2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

All sessions added to My Agenda prior to this notice have been exported to the mobile app and will be visible in your account when the app launches. Any sessions added now, will also have to be added in the app.
Grade Level


Topics























Strands














Session Type














Pathway/Course

 

Rooms and times subject to change.
41 results
Save up to 50 sessions in your agenda.

3-dimensional learning: from instructional design to full implementation

Thursday, March 23 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B305


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Come and learn how two different school contexts (rural and urban) are implementing science engineering practices through PBL experiences. Utilizing Engineering is Elementary resources as a model, teachers will share their instructional practices and strategies along with successes and challenges.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will be able to explain that SEPs can and should be integrated in a manner to meet the individual needs of a school’s community and make-up.

SPEAKERS:
Trudy Giasi (Valle Catholic Schools: Ste. Genevieve, MO), Andi Maddox (Director of Curriculum and Instruction: Kennett, MO), Brandy Hepler (Southeast Missouri State University: Cape Girardeau, MO)

Did I really just flip this classroom?

Thursday, March 23 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B313a


STRAND: Equity and Justice

Show Details

The session will consist of modeling how to flip a traditional classroom. Participants will learn how to create a Pear Deck, use Screencatisfy and EdPuzzle to flip their classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will walk away with the basic knowledge of how to flip their classroom and be able to implement the strategies immediately into their classroom so that they are able to increase equity and inclusion.

SPEAKERS:
Cecelia Gillam (Hahnville High School: La Place, LA)

Accessibility Online? All Students Means All Students

Thursday, March 23 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A412



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Digital Accessibility in Science
Tips for creating digital materials in science that are accessible to all students.
Quick tips for creating accessible digital materials
Short list created in an accessible format - to use as an example

STRAND: Equity and Justice

Show Details

Much of the technology around us has been designed for persons with different needs. We can now set an alarm just by asking a device to do so. We can enter stores without touching doors, and read captions for the news on television while listening to music on earbuds. Online curriculum needs to mirror this type of access to give all students the ability to engage with content. Can the visually impaired student in a biology classroom use a microscope? Where are videos with captions for hearing impaired students? Can a student with limited dexterity independently access interactive slides? Deliberate planning of online lessons and selective use of virtual resources can help foster your students’ independence and alleviate barriers. Come learn from the experts.

TAKEAWAYS:
All students have unique needs in regards to online learning. Deliberate planning of online lessons and selective use of virtual resources can help foster your students’ independence and alleviate barriers.

SPEAKERS:
Christopher Like (Iowa Department of Education: No City, No State), Jennifer Bliss (Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Council Bluffs, IA)

Narrowing the Gap through Communication

Thursday, March 23 • 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C209



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Narrowing the Gap Through Communication (NSTA 2023).pdf

STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

You just graded a quiz or test and you need to analyze and share that information with stakeholders. Come learn how you can use mail merge to narrow the gap by providing personalized feedback with students.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn the features available with mail merge and obtain a template excel file for data analysis to be used for a mail merge in their own classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Tiffany Shoham Jones (Science Instructor: Conyers, GA)

NASA TechRise Student Challenge

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C210


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

Learn how the NASA TechRise Student Challenge helps students build and fly their own experiment ideas in suborbital vehicles (balloons and rockets), as well as how it helps inspire students across the nation to engage in STEM, research, and technology projects.

TAKEAWAYS:
TechRise's unique approach to STEM enables students and educators of all experience levels to learn tangible engineering skills including coding and working with electronics. The challenge aims to engage student teams across the U.S. in the technology experiment design and flight test process.

SPEAKERS:
Deanne Bell (Future Engineers: Burbank, CA), Lucas Moxey (NASA Outreach: Edwards, CA)

Building Community Partnerships to Support STEM Career Awareness for Youth

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C208



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
STEM Partnership Toolkit

Show Details

We share a free online toolkit based on our recent experiences building community partnerships intended to support development of STEM career pathways for youth in a rural mountain community. Learn how you might use these tools and strategies in your own community.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to build a network of community partnerships that can support efforts to increase youth interest in STEM careers. This toolkit provides strategies and tools that you can use to develop a STEM partnership program that brings together students and STEM professionals from your community.

