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Welcome to the 2019 NCSTA PDI.  We are celebrating 50 years of continued support of science educators in North Carolina.  We have many great sessions and exciting activities planned.  

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Wednesday, November 13
 

6:00pm EST

Registration and Check-In
If you have pre-registered and paid go to the Registration desk to pick up your name tag and program.  If you are registering on-site, fill out the available On-Site Registration Form.  You may pay with a check or credit card.  

Wednesday November 13, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Salem Foyer
 
Thursday, November 14
 

7:00am EST

Registration and Check-In
If you have pre-registered and paid go to the Registration desk to pick up your name tag and program.  If you are registering on-site, fill out the available On-Site Registration Form.  You may pay with a check or credit card.  

Thursday November 14, 2019 7:00am - 3:30pm EST
Salem Foyer

8:00am EST

Designing a sustainable city
A yearlong project integrating Earth and Environmental/AP environmental science topics culminating in an urban design project. Students explore topics such as energy, food production, biodiversity preservation, water resources and waste. The final plan is vetted by a “city council” panel. 6-8, 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Jessie Howington

Jessie Howington

Lead Environmental Science Teacher, Research Triangle High School
@envirojess on Twitter. I'm in my 7th year at Research Triangle High School and 10th year of teaching. I'm always trying to find new ways to keep my students engaged; recently that has looked like incorporating real-world problems, current research, and the engineering/design process... Read More →
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Monica Strada

Chemistry & Environmental Science Teacher, Research Triangle High School


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Winston 3C

8:00am EST

Folding over Differentiation
Manipulatives, Foldables, Interactive Sheets. No matter what you call it, hands-on note taking takes differentiation to a whole new level. 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Mark Case

Mark Case

Teacher, Southern Guilford High
Love to be outside. Geocaching, hiking, gardening, working with Boy Scouts, any excuse at all to get outside. I love music and singing in the choir.


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Salem 1A

8:00am EST

Past, Present, and Future. . .What If?
Students utilize lab simulations to investigate concepts associated with climate change. Students master content using simulations to model representations of the past and present and to predict future climate outcomes. Students analyze data, then use mathematical modeling to predict future climate events. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Richard G Smith, Exhibitor

Richard G Smith, Exhibitor

international education consultant, Academy of Coastal Carolina
He is a certified instructor for Explore Learning. He received one of the ten regional outstanding teaching awards, presented annually by the American Chemical Society. Ohio University presented him with their outstanding teaching award among OU alumni. Rollins College presented Mr... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Salem 3C

8:00am EST

Turning Misinformation into Educational Opportunities: Teaching Climate Change in the Age of Fake News
Learn how to teach controversial science topics, like climate change, by addressing science denial in the news through a series of free and easily-adaptable lesson plans. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Jason Carter

National Center for Science Education and Evergreen Community Charter School


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Winston 3B

8:00am EST

#Innovate4Littles: Tech Tools for Inquiry-Based Learning
K-2 can too! In this session, participants will hear stories, see examples and leave with ideas for how to incorporate different technology tools for inquiry-based learning, STEM, and PBL.

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Aubrey DiOrio

Aubrey DiOrio

First grade teacher, York Elementary, WCPSS
I have been teaching kindergarten and first grade for 12 years in NC. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @AubreyDiOrio


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Winston 1C
  Digital Literacy
  • Grade Level K-2

8:00am EST

Are You Ready to Make a Claim? Let’s Explore Online Simulations
This session will explore online simulations such as Gizmos and pHet, paired with hands-on investigations that will provide the tools necessary for students to make claims, find evidence and support claims with reasoning. Free resources will be provided. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Christy Arrowood

Instructional Coach and Science Content Specialist, Burke County Public Schools


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Winston 1A

8:00am EST

Canvas Rules! Personalize and Blend Instruction for Deeper Engagement
You will learn about blended, personalized learning in the Canvas LMS where you will explore innovatively designed units. Learn how one district launched a Canvas blueprint initiative to empower veteran teachers and better arm beginning teachers with high-quality resources. 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Beth Vaughn

Chatham School of Science and Engineering/Chatham County Schools
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Christa Daniel

Chatham Central High School/Chatham County Schools


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Winston 1B

8:00am EST

Investigations in Nanotechnology: Integrating Nano in the Curriculum
Explore new ways to add cutting-edge science advancements into your curriculum. Learn about new forms of microscopy, advancements in nanotechnology, nanomaterials, and new nano products. North Carolina teachers will share lesson plans that teach about the unique properties of nanomaterials with applications to textiles, medicine and energy. 6-8,9-12,6-12

Speakers/Presenters
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M. Gail Jones

NC State University
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Emma Refvem

Doctoral Student, North Carolina State University
A former high school environmental science teacher from Durham, Emma is now working on her PhD in Science Education at NC State. She is interested in understanding what motivates science teachers and how to engage the entire family in science experiences!
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Kathryn Rende

North Carolina State University
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Pam Huff

NCSU ASSIST Center


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Salem 1C

8:00am EST

STEM Family Challenge
Family members are just one of the major influences on a young person’s career pathway. Hosting a STEM Family Challenge event provides a unique opportunity for schools to build and enhance relationships with family members and to engage and inspire young people to explore STEM in a fun way. Planning a STEM Family Challenge event is a BIG undertaking and requires a lot of resources and time to plan and execute effectively. Also, a STEM Family Challenge event ought to be fun, hands-on, accessible, cover different topics and interests, and give families opportunities to design, build and compete! This is where we come in. We provide a turnkey kit that any school or club can pull off with even limited volunteers. Families will have a blast competing together in exciting activities we will share at this session. K-2, K-5, K-8, K-12, 3-5, 6-8, 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Jason Painter

Jason Painter

Director, The Science House
Dr. Jason Painter is currently the director of the Science House at NC State University. Since the Science House was founded in 1991, the organization has remained committed to bridging the resources of North Carolina’s largest research institution to K-12 students and educators... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Salem 3A

8:00am EST

Using Sickle Cell Disease as a Model for Learning about DNA and RNA
Participants will learn about lessons designed to utilize DNA and RNA modeling kits from the MIT Edgerton Center. They will also learn how to apply for NCSTA grants that are available to acquire materials for the classroom. 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Kelly Allen

East Chapel Hill High School
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Haley Wamble

East Chapel Hill HS


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Salem 1B
  Other, NCSTA Grant

8:00am EST

PBL Project, DOK 3-4 Strategies and the NC Science Standards
FREE BOOKS! This session examines how PBL Scenarios and Critical/Creative Thinking Exercises (STEM Challenges, Deductive Reasoning Tasks, etc.) can be used to promote 21st Century Skills and reinforce the NC Science Standards. Attendees will receive free strategy guides appropriate for their grade level. K-12, General

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Ben Bache

Ben Bache

PBL Project Content Manager, Ben Bache
As the content manager of the PBL Project, I create PBL Scenarios, Escape Rooms/Forensic Scenes, STEM Challenges, Critical/Creative Thinking, Deductive Reasoning Tasks, and much more. Our mission is to help teachers integrate Depth of Knowledge 3-4 learning (i.e. making abstract connections... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Winston 3A

8:00am EST

Using Scrum to Manage Class Projects
Scrum is the method of managing PBL that includes things like collaboration, self-organization and cross functionality of teams. It allows students the opportunity to develop the soft skills that are necessary in college and career settings. I will bring student samples, pictures and student feedback on using scrum to manage our PBL. We will actively do scrum in order for teachers to have an immersion experience in scrum methodolgy. K-12, General

Speakers/Presenters
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Jennifer Byrd

Envision Science Academy


Thursday November 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Salem 3B

8:30am EST

Teaching Science Writing Using Google Classroom
Participants will learn about and experience a digital classroom model that teaches writing through iteration with feedback. Students receive feedback from one another and the teacher in both text and audio formats and build independent writing skills in a collaborative environment. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Paul Cancellieri

8th Grade Science Teacher, Rolesville Middle School
I teach middle school science because I feed off the energy of my students and use that fuel to be passionate about grading and assessment. I love integrating technology in meaningful ways to build engaging and powerful lessons that make complex ideas easily understood.



Thursday November 14, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am EST
Winston 3C

9:00am EST

Exhibit Area Opens
Thursday November 14, 2019 9:00am - 6:15pm EST
Salem Ballroom 2

9:15am EST

Exploring energy resilience as an approach to evaluating energy technologies
In this session we’ll explore energy resilience, a topic that provides a relevant context in which students can evaluate energy technologies for their capacity to promote energy resilience and protect natural resources in response to extreme weather and rising seas. 6-8,9-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Dana Haine

UNC-Chapel Hill


Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Salem 1C

9:15am EST

It's Earth Science!
Earth Science is an amazing opportunity to connect real life experiences with our students. Hands on, high engagement activities will be shared that will ignite excitement about Earth Science.

Speakers/Presenters
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Cliff Hudson

K-12 Science/STEM Coordinator, Martin County Schools


Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Salem 1B

9:15am EST

Southeastern Forests and Climate Change
We often hear climate concerns related to sea level rise, but what about our vast forest ecosystems? Come explore Project Learning Tree’s curriculum to teach about the impacts on forest ecosystems, carbon sequestration and strategies for adapting to changing climatic conditions. 6-8, 9-12, 6-12, College

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for NC Project Learning Tree

NC Project Learning Tree

Extension Forestry - Environmental Educator, Renee Strnad


Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Winston 3B

9:15am EST

Creating a QR-coded periodic table display linked to student work
Learn how your students can research the periodic table and relay their knowledge to others through a table with QR codes. Each code links to student-created documents about individual elements or groups. Applicable to other project ideas. 6-8, 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Karen Clark

Karen Clark

MS Science teacher, Immaculata Catholic School
I have been a middle school science teacher for 15 years. I enjoy working with other subject areas to create cross-curricular STEM and PBL projects, and finding new ways to integrate technology into my lessons.



Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Salem 3C

9:15am EST

Quick and Easy Experiments Using the Latest Technology
Help prepare students to meet the NGSS and state standards through data-collection experiments that support three-dimensional learning. Collecting and analyzing data has never been easier using Vernier technology. 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, College, General

Speakers/Presenters
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Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology
Founded in 1981, Vernier pioneers award-winning interfaces, sens software, and curriculum to transform how educators teach science and how students collect, analyze, and interpret scientific data. Contact email: aharr@vernier.com
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Judy Day

Director, NC Science Fair Foundation
NC Science and Engineering FairVernier Software and Technology equipment and use.


Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Winston 3A
  Digital Literacy

9:15am EST

The Science House Presents: Robotics and Coding in the STEM Classroom
Enhance your STEM program with the latest robotic technology and simple block coding. Any STEM program should focus on collecting data and analyzing data. Join us and learn to code robots to collect and analyze data. K-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Gina Barrier

Director, NW Satellite Office, The Science House, NCSU
The Science House offers Teacher Professional Development in data-collection technology, Makey-Makey, Makerspace technology, Citizen Science, Literacy & STEM, Science lab Safety, Inquiry-Based Science, and PBL. We also have an equipment loan for teachers who are trained.


Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Winston 1A

9:15am EST

A Whole Bunch of Awesome Science EdTech Tools that will Make you Say, "Wow!"
We all know Kahoot and Quizlet. Let’s try some lesser known tools to increase student engagement, productivity and creativity. We will explore, play, and share tools and discover how they can make your classroom more awesome and make you say, "Wow!" K-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Peter Panico

5th grade teacher, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Peter Panico, is a masterful and enthusiastic lead teacher from Charlotte, NC. He specializes in making experiences meaningful for every student. He is a Discovery Star Educator and Leadership Council member. Peter is an expert in the art of technology, maker spaces, and breakout... Read More →



Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Salem 3A

9:15am EST

Promoting Quality Student Research in STEM
Come and learn about the Academy’s yearlong work with STEM students and teachers designing research projects. The NC STEM Research Academy culminates with the students competing in a virtual STEM research team competition, eCYBERMISSION, and the NC Junior Science and Humanities Symposium competition. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Alisa Wickliff

Associate Director Center for STEM Education UNC Charlotte, UNC Charlotte
Alisa is the Associate Director for the Center for STEM Education at UNC Charlotte. She is the director of multiple Student STEM competitions as well as responsible for developing and delivering STEM focused Teacher Professional Development throughout North Carolina.
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Burroughs Wellcome Fund/NC SMT Center

Senior Program Associate, Lisa Rhoades
The collaborative STEM work in NC especially with STEM attributes, STEM Scorecard, and STEM portal.
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Chris Gordon

Lenoir-Rhyne University


Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Winston 1C
  Other

9:15am EST

Creating Inquiry-Based Classrooms for Student Success
Discover an engaging Inquiry-Based Learning approach capable of transforming classrooms by motivating students to achieve through instructional standards and PBL cases. Participants will experience a hands-on student inquiry and receive lifetime access to a selection of PBL cases. K-12, General

Speakers/Presenters
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Stan Hill

Wake Forest School of Medicine's Center of Excellence for Research, Teaching and Learning
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Jim Duffey

Wake Forest School of Medicine


Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Salem 1A

9:15am EST

Interactive Case Studies: Real-Time Formative Assessment of Problem-Solving Skills
Interactive Case Studies were developed with teachers to place students in the role of a scientist tasked with solving a real-world problem. As students progress, their performance on critical thinking tasks is sent to their teacher in real time.  9-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Dr. Tom Robertson

Executive Director, R&D, ExploreLearning
I spent 20 years in medical research and was an Associate Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. In 2010, I co-founded Cogent Education to make interactive software for science education. The products we made were "Interactive Case Studies... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Winston 1B
  Problem Based Learning (PBL) to Expand Scientific Literacy

9:15am EST

SWITCH up your energy unit to explore alternative energies
Help students engage in arguments based on evidence about our energy alternatives. This session will showcase an inquiry-based, hands-on solar energy project complemented by multiple free online energy resources such as SWITCH, NEED, ESRI, and Google Solar’s Project Sunroof. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Ruthann McComb

Environmental Science teacher, Elkin High School


Thursday November 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Salem 3B

10:30am EST

Using the World Climate Simulation with your students
Learn how to conduct a model United Nations negotiation with your students. All materials and software are provided free of charge by Climate Interactive. This presentation will explain the simulation and materials, as well as exploring the interactive software used to track progress towards limiting climate change. 6-8, 9-12, 6-12, College, General

Speakers/Presenters
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Evan Couzo

Asst. Professor of STEM Education, UNC-Asheville


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Salem 3C

10:30am EST

Middle School Share-a-thon
Join us at this session where science educators share their best middle school science activities.  Walk around the room and see the presenters as they explain/demonstrate their activities.  Ask questions, see how the activities work, get a copy of all activities, and get ready to try them next week! 6-8
Bertha Vazquez, Chrissy Ettefagh, Eliza Russell, Manley Midgett, Melissa George, Nicole Caprio, Mike Tally, Pamella Ferris, Renee Strnad, Stephanie Titzel

Speakers/Presenters
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Michelle Chadwick

Coordinator, K-12 Science and STEM, Onslow County Schools


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Winston Ballroom 2
  • Grade Level 6-8

10:30am EST

Teaching the Human Dimensions of Climate Change
Discover online resources and hands-on activities to connect climate change with human activities (past and present) and assess risks to different global communities. Engage in interdisciplinary simulations and problem-solving challenges. Receive electronic lesson plans. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Leigh Apple

South Creek Middle/High School


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Winston 3B

10:30am EST

Addressing Elementary Curricular Goals with the Makey Makey
Interested in integrating technology into your classroom for more than making a banana piano? This session will focus on using Makey Makey to address elementary standards and learning goals. Come see and interact with a variety of teacher and student-designed projects. K-5

Speakers/Presenters
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Chris Gordon

Lenoir-Rhyne University
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David Pugalee

UNC Charlotte
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Alisa Wickliff

Associate Director Center for STEM Education UNC Charlotte, UNC Charlotte
Alisa is the Associate Director for the Center for STEM Education at UNC Charlotte. She is the director of multiple Student STEM competitions as well as responsible for developing and delivering STEM focused Teacher Professional Development throughout North Carolina.


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Winston 1B

10:30am EST

Literacy and STEM: A Perfect Blend for Engagement
During this session you will learn how to effectively integrate literacy and STEM by using picture books, novels and STEM activities. We will also discuss how to use apps and extensions such as Flipgrid, Screencastify, Loom, Padlet and Google Drawings to enhance this integration which will lead to 99.9% student engagement. K-5

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Leslie Pope

Leslie Pope

STEAM Teacher/ITF, Johnston County Schools
I am an Instructional Technology Facilitator with Franklin County Schools. Before serving in that role, I have been a classroom teacher, instructional coach, STEAM Specialist, and Digital Literacy Coach (aka Media Specialist). I won the Media Specialist Scholarship in 2018 at NCTIES... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Winston 1A
  Digital Literacy

10:30am EST

Student Voice with Seesaw and Flipgrid
Add digital tools to your belt through hands-on practice! Seesaw and Flipgrid are great go-tos for adding to your science lessons or for creating digital science notebooks. Please bring a device.  All educators at all grade levels are encouraged to attend.

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Aubrey DiOrio

Aubrey DiOrio

First grade teacher, York Elementary, WCPSS
I have been teaching kindergarten and first grade for 12 years in NC. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @AubreyDiOrio
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Caitlin McCommons

Wake County Public School System


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Salem 3A
  Digital Literacy

10:30am EST

Cheap and Easy Hands-on Chemistry Activities
Participants will complete different hands-on activities that support NC Chemistry standards. These activities can easily be replicated and made using everyday materials. Concepts will include the Bohr Model, parts of an atom, isotopes, pH, half-life, equilibrium, hydrates, and percent composition. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Christine Sudzina Schut

Graham High School/ Alamance-Burlington School System


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Salem 1C

10:30am EST

Examining the Health Effects of Flavored E-Cigarettes: A Data Interpretation Activity
Conduct an activity that enables students to learn how toxicologists are investigating the impacts of inhaled e-cigarette aerosols on respiratory immune cells while analyzing experimental data and reinforcing learning about processes such as phagocytosis, ciliary beating and cellular respiration. 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Dana Haine

UNC-Chapel Hill
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Elise Hickman

UNC-Chapel Hill


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Salem 1B
  Other, Data Literacy

10:30am EST

School Improvement through the Lens of NC STEM Schools of Distinction
The SMT Center, Friday Institute, Golden Leaf and NCDPI have revised the STEM Schools Rubric and STEM Schools of Distinction process. In this session, participants will explore the benefits of a school going through the process and gain a powerful roadmap and evaluative tool for what a good STEM school/program looks like. Opportunities to examine the new rubric and focus on effective, high-quality artifacts will leave attendees prepared to lead within their schools and communities. K-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Howard Ginsburg

NC Department of Public Instruction
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Carol Moore

STEM West
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Burroughs Wellcome Fund/NC SMT Center

Senior Program Associate, Lisa Rhoades
The collaborative STEM work in NC especially with STEM attributes, STEM Scorecard, and STEM portal.


