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Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Designing a COVID Currculum: Lessons in Science (and Science Denial) from a Pandemic

Los Angeles Convention Center - 513

We will explore a COVID-19–based curriculum that provides a direct and compelling way to focus student attention on the most basic processes in biology.

Takeaways: 1. Participants will examine specific curriculum plans using the COVID-19 virus to illustrate basic principles of cell biology, including biological membrane structure, mRNA function, transcription, translation, replication, and immune response; 2. The emergence of COVID-19 variants will be explored as a case study in natural selection, evolution, and phylogenetic analysis; and 3. The public reaction to pandemic pubic health countermeasures and vaccination will be examined as a case study in scientific literacy and science denial. Participants will discuss ways to use their classrooms to promote student understand of the science behind these public health measures.

Speakers

Kenneth Miller (Brown University: Providence, RI)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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NSTA-LA-Covid-part-1.pptx
Part 1 of my Powerpoint slide file.
Covid-Curriculum-LA.pdf
Suggestions for a Covid-Based curriculum.
NSTA-LA-Covid-part-2.pptx
Part 2 of my Powerpoint slide file.

Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Using Stop-Motion Animation to Model Chemical Reactions

Los Angeles Convention Center - 405

Learn how to help students create stop-motion animated movies to model the atomic rearrangement that occurs during simple chemical reactions!

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. basic techniques for planning and creating stop-motion animated films; 2. how to use this tool to model the atomic rearrangement that occurs during chemical reactions; and 3. how best to teach students how to use stop-motion to create their own animated movie models.

Speakers

Steven Gaskill (K.O. Knudson Middle School: Las Vegas, NV), Heather Rampton (K.O. Knudson Middle School: Las Vegas, NV)

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Powerpoint Presentation
Video examples are embedded in the PowerPoint.

Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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How to Give Children More Opportunities to Use Science and Literacy to Make Sense of the World Around Them

Los Angeles Convention Center - 403B

This session introduces a way to create learning experiences that will give students opportunities to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking as they use the DCIs, CCs, and SEPs to explain natural phenomena.

Takeaways: 1. How to ensure students have access to science by designing investigations that promote and support the use of literacy skills; 2. How literacy can be used in the service of sensemaking; and 3. How to embed formative assessment of science practices and literacy skills into an investigation in a meaningful and informative way.

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Todd Hutner (The University of Alabama: Tuscaloosa, AL)

Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Inspiring Literacy and Science Interest with Data

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

We use data to do science; data literacy is its own set of skills. Young learners benefit when we integrate data, literacy, and science together.

Takeaways: 1. Identify how data literacy is a critical aspect of literacy and science literacy in the 21st century; 2. Explore strategies and resources to use to authentically integrate data into K–5 science instruction; and 3. Develop a plan for next steps to elevate data as an aspect of meaningful connections between literacy and science.

Speakers

Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, Rutgers University: Princeton, NJ)

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Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Be a Part of Our Exciting Evolution Educator Network!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408A

The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is a network of more than 150 science teachers. We have presented over 225 teacher workshops in all 50 U.S. states.

Takeaways: 1. The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES): provides high school biology teachers with paid opportunities to present to middle and high school science teachers who need help teaching evolution in an engaging and effective manner; 2. has several FREE, complete evolution units for science teachers to use in their classrooms, including assessments, active learning lessons, online investigations, and bell-ringer activities, along with dozens of other free resources; and 3. invites educators, biologists, and science authors to give monthly webinars to an international audience of teachers, students, and science enthusiasts.

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Sephali Thakkar (Allen ISD: Allen, TX)

Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Using CERs as Formative Assessment to Show Student Learning in Interactive Notebooks

Los Angeles Convention Center - 404

In this session, attendees will learn how to get students to write a scientific argument using a CER tool. They will also learn about a self-evaluation tool students can use to critique their writing.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. how to use a CER writing tool to make sure students are writing high-level scientific arguments; 2. the importance of the self-evaluation tool when writing CERs; and 3. how to use student interactive notebooks as a tool if students are reaching the learning goal.

Speakers

Nikki Luckin (Fairmont Elementary School: Sanger, CA)

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NSTA Area Conference - 2021.pdf
Rubric Example 3
Rubric Example 2
Rubric Example 1
CER Argument Self Reflection for a Notebook (1).pdf

Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Video-Based Curriculum from the Switch Energy Alliance: Energy Decisions for a Sustainable Future

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

Discover Switch Classroom, a free, online, objective curriculum about energy use and nonrenewable and renewable resources centered on AP Environmental Science and NGSS Energy standards.

Takeaways: 1. Explore Switch Energy Alliance resources, including Switch Classroom, energy videos, and full-length documentaries. The Switch Classroom curriculum covers six units of comprehensive lessons detailing renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, energy production fundamentals, and how energy decisions are made; 2. Learn how to set up your own class using Switch Classroom, creating a customized energy unit for your students that includes video and your choice of activities that include multiple-choice quizzes, critical-thinking writing and diagramming, and lab and math-based calculation activities; and 3. Increase your students' ability and skills to explain concepts, analyze visual representations, and propose solutions to complex energy decisions in a nonpartisan and objective manner.

Speakers

Leslie Horne (New Market Junior/Senior High School: Newmarket, NH), James Corboy (Long Beach Unified School District: Signal Hill, CA)

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Energizing Your Energy curriculum.pptx
Switch Energizing Your Energy Curriculum Handout.pdf

Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Science Media and Text for Young Learners

Los Angeles Convention Center - 510

Purposeful use of quality media and texts is especially important for young learners. We will introduce you to quality digital learning resources that are effective, engaging, standards-focused, and appropriate to early exploration of science concepts, data, and phenomena. Discover media from Curious George, Peep and the Big Wide World, and more…all with literacy tie-ins and support materials, and available free on PBS LearningMedia.

Takeaways: 1. A wide range of digital media for science for young learners will be presented, and teachers will leave with a list of resources they can begin using immediately; 2. Media literacy, as well as literacy with associated texts, will be discussed; and 3. Teachers will leave with a list of tips for engaging young learners with science media and associated texts.

Speakers

Kim Gonzalez (GBH Education: Brighton, MA)

Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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STEMify Your Daily Do's

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

Join us to strengthen STEM in your classroom by STEMifying a Daily Do.

