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Thursday, November 1
 

7:00am

Registration, Exhibit Hall and Refershments
Thursday November 1, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Energy Games, Chants, & Plays: Introducing Energy Literacy to Elementary Students!
Learn how to introduce elementary students to basic energy concepts early on! Participants will be able to head back to their classrooms with fun and exciting lessons that teach energy buzz words and provide a hands-on glimpse into how energy works– all disguised through songs, stories, games, and chants.

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Cotillion

8:00am

STEAM in the Classroom
With Yellowstone National Park as the venue, participants will learn how to use both traditional and innovative methods to incorporate Art into STEM lessons. Throughout the workshop, we’ll explore new ideas and strategies while networking with other educators on best practices for cross-curricular design.

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

Teaching Science With Limited Time
As a third grade teacher, I am asked to focus on reading and writing. This session will share ideas on how I teach science with a limited time block. I am able to incorporate science into the ELA block as a learning center with science readings, responses, and short activities.

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

Bananas for carbohydrates and cells
Bananas are great biology classroom learning tools! See how to incorporate bananas and banana cells to teach a wide range of lessons about carbohydrates, cells, and plants. All you need are bananas and iodine (and a microscope to view cells if available).


Thursday November 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

Support Literacy with Science Interactive Modles from PBS LearningMedia
Interactive Lessons engage students in a curricular topic using digital media while supporting literacy strategies. Lessons include video, short readings, writing prompts and assessment. Students practice close reading, learn vocabulary and synthesize data. We'll introduce the lessons and discuss various ways to implement them.


Thursday November 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Deck

8:00am

Cross-District Science Mapping
The CDSM is a collaborative of 100+ educators from 30 districts who have used the UbD framework to create curriculum aligned to the 2016 Massachusetts STE Frameworks. Come learn about our process and explore our units which have embedded open-source materials to allow for universal usage of our work.

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

Biomimicry in the Elementary Classroom
Using Engineering and Biology standards, we've created a unit that integrates science, reading, and writing for third- and fourth-graders. The unit culminates in a "Shark Tank" showcase where students share their biomimetic designs to a panel of local professionals for a big (fake) check to bring their design into production.

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

Bio-Inspired Inventions
Mrs. Nic's STEAMLab will demonstrate how your students and colleagues can design, test, and use new polymer materials that are revolutionizing bio-inspired devices for medicine and industry. DYI projects will include: 1) a soft robotics gripper for prosthetic hand, 2) a light-weight aerogel for airplane fuselages, 3) biodegradable sutures for surgery, and 4) laser activated glue for hole-in-the-heart children. ---- Mrs. Nic's mentor, Jeffrey M. Karp, and his lab: www.karplab

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: The Value of Framing Scientific Explanations in you ESL and Bilingual Classrooms
Explaining observed phenomenon in a scientific way, making observations and analyzing data are connected to understanding science. This instructional strategy is changing how labs are conducted and making science investigations meaningful for students. ELD strategies will be shared and modeled for an equitable learning environment.

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Director

8:00am

Customer and Technical Support Associate
Let STEMPilot show you how using Aviation and Simulation as a project based learning tool in the classroom to teach STEM, gives students and teachers a fun and engaging way to learn while virtually eliminating fragmentation between the classes.

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

Recyclable STEM: The Race Car Challenge
This workshop engages middle school educators in an integrated STEM lesson that focuses on designing a vehicle that wins it all! Using only recyclable boxes and lids, participants will create a vehicle and use it to unpack concepts of energy, friction, and gravity while practicing the process of problem-solving.

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Board Room

9:15am

KEYNOTE - Needs an update
Thursday November 1, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Federal

10:15am

Exhibit Hall & Keynote Q&A
Thursday November 1, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Exhibit Hall

11:00am

Data Literacy Using Hands-On & Virtual Labs
This interactive session will provide techniques and strategies that you will be able to use to facilitate and assess your students path toward improved science practices and data literacy. You will walk away with lesson plans, assessments, and rubrics that you can use and adapt for your classroom immediately.

