2019 Pre-Program
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Travis MartinA teacher in the lab: How my RET assignment brought “real” science to my studentsI thought I was teaching through inquiry. I was wrong. This is the story of how getting back into the research lab allowed my students to start learning “real” science.
Leeanne K. Gleim
Argument-Driven Engineering in Grades 6-8: STEM Design Challenges
This session is an introduction to a new approach to instruction called Argument-Driven Engineering (ADE). ADE gives students an opportunity to learn how to use crosscutting concepts, core ideas from mathematics and science, and science, engineering, and mathematical practices to design a solution to a meaningful problem.
Leeanne K. GleimArgument-Driven Inquiry in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics: Lab Investigations for Grades 9–12ADI is an innovative instructional model that is based on current research about how people learn science and is designed to foster the development of science proficiency. ADI gives students an opportunity to learn to use core ideas, practices, and crosscutting concepts of science to make sense of natural phenomena.
Leeanne K. GleimArgument-Driven Inquiry in Grades 3-5: Three-Dimensional Investigations that Integrate Science, Literacy and MathematicsThis session is an introduction to a new approach to science instruction called Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI). ADI gives children in grades 3-5 an opportunity to use the core ideas, practices, and crosscutting concepts of science to make sense of natural phenomena while developing literacy skills and learning mathematical concepts.
Lori PiperAuthentic Research in Middle School Classrooms
(1) Genetics research and its translation into existing curriculum
(2) Engaging students in the actual practices of scientists and engineers
(3) Challenges faced, workable solutions, learning outcomes
Kathleen Blouch Ed.D.Be a Disease Detective!!What are disease Detectives? Sample a lesson from the Center for Disease Control educational materials that incorporate epidemiology and public health for K-12 schools. Find out how you can be a part of the CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship for Middle School and High School Educators.
Tiffany LewisBringing Current Scientific Research to Classroom EducationIn this session, the presenter will describe her work as a Research Experience for Teachers participant and how the professional development entirely changed her pedagogical thinking. Emphasis will be placed on how to turn "cookbook labs" into inquiry experiences and the importance of incorporating the science practices into the classroom experience.
Judd R. PittmanBuilding STEM Skills through Meaningful Watershed ExperiencesOne of the fastest growing jobs in PA is a data scientist. These cross sector positions rely on STEM skills. Educators will use the MWEE framework as a tool for building STEM skills like critical thinking, data analysis and data synthesis, communicating through the elements of NOAA’s Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience framework. Teachers will explore a real-time scientific data analysis process (using example EnviroDIY stream sensor station data) that they can implement in their own classrooms.
Pam O'BrienClaim-Evidence-Reasoning: Scientific Explanations to Increase Student VoiceClaim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) is a way for students to explain observed phenomenon in a scientific way. This structured approach allows students to use observations and data from an investigation. Students use critical reasoning to connect the claim and evidence together. CER is an acclaimed and highly successful instructional strategy that is changing how students understand concepts and write explanations for phenomena.
Leigh Foy & Dr. Greg FoyClimate Science Education in YOUR classroom! - Hands on!A 2019 national poll shows 80% of parents want their students to have climate science education in their science classroom, but 65% of teachers in this country do not teach it. We have classroom ready activities to get you started in your science classroom with confidence and help to elevate the climate literacy of this generation who will need it for their futures
Pete VreelandCreativity and Innovation Toolkit In this workshop, we will discuss activities and techniques designed to engage students in creative and innovative thought using a number of ideation and creation exercises. In the classroom, these exercises can encourage creative thinking and serve as a springboard to help students design and engage in STEM projects.
Stephen Pulliam & James McGlynn
Demystifying AP Chemistry Exam GradingEver wonder how AP Exams are graded? Come participate in a mock AP Chemistry Reading! Learn how Readers are trained and practice scoring actual student responses.
Jennifer FetterDrinking Water Chemistry as a Practical Classroom LessonSafe drinking water is a vital need for everyone. Help your students connect their chemistry lessons to real life and a high-demand career path. You can use many tools you already have in the classroom to test drinking water. This is a great crossover topic with environmental science, health sciences, civics, and more.
Roxane OhlElementary EnergyIntroduce elementary students to the many different forms of energy - kinetic to thermal to convection and beyond – using our comprehensive kit. Try an excerpt of engaging hands-on experiments which explore the conversion of chemical and electrical energy to other forms such as motion, light, sound, and heat.
Lisa Marco-BujosaEngaging students in evidence-based reasoning in engineering designThis session will support teachers to engage students in scientific argumentation by introducing four argumentation elements: 1) evidence, 2) reasoning, 3) competing claims, and 4) student interactions. Participants will explore The Argumentation Toolkit as a resource for supporting student learning across these dimensions through video, student activities, and instructional strategies.
