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Friday, March 1
 

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

9:00am

Take Your Students Outside to Engineer!
How do you utilize your outside spaces for engineering challenges? The students want to move outside--and we must ensure that they will make connections with their outdoor environment. Check out these NGSS-aligned activities that will grab your students' attention as they problem-solve for some real-world outside challenges.

Presenters
avatar for Christine Kelly

Christine Kelly

MS Science Teacher, Allendale Middle School
Ask me how exciting it is to teach my students with real-world issues in outdoor and environmental science! Let's talk about the different opportunities in sustainability, science and education! After receiving my education from some of the best at MTU, CMU, WMU, and joining with... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Vandenberg B

9:00am

Greener, Safer, Better....Chemistry Replacement Labs
Are you interested in teaching core chemistry concepts with safer materials? Join us to learn what green chemistry is and how innovative technologies can be used as tools to capture the imagination of the next generation of problem solvers. Participants will run through replacement labs with reduced risks for the middle/high school lab. Walk away with relevant open access resources and ideas for modeling phenomena that increase student engagement while increasing classroom safety.  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gTZvlo0rl5CIrD8JlEgiF7IWWKKIwQu9TRt1fAAXpZ0/edit#slide=id.g35f391192_00

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Baek

Jonathan Baek

Middle School Science Teacher, Honey Creek Community School
avatar for Erika Fatura

Erika Fatura

Pentwater Public Schools
avatar for Jennifer Sherburn

Jennifer Sherburn

High School Science Teacher, Hesperia High School
I have taught for 16 years at a small public school in West Michigan. I coach youth basketball and Science Olympiad. I love crafting, cooking, and working in the garden. I am also a fairly new beekeeper.



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

9:00am

Expanding STEM: Developing Partnerships
For the past 10 years, the Grand Valley State University Regional Math and Science Center has held sHaPe (Summer Health Activities and Professions Exploration) day camp for area middle school students. This camp is offered free of charge due to partnerships with area businesses and Mercy Health. Come hear about how the camp was developed and how we have worked with the community and schools to develop lasting public/private partnerships.

Presenters
avatar for Kathy Agee

Kathy Agee

Science Program Coordinator, GVSU Regional Math/Science Center
I have taught science mainly at the middle school level, but also at the preschool, elementary, high school, and college level, along with teacher professional development. I have a B.S. and M.A. in biology/science education from Western Michigan University and I am a certified Master... Read More →
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Carol Shaffer

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mercy Health Saint Mary's


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

9:00am

Integrating Computation in Science Across Michigan
Learn how teachers statewide are integrating computation into their physics classrooms. Attendees of the Summer 2018 ICSAM workshop will present on their achievements – self-designed physics-centered coding activities for their students and finding ways to make their teaching practice more equitable. The presentation will include a teacher panel and a teacher-facilitated activity inspired by the workshop itself. Facilitators can help you get involved in the Summer 2019 workshop, for which participating teachers will be compensated.

Presenters
avatar for Danny Caballero

Danny Caballero

Associate Professor, MSU
avatar for Daniel Weller

Daniel Weller

Research Associate, Michigan State University


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
Governor's Room

10:00am

Ecological Impacts - using place-based stewardship to engage students as citizens of their environment
An in-depth look at the impacts of our Ecology class, both for our community and our alternative students. Starting with "where do I start?" and ending with "what now?"; I'll discuss curriculum I chose to use, students' perception, administrative support, community engagement, struggles, successes, and where we'll go from here!

Presenters
avatar for Samantha Lichtenwald

Samantha Lichtenwald

Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Bay-Arenac Community High School
I lead alternative students in exploring various science-based opportunities, bringing awareness to how their actions directly/indirectly impact our environment and themselves. The majority of my curriculum is centered around Michigan and the Great Lakes. I am currently working... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Vandenberg B

10:00am

The Environmental Education (EE) Project
Join the Dept. of Natural Resources’s education specialists as they model middle school and high school level STEM and inquiry activities from sources including Projects WET, WILD, Aquatic WILD, Learning Tree and the Conservation Education Toolkit.

