Fall Conference 2015 Session Preferences
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Elementary Science Olympiad, Kim Strong, Elementary Science Olympiad will host it's 3rd annual ESO tournament this year. Learn what ESO is all about and what is takes to organize and coach a team. During this workshop each participant will receive a coach’s manual and participate in an ESO event. Events this year include Bottle Rockets, Bridge-a-Roni, Describe It, Build It, Experimental Design and many more!
ReaDch STEM Reading Program, Dan Bent and Mark Valencia, ReaDch lends class-sets of 25 books on STEM subjects for your program staff to read-aloud as students read-along. Reading engaging biographies of scientists, inventors and engineers broadens student knowledge of STEM careers and subject matter. It also improves student reading and writing skills. The ReaDch STEM Reading Program is a read-aloud/read-along experience that can be incorporated into your school's A+, ESL or other before, during or after school programs. There is no cost for the training and books loaned by ReaDch.
Citizen Science to Spot the Ant and Stop the Ant, Christy Martin , PCSU Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species, Little fire ants are one of the world's 100 worst invasive species, and they are spreading in Hawaii. Learn how the structure and characteristics of ant societies have allowed ants to exist relatively unchanged for more than 120 million years, and why we need to attack little fire ants with more than a whack of a slipper or spray of a can. Early detection by the public is the key to keeping these ants from spreading statewide. Participants can learn how the scale-able Spot the Ant, Stop the Ant lesson can be applied.
Life in the Amazon Rainforest: Continental Rainforests Compared to Tropical Island Forests, Diane Abraham, Kualapuu Elementary School, As an educator participant with the Educator's Academy in the Amazon Rainforest, an amazing multi-disciplinary professional development opportunity, I will be sharing my experience of living on the world's second largest river, and in a rainforest that produces half of the world's oxygen. The educational materials that I collected will also be available and how I am using them in my class on Molokai. Sharing this global experience, I will present on life with the tribal people along the way, and their methods of sustainability: an ongoing issue for those of us living in Hawaii. I will have both materials and a slideshow presentation/iMovie for the conference.
Re-cap of my NSTA conference experience: Storytelling and Analogies in the Classroom, Michael Cahill , Mililani Middle School, I will be discussing the experience I had as a first year teacher at the NSTA conference this past March in Chicago. The focus will be on students connecting with nature through story-telling and the value of analogies in scientific inquiry and understanding.
The Incredible Journey, Tonya Ketza and Ciress Quidilla, Storm Water Quality Branch, City and County of Honolulu, Sharing the story of where the water you played in last weekend will be next weekend and how it got there. With the roll of a cube, students simulate the movement of water within the water cycle. Students will also be describing the movement and states of water as it moves through the cycle. Adaptations to investigate water pollution, integrate art, and utilize Hawaiian mythology will be shared. Thus, providing tools for educators to extend the lesson into various disciplines. This lesson is a part of the 'Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide'. Information about the guide and workshop opportunities will be shared.
Visualizing Verbally: A Creative Approach to Reading Science, Daniel Kelin, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, This workshop focuses on simple drama strategies that help students interpret and understand text on a deeper level. Comprehension is a foundational skill yet students need to understand more than just the words on a page. When students engage their voices to interpret and express a text's rich textures, they learn to investigate the moods, emotions and sounds suggested by text and develop important inference skills. They learn to identify important passages to express and experiment with multiple ways to share their interpretations. The workshop leader will demonstrate a range of strategies for exploring vocabulary and descriptive imagery in non-fiction texts while extending students’ collaborative, creative and critical thinking skills.
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NASA Celestial Islands! A Hawaii Based Earth System, Science Resource for educators 3-5th Grade, Amber Inwood and Patrick Norman, Bishop Museum, “Celestial islands: Using NASA earth sciences to reach Hawaii’s educators and students,” In this informational session teachers will be given an overview of the soon to be launched Bishop Museum 3 - 5th grade Earth System Science Curriculum professional development opportunities developed using Hawaii as an Earth System Science Laboratory! Teachers will also learn more about the newly launched Earth System Science Planetarium/Science on a Sphere School program available November 1st, 2015.
Formative Assessment Through Concept Mapping Daniel Nash and Sean Ho'okano-Briel, Comprendio, Create formative assessments that use concept maps as a student note-taking device. These concept maps utilize word and visual association to generate actionable data allowing you to measure student understanding, instructional effectiveness, and learning trends for every student and every lesson.
Bloom Where You Are Planted:Seizing the Science in your own Backyard , Katie Jackson, Trinity Christian School, Have you ever wondered how to make science come alive to your students? What if the key was not in another idea or piece of approved curriculum, but a problem in your own backyard? Using the story of one school’s project in the Kawai Nui Marsh, this session will focus on how to harness real-world problems in your community as a means of sparking scientific thought, discussion, and excitement in your classroom. The goal of this session is to connect you with educators in your area and leave with a clear path and plan for identifying the challenges, opportunities, and human networks in your school’s neighborhood that provide excellent fodder for an engaged science class.
C-MORE Free to Borrow Ocean Science Kits, Jim Foley, College for Microbial Oceanographic , Research and Education, The National Science Foundation Center of Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) at UH-Mānoa has an exciting series of seven portable science kits that cover a range of marine science topics, including ocean acidification, coral bleaching, and marine debris. The kits are free to borrow and provide teachers with innovative ways to integrate up to date oceanography content and technologies into their curriculum without requiring any previous training or specialized knowledge. Each kit is self-contained and user-friendly: all supplies, lesson plans, handouts, background readings, and PowerPoint presentations are included. C-MORE Science kits are aligned with both Hawaiʻi Content and Performance Standards (HCPS III) and the national Ocean Literacy Principles. C-MORE science kits can be borrowed free of charge and are available on the islands of Maui, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, and several locations on Oʻahu. During this session we will provide an overview of the Science kits as well introduce several lessons from the kits.
Creative Thinking Through Questioning, Dr. Carolyn Hayes, President National Science Teachers Association, Encouraging our students to think creatively by asking questions and pursuing varied strategies is a valuable component of learning science as a process. Participants will practice strategies to develop a creative culture for science classrooms.
Project Learning Tree: Forests of the World, Michelle Jones , Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Division of Forestry and Wildlife staff will engage teachers in activities from the Project Learning Tree secondary curricula "Forests of The World" to explore how stories from across the world can communicate the value and complexity of ecosystems services and science. Each participant in this one hour session will leave with a "Forests of The World" curricula, maps, and a certificate. Teachers will become certified PLT educators giving them access to grant funds for student-driven projects, nationally correlated student pages, and a national network of peer supports.
Telling Stories Through Online Games, Joseph Wilson, Spongelab Interactive, Digital games are an excellent way to engage students in science and technology. Games such as the History of Biology are story-based, where the player needs to uncover clues to move the narrative forward. Game play takes place in a browser and sends kids all over the Internet on a "web scavenger hunt" for clues from real websites and fake websites. The game narrative slowly unfolds to weave together history, biology, digital literacy and technology. It give students a sense of agency in forming the structure of the narrative unfolding on their computer screens.
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