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Friday, March 1
 

9:00am

Take Your Students Outside to Engineer!
How do you utilize your outside spaces for engineering challenges? The students want to move outside--and we must ensure that they will make connections with their outdoor environment. Check out these NGSS-aligned activities that will grab your students' attention as they problem-solve for some real-world outside challenges.

Presenters
avatar for Christine Kelly

Christine Kelly

MS Science Teacher, Allendale Middle School
Ask me how exciting it is to teach my students with real-world issues in outdoor and environmental science! Let's talk about the different opportunities in sustainability, science and education! After receiving my education from some of the best at MTU, CMU, WMU, and joining with... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Vandenberg B

9:00am

Greener, Safer, Better....Chemistry Replacement Labs
Are you interested in teaching core chemistry concepts with safer materials? Join us to learn what green chemistry is and how innovative technologies can be used as tools to capture the imagination of the next generation of problem solvers. Participants will run through replacement labs with reduced risks for the middle/high school lab. Walk away with relevant open access resources and ideas for modeling phenomena that increase student engagement while increasing classroom safety.  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gTZvlo0rl5CIrD8JlEgiF7IWWKKIwQu9TRt1fAAXpZ0/edit#slide=id.g35f391192_00

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Baek

Jonathan Baek

Middle School Science Teacher, Honey Creek Community School
avatar for Erika Fatura

Erika Fatura

Pentwater Public Schools
avatar for Jennifer Sherburn

Jennifer Sherburn

High School Science Teacher, Hesperia High School
I have taught for 16 years at a small public school in West Michigan. I coach youth basketball and Science Olympiad. I love crafting, cooking, and working in the garden. I am also a fairly new beekeeper.



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

11:00am

Turning Chem Labs into STEM Labs
Traditional chemistry labs can be turned into “STEM” labs. When students design their own set-up, statistically analyze their data and retry revised procedures, chem labs become STEM labs.

Presenters
avatar for Robert Ause

Robert Ause

Science Teacher, Greenhills School
Bob Ause has been working with teenagers since graduating from college in 1985. He is currently teaching at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, where he also serves as the Science Department Chair. Bob has taught science to students in grades 7-12, mostly in the physical sciences.


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Riverview Room

11:00am

Michigan's Electricity
How does electricity get to your kitchen? Where does it come from and how it is "made"? These are great questions that can be a leading question for a unit on energy and Law of Conservation of Energy. In home electricity and usage is the phenomenon that lead to all kinds of usable ideas within your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Andrew J. Frisch

Andrew J. Frisch

Science and Mathematics Teacher, Farwell Area Schools
STEM: Bringing it to the classroom. I am excited to get it into the students' hands. It may be hard to get it into your pedagogy, but it is a truly organic, natural way to teach and learn. I am confident we already do it, we just need to increase it and emphasis it,


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

1:00pm

PASCO Solutions: The Most Comprehensive Laboratory Experience for the Student and Educator of Today
Learn about the new tiered levels of PASCO solutions complete with classroom management and technology rolled into one. See how you can easily implement PASCO curriculum solutions, kits, or equipment in your classroom, and conveniently store your equipment in accessible carts and trays.
You’ve spoken, and we’ve listened: see PASCO’s new SPARKvue 4.0 software. The solution that connects ALL sensors on ALL devices so that your students have the most pedagogically congruent, enriched classroom experience.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas

Regional Manager, PASCO scientific
PASCO has been an innovator in science education for over 55 years. Beginning as a science fair project and later developed into a high quality lab equipment, curriculum and technology provider in the US and around the globe.Contact email: jthomas@pasco.com


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Boardroom A

1:00pm

Active Programs

A look inside the Active Curricula – How do Active Physics, Active Chemistry and EarthComm support NGSS and Engineering? Get a close up, active look at this curricula. Experience a couple of activities and see for yourself how getting your students actively engaged in doing science promotes life-long learning. These three curricula are used around the world and have a great track record for ensuring student success and involvement in learning and applying science.

