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Friday, February 6
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Friday February 6, 2015 8:00am - 8:50am
2nd Floor

8:00am

Registration
Friday February 6, 2015 8:00am - 8:50am
2nd Floor

8:45am

Vendor Booths
Check out the many vendor tables and what they have to offer you, your classroom, your students, and your school.

Friday February 6, 2015 8:45am - 3:30pm
2nd Floor, Ballroom A

9:00am

Keynote Address - I Saw it On the Internet
With so much information and misinformation, it can be difficult for teachers to calmly and scientifically discuss topics such as GMOs, climate change, evolution, etc.  In contrast to the current atmosphere of scientists ridiculing "science deniers", it can be much more productive to take a more respectful approach, showing people techniques to help them sift through the flood of information to find the real science.  This includes simple methods for fact checking, how to decipher a scientific journal article, and red flags that indicate you should dig deeper in your fact checking.


Friday February 6, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am
2nd Floor, Ballrooms B & C

10:00am

CANCELLED - What Would You Do…with a Bag of Potatoes?
CANCELLED - Presenter couldn't make it - What I've learned in my years of teaching: tips, ideas, mistakes, and things to always do. There will be at least one take home, inappropriate humor, and random bursts of song.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
NONE - Cancelled

10:00am

DNA Electrophoresis at the Speed of Education
Come and watch DNA move for almost instant results! Run a gel in 20 minutes with the MiniOne. View your results and take a gel picture during class. The revolutionary MiniOne Electrophoresis System features a safe 42V low voltage power supply, non-UV illuminator and uses non-hazardous reagents. Get research quality results at a classroom friendly price.


Friday February 6, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Cascade A

10:00am

Teaching Equilibrium: It’s Dynamic!
Chemical equilibrium can be a difficult concept for students to grasp. This session will explore a dynamic data collection activity, reading, writing, and dialogue around the topic of equilibrium. Participants will engage in hands-on, minds-on work related to the concept of dynamic equilibrium, acting first as learners and then as teachers. We will be exploring the topic of equilibrium, but the teaching strategies discussed--part of the Science Literacy Framework--are broadly applicable to any secondary or college science classroom.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Battle Creek

10:00am

The Tragedy of the Commons: A Practice in Argumentation
What is argumentation in science? How do you get students to evaluate data and draw conclusions and still keep them engaged? This session provides an introduction to the worldwide collapse of fisheries through an active simulation. A model for using scientific argumentation follows the simulation where participants will evaluate data and draw conclusions about ocean sustainability (in a way that is actually fun!). This model for argumentation can be used for a variety of content objectives.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Ballroom C

10:00am

Cultivating Creativity: Integrating Science and Art
Science and the arts share the goal of understanding the world around us. Integrating science and art provides opportunities for students to construct meaning and demonstrate understanding. Having students create artistic representations of science concepts is a meaningful way to engage all learning types while making learning personal. In this session, participants will explore art activities that will promote deeper understandings in the core science areas of soil science, life cycles, seeds, and pollination.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Ballroom B

10:00am

Creating Scientists in the Elementary Classroom
Make Science FUN for you and your students. In this session you will learn 10 strategies you can use to integrate inquiry and hands on activities in your classroom tomorrow. Come have some FUN and learn a new strategy!

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Cascade C

10:00am

The Science Showcase
Do you find it difficult to get the families of your students to support what you’re doing in your classes? Perhaps it’s time to invite them back into your school as part of a Science Showcase, a chance for your students to present what they’ve learned to their parents, siblings, and the public. We’ll discuss ways to prepare your students through practice presentations and peer feedback, how to organize and publicize the event, and how to debrief and assess learning. These events become unforgettable opportunities for your students to really shine, to gain valuable PR for your school and STEM education, and to engage the public in support of your classroom goals.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Soldier Creek

10:00am

AP Physics 1 – Mid-year Checkup
This session will be a discussion of best practices for teaching the new AP Physics 1 curriculum. If you are teaching it this year, or if you are just interested in learning about the changes to the curriculum that were implemented this year, then this session is for you.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Silver Creek

