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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.

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

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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
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.

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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.

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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.

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Jared Carter (University of Florida: Gainesville, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Acacia McKenna (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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

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).

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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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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.

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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."

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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
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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