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Science in 3D

50th Annual Mid-Winter Conference

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Friday, February 5
 

7:30am

Registration
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There will be a booth outside the National Parks Ballroom to register.

Friday February 5, 2016 7:30am - Thursday February 5, 2026 9:00am
Grand Ballroom Lobby (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

8:00am

Breakfast
Limited Capacity seats available

Hot chocolate, coffee, small pastries, fruit

Friday February 5, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Grand Ballroom Lobby (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

8:00am

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Friday February 5, 2016 8:00am - 4:00pm
Room 8 350 5th Ave New York, NY 10018 USA

9:00am

Keynote - Adam Johnston, Weber State
Limited Capacity seats available

Adam Johnston is a professor of physics at Weber State University, where he teaches courses in physics and science education. His work in science learning has led him to co-organize a national conference in science education reform, Science Education at the Crossroads (sciedxroads.org), and he has established a local outreach program, Science in the Parks (scienceintheparks.org), hosted each summer as a traveling program to Ogden City parks.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Johnston

Adam Johnston

Weber State University
http://physics.weber.edu/johnston


Friday February 5, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Grand Ballroom (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

10:00am

Memory, Attention and Distraction
Limited Capacity seats available

What can games, a murder mystery and a driving test demonstrate about neurophysiology? Explore brain anatomy, memory and attention free at: http://learn.genetics.utah.edu. The Memory, Attention and Distraction supplemental curriculum module explores concepts from cell biology, neurophysiology, and neuropsychology to help students understand how our bodies process sensory input, and how these inputs influence attention and memory. The module includes: a short multimedia presentation and complimentary kinesthetic activity that explore the relationship between brain anatomy and memory formation, an interactive video murder mystery that illustrates the imperfection of memories, a driving simulator that tests the brain’s ability to multitask, and game-like memory tests and examples that help student’s gauge sensory memory, recall and ability to filter out distractions. The components of the supplemental curriculum module can be used together or individually, and have been designed to easily integrate in to a variety of classes and contexts. Use of the module components will be demonstrated and ideas for integration discussed.


Friday February 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Birch Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

10:00am

Hands-on Chemistry
Limited Capacity seats available

Get students out of the rut of taking note and regurgitating meaningless vocabulary and information. Get students seeing chemistry come to life with the expectation that students develop explanations of what they are observing based on key concepts. We will be seeing several short activities which engage students and develop their ability to apply what they are learning in class to every-day phenomenon. Most activities can be done using common materials.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Poulsen

Tracy Poulsen

Science OER Lead Developer and Trainer, USOE
I have been developing OERs for use in my classroom for six years as part of an original partnership between Nebo School District and BYU. Three years ago I started working with the state science specialist on the development of the state OER project and have been a part of the team to continually develop these resources each year. I have been a lead developer in soliciting and implementing community feedback and providing training to teachers on... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Maple Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

10:00am

Climate Dynamics
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will introduce the basic physics of Earth's climate system and the mechanisms that cause climate to change. The goal is to provide the scientific foundation to understand basic climate dynamics, and natural and anthropogenic climate change.

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Friday February 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Juniper Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

10:00am

Peas in a Pod: The Story of Heredity
Limited Capacity seats available

Gregor Mendel's discovery concerning how traits in pea plants are passed from one generation to the next has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on agricultural development. Mendelian Genetics enables animal and plant breeders to produce new, improved, and higher yielding varieties with more accuracy. In this session attendees will participate in engaging, hands-on activities that can be used to teach students about concepts of heredity. We will use informational texts to explore significant discoveries related to heredity, participate in activities that illustrate how inherited traits are expressed, and create pompom Punnett squares. The lessons and activities presented in this session align with fifth grade Utah Science Core Standards.

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Wallin

Lynn Wallin

Education Specialist, Utah State University; Agriculture in the Classroom
Lynn Wallin is an education specialist for Utah Agriculture in the Classroom at Utah State University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and a Master of Education degree from Utah State University.


