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Welcome to Mini-CAST 2019 - Due to limited on-site parking we encourage you to carpool to the event. Remote parking and shuttles will be available at 612 E. Bethany Dr. Allen, TX 75002 starting at 7:30 am.

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Saturday, March 2
 

7:15am

Registration/Exhibits
Pre-registration and on-site check-in.

Saturday March 2, 2019 7:15am - 10:45am
Lobby

8:30am

"Hands-On, Minds-On" to a Mini Make-and-Take Workshop: Games and Puzzles for High Schools
This is a mini “Make-and-Take” workshop that will help teachers create their own games and puzzles that target a specific TEKS or topic. Teachers will END UP WITH SAMPLE PRODUCTS of their own games and puzzles that can be modified and used in their own classroom. _x000D_
_x000D_
Students learn best when they are fully engaged and there is nothing more engaging to young people than fun. They also perform best when they are intellectually challenged but do not feel threatened to participate and express themselves. These games, puzzles, and projects can be used for different class sizes and settings. They are very effective to use for: _x000D_
1. lesson enrichment, _x000D_
2. classroom management_x000D_
3. concept application_x000D_
4. practice exercises _x000D_
5. informal assessment _x000D_
6. test review, and more_x000D_
_x000D_
These instructional tools can be made using very affordable materials. When properly used, these tools will:_x000D_
(1) engage students by giving them a motivation to learn and actively participate in activities _x000D_
(2) motivate them to explore further the concepts and skills they have acquired through hands-on and minds-on practice_x000D_
(3) give an opportunity to explain what they have learned as they listen critically to analyze answers _x000D_
(4) encourage them to elaborate as they apply in the activities the principles/concepts they mastered, _x000D_
(5) prompt them to evaluate their own understanding and degree of knowledge that gives them a sense of accomplishment or leads them to further study _x000D_
_x000D_
WHO CAN USE THEM? _x000D_
1. General Education/Level students _x000D_
2. Advance Learners _x000D_
3. Gifted Learners _x000D_
4. Struggling Learners _x000D_
5. Special Education Students _x000D_
6. English Language Learners

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
E103

8:30am

3D Science in the Classroom
3D SCIENCE ....Learn how to integrate and bring technology into your science classroom for all ages. We will be exploring and discussing how to adapt 3D technology with your science lesson plans. You will be fully engaged as you will be exploring the 3D realm in this workshop.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
B210

8:30am

Advancing the STEM curriculum
This session will showcase how our school is offering ways for students to advance their STEM education. When leaving middle school, they have the opportunity to have 2 HS math courses, 1 science, and several STEM elective HS credit courses. We will share how we have advanced the curriculum, and how you can too! Students will also be available for any questions you have!


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
E104

8:30am

Animals on the Move
Bring out the animal in your students in this engaging and collaborative session for PreK-2nd grade teachers. Compare your students' personalities to Dallas Zoo's animal collection to understand how to work with your students. Learn how to apply social skills such as cooperation, collaboration, and nonverbal cues to animal migration and patterns.
REPEATED in Session 2

Speakers
avatar for Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson

Education Supervisor, Dallas Zoo
As the Education Supervisor for educator workshops and school programs at the Dallas Zoo, I am interested in learning what you and your students need to help conquer category 4, Organisms and the Environment. What are the most challenging standards? How are you implementing PBL or... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
E110

8:30am

Authentic technology integration in early elementary
Wanting to implement more technology in your classroom but are not sure how to do it? Join us for some great ideas that you could use in your classroom tomorrow as we share how we use 1:1 iPads and technology daily in our Kinder and 1st-grade classes! Some of the things we will cover are Seesaw, Google Classroom, using digital menus, and how to meaningfully incorporate technology into all subject areas. REPEATED in Session 2

Speakers
avatar for Marina Luepnitz

Marina Luepnitz

FIRST GRADE TEACHER, CANNON ELEMENTARY
I was born and raised in Saltillo, Mexico and moved to College Station in 2010 to attend college. I graduated form Texas A&M University (Gig 'em Aggies!). I have a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Early Childhood-Grade 6 Bilingual and a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
E109

8:30am

Create and Use Interactive Google Slide Decks
Looking for a way to facilitate more differentiated instruction in your district, department, or classroom?_x000D_
Learn how to create targeted and purposeful interactive Slide Decks in google, share them with your colleagues, and assign them to students. Receive and give immediate feedback to students using Google Classroom and Google Forms to check for understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Christy McClain

Christy McClain

Instructional Specialist Elm Science, CFBISD


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
B108

8:30am

Engineering: A "Novel" Approach
Come experience how we developed multiple cross curricular STEM units based on an engaging novel that students won't want to put down. By using literary texts along with critical math and science TEKS, you can help students identify problems within a story, and create real world solutions through the Engineering Design Process. Join us for a design challenge and walk aways with specific Instructional strategies along with student assessment ideas, that will enhance the teaching and learning within your classroom.


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
D104

8:30am

How Does Your Science Glow?
Join us and explore the science behind how glow sticks work and learn about 'glow in the dark' organisms and minerals in this hands-on session! You'll create glowing works of art that dazzle the eyes as we investigate chemiluminescence using a budget friendly, inquiry lab activity. We'll simplify the chemistry behind this phenomenon, compare types of luminescence, examine energy conversions, discuss how bioluminescence adaptations are important to living organisms, and model bioluminescence in fireflies. We'll combine chemistry, biology, geology, art, and literature in this illuminating session for all grade levels! REPEATED at Session 2

Speakers
avatar for Mary Morgan

Mary Morgan

Professional Development Manager, Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Mary spent 11 years teaching life sciences at Belton High School in Belton, TX and Ellison High School in Killeen, TX. Her teaching experience includes Biology (Pre-AP, Inclusion, and On-Level), AP Biology, Zoology, and Anatomy & Physiology (Honors and On-Level). Mary served as a... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
B105

8:30am

Hyped up for HyperDocs - student-driven inquiry based learning
This session will introduce you to the basic how-to's of HyperDocs,using transformative digital lesson delivery helping you shift the focus from teacher-led lecture to student-driven inquiry based learning through exploration. HypderDocs are not just digital worksheets with links.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
B106

8:30am

Introducing Wildcards: Fun, Easy, and Inexpensive STEM Electronics
Wildcards is a new low-cost STEM electronics product that makes "Making" and learning fun, easy, and affordable. In this session, learn about the origin of Wildcards, get a glimpse into the design and development process, and gain familiarity with the capabilities of Wildcards board and the Wildmodules that integrate additional sensors and actuators. As this is a brand new product and a range of Wildmodules are in active development, you'll have a unique opportunity to provide feedback for improvements and future developments in every aspect of the product, including hardware, software, and project guides.

