2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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A Day in the Devonian: Intermediate Elementary Fossil Investigation

Thursday, March 23 • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C201


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Identify common fossils of the Middle Devonian in a hands-on investigation. Work with Petoskey stones and other fossils to make inferences about the past and learn how to teach this with elementary students. Curriculum handouts and fossil kits will be provided to the first 30 participants.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to use the fossil curriculum with intermediate elementary students. Teachers will get to explore Devonian fossils of the Traverse Group and learn how to analyze data to make inferences about past environments. Teachers will receive materials to use with intermediate elementary students.

SPEAKERS:
Kayce Wills (Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary School: Leonardtown, MD), Laura Schneider (St. Mary's College of Maryland: Saint Mary's City, MD)

N-gineer your GSS

Thursday, March 23 • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A401


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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"PV=NRT" is nearly 200 years old! However, the ideal gas law has remained a relevant tool that's helped us progress from Sterling Engines to Solar Panel Cars. How? Engineering. Come be a student in an engineering project based physics/ physical science class.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will have hands-on opportunity to experience engineered based lesson (mini unit). Teachers will come away with an example scope and sequence, example projects with directions, materials guidelines, and rubrics.

SPEAKERS:
Briana Clarke (Park Day School: Oakland, CA)

Connecting STEM and Literacy

Thursday, March 23 • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C211


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Do you ever wish your lesson engaged everyone in the class? The readers, the mathematicians, the engineers and writers will all love these STEM and literacy lessons! In this session, you will learn how to mix and mingle - with read aloud books and STEM challenges, of course!

TAKEAWAYS:
When you leave this session, you will have a better idea of how incorporate literacy with STEM. I’ll be sharing STEM challenges that you can link to children’s books that you probably already have in your classroom! You’ll also learn some tips on how to create your own read aloud STEM challenges!

SPEAKERS:
Emily Gentile (STEM Teacher: Parker, CO)

CDC Presents: Bring public health into your classroom! Inspire students to pursue STEM careers

Thursday, March 23 • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B306



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CDC Science Ambassador Flyer
STEM at CDC Resources

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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CDC staff will provide a tour of CDC’s publicly available STEM resources for teachers. The session will feature the newly released CDC NERD Academy curriculum, which uses real-world COVID-19 data and scenarios to teach foundational science, math, and critical thinking skills. These lesson plans, activities, and videos are designed to include everything a STEM teacher needs, even without previous knowledge of public health. CDC staff will illustrate how Module 2: How does disease spread? can be used to teach students about the science behind prevention strategies. Attendees will also meet a diverse group of fictional characters and real CDC staff to help introduce some public health STEM careers. By session’s end, attendees will have practiced how to use one of CDC’s ready-to-go STEM resources, gained insight on how to create lessons using real CDC data and scenarios from journal articles, and gathered ideas on how to get students interested in public health careers.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to use public health examples to illustrate key STEM concepts and skills and to introduce students to STEM careers in public health.

SPEAKERS:
Juliana Azeredo (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Atlanta, GA)

Career awareness through innovative webbased curricula

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B306


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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In this unique curriculum, called BioScann, students become science experts, interpreting data to address a real-world challenge from their expert perspective. Students share their expertise in teams where communication and collaboration are essential to finding a final class solution to the problem. By showcasing a broad array of careers that require a range of training and education, we expose students to science careers that are in high demand; a major point being that STEM is for everyone! BioScann modules are web-based and free. The workshop will showcase a 3-day module designed for grades 7-9, but additional modules that focus on plastic pollution and antibiotic resistance are under development. And are expected to be released in 2023. Evaluations of the original BioScann module indicate that students show dramatic and sustained increases in life sciences interest and career awareness and demonstrate an increased ability to read graphs and interpret complex data.

TAKEAWAYS:
Engage in web-based curriculum that introduces students to a wide range of science careers. You will first experience the curriculum from the student perspective but will also be coached to deliver this free curriculum in your classroom. This curriculum is compatible with google classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Maggie Keeler (Senior Curriculum Specialist), Michelle Mischke (VP of Biotechnology Education Programs: CAmbridge, MA)

Know Soil, Know Life: Curricular Connections to this Vital Resource

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A301


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Soils are vital to sustaining life. What makes this natural resource so special? Join us for an active session that digs into numerous soil science concepts and vetted teaching resources connected to the geosciences, biology, chemistry, and physics.

