2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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And they Engineered Happily Ever After: Using Storybooks to Construct Engineering Units

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A305



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GYSTC - And They Engineered Happily Ever After PowerPoint - FINAL.pptx
Presentation
GYSTC STEM Challenge - Smooth Cruise.pdf
STEM Challenge lesson and resources

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Participants will learn how to choose a picture book as a basis for an engineering unit, examine examples of several books that we have turned into engineering units, follow our journey to construct a force and motion unit, and participate in the Engineering Challenge to build a better race car.

TAKEAWAYS:
The participants will understand how to select a picture book to support a science standard, as well as be able to construct an engineering unit based on the chosen book. Participants will also receive a copy of our force and motion unit based on to use in their classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Jenna Henkel (Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers, Inc.: Kennesaw, GA), Pamela Parks (Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers, Inc.)

STEMifying Storybooks: Integrating Engineering in the Elementary Classroom through Storybooks

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A402



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STEMifying Storybooks template.docx
STEMifying Storybooks.pptx

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Is your science time getting squeezed? In this interactive workshop, learn how to use the NGSS K-5 Engineering Standards to find the STEM in ANY storybook to get your students excited about science and engineering through reading in the elementary classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
In this interactive session, participants will learn how to plan lessons and units that integrate science, engineering, and other content areas into your reading time by starting with any storybook.

SPEAKERS:
Kevin Hill (Wicomico County Public Schools: Salisbury, MD)

Water, Wind, Weather, and Wonder

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C203


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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TAKEAWAYS:
STEM isn't an add on at the EC level. It is a natural way of discovering the world around. It is also a path to equity when it is embedded in literary and real-world experience.

SPEAKERS:
Ruth Ruud (Cleveland State University: Cleveland, OH), Juliana Texley (Lesley University: Cambridge, MA)

Why FLORES is Engaging for Bilingual Elementary Families

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C208


STRAND: Research to Practice

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A step-by-step explanation of how to implement FLORES (Family Learning and Outreach for Research and Education in STEM) in your elementary school. The program builds content knowledge and confidence in both parents and students, as they learn STEM together in their native language.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn about the positive research results form this program, how to implement FLORES and how to access the materials used to run the family sessions.

SPEAKERS:
Anny Vanegas (Columbus Elementary School: New Rochelle, NY), Amanda Gunning (Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry Campus: Dobbs Ferry, NY)

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)

Integrated STEM as a District-Wide Equity Move

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C204



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Grade 6 - Math - Fall - Print a Pool - Integrated STEM Unit Planner.8.1.22.pdf
Sample unit for Grade 6
Link to Participant Photos
NSTA.National 3.23.2023.pdf
Session PowerPoint Presentation
PreK12 STEM-Orientation to Units 8.19.2022 w QR.pdf
Orientation to the Integrated STEM units
Project Website
Note: It is undergoing a refresh March/April of 2023. Please check back for more info and resources.
Student Self-Assessment of Engineering.pdf
Student Self-Assessment of Engineering

STRAND: Equity and Justice

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This session disseminates learnings from an early-phase STEM project of the federal Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. A joint effort of the Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) and Tracy Unified School District in California, the multi-year project centers on the development and implementation of integrated STEM curricular units to every student in each grade level, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. Developed by local teacher leaders, each 4- to 8-week unit centers on a design challenge, clusters the ETS and other NGSS standards related to that challenge, and requires students to develop a computational artifact as a part of demonstrating their learning. The project is enriched through the participation of community leaders who bring local industry experiences to students within each unit, and is supported through strategic work teams. Come see how this systemic reform is bringing equitable STEM experiences to all students PreK-12. Leave inspired with ide

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

SPEAKERS:
Scott Reynolds (Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC): Boston, MA)

Catch a Killer: Using Spectroscopy and Beer’s Law to Solve a Crime

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B211


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Vernier Science Education

Transform your classroom into a forensic lab with this whodunit-themed experiment. Guests at a party are getting sick, and a few have even succumbed to the illness. Using spectroscopy and Beer’s law, your students will uncover the truth in this active, inquiry-based learning experiment.

