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)

Promoting Argument Driven Explanation in Earth & Environmental Science

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A314


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Construct deeper student understanding of Earth science topics. We will engage in argument-driven scaffolds for Earth and environmental science topics to critically evaluate connections between evidence and alternative scientific explanations using model-evidence link (MEL) diagrams.

TAKEAWAYS:
An introduction to instructional scaffolds designed to assist learners as they evaluate the plausibility of evidence connected to models and the research base that supports using these scaffolds & access to instructional materials.

SPEAKERS:
Lorraine Ramirez Villarin (University of North Georgia: Dahlonega, GA), Donna Governor (University of North Georgia: Dahlonega, GA)

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

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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)

The Tapwater Tour - Tapping into the Phenomena of Drinking Water

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A313


STRAND: No Strand

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Sponsoring Company: LaMotte Company

Water is the single most valuable resource essential for life on Earth, yet is subject to increasing scarcity, pollutants, and overuse. The Tapwater Tour curriculum make the real-world connection between the phenomena explored in the lesson and actual hands-on laboratory activities.

SPEAKERS:
Joseph Evans (Kent County High School: Worton, MD)

Advancing Science Instruction by Using Models to Understand Phenomena

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B218


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Great Minds

In this workshop, participants are introduced to a 5th grade module on Earth Systems to uncover a new process for developing models in science and see how the communication of ideas through models and sketches increases opportunities for student engagement.

Biology: Quick and Easy Photosynthesis Experiments

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B213


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: PASCO Scientific

Learn how collecting carbon exchange data from plant leaves can help you correct students’ most common misconceptions about respiration and photosynthesis.

Engaging Environmental Activities Developed and Tested by Teachers

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A401


STRAND: Avoiding Teacher Burnout

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Engaging environmental activities for students will develop awareness and action while providing teachers with a sense of purpose to combat burnout. These activities were developed and tested by teachers during multiple workshops that were conducted at the University of Georgia Marine Institute.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will come away with 20+ environmental activities that can be adapted for almost all life and environmental science for grades 3-12

SPEAKERS:
Shaina Otterpohl (5th Grade Science: , TN)

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)

Modeling Ocean Acidification: A Hands-On Approach

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B213


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: PASCO Scientific

Modeling Ocean Acidification: A Hands-On Approach

Green Roof Solar Panel Sustainable Energy Generation and Conservation Curriculum at the Middle School Level

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A401


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Students will gain a deeper knowledge about sustainable energy generation / conservation and architectural ecology through hands-on, collaborative labs, which use on-campus student-built green roof models, a green roof section on our middle school, and ground-level on-campus solar panels.

TAKEAWAYS:
You will learn how to identify a key sustainable energy or ecological practice that fits your school culture. We'll show you how to design labs and select equipment that will engage the students in learning about sustainability. You'll identify learning objectives and assessments.

SPEAKERS:
Brian Ward (Science Teacher: Wallingford, PA)

What ARE you inhaling?: Using Sensors to Explore Air Quality and Vaping

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A303


STRAND: Technology and Media

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Explore how to use the air sensors to demonstrate the dangers of vaping to students. Participants will see how to measure air quality around the mist expelled out of vapers in a closed system testing system, made from simple materials, in which non-nicotine vape juice is expelled.

TAKEAWAYS:
Air quality, measured in several areas such as particulate matter and AQI, can be used to show that the ingredients in vaping reduce air quality for not only the vaper, but people around them. Students will also learn how to read and analyze graphical data.

SPEAKERS:
Courtney Behrle (BioNetwork: Greenville, NC)

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

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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)

Wake: Tales from the Aqualab - Game-Based Science Learning Under the Sea

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A314


STRAND: Technology and Media

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Play a new free online science game - Wake: Tales from the Aqualab. Take on ocean-based ecosystem missions, and engage in experimentation, modeling, and argumentation around middle school life sciences content. Use a submarine to explore a kelp forest! Travel to the arctic to find a missing whale!

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn ways to implement Wake in your classroom - including associated curriculum and supplemental materials. The full game can cover 10+ classes, with over 35 jobs of increasing complexity, and a fun story. Learn about our research on game-based supports for student learning of science practices.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Scianna (University of Wisconsin Madison)

Nourish the Future: Exploring Solutions in Food Production

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A312


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Sponsoring Company: Nourish the Future

Become a leader in exploring solutions with students on issues affecting sustainability, climate, environment, and food production. Test solutions to real-world problems facing food production today with 4 inquiry-based lessons in biotechnology, water/soil quality, renewable fuels and biodiversity.