TAKEAWAYS:
Soils are the foundation upon which life exists on Earth. The life that teems below ground supports the life above ground. Understanding the ecosystem services provided by soils requires cross-disciplinary thinking and reveals how vital soils are to our existence.

SPEAKERS:
Missy Holzer (Chatham High School: Chatham, LA)

Introducing cutting-edge science research to elementary school students provides a rich context for learning

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C201



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Introducing cutting-edge science research to elementary children
Slides used at the workshop - could be used to share with other teachers back in schools/districts.

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Find out how contemporary scientists’ cutting-edge research can be shared with elementary students and linked to curriculum topics. Activities and investigations which children (ages 7 to 11) can do in the classroom to mirror cutting-edge research will be demonstrated.

TAKEAWAYS:
You will learn how I bet you didn’t know… articles written in language that children can understand and accompanying Teacher Guides can be used in the classroom to increase engagement with practical activities, develop enquiry skills and an appreciation of the impact of science on real life.

SPEAKERS:
Alison Trew (Primary Science Teaching Trust: Bristol, England)

Why am I having difficulty breathing?

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom C



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Air Quality Presentation 2023 final.pptx
Here is our presentation. Have fun implementing GLOBE and NASA activities!

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Let’s look at air quality at your location with data gathered by Purple Air sensors. Contribute to the study of aerosols in the US. Bring computer/electronic device.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to access air quality data from citizen scientist sensors and satellite data and analyze air quality in your local area.

SPEAKERS:
Kevin Czajkowski (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH), Jessica Taylor (NASA Langley Research Center: Hampton, VA), Sara Mierzwiak (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH), Janet Struble (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH)

Science+C: Using computational models in high school science

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom A


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Experiment with and decode computational models of core science topics. Experience NSF-funded curricular materials developed to support science instruction that incorporates computational thinking and coding. The session will focus on physics but also preview the chemistry and biology tracks.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn (and experience!) some of the benefits of using computational models in high school science classrooms. They will do so by exploring the “use-decode-modify” progression for using computational models, which is built into our freely accessible curricular units.

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

A Unique and Challenging Ice Core Investigation that Integrates the Three Dimensions of NGSS & STEM

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C208



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Cosmic Connections Card Set & URLs.pdf
Decoding Starlight Using Science & Art.pdf
https://jamboard.google.com/d/18ewAG4ZuTPKh57J37gc67ubhkpNRgi9UY9IGpTvMvOI/viewer?f=0
Ice Core Records PDFs and Downloads for Worksheets and Instructions
Ice Core Records.pdf
Ice Core Student Handout.pdf
Stellar Cycles Card Set & URLs.pdf
Stellar Evolution Card Set & URLs.pdf

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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A multidisciplinary and open-ended investigation that incorporates absolute and relative dating techniques, anomalies, historical context, volcanoes, solar proton events, energy cycles, Earth systems, terrestrial events, and supernovas by analyzing 430 years of Earth history from 1562 to 1992.

TAKEAWAYS:
In constructing knowledge, there is no definitive answer, only plausible conclusions based on constructing, analyzing, and comparing data and research from multiple disciplines. This investigation provides a better understanding of the scientific process of developing models and defending results.

SPEAKERS:
Donna Young (NASA/NSO/UoL Program Manager: Laughlin, NV)

Star Formation in the Cartwheel Galaxy with Web-based NASA Data, and STEM Image Analysis Tools

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Redwood



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Alternate js9 software website
Analyzing Star Formation and UHLXs in the Cartwheel Galaxy
powerpoint
Js9 Web based astronomy image analysis software and activities
Star Formation and UHLX’s in the Cartwheel Galaxy – a js9 activity
student handout

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Use web-based image and analysis software to examine and compare the Cartwheel Galaxy determine the sources of the ultra- and in optical and X-ray bands, which can help determine the sources of the ultra- and hyperluminous X-rays (U/HLXs) in this galaxy.