10:00am

Filmmaking in STEM
In the filmmaking process, students craft compelling digital stories aimed at deepening content learning, enhancing STEM literacy, and exciting students about potential STEM careers. Led by essential questions, this hands-on technology allows teachers to explore how constructing cinematic narratives combined with intentionally designed lessons can increase student engagement, improve STEM skills achievement and energize the classroom climate.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Cascade D

10:00am

Gaming for Air Quality
The University of Utah, with support from UCAIR, developed a free video game aimed at teaching local high-school students – the next generation of decision makers – how collective personal decisions affect air quality along the Wasatch Front during poor-air-quality episodes. The session will focus on demonstrating the game, which focuses on individual actions that young adults can take. Students will be able to see the impact they can have on air quality locally as well as how it can change in the future. The game will feature sound science and a system that will allow players to experiment, seeing the positive and negative effect of outcomes they take. Rather than being an abstraction, the goal of the game is to provide an experience that not only informs players they can have an impact but provides an understanding of their environment.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Cascade E

11:00am

The Vision for 6th Grade Science

Friday February 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Provo Marriott Hotel - Bryce 101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah 84601

11:00am

The Vision for 7th Grade Science

Friday February 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Provo Marriott Hotel - Zion 101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah 84601

11:00am

The Vision for 8th Grade Science

Friday February 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Provo Marriott Hotel - Arches 101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah 84601

11:00am

Mr. Potato Head: Modeling Meiosis, Genetic Recombination and Sexual Reproduction
This activity is designed to solidify critical principles of meiosis, genetic recombination, and sexual reproduction so that students have an appropriate tool set to use as they move forward to explore how organisms, populations, and species develop and evolve.


Friday February 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Cascade A

11:00am

Dynamic Chemistry Lecture
Add some more excitement to your lectures with songs, stories, and dances. I will be sharing techniques I have used for twenty years in the classroom to help students grasp chemistry topics. Come prepared to have some fun.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Battle Creek

11:00am

Using Google Earth to Calculate Plate Movement
Learn how Google Earth can be used to calculate the speed and direction of plate movement. In this presentation, we will use an inquiry approach to understand Earth's tectonic plates. We will use hot spots, tie points, and sea floor spreading to calculate speed and direction of three different types of plate movements. If you have a laptop computer with Google Earth installed, please bring it so that you can do the hands-on activity.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Ballroom C

11:00am

Fun With Fossils
Dust off your fossils and get ready for a great workshop that will give you ideas on how to make learning about fossils fun and exciting! The best way to get students excited about learning is to get them involved and make them "own" their learning. They need to make inferences and use the scientific process to hypothesize and test their hypothesis. You will be stunned and amazed at the hands on group activity ideas that will reinforce the state science standards. Your students will love fossils and YOU for helping them get excited about this prehistoric topic!

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Ballroom B

11:00am

Science and Engineering Practices in K-2 Classrooms
In this workshop we will explore physical science lessons that engage students with the science and engineering practices. Come get ideas for lessons and strategies that develop young students' science process skills.


Friday February 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Cascade C

11:00am

SAGE Science
An update of the SAGE Science tests will be given with time for Q&A.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Soldier Creek

11:00am

Teaching Nuclear Science
The workshop will provide great hands-on activities for teaching nuclear science in the chemistry and physics classroom. During the workshop, we will look at cloud chambers, measure half-life, look at radioactive material, and learn about resources available in the state. The workshop is part of the outreach by the American Nuclear Society (ANS) at the University of Utah, which has one of the few nuclear engineering programs in the nation. ANS will have free materials for teachers.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Silver Creek

11:00am

Utah Underwater Robotics - A STEM Curriculum Project
This presentation is about the Utah Underwater Robotics (UUR) program that is sponsored through BYU and was originally adopted through a national program called SeaPerch. It is a STEM related program to build underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV's) made of simple inexpensive material, including the control box. This program can be used as early as the elementary school level or as high as college to teach the engineering design process and inspire students to go into STEM related fields. The program can be incorporated into daily curriculum in the classroom or be used as an extracurricular activity. A competition amongst participants is held in March.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Cascade D

11:00am

PBS Learning Media
PBS LearningMedia is a collection of fantastic STEM (and other) materials that support the NGSS. Come learn how to easily incorporate this material into your classroom! Amy Pace is a PBS LearnigMedia Digital Innovator for 2014 and is here to help you discover this wonderful resource.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Cascade E