Presenters
avatar for Natalie Elkins

Natalie Elkins

Education Specialist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
I am a Certified Environmental Educator that provides professional development opportunities to formal and non-formal educators. My goal is to share hands-on, STEM, inquiry-based and field investigation ideas that are tied to Michigan Science Standards.
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 10:00am - 10:45am
Emerald A

10:00am

Engineering the Future
Get an inside peek at the latest edition (2018) of Engineering the Future. This curricula is composed of 4 different projects that each take 8-9 weeks for completion. This can be a stand-alone introductory engineering course, a Physical Science Foundation course, a Summer or After-School program or even a Capstone course to finish off a high school career. We will be doing an activity from one of the projects and looking closely at how the Engineering Design Cycle provides the context for all the projects. Students will further their understanding of the complementary relationships among Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics!!!!.... and do it in a fun way!!!!!!!

Presenters
avatar for Gary Curts

Gary Curts

Activate Learning
For the past 18 years Gary Curts has worked with It's About Time's Professional Development Department as one of their Implementation Consultant/STEM Specialists and has been instrumental in helping support many teachers across the USA who have implemented that curricula or are focusing... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Thornapple Room

10:00am

The MiSTEM Network: Supporting Michigan's STEM Future
The MiSTEM Network's 16 Regions work across the state to support K-12 STEM education and workforce. Come learn about the MiSTEM Network, how to connect, and how to utilize the network to propel your STEM education and workforce programs forward.

Presenters
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Kristofer Pachla

Director, Regional Math and Science Center, Grand Valley State University


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Pullman Room

10:00am

May the Force Be With You
You will be moved by engaging force and motion demonstrations of classroom-ready activities including the Stunt Car Lab, the famous Monkey-Hunter "problem," and the vertical-versus-horizontal acceleration demonstration, a simple way to prove "g" is always the same.

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.


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Ruby Room

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

11:00am

Turning Chem Labs into STEM Labs
Traditional chemistry labs can be turned into “STEM” labs. When students design their own set-up, statistically analyze their data and retry revised procedures, chem labs become STEM labs.

Presenters
avatar for Robert Ause

Robert Ause

Science Teacher, Greenhills School
Bob Ause has been working with teenagers since graduating from college in 1985. He is currently teaching at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, where he also serves as the Science Department Chair. Bob has taught science to students in grades 7-12, mostly in the physical sciences.


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Riverview 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

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

1:00pm

CELL DIFFERENTIATION AND GENE EXPRESSION
Students often have trouble conceptualizing how selective gene expression works. In this workshop, participants will use manipulatives to teach this concept and explain how it is connected to genetic engineering. Innovative activities are selected from our Science and Global Issues: Biology program from SEPUP AND LAB-AIDS . Activities focus on ways to integrate selective gene expression as a relevant and engaging sustainability issue.

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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Shannon Mareski

Grand Blanc HS


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Heritage Room

1:00pm

Science/Math Integration for a Sustainable Planet
Discover hands-on activities on real-world human ecology concepts (population growth, natural resource use and biodiversity) while building foundational math skills. In this session, participate in innovative activities including creating representational models with manipulatives, cooperative group problem-solving challenges, graphing and analysis, and role-playing simulations. Receive activity instructions, data charts and background reading in an electronic format, all matched to state standards.

Presenters
avatar for Amanda Syers

Amanda Syers

Program specialist, GVSU Center for Educational Partnerships
avatar for Janet Vail

Janet Vail

Research Scientist, GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute


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

1:00pm

STEM Teaching Tools 101
Are you someone responsible for facilitating science conversation back in your district? All over the country, STEM Teaching Tools have been used to support professional development sessions. The STEM Teaching Tools site has tools that can help you teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Come find out about these OER resources that PD facilitators can access for FREE—including slides, speaker notes, facilitator guide, and embedded resources.