TAKEAWAYS:
Astrophysicists use light in all bands of the electromagnetic spectrum to determine the nature of an object. Web-based software will be used, the same tools used by scientists. This software can be used by students to do their own investigations in astronomy with real data sets.

SPEAKERS:
Pamela Perry (Lewiston High School: Lewiston, ME)

Navigating Nature of Science

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C201


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Attendees will participate in a guided walk through the process of developing inquiries to ensure students reach mastery of critical content. This will include analyzing standard(s), participating in hands on inquiry, and using a template to create inquiries for students.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will understand how to plan opportunities for students to demonstrate understanding of critical content using methods that allow educators to easily monitor student progress toward mastery.

SPEAKERS:
Ryan Carlson (Orange County Public Schools: Orlando, FL), Desiree Siegel (Program Specialist Elementary Science: Orlando, FL), Matthew Timm (Orange County Public Schools: Orlando, FL), Kimberly Seaver (Orange County Public Schools: Orlando, FL)

Exploring the Science of Energy with Primary Students

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C203


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Background information, teacher demonstrations, and fun, hands-on student explorations to better help you introduce K-3 students to the basic concepts of science and energy, as well as measurement.

TAKEAWAYS:
Help educators learn hands-on activities to introduce primary students to the basic concepts of science and energy using NEED's free curriculum while providing suggestions for use across the K-3 setting.

SPEAKERS:
Kimberly Swan (The NEED Project: Manassas, VA)

CSSS: Capturing the brilliance of children and strengths of teachers through elementary learning materials

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A402


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Participants will explore critical components of “designed for NGSS” elementary units: phenomenon, embedded ELA resources, equity, professional learning, and assessment. Participants receive one exemplar unit.

TAKEAWAYS:
Place-based learning experiences that extend across a school year can have multiple benefits for elementary students. Designed-for NGSS units that elevate the brilliance of children must include new visions of phenomenon, embedded ELA resources, equity, professional learning, and assessment.

SPEAKERS:
Mary Starr (Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network)

Framework for STEM Curriculum Development, K-12

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A302



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Room Defender - Framework for STEM Curriculum Development - NSTA Atlanta.pptx

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Discover how to build a STEM curriculum from the ground up, from ideation to final product. Design an alarm to protect your stuff, meet the STEM Quality Framework and 50+ free STEM units from Pre-K to High School, and explore amazing resources from the Dayton Regional STEM Center and DoDSTEM.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn the process of designing a high-quality STEM curriculum including; standards alignment, evaluation and improvement of curriculum and implementation within the classroom, along with a library of free, currently available unit plans and resources.

SPEAKERS:
Tim Carey (Xenia Community Schools: Xenia, OH)

Ignite Your Students’ Interest in STEM with SPARX (3-5)

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A305


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Learn about the new NASA Next Gen STEM activity Sparking Participation with Real-world Experiences (SPARX), launching in school year 23-24. Explore this exciting opportunity and experience hands-on lessons from the SPARX portfolio - Priority Packing for the Moon.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will leave this session with an understanding of what resources will be necessary on a mission to the Moon, a knowledge of NASA SPARX, and an activity to ignite students' interest in STEM through space exploration resources.

SPEAKERS:
Elizabeth Sebastian (Education Coordinator), Martha Lopez (Education Coordinator: Houston, TX)

Using Computational Thinking to Protect Whales

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A305


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Protecting Whales is one of two new freely available units in the Smithsonian Science for Computational Thinking series. Learn about integrating computational thinking into your elementary STEM classroom using both hands-on and high-tech resources by using this specific third grade unit.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to integrate computational thinking into the upper elementary STEM classroom using a problem-driven approach. Learn how to access everything needed to implement the 3rd grade Protecting Whales unit.

SPEAKERS:
Melissa Rogers (Smithsonian Science Education Center: Washington, DC), Sarah Glassman (Smithsonian Science Education Center: Washington, DC)

Citizen Scientists Needed: What Is Making My Neighborhood SO HOT

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A302



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NSTA Urban Heat Island Effect Presentation 2023.pptx
Get started in looking at your Urban Heat Islands!
Urban Heat Island Effect Presentation 2023 final.pptx
Get started in studying your local heat islands!

