2022 Houston National Conference

April 31-2, 2022

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FILTERS APPLIED:Hands-On Workshop, Strategies for Creating Inclusive Science Classrooms, Computer Science

 

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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)

Preparing Teachers and Students for a Future in the Second Technology Revolution

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362B


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The first technology revolution may have passed you by but rest assured, the second one is going to rock your world!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Relevance/difference of 1st and 2nd technology revolutions; 2. Understanding real-world examples for quantum information science; and 3. Importance of teaching QIS in the K–12 classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Karen Matsler (University of Texas Arlington: No City, No State), Janie Head (Lamar CISD: Rosenberg, TX), Emma Smith (Ridgeline High School: Millville, UT)

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)

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)

Learning, Designing, and Teaching STEM in High School

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352D



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NSTA_Houston22_ArturoMigueldePriego.pptx

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Participants will experiment, design, and inquiry with free software and custom tools for teaching and learning STEM in high school.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. How to capture real data with sensors and microcontrollers; 2. How to process data to find mathematical patterns and physical laws; and 3. How to encourage students to design and inquiry effectively.

SPEAKERS:
Arturo Miguel de Priego (STEM and EECS Academy: Chincha, Ica, Peru)

Discovering and Diagnosing Honeybee Killers

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 360 E/F


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Bee-coming a data scientist—discover how honeybee researchers find pathogens that contribute to colony loss.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Understand the essential role of honeybees in agriculture; 2. Discover example phenomena to engage students as a data scientist and exploration into the universal language of DNA sequences; and 3. A simple and free computer-based activity that can be performed anywhere with a computer and internet (classroom, home, or public library).

SPEAKERS:
Zack Bateson (National Agricultural Genotyping Center: Fargo, ND), Jane Hunt (Nourish the Future - Education Projects, LLC: Columbus, OH)

Dumpster Dive with STEM

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 351E



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Dumpster Dive With STEM Participant Folder

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Connect the human impact of trash pollution to engineering design. Get your students thinking critically and creatively as they collaborate in real-world problem-solving. The global real-world issue of human-generated trash polluting local bodies of water is the main focus of this hands-on session. Using our partnership with the Howard County Conservancy, our students learn about their local watersheds and contribute to a Watershed Report Card. Students see how trash that is often found on our local schoolyards can affect our watershed, and they design a working model for trash removal in a local tributary. Basic coding will be used to design programs that will control sensors and motors through a microcontroller, thus removing the trash from the water source. The model will utilize solar and water power to move the trash into a separate receptacle. Various sensors will also be used to monitor water levels and determine the outcome of the program. This session will allow participants to find ways to increase the environmental stewardship of their students while incorporating engineering design into the science classroom. This project allows authentic integration of technology, mathematics, crosscutting concepts, science practices, and easy implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Connecting the human impact of single-use plastics and their effect on aquatic ecosystems; 2. Exposing students to basic coding and engineering design in an NGSS-focused content classroom; and 3. Developing a project that enhances STEM skills in students such as collaboration, curiosity, and creative problem-solving.

SPEAKERS:
Jessica Kohout (Educational Consultant: Voorhees, NJ), Stacy Thibodeaux (Southside High School: Youngsville, LA)

Integrated STEM as a District-Wide Equity Move

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332 E/F



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Integrated STEM in Tracy Unified.NSTA.4.1.2022.pptx

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Come experience how one California district is leveraging an opportunity to bring equitable STEM experiences to all preK–12 students.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. How one district approaches integrated STEM; 2. What an integrated STEM unit feels like; and 3. How one district supports and builds accountability for equitable STEM instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Scott Reynolds (Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC): Boston, MA), Dean Reese (Tracy Unified School District: Tracy, CA)

Forensic Fun for Everyone!

Friday, April 1 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332B



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Forensics Fun For All NSTA 2022 (1).pptx
https://forms.gle/6kU9SNdbWaf9c4pq8

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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)

E-Bin: Creating Litter-Free Schools and Waterways Through a Rewards System in Recycling

Friday, April 1 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361B


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The free app E-Bin identifies trash and recyclables as they’re tossed out and indicates which waste bin to use. Rewards are earned for doing so.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to: 1. set up a school recycling system based on rewards; 2. use a free educational app promoting a “green” environment; and 3. earn money for school clubs.

SPEAKERS:
Mark Supal (Retired Educator: Grosse Pointe, MI)

Physics+C: Using Computational Models in Physics Classrooms

Saturday, April 2 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 360 E/F


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Experiment with and decode computational models of core physics topics. Learn how to support physics instruction through the use of computational thinking and coding.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. explore the “use-decode-modify” progression for using computational models in physics classrooms; 2. learn (and experience!) some of the benefits of using computational models for supporting physics instruction; and 3. learn about a set of freely accessible curricular units, supported by NSF funding, centered on the use of computational models in high school science.

SPEAKERS:
Victor Mateas (Education Development Center, Inc.: Waltham, MA), Kristen Bjork (Education Development Center, Inc.: Waltham, MA)

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)

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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