2022 Chicago National Conference

July 21-23, 2022

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FILTERS APPLIED:PreK - 5, Using Inquiry-Based STEM to Facilitate Learning for ALL, Informal Education


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STEAM Ahead in the Elementary Classroom

Thursday, July 21 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

McCormick Place - W194a

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

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Participate in a hands-on STEAM activity and learn about how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math are integrated in the K–5 classroom.

1. Participate in an example hands-on STEAM activity; 2. Walk away with multiple ideas to use in your classroom; and 3. Discuss the art and science practices and how they can be integrated in the classroom.

Patricia Whitehouse (William C. Goudy Technology Academy: Chicago, IL), Jenna Sanei (Concordia University Chicago: River Forest, IL)

Unraveling the Mysteries of Color: Adding (and Subtracting) It All Up!

Friday, July 22 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

McCormick Place - W193b

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

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Investigate how colors mix, by adding light sources or by removing colors from white light, and discover how cell phones and newspapers use these methods.

Color mixing has different outcomes when light sources are added than when dyes or inks subtract colors from a white background. Additive color systems are used in TVs and computer screens, while subtractive colors are found in photos and paintings.

Gary Benenson (The City College of New York: New York, NY), Stephanie Codrington (Benjamin Banneker Magnet School of Architecture and Engineering: Brooklyn, NY), Kathy Gutierrez (P.S. 536: Bronx, NY), Gary Benenson (The City College of New York: New York, NY)

Creating K-6 STEM Classrooms That Embrace Science Inquiry: Helping Students Think and Work Like Scientists - Exploring, Asking Questions, and Seeking Sense-Making of Scientific Phenomena

Friday, July 22 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

McCormick Place - W178a

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

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Science inquiry is a powerful process and learning environment that embraces exploration and sense-making, as students question phenomena and explore real world science/STEM. Inquiry is an “attitude” that seeks understanding and continually questions how our natural world works. Student achievement, engagement, and sense-making of phenomena, increase when students are taught in an instructional environment that embraces inquiry, where students are encouraged to ask questions, gather evidence, seek answers, and formulate explanations. Speaker will discuss the many varied ways that inquiry manifests itself in the elementary STEM classroom, including ways to increase participation of ELL’s. She will actively engage participants, as she shares strategies and lesson ideas that promote inquiry, and as she demonstrates effective questioning, modeling how to guide students in their own questioning and explorations, as they gather data, formulate their explanations, and draw conclusions. Speaker will emphasize the importance of ‘testing’ the ‘known’, as well as the ‘unknown’, so students can validate their processes and thinking. Creating environments of inclusivity, collaboration, cooperation, and sharing of ideas will be emphasized. Participants will embrace the power that inquiry offers: content, strategies, process, engagement, and the desire to ask, answer, and understand scientific phenomena. This session will help teachers establish effective classroom practices, guiding students in understanding the ways scientists think and study our natural world, as teachers nurture students’ sustained curiosity and love of science/STEM. Handouts.

Attendees will learn how to create STEM classroom environments that fully embrace and create the inquiry process: emphasizing explorations, the formulation of questions to guide student inquiry and their understanding of scientific phenomena, the importance of collaborative sense-making and assuring the inclusivity of ALL students, the importance of assisting ELL’s with language accessibility, and the fulfillment of learner curiosity as part of the sense-making process and as a trajectory for guiding their continual learning.

Donna Knoell (Educational and Technology Consultant: Prairie Village, KS)

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