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Thursday, July 21
8:20 AM - 9:20 AM
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Linking Literature and STEM in the PreK-8 Classroom

McCormick Place - W473

Sponsoring Company: SAE International

Attendees will explore different methods and student & teacher resources for enhancing real-world STEM skills with meaning-making literature. Using AWIM's award-winning STEM curriculum and complementary comic & children's books as examples, teachers will engage in discussions and hands-on activities they can facilitate in their classrooms. This workshop will also address how diverse representation in storytelling can foster more accessible & impactful STEM learning for all students. Participants will receive a free AWIM book.

Takeaways: Learn methods and resources for incorporating age-appropriate literature into hands-on STEM activities.

Speakers

Bonnie Thibodeau (SAE International: Warrendale, PA)

Thursday, July 21
8:20 AM - 9:20 AM
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Let's DIVE-in to Engineering and the Engineering Design Process

McCormick Place - W470a

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Students get engaged with practical and inquiry-based engineering experiences by using the DIVE-in method. This program was developed in partnership with the New York Hall of Science. Transform your classroom into an authentic makerspace with the DIVE process. Learn how to facilitate and use the design process through consensus.

Takeaways: Learn how to create a stomp-rocket using the engineering design process.

Speakers

Leslie Spaeny (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

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STEMscopes-2022-July21-Dive-In-Engineering-NSTA.pdf

Thursday, July 21
8:20 AM - 9:20 AM
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Engineering the Perfect Rube

McCormick Place - W192b

Sponsoring Company: Fisher Science Education and Eisco Scientific

Participants will have the opportunity to build a Rube Goldberg machine and engineer an overly complicated process to accomplish a simple task. Put your engineering and creative skills to the test as you create your own Rube Goldberg machine out of cardboard, tape, rubber bands, a toy car and other everyday items. Attendees will be broken into teams of five and given a set of raw materials. They will then have approximately forty minutes to work as a group to create a complex series of steps to pop a balloon. Attendance will be limited to the first twenty-five people to register. This is a joint workshop presented by Fisher Science Education and Eisco Scientific. This workshop has a maximum capacity of 25 participants.

Takeaways: Teachers will learn how to create a Rube Goldberg lab using excess materials and common laboratory items.

Speakers

Tom Wright (Thermo Fisher Scientific: Waltham, MA), Tim Montondo (Eisco Scientific LLC: Victor, NY)

Thursday, July 21
9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
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How to Design a STEM Engineering Challenge

McCormick Place - W474b

Sponsoring Company: PASCO scientific

Give your students a real-world engineering challenge! In this PASCO workshop, you will explore the relationship between momentum and impact forces with real-time measurement of collisions. You will design your own crash barrier to minimize the maximum collision force of a moving cart colliding into your barrier. Next, you will analyze your results to iterate and improve on your original design.  Attend for a chance to win equipment for your school!

Takeaways: Learn how to design a crash cushion to minimize the collision force of a moving cart and analyze the results to iterate and improve on your design.

Speakers

Jonathan Hanna (PASCO Scientific: Roseville, CA)

Thursday, July 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Engineer Physical Science Excitement with a Carolina STEM Challenge®

McCormick Place - W471a

Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Co.

Apply creative problem-solving skills and engineering practices to chemistry and physical science challenges with race cars and rockets. Experience how Carolina makes it easy to incorporate STEM into your classroom.

Takeaways: Teachers will take away hands-on experience in designing, making, and testing balloon race cars and reaction rockets.

Speakers

Patti Kopkau (Retired Educator: National City, MI)

Thursday, July 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Advancing Science Instruction with the Engineering Design Process

McCormick Place - W475a

Sponsoring Company: Great Minds

Dive into a PhD Science® module to explore the six steps of the Engineering Design Process and test a solution to a real-world problem.

Takeaways: PhD Science provides students with the opportunity for hands-on experiences that require the practical application of scientific processes.

Speakers

Ranell Blue (Great Minds: Washington, DC), Isaac Stauffer (Great Minds: Washington, DC)

Thursday, July 21
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Solid Composite Propellant Model Rocket Science Education

McCormick Place - W194b

Sponsoring Company: AeroTech/Quest, Div. of RCS Rocket Motor Component

Explore the differences between aerospace-grade solid composite propellant model rocket motors and traditional black powder model rocket motors in science education, STEM programs, TARC Competition, and collegiate rocket team activities. We'll assemble a Quest Astra III model rocket kit during the workshop to take back to your classroom.

