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Thursday, October 28
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Teaching Beyond Insulin: Exploring Environmental Contributions to Type 2

Oregon Convention Center - D133/134

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. 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, socio-economic 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), Atom Lesiak (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

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Thursday, October 28
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Online Investigations: Using Digitized Specimens for Engaged Science Learning

Oregon Convention Center - D139/140

EPIC Bioscience are free online investigations for NGSS middle school life science. Students collect and analyze data from digitized museum specimens to develop evidence-based arguments.

Takeaways: 1. Online science investigations can be evaluated by assessing key features to engage students in real-world issues, motivate accurate data collection, and facilitate critical thinking and reflection; 2. Digitized museum specimens can be used to increase student engagement during data collection and support their understanding of data patterns; and 3. Using online data collection can enhance opportunities for authentic science investigations by reducing barriers related to specimen access.

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Kirsten Butcher (University of Utah: , United States), Madlyn Larson (Natural History Museum of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT)

Thursday, October 28
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Using Children's Literature to Build Science Literacy In Young Scientists

Oregon Convention Center - D136

Do you want to learn how to integrate children’s literature into your elementary science block? This workshop will walk you through some children’s books that not only engage students and help build literacy skills but also provide a foundation for NGSS-focused STEM-related projects.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. gain an understanding of developing science literacy in their young students through literature; 2. walk away with resources (ideas and activities) to strengthen literacy and science skills; and 3. use children's literature as a way to enhance STEM learning in their classrooms through hands-on activities.

Speakers

Melissa Pearcy (Jefferson Elementary School: Spokane, WA), Jayna Ashlock (Logan Elementary School: Spokane, WA), Kendra Robinson-Harding (Jefferson Elementary School: Spokane, WA)

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Thursday, October 28
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Getting Students to Read in Science

Oregon Convention Center - D137/138

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 students; 2. receive strategies on how to get students to read more scientific articles; and 3. receive resources on selecting grade-appropriate scientific articles.

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

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Thursday, October 28
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Making Chemistry and Physics Fun for All Students

Oregon Convention Center - E146

Learn about and experience teacher-created and phenomena-driven hands-on Chemistry and Physics courses designed for ALL students. Walk away with scope and sequences for both!

Takeaways: 1. A process for creating NGSS-focused lessons and instructional units; 2. A guide and example for creating phenomena-based models; and 3. How to access complete scope and sequences for the Chemistry and Physics courses we have developed.

Speakers

Zachary Sawhill (Oak Harbor High School: Oak Harbor, WA), Mackenzie Neal (Oak Harbor High School: Oak Harbor, WA), Malia Turner (Oak Harbor High School: Oak Harbor, WA), Jonathan Frostad (Oak Harbor High School: Oak Harbor, WA), Michael Crebbin (Oak Harbor High School: Oak Harbor, WA), Gary Thayer (Oak Harbor High School: Oak Harbor, WA)

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Thursday, October 28
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Partnering with NSTA to Reach Your Professional Learning Goals

Oregon Convention Center - A105

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), Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Thursday, October 28
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Developing Engaged, Future-Ready Science Learners:  Using Innovative Technology Tools to Develop Essential Skills and Concepts

Oregon Convention Center - A106

Attendees will actively engage with innovative, technology-rich tools, learning strategies to teach data collection and analysis, engineering design processes, coding, and robotics, and 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, October 28
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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NSELA-Sponsored Session: Highlighting Stories of Successful (Formal and Informal Science) Partnerships from National Science Leaders

Oregon Convention Center - E144

Participants will learn about the successful and varied informal and formal science partnerships developed by members of the NSELA leadership community.

Takeaways: 1. Successful partnerships between formal and informal science institutions increase student and community engagement in STEM education; 2. Success stories include STEM ecosystems; and 3. The NSELA Learning Center provides resources and support for ongoing learning about formal and informal science partnerships.

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Linda Cook (The University of Texas at Dallas: Richardson, TX)

Thursday, October 28
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Ungrading as a Meaningful Path to Science Learning

Oregon Convention Center - E141

Learn how ungrading works in a science classroom as feedback and reflection replace points to increase student autonomy and connection to learning.

Takeaways: 1. Connect deep 3-D learning with the tenets of ungrading to see how they work together; 2. Explore concrete ways of tracking student progress and feedback while devaluing points and centering learning; and 3. Leave with access to resources that support ungrading in STEM classrooms.

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Johanna Brown (Pullman High School: Pullman, WA)

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Thursday, October 28
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Before an Earthquake: Education Resources That Support the ShakeAlert® Earthquake Early Warning System

Oregon Convention Center - D137/138

Explore free NGSS-focused activities from the USGS and partners on earthquakes, shake intensity, and how the ShakeAlert system works.

Takeaways: After this session, participants will be able to: 1. find and use free activities and animations available at the ShakeAlert Education and Training Materials Website; 2. describe how P- and S-waves are critical to how the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning system works and how ShakeAlert improves earthquake preparedness; and 3. use USGS ShakeMaps to describe the factors that affect the intensity of earthquake shaking (Magnitude versus Shake Intensity activity).

