NSTA 2017 National Conference

March 30 – April 1, 2016

Los Angeles, California

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FOSS Workshop Schedule
Workshop Room: 303AB

Thursday

8:00 – 9:30
Engage Students in FOSS Next Generation K-8
Presenters: Brian Campbell, Jessica Penchos, and FOSS Project staff
Join FOSS developers to learn about the FOSS Next Generation K–8 Program. We’ll introduce the instructional design, and illustrate how the system incorporates science-centered language development, notebooks, digital resources, formative assessments, and outdoor excursions into a coherent learning experience for students and teachers.
10:00 – 11:30
Ten Minutes to Improving Science Achievement
Presenters: Kathy Long
Hearing the word “assessment” can strike fear and trepidation into the hearts of both teachers and students. Join FOSS developers to learn how assessment can be transformed into an integrated teaching tool that both teachers and students grades 3–8 can embrace to create a classroom culture that motivates effort and growth to improve student achievement.
12:00 – 1:30
Model Elementary Science Implementation
Panel presenters: Educational leaders representing several schools districts
Facilitator: FOSS staff
Hear from a panel of administrators and lead teachers about successful models for transforming instruction in elementary schools using science as the core. FOSS serves as the framework for the design of a science-centered curriculum for all students. Partnerships and professional development is part of the plan.
2:00 – 3:30
Wave Properties and Information Transfer
Presenters: Jessica Penchos, Virginia Reid, and FOSS Project staff
Engage in activities using lasers and optical fibers in the new FOSS Next Generation Waves Course for middle school. Explore properties of refraction and reflection that allow information transfer by fiber optic technology, and identify connections to the three dimensions of NGSS.
4:00 – 5:30
Evolutionary Evidence in the Fossil Record
Presenters: Ann Moriarty, Virginia Reid, and FOSS Project staff
What does the fossil record tell us about how life has changed over time? Explore evolutionary history through hands-on activities from the new FOSS Next Generation Heredity and Adaptation Course for middle school, and identify connections to the three dimensions of NGSS.

Friday

8:00 – 9:30
What to Look for in Physical Science Learning Progressions—Experience FOSS K–5
Presenters: Brian Campbell and FOSS Project staff
Are you looking for coherent curricular direction in your elementary science program? Join FOSS curriculum developers to investigate learning progressions in grades K–5 using physical science modules from the new FOSS Next Generation program. Find out about transitioning to the newly released FOSS program modules.
10:00 – 11:30
What Does Argumentation Look Like in an Elementary Classroom?
Presenters: Brian Campbell and FOSS Project staff
Join FOSS Next Generation Program developers to learn about science practices within the context of active investigations. Experience analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations, and engaging in argumentation from evidence as tools to deepen student learning within a FOSS lesson. Find out about transitioning to FOSS Next Generation.
12:00 – 1:30
What Does Conceptual Modeling Look Like in Grades K-5 Classrooms?
Presenters: Brian Campbell and FOSS Project staff
Join FOSS Next Generation Program developers to explore how students construct models with phenomena. Experience active investigations from two different grade levels and create models about physical science concepts. Find out how student models can be used to guide future instruction within the FOSS program.
2:00 – 3:30
Developing Models for Sensory Receptors
Presenters: Ann Moriarty, Virginia Reid, and FOSS Project staff
Why don't people with visual impairments use their knuckles to read Braille? Use hands-on activities from the new FOSS Next Generation Human Systems Interactions Course for middle school to explore how touch receptors in the nervous system respond to mechanical inputs. Identify connections to the three dimensions of NGSS.
4:00 – 5:30
Identifying Energy Transfers in Motors and Generators
Presenters: Jessica Penchos, Virginia Reid, and FOSS Project staff
Dissect a motor to identify its components and make claims about energy transfers in the new FOSS Next Generation Electromagnetic Force Course for middle school. Compare the motor components to those of a generator and consider sustainability of energy sources. Identify connections to the three dimensions of NGSS.

CPO Science
Workshop Room: 304 AB

Thursday

8:00 – 9:30
Engineering Design and NGSS: Learning about Friction Forces
Presenters: Erik Benton, Kat Mills
Take the classic car and ramp experiment, explore friction forces, and combine them with technology to create a SAIL car. Extend the investigation with an engineering design problem and you build a basis for understanding NGSS and dynamics of friction for vehicle related incidents. Door prizes. Free STEM resources provided.
10:00 – 11:30
CPO LINK Learning Module: Cell Reproduction using Crazy Chromosomes
Presenters: Erik Benton, Kat Mills
CPO Science’s LINK modules for genetics use NGSS strategies in a real-time digital learning environment. Students study the differences between: DNA and genes, mitosis and meiosis, traits and alleles, phenotypes and genotypes. Cell processes come alive with hands-on strategies in a unique collaborative program. Door prizes. Free STEM resources provided.
2:00 – 3:30
Learning Module: Chemistry and the Periodic Table
Presenters: Erik Benton, Kat Mills
CPO Science’s new LINK Chemistry learning module is an NGSS approach that lets students experience innovative activities to learn about atomic structure and the periodic table. Use a digital learning environment with hands-on equipment to study bonding, isotopes, sub-atomic particles, ions, balancing equations, energy levels, and periodicity. Door prizes.
4:00 – 5:30
Wind Turbine—An NGSS Approach to Understanding Renewable Energy
Presenters: Erik Benton, Kat Mills
Wind is a plentiful energy source, but is the energy transformation really clean? Investigate costs and energy efficiency using an innovative model. Participants build a wind turbine, analyze costs involved, then compete against others to see who can get the most from their engineered design. Door prizes. Free STEM resources.

Friday

8:00 – 9:30
NGSS and the Energy Car: Collisions and Restraints
Presenters: Erik Benton, Kat Mills
See NGSS aligned to middle and high school Physics strands in action. Step through the CPO Science engineering cycle. Use your creativity to solve an automobile design problem with collisions and restraints. Learn how Newton's third law, conservation of energy and momentum play a role. Door prizes. Free STEM resources.
10:00 – 11:30
CPO LINK Learning Module Crazy Traits: Pedigrees and Sex-Link Traits
Presenters: Erik Benton, Kat Mills
CPO Science’s LINK Crazy Traits learning module integrates key genetics principles using technology in a real-time digital learning environment. Students break misconceptions about dominant traits while learning about inheritance over several generations. Heredity comes alive with a hands-on kit in a unique collaborative program. Door prizes. Free resources provided.
12:00 – 1:30
Wind Turbine—An NGSS Approach to Understanding Renewable Energy
Presenters: Erik Benton, Kat Mills
Wind is a plentiful energy source, but is the energy transformation really clean? Investigate costs and energy efficiency using an innovative model. Participants build a wind turbine, analyze costs involved, then compete against others to see who can get the most from their engineered design. Door prizes. Free STEM resources.
2:00 – 3:30
LINK Learning Module: Chemistry and the Periodic Table
Presenters: Erik Benton, Kat Mills
CPO Science’s new LINK Chemistry learning module is an NGSS approach that lets students experience innovative activities to learn about atomic structure and the periodic table. Use a digital learning environment with hands-on equipment to study bonding, isotopes, sub-atomic particles, ions, balancing equations, energy levels, and periodicity. Door prizes.

DSM Workshop Schedule
Workshop Room: 301 AB

Thursday

8:00 – 9:30
Make sure your Makerspace has options for all students!
Presenters: Darrick Wood, Kathy Armstrong
For students to develop the proper range of skills required of “makers”, a makerspace should provide tools and resources to help them grow as scientists. Many makerspaces now include supplemental curriculum options that give students, curious about science, resources designed for exploring classroom concepts in a maker setting.
_:00 – _:30
How to Argue in Science Class
Presenters: Kathy Armstrong, Darrick Wood
Help students develop Scientific Agumentation skills, by making claims based on observable evidence. Put these skills into practice with lessons from Delta Science Modules, as we prove (or disprove!) fundamental science concepts. Leave with readers, equipment, and an activity you can use with your students tomorrow.
12:00 – 1:30
PEASE in Our Time—Memory Lanes of the Brain and NGSS
Presenters: John Cafarella
Retrieved memories are the only proof we have that learning has taken place. Where is knowledge/understanding stored in the brain? How does it get in? How does it get out? We’ll look at the procedural, episodic, automatic, semantic and emotional lanes of the brain through a NGSS/Delta lens.
2:00 – 3:30
Science Engineering Practices Made Easy
Presenters: Kathy Armstrong, Darrick Wood
Don’t throw out your favorite lesson just because it doesn’t use the Science and Engineering Practices. Experience a Delta Science Module activity and explore ways to embed the SEP’s into your favorite science lessons. Leave with readers, equipment, and strategies you can use with your students tomorrow.
4:00 – 5:30
Build Skills to Boost the Makerspace Experience for Young Scientists!
Presenters: Kathy Armstrong, Darrick Wood
Makerspaces are popping up everywhere, providing a creative space to explore questions and solve problems. But for students in grades K-3, tackling STEM-related challenges requires a foundation in science investigation. Help young scientists build the skills needed for independent exploration in their makerspaces with programs like Science in a Nutshell.

Frey Scientific Workshop Schedule
Workshop Room: 304 AB

Thursday

12:00 – 1:30
Solving the Mystery of STEM using Forensic Science
Presenters: Kat Mills, Erik Benton
Conduct a number of STEM-focused forensic activities that LINK scientific investigations with analysis and investigative skills to solve multifaceted “cases” involving fingerprint, blood spatter, and document analysis. Apply basic mathematic principles and integrate reading and writing strategies. See how the program uses hands-on strategies to meet the NGSS and state standards.

Thursday

4:00 – 5:30
Solving the Mystery of STEM using Forensic Science
Presenters: Kat Mills, Erik Benton
Conduct a number of STEM-focused forensic activities that LINK scientific investigations with analysis and investigative skills to solve multifaceted “cases” involving fingerprint, blood spatter, and document analysis. Apply basic mathematic principles and integrate reading and writing strategies. See how the program uses hands-on strategies to meet the NGSS and state standards.
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