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Friday, March 1


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


Making Good Chemistry with Industry Partnerships
Many teachers and students are unaware that Michigan has some of the leading chemistry companies in the world, many of whom have active outreach programs and are eager to work with you. These industry resources and partnerships can help bring to life the principles of chemistry through real-world applications, drive home the many chemistry career opportunities, and facilitate classroom presenters or even tours of local chemistry labs and plants.

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John Dulmes

Executive Director, Michigan Chemistry Council

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


Art and Science in Nature
Participants will enjoy learning new strategies for approaching topics such as genetics, geology, chemistry and ecology with students through unique art and science explorations. This presentation is a hands-on workshop with many take away samples to share with your students including eco-printing, agricultural art and the science of salves.

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Chelsea OBrien

Founder and Executive Dircetor, Clarkston Family Farm
Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a science degree from WMU's Lee Honors College, my early professional life was in health care and sales with Stryker Medical. My work in nutrition and exercise physiology with cardiac patients inspired me to educate youth about healthy food and the... Read More →
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Nancy Berg

Curriculum Advisor, Clarkston Family Farm
Bringing nature experiences into the classroom. Developing a plan for more hands-on nature explorations

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:45am
Emerald A


Defining Temperature
This session will attempt to challenge your conceptual understanding of what temperature is. We will look at some simple experiments involving temperature and analyze at the particulate level. We will also push for concepts such as heat, sensation and specific heat capacity where simple definitions of temperature can restrict learning.

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Scott Milam

Plymouth High School
I teach IB Chemistry HL and Chemistry at Plymouth High School. I use modeling pedagogy and curriculum along with standards based grading.

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


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