January 22, 2016

STEM100

08:15  -  09:15
105C

In this session, you will hear an overview of the STEM100 project.This project is a national initiative in which 100 6th grade classrooms from around the country come together to define what STEM looks like. Together with their administrators they will work over a three year period to explore how science can be integrated across […]

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Literacy in a STEM Class: Building Content Knowledge

08:15  -  09:15
101A

Close Reading helps students comprehend what they read at a deeper level. Join us to explore the powerful role that content literacy and conceptual modeling can have in building students’ content knowledge as they grapple with a complex text from a challenging middle school Earth Science unit.

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Engineering Education and Engagement Opportunities: Design. Impact. Engineer.

08:15  -  09:15
102B

ASU’s Fulton Schools K-12 Engineering Education and Outreach team will help debunk engineering myths and share ways that participants can informally and formally engage with our department. Our hope is that by providing teachers and participants with a better understanding of engineering and resources available that they will feel empowered and inspired to bring that […]

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The Helios Journey of Starting and Implementing a STEM Program – Featured Panel

08:15  -  09:15 am
103 A & B

Join STEM coordinators from seven of the Helios STEM Schools Pilot to learn about the challenges and successes they experienced while implementing a new STEM program in their schools/districts. Each will discuss their program’s goals, objectives, challenges, and successes, as well as lessons-learned during the implementation process. Panelists: 7 STEM Coordinators from the SFAz Helios […]

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Marine Science: Bringing the Ocean Into Your Classroom

08:15  -  09:15
105A

Interested in bringing a unique ocean experience to your classroom? Come see an example of students engaged with the wonders of marine science. Learn about options to make this an affordable and exciting opportunity for you and your students. Learn about setting up a saltwater aquarium with fish, corals, invertebrates and more. See extensions for […]

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The Evolution of Laboratory Design/Science Lab Planning

08:15  -  09:15
105 B

Are you planning a new science lab or remodeling an existing space? This session will cover the basic principles used in planning a science lab for a 21st Century STEM classroom.  From the furniture to the flow of the room to the interaction of teachers and students, every detail of the laboratory experience is incorporated […]

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Secondary STEM Explorations

08:15 am  -  09:15 am
207 Lecture Hall

This session will focus on STEM integrations where district and teachers have worked in partnership. Student work will be shared along with resources used to implement STEM: project-based learning modules, open source courses, and more. The topics will include: data analytics, computational mathematics, coding and more. The focus will be on the integration of STEM […]

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STEM and the Young Learner

08:15 am  -  09:15 am
101C

Come experience the award-winning A World In Motion program and see how STEM and literature can be incorporated into your current lessons to reach even the youngest learner. Literature connections will be shared as well as information on how to get the A World In Motion program in your classroom for hands on STEM learning.

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How to Inspire STEAM Careers Using Virtual Reality in Schools

08:15 am  -  09:15 am
101B

A Virtual Reality STEAM Lab immediately invokes curiosity as it allows students to create, test and experiment in an interactive, 3D environment. Students know computers, they’ve seen 3D movies, but now they can pick up, manipulate and explore objects like never before.

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Building STEAM–Collaborative STEM and Workforce Development Programs

08:15 am  -  09:15 am
102A

Building STEAM workshops allow participants (K-12 educators, industry partners, universities, students, parents, others) to build relationships to develop effective STEM Outreach and Workforce Development programs. We will focus on four key topics: fostering an action-based, collaborative culture; exploring student-developed STEM outreach programs; leveraging national contests and competitions; defining what collaboration really means to teachers and […]

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STEM Teams Learn, Design, & Innovate

08:15 am  -  09:15 am
102C

In this session, participants will develop an understanding of a STEM Classroom Discourse Community-TM Model. Within this community environment of inquiry, STEM Teams investigate topics, issues, designs, and problems. Participants will experience the critical aspects of an investigative environment through experiences with signature lessons. From these experiences participants will label the mind sets that are […]

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Keynote Presentation – America’s Untapped Opportunity – Hadi Partovi, Code.org

09:30  -  11:00
Ball Room

Software and computers are everywhere, revolutionizing every field around us. But the majority of schools don’t teach computer science. Code.org believes every student should have the opportunity to shape the 21st-century and wants to turn this problem around. Code.org has already helped over 100 million students try computer science for the first time with one Hour […]