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Winston 1C
  Other, Non-Strand Session

10:30am EST

Teaching Tectonics: A Grab Bag of Hands-On Activities for Plate Tectonics
More than cutting up a map of the continents, this session will highlight hands-on activities and demonstrations, from crustal density to paleomagnetism. Students learn many of the fundamental concepts of plate tectonics by modeling and measuring the Earth. 6-12, College, General

Speakers/Presenters
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Tim Martin

Greensboro Day School


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Winston 3C

10:30am EST

Nurturing STEM Equity in Elementary School: The UNC-G STEM TLC
Hear about the work that the UNC-G STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative (TLC) is doing to bring together groups of teachers implementing inquiry-based science and engineering in their classroom. Experience hands-on, inquiry-based science and engineering lessons that impact student identity and learning. K-5

Speakers/Presenters
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Alison Mercier

UNC-G STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative
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Heidi Carlone

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
avatar for Dearing Blankmann

Dearing Blankmann

Doctoral Student/STEM TLC, UNCG


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Salem 3B

10:30am EST

The Science House Presents: Shift Happens
Are you already doing great STEM work? Now what? Experience a STEM lesson and then work through a guided reflection process that demonstrates how to identify areas that can be enhanced to become more student driven/minds-on, reflecting a gold-standard PBL. K-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Michelle Benigno

The Science House of NCSU


Thursday November 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Salem 1A

11:30am EST

Lunch & Exhibits
Check the Convention Center Table for nearby restaurants.

Thursday November 14, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm EST

11:30am EST

Reality Check for Pre-Service Teachers - Lunch & Networking
This session is designed exclusively for university students majoring in education, pre-service educators, student teachers, and their advisors. If you’re new to teaching—this session is for you. You will have the opportunity to talk with accomplished teachers and share experiences with your peers in an informal session. A light lunch will be served. If you’re looking for an opportunity to meet experienced professionals who have “seen it all” and have “been there—done that,” this is where you need to be!


Thursday November 14, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
Conference 1 (downstairs)

12:30pm EST

Earth/Environmental Share-a-Thon
Join us at this session where science educators share their best Earth Science activities.  Walk around the room and see presenters as they explain/demonstrate their activities.  A variety of topics will be used to match the North Carolina Science Standards for Earth Science.  Ask questions, see how the activities work, get a copy of all activities, and get ready to try them next week!   K-12
Cliff Hudson, Ted Miracle, Haley Wamble, Kelly Witter, Lauren Bamford, Manley Midgett, Paige Richards, Tom Savage, William Burgess

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Mark Case

Mark Case

Teacher, Southern Guilford High
Love to be outside. Geocaching, hiking, gardening, working with Boy Scouts, any excuse at all to get outside. I love music and singing in the choir.


Thursday November 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Winston Ballroom 2

12:30pm EST

Climate Change: Knowing the Facts and Dispelling the Myths
This presentation will show the data and science behind climate change and what can be done to stop it. We will also explore how the data and science are manipulated to help learners make better-informed decisions. General

Speakers/Presenters
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Sam Wheeler

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics


Thursday November 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Winston 3B

12:30pm EST

The Creative and Collaborative Process of Creating Digital Content in the Classroom
Come explore strategies to incorporate the facets of digital literacy in student-created products. We will discuss this evolving technology in the context of our coastal ecology course highlighting platforms such as Google sites, social media, video vignettes and mobile applications. 6-12, College, General

Speakers/Presenters
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Amy Taylor

Associate Professor, UNCW
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Dennis Kubasko

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington


Thursday November 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Winston 1A

12:30pm EST

Code your Way to Playful Learning for K-2
Are your students struggling with reading, writing and math in school? Coding is the answer. Come to this session and explore how to incorporate coding in your classroom. Students gain skills such as sequencing, problem solving, math concepts, as well as perseverance. This session will help your students become 21st century learners. K-2

Speakers/Presenters
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Jennifer Cyr

Palisades Park Elementary
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Namrata Gupta

Science Teacher, Nations Ford
Love to teach science . Always encourage students strive for greatness.



Thursday November 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Winston 3C
  Other

12:30pm EST

Game Time! Incorporating Competition with Science Notebooks
Engagement is an important aspect of students enjoying science. We’ll share how our notebooking system streamlines your instruction and promotes friendly competition. Learn how to differentiate lessons and provide opportunities for student engagement. You’ll get game templates and teaching strategies! 6-8, 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Claire Hoots, Exhibitor

Claire Hoots, Exhibitor

LearnEd Notebooks


Thursday November 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Winston 3A

12:30pm EST

Modeling Instruction for Secondary Science
Modeling Instruction provides professional development in secondary science that cultivates teachers as experts on the use of guided inquiry and corrects weaknesses of the lecture/demonstration method. Students learn to develop coherent scientific models that are more meaningful and reflect the true nature of scientific practice. 6-12, College

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Scott Ragan

Scott Ragan

Assistant Director, The Science House


Thursday November 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Winston 1C

12:30pm EST

Read, Think, Write and Speak like a Scientist!
Teachers will engage with materials that help to weave disciplinary literacy into their science courses. We will learn and practice strategies that teach students to think, read, write and speak like a scientist. 9-12, 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Jessie Enlow

Jessie Enlow

K-12 Science Instructional Specialist, Cabarrus County Schools
Hi all! I am a former Chemistry/AP Chemistry teacher turned instructional specialist. I love helping students experience the 'ah-ha!' of science through inquiry based learning. As an instructional specialist, I support K-12 teachers in how to implement best practices around science... Read More →



Thursday November 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Winston 1B

12:30pm EST

The Interconnectedness of Environmental Education and Classroom Learning
Place-based experiential science programs, like Project OWL and Project EXPLORE, engage students and teachers in EE, citizen science and interdisciplinary learning while meeting standards. K-5, K-8

Speakers/Presenters
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Michelle Pearce

Program Coordinator, Environmental Educators of North Carolina
Michelle Pearce is the Program Coordinator with the Environmental Educators of North Carolina. Michelle earned a bachelor’s of science in biology, is a certified North Carolina Environmental Educator and holds a Master’s Degree in Science Education. She has served as President... Read More →
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Trudie Henninger (she/they)

Citizen Science Coordinator, The North Carolina Arboretum
Trudie Henninger is the Project EXPLORE coordinator at The NC Arboretum. Trudie has been partnering with teachers to reinforce content and provide hands on exploratory learning in schoolyards through her Project EXPLORE initiative since 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Salem 1B

12:30pm EST

Using Science and Engineering Practices to Inspire Thinking, Wonder and Fun in the Science Class
Participants will engage in hands-on activities that are designed to inspire student curiosity, questioning and deep understanding. Participants will also learn how these activities embed the Framework for Science's Science and Engineering Practices and can be used in the classroom. K-8, 6-8

Speakers/Presenters
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Melaine Rickard

Western Alamance Middle School
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Todd Guentensberger

The Center for Inquiry-Based Learning


Thursday November 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Salem 3C

12:30pm EST

KaPow! Adding Zing Through Racing
Racing is a great way for students to apply knowledge. Discover how to integrate problems, statistics and data across disciplines. Receive a tool kit and a couple of surprises. 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Eliza Russell

Eliza Russell

Education Manager, NASCAR HALL OF FAME
Eliza Russell has over 30 years experience developing educational programs for adults, families, and students.  She focuses on building programs designed to provide interactive and experiential learning, which supports curriculum learning objectives.  As the Education Manager at... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Salem 1C

12:30pm EST

Letting Students Solve the Problem
Learn ways to expand content knowledge for all learners when using PBLs from two co-teachers: a STEAM Lab teacher and AIG Specialist! Examine making PBLs authentic, collaborate to solve a PBL of your choice and visit The PBL Project. K-2, K-5, 3-5

Speakers/Presenters
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Marie Foxworth

White Oak Elementary School
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Jason Vanzant

STEM Instructor (K-5)/ITF, Bogue Sound Elementary/Carteret County Schools
Just a hick from southern Indiana. Collaborate with this #tinkerer @MrVantaztic A bit bout me: CrossFit, Oatmeal raisin cookies, Spartan races, STEM challenges, Purdue Boilermaker & Indiana State Sycamore, Frank Sinatra, My Morning Jacket, do my best to be a decent human being.


