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Monday, July 26
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET
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Keynote Presentation: A Morning with Kate Biberdorf

As seen on the Today Show and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Dr. Kate Biberdorf is breaking stereotypes and blowing stuff up—all in a good pair of heels. Through her theatrical and hands-on approach to teaching, Dr. Biberdorf is breaking down the image of the stereotypical scientist, while reaching students that might otherwise be intimidated by science. Drawing forth emotional responses, rather than rote recitation of facts is key to Biberdorf ’s dynamic approach to her program, as well as to science in general. Her exciting and engaging program leaves audiences with a positive, memorable impression of science—all while diminishing the stigma around women in science.

Dr. Biberdorf is the author of Kate the Chemist: The Big Book of Experiments, a collection of 25 kid-friendly science experiments that come prepared with a messiness factor rating and a note from Kate about how each experiment works. Her newest book, Dragons vs. Unicorns, is a children's novel and was released in March 2020.

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Kate Biberdorf (The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, TX)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Hands-On Engineering and Phenomena-Based Learning with Science+

Discover how to engage students in science using three-dimensional learning with engineering projects and computational thinking. Free access to grades 3–5 lessons.

Takeaways: 1. Explore real-world phenomena to motivate students and guide learning; 2. Learn practical tips for reaching all three dimensions of the science standards; and 3. Understand how to guide students in conducting online research and analyzing authentic data.

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Laurie Salvail (CYBER.ORG: Bossier City, LA), Brittany Pike (CYBER.ORG: Bossier City, LA)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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STEAM with SPED: What Full Inclusion Looks Like

Co-teaching or have lots of mainstreamed SPED students? Pick up some useful strategies and clever tools to help bridge the anxiety gap here!

Takeaways: 1. Co-teaching best practices; 2. Mainstreaming with SPED students made more comprehensible and easier to do; and 3. Online teaching, grading for SPED students and more addressed.

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Julie Smith (Lennox Middle School: Lennox, CA)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Dream It, Design It

Students and teachers can learn about STEM in an immersive and risk-friendly environment? A regional student competition was developed to accomplish this feat.

Takeaways: 1. Students will take risks in learning when they are set up for success; 2. Teachers and students can learn together; and 3. Professional Development does not have to be lecture in format.

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Patrice Semicek (Montgomery County Intermediate Unit 23: Norristown, PA), Ben DeSantis (Montgomery County Intermediate Unit 23: Norristown, PA)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Dogs, DNA, and Doo-doo: Authentic Investigations into Data Interpretation

Across the globe, dogs snoop on poop to save endangered species. By studying the stories in scat, students learn mapping, literacy and data interpretation skills.

Takeaways: 1. The science of scat and the detection dog methodology offer engrossing strategies to engage students with STEM; 2. Scientific fields depend on scientists from diverse backgrounds with diverse skill sets; and 3. Strategies and visuals help students understand, collect, map, and interpret data responsibly.

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Heather Montgomery (Science Author: Ardmore, TN)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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STEM Collaboration from the Ground Up: Hydroponics in the Classroom

The Dallas Arboretum and Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD will share the process and results of their collaborative STEM hydroponics program.

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. explore the development process of the hydroponics collaborative; 2. view sample before-and-after lesson plans as a result of the curriculum redesign; and 3. learn about lessons learned and opportunities for growth, including adjustments due to distance learning.

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Dustin Miller (Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: Dallas, TX), Christy McClain (Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD: Carrollton, TX)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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In the Rethink Tank: Turning Trash into Treasure with the Sustainability Superheroes

In this session, we will illustrate how educators created integrated STEM activities through real-world sustainability design challenges.

Takeaways: 1. Sustainability issues engage students with real-world local and global problems; 2. Adapting a "Shark Tank-like" format into a "Rethink Tank" provides key questions and criteria to help students use entrepreneurial thinking to create innovative solutions to problems; and 3. Sustainability topics allow for not only STEM integration, but connections to English Language Arts, Social Studies, Career Education, and the Arts.

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Deborah Kozdras (University of South Florida: Tampa, FL), Christine Angel Danger (Hillsborough County Public Schools: Tampa, FL)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Effectively Using “Science Kits” to Achieve the NGSS

Learn how to use your existing science kit materials to support your students with NGSS, based on experiences from the Elementary Science Olympiad program.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. how to modify "instructional kits" available to them to allow for authentic student inquiry; 2. how to structure instruction to allow for cycles of failure and feedback; and 3. how hands-on science supports implementation of the NGSS.

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John Loehr (Science Olympiad: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), Shari Haug (Science Olympiad: Oakbrook Terrace, IL)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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STEM-ify Content Through Design Thinking

Design thinking enhances student engagement and performance across the curriculum. Come try the DT process and explore resources to help you get started!

Takeaways: 1. The design thinking process (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test) is used by schools and corporations around the world to solve problems and create products; 2. The design thinking process can be applied in any content area to promote critical thinking and student engagement; and 3. Many free strategies and resources are available to teachers, and implementation can be as simple as routinely having students ask certain questions.

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Ashley Townsend (Oak Grove Primary School: Prairieville, LA)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Little Big Minds: STEAM for Our Youngest Learners

STEAM-integrated activities are for all learners, including those in an early childhood setting. Participate in a series of play-based STEAM activities that promote three-dimensional learning.

Takeaways: 1. Early childhood students will engage in scientific investigation and inquiry through student-centered activities that promote curiosity, creativity, and innovation; 2. Kindergarten Readiness Math skills are developed through STEAM-integrated investigations highlighting number sense, measurement, and data; and 3. Activities will develop executive functioning skills through play and open exploration.

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Cassandra Armstrong (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy: Aurora, IL), Lindsey Herlehy (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy: Aurora, IL)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Investigating How the Ocean's Story Is Our Story

Using inquiry-based activities, we will investigate how our lives are connected to the ocean and how we impact it through climate change, pollution, and overfishing.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how to introduce phenomena-based activities about climate science to students, including global warming, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, and plastic pollution; 2. Increase ocean awareness and inspire community involvement that leads to changes in the status quo; and 3. Suggest ideas for preparing students as future leaders to think globally about the ocean as it impacts food supplies, jobs, and populations on the move to escape sea level rise and crop failure.

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Patricia Newman (Children's Book Author & Speaker: Carmichael, CA)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Follow That Tree

Come along as a kindergarten class explores the world of nature, experiences the seasons, and engages in STEM activities with Joe the Ginkgo Tree as its guide.

Takeaways: 1. Promote inquiry-based learning through the lens of a schoolyard tree; 2. Learn how to design a yearlong, child-centered STEM project; and 3. Connect students with the natural world both inside the classroom and outdoors with hands-on STEM and art-based activities and experiments.

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Amie Plumley (Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School: Memphis, TN)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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STEM Learning with Light and Shadow

Learn how to engage preK–2 students in light and shadow concepts as they engineer light sources, materials, and screens to produce a desired effect.

Takeaways: 1. Identify meaningful contexts for exploring light and shadow phenomena that already exist in the young child's world; 2. Engage in strategies that enable young learners to explore how properties of materials interact with light, and then use their understanding of light and properties of materials to engineer effects on a screen to communicate with peers; and 3. Recognize multiple paths to conceptual understanding contingent on each child's unique backgrounds and experiences.

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Beth Van Meeteren (University of Northern Iowa: Cedar Falls, IA)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Integrated STEM Lessons Focusing on Children's Literature

Using quality children's literature and the 5E, ideas for integrated STEM lessons will be shared with corresponding hands-on activities. Handouts and resources provided.

Takeaways: 1. Using quality children's literature can access students' thoughts and prior knowledge; 2. Children's literature used with engaging hands-on activities can help move students toward understanding of science concepts ; and 3. The 5E model of instruction can be used to instruct students in a three-dimensional way of thinking.

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Jim McDonald (Central Michigan University: Mount Pleasant, MI)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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How Does Your Garden Grow? A STEM Early Childhood Adventure

Follow a storyline through early childhood explorations, looking at the needs of living things—space, water, sunlight, soil. Then engineer a garden designed to integrate all areas, supported by great literature.

Takeaways: 1. STEM Explorations need to be authentic and progressive, focusing on big ideas; 2. STEM Exploration leads to agency and equity in all areas of a child's life; and 3. Communication among all of the guides in early childhood, formal, informal, mentors, and family is the key to success.

