NSTA Engage: Spring21

May 12-8, 2021

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Using Literacy Elements as a Cross-Curricular Bridge to Strengthen Science Teaching

Wednesday, April 14 • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


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ALI All Product Overview_2021.pdf
NSTA 2021 Sessions Flyer_0412.pdf
NSTA-Mathis-Morse-STEMscopes-Literacy-Elements-Cross-Curricular-Bridge-final.pdf
Presentation slides from the session
Summer STEM Enrichment brochure.pdf

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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.

SPEAKERS:
Ashley Mathis (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Jessica Morse (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Investigative Phenomena: An Equitable Approach

Wednesday, April 14 • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


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HMH Into Science Grade 1 Phenomena Storyline White Paper.pdf
Into Science Grade 5 Phenomena Storyline White Paper.pdf

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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.

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

Always Time for Science in Early Grades with Streaming/Literacy Connections

Wednesday, April 14 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


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ALI All Product Overview_2021.pdf
NSTA 2021 Sessions Flyer_0412.pdf
NSTA-Gunner-Stroup-STEMscopes-Apr14.pdf
Slides from presentation - Always Time for Science
Summer STEM Enrichment brochure.pdf

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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.

SPEAKERS:
Mindy Stroup (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Amber Gunner (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: Scientific Explanations to Increase Student Voice

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


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ALI All Product Overview_2021.pdf
NSTA 2021 Sessions Flyer_0412.pdf
NSTA-STEMscopes-Arnette-Green-CER.pdf
Presentation slides from the session - CER
Summer STEM Enrichment brochure.pdf

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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:
Maeve Green (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Susan Arnette (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Argument-Driven Inquiry in Grades 3–5

Wednesday, April 14 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: NSTA Press

Argument-Driven Inquiry is an instructional model that gives students in grades 3–5 a chance to learn how to use DCIs, CCs, and SEPs to explain natural phenomena and provides them with a meaningful context to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking.

TAKEAWAYS:
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; and 3. Ways to support students in both remote and in-person contexts.

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

Connecting with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, Grades 3–5

Wednesday, April 14 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM


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An Introduction to the James Webb Space Telescope Mission
James Webb Space Telescope Features Page
Explore a list of featured Webb items that illuminate and educate you about NASA's James Web Space Telescope.
James Webb Space Telescope website
Webb will be the largest, most powerful and complex space telescope ever built and launched into space. It will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.
Nebula Spin Art Activity
Pack a Space Telescope Activity
Webb Paper Model
Webb Space Telescope Community Events sign-up form
Sign-up form to host an event celebrating the launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. NASA will work to connect you to experts who could be featured at your Webb events (virtual or in-person, as appropriate). We will also share digital and hard copy event materials to help you promote and host your own event.
Webb Star Cycle Bookmark Activity

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Sponsoring Company: NASA James Webb Space Telescope Prog.

Launching in October 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope will be a large infrared telescope, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our universe. Join this workshop to see how to connect your class to this incredible telescope.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be more powerful than its predecessors and will be able to see further into space to discover distant planets in far-off galaxies; and 2. It will even give us the tools to search for indications of an atmosphere that could sustain life.

SPEAKERS:
Peter Sooy (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Greenbelt, MD)

Using Student-Driven Experiences to Build Understanding

Thursday, April 15 • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


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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.

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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: Laurel, MD), Aryah Fradkin (Legends of Learning: Laurel, MD), Sean Reidy (Legends of Learning: Laurel, MD)

Connecting Reading, Writing, Science, and Nature with the Next Time You See Books

Thursday, April 15 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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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.

SPEAKERS:
Emily Morgan (Picture-Perfect Science: West Chester, OH)

Supporting Teachers and Students Through 3-D Science

Thursday, April 15 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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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.

SPEAKERS:
Cory Ort (Carolina Biological Supply Co.: Burlington, NC)

The Walking Classroom as a STEM Resource

Thursday, April 15 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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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)

Integrating ELA in Elementary Science

Thursday, April 15 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM


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Into Science K-5 Integrating Science and ELA White Paper.pdf
Literacy in Science.pptx

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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.