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ivy

11:00am

The 100 Languages of Children? REggio Emila approch
fundamental values and principles that focus on an image of a child who is curious, intelligent, and engaging. The purpose is to explore how the Reggio approach can help deepen and extend learning, for learners of all ages. Participants will consider:
their image of the child,
the learning environment and materials,
how they might spark children’s interests,
the variety of ways children can express their learning (hundred languages of learning) including children with special rights (this term is used by Reggio educators for children we refer to in the U.S. as children with special needs).


Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Box-wood

11:00am

"Cutting the Carbon" Environmental Engineering
Inspire students to combat climate change via the engineering design process. Learn how to incorporate indoor hydroponic farm-to-table systems, with also a focus on outdoor gardening initiatives. Other engineering design challenges include carbon capture systems, purification prototypes for safe drinking water, and go-green designs for structures.

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Colonial

11:00am

Teach reading through the lens of science with engaging, authentic fiction and National Geographic nonfiction texts.
Participants will experience the real-world of science through the eyes of National Geographic Explorers, reading and science materials. The presenter will show how to enhance the learning of the practices of science using fiction and nonfiction texts. Leave with some great take-aways!

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Director

11:00am

Best Practices in STEM Space Design and Use
This session presents initial findings of a review of best practices for K-12 STEM learning spaces commissioned by the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The review includes elementary classrooms, science labs, and makerspaces to provide recommendations for the sizing, configuration, outfitting, management, maintenance, and use of STEM learning spaces.

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Green-wood

11:00am

11:00am

What's a "CER" and why do I need one?
Come learn how to create standards-based Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning assignments with your students! See how crafting CERs parallels literacy standards and fosters opportunities for cross-curricular planning. We will share strategies for student success, as well as student-created exemplars and rubrics.

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Board Room

11:00am

National Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry Process in Action!
Learn how National Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry process can further your student's understanding of the world and empower them to generate solutions that to make a difference. In this interactive session, educators will learn new strategies to help students develop the critical thinking skills to ask geographic questions, collect information, use GIS to visualize data, create a compelling story, and ultimately become advocates for change in their community.

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Fern

11:00am

STEM in Early Childhood Education
Incorporating STEM learning into curriculum early on helps equip young children with the scientific knowledge and opportunities to enhance skills in science practices, such as observation, interpretation, and explanation. Join New England Aquarium staff as we introduce resources available to support early childhood educators. Participate in activities aligned with 2016 MA STE standards.

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Deck

11:00am

The 5E's in 60 minutes
The 5E's - Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate - facilitate conceptual development while providing many opportunities for formative assessment during the lesson. Participants will experience the 5E’s while investigating the speed of marbles at the bottom of a ramp. Teachers will see the 5E's in action and learn how to bring the 5E’s into their own classroom.

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Federal

11:00am

Learning Binary Code to Understand Information Transfer
We will explore a unit that teaches how communication systems use waves to transfer information via digital signals, encoding information ranging from a simple text message to an image from the Hubble Space Telescope. Participants will explore hands-on activities that introduce signals, binary, ASCII, and basic properties of waves.

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Seminar

12:00pm

Lunch - Ticketed
Thursday November 1, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Courtyard

1:00pm

Teaching Weather and Climate with Digital Media
How can we use media to convey key weather and climate concepts and enhance curriculum? In this interactive session, we'll explore strategies for engaging students with media and showcase Instructional Modules, produced by WGBH in collaboration with NASA and available FREE on PBS LearningMedia™.


Thursday November 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Seminar

1:00pm

Invention Education & Youth Innovation: School Invention Conventions
1) Young Inventors' Program (YIP) of Northern New England encourages critical thinking, and the basic principles of design thinking that lead youth in the creation of their own invention that is ultimately showcased in a School Invention Convention celebration. STEAM invention education strategies will be shared by a panel of Invention Convention educators.


Thursday November 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Box-wood

1:00pm

Cause and Effect: An 8th Grade Integrated Curriculum Outline Based on the 2016 MA ST&E Frameworks
After four years of teacher-lead exploration and implementation, we have created five essential cause/effect questions to focus our yearlong curriculum. The units intertwine physical science concepts with astronomy, plate tectonics, growth in organisms, natural selection and weather and climate. We will share our five guiding questions and unit outlines.