Presenters
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Megan Coonan

curriculum, Saginaw ISD
avatar for Connie Kennedy

Connie Kennedy

K-12 Math/Science Instructional Support Specialist, Bay City Public Schools



Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Ottawa Room

1:00pm

Cholera Case Study Reunion
Using a case study approach to teaching Biology started with a partnership between some teachers at Holt and MSU. This case study, using a cholera epidemic from the 1800s has been widely shared and modified over the past 30 years. This session provides a venue for people to share how they have changed the case study over the years. We will share some modifications from our school including an updated connection to the cholera outbreak in Haiti following a hurricane in 2010. Teachers who are not familiar with the case study will have time to ask questions and are encouraged to attend.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Weise

Lisa Weise

Science Teacher, Holt Public Schools
I teach science because it's fun! Also, it' pretty much the way we save the world! I recently started teaching engineering as well as a part of Project Lead the Way (engineers also have a shot at the saving the world thing). I like to have kids asking questions and designing experiments... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Ford 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

2:00pm

Engineerize Your Classroom: Integrate the NGSS engineering practices and spice up your lessons
What is Engineerizing? How can making simple changes to a lesson make it an engineering adventure? How does it promote new NGSS standards and practices? Embark on a hands-on experience constructing understanding of how the NGSS engineering practices are not only applicable, but vital to a 21st century classroom.

Presenters
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Kate Hojnacki

Physics Teacher, Fraser High School


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

2:00pm

Seeing is Believing: Physics Demonstrations to Energize Your Classroom
What are the best demos for your classroom? In this new workshop, we have selected the most effective combination of demonstrations to help you illustrate a wide variety of physics concepts, including Newton's laws of force and motion, light, sound, waves, and color science. Enhance your science lessons by bringing real-life examples immediately into the classroom.

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.


Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Pantlind Ballroom

3:00pm

CALLING ALL CARBONS
The element of carbon is critical to life on Earth. All living organisms contain different and essential carbon-based molecules. Several Earth processes work together to cycle carbon from one carbon reservoir to another and to keep the amount in each reservoir stable. This is an activity from EDC Earth Science. Participants will model and learn about and model different carbon transfer processes.

Presenters
BC

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.


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

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

4:00pm

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.

Presenters
avatar for Bob Myers

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

4:00pm

Remote Control Air Cannon and Internet of Things (IoT)- The Engineering Design Process- What we learned at RET (Research Experience for Teachers) at Central Michigan University and How you can do the same?
Engineering is a growing field with many job opportunities. Learn to teach your students to think like engineers by incorporating the Engineering Design Process into your lessons. Presenters will share their experiences working with engineering faculty and students at CMU and how they’ve taken this into the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Pete Peterson

Pete Peterson

shelby high school


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

4:00pm

Transforming Students to Stewards: Fostering Great Lakes-Literacy in Schools
This discussion will demonstrate strategies and best practices to incorporate Great Lakes and Water Literacy principles into classrooms, teacher training, and STEM/STEAM education and discuss a developing RFP to support learning in the context of freshwater education. Place-based education and existing curricula will be discussed to support laying a foundation for solving critical water issues, with a goal of informing a pilot project.

Presenters
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Rashell Bowerman

Consultant, Michigan Department of Education
avatar for Rachel Coale

Rachel Coale

Outreach Coordinator, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes
I'd love to talk about Michigan's Great Lakes and freshwater resources, why they're so important, and how stewardship is key to keeping them healthy for today and for the next generation.
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Emily Finnell

Great Lakes Senior Advisor and Strategist, EGLE
avatar for Emily Gochis

Emily Gochis

Mi-STAR Coordinator of Professional Learning & Curriculum Associate, MiSTEM Director
avatar for Kevin St. Onge

Kevin St. Onge

Regional Director, MiSTEM Network, EUP STEM Region
avatar for Mi STEM

Mi STEM

MiSTEM Executive Director, Michigan Department of Education
The MiSTEM Network is a government support service created to engage schools and communities in authentic learning experiences that encourage interest and build awareness of STEM jobs. The Network provides a convening space to support schools in increasing achievement in STEM learning... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Emerald A
 
Saturday, March 2
 

8:00am

Are you Science Woke? How to teach Science and integrate culturally relevant education
"Why are we learning this?" "How am I going to use this in real life?" "What's the purpose of this?" Every teacher has heard these notoriously infamous phrases and its about time we put an end to it by awakening the sleeping giant. So get woke...Science woke! Learn simple tips and tricks to embed Culturally Relevant Education and Phenomenon Science in your unit plans and experience wide spread 'Eureka Moments'!

