2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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Beyond Career Day - Engaging Middle School Students in Thinking About STEM Careers

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A402


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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STEM careers are for ALL students! Learn how to bridge the gap between STEM careers & classroom spaces by exploring proven strategies for hosting STEM professionals in your middle school classroom! Walk away with an engagement guide written for middle school teachers, by middle school teachers!

TAKEAWAYS:
Through the lens of equity and inclusion, participants will explore tips for sustained classroom-based STEM career exposure success (both in-person & virtual), including: selecting and preparing speakers, planning an engaging classroom visit, and maintaining relationships with STEM professionals.

SPEAKERS:
Michelle Pearson (Adams 12 Five Star Schools), Cameron McKinley (Technology Integration Coach), Tehmina Khan (Science Department Chair: Stratford, CT), Kristen Record (Bunnell High School - National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY): No City, No State)

From Van Gogh to Spectroscopy. Teaching Chemistry in a non-traditional approach

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A408



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Brainstorm Diagram
Brainstorm Diagram Template.pdf

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Come and join us in this session where we will put Color in the center of the scene and sequence traditional chemistry topics threaded together.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will be able to carry home an alternative Chemistry teaching method. We will uncover together a sequence of topics through an innovative perspective that uses other fields like art to get into deep chemistry concepts.

SPEAKERS:
Paula Daurat (St. Andrew's Scots School: Olivos, 0)

The Cellphone Holder Design Challenge: Promoting STEM Learning Through Engineering Design and 3-D Printing

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A303


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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The Cellphone Holder Design Challenge is a 2-to-3-week unit that utilizes the engineering design process and entrepreneurial thinking and instills in students the importance of communication, documentation, and precise measurement in the creation of new products. During this challenge, students work with a partner and each designs a desktop holder for their partner’s cellphone per their partner’s requirements. Students must document the problem and requirements and design a solution that meets their partner’s approval. They render their design using 3-D modeling software and test the dimensions. Final solutions are 3-D printed for additional testing and presentations, and students walk away with a tangible product made to their specifications. Classroom-based research conducted as part of an NSF Math and Science Partnership has shown that the Cellphone Holder Design Challenge is a highly engaging activity for both students and teachers, and that it supports science and math learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
This session describes a 2-3-week unit that utilizes the engineering design process as students complete a whole product design cycle, from RFP, client interviews and defining requirements, to ideating, 3-D modeling, prototype testing, and delivering the final 3-D printed product.

SPEAKERS:
Meltem Alemdar (CEISMC, Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta, GA), Jessica Gale (Senior Research Scientist), Jeffrey Rosen (CEISMC, Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta, GA), Marion Usselman (CEISMC, Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta, GA)

Students as scientists: Integrating Authentic Research Experiences into the 6th-12th grade Classrooms

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A412



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NSTA 2023 Presentation.pptx

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Authentic Research Experiences (AREs) allows 6th-12th grade students to contribute to real-world, ongoing, science research. Implementing AREs in classrooms improves students’ science identity and interest STEM classes and careers while meeting NGSS standards.

TAKEAWAYS:
Authentic Research Experiences (AREs) allow students to collaborate as scientists in research. Students develop a deeper understanding of science content, experimental design, and implementation. The practice of being a scientist expands student’s STEM identities and interest in STEM careers.

SPEAKERS:
Ashley Kass (ARE Coordinator: St Louis, MO)

Architects of Global STEM Ecosystems

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A312


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Architects of Global STEM Ecosystems immerse cross sectors to develop a conduit for ALL students to be successful. Global STEM Ecosystems embed authentic research experiences, utilize a TOP STEM collaboration hub, and help students/teachers bridge the cultural and opportunity gaps.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn how to develop research education blueprints that incorporate cultural responsive externships outside the classroom; 2. Help students gain access to a global "collaboration hub" and pathways for rewarding/productive STEM careers.

