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Friday, March 1


Great Lakes. Great Activity, Great Fun
Thus hands on activity offers a fun, interactive and multidisciplinary approach to teaching about the Great Lakes watershed. Michigan landmarks, history, cultural resources, wildlife and water are all part of this engaging exercise. Try a new method to get your students (4th-12th) inspired by the largest freshwater ecosystem on earth.

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Kevin Frailey

Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
The Michigan DNR provides programs, materials, and professional development to Michigan educators.

Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Emerald A


Developing Science Process Skills through Citizen Science & Schoolyard Investigations
Participating in citizen science provides a unique and accessible way to facilitate student science investigations. Students engaged in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's citizen-science projects have been asking and answering their own questions about birds for more than a decade, conducting original experiments and observational studies.
By engaging in citizen science and investigations, students become scientists and stewards of their local environment. They make observations, generate their own question, collect data, and get access to online datasets they can query. Students can even publish their own research conducting investigations inspired by citizen science. These are great ways to meet Next Generation Science Standards.

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Kathleen Dougherty

Young Birders' Club Coodinator, Cornell K12 BirdSleuth Ambassador/Volunteer and Flying WILD Facilitator
Retired Education Specialist from Oakland County Parks. Board member of Oakland Audubon and serving as the volunteer coordinator for the young birders' club. Birdsleuth Education Ambassador.

Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Fine Arts Room


Requirements for becoming a certified environmental educator
Educators can earn credentials that let administrators and potential employers know they exhibit a certain level of knowledge and special skillset directly related to environmental education. Discover the requirements for earning an environmental educator certification (EEC) through the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). The EEC closely follows state standards and national guidelines (www.maeoe.com).


Cindy Fitzwilliams-Heck

Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)

Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Emerald B


The Unbearable Dilema
How did the bear cross the road? Using science, technology, engineering and math! Come learn a fun, engaging method of getting your students involved in a hands-on STEM activity that comes from a real life wildlife management scenario.

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Kevin Frailey

Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
The Michigan DNR provides programs, materials, and professional development to Michigan educators.

Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Emerald A


Catching Up With Carp: Updates and Ideas on Incorporating Invasive Carp into Your classroom
Some invasive carp seem to fly through the air, while others weigh more than your students. A Great Lakes threat is on the horizon, but how do you turn a news headline into a lesson? Learn all about invasive carp and their potential invasion of the Great Lakes. What are scientists doing to prevent them from reaching Michigan, and how can we teach our students about this biological threat.

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Tracy Page

Aquatic Education Coordinator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Marine biologist/Oceanographer turned educator. I strive to bring aquatic education to teachers and their classrooms around the state. I also administer the Salmon in the Classroom program for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Emerald A


Building atomic model of matter and conservation of matter concept
As one of the crosscutting concepts in NGSS, matter and energy is a foundational idea built on in all disciplines. Are students really developing an understanding of this concept that they can apply throughout their science classes? I will share several activities I use to build the concept of atomic nature of matter and conservation of matter and view sample student work to see how these activities help students develop these foundational concepts.

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Kristin Mayer

East Kentwood High School
I currently teach high school physics and chemistry at East Kentwood High School. I previously taught in New York City and Seattle, Wa. I completed my PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education at Michigan State University where I worked on a curriculum project with Joe... Read More →

Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Grandview A
Saturday, March 2


Hands-on and creative teacher-developed invasive species lessons to achieve Michigan science standards
Hands-on and creative lessons about invasive species are used both to engage student learning and to protect the environment. More than 15 teachers submitted lesson plans for online posting. We will demonstrate activities from several lessons, including students creating video public service announcements, producing informative Power Points, and engineering electric barriers to aquatic invaders. Lesson plans are posted on the web and linked to standards for science, social studies, and English language arts.


Maria Siciliano

Roberto Clemente Learning Academy, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Sara Forbing

4th grade teacher, Caro Community Schools
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Jeffrey Ram

Professor/PI on education grants, Wayne State Univ/Belle Isle Aquarium
Education at informal education institutions (public aquariums, zoos, nature centers).Invasive speciesStudents making videos as a pedagogical method

Jessica Wagenmaker

Holton Public Schools

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Emerald B


Using Phenomena to drive student learning: examples from a 5th grade classroom using Next Generation Science Storylines
Participants will see examples from a 5th-grade classroom using an anchoring phenomenon to get students to ask questions and come up with ideas for investigations in service of figuring out how to explain a phenomenon. As students use the Science and Engineering Practices to figure out key science ideas, they come up with even more questions and investigations that dig deeper in order to reach the depth of understanding required for a full explanation.

