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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

Swimming in Great Lakes Fisheries Science Education Opportunity
Great Lakes fisheries – people, fish, and fishing – offer a wealth of ecological, social, economic AND educational values. This session explores our Great Lakes fisheries, ecosystems and issues – and ways in which they can inspire ‘feet wet’ science learning opportunities. Learn about the Sea Grant Center for Great Lakes Literacy, Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, and Great Lakes NOAA B-WET, among other fisheries science partners and programs, training and resources available to educators to help make learning connections through fisheries science experiences.

Presenters
avatar for Tracy D'Augustino

Tracy D'Augustino

Science Educator, Michigan State University Extension
I’m a science geek and want everyone to experience the fun and excitement of doing science exploration. I am honored to have been recognized as the 2017-2018 MSTA Informal Science Educator of the Year. I get very passionate about how important it is to do science right with youth... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Schroeder

Brandon Schroeder

Sea Grant Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant / Michigan State University Extension
I serve northern Lake Huron coastal communities as a Northeast Michigan District Extension Educator with the Michigan Sea Grant College Program and Michigan State University Extension, where I work with communities to apply science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes issues locally... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Grandview B/C

8:00am

Go Play Outside...but Why? Nature Disconnect and our Kids
As screen time has increased, free play in nature has decreased. Come learn what the data says about how this phenomena is affecting our children, and how we, as educators, can help reconnect our kids to nature.

Presenters
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Becky Durling

Young Fives Teacher, Discovery Elementary, Williamston Community Schools
I currently teach Young Fives at Discovery Elementary in Williamston, MI, with over 15 years of experience in a variety of early childhood settings. I recently completed the requirements for my Environmental Education Certification through the Michigan Alliance for Environmental... Read More →



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

9:00am

Developing Science Process Skills through Citizen Science & Schoolyard Investigations
Participating in citizen science provides a unique and accessible way to facilitate student science investigations. Students engaged in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's citizen-science projects have been asking and answering their own questions about birds for more than a decade, conducting original experiments and observational studies.
By engaging in citizen science and investigations, students become scientists and stewards of their local environment. They make observations, generate their own question, collect data, and get access to online datasets they can query. Students can even publish their own research conducting investigations inspired by citizen science. These are great ways to meet Next Generation Science Standards.

Presenters
avatar for Kathleen Dougherty

Kathleen Dougherty

Young Birders' Club Coodinator, Cornell K12 BirdSleuth Ambassador/Volunteer and Flying WILD Facilitator
Retired Education Specialist from Oakland County Parks. Board member of Oakland Audubon and serving as the volunteer coordinator for the young birders' club. Birdsleuth Education Ambassador.


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

11:00am

Requirements for becoming a certified environmental educator
Educators can earn credentials that let administrators and potential employers know they exhibit a certain level of knowledge and special skillset directly related to environmental education. Discover the requirements for earning an environmental educator certification (EEC) through the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). The EEC closely follows state standards and national guidelines (www.maeoe.com).

Presenters
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Cindy Fitzwilliams-Heck

Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Emerald B

11:00am

The Unbearable Dilema
How did the bear cross the road? Using science, technology, engineering and math! Come learn a fun, engaging method of getting your students involved in a hands-on STEM activity that comes from a real life wildlife management scenario.

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 11:00am - 11:45am
Emerald A

1:00pm

Catching Up With Carp: Updates and Ideas on Incorporating Invasive Carp into Your classroom
Some invasive carp seem to fly through the air, while others weigh more than your students. A Great Lakes threat is on the horizon, but how do you turn a news headline into a lesson? Learn all about invasive carp and their potential invasion of the Great Lakes. What are scientists doing to prevent them from reaching Michigan, and how can we teach our students about this biological threat.

Presenters
avatar for Tracy Page

Tracy Page

Aquatic Education Coordinator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Marine biologist/Oceanographer turned educator. I strive to bring aquatic education to teachers and their classrooms around the state. I also administer the Salmon in the Classroom program for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.



Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Emerald A

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

2:00pm

Invasive Engineering
Participants will be introduced to a lesson on invasive species that uses the Engineering Design Process to solve a problem. This hands on presentation allows participants to experience the lesson from start to finish.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Vander Ark

Jessica Vander Ark

Grand Valley State University
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Jessica Wagenmaker

Holton Public Schools


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

9:00am

Hands-on and creative teacher-developed invasive species lessons to achieve Michigan science standards
Hands-on and creative lessons about invasive species are used both to engage student learning and to protect the environment. More than 15 teachers submitted lesson plans for online posting. We will demonstrate activities from several lessons, including students creating video public service announcements, producing informative Power Points, and engineering electric barriers to aquatic invaders. Lesson plans are posted on the web and linked to standards for science, social studies, and English language arts.