SPEAKERS:
Marjorie Frank (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Boston, MA)

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching: Recognizing Quality Teaching in STEM

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

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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.

SPEAKERS:
Robert Mayes (National Science Foundation: Alexandria, VA)

Leveraging Student Experiences to Promote Equity, Relevance, and Deep Learning

Friday, April 16 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


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

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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.

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

Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons: Using Children's Books to Inspire STEM Learning

Friday, April 16 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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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.

SPEAKERS:
Emily Morgan (Picture-Perfect Science: West Chester, OH), Karen Ansberry (Picture-Perfect Science: West Chester, OH)

Using SEL to Build Student Self-Efficacy and Confidence with BrainPOP Science

Wednesday, April 21 • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

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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)

Integrative Sustainability Education

Wednesday, April 21 • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

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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 (University of Maine at Farmington: Farmington, ME), Erin Redman (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Stevens Point, WI), Rachael Rost (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Stevens Point, WI)

Rock Their Worlds: Teaching Earth Science Using Online Simulations

Wednesday, April 21 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


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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.

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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)

Save a Nickel and Learn to Trickle!

Wednesday, April 21 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


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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.

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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 (Educational Consultant: Voorhees, NJ)

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: Scientific Explanations to Increase Student Voice

Wednesday, April 21 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
ALI_All_Product_Overview_2021.pdf
All STEMscopes products and services
CER.pdf
CER_Anchor_Chart.pdf
CER_Peer_Evaluation.pdf
ClaimEvidenceBoxes.pdf
Cozza-Wheat-CER-STEMscopes-NSTA-2021-Apr21.pdf
Presentation slides from session, Cozza and Wheat, STEMscopes
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

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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)

Virtual Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour

Wednesday, April 21 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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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)

Let's Talk Science: Strategies to Encourage Student Voice in Your Classroom

Thursday, April 22 • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


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Buckman-O'Brien-TalkScience-StudentVoice-STEMscopes-NSTA-2021-Apr22.pdf
Presentation slides from session - Let's Talk Science

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes

In this workshop, we will utilize a simple yet effective talk process that can encourage students to more fully own their thinking and effectively communicate their ideas to peers. Join us in this interactive session to learn various talk strategies that support the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices, Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI), and best-practice instruction for all learners!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Setting the stage for student-centered talk success; 2. Shared experiences around the power of talk; and 3. Resources to support the implementation of science talk.

SPEAKERS:
Pam O'Brien (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Kristan Buckman (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Phenomenal Storylines to Drive Student Learning with Discovery Education’s Science Techbook for Middle School

Thursday, April 22 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: Discovery Education

The 16 units in Discovery Education’s brand-new Science Techbook for middle school are driven by engaging anchor phenomena that prompt students to ask driving questions. Students engage in storylines using the science and engineering practices to collect evidence that answers their questions, learning both core ideas and crosscutting concepts along the way.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Curriculum units should begin with an anchor phenomena that stimulates student questions; 2. A unit should be designed to allow students to collect evidence from investigative phenomena that they can use to answer their questions; and 3. Students should make sense of phenomena by engaging in practices that lead them to develop disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts.

SPEAKERS:
Hailey Adams Mangum (Discovery Education: Chicago, IL), Ted Willard (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD)

Increase Engagement in Science Trough Asynchronous Learning

Thursday, April 22 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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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.

SPEAKERS:
Joselyn Whetzel (Legends of Learning: Laurel, MD), Aryah Fradkin (Legends of Learning: Laurel, MD), Sean Reidy (Legends of Learning: Laurel, MD)

Biodiversity and the Environment

Thursday, April 22 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


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Biodiversity and the Environment
In this activity, students will observe model environments, adjust abiotic variables in those environments, observe the results of those adjustments, and then draw conclusions about the effects of the abiotic world on the biotic world.

