2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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FILTERS APPLIED:9 - 12, Hands-On Workshop, Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

 

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Connecting Math and Science through Technology: Data Analysis Made Easy

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B311


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Increase student engagement in analysis and evaluation of real data. Engage students of different ability levels in mathematical models with measurements not previously accessible in the classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Use real data to develop mathematical models and learn how to test your hypothesis by performing an experiment and analyze your results, combining graphing calculators with handheld sensors to maximize class time.

SPEAKERS:
Karlheinz Haas (Science/Math Instructor, Retired: Tequesta, FL)

Using GRC to Engage Students in Science Investigation

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B409


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Teachers learn how to use the Gather, Reason, and Communicate Reasoning (GRC) instructional sequence and Vernier tools to engage students in science investigations aligned to the NGSS and Georgia Science Standards. Participants learn how to use a set of lessons aligned with their standards.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators learn how to engage students in GRC investigations and where to find hundreds of GRC lessons. Teachers will learn to use Vernier probes to gather accurate data through scientific investigation.

SPEAKERS:
David Powell (Norman High School: Norman, OK), Brett Moulding (Partnership for Effective Science Teaching and Learning: Ogden, UT)

A Chemical Inquiry: Let’s Master Equilibrium!

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Dogwood B


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Join this workshop: “A Chemical Inquiry: Let’s Master Equilibrium!” and participate in a “hands on” activity to help students overcome common chemical equilibrium misconceptions.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn to use Inquiry to overcome student misconceptions about chemical equilibrium.

SPEAKERS:
Gregory Dodd (Retired Chemistry Teacher: Pennsboro, WV)

Move Like a Robot

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Juniper


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Using robots coded with Python, participants will observe the motion from 5 pre-created codes and create the distance, velocity, and acceleration vs time graphs of these. Then, participants will be taught the simple commands to control the robot, and create a unique program to run. They will have a partner then create the graphs of their motion. Then they will work to create a motion graph scenario and work backwards to write the code that fits that program. This will incorporate different speeds and directions to drive home the concepts of motion graphs, integrating all aspects of STEM into the lesson.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn a new way to integrate STEM into their physics, robotics, or algebra classes using physical computing to create and analyze motion.

SPEAKERS:
Brad Posnanski (Comsewogue High School: Port Jefferson Station, NY)

Models, maps, and methods for making the nature and process of science explicit and visible

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom B



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How Science Works flowchart mapping tool
Understanding Science project
Free tools for teaching the nature and process of science.
US NSTA workshop presentation (3).pptx
Get free tools and resources for emphasizing the nature and process of science within lesson sequences you already teach!

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Make manageable, meaningful changes in the classroom with free tools to help you communicate the nature and process of science, while integrating NGSS SEPs. Explore strategies for modifying your current instruction, such as the Science Flowchart interactive journaling tool. Bring a laptop/tablet!

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will reflect on and refine their own models of the nature and process of science and gain experience with using materials, tools, and interactives from the Understanding Science project to support their classroom teaching on this topic.

SPEAKERS:
Betsy Barent (Lincoln Public Schools: No City, No State), Anastasia Thanukos (University of California Museum of Paleontology: Berkeley, CA)

Sweating Alcohol in 3-D!

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom A


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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You’ve heard it said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Well, 3-D teaching and learning are “The Big Stuff” in science education. Join us for a 100% hands-on session of data collection, data analysis, and data discussion.

TAKEAWAYS:
The attendees will do a data collection activity on the cooling rates of water vs. isopropyl alcohol. The biggest takeaway will be an understanding of the importance of the structural properties of water--namely its polarity--and will apply this understanding to how water allows for life to exist.

SPEAKERS:
Jeffrey Lukens (Retired Science Teacher: Sioux Falls, SD)

Using Societal Challenges as Phenomena in 3D Units to Develop Student Agency

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B408



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Anchored Inquiry Learning

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Come experience how leveraging complex culturally relevant societal challenges as phenomena in 3D teaching and learning supports student motivation and engagement. Learn how the BSCS Anchored Inquiry Learning instructional model develops student agency within and beyond the classroom!

