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Friday, November 8
 

8:00am MST

Chem Major 2.0: a modern curriculum at scale
Chemistry addresses important global challenges related to health, energy, the environment, and climate change. The core curriculum ought to lay the foundation for transformative advancements by future chemists. At CSU we have revised/streamlined our core courses, laboratory experience incorporating modern techniques and instrumentation integral to each, adding crosscutting tracks such as environmental, industrial, pre-health, materials, and sustainability. The current status will be discussed.

Speakers
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Anthony Rappe

Colorado State Univesity


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
J 48-52

8:00am MST

It's DEMO Time!!!
Josh Morris has been performing science demo shows in front of audiences since his sophomore year of high school. He believes that demonstrations can be a great tool for getting kids excited about science. Over the past 25 years Josh has presented hundreds of show to thousands of "kids" ages 3-93, including the 2006 Flinn Scientific Morning of Chemistry at the NSTA national convention. Come enjoy some awesome science demos sprinkled with music, humor, and fun!

Speakers
avatar for Josh Morris

Josh Morris

Mentor, EDGE Program at Legend High School
I believe in hands-on, real-world, project-based learning that allows students voice and choice to discover and learn while creating memorable learning experiences.


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
J 49-53

8:00am MST

Crosscutting Concepts: Putting Them To Work To Support Learning
The 3 dimensions of the NGSS are much like strands within a tapestry. During this session we will explore how attending to the Crosscutting Concepts dimension can strengthen students making sense of core ideas. We will collaboratively investigate a unit of instruction, with an eye for the role the crosscutting concepts are playing. Finally, we will examine concrete strategies and tools for integrating the crosscutting concepts including links to the tools.

Speakers
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Craig Gabler

Horizons Educational Consulting


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
J 41-47

8:00am MST

I'm Leading STEM Club! What's Next?
Interested in running the STEM Club this year? How do you find materials? What is the most productive way to get students to be problem solvers and learn STEM careers? How will you convince individuals to work together? Where are some amazing ready-made units? Together we will discuss the answers to these and other STEM club-related questions.
All participants receive an updated list of websites and other STEM resources to take back to your students to begin your amazing STEM club adventure.

Speakers
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Heathre Palige

Pinnacle Charter School


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
K 41-47

8:00am MST

Implementing NGSS for Engagement, Equity, and Agency
This workshop introduces teachers to curricular resources for implementing NGSS in the classroom. In order to best implement the standards, teachers must recognize their roles not only as content experts but also as curators of transformative educational experiences. This session emphasizes possible ways to best support teachers and students through the NGSS transformation while providing concrete strategies to create meaningful laboratory experiences and consensus building opportunities.

Speakers
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Shannon Wachowski

High School MathTeacher, University of Wyoming


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
K 49-53

8:00am MST

Mindfulness, Empathy, and Enthusiasm in the Science Classroom
For some students science is a high stress class, especially when math is involved. It can be for the teacher too. We will share some strategies to use mindfulness, elicit empathy from students, and impart an enthusiasm for learning science that you'll experience during this session. We will help you destress and refocus your class.

Speakers
avatar for Nadene Klein

Nadene Klein

Science Teacher, Daniel C. Oakes High School


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
K 35-39

8:00am MST

Practical Strategies for Teaching with PhET Interactive Simulations
PhET Interactive Simulations (https://phet.colorado.edu) are flexible tools for exploring science that foster student engagement, reasoning, and sense-making. PhET has developed 150+ free, open-source interactive simulations that support student learning through exploration and experimentation. Learn how to incorporate simulations into your classroom, facilitate inquiry-based activities and engage students in scientific practices. Take home new ideas and lessons you can implement immediately.

Speakers
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Amy Rouinfar

University of Colorado Boulder


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
H 30-38

8:00am MST

Science and Literacy: Making the Connection
Let's explore how to develop our students' scientific literacy through the integration of doing science with reading, writing, and discourse. Session participants will understand, experiment, and reason; as well as interpret scientific facts and their meaning using natural phenomena.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kenn Heydrick

Dr. Kenn Heydrick

National STEM Manager, STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning
Dr. Kenn Heydrick is a K-16 STEM education advocate at the state and national levels. Because of his 30+ years of experience and credentials, he strives to support STEM programs that will increase achievement among students. Heydrick received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Northern Illinois... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
J 31-39

8:00am MST

Using a Variety of Methods to Assess for the Three Dimensions
What does a Three-Dimensional Assessment look like? Join us as we explore the ways TCI helps teachers assess the three dimensions throughout an entire unit to accommodate all learners for an inclusive experience. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the different assessments which have been created around 3-D and ways to implement them throughout the lessons.

Speakers
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TCI

TCI
TCI is a K-12 publishing company created by teachers, for teachers. We believe the best teaching marries great content, meaningful technology, and interactive classroom experiences. The end result — students of all abilities and learning styles succeed.


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
H 39-45

8:00am MST

Using Improvisational Theater Exercises to Teach Science Communication and Collaboration Skills
This improvisational theater workshop introduces an innovative way to teach students important skills for a future in science. Research shows that improv training has a positive impact on skills such as problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, and communication about science. Workshop participants will engage in exercises on the basic principles of improv and discuss applications of these principles to engage students in their own science classrooms.

Speakers
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Megan Littrell

CIRES Education & Outreach


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
H 40-46

8:00am MST

What makes an assessment "3D?"
The CAS 2020 require all students to engage in crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and disciplinary core ideas at the same time. This is going to require some new assessment items. We will analyze five different assessment tasks to see what makes them "aligned" with the new vision for science and equity laid out in the CAS 2020 standards. We will also present task "starters" that can help you write items to engage all students in 3D learning.

Speakers
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Melissa Campanella

Community Partner, Critical Civic Inquiry
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Kerri Wingert

Research Associate, University of Colorado at Boulder


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
G 38-44

8:00am MST

Bat Biology for Beginners and Experts
Bat games, real bat guano, and an epidemiology lab. Come join us to learn games that teach echolocation, and try a hands-on lab that teaches bat epidemiology and basic statistics. We'll have bat guano and skeletons on display, and we'll compare the skeletal structures of bats and humans. You already know that bats are helpful to humans, and you'll learn about even more ways in which the only true flying mammal helps humans.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Aaby

Chris Aaby

Executive Director, Catamount Institute
Chris has been the Executive Director of Catamount Institute for four years but has worked for the organization for over 8 years. Catamount Institute is an environmental education and outdoor adventure nonprofit in Colorado Springs, CO that works with over 8,000 children annually... Read More →
avatar for Dave Jackson

Dave Jackson

Inventor, creator, owner, CaveSim
Come check out CaveSim at the High School for free! CaveSim is 60ft of crawling passage decorated with artificial formations. As you explore the passage, be careful not to bump into any of the formations -- each one is outfitted with electronic sensors which give you a damage point... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
J 30-38

8:00am MST

Industry Partner Immersion For Focus on Integrating NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
After being immersed into biotech companies through Colorado Bioscience Institute's Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, we have observed the NGSS Science and Engineering practices that occur every day in industry careers. In this session, we will share our unique experiences at different companies who have partnered with RET, as well as demonstrate some practical applications we have incorporated into lessons as take-aways from our experience in industry.

Speakers
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Shanna Atzmiller

Bear Creek High School


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
G 31-37

8:00am MST

Nature in YOUR Teaching: Turning Your Classroom Inside OUT!
Nature inspires learning and holds wonderful content across the curriculum! Bring nature to LIFE in your classroom by turning it INSIDE OUT. Learn ways to bring students outdoors, use best practices, and gain natures benefits for your students. Learn HOW, experience lessons, apply research, and gain CAS & NGSS standards content.