SPEAKERS:
Nüs Hisim (Vernier Science Education: Beaverton, OR)

Is This Going To Be Graded? Formative Assessment and Feedback Practices that Matter

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B207


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP Science

How to make the learning process as important as the product? Create a visible learning process and practice strategies to remove the fear of failure. Participants will be exposed to different levels of instructional feedback, standard-based grading, assessment, and feedback tools.

SPEAKERS:
Mike Jones (Illinois State University: Normal, IL)

What's in the Trunk? Elephant Conservation Using Electrophoresis

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B215


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Sponsoring Company: MiniOne Systems

Bring real-world conservation to biology students to analyze DNA profiles from confiscated ivory tusks. Fits with Environmental Science and the Africa Storyline.

SPEAKERS:
Sherri Andrews (Retired Science Teacher: , NC)

Hitting the Slopes: Explorations in Kinematics, Force, and Mass

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B212


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Vernier Science Education

Do your students struggle with the meaning of the slope of a graph? We'll demonstrate how to use all the sensors in a Go Direct® Sensor Cart to explore kinematics, force, and mass. These engaging, hands-on experiments will give your students multiple ways to practice working with these principles.

SPEAKERS:
Josh Ence (Vernier Science Education: Beaverton, OR), Frances Poodry (Vernier Science Education: Beaverton, OR)

Left at the Scene of the Crime: High School Forensics

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B202


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Edvotek

There’s a break-in at the lab. Your students become forensic scientists as they walk into a crime scene. Analyze samples for blood and then catch the criminal with DNA fingerprinting. This exciting workshop will include ways to incorporate biotechnology and gel electrophoresis into your classroom.

Effective Intervention Strategies: Let’s Hook Students into Learning

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B214


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Let’s explore several intervention strategies to help struggling students in STEM. Let's move beyond differentiation and scaffolding. Come learn other proven intervention techniques to help students. Let’s modify our traditional outreach to connect with students so that they gain greater understandi

SPEAKERS:
Stacey O'Connor (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Ashley Mathis (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Best Practices for Equity and Inclusivity in the STEM Classroom

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Sponsoring Company: VEX Robotics

STEM education needs to be inclusive. This workshop will discuss research proven methods for why STEM can help improve student participation in the classroom. Jason McKenna, Director of Education at VEX Robotics, will include examples and techniques that teachers can use in their own classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Jason McKenna (VEX Robotics: Pittsburgh, PA), Drew Ostry (Marketing Director: Greenville, TX)

Sickle Cell Surveillance

Thursday, March 23 • 11:40 AM - 12:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B215


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: MiniOne Systems

Be the geneticist overseeing screening and interpreting the genotypes of hemoglobinopathies for at risk newborns.

SPEAKERS:
Crystal McDowell (Greenbrier High School: Evans, GA)

Sweet Science: Exploring Complex Mixtures with Biotechnology

Thursday, March 23 • 11:40 AM - 12:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B202


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Edvotek

Explore the science of candy colors! We will extract food dyes from candy and separate them using agarose gel electrophoresis and paper chromatography. By separating the different colors, students learn about complicated mixtures, charges on molecules, and how science relates to everyday life.

From Circuits to Molecules: Biotech basics for middle school and general bio

Thursday, March 23 • 11:40 AM - 12:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B204


STRAND: No Strand

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Sponsoring Company: miniPCR bio

Link physical science concepts like circuits and charged particles to the essential biotech method gel electrophoresis. Build a reusable gel electrophoresis system with the Bandit STEM Electrophoresis Kit, and use it to separate colorful dyes. Also add the A to STEAM with creative pipetting art!

SPEAKERS:
Katy Martin (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

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

Thursday, March 23 • 11:40 AM - 12:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B217


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Sponsoring Company: Activate Learning

Explore the teacher’s side and experience the student side of our IDE. While engaged in an OSE lesson we'll explore the Teacher Edition’s and its structure while also experiencing the different features that students have available to use in their interactive student edition.