Robert A. CooperEvolution for Middle School EducatorsThe Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is a teacher-run project to help middle school teachers teach evolution. We provide free, high-quality evolution content and resources. The workshop includes: A bell ringer activity, a slide presentation, a tour of the TIES Online Learning Page, and hands-on activities.
Robert CohenExplaining Energy transformations in Chemical ReactionsVia hands-on materials and novel simulations designed specifically for this task, attendees will gain insight into how energy is transferred during chemical reactions (including respiration and evaporation), with a focus on aligning the language used in earth science, biology, chemistry, physics and NGSS.
Roxane OhlForce & Motion: Pushes & PullsCome and try our hands-on activities designed for teaching lower elementary grade level students Pushes & Pulls. Complete with performance tasks designed for demonstrating competence in each performance expectation for the Grade K Physical Science Standards for Motion & Forces and K-2 Engineering Design Standards.
Aryah FradkinGet Your Game On: Game-Based Learning with Legends of Learning!Legends of Learning creates standards-aligned digital games. In our study with Vanderbilt University, students had higher levels of engagement, increased test scores and faster comprehension of content. Use Legends of Learning to integrate an exciting game-based learning platform into your curriculum to give your students the superpower of knowledge!
Lauren BealHow to Conduct a STEM AuditWhat is a STEM audit? In this session, Dr. Lauren Beal will describe the components of a STEM audit and what it looks like to have a STEM audit in your school or district. Lauren will discuss the data that is collected and how it can help a school make decisions about STEM.
Pam MalatinoIncorporating MakerSpaces into STEM InstructionSTEM education is a new tool to engage students in science, math and technology. Maker Spaces and littleBits(r) add a new dimension of student-centered inquiry. Explore best practices of integrating STEM into science instruction.
Bill & Thommie PiercyLearn How Reading Like A Scientist Can Make STEM/ENVIORMENTAL SCIENCE Jump Off the Page for Your StudentsEducators attending this session will learn how the infusion and inclusion of disciplinary literacy into unit lesson plans will engage, enhance, and motivate students to think, perform, and investigate like a scientist. The infusion and inclusion of literacy skills provide students with the tools to unpack scientific concepts, investigate and draw out conclusions. The presentation will provide educators with ideas and practices which draw upon literacy practices for the purpose of developing self-directed learners.
Jeff RemingtonLeaving a STEM legacy: Amplifying the value of daily classroom practice.Science/STEM reaches beyond the time and space of classroom walls. Gain understanding and next day application tips and tools on how to amplify learning to prepare students for the 4th Industrial Revolution. Session topics: NGSS, Design Thinking, Computational Thinking, Entrepreneurship, PBLs, Authentic learning, Digital Communication, Careers, Growth Mindset, Engagement
Pam O'BrienLet's DIVE-in To Engineering and the Engineering Design ProcessStudents get engaged with practical and inquiry-based engineering experiences by using the DIVE-in method. This program was developed in partnership with the New York Hall of Science. Transform your classroom into an authentic makerspace with the DIVE process. Learn how to facilitate and use the design process through consensus,
Andrea EvanchoLinking Literature and STEM in the Primary Classroom Learn how STEM education can easily become STEAM education by incorporating fun, age-appropriate literature into hands-on science lessons. Teachers will be introduced to A World In Motion's Primary (K-3) Series as they engineer and compete with straw rockets.
Judith Lucas-OdomMicrobes! Human Interactions and Innovations! Participants will be able to learn about and complete hands-on activities using authentic research procedures adapted for the classroom that utilizes Inquiry, STEM resources, and the Engineering Design Process. They will be given ready to use lessons with accommodations for students with different abilities as well as standards and rubrics.
Debra Sawyer, Ph.D.NSTA Press K-12 Programs 2019Integrating science and literacy, NSTA offers popular core programs correlated to NGSS Science Standards. Picture Perfect Science and STEM K-5 include science lessons, Read-Alouds, and hands-on activities with manipulatives. The Eureka! K-5 books’ lessons connect science content to trade-book biographies of scientists and engineers. Argument-Driven Inquiry 3-12 engages students in scientific practices; thus, students learn more from labs by practicing curricular areas in the context of science.
Christopher Roemmele, PhD.Promoting Argument Driven Explanations in Earth & Environmental ScienceCritique, argumentation, and evaluation are central to the scientific enterprise as per NGSS. We have developed instructional scaffolds that help students to purposefully evaluate connections between lines of evidence and alternative explanations of phenomena. Students construct deeper understanding of Earth science topics that cover complex socio-scientific issues.
Mark CaseQuick and Easy Experiments Using the Latest TechnologyHelp prepare students to meet the NGSS and state standards through data-collection experiments that support three-dimensional learning. Collecting and analyzing data has never been easier using Vernier technology.
Judith HallinenResearch@CMU: University ~ Community Partnerships to Enhance STEM Classroom ExperiencesA review of the motivation for and methods used by Carnegie Mellon to develop educational programs and resources that help K-12 educators to acquire accurate and up-to-date information about STEM careers that they can share to help students connect content that they learn with research that is addressing societal needs.
Ling Liang & Peter HuScience/Math Integration for a Sustainable PlanetDiscover hands-on, elementary activities on real-world human ecology concepts (population growth, natural resource use and biodiversity) that also build foundational math skills. Create representational models with manipulatives, tackle problem-solving challenges, and take part in role-playing simulations. Receive lessons in an electronic format, matched to state standards.
Lawrence McAfoosSmart Phones in the Chemistry Lab - Using Cameras to Capture DataCell phones are ubiquitous in classrooms and, therefore, in the chemistry lab. This session will discuss ways to use cell phones, specifically the camera, to make better observations, to allow more precise measurements and to allow students to observe both very fast and very slow processes more carefully.

The session will include multiple examples of student-taken photos and videos and a discussion of what students can accomplish with their cameras that may be impossible without them.

In addition, we will touch on how these photos and videos can be incorporated into an on-line lab notebook.
David GarbeSPARC - PSBR's New Mobile Science ProgramThe Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR) is developing a novel Mobile Science Program we are calling SPARC (Science Program And Research Coach). SPARC will bring exciting, hands-on programs to schools around the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Attendees will have the opportunity to1) check out our engaging curriculum, 2) learn how to pilot the programs this year, and 3) check out our new mobile science vehicle onsite. Come see how PSBR's MSP can enhance your students' science learning while providing real-world, engaging activities!
Max BesongStudents Performing Authentic Meteorology Research Projects in the ClassroomMost people think authentic scientific research is done only at the university level, but high school students are actually more than capable of performing research too. In this session, I will describe the research I did with the Penn State Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science as well as the professional development I received from the Penn State Center for Science and the Schools. Then we will discuss how this experience was translated into a high school physics classroom research project, in which students investigated relationships between incoming and outgoing radiation on Earth by writing computer scripts, analyzing graphs and maps, and creating technical posters to communicate their findings. During this time, we will go over how students engaged in actual practices of scientists, explain challenges that were overcome throughout the project, and look at sample research posters made by students.
Lynn Kistler & Tracy SmithSwitch Up Your Energy Unit to Engage in Argument From EvidenceMaking informed decisions about our energy alternatives is vital to develop energy solutions. This session will showcase the new resources developed by the Switch Energy Alliance to inform these decisions; teachers will practice critical thinking skills through a hands-on solar energy activity.
Tara MuenzSystemic Watershed Programming through Partnerships!Examine successful systemic environmental education programing with the Stroud Water Research Center and West Chester Area School District. Students are engaged in stream ecology in grade 4, forest restoration in grade 6, and teachers design secondary curricula with Stroud educators and scientists. Discover how you can provide such large-scale impacts!
Lisa Marco-BujosaThe Argumentation Toolkit: Multimedia resources for supporting student engagement in scientific argumentatioThis session will support teachers to engage students in evidence-based reasoning in engineering, specifically encouraging students to gather evidence in order question, critique, build upon, and refine engineering design solutions. Teachers will engage in a sample activity and explore tools for planning, evaluating, and modifying engineering design activities.
Tamica StubbsThe Opioid Epidemic: Exploring the Genetic Associations of Opioid AbuseOpioid abuse is prevalent in the U.S. Students take on the role of researchers as they design an experiment utilizing a fast electrophoresis protocol of pre-amplified DNA samples that predicts addiction risks for opioid abuse, treatment, and implications to precision medicine based on a patient's genotype.
Tom GanttThink Like and Engineer with Phenomenal Science Instruction!Teachers will learn how student driven engineering internships can incorporate all aspects of the new Science & Engineering Practices from the Pennsylvania Science Standards. This session will engage educators with hands-on activities, digital tools, active reading and dynamic discussion with the purpose to integrate phenomena-based science instruction around real-world problem solving.
Kyle SimonTranslating RET Work to an Authentic Science & Engineering ProjectTwo seven-week fellowships in the Penn State Nanofabrication lab have translated to an in-class project that provides students with authentic experiences in science and engineering. Presentation will discuss strategies for building appropriate working groups, as well as student perceptions of the project and their group members.
Robert A. CooperUsing Computational Thinking to Quantify the Microscopic ScaleParticipants will explore concepts related to the relative size and scale of cells and microorganisms. The activity engages participants with models and the crosscutting concept of scale, proportion, and quantity. These three concepts are the starting point for scientific understanding, whether it is of a total system or its individual components. Free HHMI BioInteractive resources will be provided.
Jeff RemingtonUsing your teacher voice beyond the classroom walls. Advocacy. Stand Up for ScienceDid you know education is a rare profession where those with little or no frontline experience set policy for all of its professionals and stakeholders? From informing school boards to state and federal policymakers, gain perspective, confidence, tips and tools for amplifying your experienced teacher voice. Stand up for Science.