NSTA Engage: Spring21

May 12-8, 2021

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Visual Scaffolds That Transform Content Vocabulary Instruction During Remote Instruction

Wednesday, April 14 • 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

STRAND: Continuing Effective Distance Learning Strategies Post-COVID

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

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

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

Phenomena to Scenario: Intentionally Moving from Inquiry to STEM Application

Saturday, April 17 • 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Phenomena to Scenario Planning Form_04.2021.pdf
Vasquez.Comer_WHERE Model Template_NSTA Engage Spring21 .pdf

STRAND: Community and Global Impacts on Classroom Learning

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

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

SPEAKERS:
Jo Anne Vasquez (NSTA President 96-97: , AZ), Michael Comer (Savvas Learning Co.: Paramus, NJ)

ASTC-Sponsored Session: Science Inquiry During Remote Learning

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


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
2021 SPDI Brochure (web version).pdf
Buoy data_Student_2021_NSTA.pdf
Buoy Data_Teacher_NSTA.pdf
Flipgrid document.docx
Insulate an Egg Remote Learning_Teacher_NGSS.pdf
Insulate an Egg_RemoteLearningAdapt.2021.pdf
Jamboard Padlet Comparison.pdf
Light and Temperature_NSTA.pdf
Marble Roller Coaster_Remote Learning_Teacher_NSTA.pdf
Marble Roller Coasters Lesson Plan_2021.pdf
Marble Roller Coasters Lesson Plan_2021.pdf
Roller Coaster Scale Drawing - Rockin Roller.pdf
Science During Remote Learning.pdf

STRAND: Continuing Effective Distance Learning Strategies Post-COVID

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Explore using the SEPs to make remote STE instruction inquiry based. Participate in a remote hands-on investigation. Receive a toolkit of resources, strategies, and instructional tools.

Materials needed:

  • Markers or crayons
  • Large sheet of heavy weight paper (11x17 or 8.5 x14)
  • 4–6 ice cubes all about the same size
  • 4 paper cups big enough to hold 2 ice cubes
  • Cooler or access to freezer to keep ice frozen
  • Aluminum tray
  • Black or white tray (take-out container will work)

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Leave with a toolkit of distance-learning practices and investigations to enhance students’ use of the SEPs; 2. Learn about distance-learning tools that support the engagement of all students in STE; and 3. Develop new ideas for performance-based assessments using distance-learning strategies.

SPEAKERS:
Rosemary Rak (Wade Institute for Science Education: Quincy, MA), Angela Damery (Wade Institute for Science Education: Quincy, MA), Sandra Ryack-Bell (Wade Institute for Science Education: Quincy, MA), Margaret Brumsted (Education Specialist: Riverside, RI)

Engagement Strategies and Resources for Remote and Face-to-Face Instruction

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

STRAND: Continuing Effective Distance Learning Strategies Post-COVID

Show Details

Participants explore strategies and resources for engaging students during face-to-face and virtual instruction. Equity, differentiation, and nonlinguistic representations of instruction and learning will be targeted.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. learn research-based strategies that increase student engagement so that all students are involved in the learning process; 2. learn new ways to increase the confidence of learners who may be reluctant to engage in classroom activities and discussions; and 3. obtain numerous activities, templates, games, resources, etc. they can use with their students. These can be used “as is” or modified to include other content based on the needs of the attendees.

SPEAKERS:
Iris Mudd (Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: Winston Salem, NC)

Phenomena to Scenario: Intentionally Moving from Inquiry to STEM Application

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


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Phenomena to Scenario Planning Form_04.2021.pdf
Vasquez.Comer_WHERE Model Template_NSTA Engage Spring21 .pdf

STRAND: Community and Global Impacts on Classroom Learning

Show Details

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

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

SPEAKERS:
Michael Comer (Savvas Learning Co.: Paramus, NJ), Jo Anne Vasquez (NSTA President 96-97: , AZ)

Visual Scaffolds That Transform Content Vocabulary Instruction During Remote Instruction

Wednesday, April 21 • 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

STRAND: Continuing Effective Distance Learning Strategies Post-COVID

Show Details

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

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

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

Earth Day: Sea Level Rise—What It Is; Why It’s Happening; Why It’s So Very, Very Dangerous; and What You Can Do About It

Thursday, April 22 • 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Presentation Slides - Sea Level Rise
Sea Level Rise Education and Data Resources
These materials support the NOAA presentation - Sea Level Rise: What It Is; Why It’s Happening; Why It’s So Very, Very Dangerous; and What You Can Do About It!