Speakers
avatar for David Hoelscher

David Hoelscher

Co-founder, Wildcards

Exhibitors


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
D108

8:30am

Keeping Our Mustang Running: RtI at the MAC
During the 2016-17 school year, Sachse High School, a 6A high school in the Garland ISD, implemented a program to support the district's secondary RtI initiative. The Mustang Achievement Center provides academic support for all students before, during, and after school. Learn about the MAC's creation, logistics, progress, and future direction.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Hogue

Sharon Hogue

Intervention Facilitator-Title I, Sachse HS
I love working with students! I just finished my 19th year at GISD, beginning at Naaman Forest H.S. teaching students chemistry for 7 years, a science facilitator for 7 years, and now the Title I Intervention Facilitator at Sachse H.S.-Go Mustangs!


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
E119

8:30am

Make a Big Splash in Your Science Classroom with Zebrafish
Come explore through fun, hands-on activities, how you can use the zebrafish (Danio rerio), a freshwater fish at the forefront of scientific research, to make a big splash in your science classroom. These hardy fish commonly found in pet stores can be easily maintained in a classroom and serve as robust instructional tools to drive cutting-edge, real-world investigations. Discover the value of zebrafish to bring alive complex topics including cell structure and processes; growth, development, and reproduction of organisms; and multiple topics in ecology and aquatic science. Explore how you can use the popular Glowfish to excite your learners about biotechnology, heredity, and genetics. Classroom-ready resources including vendor information for these organisms, care and feeding requirements, links to free teaching resources and alignments to TEKS across grade levels will be provided.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
B102

8:30am

Motivate All Students in Science Through Practical Cooperative Learning Strategies
Using Cooperative Learning (CL) Strategies in the science classroom encourages a positive Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) environment for all students. Through CL, educators can address the social-emotional learning needs by focusing on the affective, as well as the cognitive domain for all students. This is especially important for At Risk, ELL, SPED and GT students. The topics presented will be based on educational research that states, "Students working in a cooperative learning environment have demonstrated improved learning, increased motivation and improved performance compared to students who work in just "groups". Using CL structures, students will support one another while creating a positive environment, which encourages critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity needed for developing higher-level scientific investigation, questioning and reasoning skills. Using a breakout box activity (Periodic Table) and CL structures, educators can better engage students in their own learning. **CLASS SIZE LIMIT OF 30 due to the hands-on materials.**

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
D105

8:30am

Multiple Representations in Physics for Multiple Learners
How many times have you heard your strong math students lament the challenges of physics? Do you wish they saw physics as more than just formulas? Do you want them to be able to communicate their understanding?

This session will help you guide your students to a deeper understanding of physics concepts through the use of multiple representations. Will focus on equipping you with tools to help students transition from a primary focus on math to a solid conceptual understanding. We will discuss how different representations can be used to help connect concepts for different learning styles.
REPEATED in Session 2


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
B208

8:30am

New Notebooking Templates and Fold-its for the Grade 3-5 Streamlined TEKS
This highly popular make-and-take workshop has been updated with new editable templates and fold-it strategies for grades 3-5. These activities will become some of your favorite and most effective instructional tools. Join us for lots of great activities, FREE templates, idea sharing, and door prizes!


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
D110

8:30am

Science and Art
Make paints by extracting pigment from berries and veggies, break surface tension to create painted snowflakes, color titanium with voltage and electroplate copper onto nickels. Through distinctly different processes, we will use science to create art. We will discuss the science behind the art, fusing the two fields together._x000D_
Participants will go through the extraction process of making paints, and at least color titanium. Other activities will be done, depending on time. Instructions for all activities will be given with a Dropbox link. Time will be allotted to discuss where these activities fit in curriculum.


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
B103

8:30am

Seeking a Solution for STEM? Come meet the Solution Seekers.
In the last 10 years, 3 million American jobs have gone unfilled due to a lack of basic STEM skills. Discovery Education STEM Connect is a cutting-edge interdisciplinary K-8 resource designed to enhance core curriculum and bring STEM to life in your classrooms. Our powerful 4Cs framework built around Stanford Design Thinking, uses relatable scenarios that connect students to real world challenges. With each unit, students gain valuable critical-thinking and solution seeking skills for life.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
E108

8:30am

Set the Stage to Engage
Engage more students by adding music, movement, rhythm and rhyme the is content-based and full of rich and relevant vocabulary. Participants will learn how to use science songs, poems and movements to teach review and recall science concepts. Using any of theses strategies will increase student engagement and retention.
REPEATED in Session 3

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
E123

8:30am

STEM for All: Strategies for STEM in Inclusion and ELL Classrooms
Do you love teaching STEM but have multiple developmental, ability, or language levels represented in your classroom? Do you wish there was something that could enable all students to participate and feel good about engineering? Learn simple technology and classroom strategies to enable all students to be successful future engineers in the session.
REPEATED in Session 2


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
E107

8:30am

The Miracle Happens: 3D to 2D
Your classroom hands ons and inquiry activities leave everyone excited until your students take the test and then you realize than transition from 3D to the paper takes more than a miracle! Hands on and inquiry activities require a lot of prep and planning time and you want your students to show their hard work when assessment comes. This session will help organize engaging hand on/inquiry demonstration areas that will keep your students engaged in higher order of thinking processes required not to pass but to master any kind of assessment.
REPEATED in Session 2


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
B203

8:30am

Transforming Your Lab Activities with Argument-Driven Inquiry
Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) is an innovative instructional model (based on how students learn) that has students participate in the practices of science as they learn to use core ideas and crosscutting concepts to explain natural phenomena in grades 3-16. Students also interact with their peers, critique ideas, and reflect on their mistakes. In addition to learning about all 8 stages of an ADI investigation, participants will collect data (ADI Stage 2) and construct a scientific argument (Stage 3) based on their data collection. Participants will also perform a peer-review of a student sample lab report (Stage 7) based on the ADI rubric.
REPEATED in Session 2

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
B104

8:30am

Visual Vocabulary
Are you tired of the same old vocabulary activities and want to bring some creativity and critical thinking to your classroom? Then look no further! In this session we will practice a strategy used to activate critical thinking and creativity in a way that the students will love. We will create visual word drawing representations of science terms to show our level of understanding.
REPEATED in Session 2

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
E125

8:30am

Talk, Read, Talk, Write
Talk Read Talk Write is a structured approach to building and supporting literacy skills across all content areas. In this class you will learn more about how to implement TRTW in your classroom and learn how to plan for lessons that support literacy. This session will be double blocked.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 8:30am - 10:40am
E121

9:40am

Nuclear Reactions in Action
Let’s shoot nuclear waste into the sun! Was Fukushima a nuclear or chemical explosion? How does nuclear power work? Can we mine the moon to further fusion research? How does radiation kill cancer cells? Nuclear is a powerful word, often steeped in mystery and fear. Yet it is a well-researched area of science. Come listen to some quick and common questions and answers.

