NSTA 2016 Regional Conference

November 10 – 12, 2016

Portland, Oregon

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FOSS Workshop Schedule
Workshop Room: B117

Thursday

8:00 – 9:00
Wave Properties and Information Transfer
Presenters: Jessica Penchos, Virginia Reid
Engage in activities using lasers and optical fibers in the new FOSS Next Generation Edition 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.
9:30 – 10:30
Engage Students in FOSS Next Generation
Presenters: Brian Campbell, Diana Velez
Join FOSS developers to learn about the FOSS Next Generation Elementary 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.
11:00 – 12:00
The Reflective Assessment Practice: Improving Science Achievement in 10 minutes
Presenters: Kathy Long
Join FOSS developers to learn how assessment can become an integrated teaching tool that both teachers and students can embrace. Create a classroom culture of self-motivation and growth mindset by just adding a ten-minute reflective practice to your day.
12:30 – 1:30
Scientific Practices: What Does Argumentation Look Like in an Elementary Classroom
Presenters: Brian Campbell, Diana Velez
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.
2:00 – 3:00
What Does Conceptual Modeling Look Like in an Elementary Classroom
Presenters: Brian Campbell
Join FOSS Next Generation Program developers to explore how students construct models within the context of physical science. Experience strategies within an active investigation to create and refine models about matter. Find out how student models can be used to guide future instruction within the FOSS program.
3:30 – 4:30
Evolutionary Evidence in the Fossil Record: Life Science with FOSS
Presenters: Jessica Penchos, Virginia Reid
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 Edition Heredity and Adaptation Course for Middle School, and identify connections to the three dimensions of NGSS.

CPO Science and Frey Scientific Workshop Schedule
Workshop Room: B113

Thursday

8:00 – 9:00
CPO Science link™ Car & Ramp: Force, Motion, and Variables
Presenters: Erik Benton, Kat Mills
Learn to distinguish between dependent, manipulated, resultant, controlled, and independent variables. In this hands-on workshop, students discover variables while designing their own experiment. We will feature the LINK learning module for car and ramp as we present a new "angle" on how to master confusing terminology using the scientific method.
9:30 – 10:30
FREY Scientific: Solving the Mystery of STEM using Forensic Science
Presenters: Kat Mills, Erik Benton
Conduct STEM-focused, beginning 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.
11:00 – 12:00
CPO Science link™ Genetics Modules: Crazy Chromosomes and Crazy Trait
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.
12:30 – 1:30
CPO Science link™ 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 in science class.
2:00 – 3:00
Building Electric Circuits with CPO Science link™ Electric Motor Module
Presenters: Erik Benton, Kat Mills
The new CPO's Link™ Electric Motor learning module is a STEM and NGSS based approach to electromagnets, permanent magnets, commutators, and induction in a real-time tablet-based learning environment using hands-on equipment. The Engineering Cycle, observation, measurement, and experimentation are used to design and build electric motors with student-based activities.
3:30 – 4:30
CPO Science link™ Module: Learning About Chemistry Models
Presenters: Erik Benton, Kat Mills
CPO's new LINK Chemistry Models module is an NGSS approach that lets students experience innovative activities to learn about atomic structure and the periodic table. We'll use a digital learning environment with hands-on equipment to study bonding, isotopes, sub-atomic particles, ions, balancing equations, energy levels, and periodicity.

DSM Workshop Schedule
Workshop Room: B111

Thursday

8:00 – 9:00
Teach Next Gen Like Your Hair is on Fire!!!
Presenters: Kathy Armstrong, Darrick Wood
Become legendary in your own time when you teach science in your classroom. Experience lessons from Delta Science Modules that incorporate the Next Gen science standards. Receive corresponding content readers, strategies, and resources that you can take back and use with your students tomorrow.
9:30 – 10:30
Science and Engineering Practices Made Easy
Presenters: Kathy Armstrong, Darrick Wood
Experience lessons from Delta Science Modules that incorporate science and engineering practices. Receive corresponding content reader, strategies and resources that you can take back and use with your students tomorrow.
11:00 – 12:00
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.
12:30 – 1:30
STEM-gineering
Presenters: Kathy Armstrong, Darrick Wood
Experience science lessons from Delta Science Modules that provide opportunities for students to be engaged in activities that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and meet Technological Design Standards. Make and take prototypes, strategies, and other workshop materials.
2:00 – 3:00
Increase Your 3-D Vision of NGSS
Presenters: Kathy Armstrong, Darrick Wood
Experience lessons from Delta Science Modules that incorporate the three dimensions of Next Gen science standards. Tackle ARGUMENTATION embedded in the session. Receive corresponding content reader, strategies, and resources that you can take back and use with your students tomorrow.
3:30 – 4:30
Liven Up Literacy with Science
Presenters: Kathy Armstrong, Darrick Wood
Use Science to put some enthusiasm into your literacy program. Experience engaging lessons from Delta Science Modules that incorporate literacy skills. Receive corresponding content reader, strategies, and resources that you can take back and use with your students tomorrow.
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