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Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

In this session you will learn how to use a simulation of an aquatic ecosystem to help students see the relationships between biotic and abiotic factors such as dissolved oxygen, pH, and temperature. The simulation makes it possible to model environments that would otherwise be very difficult to monitor and experiment with. Plus, the fish animations are really cool!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Using simulations with students can help them better visualize the mechanisms behind phenomena; 2. Simulations are a great complement to hands-on learning and work best when hands on isn't possible/practical; and 3. Effects of changes to certain variables in aquatic ecosystems can have negative effects on the organisms that live there.

SPEAKERS:
Jessica Kohout (Educational Consultant: Voorhees, NJ)

Engaging with Grants

Thursday, April 22 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


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Donors Choose Application parts and Tips 2021
Engaging with Grants PPT slides
Grants Tip Sheet 2021
Partnerships and Finding Funding for Science Ideas and Worksheet GSTA 2021

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Sponsoring Company: Ward's Science

Join us as we explore how you can identify and leverage new and existing resources to bring funding and awesome projects to your students. In this not-your-typical grant-writing workshop, we will delve into the relationship between engagement and grants and consider best practices for engaging students, colleagues, partners, and the community. You'll leave this workshop with the information you need to prepare a grant proposal that will wow funders! Takeaways include materials with ideas and activities to sharpen engagement and grant writing toward increasing student outcomes and impacts.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to: 1. get information for grant applications; engage partners; and 3. find grants.

SPEAKERS:
Karol Stephens (Ward's Science: Fayetteville, GA), Rusti Berent (Ward's Science: West Henrietta, NY)

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching: Recognizing Quality Teaching in STEM

Thursday, April 22 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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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.

SPEAKERS:
Robert Mayes (National Science Foundation: Alexandria, VA)

New Three-Dimensional Formative Assessments with BrainPOP Science

Thursday, April 22 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP

Learn about three-dimensional formative assessment design and insights for student learning with the new BrainPOP Science.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. In this session, we will share how BrainPOP Science uses 3-D formative assessments strategically embedded in lessons to gather actionable data on student progress; and 2. Additionally, session participants will work through classroom scenarios to identify the best implementations of BrainPOP Science, focusing on the checks-for-understanding (formative assessments) and the resulting dashboards and reports.

SPEAKERS:
Laurel Ozersky (BrainPOP: New York, NY)

Coding Science Internships

Friday, April 23 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


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Coding Science Internships NSTA 2021 SLIDES.pdf

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Sponsoring Company: Amplify

What if coding were integrated into core science instruction instead of being an isolated, after-school activity for a select few? Join the curriculum developers from UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science to experience cutting-edge and research-based instructional materials designed to make coding an interactive, collaborative, and science-based endeavor in service of students finding solutions to real-world problems. Explore how Coding Science Internships for Amplify Science grades 6–8 can play a prominent role in providing equitable access to coding and computational thinking for all students.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. experience how cutting-edge and research-based instructional materials can make coding an interactive, collaborative, and science-based endeavor in service of students finding solutions to real-world problems; 2. explore how Coding Science Internships for Amplify Science grades 6–8 can play a prominent role in providing equitable access to coding and computational thinking for all students; and 3. have access to strategies that aim to increase access to positive experiences in computer science learning.

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

Space Science for Online Learning

Friday, April 23 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


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Starry Night Software 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 Starry Night Middle School web-based software.

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Sponsoring Company: Simulation Curriculum Corp.

Experience Simulation Curriculum’s award-winning Starry Night astronomy simulator. Accurate and stunning visualizations allow students to make precise observations of sky motions, moon phases, planets, the universe, and much more. NGSS-focused lessons engage students with interactive simulations joined to exercises, animations, and images including current astronomical phenomena. 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 Starry Night as a resource for teaching Space Science; and 3. Learn how to integrate simulations into your course.

SPEAKERS:
Martin Gabber (Retired Educator: Toronto, ON)

Assessing Three-Dimensional Learning with Discovery Education’s Science Techbook for Middle School

Friday, April 23 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: Discovery Education

Discovery Education’s brand-new Science Techbook for middle school provides multiple opportunities to assess students’ proficiency with all three dimensions. This session highlights the opportunities for formative assessments throughout the unit as students engage in practices, as well as a summative unit project and a set of performance-based assessments (PBAs) targeting every performance expectation.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Students' engagement in science and engineering practices provides an opportunity for formative assessments; 2. Assessments should be tied to phenomena; and 3. Assessments should be three-dimensional.

