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Friday, March 1


You Can Teach Computer Science, Yes… You!!
Come learn how to get involved with the Code.org team from Michigan and get the training you need to teach an AP Computer Science Principals (high school) or Computer Science Discoveries (middle school) course in your school.  You don't even need any computer science background.

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Kathy Surd

Director, West Central STEM Region
Are you interested in Computer Science? We have opportunities to help students learn computer science from Kindergarten - 12th Grade. This can be done at essentially no cost. Students all over Michigan are already using Code.org to help students learn about computer science. Let... Read More →

Larry Wyn

curriculum, Mecosta-Osceola ISD

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


Gettin' Googly in the Science Classroom
Are you new to Google in The Classroom? This is the session for you. We cover the basics and how to use Google Docs in your NGSS lessons and projects. You’ll learn some nifty new features and tricks you can start using right away to increase engagement in your science activities. Bring along your laptop or tablet so you can follow along with this fast paced, information packed session.


Cheryl Matas

Retired Teacher

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


Transformed Microscopy
Transform microscopy lessons from "look and draw" to truely quantifyable inquiry. Use of supper cheap digital cameras or even cell phone cameras will be demonstrated. This will be a hands-on experience, bring your own USB enabled device.

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Bob Myers

Anatomy/Physiology Teacher, West Ottawa High School
I have taught Anatomy Physiology in both Grand Rapids Public Schools and West Ottawa Public Schools for the last 25+ years. GRPS from 1990-1999 and at WOPS ever since. I am also the Science Olympiad coach for WOPS.One of my favorite aspects of anatomy is histology so I have embedded... Read More →

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


Grab their attention with Gizmos!
Gizmos are a sure-fire student engagement strategy. Students perform virtual experiments, collect and analyze data, and take ownership of their own learning. We want to share our success after 4 years of working with this amazing program.

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Diana Markley

Teachers, Stevenson Middle School
Julie Parks and I have been 7th grade teaching partners since 2014. We have both taught for Wayne-Westland Schools for 25+ years. Collaborating and designing lessons together makes us both stronger teachers, and our students have reaped the rewards. Gizmos give our students the opportunity... Read More →
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Julie Parks

Stevenson Middle School/Wayne-Westland Community Schools

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


Integrating STEM with Science
The TI-Innovator Hub gives many opportunities to integrate NGSS, STEM, and coding in a science class. This session will investigate how students can create an alarm that can be used to protect a pet left in a car, how to make a mood ring, and how to pick a good seat at a concert while learning about thermodynamics, light and color, and the properties of sound. Beginners welcome.

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Marian Prince

Math Department, Andrews University
I have been a math and science educator in Michigan for more than 30 years at the middle school, high school, and university levels. I am passionate about STEM and enthusiastic about using the new TI-Innovator Rover and Hub in teaching math, science and coding.

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


Maps as Models in Earth and Environmental Science Classroom
The use of online mapping applications in the Earth and Environmental Science class room is a multi-disciplinary, 3D way to analyze, create and communicate spatial relationships between many science concepts. This presentation will focus on several examples which can easily be incorporated into middle and high school science curriculum for both multidisciplinary classes and content specific classes.

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Andrew Bruen

Berkley High School

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


Coding Science Supplies! BEGINNER FRIENDLY!
ZERO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Learn to use an Arduino to have your students create science equipment that they can use to collect data. In this session, we will build sensors that we can use to collect data in science experiments. Using an Arduino board and prewritten code you and your students can create the tools that are needed to complete almost any experiment. From ultrasonic distance sensors to thermometers, we can build it all!

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Cameron Bancroft

7th Science, Marquette Area Public Schools

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


STEM Opportunities Beyond the Classroom
How do you engage your students with engineering in your classroom? Science Olympiad, MDOT Design & Build a Bridge Challenge and VEX robotics, provide STEM projects you can integrate into your classroom. Information will be provided on how to access the materials and how to use the resources for student competition both inside and outside your classroom.

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Deborah Hasselschwert

teacher, Laker High School
Currently, I teach Chemistry, Physics, Forensics, STEM, and Lab Science in a rural area. In addition, I coach Science Olympiad, VEX-EDR and participate in the MDOT Bridge Challenge. Feel free to ask me questions about any of classes or extra curricular activities. Go SCIENCE!

