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Wednesday, July 29
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)

Wednesday, July 29
12:20 PM - 1:00 PM ET
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Featured Panel: STEM for Good

Moderated by Doug Scott, engineering and robotics teacher at Hopkinton High School, the panel will share how the Shield Team 2020 took to action and built a scalable and sustainable personal protective equipment–producing team of educators and students that became a national effort. The team has produced over 43,000 face shields. The team not only provided essential equipment to those on the front lines battling COVID-19, but also purpose to The Shield Team 2020 members who were sheltered in place.

Speakers

Doug Scott (Hopkinton Public Schools: Hopkinton, MA), Michael Looney, Sr. (Mashpee Public Schools: Mashpee, MA), Mark Westlake (Saint Thomas Academy: Mendota Heights, MN), Shishir Sudhaman (Hopkinton High School: Hopkinton, MA), Sucheta Sunder (Hopkinton High School: Hopkinton, MA)

Wednesday, July 29
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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Featured Panel: Student Panel Discussion—The Power of STEM Education

The need for STEM literacy—the ability to understand and apply concepts from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in order to solve our nation’s most complex problems—is growing exponentially. The requirement for STEM literacy goes beyond the traditional STEM occupations of scientist, engineer, and mathematician. In addition, the United States and the Army have a growing need for highly qualified, STEM-literate technicians and skilled workers in advanced manufacturing, logistics, management, and other technology-driven fields. For more than 50 years, the U.S. Army has supported educational opportunities in STEM for youth and undergraduate students, as well as teachers.

Join a diverse panel of students from the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) as they describe their experiences with the AEOP programs, the importance of STEM in their lives and schools, how STEM will help them in their futures, and why they think STEM is important.

Introductions and Moderator: Matt Hartman, eCYBERMISSION Educational Content Manager, U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program, NSTA, Arlington, Va. (www.usaeop.com)

Student Panelists: To be announced

Speakers

Matthew Hartman (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Wednesday, July 29
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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Empowering Students Through Big Data Analytics and Aerospace

Big data analytics and aerospace are two courses developed at Concordia International School Shanghai to empower students, develop STEM skills, and build community partnerships.

Takeaways: Understand two STEM collaboration projects between schools, corporations, and outside organizations. Understand that STEM ecosystems vary from one school to another, there is no one recipe, but there are guiding principles. Gain hands-on experience in building and testing balsa wood planes.

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Peter Tong (Concordia International School Shanghai: Shanghai, China), Craig Gingerich (American School of Doha: Doha, Qatar)

Wednesday, July 29
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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Distraction? No…Using eSports for STEM Education and Career Development

Hear how to use NASEF’s state-approved esports high school curriculum to engage and motivate students in STEM learning and careers.

Takeaways: How to use esports to attract students to deeper STEM learning . Learn how to implement a state-approved esports curriculum . Learn about the STEM careers in the world's fastest growing industry—Esports.

Speakers

Laylah Bulman (Samueli Foundation: Corona Del Mar, CA)

Wednesday, July 29
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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AIA Session: Transforming Your Space to Support Pedagogy: Architecture Design Workshop

Architects with the Committee on Architecture for Education will explore strategies to learn how architecture and design can be combined with innovative pedagogy to transform spaces into student-centered, collaborative learning environments.

Takeaways: 1. Attendees will explore methods to engage and connect your learning environment with nature and the outdoors. 2. Attendees will explore a variety of models for classroom flexibility and adaptability. 3. Attendees will explore examples of creative use of space and opportunities for meaningful display. 4. Attendees will explore suggestions for physical learning in regards to social distancing and capacity restrictions.

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Michael Maza (Kliment Halsband Architects: New York, NY)

Wednesday, July 29
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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NCTM Session: Mathematics and Integrative STEM—Solar Batteries and Solar Houses Fuel Student Application of Mathematics

This integrative STEM approach with a focus on mathematics uses student mathematical thinking to create a robust mathematical picture of solar batteries and solar houses.