TAKEAWAYS:
The research-based BSCS Anchored Inquiry Learning instructional model succeeds the 5Es and leverages complex societal issues as anchoring phenomena/problems, culminating tasks, and performance assessments in 3D units of instruction to motivate students and develop agency in addressing these issues.

SPEAKERS:
Cynthia Gay (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO)

Copper: Two Inquiries to Begin and End the School Year

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Dogwood B


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Come and take part in this workshop: “Copper: Two Inquiries to Begin and End the School Year" and learn about the chemical properties of copper using appropriate technology in a “hands on” activity.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will take part in two Inquiry experiments, use technology to collect/analyze data, and visualize what occurs on the submicroscopic level by employing particulate drawings.

SPEAKERS:
Gregory Dodd (Retired Chemistry Teacher: Pennsboro, WV)

Phone Physics: Acceleration and Friction

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Juniper


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Leveraging the power of smartphone sensors in today’s physics classroom so that all students get experience in experimental science. Class-ready materials provided.

TAKEAWAYS:
Phone physics increases equitable access to experimental science in the classroom or at home as a flipped lab or distance learning.

SPEAKERS:
Helene McLaughlin (Reservoir High School), David Rakestraw (Senior Science Advisor: Livermore, CA), Michael Tobler (Moreau Catholic High School: Hayward, CA)

CurrentGeneration.org : Engineering to Make a Brighter World

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A302


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

The workshop would begin with a short description of Hailey and Marie who want to be doctors, but live in light poverty and cannot study after the sun sets. They need clean sources of lights. Our students are searching for meaning in their learning. School must be meant for something more than grades on a test. They need to solve real problems that matter. Once the stage is set, attendees will spend the majority of time practicing how to solder and assemble 3D printed lights that will be sent to partner students living in Haiti. The instructions, list of materials and digital files circuit board files are freely available to that attendees can repeat and expand these efforts with their students from Grade 5 to grade 12. The purpose of learning if to build capacity to do good in the world. Students all over NSTA might find meaning in their learning and contribute to UNSDG’s #4 of Quality Education & #7 of Clean Energy while simultaneously learning electrical engineering and activism.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to solder through hole resistors and LEDs onto circuit boards for a solar powered light that will be sent to students in Haiti living in light poverty. Attendees will be able to teach their students that they can make a difference in the world with engineering.

SPEAKERS:
Ian Fogarty (Riverview High School: Riverview, NB)

Anchoring student learning in locally relevant problems and solutions: An example storyline from the Climate Education Pathways project

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B304


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Experience an anchoring phenomenon lesson designed to engage students in a local climate impact. Reflect on how local community problems can be leveraged to engage students in understanding large-scale, shared global issues, like climate change, to increase relevance and agency for youth.

TAKEAWAYS:
Anchoring student learning in local phenomena and problems can tap into students’ interest and perceived relevance of science learning to their life and community. A storyline based on local problems also position students to for meaningful activities for future learning and taking action now.

SPEAKERS:
Lindsey Mohan (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO), Audrey Mohan (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO), Enya Granados (Life Science Teacher: , GA)

Alka-Seltzer: How many ways can we use it in the chemistry classroom? But mostly chemical kinetics.

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom B


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Alka-Seltzer is a great tool to bring phenomenon focused teaching into the chemistry classroom. It has many applications from simple chemical and physical changes to designing your own reaction rate experiment. Participants will pop the lid off of a film canister. Come join the jump scare.

TAKEAWAYS:
Alka- seltzer is a versatile resource that can be used in a variety of safe and inexpensive activities that allow students to design and carry out their own investigation.

SPEAKERS:
Alecia Hagberg (Harrison High School: Kennesaw, GA), Sarah Holcomb (Harrison High School: Kennesaw, GA)

Phenomena and NASA Data, Perfect Together

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B304



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Earths Energy Budget Foldable
Handout for Phenomena NASA Data
Slide Deck for Phenomena NASA Data

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Engage with My NASA Data lessons as a model student to make sense of weather and climate phenomena while discovering the strengths and limitations of a conceptual model used to describe the complex energy transfer in our Earth system.

TAKEAWAYS:
Develop a better understanding of Earth’s energy budget by connecting weather and climate phenomena to a conceptual model developed by NASA from satellite-based observations. This is an example of how students may evaluate a model to engage in data literacy and employ systems thinking.

