NSTA Engage: Fall20 - Sessions

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Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM ET
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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
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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
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM ET
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM ET
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM ET
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM ET
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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
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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
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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
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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
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
1:15 PM - 1:20 PM ET
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Environmental Education Clubs, Green STEM, and Eco-Schools

Discussion centers on how to start an Environmental Education Club, incorporate green STEM-focused curriculum, and become part of the Eco-School global initiative.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. how to start an Environmental Education club at their school and will see examples from other schools and colleges; 2. about Green STEM lessons and interdisciplinary units that they can easily incorporate in their standards-based curriculum; and 3. about the Eco-School global initiative and will explore how they can inspire their students to collaborate with others and involve their local communities so together they can create creative and meaningful solutions to protect the planet.

Speakers

Lisa Ristuccia (Fountain Hills Charter School: Fountain Hills, AZ)

Sunday, November 15
1:15 PM - 1:20 PM ET
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Inappropriate Science

Find out how to use anonymous surveys to collect students’ honest questions concerning content, then using SELF (Suitable, Extend, Line, Functionality) to determine which responses to use.

Takeaways: Teachers will: 1. analyze which anonymous survey method works best in their classroom; 2. dissect the SELF (Suitable, Extend, Line, Functionality) method and learn how to apply it to their instructional methods; and 3. explore content topics in which SELF would increase learning and discussion.

Speakers

Stephanie Jimmerson (Cabot High School: Cabot, AR), Brandon Daughety (Cabot High School: Cabot, AR)

Sunday, November 15
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM ET
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Closing Keynote Address: WOW! Tips, Techniques, and Tricks for Motivating Students

Join master educator, presenter, and author Michael A. DiSpezio as he explores ways in which you can effectively engage students within our challenging times. Driven by a diverse cache of science engagements designed for both at-home and face-to-face encounters, this presentation profiles tenets for reclaiming motivation, engagement, and success. These easily repeatable and inexpensive experiences offer multiple opportunities that are effective in recapturing, maintaining, and nurturing student success in standards-based science literacy. They range from mind-bending science challenges to an activity assortment of awesome hands-on experiments that you can perform with everyday items. So join Michael for a practical and pragmatic session that surveys a variety of tips, techniques, and tricks designed for the at-home/online science classroom. Plus, make sure you have several sheets of scrap paper, paper clips, scissors, and tape at your desktop for this interactive experience!

Speakers

Michael DiSpezio (Master Educator, Presenter, and Author: North Falmouth, MA)