SPEAKERS:
Nikki Brassell Snyder (Montgomery County Public Schools: Rockville, MD), Ted Willard (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD)

Argument-Driven Inquiry in Middle School

Friday, April 23 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: NSTA Press

Argument-Driven Inquiry is an instructional model that gives middle school students a chance to learn how to use DCIs, CCs, and SEPs to explain natural phenomena and provides them with a meaningful context to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking.

TAKEAWAYS:
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; and 3. Ways to support students in both remote and in-person contexts.

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

Fail Forward! Implementing SEL Principles into STEM Education

Friday, April 23 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: Savvas Learning Co.

No one likes to fail, but failing doesn’t make us failures! Join Savvas’ National Science Specialist Erin Horner for an engaging and interactive workshop as we look at ways to encourage Social and Emotional Learning in our middle school science classrooms. Participants will work through a series of famous failures and see how these “mistakes” led to greatness. Teachers can then take these same principles and apply them in the classroom as they strive to support students in developing emotional intelligence and STEM knowledge at the same time.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. How embracing SEL will help your science students succeed; 2. The power of encouraging students to make mistakes; and 3. Tips on using collaborative groups most effectively.

SPEAKERS:
Erin Horner (Savvas Learning Co.: Paramus, NJ)

Come Meet the New BrainPOP Science

Friday, April 23 • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP

Join us as we walk you through the brand-new BrainPOP Science, the next step in teaching science with BrainPOP. Our new product is designed to drive student mastery and inspire the next generation of scientific thinkers with turnkey investigations and embedded interactive tools to prepare students for assessment success.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Leave with tangible strategies that you can use to connect kids to real-world science in remote, hybrid, and in-person learning environments; 2. Discuss and reflect on facilitating the connection between trusting science and doing real-world science; and 3. Leave with a menu of turnkey activities that you can use to propel how you approach phenomena-driven virtual lab instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Kari Stubbs (BrainPOP: New York, NY), Mike Jones (Illinois State University: Normal, IL)

Carolina 3D Science: Hands-On Science in Flexible Settings

Wednesday, April 28 • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


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3D FLEX Digital Biology
3D FLEX Digital Chemistry
3D FLEX Digital Earth and Space Science
3D FLEX Digital Environmental Science
Carolina 3D Science Hands-On Science in Flexible Settings Data Sheet

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Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Co.

Engage in three examples of hands-on investigations, digital investigations, and digital teacher demonstrations from Carolina 3D® kit lines for biology, chemistry, and Earth and space science. Activities illustrate how modified in-class, hands-on laboratory investigations are used in socially distanced, in-person classrooms, and remote learning settings.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Three hands on activities; one in life science, chemistry, and Earth and space science; 2. Techniques for altering hands-on labs for remote or socially distanced learning; and 3. Information about Carolina 3D Kit lines.

SPEAKERS:
Crystal Risko (Carolina Biological Supply Co.: Burlington, NC)

The Post-COVID Dissection Lab

Wednesday, April 28 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: Animalearn

Discover how you can make your dissection lab dynamic and innovative after COVID-19! Learn about new life science resources, including mixed reality (AR/VR) education technology; and explorative, hands-on teaching tools that will amaze and engage your students. Participants will be entered to WIN FREE PRIZES like dissection resources.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Life science resources; 2. Education technology; and 3. Hybrid classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Nicole Green (Animalearn: Jenkintown, PA)

Teaching with Protozoa, NGSS, and Research Articles

Wednesday, April 28 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


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https://drive.google.com/file/d/15FTpX4svd8Kusvc2kmS14s7pfRnOMMhE/view?usp=sharing
Google drive link to presentation slides (with vid and links)
https://sciencewithevie.com
NSTA Workshop Material_uHandy Microscope

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Sponsoring Company: uHandy Mobile Microscope

Since History and English classes teach students how to read and analyze primary sources, why can't Science classes do the same? In this workshop, you will learn how to teach NGSS using research articles and how to seamlessly tie it all into a lesson, with the help of some pond protozoa.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to: 1. teach NGSS using research articles; and 2. seamlessly tie it all into a lesson, with the help of some pond protozoa.

