2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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A Four-Level Framework for Empowered Engineering

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B310


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Knowles Engineering teachers co-developed and piloted a scaffolded framework for integrating social justice into engineering design that we are excited to share with the NSTA community. Come ready to explore how to empower your science students through intentional engineering curriculum design!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will interact with examples of empowered engineering curriculum, as well as apply the framework to their own classroom. Teachers will leave with concrete ideas for how to incorporate more social justice work into their own engineering curriculum in manageable and expanding ways.

SPEAKERS:
Katey Shirey (edukatey: Washington, DC), Emily Berman (Global STEM Challenges Program)

Advancing Science Instruction with The Engineering Design Process

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B218


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Great Minds

In this workshop, participants dive into a 2nd grade module on Matter. Using the six steps of the Engineering Design Process, participants will ask, imagine, plan and test a solution to the real-world problem: How can you design and build a shelter that provides protection from rain?

Hands-on STEM Activities to Promote Critical Thinking

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Estes Industries

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

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

Designing for justice in OpenSciEd High School Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom D


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Designing for justice means centering inquiry on phenomena that cross the artificial boundary between human and natural systems. The result is instruction that not only teaches students to understand the natural world, but broadens their perspectives on how humans fit into natural systems, what constitutes science, and what they can accomplish using science. In high school, some of the design problems that students are noticing in the world may feel overwhelming, but breaking them down using the ideas and practices of science can help students find hope and resilience. For example in OpenSciEd HS, students ask: Where should we focus efforts on treatment and prevention of cancer? What can we do to make driving safer for everyone? How can we slow the flow of energy on Earth to protect vulnerable communities? To answer these, students must use science ideas and practices to understand/think creatively about design problems that emerge from complex systems at the nature-human divide.

TAKEAWAYS:
NGSS-designed instruction that is oriented toward justice can not only teach students to understand the natural world, but broadens their perspectives on how humans fit into natural systems, what constitutes science, and what they can accomplish using science.

SPEAKERS:
Zoe Buck Bracey (Senior Science Educator and Director of Design for Justice: Colorado Springs, CO), Samantha Pinter (Norwalk Public Schools: Norwalk, CT), Jamie Noll (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO)

JHU Wavelengths Lessons: Connecting Secondary Students to Cutting Edge Science

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B402


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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This session will introduce participants to a NSTA lesson designed to introduce high school students to cutting edge research on Artificial Intelligence. The lesson is designed around the critical aspects of sensemaking: students experience a phenomenon, engage in science and engineering practices and share ideas and to build and/or apply disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts needed to explain how or why the phenomenon occurs. Sensemaking is in the vision of A Framework for K-12 Science Education - “the doing of science and engineering is highlighted as a strategy that can capture students’ interest in science and motivate their continued study.” (A Framework for K-12 Science Education, pp 42-43). NSTA lessons and units provide opportunities for all students to engage in science learning that is meaningful to them

TAKEAWAYS:
The JHU Wavelength lesson introduced in the session provides opportunities for high school students to learn about cutting edge science research, figure out science ideas related to artificial intellligence, and consider how it could benefit their community.

SPEAKERS:
Rama Chellappa (Bloomberg Distinguished Professor: Baltimore, MD), Patrice Scinta (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Rama Chellappa (Johns Hopkins University: Baltimore, MD)

Engineering to Empower Students & their Communities Through Understanding Heat Islands

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Cottonwood A


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Studying the Heat Island Effect covers multiple standards and content areas, and is an excellent grounding phenomenon to discuss equity and justice in the classroom. Come to this hands-on workshop to run through this experience and learn about a framework to develop empowering engineering projects.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will leave with a framework for developing engineering projects that integrate social justice, and will also walk through one of our developed projects on the Heat Island Effect.

SPEAKERS:
Emily Berman (Global STEM Challenges Program)

Advancing Science Instruction with Knowledge Building Investigations

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B218


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Great Minds

In this workshop, participant explore parts of a 4th grade module on Energy to see how hands-on experiences and other modes of discovery enable students to build knowledge and gather personally meaningful evidence to support their scientific explanations.