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Juliana Texley (Central Michigan University: Mount Pleasant, MI), Ruth Ruud (Cleveland State University: Cleveland, OH)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Launching and Igniting a Love of STEM Studies While Nurturing the Curious Instincts of Young Learners

Join me as I model integrated STEM activities and explorations—where children explore and manipulate objects, materials, technology-rich manipulatives, and variables—to see the effects of their actions, and to help young children see the interconnectedness of the STEM disciplines. Handouts.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. about the myriad examples of STEM that comprise the everyday world of the young child and how to identify, create, and explore many amazing opportunities for observation, exploration, and thinking that surround young children every day; 2. and actively engage in discourse with the presenter about ways of nurturing the young child’s natural curiosity and inquisitive nature regarding STEM in the natural world and technology in their surroundings, and ways to set up hands-on exploration opportunities and ways to nurture the curiosity of young children for STEM studies; and 3. best practices for working with young children in science and STEM studies.

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Donna Knoell (Educational Consultant: Overland Park, KS)

Monday, July 26
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Engineering, Code, and Design Through Classroom Activities

Kids' technology designer and author Vicky Fang introduces tools, activities, and philosophies to inspire STEM curiosity and confidence in young kids.

Takeaways: 1. Recommendations based on research and experience to spark STEM curiosity in a wider and more diverse range of kids; 2. Introductions to current tools to promote creativity in tech; and 3. Hands-on activities for promoting design thinking, computational thinking, and computer literacy in the classroom.

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Vicky Fang (Product Designer & Author-Illustrator: Los Altos, CA)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Reimagining the Five Practices for Effective and Equitable Discourse: An Example from a Virtual STEM Experience

We discuss a number of considerations for virtual science instruction and highlight how the five practices take shape in an online STEM experience. We further suggest ways by which teachers can maximize an online learning platform for equitable participation.

Takeaways: 1. The Five Practices remind us that discourse and equitable participation in the science classroom require more than discipline-based knowledge or simply providing experiences with phenomena and materials; 2. As teachers prepare to engage students in virtual science experiences, utilizing strategies that promote effective discourse is essential. It is not the teacher alone who creates effective discourse; however, the teacher’s careful construction of explicit guidance for students through discourse strategies while investigating science phenomena is crucial; and 3. Virtual classroom instruction can be designed in ways that enhance motivation, support productive participation, and deliver interactive learning experiences in science.

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Kristin Cook (Bellarmine University: Louisville, KY), Sahar Alameh (University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY), Margaret Mohr-Schroeder (University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY), Craig Schroeder (Henry Clay High School: Lexington, KY), Cathrine Maiorca (California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA), L. Octavia Tripp (Auburn University: Auburn University, AL)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Robotics—It’s Elementary!

Are you thinking about incorporating coding and robotics at the elementary level? Come try it yourself and learn about funding, resources, and preparing for success!

Takeaways: 1. Coding and robotics can improve students’ algorithmic and critical thinking, which helps with math and reading as well as creativity, communication, and collaboration; 2. When seeking funding for robotics, start with what is manageable and connect your project with math, science, and ELA standards; and 3. Focus on how students are thinking to get the most out of their experiences with coding and robotics.

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Ashley Townsend (Oak Grove Primary School: Prairieville, LA)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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NASA STEM Engagement—Just Passing Through: Soil and Water Exploration

Explore the NASA Elementary GLOBE storybook the “Scoop on Soils.” Engage students with a dynamic experiment on soil permeability.

Takeaways: 1. NASA Elementary GLOBE has free storybooks with three or more STEM activities each integrating the Core Standards with the Science standards. The materials are translated into five languages; 2. All students will relate to the climate issues of the availability of fresh water and soil needed to grow food; and 3. Exploring the environment with backyard soils engages students in real-world problem solving.

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Susan Kohler (NASA Glenn Research Center: Cleveland, OH)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Sensing Science Through Modeling Matter Free Apps for Kindergarteners

The Sensing Science project has developed and researched a curriculum to support learning about states of matter and its phase changes at the kindergarten level.

Takeaways: 1. Free apps for use in your classroom; 2. Models that assist students in the understanding of why the three states of matter are different; and 3. Free interactive stories introducing phase changes to students.

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Carolyn Staudt (The Concord Consortium: Concord, MA), Nathan Kimball (The Concord Consortium: Concord, MA), Jamie Broadhead (Videatives, Inc.: Amherst, MA)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Brain-Based Mindfulness for Young Learners

What do young learners know about how the brain works? Brain-based research and mindfulness can have a profound impact on young learners. Foster a growth mindset in your young students. Join me as I share research and curriculum guides to plan a similar unit in your classroom.

Takeaways: 1. What do young learners know about how the brain works?; 2. How can brain-based research help us understand and teach growth mindset?; and 3. Learning about the brain in lower school supports lifelong achievement and development.

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Rebecca Kurson (Collegiate School: New York, NY)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Cricket Challenges: Engaging Readers in Exploring Their Natural World

This session presents interactive “Cricket Challenges” to engage students in nature-based activities designed to encourage curiosity and to make cross-curricular STEM connections to literature.

Takeaways: 1. Innovative ways to engage readers to use fiction as a springboard to explore their natural world and make text-to-real-world connections; 2. Handouts including instructions for activities such as “An Outdoor Challenge for Every Season," ”Creating a Nature Wonder Hour,” “Nature Scavenger Hunts,” “Creating a Nature Journal from the Point of View of the Main Character in the Book You’re Studying,” and “Bloom Bingo”; and 3. Writing prompts educators can use to encourage students to analyze and explore their natural world.

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Jo Hackl (Author: Asheville, NC)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Green Screen in STEM

Need a simple and creative way to engage students? Create a green screen area in your classroom. This workshop will demonstrate a simple way to make creative videos with a green screen.

Takeaways: 1. How to use a chroma key with different apps and programs; 2. Simple video editing techniques; and 3. Using different objects for green screen props.

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Jennifer Crane (Charter School for Applied Technologies: Buffalo, NY)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Grand Challenges and Children's Literature: Promoting Access Through Meaningful Connections

This interactive session will guide you through a process of identifying community “grand challenges” and using multicultural children’s literature to create empowering STEM learning experiences.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn to guide students through the process of identifying and defining relevant, investigable issues in their communities; 2. recognize the power of children's literature for promoting equitable access to STEM learning opportunities for diverse students; and 3. leave with a framework for empowering students to use STEM skills and knowledge to enact meaningful change in their community.

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Sara Donaldson (Wheaton College: Norton, MA)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Using Outdoor Spaces to Promote Science Equity During the Pandemic

An Out Teach instructional coach gives teachers the information, inspiration, and practical everyday tips they need to head outdoors to lead hands-on real-world cross-curricular experiences proven to build science skills and get students deeply engaged in science practice. Presenters will provide specific strategies for elementary teachers to engage students in science and engineering practices anchored in outdoor phenomena—whether students are remote or in-person.

Takeaways: 1. To put equitable outcomes at the center of all we do, students need opportunities to make decisions about their own learning and space to bring their own experiences and background to the classroom in ways that connect meaningfully to content. This highly sought after, student-centered approach can be kick-started through outdoor experiential learning in Science; 2. Many teachers struggle with 3-D science instruction, which requires that we not only teach students content but give them ample opportunities to think and work like scientists. The outdoor classroom is a powerful instructional tool for authentic scientific practice, developing a scientific mindset and a love of learning; and 3. Outdoor experiences are a great equalizer, improving student-directed learning, SEL, and 21st-century skills during remote, hybrid, and in-person instruction.

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Wendy Kelly (Out Teach: Fort Worth, TX), Allie Graybeal (Out Teach: Fort Worth, TX)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Think Like a Bird: Integrating Life Science and Engineering Design in the Elementary Classroom

Can you think like a bird? That is what these NGSS-focused activities ask of students in an engineering challenge to create shelter for local birds.

Takeaways: 1. Fun, authentic, NGSS-focused activities that promote students' application of science concepts in the engineering design process; 2. Simple strategies to engage students in place-based outdoor learning experiences that are adaptable for in-person instruction, virtual learning, or at-home projects; and 3. Ideas for modifying your existing life science activities to fit the time of year.