Takeaways: 1. Application of algebra and pre-calculus concepts in the creation of models of solar batteries. 2. Small group work is coordinated and combined with others to support a collective mathematical analysis of the context and properties of interest. 3. Students use their mathematics and engineering tools and principles as they further develop their identity as a doer in these spaces.

Speakers

David Barnes (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Reston, VA), Katelyn Barnes (Riverside High School: Leesburg, VA)

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Wednesday, July 29
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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ASEE Session: Recommended High School Preparation and Career Choice Strategies for Successful Postsecondary STEM Education and Career Entry

Discussion centers on pre-college educational preparation, acquisition of career information, and career options. Strategies for first-year college success will be described.

Takeaways: 1. High school course work preparation 2. Needed student strengths for success 3. Sources and uses of career information

Speakers

C. Dale Elifrits (Northern Kentucky University: Highland Heights, KY)

Wednesday, July 29
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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Arming the Next Generation of Cyber Knights

Join us to explore a professional development program for secondary teachers to explore citizenship/programming concepts with explicit connections to the National Security Agency’s Cybersecurity Concepts.

Takeaways: • Participants will learn the National Security Agency’s Cybersecurity Concepts • Participants will explore exemplars for integrating Cybersecurity Concepts in various teaching disciplines • Participants will discuss best practices when teaching cyber literacy

Speakers

Kristin Cook (Bellarmine University: Louisville, KY), Jessica Ivy (Bellarmine University: Louisville, KY), Robert Kelley (Bellarmine University: Louisville, KY), Kevin Thomas (Bellarmine University: Louisville, KY), Eric Wong (Mercy Academy: Louisville, KY), Patrick Burton (Mercy Academy: No City, No State)

Wednesday, July 29
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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How to Write for NSTA’s High School Journal, The Science Teacher

Have a great activity to share? Join in for an overview of how to write for The Science Teacher. Learn tips and tricks for being a published author.

Takeaways: 1. Participants will learn about the inner workings of the journal. 2. Participants will gain skills in how to write for the journal. 3. Participants will be introduced to what kinds of articles are sought for the journal.

Speakers

Ann Haley MacKenzie (Miami University: Oxford, OH)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Writing_for_Publication_The_Science_Teacher.pptx
This session provides an overview of publishing in "The Science Teacher"- going from your initial idea to the published manuscript. A Q/A will follow the presentation.

Wednesday, July 29
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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Biology and Chemistry Remote or Socially Distanced Hands-On Lab Program

Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Co.

Carolina Kits 3D® FLEX is a full-year, phenomena-based lab program to actively engage students with investigations that are safe, rigorous, and designed for both remote and socially distanced instruction. Learn how this solution offers extensive teacher support, lesson plans, and authentic science investigations for students. Visit www.carolina.com/FLEX to learn more.

Takeaways: 1. Discover a flexible learning solution for a Biology and Chemistry lab program. 2. Investigate a hands-on lab program that transitions seamlessly from social distanced to remote instruction. 3. Determine funding sources that could be available for your school, district, or state for the Carolina 3D® FLEX program.

Speakers

Melissa Hodges (Carolina Biological Supply Co.: Burlington, NC), Jen Black (Carolina Biological Supply Co.: Burlington, NC)

Wednesday, July 29
1:09 PM - 1:49 PM ET
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BioBits®: Visualizing Biological Processes in Real Time

Sponsoring Company: miniPCR bio

With BioBits® cell-free systems, students visualize biological concepts in ways never before possible. Watch DNA make RNA and protein in real time—then, in a separate activity, directly investigate the relationship between amino acid sequence and protein structure and function. All in a visual, engaging format that is quick and easy and requires minimal equipment—ideal for distance learning.