SPEAKERS:
Angela Rizzi (NASA Langley Research Center/ADNET: No City, No State), Natalie Macke (Pascack Hills High School: Montvale, NJ)

It's Time to Lose the Ladder: Combating Misconceptions in Evolution

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom B



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

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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A major evolution misconception is that organisms on a phylogenetic tree are progressing towards the ultimate goal of being bigger, better, and faster. Using convergent evolution as an anchoring phenomenon, learn how to inoculate your students against this misunderstanding with a 5E storyline.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to help students using a misconception-based approach. By looking at a variety of species, teachers will leave with evidence-based examples of evolution in action. Major areas of focus are artificial selection, domestication, natural selection, and convergent evolution.

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

Data Puzzles: integrating authentic data and Ambitious Science Teaching practices to help students make sense of phenomena

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Redwood



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Landing Page
All resources referenced in the Data Puzzles workshop can be found in this "Landing Page" document.
Summer workshop schedule (grad credit options)
Find our Data Puzzle summer workshop schedule here. All workshops are FREE! Participants can choose to receive a certificate for professional learning hours (free) or purchase 0.5 graduate credits from the University of Colorado Boulder ($90).

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Come learn about Data Puzzles, a free resource co-designed by climate scientists and instructional specialists from the University of Colorado Boulder that combine authentic data with Ambitious Science Teaching instructional practices to help students make sense of phenomena.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will explore authentic, contemporary data through Data Puzzles resources that frame data analysis for use in middle and high school classrooms with the Ambitious Science Teaching framework and leave prepared to implement these 2-3 day sensemaking tasks in their own classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Jonathan Griffith (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, VT)

Sensemaking in the High School Physics Classroom

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Cottonwood A



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Sensemaking in the High School Physics Classroom.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Looking to increase engagement and leverage student curiosity? Sensemaking frames the inquiry process from the student’s point of view and puts them in charge of their own learning. Find out how this process can increase your teaching effectiveness and fundamentally change how your students learn.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will leave with an understanding of sensemaking as a practice, its place in the 3 dimensions of Next Gen Science Standards, and insights gained from experiencing hands-on, minds-on sensemaking of phenomena from the student point of view.

SPEAKERS:
Mariel Kolker (Morristown High School: Morristown, NJ)

Using Algae Models & Assays to Illuminate the Interplay between Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration for Students!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B310


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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In this workshop, participants will apply conceptual maps of photosynthesis and cellular respiration to simple algal assays. Collected assay data will be used to evidence real-time carbon cycling within the organism as well as serving as a model for ecological interplay between these processes.

TAKEAWAYS:
Walk through how students can measure and learn about photosynthesis, cellular respiration and the carbon cycle in the same hands-on lab.

SPEAKERS:
Audra Brown Ward (Upper School Biology Teacher: , GA)

A Mysterious Case of Brain Illness - Connecting Humans, Animals, and the Environment

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C212


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Model how environmental health investigators work to discover the cause of an outbreak of encephalitis. Experience hands-on, minds-on, NGSS practice-based lessons related to One Health – the connections between human, animal, and environmental health.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn about hands-on, minds-on, NGSS practice-based lessons related to One Health – the connections between human, animal, and environmental health. Engage in three-dimensional activities that focus on the science practices of analyzing data and constructing explanations.

SPEAKERS:
Dina Markowitz (University of Rochester: Rochester, NY), Lisa Brosnick (SUNY Buffalo State College: Buffalo, NY)

Anchored Inquiry Learning: Designing Meaningful Instruction to Make Sense of Authentic Phenomena

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B408



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Anchored Inquiry Learning

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Experience how the new BSCS Anchored Inquiry Learning (AIL) instructional model creates learning experiences that motivate students with significant, real world phenomena and problems! Learn how AIL anchors cycles of inquiry and sensemaking, culminating in student explanations/design solutions!

TAKEAWAYS:
The research-based BSCS Anchored Inquiry Learning instructional model succeeds the 5Es and leverages authentic phenomena/problems to anchor cycles of inquiry and sensemaking. This approach provides instructional coherence from students’ perspective, equitable access, and motivation for ALL learners.

