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Thursday, July 21
8:20 AM - 9:20 AM
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Coronavirus: From genome sequencing to mRNA vaccine production, in less than one year!

McCormick Place - W475b

Sponsoring Company: Center for BioMolecular Modeling

COVID 19: Science to the Rescue! The COVID19 pandemic has created many challenges for educators over the past two years. Amidst all this chaos, there is one positive outcome of this pandemic – it has provided educators in the molecular biosciences with an opportunity to highlight the power of modern biology and the many ways in which this science has been used to provide solutions to the control of this virus. This workshop will tell the story of the COVID19 pandemic from the perspective of the CoV-2 virus, the structure of the spike protein, the molecular mechanism of the infections process and the successful application of an mRNA vaccine to provide protection from infection. Workshop participants will use physical models of the CoV-2 coronavirus – enhanced by Augmented Reality – to explore these topics.

Takeaways: The nucleotide sequence of the CoV-2 RNA genome was the first step in vaccine development.

Speakers

Tim Herman (MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling: Milwaukee, WI)

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Coronavirus From Genome Sequence to mRNA Vaccine Production, in Less than One
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Thursday, July 21
8:20 AM - 9:20 AM
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Tracing the Spread of COVID

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: Edvotek

Respiratory viruses like influenza or COVID can lead to worldwide pandemics. We’ll discuss how diseases spread and perform experiments to explore how disease testing works.

Takeaways: Attendees will explore pathology of common diseases, including clinical testing and epidemiology of pathogens.

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Brian Ell (Edvotek Inc.: Washington, DC), Danielle Snowflack (Edvotek Inc.: Washington, DC)

Thursday, July 21
8:20 AM - 9:20 AM
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Phenomenal Classroom Critters

McCormick Place - W471a

Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Co.

Add excitement to your class with live organisms! Discover simple hands-on ways to explore evolution, adaptation, and behavior with  insects and arthropods. Learn care, handling, and integration of organisms with NGSS standards.

Takeaways: Teachers will takeaway firsthand knowledge and skills to select, handle, and successfully keep insects and arthropods in the classroom.

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Laurie Nixon (Watauga High School: Boone, NC)

Thursday, July 21
8:20 AM - 9:20 AM
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Genes in Space: Genetics Research on the International Space Station, Free Biotech Equipment, and More!

McCormick Place - W476

Sponsoring Company: miniPCR bio

Genes in Space is an experimental design competition that invites students in middle and high school to design biology experiments addressing challenges faced by space travelers. Each year, one winning project is launched to the International Space Station, where it is carried out by astronauts. Join us to learn how the contest can engage your students in authentic research combining science and engineering practices. We will also share how you can access free Genes in Space classroom resources, including lesson plans, classroom activities, explainer videos, and biotechnology equipment loans.

Takeaways: Engage students in an experimental design contest, access free classroom resources including lesson plans, activities, videos, and biotechnology equipment loans, and make a real-world scientific contribution for a chance to launch your experiment to the International Space Station

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Bruce Bryan (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

Thursday, July 21
8:20 AM - 9:20 AM
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How to Seriously Succeed Through Play: The Research Behind Game-Based Learning

McCormick Place - W190b

Sponsoring Company: Legends of Learning

Attendees will learn how employing game-based learning (GBL) engages and develops all learners. Understand how games empower students, develop critical thinking skills, provide instant feedback (and more) to develop content mastery as well as social-emotional learning. Game-Based Learning: encourages players to take risks without fear of failure, provides instant feedback that takes advantage of the richest teachable moments, creates individualized experiences through student agency, develops 21st century skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, allows students to experience that actions have ramifications, and invites all students to engage, providing expanded opportunities for equitable learning. Attendees will experience examples of each of these benefits, discuss how they could apply to their own classrooms, and will learn about the research that supports them. Attendees will collaborate with each other as they explore and discuss concepts during the session. They will also investigate how to apply game-based learning to creating experiences that address their own learning objectives.

Takeaways: Apply game-based learning to make a difference to your students.

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Janet Pittock (director: , CA)

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Thursday, July 21
9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
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Let's Get Physical: Human Physiology Experiments

McCormick Place - W471b

Sponsoring Company: Vernier Software & Technology

Get active and participate in hands-on experiments. Explore limb position and grip strength, balance, and EKGs/EMGs experiments designed to encourage students to think about the physiology of various human organ systems. Walk away with valuable information, including sample labs and teaching tips.

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.

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Colleen McDaniel (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR), Nüsret Hisim (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR)

Thursday, July 21
9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
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Teaching the Polymerase Chain Reaction in One Lab Period

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: Edvotek

Want to learn today’s top biotechnology techniques? Join us for a hands-on exploration of PCR and electrophoresis in one hour using the EdvoCyclerJr and the EDGE!

Takeaways: Attendees will explore the science behind the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and learn strategies for performing PCR in short class periods.

Speakers

Brian Ell (Edvotek Inc.: Washington, DC), Danielle Snowflack (Edvotek Inc.: Washington, DC)

Thursday, July 21
9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
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Zombie Apocalypse!

McCormick Place - W194b

Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

Attendees will explore disease modeling through the use of real (virtual) ZOMBIES!

Takeaways: 1. This session will explore disease-spread modeling using fictional zombies; 2. Attendees will also see how using Hollywood themes combined with actual STEM careers can be a fun way to engage students in learning science and STEM; and 3. Attendees will find out about free science and STEM lessons from Texas Instruments.

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Jeffrey Lukens (Retired Science Teacher: Sioux Falls, SD)

Thursday, July 21
9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
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It’s Phenomenal! Using Real-World Connections to Support Three Dimensional Learning

McCormick Place - W192a

Sponsoring Company: Savvas Learning Company

What's so phenomenal about phenomena? Join the Savvas science team for an engaging, hands-on workshop as we explore the purpose of phenomena, the power of using it to drive your instruction, and the way it will support your students as they bring their own life experiences into your classroom. Attendees will leave with purposeful strategies they can replicate in their classrooms immediately.

Takeaways: Experience 3 different phenomena-based teaching strategies that can be used in your own classroom.