Presenters


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

8:00am

PBL, Multi-Discipline Integration, and NGSS...Oh my! Can it be done? We share how!
We share our journey through restructuring a life science course to include interdisciplinary content, skills, and experiences while simultaneously immersing learners in phenomenon-based coursework and multi-dimensional projects. This tale is far from perfect and involves a great deal of collaboration, teamwork, and innovation (not to mention trial-and-error); but, the adventure is entirely worth it! Join us for ideas and inspiration!

Presenters
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Paula Gentile

Tecumseh High School


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Grandview A

8:00am

Power Your Classroom or School with Solar Energy - Student Driven Solar
Students at West Bloomfield High School were able to power their entire science department with solar energy! Students themselves did the energy audits, solar resource studies, determination of cost savings and pollution prevention, fundraising, grant writing, presenting to the school board and more, culminating in the student-assisted construction of a 20 kilowatt solar array, which now powers the entire WBHS Science Department! We want to show you how we did it, so you can too!

Presenters
avatar for Joshua Barclay

Joshua Barclay

Physics Teacher, West Bloomfield High School
Talk to Joshua Barclay about powering your school with solar energy! Joshua Barclay, M.S., has taught both high school and university science for over 27 years, has served as an environmental advocate and youth leader for over 30 years, and was selected as the MSTA Michigan High School... Read More →


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

8:00am

Radical Research
Join us as we share how students are acting as scientists by conducting individual independent research projects in class. Students will research something that they are interested in, plan their investigation and write a “journal worthy” paper and present their findings. Students demonstrate their content knowledge and SEP skills. Learn about this authentic project based learning experience. Resources provided!

Presenters
avatar for Kristy Butler

Kristy Butler

Teacher, Forest Hills Central High School
Education & Science
avatar for Patti Richardson

Patti Richardson

Teacher, Forest Hills Central High School
Biology education, student centered learning



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

8:00am

Incorporating the Engineering Practices into a Physics Class
Hear how I have incorporated the engineering practices into my physics classroom this year. My journey began this summer when I was able to participate in the Research Experience for Teachers. Through collaboration with other educators, we developed engineering activities and lessons to implement in our classrooms. I will share the successes and challenges encountered during this journey to deeper levels of understanding for my students.

Presenters
avatar for Kevin Stedman

Kevin Stedman

HS Math and Physics teacher, St. Louis High School
flipped classroom; creating a thinking math classroom; engineering practices in the science classroom



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

8:00am

Investigating Cell Structure and Function Beyond Paper Exercises!
In this workshop, participants will exploit specialized structures and functions of animal, plant and bacterial cells to develop customized DNA extraction protocols from. Using CER, and animal/student DNA extracts as controls, participants will capitalize on DNA’s popularity to develop exploratory wet labs that increase interest and appreciation of cell diversity.

Presenters
avatar for Tamica Stubbs

Tamica Stubbs

Bio-Rad Explorers
Bio-Rad Explorer produces biology commercial kits & teacher resources for educators teaching introductory biotechnology and biology courses. By providing a broad spectrum of hands-on activities based on real-world laboratory research experiences, we aim to promote increased critical... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am
Governor's Room

8:00am

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.