SPEAKERS:
Cynthia Gay (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO)

Learning Ecology Through a Lyme Lens

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C213


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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A hands on simulation based on probabilities from scientific literature is used to investigate the effect of community structure on the prevalence of infected ticks. This anchoring phenomenon is extended to explore population ecology, trophic cascades, biodiversity, and the dilution effect.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will come away with a set of lessons that teach many core concepts in ecology using a modeling approach. The hands on simulation will be supplemented by computer models that allow students to explore population growth curves and more complex community relationships.

SPEAKERS:
Daniel Carroll (retired - Yorktown High School: No City, No State), Michael Zito (Yorktown High School: Arlington, VA)

Using Food & Cooking to Make Science Experiential and Inclusive

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C211



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Lesson Resources
Interested in piloting one of our other cheese lessons (or any lesson you see on our website)? Please email us so we can connect and work with you.
Lesson Resources: How is Cheese Made
See all resources here and download lesson through our website.

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Explore how to use food and cooking to invite students to connect science to their everyday lives and be curious. This session includes hands-on activities and discussions to emphasize how participants can incorporate resources into their own teaching to support their current curriculum.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will walk away with ready-to-use strategies and resources to incorporate food and cooking into the science classroom. These strategies and resources are differentiated so they can be used for different types of classrooms and availability to resources as well as teaching styles.

SPEAKERS:
Kate Strangfeld (Harvard University: Cambridge, MA)

Engaging Students in Argumentation Around Meaningful Phenomena

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C211


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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This session highlights the importance of argumentation surrounding explaining meaningful phenomena and their centrality to a 3-D learning approach. The session will equip teachers to implement such learning experiences in their classes.

TAKEAWAYS:
The importance of argumentation around meaningful phenomena and how to implement learning experiences that engage students in argumentation around phenomena in the service of sense-making and learning DCIs, SEPs, and CCs.

SPEAKERS:
Todd Hutner (The University of Alabama: Austin, TX)

Energize Your High School Climate Change Course

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom C


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Are you looking for climate change lessons that provide strategies to engage high school students? Activity-filled lessons will explore natural cycles, proxies, and ways to minimize human impact.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will explore activities that offer strategies to demonstrate how and why Earth’s climate has changed over time

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

When the Wheels Are Turning, the Students Are Learning!

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Juniper


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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If you’re new to coding, then come get up to speed! By combining coding and hands-on activities, you can learn how to "program" a robotic vehicle to perform different challenges.

TAKEAWAYS:
By bringing coding and hands-on science learning together, Participants will earn creative ways to use the engineering design process to teach science and use a Rover to explore the relationship between speed, distance, and time.

SPEAKERS:
Karlheinz Haas (Science/Math Instructor, Retired: Tequesta, FL)

Water Quality, More than Just a Test

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C209


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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How often have you performed a simple water test as a lab and thought - is there more to this? How else can I get students to relate to the importance of the water they utilize everyday? Learn how to incorporate case studies and reading into this common lab activity.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn how to set up a simple water test for testing nutrient levels in the water but then expand concepts on the quality of water by exploring the digital platform H2KNOW.

SPEAKERS:
Julie Reynolds (Teacher: Chicago, IL)

Embedding Literacy Supports in 3D Units for Equitable Sensemaking and Learning

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B408



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Anchored Inquiry Learning

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Experience how embedding literacy supports for reading, writing, and academic discourse in 3D teaching and learning promotes sensemaking and science understanding for ALL learners! Learn how the BSCS Anchored Inquiry Learning instructional model embeds literacy supports throughout cycles of inquiry.

TAKEAWAYS:
The research-based BSCS Anchored Inquiry Learning instructional model succeeds the 5Es and embeds literacy supports for reading, writing, and academic discourse in conjunction with science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to promote students in figuring out key science ideas.

SPEAKERS:
Cynthia Gay (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO)

Demystifying the Practice of Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking (Secondary)

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B402



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Atlanta23 Demystifying the Practice of Using Mathematics and Computational Think

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Immerse yourself in classroom-ready lessons that create the need to engage in Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking to build science ideas needed to explain phenomena (and maybe solve a problem or two).