STRAND: Climate Justice and Climate Science

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This session engages participants in the exploration of middle school–oriented, classroom-ready, interactive, online, data-driven, three-dimensional activities and visualizations that present how sea level rise is caused by climate change, how NOAA monitors and measures these changes, how U.S. coastal regions are dangerously impacted by it, and how you can get up to $5,000 for your school to mitigate its impacts.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will: 1. explore a middle school–oriented classroom-ready multimedia module, and use data-driven NOAA websites that explain and visualize how climate change is causing sea levels to rise globally and impacting all U.S. coastal areas; 2. explore NOAA’s classroom-ready, Data in the Classroom modules: Investigating Sea Level Using Real Data, and learn how their students can use data from NOAA’s satellites and coastal stations to do the analysis to see sea level changing, and learn how they can integrate its inquiry-based resources into their classrooms today; and 3. learn about NOAA Planet Stewards, a Federal program that offers educators up to $5,000 to engage in hands-on stewardship activities to mitigate climate change and its impacts.

SPEAKERS:
Bruce Moravchik (NOAA National Ocean Service: Silver Spring, MD)

SEL During COVID-19: How Can We Slow the Spread of the COVID-19 Virus to Protect Our Communities?

Wednesday, April 28 • 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

STRAND: Social Emotional Learning and the Science Classroom

Show Details

Explore a simulation to discover how different mitigation strategies slow the spread of a virus (COVID) while experiencing a storyline around pandemics. Download: https://tinyurl.com/C19basicspread

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Participants will be introduced briefly to the anchor for a storyline around things people can do to help to slow the spread of a virus, using the current pandemic from COVID-19; 2. Through interacting and engaging with a simulation developed for this storyline, participants will explore the effects of different mitigation approaches on the spread of a virus; and 3. With the emotional toll the pandemic has had on everyone, participants will explore social-emotional activities and support for students.

SPEAKERS:
Dawn Novak (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL), Dan Voss (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL)

Making Science Inquiry Work for Emergent Bilinguals

Wednesday, April 28 • 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

STRAND: Supporting Equity in the Science Classroom

Show Details

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.

SPEAKERS:
Christopher Moore (University of Nebraska Omaha: Omaha, NE)

Empower Environmental Changemakers with Soil Quest’s Action Project to Sequester Carbon and Reduce Climate Change

Wednesday, April 28 • 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Instructional Storyline - Soil Quest.pdf
This storyline pdf describes what happens on each of the Quest's webpages, and offers additional instructional ideas.
Project Hero's Soil Quest (Captain Planet Foundation)
Our session will explore how you can use this Quest as a local action PBL experience. It was developed in collaboration with Kiss the Ground.
Soil QUEST Overview.pdf

STRAND: Climate Justice and Climate Science

Show Details

Using Project Hero’s online Soil Quest and Q-U-E-S-T framework, guide learners to design projects that sequester carbon, restore soil’s health, and slow climate change.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. work with the online PBL Soil Quest platform (https://herofortheplanet.org/healthysoils) as a model for empowering students to use the understanding of science concepts to design and carry out a solution to a local soil problem; 2. understand how to teach the connection between soil-carbon-climate change concepts through Quest activities and investigations (aligned to the NGSS), and lay the foundation for designing and carrying out this project; and 3. gather ideas for how the soil project, and lessons for supporting concepts, could fit into current NGSS-focused curricula (i.e., concepts around healthy soil ecosystems, carbon cycle and sequestration, climate change, and design of conventional and regenerative farming and gardening practices), and connect to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

SPEAKERS:
Laura Arndt (Global GreenSTEM: Franktown, CO)

Engagement Strategies and Resources for Remote and Face-to-Face Instruction

Thursday, April 29 • 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

STRAND: Continuing Effective Distance Learning Strategies Post-COVID

Show Details

Participants explore strategies and resources for engaging students during face-to-face and virtual instruction. Equity, differentiation, and nonlinguistic representations of instruction and learning will be targeted.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. learn research-based strategies that increase student engagement so that all students are involved in the learning process; 2. learn new ways to increase the confidence of learners who may be reluctant to engage in classroom activities and discussions; and 3. obtain numerous activities, templates, games, resources, etc. they can use with their students. These can be used “as is” or modified to include other content based on the needs of the attendees.