Presenters
avatar for Marian Prince

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

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

Empowered to Take Action: Engaging Environmental STEM Design Challenges with EarthEcho
EarthEcho International was founded by Philippe Cousteau Jr. on the belief that youth have the power to change our planet. As an expedition fellow, I saw firsthand this organization's commitment to equipping teachers with lessons and online tools that marry the best of the engineering design process with the tenets of environmental place-based learning. Come explore with me as we take a deep dive into their Water By Design and just-released PlasticSeas curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Tate

Susan Tate

Whitehall Middle School
My passions are environmental topics such as protecting our freshwater resources, ocean health, the polar regions, and climate change. I have been involved with the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative for 10 years, so I'd love to chat with you about how to engage students through place-based... Read More →


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

9:00am

Sink your Teeth into Science! Using Bite Mark Evidence to Teach Lab Skills and Logic
Come play with teeth and playdough in a tactile activity that engages students in observation, deductive reasoning and communication! My forensic science students say they learned the importance of accurate measurements and being precise with explanations. Students also refined their teamwork and presentation skills. Note: While teeth casts will be used in this high school activity, the lesson structure can be adapted for use with other objects or with other subjects and age groups.

Presenters
avatar for Anne Jeannette LaSovage

Anne Jeannette LaSovage

Science Teacher, Southfield Public Schools
I am a veteran teacher with 20+ years of experience, primarily in a mostly minority district. MSTA Member for much of that time - and received MSTA High School Science Teacher of the Year Award in 2018! Talk to me about: (inter)active lessons, developing discourse in science... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Plaza Boardroom A

9:00am

Innovation Learning with The Henry Ford
This presentation will outline The Henry Ford's innovation learning initiatives for teachers. Join us to learn how you can integrate THF's interdisciplinary learning framework, Model I in your classroom. You'll also learn about the 2019 Michigan Invention Convention on April 27 and how you and your students in grades 3-12 can get involved!

Presenters
avatar for Olivia Marsh

Olivia Marsh

Innovation Learning & Invention Convention Coordinator, The Henry Ford
Olivia is the Program Manager, Educator Professional Development at The Henry Ford. She has a background in history and museum studies and is passionate about giving all students the opportunity to become innovators.
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Robert Oleary

Program Manager, Learning Content Management, The Henry Ford
The Learning & Engagement team at The Henry Ford is passionate about an interdisciplinary, learn by doing approach to education. We use artifacts in the museum and Greenfield Village to teach innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship. Ask us about our learning framework, Model... Read More →



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

9:00am

Strengthen STEM with Community Partnerships That Integrate Arts and Social Studies
Learn how to design community partnerships that integrate the arts, social studies, and STEM to activate a wider range of student interests and connect the real world with the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for John (Trey) Smith

John (Trey) Smith

Student, Northwestern University
As an educator and researcher, I am interested in K-12 science learning that pushes beyond traditional science education boundaries to include social, cultural, historical, political, and community contexts and questions. I taught science, social studies, and engineering in Philadelphia... Read More →
avatar for June Teisan

June Teisan

PAEMST - MI TOY - NBCT, Belle Isle Aquarium - Detroit


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

10:00am

Do you want to build a greenhouse?
Hear the story about the construction of our DIY greenhouse. We will share our initial dream and design, the construction with staff and students, and the operation of a solar-heated hoop house that was built by and is managed by high school students.  Come to listen if you are only interested in a simple school garden because resources will be shared for integrating gardening into any K-12 science classroom.  Presentation slides: https://bit.ly/2MLvNTj

Presenters
avatar for Chad Scholten

Chad Scholten

Teacher, Forest Hills Central High School



Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Plaza Boardroom A

10:00am

Missed Connections: Reuniting alternative students with their environment through a cross-curricular day in the field
An in-depth report of how we used stream monitoring to implement a whole school unit; integrating subjects of environmental science, biology, chemistry, geometry, algebra, English, civics, history, and technology. Get the whole picture including the planning process, success stories, frustrations, partnerships, student work, final outcomes, student feedback, and future directions.