TAKEAWAYS:
Engaging students in the practice of Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking can create and foster wider interests in STEM fields

SPEAKERS:
Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Thermoplastics vs Thermosets (Playing with Polymers)

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C213



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Thermoplastics & Thermosets NSTA 2023 Atlanta.ppt

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Overview of thermoset vs thermoplastic polymers and hands-on activities to be done in the classroom, including predictive design, calculations, and environmental impact discussion.

TAKEAWAYS:
Ways to categorize, work with, and recycle polymers with design and engineering challenges.

SPEAKERS:
Scott Spohler (Global Impact STEM Academy: Springfield, OH), Briana Richardson (Washington High School: Washington Court House, OH)

Egg Drop Challenge 2023

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom B


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Participants will design and test a vessel that will land an egg dropped from a substantial height without breaking the egg. Participants will use a variety of materials to provide the softest landing possible. Participants will employ technology to assist them in designing their vessels and shape their final methods.

TAKEAWAYS:
Design and test an egg vessel with real time data. Analyze live data to better design a successful egg drop vessel. Experience the engineering design process.

SPEAKERS:
Brad Posnanski (Comsewogue High School: Port Jefferson Station, NY)

Give Students More Voice and Choice in Science, Math, and Engineering with Technology

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C212


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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This session explores how technology-based instruction can give students more choice in figuring out how to solve problems and make sense of the world and voice in deciding what counts as knowing in science, math, and engineering.

TAKEAWAYS:
This session helps teachers enable students to (1) design and carry out investigations, share ideas, justify evidence, and provide feedback to others, (2) reach a consensus about what counts as acceptable or high-quality work, (3) see technology as a useful tool in sense-making.

SPEAKERS:
Victor Sampson (The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, TX)

Whack-A-Pack: How many ways can we use them in a chemistry classroom? But mostly stoichiometry

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Dogwood B


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Whack-A-Pack is a great tool to bring phenomenon-focused teaching into the chemistry classroom. It has many applications from simple chemical vs physical changes all the way to designing your own stoichiometry investigation. Also, come join the BCA Table Train, if you haven't already.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to use Whack-A-Pack as an instructional tool and as a safe way to let students design and carry out an investigation. Attendees will also brush up or learn about using BCA tables in stoichiometric calculations.

SPEAKERS:
Sarah Holcomb (Harrison High School: Kennesaw, GA), Alecia Hagberg (Harrison High School: Kennesaw, GA)

Shining Light on Misinformation: Combating Dangerous Social Trends using the FLOATER Toolkit

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C211



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FLOATER Toolkit Summary
News Literacy Project Educator and Partnership One-Pager
Session Resources

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Join the News Literacy Project and science literacy subject matter expert Melanie Trecek-King as we cast light where the “sun don’t shine”! In this session, educators will become learners as they debunk the social media trend of perineum sunning using Trecek-King’s FLOATER toolkit.

TAKEAWAYS:
Subject matter expert Melanie Trecek-King will team up with NLP staff to facilitate a session exploring the FLOATER toolkit using the Checkology® lesson “Evaluating Science-Based Claims.” Attendees will then be challenged to debunk a trendy health claim—that perineum sunning increases energy levels.

SPEAKERS:
Melanie Trecek-King (Massasoit Community College)

Mystery mayhem: Using crime scene investigations as a classroom activity to develop claim, evidence, and reasoning (CER)

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C213



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Mystery mayhem Using crime scene investigations as a classroom activity to develop claim, evidence, and reasoning (CER).pptx

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Join our team of detectives who are investigating a fictional crime scene! As a detective, you need to analyze each suspect’s alibi, collect evidence from the crime scene, and develop CER arguments to identify the innocent/ guilt parties. We conclude by discussing classroom strategies for praxis.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will engage in CER argumentation through a crime scene investigation experience.

SPEAKERS:
Andrew Kipp (Texas A&M)

Support for Engineering Practices in the OpenSciEd High School Course Sequence

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom D



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Support for Engineering Practices in the OpenSciEd High School Course Sequence.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Experience how HS OpenSciEd bio, chem, and physics support students in developing engineering practices and ideas in the context of complex problems. Examples from units investigating the Texas power outages, polar ice melt, and wildlife populations in Serengeti National Park will be highlighted.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will experience the different scaffolds and instructional supports for engineering thinking included in the HS OpenSciEd materials. Participants will see how they could use similar supports and materials in their own contexts and learn how high school OpenSciEd units will extend this work.