SPEAKERS:
Evelyn Wong (Science with Evie: New York, NY)

It's Phenomenal! Using Real-World Connections to Support Three-Dimensional Learning

Wednesday, April 28 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: Savvas Learning Co.

Phenomena-based instruction is a proven way to create connections between the content we present in our classrooms and the knowledge and experiences our students bring to the table. In this interactive session, we'll explore ways teachers can use phenomena to present new material, as well as review previous topics of study. Teachers will leave with ideas they can immediately implement into their own classrooms.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. What is phenomena-based instruction?; 2. How can I use phenomena to introduce a topic? and 3. How can I use phenomena to review many topics?

SPEAKERS:
Jessi Davis (Savvas Learning Co.: Paramus, NJ)

Day in the Life of a Robotics Engineer at Amazon

Wednesday, April 28 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: Amazon Future Engineer

Interested in exposing your students to the careers of the future? Join three Amazon Robotics Engineers as they discuss what it's like to build a future in technology. Then, sign up for our Class Chat Program to bring a virtual speaker to your classroom this spring!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn: 1. what a robotics engineer does day to day at Amazon; 2. an idea of the potential career path required to become a robotics engineer; and 3. how to sign up to bring a speaker to their class.

SPEAKERS:
Erica Aduh (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA), Joe Lee (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA), Mikell Taylor (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA), Hilah Barbot (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA)

Space Science for Online Learning

Wednesday, April 28 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


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Starry Night Software 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 Starry Night web-based software.

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Sponsoring Company: Simulation Curriculum Corp.

Experience Simulation Curriculum’s award-winning Starry Night astronomy simulator. Accurate and stunning visualizations allow students to make precise observations of sky motions, moon phases, planets, the universe, and much more. NGSS-focused lessons engage students with interactive simulations joined to exercises, animations, and images including current astronomical phenomena. 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 Starry Night as a resource for teaching Space Science; and 3. Learn how to integrate simulations into your course.

SPEAKERS:
Martin Gabber (Retired Educator: Toronto, ON)

Engaging with Grants

Wednesday, April 28 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


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Donors Choose Application parts and Tips 2021
Engaging with Grants PPT slides
Grants Tip Sheet 2021
Partnerships and Finding Funding for Science Ideas and Worksheet GSTA 2021

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Sponsoring Company: Ward's Science

Join us as we explore how you can identify and leverage new and existing resources to bring funding and awesome projects to your students. In this not-your-typical grant-writing workshop, we will delve into the relationship between engagement and grants and consider best practices for engaging students, colleagues, partners, and the community. You'll leave this workshop with the information you need to prepare a grant proposal that will wow funders! Takeaways include materials with ideas and activities to sharpen engagement and grant writing toward increasing student outcomes and impacts.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to: 1. get information for grant applications; 2. engage partners; and 3. find grants.

SPEAKERS:
Rusti Berent (Ward's Science: West Henrietta, NY), Karol Stephens (Ward's Science: Fayetteville, GA)

Fueling Success for Students—Win Cash and Prizes Up to $15K

Wednesday, April 28 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


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Instructional Method and Teaching Philosophy questions
Kermit winner testimonial
Shell Award winner - Gary Koppelman
Shell Award winner - Kristen Poindexter
Shell Lab testimonial - Mark Parker
Shell Programs flyer
Shell Regional winner testimonial - Tyler Dufrene
Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge winners - Geismar
Shell Science Teaching Award winner - Jose Rivas

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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.

