2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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Place-based Learning: Climate Change & Harbor Island Hopping

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B404



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NSTA Presentation.pptx.pdf

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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In this session we will engage participants in thinking about how they can create stronger connections to current climate change research through placed-based learning experiences.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendee's will be able to share the benefits of place-based teaching and learning with peers and colleagues, and serve as an advocate for field experiences within the school community.

SPEAKERS:
Rebecca Shoer (Senior Program Manager, Education & Engagement), Elisabeth Colby (Director of Visitor Experience and Engagement Programs: Boston, MA), Holly Rosa (Boston Public Schools: Boston, MA)

Great Lakes Learning: The Best Great Lakes Science Activities Ever

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A412


STRAND: Technology and Media

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Designed by award-winning science educator, author, and Michigan Teacher of the Year Gary Abud, Jr. in partnership with PBS, this session will focus on instructional strategies, high impact core teaching practices, and amazing learning resources about the Great Lakes from Detroit Public Television's award-winning show Great Lakes Now. In this session, you'll learn how to help your students explore the Great Lakes like never before and engage in productive discussions, engineering challenges, and intriguing investigations that they'll never forget. From fatbergs to watersheds to invasive species, biodiversity, climate change, and much more, you'll see how the Great Lakes makes for a GREAT way to teach myriad science concepts and engage students in the science and engineering practices of the NGSS no matter where they are learning, because the blended learning activities can go with you anywhere!

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to explore the Great Lakes with your students while incorporating multimedia, cognitive science, and student discourse.

SPEAKERS:
SANDRA SVOBODA (Program Director, Great Lakes Now: , MI), Gary Abud Jr (Nourish the Future - Education Projects, LLC: Columbus, OH)

Using an affordable handheld sensor technology to uncover the science behind the storm

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C207


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

Get hands-on with sensor technology to uncover meteorological phenomena and discover how these tools can help make connections to weather and climate literacy for students in upper elementary-high school classrooms.

TAKEAWAYS:
There are affordable sensor technologies available to help turn students of all ages into data-collecting scientists and meteorologists.

SPEAKERS:
Harris Muhlstein (University of North Carolina Wilmington: Wilmington, NC)

CSSS: Teaching Climate Change: Empowering our Students So They Can Change The World

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B404


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Climate change is a crucial subject for all ages. Come explore classroom strategies for supporting learners’ climate science knowledge and action-oriented responses to the climate crisis.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will learn how to leverage resources to design science learning opportunities that are place-based, experiential, multidisciplinary, action-oriented, community-centered, and personally relevant, so that all learners are capable of learning about climate science and climate justice.

SPEAKERS:
Jamie Rumage (Oregon Dept. of Education: Salem, OR), Peter McLaren (Next Gen Education, LLC: North Kingstown, RI), Deb Morrison (University of Washington: No City, No State)

Climate in your classroom, climate in your world: Use free NOAA resources and data to teach this integrated topic

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B404


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

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

TAKEAWAYS:
How to improve climate literacy and discuss climate and climate change in your classroom with free resources from NOAA.

SPEAKERS:
Frank Niepold (NOAA Climate Program Office: Silver Spring, MD)

Weather & Climate: Use a FREE web based graphing tool to analyze and interpret local and national climate data for patterns or change.

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A305



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5 Climate weather graphing tool city data.pdf
6 Climate weather graphing tool Variable Descriptions.pdf
Article Climate Influencers
https://prod-wcg-001.amnh.org/index.php
https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/curriculum-collections/patterns
Locations available in the graphing tool
Planning a Climate Investigation Tool
Presentation
Weather and Climate Graphs used in the presentation

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Participants will investigate relationships between variables such as barometric pressure and precipitation, using data from a wide range of geographical stations in the United States. Selected stations represent sites with contrasting latitudes, altitudes, proximity to water bodies, and other elements, in order to best study the effect of these variables on weather and climate. The session will analyze data to look for patterns of change over time and to investigate regional patterns and region-specific effects of climate change. Data from Los Angeles & San Diego weather stations will also be included. The graphing tool is a freely accessible webpage that works on laptops, desktops, smartphones, and tablets. An internet connection at the session would additionally allow for participants to see a live demonstration as well as explore their own investigation questions. http://uanyc.science/pwc

TAKEAWAYS:
In this session attendees will learn to analyze and interpret weather and climate data using a custom designed graphing tool that simplifies visualizing and analyzing data on time scales of hours, days and weeks (weather) to decades and centuries (climate).