STAT Chat is at 9:45 and repeats at 10:10.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
D116

9:40am

Reviews for more than Regurgitation: Using Hyperdocs to develop Independent Learners
This session is designed to provide resources and strategies to develop hyperdocs designed specifically for major unit tests, middle of the year assessments and other evaluations that require students to recall content, skills, and knowledge covered over a lengthy period. Participants will be provided with templates for immediate use in their classrooms. Agenda items will include how the hypedocs can be tailored to meet the needs of all learners including students with disabilities, ELLs and for extended learning for those students who require minimal academic assistance.

STAT Chat is at 9:45 and repeats at 10:10.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
D121

9:40am

Using Content Centered Playlists to Differentiate Learning
Wish you could have more help in the classroom? Wish you could focus student learning to the needs of individual learners continually throughout the year? Wish you could spiral student learning with less effort? Learning playlists will allow you to do just that! Learn how to utilize content centered playlists and student data to target student learning. Using playlists will allow you to better target the needs of all students all the time. Check out this course to learn more!

STAT Chat is at 9:45 and repeats at 10:10.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
D122

9:40am

Using Inventor's Biographies for Engineering
Struggling to integrate? Come see how we integrated science, social studies, reading, and writing with one project completed in separate classrooms. Learn how to create a multidisciplinary project to cover your TEKS, incorporate STEM, and maximize instructional time (without intensive planning)!

STAT Chat is at 9:45 and repeats at 10:10.

Speakers
avatar for Lexi Rix

Lexi Rix

Third Grade Teacher, Cannon Elementary
Lexi Rix is a Humanities teacher at Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School for Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. She currently teaches 3rd grade and she has experience teaching 5th grade. Rix holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in curriculum & instruction... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
D118

9:40am

Why not make videos and animations for your classroom? A talk about video editing philosophy and software
Currently, many teachers use videos and animations in the classroom but they rely on other’s work, like crash courses or NASA videos or solo producers such as Amoeba Sisters’ work. Wouldn’t it be cool to make your own videos for your classes, instruct students how to make their own, and share these with other teachers? Everyone is on their smartphones anyway, why not get something educational on these? The technology of video and animation editing and producing is rapidly developing and much more user-friendly than ever. Most of the software is no harder to learn than Microsoft Office programs such as Word or PowerPoint. What you really need to start making your own videos and animations is to learn the philosophy of making one and spending some time to learn the software. To make a video, you need a story. The story is the key; it is not so hard to find graphics, animation clips, video clips, and good voice or music recordings. Editing software is also important but this follows similar logic. Once you have the story you want to tell, then you put all the clips and elements together and apply some effects to make your final video great. You need three types of editing: graphics editing, animation software, and video editing software. I will briefly demonstrate the basic production flow of videos and animations, and then share with you a summary of software based on my personal experiences, peer-reviewed literatures and resources online. The software that I want to cover includes Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Animate CC, DaVinci Resolve, Pensil2d, screen recorder/capture software. Remember they may look different but once you understand the logic of making a video or an animation you would learn to use any of them very fast, especially if you have some experience on any one of the software in the list.

STAT Chat is at 9:45 and repeats at 10:10.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
D123

9:40am

"Hands-On, Minds-On" to a Mini Make-and-Take Workshop: Games and Puzzles for Middle Schools
This is a mini “Make-and-Take” workshop that will help teachers create their own games and puzzles that target a specific TEKS or topic. Teachers will END UP WITH SAMPLE PRODUCTS of their own games and puzzles that can be modified and used in their own classroom. _x000D_
_x000D_
Students learn best when they are fully engaged and there is nothing more engaging to young people than fun. They also perform best when they are intellectually challenged but do not feel threatened to participate and express themselves. These games, puzzles, and projects can be used for different class sizes and settings. They are very effective to use for: _x000D_
1. lesson enrichment, _x000D_
2. classroom management_x000D_
3. concept application_x000D_
4. practice exercises _x000D_
5. informal assessment _x000D_
6. test review, and more_x000D_
_x000D_
These instructional tools can be made using very affordable materials. When properly used, these tools will:_x000D_
(1) engage students by giving them a motivation to learn and actively participate in activities _x000D_
(2) motivate them to explore further the concepts and skills they have acquired through hands-on and minds-on practice_x000D_
(3) give an opportunity to explain what they have learned as they listen critically to analyze answers _x000D_
(4) encourage them to elaborate as they apply in the activities the principles/concepts they mastered, _x000D_
(5) prompt them to evaluate their own understanding and degree of knowledge that gives them a sense of accomplishment or leads them to further study _x000D_
_x000D_
WHO CAN USE THEM? _x000D_
1. General Education/Level students _x000D_
2. Advance Learners _x000D_
3. Gifted Learners _x000D_
4. Struggling Learners _x000D_
5. Special Education Students _x000D_
6. English Language Learners

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
E103

9:40am

Animal Adaptation Breakout Box and Rotation Stations
Do you want your students to be engaged learners? Do you want them to drive their own learning through conversation and activities connected to TEKS? This session will provide you with animal adaptation stations that are hands on, student led, and brings a new level of engagement to your classroom. In addition, you will experience an animal adaptation breakout box. Do you have the adaptations necessary to break out?
REPEATED in Session 3

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
D105

9:40am

Animals on the Move
Bring out the animal in your students in this engaging and collaborative session for PreK-2nd grade teachers. Compare your students' personalities to Dallas Zoo's animal collection to understand how to work with your students. Learn how to apply social skills such as cooperation, collaboration, and nonverbal cues to animal migration and patterns.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson

Education Supervisor, Dallas Zoo
As the Education Supervisor for educator workshops and school programs at the Dallas Zoo, I am interested in learning what you and your students need to help conquer category 4, Organisms and the Environment. What are the most challenging standards? How are you implementing PBL or... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
E110

9:40am

Authentic technology integration in early elementary
Wanting to implement more technology in your classroom but are not sure how to do it? Join us for some great ideas that you could use in your classroom tomorrow as we share how we use 1:1 iPads and technology daily in our Kinder and 1st-grade classes! Some of the things we will cover are Seesaw, Google Classroom, using digital menus, and how to meaningfully incorporate technology into all subject areas.