SPEAKERS:
Dan Voss (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL), Kate Henson (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

Claim, Evidence and Reasoning in the Science Classroom

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Juniper



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CER PowerPoint McDonald and Johnson NSTA Hands on Activity.pptx

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Participants will build a balloon powered car; How does mass affect acceleration? OR build a 1st class lever, 2nd class lever, 3rd class; Which lever does not make doing work easier? OR Build a circuit; Which solution conducts electricity? Then do experiment and create a CER poster.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn the CER process.

SPEAKERS:
Aliyah Johnson (Alpharetta High School: Alpharetta, GA), Stephanie McDonald (Teacher: , GA)

Visualizing Matter and Change with Graphical Models

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C204


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Certain science concepts are difficult for students. This session will use graphical models and real world data to visualize and solidify certain tough to teach, touch to comprehend topics.

TAKEAWAYS:
Easy to use, fun to teach Chemistry concepts and how graphical models can help students to grasp the concepts.

SPEAKERS:
Stacy Thibodeaux (Southside High School: Youngsville, LA)

Tick-Borne Diseases and One Health: Connecting Humans, Animals, and the Environment

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C212


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Investigate the spread of tick-borne diseases in humans and animals. Experience hands-on, minds-on, NGSS practice-based lessons related to One Health – the connections between human, animal, and environmental health.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn about hands-on, minds-on, NGSS practice-based lessons related to One Health – the connections between human, animal, and environmental health. Engage in three-dimensional activities that focus on the science practices of analyzing data and constructing explanations.

SPEAKERS:
Dina Markowitz (University of Rochester: Rochester, NY), Lisa Brosnick (SUNY Buffalo State College: Buffalo, NY)

To See a (Scientific) World in a Grain of Sand: Integrating Sand in YOUR Science Classroom

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C213


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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The sand session returns! Sand is ubiquitous, unique, and addresses physical science, earth/environmental science, art, history . . . and more! Free sand/resources.

TAKEAWAYS:
Sand contains clues to weathering/erosion, transportation, and more! Free classroom samples and online resources make classroom sand activities fun and easy with identified NGSS PEs, DCIs, CCCs, and SEPS. ABC charts organize students’ incoming knowledge and documents progression in learning.

SPEAKERS:
Renee Clary (Mississippi State University: Mississippi State, MS)

Mathematics and Computational Thinking in OpenSciEd High School Biology

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom D


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Experience phenomenon based, stoylined curriculum in high school biology! Use an agent based model, in the form of a table top game, to generate evidence to answer questions about predator prey interactions.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to use a computational model to generate evidence to answer questions about about predator prey interactions.

SPEAKERS:
Kate Henson (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

Nourish the Future: Energy and Biofuels

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Redwood


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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In this unit, learn about fermentation and ethanol production, what enzyme action can do, and how co-products from ethanol are valuable in their own right.

TAKEAWAYS:
Nourish the Future is a national education initiative developed by science teachers for science teachers to connect students to modern agriculture and provide sound science based resources that meet teacher and student needs in the classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Leanne Thele (Perryville High School: , MO), Tiska Rodgers (Clarkton High School: Clarkton, MO)

Engaging them with STEM: Using Integrated STEM Units with PK through 3rd

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A302



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2023 NSTA Trout_Kennedy.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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How do our youngest students learn best? BY DOING! Come and experience some of our favorite lessons that are part of our fully integrated STEM units. From low-cost and low tech to high tech, experience how we teach STEM in our PK-3rd grade classrooms and leave with lessons you can teach next week!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will experience several of our favorite early childhood STEM lessons and leave with access to multiple fully integrated and standards aligned STEM units.

SPEAKERS:
Diane Trout (Academy Specialist: Athens, AL), Jennifer Kennedy (SPARK Academy at Cowart: Athens, AL)

Reading is Visual- Using an Instructional Routine to Teach Cognitive Literacy Strategies in Science Model Comprehension

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A301



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2023 NSTA Presentation Booklet_ Reading is Visual!.pdf
This is the booklet from the presentation
2023 NSTA Presentation Slides_ Reading is Visual!.pdf
Slide deck from the presentation

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Learn how to support students' analysis of science models by teaching cognitive literacy strategies through the Transfer Learning Routine.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to use the transfer learning routine to teach literacy strategies in science.

