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Friday, March 1
 

8:00am

Engineering - Literally!
Looking for ways to infuse engineering into your day? Look no further! This session will engage you with children's literature that you may not think has any science and engineering in the story. Be prepared to work through the engineering practices as you come up with inventive ways to solve some problems using engineering.

Presenters
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Cheryl Matas

Retired Teacher


Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Ottawa 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

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

"Why Make?" A maker space experience for your classroom.
Central Michigan University's STEM Education Scholars invite you to learn how you can easily integrate STEM education activities into your classroom. The Scholars will share ideas that may include design thinking, coding and robotics. In addition to sharing how to implement these activities, the Scholars will also discuss why these integrated ideas are beneficial for student learning.

Presenters
avatar for Amanda Cornwell

Amanda Cornwell

STEM Education Program Facilitator, CMU
Throughout my teaching career I incorporated technology and multimodal projects whenever possible. My experience working with students from 3rd through 8th grade serves me well in my new role at the Center for Excellence in STEM Education. I'm able to interact with students, families... Read More →
avatar for Julie Cunningham

Julie Cunningham

Director of the Center for Excellence in STEM Education, CMU
Ms. Julie Cunningham holds a masters degree in curriculum and instruction specializing in teaching and learning science. Julie currently holds the position of Director for the Center for Excellence in STEM Education. This position allows her to work with faculty, teacher education... Read More →
avatar for Ashley O'Neil

Ashley O'Neil

Program Coordinator, CMU


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

11:00am

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

Presenters
avatar for Michele Bielby

Michele Bielby

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

Kelly Swales

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


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

11:00am

Connecting Agriculture to NGSS
Teachers will explore FREE agriculture lessons through our lesson matrix to enhance their daily curriculum. Lessons are NGSS aligned and reinforces grade-level standards with hands-on science opportunities while increasing students’ knowledge of how agriculture impacts their daily lives.

Presenters
avatar for Amelia Miller

Amelia Miller

Education Specialist, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Agriculture in the Classroom
Amelia Miller is Michigan Farm Bureau‘s Promotion and Education Programs Specialist. Her passion for agriculture developed while playing in the grain alongside her grandfather at his grain elevator. She provides resources to farmers to help them tell their family farm story. She... Read More →



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

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
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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

The Science of Maple Sugaring
Collecting maple sap is a green, environmentally sustainable process. You can utilize your schoolyard or nearby healthy, mature maple trees to integrate science practice skills. We will demonstrate integrated NGSS -based activities along with citizen science opportunities you can conduct with students in your schoolyard. Discover ways you can use trees and nature as a lens for developing self-motivated science learners.

Presenters
avatar for Janet Staal

Janet Staal

Director of Nature-based/ Outdoor Education, West Side Christian School
Powerful, lasting learning moments occur through outdoor experiences. Through my position I work to create experiences for students to experience nature-based education in a number of subject areas through collaboration with teachers, schools, research, and professional expertise... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Phenomenon, Modeling, and Storyboards!
Experience a phenomenon-based lesson that takes learners from wondering, to exploring, to making thinking visible, to developing a story that tracks their progression of learning. Take away tools and ideas that help your students think and act like scientists and engineers. Participants recognize how Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts are integral in the lesson. The experience can be applied to any lesson when there is engaging phenomena that makes one wonder.

Presenters
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Steve Barry

Director of Professional Learning, Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center
avatar for Nancy Karre

Nancy Karre

Science Educational Consultant, Cereal City Science


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

3:00pm

Maker-space Design Thinking Challenge
Participate in a Design Thinking Challenge that will help you integrate STEM in your classroom with the CMU Center for Excellence in STEM Education. Walk away with the ability to implement a Design Thinking Challenge in your classroom and learn more about the programs the Center offers to educators.

Presenters
avatar for Amanda Cornwell

Amanda Cornwell

STEM Education Program Facilitator, CMU
Throughout my teaching career I incorporated technology and multimodal projects whenever possible. My experience working with students from 3rd through 8th grade serves me well in my new role at the Center for Excellence in STEM Education. I'm able to interact with students, families... Read More →
avatar for Julie Cunningham

Julie Cunningham

Director of the Center for Excellence in STEM Education, CMU
Ms. Julie Cunningham holds a masters degree in curriculum and instruction specializing in teaching and learning science. Julie currently holds the position of Director for the Center for Excellence in STEM Education. This position allows her to work with faculty, teacher education... Read More →
avatar for Ashley O'Neil

Ashley O'Neil

Program Coordinator, CMU


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Governor's 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
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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
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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
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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

Project-based STEM Challenges for Elementary Students
STEM projects in elementary school provide students with the perfect opportunity to see a real world application of science, technology, engineering and math. Come learn about 3 Project-based STEM projects designed to challenge your elementary students and provide a rich experience with the engineering design process! The Cantilever Challenge will have your students talking about balanced forces and mass, fulcrum, levers, center of gravity and equations. The Mars Aqueduct project is guaranteed to challenge students as they try to design and improve the best way to move water down to the ‘fields on Mars.’ Your lower elementary students will be challenged to think more deeply of material properties and observe their tests as they engineer an animal shelter. Links and resources for teachers and students will be provided. Leave with 3 lessons for Monday!