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

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B214


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

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

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

Using engineering practices to help engage all students in making sense of the genetics and physiology of the human body.

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom B


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Learn how to engage your students with the rich phenomena around the mismatch between our human body physiology and our modern environment, using a free, EQuIP-reviewed unit designed for HS NGSS.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will develop a vision for how to use engineering practices to teach genetics and epigenetics while creating a more engaging and inclusive classroom environment for all learners

SPEAKERS:
Joy Otibu (Mott Hall Bronx High School: Bronx, NY), Andrea Sau (Mott Hall Bronx High School: Bronx, NY)

Dumpster Dive with STEM

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A403


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Connect the human impact of trash pollution to engineering design. Get your students thinking critically and creatively as they collaborate in real-world problem solving.

TAKEAWAYS:
Connecting the human impact of single-use plastics and its effect on aquatic ecosystems.

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

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

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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)

Code Beyond the Screen: Coding in Python® with Vernier Sensors

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B212


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Vernier Science Education

Python is a dominant programming language, and we have created libraries and sample code so that you can use most of our sensors in Python programs. Web VPython even allows you to read our Go Direct® sensors without installing anything, and it works on Chromebooks, PCs, and Mac® computers.

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

Crash Barrier: How to Design a STEM Engineering Challenge

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B213


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: PASCO Scientific

Give your students a real-world engineering challenge! Explore the relationship between momentum and impact forces with real-time measurement of collisions.

Engineer Physical Science Excitement with a Carolina STEM Challenge®

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B208


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Company

Rockets zoom and race cars zip through hands-on activities that engage your middle and high school students. Apply creative problem-solving skills and engineering practices to chemistry and physical science challenges. Experience how Carolina makes it easy to incorporate STEM into your classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Patti Kopkau (Retired Educator: National City, MI)

Youth Action Through Interdisciplinary Research

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B314



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Atlanta 2023 NSTA Final Slides.pdf
Session Powerpoint

STRAND: Research to Practice

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Students and presenters will share how they are making a positive impact in their community through interdisciplinary research and design thinking. During this interactive session you will learn how to teach students interdisciplinary research, interview skills and host a community showcase.

TAKEAWAYS:
It is hard for students to learn about complex problem such as climate change, water security through STEM fields only. By combining STEM research with other disciplines, students learning is deepened and it gives teachers a chance to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines as well.

SPEAKERS:
Jim Birdsong (Monta Vista High School: Cupertino, CA), Kavita Gupta (Monta Vista High School: Cupertino, CA)

Generating Future-Ready, Multi-Modal Learning Adventures Through Hands-On, Blended Instruction for STEAM Education with STEMWerkz

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B218



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Google Slide Show
Generating Future-Ready, Multi-Modal Learning Adventures Through Hands-On, Blended Instruction for STEAM Education with STEMWerkz

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Werkz Publishing Inc.

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SPEAKERS:
Pamela Gullotti (US Lead Sales Team & Trainer), David Gentry (Stem Teacher: , NC), Amanda Hightower (4th grade Math and Science: , NC)

Stuck on the E in STEM? Effective Ways to Integrate Engineering into Your Bio Units

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B309


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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How can you use science inquiry for engineering design? What makes a lesson "engineering design"? Learn three go-to teacher strategies for integrating engineering into science lessons for all grades. Leave with free resources, templates, and terrific ideas for confidently integrating the "E."

TAKEAWAYS:
You'll learn how to integrate the E without wasting precious science time by making three strategic moves: set up enticing phenomenon-driven challenges, grow student engineering identity through creative problem definition, and scaffold engineering tasks that require science investigations.

SPEAKERS:
Katey Shirey (edukatey: Washington, DC)

Discovery Engineering in Biology: Case Studies for Grades 6-12

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C202


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Are you looking to integrate discovery engineering design principles and historical case studies into your biology class? Attend this session to explore serendipitous, real-world stories that have influenced engineering discoveries and learn how to incorporate these ideas in your classroom!