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial

1:00pm

Integrating Biomimicry Design Ideas Into Your Life Sciences Curriculum
Biomimicry looks at Nature’s approach to engineering sustainable solutions to problems. It can be used as the foundation for STEM projects that allow teachers in grades K-8 to incorporate Engineering Design thinking and practices into their curriculum. This workshop will feature interactive modeling of activities and resources to support a PBL approach.

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Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cotillion

1:00pm

Seeds of STEM: Problem-based STEM Curriculum for Early Childhood
The session will introduce early childhood teachers and administrators who work with children ages 4-6 years to a new, developmentally appropriate, STEM curriculum. Participants will be introduced to Problem Panda, to the many problems he encounters during the 8 units of the curriculum, and engage in solving the habitat challenge.

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ivy

1:00pm

Spark creativity and fuel innovation by teaching students to ask their own STEM questions
Learn the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a simple, powerful step-by-step strategy that teaches students how to collaboratively produce, improve, and strategize on how to use their own questions.
Participants will actively experience the QFT and access comprehensive free online resources to help incorporate the QFT into your classroom.

Moderators
Speakers
KC

Katy Connolly

Education Program Associate, The Right Question Institute
KS

Kathy Shay

STEM Teacher Grades 6,7,8 Duxbury Middle School
SW

Sarah Westbrook

Director of Professional Learning, The Right Question Institute


Thursday November 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fern

1:00pm

Strategies for Teaching Science to EL Students
This workshop will focus on effective teaching strategies for the English Language Learners in our classrooms. Participants will explore and implement innovative ways of teaching science content and vocabulary. Participants will discover the positive outcomes of hands-on learning, teaching and learning through reflection and the value of discovery/inquiry teaching methods. You will learn more about English Language Learners, their needs and how to choose appropriate materials and hands-on activities for the K-4 classroom.

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Board Room

1:00pm

The Stories of Science: Integrating Literacy and Science to Spark Lifelong Learners, Communicators and Thinkers
Learn how to integrate literacy and science by teaching students to effectively communicate the stories of science: arguments to support claims (explanation stories), informative/explanatory texts (information stories), and narratives (personal stories). These strategies support Common Core Standards and engage students in authentic ways to read, write and talk about science.

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Deck

1:00pm

Upper Elementary Sustainable Science
In this workshop, participants will learn about ways to teach hands-on science lessons that focus on sustainability.  Three teachers, from grades 3,4, and 5, will present the innovative ways they are teaching the STE Standards in their classrooms.  Lessons will focus on: life-cycle of a frog, erosion, and developing a sustainable community. Participants will walk away with ideas they can implement in their schools that engage students in science and engineering, integrate literacy and math, and encourage social learning, all while promoting an environmental awareness.


Thursday November 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Green-wood

1:00pm

What Happens When Objects Collide?
Participants will take part in hands-on activities to investigate the phenomena of colliding objects. The activites from the k-5 FOSS NextGen science curriculum will be focusing on Energy and Energy Transfer and constructuing explanations and using evidence to support explanations. Participants will receive assoaciated reading materials.

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Director

1:00pm

Screen-Free Coding and Robotics for PreK-2nd Grade – A Hands-On Experience with KIBO!
Get hands-on with robotics for students ages 4-7! Learn how young students can learn STEAM concepts such as sequencing and coding in a fun and engaging way. In this workshop, you'll learn how you can easily integrate robotics into your classroom to enhance any curriculum or theme with unlimited possibilities.

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Federal

2:15pm

Teaching Space Science with Digital Media
How can we use media to convey key space science concepts and enhance curriculum? In this interactive session, we'll explore strategies for engaging students with media and showcase NEW Instructional Modules, produced by WGBH in collaboration with NASA and available FREE on PBS LearningMedia™.


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Fern

2:15pm

Demystifying 3D NGSS and STEM Using the Phenomenon of Earthquakes
Creating and using models of waves, seeing patterns through simulations and designing authentic and engaging solutions are in this study of the phenomenon of earthquakes.