SPEAKERS:
Jen Gutierrez (IntegratedSTEMk12, LLC: Chandler, AZ)

Hands-on STEM Activities to Promote Critical Thinking

Thursday, March 23 • 11:40 AM - 12:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Estes Industries

Empower your students to become confident problem solvers by providing hands-on STEM experiences that improve their resilience and motivation through trial and error. Build a free rocket with us and walk away with great strategies to use in your classroom!

SPEAKERS:
Nicole Bayeur (Estes Industries: , United States)

Empowering Teachers to teach hands-on STEM+Arts!

Thursday, March 23 • 11:40 AM - 12:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B207


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Lyricos Learning LLC

We are a STEM+Arts streaming platform that gets used in the classroom to teach hands-on projects via our standards aligned videos. During this session we will plan on hosting a hands-on project for the teachers to make while following along with the video. Example - they can make a DNA bracelet.

SPEAKERS:
Devina Bhojwani (Lyricos Learning LLC: No City, No State)

Place-Conscious STEM Instructional Methods

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C206


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Generating STEM interest through a place-conscious framework is a pathway for students to solve issues relevant to their community. Framing instructional methods within the place-conscious design allow important issues to be at the center of the curriculum.

TAKEAWAYS:
This session will explore how to design hands-on inquiry lesson developed from a place-conscious framework.

SPEAKERS:
Nicole Bookheimer (Pre-service Teacher: , MT)

Developing a Vision, Writing Curriculum, and Designing Experiences for Elementary STEAM Labs.

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A402


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Opening a lab is a daunting process. Learn about how Fairport developed a vision, wrote a horizontally and vertically aligned curriculum, and utilized intentional decision making to design the Elementary STEAM Lab experience.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will leave with recommendations for creating STEAM Labs in their districts based on the blueprint that Fairport used to launch Labs that incorporate the NGSS Engineering Design standards, Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards, and a focus on social-emotional learning.

SPEAKERS:
Travis Wood (Fairport Central School District: No City, No State), Kristin Larsen (Honeoye Falls- Lima CSD: Honeoye Falls, NY)

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

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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)

STEM Meets Reading: Supporting Teachers through Engagement and Materials for Reading Integration

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A305


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Creating primary and intermediate STEM-focused classrooms can be challenging. This session will highlight strategies and examples to incorporate STEM and science activities into their classrooms. Resources that use trade books to teach Science/STEM concepts will be modeled and discussed.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will engage in example activities that make connections between quality children’s literature that support STEM topics, STEM investigations, and reading strategies.

SPEAKERS:
Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

Mrs. Brown needs you! A Fun K-2 STEM Activity using the storybook Mrs. Brown Went to Town

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A302



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1st grade STEM activity - Patterns in the Sky.pptx
LP Mrs. Brown Went to Town.docx
LP Who Sank the Boat_.docx
NSTA - Mrs. Brown.pptx

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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In this interactive workshop, you will use the NGSS K-2 Engineering Design Standards to integrate STEM into the storybook Mrs. Brown Went to Town and see how you can get your students excited about reading and science through engineering.

TAKEAWAYS:
Want to get your students excited about a story? Then have them be a part of the story and use their knowledge of materials and engineering to help Mrs. Brown! In this interactive session you will get to design and test your engineering project based on the storybook Mrs. Brown Went to Town.

SPEAKERS:
Kevin Hill (Wicomico County Public Schools: Salisbury, MD), Anna Ball (Wicomico County Public Schools: Salisbury, MD)

Virtual Science Instruction Resources for Teachers.

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C202


STRAND: Technology and Media

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This workshop will cover technology tools for teaching essential elementary science concepts and topics to students through virtual field trips. Generally, teachers use in-person field trips to expose students to otherwise inaccessible learning resources. In some cases, such field trips come with prepared teaching materials that can be used to connect the content to important science concepts. However, teachers also need to know about technologies they can use for field trips when it is not possible for students to travel to the site due to unexpected bad weather or pandemic, or long distances. During the workshop, teachers will receive resources for virtual field trips to enhance virtual science instruction and student learning. These resources have shown the potential to aid teachers in engaging students in virtual field trips.