SPEAKERS:
Rachelle Travis (P.S. 288 The Shirley Tanyhill: Brooklyn, NY)

Integrating Climate Science Across The Content Areas

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B404



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Climate Science Integration Planning Tools
In their continued support of climate science education, the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) created these resources to support K-12 teachers of all content areas integrate climate science and climate change into their instruction.
Interdisciplinary Models for Climate Science Integration
In their continued support of climate science education, the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) created these sample bundles of Washington State Learning Standards from multiple content areas that teachers could use to center their classroom instruction around climate change and climate science.
NSTA Presentation

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Educators are tasked with preparing students to engage in a world with an increasingly changing climate. Join us to see how climate science is connected to multiple K-12 content areas and view OER planning guides that support content teachers to anchor learning around climate literacy.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will take away planning tools and resources for connecting climate science to non-science K-12 content areas and receive guidance for working with non-science peers to anchor instruction around the idea that humans can take actions to reduce climate change and its impacts.

SPEAKERS:
Lori Henrickson (Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: Olympia, WA)

Coral reef ecosystems and us: Explore free NOAA resources about these fragile, but threatened, wonders

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A407



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Slides for Coral Reef Ecosystems and Us Free NOAA Resources

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Incorporate coral reefs into your existing curriculum – biology, chemistry, climate studies, art, and more – using lesson plans, demos, activities, and multimedia from NOAA.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn what corals are, why they are important, and how to fit coral reefs ecosystems into your curriculum using free NOAA resources.

SPEAKERS:
Kayla Smith (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Silver Spring, MD), Denise Harrington (NOAA TASAA Fellow: Garibaldi, OR), Bekkah Lampe (NOAA Office of Education: Silver Spring, MD)

Weaving Community-Centered Climate Change Education into Secondary Classrooms

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A410



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Slide Deck for Weaving Community-Centered Climate Change.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Learn how we collaborated with local organizations and tribes to incorporate climate change focused phenomena rooted in the local community and the student’s interests and identities. We’ll share our framework for the learning, lessons learned and how it connects to a statewide ClimeTime project.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will be provided an example of how to incorporate climate change and their local communities into a secondary science unit through collaboration with community partners and local tribes.

SPEAKERS:
Brad Street (IslandWood: Bainbridge Island, WA)

Climate Change Education: Making the Serious Fun!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Project WET

People learn better when they are having fun. This session will use Project WET’s guide—Climate, Water and Resilience—to effectively teach about local and global climate change using fun, hands-on, interactive lessons for middle and high school educators.

SPEAKERS:
Julia Beck (Project Wet Foundation: Bozeman, MT)

CSSS: Accessing professional learning networks to increase your confidence and competence in teaching climate change

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B404


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Connect with a network of professionals and explore key practices of climate change education to get the support you need.

TAKEAWAYS:
Localizing climate change education to students’ lived-experiences and local contexts is vital to increase understanding of the climate change crisis and to create a hopeful, action-based outlook by Climate Generation’s Teach Climate Network and the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network.

SPEAKERS:
Frank Niepold (NOAA Climate Program Office: Silver Spring, MD)

Youth Advocacy for Resilience to Disasters (YARDs) Overview and Demo

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B312


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Our session introduces an open-source data visualization tool, Map Spot, which creates spaces for participants to draw together personal and public accounts to illustrate claims about the places they live. Research shows that visualization tools can help youth understand the effects of disasters, the value of resilience, and how infrastructural improvements can support or even alleviate existing community resilience strategies. Besides Map Spot, we will demonstrate YARDs, a 14-session curriculum for middle school youth to advocate for building community resilience. Youth advocacy is an effective intervention for improving individual and group-level psychosocial outcomes and also built environment and community change. Our presentation will show how these two tools can help youth reflect on the effects of disasters in their communities, imagine what resilience to these disasters might mean, and advocate for infrastructural projects that will benefit themselves and the region.