SPEAKERS:
Ruth Ruud (Cleveland State University: Cleveland, OH), Amanda Upton (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Using HHMI BioInteractive’s The Biology of Skin Color to Practice Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning Skills

Wednesday, April 28 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM


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BSCS Explanation Tool.pdf
Skin Resources.pdf
skincolorselection-studentHO-act.pdf

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Sponsoring Company: HHMI BioInteractive

Use the short film The Biology of Skin Color to practice argumentation skills of developing claims with supporting evidence and reasoning techniques. This content can easily connect to learning in units of genetics, evolution, or cellular structure from middle school through AP/IB courses. Scaffolds and online learning suggestions included.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Biological traits are not inherently good or bad. Some traits can provide an advantage to an organism in certain environments but be a disadvantage in other environments; 2. Different human populations living many generations in a particular part of the world may have different variations in certain traits. In spite of these differences, all humans are very closely related and share most traits; and 3. A claim is a statement that answers a question using clear and supporting evidence connected by reasoning.

SPEAKERS:
Chris Hedeen (Oregon City High School: Oregon City, OR), Kathryn Fisher Hedeen (Oregon City High School: Oregon City, OR)

Learn About the Science of Food!

Thursday, April 29 • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

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Sponsoring Company: Feeding Tomorrow, Institute of Food Technologists

Do your students know about the science of food? The world needs the brightest minds engaged in the science of food to meet the challenge of feeding a projected population of 9 billion in 2050. To help meet this challenge, we want to help you introduce your high school students to the science of food and career opportunities in food science and technology.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Food science lesson plans; 2. Food science pedagogy; and 3. Food science careers.

SPEAKERS:
Katie Sudler (FONA International Inc.: Geneva, IL)

Lab Safety Protocols with Flinn Scientific, the Leader in Safety!

Thursday, April 29 • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


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Science Safety Best Practices for Teaching in COVID environments

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Sponsoring Company: Flinn Scientific, Inc.

Please join Flinn for a quick refresher on common safety concerns and issues that arise in the classroom and remote settings. This is a must-attend session for new teachers and experienced teachers alike who want to deliver the most comprehensive and safe program possible! Come for an overview of best practices in the lab with Flinn!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Refresher on science safety best practices; 2. Safety awareness culture; and 3. Practical :what to do in case of emergency" trainings.

SPEAKERS:
James Palcik (Flinn Scientific Canada, Inc.: Hamilton, ON)

CRISPR Cas9: A Powerful new Tool for Editing the Human Genome

Thursday, April 29 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Using 3DMD’s new CRISPR Kit©, explore the Cas9 endonuclease’s unique ability to recognize a statistically unique site in the 3.2 billion base-pair human genome, before moving to an accurate 3D-printed Cas9 model to explore enhancements of the system that become an even more powerful genome editing tool.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. What is CRISPR?; 2. Explore the CRISPR Cas9 endonuclease and its role in genome editing; and 3. Learn how scientists have enhanced Cas9 to make it even more powerful in genome editing.

SPEAKERS:
Tim Herman (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI)

Engaging Your Students in Today’s Digital World

Thursday, April 29 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: Savvas Learning Co.

As educators, you know what student engagement looks like in the classroom. Students are focused on their work in front of them, they are collaborating with their peers, they are asking good questions, and creativity is flowing. But now that things have moved online, what does engagement look like? In this session we will explore the wealth of tools within the Mastering® technology from Pearson that you can use in your digital or hybrid classroom now to boost engagement.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Student engagement in a digital/hybrid classroom; 2. How to utilize resources within the Mastering® technology from Pearson to boost student engagement; and 3. Learn about resources within Mastering to support digital teaching.

SPEAKERS:
Brian Vaccaro (Savvas Learning Co.: Paramus, NJ), Debra Gipson (Savvas Learning Co.: Paramus, NJ), Matthew Barber (Savvas Learning Co.: Paramus, NJ), Monica Wadler (Savvas Learning Co.: Paramus, NJ)

Whet Your Appetite for Learning with the Water Kit!

Thursday, April 29 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Whether breaking bonds, dissolving NaCl, or exploring states of matter, your students will be captivated by 3D Molecular Designs’ magnetic Water Kit©. The versatile kit will engage students in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, Earth science, or physical science and its usefulness spans from middle and high school to college.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Teach bonds and bond strength with models; 2. Teach solutions and states of matter with models; and 3. Teach polarity with models.