11:00am

Bad Air Day: Air Quality Experience for Chemistry Teachers
Breathe Utah, local 501c3 offers free education materials to schools in Utah centered around air quality. Breathe has reached thousands of students in the state with workshops, classroom presentations, and assemblies that address the basic science of air quality. This session will give educators a taste of what our curriculum entails and will demonstrate a potential experiment to be done in class. Curriculum will address the basic chemistry and biology of pollutants and their formation, as well as the possible behavioral changes students might make to make a difference.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Hobble Creek

11:00am

Differentiated Instruction in Science
Latest estimates are that 80% of today's high school age students are kinesthetic learners. Differentiated Instruction is the solution. By varying the presentation, and involving the student in their own learning and progress, student performance will improve. Science teachers will receive application-based, hands-on examples for meeting the diverse needs of their students as well as best practices for motivating student achievement. Adding differentiated instruction techniques to a classroom will positively enhance student, teacher and school success, by adding value and credibility. This presentation will be informative, but also will contain useful hands-on examples of how to engage students in participative learning activities.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Hobble Creek

11:50am

Lunch
Friday February 6, 2015 11:50am - 12:30pm
2nd Floor

12:40pm

How Does SEEd Help My Current 6th Grade Classroom?
This session will look at how the vision for new Utah Science and Engineering Standards can be incorporated into the current 6th grade core science standards. The session will focus on relationships between the old and new standards, and teaching approaches that are beneficial to science learning with both documents.


Friday February 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Provo Marriott Hotel - Bryce 101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah 84601

12:40pm

How Does SEEd Help My Current 7th Grade Classroom?
This session will look at how the vision for new Utah Science and Engineering Standards can be incorporated into the current 7th grade core science standards. The session will focus on relationships between the old and new standards, and teaching approaches that are beneficial to science learning with both documents.


Friday February 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Provo Marriott Hotel - Zion 101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah 84601

12:40pm

How Does SEEd Help My Current 8th Grade Classroom?
This session will look at how the vision for new Utah Science and Engineering Standards can be incorporated into the current 8th grade core science standards. The session will focus on relationships between the old and new standards, and teaching approaches that are beneficial to science learning with both documents.


Friday February 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Provo Marriott Hotel - Arches 101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah 84601

12:40pm

If Animals Lived on Mars, This is How They Could Do It
Metazoans in the McMurdo Dry Valleys (MCMDV) must cope with multiple environmental stresses that also exist on Mars, including high (and dry) winds, rapid desiccation, and extreme variations in temperature, salinity and water availability. A handful of metazoan species not only persist, but also seemingly thrive in these harsh environments. I will present some of my recent research on the adaptive strategies these organisms have evolved in order to survive extreme environmental stress.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Cascade A

12:40pm

Polarity, Periodic Properties, and Principles
I will be sharing some of my students' favorite ways which I teach a few chemistry topics. Demonstrations will include polarity of compounds and how this influences the properties of compounds, the development and use of the periodic table to predict properties of elements, and other basic concepts.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Battle Creek

12:40pm

Water in the West
As populations grow and land use shifts, water availability in the Intermountain West is becoming an increasingly important issue. Decisions about water use and storage are complicated by many factors. Researchers and decision-makers use models to study the interactions between natural and human water resource systems, and how variables introduced into those systems may impact water availability. Engage in free curriculum materials that explore what models are, their strengths and limitations, and how they can be used to help manage a watershed.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom C

12:40pm

Survivor Science
SUU Cedar Mountain Science Center presents: “Survivor Science” You will become marooned at an exotic mountain hut and find it necessary to learn survival science skills. You will engage in science activities and participate in team challenges putting your fate in the hands of the "tribal" council. You may choose to snack on a smorgasbord of creepy crawly critters if you’re hungry and if you dare. Perhaps your tribe will win an immunity challenge and receive a valuable survival prize. Join us and participate in tried-and -true STEM activities that can be used in your classroom to engage students in fun learning experiences dealing with survival science.