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Sagan Goodpaster (University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY), Rebecca Krall (University of Kentucky: Lexington, KY)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Explore the Solar System: NASA’s Scale of Discovery

Let’s make a foldable solar system scroll. Come learn how to apply ratios to create a scale model of the planets based on your height.

Takeaways: 1. With a properly scaled solar system scroll, participants will identify inner and outer planets and readily SEE why they are named as such; 2. Understanding the concept of rations and fractions, part-to-whole, participants will leave being able to create a proportional solar system in their classroom, on a football field, or across their state; and 3. This activity can be used at any grade level.

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

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Make Time for Science with Project-Based Learning

If we treat content areas as silos, we will never find time for science! Discover how to create authentic, cross-curricular learning experiences that increase engagement and thinking.

Takeaways: 1. Determine characteristics of authentic learning experiences; 2. Explore two projects, lesson by lesson, making connections to your science content; and 3. Discover a process for creating your own project-based learning units.

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Terra Tarango (Van Andel Education Institute: Grand Rapids, MI)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Science Club Summer Camp: Teachers and Students Learning Together

Learn about an innovative teacher PD model employing free youth summer camps to support elementary grade teachers’ authentic understanding of NGSS principles and pedagogy.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. about a new practicum-based professional development model that pairs NGSS PD with informal (summer) youth learning; 2. approaches to measure the effectiveness of NGSS teacher professional development; and 3. how district-level PD needs can be addressed through university-district partnerships.

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Michael Kennedy (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL), Emily Mathews (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL), Jessica Mahon (Burroughs II Elementary School: Chicago, IL)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Engineering for All: Making Engineering Projects Meaningful and Accessible

Join me for a hands-on, engaging, meaningful engineering project that can be immediately applied in any classroom, whether it be remote or in-person.

Takeaways: 1. This session will give attendees the confidence and desire to teach engineering in their classrooms; 2. Participants will understand that teaching engineering does not require purchasing expensive materials, and a quality project can even be done in a remote setting; and 3. Everyone will leave the session with a ready-to-go project that can be implemented immediately.

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Danielle King (Barstow Unified School District: Bartsow, CA)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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STEAM Preschool Investigations: 3-D Hands-On Science Teaching Using Geological Materials

Learn to teach observation investigations with young learners that integrate geology, art, and math. Participants will receive hands-on materials and lessons to use with students.

Takeaways: Participants will learn how to; 1. do three-dimensional investigations with young learners; 2. integrate teaching of art and math concepts with geology; and 3. teach young students to observe and collect geological data.

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Laura B. Schneider (St. Mary's College of Maryland: Saint Mary's City, MD)

Monday, July 26
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Design Challenges for All: Fostering Engagement with Engineering

Experience an engineering design challenge that engages all students in the design process,  building critical mindsets around collaboration, perseverance, and critical thinking. Take away facilitation resources for implementing NGSS-connected, real-world challenges in one session or over several months.

Takeaways: By the end of this session, participants will come away with: 1. a clear understanding of the Engineering Design Process and strategies for integrating this process into their instruction; 2. confidence to engage all learners as they implement design challenges in their learning settings; and 3. knowledge of the connections between design challenges and NGSS K–12 engineering progression.

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Erica Barrueto (The Bowers Institute at The Tech: San Jose, CA), Amy Bucher (The Tech Interactive: San Jose, CA)

Monday, July 26
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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STEM 101: Getting Started as STEM Specialists in Your School in a Digital World

Join us on your STEM journey and learn how to incorporate STEM and PBL into your K–5 curriculum. Receive ideas for program development, grants and funding, and inexpensive or free field trips. Teaching STEM digitally with coding and computer programming apps.

Takeaways: 1. Incorporating STEM curriculum and PBL's into the K–5 curriculum requirements and incorporating Digital Coding and computer programs to use with virtual teaching; 2. Finding and scheduling in-house free and inexpensive field trips, guest speakers, and virtual experiences for all students at your school; and 3. Funding and grant writing information and sources to fund your STEM program.

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

Monday, July 26
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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NSTA Press Session: Phenomena to Scenario: Intentionally Moving from Inquiry to STEM Application

This interactive session provides experiences that model how anchoring phenomena and engaging scenarios help students develop an understanding of three-dimensional learning.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. understand the importance of anchoring phenomena tied to scenarios to drive student learning; 2. leave with example STEM units aligned to industries and careers that can be implemented in the classroom; and 3. share a model template for creating their own STEM units.

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

Monday, July 26
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Topaz Japanese Internment Camp: Integrating Science, Social Studies, and ELA Through STEM to Examine Real-World Historical Situations

Historical issues create rich opportunities to utilize Science, Social Studies, and ELA disciplinary skills—through STEM—to increase student engagement and a deep understanding of complex problems.

Takeaways: Session attendees will learn both pedagogical concepts and history as they work to understand and solve perplexing problems that faced Japanese-Americans interned at Topaz. Using the Topaz Japanese internment camp as the backdrop, session participants will: 1. learn how to pair both fiction and informational texts (including primary source documents); 2. discover ways to integrate NGSS standards, Social Studies, ELA, and STEM through lessons and problem-solving activities; and 3. focus on the 5Es and 3-D learning.

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

Monday, July 26
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Makerspace: A New Vehicle for Developmentally Appropriate Practice

See how early childhood educators at an urban charter school are revolutionizing their classrooms as makerspaces to promote developmentally appropriate practice.

Takeaways: Participants will learn how: 1. a makerspace for young children can be intentionally designed to allow for children to experience Seymour Papert's 8 Big Ideas of Contstructionism; 2. the young children can gain experience with the 8 Science and Engineering Practices in a makerspace-inspired Early Childhood Classroom; and 3. to facilitate child-directed learning in a developmentally appropriate manner in an intentionally designed makerspace.

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Karen Brooks-Bauer (Eagle Academy Public Charter School: Washington, DC), Sabrina Burroughs (Eagle Academy Public Charter School: Washington, DC)

Monday, July 26
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Opening New Worlds for Young Computer Science Learners

Learn about ways to reach elementary students and increase interest in computer science with engaging contexts and multiple entry points.

Takeaways: 1. Recruiting elementary students to CS is a strategy for increasing the diversity of students in advanced CS classes in the future; 2. The context of CS activities is important for student interest and engagement; and 3. Confidence in implementing strategies that broaden the context for CS learning.

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Lorri Coates (Museum of Science, Boston: Boston, MA), Brianna Wilkinson (Museum of Science, Boston: Boston, MA)

Monday, July 26
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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STEM: A Cross-Curricula Approach

The goal of this presentation is to share resources and best practices that will aid instructors in developing an innovative cross-curricular STEM instructional setting.

Takeaways: Participants will leave with the following: 1. a list of resources that can be used to implement STEM objectives across all subject areas; 2. specific examples of how to develop a cross-curricular STEM unit based on a literary text; 3. a template to guide them in developing cross-curricular STEM activities; and 4. a cross-curricular unit they will design during the session.

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Lynn Dunn (NTID Regional STEM Center: Talladega, AL)

Monday, July 26
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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The Science of Wander: Nature Walks as Early Science Practice in an Outdoor Preschool

In this session we'll explore the ways that forest walks are catalysts for discussing emergent science concepts, connections, and curiosities in an outdoor preschool.

Takeaways: 1. Unplanned experiences can provide a variety of opportunities to capitalize on children's interest and both assess and extend knowledge; 2. Using tools such as nature journals and floorbooks are powerful ways to chronicle experiences and document ongoing learning; and 3. With the right lens, urban forests and green spaces have all of the resources necessary for a robust experience of the natural world.

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Ron Grady (NOLA Nature School: New Orleans, LA)

Monday, July 26
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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NSTA Press Session: Explore-Before-Explain: A Practical and Fun Approach to Make the NGSS Come Alive!

Get ready for STEM and the NGSS by sequencing instruction to promote your students’ long-lasting understanding with a simple yet powerful approach: Explore-Before-Explain.

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. participate in two explore-before-explain STEM activities; 2. identify the benefits of guiding students to construct explanations based on personal observations and data analysis; and 3. collaboratively brainstorm ways they can tweak one of their existing STEM activities following the explore-before-explain instructional strategy to meet the vision of the NGSS.