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Ivy

2:15pm

Smithsonian Science for the Classroom to the Rescue
Find out how this K-5 science program takes the stress out of teaching Engineering Design while adhering to the MA STE Standards. The problem-solving approach teaches students the skills needed to systemically plan and design solutions to real-world problems such as how to provide freshwater to those in need,


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Box-wood

2:15pm

Establishing the Social Emotional Climate of My Differentiated Classroom
This interactive session will provide techniques and strategies that you will be able to use to establish and maintain the desired social-emotional climate of your differentiated science classroom. You will walk away with lesson plans, assessments, and rubrics that you can use and adapt for your classroom immediately.

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Cotillion

2:15pm

Canceled - Alphabet Soup: UDL for ELL's in STEM Classes: Tips and Tricks for Educators to Increase Access and Equity
Having trouble making UBD's that include the WIDA Can-do descriptors, UDL, and SEL for all of your STEM students? Have no fear, a workshop of tips and tricks is here to assist you in your classroom design to improve access and equity to all learners!  

Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Director

2:15pm

Honeybees-a tool to teach sustainablitly
Honeybees are critical to the sustainability of our food supply. Learn about the important role that honeybees play in the production of fruits and vegetables. The presentation will begin with a background on Honeybee Biology and the role of Honeybees and pollination. Resources and Ideas on how to teach Honeybee Biology and Pollination will be presented.


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Deck

2:15pm

Support Literacy with Science Interactive Modles from PBS LearningMedia
Interactive Lessons engage students in a curricular topic using digital media while supporting literacy strategies. Lessons include video, short readings, writing prompts and assessment. Students practice close reading, learn vocabulary and synthesize data. We'll introduce the lessons and discuss various ways to implement them.


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Seminar

2:15pm

Building systems from Scratch
We will focus on systems thinking by creating games about topics in science. It will
include an introduction to the unit on climate change, with a focus on systems thinking. Participants will take part in an activity that integrates systems thinking and game design using Scratch. BYOD


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Federal

2:15pm

Designing a Makerspace for All K-5 Students
How can a Makerspace increase student achievement? How does a Makerspace address; diverse learners, increase student and teacher voice, professional development, and more? Learn how Concord Public Schools’ journey to designing a Makerspace opened the doors to creating opportunities that foster critical thinking, problem solving, and 21st century skills.

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Colonial

2:15pm

Singing Science: Teaching Through Chants, Call-Backs, and More!
Learning science means challenging concepts, and volumes of vocabulary. Language learners in particular can struggle with inscrutable terms like endoplasmic reticulum. Help your students master science through total physical response, a teaching method based on the coordination of language and physical movement. This session will cover how to use chants, gestures, call-backs, and songs to improve mastery!

Speakers

Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Green-wood

2:15pm

Building on Science: A pathway for integrating Science and Literacy
Learn how one district's ELA and STE leadership and teachers developed literacy units that build from the science units to extend student's science learning through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.


Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Board Room

3:15pm

Exhibit Hall
Thursday November 1, 2018 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Exhibit Hall

3:45pm

MAST Annual Meeting
Thursday November 1, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm
TBA

5:00pm

Pre-Awards Dinner Reception
Thursday November 1, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard

6:00pm

MAST Awards Banquet
Thursday November 1, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Courtyard
 
Friday, November 2
 

7:00am

Registration, Exhibit Hall and Refershments
Friday November 2, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Year Long kindergarten woodworking curriculum
Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

Build a solar cooker that actually cooks
Attendees build a panel-type solar cooker for all-seasons, almost as cheap as the common pizza-box warmer, but much more effective. Associate STE with a quotidian activity like cooking for lifelong learning for all. Concepts: Radiation, absorption reflection & transmission, power, energy, temperature, E-M spectrum, insolation. Apply to borrow high-tech instruments.

Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Cotillion

8:00am

Wind Weightlifting Challenge
Come try your hand at our Wind Weightlifting Challenge! What will make the biggest difference in electrical output of your wind turbine: blade material, blade shape, gear ratio, pitch, number of blades? A hands-on, critical thinking challenge for your students to work as engineers in a competitive setting!

Moderators
Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

New Climate Change Education Resources
Presenters will share new climate change education resources. Learn to navigate a hyperlinked climate change concept map. Bring a wifi-accessible tool to explore the map on the spot! Receive a Massachusetts weather-climate strand map, an annotated bibliography of climate change education resources, and opportunities for further professional development.

