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Thursday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Smashing Classrooms Walls Through Virtual Events

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 3

Take your students beyond your classroom walls through virtual speakers and field trips with those on the front lines of science, exploration, and conservation.

Takeaways: 1. Discover the benefits of bringing exciting scientists, explorers, and conservationists live into your classroom through virtual guest speakers and field trips; 2. Explore how easy it is to do with exciting resources like Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, Explorer Classroom, Google, and more; and 3. What to do before, during, and afterwards so your students get the most from these experiences.

Speakers

Joe Grabowski (Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants: Elora, ON)

Thursday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Using Student-Created Poetry to Strengthen Growth in Science

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake H

Come learn about a variety of formula poems that can reinforce science learning on a wide range of topics. See student examples and try writing some.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn about a wide variety of formula poems that can be used across elementary grade levels and tie easily to commonly taught science concepts. Attendees will learn how they might modify the formula poems to meet the needs of diverse students. Attendees will realize how to use the poetry as a type of informal assessment to see what science content students know and what they still need reinforced.

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Jennifer Altieri (Coastal Carolina University: Conway, SC)

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Thursday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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3-2-1 Lift-Off! NASA’s Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Activities

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson B

Use each stage of the Engineering Design Process to complete a team challenge of building and launching a satellite while making connections to NASA missions.

Takeaways: Participants will learn about and use the engineering design process to build and perform a drop test of a satellite using NASA’s BEST activities. Educators will learn how to integrate the process skills of measuring, calculating, designing and evaluating while teaching the engineering design process. Make real-life connections to how NASA engineers use the engineering design process and work as teams to accomplish their mission goals.

Speakers

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

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Collection of 3-2-1 Lift-Off! NASA's BEST Satellite
Link to files used in the 2021 presentation

Thursday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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HOTS, Technology, and Alternative Assessments in the Science Classroom

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake I

Learn how a science teacher incorporated HOTS (higher-order thinking skills), technology, and alternative assessments in her classroom and doesn't want to go back to traditional assessments.

Takeaways: 1. Describe higher order thinking skills and how educators need to help students obtain these skills. 2. Show examples of how technology can be used as a tool to help students learn HOTS. 3. See examples of how alternative assessments were used in a science classroom.

Speakers

Emilie Tekely (Dauphin County Technical School: Harrisburg, PA)

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Thursday, November 11
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
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NITARP: High School Teachers and Students Working with Astronomers on Current Research

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake G

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

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John Taylor (ETHOS Innovation Center: Elkhart, IN)

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Thursday, November 11
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
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Stratospheric Ballooning for Middle and High School Students

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake C

Discover how to successfully launch and retrieve payloads engineered by your students into the stratosphere. In the 21st century, the sky is truly the limit!

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how to design, predict and track stratospheric ballooning projects. Attendees will learn about the FAA guidelines and regulations associated with unmanned balloons. Attendees will learn about the challenges and pitfalls of gathering data from extreme environments up to 20 miles from the surface of the Earth.

Speakers

Robert Ferrell (St. Georges Technical High School: Middletown, DE), Michael Oberly (Springer Middle School: Wilmington, DE)

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Thursday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Breaking Down the Three Dimensions: Dissecting and Modeling NGSS-Focused Lessons for Grades 6–8

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 4

Participants will dissect completed three-dimensional lessons written to NGSS standards for grades 6–8 in order to identify and apply each of the dimensions.

Takeaways: 1. NGSS Performance Expectations can serve as a helpful guide and tool when developing 3D lessons 2. By exploring completed 3D lessons we can build competency in developing our own 3. Inquiry based learning is an excellent way to ensure we are utilizing NGSS 3D Standards

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Rebecca Ellis (Argyle Middle School: Silver Spring, MD), Amy Levine (Silver Spring International Middle School: Silver Spring, MD)

Thursday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Teach like an Elder and Help Your Students Thrive!

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 8

Did you realize that elders used inquiry, a multidisciplinary project-based approach, hands-on learning, and innovation? Incorporating these ideas will improve your classroom for ALL students.

Takeaways: 1. All teachers can adapt their teaching methods to match those of our elders. 2. The sequence and methods that were used by our elders insured that students were active learners. 3. The elders not only had students build a foundation of knowledge, but also they accomplished this by using inquiry, exploring phenomena, implementing a hands-on approach, and concluding with an innovative extension.