Takeaways: 1. Sensemaking in your classroom using NSTA Daily Do's; 2. How Daily Do's and other lessons can be modified to include more STEM; and 3. How to design for equity in STEM/Science classrooms.

Speakers

Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Elizabeth Allan (University of Central Oklahoma: Edmond, OK)

Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Taste Buds in Your Gut? Exploring Taste, Cell Communication, and Glucose Homeostasis

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Experiment with the “sugar-blocking” tea Gymnema sylvestre and model cellular communication pathways in the tongue and the gut before evaluating possible mechanisms of action.

Takeaways: Participants will learn: 1. how to model the physiology of sweet taste perception; 2. how the systems that detect sugar can be disrupted; and 3. how to evaluate three proposed mechanisms of action.

Speakers

Joan Griswold (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

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Lesson Resources
Google folder with lesson resources and PPT from session

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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FlyGirls: Girls with Drones

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

Our FlyGirls program was developed to introduce young women in grades 4–8 to aerospace using drones. The Cobb County School District has partnered with Lockheed Martin, FTW Robotics, female drone pilots from across the U.S., and other informal educators to offer our FlyGirls program. Learn how we shifted during remote learning and focused on college and career readiness.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn how to cultivate a dynamic partnerships between multiple agencies; 2. receive step-by-step guidance to start your own local chapter of FlyGirls; and 3. receive access to the resources we developed and used with our FlyGirls group.

Speakers

Sally Creel (Cobb County School District: Marietta, GA), Alana Davis (Cobb County School District: Marietta, GA)

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Fly Girls: Girls with Drones

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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A Phenomenal Approach to Notebooking: Putting the Interaction into Interactive Notebooks

Los Angeles Convention Center - 403B

Make student thinking come to life with notebooks! Increase the rigor of student work—learn new strategies for organizing content and how to use templates for any science class. Take home current NGSS classroom examples to get you started.

Takeaways: 1. The how and why of science notebooks; 2. Engaging ALL students in science; and 3. Templates scaffold student learning for success.

Speakers

Jennifer Weibert (Fresno County Office of Education: Fresno, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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NSTA LA Notebooks.pdf

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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NARST-Sponsored Session: Features of Engineering for K–12 Education

Los Angeles Convention Center - 401

The present study identified important features of engineering by eliciting experts’ opinions. The features of engineering could help teachers develop disciplinary knowledge for engineering.

Takeaways: 1. The important features of engineering for K–12 engineering education; 2. Learn about engineering design activities; and 3. Learn about what professional engineers think is important about learning engineering.

Speakers

Ezgi Yesilyurt (Weber State University: Ogden, UT), Hasan Deniz (University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Las Vegas, NV), Erdogan Kaya (George Mason University: Fairfax, VA)

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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NSTA Press Session: Inspiring Curiosity and Writing with the Next Time You See Series, K–5

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

Learn how the Next Time You See books can connect students with nature and inspire them to write their own books about natural objects and phenomena.

Takeaways: 1. Explore research about the positive effects of time in nature on children and adults; 2. Learn how literacy and science can be connected through writing activities; and 3. Receive classroom-ready resources (videos and graphic organizers) to guide your students through a Mentor Text Study.

Speakers

Kim Stilwell (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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NITARP: High School Teachers and Students Working with Astronomers on Current Research

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

NITARP (NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program) gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. Small groups of mostly high school educators work with professional astronomers for an original research project.

Takeaways: 1. A clear understanding of the application process to apply for a NITARP opportunity; 2. An idea of the research experience of a participant involved in this astronomy experience; and 3. An awareness of the vast astronomy resources (images and astronomy programs) available for free to educators and their students.

Speakers

John Taylor (ETHOS Innovation Center: Elkhart, IN)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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NITARP NSTA F2021.pdf
Presentation about the NITARP program run by Caltech's IPAC and NASA to connect teachers with researchers in the field of astronomy.

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Classifying Solar System Objects: Is Pluto a Planet?

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Solar system objects are grouped by characteristics. We model how scientists classify solar system objects. What’s a planet, dwarf planet, etc.? Is Pluto a planet?

Takeaways: 1. We, including scientists, group objects to help us understand and describe the world around us; 2. The way we, including scientists, group things may depend on the manner in which we are studying them, i.e., there may be more than one “correct” answer; and 3. Objects in the Solar System (planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, moons) can be grouped by their properties: rocky surfaces, gaseous atmospheres, orbit around the Sun or a planet, where they are in the Solar System, etc.

Speakers

Larry Lebofsky (Senior Education Specialist: Tucson, AZ)

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Solar System Classification Images
Images for the Solar System Classification Activity
Solar System Classification Intro and Activity
Introduction to the Solar System Classification Activity and Images
Bennu Introduction
Introduction to Asteroid Bennu activity.
Classifying Solar System Objects Presentation
PowerPoint for the Classifying Solar System Objects Workshop

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Connecting NGSS to Student Interests and the Science That Surrounds Us in Real Life

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408A

Learn how to create engaging lessons, connecting to student interests and to the science and natural phenomena that surround us. Pick up strategies to engage K–6 students in explorations, helping them recognize and understand real-world science while creating a lifelong love of science. Handouts!

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. innovative strategies to help children identify, explore, and understand a variety of interesting, real-life science that surrounds them in their everyday world; 2. how to design lessons that emphasize exploration, and give students the opportunity to test variables and analyze their effects; and 3. effective questioning strategies to engage students and increase the depth of student thinking, also helping to make student thinking visible; and to help teachers use effective questioning strategies to help students clarify and articulate their understanding of essential science phenomena and concepts.

Speakers

Donna Knoell (Educational and Technology Consultant: Overland Park, KS)

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Chemistry of Copper: A Two-Part Inquiry

Los Angeles Convention Center - 405

Learn about the chemical properties of copper using appropriate technology in this hands-on activity.

Takeaways: Participants will; 1. learn to research and design an inquiry experiment; 2. use technology to gather and analyze data from the inquiry; and 3. visualize what occurs on the submicroscopic level by employing particulate drawings.

