2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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FILTERS APPLIED:PreK - 5, Presentation, Students and Sensemaking, Life Science


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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.

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

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

Rockets and Chickens!

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

Kansas City Convention Center - 2209


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“Rockets Away '' curriculum revealed that the predominantly female staff was uneasy and hesitant to use launching equipment. A “Science Squad” assisted the teachers with the physics knowledge, building, and launching of the rockets. Then the creation of videos to show the proper techniques for rocketry and voice overlay ppt to ensure the accuracy of the physics concepts. Teachers became certified in Rocketry. Many 3rd-grade teachers provided inquiry science in the form of dioramas for their life science unit. The introduction of “Chickquest” was essential to providing inquiry-based learning. Early on, a “Science Squad” dressed in white coats, funny chick glasses, and hats assisted the teachers in the classroom with setting-up incubators, candling eggs, and troubleshooting student questions to WebCams for students to witness the live hatching 24/7. These STEM activities evolved into humanity lessons such as students reading to the chicks and sharing their hatches with each other.

How to leverage technology & personnel for elementary teachers to engage students in authentic science and engineering concepts.

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

Using Unique Resources in Afterschool

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

Kansas City Convention Center - 2104 B

STRAND: Students and Sensemaking

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Presenters will discuss the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's Zoo Afterschool Program and the way in which they utilize their access to the zoo to broaden and deepen their student's understanding of the natural world by teaching lessons and then connecting those lessons to the student's observations of animals in the zoo. They will then discuss how participants in the workshop can translate the lessons that we have taught to the unique resources in their community.

By focusing on how to best engage with your unique resources, you can enrich the lives and the learning of your students, and help them connect with their community.

Mark Richter (After-School Site Coordinator: Omaha, NE), Kenzie Meegan (Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo: No City, No State)

The Amazing Power of Nature!

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

Kansas City Convention Center - 3501 B

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The Amazing Power of Nature! Slides

STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Nature, we vacation near it, we immerse ourselves in it, we need it for survival. A student’s natural curiosity about nature and the world around them can drive science learning and outcomes. Investigating natural phenomena within your state and close to your school creates authentic and relevant opportunities for students to research their local ecosystems. Experiences with nature not only promotes learning, but can help close the achievement gap (Liberman, 1998. Closing the Achievement Gap.) Citing studies, we will discuss how spending time in nature is healthy for students, faculty, and staff. Nature can lower blood pressure, calm anxiety, and improve mood. Using Missouri Department of Conservation’s Discover Nature Schools Curriculum as an example, we will discuss how taking learning outside can meet NGSS Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics and the Earth and Human Activity Strands. We will discuss ways to find and/or create nature experience near you.

Nature is everywhere, accessible to everyone; from studying a crack in the sidewalk, where ants and other insects travel, to studying ponds, prairies, and forests. I can find and create nature study opportunities at my school, whether it is urban, suburban, or rural.

Kathi Moore (Conservation Educator: HANNIBAL, MO), Sherri Russell (State Wildlife Veterinarian: Jefferson City, MO)

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