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Holly Hereau

Science Educator, BSCS
5-D learning, experiential and place-based learning, Next Gen Science Storylines, iHub, OpenSciEd, Achieve Inc. Science Peer Review Panel, EQuIP Science teacher at Lee M. Thurston High School and Macomb Community College. Next Generation Science Storyline author and consultant, NGSX... Read More →

Lynda O'Donnell

Teacher, South Redford schools

Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Imperial Ballroom


Science with a Story-line
Creating a real-life scenario for science learning allows students to see themselves in the role of a scientist, providing context for science processes that can seem abstract. Join us to participate in an example based on the plight of the Panamanian Golden Frog, a species on the brink of extinction. Participants will model field conservation methods, generate and explore theories on threats to the species, and work together to take action to help all amphibians.

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Akilah Franklin

Detroit Zoological Society
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Claire Lannoye-Hall

Curator of Education, Detroit Zoological Society
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Sandy Ling

Education Specialist, Detroit Zoological Society

Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Emerald B


Writing in Science: Out of the Silo and Onto the Page
In an ongoing effort to engage in interdisciplinary learning, we designed a class project that would sharpen students' abilities to observe the natural world while strengthening technical and creative writing skills. We will be modeling what we have done in the classroom, and discussing how we utilized a community partner, The Leslie Science and Nature Center, to further these processes. We will use food and live animals during the workshop. Monica Lewis and David Clipner are also presenters.

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Brandon Groff

Teacher, Greenhills School
Natural History, Ecology, Phenology (seasonality), Place-based curriculum, Bicycles, Running

Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:45pm
Heritage Room


Get Out!: Taking Student Learning Outdoors
Getting your students outside of the classroom walls invites their curiosity, engages and deepens their understanding of science concepts, and connects their learning to the real world. Learn ways to get out of the classroom while integrating low-cost/high-impact experiences into your current curricula. We’ll discuss how teaching in the outdoors can benefit both student learning and teacher innovation, the opportunities and challenges of taking students outside, and provide resources for teachers ready to get out.

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Erin Parker

Great Lakes Nature Center Manager, Detroit Zoological Society

Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Nelson Room


STEAM Challenges: Creating cross-curricular events to engage all learners
This presentation is a how-to guide on the process of designing and running rigorous STEAM-based events to teach students across disciplines. While the examples will focus primarily on engaging at-risk high school students, the fundamental techniques and principles can be applied to reach learners of all grades and backgrounds! The session will include a variety of tools including: 1) Ready-to-use lessons tied to relevant standards, 2) Templates for creating your own STEAM Challenges, 3) Links and resources to aid in the process of making your classroom more STEAM-based, and 4) Interactive experiences putting you in the learner's seat. Come with questions, resources, ideas, and an open mind!

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Robert Barrett

HS Life Science Teacher, STEAM Program Coordinator, West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science
I'm a researcher-turned-teacher with interests in STEAM education, authentic science inquiry, coaching others in conflict management techniques, and serving high-needs populations

Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Grandview A


Cool demonstrations for young science students without breaking the bank.
Cool Demonstrations for young science classes. Several demos that are sure to inspire and engage young minds. No need to buy expensive equipment. These phenomena are tried and true, easy to do and won't cost much. Looking for phenomena but don't want to where to start? I'll bring easy to do, easy to extract meaningful demos for you to use.

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Mark Sheler

Sandusky Jr Sr High School
High School Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Chemistry and Earth Science, Baker College of Education

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Pearl Room


Stop Creating Lesson Plans: Start Creating Learning Experiences
Engage your students to think and act like scientists. Be the teacher that transforms everyday lesson plans into authentic, memorable learning experiences with inquiry-focused instruction. Come with a willingness to inspire learning; leave with strategies and tools to make it happen.

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Dawn McCotter

Teacher Programs Manager, Van Andel Education Institute
Dawn devoted over 12 years to teaching science at Grand Haven High School with multiple classes including Earth Science, Physics, Astronomy, and Project Science. During her tenure, Dawn had the opportunity to work with diverse learners, from various academic and personal backgrounds... Read More →

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Emerald B