Moderators
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Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

Innovative Conceptual Engineering Design (ICED) Epic Challenge Program - Sustainable Human Colony on Mars
The presenters detail their work with Dr. Charles Camarda, a NASA astronaut, to engage students in design solutions for sustainable human colony on Mars. Key elements explained: “Epic” challenge, ICED methodology, importance of failure, Teamology, mentors, and low cost. They will provide specific example so you can emulate their efforts.

Moderators
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Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Deck

8:00am

Place-based Education: Design a stimulating, inexpensive, NGSS supported field trip in your community or on your school grounds
The local community, as well as your own school grounds, offer a range of natural phenomena that can provide K12 students authentic experiential learning opportunities. In this workshop, learn how to identify key field trip locales that promote NGSS 3-D learning. A framework for designing a field trip along with pre- and post-trip information and assessments will be provided.

Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Director

8:00am

Science and Technology/Engineering MCAS Update
Science test developers will present information about the new STE tests. Topics will include test designs and reporting categories for the new grades 5 & 8 and high school tests. Constructed responses will also be discussed, with an emphasis on constructing explanations using data.

Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Seminar

8:00am

Model My Watershed
Model My Watershed is a free, web-based application that invites students to explore the condition of their local watershed with a scientifically valid watershed model. The curriculum allows students to analyze data while they explore authentic science experiences in their local watershed, and use real-data simulations to teach Environmental Sustainability.

Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

The New Styrofoam
" Beyond Benign has created a unique curriculum incorporating the principles of Green Chemistry. We will demonstrate how to grow your own packaging alternative to styrofoam using mushroom material. Learn how cutting edge green chemistry technologies are serving as tools to capture the imagination of the next generation of problem solvers.
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Moderators
Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

Engage Girls in STEM & Cover NGSS/STE by Having Students Deploy Sensors with STEMgem
Hands-on learning offers unique opportunities to engage girls in science class. Middle schoolers use tech every day. By empowering students to create sensing technology in a few simple steps, we can turn teens into passionate scientists and inventors. We’ll share MA STE and NGSS-compatible lesson plans and research findings.

Moderators
Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Board

8:00am

Integrating Science and Literacy Standards
This session will help teachers and administrators develop their capacity to integrate the science and technology/engineering (STE) and ELA/Literacy standards. Participants will build a shared understanding of the complementary ELA/Literacy and STE standards by grade level and identify opportunities to integrate across content areas.

Moderators
Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Seminar

8:00am

Building and Using Shake Lights To Demonstrate Magnetic Induction
Shake lights are simply coils through which magnets are passed in order to generate electricity and light an LED. Working Model shake lights will be displayed and demonstrated. Methods for building and using as demonstrators will be discussed. Teaching and building materials and documentation will be provided.


Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

The Electron Game
There are many aspects of successful scientific research that are not commonly explored in secondary education. In this presentation, I will share a simulation style game that introduces students to the ideas of peer review, grant proposals, publication, and drawing conclusions from data when the "true" value is completely unknown.

Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

Utilizing Scaffolds to Help Students Form Testable Questions
Learning content while implementing science practices entails high cognitive demand. During the inquiry process students benefit from scaffolded supports while generating testable questions. From a hands-on acceleration lab to Inq-ITS Virtual Labs to in-class remediation, teachers will explore and discuss student results and plan scaffolded activities for their own classrooms.

Moderators
Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

8:00am

STEM for Syrian Refugees
STEM for Syrian Refugees is a project which builds science classrooms and teaching capacity for Syrian refugee children and teachers in camps and host communities in Jordan by supplying science education supplies, teachers training and conducting fun science activities with children using simple affordable materials that can be found inside the camps.

Moderators
Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial

9:15am

Keynote - Vince Rotello
Friday November 2, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Federal

10:15am

Exhibit Hall & Keynote Q&A
Friday November 2, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Exhibit Hall

11:00am

Sustainable Living: A Green Chemistry Final Project
The Sustainable Living Project is the final project in Innovation Academy Charter School chemistry classes. Guided by the 12 principles of green chemistry, students are able to design a safer personal care product that balances safety, cost and performance. Tips on DIY face/body soap scrubs will be shared.

Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Box-wood

11:00am

Exploring Climate Change
Join this hands-on session to learn activities for students that better equip them to visualize climate as a system, how carbon cycles throughout the Earth’s systems, and how CO2 speeds up the transfer of thermal energy. Ideal for grades 6–8!

Moderators
Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cotillion

11:00am

DNA Glow Lab: A New Way to Investigate DNA Structure
Discover a completely new approach to studying DNA in the classroom. Have your students directly investigate how factors like temperature, pH, and genetic sequence affect DNA structure. Go beyond building paper and candy models; use modern biotechnology techniques to introduce a lab component to your DNA unit. And it glows!

Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Seminar

11:00am

The Full Course: Modeling Antibiotic Resistance
Why is it important to take an antibiotic as described? Why must you take all the pills and not stop, even if you feel better? In this activity, students model the development of antibiotic resistance in a sample of harmful bacteria. This activity addresses misconceptions about antibiotic resistant bacteria and their evolution in a hands-on way. Key skills developed include making and using graphs and tables, evaluating models, and number concepts.


Friday November 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Colonial

11:00am

Changes in the Land; Field Science and Classroom Map Activities creating Understanding of Massachusetts' Changing Landscape
How are both natural and human forces shaping the land where we live? Using a combination of field ecology in the Schoolyard and land cover change map based activities in the classroom, Teacher Emilie Cushing, will share how she is structuring an exploration into student analysis of how the landscape around her school and town is changing over time. Her students are collecting, recording project data and contributing that information to a region-wide network of Schoolyard field sites based at Harvard Forest. Schoolyard Ecology Program Coordinator, Pamela Snow, will share how teachers in grades 6-12 can participate in the "Our Changing Forest" project or similar work in getting students actively involved in Citizen Science projects led by professional Ecologists and supported year round by education and science staff at an internationally recognized ecological research institution.

Workshop participants will participate in a hands-on activity that involves calculating approximately how much carbon is being stored in the forests in several Massachusetts' towns. Teacher Emilie Cushing developed this activity for use in her classroom and will offer workshop participants the chance to be the students during this workshop. Land Cover Change maps used in this workshop are all available as free downloads online. Many other related free online resources will also be referenced.


Moderators
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Friday November 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Board Room

11:00am

Composting at School for Sustainability & Science
Compost at school in a classroom worm bin or outdoor compost bin for sustainability and integrated science learning of life science standards. Bring a 14-gallon or larger plastic tote to make your worm bin; worms provided free! Demonstration of easy outdoor compost bins available from DEP's Green Team program. Great tie-in with school gardening and sustainable life skills.

Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Federal

11:00am

Biofuel Production: An Ecological Tale of Two Niches!
With rising greenhouse gases, bio-engineers have learned to apply observations from decomposers towards biofuel solutions. In this workshop, learn to extract enzymes from mushrooms (based on their natural decomposing abilities/niche), optimize their reaction rates and model the genetic engineering of a bacterial plasmid (using genes from mushrooms) for biofuel production.

Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Director

11:00am

How to Teach Students Not to Plagiarize
We constantly ask students to write in their own words, but do not teach them the skills they need to do this. This workshop will address misconceptions regarding what plagiarism is, as well as run through an exercise using a science current event article to show students how to avoid copying someone's work. The reading comprehension technique of reciprocal teaching will be used in this activity.

Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ivy

11:00am

Law of Conservation of Mass: How to Teach Science Practice through Content
Participants will conduct a lab experience and then develop several foundational science practices such as measuring and recording experimental data, graphical analysis of class data, and using experimental evidence to develop and support a scientific model. Teachers will leave with curriculum materials they need to implement this lab in their own classrooms.

Moderators
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Friday November 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Fern

11:00am

A New Frontier for STEM Education: Brain Computer Interface for Adaptive Learning
The development of brain-computer interface for accelerated adaptive learning is a groundbreaking idea for educational application of EEG headbands. The application of EEG data for accelerated identification of personal learning preference and neuro feedback will significantly improve the quality of the blended and online personalized education in schools.