Speakers
avatar for Marina Luepnitz

Marina Luepnitz

FIRST GRADE TEACHER, CANNON ELEMENTARY
I was born and raised in Saltillo, Mexico and moved to College Station in 2010 to attend college. I graduated form Texas A&M University (Gig 'em Aggies!). I have a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Early Childhood-Grade 6 Bilingual and a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
E109

9:40am

Break Out of Boring Science with Digital Breakouts
Are your students getting tired of the same day-to-day activities? Are you ready to up your lessons to the next level? Let's elevate hands-on learning! Learn how to create digital breakouts using Google Suite to increase engagement among your students.
REPEATED in Session 3


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
E108

9:40am

Cutting-edge Science Investigations with the Flatworm Planaria.
Join us in this fun and interactive workshop to explore how the freshwater flatworm Planaria can be used to excite your students and immerse them in hands-on, inquiry-based investigations. These wiggly flatworms are not only safe to handle, but are cute to look at and can be easily maintained in a classroom with limited supplies. Furthermore, the Planaria are greatly used in scientific research, giving a real purpose for your learners to explore them. Discover through hands-on activities the value of using the Planarian to bring alive topics such as organisms interactions with their environment, sexual and asexual reproduction, cell division, stem cells and regeneration and topics in anatomy and physiology. Classroom-ready resources including vendor information for these organisms, care and feeding requirements, links to free teaching resources/interactives, and alignments to TEKS across grade levels will be provided.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
B102

9:40am

DIVE-in to Engineering - STEMscopes New Engineering Program
DIVE In Engineering is taking the Maker Movement by storm. Developed by STEMscopes in partnership with New York Hall of Science, it is driven by natural curiosity and creativity! Join us as we showcase a new hands-on solution, which could be the inspiration for students to pursue STEM careers.


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
D103

9:40am

Donors Choose for Dummies
Donors Choose is a wonderful website that allows teachers to gain useful materials. It is a free non-profit website that allows teachers to create a wish-list of items for their classrooms. This wish-list can be shared with parents and on social media; Donors Choose also shares this wish-list with donors from around the world! Through this program our school has received school supplies, books, and lab materials. Please come by and learn how to create a Donors Choose account and set up a project that could provide your classroom with much needed supplies!


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
B106

9:40am

Formative Assessment: Assessment for Learning
The initial push of formative assessment use in the classroom has been stagnant and not expanded beyond mere data collection of exit tickets with closed-ended answers. However, formative assessment can be so much more than simply finding deficits in instruction to re-teach.
REPEATED in Session 3

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
E120

9:40am

High Flyin' Hot Air Balloons: A Fun Way to Teach About Gases
Join us for a high flyin’ hot air balloon adventure! See how this fun hot air balloon activity can be used in teaching the basics of states of matter (gases) all the way to gas laws! We’ll build and launch hot air balloons, all while learning how they can be used to teach science principles. We’ll throw in some math and art alignment, as well! This is a highly engaging activity that can be adapted for all grade levels! Balloon templates and instructional activities will be provided to all attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Donaldson

Katie Donaldson

Master Teacher/ Assistant Director, University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Science/Mathematics Education
At the UTeach Program at UTD, we train math and science majors to be great middle school and high school teachers. Let me know if you need a recommendation for an open position or you would like to be a mentor teacher in our program.



Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
B103

9:40am

How Does Your Science Glow?
Join us and explore the science behind how glow sticks work and learn about “glow in the dark” organisms and minerals in this hands-on session! You’ll create glowing works of art that dazzle the eyes as we investigate chemiluminescence using a budget friendly, inquiry lab activity. We’ll simplify the chemistry behind this phenomenon, compare types of luminescence, examine energy conversions, discuss how bioluminescence adaptations are important to living organisms, and model bioluminescence in fireflies. We’ll combine chemistry, biology, geology, art, and literature in this illuminating session for all grade levels!

Speakers
avatar for Mary Morgan

Mary Morgan

Professional Development Manager, Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Mary spent 11 years teaching life sciences at Belton High School in Belton, TX and Ellison High School in Killeen, TX. Her teaching experience includes Biology (Pre-AP, Inclusion, and On-Level), AP Biology, Zoology, and Anatomy & Physiology (Honors and On-Level). Mary served as a... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
B105

9:40am

Meet Wildcards: Fun, Easy, and Inexpensive STEM Electronics
Easy-to-use STEM electronics don't have to be expensive. Wildcards is a circuit board for STEM Education, designed to make "Making easy" and affordable. With built-in LEDs, buttons, a buzzer, "Makey-Makey"-style buttons, and 100% Arduino compatibility, Wildcards provides a powerful set of features to extend Scratch 3.0 programming into the hardware domain for only $15. Integrate even more capability with Wildmodule sensors, actuators, and indicators. Wildcards is perfect for students to explore coding, robotics, and electronics. In this hands-on Playground session, you can try it out yourself to see how easy and fun STEM learning can be!

Speakers
avatar for David Hoelscher

David Hoelscher

Co-founder, Wildcards



Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
D108

9:40am

Multiple Representations in Physics for Multiple Learners
How many times have you heard your strong math students lament the challenges of physics? Do you wish they saw physics as more than just formulas? Do you want them to be able to communicate their understanding?_x000D_
_x000D_
This session will help you guide your students to a deeper understanding of physics concepts through the use of multiple representations. Will focus on equipping you with tools to help students transition from a primary focus on math to a solid conceptual understanding. We will discuss how different representations can be used to help connect concepts for different learning styles.


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
B208

9:40am

New Notebooking Templates and Fold-its for the 6-8 and Biology Streamlined TEKS
This highly popular make-and-take workshop has been updated with new editable templates and fold-it strategies for grades 6-8 and Biology. These activities will become some of your favorite and most effective instructional tools. Join us for lots of great activities, FREE templates, idea sharing, and door prizes!


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
D110

9:40am

Pump Up the Process Skills
At times when units are centered on process skills, student engagement can be at a loss. In this session you will learn exciting and interactive digital tools to help drive your students passions as they are exploring, interacting, collaborating, and observing the World around them. You will walk away with access to an ever growing editable resource folder with anything from Hyperdocs to Nearpod Presentations that will blow your students minds! Join me for an exciting hour of hands-on learning!

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
B108

9:40am

Rx: Surface Water, Groundwater & the Watershed
Having trouble getting kids to understand water resources concepts? Come work with manipulatives, hands-on materials, and models to understand a groundwater--surface water system, conceptualize porosity and permeability, and make decisions about human effects on the watershed.