Howling at the Standards!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C208



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Howling at the Standards.pptx
NGSS and IWC Resources.pdf

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Put 3D Science Learning in context by utilizing the resources from the International Wolf Center. Invite students into the mysterious world of the charismatic wolf and wolf packs using research-based info, activities, and live wolf cams while addressing NextGen SEPs, CCCs, and LS standards.

TAKEAWAYS:
Put life science standards in the context of an apex predator: the wolf. Get curriculum maps with resources from the International Wolf Center to immerse students in pup development, predator/prey relationships, pack communications, hierarchy and territory, and wolf behavior, biology, and ecology.

SPEAKERS:
KIMBERLY LOOMIS (Kennesaw State University: Kennesaw, GA)

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

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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)

Phenomenal Classroom Critters

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B208


STRAND: No Strand

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Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Company

Add excitement to your class with live organisms! Discover fun, simple hands-on ways to explore evolution, adaptation, and behavior in your classroom with a variety of insects and arthropods. Learn about care and handling, as well as easy ways to integrate Organisms and Environments standards. Addit

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

Power to Go-H2O: Harnessing the Force of the Ocean

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A312


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Imagine Learning | Twig Education

Join world class designers and engineers as we dive in to explore hydroelectricity and the growing need to harness force and motion found in the ocean. Participants will experience a simulated lesson, make a 3D model of a water turbine, and use it to investigate the relationship between force and motion.

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)

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)

Greenhouse Mischief Managed: Plant Environmental Control

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B213


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: PASCO Scientific

Discover how collecting data from a classroom greenhouse can help you engage students in more meaningful explorations of environmental concepts. Learn how to measure, analyze, and control greenhouse conditions such as light, water, and airflow - then optimize them using block-based code.

Hands-On Activities to Model Sampling, Habitat Degradation, and Animal Choice

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B208


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Company

Nurture students’ curiosity! Investigate methods used by scientists to estimate population sizes. Learn how students can use a terrestrial model to observe how pill bugs respond to habitat degradation. Use inquiry to develop experiments to observe the habitat preference of Bess beetles and milliped

Increasing Student Discourse While Prospecting for Mineral Ore

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B207


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Lab-Aids

How do we engage students to ask questions and develop evidence-based explanations? In this hands-on activity from the Lab-Aids EDC Earth Science program, discourse occurs authentically as you role-play a geologist testing various site extractions for molybdenum, a valuable mineral.

BIOZONE’s latest titles - Learn how these superb interactive texts deliver flexible and engaging High School NGSS and AP programs

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A311


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: BIOZONE Corporation

BIOZONE's innovative interactive worktext approach is a departure from traditional textbook learning, providing flexible, engaging, student-centred resources. Teacher Toolkit helps teachers plan, deliver and assess NGSS and AP programs. Attendees receive a FREE print copy and a 1-year eBook license

NOAA Workshop 1: NOAA's SOS Explorer: Adding to your Data Visualization Education Toolbox

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B209


STRAND: Technology and Media

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Sponsoring Company: NOAA

Learn to leverage freely available global data visualizations using the SOS Explorer mobile application.

SPEAKERS:
Juan Pablo Hurtado Padilla (NOAA Office of Education: Silver Spring, MD), Eric Hackathorn (NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory: Boulder, CO)

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

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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)

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

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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 (: Toledo, OH)

Lessons in Climate Change: Understanding Ocean Acidification

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B211


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Vernier Science Education

Engage your students in learning about the effects of climate change with this hands-on experiment. Using the latest Vernier data-collection technology, we'll define ocean acidification, determine how we can measure it, and discuss why it is bad for our marine ecosystems. Get ready to dive in!

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

NOAA Workshop 2: NOAA in Your Classroom: Making Sense of the Deep-Sea Phenomena of Vents

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B209


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: NOAA

How do hydrothermal vent communities survive without sunlight? Dive into the deep with us and investigate how these ecosystems thrive in the absence of light using a student sensemaking approach and activity. We’ll also share resources that make it easier than ever to connect to ocean exploration.

