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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.

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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)

Friday, July 30
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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A Road Map for Creating a Comprehensive STEM Environment

Are you interested in creating a comprehensive, equity-focused, schoolwide STEM environment? If so, join this session to gain insight into Indiana’s road map for implementation.

Takeaways: 1. The “why” behind each element based on Hattie’s Visible Learning research; 2. Creating a comprehensive and equitable STEM environment is a two- to thre-year process, and the process is ongoing; and 3. Community partners are a critical component of providing a comprehensive STEM environment.

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Christina Hilton (Central Indiana Educational Service Center: Indianapolis, IN)

Friday, July 30
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Rising to the Challenge: How Placed-Based STEM Learning Helps Provide Inclusion and Equity in Diverse Populations—Lessons for Community-Based Projects

This session will explore the ways educators can expand STEM affinity among diverse populations by using placed-based lessons through the cultural lens of lessons on weather and climate.

Takeaways: 1. Theme one is that community-based learning has been shown to positively impact indigenous science and STEM learners. Central to this theme is the belief that to promote science and STEM affinity, pedagogies and curricula should leverage diversity, languages, culture, practices, and epistemologies. (Gutierrez, Baquedano‐López, & Tejeda, 1999); 2. Theme two is a predicate of community orientation. This presentation will posit that STEM fluency is dependent on cultural relevant initiatives and will show significant promise in closing achievement gaps and improving science academic performance (Brayboy & Castagno 2008); and 3. Theme three is that culturally relevant curricula and pedagogies help to embody and mobilize community leaders and STEM advocates with in-school and after-school programs.

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Corydon Strawser (Lake Nona Middle School: Orlando, FL)

Friday, July 30
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Qanniksuq: It Is Snowing—Indigenous Community Engagement Informs STEM Curriculum Development That Works for Indigenous Students

Explore a holistic snow curriculum built through collaboration between an Iñupiaq community and university educators. Learn development processes and access free STEM lessons and videos.

Takeaways: 1. Explore the free and NGSS-focused Qanniksuq: It is Snowing resources targeting middle school; 2. Learn about an emerging research-based process for indigenous community-engaged STEM curriculum development applicable to K–12; and 3. Discover how curricula developed using this process impacted students, teachers, and community members in participating indigenous communities.

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Lori Schoening (Geophysical Institute: Fairbanks, AK), Lynda McGilvary (Geophysical Institute: Fairbanks, AK), Sean Asiqluq Topkok (University of Alaska Fairbanks: Fairbanks, AK)

Friday, July 30
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Justice-Oriented Pedagogies in Support of Science and Engineering Practices in Informal STEM Programs

We will share justice-oriented pedagogical strategies and tools empirically co-developed through a partnership project involving educators and youth for teaching science and engineering practices in STEM programs at informal settings.

Takeaways: 1. This session provides participants with strategies and tools for justice-oriented instructional approaches for teaching SEPs, with attention on informal science programs. These justice-oriented practices, developed by educators, youth, and researchers, focus on supporting youth in having equitable opportunities to develop expertise in SEPs, and empowering youth to agentically enact practices toward investigating issues and questions that matter to them personally and socially; 2. We will engage participants in two activities: a) exploring justice-oriented pedagogical practices and b) designing instructional plans for STEM learning using the pedagogical practices; and 3. We will share tools and resources empirically produced from collaborations in multiple informal STEM programs, including a) practice briefs, b) design approaches for implementing pedagogical practices, and c) teaching and learning cases. These pedagogical practices and tools will be useful to informal STEM educators and school teachers who seek to use justice-oriented STEM projects with their students.

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Angela Calabrese Barton (University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, MI), Sinead Brien (Michigan State University: East Lansing, MI)

Friday, July 30
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Partnering to Prepare Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce

Hear about a STEM consortium that partners schools with nonprofits, academia, industry, and government to produce college- and career-ready graduates. Come problem solve how to increase participation of underrepresented populations.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn how they can engage with consortium programs; 2. generate solutions for engaging students from historically underrepresented populations in STEM; and 3. learn about how the consortium is partnering students with the DoD STEM workforce.

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Rebecca Stanley (RTI International: Durham, NC), Tameka Woodruff (Oxon Hill High School: Oxon Hill, MD), Christina Romero (Nina Otero Community School: Santa Fe, NM)

Friday, July 30
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Equity at a Distance: Supporting Novice STEM Teachers with Digital Practice Spaces

This workshop introduces participants to "Teacher Moments," a platform for digital clinical simulations to advance equitable, practice-based teacher education and professional development.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. be introduced to existing practice spaces published on the digital clinical simulation platform, “Teacher Moments,” and complete two–three simulations/practice spaces; 2. learn about simulations previously implemented in teacher education contexts, about simulation design, and how simulations support equity in distance learning; and 3. learn how to register for the free platform and create practice spaces customized to their context, e.g., instructional coaching, professional development, higher education, etc.