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Anne Fayen (Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: Dallas, TX), Patrick Brown (Fort Zumwalt School District R-II: O'Fallon, MO)

Monday, July 26
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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STEM Tuesday: A Resource to Investigate, Celebrate, and Integrate Middle Grades STEM Books

A team of Outstanding Science Trade/ Best STEM Books authors introduces the STEM Tuesday blog, a free resource that celebrates STEM books and connects classrooms via STEM and literacy activities.

Takeaways: 1. Find out what STEM Tuesday is and how to use it in middle level classrooms; 2. Leave with activities, book lists, resources, and suggestions from STEM Tuesday's FREE website to use in the classroom; and 3. Interact and provide feedback among authors and science teachers on STEM literacy and needed books.

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Mary Kay Carson (Author: Cincinnati, OH), Jennifer Swanson (Author/Teacher: Jacksonville, FL), Heather Montgomery (Science Author: Ardmore, TN), Patricia Newman (Children's Book Author & Speaker: Carmichael, CA), Nancy Castaldo (Author: Boston, MA)

Monday, July 26
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM ET
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Keynote Presentation: Tools @ Tea Time with Tim & Rob

Tim and Rob are back for tea and lively conversation as we look toward next year, once again reflecting on our use of technology in the classroom. We'll look at one of the big questions on all our minds: Now that we know what we know, how can we use that to support students in both their learning and their emotional well-being as we move back into the "new normal" classroom?

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Tim Blesse (Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Denver, CO), Robert Payo (Denver Urban Gardens: Denver, CO)

Monday, July 26
3:35 PM - 4:00 PM ET
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MiSci Live Exhibit Tour: Earth. Wind. Weather.

Investigate the amazing and powerful forces shaping our planet through a live tour of MiSci’s newest permanent exhibit gallery. Transform desert landscapes, create avalanches, explore Jupiter's otherworldly atmosphere, and watch as we construct a swirling fire tornado in this immersive experience!

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Monday, July 26
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM ET
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Elementary STEM Showcase

Join us for the Elementary STEM Showcase and leave with a headful of ideas for the best practices in STEM education. The Elementary STEM Showcase is an exciting and quick-fire format event that uses the popular Pecha Kucha presentation method. 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 presenters are celebrated classroom educators, informal education centers, NSTA leaders, 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 this live Q&A session. 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.

Speakers

Belle Akers (Convent & Stuart Hall's Schools of the Sacred Heart: San Francisco, CA), Jenn Brown-Whale (Howard County Public School System: Ellicott City, MD), Lauren Burrow (Stephen F. Austin State University: Nacogdoches, TX), Kristin Cook (Bellarmine University: Louisville, KY), Richard Cox, Jr. (Winthrop University: Rock Hill, SC), Chrissy Cross (Stephen F. Austin State University: Nacogdoches, TX), Elizabeth Dethloff (Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM: Katy, TX), Jen Dobson (Wyoming City Schools: Cincinnati, OH), Rebecca Garelli (Arizona Dept. of Education: Phoenix, AZ), Ron Grady (NOLA Nature School: New Orleans, LA), Melanie Harper (The NEED Project: Manassas, VA), Dieuwertje Kast (USC Joint Educational Project: Los Angeles, CA), Tom Lauwers (Birdbrain Technologies, LLC: Pittsburgh, PA), Anne Lowry (Aleph Academy: Reno, NV), Janet Mannheimer Zydney (University of Cincinnati: Cincinnati, OH), Godwyn Morris (Dazzling Discoveries / Skill Mill NYC: New York, NY), Katie Morrison (University Child Development School: Seattle, WA), Sara Nelson (Iowa State University: Ames, IA), Patricia Newman (Children's Book Author & Speaker: Carmichael, CA), Emily Ong (Girls Who Code: New York, NY), Christine Preston (The University of Sydney: Sydney, NSW), Richard Schaen (Wyoming City Schools: Cincinnati, OH), Laura B. Schneider (St. Mary's College of Maryland: Saint Mary's City, MD), Nancy Smith (Heatherstone Elementary School: Olathe, KS), Kathleen Tate (American Public University System: Charles Town, WV), Ashley Townsend (Oak Grove Primary School: Prairieville, LA), Julie Travaglini (Allegheny Land Trust: Sewickley, PA), Sylvia Vardell (Texas Woman's University: Denton, TX), Annette Venegas (Kent School District: Kent, WA), Rob Wallace (Social Media and Teacher Workshops: Kenner, LA), Jennifer Williams (Isidore Newman School: New Orleans, LA), Janet Wong (Pomelo Books: Princeton, NJ)

Tuesday, July 27
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET
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Keynote Presentation: Building Resilience in Science Students

In this talk Jami will discuss strategies that can be used to build resilience, with a particular emphasis on increasing the percentage of women and underrepresented minorities that choose to pursue STEM studies. She will use examples from her experiences as one of the few African American women with a PhD in physics and discuss strategies to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in STEM.

Speakers

Jami Valentine Miller (African American Women in Physics, Inc.: Orlando, FL)

Tuesday, July 27
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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NSTA Press Session: Argument-Driven Engineering: A Three-Dimensional STEM Design Challenge About Vaccines

Learn about Argument-Driven Engineering and how to give students opportunities to use core ideas and practices from science, engineering, and math to figure out solutions.

Takeaways: 1. How to use the ADE instructional model, or way of teaching, to give students an opportunity to learn how to use core ideas and practices from science, engineering, and mathematics to design a solution to an authentic and meaningful problem that will make the world a better place; 2. How to give students an opportunity to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking; and 3. Ways to support ongoing changes in student thinking as they learn to use core ideas and practices from science, engineering, and mathematics to figure out solutions to problems.

Speakers

Victor Sampson (The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, TX)

Tuesday, July 27
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Great Lakes Great Opportunities

Use the Great Lakes as a learning tool! Participate in virtual classroom-ready activities, discover PD opportunities, and learn how to collect authentic water quality data.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. how to request and incorporate the use of the Hydrolab in their classroom to collect authentic water quality data either in the classroom or in the field; 2. how to utilize Nearpod to create engaging lessons that can be utilized virtually or in the classroom; and 3. about professional development opportunities aboard the R/V Lake Guardian and at Ohio State University's Stone Lab.

Speakers

Melissa Kowalski (Put-in-Bay Local School District: Put-in-Bay, OH), Shari Insley (North Olmsted Middle School: North Olmsted, OH)

Tuesday, July 27
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Investigating the Urban Heat Island Effect as Citizen Scientists

Explore strategies to get your students involved in designing and implementing an investigation of surface temperature and the urban heat island effect.

Takeaways: Attendees will be able to: 1. analyze how urban heat islands develop both around and within cities, with certain neighborhoods heating up more than others on sunny days, through an exploration of the role of infrared radiation and albedo; 2. evaluate strategies through which students create and carry out investigations that contribute in a meaningful way to the scientific understanding of the urban heat island effect; and 3. apply an enhanced understanding of the urban heat island effect in their neighborhood in order to support students in the design and implementation of useful mitigation strategies that can have a long-term benefit to the health and resilience of their community.

Speakers

Sarah Slack (I.S. 223 Montauk Intermediate School: Brooklyn, NY), Debra Amoroso (Myra S. Barnes Intermediate School 24: Staten Island, NY)

Tuesday, July 27
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Three Aspects of 3D Printing Integration in the STEM Classroom

Participants will experience an overview of research in digital fabrication and explore three aspects of 3D modeling and printing activities enhancing core content STEM classes.

Takeaways: The outcomes of this presentation are to: 1. explore the role of 3D printing integration in STEM teaching and learning; 2. facilitate a dialogue on the classification of 3D printing STEM activities; and 3. discuss participants’ use of 3D printers in their classrooms and how teachers can leverage other task types to enhance STEM teaching and learning.

Speakers

Teresa Sappington (Lamar County School District: Purvis, MS), Jessica Ivy (Bellarmine University: Louisville, KY), Anna Wan (The University of Southern Mississippi: Hattiesburg, MS)

Tuesday, July 27
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Teaching Beyond the Water Cycle with the Water Footprint Calculator

Humans use water, often in inequitable ways. Our online tools, which include a calculator and NGSS-focused lesson plans, help educators learn how to teach beyond the water cycle.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. understand how we use water and what a water footprint is; 2. understand how water is connected to the global systems that create our food, energy, and consumer goods; and 3. learn about our free virtual tools and content that help them teach students about their water use as a part of their overall environmental impact.