SPEAKERS:
Suraida Nanez-James (Education Specialist), Kristin Rademaker (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Bekkah Lampe (NOAA Office of Education: Silver Spring, MD)

Unique Microscope Tips and techniques to help with current curriculum

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A313


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Accu-Scope

ACCU-SCOPE would like to offer a professional class instructing teachers the best techniques for acquiring images on items that are part of their curriculum. These classes will discuss mitosis slides, contrast methods for seeing live water organisms, polarizers, phase contrast, photosynthesis, etc.

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)

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)

Engineering the Future: Three-Dimensional Learning with KidWind

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B211


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Vernier Science Education

Introduce your students to renewable energy to sharpen their problem-solving and engineering skills. This workshop will provide three-dimensional learning opportunities for your students as they explore the engineering design elements of a wind turbine, such as number of blades, blade shape, etc.

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

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)

Microbe Hunter Activities - A Fun and Safe Way to Bring STEM-based Learning into the Classroom

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A313


STRAND: No Strand

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Sponsoring Company: LaMotte Company

Do your students know their food is an ecosystem? Students apply science, technology, engineering and math concepts to the exploration of microbes that they encounter every day. Come microbe hunting with us using BioPaddles. Participants leave with easy to implement lesson plan ideas.

SPEAKERS:
Joseph Evans (Kent County High School: Worton, MD)

Effective ways to develop science practices for AP® Environmental Science students, using a textbook.

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A311


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Bedford, Freeman & Worth Publishers

Discover opportunities for AP® Environmental Science students to develop literacy skills along with science skills/science practices needed for the AP® exam. The session will go through each of the 7 science practices using a unit of Environmental Science for the AP® Course, 4e (Friedland/Relyea).

SPEAKERS:
Kristi Schertz (Saugus High School: No City, No State)

Connected Content: Making Food, Agriculture, and Science Relevant for Students

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A312


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Sponsoring Company: American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

To effectively collaborate, problem-solve and be active in their own thinking/learning, students need to develop an understanding of themselves, their environment, and their impact on the future. Join us for a hands-on learning experience connecting food, agriculture, and science.

Making Phenomenon Matter - Adapting existing curriculum for equitable learning experience

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B304



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https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ROYeODEWpfDCBZiNOYUDmSt1huu4sPH6?usp=sharing

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Learn how to select phenomena that matter to students and leverage students' questions to create a student-driven storyline. Participants will learn the design principles for adapting existing curriculum that honor students’ identities, voices, and ideas.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn two key aspects of designing equitable learning experiences for NGSS instruction: 1) making phenomena matter by considering community issues and student identities; 2) leveraging students’ diverse ideas and questions to drive instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Nelly Tsai (University of California, Irvine: No City, No State)

Making the Science of Water Engaging

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B315


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Water is constantly in the news. Between hurricanes, flooding, drought issues and water wars, everyone knows how important water is to our well being. With that being said, do students really understand its importance, it's behavior, the difference between cohesion, adhesion and surface tension?

TAKEAWAYS:
Activities in this session come from the Project WET Curriculum. These will feature hands on activities with copies of lessons distributed.

SPEAKERS:
Karen Henman (Brenau University: Gainesville, GA)

School Garden Spaces: How Native Plants Gardens, Fruit/Vegetable Gardens, and Hydroponic Gardens Can Be Incorporated at Your School

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B301



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School Garden Presentation
Presentation will be used during session. Should make a copy for you when you click on it. You'll see links to all of the materials in the notes.

STRAND: No Strand

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The session will cover 3 different types of gardens spaces. The session covers how to evaluate and set up different garden spaces. The session will cover what standards the spaces will cover and how to receive funding for the spaces.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will take away how to plan and incorporate a garden space of some sort for their school while supporting NGSS standards.