SPEAKERS:
Doug Baltz (Seaholm High School: Birmingham, MI)

What is DoD STEM? Resources & Opportunities in STEM for Teachers & Students

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom A



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NSTA 30 min Presentation.pptx.pdf

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Have you heard of FIRST, NMSI, the SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program, MATHCOUNTS or SeaPerch? With opportunities across the country, DoD STEM supports these and many other programs for students and educators. Attendees will learn about these programs and resources to improve STEM learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will come away from this session with classroom resources for STEM lessons, curriculum and hands-on projects. Attendees will also learn about local and national programs supporting STEM initiatives including after-school programs, mentorships & fellowships.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Childress (Teacher)

STORY PLAY: A STEM-inspired Child-centered Writing Curriculum

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B406a/b


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Story Play curriculum embraces children’s storytelling, while reinforcing the writing process. This approach has roots in Montessori methods and uses STEM as a context. While the method was created to meet students’ needs after the pandemic pause, it can be used anytime to help all students learn.

TAKEAWAYS:
The importance of children's own experiences for storytelling and writing and how STEM exploration can be used as a context for both.

SPEAKERS:
Michelyn Goodin (Yonkers Early Childhood Academy: Yonkers, NY), Amanda Gunning (Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry Campus: Dobbs Ferry, NY)

No Child Left Inside: Get Ready for Two Amazing Eclipses!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A316


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Two solar eclipses will cross the U.S.--a 2023 annular and the big 2024 total--with the entire country seeing at least a partial eclipse in both instances. It is important that we aspire to the goal of No Child Left Inside, as the U.S. will not experience another total solar eclipse until 2045!

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to integrate "eclipse science" into your existing curricula to prepare you and your students to observe, record and analyze data from the 2023 Annular and 2024 Total U.S. Solar Eclipses (including a STEM demo on how to construct devices and methods to safely view the Sun).

SPEAKERS:
Charles Fulco (NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors: Brooklyn, NY)

Generating STEM Interest in Latinx Communities

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B305


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Learn how, working with Latinx communities, we’re developing a conceptual framework for a strengths-based approach that guides development of new resources and messaging to generate interest in STEM. Iterative prototype development and formative research are part of the project.

TAKEAWAYS:
Ideas for exploring community-based effort to increase STEM opportunities and resources for Latinx and other youth.

SPEAKERS:
Shawn Stevens (GBH Education: Brighton, MA)

Creative Circuits with Arduino

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A307



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Presentation Slides with Links
Check out the links in the slides for the assignments I give my students as well as additional resources!

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Replace demoralizing competition with creativity, laughter, and inspiration by giving students open-ended projects. This talk will feature 3 creative circuits projects—LED greeting cards, Arduino-based holiday lights shows, and LCD quotes displays.

TAKEAWAYS:
Open-ended projects are engaging, technically rigorous, and boost student confidence. Teachers will walk away with 3 concrete project ideas ready for implementation, as well as the inspiration to design more.

SPEAKERS:
Marieke Thomas (The Bronx High School of Science: Bronx, NY)

A Teacher’s Perspective: Success and Pitfalls in Planning A School Garden

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B408


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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This presentation centers the NGSS dimensions of science, crosscutting concepts, and engineering practices in real-life applications that yield tangible results to get students excited about STEAM by engaging with a school garden. Current teachers will share their successes and pitfalls.

TAKEAWAYS:
This session is aimed at helping teachers see that school gardening provides a plethora of STEAM-based learning experiences from current teacher perspectives.

SPEAKERS:
Tain Curtis (Teacher: , UT)

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)

Using Community Outreach to Increase STEM Access for Hispanic Students

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C210


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

Show Details

Hispanic students are being disproportionally left out of STEM opportunities due to many barriers. One avenue to bridge this disconnect is through community outreach and relationship building with both Hispanic students and families while incorporating STEM activities.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will receive a template to begin building relationships with Hispanic students and families through community outreach events. This template will also include a scholarship list for undocumented/DACA students, a FAFSA guide, and an ideal student guide. All in Spanish and English.

SPEAKERS:
Elesha Goodfriend (Walters State Community College: Morristown, TN), Kelly Moore (Walters State Community College: Morristown, TN)

Real World Solutions Through STEM

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B309



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Presentation
Resources

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Students have the ability to change this world for the better. They just need a facilitator to help them culminate ideas and put those ideas into action. This session will talk about how students used real life situations that mattered to their schools to create proposals to solve the problem.