Takeaways: 1. Students can visualize the flow of genetic information from DNA to protein using BioBits cell-free technology 2. Fluorescence can illuminate how DNA makes RNA makes protein in what is known as the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology 3. Students can identify and manipulate the steps of transcription and translation in guided inquiry experimentds

Speakers

Ally Huang (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

BioBits_Central_Dogma_Handout.pdf
Optional handout for following along the live hands-on demo
BioBits Central Dogma Product Page
Freely download all the curriculum associated with this lab - teacher guide, student guide, classroom slides, and webinar videos.
BioBits_Central_Dogma_-_Session_Slides.pptx
The slide deck used for this live demo session of the BioBits Central Dogma lab .
BioBits_Central_Dogma_-_Lab_Guide.pdf
The full lab guide for the BioBits Central Dogma activity.

Wednesday, July 29
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 high school 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), Ritu Karivaradasamy (Fremont Union High School District: Sunnyvale, CA), Jessica Holman (Boone County High School: Florence, KY), Zenas Lee (Fremont Union High School District: Sunnyvale, CA)

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Lesson Arc for Remote Teaching
There are two different resources. The pdf is lesson arc and the url is NGSS-aligned assessment that is appropriate for online teaching.

Wednesday, July 29
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Zombie Apocalypse!

Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

Be part of a zombie apocalypse! Learn about disease-spread modeling using simulations and fun storylines about a zombie outbreak. Applicable for middle school and high school, this workshop is sure to scare you and your little zombies with its exciting Hollywood themes used to engage students in learning science!

Takeaways: 1. This session will explore disease-spread modeling using fictional zombies. 2. Attendees will also see how using Hollywood themes combined with actual STEM careers can be a fun way to engage students in learning science and STEM. 3. Attendees will find out about free science and STEM lessons from Texas Instruments.

Speakers

Erick Archer (Texas Instruments: Dallas, TX)

Wednesday, July 29
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Modeling Biotechnology Concepts with a One Kit Wonder

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

We have all faced the terrifying “blank stare wall” when teaching biotechnology concepts such as PCR, Sanger sequencing, and restriction enzymes. Explore how you can cover all of these topics and more using a single modeling kit. Through NGSS-focused lessons, your students can experience the process, not memorize results.

Takeaways: 1. Participants will learn about the benefits of hands-on modeling. 2. Participants will practice one application of PCR modeling. 3. Participants will see how modeling with the Biotechnology kit already fits into their curriculum and can increase student mastery.

Speakers

Diane Sigalas (Livingston High School: Livingston, NJ), Heather Ryan (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI), Kris Herman (3D Molecular Designs: Milwaukee, WI)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

NSTA STEM20 Virtual Conference Materials
Modeling Biotechnology Concepts with a One Kit Wonder Workshop Session Slide Presentation

Wednesday, July 29
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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The Science of Stress Practical Strategies to Help Your Students

Uncertainty and lack of predictability can stimulate the biological mechanisms of stress. Join in for a practical look at the science of stress from the perspectives of neuroscience and behavior. How do we benefit from stress and get harmed by it? How can we and our students regulate stress in the distance learning environment, in a way that promotes health and learning?

Takeaways: Social-Emotional Mind and Brain Science Classroom Management

Speakers

Tim Blesse (Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Denver, CO)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

NSTA_The_Science_of_Stress_(Short_Version).pdf
This is a pdf of the PowerPoint Slides featured in the NSTA STEM Forum 2020 session. If you would like a copy of the actual PowerPoint contact the presenter Tim Blesse (Tim.blesse@dmns.org)
Resource_Sheet_For_The_Science_of_Stress.docx
Contains links for videos embedded in presentation as well as others from the longer version of this workshop
GIF_Brain_Breaks.pptx
Easy brain breaks to lower stress and increase memory to embed in PowerPoint or Google Slides. They require no explanation from teacher
ACES-_Understanding_Chronic_Stress_in_Your_Classroom.pdf
Infographic Gives Insight into Chronic Stress, not covered in this short version of the Stress Workshop
We_feel_Therefore_We_Learn.pdf
Short article for educators by Neuroscientist Helen Immordino Yang . Explains the importance of understanding and planning to capitalize on importance of emotion in the learning process.
Deep_Breathing_Gif.pptx
This PowerPoint Slide contains a gif that can be used without explanation to help students and colleagues decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increase learning.