Friday February 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom B

12:40pm

Come Get “Dirt”y with Plants and Soil
Come get your hands "dirt"y and learn about plants and soil. Students love getting "dirt"y and engaging in hands on activities. When students conduct and design scientific investigations they are able to find their sense of wonder. This class will give you exciting ideas on how to use students’ innate curiosity to help them get "dirt"y and master the topic of soil and plants.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Cascade C

12:40pm

Multiculturalism in the Science Classroom
There is an increasing diversity in the U.S. and the U.S. Educational System. This increased diversity affects individual and overall student achievement, connects to students’ citizenships, and calls to question the idea of education as a democratic process. While this situation spans the general classroom in any subject area, it is also true in the fields of STEM education and results in lower achievement of diverse students and lower student diversity in advanced science courses. This presentation will raise awareness and initiate discussion related to the implications of our increasingly multicultural science classrooms. Ultimately, this presentation will incite a renewed focus on the purpose of teaching the Nature of Science in the culturally diverse classrooms of now and the future.


Friday February 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Soldier Creek

12:40pm

Physics Lab Ideas
Come and see some Take Home Lab ideas that are tied to the physics core.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Silver Creek

12:40pm

Putting Some STEAM in Your STEM: Activities for Integrating Art and History
This workshop will present fun activities for adding art, history, and technology to your existing science classes. Do you teach chemical reactions? Why not run an inquiry lab to determine the ideal formula for iron-gall ink, a traditional recipe used for centuries? Or develop pigments for watercolor paints based on ancient formulas, or make marbled paper or tie dyed shirts? We’ll share techniques for creating stop motion animations of nuclear fission or fusion, mitosis or meiosis, or any other process. We’ll look at methods to incorporate technology, such as visualizing the periodic properties of elements using free 3D software, or creating 3D models from altitude data of the Moon or Mars. These activities will pique student interest and add a little STEAM to your STEM.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Cascade D

12:40pm

Genetic Engineers Inc.
Technology, art, understanding of genetics and add a splash of teen creativity added together equal a multi-day project of Genetic Engineers, INC. Students will be part of a futuristic genetic engineering team of scientists whose job is to populate a newly created planet with organisms that will survive, adapt and flourish in one of 4 different biomes. Students will create a story about their genetically engineered creature stating dominant and recessive traits and how the organism uses these traits to survive and reproduce. Students will record their story, upload their story onto a website and the teacher will create a QR code to direct observers of their diorama to the website with their audio story. Directions of how to complete all steps from start to finish, along with rubrics for grading and suggested applications for audio.


Friday February 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Cascade E

12:40pm

Environmental Education in the Classroom
Join USEE for a session geared toward informal and pre K-6 educators interested in incorporating environmental education related activities into their programs and classrooms. You will learn about interactive activities that meet core requirements; reading strategies with connections to relevant fiction and non-fiction books; technology connections that expose students to software applications, imaging tools, and internet resources; differentiated instruction to help you reach students with varying needs and talents; and improved and expanded assessment opportunities that are closely aligned to clear objectives.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Hobble Creek

1:40pm

Museum Performance Tasks - Where do I get resources for the new 6th Grade SEEd Standards?
This session will highlight how teachers can work with our informal science education groups like the Natural History Museum of Utah to gain lesson ideas that support the new standards.  The session will highlight task(s) that provides examples of the new science standards.


Friday February 6, 2015 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Provo Marriott Hotel - Bryce 101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah 84601

1:40pm

Museum Performance Tasks - Where do I get resources for the new 7th Grade SEEd Standards?
This session will highlight how teachers can work with our informal science education groups such as Clark Planetarium and the Leonardo to gain lesson ideas that support the new standards.  The session will highlight task(s) that provides examples of the new science standards.


Friday February 6, 2015 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Provo Marriott Hotel - Zion 101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah 84601

1:40pm

Museum Performance Tasks - Where do I get resources for the new 8th Grade SEEd Standards?
This session will highlight how teachers can work with our informal science education groups such as Hawkwatch International to gain lesson ideas that support the new standards.  The session will highlight task(s) that provides examples of the new science standards.


Friday February 6, 2015 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Provo Marriott Hotel - Arches 101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah 84601

1:40pm

Pigeonetics
A new online game that illuminates basic principles of inheritance! Pigeons exhibit an amazing array of traits in color, pattern, shapes and sizes. Become a pigeon breeder and work to solve a progression of puzzles that move through different traits and trait combinations. As you progress, learn about the basic principles of inheritance and molecular mechanisms behind some of the fanciest pigeon characteristics. Free at: http://learn.genetics.utah.edu

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Cascade A

1:40pm

Frequency, Wavelength, and Energy: Utilizing technology to build conceptual mathematical models
In this session we will look at utilizing online simulations and Excel to help students generate a conceptual mathematical model of the relationships between energy, wavelength, and frequency. This will be done in an iterative type approach that will result in students not only understanding key relationships, but they will also be able to use Excel to generate future models and relationships between variables. Bring a computer with Excel to try for yourself.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Battle Creek

1:40pm

Climate Issues
Dr. Summer Rupper, BYU Associate Professor of Paleoclimatology, discuss her research which has taken her to Antartica, Bhutan, and other locations around the world to study glacial climate records and the impact changing climate is having on society.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom C

1:40pm

Understanding Classification and Nature of Rocks
This will be a hands-on class that will help you discover what to look for when classifying rocks into igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. We will look at the crystal structure, crystal size, color, texture, luster, sparkles, weight, and hardness of rocks to determine where they are formed and how they were formed by nature. We will also discuss the processes nature uses to form these rocks. This class can also be for the younger grades (K-2, Standard 2, Objective 1) and for 8th grade (Standard 3, Objective 1). There will be lesson plan hand-outs and information where rocks can be found.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom B

1:40pm

Critical Vocabulary of the Utah Core through Science
Explain, analyze, describe, identify, compare and contrast- Utah Core standards ask students as young as kindergarten age to do these things. How is it possible? Through science! Come and learn strategies to help your young students tackle challenging tasks and difficult vocabulary by exploring the world around them.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Cascade C

1:40pm

Science Notebooks K-12
What should be included in a student science notebook? How can students use their science notebook as a tool in their science conceptual learning? Participants will experience hands-on implementation of Student Science Notebooks in their classroom. Using a sample lesson, participants will use their notebook to record focus questions, predictions, data collection, and claims and evidence statements. Sample student notebooks will be available.


Friday February 6, 2015 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Hobble Creek

1:40pm

Critical Thinking Skills Through the Engineering Design Process
We will be discussing some teaching techniques to promote engaged student thinking. I will present some of the activities my physics classes do during our Engineering Design Process Unit and do a short example of how we do our Rube Goldberg Projects.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Silver Creek

1:40pm

The Art of Problem Solving – in the Classroom and in Life!
Engineering methods taught through a LEGO simulation.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Cascade D

1:40pm

Nearpod: Making Notetaking Fun Again
Student 1: “This is fun!" Student 2: "Can we do that again?" Student 3: "This is the best thing we've done all year!" Let's be real, nobody likes to take notes, but that can change. Come learn how to get 100% student engagement during note taking by using the interactive Nearpod app. Students love it, but you'll love it more. To get the most out of this presentation, please come with a digital device (download the free Nearpod app on your device if you are not bringing a laptop)

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Cascade E

1:40pm

Control the Universe
Demonstrate the power of gravity by wreaking havoc upon the solar system! Track a pulse of light from the sun to show the speed of light and the scale of the solar system. View the motions of moons, planets and stars, sort planetary (planets and moons) or stellar systems by size and travel out into deep space. After students are introduced to this software, they will be able to seek answers to their own questions! Session is appropriate for teachers from 3rd grade through high school. The first 50 teachers will receive a FREE copy of Universe Sandbox, the PowerPoint training module, as well as other digital resources all located on a convenient 4Gb USB flash drive to keep! Bring your Window’s based laptop to actively participate in the lesson.


Friday February 6, 2015 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Soldier Creek

2:40pm

6th Grade Technology and Free Textbooks
If change is coming, then how can you prepare? Look to technology and free online resources! This session will highlight how you can use technology to support your students learning science in a way that will work for both the old and new SEEd standards. The session will also highlight the free textbooks (OER's) that are available through the Utah State Office of Education and literacy techniques to engage in those resources.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Provo Marriott Hotel - Bryce 101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah 84601

2:40pm

7th Grade Technology and Free Textbooks
If change is coming, then how can you prepare? Look to technology and free online resources! This session will highlight how you can use technology to support your students learning science in a way that will work for both the old and new SEEd standards. The session will also highlight the free textbooks (OER's) that are available through the Utah State Office of Education and literacy techniques to engage in those resources.


Friday February 6, 2015 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Provo Marriott Hotel - Zion 101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah 84601

2:40pm

8th Grade Technology and Free Textbooks
If change is coming, then how can you prepare? Look to technology and free online resources! This session will highlight how you can use technology to support your students learning science in a way that will work for both the old and new SEEd standards. The session will also highlight the free textbooks (OER's) that are available through the Utah State Office of Education and literacy techniques to engage in those resources.


Friday February 6, 2015 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Provo Marriott Hotel - Arches 101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah 84601

2:40pm

Pop Bottle Flower Anatomy
Come and see a lab where students learn the anatomy of a flower by designing and building their own. Help students not only enjoy the beauty of flowers, but appreciate the diversity as you discuss complete, incomplete, perfect, and imperfect flowers. This activity is applicable to a basic plant anatomy or plant reproduction unit.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Cascade A

2:40pm

FUNdamental Properties and Nomenclature
Physical and Chemical properties seems an easy concept for students, so add some excitement and provide a challenging adventure for students through a scavenger hunt! The concept of nomenclature in chemistry can be more difficult for students to grasp. Add a couple games to make the learning more fun! Come join us and learn some fun new activities that your students will enjoy!

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Battle Creek

2:40pm

Hey, is it HOT in Here? Teaching Climate Change through Debate
When it comes to climate change, there are so many voices competing to prove their side right - who is a student to trust? Sounds like a perfect topic for a debate! In this workshop we will share how to run an effective and engaging debate about climate change in your classroom. This activity throws students into higher level thinking and does so in a way that they will love and remember. If you're looking to buff up this topic in your own classes, then this is place to be.


Friday February 6, 2015 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom C

2:40pm

Make Your Own Rock!
Imagine for a moment, the amazing forces that help create the awesome planet we live on. Are you ready to take part in that creative power? Today you are going to make your own rock by following the same processes by which rocks are made in the natural environment.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Cascade C

2:40pm

A Few Small Changes that Produces Big Results
Are you overwhelmed with all the perceived demands of your job? In this session we will introduce strategies for clearly defining what students should know and how to maintain focus through planning, implementation and testing. Our goal is to demonstrate some minor changes that can be immediately implemented to help your next unit be more successful for you and the students.


Friday February 6, 2015 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Soldier Creek

2:40pm

Easy Video Analysis
Come and participate with us in quick and easy way to get your videos into Logger Pro. This will help students collect their data and analyze it quickly and efficiently. We will run a project in this session to show you how easy and effective it is to work with this technology.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Silver Creek

2:40pm

The Art of Problem Solving – in the classroom and in life!
Engineering methods taught through a LEGO simulation.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Cascade D

2:40pm

ClassDojo: Positive Classroom Management
ClassDojo is a free behavior management tool that allows teachers to use real time feedback loops to recognize and reinforce student behavior. You will learn how to use ClassDojo in your classroom to improve behavior and build positive student learning habits.

Speakers

Friday February 6, 2015 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Cascade E

2:40pm

DNA Electrophoresis at the Speed of Education
Come and watch DNA move for almost instant results! Run a gel in 20 minutes with the MiniOne. View your results and take a gel picture during class. The revolutionary MiniOne Electrophoresis System features a safe 42V low voltage power supply, non-UV illuminator and uses non-hazardous reagents. Get research quality results at a classroom friendly price.


Friday February 6, 2015 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Hobble Creek

2:40pm

Weather and Habitats
The focus of this session will be weather, climates and habitats. Participants will experience fun hands on activities and make a habitat pop-up.

Speakers
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Linda Carter

Jordan - Monte Vista Elementary
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Gayle Shuler

1st Grade ALPS, Jordan - Riverton Elementary
I am an elementary teacher interested in arts, sciences, and gifted education. I love nature, gardening, travel, letterboxing, bird watching. I am a strong advocate for elementary science education and elementary science fair.


Friday February 6, 2015 2:40pm - 11:30pm
Ballroom B

3:30pm

6:00pm