Here is the Program Schedule at a glance. For individual sessions, see below.
January 22, 2016
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 […]
Did you know you are already teaching STEM in your class? Discover specific strategies to focus students on STEM in your classroom, how to find it in your lesson plans, use a framework for STEM Education to illustrate its presence. (Poster Session)
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
The acronym STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) has recently gained a lot of attention from the US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. Both organizations are investing grant money to educators to increase student achievement in these disciplines.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Come and learn how to start a Robotics Team at your school! This presentation will include information on how to start, facilitate and manage a First Lego League Robotics Team for grades 4-8.
The poster will begin with a brief review of locating the nouns (content) and the verbs( activities) of a standard and finding appropriate online resources to enhance student learning. All online resources will be tied to the Common Core standards. A site will be shared and time will be given for the participants to explore the […]
This session participants will become the drones and hover over a classroom as it embarks on their quest to advance in the State Tournament for the First Lego League robotics competition, compete in the Rubik’s Cube state championship, understand how computer science and learning to read/write computer code is incorporated into the writing/reading curriculum, and […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Students from Kyrene Aprende Middle School demonstrate their student-created robots designed with VEX Robotics kits. Co-Presenters: Eric Santos Jessey Johnson
Showcasing the activities that our STEM Club has participated in the last several years.
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 […]
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.
Do you see a lack of technology integration in your classrooms? Why is it a struggle for teachers to put technology into practice for students to use? Common rebuttals from staff typically include lack of time, lack of support, and lack of funding.
Participants will learn about the significant efforts of the AMS Education Program in STEM. In particular, DataStreme courses will be highlighted. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to ask questions and find out how to sign up. A clear description of course content and activities will be provided. Expectations for peer training after the […]
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 […]
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 […]
The math classes from my learning past had a definite cookie cutter appearance – row of desks, small lined scribblers, pencils, textbooks, the teacher at the front – all of this housed within the most predictable of all – a quiet classroom. I noticed my students don’t learn this way any longer. I started looking […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Students will discuss their journey through creating and coding robots.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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) […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Every month MCESA broadcasts a STEM Role Model live from his or her innovative workplace. They tell their stories about how they got into the field, what courses they took and what is so amazing about their work. They show off their workplace and then take live questions from students watching from their classrooms. To […]
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 […]
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!
It has been one of our clubs passions to build projects that have unique and large impacting results. A 100% solar powered observatory that students help build and control is just one of those types of projects. Over three years in the making, The high school students have a working observatory and now a telescope […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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.™ […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
January 23, 2016
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.
Integrating & Innovating STEM across the Curriculum-Connecting STEM practices to core curriculum content and instruction through informal outdoor education.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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?”
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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)
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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, […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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. […]