NSTA 2017 Regional Conferences Workshops

November 9 – 11, 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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FOSS Workshop Schedule
Workshop Room: 202B

Thursday

8:00 – 9:00
Ten Minutes to Improving Science Achievement
Presenters: Kathy Long, FOSS Project staff
"Assessment" can strike fear and trepidation into the hearts of teachers and students. Join FOSS developers to learn how assessment can be transformed into an integrated teaching tool that teachers and students grades 3–8 can embrace to create a classroom culture that motivates effort and growth to improve achievement.
9:30 – 10:30
What Does Argumentation Look Like in an Elementary Classroom?
Presenters: Brian Campbell, 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.
11:00 – 12:00
What Does Conceptual Modeling Look Like in Grades K-5 Classrooms?
Presenters: Brian Campbell, FOSS Project staff
Join FOSS Next Generation Program developers to explore how students construct models with about 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.
12:30 – 1:30
Wave Properties and Information Transfer
Presenters: Jessica Penchos, 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.
2:00 – 3:00
Identifying Energy Transfers in Motors and Generators
Presenters: Jessica Penchos, 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.
3:30 – 4:30
Evolutionary Evidence in the Fossil Record
Presenters: Ann Moriarty, 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.

CPO Science Workshop Schedule
Workshop Room: 202D

Thursday

8:00 – 9:00
CPO Science Biology Energy Quest: Teaching Cell Energy Pathways
Presenters: Erik Benton, Kat Mills
Get ENERGIZED about teaching energy pathways with our latest LINK supplementary learning module, amplified by cutting-edge Augmented Reality. Through collaborative gameboard play, content-rich digital curriculum, and by manipulating smart phone-ready 3D imagery with a swipe of a finger, students will be clamoring to earn 32 ATP and synthesize C6H12O6 molecules.
9:30 – 10:30
CPO's Wind Turbine: A STEM Approach to Engineering and Design
Presenters: Erik Benton, Kat Mills
CPO's Link Wind Turbine learning module lets students learn in a real-time digital platform and engineer a wind turbine. Students build, test, and revise their designs. LINK uses STEM activities and an NGSS approach giving students an understanding of how to apply the Engineering Cycle and demonstrate understanding.
11:00 – 12:00
CPO's LINK Genetics Learning Module: Crazy Traits and Crazy Chromosomes
Presenters: Erik Benton, Kat Mills
CPO Science's LINK learning modules for genetics use NGSS strategies in a real-time digital learning environment. Students can study the relationship between DNA, genes and mitosis, meiosis, traits, alleles, phenotypes, and genotypes. Heredity will come alive as you use hands-on models to create crazy creatures in a unique collaborative program.
3:30 – 4:30
CPO Science 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: 202A

Thursday

8:00 – 9:00
How to Argue in a Middle School Science Class
Presenters: Darrick Wood, Kathy Armstrong
Help students develop scientific argumentation 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 a lesson you can try with your students next week.
9:30 – 10:30
Makerspaces with Options for All Students
Presenters: Kathy Armstrong, Darrick Wood
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 who are curious about science the resources designed for exploring classroom concepts in a maker setting.
11:00 – 12:00
Ok, Class. Please Open Your Notebooks...
Presenters: Darrick Wood, Kathy Armstrong
Experience the feeling of starting with a blank notebook and filling it with new ideas you make sense of the world around you. Leave with ideas and strategies to improve student notebooking in your own classroom.
12:30 – 1:30
What in the World are Crosscutting Concepts
Presenters: Kathy Armstrong, Darrick Wood
Crosscutting concepts may be the most misunderstood dimension of the NGSS. Come be a student and experience Delta Science Module lessons that unleash the power of the crosscutting concepts and give them the attention they deserve. Leave with materials and strategies that you can take back to your classroom and use next week.
2:00 – 3:00
Boosting 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.
3:30 – 4:30
How to Argue in the Elementary Science Class
Presenters: Kathy Armstrong, Darrick Wood
Help students develop scientific argumentation 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 a lesson you can try with your students next week.

Frey Scientific Workshop Schedule
Workshop Room: 202D

Thursday

12:30 – 1:30
Modular Robotics for Elementary and Middle School: CUBELETS!
Presenters: Kat Mills, Erik Benton
Encourage students to be inquisitive and unlock their inner inventor! Learn about types of robotic operations: THINK, SENSE, and ACT in a hands-on hour using Cubelets, blocks that can instantly connect and perform robot functions. What sensory input is needed? What output is generated? How many classroom applications are there?
2:00 – 3:00
Solving the Mystery of STEM using Forensic Science
Presenters: Kat Mills, Erik Benton
Conduct STEM-focused, beginner forensic activities that connect the scientific method to analysis and investigative skills. Solve "cases" involving fingerprinting, blood spatter, and document or fabric analysis. We'll use a digital learning environment with simple supplies to apply basic mathematic principles, plus integrate reading and writing strategies using Frey Scientific's Forensics Kit.
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