Friday February 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Cascade A-B (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

10:00am

Utah Fossil Safari
Limited Capacity seats available

A presentation of 10 fossils, all from Utah. We will explain how they can be identified, how they were preserved and where they can be found. Each teacher in attendance will receive fossil samples, a lab book, lab materials and participate in 5 hands-on geology labs. This is taken from of the Utah Geology for Utah kids program offered by DOGM. It is written specifically for the 4th grade core.

Speakers

Friday February 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Zions Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

10:00am

Creating Background Knowledge through Exploration
Limited Capacity seats available

Our 8th grade science team provides multiple exploratory labs throughout the year. These labs are the kick-off activity for a unit. The idea is basically “Here, kids, play with this stuff for awhile. Spend some time smashing these rocks and burning this stuff and mixing these liquids.” The kids love it, and when we come back together to discuss, every single kid has has common background knowledge to draw from.

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Friday February 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Elm Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

10:00am

UEN Presents: Genius Hour
Limited Capacity seats available

Allowing students to study and research their interests is the basis of personalized learning. Genius hour is the method many teachers throughout the world are implementing personalized learning in the classroom. Genius Hour is giving students time each day/week to study the topic of their choice. Genius Hour/20% time has gained a lot of attention in the past few years. In this session we will discuss strategies to use PBL (project based learning) powered by free tools from the Utah Education Network


Friday February 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Cedar Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

10:00am

Flipping the Physics Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Everyone is “flipping out” about the flipped classroom, but how much research has actually been done on how much better students learn with a flipped classroom? We're taking an unbiased view (well, as unbiased as someone can actually be) at flipped learning, looking at all of the good, AND the bad. We’ll also talk about strategies to make your flipped classroom more effective. Although listed as a high school physics topic, this lesson is relevant to anyone thinking about starting (or already has started) a flipped classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Bell

Matt Bell

Lone Peak High School


Friday February 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Timpanogos Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

10:00am

Introduction to new 6th Grade SEEd Standards--Shifts, Strands, and Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will introduce participants to the new UT Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) Standards through a hands-on task to help highlight the major shifts in the format and function of the new 6th Grade science standards.


Friday February 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Cascade C (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

10:00am

Introduction to new 7th Grade SEEd Standards--Shifts, Strands, and Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will introduce participants to the new UT Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) Standards through a hands-on task to help highlight the major shifts in the format and function of the new 7th Grade science standards.

Speakers
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Adam Johnston and Angela Stewart

Davis - Centennial Jr. High


Friday February 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Cascade D (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

10:00am

Introduction to new 8th Grade SEEd Standards--Shifts, Strands, and Standards
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will introduce participants to the new UT Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) Standards through a hands-on task to help highlight the major shifts in the format and function of the new 8th Grade science standards.


Friday February 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Cascade E (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

10:00am

Too Quick to Flip? Experience using a flipped classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

The flipped classroom is a relatively new pedagogical technique where what was once considered "homework" is now done in the classroom, and what was once done in the classroom is now done during out-of-class time. The development of electronic technology, including the ability to digitally record lectures, has helped make this "flip" possible as students can now watch lectures at home so that class time may be spent involving students in more engaging activities. A quick review of the teaching and learning literature shows a rapid adoption of this technique among teaching professionals, with many espousing the virtues of this alternative pedagogy. In an attempt to better understand the use of this technique and evaluate its purported superiority in terms of student learning gains, I undertook my own experiment to compare a flipped classroom to a traditional lecture classroom.

Speakers

Friday February 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Amphitheatre (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

11:00am

The Food is Right
Limited Capacity seats available

This activity is based on the successful television game show, The Price Is Right and is designed to help students take the numbers they read on nutrition labels and put them in a more graphic context and hopefully help them think more deeply and carefully about what and how much of a good thing they are consuming.


Friday February 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Birch Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

11:00am

Using mathematical models and class data to investigate intermolecular forces
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session participants will investigate the use of class data and mathematical models in order to see intermolecular forces in our everyday life. This approach will require some kind of spreadsheet software and chemicals typically found in the high school store room. While the approach demonstrated has been effective in the past, we hope to generate a discussion that will result in improving the instructional episode through our collective experiences and ideas.