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Compare surface temperature data collected by students between urban & rural areas studying the phenomenon of urban heat islands. Get involved in the summer in a Google classroom and receive equipment.

TAKEAWAYS:
The importance of collecting surface temperature data to study “heat islands” within communities and ways to interpret the ground-truthing & satellite data.

SPEAKERS:
Sara Mierzwiak (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH), Kevin Czajkowski (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH), Jessica Taylor (NASA Langley Research Center: Hampton, VA), Janet Struble (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH)

Teachers Can Bridge the Gap Between Real World Research and Classroom Curriculum

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom A


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Educators will present lessons they created based on their nanotechnology research. With overlap in high school curricula, nanotechnology fits into biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics.

TAKEAWAYS:
Present the educational materials and the activities developed by some of the RET NNCI educators of GT, UNL, NU, and UofM and the classroom implementation information.

SPEAKERS:
Steve Wignall (University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Lincoln, NE)

Using the NGSS to Explore Space: Engaging Students in Evidence-based Arguments about Exoplanets

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B304



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2023 NSTA Presentation Booklet_ Using the NGSS to Explore Space.pdf
This is the booklet from the presentation
2023 NSTA Presentation Slides_ Using the NGSS to Explore Space.pdf
This is the slide deck from the presentation.

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Teachers may have a range of comfort with various disciplinary core ideas in ESS1. To engage students in figuring out these abstract ideas we have developed a unit to support 3D teaching and learning related to stars and exoplanets. This unit has been field-tested across NYC high schools and evidence has shown that the modeling activities, data analysis and simulations utilized in a unit can empower students to feel like space scientists and argue from evidence about which exoplanet is most likely to be habitable. Using a phenomena-driven 3D unit for providing access to students who may have been previously disengaged in STEM is essential for equity. Participants will have an opportunity to immerse in an activity from this high quality unit with an NGSS badge after EQuIP review, explore how the unit addresses some of the 3D learning goals for space science (HS-ESS1), and discuss how to make this content personally relevant to students in diverse settings.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to access, use, and adapt a free HS Earth & Space Science unit - currently the only HS ESS unit with an official NGSS badge - to attend to student interest and relevance, and to support argumentation.

SPEAKERS:
Charles Link (DeWitt Clinton High School: Bronx, NY)

Mobilizing Student Changemakers through Data, Technology, and Student Innovation

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B404


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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We will dive into hands-on, STEM-based activities and technology resources such as ArcGIS and web apps, that educators can use right away to help students understand the sustainability and climate justice issues most relevant to their school and local community. We will present best practices for executing a successful eco-audit and using design thinking methodologies to foster critical thinking and problem solving. These methodologies will help students tap into community funds of knowledge by engaging local stakeholders in their process. These K-12 activities help students cultivate sustainability and climate science literacy while exploring the uneven and inequitable impacts of climate change on the communities that have the fewest resources to respond. Teachers will explore how to foster student action through the creation of data-driven policy or use student-driven Eco-Audit resources to implement a climate solution at their school.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will explore how ArcGIS StoryMaps and other EcoRise resources related to climate data, mapping and climate justice can shape students’ understanding of the causes and impact of climate change within their community and foster student action.

SPEAKERS:
Brynn Johnson (Program Manager), Zakhia Grant (EcoRise: No City, No State)

Teaching Kinetics with technology!

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom A



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NSTA 23 Kinetics.pptx
NSTA integrated rate law with technology.docx
nstakineticstnsfile

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Using technology you may already have in the classroom, attendees will use data to tie together the concepts of rate orders, rate laws, and rate law calculations.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will be able to tie kinetic rate law information with dynamic data to create a deeper understanding of the how and why of rate laws and rate law calculations.

