2022 Chicago National Conference

July 21-23, 2022

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Phenomenal Classroom Critters

Thursday, July 21 • 8:20 AM - 9:20 AM

McCormick Place - W471a


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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.

SPEAKERS:
Laurie Nixon (Watauga High School: Boone, NC)

Genes in Space: Genetics Research on the International Space Station, Free Biotech Equipment, and More!

Thursday, July 21 • 8:20 AM - 9:20 AM

McCormick Place - W476


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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

SPEAKERS:
Bruce Bryan (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

Zombie Apocalypse!

Thursday, July 21 • 9:40 AM - 10:40 AM

McCormick Place - W194b


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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.

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

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

Thursday, July 21 • 9:40 AM - 10:40 AM

McCormick Place - W192a


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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.

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

Inside and Out: Making membranes memorable with models

Thursday, July 21 • 9:40 AM - 10:40 AM

McCormick Place - W475b



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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)

Using Maggots, Flies, and Flesh to Solve a Mystery!

Thursday, July 21 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

McCormick Place - W194b


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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.

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

Computational Thinking and Coding in the Science Classroom

Thursday, July 21 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

McCormick Place - W474b


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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)

Beginner Biotech: Electrophoresis for the STEM classroom

Thursday, July 21 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

McCormick Place - W476


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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.

SPEAKERS:
Bruce Bryan (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

Sweet Science: Exploring Complex Mixtures with Biotechnology

Thursday, July 21 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

McCormick Place - W192c


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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)

Creating Effective Storylines: How to Help Students Make Connections Between Concepts

Thursday, July 21 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

McCormick Place - W192a


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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

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

Making Sense of Genetic Information Through Modeling: Replication, Transcription, and Translation

Thursday, July 21 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

McCormick Place - W475b



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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 (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI)

Teaching with Co-Lob-Orate

Thursday, July 21 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

McCormick Place - W192b


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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)

Beyond Labz: Realistic Virtual Labs That Bridge the Gap Between Real Labs and Scientific Inquiry

Thursday, July 21 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

McCormick Place - W473


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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.

SPEAKERS:
Brian Woodfield (Brigham Young University: Provo, UT)

What Is a Phenomenon Anyway?

Thursday, July 21 • 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM

McCormick Place - W194b


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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.

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

Next Generation Dissection

Thursday, July 21 • 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM

McCormick Place - W471a


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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.

SPEAKERS:
Patti Kopkau (Retired Educator: National City, MI)

Now Trending: Science Simulations to Make Things Stick!

Friday, July 22 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

McCormick Place - W190b


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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)

Exploring mendelian inheritance with a litter of Labradoodles

Friday, July 22 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

McCormick Place - W476


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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)

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

Friday, July 22 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

McCormick Place - W470b


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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)

Taking Macromolecules to Micro!

Friday, July 22 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

McCormick Place - W472


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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)

Discovering Dynamic DNA: More than Just As, Ts, Gs, and Cs.

Friday, July 22 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

McCormick Place - W475b



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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)

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

Friday, July 22 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

McCormick Place - W192b



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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)

Is This Going To Be Graded? Formative Assessment and Feedback Practices that Matter

Friday, July 22 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

McCormick Place - W192c


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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)

Teaching with Phenomena

Friday, July 22 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

McCormick Place - W192a


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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)

Build a Heart with STEM...and Play-Doh!

Friday, July 22 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

McCormick Place - W194b


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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)

Visualize transcription and translation in real time using simple hands-on tools

Friday, July 22 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

McCormick Place - W476


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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)

Building Critical Thinking Skills with (New) BrainPOP Science and BrainPOP (K-8)

Friday, July 22 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

McCormick Place - W192c


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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)

Making Connections: Life Science, Critical Thinking, and Dissection

Friday, July 22 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

McCormick Place - W473


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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)

What Evidence Do You Have To Support Your Claim?

Friday, July 22 • 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM

McCormick Place - W192c


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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)

Cow-apult Confessions: The intersection of engaging games and rigorous science education.

Friday, July 22 • 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM

McCormick Place - W190b



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Legends of Learning One Pager - National 2022.pdf
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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!

SPEAKERS:
Sean Reidy (Legends of Learning: Washington, DC)

The Power of Student Discourse in Your Science Classroom

Saturday, July 23 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

McCormick Place - W192c


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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)

Mysteries, Phenomena, Labs, and Engineering: Mosa Mack Science Demo

Saturday, July 23 • 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM

McCormick Place - W192a


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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)

Assessing Multi-Dimensional Science Skills within Inquiry Based Learning

Saturday, July 23 • 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM

McCormick Place - W192c


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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)

3D Models for 3D Instruction: How models enhance storylines

Saturday, July 23 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

McCormick Place - W475b


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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)

Transform Your Environmental Science & Earth Science Classrooms With Active Learning Through Scientific Phenomena

Saturday, July 23 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

McCormick Place - W192b


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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)

Unraveling Multiple Representations of Chromosomes to Reveal Student Thinking

Saturday, July 23 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

McCormick Place - W475b


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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)