Speakers

Gregory Dodd (Retired Chemistry Teacher: Pennsboro, WV)

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Does Black English Stand Between Black Students and Success in Science?

Los Angeles Convention Center - 404

Discussion centers on tools to properly analyze Black students’ scientific work to determine if the misconceptions and misunderstandings are a learning issue or language issue. This workshop focuses on the use of language to reduce the ethnic achievement gap in science.

Takeaways: 1. Analyzing students’ work from a linguistic lens; 2. Recognizing biases when it comes to student language; and 3. Pushing Black students academically forward without making them feel torn between two language worlds.

Speakers

Jonte' Lee (Calvin Coolidge Senior High School: Washington, DC)

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Teaching Beyond Insulin: Exploring Environmental Contributions to Type 2

Los Angeles Convention Center - 513

You’ve used blood glucose regulation to teach homeostasis. Extend those lessons with classroom-ready strategies that address how policy and place contribute to type 2 diabetes.

Takeaways: Participants will; 1. become familiar with a research-based storyline that disassociates genetics from health outcomes; 2. l Learn that type 2 diabetes is a complex condition that is heavily influenced by environmental factors such as access to resources, personal choice, product marketing, public policy, socioeconomic status, and stress; and 3. learn that environmental factors can both increase and decrease a person’s risk for type 2 diabetes.

Speakers

Joan Griswold (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

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GSEO Environmental Survey

Thursday, December 9
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Specialty Crops in the Classroom: Educating Youth Through Mobile Classroom Growing Systems

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

Join us as we explore how specialty crops can be a useful tool in the classroom by improving both instruction and student nutrition.

Takeaways: Teachers will learn: 1. about resources for teaching about botany, plant science, and soil science made available through the specialty crops block grant; 2. how to incorporate NGSS into Free Fruit and Vegetable education program requirements; and 3. how to incorporate NGSS into nutrition science across the curriculum.

Speakers

Spencer Cody (Edmunds Central School District: Roscoe, SD)

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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NASA's Space Food and Nutrition

Los Angeles Convention Center - 403B

Explore caloric and nutritional values of NASA's space food. Discover a menu of inquiry activities/resources to integrate into the classroom to satisfy your STEM appetite.

Takeaways: 1. Explore NASA STEM activities that investigate space food and nutrition for astronauts living on the Space Station; 2. Construct sample space food menus to develop a better understanding of nutrition for human space exploration; and 3. Make connections between math, science, nutrition, and exercise while exploring the impact of living in space and in our gravity-filled environment here on Earth.

Speakers

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

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NASA Space Food & Nutrition Files
use this link to my NSTA collection of resources for the NASA Space Food & Nutrition Files that includes the powerpoint from my 2021 session

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Evolution—How Strong Is the Evidence?

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

Despite its central role in the Biology curriculum, evolution remains a topic of contention. We will examine evolutionary science today and the evidence behind it.

Takeaways: 1. Participants will see examples of how the evolutionary narrative can be incorporated into topics as diverse as ecology, physiology, taxonomy, and cell biology; 2. The evidence usually marshaled in support of evolution is often confined to passive descriptions of the fossil record and well-worn examples of natural selection. We will examine ways that students can use the availability of genomic data to pinpoint the marks of evolutionary change in DNA sequences and patterns of gene organization; and 3. Finally, we will explore and discuss approaches to overcoming student and community resistance to the teaching of evolution by emphasizing the core biological events behind the process and the central role they play in the living world.

Speakers

Kenneth Miller (Brown University: Providence, RI)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Slide file for Evolution Workshop - LA NSTA
Slides used in this workshop
PBS-Evolution-at-20.pdf
Article on 20th anniversary of the PBS Evolution Series.

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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ASEE Session: Coding in an Elementary School

Los Angeles Convention Center - 405

Let's teach students, teachers, and families how to code. Learn how to promote creativity, problem solving, higher-order thinking, and digital literacy in your classroom.

Takeaways: Teachers will: 1. learn to incorporate unplugged activities; 2. gain skills to integrate coding into their classroom using multiple platforms; and learn how to involve families during Hour of Code Event.

Speakers

Gabriela Arroyo (Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School: Los Angeles, CA), Jennifer Nishimoto (Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School: Los Angeles, CA)

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https://bit.ly/3DEc0Oy
Coding in an Elementary School.pdf

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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STEM Teaching Tools: Resources for Justice-Centered Science Instruction

Los Angeles Convention Center - 514

Choose which of these free resources for equitable science instruction are most relevant to your work. Then read, discuss, and plan!

Takeaways: 1. Science learning is culturally rooted, and strong instruction should take an asset-based approach to young peoples’ ways of thinking and knowing; 2. Developing more inclusive classrooms is a constant process. There are always steps educators can take to support equity, no matter where they are in their journey; and 3. These resources offer tangible next steps educators can take toward equity in their classroom, from identifying meaningful anchor phenomena (stemteachingtools.org/brief/42) to teaching biology in more gender-inclusive ways (stemteachingtools.org/brief/76) to fostering more student talk (stemteachingtools.org/brief/35).

Speakers

Deb Morrison (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Abby Rhinehart (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Funding for Science Education Through the American Rescue Plan

Los Angeles Convention Center - 401

To address the impacts of the pandemic on K–12 education, Congress has made emergency funds available through the American Rescue Plan Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund. In this session for educators and science leaders at the district and school levels, we will discuss how these federal funds can be leveraged to support science education, students, and
teachers, and review the products and services NSTA has available to address learning loss.

Takeaways: 1. Information on federal funding for pandemic relief for K–12 education; 2. How this federal funding can be used for science education; and 3. NSTA products and services that address learning loss.

Speakers

Erika Shugart (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

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10_2021 Erika_americanRescuePlan_ FINAL.ppt

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Experience Kinematics: Using Data to Understand Motion

Los Angeles Convention Center - 513

Learn what representations and data your students can use to bridge phenomena and mathematics, and how to assess kinematics understanding, as opposed to rote algebra skills.

Takeaways: 1. Using authentic data from real, open-access journal articles to model motion; 2. Students using multiple representations to shift back and forth from pictures, graphs, and math; and 3. Assessing students' understanding through their performance using real data.