TAKEAWAYS:
Besides Map Spot and YARDs, participants will learn how advocacy work can increase self and collective efficacy and connect youth to a broader network of local allies. In addition to the potential for infrastructural change, these social and individual psychosocial changes can enhance resilience.

SPEAKERS:
Mohsin Yousufi (PhD Student: Atlanta, GA), Allen Hyde (Assistant Professor)

Engineering Severe Weather Solutions

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B314


STRAND: No Strand

Show Details

Harness the power of technology with student designed solutions for a changing climate.

TAKEAWAYS:
Use technology to expose students to coding and engineering design solutions for severe weather.

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

Hands-on Investigations to Highlight Soil Science for a Sustainable World

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B405


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Participants will engage with activities about soils provided on the 2022 Geologic Map Day poster, including resources and hands-on investigations that highlight connections between soils and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to demonstrate the importance of soils for the health of our planet.

TAKEAWAYS:
Explorations of the vital role that soils play in many phenomena across the sciences can engage learners with a variety of NGSS Performance Expectations in ways that are hands-on and are also relevant to global sustainability.

SPEAKERS:
Sequoyah McGee (American Geosciences Institute: Alexandria, VA), Lauren Brase (American Geosciences Institute: , IL), Ed Robeck (American Geosciences Institute: Alexandria, VA), Lindsay Mossa (American Geosciences Institute: Alexandria, MD)

iButton Heat and Humidity Research at Ransom Everglades Middle School

Friday, March 24 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Students at Ransom Everglades Middle School in Coconut Grove, Florida conducted research using iButton Thermochrons. Students used the iButtons to record heat and humidity data around campus. They then analyzed the data to determine why certain areas were warmer than others.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how this project allowed students to collect data, analyze that data, and ultimately present their research as citizen scientists.

SPEAKERS:
Robin Escobedo (Ransom Everglades School: Coconut Grove, FL)

Using Literature and Creativity to Advocate for Environmental Issues

Friday, March 24 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle



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Childrens Literature for Environmental Advocacy
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1lagVt2aqqjPqoLUCyMfSzQ6dxEhsGNZO9ThFyp68Stg/edit?usp=sharing
Google Slides presentation with links to activities
Using Literature to Advocate for Environmental Issues

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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This poster presentation will demonstrate teacher methods for using children's literature to explore topics related to sustainability as well as student-created picture books that serve as rich, individualized artifacts of project-based learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learning about sustainability and environmental issues shouldn't be boring or negative. See how quality children's literature that focuses on these topics can inspire creative writing and illustration projects that demonstrate individualized student learning.

SPEAKERS:
Kerry Teeple (University of Findlay College of Education: Findlay, OH)

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)

Modeling Coral Bleaching: Using HHMI BioInteractive Resources to Make Student Thinking Visible

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B203


STRAND: No Strand

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Sponsoring Company: HHMI BioInteractive

How does temperature affect coral ecosystems? We’ll use resources and model instructional strategies that incorporate phenomena, questioning, and modeling to make student thinking visible.

SPEAKERS:
Elise Cooksley (Professional Development Provider-Teacher: North Bend, WA), Ann Brokaw (Rocky River High School: Rocky River, OH)

Real Data for Explaining Climate Change and Modeling Inheritance Patterns

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B208


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Company

Data analysis provides evidence for posing scientific arguments and models. Tree ring and WFP data are collected then used to make arguments about climate change and inheritance patterns. Data set size and differences between direct and indirect data are illustrated.

NOAA Workshop 3: Discover Emmy Award Winning NOAA Videos and How to Jump Start Your Classroom Experience With Them

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B209


STRAND: Technology and Media

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Sponsoring Company: NOAA

For over 15 years NOAA Ocean Today videos have engaged students in environmental phenomena. Watch never before seen clips of a new animated series that explores ocean, weather, and climate connections. Wherever you live, Ocean Today’s over 300 videos will be a powerful asset in your teaching toolkit

SPEAKERS:
Kurt Mann (NOAA National Ocean Service: Silver Spring, MD), June Teisan (InnovatED 313: No City, No State)

Educating for Environmental Change

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B404



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Educating for Environmental Change PowerPoint Presentation

STRAND: Research to Practice

Show Details

Learn about Educating for Environmental Change, a free Indiana University program that helps educators teach the science and policy of climate change and participate in an exemplar ice core activity.

