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Friday, March 2
 

8:00am

IB meets the NGSS
Join us as we look at ways to include NGSS-style instruction and the SEPs into the upper-level IB courses.  This also can apply to other flavors of upper-level, non-state required courses, such as AP! 

Presenters
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Donna Hertel

Portage Northern High School
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Colin Killmer

Portage Northern High School
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Michelle Mason

Chemistry Teacher, Portage Northern High School
I teach chemistry and IB chemistry...I'm a Target Inquiry alumni too! I'm also an affiliate member of the MSTA Board, representing Chemistry teachers.
avatar for Kathy Mirakovits

Kathy Mirakovits

Teacher, Portage Northern High School



Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Michigan 1 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

The Lake Michigan Food Web: What did the Lampreys do?
Hands-on activity creating the original Lake Michigan Food Web and an analysis of the effect of the Sea Lamprey and subsequent DNR interventions.

Presenters
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William Hodges

Holt High School
Biology/Zoology teacher | 26 years experience | MAEOE (Michigan Alliance of Environmental and Outdoor Educators) member and at-large director.


Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

8:00am

Building a Summer Science Field course
Hudsonville offers an elective field course for incoming seniors in geology and biology. 26 students and 2 teachers travel to the Western U.S. visiting and camping in many of our National Parks.

Presenters
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Chris Bolhuis

Hudsonville High School
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Dario Lirio

Hudsonville High School


Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

8:00am

Earth System Science Resources to Use on Monday! Free from NOAA to You!
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers a wide array of free educational resources for K-12 teachers. Data analysis activities, climate science materials, elementary earth science lessons, weather activities...NOAA has what you need for rich, robust science. Find out more...plus free posters and books while they last!

Presenters


Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Capitol 1 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

Teaching about Floods Using Extreme Weather Events
Extremely intense rainfall in Langley, Arkansas in 2010 resulted in 20 deaths. Using classroom ready materials we examine the details of the flood and compare to potential events in Michigan.

Presenters
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Steve Mattox

Grand Valley State University
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Nickolaas Vlietstra

Grand valley State University
Grand Valley State student in the Graduate Teaching Certification program. I am currently student teaching at Spring Lake High School where I teach sophomore Earth Science and freshman Biology.



Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting Room 202 Lansing Center

8:00am

How to start an AP environmental science course (and love it too!)
This presentation will cover the basics of starting an AP environmental science course from scratch. We will collaborate together and come away with a plan to start new or improve existing courses. Come for a collaborative session and some giveaways! Participate through this Google Doc. https://tinyurl.com/y7bbarz3

Presenters
avatar for Chris Groenhout

Chris Groenhout

Teacher, Grandville High School
I love to discuss AP Environmental Science, Educational Technology, and Scuba Diving!
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Karina White

Biology and AP Environmental Science Teacher, Jenison High School


Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Michigan 3 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

An Administrators Guide to the New Michigan Science Standards through the lens of Phenomenal Science (curriculum) & 3DSPA (assessment)
This presentation will include information regarding the shift to the new Michigan Science Standards including curriculum, assessment, instructional strategies, and applications for teacher observations through the lenses of Phenomenal Science and Three-Dimensional Science Performance Assessment tasks

Presenters
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Jennel Martin-Powell

Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
avatar for Darcy McMahon

Darcy McMahon

Program Director at Science/Mathematics/Technology Center, Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
Looking forward to connecting with others about Phenomenal Science and Three Dimensional Science Performance Assessments
avatar for Matthew Samocki

Matthew Samocki

Science Curriculum and Assessment Project Manager, Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
Contact Matthew Samocki using the following contact information: | Email: samoc1mj@cmich.edu | LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewsamocki | Phenomenal Science K-5 Curriculum: http://phenomscience.weebly.com/ | 3DSPA 3-12 Assessment: http://3dsciassessment.weebly.com/



Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting Room 201 Lansing Center

8:00am

Creating 3D Learning: Modeling, Argumentation and Explanation in your classroom through NGSX study groups!
Come learn more about NGSX and why it is important for you and your colleagues as a way to learn how to bring the Michigan Science Standards to your classroom!

Presenters
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James Emmerling

Director, Genesee Area Math/Science Center
Project Based Learning, Curriculum Resources, Partnerships, NGSS/MSS, MMSCN, NGSX, 3D Learning


Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Banquet 1 Lansing Center

8:00am

Incorporating STEM into the Classroom
Bringing STEM into the classroom by involving students in engineering design to solve a real-world problem gives students the opportunity to apply CCCs and DCIs as well as demonstrate NGSS SEPs. .

Presenters
avatar for Gary Curts

Gary Curts

Activate Learning
For the past 18 years Gary Curts has worked with It's About Time's Professional Development Department as one of their Implementation Consultant/STEM Specialists and has been instrumental in helping support many teachers across the USA who have implemented that curricula or are focusing on STEM... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting Room 103 Lansing Center

8:00am

Making Grades More Meaningful
Learn about one teacher's quest for more meaningful grading practices, gaining strategies immediately transferable to your classroom. Perfect for those seeking field-tested alternatives to common grading procedures.

Presenters
avatar for Brian Langley

Brian Langley

Novi High School



Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting Room 204 Lansing Center

8:00am

Science Talk
Students experience science but also productive talk to make sense of what they have learned. Experience a middle school lesson that includes strategies and resources to use in classrooms tomorrow.

Presenters
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Katherine Armstrong

Delta Education
RD

Roxane Dupuis

Delta Education
KS

Kathleen Schutter

Delta Education


Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting Room 101 Lansing Center

8:00am

Supporting Early Literacy Development and the Michigan Science Standards
Using the Early Literacy Documents from the Michigan Department of Education, participants will experience a model science lesson and look for evidence on how science supports early literacy.

Presenters
avatar for Wendi Vogel

Wendi Vogel

Science Consultant, Kent Intermediate School District
I am a former middle school teacher turned Science Consultant for Kent County in the Grand Rapids area. I run the @NGSS_tweeps twitter account and have a passion for science education. I am also the Michigan-SELA President.



Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Banquet 2 Lansing Center

8:00am

Updates from the Michigan Department of Education and the DTMB
Do you have questions about teacher certification and changes to the highly qualified rules? Curious about the M-STEP? Are you wondering what opportunities for grant funding are available? If so, this session is for you. Unable to join us for this timeslot and have burning questions? Come find us at our booth in the exhibit hall!

Presenters
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Rashell Bowerman

Consultant, MDE
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Jill Griffin

MDE
Dr. Griffin’s current work includes work with schools to close the achievement gap through the statewide African American Student Initiative (AASI).  The work through the AASI includes providing cultural proficiency leadership, training, and networking opportunities.  Much of her work is focused on providing equitable and accessible learning opportunities for each-and-every student in Michigan... Read More →
avatar for Megan Schrauben

Megan Schrauben

Executive Director, MiSTEM Network, DTMB
Megan holds a B.S. in physics and mathematics education from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Applied Science from Michigan Technological University. During her tenures at these institutions her passion for integrated instruction grew out of research internships at CER... Read More →
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TJ Smolek

Michigan Department of Education



Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Capitol 4 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

“Our Teaching Experiences:” Learning to Recognize our Students’ Expertise with an NGSS-aligned Middle Grades Engineering Curriculum
A hands-on presentation focused on researchers and local teachers' experiences using an engineering unit aimed to support all learners in the NGSS engineering practices of defining problems and designing solutions.

Presenters
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Selena Bliesener

Lansing Public Schools
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Marcos David Gonzalez-Flores

Michigan State University
Doctoral student in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education at Michigan State University
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Christina Restrepo Nazar

Michigan State University
Doctoral  candidate in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education at Michigan State University
AC

Angela Calabrese Barton, Ph.D.

Professor of Teacher Education, Michigan State University
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Kathleen Schenkel

Michigan State University
Doctoral student in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education at Michigan State University


Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Michigan 2 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

Health in Our Hands: Using online simulations to explain phenomena
Experience free, online, classroom-ready simulations to engage students in scientific practices to explain a phenomenon. We will demonstrate how to use a structured, guided, open framework to scaffold student investigation.

Presenters
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Idit Adler

CREATE for STEM Institute/ Michigan State Universtiy
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Renee Bayer

CREATE for STEM Institute/ Michigan State Universtiy
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Darlene McClendon

Eisenhower Elementary/Flint Community Schools



Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Banquet 5 Lansing Center

8:00am

Phenomenal Unit Plan
Hear how we have used phenomena to start our unit and are guiding students to ask questions to build the storyline of a unit. Students are keeping track of the questions they create and evidence they gain to generate a working model of the concept being taught in a template. We will go through one unit to show our process. Handouts and access to files will be shared.

Please visit our website for additional handouts and examples! 
https://scienceedenthusiasts.weebly.com/ 

Presenters
avatar for Kristy Butler

Kristy Butler

Teacher, Forest Hills Central High
Education & Science
avatar for Patti Richardson

Patti Richardson

Teacher, Forest Hills Central High School
Biology education, student centered learning



Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Banquet 4 Lansing Center

8:00am

Using Our National Parks to Blend Curriculum
Do you struggle with creating engaging place-based education opportunities for your students? Join us as we share with you how we designed PbE experiences with our National Parks.

Presenters
avatar for Gabe Knowles

Gabe Knowles

4th Grade Teacher, Whitehall District Schools
I am an elementary teacher by trade and outdoor enthusiast with a background in science and mathematics. I also come equipped with over a decade of experience working for the National Park Service and United States Geological Survey in outreach education and environmental steward... Read More →
avatar for Noelle Knowles

Noelle Knowles

University Field Coordinator, Grand Valley State University
Not long ago, I would have described myself as 'INdoorsy" but then I met Gabe; he invited me out west to explore the National Parks and that's when everything changed; I found myself knee deep in a Colorado stream studying macro invertebrates with a National Park Science kids' c... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Regency 1 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

Teaching Science when you don’t know diddly-squat
What is the answer? Who cares? You don’t need all the answers to teach science. You simply need an inquisitive mind and a willingness to investigate. It’s all about the questions!

Presenters
avatar for Tracy D'Augustino

Tracy D'Augustino

Extension Educator, Michigan State University Extension
I'm interested in increasing science literacy across Michigan through engaging youth in and with their communities to solve local issues. Part of the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative network since 2006 doing Placed-based Stewardship Education.



Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Capitol 2 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

Yeah, Buoy! (Buoyancy Demos)
Presenter will share a variety of tried and true demos/activities that engage students and help them build a functional understanding of buoyancy.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Paddock

Jonathan Paddock

Clarkston Jr. High School



Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Governor Lansing Center

8:00am

Schoolyard BioBlitz: Connecting Citizen Science to the Classroom
Engaging students in hands-on learning with meaningful connections to the classroom is a proven way to reach students.  In this session we will look at how to plan a Bio-Blitz which fits your school and look at lessons which bridge the gap between field and classroom.  Participants are encouraged to download the iNaturalist App before hand.

Presenters
avatar for Gabrielle Likavec

Gabrielle Likavec

Environmental Education Outreach and Teacher Consultant, Michigan Geographic Alliance
I am a newly converted environmental educator who is passionate about bringing hands on and inquiry based learning to students!
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Lisa Marie Tobin

University Center Gaylord


Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Regency 2 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

Mastering the Chemical Formula
If a student does not fully understand the chemical formula, then moles, reactions, and stoichiometry are hopelessly confusing. Join us for intuitive lessons for all students to master the formula.

Presenters
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Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.


Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 104 Lansing Center

8:00am

Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning in Action
Join HMH author, Marjorie Frank, as she leads us through a learning experience that breathes life into science literacy skills using the CER method.

Presenters
avatar for Ann Pearson

Ann Pearson

Content Specialist, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
I am currently a Content Specialist for Science with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, but my background is as a high school science teacher. I have taught both in a traditional classroom and in an online setting and I have experience writing curricula for Biology, Astronomy, and course... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 102 Lansing Center

8:00am

Digital Data Nuggets - real research, real data, real classrooms
Students struggling with data? Digital Data Nuggets are free NGSS-aligned resources that help students ask their own questions, explore digital platforms, and utilize reliable sources of LTER data. Hands-on demonstration. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops to demo the resources presented. 

Presenters
avatar for Marcia Angle

Marcia Angle

Teacher Consultant, Kellogg Biological Station/Michigan State University
I am a recently retired science teacher (of 33 years) that has the opportunity to stay active in science education through NSF monies and Data Nuggets.
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Melissa Kjelvik

Kellogg Biological Station/Michigan State University
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May Lee

Michigan State University
avatar for Elizabeth Schultheis

Elizabeth Schultheis

Kellogg Biological Station/Michigan State University


Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 205 Lansing Center

8:00am

How to See What Your Students are Thinking: Student Modeling and the NGSS
In this workshop, participants will engage in many activities designed to make student thinking visible through modeling, and other strategies. Science and engineering practice two asks students to design and use models that are explanatory and predictive. This workshop will provide resources for participants to shift their classroom practice from students using models, to students engaging in the practice of modeling. Participants will also learn how to use student models and other visible thinking artifacts as part of assessing student understanding. All participants will leave with goody bags and activities that can be used in class the following day.

Presenters
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Jim Clark

Next Gen Science Innovations
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Samantha Johnson

Next Gen Science Innovations



Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Banquet 3 Lansing Center

8:00am

Make Your Elementary Science Phenomenal! Understanding Phenomenal Science Instructional Strategies in Grades 3-5
Investigate the instructional strategies embedded in this comprehensive FREE elementary science curriculum aligned to MSS. Teachers will leave empowered to implement several strategies from revised 3-5 units with students.

Presenters
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Jennel Martin-Powell

Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
avatar for Darcy McMahon

Darcy McMahon

Program Director at Science/Mathematics/Technology Center, Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
Looking forward to connecting with others about Phenomenal Science and Three Dimensional Science Performance Assessments
avatar for Matthew Samocki

Matthew Samocki

Science Curriculum and Assessment Project Manager, Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
Contact Matthew Samocki using the following contact information: | Email: samoc1mj@cmich.edu | LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewsamocki | Phenomenal Science K-5 Curriculum: http://phenomscience.weebly.com/ | 3DSPA 3-12 Assessment: http://3dsciassessment.weebly.com/



Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Banquet 6 Lansing Center

8:00am

A Mi-STAR Lesson: Patterns and Cause & Effect
Participate in fun, three-dimensional activities you can use to introduce your students to Patterns and Cause & Effect! Experience how students can use these CCC’s to investigate phenomena. Lesson plans provided.

Presenters
avatar for Jean Buller

Jean Buller

Walled Lake Community Schools
avatar for John Gregg

John Gregg

K-12 Math/Science Coordinator, Walled Lake Community Schools



Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Banquet 7 Lansing Center

8:00am

MEECS - Ecosystems and Biodiversity
This unit provides students with a better understanding of ecosystems by examining how organisms interact with their environment. An additional set of materials explores concepts related to biodiversity.

Presenters

Friday March 2, 2018 8:00am - 11:45am
Capitol 3 Radisson Hotel

9:00am

Weaving Stories Throughout Your Biology Course Using HHMI Biointeractive Resources
Experience how HHMI Biointeractive short films and activities provide engaging stories to weave throughout your life science courses. Stories facilitate students making connections across multiple units. Numerous examples shared!

Presenters
avatar for Mark Eberhard

Mark Eberhard

AP Biology & Biology Teachers, St. Clair High School
32 years in the classroom | Ambassador for HHMI Biointeracitve | Facilitator for BSCS/NABT Regional Biology Teacher Academy | Writing team for College Board's Pre-AP Biology Course



Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Banquet 4 Lansing Center

9:00am

Aerial Exploration of Environmental Study Sites, Using Kites, Cameras and Other Sensors
Take a look at your environmental study site from 150 meters above ground level. STEM presentation from NASA’s AREN Project and the GLOBE Program.

Presenters
avatar for Jeff Bouwman

Jeff Bouwman

Shumate Middle School
Proud husband & father. Science Teacher @ Shumate Middle School & Adjunct Professor @UM_Dearborn. and Citizen Scientist. Lets talk WeatherSTEM, GLOBE, CoCoRaHS, SMAP, ICESat-2, the AREN Project, the Salmon in the Classroom Project, and the Lake Sturgeon in the Classroom Project... Read More →
avatar for David Bydlowski

David Bydlowski

Science Consultant, Wayne RESA
I am a part-time Science Consultant at Wayne RESA. I am also the Principal Investigator of the AREN Project, a NASA CAN Award from 2015 - 2020. I am also the host of the Middle School Science Minute Podcast, which you can listen at: http://k12science.org
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Andy Henry

Wayne RESA


Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Banquet 1 Lansing Center

9:00am

Merging High School Geology with NGSS
High school geology classes need to align with NGSS. We will share course models and resources and discuss ways to match SEPs, CCCs, and DCIs with classroom and fieldtrip content.

Presenters
CB

Chris Bolhuis

Hudsonville High School
SM

Steve Mattox

Grand Valley State University
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Ashley Meyer

Hamilton High School
CS

Claire Sobolak

Grosse Pointe South High School
BS

Brad Stevens

Zeeland High School


Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

9:00am

Incorporating Science Practices into STEM Classrooms: Design and Assessment
Learning science is not just learning facts and equations; it is learning how to do the work of science. Learning science is about learning how science is done, what tools and processes are used, and how scientists go about their work. Scientists design experiments, collect and analyze data, and build mathematical and computer models of phenomenon. They work on teams - discussing processes and procedures, collectively deciding on the best course of action, and reviewing their missteps and mistakes. By and large, university STEM classrooms have not always instructed students in these approaches to doing science - termed science practices. At Michigan State University, we have designed introductory and advanced physics courses that incorporate these science practices into the instruction. In this talk, I will present how these courses have been designed and the ways in which we assess students in these courses. Additionally, I will address issues of growth and sustainability.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Danny Caballero

Dr. Danny Caballero

Michigan State University


Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 201 Lansing Center

9:00am

Making Sense of Science Through Notebooks
Students (and Conference Participants) use notebooks, as all scientists do, to make sense of their learning. Receive strategies and resources that can be used in classrooms tomorrow.

Presenters
KA

Katherine Armstrong

Delta Education
RD

Roxane Dupuis

Delta Education
KS

Kathleen Schutter

Delta Education


Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 101 Lansing Center

9:00am

Health in Our Hands: A free life science middle school curriculum
“What Controls My Health?” is a free, classroom-ready curriculum about gene-environment interactions using diabetes as the phenomena. Here’s an overview of this NGSS-aligned, project-based learning unit accessible online.

Presenters
IA

Idit Adler

CREATE for STEM Institute/ Michigan State Universtiy
avatar for Renee Bayer

Renee Bayer

CREATE for STEM Institute/ Michigan State Universtiy
DM

Darlene McClendon

Eisenhower Elementary/Flint Community Schools



Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Banquet 5 Lansing Center

9:00am

Using Wildlife CSI to Teach Claim, Evidence, Reasoning
Crime Scene Investigation is a great way to teach Claim, Evidence, Reasoning writing. Learn how to incorporate wildlife crime scenes taught at the Academy of Natural Resources into your curriculum.

Presenters
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Becky Durling

Young Fives Teacher, Williamston Community Schools
I currently teach Young Fives at Discovery Elementary in Williamston, MI, with over 15 years of experience in a variety of early childhood settings. I am pursuing my Environmental Education Certification through the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEO... Read More →
avatar for Jon Gray

Jon Gray

Lake Orion Community Schools



Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 204 Lansing Center

9:00am

Online Formative Assessment Tools in Science
Learn to use quick and easy online formative assessments tool in order to gauge the pulse of the class.

Presenters
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Ranya Croitori

McIntyre Elementary
CH

Catherine Hamilton

Science Teacher, Adlai Stevenson Elementary School



Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Michigan 2 Radisson Hotel

9:00am

Becoming a Certified Environmental Educator
Discover the requirements for earning an environmental educator certification (EEC) through the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). The EEC closely follows state standards and national guidelines (www.maeoe.com).

Presenters
CF

Cindy Fitzwilliams-Heck

Ferris State University & Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education


Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

9:00am

Inquiry-based Introduction to Gel Electrophoresis
Participate in a hands-on electrophoresis lab to teach key principles in alignment with NGSS. MiniOne Electrophoresis System can be used over an entire school year or scaffolded over multiple grade levels.

Presenters
avatar for Richard Chan

Richard Chan

MiniOne Systems
With decades of experience in the biotech industry, I recognized there is a tremendous need to inspire the next generaion of scientists via education. I founded MiniOne Systems to specifically design and supply lab equipment and lab kits so that educators can bring real-world, ha... Read More →
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Mindy Lee-Olsen

MiniOne Systems


Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Michigan 3 Radisson Hotel

9:00am

Make Your Elementary Science Phenomenal! Understanding Phenomenal Science Instructional Strategies in Grades K-2
Investigate the instructional strategies embedded in this comprehensive FREE elementary science curriculum aligned to MSS. Teachers will leave empowered to implement several strategies from revised K-2 units with students.

Presenters
JM

Jennel Martin-Powell

Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
avatar for Darcy McMahon

Darcy McMahon

Program Director at Science/Mathematics/Technology Center, Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
Looking forward to connecting with others about Phenomenal Science and Three Dimensional Science Performance Assessments
avatar for Matthew Samocki

Matthew Samocki

Science Curriculum and Assessment Project Manager, Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
Contact Matthew Samocki using the following contact information: | Email: samoc1mj@cmich.edu | LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewsamocki | Phenomenal Science K-5 Curriculum: http://phenomscience.weebly.com/ | 3DSPA 3-12 Assessment: http://3dsciassessment.weebly.com/



Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Michigan 1 Radisson Hotel

9:00am

Structuring Discussion to Be Equitable and Rigorous

Per NGSS, learning is a social endeavor supported by collaborative and communicative norms, which requires teachers to examine and support K–12 students’ ways of articulating, making sense of, and evaluating each other’s ideas.


Presenters
avatar for Diane Wright

Diane Wright

Professional Development Facilitator, Activate Learning
Diane Wright has been an educator for over 40 years. She has both a Bachelor’s and Master of Arts in Education. She began her career in public education, teaching learning disabled and emotionally impaired middle school students. She then transitioned into teaching elementary a... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 103 Lansing Center

9:00am

The Coaching Connection: Supporting Best Practice Science Instruction
To support the vision of quality Science instruction, a coaching structure is essential. Engage in how to structure a coaching plan that outlines the critical skills necessary for Science instruction.

In this session participants will walk through the coaching process from setting focused instructional goals, identifying skills necessary for implementation, to providing support and feedback to teachers in their classrooms. This type of coaching structure is designed to assist teachers in the successful implementation of instructional strategies that align with the Michigan Science Standards and NGSS.


Presenters
avatar for Mary Burke

Mary Burke

Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency
I am in my second year of employment for Kalamazoo RESA as a Science consultant. Prior to holding this job I was a middle school science teacher and instructional specialist/coach for Vicksburg Community Schools for 20 years.



Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Banquet 2 Lansing Center

9:00am

Three-Dimensional Assessment Writing Workshop
The new Michigan Science Standards challenge our current assessment thinking and processes. Join this session to experience part of the process used to create the new M-STEP science assessment. Participants will learn about assessment design processes, task features, and methods for eliciting three-dimensional thinking from students. Examples of classroom tasks will be shared and analyzed to stretch our understanding of three-dimensional assessment.

Presenters
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TJ Smolek

Michigan Department of Education


Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Capitol 4 Radisson Hotel

9:00am

Science Talks
Promote science talks among your students in a class and between classes. Bring out the misconceptions and help your students learn to have an academic discourse with one another.

Presenters
avatar for Noreen Habana

Noreen Habana

Science Teacher, Bad Axe High School
I currently teach Earth Science, Intro to Physics and Chemistry, and STEAM. I also coach our new VEX robotics teams. I've been trained in Constructing Physics Understanding and Chemistry Modeling, and have been using the program's pedagogy in all the courses I teach. Last scho... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 202 Lansing Center

9:00am

Seeing is Believing: Physics Demonstrations to Energize Your Classroom
What are the best demos for your classroom? In this new workshop, we have selected the most effective combination of demonstrations to help you illustrate a wide variety of physics concepts, including Newton's laws of force and motion, light, sound, and color science.

Presenters
avatar for Don Pata

Don Pata

Grosse Pointe North High Schools


Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Capitol 2 Radisson Hotel

9:00am

Hands-on with virtual nuclear research
With the digital game "Isotopolis" and dedicated lesson plans, you can introduce your students to the world of rare isotopes (and world-class research at MSU)!

Presenters
avatar for Zachary Constan

Zachary Constan

NSCL Outreach Coordinator, Michigan State University
Research, teaching, science careers, nuclear science, astrophysics, astronomy
avatar for Rich Lund

Rich Lund

Secondary Science Education, St. Johns High School
High School Chemistry and Physics Teacher | Science Olympiad Coach | Science belongs to everyone, and I try to make that message clear on the YouTube Channel, MrLundScience.



Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Governor Lansing Center

10:00am

Coffee 101 with BIGGBY® COFFEE
Coffee has a variety of flavors that are unique to the bean and origin of growth! This presentation is a coffee cupping demonstration set up as a lab experiment. Coffee cupping is beneficial because it will help participants determine differences in taste and quality of coffees varietals, the ability to describe the flavors of coffee, and to determine product preferences. Participants will be introduced to the coffee cupping techniques including tasting and describing flavors of coffee as well as hypothesizing about the origins of the coffee samples.

Presenters
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Nikki Walsh

Assistant Manager of Process, BIGGBY COFFEE
HZ

Heather Zink

Process Coach, Biggby Coffee
I have worked in the coffee industry for over three years as either a barista, or more recently with BIGGBY COFFEE HQ! I work to help train staff in stores, however, I have a great passion for quality coffee and sharing great coffee with others!


Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

10:00am

Observe, Investigate and Enjoy! A tour of free, NGSS aligned, classroom activities.
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies worked with curriculum coordinators, teachers and biologists to create a hands-on suite of free, online activity guides to focus on field investigations and observation skills. Explore a few with the DNR's Education Specialist.

Presenters
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Natalie Elkins

Michigan Department of Natural Resources


Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 204 Lansing Center

10:00am

Super Protection from Superbugs: the Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance
Antibiotic resistance is a public health crisis requiring everyone to be better "stewards" of antibiotics. Learn about a NEW, FREE program/lesson plan designed to teach middle school students about antibiotic resistance, how to prevent infection and the right way to use antibiotics. Fun and engaging activities are integrated to reinforce the concepts. Come talk to us about having a "MARR Ambassador" visit your classroom!

Presenters
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Katelin Anderson

Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident, Munson Medical Center
I am a second year Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident at Munson Medical Center. As a longitudinal rotation I have been working with the Michigan Antibiotic Resistance Reduction Coalition (MARR) to create a middle school lesson plan on antibiotic resistance.
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Elaine Bailey

Executive Director, Michigan Antibiotic Resistance Reduction Coalition
I am a pharmacist who has devoted their career to insuring that antibiotics are prescribed and used appropriately. Antibiotics save lives but any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is a public health cri... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 201 Lansing Center

10:00am

Let's Debate
Looking for a way to get students involved in every day issues? Have them debate the issue!
Learn how to creat a realistic forum to debate relevant science topics.
Topics include Nuclear Power, Air Pollution Limits, GMOs, Acid Rain, etc.   
These projects have increased student attendance, intensified student engagement and inspired amazing student growth!  
Come learn the ropes and watch your students soar!!

Presenters
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Yvonne Coogan

Garden City High School
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Jane Culp

Chemistry Teacher, Garden City High School



Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Banquet 6 Lansing Center

10:00am

A Science Teacher in a Math Classroom
Hear students say something like, “This is supposed to be math, not science"? Discover some of the ways to integrate science and math to create a more robust experience.

Presenters
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Sarah Murphy

Dr. Benjamin Carson High School


Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Regency 2 Radisson Hotel

10:00am

Creating System Thinkers --- Transforming Student Illustrations into Scientific Models
Explore how to transform simple student illustrations into scientific models that can test ideas and make predictions about systems. Support and resources for model development included!

Presenters
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Jessica Ashley

Oakland Schools
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Michael Gallagher

Oakland Schools



Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Banquet 1 Lansing Center

10:00am

Easy Tech Tools to Facilitate Discussion/Reflection
Sometimes getting our students to engage in productive scientific discussion or reflection can be difficult. We’ll talk about easy-to-use tech tools that give your students voice while helping them think like scientists.

Presentation Slides Link

Presenters
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Alaina Sharp

Science Teacher/Technology Coach, Jackson County ISD
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Dan Spencer

Western High School
Dan is a self-professed nerd who teaches physics at Western High School in Jackson, and a former #TeamJXN Technology Integration Specialist. He constantly tests his wife's patience by interrupting movies and TV shows to tell her "I could use that in my physics class!". Throughout... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Michigan 2 Radisson Hotel

10:00am

It's Phenomenal!
One definition of phenomena is "a fact or event of scientific interest susceptible to scientific description and explanation". Experience phenomenal events through a long-standing research-based program. Resources included.

Presenters
KA

Katherine Armstrong

Delta Education
RD

Roxane Dupuis

Delta Education
KS

Kathleen Schutter

Delta Education


Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 101 Lansing Center

10:00am

Virtual Field Trips with Google Expeditions
Come experience virtual reality science field trips and learn how to use them to effectively instruct and enhance three-dimensional learning in this hands-on workshop.

Presenters
avatar for Ann Pearson

Ann Pearson

Content Specialist, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
I am currently a Content Specialist for Science with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, but my background is as a high school science teacher. I have taught both in a traditional classroom and in an online setting and I have experience writing curricula for Biology, Astronomy, and course... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 102 Lansing Center

10:00am

Secondary Teachers of Science as Agents of Change: An NGSS Approach to Understanding the Environmental Impacts of Everyday Decisions
Our choices of consumer goods, clothes, food, appliances, modes of transportation all impact the environment. We will take a 3-dimensional, multidisciplinary approach to understanding these impacts and making informed decisions.

Presenters
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Joyce Parker

Michigan State University
JR

Jane Rice

Michigan State University



Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Capitol 1 Radisson Hotel

10:00am

Electromagnetic Spectrum & Radioactivity
The Electromagnetic spectrum will come alive with illustrations to help your students better understand this part of our universe. The ultra-violet and gamma ray parts will be highlighted with examples and demonstrations.

Presenters
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Kevin Dehne

Delta College/MESTA


Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

10:00am

Grab their Attention with Gizmos!
Gizmos are a sure-fire student engagement strategy. Students perform virtual experiments, analyze data and take ownership of their own learning. We want to share our success after almost three years of using this amazing program!

Presenters
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Diana Markley

Stevenson Middle School
Julie Parks and I have been 7th grade teaching partners since 2014. We have both taught for Wayne-Westland Schools for 25+ years. Collaborating and designing lessons together makes us both stronger teachers, and our students have reaped the rewards. Gizmos give our students the o... Read More →
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Julie Parks

Stevenson Middle School


Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Regency 1 Radisson Hotel

10:00am

Protein Synthesis and Mutations with magnetic beads
Holt HS Biology case study approach will be shared with a detailed activity with magnetic beads where students create protein sequences with and without mutations as part of a Sickle Cell Anemia baby case study.

Presenters
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William Hodges

Holt High School
Biology/Zoology teacher | 26 years experience | MAEOE (Michigan Alliance of Environmental and Outdoor Educators) member and at-large director.
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Heather Peterson

Biology/AP Biology/Botany Teacher, Science Dept. Chair, Holt High School
I love teaching through a case study approach where students ask questions to drive the learning. I have taught biology for 26 years and AP Biology through this method and to first year biology students for 2 years. I have coached Science Olympiad for 26 years and I am also the... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Banquet 4 Lansing Center

10:00am

One in a Million
Walk away with some effective ways to teach the structure of an atom. Using the Lab-Master, user friendly spectrophotometer, explore how light interacts with dyes. Good foundation lab NGSS HS-PS4-4

Presenters
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Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.


Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 104 Lansing Center

10:00am

Phenomenal Tools for MSS Chemistry and Physics Instruction and Assessment
Experience MSS-aligned Chemistry and Physics units designed to increase student engagement. Explore samples of curriculum materials featuring: investigating real world phenomena, free interactive modeling tool, and MSS aligned assessment items

Presenters
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Cameron Cochran

Washtenaw International high School
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Deborah Peek-Brown

Education Specialist, CREATE for STEM at MSU
K-12 Project-based Learning | NGSS | MSTA
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Israel Touitou

Michigan State University/Create for STEM



Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Banquet 5 Lansing Center

10:00am

Integrating Technology into Science-Based STEM with the 5E
Balancing hands-on with digital investigations is an integral part of observing phenomenon, gathering evidence, and justifying conclusions. Join us to see this balancing act work toward student achievement gains.

Presenters
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Karen Kudla

Retired Teacher, Oxford Community Schools
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Ken Wester

STEMscopes


Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 205 Lansing Center

10:00am

A Mi-STAR Lesson: Comparing Engineering Solutions with a Decision Matrix
Try out a simple tool that you can use to introduce your students to engineering! Learn how students use this tool to compare solutions. Aligns with MS-ETS1-2. Lesson plans provided.

Presenters
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Tony Matthys

Michigan Technological University
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Stephanie Tubman

Michigan Tech / Mi-STAR


Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Banquet 7 Lansing Center

10:00am

What did they say? Student Discourse and the NGSS
In this workshop, participants will engage in multiple strategies designed to illicit rigorous academic conversations in class. Students need discourse skills and strategies in order to construct explanations and argue from evidence. The ability to communicate effectively supports all of the other the science and engineering practices. Participants will leave with strategies they can implement in their classroom the next day.

Presenters
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Jim Clark

Next Gen Science Innovations
SJ

Samantha Johnson

Next Gen Science Innovations



Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Banquet 3 Lansing Center

10:00am

MSTA Garage Sale
Come explore all the great stuff to support your science classroom at the MSTA Garage Sale!  We are located on the first floor of the Lansing Center next door to Meeting Room 101.  

Friday March 2, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
Garage Sale (Coat Room)

11:00am

What's in the Woods?
Bears, cougars, wolves? Come get the latest information, population estimates and management techniques involving Michigan wildlife. Up-to-date, science-based information that will resonate with your students.

Presenters
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Kevin Frailey

Michigan DNR


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 204 Lansing Center

11:00am

Forestry and Forest Ecology for Elementary and Middle School
Turn a local forest into an outdoor classroom with forestry/forest ecology techniques such as diameter measurement, mapping, forest density estimation, biomass estimation, canopy cover measurement, and more.

Presenters
avatar for Michael LeValley

Michael LeValley

Education Coordinator, Isabella Conservation District
As the Education Coordinator for the Isabella Conservation District, I present up to 400 classroom/outdoor programs each year. Since the 2009-10 School Year, I have presented more than 2,500 programs to over 50,000 students. Outside of work, I sit on the board of directors for... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

11:00am

Chemistry Phenomenons to Kick Start Your Units
Have you been searching for a hook or anchor to provide your students with a common experience prior to starting a new unit? This presentation is for you.

Presenters
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Jaime Hainer

Grosse Pointe North High School
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Kristy Lee

Grosse Pointe North High School



Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Capitol 4 Radisson Hotel

11:00am

A Long Walk to Water - A Cross-Curricular Unit
Join us to learn about a cross-curricular unit based on the book "A Long Walk to Water." The science is focused around weather and water in Michigan and South Sudan. We will talk about the connections in language arts and social studies. See our presentation at https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XpCaiwmFgXfAvKGEd2bq27ccddLIleTJcZi_N3dqXak/edit?usp=sharing

Presenters
avatar for Shawn Knaack

Shawn Knaack

Middle School Teacher, Quincy Middle School
As a teacher of 25 years, I feel that in order to be the best you can be you need to keep learning and growing. Recently that has included work on NGSS implementation, curriculum writing, 3D assessment writing and cross-curricular integration of science. I am excited to learn an... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 202 Lansing Center

11:00am

A Teacher Friendly Version of the Stratigraphic Column of Michigan
We will share a classroom-ready rock column of Michigan and ways to connect to the geology, fossils, tectonics, and geologic history of the state.

Presenters
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Conner Frymier

Grand Valley State University
SM

Steve Mattox

Grand Valley State University


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

11:00am

#gettingsciencedone -- Citizen Science
It is all about getting science done with students. Use CoCoRaHS and the GLOBE Observer app as a starting point for students collecting data on precipitation, clouds, mosquitoes and more.  The presention is available on the embedded link:
http://bit.do/gettingsciencedoneMSTA2018
 

Presenters
avatar for Jeff Bouwman

Jeff Bouwman

Shumate Middle School
Proud husband & father. Science Teacher @ Shumate Middle School & Adjunct Professor @UM_Dearborn. and Citizen Scientist. Lets talk WeatherSTEM, GLOBE, CoCoRaHS, SMAP, ICESat-2, the AREN Project, the Salmon in the Classroom Project, and the Lake Sturgeon in the Classroom Project... Read More →
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David Bydlowski

Science Consultant, Wayne RESA
I am a part-time Science Consultant at Wayne RESA. I am also the Principal Investigator of the AREN Project, a NASA CAN Award from 2015 - 2020. I am also the host of the Middle School Science Minute Podcast, which you can listen at: http://k12science.org
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Andy Henry

Wayne RESA


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Capitol 1 Radisson Hotel

11:00am

Accountable Talk in the Science Classroom
Ever feel like your classroom is a scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off... "Anyone, Anyone?" Come explore strategies to increase higher order thinking and student engagement through student led discourse.

Presenters
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Amanda Iocoangeli

Teacher, Custer Elementary School/ Monroe Public Schools
DJ

Danielle Jozwiak

Custer Elementary School/ Monroe Public Schools
CR

Carlie Rzepa

Monroe Middle School/ Monroe Public Schools
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Vanya Steel

Arborwood Elementary School/ Monroe Public Schools



Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Michigan 1 Radisson Hotel

11:00am

Lesson Planning with NGSS: The 5E Instructional Model
SEPs, DCIs, CCCs…Oh My! How do you even begin to write lessons using the NGSS?! Come get some help using the 5E Instructional Model.

Presenters
avatar for Ann Pearson

Ann Pearson

Content Specialist, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
I am currently a Content Specialist for Science with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, but my background is as a high school science teacher. I have taught both in a traditional classroom and in an online setting and I have experience writing curricula for Biology, Astronomy, and course... Read More →
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Kelly Short

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 102 Lansing Center

11:00am

Promoting Classroom Discussions with Talk Moves
How do you get students engaged in a lesson and doing all the heavy lifting? Talk Moves will improve your classroom culture, student engagement, and student learning.

Presenters
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Minna Turrell

Secondary Science Consultant, St Clair RESA
All resources from today's session, including the classroom videos, can be found in the following Google Folder: | | https://tinyurl.com/talkmoves-msta18


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Banquet 2 Lansing Center

11:00am

Science Talk
"Doing science" is a first step, but making sense of science is just as important. Experience science lessons that include productive talk. Teaching strategies, online resources and more included.

Presenters
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Katherine Armstrong

Delta Education
RD

Roxane Dupuis

Delta Education
KS

Kathleen Schutter

Delta Education


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 101 Lansing Center

11:00am

Stop Creating Lesson Plans: Start Creating Learning Experiences
Engage your students to think and act like scientists. Come willing to transform everyday lesson plans into memorable, inquiry-based learning experiences. Leave with strategies and tools to make it happen.

Presenters
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Randy Schregardus

Van Andel Education Institute


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Governor Lansing Center

11:00am

The Voice of the Teacher - For Students, For Science, For Our Futures
As we look towards our futures, there is no doubt that we as teachers have a very strong role in shaping what is to come for our students. The challenge before us lies with the multitude of stakeholders who voice their thoughts on what our students need in order to be successful which then impacts our daily classrooms. “Don’t Make Me Use My Teacher’s Voice” is a phrase that many a teacher has used in both seriousness, as well as, lightheartedness in their career. However, “using OUR teacher’s voice” is exactly what is needed when we talk with the same stakeholders about the importance of scientific literacy, utilizing three-dimensional teaching in our classrooms, and impact that STEM fields will have on future employment opportunities. Examples of being advocates for our students, for science, and for our futures will be highlighted as we consider how we deliver the message through tenacity, leadership, and collaboration.

Presenters
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Dr. Christine Royce

NSTA President Elect 2017-2018


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Capitol 2 Radisson Hotel

11:00am

What The Heck Happened?!?!
Discrepant events always seize students’ attention, and at Educational Innovations we have some real jaw droppers. If you can make them say “Wow!” the next thing they will ask is “why?” Come join us as we explore some of our favorite student confusers. Door prizes and freebies!

Presenters
avatar for Ted Beyer

Ted Beyer

Jack of All Trades, Educational Innovations
Ask me anything about EI -- I have been with the company for 15 years, and wear many hats there - I know our products well and love to talk about them!


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 201 Lansing Center

11:00am

You've Got This - Teach More Discipline Less!
Specific, proven strategies all teachers of any grade level can use TOMORROW to effectively reduce discipline issues and increase student engagement. Proven to keep students in class and reduce disruptions to create a positive environment to learn. Also, will increase students' feelings of belonging as a valued member of class. Materials and books available to attendees. Teachers will regain lost time spent on misbehavior.

Presenters
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Jennifer Gottlieb

formerly with Grand Blanc HS, now independent


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Regency 2 Radisson Hotel

11:00am

STEM Connecting Schools and Businesses
Teaching the Michigan Science Standards using STEM principles in collaboration with area business partners to prepare our students for their future.

Presenters
avatar for Rick Mushing

Rick Mushing

STEM Consultant, Kent ISD
Rick has a background in engineering, geographic information systems, software development, and entrepreneurship. His background includes 6 years teaching Engineering and Architecture at Kent Career Technical Center, 16 years as the Vice President for a local engineering firm, an... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Regency 1 Radisson Hotel

11:00am

Invade Your Parks and Back Again!
How do you get your students outside, meet NGSS head on, plan an interdisciplinary unit and partner with your parks? Here are some fantastic and fun solutions with lesson plans!

Presenters
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Christine Kelly

MS Science, Allendale Middle School
Ask me how exciting it is to teach my students with real-world issues in outdoor and environmental science! Let's talk about the different opportunities in sustainability, science and education! After receiving my education from some of the best at MTU, CMU, WMU, and joining wi... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Michigan 2 Radisson Hotel

11:00am

A Focus on Modeling in the Phenomenon-Based Classroom
As one of the scientific practices embedded in the NGSS, developing and using models allow our students to imagine the unseen, make predictions, ask questions and develop further investigations.

Presenters
avatar for Diane Wright

Diane Wright

Professional Development Facilitator, Activate Learning
Diane Wright has been an educator for over 40 years. She has both a Bachelor’s and Master of Arts in Education. She began her career in public education, teaching learning disabled and emotionally impaired middle school students. She then transitioned into teaching elementary a... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 103 Lansing Center

11:00am

"Ready Set Go" STEM

This session is "Hands On Coding Skills." During this session, we will work with Coding and Robot Mouse. We will learn step-by-step about building mazes, collaborating, creating, and coding the robot with problem solving. We will have examples of STEM Projects. We will build a Scrub Brush Robot, and receive a take home project .
NGSS Content Standard, A Content Standard B Content Standard E
Technology Standards 9 Engineering design 11 Apply the design process


Presenters
CC

Cassandra Cayce

Cornserstone
CE

Connie Eisenhart

Guardian Angels Catholic School


Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Banquet 6 Lansing Center

11:00am

AP Computer Science Principles (Grades 10-12) and Computer Science Discoveries (Grades 6-9)
Description: AP Computer Science and Discoveries can open the door to the AP CS for all students. Come learn about this opportunity you can bring to your school by becoming an AP CS teacher.

Presenters
avatar for Kathy Surd

Kathy Surd

Mason-Lake Oceana Mathematics and Science Center
Are you interested in Computer Science? We have opportunities to help students learn computer science from Kindergarten - 12th Grade. This can be done at essentially no cost. Students all over Michigan are already using Code.org to help students learn about computer science... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Banquet 1 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Michigan Predator Prey Project
One of North America's largest research studies on the impacts of predators on prey populations is going on in Michigan! Learn about the study and find out how to use some of the data in your science classes.

Presenters
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Kevin Frailey

Michigan DNR


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 204 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Aquaponics in the Classroom
Discover how aquaponics can drive a practical  understanding of biological & environmental science concepts. Give your students the opportunity to design, engineer, construct and manage either simplistic or complex systems with minimal expense (possibly with materials you already have around your classroom).

Presenters
JH

Jeremy Hyler

Fulton Schools
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Jeremy Winsor

High School Life & Earth Science Teacher, Fulton Schools



Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Moving from Learning Read and Write to Reading and Writing to Learn: Literacy Strategies in the Science Classroom
Experience a lesson from Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology (IQWST®) that draws on the most recent research on literacy learning in the context of science.

Presenters
avatar for Diane Wright

Diane Wright

Professional Development Facilitator, Activate Learning
Diane Wright has been an educator for over 40 years. She has both a Bachelor’s and Master of Arts in Education. She began her career in public education, teaching learning disabled and emotionally impaired middle school students. She then transitioned into teaching elementary a... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 103 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Partnering with the Michigan Nature Association in a Place Based Education Opportunity.
Information on how Addison High School has been partnering with the Michigan Nature Association to educate and offer hands on experience in the protection of their community sanctuary.

Presenters
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Rachel Maranto

Stewardship Coordinator, Michigan Nature Association
Rachel is responsible for overseeing stewardship activities, volunteers, and staff at MNA’s sanctuaries in the Lower Peninsula. She has been working for volunteer-focused conservation organizations in various capacities for her entire professional career, which has led her fro... Read More →
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Aaron Wesche

Science Teacher, Addison High School
I am a high school science teacher that believes in getting kids outside and doing science. We have students making maple syrup, starting honey bee hives, and spend time running our greenhouse. We have partnered with Michigan Nature Association to start a place based education... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 202 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Sensory Activities for Early Learners: lessons you can use tomorrow!
Do you need a lesson for your elementary class to use tomorrow? Are you searching for a way to get your students outside exploring nature! Then this is the session for you!

Presenters
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Becky Durling

Young Fives Teacher, Williamston Community Schools
I currently teach Young Fives at Discovery Elementary in Williamston, MI, with over 15 years of experience in a variety of early childhood settings. I am pursuing my Environmental Education Certification through the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEO... Read More →
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Natalie Elkins

Michigan Department of Natural Resources



Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

1:00pm

3 Dimensional Learning in Middle School Modeling Instruction
What does middle school modeling instruction look like with 3 Dimensional Learning and discourse.

Presenters
avatar for Nell Bielecki

Nell Bielecki

Anderson Middle School
Hi! I am teacher at Anderson Middle School in Berkley and have been teaching for 18 years. I currently teach 7th grade Earth Science and 8th grade Introductory Physics using Modeling Instruction. Over the last few summers, I've served as an Aspiring Modeling Facilitator for Mo... Read More →
avatar for George Nelson

George Nelson

8th Grade Science Teacher, Lundahl Middle School
Greetings, I am an 8th Grade Science Teacher in Crystal Lake, Il. I have been teaching Middle School Physical Science for 9 years. I have been using Modeling Instruction for the last 5 years to align myself with NGSS. I have spent the last 3 summers presenting on Middle School Mo... Read More →
avatar for Scott Stokes

Scott Stokes

Bemis Jr. High
AW

Andrea Williams

Orchard Lake Middle School


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 201 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Curriculum Connections - ELA & Science in Elementary
Are you looking for ways to connect your Science with ELA standards? In this presentation you will see K-5 classroom examples of how you can deepen learning through cross curricular connections.  Classroom examples will be shown and ideas you can use right away will be shared! 

Presenters
avatar for Amy Quinn

Amy Quinn

1st Grade Teacher & Science Coach, Gretchko Elementary



Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Banquet 6 Lansing Center

1:00pm

District Science Leader Round-table: High School Course Sequence Sharing
Share your district's thinking and hear what other districts are doing.

Presenters
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Heather Robotham

Wyoming Public Schools
avatar for Wendi Vogel

Wendi Vogel

Science Consultant, Kent Intermediate School District
I am a former middle school teacher turned Science Consultant for Kent County in the Grand Rapids area. I run the @NGSS_tweeps twitter account and have a passion for science education. I am also the Michigan-SELA President.


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Banquet 2 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Family Engineering & Design Thinking Night
Engaging students and families with dynamic, hands-on activities appropriate for 3 year olds up to 10 year olds. Materials are readily available, inexpensive and easy to set up. Use in your classroom or create a fun evening for the whole school.

Presenters
avatar for Diana Matthews/Lisa Morgan

Diana Matthews/Lisa Morgan

Elementary Science Teachers, Detroit Country Day School
We are passionate about makerspaces, elementary science, and design thinking!
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Lisa Morgan

Detroit Country Day School


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 101 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Find the Fund$ for STEM
Champagne dreams for your classroom but stuck with a Mt. Dew budget? Learn tips and tricks for successful grant writing to build the STEM programs you know will impact your students.

Presenters


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Regency 1 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

Middle School Share-a-thon
Calling all middle school teachers! This engaging session will offer lessons, activities, games, and freebies designed for middle school classrooms by those in the trenches.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Tate

Susan Tate

Whitehall Middle School
My passions are environmental topics such as protecting our freshwater resources, ocean health, the polar regions, and climate change. I have been involved with the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative for 10 years, so I'd love to chat with you about how to engage students through... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Michigan 2 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

Summer isn't just for suntans. It is for Research too!
Find out ways to involve your students in summer research opportunities, and you as well.  Help them expand their potential now and for their futures.  Furthermore, connect your own summer research experiences to your classroom in the fall!  As an extension, the AP Capstone program will be discussed to even further student research opportunities. Science fairs will be discussed (ISEF, etc) as an outlet for student research, and RET's for you.

Presenters
avatar for Marty Buehler

Marty Buehler

Hastings High School
avatar for Connie High

Connie High

Delton Kellogg High School



Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Regency 2 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

Teaching Science: The Next Generation
Phenomena, engineering and Science Practices, OH, MY!! How do you even start? Take this opportunity to learn more about the NGSS and take home new classroom activities to use.

Presenters
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Todd Koenig

Science Content Specialist, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
I am a skilled, passionate, and results-driven education technology sales professional with twenty one years of experience both in and out of the classroom. My background related to Education, Technology, and Professional Development Training and Sales. I have extensive understan... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 102 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Wait, What? There’s a New Science Assessment?!?
Learn how to navigate the uncharted waters of the new M-STEP science assessment. TJ will provide information about the assessment implementation timeline, structure of the assessments, blueprints, and answer questions regarding the state science assessment.

Presenters
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TJ Smolek

Michigan Department of Education


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Capitol 4 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

Healthy Grading: A Moral Imperative
If you're dissatisfied with your current grading procedures and looking to make your grades more meaningful this session is for you.

Presenters
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Don Pata

Grosse Pointe North High Schools


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Capitol 1 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

Health in Our Hands: Using the Driving Question Board to explain phenomena
Experience the Driving Question Board, a classroom tool that serves as an organizer for students’ thinking as they explain phenomena. We will use Type-2 diabetes to demonstrate use in class.

Presenters
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Idit Adler

CREATE for STEM Institute/ Michigan State Universtiy
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Renee Bayer

CREATE for STEM Institute/ Michigan State Universtiy
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Darlene McClendon

Eisenhower Elementary/Flint Community Schools



Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Banquet 5 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Integrating Chromebook with Vernier Technology
In this hands-on workshop, you will use Chromebooks with various Vernier sensors to investigate biology, chemistry, and physics concepts.

Presenters

Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 205 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Mathematizing Biodiversity: Using Species Accumlation Curves to Measure Biodiversity
Actually perform a simulation of the lab that takes students outside to collect insect data to make a species accumulation curve to measure the biodiversity of a habitat.

Presenters
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William Hodges

Holt High School
Biology/Zoology teacher | 26 years experience | MAEOE (Michigan Alliance of Environmental and Outdoor Educators) member and at-large director.
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Heather Peterson

Biology/AP Biology/Botany Teacher, Science Dept. Chair, Holt High School
I love teaching through a case study approach where students ask questions to drive the learning. I have taught biology for 26 years and AP Biology through this method and to first year biology students for 2 years. I have coached Science Olympiad for 26 years and I am also the... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Banquet 4 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Photosynthesis and Respiration Shuffle
Address your students' misconceptions about photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Using a computer simulation, a hands-on activity, and notebooking and discussion strategies, extend student thinking all from LAB-AIDS SGI Biology Program.

Presenters
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Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.
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Shannon Mareski

Grand Blanc High School


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room 104 Lansing Center

1:00pm

A Mi-STAR Lesson: Got a Problem? Yo, I’ll Solve It!
Participate in a design competition that uncovers the importance of well-defined criteria and constraints to having a successful solution. Aligns with MS-ETS1-1. 3D Classroom-tested lesson plan provided.

Presenters
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Lisa Ogiemwonyi

Rochester Public Schools
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Monica Wyrwicz

Rochester Public Schools


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Banquet 7 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Engage Students to Think, Communicate, and Act Like Scientists!
Through hands-on investigations, discover the role of science talk and journaling that supports the rigors of the Michigan Science Standards. Leave with lessons and strategies you can use right away!

Presenters
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Jan Huff

Van Andel Education Institute
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Randy Schregardus

Van Andel Education Institute


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Capitol 2 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

Taking Flight with Children's Literature
Regardless if science is taught in a classroom, at home, or outdoors, in a formal or informal setting; a trade book can be a source of inspiration, curiosity or information for children. A good story can serve as a catalyst for future questions, ideas, and learning opportunities. With that in mind, teachers can capitalize on the use of trade books by maximizing instructional time and allowing trade books to serve as a bridge between many different skill and content areas. Join us as we examine strategies, engage in activities, share trade books, and provide examples of varying ways to integrate science content with children’s trade books. Throughout the session we will connect some featured and favorite trade books to certain literacy strategies in order to help students learn science content.

Presenters
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Dr. Steve Rich

University of West Virginia
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Dr. Christine Royce

NSTA President Elect 2017-2018


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Banquet 1 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Learning Labs at the Detroit Zoo
Discover how the Detroit Zoo can bring learning to life through hands-on, inquiry-based experiences that meet state science standards.

Presenters
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Akilah Franklin

Detroit Zoological Society
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Claire Lannoye-Hall

Curator of Education, Detroit Zoological Society


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Michigan 1 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

Lloyd's Toolbox of Engineering Ideas & Activities
In this presentation we will be looking at the engineering design
process and how to teach engineering in a variety of grade levels.
We will also look at ways to help students become more aware of
various engineering careers. Many lesson plans and resources will
be provided. Also, please come ready to share any engineering
resources that you have.

Presenters
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Lloyd Hilger

Hanover Horton Schools


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Michigan 3 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

May the Force Be With You
You'll be moved by these engaging force and motion demos. These classroom-ready activities include the Stunt Car Lab (inspired by the movie Speed), the famous Monkey-Hunter "problem." the vertical versus horizontal acceleration demonstration, a simple way to prove "g" is always the same, and subjecting an unsuspecting teacher to a ride on the Human Dynamic Cart.

Presenters
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Dale Freeland

Physics Teacher, Portage Central High School
I have enjoyed teaching physics to students. Often, using the right piece of equipment can make a big difference in student understanding. I enjoy learning from other teachers as they explain their units and use of equipment. | I am very active as a Science Olympia... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Governor Lansing Center

1:00pm

Creating Three-Dimensional, Equity-Based Tasks for an NGSS Classroom.
The NGSS requires teachers to design activities that make all standards accessible for all students. Participants will engage with a variety of tasks that have multiple entry points, challenge and engage all learners, as well as foster meaningful group collaboration. We will take a deep dive into climate change highlighting the crosswalk between earth and space sciences and other disciplines. A variety of global change phenomena will be used to engage participants in a three-dimensional lesson.  While the Understanding Global Change (UGC) curriculum, developed by scientists at UC Berkeley, will drive the lesson, the main focus will be on equitable teaching practices that create opportunities for all students to learn.  Even with a well-thought out and perfectly executed lesson, it is still a tremendous challenge to engage all students. This workshop will provide strategies to both design and implement authentic tasks to help address that challenge.

Presenters
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Jim Clark

Next Gen Science Innovations
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Samantha Johnson

Next Gen Science Innovations



Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 3:45pm
Banquet 3 Lansing Center

1:00pm

MEECS - Energy Resources
Investigate a broad array of topics such as electricity generation, renewable and nonrenewable energy resources, energy conservation, and sustainability.

Presenters

Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 4:45pm
Capitol 3 Radisson Hotel

2:00pm

Setting the Stage for Doing Science in Chemistry
We discuss ways in which we set the stage in our chemistry classes during week one for students to experience the expectations of an NGSS chemistry class.

Presenters
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Colin Costello

Hartland High School
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Kate Hagerman

Chemistry Teacher, Hartland High School
I teach AP Chemistry, Honors Chemistry and Organic Chemistry at Hartland High School.



Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Capitol 4 Radisson Hotel

2:00pm

Bat Conservation in Your Classroom
Discover the roles bats play in global ecosystems. Meet live bats and understand how environmental changes impact bat populations and learn how to protect them.

Presenters
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Aja Marcato

Organization for Bat Conservation


Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room 201 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Cultivating Classroom Culture for New(er) Teachers
The culture we create in our classrooms helps shape student growth. Explore methods to developing your classroom culture in a way that encourages students' academic, social and behavioral growth.

Presenters
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Elizabeth Michaels

Biology Teacher, Grosse Pointe North High School
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Rebecca Murawski

Teacher of Biology and Special Education, Grosse Pointe North High School


Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Michigan 2 Radisson Hotel

2:00pm

Curriculum Review for 3-Dimensions
How can districts, buildings, or departments plan and carry out investigations to evaluate 3-dimensionally aligned curricula? We will describe the process Wayne County teachers used to produce data for analysis. Slide show link: https://goo.gl/gh22eY

Presenters
avatar for Richard Bacolor

Richard Bacolor

curriuclum consultant, Wayne RESA
Middle School science teacher for 20 years in South Redford, Mi. Currently Science Education Consultant serving 33 school districts in Wayne County. 3D Science Advocate for all students.
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Wendi Vogel

Science Consultant, Kent Intermediate School District
I am a former middle school teacher turned Science Consultant for Kent County in the Grand Rapids area. I run the @NGSS_tweeps twitter account and have a passion for science education. I am also the Michigan-SELA President.



Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Banquet 2 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Making Science Real with Problem Based Learning
Science is about more than just content and vocabulary. Science is about using creativity, communication, and collaboration to solve problems. This workshop will engage teachers in hands-on activities to show how bringing problem based learning into the science classroom leads to more engaged students, more meaningful learning, and better outcomes.

Presenters
avatar for Chuck McMillan

Chuck McMillan

National Science Specialist, Pearson
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Paul Meyers

Middle and Northern Michigan Manager, Pearson


Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room 205 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Student Drivers - Driving Question Boards empower students to figure out what they really need to know and how they will get there
DQBs within storylines enable students to see that they can and will answer questions that matter to them. Students are authentically engaged in discussions and investigations while answering these questions.

Presenters
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Holly Hereau

Thurston High School
Holly Hereau is a biology and environmental science teacher at Thurston High School in Redford, Michigan, and at Macomb Community College, in Warren, Michigan. She is currently training to become an NGSX facilitator and is a new member of Achieve, Inc.’s, Science Peer Review Pa... Read More →
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Wayne Wright

Science Teacher, Thurston High School
Wayne Wright is an NGSS enthusiast! As a 9 year science teacher Wayne recognizes that this shift in the NGSS mindset has revolutionized his own classroom and how students experience science. Since diving into NGSS Wayne has given a talk at MIStemTalk17, has presented at the Scien... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room 102 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Successful STEM Techniques in Elementary Classrooms
A 4th grade lesson on energy that demonstrates scientific thinking and reflection of phenom, while using student centered scientific discussion and application of concepts in the elementary STEM classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Michele Bielby

Michele Bielby

STEM Coordinator, Dieck Elementary
I have been the STEM Coordinator at Dieck Elementary for 5 years. On a daily basis I work with students, teachers and administrators. With a STEM classroom, STEM lab, and Makerspace in our building I work to create an environment that is engaging for students and functional for t... Read More →
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Kelly Swales

Elementary Teacher, Dieck Elementary Swartz Creek Community Schools
I have been teaching 4th grade for 16 years. I have a Bachelor's Degree from University of Michigan, and Masters Plus 30 from Marygrove College and Fresno Pacific University. I have been teaching the NGSS standards for the past 5 years, and have spent many hours developing my ow... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Banquet 6 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Teaching Students about the Brain: How I’ve Learned to View Neurodiversity
Through a student centered course on neuroscience I have come to view learning differences and neurodiversity in a more positive light that empowers students. This session will present information on some of the less discussed advantages of learning differences while sharing the format and goals of the course. Mental health and wellness educational topics will also be included along with how the course has helped to destigmatize seeking mental health care amongst students.

Presenters
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Laura Panek

Biology Teacher, The Roeper School
I have been teaching biology to gifted students at The Roeper School for 18 years. In addition to teaching both introductory and AP level biology I teach an elective in Neuroscience. My background is in biology and my research investigated the evolution of social behaviors in s... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Salmon in YOUR Classroom
Learn about the MI DNR's acclaimed "Salmon in the Classroom" program. Attendees will learn all about the history of salmon in Michigan, about the SIC program, curriculum connections, fun sample activities and more information about how to join the program.

Presenters
avatar for Tracy Page

Tracy Page

Aquatic Education Coordinator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Salmon in the Classroom | and | Aquatic Invasive Species Enrichment Activities



Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room 204 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Transition from one Dimensional GLCE's to Three Dimensional NGSS
Having been taught and then teaching in one style of pedagogy, we are confident and comfortable. Now, the rules have changed! The new system not only dictates what students must know, but in addition it also includes the skills they must posses. Not only is are they new expectations, but there is more to the NGSS. This presentation is a "how to" transition your science teaching from traditional lesson plans into NGSS lesson planning.

Presenters
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Andrew Frisch

Farwell High School
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Duncan Gervin

Farwell High School


Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Regency 2 Radisson Hotel

2:00pm

Thematic Science Fairs - Using Scientific Inquiry to Increase Environmental Literacy
A thematic science fair offers students an authentic opportunity to engage in the process of science and real-world problem solving. Learn how to plan an event that emphasizes scientific inquiry and increases environmental literacy of your school community.

Presenters
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Bridget Booth

Middle School Science Teacher, St. Thomas Aquinas School / MAEOE
I am a happily married mother of two boys who lives and plays in East Lansing. I've been teaching middle school science for the last 12 years but got my start in education at Woldumar Nature Center in Lansing, where I worked as the program director. The work I did there fostere... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Project-Based Inquiry Science™ (PBIS): Creating “Coherence and Science Storylines” for Middle School
STEM learning requires integration! Powerful questions and coherent storylines help solve the integration challenge. .


Presenters
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Mary Starr

Michigan Math and Science Centers Network


Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room 103 Lansing Center

2:00pm

K-8 Teachers as Agents of Change: NGSS and the Environmental Impacts of Using Natural Resources
Earth's spheres provide us with resources we need - water, air, food, fuels, minerals. Our use of resources impacts Earth. Using NGSS's three dimensions we'll explore how to minimize these impacts.
What's In Your Lunch?
Using 3-D Science Learning, We will explore how our lunch choices impact the Earth and what we can do to minimize these impacts.

Presenters
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Laura Markham

Michigan State University
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Jane Rice

Michigan State University



Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Regency 1 Radisson Hotel

2:00pm

Teaching with the Big Ideas in Mind
Join us for an interactive session on using the Big Ideas in Earth Science to drive your science lessons. There will be hands-on activities and materials that can be used immediately in the classroom.

Presenters
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Kristin Kiebler-Green

Western Middle School
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Joe Showerman

Western Middle School
I am a seventh and eighth grade science teacher at Western Middle School in Parma, Michigan. This is my 7th year of teaching. I attended Central Michigan University where I earned a double major in mathematics and integrated science and a minor in middle level education. Teach... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 202 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Making sense of phenomena by using a free online modeling tool
In this workshop we will present a free online modeling tool designed to engage secondary students in building and using scientific models to make sense of phenomena.

Presenters
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Tom Bielik

CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University
LK

Li Ke

CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State Universirt
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Consuelo Morales

Research Associate, CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University
Consuelo Morales is a Research Associate with the CREATE for STEM Institute working on modeling and assessment projects. With a background in biological sciences. she has 9+ years’ experience working in secondary science education at the middle school, high school, and universi... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Banquet 5 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Effectively engaging youth in the process of science
Tips, tricks and activities designed with the research based best practices to help formal and informal science educators more effectively engage youth in the process of science.

Presenters
avatar for Tracy D'Augustino

Tracy D'Augustino

Extension Educator, Michigan State University Extension
I'm interested in increasing science literacy across Michigan through engaging youth in and with their communities to solve local issues. Part of the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative network since 2006 doing Placed-based Stewardship Education.
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Norm Lownds

Associate Professor, MSU Extension



Friday March 2, 2018 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 101 Lansing Center

3:00pm

Tools for thinking about assessment for the new MSS. - MSELA
What does three dimensional assessment mean? Join us to consider and evaluate different assessment questions to determine if they are one, two or three dimensional

Presenters


Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Banquet 2 Lansing Center

3:00pm

Boatload of Biology
Join us as we share a boatload of biology activities, lessons and labs that you can use in your classroom tomorrow. Inquiry focused and NGSS aligned. Handouts and resources given!

Visit our website for the full year model, storyline units, and lesson plans.

https://scienceedenthusiasts.weebly.com/ 

Presenters
avatar for Kristy Butler

Kristy Butler

Teacher, Forest Hills Central High
Education & Science
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Patti Richardson

Teacher, Forest Hills Central High School
Biology education, student centered learning



Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Banquet 4 Lansing Center

3:00pm

Microbes ate my underwear!
Is the soil in your schoolyard healthy? A field of fertile soil contains more microorganisms than all the humans living on Earth! Uncover the mystery of soil organisms and see what happens when we bury undies to learn about the secrets of soil biodiversity. In this session, we will review a lesson plan and activity where 100% cotton underwear is buried in the soil and after a few weeks the underwear is recovered to determine the microbial activity in the soil. The more the underwear is decomposed over the course of the experiment, the more active the soil microbial community. This lesson plan and activity not only introduce the importance of soil microbiota, but also cover the importance of soil health in feeding a growing world population. If you are looking for an exciting way to get students outside and excited about soil, this activity is captivating, fun and can be modified for all ages. And of course anything that involves underwear is going to be a hit!

Presenters
HK

Heather Kittredge

Kellogg Biological Station
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Misty Klotz

Community Outreach Assistant, Kellogg Biological Station
I have been working in environmental education from 2002 to present and currently work with 1-5 grad students and with the KBS k-12 teacher professional development programs via The KBS K-12 Partnership that provides teachers in-depth exposure to research topics in environment... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

3:00pm

Invaders in Your Classroom: Resource Kits to Teach About Aquatic Invasives
Asian Carp...Red Swamp Crayfish...Snakehead - just some of the aquatic invasive species that your students might hear about. Join the DNR's Aquatic Education Coordinator to gain fun activities and a resource kit to use in discussions with your students about these important topics.

Presenters
avatar for Tracy Page

Tracy Page

Aquatic Education Coordinator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Salmon in the Classroom | and | Aquatic Invasive Species Enrichment Activities



Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 204 Lansing Center

3:00pm

Elemental Fictions: Storytelling and Narratives in Introductory Science
We present student responses in two introductory science classes when they were assigned socio-historical narratives from a chemical element's perspective. The session will make connections to current science standards.

Presenters
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Mark Benvenuto

University of Detroit Mercy
PV

Prasad Venugopal

University of Detroit Mercy


Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Capitol 4 Radisson Hotel

3:00pm

Explore Hands-On Science for Elementary Students at Impressions 5
Join us at Impression 5 Science Center for an interactive workshop that allows us to explore hands-on science for younger elementary students. Engage in the lessons learned from a program Impression 5 delivers, the Big Science Lesson, that are customer built by teachers and the staff of Impression 5, integrating and weaving NGSS standards and generating an inquiry-based lesson. Receive lesson examples used to engage learners in engineering principles at the science center. After the workshop, teachers are encouraged to stay and explore the science center.  Impression 5 is located down Museum Drive, a 3-minute walk from the Lansing Center. To locate Impression 5 please look for the Dreamer Sculpture right outside the Lansing Center and walk down Museum Drive, please enter via the city-side entrance and check in at admissions.

Presenters
MB

Micaela Balzer

Impressions 5
TD

Toni Daymon

Impression 5


Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Impressions 5 200 Museum Dr, Lansing, MI 48933, USA

3:00pm

Flipping with Ease
Bring your computers and learn to flip lessons with ease. From the novice with technology to the pro, learn how two teachers learned to flip their lessons for maximum student achievement. Leave with strategies that can be implemented in your classroom immediately.

Presenters
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Adam Alster

Renaissance High School - Detroit Public Schools Community District
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Cynthia Bridges

Renaissance High School - Detroit Public Schools Community District



Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Michigan 2 Radisson Hotel

3:00pm

Get Students Asking THEIR OWN Questions
Need ideas to get students to ask their own questions, develop
inquiry skills, and improve dialogue? Walk away with strategies that
can be used with any grade and content area.

Google Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10n1wdiZ5ac2xM_vJTUMA56pO2BxUl9cS51dGfz_CRBI/edit#slide=id.g73649cc87e81c832_0



Presenters
avatar for Katie Stevenson

Katie Stevenson

4th Grade Teacher, Fisher Elementary School



Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Banquet 6 Lansing Center

3:00pm

Make Your K-5 Science Phenomenal! An Introduction to Phenomenal Science Units
Come discover this revised comprehensive science curriculum for K-5, written by teachers for teachers. Units are aligned to MSS and available for free. Opportunities for involvement will be shared.

Presenters
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Jennel Martin-Powell

Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
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Darcy McMahon

Program Director at Science/Mathematics/Technology Center, Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
Looking forward to connecting with others about Phenomenal Science and Three Dimensional Science Performance Assessments
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Matthew Samocki

Science Curriculum and Assessment Project Manager, Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
Contact Matthew Samocki using the following contact information: | Email: samoc1mj@cmich.edu | LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewsamocki | Phenomenal Science K-5 Curriculum: http://phenomscience.weebly.com/ | 3DSPA 3-12 Assessment: http://3dsciassessment.weebly.com/



Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Banquet 7 Lansing Center

3:00pm

Making It Real... Cheap!!
This session will include a variety of quick and engaging phenomena that can be done for little or no cost. Online resources with interactive simulations, short videos, and activities will also be included.

Presenters
DG

Darrick Gregory

Instructor, STARBASE- Battle Creek
JH

Julie Hahn

Parchment Middle School
JH

Jodi Heaney

Parchment Middle School


Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 102 Lansing Center

3:00pm

One Crime Scene; 100 Students! Oh my!
Setting up a mock crime scene can be daunting. Learn tips and pitfalls to avoid so that your students can have the opportunity to practice forensic techniques, be challenged, and have fun.

Presenters
avatar for Kathy Mirakovits

Kathy Mirakovits

Teacher, Portage Northern High School



Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 205 Lansing Center

3:00pm

Phenomenon-first Examples in the Classroom
This session explores identification of simple demonstrations and puzzling phenomena that increase student engagement and lead them to want to discover deeper understanding. Many teachers have difficulty identifying these, but sometimes a perfect phenomenon becomes clear just by changing how you ask the question. 

Presenters
avatar for Carl Wozniak

Carl Wozniak

Associate Professor, Northern Michigan University
I am a lifelong science educator with experience in museum, high school, and university settings. I hold Michigan secondary certification in general (integrated) science, biology, chemistry, and speech.I currently teach physical science for elementary preservice teachers and scie... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 201 Lansing Center

3:00pm

Productive Talk: How to Get Students to Share Their Thinking Through Scientific Discussions
Two teachers share their experiences incorporating productive talk into K-12 science classrooms to help you navigate through your first year of implementation. Tips, tricks, pitfalls, samples, cross-curricular applications, and more.

Presenters
avatar for Katie MacDonell

Katie MacDonell

Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools
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Kelly MacDonell

Vicksburg Community Schools


Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Capitol 2 Radisson Hotel

3:00pm

Video Storylines in the Science Classroom
Get your students to show their science literacy by becoming video storytellers of their learning using key terms from the Science Standards.

Presenters
avatar for Josh Nichols

Josh Nichols

STEM Teacher, Founder of CrossBraining, Stockbridge Community Schools
Josh Nichols | | | Josh is a STEM teacher at Stockbridge Community Schools. | | Josh has taught for 20 years and approaches each lesson using Project Based Learning. Josh speaks at numerous events across the country about how to transform education using student mad... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 103 Lansing Center

3:00pm

WALLS: Water, Air, Land, Lifeand Space.
Together we will experience hands-on activities from the five spheres of my WALLS model and explore their applications to physics, chemistry, and other STEM content areas.

Presenters
DM

David Mastie

Ann Arbor Public Schools (retired)


Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Regency 2 Radisson Hotel

3:00pm

IBN-Drawing and Writing to Learn Science
Use Interactive Notebooks to help students be mindful of how their learning progresses throughout the year. Notebooks are a wonderful tool for constructing experiments, drawing diagrams, recording data, reflecting on learning.  Handouts include sample student work as well as rubrics and a few things to tape into composition notebooks.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Weise

Lisa Weise

Science Teacher, Holt Public Schools
I teach science because it's fun (also it's pretty much the way we save the world)! I recently started teaching engineering as well as a part of Project Lead the Way (engineers also have a shot at the saving the world thing). I like to have kids asking questions and designing e... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

3:00pm

Let's Debate!
How do we get our students to have productive discussions? By examining socio-scientific topics (like antibiotics and offshore drilling), students can develop functional scientific literacy while engaging in science content.  Giveaways!

Presenters
avatar for Kathy Agee

Kathy Agee

Science Program Coordinator, Regional Math and Science Center
I have taught science mainly at the middle school level, but also at the preschool, elementary, high school, and college level, along with teacher professional development. I have a B.S. and M.A. in biology/science education from Western Michigan University and I am a certified... Read More →



Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Regency 1 Radisson Hotel

3:00pm

RC Cars, Sensors, and Coding… Oh My!
Presenters will share their experience of working side-by-side with engineers at Central Michigan University to incorporate the NGSS in schools using remote controlled cars, block coding, sensors, and microcontrollers.

Presenters
avatar for Allison Abram

Allison Abram

Central Michigan University
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Alexandra Wagner

Central Michigan University



Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Michigan 3 Radisson Hotel

3:00pm

What does that graph show me?
What are the four most frequent relationships examined in the Physical Sciences? This session will present teaching tools to help students understand direct, inverse, exponential and inverse square relationships in the Physical Sciences. Activities in which students measure quantities and graph data points will be used. The students then choose the graph type, list a generic equation and then develop an equation specific for the graphed relationship will be illustrated. These basic graph skills will be useful in all high school science classes.

Presenters
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Dale Freeland

Physics Teacher, Portage Central High School
I have enjoyed teaching physics to students. Often, using the right piece of equipment can make a big difference in student understanding. I enjoy learning from other teachers as they explain their units and use of equipment. | I am very active as a Science Olympia... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Governor Lansing Center

3:00pm

Cell Differentiation and Gene Expression
Students often have trouble conceptualizing how selective gene expression works. In this workshop, participants will use manipulatives to teach this concept and explain how it is connected to genetic engineering.

Presenters
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Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.
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Shannon Mareski

Grand Blanc High School


Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room 104 Lansing Center

3:00pm

No Time for Science? Learn How to Integrate Reading and Writing Using the Cereal City Science Units
CCS selects science text that aligns with ELA and literacy in Science. Text and Student Journal writing provide opportunities for students to explore science while learning to read and write in content.

Presenters
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Steve Barry

Cereal City Science by Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center
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Nancy Karre

Science Educational Consultant, Cereal City Science by Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center


Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Michigan 1 Radisson Hotel

4:00pm

Doing, Thinking, Understanding: Science Performance Assessments
Three Dimensional Science Performance Assessment (3DSPA) project’s FREE science performance tasks aligned to MSS are now available. Discover results and findings, how to access the tasks, and professional learning opportunities.

Presenters
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Jennel Martin-Powell

Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
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Darcy McMahon

Program Director at Science/Mathematics/Technology Center, Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
Looking forward to connecting with others about Phenomenal Science and Three Dimensional Science Performance Assessments
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Matthew Samocki

Science Curriculum and Assessment Project Manager, Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
Contact Matthew Samocki using the following contact information: | Email: samoc1mj@cmich.edu | LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewsamocki | Phenomenal Science K-5 Curriculum: http://phenomscience.weebly.com/ | 3DSPA 3-12 Assessment: http://3dsciassessment.weebly.com/



Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room 201 Lansing Center

4:00pm

Focus on Figuring Out – Grade 4 (Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning)
Participants will explore classroom resources that support student use of science and engineering practices, literacy and mathematics, collaboration and discourse as they figure out phenomena aligned to Grade 4 MSS(NGSS).

Presenters
avatar for Susan Codere

Susan Codere

MSU CREATE for STEM, MSU CREATE for STEM
The Multiple Literacies team is excited to share our work with our science education colleagues. Ask us for more information about the ML-PBL Grades 3 - 5 integrated science units being developed by a team of researchers at MSU and U Mich. We'll share Field Test findings and plan... Read More →
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Joseph Krajcik

CREATE for STEM/Michigan State University
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Deborah Peek-Brown

Education Specialist, CREATE for STEM at MSU
K-12 Project-based Learning | NGSS | MSTA
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Samuel Severance

CREATE for STEM/Michigan State University



Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Banquet 5 Lansing Center

4:00pm

Solar Panels and Pool Covers: Revving UP Biology
Its time that biology gets is fair share of attention for how it can impact STEM. Come see fun ideas that help bring engineering to biology and help bring NGSS phenomenon to the biology classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Weesies

Amy Weesies

Science Instructor, Hart High School, Hart Public Schools
I love the art of science teaching. I enjoy making my classroom an experience for my students, not just another hour in the day. After teaching for 20 years I am excited about the challenges new standards bring to my daily routine. I enjoy modifying my lessons and challenging... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

4:00pm

Medicines and Me-developing a New Flu Prevention Drug
I will present an activity designed by Life Science Learning Center at Rochester University. They will be providing all of the materials for the participants. The lesson is a lab activity that explores the processes involved in developing and testing a new flu prevention drug. I have also included a "Claim, Evidence, Reasoning" component for the lesson.

Presenters
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Samantha Cree

Lawrence Jr./Sr. High School
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Cynthia Duncan

Father Gabriel Richard High School


Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

4:00pm

Community Connection Activities in Biology Classrooms
In this workshop, we’ll explore activities developed at MSU to help students make connections between what they are learning in the classroom and what is happening in the real world.

Presenters
avatar for Craig Kohn

Craig Kohn

Research Fellow & Doctoral Student, Michigan State University
Craig is a doctoral student in Teacher Education at Michigan State University and a Research Fellow with the National Science Foundation. Craig's research primarily focuses on sustainability instruction with an emphasis on science and agriscience instruction at the secondary leve... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Banquet 3 Lansing Center

4:00pm

Physical Science Phenomena for Middle School
Middle school appropriate phenomena ideas for teaching Physical Science!

Presenters
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Michelle Mason

Chemistry Teacher, Portage Northern High School
I teach chemistry and IB chemistry...I'm a Target Inquiry alumni too! I'm also an affiliate member of the MSTA Board, representing Chemistry teachers.
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Kathy Mirakovits

Teacher, Portage Northern High School



Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Governor Lansing Center

4:00pm

A New Formula? PASCO + Curriculum = PASCO education (ALL in one STEM solution for Chemistry and Physics)
PASCO scientific is now a provider of curriculum and equipment for Physics and Chemistry. Not only does this complete STEM solution meet ALL Michigan Science Standards, it includes a complete print and digital curriculum with PASCO equipment for the price of most textbooks! Attend this session and receive free access codes for both solutions for the remainder of the school year.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas

Education Consultant, PASCO scientific


Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Banquet 7 Lansing Center

4:00pm

Spandex of Gravity - Modeling the Very Fabric of Space and Time!
This activity engages students using a model to better understand and explain the concept of gravity, how gravity acts on objects in the universe and affect their motion.

Presenters
avatar for Christine Brillhart

Christine Brillhart

Science Teacher, Midland Public Schools
Educator at the secondary level for over 18 years. | Taught 7th, 8th grade general science, High school Biology, High school honors biology. | Science Olympiad Coach | Alumni of Grosse Pointe South HS, Michigan Technological University (BS) and Central Michigan University... Read More →
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Dr. Christie N. Gayheart

Science Teacher/Middle School Teacher Leader, Midland Public Schools
Education: B.S. Biology, MTU; B.S. Secondary Education, CMU; M.A. Principalship, SVSU; Ed. S. Curriculum Development, SVSU; Ed. D. Educational Leadership, CMU | | Memberships: MSTA/NSTA/ASCD | Classroom Grants/Awards/Institutes Attended: | SVSU-Dow Corning Fellow; Lowes... Read More →
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Mark Hackbarth

Midland Public Schools



Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room 202 Lansing Center

4:00pm

Bring Michigan Science Standards to Life Using Place-based Education
Use place-based education to model Michigan Science Standard concepts to explore driving questions surrounding community endeavors and provide techniques for involving students in other environmental restoration efforts.

Presenters
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Kym Pawelka

Grand Valley State University
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Amanda Syers

Grand Valley State University



Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Michigan 2 Radisson Hotel

4:00pm

Michigan Environmental Public Health Tracking - A Tool You Can Use!
MiTracking shows you how to learn about connections between health and the environment by easily accessing its data portal and running data queries. The presentation will provide background information about the Tracking Program and a demonstration of the interactive data portal.

Presenters
avatar for Jill Maras

Jill Maras

Project Manager, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Jill is the Project Manager for the Michigan Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (MiTracking), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She received her MPH from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a focus on Mo... Read More →
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Sydney Ogden

Epidemiologist, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services


Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Capitol 2 Radisson Hotel

4:00pm

Science and Engineering Practices in the NGSS
Join TCI and participate in an engaging Bring Science Alive! investigation that has your elementary students developing solutions and making sense of the natural and designed world. Participants will experience this lesson from the student perspective as they carry out investigations, build models, and learn skills to analyze and interpret data, develop solutions, and communicate their methods just like professional scientists and engineers!

Presenters
avatar for Matt Moorman

Matt Moorman

National Account Manager, TCI
I am a former middle school teacher that joined TCI as a classroom teacher consultant in 2004 and then joined the team full time in 2007 as a National Account Manager. At TCI, we recognize that every student is unique and that all students benefit from learning in different ways... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room 205 Lansing Center

4:00pm

Teaching with Technology
Get your students engaged in lessons by using a range of technology. This session will focus on Sphero balls, VR, Merge Cubes, the Qball, Power bands, and digital Breakout EDU.  I will share out my "secrets" on how I obtained some of the devices in hopes that they will work for you also!  This will be a hands on session.  I hope you can also share out technology that you have found successful in your class!

Presenters
avatar for Michelle Campbell

Michelle Campbell

5th grade, Carsonville-Port Sanilac
I've been teaching for 15 year (all in upper elementary). I have a Master's in curriculum and also in administration. My passion is providing all students with ample ways to succeed.



Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Regency 1 Radisson Hotel

4:00pm

Using 3D Learning Strategies to Improve Standardized Assessment
Learn how 3 dimensional classroom activities can be used to improve student performance on standardized assessments such as the new MI Science M-Step.

Presenters
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Karen Kudla

Retired Teacher, Oxford Community Schools


Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Regency 2 Radisson Hotel

4:00pm

Zero to STEM in 60 minutes!
Whether you're teaching STEM as a special or trying to enhance your K-5 classroom with more STEM experiences, join us to find lessons and strategies for incorporating practices and the elements of STEM in your early elementary classroom. The Science and Engineering Practices should be the backbone of STEM education at all levels. Learn how to teach the SEP to even our youngest learners.

Presenters
avatar for Crystal Brown

Crystal Brown

STEMTech Teacher, K-5, Gibraltar School District



Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Banquet 6 Lansing Center

4:00pm

Great Demos on a Small Budget
Tired of costly demonstrations and lab materials? This veteran teacher will show you how to knock the socks off your students without breaking the bank. Demos you can afford, phenomenon you'll want to demonstrate and everything is affordable! 25 demonstrations you can't afford not to try!

Presenters
avatar for Mark Sheler

Mark Sheler

Sandusky Jr/Sr High School
High School Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Chemistry and Earth Science, | Baker College of Education



Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Capitol 4 Radisson Hotel

4:00pm

ECHO: Distance Learning at the MiSci
Bring fun and engaging science lessons into your classroom from the Michigan Science Center with just the click of a link via video conferencing.

Presenters
avatar for Jeanane Charara

Jeanane Charara

Distance Learning Coordinator, Michigan Science Center
I am an elementary science teacher currently working to bring fun and interactive STEM lessons from the museum directly into classrooms via video conferencing.


Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room 103 Lansing Center

4:00pm

Ignite Your Classroom With Digital Storytelling (Featuring GoPro Cameras).
Accelerate learning and provide a window into the classroom . Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the process as well as a 45-second narrated video that you created.

Presenters
avatar for Josh Nichols

Josh Nichols

STEM Teacher, Founder of CrossBraining, Stockbridge Community Schools
Josh Nichols | | | Josh is a STEM teacher at Stockbridge Community Schools. | | Josh has taught for 20 years and approaches each lesson using Project Based Learning. Josh speaks at numerous events across the country about how to transform education using student mad... Read More →


Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room 204 Lansing Center

5:00pm

Night at the Movies - Sponsored by HHMI
Come join us for one HHMI's BioInteractive Videos!  These informative and interesting videos are engaging and perfect for use in K-12 classrooms.  Snacks and beverages provided!

Presenters
avatar for Mark Eberhard

Mark Eberhard

AP Biology & Biology Teachers, St. Clair High School
32 years in the classroom | Ambassador for HHMI Biointeracitve | Facilitator for BSCS/NABT Regional Biology Teacher Academy | Writing team for College Board's Pre-AP Biology Course


Friday March 2, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Banquet 1 Lansing Center
 
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8:00am

Turning Science Fiction Into Science Facts: A compelling project based approach using new STEM investigative techniques
Cyborgs! Human Mind Control! Sounds like Sci Fi? Think again!  It’s actual science being done in research labs around the world, and now you can do it in your classroom.  Come explore the body’s hidden electrical network that lives just below our skin and skulls: our nervous system.  This workshop will be a hands-on demonstration of open-source neuroscience tools which are appropriate for amateurs and for use in middle/high school educational programs.  We will focus on experiments that explore the neuroscience field of “electrophysiology” and will provide some background on neurons and brain function. We will highlight how to think using first principles and will highlight basic "DIY" tools to explore neurophysiology, functional electrical stimulation, micro-stimulation effect on animal behavior, neuropharmacology, even neuroprosthesis and optogenetics! Don’t worry… all these will be explained in easy-to-follow experiments.

Presenters
avatar for Greg Gage

Greg Gage

Co-Founder and Engineer, Backyard Brains
Greg Gage is the co-founder and CEO of Backyard Brains. He started the company as a graduate student with his labmate Tim Marzullo while at the Neural Engineering Lab at the University of Michigan. His first customer was the UCSD Neuroscience program. Greg is a 2014 Senior TED... Read More →
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Will Wharton

Poet and Content Development, Backyard Brains


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting Room 201 Lansing Center

8:00am

Biology Practices That Drive Thinking Forward
Explore the use of interactive biology manipulatives and engaging kits that get students figuring out biological concepts, while enjoying learning. Emphasis will be on "designed to discover" high school activities.

Presenters
avatar for Rebecca Brewer

Rebecca Brewer

Biology Teacher and Freelancer, Troy High School
I'm the Michigan director for the National Association of Biology Teacher's "Outstanding Biology Teacher Award". If you know (or are!) an amazing middle or high school biology teacher in Michigan, nominations are accepted here: https://nabt.org/Awards-2018-NABT-Award-Nomination-F... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Banquet 4 Lansing Center

8:00am

Activities for the Anthropocene
Combine history and environmental science in this hands-on session exploring how humans have shaped the earth and atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution.

Presenters
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Holly Schaeffer

Lansing Community College
link to presentation | https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Jxj-Qej66njBsuyCnTalbcVz-DvRADNr/view?usp=sharing



Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Michigan 3 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

Oh Deer! Populations, Models, and Technology
Investigate how populations of deer change on a hypothetical island, then apply this to an actual urban park and then use picture data to analyze actual deer populations. Related MSS Performance Expectations: MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5, HS-LS2-1;Science and Engineering Practices: Developing and Using Models, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions, Using Mathematical and Computational Thinking
Crosscutting Concepts:

Presenters
avatar for Rob Keys

Rob Keys

Professor, Cornerstone University
Creating models related to ecology NGSS performance expectations | Grassland bird conservation and monitoring | Dam removal and stream restoration
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Benjamin VanDyke

Cornerstone University



Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Michigan 1 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

The Triple E’s of Climate Change: Environmental Change, Epidemiology & ELISA Testing!
Transform your students thinking around assessing climate change using biotechnological techniques. Via an ELISA simulation, participants will learn to detect and correlate V vulnificus rising epidemiology with increased global temperatures

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Tamica Stubbs

Bio-Rad Laboratories


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting Room 205 Lansing Center

8:00am

Getting them Talking Constructively
Students like conversation. Let's get them talking! Tips are given during this workshop that will support you as you get your students to engage in scientific argument (without interruption).  I will be offering ideas and provide rules for engagement!  These are things I've tried during this year and am satisfied with the environment that I have established. I feel it is conducive to risk-taking and sharing by all.  I will also provide some sites and handouts that I find work best within my plans and where some of my plans have been derived.

Presenters
avatar for Mari Maltby

Mari Maltby

Carson City Crystal
My husband and I have raised five fantastically diverse children and are currently enjoying our empty nest life by traveling around the state visiting each of them. They each live in unique places and the best one of all is pictured in the photo; he lives on Mackinac Island! We... Read More →



Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Banquet 3 Lansing Center

8:00am

Claims, Evidence and Reasoning (CER) in an AP chemistry classroom.
CER can help students to develop logical arguments that showcase their thinking. Learn how to use CER to improve student reasoning and FRQ scores. Tested activities/questions will be provided.

Presenters
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Jamie Benigna

Chemistry Teacher, Roeper School
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Alice Putti

Science Teacher, Jenison High School


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Capitol 4 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

Michigan Chemistry Teachers Meeting
The MCTA is interested in creating opportunities for teachers to connect beyond the MSTA conference. Join us as we discuss the needs of Chemistry teachers in Michigan. We have great giveaways!

Presenters
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Michelle Mason

Chemistry Teacher, Portage Northern High School
I teach chemistry and IB chemistry...I'm a Target Inquiry alumni too! I'm also an affiliate member of the MSTA Board, representing Chemistry teachers.
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Mary McMaster

Allen Park High School


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Michigan 2 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

NGSS Unit Creation & Assessment
Creating learner centered, middle school, units for the Next Generation Science Standards, including lessons, mind maps, learning summaries and assessments.

Presenters
avatar for Brenda Lantinga

Brenda Lantinga

REACH Science Teacher, Battle Creek Public Schools
Brenda has been teaching for 16 years with 6 being in elementary classrooms and 10 as a middle school science teacher. For the past five years Brenda has been teaching 6th, 7th and 8th grade science in the districts gifted and talented program. Brenda has been writing curriculu... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting Room 204 Lansing Center

8:00am

Incorporating STEM into the Classroom
Bringing STEM into the classroom by involving students in engineering design to solve a real-world problem gives students the opportunity to apply CCCs and DCIs as well as demonstrate NGSS SEPs. .

