2022 Chicago National Conference

July 21-23, 2022

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Learning Better Science Practices with Science Fair Projects

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 5


STRAND: No Strand

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A former national science fair judge provides insights on how good titles can improve the odds of winning at science fairs. The poster will describe what the parts of a "good" title are and how teachers can help your students create one.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will learn the components of a good project title (from an research project on science fairs) and how to help their students develop a good title for their own project.

SPEAKERS:
G. Michael Bowen (Mount Saint Vincent University: Halifax, NS)

Use NASA’s Universe of Learning integrated STEM Learning and Literacy Program (UoL) and its network of informal education partners to learn about the universe

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 27



(Please login with your NSTA account to view the materials)
NASA's Universe of Learning Astrophysics STEM Outreach Program
National Science Olympiad
UoL NASA NSO Poster.pdf

STRAND: Strategies for Creating Inclusive Science and STEM Learning Environments

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The Universe of Learning partnerships provides STEM educators tools, from exoplanet searches and robotic telescopes to image analysis, to implement programs specific to individual audiences.

TAKEAWAYS:
NASA’s UoL STEM program partnerships provide a wide range of free materials, projects and interactive activities that can easily be incorporated into any educational setting.

SPEAKERS:
Donna Young (NASA/NSO/UoL Program Manager: Laughlin, NV)

Global Conversations: International Film Festival and Share-a-thon

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 21


STRAND: No Strand

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In this self-directed session, you will be able to: Interact with educators in face-to-face poster presentations; Watch short video submissions from educators around the world; and Participate in hands-on/minds-on, takeaway learning experiences.

TAKEAWAYS:
Science education occurs everywhere on this planet. We can get ideas and best practices from collegues around the world.

SPEAKERS:
Alison Betz Seymour (Science Teacher: Winchester, 0)

Fostering Growth Mindset Through Engineering Design

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 7


STRAND: Strategies for Creating Inclusive Science and STEM Learning Environments

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Growth mindset teaching strategies and standards-aligned engineering design challenges were tested with rural elementary students in out-of-school-time and classroom settings. Results, resources, and best practices.

TAKEAWAYS:
In this poster, growth mindset and engineering design will be explored as tools for enhancing student engagement and equity. During 2019-2021, standards-aligned engineering design challenges were tested with different elementary age groups in out-of-school-time and classroom settings (schools, afterschool programs, and 4-H summer camps). For each challenge module, students were given time to explore the topic and test materials, emphasizing the importance of prototype revision so that students viewed each design change as a step toward success. Early outcomes of the research will be shared, as well as resources and best practices for program replication.

SPEAKERS:
Suzanne McDonald (West Virginia University: Morgantown, WV), Jennifer Robertson (West Virginia University: Morgantown, WV)

Effectivenesss of Integration of Visual Representations Used in Middle School Biology Textbooks in Enhancing Sensemaking Among Students

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 20


STRAND: Students and Sensemaking: Promoting Science and STEM Teaching Strategies That Place Equity at the Center of Learning

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The goal of the study was to compare how visual representations were integrated into the content of middle school life science textbooks.

TAKEAWAYS:
While most of the visual representations are completely linked and related to the content, there is still some room for improvement in making them more complementary than explanatory, which has added benefits.

SPEAKERS:
Mary Nyaema (University of Illinois Chicago: Chicago, IL)

DebriefScape: Innovative Supports for STEM in Special Education

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 17


STRAND: Learn and Lead: Developing a Community for Expanded Participation in Science and STEM

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Improving STEM instruction for students with disabilities is a national need. Come explore one project's work to support coaches and teachers to do just that!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will take away knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the free tools and resources being developed to support teachers and coaches.