TAKEAWAYS:
Science teachers have stated that standards like the NGSS are a principal reason for teaching climate change in their classroom. This workshop will engage participating teachers in hands-on, exemplar climate change activities that align with the NGSS and emphasize science practices.

SPEAKERS:
Adam Scribner (Indiana University Bloomington: Bloomington, IN)

NOAA Workshop 4: Sea to Sky: Get to know NOAA’s online educational resources

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B209


STRAND: No Strand

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Sponsoring Company: NOAA

Join us for a demo of our database of 1,300+ educational resources from NOAA. We host ocean, coast, Great Lakes, weather, and climate resources. Tour our lesson plans and activities and ask us your questions. Learn more at noaa.gov/education/resources. This session is appropriate for K-16 educators.

Can kids learn environmental conservation while playing board games in the classroom? Learn how a Johns Hopkins University research project is seeking answers.

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A312


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Adventerra Games

Adventerra's unique board games nurture environmental literacy. While racing to win, students see how their actions affect the planet. Come play, and discuss how to use games to empower students and achieve curricular goals! Learn about a Johns Hopkins study on the effect of games on eco behavior.

SPEAKERS:
Ruth Mundell (Marketing and sales: Laurel, MD), Bryan Mundell (Founder), Sue Mundell (Adventerra Games North America: Boston, MA)

A Climate Justice Toolkit for K-12 Educators - Building Community and Justice Connections in the Science Classroom

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C209


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Justice-centered science instruction is a critical process for building transformative, empowering classrooms. The Climate Justice Toolkit for K-12 Educators provides resources and planning templates for creating community-driven, justice-centered science learning experiences for students.

TAKEAWAYS:
Classroom learning experiences that center local issues impacting students and their communities are more engaging and meaningful for students, especially for students traditionally underrepresented and underserved by science education.

SPEAKERS:
Pranjali Upadhyay (Educational Service District 112: Vancouver, WA), Rae Han (EarthGen: No City, No State), Stacy Meyer (Educational Service District 112: Vancouver, WA)

NASA STEM: Climate Change and Ecosystems-How Hot is Too Hot?

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A302


STRAND: No Strand

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As Earth’s climate warms, the heat and humidity are rising, with major consequences for ecosystems. NASA scientists are tracking heat stress that can warn us of harmful conditions. Explore interactive inquiry-based lessons and participate in a heat island experiment.

TAKEAWAYS:
NASA provides free earth science resources and engaging interactive climate change lessons.

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

Resources for Engaging in Climate Justice Centered Teaching and Learning

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B404



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Slides for Climate Ed Tools Overview
Slide deck highlights a broad range of climate education tools.

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Come explore teaching strategies and supports for engaging in climate justice centered phenomena and issues. Youth are seeking this type of socio-ecological learning opportunities!

TAKEAWAYS:
Climate Ed Tools contain strategies to engage in climate justice instruction, to support climate change learning and communication among educator peers, and to get ideas for how to do this type of instruction in your own classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Philip Bell (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Deb Morrison (University of Washington: No City, No State)

NOAA Workshop 5: Connecting Students to our Nation’s Changing Coasts (partner workshop with NESTA)

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B209


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: NOAA

Our coasts are changing. Join the National Earth Science Teachers Association to explore creative ways to use NOAA Ocean Today video assets for sense-making of phenomena using cross-cutting concepts. Help your students discover personal connections to our coastal systems.