SPEAKERS:
Chris Coker (Camden Fairview High School: Camden, AR)

Is Bigfoot Among Us? Follow the Evidence to Combat Pseudoscience

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom E



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https://ncse.ngo/supporting-teachers/classroom-resources
NSTA March 2023 - NoS.pdf

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Learn about environmental DNA (eDNA) by analyzing unknown samples against a database of DNA barcode sequences. This evidence will be used to justify whether one of the collected samples belonged to a Bigfoot. A variety of practical applications for eDNA will also be explored.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will explore and appreciate the importance of evidence to the scientific process by taking a deep dive into an NGSS storyline sequence developed to help students understand that science must be substantiated by multiple lines of evidence to be accepted by the scientific community.

SPEAKERS:
Cari Herndon (National Center for Science Education: No City, No State), Lin Andrews (National Center for Science Education: Oakland, CA)

STEM Lessons from the International Space Station: Moment of Inertia

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Cottonwood A



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Moment of Inertia
Educator Notes Learning Objectives • Describe the relationship between mass distribution and ease of rotation for a cylinder, hollow hoop, and sphere. • Calculate moment of inertia and identify the relationship between the calculation and ease of rotation. • Use the moment of inertia equations to determine how each variable effects the ease of rotation for a hollow hoop, solid cylinder, and sphere.
STEMonstrations
STEMonstrations are STEM demonstrations on the space station.
STEMonstrations: Moment of Inertia
In this episode, watch NASA astronauts as they discuss moment of inertia and how mass distribution affects a rotating object. NASA astronaut Megan McArthur demonstrates the effect of altering her moment of inertia while spinning in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station.

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

This session introduces participants to NASA resources including a closer look at STEMonstrations which are STEM demonstrations filmed in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station and taught by astronauts. Each of these videos includes a corresponding Classroom Connection lesson plan which is ready for educators to immediately implement in their classrooms. This session focuses on the Moment of Inertia STEMonstration where participants watch the Moment of Inertia STEMonstration video and participate in the Moment of Inertia Classroom Connection lab investigation. Participants alter chip cans using household materials to explore how mass distribution affects ease of rotation.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will become familiar with STEMonstrations and be able to integrate these videos and corresponding Classroom Connection lesson plans into their classrooms. participants will leave this session with hands-on, ready-to-go STEM lesson plans including student activities and worksheets.

SPEAKERS:
Michele Hooks (Education Project Manager), Lynn Dotson (NASA Office of STEM Engagement-GoH: Kennedy Space Center, FL)

Exit Ticket Design Sprint - Prioritizing Student Experience in 3D Learning

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B407



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NSTA 2023 Landing Page

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Engage in a mini design sprint to develop curriculum aligned exit tickets for use in your classroom. Together, we will use an equity framework and Universal Design to design exit tickets that support equitable sensemaking and 3D science learning. You will walk away with a set of exit tickets to asse

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will leave with a set of exit ticket prompts to support 3D science learning in their classrooms. These prompts can be used to gain insight into their students’ experiences to support their 3D sensemaking.

SPEAKERS:
Katie Van Horne (Concolor Research: Orlando, FL), Dawn Novak (Science Educator: Grayslake, IL)

Investigating the Presence of Bacteria in Probiotic-Advertised Products

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Dogwood A



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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1N5h2XYBi6g-YrZw3psSWODP6JEROJ46PlA7JJIw0V4A/edit?usp=sharing
Slideshow

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Do probiotic products really contain the number of bacteria they claim? Do expiration dates really matter? How do supplements compare to food products?

TAKEAWAYS:
Practice the use of serial dilution, aseptic technique, and culturing to evaluate probiotic products with the goal of understanding the use of probiotics and the different environmental and nutritional needs required for bacterial growth and reproduction.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Vignolini (Biology Teacher)

Environmental Science in a World of 8 Billion

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom E



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Environmental Science in a World of 8 Billion - NSTA 3.24.23 (1).pdf

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Engage in hands-on activities (problem-solving challenges, simulations and modeling) that use 3D learning to explore key ecological topics in Biology and Environmental Science courses (including AP) – population trends, climate change, land use, biodiversity, and ecosystem health.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn ways to guide students’ inquiry around key environmental challenges, using hands-on simulations and modeling activities that employ 3D learning in an inclusive classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Katie Grams (Education Program Associate: Washington, DC), Barbara Huth (Online Learning Manager: Washington, DC)

Analysis of Supernova Remnants using X-Ray Spectroscopy with Web-based NASA Data and STEM Image Analysis Tools

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A303



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Alternate js9 software website
Analysis of Supernova Remnants using X-Ray Spectroscopy with Js9
Google Slides presenation
Js9 Web based astronomy image analysis software and activities
X-Ray Spectroscopy of Supernova Remnants – a js9 activity
student handout

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Identify elements in the spectra of supernova remnants to determine the properties of collapsed and exploded stars using web-based NASA X-ray data and image analysis tools.