Takeaways: In model rocket science education, AeroTech/Quest products have been "STEM from the beginning!”™

Speakers

Dane Boles (AeroTech / Quest Divison of RCS Rocket Motor Components, Inc.: , United States)

Thursday, July 21
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Crosscutting Concepts: Using a Familiar Perspective to Understand Your World

McCormick Place - W471a

Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Co.

How do crosscutting concepts link the ideas and practices of science across different domains and over time? We’ll show you practical examples to see how crosscutting concepts provide a foundation for student sensemaking of phenomena and problems.

Takeaways: 1. Define the seven crosscutting concepts; 2. Learn strategies to incorporate crosscutting concepts into science lessons; and 3. Understand how crosscutting concepts support student sensemaking.

Speakers

Bridget Hughes-Binstock (Carolina Biological Supply Co.: Burlington, NC)

Thursday, July 21
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Beyond Labz: Realistic Virtual Labs That Bridge the Gap Between Real Labs and Scientific Inquiry

McCormick Place - W473

Sponsoring Company: Beyond Labz

Workshop Summary: Beyond Labz is a set of sophisticated and realistic virtual laboratories that have been used by millions of students over the past 20 years. Subjects covered by the virtual labs include general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, physical science, and biology. We have recently updated the virtual labs so they are browser-based with a number of new features including tracking student lab books and the student journey through the lab. With over 20 years of experience and feedback from students and teachers worldwide, we have learned much about how to enhance and augment classroom and laboratory instruction using the virtual labs. In this presentation we will provide a brief update on the new features in Beyond Labz, and we will provide onboarding instructions and describe how to use the virtual laboratories in various curriculum settings and use cases, and we will show the labs can be used to enhance inquiry-based instruction. We will also describe some of the recent research we have performed using these and other simulation products we have created.

Takeaways: Beyond Labz simplifies and reduces the cost and expertise needed to provide crucial laboratory experiences and practice for Secondary and Higher Ed students. Attendees will learn how the labs are used for pre and post lab experiences, credit recovery and lab make-up, student engagement in class, and meeting NGSS standards. Basic onboarding and startup instructions will be provided for drop-in solutions, and instructions for using some of the more sophisticated features will also be described.

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Brian Woodfield (Brigham Young University: Provo, UT)

Thursday, July 21
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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Next Level Learning: Using Interactive STEM Cases to Power Up Thinking!

McCormick Place - W190b

Sponsoring Company: ExploreLearning

STEM cases are an integral part of meaningful inclusive and authentic learning. They can range from community awareness to global crises. Students can instantly make socio-emotional connections to the cases as the phenomenon they are reviewing can be happening just beyond the walls of their classrooms. (And studies show that when students make emotional connections, they are able to redirect more content into long-term memory storage!) In addition, STEM cases can support all students by differentiating delivery and assessment, using technology (which has its own modifications and accommodations), and by also providing handbooks for educators and students to create additional in depth pedagogy and experiences. Because we focus on the process, educators can assess science and engineering skills over time as students complete more than a dozen standards-based studies. Session Outline: 1) Participants will learn more about the value of providing a career-readiness approach to STEM learning. 2) We'll review the research behind an effective program like Interactive STEM Cases. 3) Participants will see how we can see real-time data collection and see how this approach makes sense to pause if we need to support a challenging concept 4) Participants will have an opportunity to jump into an Interactive STEM Case to get excited about adding this resource to their students’ tool kit.

Takeaways: The purpose of providing students with real-time scenarios to engage STEM enthusiasm.

Speakers

David Kanter (ExploreLearning: Charlottesville, VA)

Thursday, July 21
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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STEMscopes Showcase: What’s New at STEMscopes?

McCormick Place - W470a

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

If you're using STEMscopes (or wanna-be), this session is for you. Come see examples of the EXCITING and NEW ASPECTS to the most popular digital science curriculum during this showcase. Discover program enhancements, Google integration, streaming, coding, engineering, and much more.