Sarah Jordan

Caseville Public Schools

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


Using Arduino-based sensors on nanosatellites to engage middle and high school students with science and coding
Learn about an NSF-funded project conducted by the Lawrence Hall of Science. Over a 3-year period, middle and high school students have been engaged in activities that involve programming Arduino-based sensors to collect data in and around the classroom, and from nanosatellites in low-earth orbit. Study sites include a science classroom, an after-school program, and a summer camp. Researchers were interested in whether access to a nanosatellite increased interest in science and/or coding.


Matthew Cannady

Research Group Director, Lawrence Hall of Science-UC-Berkeley
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John Howarth

Co-Director (retired), SEPUP, UC Berkeley
Recently retired after 43 years in public education. Most recent position was as Co-Director of SEPUP at UC Berkeley. Previously executive director of curriculum and instruction at Grand Rapids Public Schools, science coordinator at GRPS, science teacher at Thornapple Kellogg HS... Read More →

Timothy Hurt

Curriculum Developer, Lawrence Hall of Science-UC-Berkeley

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


Easy Tech for the Next Generation Science Standards
Science teachers recently have encountered this dilemma-- how to incorporate NGSS standards with the tech knowledge your students will need to for the future? Bring your camera enabled device to try out some cool, classroom-tested, student approved tech tools you and your students can use right away as a blended learning approach to several NGSS best practices.

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Maria Gonzalez

5/6 Science/ Tech Support, Holy Family School
I'm just a passionate science teacher, geo explorer, history researcher, tech dabbler, and all around proud geek! I have heaps of ideas for all grades to share especially on Earth and Social sciences, as well developing students green thumbs in school the schoolyard garden!

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Pantlind Ballroom


Formative Assessment Using Tech Tools
How do you check for student understanding and make sure students are engaged in their own learning? This session will focus on easy to use electronic formative assessment applications that will make assessment more fun and more engaging for your students. Come learn how to use these tools to help improve your instructional practice and ensure that your students are learning on the first day of school. By attending this session, you will have access to a Google Folder that will contain complete set-up instructions for each tool demonstrated (Quizizz, Google Forms, Plickers, Padlet).

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Mike Fine

Consultant, Ottawa Area ISD

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


Modeling dynamic systems using InsightMaker.com
Learn how to create system dynamics models with Insightmaker; a free, browser based modeling tool. Example modeling applications include predator-prey relationships, population dynamics, energy and water balances. This workshop will include an introduction on how Insightmaker can be used in the classroom, tutorials on getting started with developing system dynamics models with your students, managing models with groups, and how to share your models on the web. Visit www.insightmaker.com for more information. (Bring a laptop, if possible)

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Chuck Palosaari

Science Teacher, Adams Township School District

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


Helping Students with D=RxT
Do your students have difficulty keeping straight the relationship between distance, velocity, and time? The TI-Rover, a calculator-controlled robot can be used to help students experience that relationship and apply it to a task while learning programming. Beginners welcome.

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Marian Prince

Math Department, Andrews University
I have been a math and science educator in Michigan for more than 30 years at the middle school, high school, and university levels. I am passionate about STEM and enthusiastic about using the new TI-Innovator Rover and Hub in teaching math, science and coding.

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


Implementing the Shifts in the Next Generation Science Standards: Enacting The Sound Unit Through The Learning While Teaching Project Puts All The Pieces Together!
Enacting the sound and fog units through Northwestern University Learning While Teaching Project cemented three-dimensional understanding in our 3+ year journey to Next Generation Science Standards implementation. The sound unit has earned the NGSS Design Badge, an example of high quality instructional materials. The fog unit is currently being field tested by several teachers across the United States.  Come engage with science and engineering practices to figure out the anchoring and investigative phenomena and experience routines that bring these units to life.


DeVette Brown

Science Teacher, Detroit Public Schools Community District
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Wanda Bryant

Science teacher, Detroit Public Schools Community District
I began teaching for Detroit Public Schools Community District in 2000. Since moving to middle school at Henderson Academy in 2012, I have had many opportunities to learn effective pedagogy through vertical teams and Science Saturdays professional development. Navigating NGSS implementation... Read More →

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


A lecture style lesson where all students are engaged? Yes, please!
When you are teaching, how do you know that your students are listening? Or if they truly understand what you are teaching? With Pear Deck, a Google add on, teachers can get a quick and accurate check of student engagement and understanding multiple times throughout a traditional lesson. Bring your own device and see this program in action.
Remember to sign up for your free 30 days first, then use the supplied link AFTER your 30 days are done.


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Karen Malloy

Mancelona High School
I am a wife and mother of two. I have been teaching science and math for over 15 years.

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