SPEAKERS:
RaeAnn Wood (8th Grade Science Teacher/Lab Science: Little Rock, AR), Jackie Scott (Mann Magnet Middle School: Little Rock, AR)

Once Upon an Earth Science Book: Real Science, Real Literacy Instruction

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B309


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Join the author of the Once Upon A Science Book series to try out a hands-on lesson on ocean garbage patches and the Coriolis Effect. You'll also learn strategies that will help you build literacy while teaching any science topic.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will be introduced to the literacy learning cycle format, in which hands-on work precedes meaningful reading and writing activities. You will see how this system works by participating in a lesson and come away with practical strategies for your classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Jodi Wheeler-Toppen (Author/ Staff Development: Atlanta, GA)

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

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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)

Equitable Unit Designs with Lab-Aids and SEPUP

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B207


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Lab-Aids

Learn about the intentional design of our units to embed equitable opportunities in phenomenon-based learning. This hands-on workshop uses a model activity showing how students use data to develop an evidence-based argument supporting the best way to recover copper from a waste solution.

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)

Visualizing the unviewable: Simple models to activate your earthquake and plate tectonics instruction

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B310


STRAND: No Strand

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Learn new science and explore more than a dozen, simple, easy to build, and fun physical models to develop students’ understanding of abstract earthquake and plate tectonics related concepts.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will be able to support explanations of important Earth science concepts by linking multiple types of models to earthquake phenomena!

SPEAKERS:
Tammy Bravo (IRIS | Earthscope Consortium: Vancouver, WA), Michael Hubenthal (IRIS | Earthscope Consortium: Washington, DC)

Enhancing the Learning Experience Through the Citizen Science Model

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B314


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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The Citizen Science model provides students with opportunities to engage in authentic, purposeful, and relevant educational activities in support of local, state, and national scientific research and monitoring projects.

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Participants will be introduced to a variety of Life Science and Ecology-based Citizen Science ideas ranging from simple to highly complex activities: activities that teachers can do on their own with students or in collaboration with local, state, or federal wildlife or conservation organizations.

SPEAKERS:
Robert Hodgdon (Richmond Hill Middle School: Richmond Hill, GA)

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)

Girls! Citizen Scientists

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A401


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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This session will highlight a project that engages elementary and middle school-aged girls in citizen science focused activities. Come and learn how we developed equity and advocacy minded adolescents through place-based community activities.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn how to establish a collaborative program with community and business partners and engage in equity-supported STEM/STEAM Citizen Science focused activities.

SPEAKERS:
Kyana Young (Assistant Professor: Winston Salem, NC), Denise Johnson (Associate Professor: Winston Salem, NC)

Becoming an All-Atlantic Blue School

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B306


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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The All-Atlantic Blue Schools Network is a network of schools in 15 countries lining the Atlantic Ocean Basin. The goal is to connect schools internationally around ocean literacy and conservation. Learn more about current and future activities, and how your school can be involved.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will be introduced to the All-Atlantic Blue Schools Network, examine examples of successful work, and learn how to become involved.

SPEAKERS:
Meghan Marrero (Mercy University, Dobbs Ferry Campus: No City, No State)

Growing Students' Interest in STEAM through a School Garden Project

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Learn how we engage students in STEAM learning through a garden club, school garden, and pollinator conservation project. We will share helpful tips on university-school partnerships like the one we established to create an outdoor learning space and school garden.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to get students outside in an engaging effective learning environment and what to do with them when you are out there. Student experiences like “I like garden club because everybody is kind and open to help and teach you things like which plant is what and how to pick certain foods.”

SPEAKERS:
Rita Hagevik (The University of North Carolina at Pembroke: LAURINBURG, NC), Michelle Parslow (Student)

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)

Engaging ELL's in Science

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A315



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Chompy the Shark Reading Passage
Reading passage to introduce academic vocabulary in a fun way.
Partner Reading Cards
Cards for flexible grouping for partner reading activity.

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Nothing is better than learning new strategies that you can take back to your classroom/school that enhance literacy and engage English language learners in science. This session will introduce you to four or more new strategies that promote speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Educators will

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will acquire four or more essential teaching strategies for ELL's that they can use in their classroom to enhance literacy and engage learners.

SPEAKERS:
Kristen Rowland (ESOL Department Chair/ ESOL Teacher)

Garden-based STEAM Learning and Smart Foodscapes: Protecting Rangelands and Pollinators

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B303


STRAND: Research to Practice

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This USDA funded project aims to develop diverse rangeland grazing systems to optimize ruminant production, reduce environmental impacts, enhance biodiversity, and improve overall health. Schools and communities partner through gardening programs to develop scientific ways of thinking.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn about a sustainable agricultural research program that utilizes garden-based and social and emotional learning through the 3-H learning model. We build science capital through an integrated STEAM curriculum, children’s literature, outreach booths, citizen science, and videos.

