2022 Houston National Conference

April 31-2, 2022

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Creating a Socially Just Science Environment

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 310A



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This resource document includes the slide deck, social justice standards, and other resources for this topic.

STRAND: Strategies for Creating Inclusive Science Classrooms

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Want to establish a TK–5 classroom culture inclusive of all learners? Come experience how connecting Next Generation Science Standards and Social Justice Standards promotes inclusivity.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Experience a hands-on NGSS lesson; 2. Opportunity to get to know the Social Justice standards; and 3. Numerous resources to support science and social justice in your learning spaces.

SPEAKERS:
Channon Jackson (Alameda County Office of Education: Hayward, CA), Nancy Wright (Hayward Unified School District: Hayward, CA)

Meeting Next Generation Science Standards Through Storybooks

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 310C


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Learn how a nature storybook can help you meet Next Generation Science Standards and create crosscutting concepts.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. review NGSS and cross-curricular concepts for early childhood students; 2. learn how to review a children's storybook for standards alignment, and how to match the text to relevant Next Generation Science Standards; and 3. work in small groups to analyze a text for NGSS alignment as well as cross-curricular concepts and STEM extensions.

SPEAKERS:
Julie Travaglini (Allegheny Land Trust: Sewickley, PA)

NASA STEAM: Biomimicry and Robotics—Robotic Insects

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 322A


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Design a robotic insect to meet the requirements of a given environment and adapt the designs to changes in or new information about the environment.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. NASA engineers use biomimicry to design robots for other planets; 2. NASA STEM educator guides provide detailed information to implement STEM in the classroom; and 3. Practice designing a Robotic Insect.

SPEAKERS:
Susan Kohler (NASA Glenn Research Center: Cleveland, OH)

Solutionaries by Design: The Next Generation of Science Stewards in the Yuba Watershed

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332 E/F



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Solutionary Unit Design Template.pdf
Yuba Water Curriculum Concept Flow.pdf
Yuba Water Project One-Pager.pdf

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In this session, participants will engage with the Solutionary Unit, an inquiry-based curriculum design combined with placed-based science learning and investigations grounded in equity and justice.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. learn the Solutionary Unit Design approach; 2. learn Science and Engineering Practices strategies and frameworks that align with local issues and challenges; and 3. collaborate with colleagues and peers to examine ways to implement the solutionary practices in their own communities and watersheds.

SPEAKERS:
Nicodemus Ford (Pivot Learning: Oakland, CA), Anna Meyerpeter-Newman (Retired Science Educator: Wheatland, CA)

Explore Before Explain, But Not Always

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 342A


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The 5E is effective for learning most concepts, but not for processes. Other models may need to be included within the 5E.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Clearly understand the various instructional models and the best practice for their uses; 2. The learning objective must be clearly identified as a concept of a process to correctly identify the best practice and instructional model; and 3. Use other best practices such as moving instruction from the known to the unknown or concrete to pictorial to abstract or limiting objectives within a 5E.

SPEAKERS:
Sandra West (Texas State University: San Marcos, TX)

Disasters and Inequality: Translating Research into Curricula

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350B


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Join us to learn how to translate academic research into curricula and how to utilize a research-based curriculum on disasters and inequality in your classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn about: 1. summer opportunities for teachers at Columbia University's Climate School; 2. the process of collaborating with researchers to translate novel scientific research into K–12 lesson plans; and 3. a curriculum on disasters and inequality, and how it can be used in K–12 classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Tina Ahmadi (PhD Student: Indianapolis, IN)

Storybooks and STEM

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 310B



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2022 STEM Imagination Guides Social Media.pdf
STEM Imagination Guides NSTA Presentation-2.pdf

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Bring the excitement of literacy and STEM to children as you discover how to incorporate STEM Imagination Guides in your classroom!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. discover this new resource and the potential for community partnerships by utilizing the STEM Imagination Guides; 2. walk away with book suggestions, guided questions, and expanded learning resources to support literacy development, enhance relationships, and make connections with local libraries; and 3. discuss the importance of incorporating nature and STEM into their early childhood classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Sarah Roberts (University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Lincoln, NE), Jackie Steffen (University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Cedar County: Hartington, NE)