Speakers

Jenny Crayne (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI): Portland, OR)

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Slide deck
Slide deck from presentation, including video clips. ShakeAlert, earthquake science.
Participant resources and worksheet
Links to featured activities and how to get more information. ShakeAlert, earthquake science.
Slides
Presentation slides. ShakeAlert, earthquake science.

Thursday, October 28
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Science Learning at Your Window

Oregon Convention Center - E145

Come get a window bird feeder and discover how to attract birds and student interest! Take home activities and ideas to teach science through birds.

Takeaways: Participants will; 1. discover how to encourage student curiosity and learning through feeder birds and free Cornell Lab resources; 2. learn where and when to hang feeders in order to attract a variety of birds; and 3. explore apps and resources to help identify birds and participate in our citizen science projects.

Speakers

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

Thursday, October 28
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Connecting NGSS to Student Interests and the Science That Surrounds Us in Real Life

Oregon Convention Center - E144

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, October 28
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Meeting the Washington STEM Certification Renewal Requirements Through Professional Growth Plans (PGP)

Oregon Convention Center - A105

Learn how Washington teachers can use PGPs to meet Washington State‘s STEM professional learning requirement for certificate renewal. PGPs are no-cost, job-embedded, self-directed professional learning.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn about Washington State STEM certificate renewal requirements for CTE teachers and all teachers with STEM-related endorsements; 2. explore professional growth plans (PGPs), a form of competency-based, self-directed learning, and how these plans can be used to meet the STEM certificate renewal requirement in Washington State; and 3. have the opportunity to begin completion of a PGP by identifying one goal for their professional growth related to STEM integration, and developing a list of professional growth activities they can complete throughout the school year to support them in meeting this goal.

Speakers

Leiani Sherwin (Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board: Olympia, WA), Prajakta Deshmukh (Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board: Olympia, WA)

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Thursday, October 28
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Phone Physics

Oregon Convention Center - E142/143

Learn how to leverage the power of the sensors nearly every student has in today’s physics classroom so that all students get experience in experimental science.

Takeaways: 1. Phone physics increases equitable access to experimental science in the classroom or at home as a flipped lab or distance learning; 2. Phone sensors match or improve upon precision and accuracy of classic physics equipment; and 3. Phone physics has a low floor/high ceiling and is appropriate for all levels.

Speakers

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

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Thursday, October 28
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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NSTA Press Session: Argument-Driven Inquiry as a Way to Bring 3-D Instruction to Your Classroom

Oregon Convention Center - G131/132

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

Takeaways: 1. 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; 2. How to give students an opportunity to use their own ideas and ways of communicating to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking; and 3. 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

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

Thursday, October 28
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Tinkering with Tales

Oregon Convention Center - D136

Come "tinker" with a classic fairy tale and then practice detecting STEM opportunities within any piece of children's literature.

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. recognize that science is all around us and can be found in any storyline; 2. use tips to hone in on identifying science phenomena or concepts in literature; and 3. develop a draft of a three-dimensional STEM lesson of their own.

Speakers

Angela Stanford (Southern Arkansas University: Magnolia, AR), Emily Owens (Southern Arkansas University: Magnolia, AR), Allye Wright (Southern Arkansas University: Magnolia, AR), Lisa Oden (Southern Arkansas University: Magnolia, AR)

Thursday, October 28
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Phenomenon-Based, Literacy-Rich Learning Using Digitized Museum Objects

Oregon Convention Center - D139/140

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 understand that creating opportunities to make critical thinking visible is an essential scaffold necessary to support student efficacy with problem-finding and problem-solving.

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

Thursday, October 28
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Funding for Science Education Through the American Rescue Plan

Oregon Convention Center - A105

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 the American Rescue Plan federal funding for pandemic relief; 2. How American Rescue Plan funds can be used to support science education; and 3. NSTA products and services that address learning loss.

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Erika Shugart (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Thursday, October 28
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Capturing Students’ Wonder and Curiosity Using Amateur Radio

Oregon Convention Center - A106

I will showcase and demonstrate hands-on, low-cost activities using amateur radio, including speaking with astronauts on the ISS, and tracking transmitters that orbit Earth.

Takeaways: 1. What amateur radio truly is (and isn’t); 2. Ways to use amateur radio in the classroom; and 3. Hands-on activities using radio, regardless of if you have a radio license .

Speakers

Joanne Michael (Wiseburn Unified School District: El Segundo, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_veRCEaT9T_tLoNpt8NSXLJQBIWTap1Ab2HFAW_fcYA/copy
Google Slides presentation of Amateur Radio activities that can be done in the classroom
Supply List
If you want to make your own Morse Code key, but don't want to search for the supplies...

Thursday, October 28
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Say What? Getting Students to Learn and Use Scientific Vocabulary Words

Oregon Convention Center - D139/140

Emphasis will be placed on five-minute daily strategies that will get students to become fluent in scientific vocabulary.

Takeaways: 1. Develop students’ critical-thinking skills through the use of scientific vocabulary words; 2. Provide teachers with five-minute daily strategies to strengthen students’ scientific vocabulary usage; and 3. Provide teachers with exercises that will help students recognize the difference between Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary words.