SPEAKERS:
Rachel Hallett-Njuguna (University of Central Florida: Orlando, FL)

All Students Can Do STEM: STEM-ulating Projects for Clubs, Camps, and Classrooms

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 19


STRAND: Using Inquiry-Based STEM to Facilitate Learning for ALL

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STEM classrooms can be exclusive if teachers do not identify the lack of prior learning opportunities and misconceptions early in the year. Come learn how one teacher uses coding to bridge the gap in her STEM classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
STEM inclusion activities; coding in the classroom; and STEM project ideas.

SPEAKERS:
Jessica Kohout (Howard County Conservancy: Woodstock, MD)

Let Your Inner STEM Grow

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 25


STRAND: No Strand

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You can't grow a flower without seeds, just like students can't grow their STEM identity without a growth mindset.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn why growth mindset is a vital aspect of the foundation of students' STEM identity.

SPEAKERS:
Nicole Hebert (Sacred Heart University: Fairfield, CT), Abigail Lupinacci (Student: , 0)

Photovoltaic Array Use in Earth Science Classes

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 3



(Please login with your NSTA account to view the materials)
GEHS Solar Website
This is a website with teaching materials related to two solar arrays installed at Greenbrier East High School to aid in teaching Earth Science classes.

STRAND: Developing Scientific Literacy in the Science and STEM Classroom

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Teacher describes installation of two solar arrays, and how students use the arrays to investigate alternative energy and effect of array angle on electricity production.

TAKEAWAYS:
Solar arrays allow students to interact with a real world technology changing sunlight into usable electricity. Two solar arrays that tilt independently allow students to evaluate data from a controlled experiment. Solar energy is part of response our society needs to respond to the challenge of global warming and our need for energy.

SPEAKERS:
Bruce Rose (Greenbrier East High School: Lewisburg, WV)

Three Easy Steps to Adding Inquiry to Labs

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 14


STRAND: No Strand

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Creating inquiry activities doesn't have to require re-inventing the wheel. There are simple adjustments you can make to build inquiry into any activity.

TAKEAWAYS:
Three easy ways to build inquiry into traditional "cookbook" activites.

SPEAKERS:
Regina Borriello (Clifton High School: Edison, NJ)

Increasing girls interest in STEM at the high school level through school wide STREAM programming

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 12


STRAND: Using Inquiry-Based STEM to Facilitate Learning for ALL

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Explore how one all-girls school created and implemented a school-wide STREAM program. This session highlights our successes, failures, and outlines the program’s lasting positive impact.

TAKEAWAYS:
In this session, we discuss our experiences in creating a transformative STREAM program designed to serve all students. This program assumes a mission centered approach to teaching Science, Math, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math. We facilitate as students make connections across each of these disciplines with an emphasis on scientific observation, technological exploration, artful engineering design with the goal of solving relevant problems rooted in social justice. This session walks participants through our rationale of the STREAM program as well as our process from inception to realization. We discuss how schools can start or strengthen their own STEM, STREAM, or STREAM programs by outlining our success and failures and the lessons we learned throughout our experiences. Student work and feedback will be highlighted in addition to our plans for expanding our program in the future. We detail how this experience has changed us as educators and administrators - in particular regarding our views of inspirational teaching and learning. We also offer suggestions on how to broaden our community of STEM educators in order to lend support and resources as we all engage in this innovative way to help our students ask and answer important questions in their lives.

SPEAKERS:
Megan Leider (Resurrection College Prep High School: Chicago, IL)

Game Theory & Escape Rooms

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 31


STRAND: No Strand

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Escape-room activities offer promise for fun and function in developing social problem-solving skills. Participants will learn implementation and design strategies for their own ER environments.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how escape rooms help to engage students in dynamic learning environments and how to begin developing up your own activities.

SPEAKERS:
Joy Barnes-Johnson (Princeton High School: Princeton, NJ), Mridula Bajaj (Mount Laurel Schools: Mount Laurel, NJ), Shefali Mehta (Princeton High School: Princeton, NJ)

Teaching Sustainable Agriculture with Tinkergardens

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 16


STRAND: Students and Sensemaking: Promoting Science and STEM Teaching Strategies That Place Equity at the Center of Learning

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Tinkergardens are STEM focused learning environments that increase student engagement through the design of garden systems and the production of hyper local produce.

