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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Pamela Perry (Lewiston High School: Lewiston, ME)

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.

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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.

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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
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
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.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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
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
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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