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Gardening in Your Classroom

1:45  -  2:45
102C

Participants in the workshop will receive a copy of each of four lessons that will be utilized in the presentation. Gardening is an effective method to conduct STEM integration into the curriculum. Science: soil structure, water quality, microbes, photosynthesis, integrated pest management and plant placement. Technology: compost and irrigation system design. Engineering: develop a safe […]

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No Coding Experience Needed

1:45  -  2:45
101A

No previous experience coding needed to teach Computer Science to students when you use the Code.org curriculum! Explore with us the website, hands-on activities, standards, and the curriculum using Code.org in this fast-paced and fun presentation. Training, use of the website and all curriculum is without cost to teachers and districts K-5.

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Engaging learners through Math Lesson Plans

1:45  -  2:45
105A

The session will begin with a brief background explanation on how this lesson plan was used in a College Algebra course. A sample problem will be chosen from recent news. The mathematical problem will be built from the ground-up using the audience input. Then it will be solved together with the instructor using concepts from […]

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How to do “Original Research” in your Science Classroom

1:45  -  2:45
102A

This interactive workshop gives teachers and STEM coordinators the step by step process and confidence to do “Original Research” in their classrooms. We will divide into grade levels and model the steps from the original question to the final presentation. Participants will understand how “Original Research” helps students understand that science is an integrated process […]

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STEM in the Outdoors: Applying the Scientific Method

1:45  -  2:45
105C

Having students engage in the scientific method may seem like a daunting task. In this this presentation will present a program where students formed their own hypotheses, developed and implemented experiments, and presented results to their peers. We will guide you through the process and discuss how you can incorporate similar activities into your classrooms. […]

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What do we mean by STEM? – Featured Panel

1:45  -  2:45
103 A & B

This panel will discuss the different interpretations of STEM in K-12 academic settings, in after-school programs, in higher ed, and in business and industry. While there are many different definitions of STEM, there are certain characteristics that are common in STEM-literate students. How do these characteristics fit each sector’s definition of STEM? Panelists: Tirupalavanam Ganesh […]

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Building a STEM-ready workforce: STEM beyond four-year degrees

1:45  -  2:45
105B

STEM careers reach further than computer programming, engineering or science. From manufacturing to construction to maintenance, many STEM jobs are vacant because of the lack of technical skills. Half don’t require a 4-year degree, yet pay 10% more. Ellner will share the current state of youth and education, as well as information about how CTE […]

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We have a 3D Printer, Now What? Integration Across Subjects

1:45  -  2:45
101B

3D printers provide an avenue for students to design solutions to projects. Likewise, educators can utilize these technologies in any subject area to tap into the engineering design process. The audience participates in activities introducing tools and methods of design connecting multidisciplinary topics and project based learning. Examples tie both ELA, Social Studies, and STEM […]

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Innovation In Education: Developing a STEM School

1:45  -  2:45
104A/B

The world beyond our school doors has advanced so rapidly that the education system has struggled to keep up. With challenging demographics, changing mandates, responsibility to accountability, all under the umbrella of ‘student’s best interest’, schools can struggle to make progress. This presentation will provide an overview of the systems, processes and changes required to […]

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Keynote Presentation – Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist at Google

1:45  -  2:45
Ballroom

Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of creating powerful learning models. Jaime works with educational organizations around the world, helping them find ways to continuously improve the quality of education by […]

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Applying NGSS and ELA Common Core in Linguistically Diverse Classrooms

1:45  -  3:45
101C

The NSF funded SSTELLA project developed a framework aligned with CCSS and NGSS standards that promotes English development in ELL’s. Participants will engage in a model lesson on Genetically Modified Organisms, outlining how disciplinary language and literacy development is supported through scientific argumentation. Participants will then deconstruct the lesson and identify how SSTELLA practices in […]

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How to Add the M to Your STEM Lessons

1:45  -  3:45
102B

Are you looking for fun ways to seamlessly embed Math into your STEM lessons? If so, come to this session! We will explore the use of math in recipes and budgets. The session will also engage participants in using non-standard units to help program a robot. Attendees will program a robot, play Math games, engineer […]

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Sheely STEM Club

11:15  -  12:15
Pre-Conference Area 2

Showcasing the activities that our STEM Club has participated in the last several years.

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Business Partner Relationships to Fix a Leaky STEM Pipeline

11:15  -  12:15
103A/B

The Maricopa County Education Service Agency’s STEM Role Model program brings working professionals into school districts throughout Maricopa County to talk about Science, Technology Engineering and Math with students in grades 6-8. MCESA’s STEM Role Model program encourages students to build their confidence and competence in these areas and boost their persistence in STEM education […]

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Code.org

11:15  -  12:15
101A

This session will share resources, professional development and training available through Code.org. It is led by a Code.org affiliate who is also part of Arizona’s first school district to partner officially with Code.org. This session will also share about Paradise Valley Unified School District’s journey with integrating coding and computer science into the curriculum.

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Not Your Ordinary PD: Middle-School Students Take the Lead

11:15  -  12:15
102C

Short of tech professional development resources? Use your best resource: your students! Middle-school students and a mentor teacher show how the iTEAM KiDS provide tech support and professional development to teachers at 5 Yuma District One middle schools supporting district expansion from technology infusion to one-to-one personalized learning. Learn about organizational options, funding options, pitfalls, […]

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Creating Interdisciplinary Units with STEM: Amazon Rainforest Tour

11:15  -  12:15
101C

A classroom teacher and teaching artist share video clips, photos and other documentation from our interdisciplinary Amazon Rainforest Tour project, implemented with grades 4-6. We discuss project objectives, curriculum design, standards, assessments, and how we came to work on this project together. Attendees brainstorm topics for integrated STEM units using current curriculum. To close, our […]

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Incorporating Engineering in the Primary Classroom

11:15  -  12:15
102A

This session will provide participants with ways to incorporate engineering concepts into the primary classroom using the Design Process. Students need to be challenged to solve problems in different and creative ways. They also need to see that to fail is to learn and working collaboratively is vital to success. Participants will leave with several […]

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Implementing STEM Programs that Capture and Nurture Imaginations and Talents

11:15  -  12:15
105A

In this session, four STEM projects implementing the Scientific Village approach( three funded by NSF and one by Helios) that were conducted by the PRIME Center at ASU will be described along with their goals, design characteristics, recruitment strategies, methods of implementation, and results from the external evaluation. Those will provide the basis for discussion […]

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Orangewood STEM Robotics Club

11:15  -  12:15
STEM Club Student Showcase 1

Students from Orangewood School’s STEM Robotics Club, competing in the VEX IQ Challenges as the Robocougars, will be demonstrating the various types of robotic formats with which they are involved. Co-Presenter: Dianna Bonney, Ed.D.  

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Aprende Robotics Club

11:15  -  12:15
Pre-Conference Area 2

Students from Kyrene Aprende Middle School demonstrate their student-created robots designed with VEX Robotics kits. Co-Presenters: Eric Santos Jessey Johnson

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Super Cool Kenilworth School

11:15  -  12:15
Pre-Conference Area 2

The students of our Super Cool Kenilworth school began developing a STEAM identity for our campus this school year. One of the efforts to build our STEAM identity is our after school STEAM clubs. Included in our Session 1 of the STEAM clubs were 40 students in grades 5th-8th grade. Our presentation today includes some […]

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Bradshaw Mountain Bruin Builders

11:15  -  12:15
Pre-Conference Area 2

Bruin Builders is an after-school STEM group at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School.  We focus on engineering projects.  During first semester, we designed and built a Pumpkin Chunkin machine which was entered in the Mortimer Farms annual contest.  We were the youngest team to complete.  Despite our age, our machine took third in accuracy.

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MESA Clubs

11:15  -  12:15
104A/B

We will be presenting information and tips about building and sustaining an award winning MESA Club (Math, Science, Engineering, Achievement).  Topics include, alignment of district resources and vision, appropriate support, and innovative ideas / practices of dedicated teachers to act as advisors for the teams. The presentation will include interactive data gathering and analysis through […]

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Building Warriors: Frameworks & Mindsets for Student Lead Projects (2 hours)

11:15  -  1:30
105C

Participants will define creativity and confidence as they become familiar with the framework used to build students’ creative confidence. Next, we will discuss the four areas used to build creative confidence – Optimism, Fail Forward, Just Do It., and Empathy. Participants will participate in numerous activities that they can bring to their classroom the following […]

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Playful Assessments: True STEM/AZ Standards Innovation & Integration (2 hours)

11:15  -  1:30
207 Lecture Hall

Come join us for this hands-on, collaborative workshop focusing on the most exciting, playful ways educators bring STEM and AZ Standards alive. As a student in this workshop you will explore, collaborate, and create in this exciting, playful workshop full of interactive play, snapshot notations, and collaborative concept-mapping using the latest tools for true innovation […]

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Enhancing Classroom Learning Through Digital Dissection

12:30  -  1:30
105A

Alternatives to dissection are increasingly being sought to reduce costs, avoid harmful animal use and integrate technology into the classroom. This interactive session will cover educational efficacy, economic benefits, ethical considerations and current laws and policies regarding the use of animals in science education. Participants will gain hands-on experience with popular digital dissection software programs […]

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Making STEM a Reality in Rural Schools

12:30  -  1:30
101A

This session will outline the STEM Rural Expansion Program that the Arizona Science Center has developed and led since 2013. We will review the steps of effective implementation from teacher professional development and coaching to increased student engagement, outline how we developed our measure for teacher competency and confidence, and share our data findings. Participants […]

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Not Your Ordinary PD: Elementary Students Take the Lead

12:30  -  1:30
102C

Short of tech professional development resources? Use your best resource: your students! Elementary-school students and a mentor teacher show how the iTEAM KiDS provide tech support and professional development to teachers at 12 Yuma District One schools supporting district expansion from technology infusion to one-to-one personalized learning. Learn about organizational options, funding options, pitfalls, tracking […]

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Teachers in Industry: Bringing Industry and Education Together

12:30  -  01:30
101C

Teachers in Industry offers paid summer STEM work experiences for Arizona teachers in local businesses and industries. We have two program options to meet the needs of STME teachers. Our PD option is open to all Arizona STEM teachers, while the MA option is geared towards early- and mid-career STEM teachers. We will engage participants […]

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Let’s Get Real! STEM and PBL

12:30  -  1:30
102A

Students want learning that applies to real-life. This not only can spark interest, but also gives something meaningful to help students make connections to the content. Problem based learning (PBL) offers a concrete methodology to apply this in the classroom and to get real with all of the STEM topics. This session explores sample lessons, […]

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Fueling the future: Injecting curriculum with real-world STEM application

12:30  -  1:30
105B

STEM is everything from cars and plumbing to hairstyles and baked goods. A fundamental shift in the way we teach STEM to these students is needed to fill high-tech careers that were once thought to be blue-collar. From manufacturing and construction to maintenance and repair careers, a third of STEM jobs are open because of […]

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STEM in Literature: Creative Connections Found in Reading

12:30  -  1:30
101B

Reading in all subjects requires ties to all subjects. STEM intertwines creativity and resourcefulness within literature. By using the framework provided by a story, students design based solutions found in the literature.The results of these projects both deepen student interest in reading while inspiring creativity in the STEM fields. Sample curriculum and activities introduce attendees […]

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Student Showcase 5th-8th grade

12:30  -  1:30
Pre-Conference Area 2

The students in  5th-8th grades in Model Creek School, Yarnell Elementary School will showcase their European Siren/Lights learning to solder project.  There will be a tri-fold presentation board showing photographs from the students’ semester’s work, along with the projects that are completed and incomplete.  The students will be at the table ready to talk about […]

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Robotics

12:30  -  1:30
Pre-Conference Area 2

Students will discuss their journey through creating and coding robots.

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Pima County 4H Ham Radio Project

12:30  -  1:30
Pre-Conference Area 2

Pima County 4H Ham Radio Project is the first Ham Radio Project in the State of Arizona! This past year we were accepted to make contact with the International Space Station using Amateur Radio. This ” Out of this World Experience” has not only motivated the youth involved to learn more about Science, Space and […]

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Super Cool Kenilworth School

12:30  -  1:30
Pre-Conference Area 2

The students of our Super Cool Kenilworth school began developing a STEAM identity for our campus this school year. One of the efforts to build our STEAM identity is our after-school STEAM clubs. Included in our Session 1 of the STEAM clubs were 40 students in grades 5th-8th grade. Our presentation today includes some of […]

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MESA Clubs

12:30  -  1:30
Pre-Conference Area 2

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is a low-cost program designed to encourage college readiness and exploration of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields for low-income, minority or first-generation college bound students in grades 6-8.  The two MESA clubs represented at Alhambra’s MESA Club table are Andalucia Middle and Sevilla West. Co-Presenters: Mia DeLaRosa Margaret […]

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The STEM Immersion Guide- A Complete Roadmap to STEM Implementation

12:30  -  1:30
103A/B

This presentation will introduce participants to the STEM Immersion Guide.  The Guide was created as a tool to help educators establish and implement a vision for 21st-century schools and classrooms.  It is written as an over-arching framework to help chart a course and provide a step-by-step roadmap for integrating STEM education in schools. C0-presenters: Darcy […]

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Shifting to a STEM Culture

12:30  -  1:30
104A/B

Congress Elementary School was awarded a STEM grant in 2013. They became one of seven schools in the State of Arizona chosen by Science Foundation Arizona to be a Helios STEM model school. Come learn about how they transformed over three years to a more focused STEM culture. Session includes hands-on STEM activities, description of […]

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Meet Arizona’s First Student Chief Science Officers

3:15  -  4:15
105A

Middle and High Schools throughout Arizona have elected 120+ Student Chief Science Officers to champion campus-wide interest and engagement in STEM both on and off campus. In this interactive panel, meet some of Arizona’s first student CSOs and Hear about their election stories and plans for the upcoming year.

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A Science Cadre Support System for Elementary School Professional Development

3:15  -  4:15
104A/B

How can we infuse inquiry-based science into an over-full elementary curriculum for underserved students, supporting it with effective professional development, given severe budget constraints? This session will engage you in Yuma School District One’s answer: intensively training a cadre of classroom teachers, one per grade level at each school who then model for and coach […]

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Making Standards Come Alive: Empowering Students to Build Better Communities

3:15  -  4:15
101B

In this session design meaningful, creative and innovative science or engineering projects based on the K-12 Framework. Participants will take a journey that addresses Arizona State Standards across the curriculum, enhances student problem solving skills, and connects theory to application. Participants will be in the role of both the student and teacher taking the first […]

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Kids Ask for Science and Reading! Engineering across the Curriculum

3:15  -  4:15
105C

Have you ever participated in a “typical” engineering design challenge? Did you wonder: what’s the point? Did you have sufficient knowledge upon which to draw to aid your design? Participants will engineer magnetic levitation vehicles and reflect on the science and contextual knowledge that would have contributed to greater success.   Co-Presenter:  Joelle Clark  

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Infographics to Improve Students’ STEM Literacy

3:15  -  4:15
207 Lecture Hall

Students need to understand and be able to think critically about information presented in visual graphical forms. Teachers can help students develop a deeper understanding of graphical information through infographics while helping their students build 21st Century data and information literacy. The goal of this hands-on session is to equip teachers with the knowledge of […]

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3-Dimensional Learning in STEM: Making More Sense

3:15  -  4:15
102A

Through an interactive process, participants will engage in a science investigation designed to highlight 3-dimensional learning as described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education; incorporating crosscutting concepts and conceptual development. This session will use connections between Standards for Mathematical Practice and the Science and Engineering Practices and focus on how STEM lessons can give […]

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Building Effective STEM Partnerships – Featured Panel

3:15  -  4:15
103 A & B

This panel will highlight successful partnerships between K-12 Schools and businesses. Learn how these connections were made, the goals and outcomes of the partnership, and how each partner benefits from the relationship. Panelists: Julie Pastrick/Scott Hathcock (Flagstaff Chamber) Kerry Schwartz (UA/Project Wet) Kevin Rolf (SRP) Steve Zilstra (AZ Tech Council) Patti Beltram (Peoria USD)   […]

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Keynote Presentation – Jo Anne Vasquez, Ph.D.

3:15  -  4:15
Ballroom

Dr. Vasquez brings many years of experience in K-12 education. She has been a classroom teacher and district science specialist for Mesa Public Schools, an adjunct professor of science education at Arizona State University and was the Director of Professional Development and Outreach for ASU’s Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and […]

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The Interactive STEM Classroom

3:15  -  4:15
101A

Explore Technology & Interactive Resources to Support STEM in the math and science classroom. Data collection and analysis tools, software, iPad app, graphing tools and aligned science activities for middle & high school! Explore real-world science behind Zombies…and the magic of Hollywood. Attendees leave with Teacher Software!

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Primarily STEM: Integrating STEM and Literacy (2 hours)

3:15  -  5:30
102C

In this 2-hour workshop, teachers will participate in a variety of STEM activities incorporating innovative teaching strategies that encourage student participation. Educators will learn how to connect the problems faced by storybook characters to STEM based activities. This approach encourages the integration of math and science, problem solving, creative thinking and collaboration in the classroom. […]

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Coding in the K – 8 Classroom

4:30  -  5:30
105B

This session explores perspectives on the Avondale Elementary School District’s second year of implementing a K-8 coding curriculum. We discuss three different coding platforms we use and have students present on what they do in each of these platforms. In addition, we discuss how we facilitate our coding classes and provide resources for others who […]

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Explore First!

4:30  -  5:30
101A

This session will involve an “immersion” in which participants will experience an initial exploratory activity (to uncover some unique properties of water), just as their students would. This “Explore First!” approach explicitly supports STEM preparedness, addresses the Next Generation Science Standards, and is a critical component of the increasingly popular pedagogy known as Modeling Instruction.™ […]

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Preparing Students for Careers in Analytics

4:30  -  5:30
105A

The concepts of big data are growing across all industries from healthcare to risk management. As more organizations enhance their data capabilities, there are increased requirements for skilled resources to analyze and interpret the data into meaningful information. This session reviews the emerging trends in analytics and how to engage students to enhance the learning […]

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The Power of Data – Preparing the Geospatial Workforce for Tomorrow

4:30  -  5:30
105C

In the STEMworks Power of Data (POD) program developed at Northern Arizona University, teachers learned to integrate geospatial technologies and project based instruction to teach STEM content. POD increased students’ awareness of and interest in geospatial careers and educational pathways to them, and students had more opportunities to build 21st century workforce skills. Learn about […]

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Spaghetti Tower Challenge in K-2

4:30  -  5:30
102A

This session will have participants do the Marshmallow Challenge,then discuss the mathematics and science involved in completing the challenge. We’ll then watch video from a 2nd grade classroom and discuss the results. Participants will receive all instructions for implementing this excellent STEM classroom activity.

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Science Is Fun: K-12 Collaboration with ASU Research Scientists

4:30  -  5:30
101C

Science Is Fun offers a k-12 outreach program designed to excite, educate and engage students. Learn about collaboration opportunities for your students, program, or industry with Arizona State University, Rio Salado College and others that encourage a student’s natural fascination with STEM phenomena.  

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Evaluating Your STEM Programs: Lessons Learned From The Field

4:30  -  5:30
103A/B

This presentation describes the various analytical tools available in evaluating a STEM program at any level. We will review all available assessment methodologies used to evaluate STEM programming, and describe our unique assessment criteria in AZ with STEM programs and over 200 STEM clubs at the K-12 level. Co-Presenter:  Karen Mutch-Jones

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STEM: A Journey to Excellence

4:30  -  5:30
102B

The session will be an open forum opening with a short narrative of Canyon’s journey to implement STEM school wide. We will share our support network and professional development structure. In addition we will share the unit evaluation tool and school implementation rubric we will use to evaluate our success (handouts). Audience will have the […]

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Making Failure Fun: Amplify STEM Games

4:30  -  5:30
101B

Participants will learn about Amplify’s unique approach and process in developing science and math games that schools can purchase for students in grades 4-9. High-quality educational games are a great way to foster confidence and enthusiasm as part of rigorous math and science study. Learn from members of the Amplify games team how Amplify games […]

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