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

Thursday, July 21
9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
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Bringing authentic hands-on investigations to the molecular biology classroom using fluorescence

McCormick Place - W476

Sponsoring Company: miniPCR bio

Discover a completely new approach to studying DNA and enzymes. Using fluorescence your students can now directly visualize DNA base pairing and explore the effects of temperature, pH, and genetic sequence on DNA structure. Then see how inhibitors, concentration, temperature and pH affect the rate of enzymatic reactions. Go beyond building models; watch biology glow!

Takeaways: Explore the connection between DNA sequence and DNA structure and investigate the properties of enzymes including competitive inhibition.

Speakers

Bruce Bryan (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

Thursday, July 21
9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
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Inside and Out: Making membranes memorable with models

McCormick Place - W475b

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Participants will examine the structure of phospholipids and how it shapes the function of the cell membrane using multiple representations including hands-on models. Cellular processes like active and passive transport will be explored while demonstrating how these models can amplify traditional biology labs and classroom activities. Participants will explore examples of membranes in action that can be applied to units on genetics and evolution to extend the reach of the models throughout the school year.

Takeaways: Students can create and revise models to explore how the structure of phospholipids influences the function of cell membranes.

Speakers

Kim Parfitt (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI)

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Inside & Out_ Making Membranes Memorable with Models.pptx
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Thursday, July 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Using The Science Practices to Explore Selection in Finches With HHMI BioInteractive

McCormick Place - W474a

Sponsoring Company: HHMI BioInteractive

Create and revise a model as new information is introduced. Engage in collaborative problem-solving around observed scientific phenomena. Model the "teacher-as-facilitator" approach to students "figuring out" the science concepts from the data provided.

Takeaways: Create and revise a model as new information is introduced. Engage in collaborative problem-solving around observed scientific phenomena. Model the "teacher-as-facilitator" approach to students "figuring out" the science concepts from the data provided.

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Michele Koehler (Riverside Brookfield District 208: Riverside, IL), Jason Crean (Lyons Township High School South: Western Springs, IL)

Thursday, July 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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NGSS Biology: Exploring the evolutionary connection between Cystic Fibrosis and Tuberculosis

McCormick Place - W470b

Sponsoring Company: Lab-Aids

Use a computer simulation to analyze and interpret mathematical data that explores the evolutionary connection between cystic fibrosis (a genetic disease) and tuberculosis (an infectious disease) and evaluate mathematical representation. Learn about the cause-and-effect relationship between being a CF carrier and experiencing less severe TB symptoms. Explore he mathematical effects of changing environmental variables (prevalence of TB and access to high quality health care) on the frequency of the CF mutation; and make predictions about the future frequency of the CF mutation based on advances in treatment of CF.

Takeaways: Learn about the cause-and-effect relationship between being a Cystic Fibrosis carrier and experiencing less severe Tuberculosis symptoms.

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Wendy Jackson (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

Thursday, July 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Using Maggots, Flies, and Flesh to Solve a Mystery!

McCormick Place - W194b

Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

An empty field. A human corpse. Maggots and flies. Who is the victim? What happened? Can you solve the mystery? This middle and high school activity will challenge you to apply science and deductive reasoning to determine what happened!

Takeaways: 1. Forensic science is a STEM career field that combines science, math, and criminal justice concepts; 2. Understanding the natural process of decomposition can help investigators narrow in on identifying victims and causes of death; and 3. Using stories is a great way to engage students and provide context to the science/STEM they are learning.

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Jeffrey Lukens (Retired Science Teacher: Sioux Falls, SD)

Thursday, July 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Computational Thinking and Coding in the Science Classroom

McCormick Place - W474b

Sponsoring Company: PASCO scientific

Bridging the gap between science and coding can be challenging without the proper support. In this workshop, you'll learn how to use block-based coding as part of your existing physical and life science activities by integrating it into students' data collection process. Learn how you can help students develop computational thinking skills alongside science literacy without reinventing your curriculum.

Takeaways: Learn how to incorporate block-based coding into your current physical and life science activities.

Speakers

Barbara Pugliese (PASCO Scientific: Roseville, CA), Jonathan Hanna (PASCO Scientific: Roseville, CA)

Thursday, July 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Left at the Scene of the Crime: High School Forensics

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: Edvotek

Forensic science combines disciplines to determine “whodunit.” In this workshop, learn how to merge hands-on biotechnology experiments with literacy exercises to create an immersive lesson.

Takeaways: Attendees will perform hands-on biotechnology experiments that will allow them to discuss the implications of genetic fingerprinting and blood testing of forensic samples in class.

Speakers

Brian Ell (Edvotek Inc.: Washington, DC), Danielle Snowflack (Edvotek Inc.: Washington, DC)

Thursday, July 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Beginner Biotech: Electrophoresis for the STEM classroom

McCormick Place - W476

Sponsoring Company: miniPCR bio

Teach electrophoresis from the inside out. The BanditTM STEM Electrophoresis Kit allows students to build a working gel electrophoresis apparatus. After building it, they use their fully functioning system to run an electrophoresis lab. Link the concepts of circuits, electric fields, and charged particles through this essential biotechnology tool as students will make connections across scientific disciplines. With the accompanying high-quality curriculum, you'll perform molecular biology labs on a budget you didn't think was possible!

Takeaways: Connect the physical sciences to biotechnology techniques and implement accessible and affordable electrophoresis for all levels, ranging from Mendelian inheritance to molecular genetics.

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Bruce Bryan (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

Thursday, July 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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When Cells Talk, Things Happen: Cell Signaling

McCormick Place - W475b

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

During this workshop, participants will work explore cell communication using hands-on models of synapses. Participants will experience how using models to explore abstract concepts deepens student understanding and inquiry for students and provides opportunities for formative assessments of student understanding. Participants will also have opportunities to deepen and challenge their own conceptual understanding of cell communication by altering the biochemical events within the synapses. These changes will reflect what happens when synapses are disturbed by drugs, including both prescription and drugs of abuse, as well as some mental health disorders. Finally, ideas for three-dimensional summative assessments will be explored.

Takeaways: Hands on models of synapses let students explore cell communication and the structure and function relationship of proteins and signaling molecules including toxins and drugs.