Speakers

Christopher Moore (University of Nebraska Omaha: Omaha, NE)

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Escaping the Mundane Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Throw away your worksheets and turn your classroom into a collaborative, engaging “escape” room.

Takeaways: 1. Discover how to turn existing lessons into engaging escape rooms; 2. Receive dozens of hands-on puzzle ideas; and 3. Hear how to have your students create a standards-based escape room.

Speakers

Carissa Brazeal (Hollywood Academy of Arts & Science: Hollywood, FL)

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Are These Materials Designed for NGSS? Understanding the EdReports Review Process (Grades K–8)

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

Learn about the EdReports’ educator-led review process in science and how you can utilize our resources both in an instructional materials adoption and to grow your own understanding of high-quality instructional materials.

Takeaways: 1. Build an understanding of the challenges educators face in finding quality materials and how EdReports aims to address those challenges; 2. Learn about EdReports' science review tools for grades K–5 and 6–8, characteristics of alignment to the NGSS and usability, and discuss smart adoption processes; and 3. Hear about opportunities to engage as an EdReports reviewer in upcoming reviews, which includes NGSS training, an extended learning community, and a paid stipend.

Speakers

Lacey Wieser (EdReports.org: Phoenix, AZ)

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NSTA Fall 2021 Regional K-8-CA.pdf

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Develop Engaged, Future-Ready Science Learners

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Attendees will actively engage with innovative, technology-rich tools while learning strategies to teach data collection and analysis, engineering design processes, coding, and robotics. Discover engaging ways to apply coding to make devices “work,” adding rigor and complexity as learners gain skills and understanding.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how to: 1. design accessible, equitable hands-on learning experiences, in which ALL students actively participate and engage with innovative technology tools, helping students learn essential science concepts, engineering processes, and learn how to collaborate with peers to increase understanding; 2. teach authentic data collection and analysis, so that students can learn how to explore and test variables and measure and analyze their effects; and 3. use programmable technology tools and devices as effective teaching tools, helping students learn how to input code to achieve a desirable outcome, and how to analyze, diagnose, and correct the code when the device doesn’t perform as intended.

Speakers

Donna Knoell (Educational and Technology Consultant: Overland Park, KS)

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Bridging the Gap: Using Teacher Leaders to Support Informal Educators

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

Want to create high-quality, NGSS-focused field trip experiences? Come learn how we brought together classroom teachers and informal educators to accomplish this goal with amazing outcomes!

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. learn the steps we took to create a collaborative environment for teacher leaders to support informal educators in learning more about NGSS and the EP&Cs; 2. learn the value of bringing the expertise of informal educators and the knowledge of formal educators together in order to create high-quality, NGSS-focused field trip experiences; and 3. be given access to the agendas, handouts, and templates we used in our training/planning sessions.

Speakers

Lesley Gates (Fresno County Office of Education: Fresno, CA)

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Supporting SEL and Meeting NGSS Standards Through Citizen Science and Schoolyard Investigations

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

Support SEL while meeting science standards through student investigations and citizen science. Motivate students with schoolyard projects and real data with our free inquiry curriculum!

Takeaways: Participants will; 1. explore free resources to scaffold citizen science–inspired inquiry projects; 2. discover how outdoor learning and inquiry projects can support social and emotional learning; and 3. discuss the challenges and opportunities related to authentic scientific inquiry and how classroom teachers have successfully implemented these practices.

Speakers

Jennifer Fee (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Ithaca, NY)

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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NESTA Presents: Addressing the NGSS Through Topographic Maps and Profiles

Los Angeles Convention Center - 404

Make the conceptual leap from 2D to 3D and make teaching topography, topographic maps, and topographic profiles a concrete, engaging hands-on learning experience.

Takeaways: 1. Modeling is a key process within the NGSS, participants will walk away with multiple engaging hands-on activities that will allow their students to model and visualize 2D topographic maps and profiles as 3D representations; 2. Using topography that is unique to the community (Mt. Saint Helens for example), participants will be able to understand the environmental and topographic impacts of geological processes; and 3. Making the abstract concrete using simple and inexpensive materials makes the learning accessible and impactful to more diverse learners.

Speakers

Richard Jones (University of Hawaii-West Oahu: Kaploei, HI)

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LA 2021 Topographic Maps and Topographic Profiles.pdf
Activity that will be completed during the session. Several of the topographic maps used are placed based and should be familiar to anyone from the greater LA Basin.
NSTA 2021 -Topographic Maps and Profiles.pdf
PowerPoint of presentation that shows how to construct the two models used to help students understand how 2D topographic maps represent 3D surfaces.

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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NSTA Press Session: Ignite Your Professional Teaching Practice with NSTA’s Trilogy of Three-Dimensional Resources

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

Join us as we explore how NSTA’s three-dimensional resources can be utilized to enhance your teaching. Walk away with effective strategies for science teaching and learning and hear from educators as they provide tips for using these resources.

Takeaways: 1. Hear from classroom teachers about how they are using NSTA Press publications; and 2. Leave with top-notch teaching tips and innovative lesson plan ideas that promote imaginative learning and student engagement.

Speakers

Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Wendy Binder (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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NSELA-Sponsored Session: How as Science Leaders Are We Supporting an Asset View of Science Learners?

Los Angeles Convention Center - 514

Participants will learn about how some districts around the country are using an asset approach to post-COVID learning and will collaboratively share ideas with others.

Takeaways: 1. Some districts around the country are focusing on an acceleration rather than a remediation post-COVID approach to learning; 2. An asset approach to learning and learners supports social and emotional well-being; and 3. The NSELA Learning Center provides resources for continued learning about asset versus deficit approaches to learning.

Speakers

Larry Plank (Hillsborough County Public Schools: Tampa, FL)

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Crash Science—When Physics Meets Biology

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408A

Use innovative video-assisted STEM activities, demonstrations, award-winning videos, and behind-the-crash-tests tours to teach the science of car crashes. Free lesson plans included. Visit  Classroom.IIHS.org  for more information.