TAKEAWAYS:
The use of real life situations can allow an educator to work through multiple disciplines of study to engage student learning.

SPEAKERS:
Kari Walters (Power Center Academy: Memphis, TN)

Computational Thinking for our Youngest Minds

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B315



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Computational Thinking One Pager
CT for Youngest Thinkers Slide Deck
Slidedeck

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Computational thinking and computing education have the potential to develop students’ higher-order thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and communication skills in ways that can advance learning in interdisciplinary ways and can be done even with our youngest minds.

TAKEAWAYS:
We will focus on how we can embed computational thinking skills into student learning by using background knowledge from multiple subjects to design and implement curriculum that allows for all students to have access to higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in real-world situations.

SPEAKERS:
Wyman Khuu (KIPP NYC: No City, No State)

Increasing Career Awareness in STEM

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A311


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

Show Details

Through this workshop, participants will learn from classroom teachers and university professors on ways to incorporate your local habitat and utilize community partners to provide students with exposure to diverse job opportunities.

TAKEAWAYS:
We will share activities that demonstrate different jobs related to environmental science while addressing the need for STEM learning. Hands-on activities will be explored and connected to specific careers that can be discussed and applied with students in classrooms regardless of stream access.

SPEAKERS:
Tim Hawig (Carrollton City Schools: Carrollton, GA), Stacey Britton (University of West Georgia: Carrollton, GA), Brent Gilles (University of West Georgia: Carrollton, GA)

Real world context in the classroom: Involving local civil engineering in STEM courses.

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A303


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Bring your community into the classroom by engaging students with the local impacts of STEM careers. This presentation will include resources and strategies for partnering with civil engineers and other field experts in your state and local community.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will have immediately actionable resources that can be used in different curricula and district guidelines including tools for classroom visits, lesson plans for learning about local infrastructure, frameworks for virtual site tours, and templates for networking with local experts.

SPEAKERS:
Hannah Reed (The University of Alabama: Tuscaloosa, AL)

Beyond Career Day - Engaging High School Students in Thinking About STEM Careers

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A412


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

Show Details

STEM careers are for ALL students! Learn how to bridge the gap between STEM careers and classroom spaces by exploring proven strategies for hosting STEM professionals in your high school classrooms! Walk away with a complete engagement guide written for high school teachers, by high school teachers!

TAKEAWAYS:
Through the lens of equity and inclusion, participants will explore tips for sustained classroom-based STEM career exposure success (both in-person & virtual), including: selecting and preparing speakers, planning an engaging classroom visit, and maintaining relationships with STEM professionals.

SPEAKERS:
Tehmina Khan (Science Department Chair: Stratford, CT), Michelle Pearson (Adams 12 Five Star Schools), Kristen Record (Bunnell High School - National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY): No City, No State)

Seeds in Space – The Next Generation of Moon Trees!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A316


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Learn about the next generation of Moon Trees! In honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 14 and the original Moon Trees, NASA’s Artemis I rocket contains a new set of seeds. Explore free Moon Trees classroom content tied to STEM and citizen science and receive materials related to Moon Trees.

TAKEAWAYS:
The Artemis Moon Trees provide a unique opportunity to engage students in STEM education that ties together space, Earth, and conservation science. Attendees will learn how to use Moon Trees Education materials and get involved in Moon Trees citizen science opportunities.

SPEAKERS:
Nissa McKinney (FIND Outdoors/Forest Service Cooperator: No City, No State), Rachel Bayer (Environmental Education Specialist), Jessica Nickelsen (Forest Service/ Natural Inquirer)

Introducing Drones in Secondary STEM Classrooms

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A307



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NSTA 2023 - Introducing Drones.pdf

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

Show Details

As we discuss drones as an instructional tool for K-12 STEM education, this session will introduce an example of drones presented as part of an engineering design-based project to teach climate change to secondary Earth Science students.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will discover ways to engage STEM learners with hands-on, drone-based teaching for their own educational applications.