SPEAKERS:
Kathy Trundle (Utah STate University: No City, No State), Rita Hagevik (The University of North Carolina at Pembroke: LAURINBURG, NC)

NOAA Workshop 6: Engage Your Students with Ecosystem Modeling and Virtual Reality

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B209


STRAND: Technology and Media

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Sponsoring Company: NOAA

Your students will employ the NGSS Practice of developing and using models within VR versions of ocean habitats. Three new lessons from NOAA explore scientific modeling and ocean ecosystems. Lessons include Ocean Food Webs, Observations vs. Models, and Predators and Prey (in a marine setting).

SPEAKERS:
Bruce Moravchik (NOAA National Ocean Service: Silver Spring, MD), Randy Russell (Dragonfly Games: Boulder, CO)

Using PASCO Sensors to collect for ArcGIS Maps

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B213


STRAND: Technology and Media

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Sponsoring Company: Esri

Join us as we demonstrate how to use data collectors from PASCO to collect and push data into ArcGIS Online mapping software. Among other measures, we will assess ground-level CO2 and correlate it to temperature in a map display. ArcGIS Online is free to K-12 instructional use, globally.

Are the tides getting too high? Using science + statistics for informed decision making

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A403


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Earth science and statistics come alive in a STEM integrated activity focusing on the coastal flooding problems on Tybee Island, Georgia. Come experience how students apply their knowledge to tidal data sets from Fort Pulaski to help a community with its flood mitigation decisions.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how the STEM-integrated activity ‘Coastal Flooding of Highway 80’ can be implemented as a way of incorporating tides, climate change and statistics into their lessons. They will also learn how it was developed and how tidal data can be accessed for creating similar activities.

SPEAKERS:
Jayma Koval (CEISMC/ Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta, GA)

Explore free Watershed Awareness using Technology and Environmental Research for Sustainability (WATERS) activities for middle school classrooms

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B306



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Fall-2020-MondayLesson.pdf
Finding your watershed with Model My Watershed
Fall-2021-MondayLesson .pdf
Determine your stream health with a leaf pack and water testing simulator.
NSTA_2023_wo_movies_final.pdf
WATERS Public Activities .pdf
WATERS Public (free) activities with option for Teacher Guides.

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Explore free hands-on, inquiry-based learning activities using real national and local data and models to explore how to clean, conserve, and manage local fresh water resources.

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Attendees will: 1. explore geographic, social, political, and environmental concepts and problems related to their watersheds; 2. use maps, models, and simulations of their environment to learn the factors involved in interacting with and protecting water in their surroundings; and 3. investigate a

SPEAKERS:
Carolyn Staudt (The Concord Consortium: Concord, MA)

Free middle school lesson plan investigating ocean acidification from the American Chemical Society’s online resource middleschoolchemistry.com

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C212


STRAND: No Strand

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Explore how excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere makes water more acidic through hands-on activities from the free 5E lesson plans in middleschoolchemistry.com.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers practice using grade-appropriate explanations of the interactions of atoms and molecules to help students better understand the causes of the phenomena they observe and its connection to the problem of ocean acidification.

SPEAKERS:
James Kessler (American Chemical Society: Washington, DC)

Get Outside! Uniting K-12 Educators in Rural, Suburban, and Urban Communities Across the Watershed

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B304


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Participants will learn strategies for implementing Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences in their classrooms. Strategies include how to build relationships with community partners, finding local spaces to use to conduct investigations, and how to engage students in field-based investigations.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will have a “front row seat” and get hands-on experience with the resources needed to implement a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience. Participants will walk away with specific strategies for building partnerships and gaining resources to support their instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Alexis Tharpe (ODU Research Foundation TCEP: Norfolk, VA 23508, VA), Venicia Ferrell (Research Assistant Professor: Norfolk, VA)

“The math I used, I learned that it really is used in most of your everyday activities you do.” -An Integrated Math Activity

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B406a/b


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Will I ever use this outside of the classroom? When students engage in integrated real-world math activities, they make deeper connections, gain a stronger understanding of academic concepts, and see the concepts as a whole. Teachers in grade bands will collaborate on an integrated garden activity.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will be provided with lesson plans, student work, and anecdotes to initiate discussions about what this activity could look like in their classrooms. At the end of the session, participants will see how integrated math learning projects, like the one described here, connect students.