Presenters
avatar for Gary Curts

Gary Curts

Activate Learning
For the past 18 years Gary Curts has worked with It's About Time's Professional Development Department as one of their Implementation Consultant/STEM Specialists and has been instrumental in helping support many teachers across the USA who have implemented that curricula or are focusing... Read More →


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

2:00pm

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.

Presenters
avatar for Kristin Mayer

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

4:00pm

Silver Nanoparticles Make and Take
Participants will prepare silver nanoparticles using green tea, and then investigate their properties using lasers and uv/vis spectrophotometry. The pros and cons of using Ag NPs in consumer products will be surveyed. With regard to NGSS, these learning dimensions are addressed: DCIs: structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions; SEP: Design solutions to everyday problems; CCCs: biology, medicine, chemistry, physics.

Presenters
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Mariah Ford

Eastern Michigan University
LK

Larry Kolopajlo

Eastern Michigan University
Chemical Education at Eastern Michigan University.Active in K-12 science outreach, summer camps. Recently taught Upward Bound. Recently taught a four day science winter camp for 6th graders in a local school system.Working with science education students.



Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Fine Arts Room
 
Saturday, March 2
 

8:00am

Are you Science Woke? How to teach Science and integrate culturally relevant education
"Why are we learning this?" "How am I going to use this in real life?" "What's the purpose of this?" Every teacher has heard these notoriously infamous phrases and its about time we put an end to it by awakening the sleeping giant. So get woke...Science woke! Learn simple tips and tricks to embed Culturally Relevant Education and Phenomenon Science in your unit plans and experience wide spread 'Eureka Moments'!

Presenters


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Pullman Room

8:00am

Chemistry Teacher Meeting
Come meet other Chemistry Teachers from around Michigan. This is a great way to make connections for those who teach in schools with a small science department. Chemistry teachers across the state are our greatest professional resource! Most of us have been working hard to implement the Michigan Science Standards, bring a great idea to share or a question to ask.

Presenters
avatar for Mary Jordan McMaster

Mary Jordan McMaster

Chemistry Teacher, Allen Park High School
Currently teaching Advanced Placement Chemistry and Modeling Chemistry.



Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Fine Arts Room

8:00am

The power of the NGSX experience in my classroom
Over 6000 Michigan teachers have experienced the NGSX study group professional learning experience. If you been part of this experience, come learn more about what others are doing and share your ideas. If you have thought about attending a study group in your region, come learn more about how it might change your practice! This session will specifically highlight applications of NGSX in the high school classroom!

Presenters
avatar for Wayne Wright

Wayne Wright

Science Teacher, Thurston High School
Wayne Wright is an NGSS enthusiast! As a 10 year science teacher Wayne recognizes that this shift in the NGSS mindset has revolutionized his own classroom and how students experience science. Since diving into NGSS Wayne has given a talk at MIStemTalk17, has presented at the Science... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Pearl Room

8:00am

Active Programs
A look inside the Active Curricula – How do Active Physics, Active Chemistry and EarthComm support NGSS and Engineering? Get a close up, active look at this curricula. Experience a couple of activities and see for yourself how getting your students actively engaged in doing science promotes life-long learning. These three curricula are used around the world and have a great track record for ensuring student success and involvement in learning and applying science.

Presenters
avatar for Gary Curts

Gary Curts

Activate Learning
For the past 18 years Gary Curts has worked with It's About Time's Professional Development Department as one of their Implementation Consultant/STEM Specialists and has been instrumental in helping support many teachers across the USA who have implemented that curricula or are focusing... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am
Thornapple Room

8:00am

Energy Across the Content
What is Energy? In all of our science classes; Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, etc. we all teach about energy. However, if we're honest with ourselves we don't really have a good, working definition of energy. More importantly we don't have a shared concept of energy. How are we supposed to help the students develop a coherent energy concept if we don't even have one among science teachers? Join us for a session where we will explore the ways in which energy is treated in the different disciplines and see if we can't get a start on a group understanding of energy.