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Owner/Developer, Supporting Science, Inc.
Owner/Consultant


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
B200

9:40am

Science and STEM Resources from Texas Instruments
This presentation will provide an update of the latest free STEM and content resources from Texas Instruments. TI has a variety of "STEM Behind..." programs including Hollywood, Space, Medicine, Sports, Cool Careers, and more. Additionally, learn about 1000+ free calculator activities including data collection; SAT, ACT, and AP materials: tutorials; and free training webinars. STEM projects featuring the TI-Innovator and Rover used for after school clubs and summer camps will also be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Robb Wilson

Robb Wilson

Education Technology Consultant, Texas Instruments
Educational Technology Consultant


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
E104

9:40am

STEM for All: Strategies for STEM in Inclusion and ELL Classrooms
Do you love teaching STEM but have multiple developmental, ability, or language levels represented in your classroom? Do you wish there was something that could enable all students to participate and feel good about engineering? Learn simple technology and classroom strategies to enable all students to be successful future engineers in the session.


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
E107

9:40am

Take Your Hyperdocs to Hyperdrive!
Wanna take your Hyperdocs, digital sorts and graphic organizers to the next dimension? This warp-speed class is for intermediate or advanced Hyperdoc users, and we will show you lots of tips, tricks and add-ons for making your Hyperdocs even MORE engaging, as well as showing you additional ways to utilize them- they are great for digital interactive notebooks and interactive whiteboards. Come a Wookie, uhh..Rookie and leave a Jedi Hyperdoc Master!


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
D109

9:40am

The Miracle Happens: 3D to 2D
Your classroom hands ons and inquiry activities leave everyone excited until your students take the test and then you realize than transition from 3D to the paper takes more than a miracle! Hands on and inquiry activities require a lot of prep and planning time and you want your students to show their hard work when assessment comes. This session will help organize engaging hand on/inquiry demonstration areas that will keep your students engaged in higher order of thinking processes required not to pass but to master any kind of assessment.


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
B203

9:40am

Transforming Your Lab Activities with Argument-Driven Inquiry
Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) is an innovative instructional model (based on how students learn) that has students participate in the practices of science as they learn to use core ideas and crosscutting concepts to explain natural phenomena in grades 3-16. Students also interact with their peers, critique ideas, and reflect on their mistakes. In addition to learning about all 8 stages of an ADI investigation, participants will collect data (ADI Stage 2) and construct a scientific argument (Stage 3) based on their data collection. Participants will also perform a peer-review of a student sample lab report (Stage 7) based on the ADI rubric.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
B104

9:40am

Using coding with Ozobot to teach Science, it can be done :)
What is an Ozobot? How can it be used in a Science Classroom? It is a tiny robot that blends the physical and digital worlds — and teaches students programing. In our science classroom it brings both together. Learn about the cells, moon phases, teach speed and velocity using a different approach and much more. This technology allows students to use their creativity alongside the science curriculum that we use. Learn the basics and how to blend technology with Science in a way that students have not used it before.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
B210

9:40am

Visual Vocabulary
Are you tired of the same old vocabulary activities and want to bring some creativity and critical thinking to your classroom? Then look no further! In this session we will practice a strategy used to activate critical thinking and creativity in a way that the students will love. We will create visual word drawing representations of science terms to show our level of understanding.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
E125

10:50am

Actively Assessing - PlayGround
Explore four new “make and take,” no pencil required formative assessments to use during fifth grade science STAAR review. We will have one hands on activity for you to explore for each reporting catergory. Join us to discover new ideas as we prepare for STAAR.


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
D122

10:50am

Break the mold with cards - PlayGround
Are you tired of doing the same old thing and getting student doing the same old thing. Change it up by allow the students to play card game such as Uno to teach the rock cycle, spoons to teach chemistry, or Sudoku to help the student learn renewable and nonrenewable resources and much more. Break the mold and all the student to learn while having fun.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bradley

Jennifer Bradley

Science teacher, Alvord ISD
Alvord ISD, Alvord High School


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
D117

10:50am

Everything About 8th Grade Science! - PlayGround
Come check out some different ideas to inspire your 8th graders and get them into some unique learning opportunities. We'll cover multiple lessons including hands on labs, technology centered research projects, and problem based learning scenarios.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
B106

10:50am

Family Science Nights with the Perot Museum - PlayGround
Developing and hosting an Open House or STEM Night can be an overwhelming task. The Perot Museum can help! Our Education Team can bring the museum to your campus through one of our TEKS-aligned Family Science Nights. These themed events bring exciting and hands-on activities for students and their families to engage in together. This session with Perot Museum Educators will include sample activities from several of our programs, including our brand new Earth and Space Family Science Night. We will also share activities from a custom Superhero-themed event we have developed for a local elementary school. Stop by to experience our science first hand!

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Liken

Jessica Liken

Sr Lead Educator- Physics & Chemistry, Perot Museum of Nature and Science


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
D116

10:50am

Hands on Projects for Engaging all Students - PlayGround
This session will demonstrate and show how to implement projects for a variety of topics covered in Physics, such as 1D-2D Motion, Forces, Torque and Conservation of Energy. It will also cover introducing argumentative writing skills to students in the form of Claim Evidence & Reasoning covering a variety concepts including Projectiles, Free Falling Objects and Energy. These hands on activities will help to promote student engagement and critical thinking skills.


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
B104

10:50am

Liven Up Any Lesson! Quick Games for Making Learning Fun! - PlayGround
Come learn games that are easy to incorporate into any lesson. Participants will learn fun activities that will increase student engagement, can be used for spiraling, and so much more!

Speakers


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
D123

10:50am

Sunshine Sugar Factory - PlayGround
In this educator's playground, teachers learn to measure photosynthesis using a Brix Refractometer, an inexpensive (under $20 on Amazon) handheld tool, easy for students to use. _x000D_
The chemical equation of photosynthesis is a foundation of life science yet many students fail to connect the abstract equation with the real changes plants undergo. _x000D_
Give your students hands-on experience to gain a visceral understanding of how photosynthesis varies across the plant, how weather and barometric pressure affects where the plant stores sugars, and how high sugar production provides natural frost resistance and insect protection to plants. Nitrogen-based fertilizer can make plants grow faster, but actually increase water content, reduce nutritional value and lower a plant's resistance to pests. Show your students how freshly harvested fruits and vegetables compare in nutritional value to store-bought._x000D_
You and your students will gain a richer understanding of not only photosynthesis but of how plants interact with their ecosystem, protecting themselves in preparation for storms, and feeding sugars to soil microbes through their roots to gain access to needed minerals.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
B105