SPEAKERS:
Bruce Moravchik (NOAA National Ocean Service: Silver Spring, MD), Natalie Macke (Pascack Hills High School: Montvale, NJ), Missy Holzer (Chatham High School: Chatham, LA), Kimberley Norris-Jones (Richland Northeast Hs: Columbia, SC), Matt Haverty (Amphi High School: Tucson, AZ)

Enhancing Science Content in a Graphic Novel: Bridging the science literacy gap to enhance water literacy

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B306


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Come hear our ideas on how to use graphic novels in science courses by increasing the science content. We will present a learning unit we developed with The Leak. We will share student examples that model enhancing science content and learning activities to engage the development of water literacy.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to enhance the science content of a graphic novel focused on community water quality issues. Real-world examples of local and national water quality issues will be shared.

SPEAKERS:
Lacey Huffling (Georgia Southern University: Statesboro, GA), Kelly Moore (Berrien High School: Nashville, GA), Heather Scott (Trinity Christian School: No City, No State)

iButton Heat and Humidity Research at Ransom Everglades Middle School

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B302


STRAND: Research to Practice

Show Details

Students at Ransom Everglades Middle School in Coconut Grove, Florida conducted research using iButton Thermochrons. Students used the iButtons to record heat and humidity data around campus. They then analyzed the data to determine why certain areas were warmer than others.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how this project allowed students to collect data, analyze that data, and ultimately present their research as citizen scientists.

SPEAKERS:
Robin Escobedo (Ransom Everglades School: Coconut Grove, FL)

Exploring Climate Justice: a District Wide K-12 Approach

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A412


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Learn how an Atlanta area school district partnered with two non-profits to develop professional learning and teaching resources for a whole-district approach to climate change education and student-directed action, through an environmental justice lens.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will leave this session with access to a curated collection of climate justice teaching resources that can be used to engage students in place-based problem solving

SPEAKERS:
Janetta Greenwood (Clayton County Public Schools: Jonesboro, GA), Karan Wood (Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia (EEA): Acworth, GA)

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)

NOAA Workshop 7: Engage Your Students in One of the Most Dangerous Climate Impacts of Our Time: Sea Level Rise

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B209


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

Sponsoring Company: NOAA

Why are sea levels rising? Why is it so dangerous for everyone - no matter where they live? How can we address it? Explore these questions and NGSS-aligned online lessons, visualizations, and role-playing activities from NOAA to engage your students on this topic.

SPEAKERS:
Bruce Moravchik (NOAA National Ocean Service: Silver Spring, MD), Symone Barkley (Education Specialist: Silver Spring, MD)

Earth Day Every Day

Saturday, March 25 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

Show Details

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day in and out of the classroom. Learn how to incorporate fun hands-on projects at your school to promote awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Start a program at your school that celebrates the notion of Earth Day Every Day 2. Gain resources to start engaging in hands-on projects for your students that promote conservation. 3. Learn how to partner with local and national agencies to create projects for your students.

SPEAKERS:
Kristi Gnage (Science Teacher: St. Petersburg, FL)

Exploring Atmospheric Dust and Climate: Working with Scientists to Create Engaging Educational Activities That Bring Complex Science Concepts to Life

Saturday, March 25 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle



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Exploring Atmospheric Dust and Climate - Handout
Exploring Atmospheric Dust and Climate - Poster
STEM Career Connections NSTA Poster

STRAND: Research to Practice

Show Details

Learn about an interdisciplinary research project that studied how atmospheric dust affects climate change. A team of educators collaborated with researchers to develop hands-on activities targeted at upper elementary through high school students that highlight science concepts from this project.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how a team of educators collaborated with paleoclimate researchers to develop activities targeted at upper elementary through high school students that explore how atmospheric dust affects climate change, highlighting how climate is influenced by complex interactions within the Earth system.

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

Energize Your Climate Change Course for Middle School

Saturday, March 25 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Are you looking for climate change lessons that provide strategies to engage middle school students? Activity-filled lessons will explore natural cycles and what can be learned from proxies.

TAKEAWAYS:
Activities involving natural cycles including the sun cycle, the carbon cycle, and seasons, as well as a variety of proxies and what they can tell us about Earth’s climate past and present will be shared.

SPEAKERS:
Karin Jakubowski (eesmarts: No City, No State), Kathleen Brooks (CREC: No City, No State)

#JustOneThing – What can an ES/MS/HS student do to make the world a better place using science?

