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Friday, March 1
 

8:00am

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.

Presenters
avatar for Kevin Frailey

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

8:00am

Using Design and Build projects to Teach NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
Participants will learn how to use project based learning and modeling instruction philosophies to teach NGSS Science and Engineering Concepts. The presentation will focus on three design and build projects I have created and implemented for 8th grade science classes. The projects we will discuss include the design and building of an oven, a structure that can withstand a simulated earthquake and a lander that can withstand a crash landing on Mars.

Presenters

Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Vandenberg B

9:00am

THE ROCK CYCLE
Students use a model to connect the cycling of earth materials to the geological processes that result in the formation of different kinds of rock. Students also consider how the flow of energy drives various geological processes that form rock. Finally, students develop a model that describes the cause and effect relationships between geological processes and the cycling of Earth's materials. This activity provides a formal assessment opportunity for Performance Expectation MS-ESS2-1

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.
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Lisa Kelp

Lab Aids/SEPUP


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Heritage 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

Tools for Thinking (not Worksheets)
See how (free) Carbon TIME life and earth science units scaffold
students’ 3-dimensional performances including constructing explanations & engaging in arguments from evidence. Hear how Process Tools in these 6 phenomena-centered units have been extended into other content and courses, including NGSS-aligned genetics & evolution units.

Presenters
avatar for Emily Pohlonski

Emily Pohlonski

K-12 Science Coordinator / Science Teacher, Novi Community School District
avatar for Christie Morrison Thomas

Christie Morrison Thomas

Michigan State University


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Pantlind Ballroom

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

3:00pm

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!

Presenters
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.


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

3:00pm

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.

Presenters
avatar for Claire Lannoye-Hall

Claire Lannoye-Hall

Curator of Education, Detroit Zoological Society
avatar for Sandy Ling

Sandy Ling

Education Specialist, Detroit Zoological Society


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

4:00pm

Using (free) NGSS-Aligned Carbon TIME units in MS/HS
Carbon TIME (Transformations in Matter and Energy) offers six phenomena-based units tracing matter & energy through carbon-transforming processes including photosynthesis & cellular respiration. Research-based scaffolds support students’ 3-dimensional performances and educative features support teachers’ engagement with classroom discourse and 3-D assessment. Join us to learn about and use these fully developed units in your classroom and/or district.

Presenters
avatar for Christie Morrison Thomas

Christie Morrison Thomas

Michigan State University


Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Kendall Room

4:00pm

Climate Education Through Data Analysis
This session will present a lesson where students consider a phenomenon and analyzing data to construct a conclusion. The phenomena here will be global temperature increase. Alternative hypotheses evaluated include variation of solar output, changing Earth orbit and tilt, and increased greenhouse effect. Some data will include ocean sediment fossils and sunspots. A variety of climate education resources will also be shared.

Presenters
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Dave Chapman

teacher, Okemos High School
Long time science teacher at Okemos High School; past winner Science Teacher of the Year from both MSTA and MESTA; very active with the Michigan Allaince for Environmental & Outdoor Education, Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association, and the education programs of the American... Read More →


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

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

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

9:00am

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.

Presenters
avatar for Chelsea OBrien

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 →
avatar for Nancy Berg

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

10:00am

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.

Presenters
avatar for Andrew Bruen

Andrew Bruen

Berkley High School



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

10:00am

Designing Destructive Earthquakes
Using "shake tables" as simple as a board with handle and accelerometer attached, learners can investigate why horizontal accelerations, velocities, energy and resonant frequencies of earthquake vibrations are more important than magnitude in determining damage to buildings, dams, bridges and other structures. Also learn to quantify the “maximum considered earthquake” which engineers use for any onshore location (including your home or school) even in relatively low-risk Michigan. Both natural and human-induced earthquakes will be considered.

Presenters
avatar for Fred Thomas

Fred Thomas

CEO, Math Machines
I am a retired physics and astronomy professor, with decades of experience working to make science fit better with other areas of STEM, especially mathematics. Currently, I manage a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, providing unique equipment, software, curriculum materials and... Read More →


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

12:00pm

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.

Presenters
avatar for Erin Parker

Erin Parker

Great Lakes Nature Center Manager, Detroit Zoological Society


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

1:00pm

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.

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 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Pearl Room

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

Natural Communities of the Great Lakes: Applying NGSS to field based learning
Field based learning connects youth to natural sciences and to stewardship. We present a field trip, using our own Great Lakes garden,that connects the unique soils and plant communities of the Great Lakes with NGSS goals. We use interactive activities to explore soils, plant adaptations and ecosystems to engage students and explore how human impacts, including climate change, may affect these systems now and in the future. Learn how to use these activities in your classroom and/or local naturalized sites and take away resources to explore unique plant communities near you.

Presenters
avatar for Liz Glynn

Liz Glynn

Youth Education Coordinator, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
Hello!I'm Liz, Youth Education Coordinator at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. I facilitate K-12 field trips and develop programs that enrich classroom learning. Our nature education field trips are interactive and inquiry based, rooted... Read More →



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

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

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

NGSS-aligned water quality lessons for middle school grades from the Pathways to Science Teaching program
Pathways to Science Teaching is a grant-funded program at Western Michigan University designed to improve the preparation of science teachers. Each summer, eight undergraduates work with WMU faculty and Kalamazoo Public Schools teachers to conduct water quality research and teach lessons based on their research to grade K-8 youth in WMU summer camps. Here we share an overview of the program and participant-created lessons emphasizing NGSS science and engineering practices for middle school grades.

Presenters
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Kevin Koch

Linden Grove Middle School
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Valerie Long

Loy Norrix High School
avatar for Heather Petcovic

Heather Petcovic

Professor, Western Michigan University
Earth science education, preservice teacher education
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Paul Vellom

Western Michigan University



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