10:50am

Texas Council of Elementary Science (TCES) Presents- STEM Playground - PlayGround
Elementary science teachers will showcase successful STEM activities that they have used in their classrooms. You will walk away with all the information you need to recreate the activities in your classroom._x000D_
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Mark George-Water Water Everywhere 5.5 A, B, C. 5.8 B. 5.9 A. 5.4_x000D_
Linda Chisholm- Science in a Sack- Process standards based _x000D_
Linda Marichal- How Strong is Your Hair? Math 5.2B 5.3E Science 5.2C 5.2F 5.2G 5.4A_x000D_
Suzanne Jungmann- NSTA Literacy correlation to elementary science TEKS _x000D_
Courtney Kiser- Game On! - review games for all science TEKS 4th-8th grades_x000D_
Mary Morgan- Perot Museum

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Flemmer

Jamie Flemmer

Coordinator of Elementary Science, Frisco ISD
President


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
D115

10:50am

"Hands-On, Minds-On" to a Mini Make-and-Take Workshop: Games and Puzzles for Elementary
This is a mini “Make-and-Take” workshop that will help teachers create their own games and puzzles that target a specific TEKS or topic. Teachers will END UP WITH SAMPLE PRODUCTS of their own games and puzzles that can be modified and used in their own classroom. _x000D_
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Students learn best when they are fully engaged and there is nothing more engaging to young people than fun. They also perform best when they are intellectually challenged but do not feel threatened to participate and express themselves. These games, puzzles, and projects can be used for different class sizes and settings. They are very effective to use for: _x000D_
1. lesson enrichment, _x000D_
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3. concept application_x000D_
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6. test review, and more_x000D_
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These instructional tools can be made using very affordable materials. When properly used, these tools will:_x000D_
(1) engage students by giving them a motivation to learn and actively participate in activities _x000D_
(2) motivate them to explore further the concepts and skills they have acquired through hands-on and minds-on practice_x000D_
(3) give an opportunity to explain what they have learned as they listen critically to analyze answers _x000D_
(4) encourage them to elaborate as they apply in the activities the principles/concepts they mastered, _x000D_
(5) prompt them to evaluate their own understanding and degree of knowledge that gives them a sense of accomplishment or leads them to further study _x000D_
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WHO CAN USE THEM? _x000D_
1. General Education/Level students _x000D_
2. Advance Learners _x000D_
3. Gifted Learners _x000D_
4. Struggling Learners _x000D_
5. Special Education Students _x000D_
6. English Language Learners

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
E103

10:50am

Animal Adaptation Breakout Box and Rotation Stations
Do you want your students to be engaged learners? Do you want them to drive their own learning through conversation and activities connected to TEKS? This session will provide you with animal adaptation stations that are hands on, student led, and brings a new level of engagement to your classroom. In addition, you will experience an animal adaptation breakout box. Do you have the adaptations necessary to break out?

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
D105

10:50am

Break Out of Boring Science with Digital Breakouts
Are your students getting tired of the same day-to-day activities? Are you ready to up your lessons to the next level? Let's elevate hands-on learning! Learn how to create digital breakouts using Google Suite to increase engagement among your students.


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
E108

10:50am

Formative Assessment: Assessment for Learning
The initial push of formative assessment use in the classroom has been stagnant and not expanded beyond mere data collection of exit tickets with closed-ended answers. However, formative assessment can be so much more than simply finding deficits in instruction to re-teach.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
E120

10:50am

From Cabbages to Pocket Mice: The Power of Selection
In this discussion-rich, TEKS-focused, workshop see how powerful small genetic changes can be! Join three UT Dallas scientists/science educators as we explore the power of both artificial and natural selection to change species. Explore how small genetic changes in a single species have produced a wide variety of different edible plants. Connect the easy-to-rear cabbage white butterfly to identification of closely-related garden food plants. Extend learning with free online resources from sources including HHMI’s Biointeractive. See how changing a handful of genes turned an unassuming wild grain in Mexico into corn. Watch natural selection in action, and how selection for different genes can produce the same visible trait. Question experts and discuss with peers on how to bring examples of both artificial and natural selection into your own classroom.


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
B103

10:50am

Google Chrome Extenstions for the Classroom
This presentation was designed for those who have a working knowledge of Google Apps for Education and the Chrome web browser. Come and learn how Chrome extensions can extend and increase teacher productivity and student collaboration. All the materials presented have already been tested in the classroom! This session will focus on using extensions and some “app smashing” to foster student collaboration and increase student engagement.


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
B108

10:50am

Google Form Frenzy
Are you ready to take your Google Form game to the next level? Whether you’re looking for practical ways to use Google forms in class or trying to figure out some of the more advanced features, we’ll showcase a variety of ways to use Google Forms in your classroom from assessment to gamification and differentiation. The session will also offer tutorials on new form features and how to make your own Form based on what YOU need. This session is geared towards a beginner/intermediate level and participants are encouraged to bring an electronic device with wireless capabilities.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
D109

10:50am

Hooking Students Through Storytelling
Getting students engaged in science can be difficult when the topic doesn't include a flashy demo or lab activity. This session will bring science educators through the process of starting lessons with different formats of storytelling in a chemistry class and how to link stories to hands on activities in the classroom. The concepts addressed will be gas law calculations, metallic bonding, and light spectroscopy.


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
E124

10:50am

Interactive Word Wall - Digital
Julie Jackson's interactive world walls amped up with digital options for whole-class participation. Learn how to use digital tools to give all students a chance to have a voice in the class word wall poster and ownership in their vocabulary learning. Will provide concept map blanks/templates that can be used for a variety of topics. Emphasis on secondary students.
REPEATED in Session 4

Speakers
avatar for Laura Byno

Laura Byno

SCIENCE TEACHER, Grapevine High School



Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
E109

10:50am

Just say no to drill and kill- Using games that really make students think!
We know that drill and kill does not work. We also know that teachers need engaging activities and games that can help their students understand science concepts at deeper level. Come experience games that can be played online as well as offline during centers or small group rotations that really make your students think!


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
E107

10:50am

Learning on the Go with GooseChase
Ready, set, hunt! Discover how to blend together the tried-and-true fun of scavenger hunts with mobile technology to create a learning experience like no other.



Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
D108
  • Presentation Link bit.ly/GooseChase-miniCAST

10:50am

Physics in Action
If you are wanting to challenge your on level physics students to think beyond the calculations then you will want to learn how we have engaged and excited our students about learning physics. We will explain and show you each project that we use throughout the year.
REPEATED in Session 4

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
B208

10:50am

Science Teaching Hacks to Make Your Life Easier!
Participate in a whirlwind of tips and tricks for organizing science supplies, making notebooking user friendly, setting up a simple makerspace, tackling the streamlined TEKS, and much, much more! These simple hacks, some of them make-and-take, will leave you feeling energized and excited about implementing new ideas. Door prizes too!