Takeaways: Participant will learn: 1. how to access inquiry-based activities and video-supported experiences integrating STEM concepts with vehicle crashworthiness and crash avoidance technologies; 2. how scientists and engineers use technology (crash dummies, crash tests, crash avoidance testing) at a vehicle research center to measure and evaluate vehicle safety systems; and 3. how to incorporate technology-enhanced STEM design challenges (Project Pedestrian Sensors and Egg-Carrying Paper Car Crash) into their curriculum to promote student awareness and understanding of how engineering and technology are used to build safer vehicles.

Speakers

Griff Jones (Emeritus Professor, University of Florida: Gainesville, FL)

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Phenomenon-Based, Literacy-Rich Learning Using Digitized Museum Objects

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Engage with Research Quest, free, online, NGSS-focused, phenomenon-based investigations using authentic museum objects and research to build students' literacy, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.

Takeaways: Teachers will: 1. experience an exemplar set of free resources that successfully integrate NGSS and ELA standards to provide students with meaningful, self-directed learning; 2. recognize that providing students with opportunities to research phenomenon-based problems professional scientists devote their careers to using the collections and data they build new knowledge from can empower students to better understand the enterprise of science, the natural world, and the natural history of our world—while building their literacy and critical-thinking skills; and 3. understand that creating opportunities to make critical thinking visible is an essential scaffold necessary to support student efficacy with problem finding and problem solving.

Speakers

Madlyn Larson (Natural History Museum of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT)

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Synthetic Biology: The Intersection of Biology, Engineering, and Computer Science

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Participants will combine engineering and biology as they work through a free activity from a no-cost introductory curriculum on the emerging field of Synthetic Biology.

Takeaways: Looking for free resources and innovative ways to introduce engineering into K–12 classrooms? American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) pre-college division will share them!

Speakers

Leonardo Morsut (University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA), Wendy Wooten (Reseda Charter High School: Reseda, CA)

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Synthetic biology resources
List of resources for synthetic biology with links to curricula, books, videos, journal articles
Presentation

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Unleashing Your Inner Scientist!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

Find yourself teaching science with little or no “formal” science training? Have no fear—let’s uncover the unknown science within you!

Takeaways: 1. Science is not a mystical/elite field; 2. Educators know more science than they are aware of; and 3. Both educators and students can be more comfortable with "science" topics when presented in everyday terms.

Speakers

Carl Carranza (Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: San Pedro, CA)

Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Bridging Science and Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom Through the Crosscutting Concepts of Science

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

This session will demonstrate how the NGSS’s crosscutting concepts can be utilized in the preschool setting to enhance literacy skills using intentional language and play experiences.

Takeaways: Framed within the constructivist approach, this presentation will include the following: 1. digital documentation of preschool-age children (3 to 5-year-olds) using crosscutting concepts; 2. discussion of scaffolding in children’s scientific thinking and literacy behaviors; and 3. discussion of the crosscutting concepts through the lens of literacy and nature.

Speakers

Jennifer Hardison (St. Margaret's Episcopal School: San Juan Capistrano, CA), Kelly McGovern (St. Margaret's Episcopal School: San Juan Capistrano, CA)

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Science & Play Article.pdf

Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Supporting Three-Dimensional Learning Through Model-Based Inquiry Units and Resources

Los Angeles Convention Center - 514

We will introduce a collection of units and resources to help teachers engage students in three-dimensional learning through model-based inquiry.

Takeaways: 1. How to utilize modeling across entire units of instruction; 2. Ways to anchor student learning in authentic phenomena; and 3. How to use public records to keep track of student ideas.

Speakers

Ron Gray (Northern Arizona University: Flagstaff, AZ)

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MBI website
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MBI presentation
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Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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The New Normal: Reviewing the Remote Experience, Keeping the Positive, and Blending Lessons When Returning to the Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

Multiple lessons were learned with remote instruction that can be transitioned into the face-to-face classroom and that support blended science instruction. Examples, tools, and strategies provided.

Takeaways: 1. Discuss the lessons learned during remote instruction that have the staying power and should be part of blended instruction; 2. Identify positive instructional strategies that maximize technology and digital tools and determine the best way to transition those tools into the blended classroom; and 3. Engage in example activities where connections between digital tools and strategies for use in student engagement are made.

Speakers

Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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NSTA Press Session: Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons: Using Picture Book to Inspire STEM Learning, K–5

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Learn how to integrate STEM and literacy through the use of high-quality STEM-related picture books.

Takeaways: 1. Strategies for integrating STEM and literacy in K–5; 2. Suggested picture books that integrate STEM and literacy; and 3. A STEM lesson you can use right away.

Speakers

Kim Stilwell (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Using Phenomena to Promote Sensemaking and Deepen Coherence

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

Dissect the differences between flashy engagers and phenomena to identify essential components of effective phenomenon-based teaching. Critically consider phenomena with personal relevance for your students.

Takeaways: 1. Build a deeper understanding of the differences between “hooks” and phenomena, 2. Consider and identify the benefits of using contextual, locally inspired phenomena to support all students, and 3. Identify potential local phenomena for their own classrooms to support more inclusive learning

Speakers

Martha Inouye (University of Wyoming: Laramie, WY), Ana Houseal (University of Wyoming: Laramie, WY)

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Print-out of scenarios
Session PPT
Science Teacher Article on phenomenon examples

Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

This workshop provides participants with materials to construct a probe that can safely stimulate muscle movements in the arms and hands to build understanding of the nervous system’s interactions with the muscular skeletal systems.

Takeaways: 1. How the nerves utilize electrochemical energy to create muscle movements; 2. How muscles when stimulated can move limbs; and 3. How to repurpose and utilize a TENS unit to demonstrate interactions of the neural and muscular skeletal systems.

Speakers

Mark Malone (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs: Colorado Springs, CO)

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Template for Constructing Muscle Stimulator.pdf
Template to parts list layout for "Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement"
Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement.pdf
PowerPoint related to "Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement" as a PDF
Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement - LA Conference Paper.docx
Paper related to "Build a probe to stimulate muscle movement.

Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Partnering with NSTA to Reach Your Professional Learning Goals

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408A

Explore how to take advantage of NSTA’s vast resources and pathways, including both asynchronous and synchronous options, to create personalized professional learning.

Takeaways: 1. Discover the value of being a School or District NSTA Partner; 2. Explore how to maximize online professional learning for all teachers; and 3. Discover how to utilize NSTA's online learning resources to support in-person professional learning.