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B211



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Resources shared in this presentation Google Drive

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Students can have a positive impact on environmental challenges when they take action. Walk away with resources and a structure to help your students act.

TAKEAWAYS:
Students can take action to make a big difference in their school or local community to benefit the environment.

SPEAKERS:
Janel McPhillips (Calvert County Public Schools: Prince Frederick, MD)

Climate Change and Urban Heat Islands: Where is the Equity? Should everyone share the responsibility?

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C211


STRAND: Equity and Justice

Show Details

Attendees will participate in a lesson designed to engage students in the issues created by climate climate change and inequity in different communities. Students will use technology, visual literacy skills by evaluating graphs and maps to find meaning; constructing explanations and share ideas.

TAKEAWAYS:
Students will be able to use a Social-Scientific Issue related to climate change to foster interest in the science of climate change. We will use the Philadelphia temperature data to interpret and identifying the impacts of climate change differ by income level, as well as how nature plays a role.

SPEAKERS:
Michelle Beech (William Penn School District: Lansdowne, PA), James Whetzel (The School District of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, PA), Eric Gold (School District of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, PA), Susan Chan-Peter (William Penn Charter School: Philadelphia, PA)

Connected Learning Ecosystems: The Transformative Power of Communities and Educators

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A407



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Connected_Learning_Ecosystems_presentation

STRAND: Avoiding Teacher Burnout

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Creating connected learning pathways for youth starts with connecting and supporting their educators. Learn about essential elements of building learning ecosystems and stories of the collaborative work that is coming out of Learning Ecosystems Northeast's Connected Learning Ecosystems.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn about essential elements of building supportive learning ecosystems. Local educator leaders will share stories of some of the collaborative and complementary work that is coming out of Learning Ecosystems Northeast's Connected Learning Ecosystems.

SPEAKERS:
Laurie Spooner (Van Buren District Secondary School), Diana Allen (Sanford Junior High School: Sanford, ME), Molly Auclair (Gulf of Maine Research Institute: Portland, ME)

Hands-on Investigations to Highlight Earth Science for a Sustainable World

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A402


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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At all levels, connecting Earth Science to the UN Sustainable Development Goals enhances its relevance. Participants will engage with hands-on activities from the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and its partners as part of the Earth Science Week theme, “Earth Science for a Sustainable World.”

TAKEAWAYS:
The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an important worldwide focus and are the basis for the movement known as education for sustainable development (ESD). Science educators at all levels can support ESD and add relevance to instruction by connecting their STEM instruction to the SDGs.

SPEAKERS:
Lindsay Mossa (American Geosciences Institute: Alexandria, MD), Lauren Brase (American Geosciences Institute: , IL), Ed Robeck (American Geosciences Institute: Alexandria, VA), Sequoyah McGee (American Geosciences Institute: Alexandria, VA)

Climate Change and Urban Heat Islands: Where is the Equity? Should everyone share the responsibility?

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A404


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Attendees will participate in a lesson designed to engage students in the issues created by climate climate change and inequity in different communities. Students will use technology, visual literacy skills by evaluating graphs and maps to find meaning; constructing explanations and share ideas.

TAKEAWAYS:
Students will be able to use a Social-Scientific Issue related to climate change to foster interest in the science of climate change. We will use the Philadelphia temperature data to interpret and identifying the impacts of climate change differ by income level, as well as how nature plays a role.

SPEAKERS:
Eric Gold (School District of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, PA), Michelle Beech (William Penn School District: Lansdowne, PA), James Whetzel (The School District of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, PA), Susan Chan-Peter (William Penn Charter School: Philadelphia, PA)

Climate Change Education: Making the Serious Fun!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B409


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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People learn better when they are having fun. This session will use Project WET’s guide—Climate, Water and Resilience—to effectively teach about local and global climate change using fun, hands-on, interactive lessons for middle and high school educators.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will feel more comfortable teaching about climate change using fun, hands-on activities such as the ones demonstrated in this session.

SPEAKERS:
Julia Beck (Project Wet Foundation: Bozeman, MT)

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