Speakers

Friday February 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Maple Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

11:00am

Getting Students to Remember Redshift
Limited Capacity seats available

In Earth Science, Redshift is one of the most difficult concepts for students to grasp. Through my own trial and error I have discovered a combination of unique and new (and somewhat crazy) ideas that have helped my students understand, explain, and diagram Redshift.

Speakers
avatar for Skipper Coates

Skipper Coates

Vista Heights Middle
I've been teaching Jr. High science for 8 years, 4 years in Canyons District and 4 years in Alpine District. I got a bachelor's degree in Biology at Utah State, and a Master's degree in Chemistry education at the University of Utah...and by the way, the MSSST program is the best out there! | | I currently teach Earth Science and really love teaching my 9th graders about the world around them. I have a passion for continuing my own... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Juniper Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

11:00am

Forces, Gravity and Copters, Oh My!
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session we will work through how to fuel students understanding of push and pull forces with gravity. We will look at how teachers can have students apply what they have learned about these forces in 3rd grade through iterative testing of paper copters. This will be paired with taking this learning to the next level by applying it to solve a design problem.

Speakers
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Tyson Grover

K-12 Science Curriculum Supervisor, Davis School District



Friday February 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Cascade A-B (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

11:00am

SOAR--Science Online Activities and Resources
Limited Capacity seats available

Come SOAR through the many online resources for every science standard. Resources presented will range: online lab simulations, interactive games, video library resources, to note and worksheet generators. A short discussion on Sage Testing format and how to prepare students for this unique interactive testing format by using and creating online resources. After resources are presented time will be given to explore and plan for your own curriculum.

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Tami Root

Middle school science


Friday February 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Zions Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

11:00am

Got Behaviors?
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and enjoy ready-to-use strategies addressing difficult student behavior from an expert in the field! You will leave this training with evidence-based strategies targeting the "Holy Trinity" of behavior problems: On-task behavior, Compliance, and Work Completion.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Springer

Ben Springer

Director of Special Education, WCSD
Ben Springer is an award-winning school psychologist with expert and specialist training in the fields of mental health and special education. Dr. Springer has presented nationally and the state level, most recently as the Keynote Speaker for the SEDC Conference on Autism. Come and learn from one of the state's leading authorities on effective classroom/behavior management and walk away with simple, ready-to-use strategies!



Friday February 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Cedar Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

11:00am

Observations and Inferences
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants become the learners as they observe museum specimens and make inferences about plant and animal adaptations, what clues fossils give us about Utah's past, and how rocks were formed. Classification of rocks and animals will also be covered in this guided inquiry workshop. You will walk away with a better idea on how to guide your students to making better observations and inferences. Information about how to utilize The Museum's teaching toolboxes in your classes will be given.


Friday February 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Elm Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

11:00am

Making Learning Visible: The Power of Standards-Based Learning Outcomes
Limited Capacity seats available

Research has shown that encouraging students' metacognition about their learning significantly improves student outcomes. In this session, I will share with you my experience with using explicit, student-friendly learning objectives and its effects on student learning in my classroom. We will discuss ideas of how to write, implement, track, and analyze students' self-assessment of their learning and compare the data with formative and summative assessments results.

Speakers
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Gordon Fluckiger

Teacher, Alpine School District


Friday February 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Timpanogos Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

11:00am

3D Science with the Current Core Standards - How does SEEd help my current 6th grade classroom?
Limited Capacity seats available

The new 6th Grade SEEd Standards will not be used in Utah until the 2017-18 school year. This session will look at how the vision for the SEEd Standards can be incorporated into the current 6th grade core science standards. The main focus will be on the relationships between the old and new standards, and teaching approaches that are beneficial to science learning with both documents.


Friday February 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Cascade C (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

11:00am

3D Science with the Current Core Standards - How does SEEd help my current 7th grade classroom?
Limited Capacity seats available

The new 7th Grade SEEd Standards will not be used in Utah until the 2017-18 school year. This session will look at how the vision for the SEEd Standards can be incorporated into the current 7th grade core science standards. The main focus will be on the relationships between the old and new standards, and teaching approaches that are beneficial to science learning with both documents.