Presenters
avatar for Don Pata

Don Pata

Teacher, Grosse Pointe North High School
I have been teaching high school science for over 20 year. I like to talk about NGSS, advanced pedagogy, modeling instruction and healthy grading. I have 4 young children. In the summer I run modeling workshops across Michigan.


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 10:45am
Vandenberg A

9:00am

Charts & Diagrams & Graphs, Oh My!
Science Practices 1 and 5 in the revised AP Chemistry Curriculum focus on various representations for interpreting data and communicating knowledge of relevant chemical concepts. This session will review representations students are expected to interpret when they take the exam, including sample assessment items. Student handouts and other review strategies for the exam will be provided.

Presenters
avatar for Jamie Benigna

Jamie Benigna

Chemistry Teacher, Roeper School
AP

Alice Putti

Science Teacher, Jenison High School


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Atrium Room

9:00am

CHEMICAL FORMULA & AMINO ACIDS
What is the difference between subscripts and coefficients? What does "balancing" a chemical equation mean? Many students have trouble with these fundamental concepts in chemistry. If a student does not fully understand the chemical formula, then moles, reactions, and stoichiometry are hopelessly confusing. Join us for some engaging, intuitive, and well-differentiated lessons that allow students of all levels to master the chemical formula and thereby move confidently into a deeper understanding of chemistry.

Presenters
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Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, Lab-Aids
Lab-Aids proudly publishes the Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) which began developing science intructional materials with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1987.


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Heritage Room

9:00am

Demonstrations that really grab attention!
20 awesome phenomena anyone can create on a tight budget. Get ideas to spunk up your delivery and engage your students. Science is never boring when you have the right hook. You will be able to create inexpensive demonstrations for the physical sciences. Most are 7-12 ideas.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Sheler

Mark Sheler

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



Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Riverview Room

10:00am

Do you want to build a greenhouse?
Hear the story about the construction of our DIY greenhouse. We will share our initial dream and design, the construction with staff and students, and the operation of a solar-heated hoop house that was built by and is managed by high school students.  Come to listen if you are only interested in a simple school garden because resources will be shared for integrating gardening into any K-12 science classroom.  Presentation slides: https://bit.ly/2MLvNTj

Presenters
avatar for Chad Scholten

Chad Scholten

Teacher, Forest Hills Central High School



Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Plaza Boardroom A

10:00am

Missed Connections: Reuniting alternative students with their environment through a cross-curricular day in the field
An in-depth report of how we used stream monitoring to implement a whole school unit; integrating subjects of environmental science, biology, chemistry, geometry, algebra, English, civics, history, and technology. Get the whole picture including the planning process, success stories, frustrations, partnerships, student work, final outcomes, student feedback, and future directions.

Presenters
avatar for Samantha Lichtenwald

Samantha Lichtenwald

Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Bay-Arenac Community High School
I lead alternative students in exploring various science-based opportunities, bringing awareness to how their actions directly/indirectly impact our environment and themselves. The majority of my curriculum is centered around Michigan and the Great Lakes. I am currently working... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Berkey Room

10:00am

Particulate Drawings and Manipulatives
Drawing and interpreting particulate drawings is an important skill for students to demonstrate on the AP Chemistry Exam (Science Practice 1). Teachers often underestimate student difficulty in this area. This session will present activities and lessons that improve students’ ability to use particulate representations.

Presenters
avatar for Jamie Benigna

Jamie Benigna

Chemistry Teacher, Roeper School
AP

Alice Putti

Science Teacher, Jenison High School


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Atrium Room

11:00am

Understanding Fields & Energy
The new standards refer often to fields. But what really is a gravitational, electric or magnetic field? In this session, you will have the opportunity deepen your own understanding of the concept of fields and how they relate to energy. We will use strategies and representational models that can easily be used in a secondary science classroom to reach all students.