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

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Thursday, October 28
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Engaging the Public: Informal Education Resources and Lessons Learned from ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning

Oregon Convention Center - E144

In this presentation, ShakeAlert® educators will share approaches and resources for educating the public about socially relevant science, including earthquake early warning.

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. understand the basic science of ShakeAlert, the Earthquake Early Warning system for the U.S. West Coast; 2. rReflect on reciprocal science learning, where educators and the public each learn from each other; and 3. take home three short, interactive earthquake demonstrations suitable for formal or informal environments.

Speakers

Jenny Crayne (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI): Portland, OR)

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Thursday, October 28
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Equity in Science Teaching and Learning: Our State’s Shared Process

Oregon Convention Center - A107-109

How can we elevate equity and justice in our work in science education, personally and in community? Learn about Oregon’s efforts in this critical process.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn about the Oregon Equity in Science Teaching and Learning Symposium; 2. experience (briefly) several components of the symposium; and 3. contribute to our collective understanding of this critical work.

Speakers

Jennifer Mayo (Portland Public Schools: Portland, OR), Jamie Rumage (Oregon Dept. of Education: Salem, OR), Noelle Gorbett (Oregon Dept. of Education: Salem, OR)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Equity in Science Teaching and Learning Our States Shared Process
Presentation slide deck with links to resources

Thursday, October 28
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Helping Teachers and Students Learn Science Through Picture Books!

Oregon Convention Center - D133/134

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)

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Thursday, October 28
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Taste Buds in Your Gut? Exploring Taste, Cell Communication, and Glucose Homeostasis

Oregon Convention Center - E142/143

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. hHow the systems that detect sugar can be disrupted; and 3. how to evaluate three proposed mechanisms of action.

Speakers

Atom Lesiak (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Joan Griswold (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

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Thursday, October 28
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Anchored Inquiry Learning: Designing Meaningful Instruction to Explore Phenomena

Oregon Convention Center - A107-109

Experience how the Anchored Inquiry Learning instructional model creates learning experiences that motivate students to engage with significant, real-world phenomena and problems in biology!

Takeaways: 1. Develop an understanding of the Anchored Inquiry Learning (AIL) instructional model, the research that underpins the approach, and how it integrates elements of the 5E, NGSS Storylines, and other instructional models; 2. Consider the role of instructional coherence and real-world phenomena or design problems as an anchor for multiple cycles of inquiry in effective teaching and learning; and 3. Consider the role of an anchoring phenomenon and culminating task in providing equitable access and motivation for all learners.

Speakers

Kim Parfitt (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO)

Thursday, October 28
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Using Authentic Data to Make Meaningful Connections

Oregon Convention Center - A106

Join museum educators and classroom teachers to learn how data collection and analysis can help students make meaningful connections with content and with each other.

Takeaways: Participants will learn: 1. how to create a unit of study around authentic data collection and analysis; 2. data collection and analysis can connect teachers (or students) who can't connect in person; and 3. about tools for data collection and analysis.

Speakers

Shannon Baldioli (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Washington, DC), Kate Kogge (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Washington, DC), Michelle Rahn (Will Rogers Junior High School: Claremore, OK)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Slide Deck
Slide deck in PowerPoint format for the Authentic Data Session

Thursday, October 28
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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How to Reframe Eco-anxiety as a Way to Connect and Move Forward in Science Learning About Climate Change

Oregon Convention Center - E141

Attending to eco-anxiety means collectively reimagining new ways to live in harmony with Earth and one another, which requires the expertise of BIPOC communities. Centering communities impacted by climate change is key to helping students imagine and build healthy futures.

Takeaways: 1. Teachers will engage in critical reflection about romantic, capitalistic, and fatalistic approaches to climate change instruction that can often induce eco-anxiety; 2. Tools and methods for eco-anxiety that are grounded in decolonization and the expertise of BIPOC communities will be provided; and 3. Participants will learn exciting and innovative ways to engage students in thinking and discussing climate change that promote socio-ecological thriving and productive hope.

Speakers

Anastasia Sanchez (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Christina Guevara (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Kaleb Germinaro (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

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Thursday, October 28
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

Oregon Convention Center - E147/148

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

Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Kim Stilwell (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Thursday, October 28
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Intentionally Addressing Equity in a High School Science Sequence

Oregon Convention Center - C123

We will share strategies developed over the past five years to address racial equity issues in our high school science sequence and instructional practice.

Takeaways: 1. Strategies to leverage student voice to inform educator professional learning and decision-making; 2. Equity questions to evaluate current status of high science sequence and materials; and 3. Recommendations for teacher and administrator professional learning and resources focused on support for all learners.

Speakers

Susan Holveck (Portland Public Schools: Portland, OR), Andrea Leech (TOSA: Portland, OR), Kristin Moon (MS Math & Science Program Administrator: Portland, OR)

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Thursday, October 28
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Determining the Expansion Rate of Supernova Remnants Using Web-Based NASA Data and STEM Image Analysis Tools

Oregon Convention Center - D133/134

Use STEM web-based analysis software and real data to determine the rate of a supernova remnant expansion and its uniformity.