Friday November 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Green-wood

11:00am

Epidemic Crisis and Public Behavior: System Dynamics & Modeling as Pedagogical Approaches
When an epidemic strikes, what can we do to mitigate its impact? Join us as we use computational tools to collect data from an epidemic simulation to model a disease moving through a population. Learn how system dynamics facilitates the integration of science practices enabling students to understand complex systems.

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Friday November 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Deck

12:00pm

Lunch - Ticketed
Friday November 2, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Courtyard

1:00pm

Blended Learning - Changing a Students Learning Experience
Every teacher wants to feel like they have connected with all their students in their classroom on any given day. Personalized learning is attainable in the science classroom with the use of blended learning techniques. Simply changing the way students are offered curriculum can dramatically change the student experience. After incorporating blended learning techniques into my high school science classes, students felt more in charge of their learning, teacher to student interactions increased, discipline issues decreased and most important students felt like they were getting the help they needed. Strategies to introduce Blended Learning will be discussed.

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Friday November 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Seminar

1:00pm

Literacy in Lab
You can't capture importance of lab if students can't apply the concept to their lives. In this presentation, a variety of reading assignments and their partner labs will be displayed along with the analysis and connections from past students. There will be time for a Q and A and a small demonstration that would go along with a reading.

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Friday November 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Federal

1:00pm

Hazardous Weather: Winter Storms - NWS Resources and Lesson Plans for Teaching Weather
Hazardous weather, such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, and winter storms can cause property damage, bodily injury or even death. Understanding the causes and forecasting of such events is an important skill in New England. This workshop is one of a series produced by Project ATMOSPHERE, an initiative of the American Meteorological Society. It will introduce educators to AMS/National Weather Service resources for teaching about weather.

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Friday November 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fern

1:00pm

High School MCAS Biology through the Garden and Food System
Presentation will include an overview of the year, unit plans, projects, labs, classroom activities, homework and assessment to teach high school MCAS Biology through the theme of growing and cooking food. Participants will have time to ask questions, problem solve and develop resources for their own classrooms.

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Friday November 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Box-wood

1:00pm

Linking Transformation and PCR in your classroom
Discover the new, exciting BioTeach Transformation and PCR labs! Participants will explore an easy, fast PCR protocol to test transformed and non-transformed cells for the ampicillin resistance gene. Experimental protocols will be available for free download and instructions for obtaining free and reduced cost reagents will be provided.


Friday November 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Green-wood

1:00pm

Beecology: A Bio-CS Bridge to Address Ecological Problems
Bring your laptop and learn how to integrate computer science and biology to address the issue of pollinator decline. Explore how the programming language Starlogo can be used to model natural phenomena. Discover how this methodology can be applied to other scientific concepts and/or problems.


Friday November 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Board Room

1:00pm

STEM-ulating Activities on Human Ecology
Discover innovative ways to teach students about human-environmental interactions, while also building STEM skills through problem solving, mathematical modeling, role-playing simulations and more! Receive lesson plans in an electronic format, all matched to state standards.

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Friday November 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Director

1:00pm

Environmental Data Mosaics: Data literacy through art
During the Environmental Data Mosaic Workshop held at the MIT Museum, middle school students engaged with real scientific data. Explore how students learned to read, interpret, and share what they have learned about environmental data sets through the creation of a pictorial “data story.”

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Friday November 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Deck

1:00pm

Science Practices Assessed
When MA adopted new STE standards, the Shrewsbury middle schools took it one step further and adopted a new way of assessing student learning by the science practices. What does that mean in the classroom? To teachers, students, and families?

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Friday November 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cotillion

1:00pm

Monitor Student Progress & Understanding in Real-Time with Geniventure
Bring laptops/tablets to play Geniventure, Concord Consortium’s free, online dragon genetics software where students explore mechanisms of genetics and molecular biology. Compatible with Chromebooks and iPads, Geniventure features an in-game intelligent tutoring system to guide students to success while teachers monitor progress and conceptual understanding with a real-time dashboard.


Friday November 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial

1:00pm

Teaching Science Through Nonfiction -- Using The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks as a Framework
How do you get the attention of students who are not traditionally interested in science? Tell them a story of complex characters and twisting plot lines. Come listen to how Henrietta's story grabs students' attention and feel free to share your own literacy strategies!


