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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
 

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_
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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_
2. classroom management_x000D_
3. concept application_x000D_
4. practice exercises _x000D_
5. informal assessment _x000D_
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 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

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

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
After teaching high school life sciences for 11 years, Mary began working at the Perot Museum in order to directly impact fellow teachers through professional learning. Mary is a bona fide nerd, holding a B.S. in Biology with a focus in BioChemistry from Hardin-Simmons University... 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, GARLAND ISD,SACHSE H S
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

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

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

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

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

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

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
After teaching high school life sciences for 11 years, Mary began working at the Perot Museum in order to directly impact fellow teachers through professional learning. Mary is a bona fide nerd, holding a B.S. in Biology with a focus in BioChemistry from Hardin-Simmons University... 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

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

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

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

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

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-Colleyville ISD



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

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

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

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

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

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-Colleyville ISD



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

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

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

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 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