January 23, 2016

QR’s and AVATARS: Technology Tools for Digital Learning

08:15  -  09:15
101A

Educators will join an on line professional learning community via Edmodo. The audience will use cell phones, laptops and tablets as response clickers to play an interactive quiz game, Kahoot. Participants will leave with hands on experiences as well free, easy to use digital resources such as: QR’s, voki, zoom, tellagami and Plickers.

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STEM education roadmap to promote economic development

08:15  -  09:15
101B

The STEM Academy, Inc. aided the State of Utah in established a STEM education roadmap which resulted in Utah House Bill 150. The goal of the HB 150 is to build workforce pipeline for 21st century STEM careers. HB 150 builds an unprecedented bridge between Utah business and education, i.e. student STEM curriculum experiences correlated […]

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Getting to Know the Practices

08:15  -  09:15
102B

Attendees of this session will be introduced to the Framework and the Practices outlined in this document. The Practices are essential when students are engaging in scientific inquiry because it requires both content knowledge and skill. Attendees will then work with the Practices in a series of interactive hands-on demonstrations and subsequent conversations about how […]

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The Advantages of Using Spreadsheets in STEM Courses

08:15  -  09:15
207 Lecture Hall

Answer to The reviewer suggestion: The speakers will have 35 flash drives available with sample Excel files to freely distribute to the audience. The speakers’ presentation will go over all of the files and the audiences will be asked to “pretend” being undergraduate/graduate students and follow along with the activities. Results on the use of […]

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Innovative Approaches in Using Collaborative Strategies

08:15  -  09:15
105A

Collaborative strategies such as Think-Pair-Share, Jigsaw, Six Thinking Hats, Five Whys and the Nine Windows will be the focus of this session. TodaysMeet is a platform which enables students to participate in classroom discussions via a backchannel. Silent Discussion enables participants to build upon a wall poster discussion without speaking to one another. One other […]

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Launching an Elementary STEM program

08:15  -  09:15
101C

Need ideas of where to start with building an Elementary STEM program or enhancing your current program? Personal success stories will be shared and how using Picture Perfect Science resources became part of the foundation to a successful implementation. Resources used to enhance teacher enthusiasm and content knowledge will be shared. Participants with leave with […]

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Environmental Literacy and STEM: Integration for Tomorrow’s Innovators

08:15  -  09:15
105C

The integration of environmental literacy and STEM can prepare students to be tomorrow’s workforce and tackle the local and regional challenges in Arizona’s future. In this session help us explore how all sectors of Arizona can work together to develop environmentally literate citizens and how integrating environmental education and STEM across the curriculum can help […]

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Integrating & Innovating STEM across the Curriculum-Connecting STEM practices to core curriculum content and instruction through informal outdoor education.

08:15  -  09:15
105B

How can outdoor learning experiences contribute to meaningful experiences in classroom? During this interactive learning experience, participants will gain knowledge about the unique and changing role of outdoor education in our changing society. The effects of outdoor education experiences on participants’ beliefs and attitudes about science mirror the STEM goals of increasing student interest, and […]

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Where’s the Math: Using mean Absolute Deviation in Scientific Investigations

08:15  -  09:15
102A

Mean absolute deviation? What is that? And when is it used? Participants will use mean absolute deviation to assess the precision used in packaging snack-sized candies. We will collect data from the packages, explore graphical representations, and then assess the precision.

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Physics and Biology: an Integrative Approach

08:15  -  09:15
102C

Freshman college students often lack the background knowledge of physical processes that is essential for their understanding of living cells and their interaction with the environment. In our experience, an integrative approach to studying microbiology that offers additional self-paced physics tutorials proved to be a more successful and beneficial for the students. We present a […]

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AZ STEM Network and STEM Club Guide

08:15
103A/B

Join us in learning about the newly launched FREE Arizona STEM Network Online Community.  It is the place to go to get access to a plethora of STEM specific online content.  This content includes vetted resources for teachers, business engagement opportunities, and a rich collaboration environment where “groups” can share best practice and exciting ideas. […]

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Keynote Presentation – Elizabeth Holmes, CEO and founder of Theranos

09:30 am  -  11:00 am
Ballroom

Elizabeth A. Holmes founded Theranos in 2003 with the mission of making actionable health information accessible to people everywhere at the time it matters, enabling early detection and intervention of disease, and empowering individuals with information to live the lives they want to live.  With Theranos, Elizabeth is revolutionizing the traditional diagnostic industry with an […]

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School-Wide STEM integration: Pathways and Pitfalls

1:45  -  2:45
104 A/B

Participants in this session will learn about implementing a STEM model in the Salt River Elementary School that moves beyond STEM related extra-curricular opportunities to a model that describes a school day with STEM related experiences offered in coordination to the current curriculum.

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IQWST: Can I Believe My Eyes?

1:45  -  2:45
102A

IQWST (Investigating & Questioning our World Through Science & Technology) is a powerful curriculum developed through NSF over a ten year process. Through extensive research and development powerful student interest driven units were formed. Come and check out a physical science unit in action titled, “Can I Believe My Eyes?”

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Connect With STEM: See It, Be It.

1:45  -  2:45
101B

Our mission at CwS, is to increase both the visibility of a variety of STEM careers and the diverse types of people doing those jobs in a way that doesn’t place additional burden on already strained educators. In doing this, we hope to introduce students to professions that they can see themselves undertaking in the […]

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Interactive Assessments

1:45  -  2:45
207 Lecture Hall

Learn to create formative assessments using interactive tools such as Kahoot, Socrative, Google Forms, Plickers and more. Bring your laptops so you can participate in this hands-on presentation.

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What is the Role of Informal STEM education? – Featured Panel

1:45  -  2:45
103 A & B

How does informal STEM education increase student interest in STEM professions? What organizations provide programs for students to engage in STEM learning opportunities outside of the classroom? How do these programs increase student interest and success in STEM? Panelists: Kirk Astroth – Arizona 4H/UofA RaeAnn Fox – Arizona Science Center J.C. Collins- Cox Communications   […]

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Gifted Students + PBL + Growth Mindset = STEM

1:45  -  2:45
101C

STEM project based learning activities are a focus of differentiated instruction for gifted learners in Dysart. Through this design process, students work to solve real world problems in collaboration with peers. Products are posted on a district wide collaboration site to receive critical and actionable peer feedback. The feedback guides students in the revision of […]

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Engage students in science through online and student-produced video activities

11;15  -  12:15
101B

I: The session will highlight the use of science videos in class activities. The speaker will use examples from a video that she produced during her graduate program (Soil, Not Dirt: youtu.be/3JarDy53PLQ) Video encourages students to tell a science story using their own ideas. Attendees will complete a “Writing A Science Story” activity that will […]

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Preparing The Workforce Of Tomorrow: One District’s Journey

11:15  -  12:15
104A/B

This session will highlight the journey of a small, rural Southern Arizona school district as it implemented the Paxton Patterson STEM ActionLABS Program as part of its effort to prepare students for the workforce of tomorrow.  Session participants will hear firsthand accounts from both students and the teacher as they describe their experiences, challenges, and […]

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The Future – Interactive Digital Curriculum

11:15  -  12:15
101C

Best described as an “Interactive Science Curriculum & Notebook,” IQWST Interactive Digital Edition (IDE) is the first truly interactive middle school science curriculum for tablets and laptops. This new edition of the IQWST science curriculum expands the ways in which students are able to engage with science as it incorporates audio, video, graphic simulations, and […]

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Science and the STEM Connection

11:15  -  12:15
102A

Science Olympiad is the premier science competition in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 7,400 teams in 50 states. Learn how it can be implemented in the classroom to support STEM learning or as an afterschool activity. Participants will take part in the Wind Power Engineering Challenge – test your skills against middle school […]

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Beyond Academics: Social and Emotional Learning in STEM Education

11:15  -  12:15
102C

Do we recognize that as early as K-2nd grade introducing students to project based learning empowers them to be more equipped for success? Participants will examine an actual case study from the presenters’ perspective as an After School Program Leader through a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math “STEAM” Restaurant Management Project. The case study […]

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Leading Change in STEM Focused Schools

11:15  -  12:15
105C

The session is designed to be interactive with the participants in the session. We will engage participants in an initial dialogue about what a STEM focused school means. We will describe a professional development program that led 11 Arizona schools to being STEM focused, hearing from schools who have taken the journey to being STEM […]

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From the Abstract to Concrete: Making Measurement Lessons Count

11:15  -  12:15
105B

In this session, we will begin with a brief history of measurement that includes the metric system. We will review how to change traditional abstract lessons to teach measurement to more concrete ways to help move STEM lessons forward. Participants will leave ready to teach with materials that include templates for a homemade trundle wheel, […]

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Recruiting and Retaining Diversity in STEM – Featured Panel

11:15  -  12:15
103 A & B

This panel will focus on programs in K-12 and higher education that encourage diverse populations of students to study and enter STEM fields, and highlight business and industry programs designed to retain diverse STEM employees. Panelists: Dr. Kimberly Scott (ASU CGEST) Dr Maria Reyes (CGCC) Lawdan Shojaee (Axosoft) Monica Baltz (Intel) Anita Stokes (Pandora)  

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zSpace – Blending the Real World with the Virtual

11:15  -  12:15
101A

During this session, participants will have the opportunity to see learning take place in a whole new realm – in a third dimension. Join our session, and get to know zSpace and the award-winning 3D software that provides 1,000s of learning manipulatives and activities that specifically focus on Science and Math lessons and standards.

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Teaching Through Immersive Virtual Environments

11:15  -  1:30
207 Lecture Hall

Participants will explore and investigate the virtual world of ecosystems using Harvard Graduate School of Education’s immersive virtual environment known as EcoMUVE. The session will conclude with how you can bring this free program to your school(s), technical specifications required, and tips on successful implementation strategies. Participants will receive a Quick Start Guide, sample curriculum […]

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Building Inquiring Communities through Integrated Units

11:15  -  1:30
105A

Participants will engage in three components of developing integrated units. We will explore planning, building communities that question, and integrating hands-on opportunities. Please come with a laptop or electronic device and a Google Classroom and Drive account. (2-hour session) Co-Presenters: Katie Butterfield Virginia Biggs

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UA STEM in Action! (2 hours)

11:15  -  1:15
102B

Join a fast-paced session, showcasing innovative and integrated K-12 STEM programs. Experience research, design, group based inquiry and real world science designed by a myriad of campus partners. Co-Presenters: Sara Chavarria Colin Waite Kathleen Walker Rebecca Lipson Laura Faulkenberry Emma William Becky Brice

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MC2 MathLab Classrooms for Teacher Professional Learning

12:30  -  1:30
101A

Mathematically Connected Communities (MC2) MathLabTM is a powerful professional learning experience for students, teachers and school leaders. MathLabTM promotes the enactment of effective strategies that lead to conceptual understanding for diverse learners. Participants will interact with student videos, discuss artifacts, and engage in a learning experience designed to support changes in professional practice and impact […]

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Hands on 3D Thinking in Middle School and Jr. High

12:30  -  1:30
102C

2 & 3 Dimensional Thinking activities are key to spatial reasoning creating a sense of confidence in students who will enter the STEM careers. Make a “perfect fit” net of a geometric block while students practice precision measurements of edge lengths, area tile counts, and cubic volumes,relationships between dimensions… which is the heart of spatial […]

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STEM Teacher Workforce Enhancement: Contributions of a University-based Center

12:30  -  1:30
101B

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) at Northern Arizona University offers a variety of programs and activities addressing STEM teacher needs at all stages of the teacher learning continuum. In this presentation, we will describe in detail the role and contribution of the CSTL in addressing the STEM teacher workforce enhancement needs in […]

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Marrying Design Thinking and STEM to Inspire and Empower Students

12:30  -  1:30
101C

Empower your students to solve real-world problems through infusing design thinking into your classroom. The design thinking process challenges students to develop solutions to solve problems by empathizing, defining problems, ideating, prototyping and, finally, testing solutions. Learn how to use design thinking as a method of not only engaging students, but also exciting students about […]

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The STEMAZing Project – a STEM impact model

12:30  -  1:30
105B

The STEMAZing Project is a model for positively impacting STEM education through the professional development of educators, social media, e-newsletters, and community outreach. Last school year, The STEMAZing Project provided more than 1000 teachers with PD. Through this PD, nearly $40,000 worth of equipment and supplies were given to educators to support the implementation of […]

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Full STEAM Ahead

12:30  -  1:30
105C

Navajo Elementary’s journey to transform our elementary school curriculum and culture into STEAM will be depicted. Navajo has transitioned from full traditional methods to comprehensive STEAM in grades K-4 and a full STEAM Academy in fifth grade. This plan includes curriculum strategy mind shifts, linking community/business partnerships, marketing, and school-wide planning. We will showcase student […]

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SFAz STEM Pathways Guide

12:30  -  1:30
103A/B

This presentation introduces participants to the SFAz STEM Pathways Guide. The STEM Pathways Guide is a strategic framework that provides adopters with an easy to use roadmap for researching, planning and implementing STEM Pathway programs at the Community College level. The Guide is currently being expanded for use in Community Colleges across Arizona, California, Texas […]

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Integrating CTE Through a STEM Pathways Program

12:30  -  1:30
104A/B

Integrating CTE and engineering practices under the STEM umbrella. The process of innovation and collaboration between teachers, students, businesses and the community to engage students in a worthwhile real- world STEM experience, which emphasizes the human elements as well as the physical elements.

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Design of educational facilities for STEM/PBL curriculum integration.

12:30  -  1:30
102A

Can K-12 educational facilities be better designed to integrate STEM/PBL curricula? This session explores historical relationships between educational facilities and pedagogy, presents actual examples of STEM/PBL curriculum implementation in K-12 schools from practice, and engages in hands on design to generate ideas for existing and new spaces for STEM/PBL implementation. Co-Presenters: Jeremy Rogers Mandel Mcdonnell

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Closing Keynote Session – Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, National Science Foundation

3:00  -  4:00
Ballroom

Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy is assistant director for the Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), a position she has held since February 2011. She serves as a member of the NSF senior management team and is involved in strategic planning and leadership for the scientific and education mission of NSF. […]

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