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Friday, March 1


Utilizing Virtual Experiences to Teach Geography in the Elementary Classroom
Join the Virtual Tour Guys to see how you can bring lessons about the physical features of the Earth to life through interactive virtual experiences. Combining 360 panoramic photos and information presented through a variety of multimedia resources, we will help you engage your elementary students like never before as they learn about landforms and waters bodies.


Eric Nephew

Roguewood/Rockford Public Schools

Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Grandview B/C


Full STEAM Ahead
Learn how one elementary went from a STEM program to a true STEAM integrated school where NGSS standards carry over into non-academic areas. Participants will get to experience a sample hands on 3rd grade lesson of NGSS standards being extended into a non-core subject area.

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Michele Bielby

STEM Coordinator, Swartz Creek Schools
I am the STEAM Coordinator for Swartz Creek Community Schools. As a result of developing a strong STEAM program at Dieck Elementary I now work with schools across our district to do the same. I also have developed a popular after school STEAM program and summer camp to replace the... Read More →
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Kelly Swales

6th Grade Science Teacher, Swartz Creek Middle School, Swartz Creek Community Schools
I was a 4th-grade teacher for 16 years. I have a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan, and Masters Plus 30 from Marygrove College and Fresno Pacific University. I have been teaching the NGSS standards for the past 7 years, and have spent many hours developing my own... Read More →

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


Building a Model of Force as an interaction
Building a Model of Force as an Interaction

How do we help students develop and use models? Join us as we explore how to facilitate model development through building a robust force model. This session will help teachers build and develop their own force model while we explore how facilitate students in their model development. This is geared toward ANY teacher who teaches the Forces and Interactions topic bundle K-12!

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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.

Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Vandenberg A


Materials driven inquiry
Your students need to move and explore, they need to connect with nature. You want them to slow down, make observations, ask meaningful questions and plan investigations. Join us/me in this hands-on workshop to use everyday classrooms to accomplish all this, and more.

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Claire Lannoye-Hall

Curator of Education, Detroit Zoological Society
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Sandy Ling

Education Specialist, Detroit Zoological Society

Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Winchester Room
Saturday, March 2


Using Models and Images to Teach Shapes and Kinds of Land and Bodies of Water
Focusing on 2-ESS2-2, participants will explore google maps, 3D models, and national, regional, state and county maps to identify land and bodies of water in an area.


Stephen Mattox

Grand Valley State University

Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Berkey 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


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


Using Virtual Experiences to Teach Weather in the Elementary Classroom
Join the Virtual Tour Guys to see how you can bring lessons about weather to life through interactive virtual experiences. Combining 360 panoramic photos and information presented through a variety of multimedia resources we will help you engage your elementary students like never before.


Eric Nephew

Roguewood/Rockford Public Schools

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