2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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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)

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

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B212


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Vernier Science Education

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

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

Engage Students in Rich Discourse

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A313


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: PEER Physics

Are you passionate about engaging students in rich discourse and looking for strategies, norms, and protocols that can support this work? Join us for an interactive workshop to explore effective small-group and whole-class discourse techniques. Participants receive consensus building protocols.

SPEAKERS:
Valerie Otero (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

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)

Building a culturally inclusive/response physics curriculum

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A404


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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During this session, attendees will learn the results of a literature review that focused on the culturally inclusive/responsive pedagogies that are being used in science classrooms. Everyone will then be able to share their experiences with these pedagogies or suggest alternative methods.

TAKEAWAYS:
After this session, attendees should better understand how to incorporate culturally responsive/inclusive pedagogies in a science classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Anna-Margaret Bruton (Project Director: Broader Impacts: Charlottesville, VA)

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)

Science+C: Using computational models in high school science

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom A


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Experiment with and decode computational models of core science topics. Experience NSF-funded curricular materials developed to support science instruction that incorporates computational thinking and coding. The session will focus on physics but also preview the chemistry and biology tracks.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn (and experience!) some of the benefits of using computational models in high school science classrooms. They will do so by exploring the “use-decode-modify” progression for using computational models, which is built into our freely accessible curricular units.

SPEAKERS:
Kristen Bjork (Education Development Center, Inc.: Waltham, MA), Victor Mateas (Education Development Center, Inc.: Waltham, MA)

Connecting Three-Dimensional Learning to Upcoming Out-of-this-World Phenomena

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B309



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Eclipse Session PPT
Eclipse tools from NSTA
NSTA Solar Eclipse Guide for Administrators
NSTA Solar Eclipse Guide for Educators
protective case for solar-viewing glasses
Solar Science Activities

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Get ready for the 2023 and 2024 solar eclipses. See how learning activities about the Earth, Moon and Sun provide three-dimensional learning experiences that connect to these events that will be more spectacular than the 2017 eclipse.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will have a better understanding of what is meant by three-dimensional learning, see how 3D learning can lead to knowing what causes lunar phases and eclipses, and be prepared to enjoy the solar eclipses in 2023 and 2024.

SPEAKERS:
Dennis Schatz (Institute for Learning Innovation: Beaverton, OR)

Quarks and the Nuclear Synthesis Modeling of Protons, Neutrons and the Hydrogen-2 Isotope Using String and Solid Sphere Models

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Cottonwood A


STRAND: No Strand

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Each Attendee will be given assorted materials to create the up and down quarks and the strong nuclear force to construct protons, neutrons, and the hydrogen-2 Isotope models using both the String Theory and Solid Sphere Models. Hand-outs and examples will be given. Attendees will take their models.

TAKEAWAYS:
This hands-on classroom quark modeling activity was designed for students to use both the String Theory and the Solid Sphere Models for the nuclear synthesis of protons, neutrons, and the hydrogen-2 isotope. As a class, students will create their own criteria for model comparison and probability.

SPEAKERS:
Gary Schiltz (Retired Chemistry Teacher: Naperville, IL)

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

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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

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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.

Supporting Mathematics Thinking for All Students in High School Science

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom D



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Supporting Mathematics Thinking for All Students in High School Science.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Reconsider how complex mathematical thinking should be employed to support all students in science. An open-source high school curriculum is used to illustrate how specific elements of SEP 4 and 5 are leveraged in the service of figuring out explanations of phenomena and designing solutions.

TAKEAWAYS:
Leveraging data analysis and mathematical thinking in context to explain phenomena and design solutions, rather than front-loading skills, helps students engage with these practices as sensemaking tools, deepening student understanding of the science and fluency in employing math in novel ways.

SPEAKERS:
Jamie Noll (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO), Nicole Vick (Northwestern University), Jim Ryan (OpenSciEd: New York, NY), Michael Novak (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL)

STEM includes Coding, 3D Printers and Content

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom A


STRAND: Technology and Media

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STEM integration in the classroom can be challenging but provides rich experiences for students Bring your laptop as we show you how we used Tinkercad (coding), and 3D printers (technology) to support content (Malus's Law).

TAKEAWAYS:
Example of how to integrate science, technology, and engineering into a lesson that is normally taught mathematically.

SPEAKERS:
Karen Matsler (University of Texas Arlington: No City, No State)

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)

Aha! Investigating Light Bulbs and Simple Circuits through Guided Inquiry

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B212


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Vernier Science Education

Let us shed light on guided-inquiry lessons for your classroom. We’ll walk you through guided-inquiry simple circuit lessons, with attention to both the student experience and the teacher's view. You’ll be able to customize the lessons to feature the sensors and software you already have!

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

How Much Physics Can you Do with a Meter Stick?

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B213


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: PASCO Scientific

Join us for a hands-on workshop where we will use PASCO’s latest innovations to perform experiments on rotation, torque, optics, and even Lenz’s law!

Author NSTA Press Session: Instructional Sequence Matters: Explore-Before-Explain, Grades 6-8

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B309


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Find out how to use explore-before-explain learning to flip the traditional teaching script and promote long-lasting understanding in physical science.

TAKEAWAYS:
How you do it—ready-to-teach lessons that use an explore-before-explain sequence to provide an experience that meet the Next Generation Science Standards and make interdisciplinary connections to the Common Core State Standards.

SPEAKERS:
Patrick Brown (Fort Zumwalt School District R-II: O'Fallon, MO)

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)

Get Pumped with Vernier Video Analysis®!

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B212


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Vernier Science Education

Get ready to exercise more than just the muscle between your ears when you use the Vernier Video Analysis app to investigate the physics of a bench press and bicep curls. You'll walk away with experiment best practices, lesson suggestions, and tips on successful video collection.

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

Speed Sharing: Tools and Routines for Sensemaking

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B303



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Students Teaching Students
Notes for "students-teaching-students" technique and contact information.

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Are you a secondary teacher looking for resources for your classroom? Join this team of educators in sharing their experiences of tools and routines designed to support students' sensemaking.

Students Teaching Students
Students can learn so much by teaching each other. Give them a challenging conceptual question that they can debate after choosing initial answers (with cards or free software). Ask the question again when debate is done, and students will likely have all arrived at the correct answer!

Integrating Anchor Phenomena as Engagement and Assessment
Phenomena are an essential element to science teaching. But, we often do not refer back to them in our unit! Come see how a biology and chemistry teacher not only use them as anchors, but also incorporate them as part of an end of unit assessment!

SPEAKERS:
Karen Cianciulli (Physics Teacher: Asheville, NC), Erin Springthorpe (Gwinnett Online Campus: Lawrenceville, GA), Jennifer Barnes (Gwinnett Online Campus: Lawrenceville, GA)

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)

Brain Based Instruction: Using Cognitive Psychology to Boost Science Learning

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C204


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Cognitive science has identified flexible and often counterintuitive cognitive strategies that boost student learning. Teachers will learn how to implement these techniques within their classrooms.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to apply multiple practical, flexible, and research-based cognitive strategies, including retrieving information from memory, distributing practice across time, scaffolding, and mixing together different examples, within their own classrooms to improve student learning.

SPEAKERS:
Jonathan Tullis (The University of Arizona: Tucson, AZ)

Investigating Electricity & Magnetism with the "Gravity Light"

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C210



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Investigating Electricity & Magnetism Presentation Folder
All files including the presentation slides, videos of some of the labs, and notes are included in the shared folder

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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How can we use gravity to get electricity? This session showcases a physics/physical science unit based around the phenomenon of the Gravity Light - a small generator that uses falling weights to power an LED lamp. Students develop models and carry out investigations in electricity and magnetism.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will leave the session with lessons and resources to support them in teaching a three-dimensional, phenomenon-based unit where students perform hands-on investigations and develop models to understand the relationship between electricity and magnetism.

SPEAKERS:
Alan Cummings (Physics Teacher: No City, No State), Justin Harvey (Brookwood High School: Snellville, GA)

Hands-On Physics Learning with Vernier Photogates

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B212


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Vernier Science Education

Studying complex physics phenomena can be exciting for your students with photogates! Join us to explore strategies for engaging your students in learning about velocity vs. time graphs, acceleration, and kinematic equations. Demystify these helpful tools and bring hands-on learning to your class!

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

STEP UP: Supporting Teachers to Encourage the Pursuit of Undergraduate Physics for Women

Friday, March 24 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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STEP UP is a national community of physics teachers, researchers, & professional societies. We design research-based materials to empower teachers, change culture, & inspire young women to pursue physics. The poster presents the research behind the design, evidence of impact and propagation model.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn about research behind the design, and evidence of effectiveness behind classroom interventions that you can use to expand the narrow perceptions of physics and promote supportive classroom cultures to facilitate physics identity development, particularly for women.

SPEAKERS:
Nicole Murawski (Royal Oak High School (retired))

The Relationship between High School STEM Courses and STEM Retention in College

Friday, March 24 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Using a sample of 755 STEM undergraduates from the National Longitudinal Study of Freshmen, we examined the relationship between students’ years of high school study in STEM courses and their retention in STEM college majors.

TAKEAWAYS:
Our findings suggest that STEM undergraduate students who took more Physics and Chemistry courses in their high school tended to be more likely to stay in STEM majors in their college years compared to their peers who did not or did so less.

SPEAKERS:
Peter Cho (Student), Young Kim (Professor: Azusa, CA)

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)

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)

Digital Interactive Learning Logs for K-12 Students

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B306



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BYOT Digital Notebook Session
Please make a copy of any documents - Open the file - then File - Make a Copy - then change the Google Drive folder to your own. There is a file in there with our email addresses for you to contact us if you have any questions!

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Are you hybrid, 1:1 or want to be paperless? Then use a digital learning log! Our team has used these in digital classrooms for a year with great success! We’ll demonstrate content logs, and a SPED / EL support strategy log. BYOD as we will provide digital docs you can use now!

TAKEAWAYS:
BYOD Session! Not only will you take away ideas and templates to help you build your own digital interactive learning log, but you will hear ideas of how these can be easily integrated into your current classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Robin Tillotson (Gwinnett Online Campus: Lawrenceville, GA), Wanda Allen (Gwinnett Online Campus: Lawrenceville, GA), Erin Springthorpe (Gwinnett Online Campus: Lawrenceville, GA), Jennifer Barnes (Gwinnett Online Campus: Lawrenceville, GA)

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)

Explorations into Energy: Kinetic and Potential Energy in Mechanics

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B212


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: Vernier Science Education

Don't let complex concepts slow you down! Join us as we explore kinetic and potential energy in mechanics using Vernier sensors and software. Learn how your students can calculate columns to create graphs of energy vs. position or time to observe the transformation of energy between forms.

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

Speed and Velocity: Lessons with Motion Graphs

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B213


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: PASCO Scientific

Graphs of position and velocity often confuse students attempting to describe motion. In this hands-on workshop, we will create these graphs and discuss their meaning.

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)

STEM Lessons from the International Space Station: Moment of Inertia

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Cottonwood A



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Moment of Inertia
Educator Notes Learning Objectives • Describe the relationship between mass distribution and ease of rotation for a cylinder, hollow hoop, and sphere. • Calculate moment of inertia and identify the relationship between the calculation and ease of rotation. • Use the moment of inertia equations to determine how each variable effects the ease of rotation for a hollow hoop, solid cylinder, and sphere.
STEMonstrations
STEMonstrations are STEM demonstrations on the space station.
STEMonstrations: Moment of Inertia
In this episode, watch NASA astronauts as they discuss moment of inertia and how mass distribution affects a rotating object. NASA astronaut Megan McArthur demonstrates the effect of altering her moment of inertia while spinning in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station.

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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This session introduces participants to NASA resources including a closer look at STEMonstrations which are STEM demonstrations filmed in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station and taught by astronauts. Each of these videos includes a corresponding Classroom Connection lesson plan which is ready for educators to immediately implement in their classrooms. This session focuses on the Moment of Inertia STEMonstration where participants watch the Moment of Inertia STEMonstration video and participate in the Moment of Inertia Classroom Connection lab investigation. Participants alter chip cans using household materials to explore how mass distribution affects ease of rotation.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will become familiar with STEMonstrations and be able to integrate these videos and corresponding Classroom Connection lesson plans into their classrooms. participants will leave this session with hands-on, ready-to-go STEM lesson plans including student activities and worksheets.

SPEAKERS:
Michele Hooks (Education Project Manager), Lynn Dotson (NASA Office of STEM Engagement-GoH: Kennedy Space Center, FL)

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)

It’s Not Just Algebra: Assessing Student Thinking in Physics Problem-Solving

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B216


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Savvas Learning Company

Good problem-solving in physics is more than algebraic manipulation. Students can learn and you can assess problem-solving through multiple avenues, including graphs, representations, and more.

SPEAKERS:
Christopher Moore (University of Nebraska Omaha: Omaha, NE)

Foster Collaboration and Inclusion using Science Practices

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A313


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Sponsoring Company: PEER Physics

Join us for an interactive workshop to explore how science practices can be used to build a more inclusive and engaging learning environment. Participants will explore the PEER Physics Learning Cycle and gain access to a phenomenon-driven Waves unit for high school physics and physical science.

SPEAKERS:
Valerie Otero (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

CONNECTing NASA Resources to Your Classroom

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A305



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CONNECTS community of practice flyer
NASA Connects Flyer 9.14.22.pdf

STRAND: No Strand

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Learn how to join NASA’s online community of practice for STEM educators (CONNECTS) and gain access to NASA content, resources, educator community, exclusive events, and NASA experts. Join us for this fun session including a foam rocket activity.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn about the vast resources offered by NASA's online community of practice for STEM educators and they will receive a foam rocket activity they can implement in their classrooms using simple materials.

SPEAKERS:
Carrie Olsen (NASA Headquarters: No City, No State), Richard Arnold (Director of Professional Studies), Cindy Hasselbring (NASA Headquarters: Washington, DC)

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

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B310


STRAND: No Strand

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

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

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

Discover and measure Earth's layered interior using seismic data and simple models

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C207



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Hands-On Lab
Online Version of the Lab
Presentation

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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FREE resources and earthquake data enable students to compare models with observations to discover and measure Earth's outer core in this NGSS aligned activity! Can be implemented as either an in-person hands-on lab, or and entirely self-guided online lab experience.

TAKEAWAYS:
Working through this novel curriculum, teachers will explore two different pedagogical approaches to use recent earthquake data and models, to find and measure Earth's outer core!

SPEAKERS:
Michael Hubenthal (IRIS | Earthscope Consortium: Washington, DC)

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)

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

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A408



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Brainstorm Diagram
Brainstorm Diagram Template.pdf

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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

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

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

More than just earthquake locations! Modern applications of seismology and geodesy to a wide range of Earth and environmental phenomena

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B302


STRAND: Professional Learning

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Learn how GPS, seismometers, Lidar, magnetotelluric, and other geophysical instruments help to measure the changes in our environment such as groundwater fluctuations and drought, climate change, volcanic deformation, river evolution, sea level changes, vegetation height, and more!

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will be able to: Describe some of the applications of seismology and geodesy to a wide range of Earth and environmental phenomena

SPEAKERS:
Tammy Bravo (IRIS | Earthscope Consortium: Vancouver, WA)

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)

Using NASA Assets and Activities in the Classroom

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom B


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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NASA Science provides an abundance of resources for learners and educators. The most common question I receive is, "where do I start?" In this session, I will share resources and lessons learned from my 7 years as part of the Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative, a NASA Science Activation partner.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will leave with digital resources and personal connections in order to bring NASA Science to their classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Matthew Cass (Physics and Astronomy Instructor: Sylva, NC)

STEP UP: inspiring the next generation of physicists

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A314


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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STEP UP is a national community of teachers, researchers, and professional societies. We design high school physics lessons to empower teachers, create cultural change, and inspire young women to pursue physics in college. Come learn about the free lessons, materials and supports for your classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Research shows classroom teachers play a pivotal role in their students’ physics identity development. Learn about actions you can take every day to support cultural change in your classroom and the field of physics. We will share our resources to support you with these student-centered lessons.

SPEAKERS:
Nicole Murawski (Royal Oak High School (retired))

Developing Success Skills and Well-Being in the Science Classroom

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom D


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Social and Emotional Learning is most effective when intentionally interwoven into the fabric of a course. Students are increasingly successful in the science classroom when they feel a strong sense of belonging and have high hopes in their lives.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will be shown multiple frameworks (i.e. Habits of Mind, Formative Five, CASEL) that can be implemented into everyday curriculum to support the development of success skills and well-being in students. A catalog of aligned activities as well as an implementation template will be provided.

SPEAKERS:
Ashley Rose (Adlai E. Stevenson High School: Lincolnshire, IL), Molly Greenberg (Adlai E. Stevenson High School: Lincolnshire, IL)

Take your STEM program Out of this World!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A402


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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

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

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

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)

An interdisciplinary learning community between Physics and Science Fiction Literature

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C201



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Linking Science Fiction and Physics 03_07_2023.pptx

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The advantages, assignments, course material, and student feedback for an interdisciplinary learning community between a physics course and science fiction literature course will be discussed. This work was published in The Physics Teacher May 2016.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will learn how to implement an interconnection between physics and science fiction in such a way that studying works of science fiction can enhance and deepen learning of physics. Learning physics can enrich our understanding and appreciation of science fiction literature.

SPEAKERS:
Maggie Monteverde (Belmont University: Nashville, TN), Krista McBride (Belmont University: Nashville, TN)

How to Create Learning Experiences Around Meaningful and Authentic Phenomena or Problems

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B409


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Meaningful phenomena and authentic problems make learning experiences in science classrooms more relevant and equitable for students. Come learn what makes phenomena meaningful and problems authentic and then leave with some high-quality instructional materials that you can use in your classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Meaningful phenomena and authentic problems are more than a hook or an example – they drive learning and provide a context for sense-making.

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

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

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom A



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

STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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

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

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

Once Upon a Physical Science Book--Real Science, Real Literacy Instruction

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B309


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Join the author of the Once Upon A Science Book series to try out a specific, hands-on lesson, for kicking off a unit on wave motion. You'll also learn strategies that will help you build literacy while teaching any science topic.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will be introduced to the literacy learning cycle format, in which hands-on work precedes meaningful reading and writing activities. And they will see how this system works by participating in a lesson on wave motion.

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

Speed Sharing: High School Physics and Earth and Space Science

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B212



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Radio frequency uses lesson
Folder with lesson materials and directions

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Are you a secondary physics educator looking to inspire learners of space and the electromagnetic spectrum? Join this team of three educators as they share experiences and resources. Smithsonian DataLabs: Online laboratories for student analysis of light, color, and other worlds Find out about two free evidence-based online laboratories that support science and engineering practices in high school physics, earth and space science, and chemistry classrooms - The Spectrum Lab, and DIY Planet Search - and online workshops for educators who want to use them. Radio Frequency Allocation in the Classroom - An EM Spectrum Activity for the Big Kids Go beyond your basic electromagnetic spectrum lesson and challenge your students to consider one of the world's most sought-after limited resources: radio frequency bandwidth. Everyone uses it, so give students a chance to learn about EM waves in the 21st century! Introducing Superknova This session will provide information on the free curriculum offered by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory on Superknova. You will also learn how to stay in touch with the curriculum specialist at NRAO so you and your students never lose an opportunity to engage with our staff.

SPEAKERS:
Anna-Margaret Bruton (Project Director: Broader Impacts: Charlottesville, VA), Mary Dussault (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian: Cambridge, MA), Jamie Avalos (O.D. Wyatt High School: Fort Worth, TX), Valarie Bogan (Curriculum Specialist)

STEP UP: Shifting the Culture of Who Does Physics

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

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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STEP UP is a national community that designs physics lessons to empower teachers, create cultural change, and inspire young women to pursue physics in college. Two lessons, Careers in Physics and Women in Physics, are freely available and supported by an online community of educators.

TAKEAWAYS:
STEP UP Careers in Physics and Women in Physics lessons show students how physics helps them reach their future careers goals. This poster will walk you through the lessons that aim to increase representation of women with physics degrees and shift deep-seated cultural views about who does physics.

SPEAKERS:
Nicole Murawski (Royal Oak High School (retired))

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)

Author NSTA Press Session: Instructional Sequence Matters: Explore-Before-Explain, Grades 9-12 Physical Science

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B309


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Get ready for the NGSS with ways to sequence instruction that promote long-lasting understanding for your students by using a simple yet powerful sensemaking approach: Explore-Before-Explain.

TAKEAWAYS:
Develop knowledge of important planning considerations covers becoming an “explore-before-explain” teacher and designing lessons that use the assets all students bring to learning science through inquiry-based approaches.

SPEAKERS:
Patrick Brown (Fort Zumwalt School District R-II: O'Fallon, MO)

Promoting Scientific Literacy and Data Fluency with Interactive Simulations (PhET/CODAP)

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Cottonwood A


STRAND: Technology and Media

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One of the core practices of science is the use of measurements with corresponding uncertainties to make claims about an experiment. Join PhET and Concord Consortium as they showcase their work creating the next generation of interactive simulations with a focus on data fluency and measurement.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will get a full demonstration of the upcoming open-source simulations from PhET and CODAP, including all links and digital materials. Presenters will also discuss several ideas for mini-activities to teach students about experimental uncertainty and measurement.

SPEAKERS:
Chad Dorsey (The Concord Consortium: Concord, MA), Matthew Blackman (PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

Incorporating Earth and Space Science (ESS) into a High School Physics Course

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom A



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Wysession_NSTA_Atlanta Teaching Earth Space Science in a Physics Course

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Dr. Michael Wysession, NGSS co-author and geophysics professor, demonstrates how including Earth and space science (ESS) storylines in a high school physics course helps build student understanding of both the ESS content and the fundamental physics topics.

TAKEAWAYS:
For many fundamental physics topics (motion, forces, energy, heat flow, waves, radioactivity, etc.), incorporating ESS topics, and even using ESS-related phenomena and storylines, is a great way to engage students and help them better understand the physics fundamentals.

SPEAKERS:
Michael Wysession (Washington University in St. Louis: Saint Louis, MO)

Turning Fundamental Particle Science into Hands-on Learning for K-12 Students

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Juniper


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Explore the fundamental nature of particles with hands-on activities and real experiences based on the research of the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

TAKEAWAYS:
Investigating concepts from the micro and macro environments is better when students can investigate the content through hands-on activities and real-world experiences.

SPEAKERS:
Chad Ronish (Science Education Specialist: Lead, SD)

Crash Science Inquiry - Investigating Distracted Driving Dangers

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Dogwood A


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Complete a distracted driving simulation and discover award-winning videos, crash-science activities and real-world applications exploring science, engineering, vehicle crashworthiness and driver safety. Free online access to video-supported classroom resources and NGSS-aligned lessons.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will complete a distracted driving simulation and learn how scientific and engineering principles can be modeled in classrooms using crash-science related videos and activities.

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

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)

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)

Fostering Creativity in Engineering Design

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A305


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Inspired by the "Odyssey of the Mind" national competition, engage in competitive hands-on engineering projects (5-10 minutes each) designed to encourage student creativity in the design process. Attendees will be split into groups of five individuals and given unique engineering problems to solve.

TAKEAWAYS:
(1) Creativity is essential for engineering design (2) Learn how to engage students in expanding their creative minds

SPEAKERS:
Stephen Krajeski (Bridgewater State University: Bridgewater, MA)

Pole of Inaccessibility: Bringing Ocean Science to North America’s Great Interior

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B212


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Join us as we explore how NOAA Teacher at Sea can bring stimulating ocean science content to the classroom through a wide range of technology and media applications.

TAKEAWAYS:
NOAA Teacher at Sea provides numerous cutting-edge strategies to make ocean science accessible to students such as Google Cardboard and various VR applications to utilizing NOAA Teacher at Sea’s rich ocean science resources.

SPEAKERS:
Spencer Cody (Edmunds Central School District: Roscoe, SD)

Teaching About Kinematics

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A312


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Teachers will participate in activities and be given lesson plans from the Teaching About Kinematics manual they will receive free after the workshop.

TAKEAWAYS:
Understanding motion and being able to teach the following concepts: Velocity is not the same concept as speed; Two objects at the same position can have different velocities; Velocity and acceleration are not the same thing.

SPEAKERS:
Ann Robinson (University of West Georgia: Carrollton, GA)

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)

Discovering our Universe Together: Using Python Notebooks to Promote Data Literacy

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Redwood


STRAND: Technology and Media

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NSF’s NOIRLab’s Teen Astronomy Café – To Go! program brings the excitement of scientific discovery to students by providing them with an opportunity to explore real astronomical data using Python Notebooks. Join us as we unpack all educator resources and try to break the solar system!

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will explore the Teen Astronomy Café – To Go! activities complimentary of the US-ELTP science themes and designed to support the NGSS. They will gain confidence to help students understand and simulate astronomical phenomena as they develop critical thinking and data literacy skills.

SPEAKERS:
Robert Sparks (NSF's NOIRLab), Justine Schaen (NSF's NOIRLab: Tucson, AZ)

How Am I Going To Have My Students Discover This Concept? Creating Hands-On Chemistry Investigations for Student Discovery

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: No Strand

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The purpose of this workshop is for the teacher to ask themselves, “How Am I Going To Have My Students Discover This Concept,” rather than lecturing. Examples of converting lectures into hands-on and open-ended investigations will be given. Demos are essential to show concepts and will be discussed

TAKEAWAYS:
Students have had been told and are expected to memorize the mass of an electron is ≈ 1/2000 of a proton. Developing a hands-on student discovery investigation for this concept and other concepts is a far superior learning method than lecturing and memorizing. .

SPEAKERS:
Gary Schiltz (Retired Chemistry Teacher: Naperville, IL)

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)

The Art and Science of Sports: A STEAM Interactive Exhibit for Learners of All Ages

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B405


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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A STEAM Center's Art and Science of Sports Interactive Exhibit, its STEAM curriculum, and lessons learned from more than 2,000 students.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn ways to incoroporate many different science-based, hand-on, minds-on activities into their classrooms as explored during at the Art and Science of Sports presented by the STEAM Center for Applied Creativity and Innovation.

SPEAKERS:
Brian Gerber (Professor: Valdosta, GA), Jessica Pippin (Administrative Coordinator: No City, No State)

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)

Understanding Mineral Properties through Nanoscience

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A401


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Have you ever wonder why minerals come in so many different shapes and color? Using nanoscience concepts, come experience how a mineral's internal atomic arrangement contribute to its properties through a fun hands-on activity involving simple materials without an electron microscope!

TAKEAWAYS:
Teaching abstract concepts, such as matter at the atomic scale, can be difficult to get across to our students. Learn to use common household objects to help our students make sense of mineral properties using nanoscience ideas.

SPEAKERS:
Cathy Xiong (Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology: Long Island City, NY), Yishan Lee (PS/MS 219)

Gravity Cars: A Potential and Kinetic Energy Unit

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A315


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Engage as a learner in a unit about energy conversions. This unit incorporates project-based learning, the engineering and design process, and 5Es learning cycle.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn how to use an engineering and design project as the phenomenon. Participants will learn how to build a 3D unit with conceptual flow. Participants will learn how to incorporate inquiry labs within a unit.

SPEAKERS:
Allison Bogart (Stonecreek Junior High: No City, No State)

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