SPEAKERS:
Melissa Rummel (UCAR Center for Science Education: Boulder, CO)

All In: A Collaborative Approach to Bringing Computer Science Opportunities Statewide

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C209



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xPuD2bzPoXGMVmhMH_BjkzuXhBoOCC5w_4Lu_RSKFO8/present
Presentation containing our resources and other important links we will go through during our session.

STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

In this session, you will learn about how the Iowa Governor's STEM Council, CSTA Iowa, local area education agencies, and business partners came together to bring a collaborative approach for CS Education week to all sectors, not just educators, because CS Education week is about being all in!

TAKEAWAYS:
How to leverage partnerships to bring a collaborative, high quality computer science resources and professional development to educators as well as activities for students.

SPEAKERS:
Corey Rogers (Grant Wood Area Education Agency: No City, No State), Mauree Haage (Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council: No City, No State)

STEM Project-Based Learning for EVERYONE!!

Friday, March 24 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A410


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Are you looking for creative ideas to stimulate the minds of your students in grades K-12? Listen to Middle-School STUDENTS present and demonstrate some of the coolest projects around! These students, along with their teacher Mike French, will amaze you with some spectacular PBL ideas for any grade!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will be amazed at the presentation/demonstration by middle school students, and their teacher Mike French. Each attendee will walk away with ideas on how to create an exciting learning environment in ALL of your school's classrooms through projects designed to enhance any lesson.

SPEAKERS:
Mike French (Northview Middle School: Newbern, TN)

Empower Next Generation Science Learners through Personalized Learning

Friday, March 24 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C203


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Looking for ways to personalize learning and implement the 5E's (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate), come learn how to use Choice & Voice, Varied Strategies, & Flexible Pacing to promote Mastery of Standards

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will be able to see student exemplars of Choice & Voice, and PBL. They will see how ISTE, NSQ standards, 5 E's of Science come together to promote student engagement.

SPEAKERS:
Gaganjot Singh (Fulton Virtual)

Zombie Lesson Plans: Using Today’s Technology to Revive Dead Lesson

Friday, March 24 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B306



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Zombie Lesson Plans session presentation

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

In 2020, educators transitioned to remote and blended learning, changing their instructional strategies overnight. In this session we will use our new toolkit and the SAMR model to revive and reinvent STEM lesson plans for our modern classrooms.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will walk away with research-backed strategies to revive their old lesson plans, access to lesson plans ready to use in the classroom on Monday morning, and a new perspective for how to use technology to strengthen instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Candice Chambers (North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics: Durham, NC), Morgan Pittman (North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics: Durham, NC)

Defining Criteria and Constraints for Successful Engineering Solutions: A Mi-STAR Lesson for Middle School Students

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A305



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Mi-STAR Open Ed Resource Off-the-Shelf Lesson Criteria and Constraints
Mi-STAR Open Ed Resource Off-the-Shelf Lessons

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

How could the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows bridge have been prevented? How can we ensure electronic devices hold up to everyday use? Developing well-defined criteria and constraints is critical to successful engineering. Experience ways to help your students plan and evaluate solutions like pros!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn the importance of well-defined criteria and constraints, and will experience activities to share with students to help them develop and evaluate successful solutions to engineering challenges. Everyone leaves with access to a Mi-STAR NGSS aligned OER lesson.

SPEAKERS:
Stephanie Tubman (Michigan Technological University: Houghton, MI), Chris Geerer (Mi-STAR: , MI)

Fly Girls: Girls with Drones

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A316


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

Show Details

Our FlyGirls program was developed to introduce young women in grades 4–8 to aerospace using drones. The Cobb County School District has partnered with Lockheed Martin, FTW Robotics, female drone pilots from across the U.S., and other informal educators to offer our FlyGirls program.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. learn how to cultivate a dynamic partnerships between multiple agencies; 2. receive step-by-step guidance to start your own local chapter of FlyGirls; and 3. receive access to the resources we developed and used with our FlyGirls group.