SPEAKERS:
Hannah Ziegler (Vanderbilt University: Nashville, TN)

Exploration of a community-based STEM learning program

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B305



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Exploring a community-based STEM learning program

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Community-based STEM (CBSTEM) programs, in this context, are school and organization-independent entities that were founded by local community members who recognized the importance of making STEM learning accessible to girls from populations that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM. This particular CBSTEM program is structured to leverage the financial and human resources of local businesses, organizations, and other community members, i.e., high school students. Middle school girls living in urban communities had an opportunity to engage in authentic STEM learning experiences, mentorship with STEM professionals, and exploration of careers. In addition to providing details about the structure of the program and how it functioned to extend the work of science practitioners, this session will explore how this CBSTEM program was able to pivot and evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic.

TAKEAWAYS:
The main takeaway of this session is to raise awareness about this school-independent community program and others like it that function to extend the work science practitioner do in classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Marisol Jimenez (student), Vanessa Dodo Seriki (Morgan State University: Baltimore, MD)

Why All Projects are NOT STE(A)M

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B309


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Incorporating STE(A)M in the classroom is more than just a project at the end of a unit. This session will provide guidelines to create effective STE(A)M lessons or revise lessons currently being used so they are more effective.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will gain a clear understanding of STE(A)M and identify key considerations for planning an appropriate lesson or unit.

SPEAKERS:
Cathy Barthelemy (STEMexperts: Keller, TX)

Take your STEM program Out of this World!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A402


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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The International Space Station National Labs Space Station Explorers has over 25 programs that can help your students be inspired and engaged in real space science and research. As a non-profit organization we strive to bring educators free and low cost K-12 programs.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn how to become a Space Station Ambassador which will offer them free professional development, access to a community of STEM professionals and give them premier access to new ISS programs.

SPEAKERS:
Courtney Black (ISS National Laboratory: Melbourne, FL)

SySTEMatically Preparing Elementary Students for the Workforce

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B408



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Presentation Elementary Career Awareness
STEM Principles for the Elementary Classroom
Student STEM Competencies Rubric.pdf

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Career connections in elementary school are crucial in supporting the workforce. This session shows how a district implemented a sySTEMatic plan to grow understanding of career pathways for our high-needs students. Participants will be provided with a STEM Camp toolkit.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will leave with a blueprint of how to implement STEM career awareness in elementary school by using the curriculum, teacher development, and community partners.

SPEAKERS:
Andrea Berry (Knox County Schools: Knoxville, TN), Mallory Sterling (Knox Co Schools: Knoxville, TN)

Integrating Insects and Art

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B406a/b


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Exploring Monarch Butterflies in Science and Art

TAKEAWAYS:
This quick session will introduce insects to a class designed for both Science and Art.

SPEAKERS:
Rebecca Kurson (Collegiate School: New York, NY)

Algae Academy: Taking Algae from "Ick!" to "Awesome!"

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A404


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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The Algae Academy’s FREE STEM kit and curriculum includes teacher resources, all necessary lab supplies, and live algae that will have your students asking big questions as they realize the real potential of algae.

TAKEAWAYS:
Introducing hands-on curriculum about all things algae—from the basic living requirements to how algae will help solve pressing global issues!

SPEAKERS:
Marissa Nalley (The Algae Foundation: Midland, TX)

Let's Flip for Engineering!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B404


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

Show Details

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

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

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

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

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B303


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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

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

SPEAKERS:
Maggie Renken (STEAM Program Director)

World’s 1st Indoor Skydiving Robotics Program for Girls and Gender Expansive Youth

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B302


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Our students built the world’s 1st UBTECH indoor skydiving robot. After successfully testing the prototypes, we created a competition for students to participate in a friendly match. We are now on a mission to inspire more girls and girls and gender-expansive youth in STEM.

TAKEAWAYS:
To develop the next generation of students as world-changing innovators, engineers, and scientists, we must include diverse voices and perspectives, which include girls and genders expansive youth.

SPEAKERS:
Kenny Bae (Wolcott College Prep: No City, No State)

Explore STEM with the CDC Museum

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A402


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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The CDC Museum has produced a set of 20 free hands-on STEM Lessons centered around public health topics for middle and high school students. Attendees will review the lesson catalog and discuss how they can use them to broaden students’ understandings of public health.

TAKEAWAYS:
The CDC Museum’s STEM Lessons explore issues in public health using the engineering design process, scientific method, or public health approach to outbreak investigation. Learn more about how STEM and public health concepts can be used to improve critical thinking and communication.