TAKEAWAYS:
With appropriate educational technology integration and carefully planned lessons, teachers can seamlessly shift their classes to virtual field trip instruction during unexpected school disruptions without sacrificing student engagement.

SPEAKERS:
John Ojeogwu (Student: Charlottesville, VA)

Settlements, Space, Water, and K-5...OH MY! (Session 1 of 3)

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C207



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Settlement Presentation_NSTA_032223.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Rocketry is a learning pathway - not an "event". Join Dr. Cassondra Zielinski as she takes you through the process of space-settlement design in a K-5 school. This session concentrates on designing a space settlement using paper and Lego through the SDG Sensor Kits. This is session 1 of 3.

TAKEAWAYS:
Session participants will understand how to combine NGSS, Mathematics, Art, and Technology by using a hands-on approach through space settlement design, creative lesson planning, and student interest. Participants will implement their own ideas into new lessons just like the K-5 students.

SPEAKERS:
Cassondra Zielinski (Mountain View Elementary School: Marietta, GA)

DNA Forensics Solves the Murder Mystery of Dr. Ward

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B215


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: MiniOne Systems

Using the MiniOne System, develop an understanding of forensic science and gel electrophoresis while investigating the mystery of who killed Dr. Ward.

SPEAKERS:
Kathy Mirakovits (Kalamazoo Valley Community College: Kalamazoo, MI)

Introduction to Vernier: The Basics for Beginners

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B212


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Vernier Science Education

Do you have Vernier equipment but don’t know how to get started? Do you have questions but aren’t sure whom to ask? Learn about the resources and support available to you from Vernier Science Education and gain confidence to use our technology with your students!

SPEAKERS:
David Carter (Vernier Science Education: Beaverton, OR)

Examining Enzymes: Interactive, Inquiry-Based Activities

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B211


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Vernier Science Education

Wondering how to teach your students about enzymes? Leave the liver behind and bring complex concepts to life with hands-on experiments. Vernier biology expert Colleen McDaniel will walk you through an inquiry-based experiment that explores the different variables that affect catalase.

SPEAKERS:
Colleen McDaniel (Vernier Science Education: Beaverton, OR)

Let's DIVE-in to Engineering and the Engineering Design Process

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B214


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Students get engaged with practical and inquiry-based engineering experiences by using the DIVE-in method. This program was developed with the New York Hall of Science. Transform your classroom into an authentic makerspace with the DIVE process. Learn how to use the design process through consensus.

SPEAKERS:
Stacey O'Connor (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Got Milk?: DNA, Enzymes, and Lactose Intolerance

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B208


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Company

Take a new look at enzymes through historical, cultural, and economical lenses. Students use the lactase enzyme to produce lactose free milk in an easy to perform lab and then modify experimental conditions to design and test their own procedures to maximize production of lactose free milk.

SPEAKERS:
Laurie Nixon (Chemistry Teacher: Boone, NC)

Introducing Your Students to Gene Editing with CRISPR

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B202


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Edvotek

The gene-editing tool CRISPR is one of the most exciting biotechnology breakthroughs of the past decade. In fact, this technique won the Nobel Prize in 2020! In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore CRISPR biology using fast, easy experiments that model the development of a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

Let's discover the first fully immersive chemistry labs in AR!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A307


STRAND: Technology and Media

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Sponsoring Company: Proteus VR

Using the Meta Quest Pro and Quest 2, participants will explore and try the world's first chemistry lab in augmented reality. Pros and cons of the technology will be demonstrated, and real-life implementation will be discussed, as well as virtual reality vs. augmented reality in the classroom.

Hands-on genetics labs for middle school learners and general bio

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B204


STRAND: No Strand

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Sponsoring Company: miniPCR bio

A purrfect introduction to genetics! Track inheritance in a family of cats using Punnett squares. Then, use gel electrophoresis to examine the gene that controls that trait. Students connect Mendelian genetics with our modern understanding of genes! No stains or extra visualization equipment needed.

SPEAKERS:
Katy Martin (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA), Katy Martin (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)