SPEAKERS:
Alana Davis (Cobb County School District: Marietta, GA)

Beyond Spreadsheets: Getting the Most Out of Data Science Tools

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B409


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

Want your students to use more data in the classroom, but fed up with hacking a path through the spreadsheet jungle? Packed with classroom examples, tips, and easy-to-use tools, this show-and-tell panel will give you a roadmap to the best data analysis software available for science education today.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will understand the landscape of existing data analysis tools for science classrooms, along with their key characteristics, ideal use cases, and tips to get the most out of each tool.

SPEAKERS:
Harshil Parikh (Tuva Labs Inc.: New York, NY), Chad Dorsey (The Concord Consortium: Concord, MA), Aaron Reedy (DataClassroom: Charlottesville, VA), Zarek Drozda (Data Science 4 Everyone: No City, No State)

Connecting the Standards for Technological and Engineering Literacy ( STEL) to STEM Integration: How it Looks in the Classroom!!

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B315



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
NSTA Presentation 2023-Atlanta2.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Designing the solution that solves a real-world problem requires the application of knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines, as in STEM practices. Through the exploration of STEL and EDP, students learn how to evaluate their design solutions on identified criteria and constraints.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will learn how to use performance tasks to apply STEL and engineering design process to STEM integration, measure students' application of the knowledge, and to assess individual student performance.

SPEAKERS:
Denise Clarke-Mayers (East Orange STEM Academy: East Orange, NJ)

Podcasts as Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Integration

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B406a/b


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

COESEE - The joy of learning science through high-quality podcasts is unmatched! We will learn about podcasting and how to leverage these media resources in your classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Freely available podcasts are rich additions to elementary science learning.

SPEAKERS:
Marshall Escamilla (Tumble Media Production: Greenfield, MA), Mike Ryan (The Learning Standard (retired Georgia Tech): Atlanta, GA), Mary Starr (Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network)

Using Virtual Reality (VR) as a Supplement to Lab Activities in Chemistry Classes: Effects on Student Self-Evaluation of Lab Skills

Saturday, March 25 • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C211



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
All talks for NSTA March 25.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

A virtual reality chemistry activity was evaluated as a supplement to laboratory instruction for first-year college chemistry classes. Student self-evaluation of confidence in certain lab activities was surveyed prior to and post VR session.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Virtual reality offers an engaging and kinesthetic way to supplement lab-based instruction; 2. The virtual environment can evaluate student lab performance on a level that can't be duplicated in a laboratory setting; and 3. VR offers an effective source of remediation for students lagging in labo

SPEAKERS:
Donald Carpenetti (Craven Community College: New Bern, NC)

Building Lasting Partnerships Through Professional Learning Collaborations

Saturday, March 25 • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B210



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Playground Physics Teacher Guide

Show Details

Partnerships between museums, PD providers, and coaches can catalyze partners' expertise and networks and build trust and buy-in to create positive change in STEM learning. NYSCI and NYSCATE will share lessons learned from a research-practice-partnership to improve middle school physics instruction.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn about forming and maintaining partnerships with different stakeholders involved in the professional learning process, catalyzing specific networks based on organizational expertise, and how to establish trust, shared leadership and ownership throughout complex partnerships.

SPEAKERS:
Michaela Labriole (NYSCI: Corona, NY), Linda Brandon (Consultant: Croton on Hudson, NY), Antonio Scordo (Coordinator Technology Integration and Curriculum Development: , NY)

Equitable Practices to Engage Students in Science

Saturday, March 25 • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A313



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Equitable Practices to Engage Students

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Labs! Assessments! Feedback! Notetaking! Sharing teaching strategies and classroom practices that motivate ALL students and shift ownership of learning from the teacher to the student

TAKEAWAYS:
Increase student engagement for ALL learners by using these tried-and-true strategies and practices for labs, note-taking, feedback, and assessments.