Speakers

Robin Madel (Grace Communications Foundation: New York, NY), Kai Olson-Sawyer (Grace Communications Foundation: New York, NY)

Tuesday, July 27
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Strategies to Integrate Project-Based Learning in Diverse K–12 Learning Environments

This past year has demonstrated the need for diverse tools, resources, and support to teach students in dynamic K–12 learning environments. This session will focus on strategies to integrate project-based learning in diverse learning environments.

Takeaways: 1. Learn strategies to engage students in science and engineering concepts; 2. Obtain tools to foster a learning environment and classroom culture grounded in the habit of reflection and reasoning; and 3. Gain practical resources and tools to apply project-based learning in a diverse K–12 learning environment that you can begin implementing in your classroom this fall.

Speakers

Acacia McKenna (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Tuesday, July 27
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM ET
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Challenging Times Create Innovative Challenges: Maggie Goes to Mars

Space science content introduced through innovative technologies engages student learning. AR/VR allows student explorers to learn about our quest to send humans to Mars.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. to use an online challenge to teach space science concepts; 2. about many of the NASA resources available for use in the classroom; and 3. to use augmented reality to learn about space science.

Speakers

Rhonda Christensen (University of North Texas: Denton, TX), Gerald Knezek (University of North Texas: Denton, TX)

Tuesday, July 27
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Dead Bodies and Danger: STEAMing into Critical Thinking

Roadkill is a phenomena to engage every student. Teachers integrate STEM and English, challenging students to design, build, and sell a wildlife crossing to City Council.

Takeaways: 1. Innovative instructional sequences rooted in an everyday phenomena students care about; 2. Lessons that integrate science skills, critical reading, and meaningful design practices; and 3. Grade-appropriate resources (data, images, texts) for engaging students, regardless of culture or background, with authentic citizens science.

Speakers

Heather Montgomery (Science Author: Ardmore, TN), Lauren Avant (Richmond Hill Middle School: Richmond Hill, GA), Ann Vitello (Richmond Hill Middle School: Richmond Hill, GA)

Tuesday, July 27
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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EQuIPD Grant: Building Core Content Models with Real-Time Feedback from Micro:bit Sensors

We will use Micro:bits, programming, and sensors to empower student learning and accelerate conceptual model development. Participants will simulate this online.

Takeaways: 1. Sensors can accelerate the learning process and empower students when used correctly; 2. Computational thinking is catalyzed by block-based programming languages; and 3. Conceptual model development and inquiry are intricately linked.

Speakers

Jared Carter (University of Florida: Gainesville, FL)

Tuesday, July 27
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM ET
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Linking Math and Science Through Decoding Models

Learn how teachers link sixth-grade math concepts and science processes through decoding mechanisms in computer models.

Takeaways: 1. Decoding is a powerful way to link math and science processes through coded mechanisms in computer models; 2. Teachers have developed pedagogical moves to teach decoding without having to explicitly teach computer programming; and 3. Decoding mechanisms in math class benefit students by enabling them to understand scientific processes encoded in computer models during science class.

Speakers

Aditi Wagh (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Cambridge, MA), Emma Anderson (MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program: Cambridge, MA), Ashley DeLeon (Veritas Prep Holyoke: Holyoke, MA), Fritzie Culi (James H. Rodriguez Elementary School: Espanola, NM), Eric Prileson (Andrews Middle School: Medford, MA)

Tuesday, July 27
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Unleashing the Next Innovation Generation: How Innovations Engage Students in Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Through Authentic Experiences and Open-Ended, Student-Directed Exploration

Learn the basics about Invention Convention. Introduce students to the seven-step invention process and allow them to apply their learning to solve authentic, real-world challenges.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn the: 1. value of Invention Education and how it is positioned to be uniquely accessible to students from a variety of backgrounds; 2. seven-step Invention Process and creative ways to implement that process in the classroom; and 3. pathway for recognition available to students who participate in Invention Convention.

Speakers

Mitchell Hufnagel (The Henry Ford: Dearborn, MI), Janice Warju (The Henry Ford: Dearborn, MI)

Tuesday, July 27
12:45 PM - 1:30 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

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

Tuesday, July 27
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Virtual Choose-Your-Own Science Adventure

Participants experience how to offer students opportunities for choosing virtual design challenges in various science domains by utilizing provided videos and data sets.

Takeaways: Participants will engage in a design challenge to test: 1. efficiency of wind turbine blades; 2. the strength of electromagnets; and 3. the greenhouse effect in an area of a specific land surface (e.g.,ocean, lake, arctic, desert).

Speakers

Kathleen Brooks (Capitol Region Education Council: Hartford, CT), Rebecca Tonkinson (Capitol Region Education Council: Hartford, CT), Sharyon Holness (Capitol Region Education Council: Hartford, CT)

Tuesday, July 27
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Becoming a Secret Coder: Teaching Computational Thinking with Graphic Novels

Learn how to use the Secret Coders graphic novel series by Yang and Holmes to integrate the elements of computational thinking (abstraction, algorithmic thinking, decomposition, generalization, and debugging). Weave in both computer science and ELA practices for an interdisciplinary adventure!

Takeaways: 1. Graphic novels provide an unplugged way for students to learn about computational thinking; 2. Computational thinking can be integrated into language arts classes; and 3. Interdisciplinary lessons can enhance both language literacy and computational thinking literacy.

Speakers

Rachelle Haroldson (University of Wisconsin-River Falls: River Falls, WI)

Tuesday, July 27
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Watershed Awareness Using Free Technology and Environmental Research for Sustainability (WATERS)

The WATERS curriculum allows students to analyze real-world problems using models to explore and evaluate the condition of their local watershed using real data.

Takeaways: 1. Connect to the NGSS Earth and Space Science standards using models and data; 2. Make connections to our Earth system using real-world data and modeling; and 3. Provide multiple representations for the scientific terms with photos, movies, and Spanish translations with additional embedded Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Speakers

Carolyn Staudt (The Concord Consortium: Concord, MA), Jerry Valadez (SAM Academy CSW: Sanger, CA)

Tuesday, July 27
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Chemical Kitchen: Crafting Phenomenon-Focused Studies Based On Student Questions

Explore how to build studies that put phenomena first and engage students in discovery through initial investigations designed to spark questions and curiosity. Discover how to be responsive to student interests as you decide "where to go from here."

Takeaways: 1. Transform your approach to planning by putting phenomena first; 2. Find out how to embed content and practices into hands-on learning activities that allow students to discover science ideas; and 3. Learn a simple process to identify "where to go from here" based on students' interests, questions, needs, and your curricular demands.

Speakers

Nicole VanTassel (iExploreScience LLC: Erie, PA)

Tuesday, July 27
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Design Challenges: Solving Problems Through the Engineering Design Process

Dive into an engaging hands-on design challenge! Walk away with more than 60 lessons and strategies for implementation as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. create a design-based learning artifact; 2. receive a virtual toolkit of 60+ STEM activities; and 3. co-examine the strategies we have used to update our lessons to amplify the culturally relevant and anti-racist stances in our activities.

Speakers

Fran Agnone (ExpandED Schools: New York, NY), Antoineta Meekins (ExpandED Schools: New York, NY)

Tuesday, July 27
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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STEM: An Objective Bridge for Subjective Realities

The objective truths found in science and mathematics can serve to bridge the subjective realities of diverse communities represented among students and teachers.

Takeaways: 1. The diverse cultural, religious, ethnic, and racial realities among students and teachers create stovepipes and inequity of learning that require consistent checks on biases brought to the classroom; 2. The impact of teacher and student bias in the classroom can be alleviated through common bonds that transcend cultural, religious, ethnic, and racial realities; and 3. The objective truths discovered among science and math serve as a bridge connecting the subjective experiences of a diverse student and teacher community.

Speakers

Jessica Ivy (Bellarmine University: Louisville, KY), Kyle Ivy (W.E.B. DuBois Academy: Louisville, KY)

Tuesday, July 27
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Engaging Students in NGSS Through Storytelling and Filmmaking

In this session you'll practice using a storytelling model and creating your own short film so you can use similar techniques in your teaching.