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Joel Truesdell (U.S. Geological Survey: Reston, VA)

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Thursday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Phone Physics

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 3

Leverage the power of smartphone sensors in today’s physics classroom so that all students get experience in experimental science. Class-ready materials provided.

Takeaways: Phone physics increases equitable access to experimental science in the classroom or at home as a flipped lab or distance learning. Phone sensors match or improve upon precision and accuracy of classic physics equipment. Phone physics has a low floor/high ceiling and is appropriate for all levels.

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Michael Tobler (Moreau Catholic High School: Hayward, CA)

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Thursday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Science At Home: Bridging the Gap

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 7

Looking for ways to connect what students learn at school with their home learning environment? This session will provide participants with many overarching hands-on science lessons that integrate the science and engineering practices and can easily be completed at home or school. Materials are cheap and easily accessible for parents/teachers.

Takeaways: 1. Overarching science concepts at each grade band; 2. Connecting hands-on science activities to at-home learning; and 3. Creating at-home lesson templates.

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Amber Cobb (Guy Fenter Education Service Cooperative: Branch, AR)

Thursday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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A Chemical Inquiry: Let’s Master Equilibrium!

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 4

Join this workshop and participate in a hands-on activity to help students overcome common chemical equilibrium misconceptions.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. take part in a hands-on inquiry activity with a chemical equilibrium having a large K value; 2. learn ways to overcome student misconceptions about equilibrium; and 3. learn to use appropriate technology to facilitate data collection and analysis for an inquiry lab.

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Gregory Dodd (Retired Chemistry Teacher: Pennsboro, WV)

Thursday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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ASEE Session: Heartbreaker: An Engineering Design Lab Using Biology and Incorporating Awareness of Systemic Injustice in Our Medical Systems

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 5

Participants will experience a culminating human body systems Design Engineering lab that includes an analysis of our medical system.

Takeaways: 1. Learn the power of real world connections with design engineering labs 2. Have a Design Engineering lab that they can reproduce 3. Focus on effectively using background information in many forms for a Design Engineering lab

Speakers

Jan Schuettpelz (Oyster-Adams Bilingual School: Washington, DC)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Heartbreaker lab sheets
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Heartbreaker Resources
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Thursday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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NSTA Press Session: Inspiring Curiosity and Writing with the Next Time You See Series, K–5

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C

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

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

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Debra Sawyer-Moulton (NSTA Sales Rep for DC, DE, MD, PA, VVA, WV: Charlestown, MD)

Thursday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Connecting Science and Literacy with the FoodPrints Curriculum

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 6

Experience hands-on Science and ELA investigations with the FoodPrints Curriculum’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching nine major food and garden education themes.

Takeaways: 1. Engage in hands-on investigation from three different elementary lessons: Edible Plant Parts, Seed Dispersal, and the Garden Ecosystem for grades 1–3 that can be used in the classroom and in outdoor learning using literacy-based approaches aligned to Common Core ELA and hands-on science investigations aligned to NGSS; 2. Learn methods for teaching and assessing vocabulary using live worms, engage students in discourse as they sort real food to classify edible plant parts, create seed packets using nonfiction text features while addressing speaking and listening standards, using student discourse, real-world and authentic vocabulary and incorporating read alouds to support instruction and learning methods for authentic assessment with each investigation; and 3. Explore the FoodPrints Curriculum’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching elementary science lessons with garden and food education themes and gain free access to our lessons and resources for preK—5.

Speakers

Jennifer Ramsey (FRESHFARM FoodPrints: Washington, DC), Susan Bandler (FRESHFARM FoodPrints: Washington, DC)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Edible Plant Parts.pdf
One of the FoodPrints lessons featured in the Integrating Science and Literacy session
FoodPrints NSTA Science and Literacy Integration (Nov. 2021) .pdf
The powerpoint presentation for the Science and Literacy Integration FoodPrints session.

Thursday, November 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Hot Metals, Cool Teachers

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 5

Explore how students can change metal properties through alloying, heat-treating, and cold-work. Classroom activities enhance understanding of both atomic structure and real-world engineering relevance.

Takeaways: 1. Labs for students to deepen understanding of metal properties; 2. Real-world applications for atomic-level changes; and 3. Engineering challenges for students to apply knowledge.

Speakers

Briana Richardson (Washington High School: Washington Court House, OH), Scott Spohler (Global Impact STEM Academy: Springfield, OH)

Thursday, November 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Circular Motion and Dark Matter: An Astronomy Twist on a Classic Lab

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 4

Students will explore how that spinning mass/hanging mass lab is built on the same physics that radio astronomers used to discover dark matter.

