universe, students will investigate the climate effects of increasing amounts of black carbon on the absorption of solar radiation on the Earth's surface.
Engage with your local Climate using NOAA Data
Using "local" data from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) engage with the climate in your home.
Engage and explore climate models with the AMS Conceptual Climate Energy Model
Engage in an investigation that explores energy flow in a highly simplified representation of an imaginary planet and the space environment above it. The purpose is to provide insight into the impacts of physical processes that operate in the real world. We will also engage with Climate Variability and Climate Change... as it enters, resides in, and exits a planetary system model
Key for the Honolulu 2020 Activity
Key to accompany Empirical Climate from a Local Perspective Activity.
Key to AMS CCEM Activity
Key to accompany the Simply Climate Model Activity
Presentation from Engaging in Climate Science
PDF of the presentation to accompany the three activities presented in the session.
Weblinks from session
Weblinks associated with Engaging in Climate Science presentation.

Saturday, May 8
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
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Designing Your Own Online Labs

Good data-based labs are priceless. Developing your own is hard—especially for online. Walk through the process of designing online, data-based labs.

Takeaways: 1. Identify the differences between developing online labs and face-to-face labs; 2. Become familiar with some tools and resources available to help you design your own online, data-based labs; and 3. Be able to identify additional supports students will need in online settings.

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How to Ask for Help in Online Courses (esp. Science and Math)
A lot of students don't actually know how to ask for help. They will just send you an email saying, "I don't understand the assignment!" This brief video gives students a little bit of quick coaching on how to ask their instructors for help - what things will help them get the quickest and most helpful reply from their teachers.

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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