TAKEAWAYS:
Js9 web-based software can be used to analyze NASA data sets to determine the type of supernova and provides students with real opportunities to do astronomical research.

SPEAKERS:
Pamela Perry (Lewiston High School: Lewiston, ME)

Urban Heat Islands: Using scale to identify solutions

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A401


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Climate change has exacerbated the urban heat island issue. Understanding the issue at different spatial scales helps us clarify the problem and identify solutions. Participants unpack the science of urban heat islands at local and regional scales, and identify solutions to reduce the impacts.

TAKEAWAYS:
Urban heat islands are studied at local and regional scales using simple instruments, and remote sensing data to view the impact over time and space. Understanding the causes and effects of urban heat islands at different scales will ensure effective solutions are implemented to reduce the impacts.

SPEAKERS:
Desiray Wilson (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.: Hampton, VA), Missy Holzer (Chatham High School: Chatham, LA)

Exploring mRNA Vaccines to Reinforce Central Dogma and Combat Vaccine Misinformation

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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The topic of mRNA vaccines can introduce or reinforce ideas about central dogma (DNA->RNA->proteins) while challenging students to explore various vaccine misconceptions. Activities include an exploration of vaccine-preventable diseases and a timeline-building activity for mRNA vaccine development.

TAKEAWAYS:
mRNA vaccines, like other vaccines, help your immune system to fight infections in order to prevent severe illness. mRNA vaccines are unique in utilizing your cell’s own machinery to evoke a targeted immune response.

SPEAKERS:
Jeanne Chowning (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center: No City, No State), Hanako Osuga (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center), Regina Wu (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center: Seattle, WA)

STEM Lessons from the International Space Station: Engineering Design Process

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C210


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

This session introduces participants to NASA resources including a closer look at STEMonstrations which are STEM demonstrations filmed in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station and taught by astronauts. Each of these videos includes a corresponding Classroom Connection lesson plan which is ready for educators to immediately implement in their classrooms. This session focuses on the Engineering Design Process STEMonstration where participants will watch the Engineering Design Process STEMonstration video and participate in the corresponding Classroom Connection activity. Other engineering design activities will be introduced and discussed as extensions to this introductory lesson.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will become familiar with STEMonstrations and be able to integrate these videos and corresponding Classroom Connections into their classrooms. Participants will leave this session with hands-on, ready-to-go STEM lesson plans including student activities and worksheets.

SPEAKERS:
Michele Hooks (Education Project Manager), Lynn Dotson (NASA Office of STEM Engagement-GoH: Kennedy Space Center, FL)

NGSS-Aligned Formative Elementary Assessments

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B303


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

BYO Device to this hands-on workshop for the Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) project. Explore free, high-quality, multidimensional tasks, consider how to use them for formative assessment in your elementary classrooms, and view online resources in a virtual learning

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn to access and use two related, freely available online resources that support elementary teachers’ use of NGSS-aligned assessment and instruction: A site with tasks aligned with the performance expectations for Grades 3-5 and a virtual learning community for science teachers.

SPEAKERS:
Jeanne Di Domenico (The University of Chicago: Chicago, IL), Brian Gane (University of Kansas: No City, No State), Carla Strickland (UChicago STEM Education: No City, No State)

Cells in Context

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C210


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Explore a free unit featuring progressive cell models supported by multimedia tools. A realistic and dynamic exploration of cells, cell systems, and disruption by pathogens.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to integrate realistic multimedia and paper-based modeling exercises to depict the dynamic inner-workings of cells and tissues.