SPEAKERS:
Hannah Crowder (Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton: Atherton, CA)

Incorporating ONLE (online network learning environment) strategies in your classroom and discover how it supports your learners

Saturday, March 25 • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B212


STRAND: Professional Learning

Show Details

An online network learning environment (ONLE) is one built and run by instructors and educators to create a network for students and their PLE's (personal learning environments). ONLE strategies allow for collaboration and enhanced learning communities. Strategies such as creating a participatory web environment, widget and social-network linkages, and use of IvfoViz will be explored. This style of learning supports both constructivist and connectivist learning theories. Explore a model lesson using these strategies. Be ready to walk away with ways to include these strategies in your own lessons whether you have in-person or online students.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to infuse ONLE strategies in your lessons which support various learning needs and enhance collaboration. These strategies support in-class and online learners. Discover how they can support your students.

SPEAKERS:
Angela Williams-Clermont (Science Teacher), Nikki Gutierrez (Science Teacher: No City, No State)

Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the Elementary School Science Classroom

Saturday, March 25 • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B404


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

Learn how to embed future ready skills through the science and engineering practices

TAKEAWAYS:
During this session, teachers will learn how to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to actively engage students in the science and engineering practices.

SPEAKERS:
Kristin Luthi (Gwinnett County Public Schools: Suwanee, GA)

Ears On, Jaws Dropped: Learning Through Audio

Saturday, March 25 • 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B315


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Featuring educators and digital media creators from Tinkercast, the creator of the STEM-themed, #1 kids podcast Wow in the World, sharing the HOW, WHY, and WOW of using podcasts in the classroom, including how podcasts can help address the achievement gap in listening and literacy skills.

TAKEAWAYS:
Podcasts offer educators opportunities to enhance listening and literacy skills, spark creativity, encourage collaboration, and ignite a passion for learning, with specific benefits for ESL learners and students performing below grade level in ELA.

SPEAKERS:
Meredith Halpern-Ranzer (CEO: montclair, NJ), Kristen Giang (Sr Director, Digital: Oak Park, CA), Natascha Crandall (Educational and Research Consultant: Woodcliff Lake, NJ), Carole Paterson (Science Teacher: Ligonier, PA)

Introspective podcasting: Pre-service teaching candidates’ reflect on science identity

Saturday, March 25 • 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C212


Show Details

Case study research on three pre-service teaching candidates will be shared about their work in recording narrative audio podcasts about their science and science education experiences. Candidates narrated stories and life experiences they draw upon in their current design and implementation of science instruction with elementary and middle grades students. We conducted a focus group interview to learn more about the candidates’ podcasting experiences. Findings will be shared through the lens of Carlone and Johnson’s (2007) Model of Science Identity regarding how the participants perceived their science identities through engaging in science practices, self-efficacy for engaging in and teaching science, and being recognized as ‘scientific’ by others. The candidates published their recordings on a podcast feed and portions of their work will be shared along with the assignment instructions and criteria that were provided to the candidates.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn approaches for integrating narrative podcasting assignments as a means of facilitating professional reflection and critical thinking around teaching candidates’ science identities and the ways they impact their design and implementation of science instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Jessica VanValkenburgh (Columbus State University: Columbus, GA), Aaron Gierhart (Columbus State University: Columbus, GA)

Civic Online Reasoning in Science

Saturday, March 25 • 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom C


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

Tired of your students clicking on the first link of a search? Help them make smart research decisions using Stanford History Education Group's Civic Online Learning curriculum. Examples are all embedded in science content and include search techniques and social media.

TAKEAWAYS:
Science teachers can take the front seat in teaching students best practices in online searches with mini-lessons embedded in science content.