Friday February 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Cascade D (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

11:00am

3D Science with the Current Core Standards - How does SEEd help my current 8th grade classroom?
Limited Capacity seats available

The new 8th Grade SEEd Standards will not be used in Utah until the 2017-18 school year. This session will look at how the vision for the SEEd Standards can be incorporated into the current 8th grade core science standards. The main focus will be on the relationships between the old and new standards, and teaching approaches that are beneficial to science learning with both documents.


Friday February 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Cascade E (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

11:00am

Interactive Worksheets Using Google Docs and Other Tec Tools That You Can Use
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to use Google Docs to create interactive worksheets. In this presentation you will learn how you can create online worksheets for sorting, graphing, and review activities. These worksheets are great for helping students of any age create models, charts, timelines, and graphic organizers.Session will cover a list of tried and true technology tools that any teacher can use. How, when, and why to use these tools will be discussed, and examples will be shown. Attendees will come away with a list of technology tools that they can use in their classroom next week!


Friday February 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Amphitheatre (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

11:50am

Lunch
Limited Capacity seats available

Box lunches will be provided.

Friday February 5, 2016 11:50am - 12:30pm
South Lobby and North Lobby 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

12:40pm

The Snails Trails
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will observe live snails and develop their own experiments to test the snail's adaptations. Through their experiments with different surfaces and foods, new understandings about the snail's anatomy and adaptations will be gained.

Speakers

Friday February 5, 2016 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Birch Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

12:40pm

Using BioEnergy to Teach Energy Flows in Nature
Limited Capacity seats available

Helping students understand bioenergy engages them in current socio-scientific issues. Using petroleum as an energy source impacts climate change and is becoming more expensive to produce. Developing fuels from biological sources is important for future energy production. This presentation introduces bioenergy as way to teach energy flows in nature for science learning in middle-school and high school science. We will explore hands-on activities and materials will be provided.


Friday February 5, 2016 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Maple Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

12:40pm

Modeling--An Important Tool for Scientists, Teachers and Students
Limited Capacity seats available

As science teachers, we want to help our students develop the skills needed for future success, learn to core concepts, and understand the nature of science. A great way to do this is to use models in the classroom. This is especially true in Earth Science where we study large systems that can be abstract for students. Models can represent a system or parts of a system and aid students in gaining a more concrete understanding. Models are also used by scientists in doing their work, so by using models we initiate our students into the work of the scientist. In addition to these wonderful pedagogical reasons for using models, building models is fun and engaging for students and teacher. This session will focus on some models that can be easily integrated into the Earth Science curriculum to help us use this valuable tool more effectively.

Speakers
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Sharon Miya

Nebo School District


Friday February 5, 2016 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Juniper Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

12:40pm

Rockin' Rocks Across the Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Rocks are one of the easiest things to collect and children love rocks! We will present creative and fun ways to use rocks, not just to teach science, but reading, writing, spelling, math, and the arts. It will be part presentation and part participation with some hands on activities. We have both informational and narrative books on rocks that we will share. We also have a fairly large and varied rock collection that has been collected over time from different parts of the country. We will give teachers ideas on how to start their own rock collections. Lorene Fullmer has been teaching about rocks in preschool, kindergarten or first grades classes for 15 years. Cari Frazier graduated in geology before she decided to go back to school in education. She has been a first grade teacher for 11 years.

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Lorene Fullmer

Kindergarten Teacher, Jordan School District, Copper Canyon Elementary
I am originally from Seattle, Washington and I love rain! I now enjoy living in Utah with my husband. My education is in Early Childhood Ed andI have taught preschool, kindergarten or first grade for the last 15 years. It is fun to teach the little ones about rocks, because they see beauty and magic in the most ordinary things. When I'm not teaching, I love reading, old movies, crafts and creating classroom games and activities on my computer.