Friday November 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ivy

2:15pm

From Video to VR: Teaching Environmental Justice with NOVA
Now in its fifth decade of production, NOVA remains committed to producing in-depth science programming. This session will explore NOVA’s free resources for educators that address environmental justice topics—ranging from Flint's water crisis to the impact of climate change on coastal communities—using video, interactives, and virtual reality.

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Friday November 2, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Deck

2:15pm

A Closer Look at Student Models: Invasive Species
Are your students struggling to interpret diagrams of content they understand? Students are often asked to create and analyze models to demonstrate their understanding but the skills of modeling is often taken for granted in our teaching. How can you teach modeling skills and content at the same time in a meaningful way? This card sort style activity models the introduction of a new species with special attention to the effect on existing predators and producers. Students model the flow of energy and matter in an ecosystem while evaluating their models and examining its limits. Participants will receive a set of materials to try in their classrooms.


Friday November 2, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Board Room

2:15pm

Connecting Genotype to Phenotype Using PCR in Rapid Cycling Brassica rapa
Use modern molecular techniques to investigate Mendelian inheritance in the common classroom plant, Rapid Cycling Brassica rapa. Observe a phenotype, the presence or absence of the purple pigment anthocyanin, and connect that phenotype to an underlying genetic cause. Expand your classical genetics to include molecular techniques.

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Friday November 2, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Green-wood

2:15pm

The Genetics and Bioethics of Opioid Addiction and Treatment!
Recently, opioid dependency & abuse have exploded in the U.S. as have the call for improved treatments thereof. In this session, explore how molecular genetics is capitalizing on gene variants to predict addiction risks for opioid abusers and how to use Hardy-Weinberg and Chi Square analysis to understand its significance.

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Friday November 2, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Colonial

2:15pm

POGILs and Case Studies: The New "Lecture"
With the new standards emphasizing the Science Practices, lectures need to be replaced with more student-centered learning. This workshop will focus on incorporting POGILs and Case Studies in the classroom as an alternative to teacher-driven lecture. The workshop will focus on how to deliver content with student-centered activities.

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Friday November 2, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Fern

2:15pm

Design an alien for your planet
Use the Create-an-Alien activity to assess 8th grade science.

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Friday November 2, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Seminar

2:15pm

Inquiry with Web GIS Storytelling
Engage student inquiry projects with Web GIS Storytelling. Use the story within digital Geographic Information System maps to create a stronger narrative based on student-collected data. In this presentation, beginners are introduced to Web GIS mapping and the Story Maps application to analyze student data on community environmental issues.


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Friday November 2, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Box-wood

2:15pm

BioBuilder: Bringing engineering into the biology classroom
Created by an award winning team from MIT, BioBuilder aims to make biological engineering and the new field of biodesign accessible to high school students. Discover how BioBuilder brings the newest in genetics into your classroom through free curricula, after school clubs, and professional development opportunities.

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Friday November 2, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Federal

2:15pm

Seeds of STEM: Problem-based STEM Curriculum for Early Childhood
The session will introduce early childhood teachers and administrators who work with children ages 4-6 years to a new, developmentally appropriate, STEM curriculum. Participants will be introduced to Problem Panda, to the many problems he encounters during the 8 units of the curriculum, and engage in solving the habitat challenge.

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Friday November 2, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Ivy

2:15pm

Introduction to the Circular Economy
This workshop is designed to build awareness of the circular economy concept and how to incorporate systems thinking into the classroom. Participants will dissect the components in the manufacture, sale, and disposal of a common consumer item, and will brainstorm interventions to the system that will result in waste reduction.


Friday November 2, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Director

2:15pm

Endeavor: STEM Career Exploration resource
This workshop is about about Endeavor-- a no-cost digital program that leads students through interactive STEM content and connects students’ interests to in-demand STEM careers. Attendees will create a teacher account, explore the content of the program, plan integration with existing or new units, and learn how to implement the resource.


Friday November 2, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Cotillion

3:15pm

Exhibit Hall & Raffel
Friday November 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall