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Welcome to Metroplex Mini-CAST 2020! We can’t wait to see you at the Pat May Center on Saturday! Address: Building E 6017, 1849 Central Dr, Bedford, TX 76022

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Saturday, February 8
 

7:15am CST

8:30am CST

(101) "Hands-On, Minds-On" to a Mini Make-and-Take Workshop: Science Games and Puzzles for Middle Schools
This is a mini "Make-and-Take" workshop that will help teachers create their own games and puzzles that target a specific TEKS or topic. Teachers will END UP WITH SAMPLE PRODUCTS of their own games and puzzles that can be modified and used in their own classroom. Teachers will also learn some great ideas for their Project Based Learning. _x000D_
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Students learn best when they are fully engaged and there is nothing more engaging to young people than fun. They also perform best when they are intellectually challenged but do not feel threatened to participate and express themselves. These games, puzzles, and projects can be used for different class sizes and settings. They are very effective to use for: _x000D_
1. lesson enrichment, _x000D_
2. classroom management_x000D_
3. concept application_x000D_
4. practice exercises _x000D_
5. informal assessment _x000D_
6. test review, and more_x000D_
_x000D_
These instructional tools can be made using very affordable materials. When properly used, these tools will:_x000D_
(1) engage students by giving them a motivation to learn and actively participate in activities _x000D_
(2) motivate them to explore further the concepts and skills they have acquired through hands-on and minds-on practice_x000D_
(3) give an opportunity to explain what they have learned as they listen critically to analyze answers _x000D_
(4) encourage them to elaborate as they apply in the activities the principles/concepts they mastered, _x000D_
(5) prompt them to evaluate their own understanding and degree of knowledge that gives them a sense of accomplishment or leads them to further study _x000D_
_x000D_
WHO CAN USE THEM? _x000D_
1. General Education/Level students _x000D_
2. Advance Learners _x000D_
3. Gifted Learners _x000D_
4. Struggling Learners _x000D_
5. Special Education Students _x000D_
6. English Language Learners

Speakers

Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
C 106 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(103) (C-E-R) ing your way to Student Success!
Are you struggling to get your students to write, discuss, and read in your classroom? Do you want some new tips on how to incorporate Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning in your classroom? Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning is one of the easiest ways to get your students discussing and writing in science. Come join us as we showcase different ways to use C-E-R in your classroom as well as some rubrics to use with students so they can self assess themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bernabo

Jennifer Bernabo

Science Coordinator, Little Elm ISD


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
A 111 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(106) Argument-Driven Inquiry in Grades 3-5: Three-Dimensional Investigations that Integrate Science, Literacy and Mathematics
This session is an introduction to a new approach to science instruction called Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI). ADI gives students in grades 3-5 an opportunity to learn how to use the core ideas, practices, and crosscutting concepts of science to make sense of natural phenomena. This instructional approach is designed to use science as way to help children develop literacy (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) skills and learn important mathematical concepts. In this session, participants will learn about the stages of the ADI instructional model, how it was designed, and how it is aligned with the TEKS for science, ELA, and math and with the ELPS.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Kaszuba

Jennifer Kaszuba

Graduate Research Assistant, UT Austin STEM Center
Jennifer works to find ways to engage all students in authentic science experiences to help them realize the wonders of science.


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
B 114 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(120) Create a Smoother, Seamless Science Class With Tech!
Need help to make your science classroom operate more smoothly? We've got you covered! This information-packed session from CAST had great feedback to help you get...and keep your class on track. We will share tips, ideas, resources, and more to make your job less stressful, save time and flow better. You will get lots of info on different ways to help facilitate your labs, modify your manipulatives, and even help make partner work seamless. We also will show you how make your lesson plans more interactive and keep you and your team entertained and informed in the process.

Speakers
avatar for Kelley Andrews

Kelley Andrews

teacher, Richardson ISD
I love teaching science and incorporating technology in whenever I can!


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
C 203 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(125) Dollar Store Surprise! Doing Discrepant Events on a Dime
In this hands-on session, you will participate in ways to engage and excite your students about force and motion using discrepant events, also called phenomena. Discrepant events are a great way to create shared experiences for your students at the beginning of a unit. Each budget-friendly discrepant event will also explore an applied problem using the Predict, Observe, Explain (POE) model. The discrepant events presented in this session are designed primarily for elementary school science settings, but may be extended to middle school and high school as well.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Morgan

Mary Morgan

Professional Development Manager, Perot Museum of Nature and Science
After teaching high school life sciences for 11 years, Mary began working at the Perot Museum in order to directly impact fellow teachers through professional learning. Mary is a bona fide nerd, holding a B.S. in Biology with a focus in BioChemistry from Hardin-Simmons University... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Mondloch

Shawn Mondloch

STEM Institute Coordinator, Perot Museum


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
B 214 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(132) Google Form Frenzy
Are you ready to take your Google Form game to the next level? Whether you're looking for practical ways to use Google forms in class or trying to figure out some of the more advanced features, this session will showcase a variety of ways to use Google Forms in your classroom from assessment to gamification and differentiation. The session will also offer tutorials on new form features and how to make your own Form based on what YOU need. This session is geared towards an intermediate level.

Speakers
avatar for Cecilia Bentley

Cecilia Bentley

Berkner HS


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
C 112 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(140) From Cabbages to Pocket Mice: The Power of Selection
In this discussion-rich, TEKS-focused, workshop see how powerful small genetic changes can be! Join UT Dallas scientists/science educators as we explore the power of both artificial and natural selection to change species. Explore how small genetic changes in a single species have produced a wide variety of different edible plants. Connect the easy-to-rear cabbage white butterfly to identification of closely-related garden food plants. Extend learning with free online resources from sources including HHMI’s Biointeractive. See how changing a handful of genes turned an unassuming wild grain in Mexico into corn. Watch natural selection in action, selecting different genes producing the same visible trait. Question experts and discuss with peers on how to bring examples of selection into your own classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor

University of Texas at Dallas
UT Dallas Master of Arts in Teaching
avatar for Mary Urquhart

Mary Urquhart

Associate Professor and Department Head, The University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Mary Urquhart is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Texas of Dallas, and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Physics. She holds degrees in Physics and Geophysics... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
C 208 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(146) Improve Student Achievement through STEM Teacher Actions
Are you interested in learning more about what it means to be a Nationally Certified STEM Teacher? Earning a STEM Teacher Certificate will refine and demonstrate your understanding of STEM Teacher Actions. But don't take our word for it!  Come learn from teachers and STEM leaders who have earned their National Certificate in STEM Teaching and hear their testimony of how these effective, engaging, and evidence-based STEM instructional strategies have transformed their students' outcomes and energized their campuses.


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
A 201 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(149) Let's Give 'Em Something to Talk About
Want to raise the level of student engagement in your science classroom? Want to increase student questioning and discussions related to science topics? Science Talks is your answer! Come learn how to implement science talks to increase student discourse, engagement, and concept retainment.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Brown

Jenn Brown

First Grade Teacher, Prosper ISD


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
A 116 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(151) Literacy Strategies in the Science Classroom and Beyond
Science literacy is more than reading and writing. Explore science literacy skills through the lens of scientific investigation. Explore ways to support student interaction with content and communication of information.

Speakers
avatar for Patty Low

Patty Low

National Curriculum Consultant, ExploreLearning
UCET 2019, CMC - North 2019, CAST 2019, NCTM, former Technology Curriculum CoordinatorAs a former Educational Technology Coordinator in Klein ISD designing professional development sessions that emphasized personalized instruction for teachers and students Patty has a passion for... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
C 215 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(159) Press Play on the Playlist
Have you pressed play? Did you know that Lead4ward has an instructional strategies playlist that is designed to support teachers in their planning process and ultimately in the delivery of powerful and memorable lessons? Playlist strategies are intended to engage learners, provide the opportunity for practice without penalty, encourage interaction among students and even provide teachers the ability to see and hear student thinking. Come explore playlist options that you can utilize right away!

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca DeBusk

Rebecca DeBusk

Learning Coach - Program Specialist, Keller ISD
avatar for Tracy Hosek

Tracy Hosek

Science Coordinator, Keller ISD


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
D 103 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(161) Putting the "S" in STEM...STUDENTS!
Discovery Education believes that STEM is more than science, technology, engineering, and math. Rather it is STUDENTS and Teachers Energizing Minds! Through STEM Connect challenges students are connected to relevant, real-world problems that align with the National Academy of Engineering Grand Engineering Challenges and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to Create, Collaborate, Communicate and develop their Creative Thinking skills! Join us to explore these challenges and put your 4-C's to the test!

Speakers
avatar for Duane Waber

Duane Waber

Discovery Education
With 26 years in education, Duane Waber has found his passion in curriculum and instruction. He has a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education – Broadfield Science from the University of... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
A 115 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(165) Science Investigations with the Nearly Immortal Planaria
Join us in this fun and interactive workshop to explore how the flatworm "Planaria" commonly found in our Texas lakes can be used to excite your students and immerse them in hands-on, inquiry-based investigations. These wiggly flatworms are not only safe to handle, but are cute to look at and can be easily maintained in a classroom. Furthermore, the Planaria are greatly used in scientific research, giving a real purpose for your learners to explore them. Discover through hands-on activities the value to use the wiggly Planarian to bring alive topics such as organism’s interactions with their environment, sexual and asexual reproduction, cell division; stems cells and regeneration. Classroom ready resources including vendor information for these organisms, care and feeding requirements, links to free teaching resources/interactives, and alignments to TEKS across grade levels will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Vinita Hajeri

Vinita Hajeri

Senior Lecturer, University Of Texas at Dallas
Biomedical scientist and Secondary Science Teacher Educator


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
C 204 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(172) STEMscopes Best Tips & Tricks from Successful Teachers and Leaders
Join the discussion and learn from expert STEMscopes teachers and district leaders who are having great success with STEMscopes! We will hold a panel discussion to share their best practices using STEMscopes for planning, blended learning, literacy connections and more! Bring your questions for a great discussion about how STEMscopes can best help your students

Speakers
AM

Ashley Mathis

STEM consultant, Accelerate Learning
STEMscopes, STEM Consultant and Trainer


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
C 207 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(173) Sweetening up the Way you Teach Slow Changes to Earth's Surface
Let's be honest, slow changes to earth's surface don't really excite kids the way that rapid changes do. Kids are much more interested in watching volcanoes erupt than glaciers moving down a mountain. An earthquake completely destroying a city in minutes is much more fun to learn about that a trickling stream slowly carving out a canyon. _x000D_
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During this session, we will look at how crackers, sugar cubes, tortillas, and cereal can make slow changes come alive for students. These labs are high motivation, low prep, low-stress alternatives to messy stream tables and boring worksheets. After each mini-lab activity, we will tie it back to the TEKS and show how these lab activities transfer to STAAR success.


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
C 210 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(182) Wire me Up! Backyard Brains neuroscience
Control a robotic claw with your muscles! Listen to the electrical impulses of muscles at rest and during contraction! Backyard Brains is neuroscience for everyone. You'll twitch with excitement in this real-world neuroscience workshop as you get wired up for a hands-on, muscles-on, minds-on workshop

Speakers
avatar for Raul Perez

Raul Perez

Teacher, Educator, Mentor.. all of the above, McKinney ISD


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am CST
A 103 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(118) Content that Works! Comprehensible Content for English Learners - SHORT COURSE - 8:30-10:40
You don't have to work harder to create authentic content for English Learners, you just have to work smarter! Comprehensible Input is a key component of sheltered instruction for English Learners; students cannot learn what they do not understand! Creating or accommodating content to make it comprehensible can be challenging, even for experienced teachers. In this session you will experience firsthand the unique needs of beginning/intermediate English learners and develop a new perspective on how to create and deliver *Content that Works!* The presenter will model strategies, highlight helpful resources and tools, and provide opportunities for discussion, active learning, and collaboration.

Speakers
avatar for Lyndsay McAmis

Lyndsay McAmis

English Learner Specialist, Everman ISD


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 10:40am CST
A 212 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(123) Digital Escape Rooms - Escape the Boring Review - SHORT COURSE - 8:30-10:40
Have you run out of interesting ways to review content or do formative assessments? Put together engaging and challenging digital escape rooms using Google Suites and other free online resources. All the fun of an escape room, without the locks and boxes and expense. Come learn to build these fun activities that build your students critical thinking and problem solving skills while evaluating their content knowledge. Participants will have the opportunity to build an escape room during the session and go back to school with a ready to use product.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Pollard

Julie Pollard

8th Grade Science, Birdville ISD


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 10:40am CST
A 202 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(134) Great Escapes in Science! - SHORT COURSE - 8:30-10:40
Transform your classroom into an escape room! Help foster collaboration and problem solving in your classroom by learning how to create the basics of breakout escape games. You will experience hands-on digital escape scenarios based on 3-5 grade TEKS. You will leave the class with an understanding of what escape games look like and the basics on how to create them. Participants will also receive access to three digital escape lessons and a list of resources to take back with them to use in their own classroom!

Speakers
JM

Jennifer Murnan

Mesquite ISD
Hello! I teach 5th grade Science & Social Studies at Beasley Elementary. This August will start my eighth year of teaching. I love to utilize technology effectively and purposefully to engage my learners.


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 10:40am CST
C 118 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(153) Make Learning Stick - SHORT COURSE - 8:30-10:40
What are techniques and tools that *really* help learning stick? In this interactive session, we'll explore the core learning strategies and share resources about the research behind them. Next, we'll take a deeper dive into the strategies, especially retrieval practice, and investigate tech tools that can be used to embed these ideas into everyday practices. You'll leave the session with ideas you can implement on Monday! For maximum engagement, please bring your device (tablet, laptop, Chromebook).

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Laster

Kathryn Laster

Consultant, Region 10
Kathryn Laster is celebrating 30 years in education! Before joining the Digital Learning Team at Region 10 ESC, Kathryn enjoyed 25 years in the classroom, where she taught secondary math and served as an instructional coach. Now as a Digital Learning Consultant, she assists teachers... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 10:40am CST
A 210 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(154) Mastering the Math in Force & Motion - SHORT COURSE - 8:30-10:40
Kids having trouble with force and motion problems? Motion detectors in your supply room gathering dust? Come see how engaging manipulative activities plus STEM tools can help kids sync content and process skills in Math and Science.

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Owner/Developer, Supporting Science, Inc.
Owner/Consultant


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 10:40am CST
A 203 ( Tech Center )

8:30am CST

(174) Talk Read Talk Write - SHORT COURSE - 8:30-10:40
Talk Read Talk Write (TRTW) is a process for scaffolding listening, speaking, reading, and writing with grade-level text. This process promotes student confidence in literacy and boosts content mastery as well as academic vocabulary. This extended session will outline the purpose of each step in the process while providing ideas for classroom application. Teachers will have time to apply what they have learned by planning a TRTW lesson with support.


Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30am - 10:40am CST
A 208 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(147) Inquiry-Based Experiments in Science Classrooms - STAT Chat - Presented twice - 9:40-10:05 & 10:15-10:40
During a traditional science experiment in a science classroom, the teacher determines how the experiment should be conducted and analyzed. By providing a lab procedure, the teacher controls the learning journey of the students. In the words of John Dewey, the teacher is providing the map to the students instead of allowing students to explore for themselves. Without exploring, students do not embark on a personal journey of mapmaking, which includes discovering and experiencing the various terrain, bodies of water, weather, and much more. Even though the map provides a bird's-eye view of the world, without the journey, the personal connection with the world is absent. I share a general framework for converting traditional experiments into inquiry-based experiments. Furthermore, I share practical context on the role of the teacher during preparation and implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Ham

Chris Ham

Science Teacher, Research Assistant, Ph.D. Student, Frisco ISD, University of North Texas
I’m a high school science teacher in Frisco ISD and a doctoral student studying curriculum and instruction at UNT. I also work as a research assistant to Dr. Hoffman on his work on literacy in teacher education and a curriculum writer over the summer. Over the five years as an educator... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
A 111 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(160) Put the Learning in their Hands: Student Choice in Science - STAT Chat - Presented twice - 9:40-10:05 & 10:15-10:40
Tired of doing the same thing during the Explain stage of the 5E model? Switch it up and appeal to all types of learners using choice boards. Hold students accountable for their learning and have time for one on one check-ins with your students.

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea White

Chelsea White

FOURTH GRADE TEACHER, CANNON ELEMENTARY


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
A 109 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(168) Stations: Just do it! - STAT Chat - Presented twice - 9:40-10:05 & 10:15-10:40
Want to use stations in your classroom but don't know where to start? You may be thinking, "Isn't it a lot of work?" or "Won't they be off-task all the time?" In this session, you will learn how to easily implement stations in your classroom including: how to transform your current lessons into a stations format, classroom management strategies, and free websites and apps to use for seamless technology integration.

Speakers
avatar for Kellie Simon

Kellie Simon

Instructor, Lee College
Areas of interest and specialization include:Technology integration Personalized learningElementary science educationInstructional designE-learning


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
B 120 (Tech Center)

9:40am CST

(175) Teaching to the Test...? - STAT Chat - Presented twice - 9:40-10:05 & 10:15-10:40
We often hear about the evils of teaching to the test, but what does that really mean in the era of STAAR?
Hear about a senior with 2 weeks left to his final administration of the Biology EOC, and the lessons we can learn when we put ourselves in the position of our most fragile learners. As we think about students in poverty and the challenges they face, prepare to challenge your own perspective on what it means to teach to the test.

Speakers

Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
Courtroom (Tech Center)

9:40am CST

(176) The Grand Adventure of Exploration and Discovery “Rewriting Textbooks at the Frontiers of Science" - STAT Chat - Presented twice - 9:40-10:05 & 10:15-10:40
The journey that is science is all too often lost on students, many of whom acquire the idea that science is recorded in its totality in textbooks. Yet the most exciting scientific adventures occur with the unexpected! Continually "rewriting the textbooks" is fundamental to the nature of science. Your scientist-guide will illuminate examples of recent and ongoing changing understanding at the frontiers of science. Examples from space science, in particular, will be used to highlight the wonder and grandeur of unexpected scientific mysteries – and the joy of simply being wrong!

Speakers
avatar for Mary Urquhart

Mary Urquhart

Associate Professor and Department Head, The University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Mary Urquhart is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Texas of Dallas, and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Physics. She holds degrees in Physics and Geophysics... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
A 116 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(181) Why You Should Love Data Analysis - STAT Chat - Presented twice - 9:40-10:05 & 10:15-10:40
When I began teaching in 1997, I was in a non-tested subject. I barely even knew what TAAS was. Today, I look at STAAR as a challenge--something to be conquered. And I believe that data is a key tool to achieve that. I will share with you my journey into looking at things through students' perspectives and share with you how I utilize data effectively.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Harris

Heidi Harris

5th Grade Science and Social Studies, Richardson ISD
I am in my 18th year of education, primarily teaching 5th grade science, though I have also taught 4th and 6th grade as well as social studies, math, reading, and writing.


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
A 113 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(183) Women in STEM - STAT Chat - Presented twice - 9:40-10:05 & 10:15-10:40
Once upon a time, there was a scientist. More likely, a team of scientists, who were not just white males. This presentation will tell stories, some old, like that of Rosalind Franklin, Marie Curie, and Lise Mietner, and some new from recent Nobel Laureates. This presentation will go through a variety of different stories from history, from a variety of fields of science. It is story time!

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor

University of Texas at Dallas
UT Dallas Master of Arts in Teaching


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
A 115 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(102) "Hands-On, Minds-On" to a Mini Make-and-Take Workshop: Science Games and Puzzles for High Schools
This is a mini "Make-and-Take" workshop that will help teachers create their own games and puzzles that target a specific TEKS or topic. Teachers will END UP WITH SAMPLE PRODUCTS of their own games and puzzles that can be modified and used in their own classroom. _x000D_
_x000D_
Students learn best when they are fully engaged and there is nothing more engaging to young people than fun. They also perform best when they are intellectually challenged but do not feel threatened to participate and express themselves. These games, puzzles, and projects can be used for different class sizes and settings. They are very effective to use for: _x000D_
1. lesson enrichment, _x000D_
2. classroom management_x000D_
3. concept application_x000D_
4. practice exercises _x000D_
5. informal assessment _x000D_
6. test review, and more_x000D_
_x000D_
These instructional tools can be made using very affordable materials. When properly used, these tools will:_x000D_
(1) engage students by giving them a motivation to learn and actively participate in activities _x000D_
(2) motivate them to explore further the concepts and skills they have acquired through hands-on and minds-on practice_x000D_
(3) give an opportunity to explain what they have learned as they listen critically to analyze answers _x000D_
(4) encourage them to elaborate as they apply in the activities the principles/concepts they mastered, _x000D_
(5) prompt them to evaluate their own understanding and degree of knowledge that gives them a sense of accomplishment or leads them to further study _x000D_
_x000D_
WHO CAN USE THEM? _x000D_
1. General Education/Level students _x000D_
2. Advance Learners _x000D_
3. Gifted Learners _x000D_
4. Struggling Learners _x000D_
5. Special Education Students _x000D_
6. English Language Learners

Speakers

Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
C 106 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(108) Argument-Driven Engineering in Grades 6-8: STEM Design Challenges
This session is an introduction to a new approach to instruction called Argument-Driven Engineering (ADE). ADE gives students an opportunity to learn how to use crosscutting concepts, core ideas from mathematics and science, and science, engineering, and mathematical practices to design a solution to a meaningful problem. This instructional approach also provides context to help students develop foundational literacy skills because they must read, write, speak, and listen in order to obtain, evaluate, and communicate information during each design challenge. In this session, participants will learn about the stages of the ADE instructional model, how it was designed, and how it integrates standards across disciplines.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Kaszuba

Jennifer Kaszuba

Graduate Research Assistant, UT Austin STEM Center
Jennifer works to find ways to engage all students in authentic science experiences to help them realize the wonders of science.


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
B 114 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(122) Digging into Curiosity
What is curiosity? How do we develop it in students? How can we create curiosity about topics that don't seem that interesting? A fun exploration of this key component of learning.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki McDorman

Nikki McDorman

Elementary Science Coordinator, Castleberry ISD


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
A 216 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(127) Engineering Solutions
Have you wondered how you could realistically integrate engineering into your existing classroom instruction?  Join us in Engineering Solutions to develop a meaningful definition for engineering and explore the role of the EDP to address real-world problems. You will also learn how to realistically integrate the EDP into your classroom instruction.

Speakers
AM

Ashley Mathis

STEM consultant, Accelerate Learning
STEMscopes, STEM Consultant and Trainer


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
C 208 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(130) Get 'Em Up and Moving!
Formative assessment doesn't have to be boring! Get 'em up and moving! You'll learn our favorite formative assessment strategies and how we use them to help inform instruction and boost student success!


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
C 213 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(135) Growing student knowledge with a garden.
Come learn about how a school garden can be used in the science classroom. Using TEKS standard 8.11, the student knows that interdependence occurs among living systems and the environment, we will show you how we used the school garden to teach this standard.


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
C 210 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(141) Genetics with Glowfish
Did you know the popular glowfish seen in your local pet store is a genetically modified organism? The glowfish are not only fun to look at and are actively used in scientific research giving your students a real purpose to learn with glowfish. Join us in this fun and hands-on interactive workshop to explore how you can use glowfish to bring alive complex concepts in genetics, heredity and biotechnology to excite your students and immerse them in hands-on, inquiry-based investigations. Classroom ready resources including vendor information for these organisms, care and feeding requirements, links to free teaching resources/interactives, and alignments to TEKS across grade levels will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Vinita Hajeri

Vinita Hajeri

Senior Lecturer, University Of Texas at Dallas
Biomedical scientist and Secondary Science Teacher Educator


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
C 204 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(143) Hootie and the Food Web
Dig in and dissect an owl pellet to uncover and explore the flow of energy within food webs. The one-of-a-kind surprise inside every owl pellet will be constructed to form a model. Join us for a lively workshop as we investigate a predator and its prey. A new twist on an old favorite! Doorprizes from Ward's Science.

Speakers
avatar for Raul Perez

Raul Perez

Teacher, Educator, Mentor.. all of the above, McKinney ISD


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
A 103 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(169) STEM Graduate Degree for You
Teachers - Imagine an affordable, 100% online graduate program designed for you! Built from the ground up by educators for educators using STEMscopes*, Southern New Hampshire University is offering three graduate program options, including a Masters degree with a Focus in STEM Instruction! Join us to learn about higher education programs that truly bring the college to the teacher’s classroom - where the most important learning happens!  *STEMscopes provided for educators whose schools do not already use this curriculum.

Speakers

Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
A 201 ( Tech Center )

9:40am CST

(180) Visible Learning
Teaching based on scientific phenomena suggested by students. Various methods of making student learning visible such as models, interactive word walls, and argument drive inquiry. With the use of models, students can give an initial explanation of a phenomena, but revise it as they proceed through the lesson. Interactive word walls allow students to make connections between words and concepts. Argument drive inquiry allows students to get input from other students, and revise their thinking as they participate in class discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Byno

Laura Byno

SCIENCE TEACHER, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
D 102 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(184) Formative Assessment Probes: Building a Bridge Between Students Initial Ideas and Scientific Ways of Explaining the Natural World - FEATURED SESSION
Examine how probes are used in a cycle of formative assessment to surface students' initial ideas (including misconceptions), monitor changes in student thinking, provide evidence of using scientific ideas to explain phenomena, and reflect back on changes in students' thinking.