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
D110

10:50am

Set the Stage to Engage
Engage more students by adding music, movement, rhythm and rhyme the is content-based and full of rich and relevant vocabulary. Participants will learn how to use science songs, poems and movements to teach review and recall science concepts. Using any of theses strategies will increase student engagement and retention.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
E123

10:50am

STEM in Action!
STEM in Action modules are easy-to-implement, engaging activities for integrating science, math, literacy, and engineering skills into real-world problems. During this session participants will experience the Wildlife Corridor STEM in Action kit by working together to explore animal needs, habitats, and wildlife corridors. Participants will see first hand the critical thinking skills, communication, and collaboration necessary to complete this STEM challenge. After completing the challenge, we will share the different STEM in Action kits that are offered by Hand2Mind for grade levels PK-5.
REPEATED in Session 4

Speakers
KK

Kristi Kellum

Instructional Coach, Allen ISD


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
E110

10:50am

STEMrangers and The EarthEcho Team Make Science Nights Exciting and Easy
Find out how Philippe Cousteau's EarthEcho's International, in partnership with STEMscopes, for_x000D_
motivating students to take ACTION in caring for the Earth, our our oceans, and their_x000D_
neighborhood! This one is action packed and easily integrated into your STEM classroom,_x000D_
Science Night & summer or after school programs.


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
D103

10:50am

Will it be hot, cold, glow or explode? Chemistry in the Classroom
Time to zip it up and shake! Mix a variety of chemicals that bubble, change color, get hot or cold, glow, expand and if not careful explode! Easy, safe, and fun. We will explore chemical changes and provide hands-on experiences with endothermic/exothermic reactions, chemiluminescence, gas production and creation of a new substance. Incorporate safe practices and enjoy quick & easy clean up while you develop skills in observation and experimentation. These types of investigations build into CER's, ADI's, and Inquiry based Science plus Great door prizes!

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
B210

1:00pm

Bringing Science to Life with GIFs with the Amoeba Sisters
Limited Capacity seats available

(Ticket Required) GIFs are popular among students on social media, but did you know they are also very powerful in science education? GIFs can serve as powerful visualizations and models for science processes and vocabulary. Join the Amoeba Sisters to discover how you and your students can create and use science GIFs- with or without technology- while maximizing precious classroom time. When students are provided opportunities for creating GIFs, the result is a powerful blend of engagement, relevance, and science content!


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cafeteria

1:00pm

***CANCELED*** Energy, Energy, Everywhere - An Investigation for Early Childhood Students Using Toys
*** CANCELED*** Energy, energy, everywhere is an exciting concept that is all around us. Using toys to demonstrate the different types of energy gives students as young as 3 the opportunity to engage in investigations of solar, thermal, hydro, sound, electrical, and wind energy. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the different types of energy using the different types of toys.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
B104

1:00pm

A guide to using games to teach the 4 C's
Come and experience a number of games that promote the 4 C's of instruction (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking). In this session, we will introduce games that are not only engaging and exciting, but 100% aligned to the TEKS.


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
E107

1:00pm

Challenging the Forgotten Learner
As an educator at both the secondary and college levels, I can attest to a growing population of learners that our educational system seems to neglect. We want to help all learners succeed, but often the pressures of accountability and standardized testing leave us focusing much of our energy on those at risk of reaching the minimum standards. For everyone else, we tend to deceive ourselves into thinking that reaching an arbitrary “success” standard somehow fulfills our commitment to them. With every gold star and acknowledgement for reaching the designated expectation, we further dig these learners into the mindset of compliance, self-doubt and massive anxiety. This model created ideal employees in yesterday’s economies but will foster little to no success in that of tomorrow. In this session, learn how simple but consistent changes in our classroom culture can stop preparing our learners for our past, but instead for their future.

Speakers
avatar for Ramy Mahmoud

Ramy Mahmoud

2013 PISD Teacher of the Year/ UTD Lecturer, Plano ISD/ UT-Dallas
I am committed to finding ways to keep learning engaging and intriguing for my students. I have developed this presentation based off of both psychological research and tested strategies in my classrooms. I'm confident that after attending this session you'll be invigorated, inspired... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
F103

1:00pm

Changing Achievement with STEM Teacher Actions and STEM Certification
Earning a STEM Teacher Certificate will refine and demonstrate your understanding of STEM Teacher Actions. These effective, engaging and evidence-based STEM instructional strategies will transform your students' outcomes and energize your campus culture.


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D103

1:00pm

Crack the Code: Building Digital Escape Rooms
Attendees will learn how to plan and create engaging, themed and content focused Escape Room puzzles based on Science TEKS; Attendees will be provided a step by step process, from start to finish, to turn their escape room into a digital experience using Google Sites and Google Forms. Attendees will be able to interact with a digital escape room set up and will then participate in an interactive lecture about the process and product of escape room building, making a digital format and modified/differentiated recommendations.


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D109

1:00pm

Escape Rooms a Digital Breakout!
Come and learn how to make a digital breakout room for your class. You will learn a vast array of ways to engage your students. We will be using Google Classroom, Google Sites, Google Slides, & Google Drive. We will also incorporate a free app called Deck Toys.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
B108

1:00pm

Exploring Exoplanets in the Classroom
Are there habitable alien worlds? What makes a world habitable, in our solar system or beyond? How far away are the closest potentially habitable exoplanets? In this interactive, TEKS-aligned workshop, we will explore conceptions of scale and why it matters for exoplanets, planet hunting, known exoplanets, and what science tells us about alien worlds with similarities to our own. _x000D_
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This cosmic journey will use engaging online multimedia NASA resources, easy activities with common materials, the presenter’s own free curricula with classroom-ready scale models, and more. Participants will relate exoplanets to the TEKS, and discuss why “eyeball Earths” orbiting small dim stars maybe the most common “Earth-like” planets of all.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
B103

1:00pm

Getting the Dirt on Forensic Geology
A crime has been committed in each of the 4 regions of Texas! Come see how students can use properties of soil, other forms of evidence, and logic to put the correct Texas Explorer behind bars. Students will be engaged from day 1 as they explore four different fictional crime scenes. Using their knowledge of properties of soil, reading strategies and logical reasoning skills, students will combine all of the evidence to determine which region the crime was committed in, which early Texas explorer committed the crime and what tool they used to do it!