Speakers
avatar for DeLene Hoffner

DeLene Hoffner

eleSTEMary, CAST, and SE Regional Environmental Ed, eleSTEMary
What is eleSTEMary? We are teachers who care about giving our PreK-6th grade students authentic, cross curricular experiences in STEM. We literally put STEM in elementary... it's eleSTEMary!! We offer a monthly two hour workshop for teachers to learn cutting edge lessons to integrate... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
J 40-46

8:00am MST

Push, Pull, Go!
Join us for an engaging, hands-on workshop to investigate how energy, forces, and motion can be engaging for kindergarteners. Experience 3-dimensional learning as you conduct an investigation to compare the effects of pushes and pulls on the motion of objects, and build and test models.

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Linscomb

Deborah Linscomb

Carolina Biological, Carolina Biological Supply Co.
Deborah has served science education for over 35 years as a teacher, administrator, science specialist, and author. As a Science Education specialist and Director of Science at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas, Deborah designed and implemented many engaging science... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
G 30-36

8:00am MST

"What's your Problem?"
In this presentation participants will engage in a hands-on problem solving experience that is built around STEM. Come learn how you can easily incorporate STEM and coding into the classroom while teaching your pure science subject.

Speakers
avatar for Cassie Whitecotton

Cassie Whitecotton

Educational Consultant


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:55am MST
H 31-37

9:10am MST

Colorful Chemistry Demos
Engage your students with these colorful chemistry demos that not only wow but teach chemistry concepts!

Speakers
avatar for Linda Cummings

Linda Cummings

Instructor, UCCS
AP Chemistry Reader/Table Leader; UCCS Lab Instructor; General Chemistry Lab Coordinator; NMSI Consultant. Professional musician (organist, lyric soprano, harpsichordist) and knitter.


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
J 48-52

9:10am MST

Getting Students Excited About Stoichiometry with Project Based Learning
Our first year Chemistry classes all participate in a summative project in which students, in groups, research and produce a compound as a treatment to a fictional disease. In this process, they use much of the content and skills they have learned throughout the first semester of Chemistry. In this session, we will share the resources we have compiled as well as some of the lessons we have learned implementing this project.

Speakers

Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
J 49-53

9:10am MST

EarthComm: A Project-Based Earth Science Curriculum that Uses an Authentic NGSS Approach
Discover how our project-based learning approach, that has the engineering design cycle embedded, will help you fully implement NGSS into your classroom. Experience a "systems approach" that incorporates the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas into its instructional model. You will takeaway home activities that you can easily use at school; working with proxies on Paleoclimatology by coring model lake sediments and looking at present, past and future continental plate positions and analyzing and examining evidence showing their purported movement.

Speakers
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Marilyn Schmidt

Science Organization Representative, (retiring), Activate Learning
We would also like to acknowledge Marilyn Schmidt for her committment to the Colorado Science Conference. She will be stepping away from her role as the CBTA representative for the conference.


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
K 49-53

9:10am MST

Landing on Mars with Inquiry-Based Learning
Let's explore space travel from the lens of inquiry-based teaching. Drawing from Science Matters curriculum, participants will simulate materials testing with memory shape alloys, complete astronaut health and coordination challenges, and create a model of a Mars rover.

Speakers

Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
G 39-45

9:10am MST

Modeling Changes on the Earth's Surface
Understanding the slow changes to the Earth's surface caused by weathering, erosion and deposition can be learned best through modeling of the processes. This elementary workshop provides participants with models demonstrating cause and effect of weathering, erosion and deposition.

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Linscomb

Deborah Linscomb

Carolina Biological, Carolina Biological Supply Co.
Deborah has served science education for over 35 years as a teacher, administrator, science specialist, and author. As a Science Education specialist and Director of Science at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas, Deborah designed and implemented many engaging science... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
G 30-36

9:10am MST

The CU Boulder Museum's Fossils in the Classroom Project: The Hands-on Study of Fossils
The CU Boulder Museum's Fossils in the Classroom project is a hands-on "unit in a box" on the study of fossils and ancient environments. The fossils and lessons address CDE's Academic Standards and foster 21st-century critical thinking skills. The project connects the work of CU paleontologists with teachers and students throughout Colorado through kits and in-district training on how best to use the materials in the classroom. Join this hands-on workshop to learn more about this opportunity.

Speakers
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Jim Hakala

Secretary, University of Colorado
Secretary


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
H 30-38

9:10am MST

Fire Ecology at Rocky Mountain National Park
Fire is a hot topic in our state! Park Rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park have piloted a Fire Ecology student field experience for the past five years. Whether you're considering bringing your students to experience this program at Rocky or you'd like to use the resources we've developed in a fire-impacted ecosystem near you, we'll be sharing our strategies on observing/measuring impact, the science of succession and ecosystem resilience.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle York

Danielle York

Education Specialist, Rocky Mountain National Park
I am a park ranger with a passion for connecting youth with nature, accessibility and dark night skies. When we grow stewardship in ourselves and others, the future gets a little bit better! Let's change the world.


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
G 47-53

9:10am MST

Modeling Nutrients as Contaminants
Use a model to gather evidence about the interaction of soil, water, and
fertilizers in a laboratory investigation to understand how human activities have altered the environment. Apply the crosscutting concept of cause and effect to human activity and environmental impacts.

Speakers
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Lisa Yemma

Slavens with Lab Aids and SEPUP


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
J 40-46

9:10am MST

Reimagining Field Trips: Ranger Led Virtual Programs with Rocky Mountain National Park
Want to try something different with your next science unit? Invite National Park experts and researchers to join you! LIVE rangers connect with your students virtually to address current AP environmental science standards, through interactive group research and town hall activities. Experience first hand how virtual field trips provide an alternate way to engage all students and meet them where they are. Discover how your classroom is already equipped with the technology to connect with RMNP!

Speakers
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Kathryn Ferguson

Rocky Mountain National Park


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
H 48-52

9:10am MST

Rocky Mountain Environmental Hazards Challenge - An Engaging Approach to Natural Hazards Education
Learn about how Colorado secondary science classrooms are taking part in a competition-based education challenge that promotes STEM and civics engagement with community natural hazard risks. Using Earth Force's Community Action and Problem-Solving Process, students explore, identify, research, and develop action plans addressing community natural hazards issues, to make their communities stronger and more resilient. School groups receive funding and support to make their projects a reality.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Zakoren

Justin Zakoren

Program Manager, Earth Force


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
F 46-52

9:10am MST

Ute STEM: Colorado's First Scientists
For centuries, the Ute people have thrived in the Rocky Mountains using their systemmatic knowledge of diverse ecoystems and innovations in technology. Today, Ute elders have partnered with scientists to explore the connections between Ute traditional knowledge and contemporary science practice.
In this session, we'll explore hands-on classroom activities that highlight how generations of Ute people used STEM to engineer shelters, find food and create artwork, in the past and in the present.

Speakers
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Liz Cook

Environmental Educator, History Colorado


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
G 38-44

9:10am MST

Cave Rescue meets Electromagnetism
What do cave rescue and electromagnetism have in common? Come learn from an MIT-trained electrical engineer. We'll do hands-on activities with real cave rescue phones, oscilloscopes, and other high-tech engineering equipment. You'll make your own low-tech cave rescue phone to learn about how electromagnetic waves are analogous to other types of waves. Come join us for a hands-on activity with some very expensive equipment.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Aaby

Chris Aaby

Executive Director, Catamount Institute
Chris has been the Executive Director of Catamount Institute for four years but has worked for the organization for over 8 years. Catamount Institute is an environmental education and outdoor adventure nonprofit in Colorado Springs, CO that works with over 8,000 children annually... Read More →
avatar for Dave Jackson

Dave Jackson

Inventor, creator, owner, CaveSim
Come check out CaveSim at the High School for free! CaveSim is 60ft of crawling passage decorated with artificial formations. As you explore the passage, be careful not to bump into any of the formations -- each one is outfitted with electronic sensors which give you a damage point... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
J 30-38

9:10am MST

Engineering Design in the NGSS
Participants will be immersed in a Bring Science Alive! investigation designed to reach all learners and make engineering design fun and engaging. Participants will experience this lesson from the student perspective as they take on the roles of engineers defining problems, developing solutions, and conducting iterative testing to improve their solutions.

Speakers
avatar for TCI

TCI

TCI
TCI is a K-12 publishing company created by teachers, for teachers. We believe the best teaching marries great content, meaningful technology, and interactive classroom experiences. The end result — students of all abilities and learning styles succeed.


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
H 39-45

9:10am MST

Engineering Design Project-Based Labs Using PASCO Technology
Learn to apply the six Science and Engineering Practices in your classroom through labs that use design-redesign, cost analysis and project presentation. In this hands-on workshop, you will design a solution to an everyday problem. You will use PASCO Wireless Sensors, SPARKvue software, and SPARK LX data logger or your own device (PC, Chromebook, Tablet, or Smartphones) to do your investigations which include data collection, analysis, and interpretation within a defined set of constraints.

Speakers
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Rosario Rodolfo

PASCO scientific


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
H 40-46

9:10am MST

Going 3D: Making Sense of the New Colorado Science Standards
With anything new in education, one can expect to feel anxiety about how this is going to add to a teacher's already full plate. The best way to tackle this fear is to educate ourselves. In this overview of the new Colorado Science Standards, we'll look at why there was a need for new standards in the first place, how they were developed, and how to read and understand the content within the standards. We'll also model a CAS aligned hands-on, problem-based activity.

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Jessi Davis

US Learning Services


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
F 38-44

9:10am MST

Project Based Learning with HyperDuinos and Animals in Elementary Classrooms
This session will explore and demonstrate the inclusion of HyperDuino technology (a microcontroller that can be programed using coded languages such as Scratch) and animals in teaching elementary science lessons. Students from the University of Northern Colorado will present insights on their activities that include: raising tarantulas, setting up a bee hive, making a speaker, 3D printing, and hatching chicks. This is a panel presentation by UNC preservice elementary teachers.

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US

UNCO Students

University of Northern Colorado
JP

Jennifer Parrish

University of Northern Colorado
avatar for Teresa Higgins

Teresa Higgins

Professor, University of Northern Colorado
My primary work focuses on bringing science and environmental science to elementary learners by providing professional development to teachers.  I work with our UNC preservice elementary teachers as well as experienced classroom teachers. I'm active with state organizations that... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
J 41-47

9:10am MST

“Phenomenal” Design Challenges by Raft
Design challenges are great for teaching kids about design thinking, as well as valuable skills like problem solving, innovation, and taking informed risks. Design challenges are also excellent avenues for exploring and explaining phenomena. From models and experiments to product-based and form and function challenges, come discover how design challenges can be used to support learning from the moment of discovery all the way through the moment of articulating understanding.

Speakers
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Nick Haag

Re-Imagineer Zero (Store Associate/Educational Coach), RAFT


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
J 31-39

9:10am MST

Transplantation Science - A FREE Hands-on Workshop for Students
Transplantation Science is a free, interactive presentation that teaches students the science behind organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. Donor Alliance sends highly trained educators to schools to teach the class, meant to enhance any anatomy, biology or life science program for grades 7-12. Come experience the program and find out how to book a FREE class!

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Anne Gaspers

Public Education Coordinator, Donor Alliance
Have you ever wondered what the heart on your driver permit or license indicates? When you apply to get your license, permit or state ID, you will be asked if you would like to sign-up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor after death. Understanding what organ and tissue donation is... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
K 41-47

9:10am MST

2020 Colorado Science Standards
In this hands-on session we will delve into the 2020 Colorado Science Standards, We will begin by developing an understanding of the shifts associated with the standards and then transition to learning about resources and tools to support implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Maya Garcia

Maya Garcia

Science Content Specialist, Colorado Department of Education


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
G 31-37

9:10am MST

CSEN Gathering: Leveraging partnerships toward a common vision
Science leaders from K-12 schools, IHEs, informal education organizations, government agencies, and businesses are invited to discuss ways to collaborate and support our pre- and in-service educators. The Colorado Science Education Network invites you to join our network to discuss and partner on opportunities for educators to use the revised Colorado Science Standards; develop effective learning activities, integrate CLD supports; attend to inclusive and equitable practices, and much more.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Reinsvold

Lori Reinsvold

Associate Director, MAST Institute, MAST Institute, University of Northern Colorado
I currently serve as the Associate Director of the University of Northern Colorado's (UNC) Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute. I develop, coordinate, and conduct research on how teachers and their students learn from STEM professional development opportunities. I... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
K 35-39

9:10am MST

Bring Science and Math together with the Technology thru Engineering
STEM...is an acronym but it can mean so much more in the classroom. Simple science experiments bring math alive when done appropriately and efficiently through technology and data collection. Come get hands-on experience with data collection technology that will brighten your day!

Speakers
avatar for Cassie Whitecotton

Cassie Whitecotton

Educational Consultant


Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
H 31-37

9:10am MST

The CREATE Open Program: a next-level robotics program focused on freedom of choice
The CREATE Open Program is an educational robotics competition that has removed the necessity of a singular robotics kit. Without this constraint, there becomes several different routes that will lead to competitive robots, each route with its own opportunities for increased creativity and learning. Teachers and students can dive deeper into the possibilities of engineering while the low cost-of-entry allows programs of all sizes to be competitive.

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Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 10:05am MST
F 30-36

9:10am MST

Little Shop of Physics: We Are All Connected!
At the Colorado Science Conference, Little Shop of Physics is best known for our active & engaging teacher workshops. This year, we'd like to invite you to explore our central focus: The Little Shop of Physics Traveling Science Experience. Stop by & investigate our myriad of hands-on experiments that we take to K-12 schools throughout the year. These innovative projects are built from everyday objects by our CSU student interns. Take notes & photos so you can build some for your own classrooms!

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Friday November 8, 2019 9:10am - 2:50pm MST
Exhibit

10:20am MST

25 YEARS OF SCIENCE ON THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN
Lee Marek will present a number of video clips from his various appearances on 35 Letterman shows in the past 25 years, including the show that won an Emmy award. These demos will range from the
8-foot ball of fire shooting across the stage, to the Dyn-o-might soap. He will also describe the time he dissolved the set, discuss the 1000 pounds of thermite demo (never done) and show the time 500
pounds of Oobleck got lose.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Marek

Lee Marek

2019 Keynote Speaker, University of Illinois- Chicago
For 12 years, Lee Marek taught Chem 101, Chem Demos, and teacher programs at University of Illinois Chicago. He also taught AP chemistry & chemistry at Naperville North H.S. for over 30 years. Hisstudents have won national recognition in the International Chemistry Olympiad, the Westinghouse... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Plaza

11:20am MST

Lunch, Science Organization Meetings, and Networking
Join us for lunch and networking at the Mart! Food can be purchased at the Mart. Items will include hot/cold sandwiches, salads, sides and beverages.

Association Meetings occuring during lunch at the following locations:
CAST Room: K 36-38
CESN Booth #215
CCTA Booth #317
AAPT Room: K 40-42
CBTA Room: K 44-46

Meetings are open to all who are interested! Please join us!
Don’t forget! We will be serving dessert during our award ceremony following Session 3 at 1:10 in the Lunch Hall.


Friday November 8, 2019 11:20am - 12:15pm MST
Varies (See description)

12:15pm MST

AP Chemistry Teaching Nuggets
Linda Cummings is an AP Chemistry Reader, Table Leader and item writer for the exam. She will share valuable insights into teaching strategies that will help you improve your students' AP scores. Suggestions for college-level labs that can be completed within a typical high school period (50 minutes or less) will be included.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Cummings

Linda Cummings

Instructor, UCCS
AP Chemistry Reader/Table Leader; UCCS Lab Instructor; General Chemistry Lab Coordinator; NMSI Consultant. Professional musician (organist, lyric soprano, harpsichordist) and knitter.