Wednesday, July 29
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Patterns of Crime and Justice: Integrating STEM and the Humanities

Engage your students in this multidisciplinary application of civics and the scientific process. Implement this real-world problem-solving venue in your school!

Takeaways: Learn how to plan and execute co-curricular classes that integrate aspects of criminal justice, forensic science, and crime scene investigation. Expand these experiences for students by encouraging the involvement of other teachers/faculty in your schools. Explore how the implementation of student agency in the classroom can encourage students to grow in their ability to prioritize and chose responsibly, which is a lifelong skill.

Speakers

Jennifer Field (Nipmuc Regional High School: Upton, MA)

Wednesday, July 29
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Science Literacy Through Science Comics

Can the popular comic book medium be used to better support students learning chemistry? Science comic books are comic books designed to visually engage readers using sequential art to navigate a narrative that delivers science content. My investigation showed that students who read the comic book had higher gains in chemistry content knowledge than those who read the chemistry text. Given the findings, science comic books will be an effective educational tool.

Takeaways: How science comics can benefit my students. How I can use science comics in my classroom. What science comics are there to use and where to find them.

Speakers

Christopher Preece (University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY)

Wednesday, July 29
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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ASEE Session: Engineering For Us All (E4USA)

Learn more about the inclusive new NSF-funded introductory high school engineering course called Engineering For Us All (E4USA). We'll share one of our hands-on design activities!

Takeaways: Participants will be able to describe the E4USA program and its objectives and know how to participate in the future. Participants will learn to recognize engineering around them. Participants will leave with a hands-on activity that they can use in their classroom—the redesign of a shoe.

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Stacy Klein-Gardner (Vanderbilt University: Nashville, TN)

Wednesday, July 29
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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STEM Is CTE

Discussion centers on how Louisiana’s innovative STEM pathways give students access to high-demand, high-wage careers straight out of high school or with college or university degrees.

Takeaways: 1. High school STEM education can help meet vital workforce need. 2. High school STEM pathways can meet student needs whether they plan to attend a college/university or enter directly into the workforce. 3. High-value partnerships with public and private entities can expand capacity to offer high-quality STEM experiences.

Speakers

Nathan Corley (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA)

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Wednesday, July 29
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Ramp Up Your STEM Data Collection

Want to add more data collection to your STEM classroom? Then this session is for you!

Takeaways: Data collection and mathematical modeling coding with Basic language and a micro controller engineering design

Speakers

Stacy Thibodeaux (Southside High School: Youngsville, LA), Jessica Kohout (Reservoir High School: Fulton, MD)

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Wednesday, July 29
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Modeling Stellar Evolution and Supernovas Using NASA Images, Data, and STEM Analysis Tools

Model stellar evolution processes using NASA images, plotting H-R diagram transitions, and determining the chemistry and physics of supernovas with NASA STEM image analysis tools.

Takeaways: Knowledge of the process of how stars form and change over time ending in catastrophic events, providing conditions for the formation of planets. Students will understand that all knowledge of celestial events is determined by analyzing the light from these events. Image analysis software tools allow scientists to gain knowledge of the physical and chemical processes involved to create constantly evolving models of stellar evolution.

Speakers

Donna Young (UoL STEM Outreach Coordinator: Laughlin, NV)

Wednesday, July 29
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Disrupting the Status Quo: Accelerating Outcomes Through STEM Learning Ecosystems

Explore how the STEM2 Hub has built a thriving STEM ecosystem that is now impacting students across multiple districts through systems thinking and leadership’s willingness to change course.

Takeaways: An overview of the systems-thinking approach and theory of change applied in our ecosystem. Strategies to build trust to deepen collaborative partnerships across once disparate and competitive organizations with actionable tools to apply in your setting. Standards-based strategies to develop and infuse high-quality resources into the school day in a consistent manner, with resources to apply in your setting.