Takeaways: Students will learn: 1. how dark matter was uncovered; 2. that galactic rotational motion follows different rules than either circular motion or Kepler’s planetary motion laws; and 3. by doing hands-on activities that include building graphing and data analysis skills.

Speakers

John Clark (Volusia Online Learning: Port Orange, FL)

Thursday, November 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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STEM Talks for Early Learners

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C

Early positive experiences in STEM are critical for future student success. Come explore research and resources for increasing STEM practices, student discourse, and family engagement! Bring your laptop for hands-on engagement.

Takeaways: 1. STEM activities for young learners; 2. Resources for STEM discourse; and 3. Family engagement strategies for math explorations.

Speakers

Lauren Allen (D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education: Washington, DC), Tanaga Rodgers (D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education: Washington, DC)

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Thursday, November 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Creating Engaging K–6 Science Explorations That Will Ignite a Lifelong Passion for Science

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 2

Discover 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.

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

Thursday, November 11
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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Share Your STEM Expertise with a Global Audience: Fulbright DAST Opportunities for U.S. Science Teachers

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 1

Fulbright's DAST program is seeking U.S. teachers for two- to six-week projects all over the globe. Come hear from 2020 Uzbekistan Fellow Allan Miller and learn how you can apply.

Takeaways: What is the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teacher Short Term Program for US Teachers and how can a teacher apply? An understanding of the presenters experience in Uzbekistan in Jan / Feb 2020 training the first cohort of STEM teacher trainers at the Samarqand Institute for Teacher Education An overview of the 3 Dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards, which served as the foundational learning for grounding the Uzbek Teacher Trainers in an understanding of "What is STEM?"

Speakers

Allan Miller (Champlain Valley School District: Shelburne, VT)

Thursday, November 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Exploring Practices, Nature of Science, and Science in Society: Analyzing Historical Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson D

Practice hands-on strategies for engaging students with scientific notebooks, letters, photos, and drawings; and highlighting scientific practices, nature of science, and connections between science and society.

Takeaways: 1. Access to millions of free, digitized primary sources the Library of Congress has for K-12 science educators, such as: Thomas Jefferson’s weather journal, Robert Hooke’s first drawings of cells, photographs from the Dust Bowl, historic newspaper accounts about lead paint and electric cars, and much more! 2. Multiple hands-on strategies for integrating science-related primary sources in the K-12 classroom, to facilitate student engagement, critical thinking and student-centered construction of knowledge. 3. An understanding of how primary source analysis can lead to unique insights related to the Nature of Science, such as: how scientists and engineers think, practice, and apply scientific principles and discoveries in the real world; how scientific ideas evolve over time; and how science and engineering are related to society.

Speakers

Michael Apfeldorf (Library of Congress: Washington, DC)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Primary Sources and Science
What are some of the ways historical primary sources may used in a science classroom? Come to our session and learn about millions of free, digitized resources that you can use with your students, as well as a number of practical teaching strategies!
Presentation Analyzing Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
This is a copy of the PPT slides that we used during our presentation.
Item List Connecting with Primary Sources in Science
A list of the primary sources we had laid out at the beginning of the workshop, with live URLs included.
Items Connecting with Primary Sources in Science
PDFs of the primary sources we had laid out at the beginning of the workshop.

Thursday, November 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Protocols for Student Success with Science and Engineering Practices

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 3

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. 3). 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)

Thursday, November 11
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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Climate Anxiety: Teaching with Data and Compassion

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake I

Successful environmental science education needs to balance data with compassion and equitable sensemaking. How do we manage student anxiety and invite them into the problem?

Takeaways: Educators will form support groups to recognize their own anxiety in order to prevent burnout and deliver content effectively and sensitively. Subtractive problem solving will be highlighted as a means to ease "hopelessness" in climate discussions. The role of sensemaking, as it applies to students of various backgrounds and with various needs, will be brought into the climate discussion as well.

Speakers

Margaret Epstein (The Baldwin School: Bryn Mawr, PA)

Thursday, November 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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What Do I Do with This? Making Sense of Your Assessment Data

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 6

We are awash in assessment data, but often it’s overwhelming to make sense of it. Come learn tips and strategies for wrangling data.