Presenters
avatar for Samantha Lichtenwald

Samantha Lichtenwald

Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Bay-Arenac Community High School
I lead alternative students in exploring various science-based opportunities, bringing awareness to how their actions directly/indirectly impact our environment and themselves. The majority of my curriculum is centered around Michigan and the Great Lakes. I am currently working... Read More →



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

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
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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

10:00am

Showcasing High School STEM Research
The Junior Science & Humanities Symposium is an opportunity to celebrate high school students' STEM research. Find out how to participate and learn more about how to increase student engagement in STEM, showcasing a partnership with Upward Bound Students and JSHS (a program sponsored by AEOP, and administrated by NSTA).

Presenters
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Sandra Yarema

Assistant Professor, Clinical, Science Teacher Education, Wayne State University/Belle Isle Aquarium
I have been a science teacher for 35 years. I am currently a teacher educator and coordinator for the Science Education Program at WSU. I direct the SE MI regional Junior Science & Humanities symposium, a showcase for high school students' STEM research. I am the secretary for the... Read More →



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

10:00am

The Genetics and Bioethics of Opioid Addiction and Treatment!
Recently, the opioid epidemic has exploded in the U.S. In this session, participants will learn how to genotype and statistically analyze fictional patient samples based on their rs1800497 DRD2/ANKK1 SNPs. Using evidence, they will predict addiction risks for opioid abuse and treatment as reflected in research. Participants will also learn to permeate opioid addiction science into concepts like population statistics, allelic frequencies, pedigrees, DNA function, cell communication, gene expression, biotechnology and bioethics in their lessons.

Presenters
avatar for Tamica Stubbs

Tamica Stubbs

Bio-Rad Explorers
Bio-Rad Explorer produces biology commercial kits & teacher resources for educators teaching introductory biotechnology and biology courses. By providing a broad spectrum of hands-on activities based on real-world laboratory research experiences, we aim to promote increased critical... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Ford Ballroom

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
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Jessica Vander Ark

Grand Valley State University
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Amanda Syers

Program specialist, GVSU Center for Educational Partnerships


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

11:00am

Observations of How NGSX is Transforming Classrooms for Both Teachers and Students
Kim will engage participants in an interactive presentation and lively discussion about the diverse impacts on both teachers and students of transforming classrooms using 3-dimensional learning called for in the Framework and NGSS.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Smith Kolasa

Kim Smith Kolasa

STEM Education Consultant, Seaborg Math & Science Center - NMU
Research interests in plant biology education and transitioning classrooms to NGSSPersonal hobbies include yoga, outdoor recreation, global travel and art


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Riverview Room

11:00am

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!

Presenters
avatar for Cameron Bancroft

Cameron Bancroft

7th Science, Marquette Area Public Schools


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

12:00pm

Increasing Student Engagement by Modifying Tasks
Modifying existing science tasks and activities to increase cognitive demand can also increase student engagement. Student teachers at Oakland University will share examples of their work to modify existing science activities and present cases demonstrating how to incorporate NGSS science and engineering practices in these efforts.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Olson

Mark Olson

Associate Professor of Science Education, Oakland University



Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Grandview B/C

12:00pm

Free modeling tools for the Michigan Science Standards
Looking to add modeling to your curriculum? Multiple teachers from around the state will be in this presentation to share how they have used free web-based modeling tools to create a variety of place based units to enhance their existing curriculum. Co-presenters : Rick Brown, Wayland Union Public Schools; Derek Kendall, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools; Kristen Murdock, West Branch-Rose City Areas Schools; Monica Thoune, Hannahville Indian School/Nah Tah Wahsh PSA

please click here for our presentation in google slides

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Rick Brown

Earth Science Teacher, Wayland Union Public Schools
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Russell Columbus

High School Science Teacher, Monroe Public Schools
presenting at MSTA 2020 about geospatial technologies for the michigan science standards. Link to the presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13CDfP6octoO51c8eEFRRohXEqHbNjq82YFuaRouNWwU
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Darrell Hendrickson

CLK Public Schools
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Derek Kendall

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
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Kristen Murdock

West Branch-Rose City Areas Schools
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Monica Thoune

High School Science, Hannahville Indian School/Nah Tah Wahsh PSA
I will be presenting with a team of teachers at the MSTA 2019 conference on using modeling and computational tools in the high school science classroom.


Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Governor's Room

12:00pm

"Lesson Planning: Science curriculum towards Engineering Design Process”
Creating science lessons with applications in mind, combine engineering design process and NGSS alignment.

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

12:00pm

Five Phenomenon that Work in (almost) any Science Classroom.
From the first day of class to an entire unit design, phenomenon will drive the lesson plans. Five examples with explanation of how phenomenon work in a class setting. These have been used and work. Whether you are experienced or just getting started with NGSS and it's engineering practices and cross cutting concepts, there will be some original and USEABLE information provided on phenomenon.

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,


Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Emerald B

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.
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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

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.

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Hasselschwert

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!
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Sarah Jordan

Caseville Public Schools



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

Aquaculture Challenge: Engaging students with fish, plants, and so much more!
Aquaculture is quickly becoming a popular lens to teach a wide variety of science, engineering, computer and even business concepts. In this session we will demo simple aquaculture systems, and distribute a free curriculum guide with multiple standards based lesson plans. We will also introduce the aquaculture challenge, a free competition to engage students in, plus the Youth Education in Aquaculture resource which connects teachers, students and aquaculture facilities including teacher training workshops.

Presenters
avatar for Elliot Nelson

Elliot Nelson

Michigan Sea Grant
I am an extension educator with Michigan Sea Grant. I work hard to promote the sustainable use of coastal resources across the state by bringing science and research from state universities and NOAA to coastal partners. My focus areas include aquaculture, k-12 Great Lakes Literacy... Read More →


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

1:00pm

How fast is your brain? Easily introduce Neuroscience to K-12 Science Classrooms
In this session, you will be introduced to several classroom experiments which students can perform to precisely measure the speed of their reactions and reflexes by recording electricity from their own nervous systems! We will perform these experiments and more with DIY Neuroscience research tools which are affordable, accessible, and powerful additions to your life sciences classroom. Middle school teachers can meet NGSS like MS LS1 8 with project-based learning, and High School teachers can enhance their Freshman/Advanced Bio, Psychology, and Anatomy and Physiology classes with quantitative labs and experiences. Hope to see you at my workshop!

Presenters
avatar for Will Wharton

Will Wharton

Poet and Content Development, Backyard Brains


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Boardroom A

1:00pm

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.

Presenters
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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 →
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Timothy Hurt

Curriculum Developer, Lawrence Hall of Science-UC-Berkeley


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

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

1:00pm

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)

Presenters
avatar for Chuck Palosaari

Chuck Palosaari

Science Teacher, Adams Township School District


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

1:00pm

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.

Presenters
avatar for Marian Prince

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

2:00pm

Global Health Got Protein
Incorporate NGSS science and engineering practices in your biology class by engaging students to define the problem of world hunger. Considering constraints, students will design a treatment plan (solution) for protein-energy malnutrition and test it via the Bradford Assay, in the form of an evidence-based argument.

Presenters
avatar for Tamica Stubbs

Tamica Stubbs

Bio-Rad Explorers
Bio-Rad Explorer produces biology commercial kits & teacher resources for educators teaching introductory biotechnology and biology courses. By providing a broad spectrum of hands-on activities based on real-world laboratory research experiences, we aim to promote increased critical... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plaza Boardroom A

2:00pm

Promoting STEM with a STEM Society
Science and Math teachers have long sought to integrate the learning and skills in these two disciplines. Developing a STEM certificate program at your school can help you and your students recognize how your instruction in math and science courses use tools and skills from the various STEM fields. Such a program helps students recognize their own interest in STEM fields.

Presenters
avatar for Robert Ause

Robert Ause

Science Teacher, Greenhills School
Bob Ause has been working with teenagers since graduating from college in 1985. He is currently teaching at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, where he also serves as the Science Department Chair. Bob has taught science to students in grades 7-12, mostly in the physical sciences.
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Ruth Miller

Greenhills Public Schools


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