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Monday, July 27
12:05 PM - 12:15 PM ET
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Keynote Message: Adapting to Isolation

Join Mike Massimino, former NASA astronaut, as he relates his time in space with the feelings of isolation and loneliness that many of our teachers and students are experiencing in this distance/virtual learning environment. Mike’s message is a reminder to all of us, that in spite of the physical distancing, we can (and, should!) stay “connected” to one another.

Speakers

Mike Massimino (Columbia University: New York, NY)

Monday, July 27
12:20 PM - 1:00 PM ET
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Featured Session: Tools with Tim & Rob @ 12:20

So great, we got through this year: Now what? As we prepare for next school year, what digital tools are out there to support us in blended learning situations that will put us in the classroom, in the home, and back? Join us for a select list of flexible, easy-to-use tools that have the potential of opening up new possibilities for teaching and learning. We’ll keep it lively and engaging and along the way as we share a host of digital resources for Early Childhood education and elementary classrooms.

Speakers

Robert Payo (Denver Urban Gardens: Denver, CO), Tim Blesse (Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Denver, CO), Elizabeth Garlick (North Mor Elementary School: Denver, CO), Will Allen (Graham Mesa Elementary School: Rifle, CO)

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Monday, July 27
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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Elementary STEM Showcase

The Elementary STEM Showcase has adapted the exciting, quick-fire format of the popular Pecha Kucha presentations for this year’s STEM20: Virtual Event. This "social show-and-tell event" brings together leaders in STEM education as presenters who offer 15 slides for 20 seconds each. Each five-minute presentation will offer teaching strategies and resources in the best practices in STEM education for our youngest learners. Featured materials come from celebrated classroom educators, authors of NSTA Press books, award-winning books from the Best STEM Books list, and strategies from the NSTA preK–5 journal, Science & Children.

NGSS connections to student experiences will be highlighted during each Pecha Kucha presentation. Participants will interact with presenters about STEM investigations and resources through a Q&A session at the end of the time block. Presentations will be passionate, funny, informative, and inspirational. Join us for this new format and learn from this fast paced, energy-filled experience and leave with ideas to use with your students and colleagues.

The Elementary STEM Showcase will be presented three times:

  • 1:09 PM—focus on the Upper Elementary STEM Classroom
  • 2:47 PM—focus on the Lower Elementary and Early Childhood STEM Classroom
  • 5:15 PM—focus on Informal Education Support for the STEM Classroom

Speakers

Judith Boyle (Divide School District #4: Divide, MT), Collin Doruff (Isidore Newman School: New Orleans, LA), Amanda Glover (Museum of Science, Boston: Boston, MA), Rebecca Kurson (Collegiate School: New York, NY), Emily Morgan (Picture-Perfect Science: West Chester, OH), Patricia Newman (Children's Book Author & Speaker: Carmichael, CA), Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Remote Robots Programming Instructions
Click here to learn more and program robots remotely live during/after the session.
STEM_in_ACTION!_NGSS_Poster_Akers.pdf
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices small poster
STEM_in_ACTION!_Legos_Cards_Akers.pdf
Lego Challenge Task Cards
26621_MacroChecklistPDF.pdf
Macroinvertebrate Card Checklist

Monday, July 27
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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AIA Session: Making a Makerspace: Crafting Space to Encourage Freedom-Centric Learning

How can you craft space to help emphasize student-centered environments for inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, and freedom-centric learning? Join an architect with the Committee on Architecture for Education to explore strategies and examples on how spaces can inspire community, creativity, curiosity, and caring.

Takeaways: 1. Attendees will learn from a case study of a new K-8 STEAM school how various design qualities of openness, art, connectivity, and nature can create freedom-centric learning. 2. Attendees will learn what it means to craft space and how creating diverse and agile settings removes barriers and allows teachers and students to take ownership and adapt the environment to their needs. 3. Attendees will explore how theme-based design can be utilized to shape cultural interactions, indoo/outdoor connections, and the building as a canvas for art.

Speakers

Olivia Graf Doyle (Architecture for Education: Pasadena, CA)

Monday, July 27
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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NCTM Session: Mathematics and Integrative STEM—Models, Measuring, and Ratios Through the Solar System

Through an integrative STEM approach, build student understanding of Earth and our solar system while creating models, using ratios, and considering scale.

Takeaways: Develop measurement, ratio, and modeling understanding in context. Build a better understanding of earth and our solar system. Develop connections between math and science teaching practices.