Takeaways: 1. Explore new ways to organize data collection and raw data to aid in exploring the data for stories after it is collected; 2. Acquire skills in tying questions, data types, and data visualizations to enhance your ability to make sense of the assessment data; and 3. Identify next steps to better utilize and leverage your assessment data to help you measure students’ success and know what steps to consider next.

Speakers

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

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Session Resource Document Form
Access resource document for the session through this form. The Resource Document has links to all activities and will include a link to the slide deck following the workshop.

Thursday, November 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Let's Get Middle School Students Interested in Climate Change!

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 7

Are you interested in climate change lessons to engage students? Discover activity-filled lessons that explore natural cycles and what can be learned from proxies.

Takeaways: 1) Participants will engage in activities that involve natural cycles including sun cycle and the Carbon Cycle. 2) Participants will explore a variety of proxies and what information we can learn from them about Earth’s history. 3) Participants will explore Earth’s seasons and their effect on climate.

Speakers

Kathleen Brooks (Capitol Region Education Council: Hartford, CT), Karin Jakubowski (University of New Haven: West Haven, CT)

Thursday, November 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Self-Efficacy and Agency in Science Education for Students with Learning Challenges

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake C

Unpack executive functioning and best practices for increasing students with learning challenges' efficacy in Project Based Learning. We'll discuss workshop barriers and pitfalls you've experienced.

Takeaways: 1. Unpack executive functioning for students with learning challenges in science education. 2. Identify the best practices, tools and strategies, to help students manage Project Based Learning (PBL) in Science. 3. Model the continuum of more hand-holding to less when facilitating PBL in science education for both primary and secondary students.

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Jennifer Chambers (The Siena School: Silver Spring, MD)

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Thursday, November 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Using Picture Books Can Promote Literacies with Text to…Connections

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson B

Literacy has used “text to…”connections  to help students make authentic connections. Strategies/examples of expanded “text to…” connections for science and math are modeled.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. Explore how to expand a common literacy strategy of “text to” connections when using picture books in the elementary science classroom. 2. Engage in investigations that model the use of “text to” connections which help students connect their own authentic experiences and help students understand and make sense. 3. Consider criteria for the selection of books, identification of phenomenon, and selection of investigations can be a powerful experience for students.

Speakers

Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

Thursday, November 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Phenomenon-Based, Literacy-Rich Learning Using Digitized Museum Objects

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson D

Engage with Research Quest, free, online, NGSS-focused, phenomenon-based investigations that use 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, November 11
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Integrating Environmental Education into Preservice and Inservice Science Teacher Training

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 8

Consideration of both the NGSS and Environmental Education Guidelines can help teacher educators prepare K–12 teachers who are developing environmental curricula that humanize and democratize education for all K–12 students by being inclusive, anti-racist, and working to achieve equity and sustainability for all communities.

Takeaways: 1. Integration of of environmental education into preservice and inservice science teacher training; 2. Developing an environmental curriculum that humanizes and democratizes education for all; and 3. Preparing activist teachers who are ready, willing, and able to create activist students.

Speakers

Brian Gordon (IS289 Hudson River Middle School: New York, NY)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Environmental Studies Course Padlet
This is the padlet I've created for the Environmental Studies course I teach to undergraduate student at CUNY Brooklyn College.
Jamboard
Here is the Jamboard for this session!

Thursday, November 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Increase Student Collaboration with Epidemiology

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 3

This presentation will review the PBL strategy and how it is being used to enhance students’ learning, in-class and virtually, in relation to epidemiology.

Takeaways: 1. Current research supports that project-based learning increases scientific efficacy and an explanation of project-based learning will be included. 2. Science is a collaborative endeavor and educators must teach students how to collaborate; both face-to-face and virtually. 3. Epidemiology is a field of study where many types of scientists must collaborate to solve public health problems and this field is accessible to middle and high school students.

Speakers

Emilie Tekely (Dauphin County Technical School: Harrisburg, PA)

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Thursday, November 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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NSTA Press Session: Argument-Driven Inquiry as a Way to Bring Three-Dimensional Instruction to Your Classroom

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 4

Argument-Driven Inquiry is an instructional model that gives students an opportunity to learn how to use DCIs, CCs, and SEPs to explain natural phenomena and creates a learning environment where students are able to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking.

Takeaways: • How to use this instructional model, or way of teaching, to give students an opportunity to learn how to use the DCIs, CCs, and SEPs to make sense of natural phenomena. • How to give students an opportunity to use their own ideas and ways of communicating to talk, read, and write in the service of sense-making • How to give students more opportunities to decide what counts as valid and acceptable and develop new criteria for what counts evidence in science.