SPEAKERS:
Iris Mudd (Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: Winston Salem, NC)

Preservice Day Session: Engaging in Climate Science

Wednesday, May 5 • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
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 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
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.
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
Local Climate Empirical Oahu 2020 AMS Lesson Revised
Presentation from Engaging in Climate Science
PDF of the presentation to accompany the three activities presented in the session.
Simple Climate Modeling V2 1
Weblinks from session
Weblinks associated with Engaging in Climate Science presentation.

STRAND: Climate Justice and Climate Science

Show Details

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.

SPEAKERS:
Richard Jones (University of Hawaii-West Oahu: Kaploei, HI)

Bringing Indigenous Ways of Knowing into Place-Based STEM Projects

Thursday, May 6 • 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
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.

STRAND: Supporting Equity in the Science Classroom

Show Details

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.

SPEAKERS:
RunningHorse Livingston (Mathematize, Inc.: Madison, WI), Pte Ska Hinapa Wi Poor Bear (Indigenous Educator and Knowledge Keeper: Denver, CO), Laura Arndt (Global GreenSTEM: Franktown, CO)

Designing Your Own Online Labs

Saturday, May 8 • 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
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.

STRAND: Continuing Effective Distance Learning Strategies Post-COVID

Show Details

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.

SPEAKERS:
Zack Stockbridge (Southwestern Community College: Sylva, NC)

ASTE-Sponsord Session: Mill Mothers' Lament: Employing 3-D Learning to Support Justice-Oriented Science Teacher Education

Saturday, May 8 • 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

STRAND: Supporting Equity in the Science Classroom

Show Details

Investigate an historic epidemic that disproportionately impacted persons experiencing poverty 100 years ago. We'll use materials designed to support preservice and inservice teachers’ critical science consciousness.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn: 1. that making connections between science and systemic inequities explicit is a culturally relevant practice; 2. how exploring systemic inequities through science practices, disciplinary content, and crosscutting concepts supports teacher candidates’ critical consciousness development; and 3. how to create a critical inquiry case study around an issue of interest in their own instructional context.

SPEAKERS:
Lenora Crabtree (The University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Charlotte, NC)

Data, Graphs, Tables, Oh My! Strategies to Integrate Data Literacy and Pedagogy into Existing Science Curricula

Saturday, May 8 • 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM


(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
“Data, Graphs, Tables, Oh My!" Resource Document
We will use this interactive Resource Document during the workshop to access activity materials and additional resources related to the topics discussed.

STRAND: Integrating Science and Literacy

Show Details

Leverage how people learn to integrate key data skills with your science content through tips and strategies to engage with real-world data, science, and literacy.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will gain: 1. a framework for thinking about how people learn with data and what the steps are along the progression from being a novice to expert user of data in STEM; 2. strategies and resources to use in our existing science teaching to better set students up for success in the future as they build their mastery of data skills to become more data and science literate, without adding more stress on a crowded curriculum; and 3. a suite of tips and tricks to integrate into your current science curriculum that enhance how students work with data to learn the content, ask questions and explore the data, analyze and interpret the data, and critically evaluate evidence and claims.

SPEAKERS:
Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, LLC)

Engaging Nature Through Multiple Lenses

Saturday, May 8 • 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

STRAND: Supporting Equity in the Science Classroom

Show Details

Bring science processes and SEL alive using wonder and the natural world. Free online resources help in-person or virtual teachers access nature with students.

Note: If you are able to watch this short video "Pocket Worlds" BEFORE the session, it will be beneficial to you. 

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. learn how to access and use a suite of free web-based resources designed to promote discovery learning in nature; 2. experience the lesson individually and discuss it with colleagues to make meaning and increase relevance for both teachers and their students; and 3. share and discuss applications for using these tools for discovery learning in their own setting.

SPEAKERS:
John DiDiego (Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont: Townsend, TN)

ASTC-Sponsored Session: Inspiring the Next Generation of Women in STEM

Saturday, May 8 • 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

STRAND: Supporting Equity in the Science Classroom

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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.

SPEAKERS:
Jessica Hay (National Girls Collaborative Project: Seattle, WA)

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