Presenters
avatar for Crystal Brown

Crystal Brown

STEMTech Teacher, K-5, Gibraltar School District


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

8:00am

Who is Birdbrain Amos and What Does He Have to Do with the Hippo and Oxpecker?
Come listen to a story about a hippopotamus and his tick bird while you explore matter and energy flow in an ecosystem. Cereal City Science (CCS) by BCAMSC has developed science units with phenomena, modeling, storyline, and CCSS integrations. Are you just squeezing science into lesson plans? Experience how ELA/Science integration can be fun, engaging, and increase skills and understanding. Dive into CCS new units and experience the benefit of well thought out science/ELA integration.

Presenters
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Steve Barry

Director of Professional Learning, Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center
avatar for Nancy Karre

Nancy Karre

Science Educational Consultant, Cereal City Science


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am
Nelson Room

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

Meaningful Moments - Project Based Learning and NGSS K-5
Get ready to see examples of PBL (Project Based Learning) in action! Topics discussed will include how PBL supports NGSS, anchoring phenomena, collaborative & creative thinking, science & engineering standards and real world connections.  Projects shown will be from k-5 West Bloomfield school district classrooms.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Quinn

Amy Quinn

Elementary Science Coach, West Bloomfield School District
I am an instructional coach with a focus on science in the elementary classroom. I am also the teacher lab (Job Embedded Professional Learning) coordinator for West Bloomfield schools. I am a mentor for FIRST robotics for FLL and FLL Jr. I have written 5 books on innovation and... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Imperial Ballroom

10:00am

Using Children's Literature in Inspire STEM Learning
Take my recess but please don’t take my science time! Never before has it been so easy to interest students in reading and science. Success stories will be shared from schools that are successfully integrating ELA and science standards by using children’s picture books to engage students and teach STEM concepts with resources such as Picture-Perfect Science Lessons and Eureka Science Activities and Stories. Leave with ideas you can implement in your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Stilwell

Kim Stilwell

NSTA - National Science Teachers Association
Kim Stilwell joins us from the National Science Teachers Association, where she facilitates professional development and conducts workshops across the nation sharing strategies to integrate science and literacy standards in the classroom. The past eighteen years she has spent planning... Read More →


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

10:00am

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing!
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing!
Review the history of the Apollo program. Learn ways to build and safely launch different rockets with different ages of students. Plan a rocket launch to celebrate the first launch to the Moon. Find out how to organize and document your event. Match the many connections to standards for science, technology, engineering, math, reading, and social studies.

Presenters
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Nicole Jakubowski

5th Grade Science Teacher, Detroit Country Day School
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Meghan Kurleto

3rd and 4th Grade Science and STEAM, Detroit Country Day School
3rd and 4th Grade Science and STEAM Teacher at Detroit Country Day School.
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Marlenn Maicki

Retired, Detroit Country Day School



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

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
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

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

Elementary and Middle School Extravaganza
Join us for the MSTA Elementary and Middle School Extravaganza! Teachers and pre-service teachers will be sharing lessons, activities, resources, and outstanding trade books in a poster session type format. Come for a few minutes, or stay for the whole time.  Either way you’ll walk away with a head full of ideas and a handful of materials.

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 →
avatar for Conni Crittenden

Conni Crittenden

Teacher, Explorer Elementary
I'm the Region 5 Regional Director for MSTA. Want to know more about MSTA and how to be involved? need help with sessions? presentations? getting involved at the national level? the Presidential Awards? getting funded for science? Come talk to me!
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Betty Crowder

Visiting Instructor, Oakland University/MSTA
MSTA, Science Teacher Education, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Presidential Awards, Bees, Family, Friends.


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

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

Makerspace & STEM for Lower Elementary
Exploring makerspace & STEM topics for younger children. Tried and true- tips, techniques and projects for the K-2 set. Walk away with new ideas- ready to use in the classroom.
*we'll have giveaways and snacks ;-)

Presenters
avatar for Diana Matthews

Diana Matthews

Elementary Science Teachers, Detroit Country Day School
We are passionate about makerspaces, elementary science, and design thinking!



Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Ford Ballroom

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

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