Speakers

Kim Parfitt (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI)

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Thursday, July 21
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Sweet Science: Exploring Complex Mixtures with Biotechnology

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: Edvotek

Explore the science of candy colors! In this hands-on workshop, we’ll use electrophoresis and chromatography to separate mixtures of molecules based on their physical properties.

Takeaways: Attendees will explore the physical properties of molecules using chromatography and electrophoresis.

Speakers

Brian Ell (Edvotek Inc.: Washington, DC), Danielle Snowflack (Edvotek Inc.: Washington, DC)

Thursday, July 21
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Creating Effective Storylines: How to Help Students Make Connections Between Concepts

McCormick Place - W192a

Sponsoring Company: Savvas Learning Company

Come see how to create storylines that scaffold students' thinking and help them make connections between science concepts.

Takeaways: * Engage in phenomena from different content areas that can be used at different grade-levels. * Learn strategies to scaffold students' thinking. * Develop strategies to help students generate questions

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Jesse Wilcox (University of Northern Iowa: Cedar Falls, IA)

Thursday, July 21
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Making Sense of Genetic Information Through Modeling: Replication, Transcription, and Translation

McCormick Place - W475b

Sponsoring Company: Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Teachers explore strategies that make student thinking visible while engaging all students with models to investigate the elegance of the Central Dogma of biology. Using the Flow of Genetic Information Kit and instructional strategies that promote modeling, revision of models, collaboration, and reflection, teachers will identify how modeling can be used to reveal student understanding of DNA and RNA structure and function. Teachers will investigate their own ideas and anticipate student ideas in using models. Teachers will explore how models for replication, transcription, and translation can provide spiraling instruction throughout a semester in order to enhance student success with complex ideas.

Takeaways: Teachers will identify how modeling can be used to reveal student understanding of DNA and RNA structure and function.

Speakers

Tim Herman (MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling: Milwaukee, WI)

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Making Sense of Genetic Information Through Modeling Replication, Transcription
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Thursday, July 21
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Teaching with Co-Lob-Orate

McCormick Place - W192b

Sponsoring Company: Fisher Science Education & Aldon

Looking for ways to connect your classroom, regardless of whether students are in school or at home? Co-lab-orate is an innovative digital lab notebook that allows educators to easily create, assign, and grade lab reports, while helping students communicate with their classmates and teachers. Co-lab-orate can be used to complete hands-on activities done individually or in a group setting, when working at school or remotely. Join Fisher Science Education and Aldon as we conduct an experiment while showcasing Co-lab-Orate’s game changing and cost-effective teaching platform!

Takeaways: Attendees will perform a lab experiment and record the results on their own device experiencing the full power of Co-Lab-Orate.

Speakers

Kymberly Hall , Alex Molinich (Aldon Corporation: Avon, NY)

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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Manipulating DNA using CRISPR/Cas9 in an in vitro system

McCormick Place - W476

Sponsoring Company: miniPCR bio

Bring authentic CRISPR/Cas9 to your class in the most easy-to-implement format possible. Use Cas9 enzyme paired with different guide RNAs to target specific DNA sequences. Use sequence analysis to predict where Cas9 will cut, then perform the experiment and compare predictions to results using DNA gel electrophoresis. Get to the heart of CRISPR/Cas9 function without the need for live organisms or complicated procedures. Real CRISPR/Cas is more accessible than you ever thought possible!

Takeaways: Use real Cas9 enzyme to target and cut DNA with clear gel electrophoresis readouts to view results.

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Bruce Bryan (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

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.

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David Kanter (ExploreLearning: Charlottesville, VA)

Thursday, July 21
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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Connect and Collect: Photosynthesis in Minutes

McCormick Place - W471b

Sponsoring Company: Vernier Software & Technology

Stop counting bubbles. It has never been easier to visualize photosynthesis in the classroom. Use the latest technology to measure photosynthesis and the variables that affect it. Bring your own device with our Graphical Analysis app installed or use our devices. All activities are available as a free download for attendees.

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.

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Colleen McDaniel (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR), Nüsret Hisim (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR)

Thursday, July 21
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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What Is a Phenomenon Anyway?

McCormick Place - W194b

Sponsoring Company: Phenomenon Science Education

In this session, we will explore what phenomena are by looking at examples and non-examples and using criteria to figure out the differences.

Takeaways: Participants will be given criteria and guidelines that they will use to evaluate science phenomena.

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Sharon Cates (Phenomenon Science Education: Amherst, MA), Joshua Smith (Phenomenon Science Education: Novato, CA)

Thursday, July 21
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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Next Generation Dissection

McCormick Place - W471a

Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Co.

Is there still a place for dissections in the NGSS classroom? The answer is yes! We will demonstrate how to integrate the three dimensions of learning while highlighting adaptations and the relationship between structure and function with a frog dissection.

Takeaways: Learn how to integrate dissection into the NGSS classroom and expereience a review of frog dissection techniques and anatomy.

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Patti Kopkau (Retired Educator: National City, MI)

Thursday, July 21
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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Exploring the Genetics of Taste: SNP Analysis of the PTC Gene Using PCR

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: Edvotek

Explore the relationship between genotype and phenotype using your sense of taste and biotechnology! Examine variations in your bitter taste receptor with PCR and electrophoresis.

Takeaways: Attendees will explore the link between genotype and phenotype using PCR and a PTC tasting assay.

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Brian Ell (Edvotek Inc.: Washington, DC), Danielle Snowflack (Edvotek Inc.: Washington, DC)

Thursday, July 21
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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Teaching Conservation Genetics with the Duke Lemur Center

McCormick Place - W476

Sponsoring Company: miniPCR bio

Bring your students on an expedition to Madagascar! Analyze morphological data and run electrophoresis gels to determine whether researchers have rediscovered a species of lemur once thought to be extinct. Your students will analyze actual field data, construct phylogenetic trees from DNA sequence data, and compare generalist and specialist species facing ecological change. This collaboration with the Duke Lemur Center was designed with the goal of bringing molecular techniques to Ecology and Evolution units and is based directly on their published and unpublished data. As either a quick, single-period gel electrophoresis lab or a weeklong mini-unit, this lab offers flexibility, engagement, and high-quality curriculum.

Takeaways: Bring molecular approaches to ecology and evolution units by exploring authentic data from researchers at the Duke Lemur Center

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Bruce Bryan (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

Thursday, July 21
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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Demystifying Protein Dimensionality & Exploring Enzymes

McCormick Place - W475b

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Are your students confused about protein structure and its relationship to its function? In this hands-on, interactive session, explore how proteins get their dimensionality. Then focus on enzymes, their active sites, and which factors limit enzyme activity. Finally, learn some tips to aid your students in interpreting results from the catalase lab. Extend your students' learning with these NGSS, AP, or IB consistent lessons.  Participants will: • Demonstrate how the unique properties of the 20 amino acids determine the final shape of the protein. • Experience how modifications to the enzyme active site affects its reactivity. • Apply knowledge of enzymes to explain the results of the catalase lab.

Takeaways: Participants will explore how the unique properties of amino acids determine the final structure of a protein and how that structure impact’s function.

Speakers

Ruth Hutson (Blue Valley High/Middle School: Randolph, KS)

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Demystifying Protein Dimensionality Exploring Enzymes

Friday, July 22
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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In the Tube Where it Happens: Using Models to Support Understanding in Biotechnology

McCormick Place - W475b

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Educators will use models to experience strategies that engage students in making sense of patterns in molecular structures and functions that have led to advances in biotechnology. Strategies will include collaborative sense-making, using models as explanations, and reflect on learning. Teachers will describe the structures of DNA and enzymes that researchers capitalize on to create biotechnology applications such as restriction enzymes and PCR. Teachers will identify how models, conceptional and physical, can be used by students to reveal their ideas and understandings. Teachers will identify formative assessment opportunities in the modeling process.

Takeaways: Teachers will experience how models, conceptual and physical, can be used by students to reveal their ideas and understanding.

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Mark Arnholt (Hartford Union High School District: Hartford, WI)

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In the Tube Where it Happens

Friday, July 22
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Using Biotechnology to Diagnose HIV/AIDS

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: Edvotek

HIV is a sneaky virus. Once inside the body, it suppresses the immune system. Learn about testing, tracing, and treatment using a simulated diagnostic ELISA!

Takeaways: Attendees will explore medical testing for common diseases, including how they work and what they mean.

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Danielle Snowflack (Edvotek Inc.: Washington, DC), Brian Ell (Edvotek Inc.: Washington, DC)

Friday, July 22
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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SGI Biology: Looking for Patterns in Species Diversity

McCormick Place - W470b

Sponsoring Company: Lab-Aids

Look for patterns in species diversity in coral reef ecosystems and other animals to determine cause and effect of relationship and understand how ecosystem interactions affect patterns of biological diversity. Takeaways: 1. Compare maps showing the geographical ranges of several different species and several different abiotic factors; 2. For each species, determine which abiotic factors correlate with species diversity and which do not; and 3. Consider the importance of species diversity to an ecosystem.

Takeaways: 1. Compare maps showing the geographical ranges of several different species and several different abiotic factors; 2. For each species, determine which abiotic factors correlate with species diversity and which do not; and 3. Consider the importance of species diversity to an ecosystem.

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Wendy Jackson (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

Friday, July 22
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Tracking SARS-CoV-2 Spread Using an Easy Gel Electrophoresis

McCormick Place - W475a

Sponsoring Company: Bio-Rad Laboratories

Outbreak! A new viral disease is spreading rapidly, but how? Analyze patient DNA samples to determine who was infected and figure out how it spreads.

Takeaways: 1. Walk through a customizable scenario for the classroom in which students use epidemiological techniques to figure out how a novel disease might be spreading; 2. Analyze DNA using agarose gel electrophoresis to determine the infection status of a large set of patients; and 3. See how this adaptable public health and epidemiological puzzle is an excellent context to teach viral disease biology.

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Leigh Brown (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA)

Friday, July 22
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Take the Mess and Stress Out of Bacterial Transformation

McCormick Place - W472

Sponsoring Company: MiniOne Systems

Simplified prep and innovative technology makes your bacterial transformation work for you, not the other way around. In this workshop, you will perform transformation in a few simple steps without the water bath and ice bucket, and use a new innovative media plate that comes pre-made. See how this lab will let you spend your time teaching and analyzing data, not prepping.

Takeaways: Learn about a faster, simpler, and more reliable way to teach bacterial transformation

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Jody Saxton West (Northfield High School: Northfield, MN)

Friday, July 22
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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AUTOPSY: Forensic Dissection Featuring Carolina’s Perfect Solution Pigs

McCormick Place - W471a

Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Co.

This “real” classroom autopsy revitalizes your mammalian structure and function lesson to three-dimensional instruction and addresses standards. Participants dissect a Carolina’s Perfect Solution® pig by modeling the protocols of a professional forensic pathologist.

Takeaways: Participants dissect a Carolina’s Perfect Solution® pig by modeling the protocols of a professional forensic pathologist.

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Patti Kopkau (Retired Educator: National City, MI)

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
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Exploring mendelian inheritance with a litter of Labradoodles

McCormick Place - W476

Sponsoring Company: miniPCR bio

Furry puppies and Mendelian genetics, two things everybody loves! This activity invites students to trace the inheritance of the furnishings trait (the presence of a mustache and bushy eyebrows in dogs) in a litter of puppies. Molly the labradoodle has had a litter of puppies, but who’s the dad? Is it Otto the labradoodle or Zeus the poodle? Students use Punnett squares to make predictions then run electrophoresis gels to determine the answer. There will be puppy pictures!

Takeaways: Connect genotype to phenotype, use Punnett squares to predict inheritance of a Mendelian trait, and run electrophoresis gels to connect modern genetic tools to classical Mendelian inheritance

Speakers

Bruce Bryan (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

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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Life Science NGSS Activity—The Full Course: Modeling Antibiotic Resistance

McCormick Place - W470b

Sponsoring Company: Lab-Aids

Students use a model to explore the cause-and-effect relationship between inappropriate use of antibiotics and the phenomenon of the evolution of antibiotic resistance. As they use the model, students use mathematical representations to support their analysis of patterns and trends in the results and to develop explanations for how and why the population of bacteria is changing. Takeaways: 1. Model the effect of antibiotics on a population of bacteria with a range of antibiotic resistance; 2. Compare the effects of appropriate and inappropriate use of antibiotics on a population of bacteria; and 3. Explain how a population of highly resistant bacteria can evolve.