SPEAKERS:
Adrianne Toomey (Neuqua Valley High School: Naperville, IL)

Building K-12 Literacy Skills for STEM Career Success

Saturday, March 25 • 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B210



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Building K-12 Literacy Skills for STEM Career Success (1).pdf

STRAND: Sensemaking

Show Details

Engage in an interactive panel discussion exploring the importance of English language arts skills for STEM career success, and strategies for building English language arts skills through K-12 science and engineering practices in a sensemaking model.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will leave the session with ideas for using K-12 science and engineering practices to enhance student acquisition of communication and media literacy skills necessary for success in STEM careers.

SPEAKERS:
Liz Martinez (Curriculum/Professional Development: Escondido, CA), Elizabeth Allan (University of Central Oklahoma: Edmond, OK), Loris Chen (Science Education Consultant: Fair Lawn, NJ)

There’s No Place Like (Your LMS) Homepage

Saturday, March 25 • 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A408


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

Does your course homepage encourage the type of learning experience you wish to provide learners? Our mission was to create an intuitive and student-centered homepage. We will show you the evolution of our own homepage and invite you to consider how you can achieve similar outcomes on your homepage.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will consider our example of a universal and intuitive LMS homepage with insights into how to implement these features into their own educational settings.

SPEAKERS:
Erin Siverd (Virtual Learning Specialist: , PA)

Let's Flip for Engineering!

Saturday, March 25 • 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B404


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

Show Details

Do you need help in planning engineering experiences for young learners? Collaboration with others in a learning community can help! This session will show how a group of teachers used Flip to share ideas for STEM/STEAM and engineering focused lessons. Get ready to join our engineering fun!

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will engage in using the Flip application and learn how they can create learning communities focused on STEM/STEAM and engineering education.

SPEAKERS:
Tara Hood (Science Specialist: Jacksonville,, AL), Carol McGinnis (Jacksonville State University: Anniston, AL)

Tinker, Create, and Innovate: Rebranding STEAM for Budding Entrepreneurs

Saturday, March 25 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B303


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

Show Details

We aim to bring K-12 STEAM further in the 21st century by emphasizing innovation. The proposed session will cover a STEAM rebranding process. We will host a discussion of NSTA community goals around innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as tools and resources for addressing these goals.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees should expect the session to serve as a valuable idea brainstorm, to provide a collection of strategies, and to generate a network of NSTA members interested in pursuing a rebranding of STEAM to a “Tinker-Create-Innovate” model who may serve as allies as such shifts are endeavored locally.

SPEAKERS:
Maggie Renken (STEAM Program Director)

Integrating gamification and game-based learning in your classroom

Saturday, March 25 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B312


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Did you know that using gamification and game-based learning can create a more engaging and interactive learning environment? Learn the difference be gamification and game-based learning. Explore ways that each method can be used in your classroom (with any content). Try both technology-rich examples as well as non-tech or low-tech options. Learn about the research supporting gaming models in the classroom and how it can be used in a way to support learning content, building collaboration, and supporting socio-emotional skills. Come and join us for some learning and of course some fun games! Walk away with ideas you can use immediately with your learners.

TAKEAWAYS:
Explore in an interactive manner how gamification and game-based learning supports collaborative learning, builds intrinsic student motivation, and even supports socio-emotional learning.

SPEAKERS:
Angela Williams-Clermont (Science Teacher), Nikki Gutierrez (Science Teacher: No City, No State)

Accessibility Resources for STEM

Saturday, March 25 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C211



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
STEM Web Accessibility
STEM Web Accessibility Resource page at Kennesaw State University

Show Details

Creating accessible instructional content and assessments can be challenging for any course, but STEM courses requiring complex mathematical equations, scientific formulas, or special symbols can make the challenges more difficult. Some of these challenges require subject-specific resources.

TAKEAWAYS:
Session attendees will walk away with access to a myriad of resources that assist instructors in including complex equations, formulas, and symbols in their content and assessments, making them more accessible to all learners.