Takeaways: 1. Astronomical observations with the same parameters separated by time can be used to study the dynamics of a supernova remnant; 2. Expansion velocity of a supernova remnant can be used to determine its age and perhaps connect it to historical observations of such; and 3. Js9 web-based software provides students with real opportunities to do astronomical research.

Speakers

Pamela Perry (Lewiston High School: Lewiston, ME)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

NASA Science Olympiad Guide for using js9
JS9 is an astronomical image display and data analysis program that works in a web browser. User guides and activities can also be found on this page.

Thursday, October 28
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Escaping the Mundane Classroom

Oregon Convention Center - D136

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

Takeaways: 1. You will discover how to turn existing lessons into engaging escape rooms; 2. Receive dozens of hands-on puzzles to use in any escape room; and 3. Hear how your students can start to create standard-based escape rooms for you.

Speakers

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

Thursday, October 28
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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A Chemical Inquiry: Let’s Master Equilibrium!

Oregon Convention Center - E146

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. llearn ways to overcome student misconceptions about equilibrium; and 3. learn to use appropriate technology to facilitate data collection and analysis for an Inquiry lab.

Speakers

Gregory Dodd (Retired Chemistry Teacher: Pennsboro, WV)

Thursday, October 28
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Supporting Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) in the Science Classroom by Using POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) Strategies

Oregon Convention Center - A106

Participants will work in cooperative teams to explore how POGIL supports CRT to help close the achievement gap for culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Takeaways: I can: 1. describe how the three stages of learning in Zaretta Hammond’s book Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) and the Brain (2015) relate to the learning cycle used in POGIL activities; 2. describe how team roles contribute to improved learning in small cooperative teams; and 3. share the three guided inquiry activities (Roles, CRT and POGIL, and a middle school science activity) with my peers and students.

Speakers

Mare Sullivan (Seattle Pacific University: Seattle, WA), Lori Stanton (Canyon Park Middle School: Bothell, WA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

How POGIL Supports Culturally Responsive Teaching
Explore how using POGIL (process oriented guided inquiry learning) activities align with the stages of learning identified in Zaretta Hammond's book "Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain."
Sample POGIL Physics MSHS waves activity
Explore wave transmission and absorption by working in teams to complete this activity together.

Thursday, October 28
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Does Black English Stand Between Black Students and Success in Science?

Oregon Convention Center - A107-109

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. Emphasis will be placed 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. Push Black students academically forward without making them feel torn between two language worlds.

Speakers

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

Thursday, October 28
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

Oregon Convention Center - D139/140

Multiple lessons were learned with remote instruction that can be transitioned into the face-to-face classroom and 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, October 28
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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ASEE Session: Inventing the Future: How the Invention Process Promotes Diversity in Engineering

Oregon Convention Center - G131/132

Take the engineering design process to the next level with invention education. Encourage diverse perspectives, teamwork, and empathy…while engaging in NGSS practices!

Takeaways: 1. What is invention education and how does it relate to science and engineering?; 2. Where can I find resources for teaching invention education?; and 3. Why is invention education more welcoming to girls and other historically excluded populations than typical engineering lessons?

Speakers

Roxanne Moore (Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta, GA)

Thursday, October 28
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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PERFECT FOOD Integrated Science Unit

Oregon Convention Center - E141

PERFECT FOOD will instruct teachers how to bundle their diverse science standards and present them in an authentic, empowering, and engaging unit.

Takeaways: Teachers will: 1. be shown how the complex food system gives their individual students the power to positively impact the world; 2. participate in unit activities and actively brainstorm how they can integrate their required standards into an authentic Perfect Food unit; and 3. take home templates and activities to initiate the process of developing their own Perfect Food unit.

Speakers

Daniel Jamsa (Silverton Middle School: Silverton, OR)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Perfect Food Feast Slide Presentation
Summary of presentation, lesson plans, template to get you started, other resources.
Photosynthesis - Respiration Cool Activity
An engaging and educational human model activity.
Perfect Food Feast Slide Presentation
Presentation summary, a few lessons, a template for your own project, resources

Thursday, October 28
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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3-D Science in a World of Eight Billion

Oregon Convention Center - D133/134

Engage in three-dimensional learning with hands-on activities to explore human population, biodiversity, climate change, land and natural resource use, and paths to sustainability.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn ways to incorporate 3-D learning strategies into hands-on activities around the NGSS topic of Human Sustainability; 2. come away with ideas and lessons to supplement their coursework in High School Biology and Environmental Science (General and AP) with experiential activities for in-person and virtual classrooms; and 3. be able to identify how the presented hands-on activities meet the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and Science & Engineering Practices; and how the activities can be used to reach all kinds of learners, for an inclusive classroom.

Speakers

Brennan Brockbank (Portland Public Schools: Portland, CT)

Thursday, October 28
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Literacy Through Book Clubs in the Science Classroom

Oregon Convention Center - D136

Learn how to break down standards, incorporate book clubs, and implement workshops to intentionally teach literacy skills that transfer to all aspects of life.