Takeaways: 1. Model the effect of antibiotics on a population of bacteria with a range of antibiotic resistance; 2. Compare the effects of appropriate and inappropriate use of antibiotics on a population of bacteria; and 3. Explain how a population of highly resistant bacteria can evolve.

Speakers

Misty Richmond (James Ward Elementary School: Chicago, IL)

Friday, July 22
10:40 AM - 11:40 AM
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Cut, Paste, Confirm: Real CRISPR Gene Editing and PCR Genotyping

McCormick Place - W475a

Sponsoring Company: Bio-Rad Laboratories

Dig into CRISPR, a revolutionary technology in gene therapy. Learn about a classroom CRISPR lab activity with robust controls and a free paper model.

Takeaways: 1. Learn about a lab activity in which students do real CRISPR gene editing and confirm the chromosomal edit with PCR; 2. Receive and practice using a free paper model to teach the function of Cas9, a key protein in CRISPR technology; and 3. Hear the latest in CRISPR technology, including current efforts in gene therapy.

Speakers

Leigh Brown (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA), Tamica Stubbs (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA)

Friday, July 22
10:40 AM - 11:40 AM
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Taking Macromolecules to Micro!

McCormick Place - W472

Sponsoring Company: MiniOne Systems

Finally a FUN way to teach macromolecules without the crazy prep! In this microscaled lab activity, students can test for starch, glucose, protein, lipids and even DNA, without the need for large volumes of reagents, cleaning test tubes, or boiling reagents. Students can use their new knowledge to perform tests on some unusual samples.

Takeaways: Get hands on with a lab thgat takes only minutes to set up, uses less reagent and take less time to test for protein, starch, glucose, lipids and DNA, then apply this microscaled protocol to test other samples for these 5 macromolecules

Speakers

Jody Saxton West (Northfield High School: Northfield, MN)

Friday, July 22
10:40 AM - 11:40 AM
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Exploring STEAM with Transformation

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: Edvotek

Creating colorful transformed bacteria is an unforgettable way to teach the central dogma of molecular biology. Learn how to use transformed bacteria to create bio-art!

Takeaways: Attendees will learn about bacterial transformation and the ways that the technique explores the relationship between genotype and phenotype.

Speakers

Danielle Snowflack (Edvotek Inc.: Washington, DC), Brian Ell (Edvotek Inc.: Washington, DC)

Friday, July 22
10:40 AM - 11:40 AM
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Bring molecular genetics to your biology classroom with PTC tasting

McCormick Place - W476

Sponsoring Company: miniPCR bio

miniPCR bio™ is the leader in bringing PCR and gel electrophoresis into classrooms with affordable, innovative, hands-on tools and activities. Join us to explore how small genetic changes can change our ability to perceive the world around us. The TAS2R38 taste receptor gene can confer the phenotypic ability to taste the chemical phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) and other bitter flavors. Your students can test their own TAS2R38 taste receptor gene and determine whether they have taster or non-taster alleles of the gene. Our most popular lab has been rewritten with updated curriculum appropriate for levels from introductory to AP bio and college. Come learn how our miniPCR® machine and blueGel™ electrophoresis system make classroom biotechnology faster, simpler and more intuitive than ever before.

Takeaways: Use affordable hands-on tools to bring PCR and gel electrophoresis to any biology classroom

Speakers

Bruce Bryan (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

Friday, July 22
10:40 AM - 11:40 AM
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Discovering Dynamic DNA: More than Just As, Ts, Gs, and Cs.

McCormick Place - W475b

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

The structure and function of nucleic acids is a foundational concept of biology. Although most students recognize the double-helical structure of DNA, they have difficulty understanding the importance of the details. During this hands-on, minds-on workshop, participants will examine how modeling with this approach deepens student engagement and inquiry. While investigating our first model, participants explore how using a simple but carefully designed model allows students of all levels to discover basic features of DNA structure and function, and to formulate questions about it. Next, workshop participants will explore DNA’s dynamic structure and function using an atomically accurate model of DNA. With this model, we will assemble five nucleotides, buid DNA and RNA polymers, and examine the features, including the flexibility, of both molecules. Both models will be used to demonstrate the function of DNA, including transcription and translation. (NGSS Science and Engineering Practices / Developing and Using Models) to explore the structure of DNA, this workshop will challenge teachers to go beyond the traditional approach of just teaching the facts of DNA structure. By using well developed models, students can engage with these foundational concepts through discovery and inquiry. We will demonstrate an NGSS-aligned teaching practice in which students are encouraged to ask questions and develop critical thinking skills. Teachers will also learn how these instructional materials can be utilized to design formative and summative assessments for their students.

Takeaways: Consider how a model-based approach to investigating DNA deepens student understanding and inquiry.

Speakers

Mark Arnholt (Hartford Union High School District: Hartford, WI)

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Discovering Dynamic DNA

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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Building Meaningful STEM Learning Experiences: Using 3D and XR for Interactive Online Learning

McCormick Place - W192b

Sponsoring Company: Inspirit

Recent times have called for changes in the ways students learn STEM and have exposed gaps in current virtual STEM instruction. In our session, K-12 educators will learn about and be empowered to incorporate powerful VR and 3D STEM tools into their learning systems. We will use Inspirit’s virtual labs and 3D learning content features to teach and practice this. Our content is designed to stimulate high knowledge gain, deep engagement, and critical thinking in learners through their active involvement in virtual gamified environments. We’ll also answer some fundamental questions about technology integration into the classroom: (1) What is XR? What devices do we need to improve student learning outcomes? (2) How can we align with existing agencies and beliefs to support more meaningful and long-term integration? (3) What does it take to bridge the best practices of academic research in gamifying STEM education with practical considerations for making this technology work in the real-world? Through this hands-on and discussion-rich experience, participants will gain tools to align new media technologies with diverse curriculum, standards, and desired outcomes and examine how to use virtual 3D STEM labs in meaningful ways in the classroom.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how to deepen the level of student engagement and critical thinking skills using affordable, accessible, interactive, gamified STEM experiences via 3D learning tools.