Presenters
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Maria Siciliano

Roberto Clemente Learning Academy, Detroit Public Schools Community District
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Sara Forbing

4th grade teacher, Caro Community Schools
avatar for Jeffrey Ram

Jeffrey Ram

Professor/PI on education grants, Wayne State Univ/Belle Isle Aquarium
Education at informal education institutions (public aquariums, zoos, nature centers).Invasive speciesStudents making videos as a pedagogical method
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Jessica Wagenmaker

Holton Public Schools



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

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

Science with a Story-line
Creating a real-life scenario for science learning allows students to see themselves in the role of a scientist, providing context for science processes that can seem abstract. Join us to participate in an example based on the plight of the Panamanian Golden Frog, a species on the brink of extinction. Participants will model field conservation methods, generate and explore theories on threats to the species, and work together to take action to help all amphibians.

Presenters
avatar for Akilah Franklin

Akilah Franklin

Detroit Zoological Society
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


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Emerald B

11:00am

Students Leading Change to Protect Our Waterways
Place-based education (PBE) involves moving beyond classroom walls and teaching students through their own communities. Through PBE, students engage in real-world problem solving by identifying a need in their community and developing a solution to help address that need. This presentation will share how K-12 students can serve as leaders in the community to protect local waterways from pollution.

Presenters
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Joanna Allerhand

Grand Valley State University
avatar for Jessica Vander Ark

Jessica Vander Ark

Grand Valley State University
avatar for Amanda Syers

Amanda Syers

Program specialist, GVSU Center for Educational Partnerships


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

11:00am

Flipping MEECS: Using Existing Materials in a Next Gen Classroom
The MEECS units are quality materials that have been used to teach Environmental Education topics across Michigan for years. In this workshop we will take a look at how to flip these units and create student led, science inquiry in your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Gabrielle Likavec

Gabrielle Likavec

Co-Cooridinator, Michigan Geographic Alliance at CMU
I am a newly converted environmental educator who is passionate about creating science and socially conscious students!



Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:45pm
Emerald A

11:00am

Writing in Science: Out of the Silo and Onto the Page
In an ongoing effort to engage in interdisciplinary learning, we designed a class project that would sharpen students' abilities to observe the natural world while strengthening technical and creative writing skills. We will be modeling what we have done in the classroom, and discussing how we utilized a community partner, The Leslie Science and Nature Center, to further these processes. We will use food and live animals during the workshop. Monica Lewis and David Clipner are also presenters.

Presenters
avatar for Brandon Groff

Brandon Groff

Teacher, Greenhills School
Natural History, Ecology, Phenology (seasonality), Place-based curriculum, Bicycles, Running


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

12:00pm

Impacts and Benefits of Construction and Removal of Dams
Dams are critical to water supply but disrupt Earth systems. We will model dam design and construction using Legos and evaluate evidence for their impacts and benefits.

Presenters
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Stephen Mattox

Grand Valley State University



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

12:00pm

Sustainable Schools: How to Become a Michigan Green School
Learn about the Michigan Green Schools program and leave with ideas on how to help your school earn recognition as a Michigan Green School. See the path Cedar Springs High School has taken to complete green activities, and hear from Kent County’s Green School coordinator about ways to earn recognition for schools focused on sustainability. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, start to plan their own Green Schools application, and walk away with resources and freebies.

Presenters
avatar for Edward Johns

Edward Johns

Teacher, Cedar Springs High School
This is my tenth year teaching at the high school level. For the past six years I have taught Biology and Chemistry at Cedar Springs High School. Before working at Cedar Springs I was an Academic Interventionist and teacher at Houghton Lake High School for four years.
avatar for Lauren Westerman

Lauren Westerman

Resource Recovery Specialist, Kent County Green Schools Coordinator, Kent County Dept of Public Works
I lead education programs at the Recycling & Education Center and South Kent Landfill. I also coordinate the MI Green Schools program for Kent County.



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

12:00pm

STEAM Challenges: Creating cross-curricular events to engage all learners
This presentation is a how-to guide on the process of designing and running rigorous STEAM-based events to teach students across disciplines. While the examples will focus primarily on engaging at-risk high school students, the fundamental techniques and principles can be applied to reach learners of all grades and backgrounds! The session will include a variety of tools including: 1) Ready-to-use lessons tied to relevant standards, 2) Templates for creating your own STEAM Challenges, 3) Links and resources to aid in the process of making your classroom more STEAM-based, and 4) Interactive experiences putting you in the learner's seat. Come with questions, resources, ideas, and an open mind!

Presenters
avatar for Robert Barrett

Robert Barrett

HS Life Science Teacher, STEAM Program Coordinator, West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science
I'm a researcher-turned-teacher with interests in STEAM education, authentic science inquiry, coaching others in conflict management techniques, and serving high-needs populations



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

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