SPEAKERS:
Emma Domby (Museum Visitor Experience Manager/Educator: Atlanta, GA), Trudi Ellerman (Education Director: Atlanta, GA)

Making Real-World Connections with Research Experiences for STEM Educators & Teachers (RESET)

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A307



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Google Slides

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Research Experiences for STEM Educators & Teachers (RESET) is dedicated to improving STEM education across the nation. This presentation is for middle/high school educators who want to experience real-world research & learn about how to translate that into effective curriculum.

TAKEAWAYS:
There are two main outcomes of this presentation. First, the audience will leave with information about AEOP programs, specifically RESET, and second, the audience will receive information about how to become involved with the AEOP RESET program.

SPEAKERS:
Kelly Moore (Tennessee Tech: Cookeville, TN), Jennifer Meadows (Tennessee Tech: Cookeville, TN), Christine Girtain (Toms River High School South: Toms River, NJ)

Little STEAM Explorers: Engaging Families and Developing Content-Rich Lessons for Our Youngest Learners

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B404


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

Show Details

Learning rarely takes place in only one space. In this session, identify strategies for developing and executing STEAM-based curriculum for young learners. Shift your mindset from “child homework” to “family learning” as we discuss ways to engage parents and families as stakeholders in learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will identify strategies for creating lessons grounded in STEAM and engaging parents and families in their child’s learning.

SPEAKERS:
Samanta Gutierrez (Professional Learning Specialist: No City, No State), Patricia Ratanapraphart (STEM Content Manager: Dallas, TX)

Beyond Career Day - Engaging Elementary Students in Thinking About STEM Careers

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B408


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

Show Details

STEM careers are for ALL students! Learn how to bridge the gap between STEM careers and classroom spaces by exploring proven strategies for hosting STEM professionals in your elementary classroom! Walk away with a complete engagement guide written for elementary teachers, by elementary teachers!

TAKEAWAYS:
Through the lens of equity and inclusion, participants will explore tips for sustained classroom-based STEM career exposure success (both in-person & virtual), including: selecting and preparing speakers, planning an engaging classroom visit, and maintaining relationships with STEM professionals.

SPEAKERS:
Michelle Pearson (Adams 12 Five Star Schools), Cameron McKinley (Technology Integration Coach), Kristen Record (Bunnell High School - National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY): No City, No State)

An Interdisciplinary Data Science Course: a proposal

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A311


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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In the 21st century, data is king. It is collected from users of all devices, and is processed and analyzed in fields like healthcare, finance, marketing, architecture, linguistics etc etc. We are developing an interdisciplinary course to be taught by 3 departments (Math/Statistics, Social Sciences, Computer Science) that would instruct students in discerning high quality data, conducting exploratory analyses in R, building models in R to explore relationships between two or more variables, presenting output graphically and numerically, interpreting the output, and presenting all results on a Shiny page. In the presentation, we will illustrate the logic of the course, discuss learning activities and the flow of the course, including a demonstration of a sample final project. We will then demonstrate our experience with deeply interdisciplinary approach to learning, teaching, and curriculum building.

TAKEAWAYS:
Data Science is an increasingly important skill to learn for students in high school to promote empirical thinking. The interdisciplinary approach to the course will ensure that data analysis is covered comprehensively: from discerning high quality data to presenting lucid takeaways.

SPEAKERS:
Brian Cook (Faculty: Wellesley, MA), Cloricia Townsend (Head of the Engineering and Computer Science Department: Wellesley, MA), Alla Baranovsky (AP Statistics/Math Teacher: Westborough, MA)

Connecting science classrooms with the community

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B305


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

Show Details

Teachers will learn about the iWonder process and online tools that help connect students to the community (locally and globally) through place-based, scientific, research projects they create!

TAKEAWAYS:
Students' imagination will be sparked, and science connections with the world outside the classroom will be ignited with iWonder!

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

Art and Infectious Disease: Experiences Using Art as a Teaching and Assessment Tool in Science Education

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C210


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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This session uses real life experiences teaching and designing a course on art and infectious diseases to highlight how art can be a powerful interdisciplinary tool to teach and assess students understanding of microbiology.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn strategies for using art in microbiology while becoming familiar with contemporary bioartists; attendees will also appreciate how art can provide students with a creative outlet and coping mechanism, as well as providing opportunities to process recent experiences with COVID-19.