SPEAKERS:
Jen Taylor (Lakeview Academy: Saratoga Springs, UT)

Crash Science Inquiry - Investigating Distracted Driving Dangers

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Dogwood A


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Complete a distracted driving simulation and discover award-winning videos, crash-science activities and real-world applications exploring science, engineering, vehicle crashworthiness and driver safety. Free online access to video-supported classroom resources and NGSS-aligned lessons.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will complete a distracted driving simulation and learn how scientific and engineering principles can be modeled in classrooms using crash-science related videos and activities.

SPEAKERS:
Pini Kalnite (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute: Arlington, VA), Griff Jones (University of Florida: No City, No State)

A Classroom Course in Community Resilience: A Scientific Problem-Based Approach to Understanding Climate Change

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B404


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Teachers will hear about the EPA Gulf Guardian Award winning curriculum that teaches students about climate change. A Classroom Course in Community Resilience uses scientific problem-based learning to promote environmental stewardship.

TAKEAWAYS:
The human effect on the climate is evident in many ways, and today's students will be future leaders. Our program equips teachers with lessons that are easily implemented into their existing coursework and empowers students to think outside the box and creatively solve climate-related issues.

SPEAKERS:
Samantha Capers (USM Marine Education Center: No City, No State)

What's in your Water?

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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This unit is really engaging for the students! They start highly engaged with the filter design and stay focused through the challenge of microscope work. Our district made a video highlighting this project. Since 2018 we added the water scarcity issues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_LSblnGNRU Here is the Padlet of water scarcity issues: https://nvhs.padlet.org/adrianne_toomey1/boalf80ihol2sm91

TAKEAWAYS:
Students are introduced to a regional water issue and challenged to design a filter to clean water. Students are also developing microscopes skills as they learn about life in the water. The unit ends with redesigning their filter and possible solutions.

SPEAKERS:
Heidi Habas (Neuqua Valley High School: Naperville, IL)

Beyond Mitosis: Utilizing a Cancer Case Study to Explore the Cell Cycle and Differentiation

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Dogwood A



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Presentation Slides

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Explore a 10-lesson unit in which students follow a young girl’s cancer journey. Participants will work through 3 hands-on activities that center NGSS science and engineering practices to engage students in learning about mitosis, the cell cycle and cell differentiation.

TAKEAWAYS:
Explore 3 activities: Blood Panel Analysis - Disease diagnosis through blood cell count anomalies. Modeling Cell Differentiation - Differential expression of genes drives development of blood from hematopoietic stem cells. Cell Cycle Game - Cancer results from disruptions in cell cycle controls.

SPEAKERS:
Regina Wu (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center: Seattle, WA), Hannah Crowder (Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton: Atherton, CA)

Electronic Cigarettes & Aerosols | Exploring STEM Connections

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A303


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Gain ideas for incorporating the science of e-cigarettes into STEM instruction through an examination of curriculum connections; receive a suite of data interpretation activities that showcase how toxicologists are studying the effects inhaled e-cigarette aerosols on health.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will be able to describe the components of e-cigarette liquids and inhaled aerosols; identify curriculum connections; interpret published scientific data (e.g., graphs).

SPEAKERS:
Dana Haine (UNC Institute for the Environment: Chapel Hill, NC)

Genes, Traits & Change Over Time

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C210


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Explore a free middle school unit that integrates genetics concepts to help students understand natural selection. Features paper-based activities, multimedia pieces, and games!

TAKEAWAYS:
How to access and use a new, free unit that integrates core ideas in genetics, heredity, and natural selection, through multimedia materials.

SPEAKERS:
Jen Taylor (Lakeview Academy: Saratoga Springs, UT)

Determining the Expansion Rate of Supernova Remnants Using Web-based NASA Data and STEM Image Analysis Tools

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A304



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Alternate js9 software website
Determining the Expansion Rate of Supernova Remnants with Js9
powerpoint
Js9 Web based astronomy image analysis software and activities
The Expansion Rate of a Supernova Remnant - a js9 activity.pdf
student handout

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Use STEM web-based analysis software and real data to determine the rate of a supernova remnant expansion and its uniformity.

