Labster - April 2021

NSTA Engage: Spring21 - Sessions





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Thursday, April 15
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM ET
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Cooped Up Kids? Students Explore STEM Indoors and Out

Discover free age-appropriate "Cooped Up Kids" activities that connect kids to the outdoors and exciting science content whether in school, remote, or blended.

Takeaways: 1. Discover free hands-on lessons that are tied to the NGSS and Common Core Standards and discuss how to implement them whether learners are at home or in school; 2. Describe the socio-emotional benefits of place-based outdoor experiences for diverse K–8 students; and 3. Learn how to access a variety of free educational interactives, online multimedia resources, and citizen science projects scaffolded by lessons that are perfect for K–8 settings.


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

Tuesday, April 20
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM ET
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SEL During COVID-19: How Can People Help End Pandemics?

Experience a contact tracing activity and explore how a storyline unit supports SEL during the pandemic while emphasizing health equity. Print ahead of time.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn how discussions of a pandemic can be attentive to students’ social-emotional needs; 2. consider how COVID-19-focused learning can and should provoke students' thinking about how their actions affect others and can help end pandemics; and 3. experience a contact-tracing activity that supports students’ thinking about issues of trust in public health.


Dan Voss (Dallas Center-Grimes High School: Grimes, IA), Dawn Novak (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO)

Wednesday, April 21
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM ET
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Lab Bias, Science Bias, People Bias

Teachers will learn to integrate bias recognition as part of the normal science curriculum.

Takeaways: 1. Recognizing bias requires practice; 2. Recognizing bias requires critical thinking; and 3. Recognizing bias can be integrated as part of the normal learning process.


Bailey O'Reilly (Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts and Technology: Dunedin, FL)

Thursday, April 22
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM ET
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Promoting an Inclusive Science Classroom Through Small Group Work

Collaborate to intentionally plan the facilitation of small group work while prioritizing the inclusion of students who receive services for Special Education and Language Acquisition.

Takeaways: 1. Intentionally planned relationship building activities will promote student engagement and collaboration with ALL students and support partners; 2. Define an end goal for what you want to see and hear from your small groups to create the pathway for success; and 3. Choose the best "tool" for the desired collaboration and intentionally plan the gradual release steps necessary for small group autonomy.


Elizabeth Nix (Noel Community Arts School: Denver, CO)

Wednesday, April 28
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM ET
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Infographics to Strengthen Data Literacy and Student Voice in Science

Participants will explore how to use infographics in the science classroom and have the opportunity to start creating an infographic using digital tools.

Takeaways: 1. Understand why reading and creating data visualizations will make an impact in your classroom; 2. View student examples and create your own infographic using simple digital tools; and 3. Leave with concrete ways to get students to create data visualizations in your science classroom.


Ilana Somasunderam (KQED: San Francisco, CA)

Wednesday, April 28
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM ET
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SEL During COVID-19: How Can We Slow the Spread of the COVID-19 Virus to Protect Our Communities?

Explore a simulation to discover how different mitigation strategies slow the spread of a virus (COVID) while experiencing a storyline around pandemics. Download:

Takeaways: 1. Participants will be introduced briefly to the anchor for a storyline around things people can do to help to slow the spread of a virus, using the current pandemic from COVID-19; 2. Through interacting and engaging with a simulation developed for this storyline, participants will explore the effects of different mitigation approaches on the spread of a virus; and 3. With the emotional toll the pandemic has had on everyone, participants will explore social-emotional activities and support for students.


Dawn Novak (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO), Dan Voss (Dallas Center-Grimes High School: Grimes, IA)

Wednesday, May 5
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM ET
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So You Want to Teach? Examining Perceptions of Careers in STEM Education

Through research conducted by the Growing Future STEM Teachers in Maine grant, this presentation explores the upsides, downsides, and enticements of secondary STEM teaching.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. explore perceptions of careers in STEM secondary education; 2. understand factors that influence interest in STEM fields; and 3. identify evidence-based practices for preparation and retention of high-quality secondary STEM teachers.


Patricia Waters (Saint Joseph's College of Maine: Standish, ME)

Saturday, May 8
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM ET
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A Differentiated Approach to Supporting Adult Learners

Join us to learn more about our journey to support teachers' social and emotional well-being by designing differentiated learning experiences as we implemented three-dimensional science.

Takeaways: 1. Methods to design effective differentiated learning for science educators; 2. Ways to support adult learners via differentiation; and 3. Ways to strengthen the implementation of 3-D science teaching, learning, and assessment across districts.


Tonya Woolfolk (Houston County Schools: Perry, GA), Denise Richardson (Rockdale County Public Schools: Conyers, GA)