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
J 48-52

12:15pm MST

Explore a Cave to Learn Geology and Chemistry
Come join us at CaveSim, the mobile cave, for hands-on geology and chemistry experiments. Whether you'd like to put on a helmet and explore 60 feet of cave passage, or whether you'd prefer to help with cave-related chemistry experiments, this session is for you. We'll demonstrate exothermic reactions, acid-base reactions with limestone, and even make our own karst topography (cave landforms). Perfect for K-12 educators.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Aaby

Chris Aaby

Executive Director, Catamount Institute
Chris has been the Executive Director of Catamount Institute for four years but has worked for the organization for over 8 years. Catamount Institute is an environmental education and outdoor adventure nonprofit in Colorado Springs, CO that works with over 8,000 children annually... Read More →
avatar for Dave Jackson

Dave Jackson

Inventor, creator, owner, CaveSim
Come check out CaveSim at the High School for free! CaveSim is 60ft of crawling passage decorated with artificial formations. As you explore the passage, be careful not to bump into any of the formations -- each one is outfitted with electronic sensors which give you a damage point... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
J 30-38

12:15pm MST

Astronomy Outside the Box
Engaging students in STEM projects in Astronomy - creating a habitat, a rover or an alien. Applying astronomical information to building a habitat on the moon or Mars, building a rover for exploration and adapting your pet for survival on an alien world.

Speakers
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Mary Gregory

Lewis Palmer High School


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
G 38-44

12:15pm MST

CLEAN & NGSS
The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Collection of reviewed educational climate and energy science resources for grades 6­-16 has been aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We will describe how to search the CLEAN Collection with an NGSS lens and present a new framework of building units following NGSS Practices. We will showcase examples of such NGSS-aligned Earth System Investigations, modeling the three­ dimensional learning advocated for in the NGSS.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Boyd

Katie Boyd

Education & Outreach Associate, CIRES
Kathryn (Katie) Boyd is an Education and Outreach Associate at CIRES. She works on several projects for CIRES, including serving as the program manager for the CLEAN network and collection of educational resources. She also conducts the evaluation efforts on multiple large education... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
H 48-52

12:15pm MST

Get Inspired to Teach NGSS with GLOBE Weather
Join the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) for this hands-on session featuring our new FREE weather unit. Investigate weather patterns and extreme weather events through activities, data analysis, modeling, and weather measurements using GLOBE Protocols. This curriculum will help your middle school students understand NGSS-based weather concepts such as the uneven heating of Earth, local and global atmospheric circulation, and air mass formation and collision.

Speakers
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Emily Snode-Brenneman

Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Program


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
G 30-36

12:15pm MST

ATMOSPHERE, CLIMATE & GLOBAL WARMING
Look at historical data spanning the past 100 years to try to understand
the causes of current global warming. Ask questions related to the data
to figure out what the evidence indicates and to better understand how human activities relate to global warming. This activity provides an opportunity to assess MS-ESS 2-6 and MS-ESS3-5.

Speakers
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Lisa Yemma

Slavens with Lab Aids and SEPUP


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
J 40-46

12:15pm MST

Creating Effective Outdoor Science Activities
Teaching science outdoors can be a secret weapon of science education. In the outdoors, students are surrounded by interesting phenomena to observe and investigate. Join us to explore design principles, strategies for engaging and managing students, free resources from the Beetles Project, and best practices for creating authentic exploration and deep thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Navin

Katie Navin

Executive Director, Colorado
Communications


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
J 31-39

12:15pm MST

Ecology Field Methods in the Classroom
Gain experience with the ecology field methods used during school programs at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, where students investigate phenomena in riparian, wetland and grassland ecosystems. Learn how to adapt field methods for use indoors, allowing students to gain confidence and apply them to their own explorations of ecosystem dynamics and biodiversity. From line transects to ethograms, take a wealth of field method expertise back to use in your classroom, schoolyard, and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Bell

Kirsten Bell

School and Camp Programs Coordinator, Denver Botanic Gardens
Kirsten Bell has been teaching science and environmental education both formally and informally for the past 20 years, currently at Denver Botanic Gardens.  
avatar for Katelin Gaeth

Katelin Gaeth

Assistant Manager of School and Camp Programs, Denver Botanic Gardens
Katelin has experience managing, developing and teaching virtual school programs, onsite school tours, outreach/offsite school programs, and summer camps. 


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
F 46-52

12:15pm MST

On-Target® Water Testing Kits
On-Target® Cards enable anyone to perform fast, quantitative tests of multiple elements in water and soil. Add a water sample, wait 3 minutes to measure the color change. Expand your classes' discovery in scientific research, citizen science, or fundamentals of chemistry. Test cadmium, manganese, iron, zinc, and copper in drinking water, local rivers, and more! Perfect for any classroom and customizable for different age groups and settings. A live demonstration will be done with these cards!

Speakers
JH

Josephine Hofstetter

Research Director, Access Sensor Technologies


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
F 30-36

12:15pm MST

A Focus on Modeling in the Phenomenon-Based Classroom
As one of the scientific practices embedded in the NGSS, developing and using models allow our students to imagine the unseen, make predictions, ask questions and develop further investigations. Taken from Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology (IQWST), participants will experience an anchoring phenomenon and draw a model explaining how it works. Models are then shared, critiqued, and participants are guided to develop a consensus model.

Speakers
MS

Marilyn Schmidt

Science Organization Representative, (retiring), Activate Learning
We would also like to acknowledge Marilyn Schmidt for her committment to the Colorado Science Conference. She will be stepping away from her role as the CBTA representative for the conference.
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Dan Toberman

Marketing/Advertisements
Marketing/Advertisements


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
K 49-53

12:15pm MST

Do It Like A Scientist! Claims, Evidence, & Reasoning
This interactive workshop is for all grade levels with an emphasis on elementary education. In this workshop we will answer the question, "How can I do It (Science) like a Scientist?" This is accomplished through Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning. These three cornerstones of "doing good science" can be applied to any content area. By the end you will see why the word Hypothesis, as it is used in daily life and many eduction settings is a bad word.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Morris

Josh Morris

Mentor, EDGE Program at Legend High School
I believe in hands-on, real-world, project-based learning that allows students voice and choice to discover and learn while creating memorable learning experiences.


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
J 49-53

12:15pm MST

Elementary Science Make-and-Take
Session will have 20-25 individual science activities presented by pre-service elementary teachers from the University of Northern Colorado. The session will allow participants to make science related items from basic materials. Each make and take can be used to teach science concepts in engaging and thought-stimulating ways!

Speakers
US

UNCO Students

University of Northern Colorado
avatar for Teresa Higgins

Teresa Higgins

Professor, University of Northern Colorado
My primary work focuses on bringing science and environmental science to elementary learners by providing professional development to teachers.  I work with our UNC preservice elementary teachers as well as experienced classroom teachers. I'm active with state organizations that... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
G 46-52 & H 47-53

12:15pm MST

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Scientific Modeling K-5
In traditional science classrooms, students work with existing scientific models, but under the NGSS, emphasis is given to creating and modifying a student's own models. In this workshop, participants will be led through the process of developing scientific models and will experience the strategies
and processes that easily transfer to immediate classroom use.

Speakers
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James Oliver

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
F 38-44

12:15pm MST

Integrating Crosscutting Concepts into Your Classroom
Join TCI in an engaging Bring Science Alive! investigation that will get you linking the different domains of science, helping students with various learning styles and backgrounds make connections to their own lives. Participants will experience this lesson from the students' perspective as they observe patterns, cause and effect, and other crosscutting concepts to enrich their understanding of practices and core ideas.

Speakers
avatar for TCI

TCI

TCI
TCI is a K-12 publishing company created by teachers, for teachers. We believe the best teaching marries great content, meaningful technology, and interactive classroom experiences. The end result — students of all abilities and learning styles succeed.


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
H 39-45

12:15pm MST

Phenomenon “ What, Where, When, Why?
Phenomenon anchored instruction is not a one size fits all proposition. Our goal will be to make sense of the what, where, when and why questions associated with phenomenon. In this interactive session we will engage with examples of phenomenon, including their classification, e.g. Anchor or Investigative. The NGSS background as to why phenomena figure so prominently will be discussed. Finally, we will look at a variety of learning sequences to make sense of the question of where and when.

Speakers
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Craig Gabler

Horizons Educational Consulting


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
J 41-47

12:15pm MST

Soil- Life's Main Ingredient
Soil - it's one of our Earth's greatest resources and has its own history, story, and world beneath our feet. We will explore the properties of soil, essential nutrients, and the importance and maintenance that continues to provide for our always increasing population. Teachers will leave with an armload of free resources to equip them to teach their soil unit.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Bigge

Melissa Bigge

Regional Representative, Nutrients for Life Foundation


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
G 39-45

12:15pm MST

The First Step in 3-D Printing
With limited access to a 3D printer and no experience, I was inspired to empower students to develop a plan for a 3D model. It turned out to be supremely engaging for every student. This type of experience leads to a love of science and STEM. I will share the project plan, rubric, tools we used, and student samples with you. In addition, a clear explanation of the connection to all 3 dimensions of the NGSS will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Nadene Klein

Nadene Klein

Science Teacher, Daniel C. Oakes High School


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
K 35-39

12:15pm MST

A Medical Mystery--A Free Online Curriculum for Middle School
Struggling to find NGSS aligned curriculum? Do you wish your students were engaged in figuring out real-world phenomena? This session will introduce you to an NGSS conceptualized and aligned curriculum for middle school that will have your students engaging in the practices and crosscutting concepts of NGSS to explain a medical mystery. Bring your laptop or tablet and go home with free materials for your class.

Speakers
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Betty Stennett

BSCS Science Learning


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
G 47-53

12:15pm MST

Growing a Gender-Inclusive Biology Curriculum
Teaching biology presents many opportunities for authentic inclusion of gender-diversity. How can we affirm our transgender and intersex students when we talk about X and Y chromosomes? How can diverse family structures be included in lessons about meiosis and sexual reproduction? And how do queer and trans identities fit into evolution? We will present the need for such a curriculum, a framework, and examples to be discussed by participants in small groups.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Long

Sam Long

Denver Public Schools
I'm a high school biology teacher in Denver Public Schools and cofounder of the Gender-Inclusive Biology Project.


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
K 41-47

12:15pm MST

Designing Inclusive Science Learning Environments: Supporting Students Who Receive Special Education Services
Students receiving special educational services have a right to experience a PK-12 science education that fully integrates their presence. This session builds on the ideas and tools developed in STEM Teaching Tool #59 to explore how instruction can be designed to enable deep and meaningful science learning for students receiving special education services. STEM Teaching Tools content copyright 2014-19 University of Washington Institute for Science + Math Education, funded by NSF.

Speakers
avatar for Maya Garcia

Maya Garcia

Science Content Specialist, Colorado Department of Education


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
G 31-37

12:15pm MST

Order Up a Helping of Forensics, With a Side of Maggots!
From helping to determine the time of a victim's death to analyzing DNA samples from crime suspects, this workshop has it all! Come get your hands wrapped around the STEM of crime solving!

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Lukens

Jeff Lukens

National Education Consultant, Retired Science Teacher
Curriculum integration, especially science and math, is my educational passion. The use of handheld technology is paramount to having students see the connections between science and math in the high school classroom.


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
H 30-38

12:15pm MST

STEPUP: A cultural change to inspire Girls in Physics
Get introduced to the STEP UP Project goals and the structure of the program, which is a national initiative comprised of physics educators, researchers and professional societies that created high school physics lessons to empower teachers, create cultural change and inspire young women to pursue physics in college. We will start by examining some general strategies about how to support girls in their classrooms through the STEP UP Everyday Actions guide. Then participants will do hands-on exploration of the first lesson provided by STEP UP, which is a Careers in Physics lesson designed to help students assess their personal values in relation to a career in physics, examine profiles of professionals with physics degrees, and envision themselves in a physics career.

Speakers
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Alisa Grimes

University of Colorado


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
H 40-46

12:15pm MST

Take Flight With Wings Over the Rockies' Aerospace Programs
Come explore the many aerospace opportunities and programs Wings Over the Rockies has for educators and students. Hands-on activities for your classroom, along with a chance to sign up for an introductory flight are all a part of this exciting workshop.

Speakers
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April Lanotte

Wings Over the Rockies


Friday November 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:10pm MST
H 31-37

1:10pm MST

2019 Awards Ceremony and Dessert Reception
Dessert Reception
Please join us at 1:10 following Session 3 for the Awards Reception in the Exhibition Hall.

Awards
avatar for Brenda Holmes-Stanciu

Brenda Holmes-Stanciu

AVS Excellence in Science Teaching Award (Elementary), Starsmore Discovery Center
AVS Excellence in Science Teaching Award (Elementary)Brenda’s original degree is a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in Illustration. Here in Colorado she earned her Masters in Education/Curriculum, and later in 2013, she earned the National Board Certification... Read More →
avatar for Cherie Wyatt

Cherie Wyatt

CAST Distinguished Service, Elizabeth High School
CAST Distinguished ServiceAs a veteran science teacher with over 33 years of experience, Cherie currently teaches at Elizabeth High School where she teaches physical, earth/space, and life sciences.She received her MAT in Integrated Natural Sciences from Colorado College in 1998... Read More →
avatar for Erin Greenwood

Erin Greenwood

2019 PAEMST Secondary State-Finalist, Platt Middle School
2019 PAEMST Secondary State-FinalistPlatt Middle School, Boulder Valley School DistrictErin Greenwood has had the privilege and challenge of enticing middle school students into scientific and intellectual discovery through energy, humor and excitement for 15 years in Boulder Valley... Read More →
avatar for Greta Glugoski-Sharp

Greta Glugoski-Sharp

CAST Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching: Secondary, St. Mary's Academy
CAST Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching: SecondaryGreta is the Science Department Head and Chemistry Teacher at St. Mary’s Academy, an all girls high school in Engelwood, Colorado. She has taught chemistry, biology and phyiscs at St. Mary’s Academy for 16 Years. Over her... Read More →
avatar for Ingrid Carter

Ingrid Carter

CAST Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching: College, Metropolitan State University of Denver
CAST Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching: CollegeIngrid Carter taught second and third grades for four years in a bilingual classroom in Richmond, CA. She obtained her Ph.D. at Indiana University, Bloomington in Curriculum & Instruction, focusing on Science Education. She is... Read More →
avatar for Katie Poulsen

Katie Poulsen

CAST Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching: Elementary, eleSTEMary
CAST Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching: ElementaryKatie Poulsen is an elementary educator with over 22 years of experience teaching from Pre-K to 5th grade, as well as 10 years of experience leading professional development for elementary teachers in STEM and International... Read More →
avatar for Maurine Rose Banzhaf

Maurine Rose Banzhaf

AVS Excellence in Science Teaching Award (Informal)
AVS Excellence in Science Teaching Award (Informal)Rose is a retired Environmental Educator who moved to Woodland Park, Colorado in 2010. Since moving to Colorado, she has immersed herself in the EE community here and has over 1000 volunteering for Mueller State Park. She conducts... Read More →
avatar for Megan Fretz

Megan Fretz

2019 PAEMST Secondary State-Finalist, Broomfield Heights Middle School
2019 PAEMST Secondary State-FinalistBroomfield Heights Middle School, Boulder Valley School DistrictMegan is a Colorado native, born and raised in Durango, CO. A series of incredible science teachers in that small southwestern town led her to pursue a degree in Microbiology from Colorado... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Arbor

Rachel Arbor

CAST Rising STAR in Science Teaching, Altona Middle School
CAST Rising STAR in Science TeachingRachel is a 7th- and 8th-grade Science Teacher at Altona Middle School in Longmont, CO with a passion for hands-on learning. In January, she was the first ever first-year teacher to win the NSTA Vernier Technology Award. In Feb, she was also voted... Read More →
avatar for Rae Anne Dotter

Rae Anne Dotter

AVS Excellence in Science Teaching Award (Secondary), Cotopaxi Consolidated Schools
AVS Excellence in Science Teaching Award (Secondary)Mrs. Randi Dotter is a High School Science Teacher at Cotopaxi Consolidated Schools (Fremont County RE-3) and a 1985 graduate of the US Air Force Academy. In 1993, Randi earned her MS in Chemistry from the University of California... Read More →
avatar for Sierra Rickford

Sierra Rickford

CAST Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching: Pre-Service
CAST Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching: Pre-ServiceSierra Rickford completed her student teaching during the fall of 2018 at Windsor High School under the mentorship of Tamara Pennington (and Jennifer Marlow), working through the University of Northern Colorado. Sierra taught... Read More →
avatar for Tamara Pennington

Tamara Pennington

2017 PAEMST National Awardee, Windsor High School
2017 PAEMST National AwardeeTamara Pennington has been a science educator for 26 years and, for the past 14 years, has taught 10th-12th-grade Biology, Advanced Placement Biology, and Biotechnology at Windsor High School. Previously, she taught Physical and Life Science at Carmody... Read More →



Friday November 8, 2019 1:10pm - 1:55pm MST
Exhibit Hall

1:55pm MST

Balanced and Unbalanced Forces
The new CAS standards recommend a departure from traditional step-by-step confirmation labs, and moving instead to students planning and designing investigations. Investigate balanced and unbalanced forces to demonstrate the relationship between inertia, force and mass using the new Building Blocks of Science 3-D..

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Linscomb

Deborah Linscomb

Carolina Biological, Carolina Biological Supply Co.
Deborah has served science education for over 35 years as a teacher, administrator, science specialist, and author. As a Science Education specialist and Director of Science at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas, Deborah designed and implemented many engaging science... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
G 30-36

1:55pm MST

Playing with the Periodic Table
Come celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table by playing games! Participants will learn 3 fun and easy games that can be played to increase student engagement and understanding of one of the most fundamental tools of science.

Speakers
SW

Sandra Weeks

Rocky Mountain High School


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
J 48-52

1:55pm MST

Healthy Oceans as an Elementary School Curriculum Topic
The health of our ocean's is a timely topic that can engage diverse student populations by interweaving many disciplines. I will tie this topic to the Colorado science standards and provide curricula and project examples from many sources such as curricula provided by non-profits, art as an inroad to science and new technologies as a means to stimulate innovation in science. This is a topic that offers an abundance of opportunities for service projects that foster student leadership.

Speakers

Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
J 49-53

1:55pm MST

STEM Program Teaching World Food Sustainability
By the year 2050 there will be nearly 10 billion people and food production needs are expected to rise by over 60 percent. Journey 2050 is an educational gaming platform to experience agriculture like it's never been taught before. As students explore world food sustainability they make inquiry-based decisions to see the ripple effect on social, economic and environmental factors locally and globally. Explore this free program, with lesson plans, that complement national standards and STEM.

Speakers
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Jennifer Scharpe

CO Foundation for Agriculture


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
F 38-44

1:55pm MST

30 Demos in 50 Minutes
Following a long tradition, the teacher candidates from the University of Northern Colorado teaching methods courses will be presenting 30 science demos (or more!) that can serve as great engaging activities to get students to think, explore, and inquire.

Speakers
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UNCO Students

University of Northern Colorado
avatar for Rob Reinsvold

Rob Reinsvold

Member at Large, NOYCE Representative, University of Northern Colorado
NOYCE Representative


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
G 46-52 & H 47-53

1:55pm MST

Citizen Science in the Classroom
Do you want your students to participate in real-world science projects? Citizen science is for you! Students gather and analyze data that is uploaded to various data bases for scientists and others to use for their projects. Examples include collecting rainfall data, plant flowering data, and animal identifications.

Speakers
TH

Theresa Hemming

Exhibits, Douglas County HS
Exhibits


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
J 40-46

1:55pm MST

Claim, Evidence, Reasoning that supports ELD students
Science is a gateway for ELD students to access a new language. The Roaring Fork School District is implementing teaching practices to help students answer scientific questions using the Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning framework. We have collaboratively created rubrics and student supports to help teachers develop CER in their classrooms. This session will share ELD strategies we have developed and then provide time to develop tools to support language learners in the CER process in your class.

Speakers
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Linda Flohr

Educator, Glenwood Springs High School
avatar for Autumn Rivera

Autumn Rivera

Educator, Roaring Fork School District, Colorado Mountain College, Colorado Association of Science Teachers


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
G 38-44

1:55pm MST

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: Scientific Explanations to Increase Student Voice
Claim-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.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kenn Heydrick

Dr. Kenn Heydrick

National STEM Manager, STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning
Dr. Kenn Heydrick is a K-16 STEM education advocate at the state and national levels. Because of his 30+ years of experience and credentials, he strives to support STEM programs that will increase achievement among students. Heydrick received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Northern Illinois... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
J 31-39

1:55pm MST

Is a Zombie Apocalypse Eating at You? Try These STEM Strategies!
Use the "Zombie Craze" to make STEM become "un-dead" in your science classroom! This is a hands-on/brains-on session! By making use of pop culture trends, we can raise the levels of engagement and interest in our STEM-based classrooms. In recent years, very few trends have been as wildly or widely popular as Zombies. In this session, we will use Zombies to model brain anatomy and physiology and then develop a model for the spread of a "Zombie Virus" in a population of humans.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Lukens

Jeff Lukens

National Education Consultant, Retired Science Teacher
Curriculum integration, especially science and math, is my educational passion. The use of handheld technology is paramount to having students see the connections between science and math in the high school classroom.


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
H 30-38

1:55pm MST

Making Three-Dimensional Learning Meaningful for Students Using Science Storylines
What if K-12 lessons could both meet the standards and leverage student curiosity about the natural world? Join us for an engaging workshop on three-dimensional learning and storyline coherence as a means to not only have pedagogy meet the NGSS, but also build on student ideas and questions about natural phenomena.

Speakers
MS

Marilyn Schmidt

Science Organization Representative, (retiring), Activate Learning
We would also like to acknowledge Marilyn Schmidt for her committment to the Colorado Science Conference. She will be stepping away from her role as the CBTA representative for the conference.


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
K 49-53

1:55pm MST

Raising the Bar With At-Risk Youth
As a teacher in an alternative high school, I've learned a few tricks of the trade that I will share with you to help you motivate, assess, and raise the bar for your at-risk students. Materials will be given to you; recorded student testimonials will be shown; and there will be opportunities to share experiences and brainstorm together. This session is applicable to educators of all experience levels who work with at-risk youth or students with challenging behaviors.

Speakers
avatar for Nadene Klein

Nadene Klein

Science Teacher, Daniel C. Oakes High School


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
K 35-39

1:55pm MST

Using Authentic Science Notebooks in K-5
Learn how to implement science notebooks through active investigation for all students. Based on the book, Science Notebooks: Writing About Inquiry, discover how science notebooks impact student achievement by providing a tool for developing conceptual understanding, exposing evidence of learning, and guiding instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell

National Coordinator of FOSS Professional Learning, Lawrence Hall of Science
Brian Campbell is a former elementary teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He taught both second and fifth grade and worked with other grades during summer school programs.  Under a National Science Foundation grant, he conducted a number of works to improve science instruction with classroom... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
J 41-47

1:55pm MST

Using the 4Cs in the Elementary Science Classroom
Learn how to move from teacher and worksheet focused science instruction to student-centered science based lessons modified around the 4Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking). Workshop attendees will participate in K-2 Science and a 3-6 Science lessons that move away from worksheets to students constructing their own knowledge. Connections to math, literacy, and technology will also be included.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Poulsen

Katie Poulsen

CAST Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching: Elementary, eleSTEMary
CAST Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching: ElementaryKatie Poulsen is an elementary educator with over 22 years of experience teaching from Pre-K to 5th grade, as well as 10 years of experience leading professional development for elementary teachers in STEM and International... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
F 46-52

1:55pm MST

Easy and Engaging Dissections for All! - squid, chicken wing, and cow eye
Hands-on dissections of specimens that are inexpensive/free and contain NO formaldehyde! Make these enriching instructional experience available to students who might not ordinarily have access to dissections. 1)Squid - identify and explore the beak, siphon, gills, tentacles, pen and ink! 2)chicken wing -discover muscle, epithelial, connective and nervous tissues, plus see how muscles work in pairs! 3)cow eye- explore the structure and function of the cornea, iris, lens, retina and more!

Speakers
JM

Jessica McVeigh

Stargate School


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
F 30-36

1:55pm MST

Evolution for Middle School Educators
The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is a teacher-run project to help middle school teachers. We provide free, high-quality evolution content and resources. The workshop includes: a bell ringer, a slide presentation (with content, online games, videos, and hands-on activities), and a tour of the TIES Online Learning Page, www.tieseducation.org. We also offer free monthly webinars. TIES has presented over 142 workshops in 48 US states in just four years.

Speakers
avatar for Bertha Vazquez

Bertha Vazquez

Director, The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science, non-profit
Bertha Vazquez has been teaching middle school science in Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 29 years. A seasoned traveler who has visited all seven continents, she enjoys introducing the world of nature and science to young, eager minds. Bertha Vazquez has been teaching science... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
H 39-45

1:55pm MST

Incorporating Native Plants Into the Classroom
For students to knowledgeably address the environmental challenges Colorado faces, they need to understand our beautiful state's ecosystems whose foundations are plants. The Colorado Native Plant Society provides slides, information, and ideas that can be incorporated into classroom instruction to enhance students' understanding and appreciation of Colorado's native flora and its interrelationship with animals, including humans.

Speakers
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David Julie

Colorado Native Plant Society


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
G 47-53

1:55pm MST

Worm Composting: A Complete Ecosystem in Your Classroom
By introducing a worm composting bin into your classroom, you not only support sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth, but you can incorporate lessons related to organisms, populations, and communities; the transfer of energy in the food web; decomposers; biotic and abiotic aspects of an ecosystem; stimuli and response; reproduction; symbiotic relationships; healthy soil; binomial nomenclature, and the list goes on. Finish the year with a very dynamic Worm Day!

Speakers
avatar for Diane Odbert

Diane Odbert

Teacher - Math & Science, Knowledge Quest Academy


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
H 48-52

1:55pm MST

Planning for 3D Instruction: Introducing the Five Tools
The Colorado Science Standards challenge teachers to think deeply about learning and teaching with the goal of developing a clear vision of science education that is coherent, focused, and rigorous. This presentation takes participants through an introduction to Tool 1 of the Five Tools and Processes for Translating the NGSS into Instruction and Classroom Assessment, a free resource. Participants in this session will learn tools and processes to support aligned instructional planning.

Speakers
avatar for Maya Garcia

Maya Garcia

Science Content Specialist, Colorado Department of Education


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
G 31-37

1:55pm MST

Ride The Rails
Learn how to use the Light Rail Train to teach physical science concepts; such as force, motion, work, speed, acceleration, momentum, friction, electricity, simple machines, and complex machines; as well as for team building activities, a scavenger hunt, and to teach local history.

Speakers

Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
G 39-45

1:55pm MST

Hands-on Physics with a 12 Foot Tower
Harnesses, ropes, and a 12 foot vertical caving tower! Come join us for hands-on physics lessons with pulleys, mechanical ascenders, and variable-friction knots. Whether you'd like to get lifted up the tower with the help of mechanical advantage, or help us slice through rope using friction, this workshop is for you. Lessons covered are appropriate for preK-12th grade.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Aaby

Chris Aaby

Executive Director, Catamount Institute
Chris has been the Executive Director of Catamount Institute for four years but has worked for the organization for over 8 years. Catamount Institute is an environmental education and outdoor adventure nonprofit in Colorado Springs, CO that works with over 8,000 children annually... Read More →
avatar for Dave Jackson

Dave Jackson

Inventor, creator, owner, CaveSim
Come check out CaveSim at the High School for free! CaveSim is 60ft of crawling passage decorated with artificial formations. As you explore the passage, be careful not to bump into any of the formations -- each one is outfitted with electronic sensors which give you a damage point... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
J 30-38

1:55pm MST

Discover the world with Atlas Robotics
Atlas Robotics is an all-encompassing package designed to maximize learning opportunities while building a basic claw-robot. It is simply constructed but was designed to leverage many different technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting, multiple motors and drivers, and various software platforms, including Arduino-based microcontroller and a custom mobile app. Accompanying curriculum allows you to dive deeper into the technologies and techniques used in the construction of the Atlas robot.

Speakers
TF

Tom Frederick

Higher Order Innovation


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
H 40-46

1:55pm MST

NASA Space Technology: You Can't Take It All With You
Find out about NASA Space Technology with new lessons and activities that focus on NASA technologies that exist here on Earth along with developing activities and programs that will be a part of space exploration in the future. Join in our hands-on activity, "You Can't Take It All With You."

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April Lanotte

Wings Over the Rockies


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
H 31-37

1:55pm MST

You CAD Do This
This session will help educators overcome the hesitation of using CAD programming systems, building robots, and just creating cool stuff for student learning. Educators will experience TinkerCad, Fusion360, OnShape in a self paced, exploratory session. Participants will create a student project that reveals the deep questioning and interdisciplinary learning of intricate projects. Examples of student projects and applications in the classroom will be shared.

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Rob Funk

Sagewood Middle School


Friday November 8, 2019 1:55pm - 2:50pm MST
K 41-47

3:05pm MST

Avogadro's Number, Surprise!
Participants will engage in a student-centered activity that introduces the Avogadro number through discovery. A direct link between the microscopic level and the macroscopic level is created. The activity provides a crucial “stepping stone” and foundation into the concept of the chemical mole and stoichiometry. Additionally, the activity supports the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards. Participants should bring a calculator. A simple scientific calculator will be adequate.

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Tom Bindel

Retired / Pomona High School


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
J 48-52

3:05pm MST

Effects of TDS (total dissolved solids and temperature on Ocean and Local Water Systems)
Part 1: Exploring Density Inquiry based hands on exploration of constructing boats in both salt and fresh water Part 2: Density Driven Ocean Circulation Module from AMS- Maury Project Guiding Teachers through an activity written by AMS Part 3: Local Water Systems Claim evidence reasoning on temperature and TDS on local watersheds. Part 4: Additional Professional Development Option Brief presentation on Datastream and AMS professional Development options

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Rachel Kissner

American Meteorology Society-AMS


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
J 49-53

3:05pm MST

Something is in the Air!
The AQIQ- Air Quality Inquiry Program at CU Boulder provides students with hands-on experiences using cutting edge technology to investigate air quality in their schools, homes and communities. Working alongside CU Boulder engineering faculty and students, middle and high school classrooms develop, design, test and present findings about their own AQ questions. Hear from participants and scientists, interact with the technology, see student work and learn how to access these and other resources.

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Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
H 39-45

3:05pm MST

Building Resilience in Colorado Communities to Natural Hazards
Fire, flood, drought and extreme heat are impacting Colorado communities more due to climate change. Come experience a place-based action-oriented youth engagement curriculum that explores the impacts of these natural hazards in our state. The PBL-based Hazard Education Awareness & Resilience Task (HEART) Force curriculum includes case study lessons, scenario-based role-play games, and culminates in student-led expos to develop and implement local resilience action projects.

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avatar for Katie Boyd

Katie Boyd

Education & Outreach Associate, CIRES
Kathryn (Katie) Boyd is an Education and Outreach Associate at CIRES. She works on several projects for CIRES, including serving as the program manager for the CLEAN network and collection of educational resources. She also conducts the evaluation efforts on multiple large education... Read More →
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Erin Leckey

University of Colorado, Boulder


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
G 30-36

3:05pm MST

Astronaut Health: Science Education Resources for K-12 and Beyond
This presentation will introduce science educators to authoritative and free K-12+ resources focusing on anatomy, genetics, health, and health science careers. Using space exploration as a framework, participants will discover online resources, lesson plans, and programs through a unique and fun subject.

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avatar for Dana Abbey

Dana Abbey

Community Engagement Coordinator, NNLM
The National Network of Libraries of Medicines helps connect people with free, authoritative health information. Stop by to learn about resources to help you prepare for HOSA competitive events. We have information on health professions, health education, emergency preparedness, drugs... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
J 30-38

3:05pm MST

Critical Creativity in the Secondary Classroom
This workshop will empower teachers to use creativity to spark critical thinking in the classroom. With short, useful protocols and activities you will walk away with several ideas to implement right away with your students. These simple strategies are accessible for many different types of students and can increase student success and self confidence. The workshop is sure to bring out some humor and creativity in your teaching.

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Pamela McWilliams

Euclid Middle School


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
K 41-47

3:05pm MST

Data Literacy for all: SOS Explorer Mobile free app!
For years, the NOAA Science On a Sphere team in Boulder has been working hard to bring our vast dataset catalog to teachers and students with SOS Explorer - a flatscreen version of our giant animated globe. First with a large download called SOSx Lite, then an awesome but not-free exhbit. NOW we are thrilled to be serving SOS Explorer for free on mobile devices! Come and up your data visualization teaching game with SOSx Mobile and include all your students in this progressive ed technology.

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avatar for Eric Hackathorn

Eric Hackathorn

Eric Hackathorn is the project manager for Data Visualization, Simulation, and Games at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The project leverages game mechanics and technology for a variety of projects and has unique expertise straddling science, education... Read More →
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Hilary Peddicord

NOAA Research Earth Systems Research Laboratory Global Systems Division


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
G 47-53

3:05pm MST

Empowering Behavior Change through Student-Centered Energy Reduction Competition
Hosting an energy reduction competition where students are 'energy detectives' allows teachers to use the Problem-Based Learning model to move students from competition to comprehension. Using real-time data, sampling tools, and applying energy science through the PBL model makes energy 'real' for students. Simple activities like goal setting help students apply math and science. Participation in the Renew Our Schools competition can facilitate learning and behavior change in your school!

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Shannon Oliver

Adams 12 Five Star Schools


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
K 49-53

3:05pm MST

Meaning Making in Primary Grades
The "doing of science" is the best way for students to learn. However, the real learning occurs when students engage as a community of learners around the big ideas in a teacher facilitated conversation. After engaging in a short science lesson so everyone has a common experience, we will engage in a meaning-making protocol that you can implement with your students, supporting the practices of engaging in argument from evidence, constructing explanations and analyzing and interpreting data.

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Eileen Patrick

FOSS Science


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
H 48-52

3:05pm MST

Meeting the Needs of Noyce Scholars
This is an opportunity for current and former recipients of Noyce Scholarships from all of the teacher preparation programs throughout Colorado and Wyoming to come together for networking and common support. Noyce Scholars both past and present are encouraged to come to share experiences on teaching in high need schools. This session will also be a prelude to the WRNA Colorado Conference to be held on Saturday Nov 9, 2019 in Denver. The focus will be on inclusivity efforts.

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avatar for Rob Reinsvold

Rob Reinsvold

Member at Large, NOYCE Representative, University of Northern Colorado
NOYCE Representative


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
K 35-39

3:05pm MST

Phenomena Based Learning: Inquiry for All
Come explore the new Colorado State Science Standards through the lens of Phenomena Based Learning. We will explore how we might leverage another kind of PBL to support ALL students to engage in the thinking and habits of scientists. Participants will receive resources for planning units and lessons centered on current phenomena that will excite and inspire all students to notice and wonder about the world around them while engaging in the Science & Engineering Practices.

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Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
G 38-44

3:05pm MST

Sense-Making through Modeling, Argumentation, and Explanations in Grades K-6
Investigate phenomena and experience how students create models, construct explanations, and engage in argumentation from evidence in elementary classrooms.. Explore how these NGSS science and engineering practices are integrated and reinforce each other to enhance student learning. Leave with instructional strategies to support student sense making.

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avatar for Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell

National Coordinator of FOSS Professional Learning, Lawrence Hall of Science
Brian Campbell is a former elementary teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He taught both second and fifth grade and worked with other grades during summer school programs.  Under a National Science Foundation grant, he conducted a number of works to improve science instruction with classroom... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
J 41-47

3:05pm MST

Sweating Alcohol in 3-D
You've heard it said, 'Don't sweat the small stuff'. Well, 3-D teaching and learning are The Big Stuff in science education. Join us for a 100% hands-on session of data collection, data analysis, and data discussion.

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avatar for Jeff Lukens

Jeff Lukens

National Education Consultant, Retired Science Teacher
Curriculum integration, especially science and math, is my educational passion. The use of handheld technology is paramount to having students see the connections between science and math in the high school classroom.


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
H 30-38

3:05pm MST

3e NGSS EVOLUTION: INVESTIGATING EMBRYOLOGY
Analyze and interpret skeletal
and embryological images to identify
patterns of similarities and differences
across species that look very different
as mature animals. Identify
patterns of similarities throughout
developmental time to infer evolutionary
relationships not obvious in the mature
animals. This activity provides an opportunity
to assess student work related to
MS-LS4-3.

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Lisa Yemma

Slavens with Lab Aids and SEPUP


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
J 40-46

3:05pm MST

Exploring Three-Dimensional Instructional Alignment
In this interactive session, teachers gain a deeper understanding of how the 5E model incorporates three-dimensional learning. Participants will examine a storyline and conceptual flow anchored in phenomena that utilizes the 5E model. We explore how anchored phenomena create engaging and accessible learning sequences that align with Colorado's new science standards.

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avatar for Maya Garcia

Maya Garcia

Science Content Specialist, Colorado Department of Education


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
G 31-37

3:05pm MST

Let's Use the 5-Es to Provide Equity in Science Instruction
Science teachers, and those who support them, can ensure that all students have equitable access to a quality STEM education. Implementing the 5 Es in STEM classrooms will allow equal access and opportunities to better understanding STEM subjects to all students, including traditionally underrepresented students.

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avatar for Dr. Kenn Heydrick

Dr. Kenn Heydrick

National STEM Manager, STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning
Dr. Kenn Heydrick is a K-16 STEM education advocate at the state and national levels. Because of his 30+ years of experience and credentials, he strives to support STEM programs that will increase achievement among students. Heydrick received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Northern Illinois... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
J 31-39

3:05pm MST

The Young Artist as Scientist: Learning From Leonardo da Vinci
This session will connect creative movement, visual arts, and music to STEM. A Renaissance in Arts-STEM will take place as it did in Leonardo's Day! Come analyze the similarities among the Crosscutting Concepts of NGSS (2013) and the Arts-STEM connection. Take back practical ideas for children and an appreciation of the ultimate Artist-Scientist, Leonardo da Vinci.

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Mary Jo Pollman

Metropolitan State University


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
G 39-45

3:05pm MST

Bring high energy physics research into your classroom!
This workshop is an introduction to the resources and activities available through the QuarkNet Data Portfolio. These activities are designed to bring structured scientific inquiry into the classroom using real data from real experiments!

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Cherie Bornhorst

Colorado School of Mines


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
H 31-37

3:05pm MST

Play with phones and robots!
Mobile apps are used constantly, and new ways to leverage the computer in your pocket are being explored every day. During this hands-on workshop we will walk you through mobile app development that can be performed in the classroom with a focus on how to make and modify a remote control application for an Atlas Robotics clawbot. Changing the app layout and functionality are just a few of the programming topics that will be addressed for Android operating system.

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Tom Frederick

Higher Order Innovation


Friday November 8, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm MST
H 40-46

4:00pm MST

Pick up your CDE Professional Development Certificate
Pick up your Certificate at 4:00!
5 Clock Hours of Professional Development Credit will be available at the end of the conference day. Participants MUST be present at 4:00 pm to receive a certificate of completion. Certificates will not be available before 4:00 pm, and they will not be issued to anyone other than the person receiving the credit.
Please note, certificates will not be mailed to participants after the conference.

Friday November 8, 2019 4:00pm - 4:15pm MST
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