Speakers

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

Thursday, November 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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CSSS-Sponsored Session: Justice-Centered Climate Science Learning

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 5

Explore climate science and justice intersections in teaching and learning through practical examples and resources for classroom engagement.

Takeaways: Climate science justice Learning activities and resources to build capacity within the educational systems to engage in this much needed work, and specifically to foster inquiry and civic practices for both educators and students. Resources to help educational leaders navigate the implementation of such learning across varied educational systems and community contexts

Speakers

Deb Morrison (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Michael Heinz (New Jersey Dept. of Education: Trenton, NJ)

Thursday, November 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Using Nature as Inspiration to Design Martian Landers

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 4

Grades K–8 teachers—please join us for this hands-on workshop using biomimicry to design a system to land payloads safely to the surface of Mars.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. integrate data using pocketlab sensors; 2. learn about modifications to this lesson that can help increase equity for all learners; and 3. see examples of formative assessments that can be used to assess student learning.

Speakers

Lisa Pitts (Oakdale School: Edmond, OK), Sheryl McCarthy (The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori: Cincinnati, OH)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

NSTA Using Nature as Inspiration to Design Landers PPT
The presentation is in Power Point format. The file can be used as a student presentation. In the notes section, data sheets, lesson plans, and lesson ideas are listed or linked.
NSTA Using Nature as Inspiration to Design Landers Lesson Plan document
Suggested lesson plan for "Using Nature as Inspiration to Design Landers" in pdf format.
Martian Lander Data Sheet in Microsoft Excel format
This is a condensed data sheet geared toward upper elementary for students to collect speed or distance data.

Thursday, November 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Helping Teachers and Students Learn Science Through Picture Books!

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 6

Explore ways to integrate science and ELA with picture books to help students master science concepts, while at the same time enforcing literacy standards!

Takeaways: 1. Using picture books will help bring the science to life while enforcing ELA National and State Standards; 2. Inquiry can be embedded and implemented with the use of interactive picture books; and 3. You can use any picture book to engage and help students practice crosscutting concepts and engineering skills.

Speakers

Douglas Hunnings (Elkhart Community Schools: Elkhart, IN), John Taylor (ETHOS Innovation Center: Elkhart, IN), Aliya Caldwell (ETHOS Innovation Center: Elkhart, IN)

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Thursday, November 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Science and Engineering in Preschool Through Elementary Grades: The Brilliance of Children and the Strengths of Educators

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C

Authors of this report from the Board on Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will give an overview of the report’s key issues, conclusions, and recommendations.

Takeaways: 1. Challenges facing elementary science education; and 2. Solutions for increasing elementary science education.

Speakers

Heidi Schweingruber (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Washington, DC), Amy Stephens (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Washington, DC)

Thursday, November 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Literacy + Science: Let's Take a Moment to Add the Two

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 3

This workshop provides participants with explicit literacy strategies designed to increase academic discourse by supporting students with understanding, doing, and communicating science.

Takeaways: Participants will learn how to utilize scaffolds such as science talk moves, sentence stems, etc. to increase academic discourse. Participants will learn how to integrate connected text to support reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension throughout daily science instruction. Participants will learn how to implement reciprocal teaching to increase academic discourse, reading comprehension, and student engagement.

Speakers

Jacqueline Stephens (DeKalb County School District: Stone Mountain, GA)

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Thursday, November 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Developing Engaged, Future-Ready Science Learners

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 4

Attendees will actively engage with innovative, technology-rich tools and learning strategies to teach data collection and analysis, engineering design processes, coding, and robotics. Come learn 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, November 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Using the Japanese Lesson Study to Create Sustained Professional Development for STEM Instruction in Elementary Classrooms

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 1

This session will highlight the impact of the Japanese Lesson Study model on increasing self-efficacy and teacher collective efficacy through low-cost sustained professional learning.

Takeaways: Examine a case study that highlights how one school district addressed its immediate need to embed integrated STEM education by using the Japanese Lesson Study as its professional development framework. Learn about solutions to address barriers to effective professional development. Participants will examine their current school context to develop action steps to increase self-efficacy and collective teacher efficacy in relation to elementary, integrated STEM education.