TAKEAWAYS:
Tinkergardens provide a way to integrate engineering into science classrooms and increase student engagement in STEM.

SPEAKERS:
Meghan Hess Shamdasani (South Tech Academy: Boynton Beach, FL)

The Impact of Informal Learning: Accessing and Infusing Inspiration, Education, and Hope into Children from Underserved Communities through Mobile STEM Workshops/Camps.

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 15


STRAND: Strategies for Creating Inclusive Science and STEM Learning Environments

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Babyscientist organizes/operates STEM workshops/camps in underserved communities engaging students in hands-on scientific experiments. We’re in the business of creating dreamers, believers, and creating scientist!

TAKEAWAYS:
How our method of informal learning inspires and motivates children of color from underserved communities to pursue careers in STEM.

SPEAKERS:
Kristy McDowell (Merrimack College: North Andover, MA)

STEM Integration for ALL Students in the Classroom

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 6


STRAND: Using Inquiry-Based STEM to Facilitate Learning for ALL

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This hands-on workshop will excite and engage teachers of STEM disciplines using integration and inquiry to promote every student's confidence in the ability to challenge themselves in each discipline.

TAKEAWAYS:
What does true STEM integration look like in an inclusive classroom?

SPEAKERS:
Bridget Pugh (Putnam County School System: Cookeville, TN)

Using Drones in the Classroom For Land and Crop Surveying Simulations

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 10


STRAND: Using Inquiry-Based STEM to Facilitate Learning for ALL

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This session will lead participants through a discussion on why and how to use drone technology in the classroom. It will showcase a problem based learning activity in which drones are used in a surveying simulation.

TAKEAWAYS:
How and why using drones can enhance the curriculum.

SPEAKERS:
Jane Hunt (Education Projects, LLC: Columbus, OH)

Engaging Diverse Learners with Art Integration and Hands-On Science with Tardigrades

Friday, July 22 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 23


STRAND: Strategies for Creating Inclusive Science and STEM Learning Environments

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This study investigates sixth-grade special education students' achievement, competency beliefs, fascination, and engagement with science. Students learned about tardigrades by participating in a STEAM hands-on investigation. Comparable to this study, Christensen, Knezek, & Tyler-Wood (2015), found hands-on STEM activities were likely to cultivate engagement and maintain “positive dispositions” at middle school levels. Similarly, Hwang & Taylor (2016) found that accessibility through art integration with STEM, engaged and motivated students to participate. While previous studies such as these are significant, there is a lack of research focusing on diverse learners. During this study, students learned basic skills with dissecting and compound microscopes to examine tardigrades. Driving questions included tardigrades’ ability to survive extreme conditions. STEAM was integrated in the unit in the form of dance and painting. Summative assessments included a multiple-choice test with a constructed response question and an art component. Likert scale surveys were used to collect data for action research. The research question was: How do hands-on learning and art integration with tardigrades affect students’ achievement, competency beliefs, engagement and fascination with science? The unit was part of Research Topics in Plant Biology-Systematics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn how hands-on learning and art integration with tardigrades affect students’ achievement, competency beliefs, engagement, and fascination with science.

SPEAKERS:
April Bartnick (Carruthers Elementary School: Murphysboro, IL)

STEM Integration for ALL Students in the Classroom

Saturday, July 23 • 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

McCormick Place - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Area, Table 6


STRAND: Using Inquiry-Based STEM to Facilitate Learning for ALL

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This hands-on workshop will excite and engage teachers of STEM disciplines using integration and inquiry to promote every student's confidence in the ability to challenge themselves in each discipline.

TAKEAWAYS:
What does true STEM integration look like in an inclusive classroom?

SPEAKERS:
Bridget Pugh (Putnam County School System: Cookeville, TN)