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

Friday, July 30
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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To Be It, You MUST See It:: Providing STEM Role Models for Underserved and Underrepresented Students

Join the education staff from Detroit’s historic Belle Isle Aquarium to discover exciting ways to identify, recruit, and host diverse career role models to inspire your students, whether you’re teaching face-to-face, virtual, or in hybrid mode.

Takeaways: 1. Greater understanding of how STEM role models can have a significant positive impact on young learners; 2. Practical steps for teachers to design STEM career connections from their own communities that richly connect to students' lives; and 3. Access to novel STEM career role model resources—videos, books, blogs, etc.—created specifically for underrepresented and underserved populations.

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June Teisan (Network of Michigan Educators: Grosse Pointe Woods, MI), Amy Emmert (Belle Isle Conservancy: Detroit, MI)

Friday, July 30
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET
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Real Science: Field Trip Fridays

Learn how an innovative partnership with a museum and a school system brought real, local, diverse science to students learning virtually.

Takeaways: 1. The old field trip model at museums is not accessible to all kids and needs to be improved; 2. Collaborating with local science centers and museums can lead to unexpected innovations that build students’ knowledge of science across the three dimensions of the NRC Framework; and 3. The community of STEM practitioners around you wants to become involved in the school system!

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Carly Apple (Museum of Life and Science: Durham, NC), Willow Alston-Socha (Durham Public Schools: Durham, NC), Linda Tugurian (Durham Public Schools: Durham, NC), Steven Scholle (Museum of Life and Science: Durham, NC)

Friday, July 30
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Shell Science Awards and Competitions: Fueling Success with Students; Win Up to $10K for You and Up to $15K for Your Classroom

Do you impact your school and community with STEM? If you teach K–12, then come learn how to apply to win one of eight Shell-supported awards, and a teacher competition.

Takeaways: 1. Share your passion and practice by applying for one of eight awards, and a teacher competition; 2. Learn from past Shell awardees, finalists, and judging panel members’ important tips to apply for this award; and 3. Learn how to win a trip to the 2022 NSTA Houston National Conference, March 31–April 3, 2022.

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Ruth Ruud (Cleveland State University: Cleveland, OH), Amanda Upton (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Friday, July 30
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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The Intersection of Literature and Science

Students will see science concepts through the perspectives of characters in novels. Participants will leave with lists of book titles and ready-to-use reflective prompts.

Takeaways: 1. A list of literature that is categorized by grade level and science topics covered; 2. Examples of how to use literature in the science classroom to promote student engagement and meaning-making; and 3. Ways to connect social justice topics to a science curriculum.

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Nicole Prince (St. John's Prep: Danvers, MA)

Friday, July 30
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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STEP UP: Encouraging Girls in Physics

The STEP UP series of lessons were developed to empower teachers to inspire young women to pursue physics as a field of study. Come find out how to implement these lessons in your classes and how to get involved in the STEP UP program.

Takeaways: 1. STEP UP helps teachers find ways to support girls in physics; 2. STEP UP lessons help change how all students perceive physics.

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Joseph Muise (St. Thomas More Collegiate: Burnaby, BC)

Friday, July 30
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Bringing XR to Everyday Science Classrooms: Lessons from Research and Practice

Discover cutting-edge research on immersive science education from Stanford and other partner groups. Integrate student-centered, affordable, and accessible XR experiences in and outside the classroom to build meaningful learning experiences.

Takeaways: How to: 1. use virtual 3-D STEM labs in meaningful ways in the classroom or learning space and understand where they add value in learning and where they do NOT add value; 2. deepen the level of student engagement and critical-thinking skills using affordable, accessible, interactive, gamified STEM experiences and student-authored storytelling techniques; and 3. align new media technologies with diverse curricula, standards, and desired outcomes.

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Aditya Vishwanath (Stanford University: Stanford, CA)

Friday, July 30
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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Integrated STEM as an Equity Move

Come experience how one California district is leveraging an opportunity to bring equitable STEM experiences to all preK–12 students.

Takeaways: 1. How one district approaches integrated STEM; 2. What an integrated STEM unit feels like; and 3. -How one district enacts and supports integrated STEM systemwide.

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Scott Reynolds (Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC): Boston, MA), Debra Schneider (Tracy Unified School District: Tracy, CA)

Friday, July 30
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Featured Panel: In the Room Where It Happens: K–12 STEM Teachers Share Their Journeys, Discoveries, and Experiences with the Federal STEM Strategic Plan and Other National STEM Education Efforts

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for K–12 STEM teachers to serve and contribute to education at the national level. In this panel session, five Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows will share their learning journeys and experiences. During the 2020–2021 school year, with support from their administrators, they left their classrooms to spend the year working on various STEM education projects and programs with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Department of the Interior. Given their extensive expertise in K–12 STEM teaching and leadership, they were invited to join one or more of the five Federal Interagency Working Groups to create and implement recommendations from the five-year strategic plan: Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education. Through an interactive panel discussion, session participants will learn more about the Fellowship, personal pathways of the educators, the Federal STEM Education Strategic Plan, and the relevancy and potential impact of this work on education.