Speakers

Mark Avitabile (Interboro School District: Prospect Park, PA)

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Thursday, November 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Video-Based Curriculum from the Switch Energy Alliance: Energy Decisions for a Sustainable Future

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake H

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 the 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 (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

Lynn Kistler (Upper St. Clair High School: Pittsburgh, PA), Ruthann McComb (Elkin High School: Elkin, NC)

Thursday, November 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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STEM Education | Space Station Explorers | ISS National Lab

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Discover ideas, curricula, and lessons/activities from the Space Station Explorers Program. They inspire curiosity, develop skills, and promote learning in scientific, mathematical, life science, and Earth science spheres by engaging students with the International Space Station.

Takeaways: How to access the ideas, curriculum, and lessons/activities of the Space Station Explorers Program How the program integrates appropriately and easily into the classroom (physically or virtually) as well as activities for learning at home. How to become a Space Station Explorer Ambassador

Speakers

Melissa Pore (Bishop O'Connell High School: Arlington, VA)

Thursday, November 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Teaching Human Ecology with Models and Simulation

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Discover inquiry-based simulations and modeling activities that explore “Human Impacts” topics, including global land and water use, wildlife habitats, and interdependent relationships in ecosystems.

Takeaways: 1. Participants will learn ways to incorporate modeling and simulation activities into classroom instruction around the topic of interdependent relationships in ecosystems. 2. Participants will learn ways to incorporate modeling and simulation activities into classroom instruction around the topic of human-environmental interactions. 3. Participants will be able to identify how the presented hands-on activities use 3-D learning strategies for middle grades science and how the activities can be used to reach all kinds of learners in the middle school classroom.

Speakers

Melissa Holmes (Carl Sandburg Middle School: Alexandria, VA)

Thursday, November 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Moving Beyond the Bold Words: Meaningful Language Development Through Science and Engineering Practices

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This workshop focuses on how high-quality instructional materials designed for the NGSS provide for language skills to be developed by all students, including emerging multilingual students, by engaging in Science and Engineering Practices.

Takeaways: (1) By engaging with content first before learning science-specific vocabulary, students of varying language proficiencies are provided with an opportunity to express their ideas using the language they have. (2) Implementing meaningful student discourse in the science classroom can shift the focus on science and engineering practices and away from academic vocabulary. (3) Strategies that support emerging multilingual learners actually support all learners in developing proficiency in the science and engineering practices.

Speakers

Neelo Soltanzadeh (WestEd: San Francisco, CA)

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Thursday, November 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Locating Earthquake Epicenters Online

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Explore IRIS’s new web-based interactive earthquake lab! Have your students learn and practice earthquake location and analysis techniques with real seismic data! Bring a laptop/tablet!

Takeaways: 1. Analyze and interpret data to help explain how patterns in seismic data allow earthquakes to be located; 2. Construct an explanation of how models of Earth structure are used in conjunction with recordings of seismic waves to calculate earthquake locations; and 3. Investigate how different methods can be applied to the same dataset to calculate earthquake locations using an online toolkit.

Speakers

John Taber (IRIS: Washington, DC), Wendy Bohon (IRIS: Washington, DC)

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Thursday, November 11
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Pop Culture's Relevancy in Authentically Assessing Students

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Using pop culture references creates relevant opportunities for teachers to authentically assess students' ability to design/speculate models to revitalize endangered species and vulnerable ecosystems.

Takeaways: Learn about the intersection between project-based learning, anchoring phenomena and authentic assessments Learn about a model that uses pop culture to create anchoring phenomena and opportunities for authentic assessments Collaboratively identify examples of pop culture that can be used as anchoring phenomena and/or authentic assessment and link them with NGSS standards

Speakers

Jennifer Chambers (The Siena School: Silver Spring, MD)

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Thursday, November 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Getting Students to Read in Science

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Reading should not be limited to English courses. Leave with strategies on how to motivate students to explore science through scientific novels. Review three years of qualitative data on how novels increased  literacy, scientific fluency, scientific connectivity, and college preparation in a marine biology course.

Takeaways: Teachers will: 1. learn how to use articles to make their content more applicable to the lives of their students; 2. receive strategies on how to get students to read more scientific articles; and 3. receive resources on selecting grade-appropriate scientific articles.

Speakers

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

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Thursday, November 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Be a Part of Our Exciting Evolution Educator Network!

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The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is a network of 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. TIES 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. 3. TIES invites educators, biologists, and science authors to give monthly webinars to an international audience of teachers, students, and science enthusiasts.

Speakers

Christopher Moran (Lake Braddock Secondary School: Burke, VA)