Friday February 5, 2016 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Cascade A-B (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

12:40pm

STEM Teaching – Changing Lessons You Have into STEM lessons
Limited Capacity seats available

Turn your science classroom into a science discovery classroom. We all have many science lesson plans to teach science that are not STEM based. Learn how to change those lesson plans into STEM lessons that are effective, meaningful, and fun for students. There will be handouts of ideas, lessons, and pedagogy of engaging students into learning by inquiry on their own.

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Paul Nance

Curriculum Department


Friday February 5, 2016 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Aspen Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

12:40pm

An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Black Death
Limited Capacity seats available

The bubonic plague will capture your sudents' attention whether you teach English and literature, histtory, geography, art, biology, ecology, or math. This presentation will showcase how an exploration of the Black Death can be used as a cross curricular means of achieving a wide variety of Core Standards.

Speakers

Friday February 5, 2016 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Elm Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

12:40pm

Layered Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum® is a simple method for differentiating instruction in classrooms for all grade levels. Based on current brain-imaging information, Layered Curriculum is a fun and effective student-centered teaching method. This 3-layer model of differentiated instruction encourages complex thinking and holds students highly accountable for their learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Brimley

Jennifer Brimley

Science Teacher, Rocky Mountain Middle School


Friday February 5, 2016 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Cedar Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

12:40pm

Rotational Dynamics Laboratory
Limited Capacity seats available

Presentation of 3 lab activities using rotational dynamics to determine the moment inertia of point masses and of a washer shaped object and conservation of angular momentum. Labs will include hi and low tech options.

Speakers

Friday February 5, 2016 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Timpanogos Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

12:40pm

Museum Performace Tasks--Where do I get resources for the 6th Grade SEEd Standards?
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will highlight how teachers can work with our informal science education groups (such as museums, aquarium, planetarium, etc.) to gain lesson ideas that support the new standards. The session will highlight task(s) that provides examples of the new science standards.


Friday February 5, 2016 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Cascade C (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

12:40pm

Museum Performace Tasks--Research Quest: Critical Thinking. Serious Fun.
Limited Capacity seats available

Research Quest is for any 6th – 8th grade teacher working to advance critical thinking skills – outlined throughout the core curriculum - in his or her classroom. It is made up of three investigations that are tightly aligned with Utah’s new science and ELA standards http://researchquest.org/teachers/align.shtml and provides applied, authentic learning experiences for students. Research Quest allows students to practice the essential range of skills – communication, collaboration, and critical thinking - most necessary for academic and future success while supporting teachers in assessing student learning in responsive, actionable ways.


Friday February 5, 2016 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Cascade D (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

12:40pm

Museum Performace Tasks--Where do I get resources for the 8th Grade SEEd Standards?
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will highlight how teachers can work with our informal science education groups (such as museums, aquarium, planetarium, etc.) to gain lesson ideas that support the new standards. The session will highlight task(s) that provides examples of the new science standards.


Friday February 5, 2016 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Cascade E (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

12:40pm

Science and Film: Integrating Filmmaking Into Science and STEM Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Come discover how to harness the transformative potential of filmmaking and digital storytelling to improve teaching practice and engage students in science. By sharing compelling youth-produced media and how constructing cinematic narratives combined with intentionally designed lesson plans can energize the classroom climate, Program Director, Suzi Montgomery, presents this technology-infused training that will allow teachers to explore how implementing media arts can improve student achievement and energize classroom climate, leaving you with some great ideas, resources and creative opportunities.

Speakers

Friday February 5, 2016 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Amphitheatre (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

1:40pm

If You Give a Teacher a Potato
Limited Capacity seats available

I will demonstrate the many concepts (water potential, osmosis, enzymes, etc.) that can be taught using potatoes in the classroom.

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Friday February 5, 2016 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Birch Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

1:40pm

Helping Students Think For Themselves: Inquiry-Based Labs
Limited Capacity seats available

I'll be demonstrating a classroom activity that I used on the first day of my AP Chemistry class.  This activity demonstrates the kind of freedom of learning that Inquiry-Based labs permit.  The students have a problem they need to solve and they come up with their own process and use any observational and experimental means to find a solution.  If we could find ways to incorporate this kind of process into our curricula I firmly believe the students' ability to apply concepts we are learning in the classroom to everyday life will dramatically increase.

Speakers

Friday February 5, 2016 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Maple Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

1:40pm

Mars' Next Top Model: Modeling in the Sciences
Limited Capacity seats available

There are concepts that cut across all the disciplines of science. Modeling is one of these crosscutting concepts. As Educator Ambassadors for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission to Mars, we will show how scientists use data from the MAVEN orbiter to model Mars’ atmosphere and determine its evolution over time. You will participate in modeling activities you can use in your classroom that demonstrate the motion of planets in our solar system and the magnetic field of Mars and its affects on Mars’ atmosphere.


Friday February 5, 2016 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Juniper Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

1:40pm

Green STEM: Teaching the Engineering Design Process in an Elementary Setting
Limited Capacity seats available

Engineering practices are integrated throughout the new Utah SEEd standards. In this hands-on workshop, teachers will use the engineering design process to develop a wind turbine that generates electricity. The model wind turbine (made from found materials) will be used as a prototype to generate data for iterative testing and modification such that an optimal design can be achieved. We will conclude with a reflection on how this problem-based learning activity can be integrated into a study of Earth's weather patterns and climate to address new SEEd standards in grade 6 (see Strand 6.3).

Speakers
avatar for April Mitchell

April Mitchell

Elementary Science Specialist, Shadow Valley Elementary
I am an elementary science specialist, teaching grades K-6 at Shadow Valley Elementary in Ogden, UT. What's important to me is that students ask questions, think critically, identify real-world problems, and collaborate to solve them. As a former research scientist, I strive to engage students in the practices of science and prepare them for STEM careers. The thinking skills students develop as a child have long-lasting effects on brain... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2016 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Cascade A-B (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

1:40pm

Modeling the Cycling of Matter and the Flow of Energy through Ecosystems
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers

Friday February 5, 2016 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Aspen Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

1:40pm

Science Reality
Limited Capacity seats available

Using Reality TV shows like Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, Shark Tank, What Would You Do? as a platform for the content you teach. You can increase engagement and provide students more of a reason to learn the content that is applied in the activities. Experience is based out of the 8th grade curriculum, but can be applied in others.


Friday February 5, 2016 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Elm Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

1:40pm

Small Changes that Produce Big Results: Helping students to hit the Target
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever asked yourself questions like: 1) How do you decide what is important for students to know? 2) What do the grades students earn in your class really mean? 3) Are students really learning what they are supposed to? 4) That was a great activity...did it really achieve the target, or was it just fun? If you have, then you are not alone. Over the past two school years we have been attempting to find ways to be able to answer these and other questions about student learning by focusing on using standards and objectives to de-mystify what we actually want students to know and whether or not they learned it. Come and see how we got started, what year two looks like, what improvements have been made since the first baby steps last year and finally how other teachers implemented what was discussed last year.

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Michelle Ormond and Julie Ipsen

American Fork High School


Friday February 5, 2016 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Cedar Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

1:40pm

Single Pringle Challenge
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and participate in a fun challenge that will bring relevance and meaning to your impulse and momentum discussions.

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Friday February 5, 2016 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Timpanogos Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

1:40pm

Engineering: The application of Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Our new science standards integrate science and engineering practices. This is a hands-on workshop for sixth grade teachers who would like to learn how to incorporate engineering into the new science standards.

Speakers
avatar for Karre Nevarez

Karre Nevarez

6th Grade (Advanced Learning Lab), Alpine - Westfield Elementary
I teach a S.T.E.M. focused class in Alpine School District, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. I am passionate about project-based learning and teaching 21st Century skills in a fun, accepting learning environment.


Friday February 5, 2016 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Cascade C (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

1:40pm

Engineering: The application of Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Our new science standards integrate science and engineering practices. This is a hands-on workshop for seventh grade teachers who would like to learn how to incorporate engineering into the new science standards.

Speakers

Friday February 5, 2016 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Cascade D (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

1:40pm

Engineering: The application of Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Our new science standards integrate science and engineering practices. This is a hands-on workshop for eighth grade teachers who would like to learn how to incorporate engineering into the new science standards.

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Friday February 5, 2016 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Cascade E (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

1:40pm

3D Printing to Teach 3D Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you wondered what you could do with the latest technology, 3D printing? Is it just a fad? Would you just print gadgets and phone cases? Having received a CenturyLink grant last year for a 3D printer, I have spent this school year exploring and reinventing my lessons to include STEM in everything from Earth science to Biology. Come and see some of cool ways you can use 3D printing for all kinds of hands-on science.

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avatar for JoAnne Brown

JoAnne Brown

USTA Past President, Olympus Jr.


Friday February 5, 2016 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Amphitheatre (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

2:40pm

Creative Assessments: Using The Lord of the Rings to Engage Reluctant Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

We are all familiar with the difficulties of translating our love for our science to students that dislike the subject.  Indeed, encouraging such a population can seem insurmountable, especially if those students have already convinced themselves that they “don’t like it”, are “not good at it”, or are simply passionate about something else.  Using popular media and culture can bridge the gap between content mastery and student disinterest, leading to increased participation in class exercises, improved understanding of basic biological principles, increased critical thinking skills, and concept retention.  This not only applies to biology, but can be adapted to many other scientific fields.  In this session I will present the framework for one team project that I use in my non-majors Biology course (large classroom setting) that is easily transferrable to 7-12 grade classrooms.

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Friday February 5, 2016 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Birch Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

2:40pm

Limiting Reactants Activities
Limited Capacity seats available

Good get some great, can-use-tomorrow chemistry activities.

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Friday February 5, 2016 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Maple Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

2:40pm

El Niño
Limited Capacity seats available

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Friday February 5, 2016 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Juniper Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

2:40pm

Making STEM Blossom in Utah Soil!
Limited Capacity seats available

The Cedar Mountain Science Center crew invites you to partake of tried and true STEM lessons integrating upper-level elementary core standards. These ideas are guaranteed to motivate and involve students at every level! Learn how to help your students problem solve while engineering, with real life science and math concepts. Also, hear about some amazing ways to STEAM up your school's science fair and get your whole school engaged in STEAMiness.


Friday February 5, 2016 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Aspen Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

2:40pm

Motion Mania Mission
Limited Capacity seats available

This a hand-on activity of an entire unit focusing on beginning physics. It has seven units, #1 Newton's first law of motion. #2 Motion on the Playground! #3 Motion Mania Mission #4 Ramp Rollin #5 Friction Frenzy #6 Moving and Grooving #7 Motion Memory and a fun end of unit review. This activity is very hands-on and can be used in SO many different ways by the classroom teacher. Students rotate in groups around the room to complete each the “motion mania missions.” Students record their answers to the mission task cards in their Motion Mission notebooks. They also learn key vocabulary word such as force, motion, push, pull, work, friction etc. A must have for any elementary teacher that teaches Science.

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avatar for Patti Zealley

Patti Zealley

I love teaching physics to Elementary Teachers! I have had so many that are scared of physics that literally skip out the door saying, "I think I can, I think I can!" I bring it down to the very core of what children need and teach it in such a fun way that they don't even realize they are learning! Come find out how to get kids excited about science and wanting to do science instead of recess!


Friday February 5, 2016 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Cascade A-B (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

2:40pm

Antarctic Ecology and Evolution: Skepticism, Denialism and Science Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Antarctica is the coldest, highest, driest, windiest continent on Earth. Because of the extreme physical constraints placed on Antarctic life, the organisms that live there have evolved an amazing array of adaptive responses to environmental stress. So I’ll talk about how my research informs Standard 5. But Antarctica also has some of the most rapidly changing landscapes on Earth, and is arguably the best place to study how ecosystems are responding to global climate change (Standard 3, objective 3). Yes, I’m lucky enough to work at the interface of evolution and climate change, two scientific enterprises that are sometimes viewed with suspicion by our students, and very frequently misunderstood by the public. Science Education to the rescue! With my research program as a backdrop, I will present some teaching modules that introduce students to the nature of science, the difference between skepticism and denialism, and descriptive versus normative science.

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avatar for Byron Adams

Byron Adams

Professor, Brigham Young University
I'm interested in active learning modules for bioscience education; I'm passionate about my research programs in molecular evolution, ecosystem ecology, and evolutionary ecology. I love to share what I do with K-12 students.


Friday February 5, 2016 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Elm Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

2:40pm

NSTA Learning Center – Teacher Learning Journeys – Learn Today!
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn more about creating a personalized learning journey based on your own unique learning needs and preferences where you can plan, track, and assess your progress over time. I’ll share with you how you can begin to explore, for FREE, the great learning resources and opportunities available through NSTA as well as some of the other incredible value-added benefits of becoming a member.


Friday February 5, 2016 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

2:40pm

Good Vibrations
Limited Capacity seats available

Come see and participate in a bunch of wave and acoustic demonstrations. Sounds pretty Good.


Friday February 5, 2016 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Timpanogos Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

2:40pm

Movement with Meaning in Science (Any Grade 6-8)
Limited Capacity seats available

Who learns more from your classroom experience- you or your students? The one who is doing the exploring, the inquiring, the speaking, the reading and the writing is the one who is doing the learning. Come and find ways to help your students move more, process more, engage more, and learn more in your science class.


Friday February 5, 2016 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Cascade C (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

2:40pm

No Notes, No Lecture, No Problem (Any Grade 6-8)
Limited Capacity seats available

When I started teaching, I thought there were just some things you have to teach and they just have to learn it. How wrong I was! I will present and demonstrate ways to teach your class without ever having the students complain that they have to take "Notes" and without you ever having "lecture." We will discuss the use of discovery activities, computer simulations and inquiry based experiments that allow students to learn science concepts on their own instead of just having the information taught to them.

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avatar for Gayle Dowdle

Gayle Dowdle

Science Teacher, Fort Herriman Middle School


Friday February 5, 2016 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Cascade D (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

2:40pm

Practicing The NGSS Science Practices (Any Grade 6-8)
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will put on their student "hats" and experience a simple lab in order to generate data and a display of this data. These data displays will be the centerpiece of the rest of the session. The session will focus on ways to deeply dig into the data that is generated in any lab. First, an analysis and interpretation tool that can be applied to almost any dataset in any subject will be explored. After analyzing the data, participants will practice a technique used to construct an explanation. Using little more than poster paper and markers, science teachers can bring the heart of the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices to their classroom. Teachers will leave with concrete instructions and experience using two widely applicable techniques. Together, we will also share ideas for labs that readily engage students in the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices.

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Natalie Dutrow

Judge Memorial Catholic High School


Friday February 5, 2016 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Cascade E (Conference Center) 220 Center St, Provo, UT 84601

2:40pm

The Dangers of Sleeping in Science: Teaching the Scientific Through Games
Limited Capacity seats available

We can all agree that we wants students to enjoy our classes. We also want them to realize that science is not something done exclusively by scientists in the lab, it's done by all of us, every day. In this session we will be playing a computer game that will not only engage your students, but which will give you an excellent starting point for discussing the scientific method in your classroom. Be sure to bring your laptops, you'll need them!

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Friday February 5, 2016 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Amphitheatre (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

3:30pm

Ice-cream Social and Raffle
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will receive a raffle ticket for each session evaluation they fill out. They can then place the tickets in raffle boxes for some pretty awesome prizes.

Friday February 5, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm
South Lobby (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601

6:00pm

Awards Banquet--Dr. John 'Keoni' Kauwe
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and support the fabulous science teachers from around Utah and listen to a great keynote speaker. Please register at www.utsta.org beforehand. Cost is $15


Friday February 5, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Aspen Room (Marriott Hotel) 101 West 100 North, Provo, UT 84601