Speakers

Kathleen Schofield (Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub: Ponte Vedre Beach, FL)

Wednesday, July 29
2:47 PM - 3:27 PM ET
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Computer Science Education Roundtable

Computer Science education is growing and CS teachers are often singletons in their districts. Join us for an edcamp/unconference–style session to discuss topics of your choice in small groups and build your network!

Takeaways: Specific concrete takeaways for issues specific to Computer Science education Connect with like-minded educators for future collaboration Choose from topics such as: CS for All, Curricula/PD, Teaching Practices and Methodologies, Building your District's Program, CS Pathways, Licensure Requirements, Standards and more!

Speakers

Kerri Murphy (Norton High School: Norton, MA)

Wednesday, July 29
4:25 PM - 5:10 PM ET
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Featured Panel: #EmotiCon2020—Designing a Meaningful and Engaging Virtual Project Fair

How might we leverage the affordances of virtual spaces and communities to design an engaging digital project fair experience for teens learning remotely? The Emoti-Con NYC Youth Digital Media and Tech Challenge, now in its 12th year, is an annual spring project fair celebrating teen innovation in formal and informal programs around the city, serving primarily low income students of color. Moderated by Meredith Summs, the panel will include representatives from the Emoti-Con steering committee, led by the national nonprofit organization, Mouse, and a small team of young event alumni with collaboration from Global Kids, Parsons School of Design, and the New York Public Library. The panelists will share how they quickly pivoted to redesign the event as a fun, interactive virtual experience after COVID-19, created scaffolded resources for preparing and demoing digital work, and increased student engagement by 47%.

Speakers

Meredith Summs (Mouse: New York, NY), Niberca “Gigi Polo” Lluberes (Parsons School of Design, The New School: New York, NY), Luna Ramirez (Information Technology High School: Long Island City, NY), Mickell Ford (Emoti-Con Aluminati Member: New York, NY)

Wednesday, July 29
4:25 PM - 5:10 PM ET
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Featured Session: Proactive College Readiness for Neurodiverse Students…Tough Transitions in a Virtual Environment and How Best to Support Students Who Learn Differently

Students with learning challenges can be particularly impacted by the transition out of high school and for some, the transition to online learning has compounded the struggle toward college readiness. This presentation will review Navigator PREP, a virtual transition program that works with students and their parents up to nine months before entering college. This proactive college readiness counseling initiative at Beacon College helps to increase success and decrease attrition for neurodiverse students entering the postsecondary environment. The results of the program also have important implications for ways educators can support students who learn differently in their transition out of high school. We will discuss ideas for educators on methods of social instruction, increasing self-awareness, building executive functioning and identifying strategies to enhance emotional awareness and regulation in a virtual learning environment.

Speakers

Alexander Morris-Wood (Beacon College: Leesburg, FL), Mary-Anne Primack (Beacon College: Leesburg, FL)

Wednesday, July 29
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Robot Roundup!

See robots in action during this event! Educators from around the world will bring their robots to virtually demonstrate their uses in a showcase format. This is an interactive event where attendees wanting to know about robots can ask questions and collect ideas for their own classrooms. Together, we'll establish a professional learning network of educators using robots to engage students. 

Speakers

Anna Elzer (iRobot Corp.: Bedford, MA), Ruth Farmery (Prospect Hill Academy Charter School: Cambridge, MA), Tom Lauwers (Birdbrain Technologies, LLC: Pittsburgh, PA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Remote Robots Programming Instructions
Click here to learn more and program robots remotely live during/after the session.
Code with Root
Video that provides brief introduction to the Root Coding Robot
iRobot Education Learning Library
Discover hours of coding and STEM activities compatible with a robot, simulator, or unplugged. Premium content modeled after educational standards is also available on a subscription-basis.
iRobot Education Coding Interface
Start coding now! Test out our simbot in the virtual arena!

Wednesday, July 29
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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“Why Are We Doing Math in Science Class?” An Interdisciplinary Approach to Assessing Students

Find out how math, writing, and history/geography can come alive in a science classroom when assessing students through the use of claim, evidence, and reasoning.

Takeaways: Attendees will be able to: - Integrate claim, evidence, reasoning assessment strategies into their lessons - Develop lessons that challenge students to not only strengthen scientific thinking skills but math and writing skills as well - Challenge their students into applying their knowledge to the immediate world around them.

Speakers

Alexander Eden (Greater Lowell Technical High School: Tyngsboro, MA)

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Wednesday, July 29
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway: Journey to STEM Success

The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway is a successful partnership initiative that proves schools can improve their STEM education practices through a positive, collaborative approach with community organizations.

Takeaways: Designed to help the widest range of school districts and schools adopt best practices in STEM education, the Pathway includes: a tool and process for assessing current STEM programming and creating a practical plan for improvement a guide to specific steps a school or district can take to improve STEM education supports for teacher professional development and district-to-district mentoring.

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Toni Stith (Carnegie Science Center: Pittsburgh, PA)

Wednesday, July 29
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Have You Daily Do-ed? Classroom and Distance Learning Lesson Plans for High School 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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Wednesday, July 29
5:14 PM - 5:54 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)

Wednesday, July 29
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Zoom In! Modeling Variation in Deer Mice with Connected Bio

Engage in free sensemaking modeling and digitally enhanced activities developed by Concord Consortium that zoom into the mechanisms behind fur coloration in mice across various levels.

Takeaways: Boldly go where no curriculum has gone before using cutting-edge simulation software and digital zoom-ins to present to students what is typically missing from their understanding. Explore how students can generate accurate biological datasets to work with, compare, analyze, and/or applied to group statistical analysis. De-silo biology instruction to teach interconnected content across multiple levels (population, organismal, cellular, molecular).

Speakers

Rebecca Brewer (Troy High School: Troy, MI), James McCusker (Ridley School District: Folsom, PA), Timothy Newman (Bishop O'Dowd High School: Oakland, CA), Frieda Reichsman (The Concord Consortium: Concord, MA), Louise Mead (BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action: East Lansing, MI)

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Wednesday, July 29
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Talking Trash and Making Sense of Data!

Use real data to visualize the human impacts of pollution on our waterways. Learn ways to use this information to make graphing meaningful and fun!

Takeaways: 1. Use real data to make mathematical models to visualize relationships. 2. Identify the human-caused problems and identify potential solutions based off evidence. 3. Help students to build and interpret graphs effectively to be better scientifically informed citizens.

Speakers

Jessica Kohout (Reservoir High School: Fulton, MD), Stacy Thibodeaux (Southside High School: Youngsville, LA)

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Wednesday, July 29
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Proteinoid Production: New Lab Skills from Historic Experiments

Have your students explore the theories of life’s origins. Guide your students through historical research to memorable experiences of independent experimental design with Proteinoid Production. Student-produced samples will be on display.

Takeaways: Attendees will receive instructional materials and learn how to guide students through historical technical research to develop independent labs for Proteinoid Production. Discussions will include ways to implement and manage lab experience and stay sane. Methods of providing quick (and judicious) feedback as well as streamlined collective result sharing will be addressed.

Speakers

Catherina Sammons (Tates Creek High School: Lexington, KY)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

microsphere_lab.pdf
Traditional lab instructions for this lab I have used in the past. Note that this does not have the student research and design components. I am including it as a reference for teacher planning purposes.
Thermal Copolymerization of Amino Acids to a Product Resembling Protein
This is a copy of Fox and Harada's article from Science magazine published in November 14, 1958.
Proteinoids: Clues to Cellular Origins?
Article by Ivars Peterson explaining the role of amino acid properties in the formation of proteinoids in Fox and Harada's experiments. Published in BioScience February 2, 1985

Wednesday, July 29
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Educational Modules of Skeletal Muscle Anatomy and Function with Models and Active Data Gathering Related to Muscular Dystrophy

Concepts addressed include skeletal muscle anatomy and physiology, and the cellular physiology of the muscle cell, which are applied in formulating explanations that describe muscle cell function in healthy individuals and those with a disease. BackYard Brains electromyograms recordings as well as physical models will be used. These modules have been used in high school– and college-level classes.

Takeaways: 1. engineering design activities challenge teams to build 2-D and 3-D models 2. Skeletal muscle anatomy and physiology, and the cellular physiology of the muscle cell is learned as well as implications in a disease state. 3. • STEM content knowledge is applied in explaining a human health issue—muscular dystrophy

Speakers

Robin Cooper (University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY), Rebecca Krall (University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY), Tawny Aguayo-Williams (University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY)

Wednesday, July 29
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Journey 2050: Engaging Students in World Food Sustainability

Sponsoring Company: Nutrien/ National Agriculture in the Classroom Org

Journey 2050 is a free, online STEM program designed for grades 7–12. Students virtually explore the complexities of sustainably feeding the world’s population of 10 billion by the year 2050. Lesson plans and resources provided, including a new lesson on technology and innovations.

Takeaways: 1. A growing population requires making sustainable choices 2. For every choice made there is a ripple effect on our environment, economy and society 3.New technology and innovations are essential to feeding the world

Speakers

Tessa Matuszak (National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization: Palm Coast, FL)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Teacher Training Reg. - August 13th
Webinar Details ?This free webinar will provide educators interested in implementing the program in their classroom an overview of Journey 2050. The webinar will be held August 13, 2020 from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Eastern Time.

Wednesday, July 29
5:14 PM - 5:54 PM ET
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Film Screening: World On Fire: The Science— Focusing on Global Warming and Energy

Sponsoring Company: WorldOnFire-TheScience.com

This session features a film about the science of global warming and energy, and will present a site with links to the film, as well as a short book and a comic.

Takeaways: 1. The Earth is warming due to the greenhouse effect and the emission of carbon dioxide and other gases. 2. Electricity is made by pushing wires through magnetic fields and the energy to push those wires now comes mostly from the burning of fossil fuels that produce carbon dioxide. 3. There are many non-polluting methods of making electricity, including solar, wind and nuclear powered systems.

Speakers

Oliver Rosengart (Retired Educator: Brooklyn, NY)

Wednesday, July 29
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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Remote Learning Solutions with Vernier

Sponsoring Company: Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier has collected free resources to help educators integrate remote learning into their teaching. In this virtual workshop, we will outline how to use Pivot Interactives, coding activities with Scratch, and the Vernier Experiment and Sample Data Library.

Takeaways: 1. How to integrate data-collection technology into remote learning 2. Ways to show students hands-on science from home 3. Experiment ideas that are aligned to the NGSS framework

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David Carter (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR), Josh Ence (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR)

Wednesday, July 29
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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Forensics for the Body Farm: Preferences for the Medicinal Blow Fly (Lucilia Sericata) and Fruit Fly (Drosophila Melanogaster)

An interactive module in experimentation, data gathering, and interruption was developed with a focus on the benefits of knowing life cycles and behavior of two animal models related to real-life implications in forensic science.

Takeaways: 1.How to set up an experimental design with flies of different species that feed and lay eggs on different food sources. 2.Understand behaviors of insects related to food choice to lay eggs: related to forensics. 3. Develop NetLogo simulations whereas middle level students are limited to the live investigations and graphing using paper-and-pencil methods.

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Robin Cooper (University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY), Rebecca Krall (University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY), Tawny Aguayo-Williams (University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY)

Wednesday, July 29
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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Have You Daily Do-ed? Classroom and Distance Learning Lesson Plans for High School 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.

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

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Wednesday, July 29
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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NSTA Press Session: Uncovering High School 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.

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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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Wednesday, July 29
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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Using Stories and Gamification to Improve STEM Comprehension, Retention, and Motivation

Well-told stories capture our imagination and inspire emotional engagement while also providing context to the lesson. We will cover how to use stories in your lessons.