TAKEAWAYS:
Js9 web-based software provides students with real opportunities to do astronomical research.

SPEAKERS:
Pamela Perry (Lewiston High School: Lewiston, ME)

Framework for STEM Curriculum Development, K-12

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A412



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Glider - Framework for STEM Curriculum Development - NSTA Atlanta.pptx

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Discover how to build a STEM curriculum from the ground up, from ideation to final product. Improve an aircraft design, meet the STEM Quality Framework and 50+ free STEM units from Pre-K to High School, and explore amazing resources from the Dayton Regional STEM Center and DoDSTEM.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn the process of designing a high-quality STEM curriculum including; standards alignment, evaluation and improvement of curriculum and implementation within the classroom, along with a library of free, currently available unit plans and resources.

SPEAKERS:
Tim Carey (Xenia Community Schools: Xenia, OH)

Intro to Equilibrium with Technology!

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom B



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https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RQhHxCNLZ4LNaCPVTS7Gs1ILsx-bOrwa/view?usp=share_link
introtoequilibriumtnsfile
Introduction to Equilibrium (1).docx
introtoequilibriumtnsfile
NSTA Intro to Equilibrium.pptx
reactant_product sheet.docx

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Using common lab equipment, everyday items, and technology we will introduce equilibrium and the stresses it encounters to students. Using collected data attendees will use technology to introduce and solidify the concept of equilibrium and the changes that it can undergo.

TAKEAWAYS:
Concrete and graphical understanding of what equilibrium "is" and what results occur when stresses are put on equilibrium.

SPEAKERS:
Chris Coker (Camden Fairview High School: Camden, AR)

Understanding the Importance of Climate Modeling

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A303



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https://ncse.ngo/supporting-teachers/classroom-resources
NSTA March 2023 - Climate Change.pdf

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Models are an essential tool used by scientists to study natural phenomena. Learn how climate hindcasting helps build powerful models for projecting future climate trends.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn about the history and evolution of climate modeling while examining evidence that supports their reliability for predicting future climate patterns.

SPEAKERS:
Cari Herndon (National Center for Science Education: No City, No State), Lin Andrews (National Center for Science Education: Oakland, CA)

High Flyin' Fun: Using Hot Air Balloons to Teach Gas Laws

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Dogwood B



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Flying High with PBL-A STEM Hot Air Balloon Lesson.pptx

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Join us for a high flyin’ hot air balloon adventure! Learn how you can use hot air balloons to teach properties of gases/gas laws through this project-based lesson- balloon creation and launch included! Easily adapted for most grade levels, it is a fun, versatile addition to your toolbox.

TAKEAWAYS:
Session attendees will learn how to use hot air balloons to teach gas laws through this hands-on, project-based lesson.

SPEAKERS:
Katherine Donaldson (The University of Texas at Dallas: Richardson, TX), Kate York (The University of Texas at Dallas: Richardson, TX)

Bugs The Food of the Furture

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A410


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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A skyrocketing global population is making us rethink how we feed people. Traditional protein sources are unequally distributed and can have devastating effects. We will be investigating how insects could help us feed the world in a more equitable and sustainable way. Bring your appetite!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how traditional ways of farming protein (poultry and cattle) negatively affect the ecological communities and explore how insects could help rectify this problem.

SPEAKERS:
Courtney Ologbosele (Teacher), Curtis Martin (Teacher)

Preparing your Students for the Upcoming Solar Eclipses in 2023 and 2024

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B207



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NSTA Solar Eclipse Presentation 2023 final.pptx
Get your students involved in collecting data during the solar eclipses. If you are having any trouble in accessing the ppt or have any questions, email Janet Struble: [email protected].

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Join in collecting GLOBE data partnered with NASA resources to study the solar eclipses. Join Google classroom. Equipment will be provided. There is something for each grade level.

TAKEAWAYS:
Contribute data to a citizen science database used by scientists and students to study the effects of eclipses on the atmosphere

SPEAKERS:
Kevin Czajkowski (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH), Jessica Taylor (NASA Langley Research Center: Hampton, VA), Janet Struble (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH)

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