Takeaways: Learners will: 1. learn how to intentionally break down the science standards to focus on the literacy skill to teach the science content; 2. practice breaking down their own science standards into literacy activities that can be run in a workshop classroom; and 3. learn how to use book clubs to support literacy through the workshop method within the science classroom.

Speakers

Katerina Flanders (Lambert High School: Suwanee, GA), Kelli Schuyler (Lambert High School: Suwanee, GA), Desmond Jackson (Lambert High School: Suwanee, GA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Book Club Presentation
Presentation for Book Clubs in the Secondary Science Classroom

Thursday, October 28
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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Using Argument to Formatively Assess Student Understanding of Scientific Phenomena and Theory

Oregon Convention Center - E144

Formative assessment through scientific discourse and argumentation regarding evidence for scientific phenomena or theory gives authentic insight into student understanding of difficult science concepts.

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. understand the importance of formative assessment in the learning process; 2. value argumentation as a form of formative assessment; and 3. identify that scientific discourse with peers is a valuable learning tool within a classroom that gives insight into student thinking.

Speakers

Kristin Mansell (Washington Fields Intermediate School: Washington, UT), Jessica Jones (Washington Fields Intermediate School: Washington, UT)

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Thursday, October 28
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Using the Excitement of Science Demonstrations to Create an Engaging Learning Experience

Oregon Convention Center - D137/138

It is easy to get students interested in science, but how do you extend interest to engagement and learning? This workshop will show you how.

Takeaways: 1. Changing interest to engagement; 2. Using process to teach content; and 3. Using a unique approach to discrepant events.

Speakers

Mary Jean Lynch (North Central College: Naperville, IL), John Zenchak (North Central College: Naperville, IL)

Thursday, October 28
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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The Flipped Lab: An Affordable and Inclusive Approach for Expanding Student Engagement and Persistence

Oregon Convention Center - A105

We share inclusive approaches to science and engineering “flipped labs” that enabled hundreds of high school students to connect STEM with home and families.

Takeaways: 1. Design guidelines for affordable and accessible STEM design activities that can expand from classroom to home and allow students to engage in inquiry and engineering exploration; 2. Example case studies, from high schools with diverse demographics, of integrated science and engineering “flipped lab” design projects that bridged the classroom to home; and 3. Suggestions for improving flipped labs into full 3-D learning experiences.

Speakers

Mihir Ravel (Visiting Scholar: Portland, OR), Stephen Scannell (Gresham High School: Gresham, OR), Dan Robinette (Clackamas High School: Clackamas, OR), Cary Sneider (Portland State University: Portland, OR)

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Thursday, October 28
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Every Park in a Classroom: OutSCIder Classroom

Oregon Convention Center - E144

Discover how to connect your classroom to America’s best idea, our National Parks System. Participants will get access to engaging science videos that are NGSS-focused and instructional resources to connect classrooms to our public lands.

Takeaways: 1. Integrate lesson plans with instructional materials that connect students to our national parks; 2. -Develop a sense of environmental stewardship and conservation with students; and 3. -Make concepts and current environmental impacts on the parks relevant to your students.

Speakers

Chris Anderson (Hamilton County ESC: Cincinnati, OH)

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OCS1_NSTA
Presentation that includes a YouTube clip and a link to a website we will be exploring.

Thursday, October 28
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
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Keynote Presentation: Curiosity, Creativity, and Courage: Exploring at the Confluence of Science, Art, and Justice

Oregon Convention Center - Oregon Ballroom 201/202

Sponsoring Company: National Geographic Learning | Cengage

We all live within the land, the ocean, the rains, the winds. Changes in these due to our climate crisis are everywhere and impact us all. These changes are often slow and subtle, punctuated by intense activity: storms, landslides, fires. If we only notice these catastrophes, then we are missing a critical part of the story. Erin will share two passions of hers. One is the value of spending more time observing and being curious about the slow and subtle changes happening in our own communities, because slow and subtle changes matter. The other is to expand who is doing the observing, because who does the science defines how the science gets done, who benefits from the science, and, ultimately, what science matters.

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

Speakers

Erin Pettit (Oregon State University: Corvallis, OR)

Friday, October 29
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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NSELA-Sponsored Session: How as Science Leaders Are We Supporting an Asset View of Science Learners?

Oregon Convention Center - E144

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

Linda Cook (The University of Texas at Dallas: Richardson, TX)

Friday, October 29
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Design a Limb

Oregon Convention Center - D136

Teach homologous structures by having students design and build limbs and compare them with other students’ creations.

Takeaways: How to: 1. design a hands-on activity to illustrate homologous structures; 2. design an engineering activity for students to design and build limbs, like arms, wings, and flippers; and 3. use these limbs to begin a discussion about homologous structures and common ancestors.

Speakers

Michael Rockow (Leslie Middle School: Salem, OR)

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Friday, October 29
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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STEMify Your Daily Do's

Oregon Convention Center - A106

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

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)

Friday, October 29
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Build Local Connection and Global Perspective with eBird Citizen Science (Bring Your Own Device!)

Oregon Convention Center - E142/143

Connect to nature, explore biodiversity data, and build science practices with eBird citizen science. Use free apps to discover birds and beyond, wherever you are.

Takeaways: Participants will be able to: 1. use the Merlin Bird ID app to identify birds and create a list of the most 10 common birds in their area, and to use the eBird citizen science app to submit a checklist of birds; 2. define citizen science and describe how it can help students develop data literacy, deepen understanding of biodiversity, uncover real-world patterns and trends, and support conservation efforts; and 3. name and access at least three freely available resources (such as apps, online interactives, videos, lesson plans, data visualizations, and projects) that are suitable to use in their classroom to diverse learners in citizen science.

Speakers

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

Friday, October 29
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Embedding Literacy Supports in 3-D Biology Units for Equitable Learning

Oregon Convention Center - C123

Come experience how embedding literacy supports for reading, writing, and academic discourse in three-dimensional, phenomenon-focused biology units promotes science understanding for ALL learners!

Takeaways: 1. Develop an understanding of how embedding literacy supports for reading, writing, and academic discourse in three-dimensional units of instruction creates an equitable learning environment for all students; 2. Consider the role of literacy supports in conjunction with science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to promote students in figuring out key science ideas; and 3. Consider the role of literacy supports in formative and performance assessments that equitably allow students to demonstrate their learning.

Speakers

Kim Parfitt (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO)

Friday, October 29
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Integrating Elementary Science and ELA—It's the Perfect Match!

Oregon Convention Center - A105

Maximize instructional minutes through integration strategies that deeply engage students in science, engineering, and ELA learning.  I'll share links to free resources for all your NGSS standards.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. how to use science phenomena and driving questions to engage students deeply with English Language Arts strategies and standards (reading, writing, speaking, and listening); 2. where and how English Language Arts fit and function in the arc of science learning; and 3. about free resources that can help them integrate science and ELA in their elementary classroom.

Speakers

Kimberley Astle (Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: Olympia, WA)

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Friday, October 29
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Correlation, Causation, and Island Biogeography

Oregon Convention Center - E146

We will use Google Forms and Google Sheets to propose and evaluate hypotheses based on research conducted in Wisconsin's Apostle Islands. Bring your laptop!

Takeaways: 1. Choosing appropriate independent variables is an important science practice; 2. Patterns of data points indicate the strength of correlation between dependent and independent variables; and 3. Strong correlations indicate a greater likelihood that an independent variable has an important influence on a dependent variable.

Speakers

Charles Collis (Clayton High School: Clayton, MO)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Correlation, Causation, & Island Biogeography Resources
Shared Google Drive folder containing documents that support this instructional module.

Friday, October 29
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Welcome to the Inquiry Zone!

Oregon Convention Center - E145

Elementary teachers can become comfortable teaching science without "adding to their plate." Our training sessions have led to a natural approach to cross-curricular instruction.

Takeaways: Participants will learn: 1. an approach to decrease the load or stress for elementary teachers to help them feel more comfortable implementing inquiry; 2. how literacy is foundational to a robust cross-curricular science inquiry approach; and 3. an approach to help students "think like a scientist."

Speakers

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

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Friday, October 29
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Smashing Classroom Walls Through Virtual Events

Oregon Convention Center - E147/148

Take your students beyond your classroom walls through virtual speakers and field trips with those on the frontlines 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)

Friday, October 29
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Teachers as Curriculum Writers: Design for NGSS with Our Articulated Writing Process

Oregon Convention Center - A103/104

Writing your own NGSS units? Learn about our articulated writing process that achieves NGSS and English Language Proficiency standards. Applicable to all levels!

Takeaways: Participants will learn: 1. how we unpack PEs and approach writing a unit; 2. how to consider NGSS from a language perspective; and 3. why the investment in time upfront leads to a more effective writing experience and a more coherent experience for students and teachers.

Speakers

Jennifer Mayo (Portland Public Schools: Portland, OR), Jennifer Scherzinger (Portland Public Schools: Portland, OR), Geoff Stonecipher (Portland Public Schools: Portland, OR)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Slideshow
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Slideshow (Google slides)
Presentation slides in Google slides format

Friday, October 29
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Promoting STEM Careers Using Serious Games While Raising Expectations for Students with Disabilities

Oregon Convention Center - D137/138

Introducing Dream2B, an innovative, integrated curriculum designed to bolster math performance and interest in STEM /information communication technology (ICT) careers.

Note: Laptop/mobile device and head phones/ear pods are necessary to fully engage in this workshop.

Takeaways: 1. Accessible and supportive learning environments are needed to bolster STEM performance and address unique learning abilities; 2. Collaborative challenges embedded in universally designed virtual worlds have the potential to bolster both conceptual knowledge and engagement in relevant STEM workforce skills (aligns with NGSS https://www.nextgenscience.org/pe/3-5-ets1-2-engineering-design); and 3. A proactive curriculum designed with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework addresses diversity in the student population and act as tools teachers can use to ground instruction.