SPEAKERS:
Jim Lane (Mahtomedi High School: Saint Paul, MN)

Rock Their Worlds: Teaching Earth Science Using Online Simulations

Thursday, April 29 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


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Layered Earth Software 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.

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Sponsoring Company: Simulation Curriculum Corp.

Simulation Curriculum is a pioneer in developing online simulation-based curriculum 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; 3. Learn how to integrate Earth science and literacy.

SPEAKERS:
Martin Gabber (Retired Educator: Toronto, ON)

STEM Road Map Curriculum Series: Integrating STEM Challenges into High School

Thursday, April 29 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: NSTA Press

In this workshop, participants will learn how to do integrated STEM challenge-driven projects in high school, including an overview of STEM and introduction to the STEM Road Map Curriculum series published by NSTA.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Understanding of integrated STEM pedagogy; 2. Knowledge of how to integrate STEM into high school science; and 3. Sample lesson plans from STEM Road Map curriculum.

SPEAKERS:
Carla Johnson (North Carolina State University: Raleigh, NC)

Proteins—Now That Everything Has Changed

Thursday, April 29 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Using engaging and powerful kits, model how proteins are simply long linear sequences of amino acids that spontaneously fold into complex 3-D shapes, following basic principles of chemistry. Then explore how a stylized enzyme model can help students understand basic concepts while an accurate model leads to increased levels of complexity.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Teach protein folding with models; 2. Explore enzymes using models; and 3. Learn how AI is assisting in determining the shape of complex proteins.

SPEAKERS:
Tim Herman (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI)

Virtual Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour

Thursday, April 29 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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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: 1. 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:
Tony Wallin (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA), Hilah Barbot (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA), Trinidad Cisneros (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA)

Choosing the Right BIOZONE NGSS Series for Your High School

Thursday, April 29 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM


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BIOZONE NSTA Workshop Presentation Slides
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Sponsoring Company: BIOZONE

BIOZONE’s two NGSS series have been designed to fully embrace the spirit of the NGSS. We will compare their features, guiding you to select the series best suited to your program. We will show how BIOZONE’s flexible print and digital solutions support you to teach face-to-face, remotely, or through hybrid programs.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Comparing features of the standard and integrated NGSS series; 2. Guiding participants to select the series best suited to their program; and 3. Print and digital solutions to support teachers who are teaching remotely or face-to-face.

SPEAKERS:
Lissa Bainbridge-Smith (BIOZONE Corp.: Parker, CO), James Leggett (BIOZONE Corp.: Parker, CO)

Exploring the Wonderful World of Cell Membranes—Proteins, Lipids, and Ions, Oh My!

Friday, April 30 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

In this hands-on interactive workshop, participants will learn how to utilize physical phospholipid and transport protein models to explore the structure of the cell membrane, the role of transport proteins in moving ions and small molecules across membranes, and how defects in transport proteins can cause diseases such as cystic fibrosis.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Teach membrane transport with models; 2. Teach the role of transport proteins with models; and 3. Teach how defects in transport can cause diseases.

SPEAKERS:
Chris Chou (Longmont High School: Longmont, CO)

Day in the Life of a Software Development Engineer at Amazon

Friday, April 30 • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: Amazon Future Engineer

Interested in exposing your students to the careers of the future? Join four Software Development Engineers as they discuss what it's like to code at Amazon. Then, sign up for our Class Chat Program to bring a virtual speaker to your classroom this spring!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn: 1. what a normal day looks like as a software developer at Amazon; 2. potential career paths that can lead to becoming a software developer; and 3. how to register to bring a virtual guest speaker to your class to talk about careers in technology!