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. develop experience using the story spine framework within a science classroom; 2. learn basic filmmaking techniques, including shot-blocking and the 180 rule; and 3. develop additional confidence and understanding of how they can use storytelling and filmmaking within their own science classroom.

Speakers

Eugene Cordero (San Jose State University: San Jose, CA), Noah Canton (Hillcrest K8: Oakland, CA)

Tuesday, July 27
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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From Typhoid Mary to COVID-19: Pursuing an Understanding of Disease Transmission and Tracking Through Integrative STEM

Investigate ways to incorporate STEM topics into the hunt for disease. Case studies to MICROBITs help engage students in tracking the transmission of disease.

Takeaways: Participants will learn how to: 1. integrate discipline-specific literacy case studies and technology as strategies for engaging students in problem solving around a current topic; 2. construct opportunities to engage in the SEPs around content as they determine who is patient zero; and 3. demonstrate how integrative STEM uses exploration and sensemaking to come together to help solve a world pandemic.

Speakers

Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA), Susan German (Hallsville Middle School: Hallsville, MO), Bev DeVore-Wedding (Adams State University: Alamosa, CO), G. Michael Bowen (Mount Saint Vincent University: Halifax, NS)

Tuesday, July 27
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Bringing the Real World into Urban Classrooms Through Global Science / Citizen Science

Bring the world to your urban classroom with Global Science / Citizen Science. Experts will share their work and provide details on how to actively involve students in real-world science.

Takeaways: 1. Engage with educators who have led their school systems to meet various challenges; 2. Learn from successful programs; and 3. Discuss relevant issues related to urban science educators.

Speakers

Acacia McKenna (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Mary Beth Berrien (Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School: Greenfield, MA), Candace Edmerson (Grand Prairie High School: Grand Prairie, TX), Michelle Ellis (Hunter Huss High School: Gastonia, NC), LeeAnne Jimenez (Wilson Teaching and Learning Academy: Tulsa, OK), Pat Shane (Professor: Chapel Hill, NC)

Tuesday, July 27
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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NASA STEM: Newton’s Third Law: Rocket Races

Explore NASA STEM Engineering Design resources to engage students in building a rocket race car to demonstrate Newton’s Third Law.

Takeaways: 1. NASA astronauts on board the International Space Station provide STEMonstrations with activities in simple video format; 2. NASA’s free STEM educator guides provide detailed information to implement STEM in the classroom; and 3. Investigate Newton’s Third Law of Motion by designing and constructing rocket-powered racing cars.

Speakers

Susan Kohler (NASA Glenn Research Center: Cleveland, OH)

Tuesday, July 27
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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STEM Identity: NGSS-Focused Project-Based Learning in the Digital World

This workshop explores the connection between the NGSS, STEM identity, and project-based learning (PBL) through a series of culturally responsive activities for virtual learning environments.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. critically consider their own STEM identity and the STEM identities of their students to inform PBL in online and in-class learning environments; 2. respond to students’ needs and interests to plan PBL that develops their STEM identities; and 3. learn instructional strategies that engage students in PBL and the Scientific and Engineering Practices within the Next Generation Science Standards.

Speakers

Alicia Lane (University of the District of Columbia: Washington, DC)

Tuesday, July 27
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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NSTA Press Session: Argument-Driven Engineering: A Three-Dimensional STEM Design Challenge About Hand Warmers

Learn about Argument-Driven Engineering and how to give students opportunities to use core ideas and practices from science, engineering, and math to design solutions.

Takeaways: 1. How to use this instructional model, or way of teaching, to give students an opportunity to learn how to use core ideas and practices from science, engineering, and mathematics to design a solution to an authentic problem that will help make the world a better place; 2. How to give students an opportunity to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking; and 3. Ways to support students as they learn to use core ideas and practices from multiple disciplines so design challenges are more than just tinkering until something works.

Speakers

Victor Sampson (The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, TX)

Tuesday, July 27
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Assessments of Learning and Challenges of Design and Implementation in STEM Classrooms

This review discusses the challenges teachers face when implementing formative assessments in STEM subjects to clarify student learning goals, evidence of learning, and feedback effectiveness.

Takeaways: 1. Aiding teachers in STEM subjects such as mathematics is improving, and researchers have developed various approaches to support instruction and learning. MAP, PDP, PILOT, and AWSM show promising potential for incorporating formative assessment practices into mathematics in secondary education; 2. Assessment for learning can become systematically structured and aligned with curricular standards like summative assessments; and 3. Questions remain regarding how these approaches can be used outside of mathematics and incorporated in other STEM subjects. However, they show a promising change for future educators and enhance learning in the classroom.

Speakers

Courtney Rossi (University of Central Florida: Orlando, FL)

Tuesday, July 27
3:35 PM - 4:00 PM ET
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MiSci Live Exhibit Tour: Math Alive!

Take a trip through MathAlive!, an 8,000-square-foot exhibit that connects math to daily life and potential careers. Bring to life the real math behind what students love most—video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics, and more.

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Wednesday, July 28
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET
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Keynote Presentation: From Students to STEM Teachers!

If a student in your class is amazing at math or a wiz in the science lab, what job do you tell them they'd be good at? I think the answer we need to tell them is, “You would be a great teacher!” Students should leave our classes loving STEM and wanting to TEACH STEM! In this conversation, we will explore ways teachers can pass on both our love for STEM and our passion for our profession to our students.

Speakers

John Arthur (Meadowlark Elementary School: Salt Lake City, UT)

Wednesday, July 28
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Unboxed: Using Scenario-Based Challenges to Unlock STEM and Soft Skill Development

Discover how to make the STEM learning-to-application process more fun by replicating Michigan Tech’s story-based Unboxed challenges approach.

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. learn about a nontraditional educational outreach program model in which teams of students apply STEM knowledge through hands-on challenges; 2. learn best practices for creating their own nontraditional challenges for students to supplement curriculum concepts; and 3. discover free resources and puzzles they can incorporate into their own challenges.

Speakers

Jannah Tumey (Michigan Technological University: Houghton, MI)

Wednesday, July 28
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Building Sensors to Collect Environmental Data

There is a need to introduce engineering to high school students but there are not a lot of resources available. Through this session, educators will learn how to engage their students in building instrumentation to observe their environment, including a weather station and water quality sensor following student-created design manuals.

Takeaways: 1. Assembly manuals for weather station and water sensor; 2. Opportunities for students to build one of the models; and 3. Communicate with engineering professors and students and provide engineering students feedback on their manuals.

Speakers

Janet Struble (Project Manager: Toledo, OH), Kevin Czajkowski (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH), Glenn Lipscomb (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH), Caleb Farny (Boston University: Boston, MA)

Wednesday, July 28
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Engaging Biology Students Through Experimental Design

Learn how teach your students to design experiments using microgreens that enable them to use critical-thinking skills to solve problems in the world around them.

Takeaways: Students will: 1. seek questions to answer; 2. take responsibility for their learning processes through inquiry skills in the experimental design process; and 3. transfer knowledge knowledge gained to solve real-world problems in their communities.

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Tanya Flynn (Douglas County High School: Douglasville, GA)

Wednesday, July 28
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Formation in the Cartwheel Galaxy with Web-based NASA Data and STEM Image Analysis Tools

Use web-based image and analysis software to examine and compare the Cartwheel Galaxy in optical and X-ray bands, which can help determine the sources of the ultra- and hyperluminous X-rays (U/HLXs) in this galaxy.

Takeaways: 1. Astrophysicists use light in all bands of the electromagnetic spectrum to determine the nature of an object; 2. Web-based software will be used (the same tools used by scientists); and 3. This software can be used by students to do their own investigations in astronomy with real data sets.

Speakers

Pamela Perry (Lewiston High School: Lewiston, ME)

Wednesday, July 28
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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St. Jude Virtual Science Journal Club: Engaging Students in the Scientific Process Through Reading Primary Literature

Learn about a virtual journal club that encourages interaction between students, teachers, and scientists through reading and interpreting research papers.

Takeaways: 1. The St. Jude Virtual Journal Club integrates into the AP Biology curriculum and teaches NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and Nature of Science Practices; 2. Teaching primary literature can develop inquiry, critical thinking, and other 21st-century skills in students; and 3. High school students learn about the realities of scientific research and careers from practicing scientists.