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants attending this session will explore historical case studies describing discovery engineering stories and learn how to integrate case studies as interactive, data driven activities for students to learn biology and create innovative designs to address specific challenges in biology.

SPEAKERS:
M. Gail Jones (North Carolina State University: Raleigh, NC), Rebecca Hite (Texas Tech University: Lubbock, TX), Gina Childers (Texas Tech University: Lubbock, TX)

Spending a Semester in Space

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C204


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Learn how to create and present a cross curricular, cross grade level immersion experience for all ages. Briefly discussing the research that highlights the learning benefits of themeatic units, we will follow a school as they spent a "Semester in Space" that culminated in a 10 minute ISS contact.

TAKEAWAYS:
School-wide units create a culture of learning that spans all disciplines and grade levels as students are able to experience content from variousviewpoints. Learn how to implement a an overarcing theme in any school.

SPEAKERS:
Christiana Deeter (Canterbury School: Fort Myers, FL)

NASA TechRise Student Challenge

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C210


STRAND: Technology and Media

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Learn how the NASA TechRise Student Challenge helps students build and fly their own experiment ideas in suborbital vehicles (balloons and rockets), as well as how it helps inspire students across the nation to engage in STEM, research, and technology projects.

TAKEAWAYS:
TechRise's unique approach to STEM enables students and educators of all experience levels to learn tangible engineering skills including coding and working with electronics. The challenge aims to engage student teams across the U.S. in the technology experiment design and flight test process.

SPEAKERS:
Deanne Bell (Future Engineers: Burbank, CA), Lucas Moxey (NASA Outreach: Edwards, CA)

Rocketry + Avionics: Taking Data to New Heights

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - C211



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Project Landing Page
Session Presentation

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Inspired by recent space launches? Wondering how to capture the excitement with your students? Join us to learn how we use rocketry and avionics to teach data analysis and system engineering. This course allows exploration of Newton’s 2nd Law through guided modules that develop knowledge and skills.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will explore the phenomena of rocketry through a hands-on activity focused on hardware and flight. They will then formulate how predictive and actual data tell the whole story of the rocket's flight. The session culminates with the supports to make rocketry accessible in their classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Heather Arnett (STEM Coordinator: Champaign, IL)

Wave Properties and Information Technologies (Gr 6–8)

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: School Specialty - FOSS

Engage in activities using lasers and optical fibers and concepts of refraction and reflection in the FOSS Next Generation Waves Course for middle school. Explore the phenomena that allow information transfer by fiber optic technology, and identify connections to the three dimensions of NGSS.

SPEAKERS:
Jessica Penchos (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA), FOSS Project Staff (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

Speed Sharing: High School Chemistry, Physical Science and STEM

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B316


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Join High School educators as they share strategies for STEM in chemistry and physics classes.

Engineering Design Challenges Designed For Non-Men By Non-Men
Planning, facilitating and leading engineering design challenges to improve awareness and interest of non-men in STEM pathways. This approach is community-centric and student-led.

Using Augmented Reality to Help Teach Gravity
You will be able to learn how to use a free augmented reality application to help with your classroom instruction when teaching topics related to gravity.

SPEAKERS:
Corinne White (Student Intern), Kimberly Jacoby Morris (STEM Program Coordinator), David Rosengrant (University of South Florida St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg, FL)

Anchored Science Presented by Kendall Hunt and MiSTAR Teams

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A312


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Kendall Hunt

Anchored Science by Mi-STAR is a middle school science curriculum motivated by a vision for the future in which science including engineering practices is taught and learned as an integrated body of knowledge that is applied to address societal issues. Attend this session to learn more.

SPEAKERS:
Teresa Rockwood (Science Curriculum Specialist: , TX)

Promising Practices in Overcoming Barriers to Gender Diversity in STEM: A Student-Led Approach

Friday, March 24 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle



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Background Research
How-To Half Sheet

STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Here we share promising practices from a case study at Jackson-Reed High School, where we implement a framework focused on empowering young non-men to pursue engineering through student-led community engagement.

TAKEAWAYS:
We believe this framework is a promising strategy and can be easily implemented in a variety of classroom settings.

SPEAKERS:
Ella Davis (Student Intern), Kimberly Jacoby Morris (STEM Program Coordinator)

CurrentGeneration.org using STEM to make a difference in the world

Friday, March 24 • 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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Students will present this poster that describes how they design, 3D print and solder lights for their global peers who are living in light poverty. The Design Thinking Process begins with empathize, so students interact with peers living in light poverty to understand their realities. This connection changes the learning from something that the teacher is doing to them to something they are doing for their new friend. The remainder of the Design Thinking Process encourages communication, critical thinking and creativity along with STEM skills to produce a new custom-made light. At the end, not only do more students have clean lights to continue their studies, but the presenting students believe that they can make a difference in the world and are empowered to act when they see problems rather than wait for someone else. Large percentages of females who participate in CurrentGeneration.org alter their trajectories and attend engineering programs at post-secondary.

TAKEAWAYS:
Solving real problems for real people brings motivation and excellence to learning across many disciplines. Students are able to uncover new skills and passions while developing their STEM skills and sense of global citizenship. They are empowered to act to solve problems rather than wait.

SPEAKERS:
Chris Ryan (PhD student/Research Associate: , NB), Ian Fogarty (Riverview High School: Riverview, NB)

Digestion of Waste to Energy: School Design and Lab Study

Friday, March 24 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle



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EdmersonCandace_Anaerobic Digester Poster Presentation_NSTA Atlanta 2023.pdf
https://blog.uta.edu/yazdani/ret/
UTA Civil Engineering

STRAND: Research to Practice

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An AD can decrease the amount of waste in landfills, and produce clean energy, the byproduct of digestate (liquid and solid) can be used as fertilizer, it prevents pollution of the atmosphere, and the processing time takes (20 to 30 days) less than composting.

TAKEAWAYS:
This research aimed to identify and create a way to repurpose and utilize organic waste material that usually ends up in landfills. By creating a closed system within the laboratory, we measured the gas production of carbon dioxide and methane gas, and which waste produces the most biogas.

SPEAKERS:
Candace Edmerson (Duncanville High School: Duncanville, TX)

Fire’s Out! Considerations on the history and future of energy

Friday, March 24 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle



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Fire’s Out! Considerations on the history and future of energy
Fire made modern society possible. It made us human, and humans are the only species with dominion over fire. It is also clear that fire so endangers modern society that we must rapidly diminish its role in society. And, we don’t talk enough about fire. When we change how we get energy, we change history. We are in the midst of rapid energy transitions of epic proportions. Most of us know little of the scope and importance of these transitions. Coal use in the US is less than half what it was in

STRAND: No Strand

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For 90% of Earth history, there was no fire. Fire made humanity and civilization. Now fire so endangers us that we must repower without flame. Energy system transitions make history. What can we learn from past transitions? What does the future hold? Can we reframe how we talk about climate change?

TAKEAWAYS:
In climate change education efforts, we should talk more about fire as it’s both the root cause of modern climate change and was effectively nonexistent for the first 90% of Earth history. This reframing helps people see the issue in a new light, and has the potential to engage broader audiences.

STEM Day the Easy Way - STEM Day Ideas for Grades K-8

Friday, March 24 • 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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This session will provide educators with ideas for hosting STEM day/night for K-8 students (especially in Title I schools). Attendees will participate in hands-on STEM challenges that explore phenomena, require minimal preparation, and can be completed in 45 minutes or less. Educators will walk away with packets that include posters, supply lists, rubrics, and worksheets. This session will help attendees to facilitate and model simple Engineering Design Challenges that will engage ALL scholars.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to coordinate a STEM day/night including scheduling ideas, resources. Attendees will receive packets for their respective grade levels/grade bands that include posters, supply lists, rubrics, and worksheets.

SPEAKERS:
Karelle Williams (The Main Street Academy: Atlanta, GA)

Physics Through Flight

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Cottonwood A



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National Free Flight Society Homepage
Visit this website to learn more about the National Free Flight Society and find additional resources that can contribute to your students' learning.
PHYSICS THROUGH FLIGHT NSTA Presentation.pptx
Science Olympiad Brochures
This document describes the Science Olympiad program and how various stakeholders might contribute or benefit from the program.
Science Olympiad Homepage
Visit this website to learn more about Science Olympiad, find educational resources, or connect with your State Chapter.

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Come learn from the National Free Flight Society (NFFS) and Science Olympiad about how easy it is for to use free flight model aircraft in your classroom to help students master the three dimensions of the NGSS related to Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn the art of the possible when it comes to using flight as topic to engage students in their study of forces, free body diagrams, and Newton's Laws.

SPEAKERS:
John Loehr (Science Olympiad: Oakbrook Terrace, IL)

Developing Authentic STEM Experiences at a National Lab

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A302


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Department of Energy national labs provide opportunities for researchers to be involved in developing authentic STEM learning experiences for students. Join this hands-on session to see how Berkeley Lab energy technologies research is reflected in projects on sustainability and alternative energy.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn about NGSS-aligned curriculum resources that reflect authentic STEM research at Berkeley Lab, and directly experience hands-on sustainability/alternative energy projects.

SPEAKERS:
Faith Dukes (Director, K-12 STEM Education Programs: Berkeley, CA), Alisa Bettale (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Berkeley, CA)

Teachers Can Bridge the Gap Between Real World Research and Classroom Curriculum

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom A


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Educators will present lessons they created based on their nanotechnology research. With overlap in high school curricula, nanotechnology fits into biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics.

TAKEAWAYS:
Present the educational materials and the activities developed by some of the RET NNCI educators of GT, UNL, NU, and UofM and the classroom implementation information.

SPEAKERS:
Steve Wignall (University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Lincoln, NE)

The Next Generation of Engineers

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C202


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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We will discuss engineering design within the context of the NGSS. Focusing on the decline of pollinators, participants will develop prototypes of native bees and dry pollination techniques to demonstrate how to develop engineering lessons using problem-based phenomena and engineering design.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will have the opportunity to experience an engineering design lesson aligned to NGSS, develop and test prototypes of native bees, and engage in meaningful discussions of engineering design within the context of 3-dimensional science and engineering teaching.

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

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)

Waste Not, Want Not: Explore Making Transportation More Sustainable & Develop Scientfic Skills with the Bioenergy Research and Education BRIDGE Program

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C210


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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BRIDGES is a new initiative through the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office, Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory to bridge the awareness and learning gaps for rural and urban communities as well as students from underrepresented groups. In this session, we will introduce our four new educational case studies in bioenergy that place students in collaborative and decision-making roles. Through the cases, students learn how bioenergy is important in our lives and is also being used to solve real environmental and economic challenges. Students will also discover career options for both non-technical and technical skills that can be used in the government, national laboratories, as well as private industry. Scientific practice skills such as developing and using models and obtaining, analyzing and interpreting data are featured in the cases.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will be introduced to four newly developed case study curricular resources that feature cutting edge science in sustainable aviation fuel, waste to energy, plastics upcycling, and biofuel feedstocks. After working one of the case studies, they will leave prepared to use it in the classroom

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Jackson (Precollege and Early Workforce Development Manager: , ID), Kelly Sturner (Argonne National Labaratory: Lemont, IL)

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)

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)

Integrating NGSS Engineering Design in the High School Physical Science Classroom

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C208



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Energy Storyline Physical Science
Energy Storyline Physical Science
Unit Lesson Files

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Feeling timid about embracing the challenge of engaging students in fun and creative engineering design challenges? The presenter will share a method for structuring, scaffolding, and assessing student growth and learning during NGSS aligned engineering design challenges.

TAKEAWAYS:
Engaging students in the engineering design process fosters life long skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. Assessment of engineering design should focus on these skills rather than the overall success or failure of a student designed project.

SPEAKERS:
Rachel Stasi (Retired Secondary Science Educator: , IL)

Beams to Bridges - Graphing Stress-Strain Curves

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C204


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Hands-on lab producing graphs critical to understanding properties for engineering bridges and more. With focus on making, interpreting, and teaching the graphs in a classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Cheap and effective beams & bridges labs with graph analysis, iterative design, and real-world applications.

SPEAKERS:
Scott Spohler (Global Impact STEM Academy: Springfield, OH)

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)

We Make it Easy to Fit Phenomena-Based Learning into Your Classroom Routine!

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A309


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: hand2mind

Looking for a flexible, hands-on, standards-aligned program that engages students in scientific learning? Come experience phenomena-based learning with Investigating Everyday Phenomena! Explicit, ready-to-implement lessons easily fit into your classroom routine, and kits include hands-on materials.

Deep Dive with Dummies – Exploring equity in crash-testing research to teach about the Nature of Science

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C206


STRAND: Technology and Media

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Go behind-the-scenes of a vehicle crash-test facility to learn about the latest research regarding equity issues and crash testing.

TAKEAWAYS:
Is crash testing biased against women? Exploring the reality of this question offers students and teachers an opportunity for real-world studies of nature of science topics such as correlation vs. causation as well as statistical data analysis techniques and other engineering practices concepts.

SPEAKERS:
Griff Jones (University of Florida: No City, No State), Pini Kalnite (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute: Arlington, VA), Linda Jones (University of Florida: Gainesville, FL)

Argumentation and Radio Waves

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom B


STRAND: No Strand

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During this session, you will experience a lesson that combines physics with engineering and argumentation. This hands-on lesson will allow your students to interact with the abstract concept of radio frequencies, resulting in a deeper understanding.

TAKEAWAYS:
After this session, teachers will know how to integrate two highly sought-after skills, engineering, and argumentation, into a physics lesson. In addition, teachers will know how to turn the abstract concept of the EM spectrum into something more concrete and understandable.

SPEAKERS:
Anna-Margaret Bruton (Project Director: Broader Impacts: Charlottesville, VA), Valarie Bogan (Curriculum Specialist)

Cheap STEM for the Classroom

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Juniper



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Cheap STEM - NSTA 2023 Atlanta .pptx

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Explore STEAM with concrete, metal, polymers, and clay. Apply math & design concepts to many real-world examples. Supplies are cheap and students love destructive testing!

TAKEAWAYS:
Affordable labs exploring these properties of material categories and ways to adapt these labs for specific classroom needs while referencing real-world applications and iterative design.

SPEAKERS:
Briana Richardson (Washington High School: Washington Court House, OH)

Pump Up 3-D Learning with Vernier Technology

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B212


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Vernier Science Education

Make three-dimensional learning work for you! We will explore an everyday phenomenon, the heating of a gas when it is compressed, using Vernier technology. Using science and engineering practices, you'll actively engage students by integrating crosscutting ideas into this real-world experiment!

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

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)

Increasing Career Awareness in STEM

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A311


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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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)

LEO: Physics and Coding meets Art in the Light Embodied Odyssey

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A407


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Students embark on an odyssey to discover how Art can be the motivation and hub to learn sciences and a journey discover themselves. An acrylic interactive light sculpture combines coding, proximity sensors, laser cutting, refraction of light and soldering to create a large sale art installation. Since our school mascot is the lion, students built columns of laser cut acrylic and LEDS that form the constellation LEO. They soldered customized circuit boards that controlled how the LEDs turned on and off when triggered by human presence. Different emotions were plotted on a 2D graph based on light intensity and blink frequency to help them express aspects of being human in an LED pattern. One student eloquently describes how her light pattern matches what she feels when experiencing an anxiety attack. Their creation forced students to explore different disciplines beyond their comfort zone and spur discussions in the student population about how they felt during pandemic learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
Students wear labels and often avoid other disciplines of learning, yet the 4th Industrial Revolution will present challenges and opportunities that require a diversity of experiences and skills. LEO demonstrates how all the interconnected letters of STEAM work together. foggs.ca/wp/?page_id=2303

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

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

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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)

STEM Teaching for Social Justice

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A404


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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A team of middle/high school STEM teachers with university teacher educators lead a discussion about what we’ve learned from planning, implementing, and evaluating social-justice-oriented STEM lessons in school districts with varying support for integrating social justice into the curriculum.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants receive lesson samples that (i) define a target concept aligned with curriculum, learning targets, and social justice issue; (ii) identifies the STEM-knowledge informing the issue, (iii) articulates discourse boundaries, and (iv) anticipates varying student perspectives on the issue.

SPEAKERS:
Amanda Barrett (Marietta High School: Marietta, GA), Marshai Waiters (Marietta Middle School: Marietta, GA), Mike Dias (Kennesaw State University: Kennesaw, GA)

Agile in the Classroom: A Case Study

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A309



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Materials Google Drive Folder

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Agile is becoming increasingly dominant as a project-management methodology. We will share our experience with applying Agile principles in a high school setting, using a physics and engineering electricity/circuits project as an example.

TAKEAWAYS:
Exposing students to Agile can not only prepare them for internships and careers, but also help them develop better time management, self-assessment, and work evaluation skills. Learn how we adapted Agile for a high school science class, as well as general advice for applying Agile in the classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Patrick McClanahan (Teacher: Suwanee, GA)

STEM | Cross-Curricular Data Collection and Analysis

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A311


STRAND: Technology and Media

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Attendees will learn how to collect and analyze data using sensors and technology for use across multiple Science and Engineering courses in both Biology & Engineering and Physics & Engineering cross-curricular STEM settings.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to use sensors and available technology that allow students to collect and analyze data across multiple Science and Engineering courses in both cross-curricular Biology & Engineering and Physics & Engineering STEM settings.

SPEAKERS:
Matthew Bennett (Mill Creek High School: Hoschton, GA), Mary Morris (Mill Creek High School: Hoschton, GA), Jonathan Harper (Mill Creek High School: Hoschton, GA)

Engineering with Paper: Amazing projects with the Simple Supplies

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

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: No Strand

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Paper is so commonly used for drawing and writing but it is amazingly versatile and easy to use for making 3-dimensional projects.

TAKEAWAYS:
You do not need fancy equipment to do STEM and hands on activities.

SPEAKERS:
Godwyn Morris (Dazzling Discoveries / Skill Mill NYC: New York, NY)

Light Embodied Odyssey: Students Journey through STEM on the way to Art

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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Students will present their work to make an interactive LED sculpture that displays different emotions when it senses the presence of humans. They soldered customized circuit boards and LEDs, made a 2D plot of different emotions of brightness and blink rate to inform their light patterns, coded proximity sensors, used refraction and reflection of light and borrowed ideas from biology and psychology to bring students together after pandemic isolation. The six columns of laser cut acrylic hang from the ceiling outside the theatre and form the constellation LEO which matches our lion mascot. While they practiced diverse STEM skills, the odyssey into the ambiguity made room for creativity which was uncomfortable for the students at first because no longer was there only one right answer to find. The resulting critical thinking and creativity are vital to solve the challenges and leverage the opportunities of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

TAKEAWAYS:
Creating a public display that requires STEM skills allows students to diversify their learning and increases the motivation for quality. Doing tech art helps develop comfort with exploring ambiguity along with the critical thinking associated with no one right answer.

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

Using Pavement Design to teach Math and Science

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 project, teachers collaborated with Engineering professors in research on climate models and pavement distress. The teachers then translate that experience to inform PBL style class projects, with the goal of increasing student engagement and generating interest in career pathways.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn one way teachers may reach beyond traditional classroom walls to inspire students in fields relating to research, engineering, physics, and construction.

SPEAKERS:
Forest Shober (Physics Teacher)

Using Forces to Connect Energy and Matter in OpenSciEd Chemistry

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Dogwood B



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M-E-F model.pdf
Using Forces to Connect Energy and Matter in OpenSciEd Chemistry.pdf

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Preview of how the OpenSciEd High School Chemistry course will guide students to use force thinking as a lens alongside energy and matter to help them develop and explain chemical phenomena including atomic structure, bonding, and exothermic and endothermic reactions.

TAKEAWAYS:
Forces are not only an important idea in physical science generally, but are necessary, in conjunction with matter and energy, to help students develop the mechanisms underlying diverse phenomena like lightning, creating water on another planet, and energy released in the combustion of fossil fuels

SPEAKERS:
Michael Novak (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL), Dan Voss (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL), Nicole Vick (Northwestern University)

Explaining phenomena from a Matter, Energy, and Forces perspective in OpenSciEd Physics

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Cottonwood A


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Matter, forces, and energy are three powerful lenses to make sense of phenomena. We will use examples from the forthcoming free and open-source OpenSciEd High School physics course, which also incorporates earth and space science, to show how we can scaffold the development of student thinking using these lenses across the year. Participants will receive an overview of the course and the matter-energy-forces (M-E-F) conceptual framework. Participants will also explore examples of phenomena that students will explain through these different lenses. Examples will include (1) deep mantle convection, (2) vehicle collisions, (3) meteors, (4) microwaves, and ionizing radiation.

TAKEAWAYS:
A framework for reasoning about changes in the matter, energy and forces in a system helps students develop the mechanisms underlying explanations of diverse phenomena including deep mantle convection, vehicle collisions, meteors, microwaves and ionizing radiation.

SPEAKERS:
Zoe Buck Bracey (Senior Science Educator and Director of Design for Justice: Colorado Springs, CO), Michael Novak (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL), Kate Henson (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

Designing Better Projects: Learning to Navigate Solution and Problem Space

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B211



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Materials Google Drive Folder

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Ever had a project fail? Too difficult or easy? Students make great products but without actually learning or using the content? We will share our journey of learning to plan better projects through a way of thinking anchored in real-world engineering ideology: thinking in Solution/Problem Space.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn to consider how the criteria and constraints you set for a project will affect the Solution Space your students must navigate. This will help you avoid trivial or unaligned solutions, as well as more easily create projects with rich potential for students to create imaginative solutions.

SPEAKERS:
Patrick McClanahan (Teacher: Suwanee, GA)

Cell phones and politics: who decides if you get 5G?

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A309



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Radio frequency lesson folder
This link includes the lesson plan and materials for my original radio frequency card sort activity

STRAND: No Strand

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This session will introduce participants to a lesson that incorporates elements of physics and government. The interdisciplinary lesson requires students to grapple with the delicate balance of providing access to everyone and physics which dictates the frequencies available for a given user.

TAKEAWAYS:
After this session, participants will have a ready-to-implement lesson that incorporates government and science. This lesson addresses the fact that the EM spectrum is a limited resource that has to be managed in order for everyone to benefit.

SPEAKERS:
Jamie Avalos (O.D. Wyatt High School: Fort Worth, TX), Valarie Bogan (Curriculum Specialist)

Teaching invention in your classroom: A 3-D approach that seamlessly integrates with your content area

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A301


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Learn how all students benefit from inventing using U.S. Patent and Trademark Office free resources. Walk away with a classroom invention challenge focused on real-world problem-solving addressing science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts. Resources will be shared.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how invention education engages students in real-world problem solving and is a transdisciplinary approach to learning. They will gain an understanding that STEM does not exist in isolation and that collaboration and critical thinking become essential along with content.

SPEAKERS:
Reginald Duncan (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Alexandria, VA), Jorge Valdes (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Alexandria, VA), Kathy Hoppe (STEMisED, Inc: No City, No State)

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