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Friday, March 1


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.

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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


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
Saturday, March 2


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.

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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


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