Presenters
avatar for Don Pata

Don Pata

Teacher, Grosse Pointe North High School
I have been teaching high school science for over 20 year. I like to talk about NGSS, advanced pedagogy, modeling instruction and healthy grading. I have 4 young children. In the summer I run modeling workshops across Michigan.
avatar for Laura Ritter

Laura Ritter

Physics Teacher, Troy High School
I have been a science and math teacher for 15 years. My primary subject is physics and I specialize in discourse and student-centered instruction. I have co-led several summer Modeling Instruction workshops, but have pulled back in order to spend more time with my two young daughters... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Vandenberg A

11:00am

Improving Canned Labs to Increase Ownership & Understanding of Experiments
Take ownership of the scientific method by purposefully editing canned labs to better reflect your style, the needs of your students and the curriculum, as well as fit into the class-time available. This session is designed for teachers who primarily use pre-made lab experiments (without modifications) such as: textbook-provided manuals, labs on the internet, reports provided by a science materials supplier, and/or otherwise unaltered printed labs. Please bring a computer and canned labs.

Presenters
avatar for Nina Jacks

Nina Jacks

Science Teacher, De La Salle Collegiate High School



Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Grandview A

11:00am

Going Nuclear!!!
Come "go nuclear" with us as we present different ways to help students connect with the topic of nuclear energy. Licorice half life, a waste containment lab, and a socratic debate on whether nuclear energy is worth the risk will be the focus of this session.

Presenters
avatar for Doug Ragan

Doug Ragan

HS Chemistry Teacher, Hudsonville High School
flip learning, video story problems, safety, HS chemistry, Purdue, chemical education, collaboration, twitter
avatar for Christine Webster

Christine Webster

High School Science Teacher, Hudsonville Public Schools


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

12:00pm

Increasing Student Engagement by Modifying Tasks
Modifying existing science tasks and activities to increase cognitive demand can also increase student engagement. Student teachers at Oakland University will share examples of their work to modify existing science activities and present cases demonstrating how to incorporate NGSS science and engineering practices in these efforts.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Olson

Mark Olson

Associate Professor of Science Education, Oakland University



Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Grandview B/C

12:00pm

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.

Presenters
avatar for Scott Milam

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

12:00pm

"Lesson Planning: Science curriculum towards Engineering Design Process”
Creating science lessons with applications in mind, combine engineering design process and NGSS alignment.

Presenters

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

12:00pm

Five Phenomenon that Work in (almost) any Science Classroom.
From the first day of class to an entire unit design, phenomenon will drive the lesson plans. Five examples with explanation of how phenomenon work in a class setting. These have been used and work. Whether you are experienced or just getting started with NGSS and it's engineering practices and cross cutting concepts, there will be some original and USEABLE information provided on phenomenon.

Presenters
avatar for Andrew J. Frisch

Andrew J. Frisch

Science and Mathematics Teacher, Farwell Area Schools
STEM: Bringing it to the classroom. I am excited to get it into the students' hands. It may be hard to get it into your pedagogy, but it is a truly organic, natural way to teach and learn. I am confident we already do it, we just need to increase it and emphasis it,


Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Emerald B

12:00pm

Exploring Energy Across the Disciplines
Energy is a key crosscutting concept across all science disciplines, yet it still can be baffling. Come solo or bring a colleague from another discipline or grade level and let’s explore how we can send a more cohesive message to students about energy. We will work with representational models to explore energy as it relates to systems, storage and transfer across the disciplines. You will leave with strategies to use in your classroom.

Presenters
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Kate Hojnacki

Physics Teacher, Fraser High School
avatar for Laura Ritter

Laura Ritter

Physics Teacher, Troy High School
I have been a science and math teacher for 15 years. My primary subject is physics and I specialize in discourse and student-centered instruction. I have co-led several summer Modeling Instruction workshops, but have pulled back in order to spend more time with my two young daughters... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Aquaculture Challenge: Engaging students with fish, plants, and so much more!
Aquaculture is quickly becoming a popular lens to teach a wide variety of science, engineering, computer and even business concepts. In this session we will demo simple aquaculture systems, and distribute a free curriculum guide with multiple standards based lesson plans. We will also introduce the aquaculture challenge, a free competition to engage students in, plus the Youth Education in Aquaculture resource which connects teachers, students and aquaculture facilities including teacher training workshops.