Takeaways: How and why stories improve comprehension and retention of information How to improve emotional engagement in your lessons using stories and gamification Tips on integrating stories into your classes starting tomorrow and see the difference immediately

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Meghan Gardner (Guard Up's Guardian Adventures: Burlington, MA)

Wednesday, July 29
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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Using Biological Modeling and Data-Driven Science to Engage Students in Computational Thinking in Order to Bridge Biology and Computer Science

Explore how your students can integrate computer science and biology to address real-world problems through data collection, visualization, analysis, biological modeling, and hypothesis testing. No programming background required!

Takeaways: Learn applications of building and using computer simulations of biological systems to introduce students to biological modeling. Collect ecological data using our web app to support a real-world project on pollinator decline and loss of biodiversity Use computational tools to visualize and analyze ecological data to test hypotheses about the effects of environmental stressors on ecosystems

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Shari Weaver (The STEM Education Center at WPI: Worcester, MA), Maria Berrios (Auburn High School: Auburn, MA), Maureen Chase (Quabbin Regional High School: Barre, MA), Jennifer Field (Nipmuc Regional High School: Upton, MA), Carolina Ruiz (Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Worcester, MA)

Wednesday, July 29
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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Spark Curiosity and Deepen Remote Learning: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions

Experience the Question Formulation Technique: a simple, powerful strategy that can spark curiosity and deepen remote learning by teaching students to ask their own questions.

Takeaways: 1. Participants will learn the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) by experiencing it for themselves. They will walk away with a practical strategy they can immediately use in a remote setting to teach students how to ask better scientific questions and drive science inquiries. 2. Participants will explore student work from science classrooms across the country to see how the strategy can be used for a range of instructional purposes. 3. Participants will reflect on their learning, think on how they can implement it in their own setting, and get access to free tools and resources to do so.

Speakers

Kathryn Connolly (Right Question Institute: Cambridge, MA), Nicole Bolduc (Ellington Middle School: Ellington, CT)

Wednesday, July 29
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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Building and Sustaining STEM Ecosystems for Statewide Impact

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network has developed a strong, statewide STEM ecosystem for K–12 educators. We will focus on ways to connect and highlight communities of STEM teachers, encourage innovative teaching practices through targeted STEM professional development, and establish a STEM culture through statewide programming efforts.

Takeaways: Identify the niches of your ecosystem—what are the roles necessary to promote diversity and unity? Identify the resources needed to sustain an ecosystem Identify potential challenges to the viability of the ecosystem and possible mitigation strategies

Speakers

Brandi Stroecker (Tennessee STEM Innovation Network-Battelle: Nashville, TN), Becky Ashe (Tennessee STEM Innovation Network-Battelle: Nashville, TN)

Wednesday, July 29
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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Data Analysis Made Easy: Connecting Math and Science Through Technology

Add new learning that increases student engagement in analysis and evaluation of real data. Engage students of different ability levels in mathematical models with measurements not previously accessible in the classroom.

Takeaways: * Combine graphing calculators with handheld sensors to maximize class time; * Use real data to develop mathematical models; * Learn how to test your hypothesis by doing an experiment and analyze your results;

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Karlheinz Haas (The Pine School: Hobe Sound, FL)

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Wednesday, July 29
6:03 PM - 6:43 PM ET
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Robot Roundup!

See robots in action during this event! Educators from around the world will bring their robots to virtually demonstrate their uses in a showcase format. This is an interactive event where attendees wanting to know about robots can ask questions and collect ideas for their own classrooms. Together, we'll establish a professional learning network of educators using robots to engage students. 

Speakers

Alex Crooks (World Robot Olympiad Foundation: Taylorsville, NC), Lisa Freed (iRobot Corp.: Bedford, MA), Gary Garber (Garber STEM Consultants: Melrose, MA), Ben Smith (Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12: New Oxford, PA)

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Remote Robots Programming Instructions
Click here to learn more and program robots remotely live during/after the session.
Physics_Robotics_Lesson_Plan_for_NSTA.pdf
In this Lesson Plan I explain how to use LEGO robots to perform a physics experiment.

Wednesday, July 29
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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