2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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NSTA First Timers Orientation Session

Thursday, October 26 • 7:15 AM - 7:45 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 3501 C


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Welcome to NSTA’s national conference!! Where should you begin? Join us for an exploration of the conference app and NSTA’s social media. You will learn how to maneuver and conquer the conference and leave feeling energized.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to get the most out of your conference experience in addition to becoming an engaged learner.

SPEAKERS:
Elizabeth Mulkerrin (Science Olympiad: No City, No State)

Capacity Building for Out-of-School Time STEM Educators

Thursday, October 26 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2214


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Food Agriculture Nutrition Innovation Center (JJK FAN) is a collaboration between the Danforth Plant Science Center, the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and the JJK Foundation that serves K-12 youth, predominantly Black/African American, and low-income students in East St. Louis, IL. To ensure high-quality programming in out-of-school time (OST) settings, capacity development for OST staff is critical. The JJK FAN developed a culturally responsive mentoring program to provide STEM professional development for racially minoritized staff. The pilot paired racially minoritized male part-time staff (mentees) with full-time educators (mentors) for a year. We used community-based participatory research methods and culturally responsive pedagogy. Mentors and mentees will share their experiences and examples of OST activities. We will present research findings and highlight the benefits and challenges of working on educator capacity building in underserved communities.

TAKEAWAYS:
This project provides a model for engaging out-of-school time staff in professional development designed around their specific needs and cultural wealth in historically minoritized communities that is broadly adaptable.

SPEAKERS:
Ruth Kaggwa (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center: Saint Louis, MO), Kristine Callis-Duehl (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center: Saint Louis, MO)

Classroom Data Literacy Practice with NOAA’s SOS Explorer and Visual Thinking Strategies

Thursday, October 26 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 1501 A


STRAND: Tech Tools

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Sponsoring Company: NOAA

Learn to leverage freely available global data visualizations using NOAA’s SOS Explorer mobile application (available on Apple and Android devices and Chromebooks), and an observational technique used in art museums to increase critical thinking and time spent on visual and group thought analysis.

SPEAKERS:
Beth Russell (NOAA Office of Education: Silver Spring, MD), Hilary Peddicord (NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory: Lyons, CO)

STEM Outreach for Families: Plan an Engaging and Meaningful Event

Thursday, October 26 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2208


STRAND: STEM Haven

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This will give information that will enable participants to replicate a STEM outreach event with various theme ideas. The activities are all low-cost and adaptable across student ages and generations of family members. The activities are meant to provide opportunities for students and families to experience success in a fun and enriching way while engaging with STEM concepts from the NRC K-12 Framework. We will also discuss how we used this event as a way for our preservice teachers to experience and practice implementing informal education strategies. This event was hosted at our local STEM Center, but we will also discuss ways that it can be implemented at school STEM nights, at community events, or even as neighborhood "pop-up" events to reach diverse learners in equitable ways.

TAKEAWAYS:
STEM Outreach events can be a way to engage students and families in equitable STEM learning to encourage and support all learners. This will provide information on how to replicate a STEM outreach event we hosted at our local STEM Center along with ideas about implementing it in different formats.

SPEAKERS:
Kelly Moore (Tennessee Tech: Cookeville, TN)

Power Up With Gamification

Friday, October 27 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2214


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Countless studies have found that teachers are struggling to support students in maintaining focus, finding self-worth, and being intrinsically creative learners. Gamification provides the building blocks for engagement, community, healthy competition, and self motivation, and works with any grade level and any subject. With gamification, students can use their creativity in learning choices and earn incentives based around curricular and extracurricular themes. Student examples from a sixth grade science classroom include reviewing challenges that emphasize content and game elements. Participants in this session will gain the initial building blocks to create their own game for their classrooms that is manageable and can be enhanced over time. Activities will include defining gamification and creating their own game theme. During the session, the participant will participate in a game challenge by using a choice board to explore and expand the strategies and methods of gamification.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will begin the journey of gamifying their classroom right away. They will also leave with resources to use to continue their gamification journey.

SPEAKERS:
Michelle Simmons (Klahowya Secondary School: Silverdale, WA)

NSELA Sponsored Session: Highlighting Stories of Successful Formal and Informal Science Partnerships from National Science Leaders

Friday, October 27 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 3501 B



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Google Slides Presentation

STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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As an organization that focuses on developing and supporting science education leaders, NSELA provides professional learning and resources as well as opportunities to work collaboratively and to advocate for quality science education for all. Session participants will learn about successful formal and informal science partnerships happening across the country and will work in groups to collaboratively discuss strategies for developing successful science partnerships within their own communities.

TAKEAWAYS:
Successful partnerships between formal and informal science institutions increase student and community engagement in STEM education.

SPEAKERS:
Trisha Herminghaus (Alaska Science Education Consultants: Anchorage, AK), Matthew Christiansen (Oceanside High School #7: Oceanside, NY)

Tales from the Deep: Audio stories bring scientific ocean drilling to life in the classroom

Friday, October 27 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Students and Sensemaking

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Although there is extensive dissemination of the research and results obtained from deep-sea cores within the scientific ocean drilling community, less focus has been placed on the lives and experiences of those carrying out the research, including scientists, technicians, ship’s crew, and shore-based staff. This project documents the stories of those that have sailed on and supported scientific ocean drilling expeditions through a collection of audio narratives that showcase what goes beyond the “science” part of science at sea. By highlighting the human aspect of ocean expeditions and emphasizing the experiences of those involved, we make the field accessible to those who may have previously felt uninterested, disconnected, or alienated. We are also seeking feedback from educators in terms of what additional supporting materials (eg: images and maps, scaffolds, formative and summative assessments) should be added to the project to maximize the benefit to all students.

TAKEAWAYS:
Free multimedia classroom resources, including audio narratives from the people involved in scientific ocean drilling and associated activities and worksheets, allow students to interact with the people who participate in complex science and engage in sensemaking about geoscience concepts.

SPEAKERS:
Maya Pincus (Columbia University / U.S. Science Support Program: Palisades, NY)

PEAC2H: Data Based Feedback That Teachers are Excited to Recieve

Friday, October 27 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2103 C


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Collaborating with teachers to support their professional growth is a key role for coaches and leaders. How we deliver feedback designed to strengthen instruction determines if teachers will apply it or not. This session looks at a 6-step structure that positions coaches and administrators as instructional leaders. The structure includes clarity on what is being shared, evidence of how the suggestions are connected to practice, and actionable ideas that, when implemented, will make an immediate impact on teaching and learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
Gather specific evidence from classroom observations and frame relevant feedback in a way that partners leaders/coaches with teachers and leaves them feeling valued, supported, and empowered to improve instruction tomorrow.

SPEAKERS:
Connie Hamilton (Author/Consultant: , MI)

STEAM Ahead! Creating a Service-Learning experience for Education and Science Majors that incorporate STEAM concepts

Saturday, October 28 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2204


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We will explain how interdisciplinary collaboration between Westminster College’s education and science departments led to hosting a STEAM Night for the community. Our goals were to generate an active-learning opportunity for college students to learn and implement teacher pedagogy, appreciate the basics of STEAM concepts, and use soft skills necessary for their future careers. To accomplish this, college students created STEAM stations so elementary students could learn STEAM concepts and build a love for science! During this session, we will focus on developing and implementing this service learning project entitled “STEAM Ahead!” Attendees will participate in one STEAM station, and discuss ways to incorporate service learning that promotes STEAM education. Through interactive discussions, we hope teachers can learn from our experience as we continue to learn from a community of educators.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to design a service learning project that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration between education and science departments. We will identify key stakeholders and potential pitfalls in planning a STEAM Night for the community.

SPEAKERS:
Matt Howell (Assistant Professor: Fulton, MO), Johanna Morrow (Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science: Columbia, MO), Tami Ensor (Westminster College: Fulton, MO)

CIFT: Collaboration and Instructional Feedback Teams

Saturday, October 28 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 3501 B


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Job-embedded professional learning helps bridge the gap between a workshop and the implementation of strategies in the classroom. CIFTs work with a cohort of teachers to observe one another over multiple sessions. Each teacher takes a turn hosting a lesson to provide the backdrop for professional learning based on specific classroom, students, and curriculum the teachers have. CIFTs help teachers to use evidence to reflect on instruction and learning. Each observer is tasked with specific data to collect and then build efficacy as a team by offering glows and grows for teaching team members. Attendees will be provided the framework and the necessary tools and templates to implement this intensive professional learning structure tomorrow!

TAKEAWAYS:
A system, structure, and tools will be provided so school leaders can implement their own CIFT teams immediately. Learn how to choose a team, where to find a facilitator, and how to create an agenda. Template provided for easy transition to put into practice.

SPEAKERS:
Connie Hamilton (Author/Consultant: , MI)

Use NASA’s Universe of Learning (UoL) Integrated STEM Outreach Program and its Network of Informal Education Partners to Learn About the Universe

Saturday, October 28 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Chandra X-Ray Observatory Homepage
https://universe-of-learning.org/home
National Science Olympiad Homepage
UoL NASA NSO Poster.pdf

STRAND: STEM Haven

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NASA’s UoL STEM program connects the public to the discoveries, scientists, engineers, and educators working with astrophysics missions, such as Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer, GALEX, Fermi, Swift, and JWST. The program includes a nationwide network of partners who share and develop resources. The UoL projects and events are designed to inspire engagement and learning with STEM materials to promote science literacy. All materials are free and excellent astronomy resources for STEM education programs. One of the UoL STEM partners is the National Science Olympiad (NSO), a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing interest in science for all students, and creating a STEM-literate workforce. The UoL program supports NSO space science events, and all materials are freely available from the UoL or the NSO websites. Other UoL partners include AstroViz, Planet Search, STEAM, MicroObservatory, Planet Watch, and View Space.

TAKEAWAYS:
NASA’s UoL team connects the public and learners to data, discoveries, and experts from NASA’s Astrophysics missions. The team of scientists, engineers, and educators have direct connections to these missions, and provide a range of projects and interactive activities for any educational setting.

SPEAKERS:
Donna Young (NASA/NSO/UoL Program Manager: Laughlin, NV)

Science Leadership While in the Classroom

Saturday, October 28 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2104 A



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
National Science Education Leadership Association Homepage
NSTA Committee Membership Application
Science Leadership Presentation Slides
Science Olympiad Brochures
Science Olympiad Homepage

STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Dedicated educators are often faced with a "Sophie's Choice" when it comes to impacting the profession or advancing their careers through leadership opportunities. They can take advantage of opportunities as department chairs, instructional coaches, or administrators at a variety of levels, but those new positions too often mean that they leave teaching and direct interactions with their students behind. While education and the profession benefiting the students ultimately lose. This session will show attendees that there is a different option. By examining examples from Science Olympiad, as well as other after-school programs and science leadership organizations such as NSAT and NSLEA, attendees will be introduced to the numerous ways that they can gain leadership experience and contribute beyond their four walls of their classroom without leaving that classroom. We will discuss options that range from running programs at their school to joining organizations in a leadership role.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn about leadership opportunities through programs such as Science Olympiad, NSTA, and NSELA that they can take advantage of while remaining in the classroom.

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

NASA Science Activation Strategies for Creating Authentic STEM Learning in Rural Communities and Classrooms

Saturday, October 28 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2202



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
NASA Rural Presentation.pptx

STRAND: Research to Practice

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Curious about establishing sustainable relationships within rural communities? Join NASA Science Activation members who live and work in rural communities for an interactive discussion about building reciprocity, relationships, and project sustainability while enhancing NASA STEM education experiences for learners of all ages. To broaden participation and learn about the vast knowledge and practices shared among the members, NASA conducted interviews with the awarded project members working with rural communities, coded their stories, and found emerging themes. NASA Science Activation aims to share the lessons learned, solutions, challenges, and recommendations of these projects, which may assist you by providing best practices for engaging your community; providing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility tips for reaching underserved audiences, and providing opportunities to enlist NASA support and bring subject matter experts into your classroom or school district.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will receive connections to NASA subject matter experts working with rural communities as well as virtual resources and future opportunities for classroom support and collaboration.

SPEAKERS:
Rachael Arens (Curriculum Specialist: Bennington, NE), Matthew Cass (Physics and Astronomy Instructor: Sylva, NC)

Nature Meditation IRL (In Real Life)

Saturday, October 28 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2201


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There is a strong need in the post (ish) COVID world, to help overworked, under supported teachers find the mental clarity needed to be the creative, innovative, and caring teachers we need to develop the future STEM minds of the future. As a certified nature therapy guide and long time NSTA presenter, I would love to bring this practice to the NSTA community. Participants will meet in the room and listen to a short overview of nature therapy and its roots in Shinrin-yoku. We will walk outside - encouraged to notice what is moving slowly as we walk through the busy conference. Once we are outside, I will lead in a land acknowledgement and sensory meditation. Participants will be given a chance to share what they noticed in a sharing circle. We will walk to the next locations and engage in more invitations / sharing circles. The invitations will be finalized once I am on site and connect with the land for inspiration.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn about the practice of nature therapy and its roots in the Japanese practice Shinrin-yoku which is widely researched for its health benefits.

SPEAKERS:
Gina Tesoriero (Student / Educator / Researcher / Healer: Saratoga, CA)

STEM Internships Create Future Leaders

Saturday, October 28 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 3501 B


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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This presentation outlines a summer research program for high school students that integrated social-emotional learning with STEM research methods. Due to the impact of remote learning during the pandemic, students lost opportunities for rich science research experiences out of school, which impacted their interest in science and engineering. The 8-week summer program included an internship at a university research lab with practicing scientists and engineers, with daily opportunities for SEL activities, such as mindfulness strategies, goal setting, collaboration, communication, and feedback on specific 21st-century skills using a job readiness rubric. The program culminated in students presenting research posters to a community of faculty, students, and parents, which allowed them to communicate scientific research in a formal setting. We share the program development, implementation, and key outcomes related to self-efficacy, 21st-century skills, and science research skills.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to develop a program that engages students in authentic science and engineering research while explicitly incorporating SEL strategies.

SPEAKERS:
Johnna O'Neal (Instructional Specialist: No City, No State), Katrina Halasa (Akron Public Schools: Akron, OH)

Creating STEM Pathways for All

Saturday, October 28 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2205


STRAND: STEM Haven

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In this presentation, we will be reviewing how our district has built a STEM Pathway program that has developed a community of STEM learners and led to the creation of programming opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom that builds knowledge of STEM careers, foster STEM skills, and ultimately begins to create a community of real-world problem solvers. In addition to discussing the programs, we will discuss how we have leveraged community resources, how the program has branched out to create other unique STEM opportunities for our students and has ultimately allowed us to close the gender gap for STEM in our schools, reach our diverse population, and promote our founding belief that STEM is for all.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will leave with resources and tangible ways to build a STEM community and provide a variety of opportunities for all students to participate and deepen their understanding of the STEM field.

SPEAKERS:
Kelly Curtiss (Coordinating Supervisor of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Business: Parsippany, NJ), Rachel Villanova (Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools: Parsippany, NJ)

Solar Eclipse Education for All: Using the Double Eclipse to Help All Students Make Sense of a Rare Phenomenon

Saturday, October 28 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2202



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Solar Eclipse Education for All
Powerpoint and activity documents

STRAND: Students and Sensemaking

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This presentation will focus on how our STEM education center educated students and the public about the upcoming solar eclipses. Presenters will share how the Center incorporated sensemaking through the phenomenon of solar eclipses by engaging students with the SEPs of modeling and constructing explanations. The outreach will primarily focus on standard MS-ESS1-1, but the goal of the outreach aligns with the goals of the Framework to educate all students in science and engineering and to provide foundational knowledge for our future scientists, engineers, technologists, and technicians. Attendees will engage in an activity that they can share with their classroom in order to safely view the 2024 solar eclipse, including the creation of a solar eclipse viewer. Presenters will also share teaching strategies that make use of modeling and online simulations for eclipses. Time will be included for participants to share their own ideas of effective solar eclipse teaching strategies.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will take away ideas for educating their classes about eclipses and ideas for educating the public on what causes eclipses and how to view them safely. This information will be a result of our STEM education center's eclipse outreach and its effectiveness.

SPEAKERS:
Alice Steimle (Director: University, MS), Christian Clark (University of Mississippi: University, MS)

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