SPEAKERS:
Sandra Miles (Graduate Student: Logan, UT), Michelle Parslow (Student)

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

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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)

Making powerful maps with professional or student-collected data

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B213


STRAND: Technology and Media

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Sponsoring Company: Esri

Join Esri as we demonstrate how to build powerful maps using ArcGIS Online. We will use scientific data from the Living Atlas and data created during the workshop using Survey123 – and map it all. Analysis tools will be demonstrated. ArcGIS Online is free from Esri for K12 instruction.

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

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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)

Integrating STEM through Social Studies

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

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle



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ArizonaScienceCenter_NSTA-STEMAndSocialStudies.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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At arrival participants would receive a green or grey colored paper. They would then be prompted with the question, How would environmental changes impact the population of both green and grey colored insects? After brainstorming they would read and view some graphics on the poster of the “Impacts of Industrialization,” looking at how scientists have long studied how environmental changes impact organisms over time. Then, educators would participate in an online simulation, they would play as a bird and eat the moths in the simulation. Participants would then debrief their observations, hopefully finding that dark forest environment represented what the environment was during and after the Industrial Revolution. The light colored trees became dark and bare, due to the harmful effects of the pollution; this made the lighter colored moths harder to see and therefore gave them an advantage to survive. Poster facilitators would them help educators brainstorm other SS/Science connections.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will find unique ways that they can incorporate their science and social studies lessons more frequently and naturally.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Petersen (Professional Development Facilitator: Phoenix, AZ), Judith Lozoya (Professional Development Facilitator: Phoenix, AZ)

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

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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)

Begin with Me

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

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Applying design thinking, students, educators, and community members collaborate to solve issues facing our community.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Encourage your students to engage in community partnerships to promote student learning; 2. Provide strategies to increase scientific literacy through socio-scientific issues; and 3. Facilitate an inclusive culture through student agency.

SPEAKERS:
Pamela Joslyn (Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow: No City, No State)

For The Benefit of the People: The National Park Education Model

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

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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In this workshop, we will explore The National Park Classroom, an approach to inquiry-focused education which combines aspects of several pedagogical models to create engaging and student-centered learning experiences. Students of all ages can benefit from this approach which is rooted in the Buck Institute for Education's HQPBL model, National Geographic Geo-Inquiry model, and tech-infused resources from the National Park Service. You will learn all about where to find these resources, how to align them to your content and learning goals, and how to facilitate student-centered learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom! Participants will leave with a great exploration-focused lesson and a large list of FREE resources for building their own completed unit of study.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will leave with an understanding of the National Park Classroom model, the research that supports its use, strategies for integrating it into your classroom, and free resources for both teachers and learners.

SPEAKERS:
James Fester (Hill-Murray School: Maplewood, MN)

Transforming Place-based Student Inquiry into Community Action through Computational Thinking

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C201


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Learn how teachers empower students in leading year-long science investigations to address community environmental challenges using computational thinking (CT). We’ll give an iWonder overview, dive deep into the iWonder questioning process, and highlight CT integration and student action projects.

TAKEAWAYS:
In this session, participants will learn how our teachers have used computational thinking to empower students in developing and refining observation based questions into a year-long science investigation that addresses environmental challenges in their community.

SPEAKERS:
Rebecca Clark Uchenna (Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance: Augusta, ME), Megan McCall (Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies: No City, No State), Ian Collins (Maine Math and Science Alliance)

Authentic Earth Science Data Analysis for All

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B312


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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This interactive session will explore scaffolded, NGSS aligned, three-dimensional Earth science resources for all students including multilingual learners. The My NASA Data Literacy Cubes support data literacy using authentic data from scientific research.

TAKEAWAYS:
Implementation strategies for a flexible resource which can be used with multiple Earth System Science DCIs, support numerous science and engineering practices related to questions, evidence, models and data, and CCCs for patterns, scale, proportion and quantity, and stability and change.

SPEAKERS:
Desiray Wilson (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.: Hampton, VA), Natalie Macke (Pascack Hills High School: Montvale, NJ), Angela Rizzi (NASA Langley Research Center/ADNET: No City, No State)