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

Who Loves Soda Science? I do, I do, I do-oo!

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom B


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Participants will experience an engaging lesson that addresses abstract chemistry concepts of gas laws and stoichiometry through the lens of NGSS Science and Engineering Practices. This workshop immerses participants in the collaborative nature of science as they observe differences in carbonated soft drinks and make connections to chemistry concepts and mathematical principles. Participants will be able to work collaboratively as they walk through the lesson and will be given time to reflect on how to implement the lesson for themselves. Adaptations of the lesson for elementary, middle, and high school teachers will be provided to teachers as resources at the end of the session.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn how to connect abstract chemistry concepts of stoichiometry and gas laws to everyday life. Teachers will be able to implement this phenomenon-based lesson in their classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Brooke Whitworth (Clemson University: Clemson, SC), Meredith Schwendemann (Clemson University), Ashley Hunter (Clemson University: Clemson, SC)

Phone Physics: 3D Rotational Motion

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom C


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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The gyroscope sensors in smartphones provide an unprecedented measurement capability which enables students to precisely investigate 3D rotational motion. This workshop will introduce teachers to labs which connect foundational physics to real-world applications such as VR and fitness tracking.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will conduct multiple hands-on investigations using the gyroscope sensor in smartphones to explore rotational motion. They will directly experience the amazing capabilities of the sensors and will go away prepared to implement the investigations in their classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
David Rakestraw (Senior Science Advisor: Livermore, CA), Michael Tobler (Moreau Catholic High School: Hayward, CA), Helene McLaughlin (Reservoir High School)

Engaging in climate science education through connections to everyday life, equity and justice.

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B404


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Climate change is here. Come explore ways to teach about this that intersect with issues of justice and provide action for the future. This workshop will support educators in all grades and contexts, including those who can’t even say “climate change”!

TAKEAWAYS:
Strategies for engaging in climate change and climate justice learning appropriate to grade band NGSS standards, climate and energy literacy standards, and for both school and community based learning contexts.

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

Phone Physics: E&M Sampler

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom C


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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The magnetometer sensors in smartphones provide students with the ability to precisely investigate the 3D properties of magnetic fields. Workshop participants will conduct investigations which include characterizing Earth’s magnetic field and demonstrating magnetic information storage and readout.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will conduct multiple hands-on investigations using the magnetometer sensor in smartphones to explore magnetic fields. They will directly experience the amazing capabilities of the 3-axis magnetometer sensor and will go away prepared to implement the investigations in their classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
David Rakestraw (Senior Science Advisor: Livermore, CA), Michael Tobler (Moreau Catholic High School: Hayward, CA), Helene McLaughlin (Reservoir High School)

Seeing the Unseen - Phenomenal Activities exploring the EM spectrum and Connections to Astronomy Research

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Cottonwood A



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Slideshow with all resources

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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This workshop is hosted by educators from the NASA/SETI Astronomy Activation Ambassadors program showcasing hands-on activities with inexpensive materials that explore the EM Spectrum, construct explanatory and CER models of phenomena, and illustrate real-world applications in space science.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will take with them hands-on activities and 3D resources that can be used immediately regarding the electromagnetic spectrum, infrared vs. visible light, telescopes, and more! Attendees will participate in learning by doing the activities, with connections to astronomy research highlighted

SPEAKERS:
Laura Solomons (Columbus High School: Columbus, GA), Marcella Linahan (The Westminster Schools: Atlanta, GA), Heather Guiendon (Teacher), Alec Johnson (Morgan County Schools: No City, No State)

STEM Teaching Tools: Free Resources to Support Equitable 3D Science Instruction

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B401



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SLIDES: STEM Teaching Tools Overview
A large presentation with many slides describing the STEM Teaching Tools collection.

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In this session participants will explore STEMTeachingTools.org — a suite of accessible, resource-rich tools for guiding instruction, assessment, and curriculum in the science classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
STEM Teaching Tools is a freely-available collection of research-practice briefs that contain recommendations and strategies for implementing the vision of the Framework and NGSS. They can be used for educator professional learning, both individually and in professional learning communities.

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

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