Takeaways: Learn about STEMscopes' various components and programs by experienced users in a hands-on setting.

Speakers

Kenneth Heydrick (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Amanda McGee (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Ashley Mathis (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Bobby Barron (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Jacque Garcia (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Tammy Motley (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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STEMscopes-2022-July21-STEMscopes-Showcase-NSTA.pdf

Friday, July 22
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Python Coding with Vernier Sensors

McCormick Place - W471b

Sponsoring Company: Vernier Software & Technology

Learn how to integrate Vernier sensor data into Python coding. Explore how coding can enhance your students’ experience in the science classroom by providing another avenue of engagement. Teachers of science and coding alike will benefit from this hands-on workshop.

Takeaways: 1. Gain experience with hands-on technology that encourages students to explore and test different solutions and make connections to the real world; 2. Get access to free resources to keep students engaged while learning key scientific concepts either remotely or in the lab; and 3. Gain hands-on experiences with innovative products that increase student engagement, promote creativity and collaboration, and develop problem-solving skills.

Speakers

Tom Smith (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR), Dave Vernier (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR)

Friday, July 22
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Now Trending: Science Simulations to Make Things Stick!

McCormick Place - W190b

Sponsoring Company: ExploreLearning

Everyday events make us wonder. Some events are easily explained, while others cannot. When these events are examined and tested through virtual simulations, they give students an opportunity to think. Why do some objects float and others sink? What is the difference between a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse and how often does that happen? Learn how to use virtual simulations to help students dig deeper and get inspired by science and STEM phenomenon! Through this highly interactive session, educators will be able to understand the added value of including simulations to their current lab practices. Although hands-on activities are always important, simulations allow for a deeper understanding of content for all students. When coupled with hands-on learning, students can create more moments to explore, discover and apply new concepts. Simulations are repeatable (to allow for trial and error) so students can practice skills again and again to make STEM concepts stick!

Takeaways: Use of virtual simulations builds a deeper understanding of concepts.

Speakers

Jenna Mercury (ExploreLearning: Charlottesville, VA)

Friday, July 22
10:40 AM - 11:40 AM
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Getting Elementary Students Engaged in Science Early—Cheetahs, Elephants, Monkeys, Oh My! Becoming Animal Reporters

McCormick Place - W192b

Sponsoring Company: Imagine Learning/Twig

Participants will use their binoculars (made with their own hands) to participate in video investigations as animal reporters. First, we will discuss how to interpret and implement the NGSS that align with these lessons. Next, we will dig into video investigations of an elephant herd and answer some thinking questions on the video. Then, we will observe and compare animal body parts and animal defenses. Participants will be introduced to the amazing Oogpister Beetle and get a close up look at its unique defense capabilities. Then, we will talk about ELA connections with these science lessons and dig deeper into ELD support for students while using leveled readers. We will read about an actual practicing animal researcher while providing support and ELA connections. Then, we will discuss a dual language approach to teaching these lessons using Spanish resources. Finally, we will discuss how the videos and lessons are engaging for students while highlighting some student work examples.

Takeaways: Use highly-engaging real word topics to develop scientific literacy.

Speakers

Christopher Borjas (Santa Rosa Academy: Menifee, CA), Patricia Pape (Imagine Learning: Scottsdale, AZ)

Friday, July 22
10:40 AM - 11:40 AM
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Hands-On Plus! Driving Student-Centered Learning with Smithsonian Science for the Classroom K–5

McCormick Place - W471a

Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Co.

How does hands-on learning incorporate digital and print resources to promote active learning? See how Smithsonian Science for the Classroom engages students with science and engineering practices and promotes scientific literacy for all students.

Takeaways: 1. Experience a model lesson from Smithsonian Science for the Classroom; 2. Learn how to effectively integrate hands-on, print, and digital resources; and 3. Pick up strategies for putting student ideas front and center.

Speakers

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

Friday, July 22
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Sparking Interest in Computer Science with Unplugged Activities

McCormick Place - W473

Sponsoring Company: SAE International

With more states requiring computer science (CS) education for K-12 students, integrating computer science with other subject areas in a problem-based format is a practical way to expand students’ opportunities. Participants will learn about teaching “unplugged” lessons that support comprehension and application of concepts, to collaborative explorations that promote teamwork, creative problem-solving, and critical thinking. This interactive workshop will introduce AWIM’s CS curriculum series (including computational thinking, cybersecurity, and digital citizenship concepts) to demonstrate interactive methods for introducing students to basic computer programming and logic...even without computer access.