Speakers

Shelby Montague (The University of Memphis: Memphis, TN)

Wednesday, July 28
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Learning Opportunities That Explore Science, Technology, and Society Through the Lens of History!

Deepen inquiry and student engagement in the social context of STEM, through the lens of history! Participants will receive free resources from IEEE REACH, a crosscutting, interdisciplinary program.

Takeaways: 1. Attendees will learn about a free resource program that provides tools to implement learning opportunities that improve both cultural and technological literacy skills by engaging students in the history of technology and the examination of how technology and engineering, throughout time, impact society, culture, politics, and economics, and are in turn impacted by them; 2. The IEEE REACH program provides a new lens from which students may view engineering and technology as relevant to their lives and their future, and enhances skills in problem solving, critical thinking, research, communication and collaboration, and it prepares students to become better-informed citizens of our high-tech society; and 3. Attendees will walk away with standards-aligned, inquiry-designed lesson plans that include formative performance tasks, suggested civic actions, excerpted documents, background information for the teacher, primary sources, hands-on activities, and short classroom videos, which may be implement immediately either in the classroom or remotely.

Speakers

Kelly McKenna (IEEE History Center: Piscataway, NJ), Michael Geselowitz (IEEE History Center: Piscataway, NJ)

Wednesday, July 28
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Decoding Computer Models to Integrate Disciplinary Content with CS/CT

Decoding computer models is demonstrated as a productive and time-saving method to integrate CS and CT within high school science courses without explicitly teaching programming.

Takeaways: 1. Decoding is a powerful way to integrate CS across the curriculum that both reinforces disciplinary concepts and increases CS understanding; 2. Decoding consists of a set of practices and pedagogies that are easy to implement and do not require explicitly teaching computer programming; and 3. Resources and materials are available to integrate CS in Science through decoding.

Speakers

Paige Prescott (The University of New Mexico: Albuquerque, NM), Natalie Stassen (Leominster High School: Ashburnham, MA), Leha Andres (Centennial High School: Las Cruces, NM), Lynn Sa (Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School: Worcester, MA), Thara Rangaraj (Foxborough Regional Charter School: Foxborough, MA)

Wednesday, July 28
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Data Analysis Made Easy: Connecting Math and Science Through Technology

Increase 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: 1. Combine graphing calculators with handheld sensors to maximize class time; 2. Use real data to develop mathematical models; and 3. Learn how to test your hypothesis by doing an experiment and analyze your results.

Speakers

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

Wednesday, July 28
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Dog-Mode Design Challenge

Keep your pets safe from being left in hot cars by using automatic sensors to design an alarm that could save their lives.

Takeaways: 1. Solve a real-work problem with coding and engineering design, no prior experience needed; 2. Learn about inputs from sensors (temperature) and if-then-else decision logic to control an output (sound or color LED) based on the sensor readings; and 3. Gain exposure to possible STEM careers in automobile design features.

Speakers

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

Wednesday, July 28
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Show Your STEM: Communicating Scientific Ideas and Understanding

This workshop introduces strategies and digital tools to help students develop high-quality STEM presentations and posters in online and in-class learning environments.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. embody the role of a student conducting a scientific/engineering investigation leading to a STEM presentation; 2. be able to create a digital STEM visual using presentation applications; and 3. learn instructional strategies that engage students in developing high-quality presentations and Scientific and Engineering Practices within the Next Generation Science Standards.

Speakers

Alicia Lane (University of the District of Columbia: Washington, DC)

Wednesday, July 28
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Modeling Stellar Evolution from Formation to Destruction 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 using NASA STEM image analysis tools.

Takeaways: 1. Knowledge of the process of how stars form and change over time ending in catastrophic events, providing conditions for the formation of planets; 2. Students will understand that all knowledge of celestial events is determined by analyzing the light from these events and provide possibilities—not definitive answers—as the data can be interpreted differently; and 3. 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 28
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Incorporating STEM Using NSTA ExploraVision

Have you wanted to get involved with NSTA contests, but were unsure how to start? This project incorporates STEM in a virtual or traditional classroom.

Takeaways: 1. Use NSTA contests as a springboard to STEM-based practices; 2. Learn how grants can enrich STEM experiences; and 3. Discover tools to facilitate team-based learning.

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Carrie Jones (Middle Creek High School: Apex, NC)

Wednesday, July 28
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Distraction? No, Education! Using Esports for STEM Education and Career Development

Learn not only about esports and its function, but also how to facilitate your classroom with innovative STEM concepts where all students can thrive!

Takeaways: 1. What is Esports?; 2. How Esports contributes to STEM education and career development ; and 3. How to implement Esports virtually and in hybrid settings.

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Angelique Gianas (Helix Charter High School: La Mesa, CA), Jorrel Batac (North America Scholastic Esports Federation: Corona del Mar, CA)

Wednesday, July 28
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Exploring Genetics with Popular Gaming

This session will explore the genetic basis behind hybrid flower production on the video game Animal Crossing New Horizons and how you can use this popular game to gain student interest in genetics.

Takeaways: 1. Many traits are influenced by multiple genes; 2. The video game Animal Crossing New Horizons uses Mendelian genetics to determine the offspring of a flower; and 3. Student interest can be enhanced when you use popular video games as a frame of reference for activities, and their virtual experiences can be used in sensemaking.

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Kelly Moore (Tennessee Tech: Cookeville, TN), Leslie Suters (Tennessee Tech: Cookeville, TN)

Wednesday, July 28
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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A3Sat: To Observe the Earth and Visualize the Future

This session focuses on the role CubeSats are playing as a disruptive technology in our space program and how to introduce precollege students to these future opportunities.

Takeaways: 1. Design a relatively inexpensive CubeSat; 2. Build a CubeSat data collection device; and 3. Learn how NASA is using CubeSats.

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John Moore (Retired Educator: Laurel Springs, NJ), Michael Jabot (SUNY Fredonia: Fredonia, NY), Kevin Czajkowski (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH), Maxwell Friedman (Burlington County Institute of Technology: Palmyra, NJ)

Wednesday, July 28
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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The "M" in STEM: Could It Mean Statistics?

Have you been asking whether you should trust loud claims of advertising? How could false positives in medical testing affect you? Or do you simply want to know what a penny is made of?

Takeaways: 1/ Explore cross-disciplinary aspects by linking the science content to the mathematical models; 2. Understand the importance of simple sampling for product quality control; and 3.Explore the use of technology for simulations to evaluate statistical claims.

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

Wednesday, July 28
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Analyzing X-Ray Pulses from Stellar Cores Using Physics and Web-based NASA Data and STEM Image Analysis Tools

Use STEM web-based analysis software and basic physics gravitation and centripetal acceleration equations to determine if a stellar core is a white dwarf or neutron star.

Takeaways: 1. Light curves generated from image analysis software can be used to determine the period of rotation of some white dwarfs and pulsars; 2. Newton’s Universal Law of gravitation and centripetal acceleration calculations can be used as evidence for determining the type of star; and 3. Js9 web-based software provides students with real opportunities to do astronomical research.

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Pamela Perry (Lewiston High School: Lewiston, ME)

Wednesday, July 28
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM ET
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Keynote Panel: Simulations in the Science Classroom

Simulations have long been in the instructional tool box of the science educator. With the rise of online and hybrid offerings, simulations of the real world play an increasingly important role for science students all around the globe. You will not want to miss this keynote panel hosted by highly accomplished teachers with a wide variety of experiences. The guided discussion will focus on how simulations are implemented in the classroom to maximize their instructional impact and drive inquiry.

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Scott Buhr (Hillcrest High School: Simpsonville, SC), LaShundra Young (Germantown High School: Madison, MS), Kathleen Scalise (University of Oregon: Eugene, OR), Vaughn Vick (Christ Church Episcopal School: Greenville, SC)

Wednesday, July 28
3:35 PM - 4:00 PM ET
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MiSci Live from the DTE Energy Sparks Theater

Sit back and enjoy an electrifying presentation from within MiSci’s Sparks Theater, where we’ll experiment with static electricity and see the seven-foot Tesla Coil in action as we explore atomic interactions and energy transfer.

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Thursday, July 29
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET
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Keynote Presentation: Blankets Cover, Teachers Transform: Centering Justice in Science Curriculum

As science educators, what contributions can the disciplines we teach make to ongoing struggles for social and environmental justice? This presentation explains how keeping this question at the center of our work provides opportunities for our students to engage with our disciplines in deeper, more critical, and potentially transformative ways.