SPEAKERS:
Jason Rodenbeck (Assistant Director of Academic Web Accessibility: Kennesaw, GA), KIMBERLY LOOMIS (Kennesaw State University: Kennesaw, GA)

Responding to 21st Century Science Needs: Building an Infrastructure that Gives All Students Access to Computer Science Learning

Saturday, March 25 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom A


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

At its September 2022 International Global Computer Science Conference (CSEdCon), CODE.Org recognized Maryland and the Maryland Center for Computing Education as the nation leaders building an infrastructure that offers high quality computer science courses in every high school in the state. Presenters in this session will share the critical elements of their work to create this nationally recognized computer science infrastructure. This presentation will focus on adaptable strategies and outcome data for building and sustaining an equity-centered computer science teaching and learning infrastructure. Specifically, presenters will share the types of local and state-level financial commitments, intellectual CS content knowledge, constituent buy-in, and personnel/individual commitments are needed. Finally, attendees will learn some specific strategies for recruiting teachers and students from historically under-represented groups into computer science education and careers.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn the K-12, higher education and business resources needed to create an equity-centered computer science teaching and learning infrastructure, including financial investments; intellectual/content; personnel/individuals; advocate engagement

SPEAKERS:
Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff (Director: Adelphi, MD), Dewayne Morgan (University System of Maryland: Adelphi, MD)

Virtual Labs in Blended Learning

Saturday, March 25 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B309


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

This session will explore the application of online interactive laboratory simulations in secondary science courses. The presentation will overview different approaches and best practices to introduce virtual labs in blended learning environments.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will be able to implement virtual labs into their daily classroom lessons and apply different instructional practices.

SPEAKERS:
Giancarlo Perez-Flores (Teacher)

What authenticity looks like for 21st Century Project Based Learning

Saturday, March 25 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B207


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Often authenticity and authentic audience is a barrier to planning project based learning. Authenticity can extend beyond an authentic audience. By providing students with authentic tools and lessons, project based learning can be inspirational and engaging.

TAKEAWAYS:
You don't need an authentic audience for authentic project based learning.

SPEAKERS:
Brandt Boidy (MS Math and Science Teacher: Charlotte, NC)

STEMCon

Saturday, March 25 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A412



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
STEMCon Presentation

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

Show Details

STEMCon was built on the foundation that ALL students should have access to the opportunities that STEM careers and fields can hold for them. Our mission is simple: get our students and community excited about STEM. We believe when that happens, students will see all the doors that can be opened for them in STEM fields. Our goals are twofold: 1. Get more students excited about STEM and exposed to STEM opportunities. 2. Continue to recognize students for the excellent work they are doing in STEM fields. STEMCon is the opportunity for the students, to show off their STEM skills and passions! It's also the opportunity to see STEM demonstrations, hear from various groups and speakers, enter competitions and win prizes! Students can compete in many STEM competitions including: STEM Inquiry Presentations, Quiz Bowl, and many more. During this session, teachers will understand how they can plan and implement a STEMCon event in their District. Tools, presentations, project guidelines, & more!

TAKEAWAYS:
How to create a District-wide STEMCon event that showcases students innovative STEM projects, promotes inquiry based learning, increases student engagement, and more! Educators will be able to see the planning timeline, how to network with community members, and increase student engagement.

SPEAKERS:
Allison Horten (Desert Edge High School: Goodyear, AZ), Haley Walker (Agua Fria Union High School District: Avondale, AZ)

Powerful, FREE tools for Data Analysis and Systems Thinking

Saturday, March 25 • 10:20 AM - 11:20 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B409


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

Come discover how free, NSF-funded tools from The Concord Consortium can engage your students in data analysis and systems thinking, with a special emphasis on Science Practices. Bring a device to this interactive session and get free resources!

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will gain knowledge and experience in using free, research-based technology resources for data exploration and for diagramming and analysis of complex systems.