Speakers

Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Wendy Binder (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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Design Squad Latinx

Los Angeles Convention Center - 510

We’ll describe how, working with Latinx communities, we’re developing a conceptual framework for a strengths-based approach that guides development of new resources and messaging to generate interest in STEM. The project features iterative prototype development and formative research with informal educators and youth.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how how Funds of Knowledge, a term that refers to the existing cultural knowledge and skills present in students’ households and communities, can be applied to engineering; 2. Ideas for exploring community-based effort to increase STEM opportunities and resources for Latinx and other youth; and 3. Explore STEM equity issues in general.

Speakers

Kim Gonzalez (GBH Education: Brighton, MA)

Thursday, December 9
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
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Keynote Presentation: Roving Mars and Exploring Solar System Worlds

Los Angeles Convention Center - Petree Hall C/D

Sponsoring Company: National Geographic Learning | Cengage

The dawn of the 21st century is a golden age for scientific space exploration. Missions from NASA and a growing set of international and commercial organizations launch space telescopes and send flyby, orbiter, rover, and sample return missions to explore our solar system. Dr. Ehlmann has been part of planetary mission teams since she was an undergraduate student working on the Mars Exploration Rovers. She has since worked on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Curiosity and Perseverance Mars rovers, the Dawn orbiter mission to the dwarf planet and asteroid Ceres, and is now the principal investigator leading the Lunar Trailblazer mission to map ice on the Moon. She will describe her journey from a child who loved science and science fiction to planetary scientist, telling the story of how objects that were once pinpricks of light in Earth’s sky have become worlds and how discoveries from the journeys of spacecraft can inspire the next generation of explorers.

NSTA wishes to thank National Geographic Learning | Cengage for sponsoring this speaker.

Speakers

Bethany Ehlmann (California Institute of Technology: Pasadena, CA)

Friday, December 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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A Fiery STEM Community: ULXplorlabs, Local Fire Departments, and Schools

Los Angeles Convention Center - 506

Learn how several counties in Georgia built relationships with local fire departments and Underwriters Laboratories to create authentic STEM learning experiences for physical science students.

Takeaways: 1. Experience quality STEM-infused learning through UL Xplorlabs: Fire Forensics (free curriculum); 2. Learn about the Community Partnerships between Cobb, Henry, and Cherokee County Schools and Fire Departments with Underwriter Laboratories Non-Profit Sector; and 3. Identify potential for building similar STEM ecosystems.

Speakers

Amy Gilbert (Griffin Middle School: Smyrna, GA), Sally Creel (Cobb County School District: Marietta, GA)

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Fiery STEM Community Partnership Presentation

Friday, December 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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NMLSTA-Sponsored Session: The Great Water Design Challenge

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Problem solving? Creativity? Collaboration? Design Challenge? Join in a mini design challenge and develop your own challenge tailored for your class before you leave.

Takeaways: Design sprints: 1. support innovation by solving a problem in a quick and creative manner; 2. engage students in 21st-century skills; and 3. incorporate many of the Next Generation Science Standards Science and Engineering Practices.

Speakers

Liz Martinez (Curriculum/Professional Development: Escondido, CA)

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General Topics and Resources.docx
Marine Debris Resources.docx
Student Generated Questions for SME.docx
Flooding and Severe Weather Resources.docx
Algal Blooms and Algae Resources.docx
IMSA Team Schedule.docx
Problem Statement List.docx
The Great Water Design Challenge LA.pdf
Individual School Schedule Letter.docx
School Team SME Sessions.docx
IMSA Developed Research Questions.docx
Plant and Animal Invasive Species Resources.docx
Vector Borne Diseases Resources.docx

Friday, December 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Discover NSTA’s New Professional Learning Units to Earn Continuing Education Credit

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502A

Explore NSTA’s NEWProfessional Learning Units. Discover these bite-sized asynchronous professional learning experiences that support student sensemaking to earn credit to submit to your school or district.

Takeaways: 1. Discover how NSTA can provide asynchronous and bite-sized continuing education credit options (2 hours per PLU); 2. Explore how each PLU contains reflections or tasks connected to the classroom that are submitted to NSTA for review or feedback; and 3. Explore how we can support professional learning for individuals or schools/districts including the flexible options available for Professional Learning Unit topics, and how these fit into our Professional Learning pathways.

Speakers

Elizabeth Allan (University of Central Oklahoma: Edmond, OK), Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Friday, December 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Tools for Justice-Centered Climate Change Teaching and Learning

Los Angeles Convention Center - 401

Our students are already impacted by climate change. How can we teach about it in ways that help them all thrive on a damaged planet?

Takeaways: 1. Justice-centered climate science instruction is possible and needed throughout the grade span, and intersects with a variety of other ecological topics; 2. Our young people are already aware of and experiencing the effects of climate change, and educators are in a unique position to help them better understand and process this new reality; and 3. There are many resources already available to support educators in this work, even if it may sound daunting at first.

Speakers

Deb Morrison (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Abby Rhinehart (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

Friday, December 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Real-World Science

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

The NWWII Museum has developed a science curriculum for students in grades 5–8 that uses stories from WWII and connected investigations to bring science to life for students.

Takeaways: 1. Get access to the free Real World Science curriculum; 2. Practice one or more of the activities; and 3. Find out about teacher workshops, student webinars, and other resources from The National WWII Museum.

Speakers

Rob Wallace (Teacher PD and Curriculum Design: Kenner, LA)

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Real World Science web page
RWS NSTALA.pdf
Real World Science curriculum links

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Voices of Hope: Climate Science Unit

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

Climate Science can be a difficult topic, however focusing on hope and action allows students to see they can make a difference. Come see how!

Takeaways: 1. Gain strategies to support all students, but especially English Learners (using OCDE, Orange County Department of Education, Project GLAD® strategies); 2. Learn the content and the relevant issues that are impacting climate change; and 3. How to focus on the importance of maintaining hope. We do this by showing students how their actions will make a difference.

Speakers

Kate Lindholm (North Central Educational Service District: Wenatchee, WA)

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Voices of Hope: Climate Science Unit
Graphic Organizer "A Warming earth"

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Using Three-Dimensional Prompts to Drive Student Sensemaking

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

Learning science means engaging in DCIs, SEPs, and CCCs. Come explore how to generate authentic prompts that integrate all three dimensions to drive student learning.