Takeaways: Discover activities, methods, and resources for facilitating effective & engaging computer science lessons independent of technology access.

Speakers

Bonnie Thibodeau (SAE International: Warrendale, PA)

Friday, July 22
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Got Milk? DNA, Enzymes, and Lactose Intolerance

McCormick Place - W471a

Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Co.

Examine enzymes through historical, cultural, and economical lenses by using lactase to produce lactose-free milk. Modify experimental conditions to design and test your own procedures.

Takeaways: Learn to make and use sodium alginate beads to encapsulate lactase to produce lactose-free milk ann then manipulate experimental variables to maximize lactose-free milk production.

Speakers

Laurie Nixon (Watauga High School: Boone, NC)

Friday, July 22
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Build a Heart with STEM...and Play-Doh!

McCormick Place - W194b

Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

You will learn how to build and code a four-chambered heart (no coding experience required) while learning about how the heart works. This is a great project for middle and high school science and STEM students!

Takeaways: Science and Engineering practices can be achieved in a practical and engaging process that requires students to apply science knowledge while developing some STEM skills.

Speakers

Jessica Kohout (Howard County Conservancy: Woodstock, MD)

Friday, July 22
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Feeling Moody?

McCormick Place - W194b

Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

We will bring science and coding together as participants learn to do some basic coding (no experience necessary) while developing a mood ring! The science of color mixing is explored while determining the right body temperature thresholds. Is fuchsia flirty? Should green be groovy? It’s up to you!

Takeaways: Educators will learn how to incorporate STEM/coding skills (no coding experience necessary) with science concepts to create a highly engaging lesson for students that tackles many of the science and engineering practices.

Speakers

Stacy Thibodeaux (Southside High School: Youngsville, LA)

Friday, July 22
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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Gamifying Energy and Climate Change Education

McCormick Place - W473

Sponsoring Company: Generation Atomic

Teachers will learn how to play MegaWatt, a new card game designed in the UK by engineers, and then how it can be utilized in the classroom to build students' understanding of how the electricity grid works and the array of externalities that can cause power outages or derail progress towards a clean energy future. The game is 3-5 plays and requires about 30 minutes to play, making it a great fit for most classroom sizes and blocks.

Takeaways: Teaching systems thinking with a well-designed card game can be done easily and engage students in a new and exciting way.

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Friday, July 22
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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STEMscopes Showcase: What’s New at STEMscopes?

McCormick Place - W470a

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

If you're using STEMscopes (or wanna-be), this session is for you. Come see examples of the EXCITING and NEW ASPECTS to the most popular digital science curriculum during this showcase. Discover program enhancements, Google integration, streaming, coding, engineering, and much more.

Takeaways: Learn about STEMscopes' various components and programs by experienced users in a hands-on setting.

Speakers

Kenneth Heydrick (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Amanda McGee (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Ashley Mathis (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Bobby Barron (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Jacque Garcia (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Tammy Motley (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
(Please login with your NSTA account to view the materials)

STEMscopes-2022-July22-STEMscopes-Showcase-NSTA (1).pdf

Friday, July 22
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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Making the Invisible Visible through Engineering Design: A focus group

McCormick Place - W475b

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Experience engineering design in action! Share your teacher insights as you evaluate competing design solutions for actual products. $50 Thank you gift certificate; first 20 participants.

Takeaways: Focus Group to provide feedback on competing design solutions for actual product.

Speakers

Tim Herman (MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling: Milwaukee, WI), Kim Parfitt (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI), Heather Ryan (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI), Kris Herman (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI)

Saturday, July 23
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Gravity Groove: The Hoverboard Challenge

McCormick Place - W192b

Sponsoring Company: Imagine Learning/Twig

In this session, we will explore the investigative question, “How can we make something defy the effects of gravity?” This lesson is based on the phenomenon that the poles of magnets attract and repel and when arranged to repel, they cause an object to hover. We will watch and discuss a video about hoverboards before participants take on the role of scientific advisors at a movie studio to construct a model of a hoverboard needed for an upcoming movie scene. A productive discussion language routine will then be outlined and demonstrated for use with pairs or small groups in the classroom. Talk moves will further show how to expand and clarify thinking and deepen reasoning. Participants will learn how to use the collect and display language routine to help students achieve discussion goals. Participants will also learn how to listen for the use of the three dimensions for sensemaking and bridging in order to use academic scientific language.