Speakers

David Barnes (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Reston, VA), Sarah Bush (University of Central Florida: Orlando, FL)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

The Sweden Solar System – the largest model of our planetary system in the world
More info and pictures of Sweden's Scale Model of the Solar System.

Monday, July 27
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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Using Scratch Jr. to Develop Concept Models in Lower Elementary Students

Engaging Quality Instruction through Professional Development (EQuIPD) is helping teachers to develop core concept models in students through improved instructional practices and use of technology, including Scratch and Scratch Jr.

Takeaways: 1. How Core concepts models are build in early childhood through specific staged activities. 2. How Scratch Jr and Scratch can be used by students and teachers to build a storyline for a concept model. 3. How teachers can use storylines to help build concept models in students.

Speakers

Nancy Ruzycki (University of Florida: Gainesville, FL), Seleka Kerr (University of Florida: Gainesville, FL), Leigh Arnold (The School District of Palm Beach County: West Palm Beach, FL), Jared Carter (University of Florida: Gainesville, FL)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

EQuIPD_Core_Model.JPG
This is a model which represents the ideology for the grant.

Monday, July 27
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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Animals as Engineers

From folklore and fiction to real life, animal mascots engage early learners in using science and engineering practices to explore how natural engineers solve problems.

Takeaways: Learn creative ideas for integrated lessons Overview of “tinkering,” “making,” MEA’s (model eliciting activities) and STEM Make meaningful connections between STEM, literacy and the natural world

Speakers

Margaret Giunta (Pinellas County Schools: Largo, FL), Kali Guinn (Pinellas County Schools: Largo, FL)

Monday, July 27
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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Augmented Reality to the Rescue: Practical Resources to Use in Your Classroom Right Away!

Leverage technology to keep your students engaged. This session will showcase the use of augmented reality (AR) technology within the learning cycle framework in upper elementary classrooms.

Takeaways: Participants will be: • Given a list resources that can be used for physical science, life science and earth/space science • Have a hands-on experience with a few different applications and resources for an immersive experience • Discuss how to accommodate a diverse set of learners and how to use proper scaffolding

Speakers

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

Monday, July 27
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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STEM 101: Getting Started as STEM Specialists in Your School

Your STEM journey begins here. Incorporate STEM and PBL into the K–5 curriculum. Receive ideas for program development, grants and funding, as well as  inexpensive or free field trips.

Takeaways: Incorporating STEM curriculum and PBLs into the K–5 grade–level curriculum requirements. Finding and scheduling in-house free and inexpensive field trips, guest speakers, and virtual experiences for all students at your school. Funding and grant writing information and sources to fund your STEM program.

Speakers

Julie Wilkerson (McKendree Elementary School: Lawrenceville, GA), Johanna Disney (McKendree Elementary School: Lawrenceville, GA)

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Monday, July 27
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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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 about NSTA competitions Learn about how you can use competitions as a resource to implement NGSS and STEM into your curriculum Learn how you and your students can win prizes and recognition

Speakers

Acacia McKenna (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Matthew Hartman (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Alexis Mundis (Army Educational Outreach Program: Arlington, VA)

Monday, July 27
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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Using Model Aircraft in Your Classroom

Students will love launching their own aircraft to study flight! Receive three types of flying models and everything you need for teaching with them. Lessons and activities are suitable for a wide range of ages and include flight dynamics, control surfaces, Newton’s laws, potential/kinetic energy, center of gravity, speed, weight/lift, thrust/drag, and centripetal force.

Takeaways: 1. Experience for yourself how model aircraft provide a hands-on, engaging and memorable way to learn about STEM concepts including basic flight dynamics, potential and kinetic energy, center of gravity and more. 2. Learn specific strategies for incorporating these activities into your classroom, making this STEM learning experience both successful and fun for you and your students. 3. Go back to your classroom feeling prepared with a free kit that includes three types of aircraft plus curriculum, directions for student activities, hand-outs and instructions on receiving post-workshop support.

Speakers

Rick Crosslin (MSD of Wayne Township: Indianapolis, IN)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

AMA Flight School
Starting point for teachers - to receive more resources contact the education department: education@modelaircraft.org
Making and Flying the Tethered Jetstream Model
This short video shows how to make the Jetstream Tethered flying model to be used with all the investigation worksheets and data collection. You will receive 7 of these models in your kit.

Monday, July 27
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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Teaching Students How to Debate in the Science Classroom

Develop critical thinking and research skills in your science students via debate. Bring the ideas you study into the real world. Hear how I researched and planned a debate to give my students a chance to investigate how communities evaluate environmental concerns.

Takeaways: How to structure a science debate in the classroom How to select an appropriate topic How to help students find relevant information for the debate

Speakers

Rebecca Kurson (Collegiate School: New York, NY)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

PENNEAST_PIPELINE_information.pdf
An overview of the debate topic
debate_structure.pdf
How to structure the debate

Monday, July 27
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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Integrating Science Learning, Language Learning, and Computational Thinking with All Students, Including English Language Learners, Part 1

Attention will be paid to contemporary perspectives on how to integrate three-dimensional science learning, language learning, and computational thinking with all students, including English language learners. In addition, student artifacts illustrating such integration will be shared.

Takeaways: 1) Contemporary perspectives on how to integrate science, language and computational thinking 2) Curriculum materials and classroom instruction to promote such integration 3) Analysis of student artifacts illustrating such integration

Speakers

Okhee Lee (New York University: New York, NY)

Monday, July 27
1:58 PM - 2:38 PM ET
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Featured Panel: Distance Learning Through the Educational Journey

Join us to explore a holistic view of the challenges, as well as learn tips and strategies to successfully implement distance learning in your elementary classrooms. Moderated by Kavita Gupta, panelists will share experiences and wisdom gained toward driving equity across learning styles, changing assessments, and addressing interventions. Participants will walk away equipped with best practices in distance learning, including a new educational context.

Speakers

Kavita Gupta (Monta Vista High School: Cupertino, CA), Dedric McGhee (Shelby County Schools: Memphis, TN), Jessica Holman (Boone County High School: Florence, KY), Heidi Thompson-Abell (Squires Elementary School: Lexington, KY), Shelby O'Neil (Jr Ocean Guardians: Berkeley, CA)

Monday, July 27
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Equitable STEM Through Culturally Responsive Distance Learning

Sponsoring Company: Twig Science Next Gen

Learn how Twig Science Next Gen leverages the strengths of multicultural backgrounds to help students feel valued and empowered with STEM. Twig Science raises expectations for all students (No deficit mindset here!) and helps build an equitable community of science and engineering in classrooms where all students see themselves as valuable contributors.

Takeaways: 1. Distance Learning does not have to be difficult! 2. Underrepresented populations in STEM can be strategically empowered 3. Inspire all students to pursue STEM Careers

Speakers

Lisa Larsgaard (Twig Education: Santa Cruz, CA)

Monday, July 27
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Elementary STEM Showcase

The Elementary STEM Showcase has adapted the exciting, quick-fire format of the popular Pecha Kucha presentations for this year’s STEM20: Virtual Event. This "social show-and-tell event" brings together leaders in STEM education as presenters who offer 15 slides for 20 seconds each. Each five-minute presentation will offer teaching strategies and resources in the best practices in STEM education for our youngest learners. Featured materials come from celebrated classroom educators, authors of NSTA Press books, award-winning books from the Best STEM Books list, and strategies from the NSTA preK–5 journal, Science & Children.

NGSS connections to student experiences will be highlighted during each Pecha Kucha presentation. Participants will interact with presenters about STEM investigations and resources through a Q&A session at the end of the time block. Presentations will be passionate, funny, informative, and inspirational. Join us for this new format and learn from this fast paced, energy-filled experience and leave with ideas to use with your students and colleagues.

The Elementary STEM Showcase will be presented three times:

  • 1:09 PM—focus on the Upper Elementary STEM Classroom
  • 2:47 PM—focus on the Lower Elementary and Early Childhood STEM Classroom
  • 5:15 PM—focus on Informal Education Support for the STEM Classroom

Speakers

Belle Akers (Convent & Stuart Hall's Schools of the Sacred Heart: San Francisco, CA), Ron Grady (NOLA Nature School: New Orleans, LA), Jason Innes (Kinderlab Robotics, Inc.: Waltham, MA), Anne Lowry (Aleph Academy: Reno, NV), Alexandra Morgan (Boulder Journey School: Boulder, CO), Katie Morrison (University Child Development School: Seattle, WA), Lauren Zander (Isidore Newman School: New Orleans, LA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

STEM_in_Action!_Showcase_Akers_.pdf
STEM lessons and book lists
STEM_in_ACTION!_NGSS_Akers.pdf
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices small poster

Monday, July 27
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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STEM Family Night

Get the tools to plan and execute a successful STEM Family Night geared toward all ages.