Thursday November 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Salem 3B

12:30pm EST

PBL in the K-5 Classroom
Effectively and efficiently differentiate instruction while using Project Based Learning, PBL with your students. PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to complex questions, problems or challenges. PBL is also an excellent way to incorporate the 21st Century Skills of critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration and communication. Participants will not only learn about PBL, but will also gain the necessary information and materials to implement it once they return home. This session will provide teachers with the resources needed to offer their students opportunities for creativity and in-depth inquiry through the use of Project Based Learning. K-5

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Nancy Betler

Nancy Betler

TD Teacher, Greenway Park/Billingsville


Thursday November 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Salem 3A

12:30pm EST

The Wearable Device Challenge
The ASSIST Center at NCSU runs a Wearable Device Challenge for middle and high school students. This presentation will show you how to run this PBL challenge at your school and utilize the resources from NCSU. 6-8, 9-12, 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Evelyn Baldwin

Evelyn Baldwin

NCSU ASSIST Center
Education Outreach Liasion for the NCSU ASSIST Center.
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James Lamberth

Educational Outreach Liaison, ASSIST Center
I am a chemistry teacher at Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh. I also work with the ASSIST Center helping you run the Wearable Device Chalenge our of NC State.
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Dr. Elena Veety

NCSU ASSIST Center


Thursday November 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Salem 1A

1:45pm EST

Welcome Message from Governor Roy Cooper, Keynote Speakers and General Session
Orrin H. Pilkey is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Earth and Ocean Science and the Nicholas School of Environment at Duke University. Currently, Orrin Pilkey is writing books and articles and speaking on the subject of conservation of the world's beaches and barrier islands in the face of sea-level rise, shoreline stabilization, and over-development of the coast. Pilkey's research centers on both basic and applied coastal geology.
Mary Edna Fraser is a batik artist who highlights environmental concerns and climate change in her art; she employs ancient fabric-dying techniques, photography, and conservation science in her work. Her talent has been recognized worldwide, and her creations have been displayed widely: she was the first woman to have a solo exhibition at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. They have collaborated to produce the books Global Climate Change: A Primer and A Celebration of the Worlds Barrier Island. The scientist and artist continue to travel with their Our Expanding Oceans exhibit and Sea Level Rise lecture.

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Orrin H. Pilkey

Orrin H. Pilkey

Orrin H. Pilkey is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Earth and Ocean Science and the Nicholas School of Environment at Duke University. Currently, Orrin Pilkey is writing books and articles and speaking on the subject of conservation of the world's beaches and barrier islands... Read More →
avatar for Mary Edna Fraser

Mary Edna Fraser

Mary Edna Fraser is a batik artist who highlights environmental concerns and climate change in her art; she employs ancient fabric-dying techniques, photography, and conservation science in her work. Her talent has been recognized worldwide, and her creations have been displayed widely... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm EST
Winston Ballroom 2

3:30pm EST

Elementary School Share-a-Thon
Join us at this session where science educators share their best elementary science activities. Walk around the room and see presenters as they explain/demonstrate their activity.  Ask questions, see how the activities work, get a copy of all activities, and get ready to try them next week! 3-5,K-2,K-5
Amy Sparks, Marie Foxworth, Holly Christy, Leslie Pope, Lisa McCurdy, Michelle Haffey, Peter Panico, Sarah Poole, Anne Kearns, Hannah Dandoy, Kristin Schue, Erica Caine, Jenna Relyea


Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Angela Adams

Angela Adams

K-5 Science Curriculum Specialist, Cumberland County Schools
Always Science!


Thursday November 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Winston Ballroom 2

3:30pm EST

Past Presidents Meeting
Past Presidents will meet to network, socialize and catch up on the latest NCSTA news.

Thursday November 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Twin City Boardroom

3:30pm EST

Combining Digital and Hands-On Science in an Urban Title 1 School
This presentation will highlight how science instruction at Devonshire is using digital literacy tools combined with hands-on learning experiences to provide meaningful science learning for students in a Title I school. K-5

Speakers/Presenters
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Ted Miracle

Devonshire Elementary
avatar for Peter Panico

Peter Panico

5th grade teacher, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Peter Panico, is a masterful and enthusiastic lead teacher from Charlotte, NC. He specializes in making experiences meaningful for every student. He is a Discovery Star Educator and Leadership Council member. Peter is an expert in the art of technology, maker spaces, and breakout... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Salem 3A

3:30pm EST

GO, DASH! GO! Design a Robot-Powered Cart
Come join us for a fun-filled hour of learning that combines Coding, Math, and the Engineering Design Process. Walk away with a STEM project that your 3rd–5th graders will LOVE! 3-5

Speakers/Presenters
NC

Nicole Caprio

STEM Teacher, St. Gabriel Catholic School
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Mary Kay Connery

St. Gabriel Catholic School


Thursday November 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Salem 3C
  Digital Literacy

3:30pm EST

Promote Data Literacy Using Real-World Datasets and PhET Simulations
When describing and explaining phenomena, scientists and engineers gather data and use mathematics and computational thinking to make it meaningful. Our students can be engaged by using TUVA, a new tool for thinking about data. Interactive PhET simulations will engage participants to show that they promote student learning and concept explorations.  3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Pam O'Brien

Pam O'Brien

Regional STEM Coach, STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning
avatar for Jessica Mayfield

Jessica Mayfield

National STEM Manager, STEMscopes / Accelerate Learning, Inc.
Dr. Kenn Heydrick is a STEM advocate at the state and national levels. Because of his 30+ years of experience and credentials, he strives to support STEM programs that increase achievement among students. Dr. Heydrick received BS and MS degrees from Northern Illinois University and... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Winston 1B
  Digital Literacy, Data Literacy

3:30pm EST

Teacher Share-a-Thon: Making Lessons Pop With Virtual Reality
Explore how to use virtual reality to make your science instruction come alive! VR enables students to learn science in dynamic ways: visualizing abstract concepts, practicing procedural skills, and interacting with scientific phenomena to positively impact student learning. 6-8

Speakers/Presenters
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M. Gail Jones

NC State University
avatar for Emma Refvem

Emma Refvem

Doctoral Student, North Carolina State University
A former high school environmental science teacher from Durham, Emma is now working on her PhD in Science Education at NC State. She is interested in understanding what motivates science teachers and how to engage the entire family in science experiences!
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Kathryn Rende

North Carolina State University
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Pam Huff

NCSU ASSIST Center


Thursday November 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Winston 1A

3:30pm EST

Calling all Artists! How to Infuse Glass Making into Chemistry Class
Have you ever wondered how to get the artists in your classroom interested in chemistry? This session will explain the many chemicals associated with the colors of glass and will include a demonstration using household ingredients. NCSTA funded project. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Tom Savage

Tom Savage

Henderson County Early College


Thursday November 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Salem 1C

3:30pm EST

Teaching Meteorology: A Grab Bag of Hands-On Activities for Teaching Weather
More than “repackaging” a forecast with sun or rain icons, have your students download real time data and create their own synoptic forecasts along with many hands-on activities that demonstrate the properties of air, moisture, clouds and precipitation. 6-12,College,General

Speakers/Presenters
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Tim Martin

Greensboro Day School


Thursday November 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Winston 3C

3:30pm EST

Using Text to Think and Communicate like Scientists
Building strong literacy skills in science classrooms is critical for helping students think and communicate like scientists. In this presentation we will explore how to create an equitable classroom centered around text and build rich opportunities for students to think critically and communicate effectively. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Kristana  Rogers

Kristana Rogers

Sr. Administrator Secondary Science, Wake County Public Schools
Kristana has worked in the field of education for eighteen years, fourteen of which have been with Wake County Public Schools. During her tenure she has served as a high school science teacher, High School Assistant Principal and High School Principal. She has served as Sr. Administrator... Read More →
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Joshua Hunter

Moore Square Magnet Middle School
avatar for Katherine  Nock

Katherine Nock

Heritage High School


Thursday November 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Winston 1C
  Other

3:30pm EST

Human Body PBL
Learn how to modify and implement a PBL for human body systems. This PBL culminates in a science fair-type presentation. 6-8

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Debra Gallagher

Debra Gallagher

Science Teacher, Harold Winkler Middle School
8th year of teaching. 6th year of teaching 7th grade science. Passion for students to have experiences that connect learning to life experiences.
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Danielle Pannell

Harold Winkler Middle School


Thursday November 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Salem 3B

3:30pm EST

Investigate Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration with Algae Beads
Use algae beads in a colorimetric assay to study photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Learn how students can observe a phenomenon, ask meaningful questions, and design and carry out their own experiments to understand how these processes are connected. 6-12, College

Speakers/Presenters
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Beverly Cea

Retired Teacher (Guilford County Schools)/NC Virtual School Instructor


Thursday November 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Salem 1B

3:30pm EST

REAL PBLs: Partnerships with Local Businesses
Participants will engage with teachers who have created PBL units in partnership with local STEM businesses in Western North Carolina. 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Carol Moore

STEM West
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Gina Barrier

Director, NW Satellite Office, The Science House, NCSU
The Science House offers Teacher Professional Development in data-collection technology, Makey-Makey, Makerspace technology, Citizen Science, Literacy & STEM, Science lab Safety, Inquiry-Based Science, and PBL. We also have an equipment loan for teachers who are trained.


Thursday November 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Salem 1A

3:30pm EST

Science in the Middle: Working with Middle School Students
Varying ability levels in the science class can present instructional challenges of how to bring all students to understanding. Some concepts are easily explained, while others may require multiple explanations. Discover how using highly interactive online scenarios can provide the teacher with technology to introduce, present and review challenging concepts.   K-8

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Richard G Smith, Exhibitor

Richard G Smith, Exhibitor

international education consultant, Academy of Coastal Carolina
He is a certified instructor for Explore Learning. He received one of the ten regional outstanding teaching awards, presented annually by the American Chemical Society. Ohio University presented him with their outstanding teaching award among OU alumni. Rollins College presented Mr... Read More →


Thursday November 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Winston 3B
  Problem Based Learning (PBL) to Expand Scientific Literacy

4:00pm EST

Talking Our Way To Understanding in Elementary Science and Engineering
Experience how productive and meaningful student talk, socratic seminars and literacy integration support not only elementary students' engagement in science and engineering, but meaning and sensemaking. K-5

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Dearing Blankmann

Dearing Blankmann

Doctoral Student/STEM TLC, UNCG
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Denise Crouse

Moss Street Partnership School
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Reba Johnson

Moss Street Partnership School


Thursday November 14, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm EST
Winston 3A

4:30pm EST

Birthday Extravaganza in the Exhibit Hall and Reception
Join the fun as we celebrate our 50th birthday.  Bring your tickets for a chance to win prizes from our vendors on our Spin-a-Wheel, our first prize give-away of the evening.  Our cash bar will be available with beer, wine and soft drinks.  The festivities continue as we open up the doors to our reception with hors d'oeuvres and Birthday Cake!  Let the celebration continue.

Thursday November 14, 2019 4:30pm - 6:15pm EST
Salem Ballroom 2

5:15pm EST

Reception
Light hors d'oeuvres and Birthday Cake!

Thursday November 14, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm EST
Salem Foyer

6:30pm EST

Awards Ceremony and Prize Give-Away
Join us as we honor our fellow science educators for their excellence in teaching and promoting science.  We will also have a drawing for great give-aways.

Thursday November 14, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm EST
Winston Ballroom 2
 
Friday, November 15
 

7:00am EST

Registration and Check-In
If you have pre-registered and paid go to the Registration desk to pick up your name tag and program.  If you are registering on-site, fill out the available On-Site Registration Form.  You may pay with a check or credit card.  

Friday November 15, 2019 7:00am - 12:00pm EST
Salem Foyer

8:00am EST

Giving STEM Learning a Voice
Presenters will share ways to motivate students from diverse backgrounds to engage in STEM learning and share their interests with others as they participate in STEM activities at the school and in the community. 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, College, General

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Angela Reid-Griffin

Angela Reid-Griffin

UNC Wilmington
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Jessica Croson

Heide Trask High School


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Salem 3C

8:00am EST

Microscopy Specialist
Demonstrating adaptive microscopy techniques for essential early science education. Allowing hands-on demonstrations for access of our future scientists. K-12, College

Speakers/Presenters

Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Winston 3A
  Other

8:00am EST

Redesigning the Science Sequence for the 21st Century
Teaching biology to freshmen and sophomores does a disservice both to the students and to the curriculum. We moved biology to a place that reflects its current complexity, supported with a chemistry prerequisite. 9-12, 6-12, College

Speakers/Presenters
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Aaron Willey

UNC School of the Arts
avatar for Jeffrey George

Jeffrey George

Chemistry Instructor, UNC School of the Arts
I teach chemistry in the UNCSA High School program, which is populated with young aspiring musicians, dancers, actors, and artists. I have been teaching for 20 years, including 15 at R.J. Reynolds in Winston Salem, where I taught physical science and environmental science in addition... Read More →
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Marci Harvey

UNC School of the Arts



Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Salem 1B

8:00am EST

Citizen Science Projects in Space Science
We will explore several different Citizen Science Projects that students in grades 3-12 can use to incorporate real data into their classroom. 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, College, General

Speakers/Presenters
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Kenneth Brandt

Director, Robeson Planetarium and Science Center
Informal science education's bump in science test scores.


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Winston 3C

8:00am EST

Build Engaging Models to Understand Global Change with HHMI BioInteractive
Enhance your climate literacy skills with a free, classroom-ready HHMI BioInteractive resource that uses models to explain how Earth Systems are affected by human activities and natural phenomena by creating connections among different processes. Please bring a laptop or tablet. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
TG

Tim Guilfoyle

HHMI BioInteractive/Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology Charlotte, NC


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Winston 3B

8:00am EST

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Engage Youth in STEM Through Making
Participants will connect content standards, while engaging with STEM resources generally found in Makerspaces or STEM Labs. This session will give educators the opportunity to investigate how STEM resources can be used interdisciplinarily in all content areas. K-8

Speakers/Presenters
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Faith Freeman

Guilford County Schools
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Johnette McCain

Guilford County Schools
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Emma Linn

Guilford County Schools


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Winston 1B

8:00am EST

Blending Learning in the Science Classroom
What is blended learning? Explore this innovative method that uses technology to enhance the curriculum, while delivering personalized instruction. Examine a unique approach to blended learning that can be used to support hands-on science instruction. Explore choice boards, playlists, and other resources that may inspire you to create your own! Discuss different methods of collecting and analyzing data that will allow you to provide small group interventions as a part of your personalized blended learning activities. K-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Beverly Owens

Beverly Owens

Kings Mountain Middle School, Cleveland Early College High School
I am an 8th grade science teacher. I coach our school's Science Olympiad team. I love science - I have been on several dinosaur digs, ocean research trips with NOAA Teacher at Sea, and love learning about science through field explorations.
avatar for Kate Kerr

Kate Kerr

Science, Kings Mountain Middle School
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Molly Ludwick

Cleveland Early College High School


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Winston 1A

8:00am EST

Best of the Best: Hands-On Activities for each 5th Grade Essential Standard
Need new ideas? I will be sharing unique and creative lessons and activities for each science standard in 5th grade. Not teaching 5th? No worries, much of what I will be sharing can be easily applied to different grade standards. K-5

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Peter Panico

Peter Panico

5th grade teacher, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Peter Panico, is a masterful and enthusiastic lead teacher from Charlotte, NC. He specializes in making experiences meaningful for every student. He is a Discovery Star Educator and Leadership Council member. Peter is an expert in the art of technology, maker spaces, and breakout... Read More →



Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Salem 3A

8:00am EST

How much does that cost? Strategies for teaching science on a budget
Information from a nationwide funding survey of science teachers as well as strategies for funding science instruction will be shared during this session. 6-12,General

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Emily Cayton

Emily Cayton

Assistant Professor, Campbell University
I teach Elementary and Secondary Science Methods at Campbell University. I am also the Coordinator for our Interdisciplinary Studies MEd Program.Talk to me about funding for science instructional materials or graduate school!
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M. Gail Jones

NC State University


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Winston 1C

8:00am EST

Our Nuclear World: radioactivity, nuclear medicine and power production
An introduction to radioactivity, nuclear medicine and nuclear power production will be discussed. Curriculum preparation and in-class resources will be shared for integration into high school science classes. 9-12, College

Speakers/Presenters
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Lisa Marshall

NC State University Nuclear Engineering
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Roger Sit

UNC-CH Department of Environment, Health, and Safety


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Salem 1C

8:00am EST

Connecting the 4 Cs in the Classroom through STEM
Increase rigor and relationships in the classroom by integrating communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking into everyday learning. The 4Cs will be demonstrated and utilized through hands-on STEM activities and investigations that encourage student growth and active participation. K-2, K-5, K-8, 3-5, 6-8

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Katie Matthews

Katie Matthews

1st Grade Teacher, Valle Crucis Elementary School
With support from the CASMT Grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, I created and implemented Science PALS, a program that pairs elementary students with intermediate/middle school students for weekly science labs and investigations. Ask me about the program and the impact it has... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Salem 3B

8:00am EST

Kids as Investigators, Makers, Inventors and Conservationists: UNC-G BRIDGES Program
Youth want to make a difference! Foster their passion by engaging them in investigations, engineering design, makerspace activities and app development focused on environmental problem solving. We’ll share lots of resources you can use in your classroom and after-school programs. K-8

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Heidi Carlone

Heidi Carlone

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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Courtney Ferguson

Bluford STEM Academy
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Lakshmi Iyer

Appalachian State University
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Manda Jackson

Reidsville Middle School
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Alison Mercier

UNC-G STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative
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Katie Singleton

Reidsville Middle School


Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Salem 1A

8:00am EST

Exhibit Area Opens
Friday November 15, 2019 8:00am - 1:30pm EST
Salem Ballroom 2

8:30am EST

3, 2, 1, Liftoff!
Learn about an amazing summer institute sponsored by the Texas Space Consortium and the North Carolina Space Grant. This summer program highlights a different NASA-themed program. You will become a NASA Ambassador and receive your lunar sample certification. K-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Tom Savage

Tom Savage

Henderson County Early College


Friday November 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am EST
Winston 3C

8:30am EST

Celebrating STEM: How Public Science Is Changing Classrooms
The North Carolina Science Festival team will offer several examples of opportunities for elementary, middle and high-schools to engage with STEM and STEM professionals through hands-on activities, interactions with scientists, and fun and memorable experiences. K-12, General

Speakers/Presenters
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Erik MacIntosh

North Carolina Science Festival (Morehead Planetarium and Science Center)


Friday November 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am EST
Salem 3C
  Other

8:30am EST

Illuminate Life Science through Inquiry and Literacy
Looking for ways to contextualize life science standards by integrating inquiry and literacy? Join us to explore activities that connect science to students’ everyday lives through personalized learning. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
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Valerie Sellars

Secondary District Science Coach, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools


Friday November 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am EST
Salem 1B
  Other

9:15am EST

Problem-based Investigations with Stomata for the Biology Classroom
In this session, teachers will learn about a series of investigative, problem-based laboratory lesson plans on stomatal apertures developed as a component of an NSF-funded research grant at UNC-Chapel Hill. 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Sarah Lasseter

Sarah Lasseter

Teacher/Faculty, Research Triangle High School
Sarah Lasseter is the Lead Biology Teacher at Research Triangle High School. She is an educator with 10 years of classroom experience and a video-making enthusiast. A two-time graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Sarah holds degrees in Biology, Science Education, and Educational Innovation... Read More →



Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 9:45am EST
Salem 1B

9:15am EST

Biology/Life Science Share-a-Thon
Join us at this session where science educators share their best biology/life science activities.  Walk around the room and see presenters as they explain/demonstrate their activities.  A variety of topics will be used to match the North Carolina Science Standards for Biology/Life Science.  Ask questions, see how the activities work, get a copy of all activities, and get ready to try them next week!   K-12
Deborah Gallagher, Haley Wamble, Heidi Carlone, Heidi West, Kelly Allen, Mike Tally, Penny Jeffrey

Speakers/Presenters
MH

MaryKate Holden

Middle College at UNCG


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Winston Ballroom 2

9:15am EST

Elementary GLOBE Weather Adds Up to Climate
This session follows GLOBE Kids as they take an adventure learning that climate change affects the whole world, from the tropics to the poles using the GLOBE storybook, “What in the World is Happening to Climate?” and GLOBE learning activities. K-2, K-5

Speakers/Presenters
AW

Alisa Wickliff

Associate Director Center for STEM Education UNC Charlotte, UNC Charlotte
Alisa is the Associate Director for the Center for STEM Education at UNC Charlotte. She is the director of multiple Student STEM competitions as well as responsible for developing and delivering STEM focused Teacher Professional Development throughout North Carolina.
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Judith McDonald

Belmont Abbey College
CG

Chris Gordon

Lenoir-Rhyne University



Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Salem 3A

9:15am EST

Turning Misconceptions into Educational Opportunities
Using lessons from NCSE's Teacher Ambassador Program, participants will be exposed to techniques and activities that can be used to inoculate students against misinformation. The presentation will demonstrate how to apply these techniques to controversial scientific topics like climate science. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Kelly Pipes

Kelly Pipes

Biology & CTE teacher, Wilkes Early College High School
I am a Teacher Ambassador for the National Center for Science Education, where I help empower teachers to teach controversial topics like climate science and evolution. I am known among colleagues as the teacher with bees. My school has an on-campus honey bee apiary, and I collaborate... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Salem 3C

9:15am EST

Untangle the Cone of Uncertain Spaghetti to Interpret Hurricane Predictions
When making decisions about hurricane safety, people often rely on weather models that can be easily misunderstood. This lesson uses representations of the “cone of uncertainty” and “spaghetti model” to elicit misunderstandings and help students better visualize hurricane impacts. 6-8, 9-12, 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Emma Refvem

Emma Refvem

Doctoral Student, North Carolina State University
A former high school environmental science teacher from Durham, Emma is now working on her PhD in Science Education at NC State. She is interested in understanding what motivates science teachers and how to engage the entire family in science experiences!
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Kathryn Rende

North Carolina State University


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Winston 3B

9:15am EST

Empowering K-12 environmental decision-making with the US EPA’s EnviroAtlas
EnviroAtlas provides tools, data and resources, including hands-on K-16 educational activities to aid environmental decision-making. This session will highlight the educational materials and demonstrate how EnviroAtlas is designed to empower student decision-making, build self-efficacy and localize environmental issues. K-12, College

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Jenna Hartley (she/her)

Jenna Hartley (she/her)

ORISE Participant & PhD Student, NC State University and ORISE/US EPA
I am a third-year PhD student at NC State University. I also work part-time as an ORISE Participant on the US Environmental Protection Agency's EnviroAtlas tool. My session at EENC this year is a hands-on exploration for participants to explore demographic data around their center... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Winston 1A

9:15am EST

Engaging Students With Digital Tools for Science
In this session, participants will explore online tools used in the science classroom. Best practices will be shared through examples and discussions. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
CJ

Carrie Jones

NCSTA Board Member, Middle Creek HS
avatar for Brian Whitson

Brian Whitson

Digital Teaching & Learning Consultant, NC Department of Public Instruction
Brian is currently the Digital Teaching & Learning Consultant for the Piedmont Triad Region with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Previously he has worked as an instructional design coach, instructional technology facilitator, and science/STEM teacher in Rowan-Salisbury... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Winston 1B

9:15am EST

Rockin' NC with the Geobago
Learn about the free lesson plans, loaner kits and Geobago school visits available to schools through the Rockin’ NC program, a collaboration between Appalachian Geological and Environmental Sciences and Vulcan Materials focusing on NC rocks and minerals. K-12, General

Speakers/Presenters
MT

Marta Toran

Appalachian State University


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Winston 3C
  Other

9:15am EST

Science and Literacy: Making the Connection
Let's explore how to develop our students’ scientific literacy through the integration of doing science with reading, writing and discourse. Session participants will understand, experiment and reason; as well as, interpret scientific facts and their meaning using natural phenomena.   K-8

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Valerie Sellers (STEMscopes)

Valerie Sellers (STEMscopes)

Regional Trainer, STEMscopes
Retired from teaching after 26+ years in Elementary Education. I am now training teachers to use hands-on learning for STEMscopes. I am passionate about making learning meaningful in today's classrooms.
avatar for Pam O'Brien

Pam O'Brien

Regional STEM Coach, STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning
avatar for Stan Mozingo

Stan Mozingo

STEMscopes
avatar for Jessica Mayfield

Jessica Mayfield

National STEM Manager, STEMscopes / Accelerate Learning, Inc.
Dr. Kenn Heydrick is a STEM advocate at the state and national levels. Because of his 30+ years of experience and credentials, he strives to support STEM programs that increase achievement among students. Dr. Heydrick received BS and MS degrees from Northern Illinois University and... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Winston 3A
  Other, Literacy

9:15am EST

Student Research in My Classroom? Where Do I Start?
Find out how to guide your students in asking original questions, developing methods to solve questions or problems, analyzing data, and presenting conclusions. Possible safety issues and rules for student-guided research will be discussed, as well as student research competitions. 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
JD

Judy Day

Director, NC Science Fair Foundation
NC Science and Engineering FairVernier Software and Technology equipment and use.
LB

Leah Bug

NC Science Fair Foundation


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Winston 1C

9:15am EST

Empower Students Through Innovative Teaching Practices
The Invention Process builds a new relationship for teaching and learning, affording the learner to direct their own learning pathway. Experience the Invention Process through hands-on activities that can be replicated in your classroom. K-2, K-5, K-8, K-12, 3-5, 6-8, General

Speakers/Presenters
SB

Shawn Boger

National Inventors Hall of Fame


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Salem 3B

9:15am EST

Science Projects That Rock: Using Rubrics and other Materials to Lead Student Work
Project-based learning prepares students for academic, social and career success, and readies adolescents to rise to the challenges of their lives and the world. Learn how teachers can create effective materials to promote learning and engagement while enabling differentiation for all learners. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Katie Nelson

Katie Nelson

Science Teacher, Williams Secondary Montessori
Have you ever wondered what goes on in a high school Montessori classroom? Do you wonder if there are any nuggets of knowledge from a Montessori classroom that you can incorporate into your traditional classroom? Do you feel like you aren't reaching your students on a social and emotional... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Salem 1A

9:15am EST

Want to build a Rover?
Want to build a Rover? How do you get started? JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) shared open-source plans for a Rover built in 2018. Learn what it takes to build this Rover and to get your school community involved with this project. Our presentation will review the steps that the Cardinal Gibbons High School Robotics Team took to build JPL Rover and how the school community came together to create a legacy project. Detailed information about how to fund this project, how to find building parts, and how much time to allow for the building of the Rover will be shared. 6-12, College

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Diane Ripollone

Diane Ripollone

Science Teacher/Robotics Coach, Cardinal Gibbons High School



Friday November 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Salem 1C

9:45am EST

Manipulating Modeling Clay Makes Muscle Models
Come learn about an activity teaching human anatomy that was implemented in a community college setting. Results of an assessment will also be shared. College

Speakers/Presenters
CS

Cheston Saunders

Biology/Chemistry Instructor, Bladen Community College


Friday November 15, 2019 9:45am - 10:15am EST
Salem 1B
  Other

10:30am EST

Elon Explorers: Citizen Science meets Multimedia Communication
A one-week summer program taught students about citizen science and communicating ideas through multimedia. The project intended to develop science identities and understandings of the nature and practice of science. Come learn about citizen science and about integrating digital literacy. K-8, 3-5, 6-8

Speakers/Presenters
ME

Mark Enfield

Elon University
JH

Jen Hamel

Elon University


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Winston 1A

10:30am EST

Big Data for Little Hands: STEM for young children
Need ideas for teaching the foundational mathematical and science process skills needed by early childhood, first and second graders? We have some that may be new to you! Take part in hands-on activities and share with one another in a short facilitated discussion. We'll uncover and discover new strategies while refreshing those you already use. K-2, K-5

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Cindi Smith-Walters

Cindi Smith-Walters

Biology Professor, former NSTA District VI Director (Middle TN State University)
benefits of being/becoming an NSTA (National Science Teaching Association) member, NSTA awards, competitions, opportunities. NSTA resources like journals, website, etc.



Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EST
Winston 1B
  Other

10:30am EST

Physics/Chemistry/Physical Science Share-a-Thon
Join us at this session where science educators share their best physical science, chemistry and physics science activities.  Walk around the room and see presenters as they explain/demonstrate their activities.  A variety of topics will be used to match the North Carolina Science Standards for Chemistry, Physics and Physical Science.  Ask questions, see how the activities work, get a copy of all activities, and get ready to try them next week!   K-12
Amethyst Klein, Brad Woodard, Diane Ripollone, Evelyn Baldwin, Kristin Holt, Lauren Smith, Sharon Beck, Tom Savage

Speakers/Presenters
LK

Lori Khan

NCSTA Board Member


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Winston Ballroom 2

10:30am EST

Climate Science and Solution Strategies
The presenter is a participant in a fall 2019 Charlotte Teachers Institute seminar course at UNC-C called Climate Science and Solution Strategies. Teachers will write curriculum units for various grade levels as a course requirement. This presentation will provide information about CTI, seminar content, and curriculum units. K-12

Speakers/Presenters
TM

Ted Miracle

Devonshire Elementary


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Winston 3B

10:30am EST

Live Digital Exploration with the NC Zoo
Learn more about the FREE distance learning events each school year that explore biology, conservation and technology at the North Carolina Zoo, all without leaving your classroom. Tailored to NCSOC curriculum with resources! 6-8, 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Leslie Wilhoit

Leslie Wilhoit

School Programs Coordinator, North Carolina Zoo
NZ

NC Zoo - Linda Kinney

Nature Play and School Programs Manager, NC Zoo


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Salem 1B

10:30am EST

Detectives in the Classroom: Building Problem-Solving Skills in K-2
The primary grades are essential for developing problem-solving. The processes used in epidemiology seem like detective work to kids, but encompass many 21st-century skills, including investigating problems, analyzing data and finding patterns. And YES, it can be done with 5-year-olds! K-2

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Kerrie Lalli

Kerrie Lalli

STEM Lab Teacher, Walter G. Byers School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Salem 3A
  Other

10:30am EST

Engage the Entire Family in STEM
Come explore hands-on STEM kits that are not only fun, but encourage critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Leave with plans to create your own STEM kits for hosting an event that meets the needs of your audience. K-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Michelle  Hafey

Michelle Hafey

Program Associate, UNC-Wilmington Center for Education in STEM



Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Winston 1C

10:30am EST

Utilizing On-line Nature Cameras
Live nature cameras offer teachers an authentic, dynamic way to present science concepts. Student observations, teacher/student led questioning, promote critical thinking, and scientific inquiry.  Online environmental lesson plans connecting to nature cameras and standards will be shared, and we will discuss how to extend/enhance learning through environmental educational resources such as Project Wild, Flying Wild, Project WET, and skype with scientist programs. General

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Krista Brinchek

Krista Brinchek

Science Specialist, Abbotts Creek ES- WCPSS
Science Specialist and former professional Environmental Geologist. Wake County Public Schools - Abbotts Creek Elementary School. Developed a curriculum with a GreenSTEM and Environmental Literacy Focus.


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Salem 3C

10:30am EST

Facilitating Controversial Conversations in the High School Science Classroom
Teaching is hard. Teaching in a politically-charged environment about controversial topics is even harder. Discuss the risks, benefits and applications of discussing hot topics with your students. Learn strategies to introduce divisive topics to your students and use the energy generated to your benefit by creating and maintaining class culture. 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Bianca Yavelak

Bianca Yavelak

Curriculum Facilitator, Gaston County Schools



Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Salem 1A

10:30am EST

GENERATE: An Interactive, Data-Based Game for Evaluating Energy Choices
We’ll play GENERATE, EPA’s free, interactive board game that demonstrates the costs/benefits of energy choices–fossil fuels, nuclear, renewables–and explores environmental impacts. Participants collaborate and compete to select the energy mix for their community using real-world scenarios. 6-12, College

Speakers/Presenters
KW

Kelly Witter

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
RM

Ruthann McComb

Environmental Science teacher, Elkin High School
LB

Lauren Bamford

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Winston 3C

10:30am EST

Rover Basics
Come play with and learn to control the TI Innovator™ Rover. This session is designed for educators interested in learning more about coding using the TI Innovator™ Rover to further engage students in coding and STEM applications. 6-8, 9-12, 6-12, College

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Adam Pennell

Adam Pennell

Professor of Mathematics, Greensboro College
Zane's dad


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Winston 3A

10:30am EST

Tricked into Thinking
Why do some things float and others sink? What happens when you drop a golf ball from the top of a tower? Using online simulations, teachers and students can be Tricked into Thinking!   K-8

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Richard G Smith, Exhibitor

Richard G Smith, Exhibitor

international education consultant, Academy of Coastal Carolina
He is a certified instructor for Explore Learning. He received one of the ten regional outstanding teaching awards, presented annually by the American Chemical Society. Ohio University presented him with their outstanding teaching award among OU alumni. Rollins College presented Mr... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Salem 3B
  Problem Based Learning (PBL) to Expand Scientific Literacy
  • Grade Level K-8
  • Other - Description Commercial

11:00am EST

VR/AR: Latest Fad or Wave of the Future?
What is VR & AR? How can it be used in the classroom? Is it just a flashy fad or is it here to stay? We will cover this and more! K-12, General

Speakers/Presenters
JS

Jennifer Snyder

STEM Coach, Oakboro Choice STEM School
Jennifer Snyder is a 17 year teaching veteran who is currently serving as a STEM coach at Oakboro Choice STEM School in Stanly County. Jennifer is a NBCT, a certified Environmental Educator and was recently named Science Teacher of the Year for NCSTA Region 6. Her passion for education... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Wilkinson

Ashley Wilkinson

Digital Media Facilitator, Oakboro Choice STEM School
Ashley is a former ELA teacher turned tech geek and accidental librarian. She is an NBCT and has a passion for combining STEM and literacy. In recent years, she has presented on related topics through North Carolina. Connect with her on Twitter @StemYtech.


Friday November 15, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Winston 1A

11:00am EST

Update from the Robeson Planetarium
Three years ago, Hurricane Matthew inundated the Planetarium and Science Center. Find out how we responded and how we are slowly recovering.

Friday November 15, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Winston 1B

11:30am EST

Lunch & Exhibits
Friday November 15, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm EST

12:30pm EST

Who told the elements where to go? The Year of the Periodic Table
150 years ago, Dmitri Mendeleev had a dream. Come explore with a chemistry and biology teacher and make plans for your own Periodic Table Day to nurture the nature of science using activities that promote collaboration and creativity. 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Dorothy Holley

Dorothy Holley

Chemistry Teacher, Clayton High School
JW

Janice West

West Johnston High School


Friday November 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Salem 1C
  Other

12:30pm EST

Moving Away From Traditional Assessments: Incorporating Lab and Open-Ended Experiences Into Testing
If students spend most of their time in class doing science, then why would assessments not reflect that? Explore integration of lab activities with assessment, challenges faced by both teacher and students, modification of current assignments and activities, and grading. 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
MH

Marci Harvey

UNC School of the Arts



Friday November 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm EST
Salem 3B

12:30pm EST

Polar Bears: Canaries of the Arctic
Using the framework within National Network of Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI), dive into the science of climate change and its impact on polar bears and the Arctic. Take away community-level solutions and other literacy resources. 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, 6-12, College, General

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Leslie Wilhoit

Leslie Wilhoit

School Programs Coordinator, North Carolina Zoo


Friday November 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Winston 3B

12:30pm EST

Engaging with Weather: Technology-Based Weather Lessons
Integrating technology with K-5 North Carolina science standards is fun and engaging for students and teachers. These weather lessons will use coding and robotics to allow students to collaborate and think critically about convection, currents and molecular movement. K-5

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Danielle Scharen

Danielle Scharen

Doctoral Student, North Carolina State University
Hello! I am a doctoral student at NC State University working towards earning my PhD in Elementary Learning Sciences with a science content focus. Before my current path in science education research & teacher education, I taught fifth grade science in Wake County Public Schools where... Read More →



Friday November 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Salem 3A

12:30pm EST

Evolution for Middle School Educators
The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science helps teachers teach evolution with confidence. Participants will receive an entire free unit of standards-aligned materials, including many active learning ideas. This session will focus on engaging online resources and assessments. 6-8

Speakers/Presenters
CK

Carly Karas

The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science


Friday November 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Winston 1B

12:30pm EST

Be a Science Teacher and See the World
Love to travel? Want to bring real science into your classroom? Learn about FREE professional development opportunities for teachers and tips and tricks for writing a successful application. General

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith

Mooresville High School



Friday November 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Salem 3C
  Other

12:30pm EST

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: Scientific Explanations to Increase Student Voice
Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) is a way for students to explain observed phenomenon in a scientific way. This structured approach allows students to use observations and data from an investigation. Students use critical reasoning to connect the claim and evidence together. CER is an acclaimed and highly successful instructional strategy that is changing how students understand concepts and write explanations for phenomena.   3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Pam O'Brien

Pam O'Brien

Regional STEM Coach, STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning
avatar for Jessica Mayfield

Jessica Mayfield

National STEM Manager, STEMscopes / Accelerate Learning, Inc.
Dr. Kenn Heydrick is a STEM advocate at the state and national levels. Because of his 30+ years of experience and credentials, he strives to support STEM programs that increase achievement among students. Dr. Heydrick received BS and MS degrees from Northern Illinois University and... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Winston 1A
  Other

12:30pm EST

Message In A Bottle: Forming International Friendships Through the Power of the Gulf Stream
The Gulf Stream current has a powerful effect on the Carolina coastline. For the past seven years my 2nd graders have placed messages in bottles into this current with remarkable success. Come hear our story and leave inspired. General

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Susan Schambach

Susan Schambach

Triad Academy Lower School Science, Summit School
I teach Lower School Science, 1st-5th Grade, at Triad Academy at Summit School. All of my students in the Triad Academy Divison are dyslexic. They are bright out-of- the- box thinkers and I enjoy them so much! As Sally Shaywitz of Yale says, "Dyslexia is an island of weakness within... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Winston 3C

12:30pm EST

No Bones About It: Learning about the Human Body is Fun!
Take home innovative ideas that you can use in your science lesson, but also across the curriculum! Come prepared for a make-and-take session full of ideas to bring back into your classroom. Get away from boring worksheets and use a hands-on approach to learn about the human body. "No bones" about making learning fun for your students! K-5

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Amy Sparks

Amy Sparks

CEO/Principal, The School of Hope
Hello! My name is Amy Sparks and I am the mother of three beautiful kids. (They are now adults) I am the wife of Rob Sparks and have had the honor of being a military wife as my husband served in the USAF for 23 years. My husband retired in 2007 and we have continued to live in Fayetteville... Read More →



Friday November 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Winston 3A
  Other

12:30pm EST

Paideia Seminar: Connecting Fiction to Non-Fiction
The presentation will prepare teachers with how to write a seminar, how to structure the lesson, how to lead a seminar, and why connecting non-fiction topics to fiction topics helps solidify concepts. K-2, K-5, K-8, K-12, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
JW

Jamie Worth

Matthews Elementary (CMS)


Friday November 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Winston 1C

12:30pm EST

Civil Air Patrol STEM Program: Free Resources for your Classroom
Come and learn how your classroom can benefit from the Civil Air Patrol STEM program. From free STEM kits to a flight-based STEM curriculum for elementary, there are so many resources available to you. Come and learn how teachers can receive a free flight with one of the CAP instructors and bring the thrill of aviation to your own students through their abundant resources. K-12

Speakers/Presenters
CD

Covey Denton

Greenfield School
WH

William Hess

Lt. Colonial with Civil Air Patrol
LD

Liz Dunster

1st Lt. with Civil Air Patrol


Friday November 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Salem 1A

12:30pm EST

The Opioid Epidemic: Exploring the Genetic Associations of Opioid Abuse
Opioid abuse is prevalent in the U.S. Students take on the role of researchers as they design an experiment utilizing a fast electrophoresis protocol of pre-amplified DNA samples that predicts addiction risks for opioid abuse, treatment and implications to precision medicine based on a patient's genotype. 9-12, College

Speakers/Presenters
BC

Beverly Cea

Retired Teacher (Guilford County Schools)/NC Virtual School Instructor


Friday November 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Salem 1B

1:45pm EST

NC Climate Science Through Engagement and Literacy
In this session, you will participate in a 5E lesson about NC Climate Science. The lesson will incorporate active engagement strategies, as well as informational texts and data literacy. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Pamela Johnson

Pamela Johnson

science teacher, Iredell-Statesville Schools
avatar for Graham Lynch

Graham Lynch

Secondary Science Content Coach, Iredell-Statesville Schools



Friday November 15, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Winston 3B

1:45pm EST

Dive Into Exploring Energy and Biomass with HHMI BioInteractive
Participate in an interactive module to collect and analyze data from a virtual river to construct biomass and energy pyramids. Come discover FREE, classroom-ready HHMI BioInteractive resources exploring trophic relationships in an aquatic ecosystem. Please bring a laptop or tablet. 6-12, College

Speakers/Presenters
TG

Tim Guilfoyle

HHMI BioInteractive/Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology Charlotte, NC


Friday November 15, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Salem 1B

1:45pm EST

G-Suite + Science = Tools You Can Use Tomorrow
Breakout of old worksheets and unlock the secret to excitement in your classroom. Build your own escape rooms using Google Sites and Forms. Tired of posters and PowerPoints?! Learn how easy it is to use Google Slides for stop-motion animation. K-5

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Jessica Cosma

Jessica Cosma

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (Piney Grove Elementary)
AK

Alexandria Keilen

Socrates Academy
JB

Jeanne Bennett

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (Paw Creek Elementary)


Friday November 15, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Salem 3A

1:45pm EST

GooseChase: Digital Scavenger Hunts for Today’s Learners
Scavenger hunts have the ability to motivate students when other methods do not. This session will explore using Goosechase Edu with students for academic success. The embedding of the 4Cs (critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity) will be emphasized along with applying this dynamic tool to engage students. Participants will complete a Goosechase, as well as share ideas about how to incorporate this method with students as well as professional learning with staff. K-12

Speakers/Presenters
AM

Annie McEntyre

East Rutherford High School: Rutherford County Schools
avatar for Donna  Pyatt

Donna Pyatt

2nd Grade Teacher, Pleasant Gardens Elementary Schools
Donna Pyatt has been employed with McDowell County Schools since October 2001.She is currently working at Pleasant Gardens Elementary as a 2nd Grade Teacher. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree from ASU and completed her masters in Higher Education - Leadership in 2015... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Winston 1B

1:45pm EST

Smoothie Science: 1 part Technology, 1 part Teacher, 1 part Diverse Learner
In this working session, teachers will become creators of digital content rather than just consumers. A variety of resources will be shared and activities will be created to address diverse learners in the classroom. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Chelsea Ash

Chelsea Ash

Teacher & AIG Specialist, Pender County
I have been teaching for 13 years at Heide Trask High School! I teach chemistry, physical science and from time to time Earth & Environmental science. Within those classes, I also have EL and EC students, both populations I am very familiar with. A couple of years ago, I became the... Read More →
JC

Jessica Croson

Heide Trask High School
KC

Kelly Cromartie

Heide Trask High School


Friday November 15, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Winston 1A

1:45pm EST

Using Nearpod Activities to Engage, Assess and Adjust
Participants will be using a variety of Nearpod activities to create lessons and assessments that are quick to make, easy to use, engaging and effective for students. Use these lesson to help immediately assess students in a variety of student-centered, engaging ways. K-12, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, 6-12, College, General

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Melissa Easley

Melissa Easley

Teacher, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools- McClintock Middle
I am a 13 year veteran teacher. I started my career in Chicago and move to North Carolina 9 years ago. I love sharing new technology with teachers and engaging students in new and innovative ways.I am also a Nearpod Pionear and Nearpod Educator as I love discussing all the ways that... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Salem 3B

1:45pm EST

Game Time! Incorporating Competition with Science Notebooks
Engagement is an important aspect of students enjoying science. We’ll share how our notebooking system streamlines your instruction and promotes friendly competition. Learn how to differentiate lessons and provide opportunities for student engagement. You’ll get game templates and teaching strategies!   6-8, 9-12

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Claire Hoots, Exhibitor

Claire Hoots, Exhibitor

LearnEd Notebooks


Friday November 15, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Winston 3A

1:45pm EST

Teaching Ethics to Elementary Science Students
What do ants have to do with ethics? You’ll come away from this session with the answer and with ideas for introducing elementary students to science ethics in 4th or 5th grade. The unit is easily modified for younger students. K-5, K-8

Speakers/Presenters
WS

Wayne Shore

Elementary Science Specialist, Fuller GT/AIG Basics Magnet Elementary School - Wake County Public Schools


Friday November 15, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Salem 3C
  Other, Ethics

1:45pm EST

The Poetry and (Language) Art of Science
This session offers practical tips and methods for combining language arts and environmental science in meaningful ways. Teachers will leave with a variety of tested, high-interest integration strategies that include and explore writing, ballads, film and debate. 6-12

Speakers/Presenters
CH

Christy Hinkelman

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy
NT

Nicolette Torres

Middle School Teacher, Scholars Academy
I have taught middle school science for twelve years; seven years at Scholars. Prior to Charlotte, NC; I was an elementary educator in New York City.-National Geographic Certified Educator-AIG Certification-Teaching Fellow; Teaching Fellows Institute-NSTA and NCSTA member-Presenter... Read More →


Friday November 15, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Winston 3C
  Other

1:45pm EST

Threaded Labs: Using Authentic Experiences as Unit Backbones
Labs can be introductory experiences for exploring a new concept or they can be concluding experiences for applying knowledge. Why not both? Learn the structure of a threaded lab, see examples and work on one of your own! 6-8, 9-12, 6-12, College

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Jeffrey George

Jeffrey George

Chemistry Instructor, UNC School of the Arts
I teach chemistry in the UNCSA High School program, which is populated with young aspiring musicians, dancers, actors, and artists. I have been teaching for 20 years, including 15 at R.J. Reynolds in Winston Salem, where I taught physical science and environmental science in addition... Read More →



Friday November 15, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Salem 1C

1:45pm EST

ENGAGE: Integrating Computational Thinking into Middle School Science
Introducing ENGAGE, a middle grades curricular strategy that offers 1) a game-based learning environment where students learn foundational computer science skills and; 2) computational modeling activities where students learn science content and participate in authentic scientific practices. Flexible and standards-aligned. 6-8

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Danielle Boulden

Danielle Boulden

Higher Education, North Carolina State University, Center for Educational Informatics
Danielle Boulden is a Research Scientist in the Center for Educational Informatics within the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. Dr. Boulden received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Instructional Technology from North Carolina... Read More →
avatar for Jenn Houchins

Jenn Houchins

Director of Technology Programs, North Carolina State University
AA

Aleah Abernathy

Reedy Creek Middle School
LD

Lucy Dioguardi

Reedy Creek Middle School


Friday November 15, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Winston 1C

1:45pm EST

Playful Inquiry: A Playful Approach to Scientific Investigation and Exploration
Playful approaches to learning allow students to play with ideas, experiment and initiate investigations. Using methods used in the playwork profession, participants will look at ways they can playfully support students’ opportunities to explore the questions they care about outdoors. K-2, K-5, K-8, General

Speakers/Presenters
NZ

NC Zoo - Linda Kinney

Nature Play and School Programs Manager, NC Zoo


Friday November 15, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Salem 1A
 


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