Speakers

Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
B 1 (Pat May)

10:50am CST

(100) "Hands-On, Minds-On" to a Mini Make-and-Take Workshop: Science Games and Puzzles for Elementary
This is a mini "Make-and-Take" workshop that will help teachers create their own games and puzzles that target a specific TEKS or topic. Teachers will END UP WITH SAMPLE PRODUCTS of their own games and puzzles that can be modified and used in their own classroom. Teachers will also learn some great ideas for their Project Based Learning. _x000D_
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Students learn best when they are fully engaged and there is nothing more engaging to young people than fun. They also perform best when they are intellectually challenged but do not feel threatened to participate and express themselves. These games, puzzles, and projects can be used for different class sizes and settings. They are very effective to use for: _x000D_
1. lesson enrichment, _x000D_
2. classroom management_x000D_
3. concept application_x000D_
4. practice exercises _x000D_
5. informal assessment _x000D_
6. test review, and more_x000D_
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These instructional tools can be made using very affordable materials. When properly used, these tools will:_x000D_
(1) engage students by giving them a motivation to learn and actively participate in activities _x000D_
(2) motivate them to explore further the concepts and skills they have acquired through hands-on and minds-on practice_x000D_
(3) give an opportunity to explain what they have learned as they listen critically to analyze answers _x000D_
(4) encourage them to elaborate as they apply in the activities the principles/concepts they mastered, _x000D_
(5) prompt them to evaluate their own understanding and degree of knowledge that gives them a sense of accomplishment or leads them to further study _x000D_
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WHO CAN USE THEM? _x000D_
1. General Education/Level students _x000D_
2. Advance Learners _x000D_
3. Gifted Learners _x000D_
4. Struggling Learners _x000D_
5. Special Education Students _x000D_
6. English Language Learners

Speakers

Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
C 106 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(105) Amazing Ideas and Center Activities
All that good teachers need are ideas and templates to take away. In this session teachers will be equipped with both! Prepare for a fun session with ideas and easy to make center activities that can be taken back into the classroom setting.

Speakers
avatar for Isaac Washington Jr.

Isaac Washington Jr.

Accelerating Success
Co-President


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
B 120 (Tech Center)

10:50am CST

(107) Argument-Driven Inquiry in the Life, Physical, and Earth-Space Sciences: Lab Investigations for Grades 6–8
Argument-Driven Inquiry is an innovative instructional model, based on current research about how people learn science, designed to foster the development of science proficiency. ADI gives students an opportunity to learn how to use core science content, practices, and crosscutting concepts of science to make sense of natural phenomena. ADI also provides students an opportunity to read, write, and speak in the context of science. In this session, participants will learn the stages of the ADI instructional model, how it was designed to address the shortcomings of current laboratory experiences, and how it helps students develop discipline-specific literacy skills.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Kaszuba

Jennifer Kaszuba

Graduate Research Assistant, UT Austin STEM Center
Jennifer works to find ways to engage all students in authentic science experiences to help them realize the wonders of science.


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
B 114 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(110) Beating the 5th Grade STAAR
Learn about the methods and practices that helped schools in a district where 76% of the students are economically disadvantaged improve their Meets Grade Level passing rate by 25% or more on the 5th grade STAAR. We will discuss how to actually calculate the "bang for the buck" of any standard, demonstrate how to effectively align your lessons within your PLC, and give suggestions about where to focus your time during your STAAR review unit. With tips, tricks, and examples to take with you, this session will help you improve student success by working smarter instead of harder!

Speakers

Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
A 211 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(112) Bits and Bytes: The Basics of Binary Coding
Learn to speak another language! Humans talk to robots and computers through a special language called binary. Discover the incredible world of 0s and 1s that transform to represent the whole alphabet, words, and even conduct mathematical operations like adding and subtracting. By applying 3rd - 5th grade mathematics TEKS, these hands-on activities introduce 21st century skills, such as computational thinking, into the classroom. Come join the Perot Museum of Nature and Science for an exciting program!


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
D 102 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(113) Boosting Student Engagement with Gamification
Are you ready to boost student engagement in your science class? In this session you will learn all about gamification and how to implement it in your classroom successfully. Specifically, you will learn about several games you can implement into your classroom that your students will BEG you to play. These are games that can be used in all grade levels and in just about every subject area. The best part is that most of these games are completely free!

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Martinez

Lauren Martinez

5th Grade Teacher, Richardson ISD
I'm a 5th grade science and social studies teacher at Northwood Hills Elementary.


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
A 216 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(115) Chem Critters: chemical reactions in a cup!
Engage your students using Ziplock bags and tiny cups to produce chemical reactions. Explore the change in temperature & color in this lively gloves-on workshop. Experience safe practices while understanding the states of matter and physical & chemical changes. Create and bring home your own Chem Critter!

Speakers
avatar for Raul Perez

Raul Perez

Teacher, Educator, Mentor.. all of the above, McKinney ISD


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
A 103 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(116) Collaborating Classrooms with Video Chat
Connect your classroom with other classrooms near and far to help build a better understanding of your unit in science and the world around us. Whether you are studying rocks, soil, landforms, weather, or any other unit in science, students can learn from other students their age about these topics while incorporating many social studies standards as well. Integrating social studies into science can be much easier than you can imagine. Learn how to get connected and create a classroom community that stretches past the walls of your school.


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
D 103 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(126) Engaging Students Beyond the Field Trip
In this engaging and hands-on workshop, you will learn how to make the best out of your field trips to the Dallas Zoo (or any other site) through pre- and post- activities. What are student learning objectives during the field trip? What can students do before the field trip to help them understand these objectives? What can students do after the field trip to expand on their learning? Could your students take the lead on a campaign to protect gorillas or Texas horned lizards? How can this learning help students understand classroom objectives? From Adaptations to Food Webs and Basic Needs to Biotic and Abiotic Factors, real world science on a field trip can support classroom learning objectives. Let’s work through some pre- and post-activities to see how your field trip can be your students’ key to making sense of things.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson

Education Supervisor, Dallas Zoo
As the Education Supervisor for educator workshops and school programs at the Dallas Zoo, I am interested in learning what you and your students need to help conquer category 4, Organisms and the Environment. What are the most challenging standards? How are you implementing PBL or... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
A 111 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(128) Engineering: A "Novel" Approach
Come learn how we developed multiple cross curricular STEM units based on an engaging novel that students won't want to put down. By using literary texts along with critical math and science TEKS, you can help students identify problems within a story, and create real world solutions through the Engineering Design Process. This session will provide specific Instructional strategies along with student assessment ideas, that will enhance the teaching and learning within your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea White

Chelsea White

FOURTH GRADE TEACHER, CANNON ELEMENTARY


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
A 109 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(137) Easy Atom Models for Your Classroom!
Tiny, invisible atoms make up the world around us, so come make some atoms! You'll build four different atom models to take back to your classroom, including original creations by UT Dallas faculty. Each manipulative is made from readily available materials and explores a different topic: the parts of an atom, atomic mass, a scale model between the nucleus and electrons, and exploring periodic trends. We’ll also show you how scientists "see" real atoms!

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor

University of Texas at Dallas
UT Dallas Master of Arts in Teaching
avatar for Mary Urquhart

Mary Urquhart

Associate Professor and Department Head, The University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Mary Urquhart is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Texas of Dallas, and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Physics. She holds degrees in Physics and Geophysics... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
C 208 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(138) Exploring Ecology Concepts with Sea Monkeys!
Come explore how you can add excitement and bring alive ecological concepts in your science classroom with brine shrimp, also popularly known as sea monkeys. Learn how you can simulate the ecological conditions of the Great Salt Lake of Utah using low-budget pet store supplies, recyclable soda bottles, and brine shrimp eggs. Brine shrimp eggs are cheap, easily available at most pet stores and are also sold on Amazon. This hands-on interactive workshop will focus on conducting authentic real-world scientific inquiries with brine shrimp at a low budget. Discover the value of brine shrimp to teach complex topics in ecology such as organisms and their interactions with the environment, biotic and abiotic factors, food chain, life cycle and growth and development._x000D_
Classroom ready resources including vendor information for these organisms, care and feeding requirements, links to free teaching resources/interactives, and alignments to TEKS across grade levels will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Vinita Hajeri

Vinita Hajeri

Senior Lecturer, University Of Texas at Dallas
Biomedical scientist and Secondary Science Teacher Educator


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
C 204 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(142) Helping Students Succeed with Science Vocabulary
Experience the successful strategies for vocabulary development in a constructivist STEM classroom as we break the mold of the traditional vocabulary lesson. This session will convince you to burn your vocabulary lists and build the capacity in your students for literacy success in science.

Speakers
AM

Ashley Mathis

STEM consultant, Accelerate Learning
STEMscopes, STEM Consultant and Trainer


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
C 207 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(145) How to Create a Successful Elementary Science Fair
Science fair does not have to be overwhelming! In this session, we will discuss tips on how to structure an elementary science fair that is purposeful, engaging, and provides opportunities for success for each student.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Harris

Heidi Harris

5th Grade Science and Social Studies, Richardson ISD
I am in my 18th year of education, primarily teaching 5th grade science, though I have also taught 4th and 6th grade as well as social studies, math, reading, and writing.


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
A 113 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(148) Learn how to Incorporate Different Digital Technologies into your Classroom!
Are you looking to learn about how you can differentiate, incorporate really great online learning tools such as EduSmart, learn about Breakout Rooms (Escape Rooms), or how to make your own ADI's, then do we have a course for you! We will go briefly over how to incorporate all of these things during the session. We will also go more in depth with EduSmart and how it can make learning and also remediation fun and exciting for students. I will share all of the step by step instructions to a google classroom folder (No need to buy from my TpT account!). We would really love to see you and meet with you. I also offer extended learning. If you have any questions, I encourage you to come and meet me during my session and I will give you my contact information so you can have a friend in the EdTech field.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Ball

Nathan Ball

Math and Science Teacher, Frisco ISD
I am passionate about incorporating technology into the classroom!


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
C 118 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(150) Level Up: Innovative Research-Based Ways to Incorporate Student Discourse and Writing into Hands-On Activities
Productive student conversations and writing supports student learning. Providing students with a platform to integrate hands-on experiences with student discourse and writing scaffolds provides foundational support for student learning and growth. Attend this session to learn how to level up your classroom with research-based strategies for student discourse and writing. Get your students excited talking and writing about science. Attendees will experience first-hand how to incorporate student discourse in hands-on science activities. Participants will walk through a hands-on activity and compile a toolkit of strategies they can use to promote student discourse, writing and engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Jawan Wiltz

Jawan Wiltz

Instructional Coach, Classical Center at Brandenburg
Jawan Wiltz is a veteran teacher with 18 years of experience. During her teaching career she has taught science to grades 5 - 8. She is experienced in classroom teaching, mentoring new teachers, and currently works on her districts curriculum team for eighth grade science. She... Read More →
avatar for Leon Chatman

Leon Chatman

STEM Facilitator, Garland Independent School District


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
B 214 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(158) Preparing Students for the CRAAP Test
In a world of misleading clickbait and inaccurate science news sources, how do we vet accurate and appropriate resources online, and how do we teach students to do the same? In this session, we will introduce you to the CRAAP Test, which is a model used to critically evaluate sources. We’ll show you how to find free sources online for the latest science news, assess sources together using the CRAAP Test, show you different methods and ideas of using this model in class and on field trips, and provide both paper and digital resources to take back to your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Morgan

Mary Morgan

Professional Development Manager, Perot Museum of Nature and Science
After teaching high school life sciences for 11 years, Mary began working at the Perot Museum in order to directly impact fellow teachers through professional learning. Mary is a bona fide nerd, holding a B.S. in Biology with a focus in BioChemistry from Hardin-Simmons University... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Mondloch

Shawn Mondloch

STEM Institute Coordinator, Perot Museum


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
A 212 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(163) R U ready for Augmented Reality in the Science Classroom
Using augmented reality to bring student science experiences to life. Immersive technology in the science classroom allows you to connect the cool to the content. Most of these activities allow students to do a lot with low technology requirements. We will use Merge cubes, element trading cards, flipgrid AP, Quiver and Curioscope examples will be explored.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Hurst

Michelle Hurst

science teacher, Mansfield ISD
I am the secondary science coordinator in Mansfield with 18 years of the science classroom. Most years I learn as much as I teach. I recently earned my doctorate in curriculum and instruction. I have two kids, a dog and a very messy car. I spend most of my weekends on the soccer fields... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
A 116 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(164) Science in 3-Dimensions
Three-dimensional learning fundamentally shifts science education. No longer will science be seen as fact driven, rote memorization. Instead students must be afforded the opportunity to create, analyze, and evaluate to understand scientific concepts, solve problems, and recognize how those concepts connect to other concepts in other fields. Explore how a phenomena-driven approach to science teaching that incorporates science and engineering practices along with cross-cutting concepts brings these experiences to the forefront and enables students to develop their ADI or CER skills!

Speakers
avatar for Duane Waber

Duane Waber

Discovery Education
With 26 years in education, Duane Waber has found his passion in curriculum and instruction. He has a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education – Broadfield Science from the University of... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
A 115 ( Tech Center )

10:50am CST

(170) STEM Partnership: Graduate Programs District Cohort Benefits
Administrators - Boost achievement and instructional capacity in your district through Southern New Hampshire University's STEM graduate programs and our District Cohort Model which offers many benefits to your district and its educators. These SNHU graduate programs have been developed collaboratively with STEMscopes and the National Institute for STEM Education and we are honored to offer three affordable, 100% online, graduate programs focused on deep, meaningful implementation of STEM and 5E instruction using STEMscopes as the core tool. Join us to explore how our district cohort model benefits your district’s teachers and students.

Speakers

Saturday February 8, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am CST
A 201 ( Tech Center )

11:50am CST

Lunch & visit Vendors - 11:50-12:50 - please open and read description note for directions
Please move out of the Cafetorium (after you've finished eating) and visit Vendors, to accommodate those presenters setting up the PlayGround Stations, which will occur during Session 4 in the Cafetorium. 

Saturday February 8, 2020 11:50am - 12:50pm CST

1:00pm CST

(156) Mini-STEM Spectacular
Did you miss the TCES STEM Spectacular during CAST 2019? If so, you are in luck! Come to this STEM playground to experience a mini-STEM Spectacular where you will have a smorgasbord of ideas for grades K-8 to take back and implement in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Flemmer

Jamie Flemmer

Coordinator of Elementary Science, Frisco ISD
President


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Cafetorium ( Tech Center )

1:00pm CST

(104) A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats: Easy-Teach Strategies to Lift Achievement for ELL Students
In many schools across the country, finding ways to help English Language Learners (ELLs) has been presented as an either-or option at the expense or detriment of other programs. Too often we are given the impression that money and technology will be the silver bullet to solve the achievement gap. In this presentation, participants will have the ability to see that rather than a decision of where to split limited resources, strategies in ELL classrooms or with ELL students can be used to support and lift ALL student achievement. Participants will engage in TEK-aligned, low-tech methods of allowing students to work at a reasonable pace and differentiate large groups of students with ease. Participants will walk through various low-tech solutions, such as six-station tutorial sessions, hallway video safaris using QR codes and YouTube videos, and GIF makers for more complex concepts. Participants can expect to learn how to win student's attention and dedication using readily available resources to create a winning combination of visuals, individual accountability, and technology to increase learning regardless of linguistic or socioeconomic background.

Speakers

Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
A 1&2( Pat May )

1:00pm CST

(109) Argument-Driven Inquiry in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
Argument-Driven Inquiry is an innovative instructional model, based on current research about how people learn science, designed to foster the development of science proficiency. ADI gives students an opportunity to learn how to use core science content, practices, and crosscutting concepts of science to make sense of natural phenomena. ADI also provides students an opportunity to read, write, and speak in the context of science. In this session, participants will learn the stages of the ADI instructional model, how it was designed to address the shortcomings of current laboratory experiences, and how it helps students develop discipline-specific literacy skills.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Kaszuba

Jennifer Kaszuba

Graduate Research Assistant, UT Austin STEM Center
Jennifer works to find ways to engage all students in authentic science experiences to help them realize the wonders of science.


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
B 114 ( Tech Center )

1:00pm CST

(111) Biology Soup (little bit of Everything)
This session has a little bit of everything for you with focus on ideas to help your ELL's and SPED students. Read/talk/write, anchor charts, games, hand movements (teaching with your hands), and doodle sketch study guides! I am taking my best ideas/activities and bringing them to you.

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Caren Lawrence

7th and 9th Grade Science Teacher, Bedford Jr. High


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
B 120 (Tech Center)

1:00pm CST

(114) Challenge Accepted!
Challenge-based learning ideas using technology in the science classroom. Teachers will participate in four challenges, each with a different technology tool to help teach science content. These include stop motion video, mock media, flippity breakout and more.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Wills

Sara Wills

Educational Technology Trainer, Mansfield ISD
avatar for Michelle Hurst

Michelle Hurst

science teacher, Mansfield ISD
I am the secondary science coordinator in Mansfield with 18 years of the science classroom. Most years I learn as much as I teach. I recently earned my doctorate in curriculum and instruction. I have two kids, a dog and a very messy car. I spend most of my weekends on the soccer fields... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
E 1 ( Pat May )

1:00pm CST

(124) Dive into Data Day! Allow Students to Swim by Themselves and Raise Scores!
WE TOOK A TEST. NOW WHAT? What do you do with data?  Attendees will be taking a journey deep into the sea of student-driven data, allowing THEM to take the lead and create ownership of THEIR data. There will be examples of how to collect/analyze data, design unit progress monitoring sheets, goal setting, and host a THEMED Data Day that will excite all students!! This session will assist educators in developing students' metacognitive skills by making connections with areas of weakness and goal setting to increase mastery.
What Attendees Will Be Doing: 
 There will be examples of how to collect and analyze data, designing unit progress monitoring sheets, goal setting both digitally and on paper, practice analyzing the data as students would and all of the steps to move forward, what happens after the data collection, how to reassess and measure progress.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Darst

Jessica Darst

Science Teacher/ Curriculum Coordinator
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She has taught education for nine years in both elementary and high school sciences. She currently teaches 5th-grade science at Red Oak Elementary


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
E 2 ( Pat May )

1:00pm CST

(129) Garden Spaces and Composting
Starting and maintaining a school garden and compost pile, while not easy, opens a door to scientific inquiry and discovery in the living world. A school garden and compost pile requires a child's intellectual, emotional and social engagement with things that must be measured, counted, weighed, arranged, planned and cared for. During this workshop, educators will learn practical gardening skills - including square foot gardening.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Broughton

Mark Broughton

Director, Environmental Education Center


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
C 203 ( Tech Center )

1:00pm CST

(131) Get Your Game On: Game-Based Learning with Legends of Learning!
Legends of Learning employs original research to drive student performance using TEKS-aligned games. Our Netflix-style game-based learning platform delivers a wide range of lessons and drives content proficiency for stronger subject mastery and classroom engagement. In our study with Vanderbilt University, students had higher levels of engagement, increased test scores and faster comprehension of content. Use Legends of Learning to integrate an exciting game-based learning platform into your curriculum to give your students the superpower of knowledge!_x000D_
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The session includes a preview of our platform, a collaborative discussion of how games align with TEKS standards and improve student achievement, and a variety of suggestions on how to implement game-based learning within a larger TEKS curriculum. And, of course, all participants will have a chance to play some fun TEKS-aligned educational video games. Come ready to collaborate, compete, learn some science and have a whole lot of fun!

Speakers
avatar for Aryah Fradkin

Aryah Fradkin

Manager of Teacher Engagement, Legends of Learning
Aryah recruits and develops a network of teacher ambassadors to pilot and give feedback on newly built standards based games. He ensures the growth of the ambassador program into a teacher community where teachers across the country can share their experiences and best practices with... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
A 202 ( Tech Center )

1:00pm CST

(133) Google Sheet Escapes
Learn how to use Google Sheets to create engaging Digital Breakout activities that promote differentiation while also providing students with instant feedback. Participants will get access to Digital Breakout Templates and pre-made activities on Gas Laws and Lunar Phases.

Speakers
avatar for Cecilia Bentley

Cecilia Bentley

Berkner HS


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
C 112 ( Tech Center )

1:00pm CST

(136) Word Walls: How to make one, what to do with it.
Wondering how to make a word wall? Wondering how to make the most of the one you have? In this session we will design word walls in new and exciting ways. Participants will create their own word wall to take with them. Join a 4th and 5th grade science teacher and learn tips and tricks on how to engage students in the science content and process skills. This session will also address how to support the social and emotional needs of your students through structured cooperative work.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Becraft

Heather Becraft

5th Grade Science Teacher, Birdville ISD


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
A 116 ( Tech Center )

1:00pm CST

(139) Fishy Science with Zebrafish- a fun way to bring alive science concepts and build students’ science process skills.
Come explore how you can use low-budget pet store supplies and zebrafish (Danio rerio) to spark your students’ curiosity and drive cutting-edge, real-world inquiries in your classroom. The zebrafish are freshwater fish that are at the forefront of biomedical research and are easily maintained in a classroom aquarium. In this hands-on interactive session, participants will explore the value of zebrafish to teach multiple topics including organisms’ interactions with their environment, cell structure and processes; growth, development, reproduction of organisms, ecology and genetics. Discover how real-life experiences with zebrafish inspire students to ask meaningful questions, design experiments, work a microscope to make observations, and analyze data. Discussions about the scalability of zebrafish inquiries to meet the learning needs of diverse students at multiple grade levels including Pre-AP, AP Biology, Aquatic science and Environmental science will be conducted. Classroom ready resources including vendor information for these organisms, care and feeding requirements, links to free teaching resources/interactives, and alignments to TEKS across grade levels will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Vinita Hajeri

Vinita Hajeri

Senior Lecturer, University Of Texas at Dallas
Biomedical scientist and Secondary Science Teacher Educator


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
C 204 ( Tech Center )

1:00pm CST

(144) How Can We Provide Fresh Water to Those In Need?
How much fresh water is readily available on Earth? Participants will investigate where to find fresh water, ways to move water, and determine how to provide fresh water to those in need. Using resources from the Smithsonian and various state and national agencies, participants will design, build, and test model "pumps".

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Linscomb

Deborah Linscomb

Carolina Biological, Carolina Biological
Deborah has served science education for over 35 years as a teacher, administrator, science specialist, and author. As a Science Education specialist and Director of Science at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas, Deborah designed and implemented many engaging science... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
A 203 ( Tech Center )

1:00pm CST

(152) Make it Stick With Sciyoncé
Help students learn and recall information by adding content based music, movement, and retrieval practices. Educators attending this session will try out these highly engaging and effective strategies and then collaborate with other attendees to create their own. Participants will work with topics such as cells, taxonomy, the periodic table, atomic structure and more to learn how to "make it stick."

Speakers

Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
A 3 ( Pat May )

1:00pm CST

(155) Microwave Cake Inquiry
Getting students to ask questions is a challenge in and of itself!_x000D_
Here, challenging students to change a given recipe gives them_x000D_
a starting point, while still allowing creativity to flow. What do_x000D_
eggs do in a cake? Does the type of cocoa powder matter?_x000D_
What happens if you take all the flow out. Come explore coffee_x000D_
cup chemistry -- in a microwave oven.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor

University of Texas at Dallas
UT Dallas Master of Arts in Teaching


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
C 210 ( Tech Center )

1:00pm CST

(157) Mitosis and Socks - How does that match
In order for organisms to grow, their cells must also grow and multiply. In this activity,students will _x000D_
simulate the movement of chromosomes during cell division (Mitosis). Students will use socks to model the behavior of chromosomes during mitosis with a extension that lends into Meiosis. Throughout the activity, pay attention to the chromosome pairs and be able to determine diploid and haploid. In addition, student will be able to walk through each of the stages of cell division.

Speakers
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Jennifer Bradley

Teacher, Millsap High School


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
A 111 ( Tech Center )

1:00pm CST

(162) Reducing Paperwork Using Google Classroom Assignments
Have you begun using Google Classroom but aren't sure how to get its full benefit? After this session, participants should be able to create topics and assignments in Google Classroom; respond to, grade, and return student material; and utilize Google Classroom assignments to disseminate information to students.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Harris

Heidi Harris

5th Grade Science and Social Studies, Richardson ISD
I am in my 18th year of education, primarily teaching 5th grade science, though I have also taught 4th and 6th grade as well as social studies, math, reading, and writing.


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
A 113 ( Tech Center )

1:00pm CST

(166) Science is LIT(eracy) with Socratic Seminars!
Are your science literacy lessons "lit"?  In this session we will be exploring strategies to incorporate science literacy in your classroom in both student- and teacher friendly approaches. The cornerstone strategy in this workshop will be Socratic seminars for science, which might be my absolute favorite student-led lesson! I will provide you with templates, discussions, and planning opportunities/materials to increase reading, writing, speaking, and listening in science! The goal when you leave the workshop is to have ready-to-implement strategies for engaging lessons that improve literacy and learning in your secondary classroom.

Speakers
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Morgan Mee

Biology Teacher, Ennis ISD


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
A 4 ( Pat May )

1:00pm CST

(167) Science PD That Actually Works
There is something magical about walking into a science classroom where genuine teaching and learning is occurring. Unfortunately, research shows that only about 1/3 of teachers feel well prepared to teach science.   Join us for an unforgettable hands-on experience as we dive into the HOW of teaching science and share information on our customized campus and district professional learning partnership plans.


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
D 2 ( Pat May )

1:00pm CST

(171) STEM Rangers  - Are you looking for a Science Night Solution?
We are making SCIENCE NIGHTS easy to plan and organize!  If you missed the STEM Rangers event at CAST - or - if you attended and would like to learn more about the STEMscopes STEM Ranger program, please attend this session! Whether you are looking for a great resource for community nights, after school programs or great summer camp activities, this could be your solution!

Speakers
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Ashley Mathis

STEM consultant, Accelerate Learning
STEMscopes, STEM Consultant and Trainer


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
A 103 ( Tech Center )

1:00pm CST

(178) The Sun, Earth, Moon System: Observations, Models, and More!
Why is understanding the ‘why’ of lunar phases challenging for students of all ages? Why is doing authentic observations of the moon important? How are day and night related to the phases of the moon? How can you find the moon in the daytime sky? Come explore lunar phases and more with space scientist/educator Dr. Mary Urquhart. You’ll also receive free TEKS-relevant classroom-ready resources, including the Lunar Phase Wheel developed by Dr. Urquhart at UT Dallas!

Speakers
avatar for Mary Urquhart

Mary Urquhart

Associate Professor and Department Head, The University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Mary Urquhart is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Texas of Dallas, and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Physics. She holds degrees in Physics and Geophysics... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
C 208 ( Tech Center )

1:00pm CST

TEKS Review Update - Presented by STAT
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Saturday February 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
D 3 ( Pat May )
  Workshop

2:15pm CST