Speakers

Michelle Patterson (University of Central Florida: Orlando, FL), Rohana Swihart (University of Central Florida: Orlando, FL)

Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Inclusive Science Assessments: Supporting and Designing Equitable Formative Assessments to Build on Learners’ Interests and Knowledge

Oregon Convention Center - D136

Learn how to integrate the cultural resources your students bring to class with your science teaching and learning. Come explore equity-based cultural formative assessments.

Takeaways: 1. Resources for instructional leaders and educators to support and create meaningful connections between classroom science concepts and the application of those ideas in everyday situations; 2. -Discuss the implementation of these tools and resources in dynamic school environments; and 3. The strategies presented in this workshop can be used with any curricula, at any grade level, and in all subjects of science and engineering.

Speakers

Lauren Allen (D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education: Washington, DC), Philip Bell (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Slides for CSSS Inclusive Science Assessments Session
To access full versions of the resources shared here, please see http://stemteachingtools.org/pd
STEM Teaching Tools Collection
Collection of NSF-funded professional learning resources for equitable NGSS / 3D instruction.

Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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What We Don’t Know CAN Hurt Us: A New Unit on Cancer Inequities

Oregon Convention Center - C123

Explore a new unit about cancer inequities, designed by Northwest science educators and the Science Education Partnership at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. critically examine cancer data and explore the question, "Is Cancer an Equity Issue?"; 2. analyze patient case studies; and 3. experience an overview of the other unit lessons.

Speakers

Amy Lindahl (Multnomah Education Service District: Portland, OR), Renee Agatsuma (Mount Rainier High School: Seattle, WA), Hanako Osuga (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Seattle, WA)

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Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Creating Pinhole Cameras: An Interdisciplinary STEAM Unit Melding Old and New Technology

Oregon Convention Center - D133/134

Students engaged in this project-based learning unit master a variety of STEAM skills and content by creating pinhole cameras and coding a virtual reality environment.

Takeaways: 1. Participants will learn how to create an interdisciplinary STEAM unit using the design-engineering process to employ differentiation in both process and product. 2. Participants will learn how to incorporate a virtual reality product into a project-based learning unit. 3. Participants will learn how to incorporate a wide variety of topics and skills into a project-based learning unit that spans multiple disciplines and incorporates both old technology (pinhole cameras) and new technology (virtual reality) while meeting the performance standards laid out by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Speakers

Jonathan Olivera (Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School: New York, NY)

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Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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ASEE Session: Journey to Mars: Build a Mars Rover Using NASA's Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Curriculum

Oregon Convention Center - D139/140

Use the Engineering Design Process to build and test a Mars Rover that will carry equipment and astronauts while learning about current NASA missions.

Takeaways: 1. Learn about the Engineering Design Process; 2. Gain in-depth knowledge of NASA's BEST Curriculum; and 3. Attendees will design, build, and test a Mars rover.

Speakers

Vemitra White (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center: Huntsville, AL), Jamel Alexander (Missile and Space Intelligence Center: Huntsville, AL)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

BEST Rover Activity.pdf
Design a Lunar Buggy Activity
moonrover_worksheet.pdf
Additional Hands on Activity

Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Evolution—How Strong Is the Evidence?

Oregon Convention Center - E144

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 [HS-LS1-2] ; 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 [HS-LS3-2, HS-LS3-5]; 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 [HS-LS4-6].

Speakers

Kenneth Miller (Brown University: Providence, RI)

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Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Modeling Stellar Evolution Using NASA Images, Data, and STEM Analysis Tools

Oregon Convention Center - E147/148

Model stellar evolution processes using NASA images, plotting H-R diagram transitions, and determining the chemistry and physics of supernovas using NASA STEM image analysis tools.

Takeaways: 1. Knowledge of the process of how stars form and change over time ending in catastrophic events, providing conditions for the formation of planets; 2. Students will understand that all knowledge of celestial events is determined by analyzing the light from these events and provide possibilities—not definitive answers—as the data can be interpreted differently; and 3. Image analysis software tools allow scientists to gain detailed information of stellar physical and chemical processes and constantly refine our evolving models of stellar evolution.

Speakers

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

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Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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STEM/STEAM Connections: Books and Beyond!

Oregon Convention Center - D137/138

Come take a dive into STEM/STEAM with a fun selection of children’s literature that inspires young learners to engage as architects, engineers, and makers while they plan, construct, and iterate with a variety craft materials.

Takeaways: 1. Participants will dive into hands-on learning experiences that illustrate the interactive nature of the Engineering Design Process (EDP) with NGSS Science and Engineering Practices; 2. Teachers will leave with STEM/STEAM prompts (open-ended questions, verbal encouragement) to use with students while they are working on design challenges; and 3. Teachers will deepen their content with cross-curricular connections in a communities theme that pairs children’s literature with real-life communities (Hey, Wall Story of Art & Community, Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood (San Diego, CA), Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood, The Curious Garden (NYC), Kamala and Maya's Big Idea (Oakland, CA) through art, gardens, and playgrounds.

Speakers

Belle Akers (Convent & Stuart Hall's Schools of the Sacred Heart: San Francisco, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

STEAMSTEM Connections Books Beyond!
Teacher resource guide for Make Something Beautiful, communities connection.

Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Climate Science Storylines for a High School Chemistry Class

Oregon Convention Center - A105

Dr. Michael Wysession, NGSS co-author and geophysics professor, explores creative storylines for integrating up-to-date research-driven climate science into high school chemistry courses.

Takeaways: 1. Climate-related storylines provide powerful frameworks for students to learn fundamental chemistry core ideas and reinforce understandings of crosscutting concepts and science & engineering practices; 2. The wealth of Earth-orbiting NASA satellite data now available in real time provides us with an unprecedented understanding of the science of climate change and also provides many opportunities for student experiential learning; and 3. The latest advances in climate modeling can allow students to both see the impact that humans are currently having on Earth systems and to build a sense of hope in how future changes in human practices can reverse current impact trends.

Speakers

Michael Wysession (Washington University in St. Louis: Saint Louis, MO)

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Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Phenomenon-Based Instruction: Unpacking the 3-D NGSS

Oregon Convention Center - A107-109

The focus of this presentation is to equip teachers with the pedagogical and technological skills needed to drive three- dimensional NGSS-focused instruction using phenomena.

Takeaways: 1. Help teachers develop and use thought-provoking phenomena to enable students to make connections between the science concept and real-life situations; 2. This session provides participating teachers opportunities to experience lessons in the same manner as students; and 3. Help teachers to use digital platforms for academic dialogue that would spike discontent in the students' understanding of the phenomena, driving them to use science practices to explore their curiosities further.

Speakers

Chidi Duru (Prince George's County Public Schools: Upper Marlboro, MD)

Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Experience Kinematics: Using Data to Understand Motion

Oregon Convention Center - E146

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)

Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Spark Discovery and Invention

Oregon Convention Center - E145

Learn more about FREE curriculum modules from the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention that promote the engagement of all students in science and engineering! Modules were co-developed in partnership with Western Washington University and the Bellingham School District.

Takeaways: Learn more about: 1. the world-class collection of electrical engineering artifacts, such as Edison's first light bulb and early prototype electrical devices, available to educators (including virtual collections) at the SPARK Museum; 2. abut FREE curriculum modules aligned to the NGSS that engage students in the engineering design process while learning about energy; and 3. ways that engineering can be made relevant to students from diverse backgrounds, interests, and abilities.

Speakers

Abby Russell (SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention: Bellingham, WA), Paola Sanchez (Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA), Bridget Dahlman-Oeth (Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA), Dan Savage (Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA), Ben Dixon (Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA)

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SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention
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Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Ensuring Access and Equity Doesn’t Have to Be Rocket Science

Oregon Convention Center - B117/118/119

Sponsoring Company: Savvas Learning Co.

This workshop will include a design challenge that will highlight tools to support gender equity, economically disadvantaged youth, English learners, students with disabilities, and advanced and gifted learners.

Takeaways: 1. The engineering and design process provides support for all groups of learners we find in our classrooms; 2. Teachers will leave with strategies they can immediately implement into their classrooms; and 3. This challenge will highlight tools to support gender equity, economically disadvantaged youth, English learners, students with disabilities, and advanced and gifted learners.

Speakers

Jessi Davis (Savvas Learning Co.: Boston, MA)

Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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“Going with the Flow” of Genetic Information

Oregon Convention Center - C124

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Explore the processes of DNA replication, transcription, and translation using manipulatives that support the NGSS three dimensions, most notably the SEP of developing and using models.

Takeaways: 1. Model the leading and lagging strands of DNA; 2. Understand the semiconservative nature of DNA replication; and 3. Investigate how a change in DNA code can result in a change in the protein produced.

Speakers

Susan Auld (Sehome High School: Bellingham, WA)

Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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An Easy Paper Model to Accurately Teach CRISPR Gene Editing

Oregon Convention Center - C120/121/122

Sponsoring Company: Bio-Rad Laboratories

In this hands-on walk-through, learn about a CRISPR gene editing classroom activity and discuss strategies to reveal student misconceptions with a free paper model set.

Takeaways: 1. Free paper models for teaching CRISPR gene editing and revealing student misconceptions; 2. A deeper understanding of CRISPR gene editing at the molecular level; and 3. Information about a CRISPR gene editing classroom activity.

Speakers

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

Friday, October 29
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: Scientific Explanations to Increase Student Voice

Oregon Convention Center - B110/111

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)

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Friday, October 29
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Effective Intervention Strategies: Let’s Hook Students into Learning

Oregon Convention Center - B110/111

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Let’s explore several intervention strategies to help struggling students in STEM. Let's move beyond differentiation and scaffolding. Come learn other proven intervention techniques to help students. Let’s modify our traditional outreach to connect with students so that they gain greater understanding.

Takeaways: 1. Explore several intervention strategies to help struggling students in STEM; 2. Compare differentiation and scaffolding strategies, and learn successful adaptations of each strategy; and 3. Explore effective intervention strategies that are built into the STEMscopes curriculum.

Speakers

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

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Friday, October 29
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Featured Presentation: Engaging Authentic Science Learning in Diverse Environments

Oregon Convention Center - Oregon Ballroom 201/202

“To learn” is a