Speakers

Sarah Taylor (Inspirit: Stanford, CA), Luke Nilles (Inspirit Learning, Inc.: Atlanta, GA), Gerry Marchand (Huntley High School: Huntley, IL)

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Friday, July 22
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Is This Going To Be Graded? Formative Assessment and Feedback Practices that Matter

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP Science

Research has shown better ways to incorporate learning theory in our assessment practices. This session links constructivist learning theory to instructional practices and meaningful formative assessment. Teachers often seek more clarity on the term "inquiry" related to science instruction and the new role of the teachers in students' learning. When we empower students to have agency, how do we still provide support and coaching? We will discuss current findings from Hattie, William, and other educational researchers on how to involve students in the learning process. New tools and software designed around inquiry can make teaching science and STEM exciting. Anchored by essential questions, we will demonstrate tools for student learning which organize and visualize the data while allowing students time to focus on analyzing and understanding instead of simple creation. While not a replacement for hands-on activities, we will examine ways to use simulations to enhance learning. Discover ways to strengthen sense-making and enable your students to think like scientists while exploring immersive 3D worlds where students make observations and collect evidence for CER assessments. We will also discuss assessment through the lens of UDL (Universal Design for Learning) and social/emotional standards.

Takeaways: Participants will be exposed to different levels of instructional feedback, standard-based grading, and assessment and feedback tools.

Speakers

Mike Jones (Illinois State University: Normal, IL)

Friday, July 22
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Teaching with Phenomena

McCormick Place - W192a

Sponsoring Company: Mosa Mack Science

Not all phenomena are created equally. How you kick off your unit sets the tone for the entire unit itself. In this workshop, you’ll learn what sets apart the best phenomena and complete phenomena-based lessons.

Takeaways: How to choose, implement and maximize learning around the best science phenomena. You’ll also receive free access to phenomena lessons.

Speakers

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

Friday, July 22
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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The Plight of the Bumble Bee: Genetic Biodiversity of Bees

McCormick Place - W475a

Sponsoring Company: Bio-Rad Laboratories

Save native bees! First step, catalog native bee biodiversity. Try out a classroom activity where students use genetic analysis to identify native bee species.

Takeaways: 1. Learn about a classroom activity in which students learn to identify bee species using entomological tools and genetic methods; 2. Hear the story of the discovery of Bombus incognitus, a recently discovered “look alike” bee native to Colorado; and 3. Learn about how DNA barcoding can be used to identify species that cannot be identified by visual or geographical information.

Speakers

Tamica Stubbs (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA)

Friday, July 22
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Who is Baby Whale’s Father? DNA Fingerprinting Solves the Mystery!

McCormick Place - W472

Sponsoring Company: MiniOne Systems

Come learn and get hands-on experience on how to teach gel electrophoresis and DNA fingerprinting in a single classroom session. You will pour, load, and run a gel, capture gel image, analyze the results, and deduce a probable conclusion for a whale of a forensic mystery.

Takeaways: Determine the paternity of a baby whale using electrophoresis, and see how engaging and reliable hands-on labs excite students for careers in environmental and conservation sciences

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Jody Saxton West (Northfield High School: Northfield, MN)

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.

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Jessica Kohout (Howard County Conservancy: Woodstock, MD)

Friday, July 22
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Visualize transcription and translation in real time using simple hands-on tools

McCormick Place - W476

Sponsoring Company: miniPCR bio

The P51TM molecular fluorescence viewer from miniPCR bio allows you to observe molecular processes in ways that were never before possible. With BioBits®, you can put cutting-edge cell-free technology in the hands of your students. Experiment directly with transcription and translation by making RNA and proteins that glow, all without the need for specialized equipment, cell cultures, or time-consuming protocols. Go beyond making models; use fluorescence to light up your biology classroom! Learn how this engaging activity can be scaffolded for students from middle school through college.

Takeaways: Use cutting-edge cell-free technology to visualize transcription and translation in real time with no need for living cells and open new area of the molecular biology curriculum to labs using fluorescence visualization

Speakers

Bruce Bryan (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

Friday, July 22
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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CRISPR: Introducing a New Era in Molecular Biology

McCormick Place - W475b

Sponsoring Company: Center for BioMolecular Modeling

The discovery of CRISPR as an adaptive immunity system in bacteria marks a significant milestone in the development of molecular biosciences. This system has provided us with new tools with which we are now poised to begin editing the human genome. In this workshop, we will tell the story of the discovery of CRISPR as a group effort involving many research groups found in many countries around the world. We will then use the hands-on CRISPR Adaptive Immunity Kit to explore how this system functions to protect bacteria from infection by bacteriophages. We will also present teachers with ways to connect this new topic to foundational concepts that are already being taught in high school biology classrooms. Finally, we will introduce teachers to an engagement activity that challenges their students with the question – Could you have discovered CRISPR?

Takeaways: Participants will understand how CRISPR functions as an adaptive immunity system in bacteria

Speakers

Tim Herman (MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling: Milwaukee, WI)

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Friday, July 22
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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The Sticky Sickle Cell Situation - It Takes Two to Tango

McCormick Place - W472

Sponsoring Company: MiniOne Systems

Sickle cell is an autosomal recessive disorder, and genetic testing is available to determine carrier, affected and normal genotypes. Run and visualize an electrophoresis gel to determine the genotypes of a family with some history of sickle cell, and hear about progress with treating this disease.

Takeaways: Explore a new genetics lab that is ideal for students in a biomedical pathway

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Jody Saxton West (Northfield High School: Northfield, MN)

Friday, July 22
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Building Critical Thinking Skills with (New) BrainPOP Science and BrainPOP (K-8)

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP Science

BrainPOP Science is a new inquiry-based instructional tool for middle school science classrooms. Our unique and intuitive Claim-Evidence-Reasoning process allows students to gather, edit, and organize evidence the way real scientists do while strengthening their argumentative writing skills. Rich with phenomena-driven content, investigations, units, diagnostics, and assessments, it provides teachers and administrators with real-time, actionable insight into student learning to help drive instruction, differentiation, and assessment success for all students.

Takeaways: Transitioning from using BrainPOP science topics into using our new middle school investigations in BrainPOP Science.