What’s That Buzz? The Mission Mosquito Science Notebook and NASA Citizen Science

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352F


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Join us to explore the free online student notebook and facilitator’s guide, make your own mosquito larvae trap, and do NASA citizen science.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Students will learn where, how, and when to safely find mosquito larvae, and how to identify three medically important mosquito genera; 2. Mosquitoes and the diseases they spread are everywhere; students will learn how to reduce the number of mosquito breeding sites in their local community and contribute their citizen science data; and 3. Facilitators will learn about the insights, answers, recommendations, background information, applications, and supplements (games and book lists) found in the Facilitator’s Guide.

SPEAKERS:
Liz Burck (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies: Arlington, VA), Cassie Soeffing (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies: Arlington, VA)

How Does a Bulb Light?

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 360 E/F



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How does a bulb light NSTA 2022.pdf
Find all documents, teacher guide, pathway, and student activities, for the curriculum unit.
https://pathways.mste.illinois.edu

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Turning on a string of electric lights is the anchoring phenomenon in this storyline. Students ask questions about electricity sources, production, and uses.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. The system of producers and consumers of electricity we call the power grid is changing, and users are becoming more active participants; 2. Generators use magnetism and mechanical turning to create electricity, and burning carbon-based resources provides much of the energy that powers these generators; and 3. Energy efficiency and renewable and clean energy sources are important to the energy system of the future.

SPEAKERS:
Jana Sebestik (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Champaign, IL), Christina Tran (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Urbana, IL)

PlantingScience: Promoting Students' Science Identity Through Online Mentoring

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362B


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Come participate in activities showing how all students’ understanding of science becomes deeper and broader when given the chance to interact with a professional scientist mentor.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. learn how the PlantingScience mentoring program works, and how they can participate; 2. understand the impact that exposure to real scientists can have on students' interest in and perception of science as a practice and a profession; and 3. learn mentoring strategies and understand how PS mentors are coached to respond to students in ways that promote inclusive conversations and learning.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Hartley (The Botanical Society of America: Saint Louis, MO)

Climate in Your Classroom, Climate in Your World: Use Free NOAA Resources and Data to Teach This Integrated Topic

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370C



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TCI NSTA CONFERENCE.pdf

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Want to teach climate literacy but don’t know where to start? NOAA offers lesson plans, videos, data, webinars, and more to inform and inspire students.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. What is climate literacy and how to improve it; 2. How to discuss climate and climate controversies in the classroom; and 3. What climate education resources are available from NOAA.

SPEAKERS:
Bekkah Lampe (NOAA Office of Education: Silver Spring, MD), Kayla Smith (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Silver Spring, MD), Frank Niepold (NOAA Climate Program Office: Silver Spring, MD)

NMLSTA-Sponsored Session: NMLSTA Algae Academy: Taking Algae from "Ick!" to "Awesome!"

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370D



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Algae Academy - Taking Algae from Ick to Awesome.pptx
Algae Academy Presentation

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Using algae as the vehicle for innovation, this FREE STEM kit and curriculum will have your students asking big questions as they grow algae in the classroom and dive deeper into its vast potential.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn all things algae—from the basic living requirements to how algae will help solve pressing global issues; 2. Walk through the entire Algae Academy curriculum to better understand the supplies provided, day-to-day activities, and teacher resources available to support teacher instruction; and 3. Learn how to cultivate your own algae culture!

SPEAKERS:
Marissa Nalley (The Algae Foundation: Midland, TX)

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

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350E


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Sponsoring Company: Beyond Labz

Built on a platform developed over 20 years, Beyond Labz creates an open-ended environment providing students the opportunity to experiment, practice, fail, discover, and learn.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Beyond Labz simplifies and reduces the cost and expertise needed to provide crucial laboratory experiences and practice for Secondary and Higher Ed students; 2. 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; and 3. 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)

Building a Culture of STEM: Engaging Our Communities!

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM