2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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FILTERS APPLIED:PreK - 5, Hands-On Workshop, Students and Sensemaking, Engineering

 

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Teaching STEM and Humanities: Combining STEM Activities with Social Studies and History

Thursday, October 26 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2207


STRAND: STEM Haven

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Incorporating social studies and history into STEM education doesn’t have to be difficult. Situations and events from the past can be used to present phenomena to students. Explore how you can use real world events and situations from World War II to engage your students with observable phenomena. In this workshop session led by an educator from The National WWII Museum, educators will explore how to incorporate a story, situation, or event from WWII into a phenomenon that meets NGSS standards. All of the activities also have a reading to accompany them for an added literacy component. The stories and activities will all come from our free curriculums: Little Engineers and Real World Science. Attendees will receive a hard copy of each curriculum. During this workshop, the activities demonstrated will feature Victory Gardens (parts of plants, growing seeds) and Earn Your Wings (engineering challenge with paper airplanes) activities.

TAKEAWAYS:
Incorporating social studies and history into STEM education doesn’t have to be difficult; situations and events from the past can be used to present phenomena to students.

SPEAKERS:
Kelly Goodner (Assistant Director of K-12 Programs: New Orleans, LA)

K-5 STEAM Labs: Maximizing Creativity Through Criteria and Constraints

Thursday, October 26 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2204


STRAND: STEM Haven

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This session consists of a student facing experience in which participants will engage in a sample lab activity followed by a collaborative debrief about the intentional decision making process behind the experience. Participants will leave with an understanding of how they can replicate experiences like this in their classroom, even in the absence of a designated space such as the STEAM Lab. Fairport Central School District has implemented STEAM Labs in each of its elementary schools. The vision is to support, challenge, and prepare all Fairport students to be Future Ready. By engaging with curricular and extracurricular projects and inquiries, students will utilize their innate creativity to actively construct knowledge. Students are at the center of the learning and are seen and valued for who they are. The Labs provide opportunities for students to tinker with ideas and collaborate with each other, to support the social-emotional and academic development of all learners.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn how the use of criteria and constraints increase student engagement and creativity in the problem-solving process.

SPEAKERS:
Travis Wood (Fairport Central School District: No City, No State), Kristin Larsen (Honeoye Falls- Lima CSD: Honeoye Falls, NY)

Solving Problems Using Multiple Lenses

Thursday, October 26 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2206


STRAND: STEM Haven

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Problem based learning uses observable events and processes that occur in the world. It is important to provide students with sensemaking opportunities that require them to combine their knowledge about multiple, cross-disciplinary DCIs, science and engineering practices, and cross cutting concepts, and ELA, math, and social studies, to design solutions to a real-world problem. The purpose of this session is to model the intentional combination of multiple disciplines to design a solution to the impact farming can have on the environment. During the session, participants will engage in designing a windmill that will help them reduce the impact of farming on the environment. We will explore the transdisciplinary nature of designing windmills and work in engineering teams to create the most efficient windmill. This presentation provides access to an NGSS Design Badge 5th grade unit, and strategies for combining multiple disciplines to design solutions to real-world problems.

TAKEAWAYS:
The audience will walk away with access to an NGSS Design Badge 5th grade unit that exemplifies strategies for engaging students in real-world problem-solving using multiple disciplines.

SPEAKERS:
Christi Sanderson (mySci Instructional Specialist: University City, MO), Lauren Ashman (Washington University in St. Louis Institute for School Partnership: Saint Louis, MO)

“Raising the Green Roof” for STEM Learning: A 4th Grade Water Cycle Unit

Thursday, October 26 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2201


STRAND: STEM Haven

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“Raising the Green Roof” is a 4-week interdisciplinary STEM unit developed by university architectural studies and science education faculty working with elementary educators. In the unit, students use place-based strategies to explore how human-built structures impact the environment and then learn that green roof designs can help restore the natural water cycle. Water cycle basics (evaporation, condensation, precipitation) are emphasized as students explore stormwater runoff, test water retention in various soils, model roof design features, and discover the role that plants play in water management. The unit culminates in an engineering design challenge with students building their own miniature doghouses, green roofs included. Our workshop introduces teachers to our unit’s structure and the science and sustainability concepts behind it. Teachers will also have an opportunity to practice several hands-on investigations and modelling activities from the unit’s lesson plans.

TAKEAWAYS:
This hands-on workshop provides an overview of Green Roof lessons and gives participants a chance to practice modelling and engineering investigations from the unit. Educators will learn architectural content knowledge and receive a link to classroom-ready curriculum and teacher support materials.

SPEAKERS:
Laura Zangori (University of Missouri: Columbia, MO), Suzy Otto (University of Missouri)

International STEM Career Role Models: Curated Children’s Books at the Forefront of K-6 STEM Lessons

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

Kansas City Convention Center - 2201


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Research indicates that teachers need to address STEM career awareness and connect to students’ lives. Our goal is to highlight STEM careers/role models across the globe through using children’s books to anchor STEM lessons. The books are chosen to cover various peoples/cultures from around the world. Using books to engage students in thinking about how STEM connects to various cultures across the globe can be a powerful learning tool and can lead to important classroom discourse regarding cultural awareness (Yoon, 2022). For example, Tu Youyou’s Discovery: Finding a Cure for Malaria by Songju Ma Daemicke focuses on returning to Chinese herbal medicine to discover treatment for malaria. In the same manner, One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul, highlights Istaou Ceesay’s true story from Gambia. The main character in this book started a grassroots movement to recycle plastic bags since they were causing pollution and negatively impacting livestock. Participants will be actively engaged!

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will engage in hands-on STEM mini-lessons in small groups. Each participant will explore several picture books highlighting STEM careers and people from across the globe.

SPEAKERS:
Sumreen Asim (Indiana University Southeast: New Albany, IN)

Buildings, Bridges, and Structures, Oh My!

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

Kansas City Convention Center - 2103 B



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Arch Bridges.pdf
Here is worksheet for arch bridges.
Beam Bridges.pdf
Beam Bridges Worksheet
Cable-Stayed Bridges.pdf
Here is a worksheet for cable-stayed bridges.
Cantilever Bridges.pdf
Here is a worksheet for cantilever bridges.
Copy of NSTA Conference_ Bridges, Buildings, and Structures, Oh My!.pdf
Here is my slideshow from the workshop I gave.
Famous Bridges Around the World.pdf
Here are some famous bridges from around the world.
Suspension Bridges.pdf
Here is a worksheet for suspension bridges.
Truss Bridges .pdf
Here is a worksheet for truss bridges.

STRAND: STEM Haven

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What student has not been amazed by the incredible bridges and buildings constructed by architects! How many of them have wanted to try and design their own structures? In this hands-on workshop, the participants will have an opportunity to view some of the creative buildings and bridges my second graders have constructed using mostly recyclable materials. They will hear about some of the record-breaking buildings that have been constructed around the world, and they will also have a chance to see a short video about some of the most unusual structures ever built. Before commencing any of the building, the participants will receive information on the different types of bridges built throughout the ages. These include the covered bridge, the truss, suspension, cantilever, beam, cable-stayed, and arch bridges. Once the participants have a general knowledge of the different types of bridges, they will then have an opportunity to work as a team to build a bridge or a building.

TAKEAWAYS:
In this session, participants will learn how to develop an engineering unit for elementary students where they design and build their own skyscrapers and bridges. Relevant videos will be shown and student work will be showcased.

SPEAKERS:
Joan Gillman (The Browning School: New York, NY)

Designing with Purpose: Leveraging Student Ideas in the Engineering Design Process

Friday, October 27 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2104 A


STRAND: Students and Sensemaking

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We will unpack the purpose of each phase within the design cycle (Ask-Imagine-Plan-Create-Improve) and the role it plays in developing and showcasing student understanding of scientific concepts and their development of SEPs. Students often jump quickly from asking questions to designing solutions. Participants will engage in an activity that emphasizes the importance of slowing down the engineering process to zoom in on intentional brainstorming and planning that encourages students to think creatively, yet logically, about their ideas. We will focus on helping students articulate their thinking and communicate their scientific ideas throughout the design process. We will look at how these ideas can be mirrored in the improve phase to allow students to reflect on their process, gather and communicate new findings, and purposefully redesign. Through well-developed design projects, elementary students can build strong scientific understanding and develop critical 21st-century skills.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will take away ideas for enhancing the engineering design process for their students in order to leverage student ideas and collaboration to create better engineering solutions.

SPEAKERS:
Briana Trager (Graduate Student: , NC)

STEAM is Elementary

Friday, October 27 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2103 A



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Presentation materials

STRAND: STEM Haven

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The participants will follow a sequence of activities that align with a progression of the skills found in the PreK-2 engineering standards (NGSS). During the session, the participants will complete the hands-on activities in order to bring them back to their classrooms or modify them as they see fit. The first activity has the participants cut up a water cooler paper cup (cone shape) in order to maximize the “float time” after it was placed on a box fan pointed upwards. By watching the different designs, they will be encouraged to make a second design to test. The second activity has the participants making straw rockets using the following materials: plastic straw, clay, card stock. Using a straw rocket launcher, the participants will see how far their rocket goes. Last activity includes the designing and testing a sail for a car. Teaching materials will be provided, along with ways to encourage science fairs and family STEAM nights for elementary grades.

TAKEAWAYS:
During the session, the participants will complete hands-on STEAM activities that they can use or modify with their students the next day!!!

SPEAKERS:
Jeanine Doxsee (Franklin Early Childhood Center: Hewlett, NY), Brian Terry (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools: Woodmere, NY)

Changing the Game with STEM in Family Engagement

Friday, October 27 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2103 B


STRAND: STEM Haven

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Participants will experience multiple hands-on playful learning activities that engage young children and their families. Participants will use plastic bricks that will help inspire ideas about STEM learning outcomes that can be achieved through play. This workshop will engage participants in a knowledge journey of playful learning, STEM inquiry, and modeling educator practices. The session will share best practices for engaging young children and families with STEM. Our program session will help the audience using knowledge to create relevance in programs to prepare student participants for lifelong STEM learning and inquiry. In the workshop they will have the opportunity to interact with others in the session, engaging in mutual inquiry, teamwork and building relationships.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will experience multiple hands-on playful learning activities that engage children and their families. Participants will use plastic bricks that will help inspire ideas about STEM learning outcomes that can be achieved through play.

SPEAKERS:
Kathryn Sample (Specialist, Education), Tammy Pankey (Director of Education)

Cellular Connections

Friday, October 27 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2102 B


STRAND: STEM Haven

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Presenters will be using resources created through the Master Teacher of Invention Program which is a program of the United States Patent and Trade Office. Participants will begin by looking at patents related to the telephone and putting them in chronological order. Next the participants will generate ideas about innovations regarding the telephone. The participants will then learn about the 4 different types of intellectual property (Copyright, Patent, Trademark, Trade Secret). From there, participants will experience the design process of identifying problems and finding solutions related to cell phone usage.This workshop will be taught as if participants are students experiencing the lesson; therefore, participants will be up and moving around. Resources from the United States Patent and Trade Office will be shared.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will walk away with a lesson focused on invention and intellectual property created by teachers in the Master Teacher of Invention and Intellectual Property Program that can immediately be implemented in the classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Juan Valentin (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Alexandria, VA), Denise Henggeler (Northeast Nodaway)

Incorporating the Engineering Design Process in the Elementary Grades

Friday, October 27 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2103 A


STRAND: STEM Haven

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This engineering workshop for elementary teachers is designed to provide educators with a foundation in engineering practices that can be applied in the classroom. The workshop will be divided into three segments covering the following topics: 1. Introduction to Engineering: The workshop will start with an introduction to the Engineering Design Process and its applications in our daily lives. Workshop attendees will learn how to help young students make connections to their own lives. 2. Hands-on Activities: A hands-on activity (building a watering device) will be be included in the workshop to provide teachers with a first-hand experience of the engineering design process. Teachers will work in teams to brainstorm, design, build, test, and refine their prototypes, much like they will ask their students to do. 3. Curriculum Integration: A discussion and ideas on how to integrate engineering concepts into the elementary classroom curriculum.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn the importance of incorporating the Engineering Design Practices in their elementary classrooms as well as ways to teach this to young learners in a way that is engaging, exciting, and memorable.

SPEAKERS:
Shawn O’Neill (Professor)

Clean Cut - Learning about Simple Machines and Engineering Design

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

Kansas City Convention Center - 2102 B



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CleanCut

STRAND: STEM Haven

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Simple machines are historically a difficult subject to teach due in part to limited integration with other content. The Clean Cut unit is suitable for upper elementary students and combines the concept of the wedge and the engineering design process. The goal is not only to introduce students to simple machines but also to introduce them to the nature of engineering design. Throughout the unit, students learn that one perfect solution does not exist; instead, they learn to tolerate and learn from failures. The students learn why simple machines are used in everyday life and design a solution to a problem while learning about and using an engineering design process. The students refine their design to fit within the constraints and criteria set by a client. Students test the design and collect qualitative data to refine their design. The unit includes a summative assessment in the form of a letter to the client describing what was learned about simple machines and engineering design.

TAKEAWAYS:
The context of the lesson is designing a tool to split soap for use by people who have been through a natural disaster. Participants will learn about the integrated approach using engineering design and simple machines, experience part of the unit, and receive the handouts for use in the classroom.

SPEAKERS:
William Walker (Assistant Director, CATALYST: No City, No State), Sopheak Seng (Mr.: Lafayette, IN)

METRICS: Maximizing Engagement Through Regular Immersion in Computer Science

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

Kansas City Convention Center - 2101


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Winchester is 1 of 10 public schools in the country, out of 43 schools in total, to receive the coveted Education Innovation and Research Early-Phase grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Through the Metrics program, students at John Kerr Elementary School and Garland Quarles Elementary School have an immersive experience with computer science and computational thinking which are driving the 21st century economy. This session is meant to be a dissemination of our five year project, to share what we have learned about immersing students and teachers in grades K-4 in computers science, and to provide resources and time for participants to experience some of our activities and build a trajectory for building their own computer science program.

TAKEAWAYS:
Build your own pathway to develop techies {thinkers} and tinkerers in your space.

SPEAKERS:
Amy Thomas (John Kerr Elementary School: Winchester, VA), Jennifer Ramsey (Garland R. Quarles Elementary School: Winchester, VA), Jennifer LaBombard-Daniels (Winchester Public Schools: Winchester, VA)

Engineering Connects Classrooms to STEM Careers

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

Kansas City Convention Center - 3501 C


STRAND: STEM Haven

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Looking for ways to integrate engineering in your science curriculum? Join us to become familiar with freely-available, high-quality instructional materials that create opportunities for students to apply science ideas to solve real-world problems, gain confidence and see themselves in STEM careers.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to engage students in learning that centers on addressing pressing social challenges and be able to describe transdisciplinary approaches to education.

SPEAKERS:
Rob Wallace (: Kenner, LA)

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