Speakers

Rex Beaber (Professional Learning Strategist, BrainPOP Science: New York, NY), Robert Miller (Professional Learning Strategist, BrainPOP Science: New York, NY)

Friday, July 22
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Cut, Paste, Confirm: Real CRISPR Gene Editing and PCR Genotyping

McCormick Place - W475a

Sponsoring Company: Bio-Rad Laboratories

Dig into CRISPR, a revolutionary technology in gene therapy. Learn about a classroom CRISPR lab activity with robust controls and a free paper model.

Takeaways: 1. Learn about a lab activity in which students do real CRISPR gene editing and confirm the chromosomal edit with PCR; 2. Receive and practice using a free paper model to teach the function of Cas9, a key protein in CRISPR technology; and 3. Hear the latest in CRISPR technology, including current efforts in gene therapy.

Speakers

Leigh Brown (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA), Tamica Stubbs (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA)

Friday, July 22
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Teaching COVID-19 diagnostics in the Classroom

McCormick Place - W476

Sponsoring Company: miniPCR bio

Demonstrate the power that molecular techniques bring to managing infectious disease outbreaks. In this case study, students act as healthcare providers at an airport screening facility and test fictional patients for infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Students use PCR and a handheld P51 fluorescence viewer to diagnose their patients. The data for this lab can be collected two ways: endpoint detection or qPCR time point observations. Endpoint detection allows your students to use a single observation of fluorescence to diagnose their patients, in a single class period and without the need to run a gel. For longer classes, students can monitor their PCR samples over time to model the principles of qPCR, the gold standard for diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Takeaways: Students act as healthcare providers at an airport screening facility and test fictional patients for infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and investigate the principles of qPCR in the classroom, in a single class period!

Speakers

Bruce Bryan (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

Friday, July 22
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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CRISPR II: Using Cas9 as a Genome Editing Tool

McCormick Place - W475b

Sponsoring Company: Center for BioMolecular Modeling

The discovery of the CRISPR adaptive immunity system in bacteria has provided us with a powerful new tool with which we can begin to edit the human genome. The Cas9 endonuclease is able to bind to a specific unique site in the 3.2 billion base-pair human genome – and make a double-stranded cut. This sequence-specific cut is the first step in the process of genome editing. In this workshop we will explore the molecular mechanism of CRISPR Cas9, including the use of a guide RNA to program the nuclease to target a specific nucleotide sequence. Teachers will be introduced to a hands-on model – Cas9 Making the Cut – that can be used to introduce this topic to students. This Making the Cut Kit is designed to be used after the students are first introduced to the CRISPR system using the CRISPR Adaptive Immunity Kit. We will also explore how Cas9 is being engineered to become an even more powerful genome editing tool.

Takeaways: Participants will learn how Cas9 can be programmed with guide RNA to recognized any specific sequence of DNA.

Speakers

Tim Herman (MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling: Milwaukee, WI)

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Friday, July 22
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Making Connections: Life Science, Critical Thinking, and Dissection

McCormick Place - W473

Sponsoring Company: TeachKind

Research on the efficacy of non-animal dissection methods, student concerns about animal welfare, environmental issues, and cost are some of the factors contributing to the increasing demand for modern non-animal dissection options in Biology and life science classes. This workshop is timely and relevant for all Biology and life science teachers – including pre-service and beginning teachers – to deepen understanding of life science standards, increase familiarity with modern dissection resources, and apply critical thinking skills to evidence-based decision making. This interactive session will provide the opportunity for participants to unpack middle school and high school life science performance expectations from Molecules and Organisms: Structures and Processes and Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. Participants will create consensus learning targets for life science performance expectations, gain hands-on experience with virtual dissection programs and realistic dissectible models, and evaluate evidence to support decision making for selecting dissection resources. OPTIONAL: Participants are asked to bring a laptop or other device.

Takeaways: Participants will gain hands-on experience with dissection software programs and synthetic dissectible models and apply evidence-based decision making to meet the increasing demand for modern non-animal dissection options.

Speakers

Sally Sanders (TeachKind: No City, No State)

Friday, July 22
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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Algae Blooms and Algae Beads: Agriculture, Ecology, and Economy

McCormick Place - W475a

Sponsoring Company: Bio-Rad Laboratories

See how you can teach both photosynthesis and cellular respiration with algae beads in one hands-on lab in the real-world context of algae blooms.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how to work with algae beads, a fast and easy-to-use model organism; 2. Walk through how students can measure and learn about both photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the same hands-on lab; and 3. See how students can develop scientific explanations of algae blooms and the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico using their learned knowledge about photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

Speakers

Leigh Brown (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA)

Friday, July 22
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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What Evidence Do You Have To Support Your Claim?

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP Science

You've heard the phrase "CER" but aren't sure what it means in the context of your classroom and your students? We all know that effective communication is crucial to our student's success, but what role do we, as science teachers, play in establishing a communicative culture? We will discuss the necessity of evidence-based writing and how to help students comprehend the distinction between evidence and reasoning. We'll look at a science lesson with an embedded CER, and discuss the components of CERs as well as CERs' role in the science classroom and how CERs are fundamentally a part of 21st-century career and college readiness skills. Teachers will leave with skills, techniques, and resources to guarantee that CER is taught effectively in their classroom.

Takeaways: Participants will learn to promote a supportive writing environment and identify writing supports for ELs and SPED students in a science classroom

Speakers

Kristen Rillieux (BrainPOP: New York, NY)

Friday, July 22
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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Knockout! Bringing authentic CRISPR/Cas gene manipulation to your classroom

McCormick Place - W476

Sponsoring Company: miniPCR bio

Allow students to explore CRISPR/Cas genome editing in a living organism! The Knockout! Lab gives students the knowledge and tools to disable, or knock out, a gene in bacteria. Students will transform bacteria with a plasmid that carries the Cas9 gene and a guide RNA that targets the lacZ gene, then use white/blue phenotypic screening to confirm successful gene knockout. Importantly, students can use PCR to verify at the genotypic level that gene targeting occurred. We will also feature free educational resources from miniPCR bio designed to make CRISPR/Cas accessible to biology students of all levels. Our free CRISPR/Cas paper models walk students through examples of cutting-edge research, as well as the clinical use of the CRISPR/Cas to cure sickle cell disease.