SPEAKERS:
Chad Dorsey (The Concord Consortium: Concord, MA)

First Steps to Integrate Computing into your Science Curriculum using the Raspberry Pi 400 Platform

Saturday, March 25 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom A



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Four Corners Science and Computing Club

STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

The Four Corners Science & Computing Club presents workshop based curricula for schools serving primarily Native American students. Raspberry Pi 400 computers and environmental data sensors are used to introduce students to Scientific Computing. Access to online curricula and resources provided.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to integrate low-cost, easy to build, data collection software and hardware into a STEM curriculum in order to engage students in scientific computing through hands-on problem-based education. Access to online curriculum and links to resources provided.

SPEAKERS:
Jeff Meilander (PhD student: FLAGSTAFF, AZ)

Choose-Your-Own Science Adventures: A Digital Experience

Saturday, March 25 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C208


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

Participants experience three different digital design challenges using branching scenarios that provide student choice and data sets involving wind energy, electromagnetism, and the greenhouse effect. Each challenge is done in a different Google platform - Sites, Forms, and Slides.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will engage in three digital design challenges to test the efficiency of wind turbine blades, the strength of electromagnets, and the greenhouse effect on different land surfaces (polar region, water, and desert) using Google sites, forms, and slides.

SPEAKERS:
Rebecca Tonkinson (eesmarts: Hartford, CT), Sharyon Holness (eesmarts: No City, No State), Kathleen Brooks (CREC: No City, No State)

How to Teach Science/Climate Science using Game Based Learning

Saturday, March 25 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B306


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Bring your creativity and learn how to implement game-based learning in your science classroom. We will explore using hands-on techniques to make science fun.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. create a science-based game to use in their classroom; 2. develop an understanding of game-based learning; and 3. embed game-based learning in their current content/curriculum.

SPEAKERS:
Tammie Schrader (NorthEast Washington ESD 101: Spokane, WA)

Broadening Student Engagement in Science: Using a Global Science Classroom to Promote Sensemaking

Saturday, March 25 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B306


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Discover how you can use a free, global science classroom created at Harvard University to promote student sensemaking. Experience how to tailor learning using LabXchange, a powerful, interactive, online learning platform as students explore their ideas about phenomena and design problems.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how LabXchange can be used in a classroom as a mechanism for sensemaking and three-dimensional learning aligned with the NGSS. With LabXchange, attendees will learn how to implement world-class content from a variety of Harvard vetted resources and digital assets.

SPEAKERS:
Jenny Frank (LabXchange, Harvard: No City, No State), Kenneth Huff (Williamsville Central School District: East Amherst, NY)

Student Centered Computing: A Framework Beyond Computing

Saturday, March 25 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B207


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

Student-Centered Computing (SCC), is a new CS curriculum for middle and high school students. This full-year curriculum, introduces students to computer science skills and concepts as they investigate and advocate for solutions to a problem of their own choosing.

TAKEAWAYS:
The SCC curriculum provides students with an engaging introductory computer science experience that encourages all students to continue in CS. Key elements include a collaborative, PBL approach and culturally authentic practices that support students’ voice, choice, and sense of belonging.

SPEAKERS:
Douglas Edwards (Senior Research Associate: Atlanta, GA)

Learning Binary Code to Understand Information Transfer

Saturday, March 25 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B212


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Explore how communication systems encode and transfer information via digital signals, from texts to images from space. Hands-on activities will introduce signals, binary, and ASCII.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will deepen their understanding of digital signals and information transfer. Attendees will walk away with an overview of a complete unit including hands on activities for both in person and distance learning.

SPEAKERS:
Jayne Kerner (F.A. Day Middle School: Newtonville, MA)

Digital Energy Escape Room for Middle School

Saturday, March 25 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B305


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

This session presents an activity using the popular “escape room” format in which students solve clues using science knowledge to complete the challenge.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will experience and explore ideas to enhance in-person learning through competitive activities and gamification using and adapting a digital escape room format with an energy focus or their existing curriculum.

SPEAKERS:
Rebecca Tonkinson (eesmarts: Hartford, CT), Sharyon Holness (eesmarts: No City, No State)

Back to Top