Presenters
avatar for Elliot Nelson

Elliot Nelson

Michigan Sea Grant
I am an extension educator with Michigan Sea Grant. I work hard to promote the sustainable use of coastal resources across the state by bringing science and research from state universities and NOAA to coastal partners. My focus areas include aquaculture, k-12 Great Lakes Literacy... Read More →


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

1:00pm

PASCO Solutions: The Most Comprehensive Laboratory Experience for the Student and Educator of Today
Learn about the new tiered levels of PASCO solutions complete with classroom management and technology rolled into one. See how you can easily implement PASCO curriculum solutions, kits, or equipment in your classroom, and conveniently store your equipment in accessible carts and trays.
You’ve spoken, and we’ve listened: see PASCO’s new SPARKvue 4.0 software. The solution that connects ALL sensors on ALL devices so that your students have the most pedagogically congruent, enriched classroom experience.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas

Regional Manager, PASCO scientific
PASCO has been an innovator in science education for over 55 years. Beginning as a science fair project and later developed into a high quality lab equipment, curriculum and technology provider in the US and around the globe.Contact email: jthomas@pasco.com


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

1:00pm

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.

Presenters
avatar for Dawn McCotter

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

1:00pm

Never mind Strawberry Fields... Energy and Fields Forever
Conservation of energy is a foundational concept and one of the crosscutting concepts applied in all disciplines in three-dimensional learning. The terms used with energy and the way we think about energy have also changed with the Framework and NGSS. This workshop will share activities we use in our classes to build the concepts of energy, fields, and conservation of energy combining ideas from Modeling Instruction, Interactions Curriculum, and NGSS.

Presenters
avatar for Kristin Mayer

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 →
avatar for Laura Sloma

Laura Sloma

Physics Teacher, East Kentwood High School
Laura is has been a science educator for 29 years, teaching in Michigan and Ohio, at the high school and college level. She is a modeling instruction expert, workshop facilitator, and STEP UP physics ambassador.


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Governor's Room

2:00pm

Global Health Got Protein
Incorporate NGSS science and engineering practices in your biology class by engaging students to define the problem of world hunger. Considering constraints, students will design a treatment plan (solution) for protein-energy malnutrition and test it via the Bradford Assay, in the form of an evidence-based argument.

Presenters
avatar for Tamica Stubbs

Tamica Stubbs

Bio-Rad Explorers
Bio-Rad Explorer produces biology commercial kits & teacher resources for educators teaching introductory biotechnology and biology courses. By providing a broad spectrum of hands-on activities based on real-world laboratory research experiences, we aim to promote increased critical... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plaza Boardroom A

2:00pm

FREe-Range Students: In the Field for Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.
How do we get students excited about “Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information” when they feel disconnected from the research? This practice becomes meaningful when students participate in fieldwork as part of a network of other students and scientists collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. Given the opportunity to experience data-collection first-hand, students see how their place in the Great Lakes Watershed connects and contributes to student and scientist research across the state and beyond.

Presenters
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Elizabeth Christiansen

Great Lakes Education and Outreach Specialist, Center for Freshwater Research and Education, Lake Superior State University
I recently brought my experience as a 15-year veteran of secondary science education; K-5 curriculum development coach; NGSX facilitator; and developer and facilitator of NGSS professional learning, to a new freshwater research initiative: the Center for Freshwater Research and Education... Read More →
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Barb Light

Lake Superior State University



Saturday March 2, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Kendall Room

2:00pm

5 Days that Changed my Life: Coding in the Science Classroom
Have you ever wondered how you could bring some coding into the classroom? It seems daunting however last summer I was part of a group who learned how to do just that. Come see what we learned, learn some coding and see what the students experience. Also learn how you can sign up for next summer's coding workshop.

Presenters
avatar for Don Pata

Don Pata

Teacher, Grosse Pointe North High School
I have been teaching high school science for over 20 year. I like to talk about NGSS, advanced pedagogy, modeling instruction and healthy grading. I have 4 young children. In the summer I run modeling workshops across Michigan.


Saturday March 2, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Vandenberg A