2022 Houston National Conference

April 31-2, 2022

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FILTERS APPLIED:6 - 8, Strategies for Creating Inclusive Science Classrooms, Computer Science

 

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Building a Culture of STEM: Engaging Our Communities!

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 360 A/D



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Sponsoring Company: DoD STEM

Build STEM culture through community engagement! Develop interest and awareness, leading to increased demand for STEM programming and STEM career pathway courses.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn strategies for hosting community engagement events, including family STEM nights; 2. Explore the role of partnerships in supporting engagement events; and 3. Walk away with resources to support establishing and hosting community engagement events.

SPEAKERS:
Lisa Blank (Watertown City School District: Watertown, NY), Tiara Davis (Teacher: Charlotte, NC), Heather Overkamp (Portsmouth Public Schools: Portsmouth, VA), Patty Brunet (Cypress High School: Cypress, CA)

ADI with PE and BIO? OMG!

Thursday, March 31 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352C



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Discover how to use physical education to help teach interdependence of the circulatory and respiratory systems through Argument Driven Inquiry. Three-dimensional teaching meets cross-curricular planning.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to: 1. collaborate with your PE teachers to conduct a scientific investigation; 2. teach students about data collection and analysis; and 3. help students realize the interactions of body systems and how they relate to physical exercise.

SPEAKERS:
Lincoln Clark (Spain Park High School: Birmingham, AL)

NMLSTA-Sponsored Session: Essential Equity-Focused Holistic Practices for Developing Your Coding Programs

Thursday, March 31 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 342B


STRAND: Developing Accountability Systems for Expanding STEM Participation

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Learn how to develop holistic and equitable coding programs through positive social-emotional development, the inclusion of diverse role model representation, and connecting coding to activism!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. better understand the computer science landscape and how holistic programming can be a tool for addressing the gender gap in tech; 2. learn how to incorporate the three essential components every equitable coding program should have: a. holistic program activities that teach coding and social-emotional development, b. a culture of bravery where students join a supportive community of peers and role models from diverse career pathways, and c. connections to activism by using coding for positive impact; and 3. learn best practices for student recruitment and engagement of historically underrepresented groups in tech.

SPEAKERS:
Emily Ong (Girls Who Code: New York, NY)

Using Environmental Solutions as a Lens for Teaching Science and Engineering

Thursday, March 31 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350E


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Sponsoring Company: Green Ninja

This session will share a framework for how to create compelling learning experiences where students use science and engineering concepts to solve local environmental problems.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. be able to create a storyline and lesson sequence outline that focuses on a local environmental issue of interest; 2. be able to bundle different science TEKS using a storyline; and 3. develop experience using localized phenomena to create student-oriented instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Eugene Cordero (Green Ninja: Mountain View, CA)

Making Inquiry Visible

Thursday, March 31 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 360 A/D



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Sponsoring Company: DoD STEM

Engage the power of visible thinking to heighten learning through scientific inquiry and authentic questioning while fostering connections with and between students in your classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. understand and explain visible thinking; 2. describe multiple benefits of applying visible thinking in the classroom; and 3. learn strategies to apply visible thinking in inquiry-based science learning.

SPEAKERS:
Lisa Blank (Watertown City School District: Watertown, NY), Patty Brunet (Cypress High School: Cypress, CA), Tiara Davis (Teacher: Charlotte, NC), Heather Overkamp (Portsmouth Public Schools: Portsmouth, VA)

The Search for Life in the Universe with Your Students

Thursday, March 31 • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370C



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Life in the Universe and the Astrobiology Learning Progressions presentation

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Astrobiology Learning Progressions support the creation of units that are relevant and motivating through the lens of the search for life in the universe.

TAKEAWAYS:
K–12 teachers, curriculum directors, and other science communicators will take away from this session: 1. what is the scientific search for life in the universe—Astrobiology, how it is interdisciplinary, and how it can be combined within STEM, ELA, art, engineering, and more; 2. how they can use the excitement and motivating topics in Astrobiology to leverage learning in a variety of science concepts throughout the NGSS; and 3. the know-how to navigate and use the Astrobiology Learning Progressions ( https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/education/alp/ )to find information, context, and resources to create their units and lessons.

SPEAKERS:
Dani Leach (Lakewood High School: Arlington, WA)

OpenSciEd:  Reach New Heights with the Interactive Digital Edition of OpenSciEd Provided by Activate Learning

Thursday, March 31 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350D


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Sponsoring Company: Activate Learning

Join us for an engaging session that introduces the interactive digital edition (IDE) of OpenSciEd. Come explore the teacher’s side and experience the student side of the new IDE. The session will begin with an overview of the teacher's edition and its structure: Plan, Teach, Assign, and Assess. While engaged in an OpenSciEd lesson, teachers will learn the different features that students have available to use in their interactive student edition.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. This interactive digital product can enhance learning but does not replace student interaction with hands-on activities; 2. Effective use of an online student notebook; and 3. Teacher will receive a 60-day trial of the Interactive Digital edition of OpenSciEd.

SPEAKERS:
Tracy Marmolejo (Activate Learning: Greenwich, CT)

Leveraging Partnerships to Strengthen the STEM Engagement Pipeline

Thursday, March 31 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 360 A/D



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DoDSTEM at NSTA.pdf

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Sponsoring Company: DoD STEM

Hear about how DoD STEM partners with nonprofits, academia, industry, and government to work in schools and produce college- and career-ready graduates.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn: 1. about the mission and vision of DoD STEM; 2. how DoD STEM programs connect schools, students, and teachers with STEM professionals and opportunities; and 3. how they can engage with DoD STEM to support and/or enrich local programming.

SPEAKERS:
Sara Leikin (National Math + Science Initiative: Dallas, TX), Rebecca Stanley (DoD STEM/RTI International: Durham, NC), Jennifer Preston (DoD STEM/RTI International: Research Triangle Park, NC), Laura Larkin (Einstein Fellow, DoD STEM: Washington, DC)

Federal Professional Development Opportunities

Thursday, March 31 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 360 A/D



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NSTA. PAEMST FederalProfessionalDevelopmentOpps Session.pptx

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Sponsoring Company: National Science Foundation, Presidential Awards

Join NSF as we share professional development opportunities for teachers within the federal government and hear from Presidential Awardees about their experiences.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Federal professional development opportunities that you may not have been aware of before; 2. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) application process and benefits received; and 3. The paths of accomplished teachers and Presidential Awardees as they continue to grow their career.

SPEAKERS:
James Colby (National Science Foundation: Alexandria, VA)

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning—The Future Is NOW!

Thursday, March 31 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332C


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Come find out how to involve your students in learning how AI and ML can be taught to your students, how it can be used to promote equity in the classroom, and how it can make YOUR teaching job easier! If you can, bring a data set and computer.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. AI and ML can help equitize the science classroom by allowing students to participate in learning; 2. AI and ML can be taught to students in the classroom and is an excellent 21st-century skill for all students; and 3. AI and ML hold the possibility to make the science teacher's job easier.

SPEAKERS:
Holly Amerman (University of Georgia: Athens, GA), Anna Herdliska (Gwinnett County Public Schools: Suwanee, GA)

Creepy or Convenient? Exploring the Benefits and Risks of Computing in Your Classroom

Thursday, March 31 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 340B


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Sponsoring Company: Education First and Cornell Tech

In this fast-paced, interactive workshop, we’ll give you a few tools to help you bring computing into your classroom without any code.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Explore ways to integrate computational thinking in the science classroom; 2. Discover ways personal data is collected and used on the internet; and 3. Learn about fun tools for bringing AI and computer vision into the curriculum.

SPEAKERS:
Diane Levitt (Cornell Tech: New York, NY)

From Coding to Chemistry—How the Language of Computers Can Help Students Understand Reactions

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332D


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Compare the language of chemistry to the language of coding! I'll share ideas for integrating coding into the science classroom as a means of teaching chemical reactions.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Pattern-seeking students will recognize correlations between computer language and the rules of chemical reactions; 2. Computer science skills can be integrated into chemistry lessons; and 3. Students will be exposed to real-word STEM career connections.

SPEAKERS:
Bailey O'Reilly (Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts and Technology: Dunedin, FL)

Design Challenges That Promote and Develop Equity, Inclusion, and 21st-Century Skills

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362F


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Start building or join Jeff Wheatcraft, 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year, in design challenges that push students to be engaged and included!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. What is a design challenge and how are ones you develop different from those developed by major science organizations?; 2. How you can make STEM, specifically design challenges, engaging and inclusive while still covering standards; and 3. How to start and finish a design challenge that maximizes engagement!

SPEAKERS:
Jeff Wheatcraft (Alamo Heights Junior School: San Antonio, TX)

Build a Heart with STEM…and Play-Doh!

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350D



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Anatomy of Saving a Life - NSTA 2022.pdf
Anatomy of Saving a Life - NSTA 2022.pdf

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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:
1. You can do STEM with your science students and science with your STEM students!; 2. Apply knowledge of science to inform an engineering design (artificial heart); and 3. Combining science, coding, and engineering design helps students get to higher-order thinking skills.

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

Rewarding Failure in the Classroom

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 320B


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Sponsoring Company: Milestone C

Teaching students that part of success is failing and learning from those failures is paramount to their education.

TAKEAWAYS:
Practices around rewarding failure in the classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Dave Conelias (Milestone C LLC: Shelton, CT)

Foundations of Tech: How to Expose Students to All the Tech Around Them

Friday, April 1 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 320B


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Sponsoring Company: Milestone C

Come learn how to expose your students to a wide variety of Tech/STEM by establishing a foundation of skills inside a classroom. Make students developers instead of consumers of Tech/STEM.

TAKEAWAYS:
Core skills all students should be learning and how to bring these into your classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Dave Conelias (Milestone C LLC: Shelton, CT)

Forensic Fun for Everyone!

Friday, April 1 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332B



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Have fun creating a faculty-centered lab-based mystery plus virtual CSI escape room for your young scientists to enjoy next week! Hands-on fun!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. How to use your own school community to create an engaging crime for students to solve while encouraging socialization, collaboration, and critical thinking; 2. How to use Google Forms to create a virtual escape room to set up a mystery that students can work to solve either in class or remote; and 3. Forensics concepts, including blood typing, fingerprints, genetics, hair and fiber analysis, handwriting analysis, chromatography, and ways to adapt these concepts to all levels and budgets.

SPEAKERS:
Elizabeth Guzzetta (Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women: Rochester, NY)

Solid Composite Propellant Model Rocket Science Education

Friday, April 1 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350F


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Sponsoring Company: AeroTech/Quest

Explore the differences between aerospace-grade solid composite propellant model rocket motors and traditional black powder model rocket motors in science education, and assemble a Quest Astra III model rocket kit during the workshop to take home.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. The differences between solid composite propellant model rocket motors and traditional black powder model rocket motors; 2. Why solid composite propellant model rocket motors represent the future of model and hobby rocket flight; and 3. How composite propellant model and hobby rocketry can lead to aerospace careers in engineering, propulsion, aerodynamics, telemetry, payload design, mission planning, and much more.

SPEAKERS:
Dane Boles (AeroTech / Quest Divison of RCS Rocket Motor Components, Inc.: , United States)

What Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) and How to Teach It in the Classroom?

Friday, April 1 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 320B


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Sponsoring Company: STEMI

Join us for a breakdown of Artificial Intelligence. We'll discuss how industry is using and developing this new technology, share an experience with AI, and explore how to bring this cutting-edge subject to your classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Best practices of inviting industry into your classroom via an innovative and plug-and-play STEM program. Learn how your school can become the School of the Future.

SPEAKERS:
Dave Conelias (Milestone C LLC: Shelton, CT), Marin Trošelj (STEMI d.o.o.: , Croatia)

Designing a Democratic Classroom by Centering Student Voice and Sharing Authority

Saturday, April 2 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332B



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Designing a Democratic Classroom-STEM Ed Innovators

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Democratic STEM Teaching (DST) centers student voice, creating inclusive classrooms where all students can thrive. Explore how human-centered design thinking turns DST principles into practice.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will: 1. understand the DST principles and describe practical examples of student voice, shared authority, and STEM criticality; 2. develop ideas of how to use DST principles in their own classrooms in order to create a more inclusive classroom; and 3. use the design thinking approach and protocols to identify a focus area in the classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Kelly Houston (STEM Ed Innovators: Saratoga, CA)

Money for Your Idea

Saturday, April 2 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 351E


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Toshiba America Foundation wants to work together with teachers who are looking for a better way of doing the right thing.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Toshiba America Foundation objectives; 2. How to request a Toshiba America Foundation grant; and 3. Learn from fellow Toshiba America Foundation grant teachers.

SPEAKERS:
Acacia McKenna (NSTA: Arlington, VA), John Anderson (Toshiba America Foundation: Irvine, CA)

Urban Science Education Challenges: Solutions and Programs That Work

Saturday, April 2 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362D



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Urban Science Education Advisory Board Session Slides - April 2, 2022, 11_00 AM - 12_00 PM (1).pdf

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This session features current science practitioners who share some common challenges faced by urban science educators as well as successful solutions from their school districts. The challenges and solutions discussed are applicable to all school settings.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Receive resources and strategies to promote successful science education; 2. Discuss fresh progressively thinking approaches of current science practitioners who are in the classroom and at the district level; and 3. Engage with presenters on culturally responsive tips that support and strengthen urban science education.

SPEAKERS:
Charles Hayes (Highland Oaks Elementary School: Memphis, TN), LeeAnne Jimenez (Wilson Teaching and Learning Academy: Tulsa, OK), Michelle Ellis (Hunter Huss High School: Gastonia, NC), Brad Rhew (Guilford County Schools: No City, No State), Florentia Spires (Prince George's County Public Schools: Upper Marlboro, MD)

NMLSTA-Sponsored Session: All Students Can Do STEM

Saturday, April 2 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 360 E/F



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All students can do STEM

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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:
1. STEM inclusion activities; 2. Coding in the classroom; and 3. STEM project ideas.

SPEAKERS:
Stacy Thibodeaux (Southside High School: Youngsville, LA)

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