Takeaways: How to plan a STEM family night What types of activities do you choose How to get parents involved

Speakers

Misty Dietrich (St. Paul School: Salem, OH), David Pancurak (St. Paul School: Salem, OH), Jacqueline Mumford (St. Paul School: Salem, OH)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Family STEM Night PPT PDF
PowerPoint Presentation PDF for our session at NSTA STEM20. Please contact us if you have any questions!

Monday, July 27
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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NSTA Press Session: Uncovering Elementary Students’ Ideas About Engineering and Technology

Learn how to use purposefully designed, engaging questions to elicit and address students’ commonly held ideas about core concepts and practices related to engineering and technology.

Takeaways: 1) Learn how formative assessment probes reveal students' ideas about engineering and technology, including common misconceptions and stereotypes about engineers. 2) Learn how to embed the engineering and technology probes into instruction. 3) Learn how the engineering and technology probes support disciplinary core ideas and practices.

Speakers

Page Keeley (The Keeley Group: Fort Myers, FL), Cary Sneider (Portland State University: Portland, OR), Mihir Ravel (Olin College of Engineering: Needham, MA)

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Monday, July 27
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Integrating Science Learning, Language Learning, and Computational Thinking with All Students, Including English Language Learners, Part 2

Attention will be paid to contemporary perspectives on how to integrate three-dimensional science learning, language learning, and computational thinking with all students, including English language learners. In addition, student artifacts illustrating such integration will be shared.

Takeaways: 1) Contemporary perspectives on how to integrate science, language and computational thinking 2) Curriculum materials and classroom instruction to promote such integration 3) Analysis of student artifacts illustrating such integration

Speakers

Okhee Lee (New York University: New York, NY)

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Monday, July 27
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Balance Screen Time with Green Time

Author Emily Morgan will share ideas for adding “green breaks” to the school day that provide an opportunity for students (and teachers) to get away from their screens and reset and refresh their minds.

Takeaways: 1. Research on the importance of green time 2. Ideas for simple "green breaks" 3. Projects the integrate more extensive green time

Speakers

Emily Morgan (Picture-Perfect Science: West Chester, OH)

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Monday, July 27
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Share Observations and Ideas About Teaching STEM in COVID Times Using Innovators’ Compass Online

What if students habitually explored the key questions posed by scientists, engineers, and designers in anything they do? Innovators’ Compass is a 5-question tool, in all-free online and offline formats, to make that possible—developed by an MIT and IDEO alumna who’s now an Olin College educator. A quick introduction will include short videos of the Compass used in STEM.

Takeaways: Learn about a visual tool, in all-free on-and-offline formats, with 5 questions distilled from many practices in science, engineering, design, and beyond. See students and educators applying these for STEM, interdisciplinary, and SEL problems and projects. Use these 5 questions with peers on a pressing problem: how to advance hands-on STEM in (semi) virtual times.

Speakers

Ela Ben-Ur (Innovators' Compass: Cambridge, MA), Valeria Rodriguez (STEM Educator & Instructional Technologist: Miami, FL)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Innovators_Compass_Graphic_Tools.pdf
A selection of the free graphic tools available at innovatorscompass.org, which make 5 questions asked by engineers, scientists, and engineers accessible for any classroom moment—from STEM to SEL.
Innovators_Compass__Teaching_STEM_in_COVID_times_-_slides.pdf
Slides from the session "Share Observations and Ideas About Teaching STEM in COVID Times Using Innovators’ Compass Online"

Monday, July 27
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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The Success of the 89 STEM Learning Ecosystems

Hear how the Samueli Foundation along with its partners designed and scaled the STEM Learning Ecosystem to now 89 communities around the world.

Takeaways: What it takes to build a STEM Ecosystem How to build a STEM Ecosystem The evidence to support the value of a STEM Ecosystem

Speakers

Veronica Gonzales (Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES): Cleveland, OH)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Building_STEM_Ecosystems.pdf
What it takes to build a STEM Ecosystem How to build a STEM Ecosystem The evidence to support the value of a STEM Ecosystem

Monday, July 27
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Creating Three-Dimensional Inquiry Lessons

Engaging Quality Instruction through Professional Development (EQuIPD) is helping teachers to develop inquiry lessons that teach students to think critically and learn to solve the mysteries in the world around them using three-dimensional practices. Learn to create and use inquiry to truly engage your students in STEM.

Takeaways: 1. Identify a main learning goal, phenomena to explore, and concept model to plan effective STEM lessons. 2. Use the 5Es model of inquiry to create a real-world mystery that students will be motivated to solve. 3. Use technology as a tool to support model concept development. 4. Use Question Formulation Technique and Claim-Evidence-Reasoning to elicit student thinking.

Speakers

Christine Angel Danger (Hillsborough County Public Schools: Tampa, FL), Nancy Ruzycki (University of Florida: Gainesville, FL)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

EQuIPD_Model.JPG
This model represents the core ideology for the grant
Inquiry_Model_Development_and_purposes.pdf
This is a document we created to show the inquiry model stages. It aligns with the 5E model and Three Dimensional Learning.

Monday, July 27
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Using Fables and Fairy Tales as a Basis for Integrated STEM Lessons

The elementary classroom provides an ideal place for teachers to integrate two of the areas that have many commonalities—science and literacy skills. Identify and integrate fairy tales and fables into STEM teaching lessons. Example lessons and suggested children’s books for use will be shared.

Takeaways: Participants will 1). identify and integrate fairy tales and fables into STEM teaching lessons; 2). participate in activities that model the integration of children’s stories and science content; 3). discuss strategies for integrating both science and reading skills.

Speakers

Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

Monday, July 27
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Engineering a Unit to Promote STEAM Concepts for Elementary Classrooms

We created a unit to introduce students to STEAM concepts by using engineering as the backbone. All resources, including activities and assessments, will be shared.

Takeaways: -Elementary students have common misconceptions about engineers and engineering. -The engineering design process is an effective tool for designing STEAM-based lessons and units. -There are four main types of engineering (civil, mechanical, chemical, and electrical), upon which all careers within engineering are based (eg. biomedical, mining, architectural, environmental, aerospace, geological, etc.)

Speakers

Jeffery Townsend (Eastern Kentucky University: Richmond, KY), Taylor Cobb (Preservice Teacher: Waco, KY)

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Monday, July 27
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Teaching the Brain to Young Learners

Join in for an introduction to the brain and mindfulness for the youngest learners. In this kindergarten unit, students learn the basics of how the brain works, as well as a few parts of the brain and the meaning of growth mindset. This unit includes a “brainy” engineering project.

Takeaways: Students can learn how the parts of the brain work Students can learn how to use mindfulness Students will learn about growth mindset

Speakers

Rebecca Kurson (Collegiate School: New York, NY)

Monday, July 27
4:25 PM - 5:05 PM ET
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Featured Session: The Crosscutting Concepts—Science, Children’s Literature, and Beyond

Scientists share a common framework for thinking: the crosscutting concepts described by NGSS. This is why someone studying goat stomachs can converse intelligently with someone studying La Niña. They may have different knowledge bases, but they use the same framework for thinking and communicating about their respective topics. Valerie and Mark invite you to consider that the crosscutting concepts are a framework, not only for scientists, but also for all human thinking. This is why we can see these concepts shouting and whispering in every children’s book we pick up. When we look closer, we can even see how this framework can help us understand social problems and offer solutions. Join Valerie and Mark as they ignite a conversation about how the crosscutting concepts inform how we understand children’s literature, our classrooms, and beyond.

Speakers

Valerie Bang-Jensen (Saint Michael's College: Colchester, VT), Mark Lubkowitz (Saint Michael's College: Colchester, VT)

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Monday, July 27
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Elementary STEM Showcase

The Elementary STEM Showcase has adapted the exciting, quick-fire format of the popular Pecha Kucha presentations for this year’s STEM20: Virtual Event. This "social show-and-tell event" brings together leaders in STEM education as presenters who offer 15 slides for 20 seconds each. Each five-minute presentation will offer teaching strategies and resources in the best practices in STEM education for our youngest learners. Featured materials come from celebrated classroom educators, authors of NSTA Press books, award-winning books from the Best STEM Books list, and strategies from the NSTA preK–5 journal, Science & Children.

NGSS connections to student experiences will be highlighted during each Pecha Kucha presentation. Participants will interact with presenters about STEM investigations and resources through a Q&A session at the end of the time block. Presentations will be passionate, funny, informative, and inspirational. Join us for this new format and learn from this fast paced, energy-filled experience and leave with ideas to use with your students and colleagues.

The Elementary STEM Showcase will be presented three times:

  • 1:09 PM—focus on the Upper Elementary STEM Classroom
  • 2:47 PM—focus on the Lower Elementary and Early Childhood STEM Classroom
  • 5:15 PM—focus on Informal Education Support for the STEM Classroom

Speakers

Lauren Angelone (Xavier University: Cincinnati, OH), Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn (Columbus Elementary School: New Rochelle, NY), Elizabeth Dethloff (Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM: Katy, TX), Tom Lauwers (Birdbrain Technologies, LLC: Pittsburgh, PA), Godwyn Morris (Dazzling Discoveries / Skill Mill NYC: New York, NY), Richard Schaen (Wyoming City Schools: Cincinnati, OH), Brooke Shoemaker (Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center: Washington, DC), Prabakaran Soundararajan (BOON-dah LLC: Tampa, FL), Janet Mannheimer Zydney (University of Cincinnati: Cincinnati, OH)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

STEM_in_ACTION!_Legos_Challenge_Akers.pdf
STEM Legos Challenge Task Cards
Morrison_recordingsheets.pdf
Example recording sheets for Lab Notebooks
Flowing_Idea_Animated_Story_nstaPromo.pdf
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Flowing Idea Full Story Read
This video is one of our animated book readings with narration.
Interactive Story and STEM Bundle
This is a free product for new subscribers to our newsletter.

Monday, July 27
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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STEM in Action: Empowering Student Learning

Come ready to dive into STEM challenges and leave with confidence! Participants take on roles as architects and engineers while they plan, build, test, and improve their designs. What are the possibilities? 

Takeaways: Participants understand what students experience as they go through the steps of planning and constructing to meet a goal. Participants will learn the importance of an interdisciplinary approach through cross-curricular content. Participants will show an understanding of the importance of independent thinking as well as collaborating with others.

Speakers

Belle Akers (Convent & Stuart Hall's Schools of the Sacred Heart: San Francisco, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

STEM_in_Action!_Empowering_Student_Learning_Akers.pdf
STEM challenge lessons, book lists, and online reosurces.
STEM_in_ACTION!_Wood_Plank_Cards_Akers.pdf
Challenge task cards for wood planks or Jenga blocks
red_blank_cards_Akers.pdf
Blank challenge task cards

Monday, July 27
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Integrating STEM Teaching and Learning into the K–2 Classroom

Integrating STEM into the K–2 Classroom is a critically important contribution toward advancing STEM education, for two overarching reasons. First, it blazes a trail for early elementary classroom practitioners to reflect the latest thinking in STEM, and second, it provides a means by which early elementary educators can meaningfully contribute to America’s STEM movement.

Takeaways: -Experiencing through hands-on activities STEM Teaching and Learning in the Primary Classroom. - How to develop a STEM Unit for primary using their own standards and curriculum. -Discovering how exciting it is for teachers to build the foundation for STEM Teaching and Learning.

Speakers

Jo Anne Vasquez (Rocks to Rainbows, LLC: Gilbert, AZ), Michael Comer (Savvas Learning Co.: Worcester, MA)

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Monday, July 27
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Integrating STEM in PreK–5 Classrooms

Find out how you can integrate STEM into various subjects across the preK–5 curriculum. Leave with the ability to recreate several hands-on activities incorporating reading, social studies, science, and math.

Takeaways: Attendees will gain ideas for lessons in the areas of reading, social studies, science and math. Attendees will receive a list of curated books to use in the classroom and receive handouts of ready-to-use lessons. Attendees will be able to take materials with them from the activities.

Speakers

Angela Henderson (Southside Christian School: Simpsonville, SC)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Childrens_Literature_Titles_used_in_STEM.pdf
List of books I use in STEM classes grades 1st-5th.
Muir_Woods-_STEM_Activity.pdf
STEM Activity Page for the activity Muir Woods
Earthquake.pdf
Earthquake activity that I did with 2nd graders to coincide with their reading curriculum. We read a story about earthquakes and using spaghetti noodles and marshmallows students created a building that would withstand an earthquake. We tested them at the end to see how they held up and had class discussions about what certain ones held up better than others.

Monday, July 27
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Nanobot Sumo! Teaching Science and Engineering Practices by Hacking Hexbugs® with Elementary Students

Teach children to become inventors and engineers—it can happen when they’re engaged in science and engineering design practices. Introduce low-cost robotics in your elementary classroom by having your students create simple sensors for Hexbug® nanobots to perform specific jobs or compete in “battlebot” Sumo matches.

Takeaways: The practice of effective instruction in science and engineering practices within integrated STEM lessons. Teamwork in the iterative process and innovation within basic engineering design that builds upon cohesive, and collaborative student engagement. An introduction to low-cost, micro-robotics that meet key NGSS and state science and engineering standards.

Speakers

Thomas Meagher (Owatonna Public Schools: Owatonna, MN)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Google presentation supporting video.
This google slides presentation is what I reference in my video presentation on Nanobot Sumo engineering with elementary students.

Monday, July 27
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Primary Sources in the Library of Congress: Teaching with STEM

Using the LOC digitized primary sources, an activity can be created that helps students engage in learning, develop critical-thinking skills, and construct knowledge. Some possible resources participants will analyze are early periodic tables, researcher notebooks, photographs, engineering design plans, and scientific drawings.

Takeaways: • Connect with a primary source • Make inferences based on prior knowledge and close observation • Discuss benefits and strategies for engaging students with primary sources

Speakers

Barbara Bromley (Hazelwood Elementary School: Lynnwood, WA)

Monday, July 27
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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STEAM Starts from the Stacks

Discover STEAM-y starters in books we know, love, and have on our shelves. Titles, activities, and resources will be shared.

Takeaways: Learn why picture books are great starters for STEAM exploration. Discover favorite books and challenges. Explore how to add STEAM into already utilized texts in your curriculum and classrooms.

Speakers

Kate Burton (Trinity School: Atlanta, GA)

Monday, July 27
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Have You Daily Do-ed? Classroom and Distance Learning Lesson Plans for Elementary Teachers, Part 1

Daily Do sensemaking tasks are designed to engage students in authentic, relevant science learning whether at home or in the classroom. Join us to explore how these phenomenon-driven tasks motivate students to engage in science and engineering practices to make sense of science ideas (disciplinary core ideas) they need to explain how or why the phenomenon occurs. No matter the grade level or science subject you teach, we have Daily Do sensemaking tasks for you!

Takeaways: Understand what sensemaking is and how to create opportunities for sensemaking (recognize sensemaking tasks) Strategies for ensuring students are part of a rich learning community (science is social) - remote or classroom - and how being part of that community supports sensemaking Opportunities for family engagement in sensemaking tasks to build a family-school connection/community that supports all students learning science.

Speakers

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

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Monday, July 27
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Appy Hour

Bring STEM lessons to the next level with Appy Hour. From augmented reality to literally holding the world in your hand, the possibilities are endless!

Takeaways: Learn how to use augmented reality to bring your projects to life and how to share those projects with your students' families. Find exciting ways to let your students be immersed into new worlds. Learn how to combine subject areas while using these engaging free apps.

Speakers

Tiffany Pace (Weberwood Elementary School: Charleston, WV)

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Monday, July 27
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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Forming Natural Bridges: Integrating STEM with Social Studies

The Lewis and Clark expedition offers a rich opportunity to bridge STEM, social studies, and ELA using three-dimensional learning as the foundation.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how to use picture books, historical fiction, as well as primary sources to engage students in STEM/Social Studies learning. Attendees will be work to solve STEM problems that simulate problems encountered by Lewis and Clark expedition. Attendees may choose to grapple with/solve problems involving either Life Science, Physical Science, or Earth and Space Science as they work through a lesson built on the 5E model. Attendees will learn to see the connections between NGSS, CCSS, and NCSS standards so they, too, can build lessons integrating all three areas.

Speakers

Deborah Draper (Westmore Elementary School: Orem, UT), Julie Siebach (Cedar Ridge Elementary School: Cedar Hills, UT)

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Monday, July 27
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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A STEAM Exploration of Tiny Homes for the Homeless

We will explore a STEAM inquiry designed to engage upper elementary students in the creation of tiny homes as a solution to homelessness. 

Takeaways: 1) Engage around a mathematics rich tried and tested STEAM inquiry 2) Learn the role of empathy in authentic STEAM inquires 3) Outline possible strategies for implementing STEAM inquiries in upper elementary classrooms

Speakers

Daniel Edelen (University of Central Florida: Orlando, FL), Sarah Bush (University of Central Florida: Orlando, FL)

Monday, July 27
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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Getting Girls Involved in STEM with Innovative and Artistic Inventions: An Exploration of the Work of Rube Goldberg

Tinker with how to use the work of Rube Goldberg to develop engineering skills in upper elementary students. Participants will find out how to create their own Rube Goldberg device and develop a skill set to create innovative and engaging STEM/STEAM activities for girls at their respective schools.

Takeaways: Teachers will have the opportunity to learn about the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) program that I run at my school, providing the girls an opportunity to develop their STEM skills, with a focus on spatial awareness. Teachers will learn how to incorporate the work of Rube Goldberg into STEAM lessons. Teachers will be able to develop their own STEAM lessons, utilizing what they have learned in their workshop to engage girls in science.

Speakers

Katie Diaz (Horace Mann School Lower Division: Bronx, NY)

Monday, July 27
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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Integrating Dance and the NGSS: Creating a Human Machine

Use dance and movement to teach science and engineering concepts to better meet the needs of kinesthetic learners. Explore how to integrate dance and science to construct a Human Machine based on simple machine movements and the engineering design process.

Takeaways: Participants will be able to integrate dance and movement as a way to teach science and engineering concepts to better meet the needs of kinesthetic learners. Using dance to learn science in a nontraditional learning environment will allow for a variety of access points for the participants. Academic vocabulary in both disciplines will be built on during the presentation that is accessible for both a novice or more advanced-level practitioner.

Speakers

Dawn Dyson (The Music Center: Los Angeles, CA)

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Monday, July 27
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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EcoMOD: Computational Modeling for Elementary Ecosystem Science Education

Learn computational modeling with the EcoMOD curriculum. See how to explore a 3-D virtual ecosystem, and program a beaver agent to build a dam.

Takeaways: The EcoMOD research curriculum demonstrates an effective approach for integrating computational modeling and science content. Visual block-based programming interfaces make computational modeling for STEM learning accessible in upper elementary school. The NSF-funded EcoMOD software and curriculum are being made available for download through free license from Harvard University.

Speakers

Shari Metcalf (Harvard Graduate School of Education: Cambridge, MA)

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Monday, July 27
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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Have You Daily Do-ed? Classroom and Distance Learning Lesson Plans for Elementary Teachers, Part 2

Daily Do sensemaking tasks are designed to engage students in authentic, relevant science learning whether at home or in the classroom. Join us to explore how these phenomenon-driven tasks motivate students to engage in science and engineering practices to make sense of science ideas (disciplinary core ideas) they need to explain how or why the phenomenon occurs. No matter the grade level or science subject you teach, we have Daily Do sensemaking tasks for you!

Takeaways: Understand what sensemaking is and how to create opportunities for sensemaking (recognize sensemaking tasks) Strategies for ensuring students are part of a rich learning community (science is social) - remote or classroom - and how being part of that community supports sensemaking Opportunities for family engagement in sensemaking tasks to build a family-school connection/community that supports all students learning science.

Speakers

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

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Monday, July 27
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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STEM in the Outdoor Classroom and School Garden

Come discover how the outdoor classroom and garden are places of joyful, interactive discovery that can engage young learners in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Takeaways: Lessons taught indoors can be moved outdoors with student involvement in the natural environment. Opportunities for life lessons abound in schoolyard stewardship activities. Multidisciplinary collaboration among classroom, art, science, foreign language, music, and technology teachers is possible, and fun!

Speakers

Nancy Tate (Tower Hill School: Wilmington, DE)

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Monday, July 27
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons: Using Picture Books to Inspire STEM Learning

The authors of the Picture-Perfect STEM series will share lessons and strategies that integrate STEM and literacy in grades K–5.

Takeaways: 1. Explore model lessons that integrate STEM and literacy. 2. Learn how picture books can be used in the 5Es learning cycle. 3. Discover engaging picture books that can inspire STEM learning.

Speakers

Emily Morgan (Picture-Perfect Science: West Chester, OH), Karen Ansberry (Picture-Perfect Science: West Chester, OH)

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Picture-Perfect Science Resources Padlet
Videos, sample lessons, distance learning tips, green time resources, etc.

Monday, July 27
6:48 PM - 7:00 PM ET
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Demo Show

Join us for this demo show by the Kentucky Science Center. You won't want to miss this display of favorite science demonstrations that are brought to students and families everywhere!

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Kentucky_Science_Center_Virtual_Programs_Ed_Guide.pdf
Learn how Kentucky Science Center can support your virtual programming needs!