SPEAKERS:
Stefanie Iverson Cabral (University of Washington Bothell: Bothell, WA)

STEMCon

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A412



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STEMCon Presentation

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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

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

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

There's More to the Moon than just Phases: 5 fun hands-on activities that teach lunar geology, features, and scale

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A303


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

Show Details

With the Artemis rockets to the moon, we hope to be walking on the lunar surface by 2024. So let's teach more about the moon than just the phases. Here are 5 scalable hands-on activities that explore the lunar features and surface including craters, earth-moon dynamic, moon dust, gravity, and more

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will experience Hands-on Moon activities from the craters to the mountains, from ⅙ the gravity to the single side we see and to what to look for with binoculars alone.

SPEAKERS:
Martin Horejsi (University of Montana: Missoula, MT)

SaM-1 Integrated Physical Science Hand-on Multimedia Curriculum

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B212


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Looking for more interactive grade 3-5 physical science curriculum? Students will engage with robot SaM-1’s videos and hands on activities while exploring physical science at an animal conservatory and on vacation at the beach! Free access will be given to use this curriculum in your class.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will be given access to a physical science curriculum in grades 3-5 that provides instructional content via videos, hands on lesson and labs, bulletin board ideas and coding. The curriculum is meant to transform elementary science classrooms from using workbooks to real science!

SPEAKERS:
Jim Reynolds (STEM coordinator: Tallahassee, FL), Carrie Meyers (Curriculum Coordinator: No City, No State)

Integrating Computer Science, Robotics, and Data Analysis into Physics Labs

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom A



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Integrating Computer Science, Robotics, and Data Analysis into Physics Labs

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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This session will give a brief overview of how to use block-based coding, programmable robots, and data analysis to teach students concepts of physics/physical science in a fun and engaging way. We will also discuss how to adjust the level of the activities to meet the needs of different grades.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to implement block coding, robotics, and data analysis into their physics/physical science labs in order to reinforce students' understanding of motion, forces, momentum, and other mechanics concepts.

SPEAKERS:
Alan Cummings (Physics Teacher: No City, No State)

3D Plants: Students build AVR plant models to understand the role of design in STEM

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B207



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3D Plant model User Guide
3D Plant modeling _ Plant species list
3D plant modeling NSTA presentation
3D Plant modeling student protocol
3D Plant modeling teacher protocol
Danforth Plant Science Center Education Technology Program

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Goal: address the disconnect between science, design, and technology at the high school level. Objectives: 1. integrate art/design into STEM education (STEAM), 2. foster plant science knowledge, 3. apply augmented and virtual reality (AVR) technologies, and 4. inspire interest in and provide skills for future STEAM careers. Collaborative teams of self-identified science, technophile, and art students receive training in 3D modeling. With support from scientists, the students create models of research plants, practice science communication skills during public/scientific events, and make connections to real-life situations using AVR devices. We use a mixed-methods assessment approach. Results from the first year of this project indicate that students are more aware of the role of art/design in science and vice versa. Students acknowledge the benefits of productive failure when facing challenges creating 3D models and are more interested in STEAM career paths.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn 3D modeling skills to increase student interest in STEAM subjects and careers through creative learning. Instructors help students create 3D AVR models, integrate art/design with plant science content, and gain collaboration and communication skills using education technologies.

SPEAKERS:
Sandra Arango-Caro (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center: Saint Louis, MO)

SCoPE: Solving Community Problems with Engineering | Nutrient Pollution

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B215


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Engineering instruction can empower students to address complex societal issues. See students investigate how nutrient pollution impacts ecosystems and their communities, and apply earth and life science concepts to develop and optimize a plan to reduce excess nutrients in a local watershed.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how expanding engineering instruction beyond building simple prototypes can increase students’ interest and stretch their ideas about the role of engineering in society.

SPEAKERS:
Nancy Gifford (Monomoy Regional Middle School: Chatham, MA), Shawn Stevens (GBH Education: Brighton, MA)

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