2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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Invention Education for Every Student: Free Tools to Get Started

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

Kansas City Convention Center - 2203


STRAND: Tech Tools

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has developed free, online educational resources for K - 12 educators and students to teach the basics of intellectual property where disciplines converge through STEM and invention education. The purpose of this session is to introduce teachers to EquIP HQ and other free tools and resources from the US Patent and Trademark Office delivered by the USPTO's Office of Education staff of Education Program Advisors and Specialists. EquIP HQ provides free, online lessons and activities to teach the invention process, as well as what intellectual property is and how it drives innovation and industry. By learning about intellectual property, your students can gain a deeper understanding of the role of innovation in our society and how they can make a positive impact through problem solving. By using USPTO resources, you can help your students develop critical thinking and research skills as well as creativity and problem solving.

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The purpose of this session is to introduce teachers to EquIP HQ and other free tools and resources from the US Patent and Trademark Office to help your students develop essential critical thinking and research skills as well as creativity and problem-solving through invention education.

SPEAKERS:
Jorge Valdes (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Alexandria, VA), Reginald Duncan (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Alexandria, VA)

Zipping to STEM

Friday, October 27 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2204


STRAND: Tech Tools

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We outline an integrated STEM program implemented across multiple schools in a large urban district. The program presented an engineering design challenge using computer-aided design, computational modeling, and 3D printing, as a way to fully integrate the “T” in STEM. We engaged students in solving a real-world problem: optimizing a prototype of a Soap Box Derby Car by using CAD software, virtual and physical wind tunnel testing, and 3D printing. Students investigated the factors that impact the performance of a gravity racing car in order to optimize its performance, using concepts they learned about aerodynamic forces. The students then used CAD Software and virtual simulation testing to design and test a car shell. We will share integration strategies, highlights of the curriculum implementation in several middle school classrooms, and research results from student assessment and teacher interviews to discuss the impact of the curriculum on students’ learning and engagement.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to effectively integrate technology, engineering, and science in a STEM curriculum that focuses on engineering-specific technology tools and computational modeling, and uses science and engineering practices.

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

Using TinkerClass Podcasts to Promote Project Based Learning and STEAM: Free Tools to Support Your Teaching

Friday, October 27 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2105


STRAND: Tech Tools

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Our session will explore the following: The research behind using podcasts via TinkerClass in the classroom, which revealed: -Observable engagement and equitable experience in project-based activities across all learners, irrespective of their race, native language or income level -Lowered anxiety regarding reading and encourages executive functioning skills as kids lean into scientific inquiry -Shared community experience -Passion and joy for learning in an accessible format -Activated creativity and ideation -Teachers' want for a tool that promotes science, 21st century skills, and the 6-C’s: Content, Creative Innovation, Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Confidence How teachers can use podcasts & TinkerClass in the classroom: -Explanation of equipment required -Examples of how to integrate audio into existing lesson plans / curricula -Run-through of how podcasts and TinkerClass can streamline instruction and be templated to optimize teacher prep time

TAKEAWAYS:
Panel attendees will learn how to use podcasts in the classroom through TinkerClass’ modular LISTEN, WONDER, TINKER, MAKE pathway, which guides students to gather and analyze their own hypotheses and data to create multimedia presentations of their engineering designs and scientific experiments.

SPEAKERS:
Carole Paterson (Science Teacher: Ligonier, PA), Rebecca Caban (Educational Producer)

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