Takeaways: The powerful and effective approach of three-dimensional lesson design.

Speakers

Christopher Borjas (Santa Rosa Academy: Menifee, CA), Patricia Pape (Imagine Learning: Scottsdale, AZ)

Saturday, July 23
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Storytime STEM-packs: Connecting Children's Literature with STEM + Computer Science

McCormick Place - W190b

Sponsoring Company: Storytime STEM-packs

Let’s go on a Storytime STEM adventure! Each Storytime STEM+C Adventure uses children’s literature to equitably and actively engage children in science, mathematics, engineering, and computer science activities.  Get immersed in a storybook and then program a Bee-Bot robot to complete challenges connected to the story on a colorful story-themed mat. Experience first-hand some of the tools we have developed to support young children as they think through and document their program to allow for debugging their code if Bee-Bot goes astray. As part of the session, we will engage in an engineering design challenge and uncover the important math and science concepts featured in the Storytime STEM-pack. Independent evaluator reports show that children love Storytime STEM-packs and teachers appreciate that they are standards-aligned and user friendly. If you are looking for effective materials that make learning fun and engaging for kids, come join us and check out our integrated Storytime STEM + Computer Science Adventures!

Takeaways: Participants will learn how to use children's literature to equitably and actively engage children in STEM+C activities.

Speakers

Michele Burgess , Kristen Rice (Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3: Homestead, PA)

Saturday, July 23
9:20 AM - 10:20 AM
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Mysteries, Phenomena, Labs, and Engineering: Mosa Mack Science Demo

McCormick Place - W192a

Sponsoring Company: Mosa Mack Science

Discover an NGSS resource you can use in class next week. Award-winning phenomena, mysteries, labs, and engineering—all in one teacher-friendly resource. (Common Sense Education Learning Selection 2021)

Takeaways: Experience the excitement of Mosa Mack Science, see real student work, and walk away with free interactive lessons for your classroom.

Speakers

Lissa Johnson (Mosa Mack Science: Fairfield, CT), Lorraine Gueye (Mosa Mack Science: Fairfield, CT)

Saturday, July 23
9:20 AM - 10:20 AM
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Mission Blast-Off: Interdisciplinary Rocket Science

McCormick Place - W476

Sponsoring Company: Estes Education

What does it take for a rocket to launch? Join us for this mission to see how rocket science transcends STEM and beyond.

Takeaways: Model rocketry is an interdisciplinary tool for any classroom to provide hands-on, inquiry-based learning for all.

Speakers

Kathy Biernat (Educational Consultant: Franklin, WI)

Saturday, July 23
10:40 AM - 11:40 AM
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STEMscopes Showcase: What’s New at STEMscopes?

McCormick Place - W470a

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

If you're using STEMscopes (or wanna-be), this session is for you. Come see examples of the EXCITING and NEW ASPECTS to the most popular digital science curriculum during this showcase. Discover program enhancements, Google integration, streaming, coding, engineering, and much more.

Takeaways: Learn about STEMscopes' various components and programs by experienced users in a hands-on setting.

Speakers

Kenneth Heydrick (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Amanda McGee (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Ashley Mathis (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Bobby Barron (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Jacque Garcia (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Tammy Motley (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
(Please login with your NSTA account to view the materials)

STEMscopes-2022-July23-STEMscopes-Showcase-NSTA (1).pdf

Saturday, July 23
10:40 AM - 11:40 AM
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Blast Off with STEM Learning

McCormick Place - W476

Sponsoring Company: Estes Education

Learn model rocketry basics through NGSS based content and build a FREE rocket with us!

Takeaways: Model rocketry is your teaching companion to make engineering come to life for your students.

Speakers

Nicole Bayeur (Estes Industries: , United States)