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
E103

1:00pm

Hooking Students Through Storytelling
Getting students engaged in science can be difficult when the topic doesn't include a flashy demo or lab activity. This session will bring science educators through the process of starting lessons with different formats of storytelling in a chemistry class and how to link stories to hands on activities in the classroom. The concepts addressed will be gas law calculations, metallic bonding, and light spectroscopy.


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
E124

1:00pm

How Do Earth's Processes Change the Landscape?
Understanding the changes to the Earth's surface caused by weathering, erosion and deposition can be learned best through hands-on experiences and modeling of the processes. This elementary workshop provides participants with engaging models demonstrating the causes and effects of weathering, erosion, and deposition.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
B105

1:00pm

Interactive Word Wall - Digital
Julie Jackson's interactive world walls amped up with digital options for whole-class participation. Learn how to use digital tools to give all students a chance to have a voice in the class word wall poster and ownership in their vocabulary learning. Will provide concept map blanks/templates that can be used for a variety of topics. Emphasis on secondary students.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Byno

Laura Byno

SCIENCE TEACHER, Grapevine High School



Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
E109

1:00pm

Observing, Inferring, and Predicting in Grades 4-8
Walk away with a fun, creative, and effective card activity that teaches students to make observations, inferences, and predictions. This TEKS-focused activity can be used immediately and, if laminated, used for years to come. Join us for easy-to-use, engaging strategies, idea sharing and door prizes!


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D110

1:00pm

Physics in Action
If you are wanting to challenge your on level physics students to think beyond the calculations then you will want to learn how we have engaged and excited our students about learning physics. We will explain and show you each project that we use throughout the year.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
B208

1:00pm

Rx: Revolution & Rotation
Having trouble getting kids to understand revolution and rotation concepts? Modeling is the key! Come see how models for day/night/shadows, Moon's motion, seasons, and tidal patterns can help create interest and insight into these difficult spatial concepts.

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Owner/Developer, Supporting Science, Inc.
Owner/Consultant


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
B200

1:00pm

Scientific Explorations with Sea Monkeys
Come explore how you can add excitement and bring alive your life science classroom with brine shrimp (Artemia), also popularly known as sea monkeys. Brine shrimp eggs are cheap, easily available at most pet stores and are also sold on Amazon. Come explore in this hands-on interactive workshop how you can use recyclable materials and pet store supplies to conduct authentic real-world scientific inquiries with brine shrimp at a low budget. Discover the value of brine shrimp to teach complex topics such as organisms and their interactions with the environment, biotic and abiotic factors, food chain, life cycle and growth, and development. Classroom-ready resources including vendor information for these organisms, care and feeding requirements, links to free teaching resources/interactives, and alignments to TEKS across grade levels will be shared.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
B102

1:00pm

Seeking a Solution for STEM? Come meet the Solution Seekers.
In the last 10 years, 3 million American jobs have gone unfilled due to a lack of basic STEM skills. Discovery Education STEM Connect is a cutting-edge interdisciplinary K-8 resource designed to enhance core curriculum and bring STEM to life in your classrooms. Our powerful 4Cs framework built around Stanford Design Thinking, uses relatable scenarios that connect students to real world challenges. With each unit, students gain valuable critical-thinking and solution seeking skills for life.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
E119

1:00pm

Seesaw and Science: A New Frontier
The interactive nature of Science means that learning can often look chaotic. Students working on experiments at different paces and investigating various questions means that teachers need innovative ways to check for student understanding and interact with students on a daily basis. Seesaw can be your answer. In this session, we will cover the basics of Seesaw in an interactive format. Participants will leave ready to meaningfully implement Seesaw in their Science classrooms and increase student engagement on day 1!

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
B106

1:00pm

STEM in Action!
STEM in Action modules are easy-to-implement, engaging activities for integrating science, math, literacy, and engineering skills into real-world problems. During this session participants will experience the Wildlife Corridor STEM in Action kit by working together to explore animal needs, habitats, and wildlife corridors. Participants will see first hand the critical thinking skills, communication, and collaboration necessary to complete this STEM challenge. After completing the challenge, we will share the different STEM in Action kits that are offered by Hand2Mind for grade levels PK-5.

Speakers
KK

Kristi Kellum

Instructional Coach, Allen ISD


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
E110

1:00pm

STEM Projects from Texas Instruments
This overview session will provide information on TI's STEM projects available to support science and STEM instruction. The sessions will use coding and programming on TI graphing calculators, as well as activities featuring the TI-Innovator Hub (Launch Pad), and TI's programmable robotic vehicle - the Rover. These projects have been used with after school clubs and have been used as summer camp projects. Projects available include Digital Mood Ring, Making Music with Code, Pet Car Alarm, Smart Irrigation System, a Four-Chambered Heart, and Driving on Mars. Worth your time, just to see what it's all about.

Speakers
avatar for Robb Wilson

Robb Wilson

Education Technology Consultant, Texas Instruments
Educational Technology Consultant


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
B203

1:00pm

Virtual Interaction with Gravitational Waves to Observe Relativity (VIGOR)
This workshop will introduce VIGOR, a free, publicly available interactive simulation of binary black holes and the gravitational waves they emit. Using VIGOR on tablets or computers, participants will learn the physics behind the Nobel-prize winning discovery of gravitational waves that stretch and squeeze the fabric of spacetime. Our team of scientist educators will provide a brief introduction to black holes, gravitational waves, and their recent discovery by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). They will then introduce VIGOR and guide teachers through its use to illustrate the properties of black holes and gravitational waves. Participants will have the opportunity to practice classroom exercises that use VIGOR to teach about key properties of binary black holes (their masses and orbits) and gravitational waves (their amplitude, frequency, and polarization).


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
E108

1:00pm

Writing in Science
Research shows that reading and writing are best learned in the context of a content area. This workshop will investigate strategies and share a plethora of ideas for implementing writing into science.

Speakers

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D105

2:15pm

Keynote - The One Creating is The One Who is Learning
The Amoeba Sisters is a science YouTube channel that was created to try to solve a classroom obstacle, but over the past five years, it ended up showing us more about creating than we could have ever imagined. We have discovered there is so much learning in the creative process. What is the value in involving students as creators in the science classroom? What are some ways that students can create while overcoming obstacles such as limited classroom time and/or resources? Join us in exploring the lessons we've learned in our adventure in creating! Discover how you can empower students as classroom creators!

Special thanks to Ward's Science for sponsoring the keynote.


Saturday March 2, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Auditorium

3:30pm

Door Prizes
If your name appears on the door prize slide show, visit the door prize room located off of the lobby.

Saturday March 2, 2019 3:30pm - 3:45pm