Takeaways: 1. Practice creating 3-D prompts that explicitly promote the three dimensions and drive more integrated student learning and assessment; 2. Learn how to adapt your own questions and prompts to better target specific dimensions; and 3. Consider how framing of activities, through questions and prompts, can support specific DCIs, SEPs, and CCCs.

Speakers

Ana Houseal (University of Wyoming: Laramie, WY), Martha Inouye (University of Wyoming: Laramie, WY), Jessica Stephens (Rock Springs Junior High School: Rock Springs, WY)

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Session PPT
3D Prompts_Guide_NSTA LA2021.pdf
Guide to writing 3D prompts
Guide to writing 3D prompts

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Lights-Camera-CRASH: Exploring Crash Science with Griff Jones and the IIHS’s Vehicle Research Center

Los Angeles Convention Center - 511

Use award-winning videos, paper car crashes, egg drop cushions, and behind-the-crash-tests tours to teach motion and energy concepts. All resources are free at classroom.iihs.org.

Takeaways: Participants will learn how: 1. to access inquiry-based activities and video-supported experiences integrating STEM concepts with vehicle crashworthiness and crash avoidance technologies; 2. scientists and engineers use technology (crash dummies, crash tests, crash avoidance testing) at a vehicle research center to measure and evaluate vehicle safety systems; and 3. to incorporate culminating STEM design challenges (Project Pedestrian Sensors and Egg-Carrying Paper Car Crash) into their curriculum to promote student awareness and understanding of how engineering and technology are used to build safer vehicles. Examples of student assessments (formative and summative) are provided.

Speakers

Griff Jones (Emeritus Professor, University of Florida: Gainesville, FL)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Engineering for STEM Literacy in Support of Workforce Readiness—Presented by Teacher Fellows from the 2020–2021 Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Come experience quality engineering lessons inspired by externships with engineers that require students to acquire and use elements of disciplinary core ideas (DCIs) from physical, life, or Earth and space sciences together with elements of DCIs from engineering design to solve problems.

Takeaways: 1. Experience how to create an authentic need to integrate science and engineering ideas to solve an authentic problem, making the interdependence of science and engineering explicit; 2. Explore examples of engineering lessons that provide access for all students that are grounded in sensemaking; and 3. Discuss what it means to be career ready and the skills that are inherent in three-dimensional learning as espoused by NGSS and the K–12 Framework for Science Education.

Speakers

Wendy Binder (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

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Engineering Literacy in Support of Workforce Readiness.pdf

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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CSSS-Sponsored Session: Supporting All Students in Making Sense of Phenomena by Building All of Their Intellectual Resources

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

Students bring amazing intellectual resources to make sense of natural phenomena. Come learn how to notice and leverage these resources in your teaching.

Takeaways: 1. Identify equity dimensions of sensemaking through the science and engineering practices; 2. Learn to see different ways students contribute to making sense of phenomena—and connect to science; and 3. Better appreciate that navigating multiple ways of knowing is the basic human condition, not the exception.

Speakers

Deb Morrison (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Tana Luther (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Protocols for Student Success with Science and Engineering Practices

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

Using protocols will scaffold students’ learning as they apply science and engineering practices to science lessons. Come see how this approach can change your science instruction!

Takeaways: 1. Teachers will receive a grade-band appropriate set of protocols ready to use in the classroom (printable copies, teaching slides, and digital versions compatible with Google Classroom will all be provided); 2. Experience a model lesson using the Science and Engineering Protocols; and 3. Receive training on how to use the Science and Engineering Protocols to engage students in doing science, not just learning about science.

Speakers

Lynn Gutzwiller (Murray City School District: West Jordan, UT), Rachael Coleman (Jordan School District: West Jordan, UT)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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A STEM Ice Core Investigation That Integrates the Three Dimensions of NGSS

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502A

Come discover a multidisciplinary, open-ended investigation that incorporates absolute and relative dating, anomalies, historical context, volcanoes, solar proton events, energy cycles, Earth systems, terrestrial events, and supernovas.

Takeaways: 1. Students will have a better understanding of the process of constructing knowledge; 2. Students will have to analyze and defend their results; and 3. Sometimes there is no answer key, only possible solutions from constructing and analyzing data from several sources that cross traditional disciplines.

Speakers

Donna Young (NASA/NSO/UoL Program Manager: Laughlin, NV)

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Ice Core Records NGSS.pdf
Additional resources for the Ice Core Records investigation

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Fueling Success with Students—Win Up to $10K for You and Up to $15K for Your Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 513

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.

Speakers

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

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Instructional Method and Teaching Philosophy questions
Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge
Shell Programs flyer
Shell Programs presentation

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Creating Curriculum Around Nonfiction Books: New Tools for Engaging Differentiated Learners

Los Angeles Convention Center - 512

This interactive presentation builds on NSTA resources with new classroom tools for using nonfiction trade books. Content-rich videos and lesson plans support differentiated learning styles.

Takeaways: 1. Discover new tools for STEM/Lit connections that expand learning opportunities for students with differentiated learning styles; 2. Obtain bibliographies of current, high-quality nonfiction trade books that offer related, carefully curated teaching videos, curriculum-based lesson plans, and classroom activities; and 3. Explore new approaches to inspiring budding scientists by leveraging nonfiction books and associated resources on a range of subjects, including challenging topics.

Speakers

Elizabeth Shreeve (Science Writer: Mill Valley, CA), Jason Jones (Educator/Multi-Media Specialist: Woodacre, CA)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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Pole of Inaccessibility: Bringing Ocean Science to North America’s Great Interior

Los Angeles Convention Center - 401

Join us as we explore how NOAA Teacher at Sea can bring stimulating ocean science content to the classroom through a wide range of technology and media applications.

Takeaways: NOAA Teacher at Sea provides numerous cutting-edge strategies to make ocean science accessible to students such as Google Cardboard and various VR applications to utilizing NOAA Teacher at Sea’s rich ocean science resources.