SPEAKERS:
Hilah Barbot (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA), Maria Rocco (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA), Luu Tran (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA), Natalie White (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA), Michael Shao (Amazon Corporate Affairs: Seattle, WA)

Modeling How Cells Talk: Making Sense of Synapses and Signals

Friday, April 30 • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Spark questions with the Synapse Construction Kit© and provide hands-on activities to achieve Concept Explanation and Visual Representation goals in a topic that students find intrinsically interesting. How does the neurotransmitter not only get back in the presynaptic cell, but back in the vesicle? What energy is involved in the transport of these molecules?

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Evaluating models; 2. Teaching cell communication through modeling; and 3. Teaching difficult concepts using hands on modeling.

SPEAKERS:
Karen Avery (Pennsylvania College of Technology: Williamsport, PA), Daniel Williams (Shelter Island Union Free School District: Shelter Island, NY)

Sharing Microscopy Techniques and Images in Person or Remotely

Friday, April 30 • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: Ward's Science

How do we get students engaged and inspired in hands-on labs and experiments while learning remotely without access to classroom equipment and supplies? Microscopy can be especially difficult for students who can't touch or adjust the microscope the same way as if they were sitting right in front of it.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. An affordable solution for sharing microscopy techniques and images in person or remotely; 2. Entire class benefits from seeing the image as it should appear; and 3. Included software enables instructors and students to view, capture, share, save, annotate, and manipulate images.

SPEAKERS:
Joyce Dorsey (Ward's Science: West Henrietta, NY), Chris Nutting (Ward's Science: West Henrietta, NY)

Inspiring Student Questions with a TWIST in DNA Modeling

Friday, April 30 • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Inspire curiosity, questions, and discussion with 3DMD’s hands-on DNA modeling kits. Students will discover the dynamics of DNA—twisting, untwisting, separating for replication and transcription, and coming back together. Upon examining the intricacies of DNA anatomy, students can analyze the crosscutting relationship of structure and function.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Eliciting questions through modeling; 2. Crosscutting relationship between structure and function of DNA; and 3. Teaching the dynamics of DNA for replication and transcription.

SPEAKERS:
Daniel Williams (Shelter Island Union Free School District: Shelter Island, NY), Karen Avery (Pennsylvania College of Technology: Williamsport, PA)

Outrun an Outbreak? Tracking Viral Variants Using HHMI Biointeractive Resources

Friday, April 30 • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: HHMI BioInteractive

Don a “biohazard” suit and join us to track an infectious disease outbreak. In this session we will introduce you to HHMI BioInteractive’s Ebola: Disease Detectives activities that highlight how nucleotide sequences can be used to track the evolution and spread of disease variants (a model for tracking SARS COv2 variants).

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Patterns in nucleotide sequences represent shared derived and shared conserved characteristics that can establish relatedness and groupings; 2. The differences in nucleotide sequences also allow scientists to establish an order of “appearance” for variants; and 3. This is a model for the processes being used to track our current SARS CoV2 outbreak. Genetic change in virus strains can result in phenotypic changes that affect pathogenicity.

SPEAKERS:
Katherine Ward (Aragon High School: San Mateo, CA), Mark Eberhard (St. Clair High School: Saint Clair, MI)

Argument-Driven Inquiry in High School

Friday, April 30 • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: NSTA Press

Argument-Driven Inquiry is an instructional model that gives high school students a chance to learn how to use DCIs, CCs, and SEPs to explain natural phenomena and provides them with a meaningful context to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking.

TAKEAWAYS:
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; and 3. Ways to support students in both remote and in-person contexts.

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

From Food Safety to Biotechnology—Using the FDA Curriculum in Your Classroom

Friday, April 30 • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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Sponsoring Company: FDA/ Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Join us in exploring FDA's free curriculum designed for middle level and high school students. The Science and Our Food Supply series provides hands-on lessons in food safety, nutrition, and agricultural biotechnology…and provides a bridge for students to experience science in the real world.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will: 1. explore the variety of lessons found in the FDA curriculum; 2. understand how this curriculum can be integrated into a variety of science classes; and 3. be exposed to how this curriculum can be adapted to both hands-on and distance learning.

SPEAKERS:
Elena Stowell (Kentwood High School: Kent, WA), Laurie A Hayes (Retired Biomedicine Teacher: , CA)

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