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Daniel Morales-Doyle (The University of Illinois at Chicago: Chicago, IL)

Thursday, July 29
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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The Good, the Bad, the Ugly of Writing and Publishing of Cases Studies

To assist our students in understanding theoretical concepts in order to apply them, we have delved into the process of using and writing case studies. This presentation will focus on the successes and failures to write and publish a case study.

Takeaways: 1. Identify a relevant topic that is accessible to your intended audience; 2. Present the problem while being specific and conscious of time; and 3. Research where to publish.

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Nalini Broadbelt (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: Boston, MA), Michelle Young (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: Boston, MA), Nevila Jana (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: Boston, MA)

Thursday, July 29
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Space Physiology: We Have Been Created to Exist Optimally in Our Environment

When astronauts are in space, several detrimental physiological changes occur to their bodies. What countermeasures are needed and will they be enough?

Takeaways: 1. Microgravity causes many changes in the astronaut's body; 2. Countermeasures are utilized while in orbit; and 3. Long-term missions need to overcome the detrimental effects.

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Cahleen Shrier (Azusa Pacific University: Azusa, CA)

Thursday, July 29
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Informal Science Engagement Through Social Media and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The objective of this study was to assess informal science engagement using social media and examine changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Takeaways: 1. Social media engagement in regards to science-related topics was robust pre-COVID-9 pandemic; 2. During the pandemic, the total number of posts remained at a similar level while post reactions increased over time; and 3. Social media remains an effective platform for informal science engagement even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Robert Pyatt (Kean University: Union, NJ), Maya Briskin (Kean University: Union, NJ), Esther Choi (Kean University: Union, NJ)

Thursday, July 29
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Featured Presentation: STEM in a Sociocultural Context

The use of socio-scientific issues as contexts for learning science, as well invoking cross-disciplinary connections, is supported in the literature as being both effective and educationally significant. STEM mandates and programs often lack this “Science-in-Context” vision. This talk aims to situate the teaching and learning of science from a sociocultural perspective of STEM, such that the need for learning it is apparent and the content being learned relevant, meaningful,  and useful.

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Dana Zeidler (University of South Florida: Tampa, FL)

Thursday, July 29
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Featured Presentation: Using the Zoo as a Living Laboratory

Participants will be introduced to the ways you can use your local zoo as a living laboratory to teach STEM content to majors and nonmajors alike. During this interactive session, participants will explore the various ways science is used at the zoo and practice collecting behavioral data.

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Grace Fuller (Detroit Zoological Society: Royal Oak, MI)

Thursday, July 29
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Development and Implementation of an Interprofessional Case Learning Project (ICLP)

Interprofessional collaboration is essential for students' success in their selected program and postgraduate life. These types of experiences have been shown to improve students’ interprofessional competences—communication skills, teamwork abilities, ethical practices, and understanding other team members’ roles and responsibilities—as well as their theoretical knowledge and increase student achievement within their discipline. We developed and tested a unique pedagogical idea—interprofessional case learning project (ICLP)—that encompassed a multidisciplinary approach involving chemistry, biology, and public health. The goal was to provide students and faculty with the opportunity to experience interprofessional collaborative practices that would encourage questioning, discredit misconception, connect concepts and make inferences, generate new ideas, and encourage shared decision making.

Takeaways: 1. Promote multidisciplinary approach involving chemistry, biology, and public health; 2. Foster team building and collaboration; and 3. Change misconceptions about a discipline.

Speakers

Michelle Young (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: Boston, MA), Nalini Broadbelt (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: Boston, MA)

Thursday, July 29
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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So You Want to Teach? Examining the Upsides, Downsides, and Enticements of Careers in STEM Education

Through research conducted by the Growing Future STEM Teachers in Maine grant, this presentation explores the upsides, downsides, and enticements of secondary STEM teaching.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. explore perceptions of careers in STEM secondary education; 2. understand factors that influence interest in STEM fields; and 3. identify evidence-based practices for preparation and retention of high-quality secondary STEM teachers.

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Patricia Waters (Saint Joseph's College of Maine: Standish, ME)

Thursday, July 29
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Successful Mentoring of Student Research

Research is relevant as it plays a key role in transitioning from concepts in basic science into practical application. Basic science research drives progress in clinical and pharmaceutically industries. It is therefore essential that our health care students gain exposure in this arena and expand the analytical, collaborative, and technical skills that will enable them to succeed in their future careers. To assist the students, projects are devised around the students' interest in an area of the selected faculty specialty. The projects culminates with the students presenting their findings at a research symposium.

Takeaways: 1. Establish a method that will get the student interested in driving the project; 2. Be clear about the time frame and commitment to project; and 3. Assist in making the research manageable.

Speakers

Nalini Broadbelt (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: Boston, MA), Michelle Young (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: Boston, MA)

Thursday, July 29
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Partners in Place: Land-Based Pedagogies Informing a STEM Teacher Education Semester

The purpose of our research is to investigate how teacher candidates’ experiences in STEM field studies with community partners can inform our work with an integrated practicum semester based on a curriculum of place. Place-based education is an approach to teaching that is grounded in the context of community and environment and seeks to help participants in solving community problems. Many Indigenous scholars are replacing the term place with land and argue that land-based pedagogies promote the decolonization of education by recognizing the intimate relationship that Indigenous peoples have with the land. One challenge with land-based pedagogies is the role non-Indigenous peoples have in this approach to the decolonization of education. Our research, in a western Canadian context, explores this tension as we come to a deeper and shared understanding of our co-responsibility within Treaty 7 relationships. Our project considers varying perspectives of place as it informs STEM teacher education pedagogy.

Takeaways: 1. Land-based pedagogies;2. Indigenous ways of knowing; and 3. Integration of STEM curriculum and pedagogies.

Speakers

Kevin O'Connor (Mount Royal University: Calgary, AB)

Thursday, July 29
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Engaging in Difference: Preservice Teachers’ Service Learning Reflections

This presentation explores the impact engaging with diverse communities through service learning has on elementary student learning, preservice teacher development, and community-campus partnerships.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. explore how service learning can be used as a vehicle for building a K–16 STEM pipeline; 2. understand the impact of service learning on preservice teacher development; and 3. identify best practices for community partnerships in STEM education.

Speakers

Patricia Waters (Saint Joseph's College of Maine: Standish, ME)

Thursday, July 29
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Featured Presentation: Why DIY Cultural Responsiveness: The Science of Effective Cultural Responsiveness

This interactive workshop will demonstrate the pitfalls and barriers to cultural responsiveness. Participants will gain knowledge and applicable skills in cultural responsiveness that are small changes to what they are currently doing in their professional practice.

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Courtney Plotts (Council for At Risk Student Education and Professional Standards: Parrish, FL)

Thursday, July 29
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM ET
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Postsecondary Unconference

Come join the attendees of the postsecondary strand as we collaborate and confer to share new knowledge, solve issues facing STEM educators, and build on existing practices to enhance our instructional toolkit. Be prepared to discuss, share, and lead through this unique interactive experience. Meet colleagues from around the globe as you network to gain a deeper understanding and share to reach common goals.

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Thursday, July 29
3:35 PM - 4:00 PM ET
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MiSci Live Exhibit Tour: Space Gallery

Join MiSci’s staff astronomer to learn why space is often regarded as the “gateway science,” as we tour our rocket garden and discuss strategies for engaging students through current scientific research and real-world phenomena.

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Friday, July 30
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET
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Keynote Presentation: Student-led Panel on the Invisibility of Students with Disabilities in STEM Fields

The general absence of disability from the educational equity lens makes it hard to determine and address the degree of underrepresentation of people with disabilities in the STEM fields. How do we close a gap that’s largely invisible? Three Noyce Scholars from Metropolitan State University of Denver offer their perspectives on this issue, and invite feedback from session participants.

Speakers

Janelle Johnson (Metropolitan State University of Denver: Denver, CO), Kimberlee Bourelle (Douglas County School District: Castle Rock, CO), Adrian Clifton (Metropolitan State University of Denver: Denver, CO), Joseph Schneiderwind (Metropolitan State University of Denver: Denver, CO)