Speakers

Spencer Cody (Edmunds Central School District: Roscoe, SD)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Polishing Students’ Argumentation Skills: Using Discussion Diamonds to Support Discourse and Evidence-Based Writing

Los Angeles Convention Center - 506

Experience how the discussion diamond protocol can help support students’ argumentation skills and Claim-Evidence-Reasoning writing through peer discourse.

Takeaways: 1. Student discourse can be used to support the development of students’ argumentation skills; 2. The discussion diamond protocol provides students with a structure to build scientific arguments based on evidence and reasoning in collaboration with their peers; and 3. The discussion diamond protocol is a versatile tool that can be adapted for students at different skill levels and in various subjects.

Speakers

Nicole Ciccarello (Beverly Hills High School: Beverly Hills, CA)

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Discussion Diamond Handouts.docx
Discussion Diamonds Presentation.pptx
Slip or Trip.pdf

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Zombie Apocalypse!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 510

Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

Attendees will explore disease modeling through the use of ZOMBIES!

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

Speakers

Jeffrey Lukens (Retired Science Teacher: Sioux Falls, SD), Jessica Kohout (Howard County Conservancy: Woodstock, MD)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Transforming Science Classrooms by Redefining Learning Spaces with Stile

Los Angeles Convention Center - 406B

Sponsoring Company: Stile Education

Redefine your science classroom with Stile technology. Experience how Stile empowers teachers to facilitate student-centered learning environments, all grounded in relevant, real-world science.

Takeaways: 1. Technology in science classrooms should redefine how we teach, not substitute it; 2. Current classrooms require multiple entry points for students to learn; and 3. Teachers can redefine how they plan for, facilitate, and analyze student thinking connected to the NGSS.

Speakers

Shawna Jensen (Stile Education: Los Angeles, CA), Julianna Jimenez (Stile Education: Los Angeles, CA)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Tracking SARS-CoV-2 Spread Using an Easy Gel Electrophoresis Activity

Los Angeles Convention Center - 407

Sponsoring Company: Bio-Rad Laboratories

A COVID-19 outbreak among restaurant customers has researchers puzzled. It's time for your students to analyze DNA samples by electrophoresis and propose evidence-based explanations.

Takeaways: 1. Walk through a hands-on classroom lab activity to teach about SARS-CoV-2 detection methods; 2. Learn about a case study, based on a publication in 2020, in which researchers analyzed diagnostic data from patrons of a restaurant to learn about how SARS-CoV-2 spreads; and 3. See how students can use classroom lab results to propose evidence-based explanations for how SARS-CoV-2 may have spread in the case study scenario.

Speakers

Damon Tighe (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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DNA Forensics Solves the Murder Mystery of Dr. Ward

Los Angeles Convention Center - 409B

Sponsoring Company: MiniOne Systems

Using the MiniOne System, develop an understanding of forensic science and gel electrophoresis while investigating the mystery of who killed Dr. Ward.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how you can use electrophoresis to teach real-world forensic science to students in grades 9–12; 2. See how the MiniOne System has significantly reduced prep work for teachers by allowing students to get hands on with every step of the lab process; and 3. Understand how electrophoresis can be engaging and lead students toward careers in STEM fields.

Speakers

Callen Hyland (Embi Tec: San Diego, CA)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Enliven Learning with Experimentation

Los Angeles Convention Center - 153A/B

Sponsoring Company: Vernier Software & Technology

Excite your students with hands-on science, whether you’re in the classroom or teaching remotely through collaborative data collection and real-time analysis. Seeing data collected right before their eyes using the Vernier Graphical Analysis™ Pro app gives students the ability to connect abstract concepts to real-world applications. Learn how to use our app to energize your classroom through data sharing, interactive sample experiments with synced data, custom videos, and more.

Takeaways: 1. Educators can create experiments and share the data with students in real time; 2. Seeing data collected right before their eyes gives students the ability to connect abstract concepts to real-world applications; and 3. Graphical Analysis Pro helps students experience three-dimensional learning.

Speakers

Sara Tallarovic (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR), Elaine Nam (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: Scientific Explanations to Increase Student Voice

Los Angeles Convention Center - 409A

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) is a way for students to explain observed phenomena in a scientific way. This structured approach allows students to use observations and data from an investigation. Students use critical reasoning to connect the claim, evidence, and reasoning together. CER is an acclaimed and highly successful instructional strategy that is changing how students understand concepts and write explanations for phenomena.

Takeaways: 1. Understand the benefits of using the CER Framework; 2. Construct and critique a scientific explanation; and 3. Develop appropriate scaffolds for scientific explanation skills.

Speakers

Stephanie Shield (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Kenneth Heydrick (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Dynamic DNA: More Than Just As, Ts, Gs, and Cs

Los Angeles Convention Center - 410

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Join us as we use a variety of physical models of DNA student-centered activities to explore the structure and function of this amazing biomolecule.

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. practice their understanding of the structure of DNA while transferring their knowledge across different models of DNA; 2. consider how a model-based approach to investigating DNA deepens student understanding and inquiry; and 3. investigate the differences between RNA and DNA while examining models.

Speakers

Keri Shingleton (Holland Hall: Tulsa, OK)

Friday, December 10
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
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NSTA Exhibit Hall

Los Angeles Convention Center - Concourse Hall 151/152

The NSTA Exhibit Hall is a must-see! NSTA brings you the leading science education companies and organizations to showcase products, services, curricula, and much more. You’ll discover  something new and exciting in the world of science teaching.

Speakers

Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Supporting Students in Engaging Fully in Three-Dimensional Instruction

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

In this interactive session, explore ways that you can support your students in engaging in shifts in your instruction and increase their socio-emotional skills.

Takeaways: 1. Build a deeper understanding of two instructional shifts needed to achieve three-dimensional instruction; 2. Consider and identify what students need to know and understand to be able to participate in these shifts; and 3. Identify potential ways to support students to participate in three-dimensional learning.

Speakers

Ana Houseal (University of Wyoming: Laramie, WY), Martha Inouye (University of Wyoming: Laramie, WY)

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LOMO+2 Presentation_PPT_NSTA LA2021_12-10-21.pdf

Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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NSELA-Sponsored Session: Highlighting Stories of Successful (Formal and Informal Science) Partnerships from National Science Leaders

Los Angeles Convention Center - 401