Takeaways: Perform an authentic CRISPR/Cas gene knockout in your classroom, use optional PCR and gel electrophoresis to further verify phenotypic results, and try free CRISPR/Cas resources for your classroom

Speakers

Bruce Bryan (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

Friday, July 22
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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Cow-apult Confessions: The intersection of engaging games and rigorous science education.

McCormick Place - W190b

Sponsoring Company: Legends of Learning

Build a catapult to launch cows, learn about impacts on trajectories and walk away with knowledge of how to bring more of this engaging gaming experience to your classroom. Research has proven how we learn best through engagement and play. While launching cows can seemingly be all play, students doing this activity need to adjust their approach in order to hit a target or defined goals. This activity is based on one of the premise of engagement, which is a fundamental concept to game-based learning, From force and motion, to the water cycle, to the conservation of energy and more, help students gain science literacy, students can explore science and engineering practices, and more easily attain subject mastery through engaging approaches like game-based learning.

Takeaways: Participants will receive first-hand experience of what collaboration and achievement can look like through our hands-on game-based learning platform. Come ready to collaborate, compete, learn some science and math, and have a whole lot of fun!

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Sean Reidy (Legends of Learning: Washington, DC)

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Math Basecamp White Pages

Saturday, July 23
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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The Power of Student Discourse in Your Science Classroom

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP Science

This workshop will explain the purpose and importance of student discourse in the science classroom to help with sense-making. Examples of effective strategies and teacher moves will be provided for participants to explore resources that foster student discourse. Participants will then experience these strategies firsthand and see the teacher moves as they utilize a science investigation from the lens of a student. The session will wrap up with a debrief of the modeling activity and leave an opportunity to ask questions.

Takeaways: Attendees will receive effective strategies that promote productive student discourse and see how BrainPOP Science can provide opportunities for collaborative student discourse.

Speakers

Kelsie Stocz (Wake County Public School System: Cary, NC)

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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Assessing Multi-Dimensional Science Skills within Inquiry Based Learning

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP Science

Assessments can be a powerful learning tool if used in the right way. Research shows that students find it helpful to be able to practice applying what they have learned in new contexts, that feedback after struggle leads to learning, and student responses to assessments can be used to help teachers plan for what to teach next or what they may need to re-teach. Our BrainPOP Science product offers multiple opportunities to digitally assess student knowledge to help inform teaching and learning. In this presentation we will highlight two of the key digital assessment components within the BrainPOP Science product that support multidimensional learning.

Takeaways: Participants will learn about the different digital assessment opportunities offered in our BP Science product and how to use evidence collected through strategically designed assessments to support multidimensional learning.

Speakers

Sara Bakken (BrainPOP: New York, NY)

Saturday, July 23
10:40 AM - 11:40 AM
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3D Models for 3D Instruction: How models enhance storylines

McCormick Place - W475b

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Participants will explore how phenomenon-driven inquiry is enhanced using rich 3D models that let students figure out answers to their own questions while engaged in science practices. First, anchor-level and lesson level storylines familiar to participants will be identified. Then questions students generate will be explored while noting instructional routines that help maintain inquiry are discussed. Models that can help students investigate cellular processes like signaling, differentiation, growth, repair, and reproduction, at the microscopic and molecular levels will be used for participants to interrogate their own conceptual models and reflect on their learning. Strategies for capturing and monitoring student learning will be shared along with suggestions for summative assessments that are three dimensional.

Takeaways: Participants will explore how phenomenon-driven inquiry is enhanced using rich 3D models that let students figure out answers to their own questions while engaged in science practices.

Speakers

Kim Parfitt (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI)

Saturday, July 23
10:40 AM - 11:40 AM
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Transform Your Environmental Science & Earth Science Classrooms With Active Learning Through Scientific Phenomena

McCormick Place - W192b

Sponsoring Company: Pivot Interactives

As veteran teachers, we know how challenging it is to create an active learning environment using phenomena & science practices on your own. Pivot Interactives makes active learning throughout the learning cycle easy with a dynamic platform that invites students to explore scientific phenomena freely. Teaching environmental science & earth science while actively & frequently engaging students meaningfully doesn’t have to be just a dream. Come learn about the newest ways Pivot interactives helps you overcome the challenges you face as an environmental science or earth science teacher, so you can create the classroom you’ve always envisioned. Hear from fellow teachers about how they transformed their classroom with active learning, scaffolding, personalized feedback, phenomena-based assessments, increased use of science practices, and increased access to phenomena.

Takeaways: In this session, environmental science & earth science educators will see the newest ways Pivot Interactives gives them effective, streamlined tools to engage students with phenomena & science practices through active learning.

Speakers

Eric Friberg (Pivot Interactives: Minneapolis, MN)

Saturday, July 23
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Unraveling Multiple Representations of Chromosomes to Reveal Student Thinking

McCormick Place - W475b

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Participants will assess their biggest challenge areas with respect to student misconceptions about chromosome structure and function, including mitosis. Traditional wet labs like planaria, fruit fly genetics, and C-fern growth will be used to contextualize the hands-on models’ utility throughout the school year. Next, foam puzzle chromosomes will be introduced and used to model a round of DNA replication in the cell cycle, resulting in 4 chromosomes. The processes of mitosis and meiosis will be modeled and compared, to invite inquiry about why the processes are different. Whole chromosomes will be related with molecular chromosome details to illustrate how DNA is wound into a chromosome structure. Nucleosome models will further highlight the wrapping of DNA around histone proteins to compact the genome for replication. Participants will be asked to share how they teach about genetic variation in their classes. Following a discussion of their challenges, we will model variation first using the puzzle chromosomes to generate “crossing over” events and next by using the molecular-detailed expanded chromosomes. Finally, inheritance of Hemoglobin will be highlighted and modeled and Punnett squares models will be enhanced through using the foam models. Throughout the activities, participants will be invited to engage in self-reflection and collaborative discussion.

Takeaways: Hands-on experiences with multiple representations of chromosomes reveals student thinking.

Speakers

Kim Parfitt (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI)