NSTA Engage: Fall20 - Sessions

Keyword

Day



Topic















Session Type






Grade Level


Show all Sessions | Show only My Agenda

Live Sessions          Pre-recorded material w/Live Q&A          On-demand Video

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Supporting Diverse Students Through Problem-Based Enhanced Language Learning (PBELL)

Educators will be introduced to PBELL and how it can make science accessible and engaging for all levels of special education and English language learners.

Takeaways: 1. Similarities in ELL and Special Education Students; 2. Strategies to support ALL diverse learners; and 3. How to embed language acquisition throughout science content making it accessible to all.

Speakers

Brittney Oden (Educational Consultant: Tempe, AZ)

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Enriching Science Classes with Sustainable Agriculture Concepts and Activities

Join us to discuss how to enhance student learning by incorporating activities that relate to real-world environmental and agricultural challenges in science classes.

Takeaways: 1. Incorporating real-world challenges relating to sustainable agriculture exposes students to meaningful applications of environmental, life, and physical sciences; 2. Communicating that science is not simply abstract concepts, but a way to solve important problems, may increase student engagement in the classroom; and 3. Sustainable agriculture activities lend themselves to adaptation to appropriate grade level or science class.

Speakers

Maud Walsh (Louisiana State University: Baton Rouge, LA), Jennifer Irving (Louisiana State University: Baton Rouge, LA)

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Designing 3-D Classroom Assessment That Promotes Equity Through Co-Designing

Come learn about three-dimensional assessments that support Latinx and ELLs. We’ll share examples of three-dimensional assessments in a chemistry unit, and tools for designing the assessments!

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. see key features of 3-D assessments by examining a few examples; 2. learn how to design 3-D assessments in the context of high school chemistry; and 3. learn how to use various forms of scaffolds to design 3-D assessments that support students from historically marginalized communities.

Speakers

Alicia Fortier (Tustin High School: Tustin, CA), Lindsay Fay (Tustin High School: Tustin, CA), Abbey Zinsser (Tustin High School: Tustin, CA), Hosun Kang (University of California, Irvine: Irvine, CA)

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

The Current Science Classroom

Discussion centers on how to successfully implement current events in science into lessons and curriculum, increasing student engagement in science content and overall science literacy. Participants will read and analyze a blog post on a recent breakthrough on CRISPR, a genetic editing technique.

Takeaways: -How to use blogs, videos, and podcasts on current events in science to engage classroom discussions -How to put use current events in science to put the curriculum into context -How to connect local science researchers to your students and classroom.

Speakers

Chris Anderson (Hamilton County ESC: Cincinnati, OH)

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

What Secondary Educators Need to Know About Performance Tasks

Participants will review performance task components and will utilize a task screener tool to evaluate a performance task.

Takeaways: Participants will learn: 1. what a performance task is; 2. key components of a performance task; and 3. how to evaluate a performance task.

Speakers

Sara Torres (Arizona Science Teachers Association: Tucson, AZ), Sarah Sleasman (Arizona Dept. of Education: Phoenix, AZ), Meg Gebert (Arizona Science Teachers Association: Tucson, AZ), Rebecca Garelli (Arizona Dept. of Education: Phoenix, AZ)

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

NESTA Session: MEL2—Thinking Scientifically in a Changing World

Engage in argument-driven scaffolds for Earth and environmental science topics to critically evaluate connections between evidence and alternative scientific explanations using model-evidence link (MEL) diagrams.

Takeaways: 1. Learn what a MEL diagram is; 2. Practice using a MEL diagram to promote evaluation; and 3. Learn how to access the suite of MEL materials.

Speakers

Janelle Bailey (Temple University: Philadelphia, PA), Doug Lombardi (University of Maryland: College Park, MD), Tim Klavon (Temple University: Philadelphia, PA)

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

GMO: What Do You Know? A Breakout Game

Explore misconceptions surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) while participating in one of the hottest trends in innovative science teaching and entertainment. Free teaching materials available.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. define terms such as transgenic, GMO, and recombinant DNA; 2. sort GMO from non-GMO products; and 3. separate GMO misconceptions from facts.

Speakers

Pamela Petzel Snyder (Teacher-Trainer: Kingston, OH)

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

NARST-Sponsored Session: STEM for Social Justice—Increasing Representation and Diversity in Classrooms and Curricula

Learn how to leverage community resources and infuse criticality into your science curriculum. Presenters will engage attendees in standards-focused activities.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how to: 1. embed justice-oriented practices into their classroom teaching; and 2. create transformative curricula and innovative professional learning experiences to develop highly effective science teachers and teacher leaders.

Speakers

Natalie King (Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA), Christine Thomas (Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA), Laura Pena (Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA), Vanessa Grady (Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA), Nicholas Collins (Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA), Desmond Lee (Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Sanctuaries 360°: Immersive Experiences in America's Underwater Parks

Sponsoring Company: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is introducing a collection of immersive underwater experiences to bring these exceptional places to viewers everywhere. Join us on a virtual tour of our underwater parks. Learn what national marine sanctuaries are and dive below the surface to virtually interact with sanctuary sea life.

Takeaways: 1. Take a visual tour of America's national marine sanctuaries and learn more about the conservation of these underwater parks; 2. Immerse and explore these underwater treasures through free virtual reality dives and 360 degree underwater photos; and 3. Walk through at least one NGSS-focused lesson plan for grades 6–8 that complements the underwater VR dives.

Speakers

Claire Fackler (NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries: Santa Barbara, CA)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Strategies to Support English Language Learners in the Science Classroom

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes

Engage in strategies to help your ELL population make sense of science concepts and apply their science knowledge to real-world applications. In this session, we will explore a variety of strategies for differentiating instruction so that ELLs within the classroom can build their ability to communicate science concepts effectively.

Takeaways: 1. Learn strategies to support English Learners; 2. Participate in activities that help scaffold reading and writing for ELs; and 3. Learn how to differentiation ideas

Speakers

Veronica Burnett (Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Kenneth Heydrick (Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Carolina 3D Science: Hands-On Science in Flexible Settings

Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Co.

Teachers will engage in three examples of hands-on investigations, digital investigations, and digital teacher demonstrations from the Carolina 3D® kit lines for biology, chemistry, and Earth and space science. These activities illustrate how in-class hands-on laboratory investigations have been modified by Carolina for use in socially distanced classrooms and remote learning settings.

Takeaways: 1. The modification of a face-to-face investigation to a digital investigation with data collection; 2. How to use live specimen in a remote, digital investigation; and 3. Examples of formative assessment appropriate for remote learning.

Speakers

Crystal Risko (Carolina Biological Supply Co.: Burlington, NC), Dee Dee Whitaker (Carolina Biological Supply Co.: Burlington, NC)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Using HHMI BioInteractive Resources in a Sickle Cell Disease Storyline

Sponsoring Company: HHMI

Explore an example of a storyline that encompasses evolution, genetics, and protein folding using the relationship between sickle cell disease and malaria as the anchoring phenomenon. A variety of instructional strategies will be demonstrated using activities from HHMI BioInteractive that are research based, free, and classroom ready.

Takeaways: 1. HHMI activities can be bundled together to allow students to make sense of the evolutionary connection between sickle cell and malaria; 2. Storyline Viewer can be used to plan and organize lessons; and 3. A variety of strategies to engage participants as they explore the anchoring phenomenon.

Speakers

Mary Colvard (Retired Educator: Deposit, NY), Kathy Van Hoeck (Retired Educator: Marion, IA)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

COVID-19 in Context: Hands-On Laboratory Activities and Real-World Scenarios

Sponsoring Company: Bio-Rad Laboratories

Tap into your students' curiosity about COVID-19 to teach key biology concepts in context. In this session, see hands-on classroom activities that use the same laboratory techniques as those used for COVID-19 detection. Walk through a real-world scenario where students determine how COVID-19 spreads at a restaurant.

Takeaways: 1. Learn about new activities to teach ELISA and gel electrophoresis in the context of the science of COVID-19; and 2. walk through a real-world problem-solving case study about the spread of COVID-19 in a restaurant.

Speakers

Tamica Stubbs (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Using Models to Make Connections Between DNA and Chromosomes

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

In this hands-on interactive workshop, participants will learn how to utilize physical chromosome and DNA models to explore and compare the processes of mitosis and meiosis with students.

Takeaways: Participants will learn how to: 1. use models to teach the organization and structure of DNA; 2. use models to compare mitosis and meiosis; and 3. connect DNA structure to phenotypic expression when teaching genetics.

Speakers

Chris Chou (Longmont High School: Longmont, CO)

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Three-Dimensional Teaching and Learning in the Virtual Middle and High School Classroom

This session will use a Storyline from the Illinois Science Teachers as an example for 3-D Learning in the middle and high school virtual classroom.

Takeaways: 1. Phenomena are important in helping engage students in a storyline to help to explain something in nature; 2. Developing and using models can be done by students in a virtual environment; and 3. There are many ways to use technology with virtual learners to analyze data and construct explanations and other science and engineering practices, incorporating crosscutting concepts to learn the disciplinary core ideas.

Speakers

Karen Mesmer (Mesmer Science Education Consulting: Baraboo, WI), Brian Bartel (Appleton Area School District: Appleton, WI)

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Environmental and Instructional Strategies for Safer Lab Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic!

Environmental/instructional strategies will be addressed to help teachers reduce risk and provide for safer lab activities in on-site school science labs and virtual formats.

Takeaways: 1. Five effective ways of reducing health risks during the COVID-19 pandemic; 2. Facility environmental concerns and ways to make them safer; and 3. Instructional strategies to reduce risk for safer lab activities.

Speakers

Kenneth Roy (Glastonbury Public Schools: Glastonbury, CT)

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Modeling Resources for High School Chemistry Topics

Visualization is difficult for many students. Join us as we discuss and demonstrate several modeling activities you can use in your chemistry class.

Takeaways: 1. What modeling looks like in a classroom; 2. Modeling resources to use with students; and 3. Shortcomings of models.

Speakers

Emily Abbott (American Chemical Society: Lake Worth, FL), Lisette Gallegos (American Chemical Society: Washington, DC)

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Conducting Labs in the Virtual World

In this session, we will focus on how two science teachers (one hybrid and one virtual) still conduct labs with their students.

Takeaways: 1. Labs are still possible during this pandemic. 2. Labs provide high engagement while students are still learning at home. 3. Simple labs are better than no labs at all.

Speakers

Samantha Ramaswamy (Penn-Trafford High School: Harrison City, PA), Andrew Walton (Upper Moreland High School: Willow Grove, PA)

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

STEM, Equity, and Leadership

Concerned about the STEM achievement gap? Learn about the latest data, as well as experience a strategy for facilitating equity conversations and its use with students or colleagues to develop equity leaders.

Takeaways: 1. To obtain the latest national data on the STEM achievement gap; 2. To experience a strategy for facilitating discussion of difficult equity issues; and 3. To be invited to become an equity leader, given the need and resources available.

Speakers

Gary Nakagiri (Science Consultant: El Cerrito, CA), Jerry Valadez (SAM Academy CSW: Sanger, CA)

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Webcams as Windows into Animal Behavior

Live webcams provide easy access to wildlife around the world…without leaving the classroom. Find out how these webcams can help students better understand animal behavior.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. define ethology and ethograms and provide at least two real-world examples; 2. demonstrate how to develop grade-level appropriate ethograms and use these tools to study animal behavior in the classroom; and 3. identify at least two free webcams that can be used to address grade level–specific DCIs related to ecology and/or adaptations.

Speakers

Eric Proctor (Arizona Game and Fish Department: Phoenix, AZ)

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

A Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in Meteorology Using an Online Severe Weather Events Archive

We will share a PBL suitable for secondary and postsecondary meteorology students using an online severe weather events database.

Takeaways: 1. Participants will be given an opportunity to explore the Storm Prediction Center's (SPC) online severe weather events database, identifying the most impactful severe weather days (cases) for a sample region and year; 2. Participants will proceed through an example weekly worksheet analyzing the atmospheric parameters conducive for severe weather for a sample severe weather day; and 3. Presenters will share indirect assessment (via pre- vs. post-survey) data revealing the pedagogical impact of the PBL on student learning.

Speakers

Joby Hilliker (West Chester University: West Chester, PA), Shannon Hilliker (Binghamton University, SUNY: Binghamton, NY)

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Strategies in Teaching Cellular Respiration

Engage students in a hands-on cellular respiration activity using handouts and pop-beads that help explain the concept.

Takeaways: 1. Learn the stages of cellular respiration; 2. Discover how to follow glucose through the oxidation steps and track the carbons that are converted to CO2; and 3. Calculate the energy production (ATP) through substrate-level phosphorylation and oxidative phosphorylation.

Speakers

Deborah Cardenas (Collin College, Spring Creek Campus: Plano, TX)

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Dissecting Leaf Packs to Assess Watershed Health

Learn to dissect a leaf pack and identify macroinvertebrates to infer water quality. Engaging hands-on activity for all grade levels.

Takeaways: 1. Discover how to use this student- or teacher-driven investigation to learn about your local watershed; 2. Learn to identify macroinvertebrates and discover what they can tell you about water quality; and 3. Learn how data can be entered in a global database as part of a citizen science project.

Speakers

Susan Brown (Northland Preparatory Academy: Flagstaff, AZ), Carrie Jenkins (Sinagua Middle School: Flagstaff, AZ)

Friday, November 13
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Featured Presentation: Ask Dr. Wen!

Join NSTA President Beth Allan as she interviews Dr. Leana Wen, a practicing physician who has been a leading expert on health policy and public health during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

In the wake of COVID-19, educators are facing unique challenges. At the top of that long list are problems associated with the interruption of established in-classroom practices and routines to remote learning, the emotional toll of physical separation due to social distancing, and, as they face the inevitable challenges associated with returning to in-person instruction, the concern and unpredictability about personal safety and health.

During this interview, Dr. Wen will respond to questions on how to best support teachers’ well-being as they simultaneously create positive learning environments for their students.

Speakers

Leana Wen (The George Washington University: Washington, DC), Elizabeth Allan (University of Central Oklahoma: Edmond, OK)

Saturday, November 14
11:05 AM - 11:50 AM ET
Add to My Agenda

The Kavli Foundation Keynote Presentation: The Story of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt: How Science Progresses

Sponsoring Company: The Kavli Foundation

Soon after Pluto's discovery in 1930, astronomers noticed that it did not behave much like a planet: its orbit was highly inclined and so elliptical it even crossed the orbit of Neptune. Pluto’s image as an oddball persisted until the 1990s, when it was found to be part of the Kuiper Belt, a large population of icy bodies beyond Neptune consisting of material left over from the planet formation process. The discovery of the Kuiper Belt permanently changed our view of how the solar system formed, and showed that Pluto was not so odd after all. The Pluto–Kuiper Belt story is the quintessential example of how science works: change—whether we like it or not—is the only way science goes forward. 

NSTA wishes to thank The Kavli Foundation for sponsoring this speaker.

Speakers

Jane Luu (Draper Laboratory: Cambridge, MA)

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Equity in Science Education Roundtable

Join us in sharing your concerns and resources for enhancing equity and access in STEM programs. Learn what NSTA, and others, are doing for STEM equity nationwide.

Takeaways: 1. To be able to share your issues and concerns related to equity and STEM; 2. To know, and be able to listen to, other like-minded educators who are concerned about equity and STEM; and 3. To be invited to join an ever-expanding national network of educators who are concerned about equity and STEM.

Speakers

Gary Nakagiri (Science Consultant: El Cerrito, CA), Jerry Valadez (SAM Academy CSW: Sanger, CA)

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Special Session: Taking Care of Ourselves

To do our best for our families, our communities, and our students, teachers must take care of their own mental, emotional, and physical health. It is important that as teachers, we are supporting ourselves and each other in finding ways and time to take care of our minds and bodies. In this session we will discuss mindfulness, kindness, and compassion practices that teachers can use, and share resources that can help you consider ways to take care of yourself and others in ways that are nourishing and enlivening, including readings and articles; videos and podcasts; and guided self-care practices.

Speakers

William Penuel (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Daily Do Lesson: Why Isn’t Pluto a Planet? That’s the Nature of Science! Part 1

Engage in a high school Daily Do lesson based on astronomer Dr. Jane Luu’s research on Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.

Takeaways: 1. Figure out why Pluto is no longer considered a planet; 2. Identify key features of a phenomenon-driven, three-dimensional ("sensemaking") lesson; and 3. Learn strategies for sensemaking at-a-distance that provide access to science learning for ALL students.

Speakers

Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Online Learning in 3-D

Explore strategies and resources to shift your online courses into a more three-dimensional teaching and learning style.

Takeaways: Teachers will explore: 1. strategies for engaging students in phenomena in the online environment; 2. different course structural elements that can be used to promote three-dimensional learning; and 3. online resources that can be incorporated into an online course to promote inquiry learning.

Speakers

Christine Allred (Deer Valley Unified School Dstrict: Phoenix, AZ)

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Phenomena, Questions, and Models

We will investigate the use of anchoring phenomena in lessons with an emphasis on the science and engineering practices. We will discuss the integration of questioning, models, and phenomena in the classroom.

Takeaways: 1. Phenomena are the basis of science, since science is all about understanding our natural world; 2. Questioning is a key component of science instruction. A teacher should "never say what a student can say" but instead elicit students' responses to drive the instruction; and 3. Modeling is a dynamic process in science. Science modeling is different from "a model" or using modeling as a pedagogical process (i.e., "I do, we do, you do").

Speakers

Kelly Moore (Tennessee Tech University: Cookeville, TN)

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Rich Science and Engineering Through Virtual Simulations

Step into virtual simulations that provide rich experiences in STEM and develop knowledge and thinking skills needed to drive engineering design of an amazing project.

Takeaways: Participants will learn how to use: 1. an extensive number of authentic virtual simulation science and engineering labs to change their class approach to student centered instead of teacher centered; 2. virtual simulations to develop critical, complex, and creative thinking skills in science and engineering; and 3. knowledge obtained from virtual labs to drive engineering design and greatly improve project-based learning experiences.

Speakers

John Sorrel (Franklin Senior High School: Franklin, LA)

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

NSTA Press Session: Uncovering Student Ideas in K–12 Remote Learning Classrooms

Explore a variety of ways to use the Uncovering Student Ideas Formative Assessment Probes during distance learning.

Takeaways: 1. Recognize the importance of eliciting students' prior conceptions; 2. Gain tips and strategies for using the probes during remote learning to engage all students in learning concepts and figuring out phenomena; and 3. Learn ways to modify probes for digital use and applications.

Speakers

Page Keeley (The Keeley Group: Fort Myers, FL)

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Telling the Story of Island Biogeography with HHMI BioInteractive Resources

Sponsoring Company: HHMI

Tell the story of Island Biogeography through authentic data sets. Use free HHMI BioInteractive resources to discover how island area and isolation affect immigration, extinction, and species richness. Graph relationships to identify patterns that lead to a broader understanding of conservation biology.

Takeaways: 1. Building graphs from real data sets; 2. How a model can be applied to specific biodiversity conservation efforts; and 3. Integrating Disciplinary Core Ideas related to “Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems” with the science practices of developing and using models, analyzing and interpreting data, and engaging in argument from evidence.

Speakers

Ryan Reardon (Shades Valley High School: Irondale, AL), Amy Fassler (Marshfield High School: Marshfield, WI)

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Cut, Paste, Confirm: Real CRISPR Gene Editing and PCR Genotyping

Sponsoring Company: Bio-Rad Laboratories

Now your students can do real and safe CRISPR gene editing in your classroom using Bio-Rad’s Out of the Blue CRISPR Kit. See how to use PCR to confirm the genotype of Out of the Blue–edited bacteria using Bio-Rad's Out of the Blue Genotyping Extension.

Takeaways: 1. Learn about the mechanisms of CRISPR-Cas gene editing; 2. see how students can do safe and real CRISPR gene editing in the classroom; and 3. learn how PCR can be used to verify genotype following CRISPR gene editing.

Speakers

Tamica Stubbs (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA)

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

CRISPR: Connecting New Science to What You Already Teach

Sponsoring Company: MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling

The discovery of a CRISPR-based adaptive immune system in bacteria has already revolutionized the molecular biosciences. We will explore this new science using physical models…and suggest a way to connect this topic to what you already teach.  Isn’t it time we started to fix our genomes?

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how: 1. CRISPR Cas9 is similar to and different than a restriction enzyme; 2. CRISPR functions as an adaptive immune system in bacteria; and 3. CRIPSR technology can be used to detect coronavirus.

Speakers

Tim Herman (MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling: Milwaukee, WI)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

NASA’s Moon to Mars: Using the Engineering Design Process to Build Satellites

Use each stage of the Engineering Design Process to complete a challenge of building and drop testing a satellite while making connections to NASA missions.

Takeaways: 1. We can use the engineering design process in our everyday life to solve problems and make improvements; 2. NASA Engineers must ask a question, imagine a solution, plan a design, create that model, experiment and test that model, then take time to improve the original—all steps that are crucial to mission success from Moon to Mars and beyond!; and 3. While this activity will focus on teaching the engineering design process using the process skills of measuring, calculating, designing, and evaluating, the "boring part" of ask, imagine, plan will be focused on to emphasize deeper learning as a thought process prior to simply "building stuff."

Speakers

Barbara Buckner (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Greenbelt, MD)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Student Action at the Intersection of Effective STEM and Water Stewardship

A project-based STEM curricula has students applying their knowledge and skills to improve the world they live in by achieving quantifiable water savings.

Takeaways: 1. Science in the classroom can lead to real-world results; 2. Water audits require the use of math and technology to solve real-world problems; and 3. Community involvement enhances student learning and experience.

Speakers

Sandra Hurlbut (The University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension: Phoenix, AZ)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Beyond the Classroom: Developing Robust Industry and Community Partnerships to Strengthen Applied STEM Learning and Address Workforce Development in STEM Fields

Hear innovative ideas for developing partnerships and programs with community, universities, and industry to equip students with STEM skills necessary for success in tomorrow’s world.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how to go beyond one-off field trips to engage students in deeper, more meaningful, long-term, and real-world learning; 2. Learn how to take advantage of the coming "silver Tsunami" in most industries, to get unique learning experiences and measurable outcomes for your students; and 3. Understand that "STEM fields" are not limited to robotics or space exploration; most if not all fields soon will require at least a basic understanding of STEM concepts.

Speakers

Sharon Gutierrez (Riverside Public Utilities: Riverside, CA), John Robertson (Riverside Unified School District: Riverside, CA), Damaris Velez (Riverside Public Utilities: Riverside, CA)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Incorporating Literacy in Chemistry-Focused Lesson Plans

Are you asked to incorporate reading and writing into your science classroom? We have literacy-based lesson plans that will engage students and improve their learning!

Takeaways: 1. Lesson plans that incorporate literacy as well as hands-on activities; 2. Awareness of resources for incorporating literacy; and 3. A better understanding of how literacy improves student comprehension.

Speakers

Christine Suh (American Chemical Society: Washington, DC)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Using Forensics and Project-Based Learning as a Framework for Physical Science

Encounter how to incorporate forensic-themed projects into an introductory physical science class. Walk away with a Google Drive folder of resources and projects.

Takeaways: Educators will: 1. be able to incorporate forensics content into a physical science course; 2. have a general understanding of project-based learning; and 3. be able to incorporate claim, evidence, and reasoning (CER) into a physical science course.

Speakers

Deonna Puckett (Scottsburg High School: Scottsburg, IN)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Braincandy: Sparking Evidence-based Argumentation

Experience Braincandy—a free, web-based platform designed to stimulate evidence-based argumentation. Braincandy supports a safe, anonymous space to argue positions, engage in consensus, and critique ideas.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn how to implement Braincandy in their classrooms; 2. learn how the anonymity creates a low-risk environment to foster student argumentation; and 3. understand the effective use of digital tools to support learning.

Speakers

April Holton (Arizona State University: Tempe, AZ), Bryan Henderson (ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College: Phoenix, AZ)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Daily Do Lesson: Why Isn’t Pluto a Planet? That’s the Nature of Science! Part 2

Engage in a high school Daily Do lesson based on astronomer Dr. Jane Luu’s research on Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.

Takeaways: 1. Figure out why Pluto is no longer considered a planet; 2. Identify key features of a phenomenon-driven, three-dimensional ("sensemaking") lesson; and 3. Learn strategies for sensemaking at-a-distance that provide access to science learning for ALL students.

Speakers

Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Shell Science Teaching Award: Fueling Success with Students; Win Up to $10K

Do you impact your school and community with STEM? If you teach K–12, come learn how to apply to win one of eight Shell-supported awards.

Takeaways: Share your passion and practice by applying for one of eight awards. Learn from past Shell awardees, finalists, and judging panel members’ important tips to apply for this award, and how to win a trip to next year’s national conference in Chicago.

Speakers

Amanda Upton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Richard Embrick (David Crockett Middle School: Richmond, TX)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Project Resilience: Resources to Help High School Students in Coastal Areas Respond to Environmental Challenges

Learn about activities and resources that help high school students explore environmental challenges in coastal areas and develop resilience plans to improve their communities.

Takeaways: Teacher will: 1. understand how the Project Resilience curriculum supports teaching about environmental challenges impacting the Gulf Coast region; 2. learn about tools for teaching students about resilience and ways they can make plans to positively impact their school and community; and 3. consider ideas for how to adapt these resources to issues specific to their local environment and teaching situation, including virtual learning.

Speakers

Becca Hatheway (UCAR Center for Science Education: Boulder, CO), Melissa Rummel (UCAR Center for Science Education: Boulder, CO), Jonathan Foret (South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center: Houma, LA), Samantha Hicks (South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center: Houma, LA)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

How to Implement STEM and NGSS into Your Classroom Through the Use of NSTA Competitions

Hear about various NSTA competitions and how they can bring STEM and the NGSS into the classroom, as well as give students and teachers a chance to earn recognition and prizes.

Takeaways: Learn: 1. about NSTA competitions; 2. how NSTA competitions help integrate STEM and NGSS in the classroom; and 3. how students and teachers can win recognition and prizes.

Speakers

Acacia McKenna (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Matthew Hartman (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Saturday, November 14
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Featured Presentation: Science Is All Around Us

Science is all around you, no matter where you are! Join Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier—biochemist, pharmacy student, and self-proclaimed science nerd—as she shares suggestions for discovering the science in our everyday lives. During her presentation, Camille will discuss fun and creative approaches for the at-home, online science classroom to keeps students engaged during these challenging times.

Speakers

Camille Schrier (Miss America 2020 and Biochemist: Sewell, NJ)

Sunday, November 15
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Coronavirus: Science Is the Answer

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Through a series of videos and physical models of coronavirus proteins we will explore the molecular mechanism of virus infection, and how a vaccine will produce antibodies that will neutralize the coronavirus spike protein. We will also preview a student modeling program focused on the development of therapeutic nanobodies.

Takeaways: 1. Coronavirus in an enveloped virus with spike proteins on its surface; 2. the spike protein plays a critical role in the infection process; and 3. several different strategies are being taken to create a vaccine to inactivate the virus.

Speakers

Tim Herman (MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling: Milwaukee, WI)

Sunday, November 15
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Let STEMscopes Support You with Synchronous and Asynchronous Virtual Learning Opportunities

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes

Explore how popular educational technology tools can enhance your science curriculum for guided and independent remote learning. This session will provide participants with easy-to-implement strategies to create meaningful experiences that empower your students with 21st-century skills needed to succeed in a virtual learning environment.

Takeaways: 1. Help streamline the planning process; 2. Identify what is essential for each platform; and 3. Experience what those experiences look like.

Speakers

Ashley Mathis (Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Michele Cozza (Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Kenneth Heydrick (Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Sunday, November 15
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Algae Beads: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration plus Distance Learning

Sponsoring Company: Bio-Rad Laboratories

Use algae beads to study both photosynthesis and cellular respiration in AP and general biology courses. Extend this lab to study the effects of light intensity, light color, temperature, and other organisms. See how algae beads and other laboratory activities can be adapted for remote or socially distanced classrooms.

Takeaways: 1. See how algae beads are an extremely flexible and portable system to teach both photosynthesis and cellular respiration in AP or general biology courses; and 2. get instructions for how to adapt laboratory activities to remote or socially distanced classrooms.

Speakers

Tamica Stubbs (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA)

Sunday, November 15
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Explore and Create Video Case Studies with HHMI BioInteractive Resources

Sponsoring Company: HHMI

Students like videos and they like stories. Learn how to create a video case study to engage your students using Understanding by Design principles and free HHMI BioInteractive Resources. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops/tablets.

Takeaways: 1. How to develop a video case study, which can then be used in a flipped or traditional classroom; 2. How Understanding by Design principles drive the direction of the case study; and 3. How to increase engagement using interrupted videos.

Speakers

Karen Lucci (Hopewell Valley Central High School: Pennington, NJ), Sherry Annee (Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School: Indianapolis, IN)

Sunday, November 15
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Cell Differentiation and Gene Expression

Sponsoring Company: Lab-Aids, Inc.

Students often have trouble conceptualizing how selective gene expression works. In this workshop, participants will use digital manipulatives to see how to teach this concept and explain how it is connected to genetic engineering, using concrete modeling. A follow-up reading shows how this technology is used in food production, making selective gene expression a relevant and engaging sustainability issue. Discover ideas from Lab-Aids for implementing hands-on curricula into an online platform. This activity is from the Science and Global Issues: Biology program from SEPUP and Lab-Aids.

Takeaways: 1. See how to use digital tools to implement a hands-on curriculum in a remote setting; 2. Conceptualize how gene expression works; and 3. Relate core science concepts to real-life issues.

Speakers

Donna Parker (Dublin Coffman High School: Dublin, OH)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Rising to the Challenge: Creating Equitable Opportunities During a Remote Learning  Environment…and Beyond

Let's bring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into the forefront of science education! Join us as we share the details of our joint AMSE and NSTA Multicultural/Equity upcoming virtual miniseries. #DEIinACTION

Takeaways: 1. Addressing the Elephant in the Room: A Focus on Diversity and Equity Among Minority and Underserved Students in Geographic Locations; 2. Designing for Equitable Sense-making with Multilingual Learners; and 3. All in the (Science) Family: Considerations and Strategies for Inclusive Science Teaching for All Students.

Speakers

Alicia Conerly (Monticello Elementary School: Monticello, MS), Sharon Delesbore (Hightower High School: Missouri City, TX)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Teacher Wellness During Distance Teaching

We'll discuss challenges in terms of teacher wellness during distance teaching and share strategies in a roundtable.

Takeaways: 1. Acknowledge the challenges and demands on teachers in distance learning; 2. Share strategies for teacher wellness; and 3. Create a community of like-minded educators.

Speakers

Kavita Gupta (Monta Vista High School: Cupertino, CA)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Do You Need a New Science Lab? Come Learn How to Apply to Win for Your School!

Located in the U.S. near a Shell asset? Attend this session for the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge to learn how to apply for this amazing opportunity. Pick up tips for completing a winning application and begin your journey in applying to win an updated science classroom. This program will award 33 prize packages valued up to $15,000 for high school and $10,000 for elementary and middle school!

Takeaways: 1. Learn how you can apply to win the Shell Science Lab Challenge; 2. Learn the tips to completing a winning application; and 3. Have an opportunity to actually begin to complete the application and have your questions answered.

Speakers

Ruth Ruud (Cleveland State University: Cleveland, OH), Amanda Upton (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Beyond a Test: Alternative Assessments in Science

We will share unique and interactive assessments that go beyond multiple choice tests. These options offer learners a variety of ways to demonstrate their mastery of content. Varied assessment options will be explored, including alternative testing questions, interactive assessments, concept maps, and projects.

Takeaways: 1. Attendees will learn about alternate ways of assessing student learning that allows all learners the ability to demonstrate mastery of content; 2. Alternate mid-term and final exam options will be shared; and 3. Attendees will learn how to create valid assessments for English Learners.

Speakers

Stephanie Matson (Thomas Worthington High School: Columbus, OH), Kimberly Thesing (Thomas Worthington High School: Columbus, OH)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Exploring Genetics Through Genetic Disorders

Investigate alleles to learn molecular genetics and understand how DNA variations and the proteins they encode lead to different phenotypes. We will share a free NGSS-focused unit.

Takeaways: 1. How to integrate an in-depth investigation of a specific allele with foundational genetics content; 2. There is variation at the DNA, protein, cell, and tissue levels among alleles of the same disorder; and 3. •How to access and implement a free unit on genetics that illuminates the mechanisms through which differences in DNA lead to different phenotypes.

Speakers

Molly Malone (The University of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Cultivating Creativity

Explore the critical role that creativity plays in addressing essential skills required for ALL students and their future success.

Takeaways: 1. Why creativity must be a critical component of effective planning; 2. How creativity impacts student success; and 3. How to provide continuous and effective creative opportunities for students.

Speakers

Cathi Cox-Boniol (STEM Educational Consultant: Ruston, LA), Missy Wooley (Lincoln Parish School Board: Ruston, LA)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Bring on the Data! Beginning Strategies to Integrate Data and Scientific Literacy into Your Science Classroom and Beyond

Leverage how people learn from data to teach data skills alongside content with these beginning strategies to build students literacy in science, math, and technology.

Takeaways: 1. A framework for thinking about how people learn from data and what are the steps along the progression from being a novice to expert user of data to do science, math, and use technology; 2. Strategies and resources to use in our teaching in any unit to better set students up for success as they build their mastery of data skills to become more data and science literate; and 3. a suite of tips and tricks to integrate into our current curricula across different disciplines that enhance how students work with data to learn their science and math content as well as critical evaluate claims in the world.

Speakers

Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, Rutgers University: Princeton, NJ)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

How to Attract More Girls to STEM and Beyond!

A chief news meteorologist will share her story on disrupting stereotypes and celebrating gender equity from kindergarten to postsecondary. Emphasis will be placed on equipping educators with keys to attract young girls to STEM professions.

Takeaways: 1. Embracing differences: challenging the status quo and debunking gender myths; 2. Learning to create education cultures that celebrate our uniqueness; and 3. Why girls need community and role models: developing stronger mentor/mentee programs for girls within our schools.

Speakers

Ashley Gann (CBS 42 News: Birmingham, AL)

Sunday, November 15
1:05 PM - 1:10 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Storylined, Research Driven, and Student Centered: An Introduction to iHub Biology

Discover inquiryHub Biology—a three-dimensional yearlong storylined biology course. The units are freely available online. Presenters will share their experiences implementing this yearlong curricula.

Takeaways: 1. NGSS storyline curricula; 2. Coherence from the student perspective; and 3. Free three-dimensional resources.

Speakers

Kate Henson (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

Sunday, November 15
1:05 PM - 1:10 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Science Current Events Journals: Real Science and Media Literacy

Science current events journals bring real science into the classroom. Use the news to teach science content, media literacy, and analytical thinking, and to reinforce language arts.

Takeaways: 1. How to integrate media literacy in the science classroom; 2. Tools for differentiated instruction in science literacy; and 3. Integration of NGSS in a science literacy project.

Speakers

Elizabeth Weissman (The Ramaz School: New York, NY)

Sunday, November 15
1:05 PM - 1:10 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Data in the Classroom: Use NOAA Resources to Bring Scientific Data to Life

Delve into how to access and explore NOAA’s data-rich resources, lesson plans, and visualization tools to build data literacy and proficiency in scientific data analysis.

Takeaways: 1. What types of data are available from NOAA; 2. How to find and use NOAA data in your classroom; and 3. How students can be involved in data collection.

Speakers

Bekkah Lampe (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Silver Spring, MD), Kayla Do Couto (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Washington, DC)

Sunday, November 15
1:10 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

NESTA and AGI Session: Geoscience Is for Everyone—Activities That Help Students Explore STEM in Their Lives

Take part in activities making personal/local connections that encourage learners to reflect on the role of STEM in their lives, communities, and possible futures.

Takeaways: 1. Through engaging students in investigations centered on STEM careers we can inspire the next generation of STEM pioneers and innovators to build a better world; 2. Geoscience is for everyone; and 3. Personal and local connections like those explored in this workshop demonstrate the role of STEM for all learners.

Speakers

Aida Awad (Retired Educator: Buckeye, AZ), Ed Robeck (American Geosciences Institute: Alexandria, VA)

Sunday, November 15
1:10 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Add to My Agenda

Sustainable Urban Farming

Cultural exchange, identity, and agency are developed as students learn the importance of locally growing food and the benefit it has on the environment.

Takeaways: 1. Design Process that solves the lack of access to fresh food in urban communities; 2. Place-based education that builds student identity and agency in preserving the environment; and 3. Partnerships with local businesses and government agencies .

Speakers

Lakisha Kincherlow (Paterson Public Schools: Paterson, NJ), Daudi Angatia (School 24 / Fine and Performing Arts Program: Paterson, NJ), Carlos Miranda (Charles J. Riley School #9: Paterson, NJ), Alicia Acerra (Eastside High School: Paterson, NJ), Maribel Cardona (School 2: Paterson, NJ)

Sunday, November 15
1:10 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Add to My Agenda