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Monya Ruffin-Nash (National Science Foundation: Alexandria, VA), Laura Larkin (Einstein Fellow, U.S. Dept. of Energy: Washington, DC), Kama Almasi (Einstein Fellow, U.S. Geological Survey: Reston, VA), Kelly Day (Einstein Fellow, U.S. Dept. of Energy: Washington, DC), Suzy Otto (Teacher / Einstein Fellow: Bethesda, MD), Michael Vargas (Einstein Fellow, Dept. of Defense: Gaithersburg, MD)

Friday, July 30
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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St. Jude Science Ambassadors: Training Scientists for Successful K–12 STEM Outreach

Session participants will learn how scientists were trained to lead a virtual presentation of a research paper to AP Biology students.

Takeaways: 1. Training scientists improves their science communication skills and their experiences with K–12 outreach; 2. Successful training sessions were brief, focused, and offered virtually, which fit easily within scientists’ schedules; and 3. High school classes that otherwise would not be able to host a scientist visit were able to participate because the program was completely virtual.

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Kate Ayers (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Memphis, TN), Katherine Wade-Jaimes (The University of Memphis: Memphis, TN), Shelby Montague (The University of Memphis: Memphis, TN)

Friday, July 30
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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STEMSS Family Engagement to Support Language Learners

Explore family engagement events that provide fun, hands-on experiences and an opportunity to teach parents strategies to support their children's academic vocabulary at home.

Takeaways: 1. Engage in both virtual and in-person family engagement events that expand classroom learning that families with members of all ages can participate in; 2. Learn strategies to support linguistically diverse students in the STEMSS (STEM + Social Studies with an emphasis on real-world, cross-curricular learning) classroom; and 3. Develop a plan to integrate these strategies into your family engagement events to help parents learn how to support academic vocabulary at home and to bridge the home-school connections to increase opportunities for language learners.

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Karen Guerrero (Arizona State University: Tempe, AZ), Margarita Jimenez-Silva (University of California, Davis: Davis, CA)

Friday, July 30
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Leading Today to Create the Diverse Quantum Workforce of Tomorrow

The “quantum revolution” is on the horizon. What can we do today—through policies and programming—to ensure quantum computing education is accessible to all students?

Takeaways: Participants will be able to: 1. explain why quantum computing is an important emerging technology and STEM discipline; 2. identify the barriers to accessible, widespread quantum education and describe actionable strategies to combat them; and 3. discuss ideas to increase diversity in quantum computing, starting at the K–12 level.

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Kiera Peltz (The Coding School: Studio City, CA)

Friday, July 30
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Ecosystems of S.T.E.A.M.: Strategies That Engage ALL Minds

Architects of STEAM Ecosystems immerse cross sectors to develop a conduit for ALL students to be successful. STEAM ecosystems embed authentic research experiences for teachers and students that bridge the cultural and opportunity gaps. Learn how to develop research education blueprints that incorporate cultural responsive externships outside the classroom.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how to develop research education blueprints that incorporate cultural responsive externships outside the classroom; 2. Help students gain access to pathways for rewarding and productive STEM careers; and 3. Navigate through securing strategic STEM partnerships for a successful STEM Ecosystem.

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Doug Baltz (Seaholm High School: Birmingham, MI)

Friday, July 30
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Creating Equity for Students Through Modeling-Based Pedagogical Practices

As COVID-19 changed learning environments, the rift between curricula and instructional practices widened with detrimental results for students and teachers.

Takeaways: 1. Issues with curriculum leading instructional practices; 2. Need for support and professional development of teachers for conceptual model development in students; and 3. Teachers who were trained in conceptual modeling pedagogical practices were better able to serve students in their classes in new learning environments.

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Nancy Ruzycki (University of Florida: Gainesville, FL)

Friday, July 30
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM ET
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Keeping STEM Alive: Integrating in ANY Setting

The global pandemic forced many educators to pivot to virtual or hybrid learning. In this session, you will learn tips and tricks to keep quality STEM education alive in any setting.

Takeaways: Teachers will: 1. see an example of how an in-person, integrated STEM learning experience can be changed to work in a virtual or hybrid setting; 2. be provided with resources to promote inclusive and equitable practices that increase student collaboration and engagement in a virtual, hybrid or face-to-face setting; and 3. leave with an existing STEM unit that can be completed in their own classroom, whether it be virtual, in-person, or hybrid.

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Rebecca Stanley (RTI International: Durham, NC), Laura Drager (Harold Schnell Elementary School: Dayton, OH), Theresa Goltermann (Tabb Middle School: Yorktown, VA), Vonceil Anderson (Baltimore City Public Schools: Baltimore, MD)

Friday, July 30
3:35 PM - 4:00 PM ET
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Science Spectacular LIVE from the Michigan Science Center Main Stage

The moment we’ve all been waiting for! Discover the wonderful world of science through interactive, large-scale demonstrations from the Michigan Science Center. Why do things explode? We’ll mix physics and chemistry to learn about the relationships between pressure, temperature, and fuel…and explain why things go KA-BOOM!

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