Presenters
avatar for Gary Curts

Gary Curts

Activate Learning
For the past 18 years Gary Curts has worked with It's About Time's Professional Development Department as one of their Implementation Consultant/STEM Specialists and has been instrumental in helping support many teachers across the USA who have implemented that curricula or are focusing on STEM... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting Room 103 Lansing Center

8:00am

Make Any Classroom a Makerspace
Makerspaces are everywhere, from television to your public library. You can make your classroom into a makerspace without a lot of equipment or cost. All you need is the right attitude and the willingness to promote innovative thinking in your students. Come try it out for yourself in this fun hands-on workshop!

Presenters
avatar for Chuck McMillan

Chuck McMillan

National Science Specialist, Pearson
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Paul Meyers

Middle and Northern Michigan Manager, Pearson


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Banquet 5 Lansing Center

8:00am

Muffins for MSTA Members
General Membership Meeting at 8:00 Saturday morning

Presenters
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Robby Cramer

Executive Director, MSTA


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Regency 1 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

NGSS Puzzles and Mysteries: Using Phenomena in the Classroom
Phenomena help you build coherent storylines, peak student interest and get kids thinking like scientists and solving problems like engineers. Come learn how in this session!

Presenters
avatar for Ann Pearson

Ann Pearson

Content Specialist, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
I am currently a Content Specialist for Science with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, but my background is as a high school science teacher. I have taught both in a traditional classroom and in an online setting and I have experience writing curricula for Biology, Astronomy, and course... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting Room 102 Lansing Center

8:00am

Creating professional learning communities around 3D Formative Assessment
Join us as we work through some examples of formative assessment and one way to bring formative assessment feedback loops to your classroom.

Presenters
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Mary Starr

Michigan Math and Science Centers Network


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Banquet 1 Lansing Center

8:00am

Fake News in Science
Kids "learn" all sorts of things on social media and YouTube. From the more subtle pranks to ones that can cause harm, we need to be able to supply the tools they can use to identify when something is unsafe.

Presenters
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Steven Tezak

Director, STARBASE Alpena
Steven Tezak is a Director and Instructor at DoD STARBASE in Alpena, MI where he has been teaching STEM principles to students for the past five years. WIth eight years of teaching and 12 years of skilled trades background, he has a dedication to teach STEM topics as well as safe... Read More →



Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting Room 101 Lansing Center

8:00am

Mi-STAR Up and Running in Your School
Find out about Mi-STARs professional learning program and gaining access to the available Mi-STAR Units. Learn about Mi-STAR’s NGSS alignment and unit structure and the plans for creating more units.

Presenters
avatar for Doug Oppliger

Doug Oppliger

Michigan Tech / Mi-STAR
Doug has spent the past 30 years teaching math, science, and engineering at all levels from the 6th grade to graduate school. He has been helping orchestrate the development the Mi-STAR curriculum and community since 2014.
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Stephanie Tubman

Michigan Tech / Mi-STAR


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Banquet 7 Lansing Center

8:00am

Making Nasty Problems Fun!
Creating interesting and enjoyable problems can enhance the learning experience for students. Here's how I approach crafting innovative and entertaining exercises.

Presenters
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Mike Sinclair

Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

8:00am

Mysteries of Magnetism - THEMIS & MMS
Are electricity and magnetism related? Can I prove Earth has a magnetic field – without a compass? Does magnetism protect life on Earth? Learn more with activities from THEMIS.

Presenters
avatar for Cris DeWolf

Cris DeWolf

Teacher, Chippewa Hills High School/MESTA
All told, I have over 30 years in the classroom, teaching all the sciences at some point or another. The bulk of my career has been at Chippewa Hills High School, where I currently teach AP Biology, Biology, Astronomy, Earth & Space Science, and Oceanography. I have been on the... Read More →
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Lisa DeWolf

Chippewa Hills High School



Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

8:00am

Floating Trains: Phenomena, 3-D Instruction, and Amplify Science for Grades K-5
Experience how students investigate maglev trains while figuring out principles of forces and engaging in three-dimensional learning. Participants will get a hands-on dive into Amplify Science for Grades K-5, engaging with this new K-8 NGSS designed curriculum from the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Presenters
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Bill Badders

Amplify Education & The Lawrence Hall of Science


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 202 Lansing Center

8:00am

Integrating Environmental Data Analysis into your Classroom: Climate Change and Michigan’s Cherries
An interactive overview of Climate Change and the Future of Michigan Cherries. This free 4-lesson unit which allows high school students to predict how a shifting climate impacts Michigan’s cherries using scientific modeling and plant phenology. We will complete a selection of the unit's activities together, including an outdoor portion (weather permitting).

Link to Presentation
Link to curriculum website: http://climatechangeandforests.org/cherries
Link to data spreadsheet used in presentation: google spreadsheet blooming data



Presenters
avatar for Isabella Garramone

Isabella Garramone

Graduate Student in Behavior, Education, and Communication, University of Michigan
avatar for Katie Torkelson-Regan

Katie Torkelson-Regan

Graduate Student / Pre-Service Teacher, University of Michigan
Katie is a student teacher at Wayne Memorial High School in Wayne, MI and a graduate student at the University of Michigan. She is interested in place-based education, education for sustainability, collaborative learning, and working with students in urban areas.


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Regency 2 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

idk whut 2 say: teen dialogue in the classroom
Classroom discussions are a perfect place to develop students’ ability to use textual evidence alongside social skills. Using brain research, we will engage in discourse on strategies which strengthen students’ discussion skills. This is not a "sit and git" lesson.

Presenters
avatar for Rebecca Heckman

Rebecca Heckman

Science Teacher/Online Administrator, Inland Lakes Schools
*B.S. in Biological Sciences | *M.A. Teaching Biology | *Trained in Community conservation and Place-Based Education strategies | *15 years of teaching experience | *Dedicated to enthusiastic and dynamic teaching as a means of creating and nurturing lifelong learners and... Read More →



Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Capitol 2 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

“It’s Just too Hard to Explain!” - Making Sense of Phenomena by Developing and Using Models in the Elementary Classroom.
Modeling plays a critical role in developing a scientific explanation of a real world phenomenon. We will use an example to show what the modeling practice looks like in the classroom.

Presenters
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Steve Barry

Cereal City Science by Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center
avatar for Nancy Karre

Nancy Karre

Science Educational Consultant, Cereal City Science by Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Banquet 6 Lansing Center

8:00am

Newton's 2nd Law of Motion Activity, NGSS
Engineering balloon powered vehicles to introduce Newton's 2nd Law of Motion.

Presenters
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Brad Parsons

Central Michigan University


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Governor Lansing Center

8:00am

Waves
Waves transmit energy and information, join us for an activity from SEPUP Waves unit for the middle grades, newly updated for NGSS. Interaction of light will be explored.

Presenters
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Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.
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Lisa Kelp

LAB-AIDS


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 104 Lansing Center

8:00am

Energy and the NGSS
This 3 hour workshop will give participants some practice using NGSS techniques in learning the ways in which Energy is treated by the NGSS.

Presenters
avatar for Don Pata

Don Pata

Grosse Pointe North High Schools
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Laura Ritter

Troy High School


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 10:45am
Capitol 1 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

MEECS - Water Quality
Discover the essential role that water plays in Michigan’s economy and everyone’s lives. Students calculate how much water they use, investigate the link between land uses and water quality, and find out how water is monitored and standards are set.

Presenters

Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 11:45am
Capitol 3 Radisson Hotel

8:00am

MSTA Garage Sale
Come explore all the great stuff to support your science classroom at the MSTA Garage Sale!  We are located on the first floor of the Lansing Center next door to Meeting Room 101.  

Saturday March 3, 2018 8:00am - 1:00pm
Garage Sale (Coat Room)

9:00am

Using Phenomena in Biology to Give Context and Purpose for Learning
How the phenomena of maintaining homeostasis of blood glucose can drive students to discover connections between negative feedback loops, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, protein synthesis, membrane transport and organelle cooperation.

Presenters
avatar for Courtney Lutz

Courtney Lutz

Biology and AP Bio Teacher, Grand Ledge High School
I am passionate about helping students of all backgrounds engage in the field of science to their highest potential. I am excited to learn more about how the effective use of phenomena-based instruction can lead to deeper level of student understanding and elevate their exciteme... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Rydzinski

Katherine Rydzinski

MSU Teaching Intern, Grand Ledge High School/MSU
I am currently an MSU intern at Grand Ledge High School teaching 9th grade Honors Biology. I am passionate about biology, phenomena-driven science education, performative learning, and Ambitious Science Teaching (AST)! Ask me about AST, how it can be used as a framework for NGSS... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Banquet 3 Lansing Center

9:00am

Classification Can Be Fun
Hands on activities designed to walk through classification techniques and the pluses and minuses of different types of classification. Both physical and biological science related. Cheap materials involved.

Presenters
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Lu Anne Clark

faculty, Lansing Community College
Taught college for 40 years. Also some high school students. Many different courses over those years. Mostly Biology but I am now teaching Physical science.


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Regency 1 Radisson Hotel

9:00am

Teaching About Climate Change in Biology
Wondering where and how to address the new climate change standards? We will share research on student learning and free MSS-aligned curriculum for addressing climate change in high school biology.

Presenters
avatar for Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson

Kentwood Public Schools
I currently teach biology at the East Kentwood Freshman Campus. I earned a PhD in science education from Michigan State University. My dissertation was titled "Supporting Three-Dimensional Science Learning: The Role of Curiosity-Driven Classroom Discourse." | | Twitter @wend... Read More →
avatar for Christie Morrison Thomas

Christie Morrison Thomas

Michigan State University



Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Banquet 4 Lansing Center

9:00am

We've got Gall, do you?
Addresses NGSS HS-LS2-6   The goldenrod gall fly is one of the most abundant insects yet least-noticed insects in North America.  Their larvae are everywhere and provide a plethora of scientific concepts to use in your classroom.  In this session we will explore what a gall is, why are they a good food web model, dissect galls. collect data on their contents, analyze the data to published scientifc reports on the web, and contruct a scientific argument.  We will share how we use talk moves with class discussion to promote student thinking and improve our students ability to think about data and use math and construct questions. Participant will have the opportunity to practice dissecting galls and identifying their contents.  Lastly, we have been exploring some really promising ideas on we might make this even better!

Presenters
avatar for Eddie Johns

Eddie Johns

Teacher, Cedar Springs High School
This is my eighth year teaching at the high school level. For the past four years I have taught Biology and Chemistry at Cedar Springs High School. Before working at Cedar Springs I was an Academic Interventionist and teacher at Houghton Lake High School for four years.
avatar for Steve Vree

Steve Vree

Teacher, Cedar Springs High School
I have been a science teacher for 15 years. I learned about this Goldenrod Gall activity during my Ecology Lab at Western Michigan University. I have since then adapted it for use in my own high school classrooms and it has been very useful for building my students abilities in... Read More →



Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Michigan 3 Radisson Hotel

9:00am

1 Class Period+ 1 Model System + 2 Cellular Processes= Success 4 Students!
Learn how encapsulated algae can be used to investigate photosynthesis and cellular respiration within one period using one CO2 colorimetric tracking solution. Bring inquiry alive!

Presenters
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Tamica Stubbs

Bio-Rad Laboratories


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 205 Lansing Center

9:00am

Slow down to go fast? How modeling can increase student engagement through storytelling
Participants will explore how using student generated models increases depth of content understanding and student engagement through storytelling in high school science classes.

Presenters
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Mason Converse

Harper Creek High School
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Sandra Erwin

Science Teacher, Harper Creek High School
I am a high school chemistry teacher interested in how teachers are planning and implementing NGSS in their high school physical science curriculum. My current curiousity is, can we teach more deeply and be more time efficient by using NGSS instruction? I am currently working w... Read More →



Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

9:00am

Implementing NGSS 3D Learning with NASA/GLOBE Earth System Learning Progressions
Interact with three-dimensional learning experience for Earth Science: Atmosphere which incorporates GLOBE Program investigations, data collection, and NASA resources in a series of K-12 learning progressions. Handouts.

Presenters
avatar for Janet Struble

Janet Struble

Project Manager, The University of Toledo/GLOBE Mission EARTH
Our project is connecting GLOBE and NASA resources.


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 204 Lansing Center

9:00am

Rock with Your Students!
Wondering how to get students excited about seemingly unexciting lumps of matter? This session includes, attention-getting, easy to use zingers and how to easily get resources for your labs.

Presenters
avatar for Maria Gonzalez

Maria Gonzalez

5/6 Science/ Tech Support, Holy Family School


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

9:00am

3-2-1 Blast Off!
Get a burst of energy! Join Educational Innovations in this exposition of things that go bump in the day! This hands-on workshop is perfect for any elementary or middle school teacher teaching energy or Newton's Laws. Lessons, prizes & freebies!

Presenters
avatar for Diane Correnty

Diane Correnty

Teacher/Customer Service Rep, Educational Innovations


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 201 Lansing Center

9:00am

Building Solid Storylines
How do you weave student questions, phenomena, and science practices into a coherent storyline covering multiple lessons? Come get some guidance, ideas and resources!

Presenters
avatar for Ann Pearson

Ann Pearson

Content Specialist, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
I am currently a Content Specialist for Science with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, but my background is as a high school science teacher. I have taught both in a traditional classroom and in an online setting and I have experience writing curricula for Biology, Astronomy, and course... Read More →
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Kelly Short

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 102 Lansing Center

9:00am

Creating a space for the Crosscutting Concepts: from questions to explanations to assessments
The crosscutting concepts encourage students to think through ideas using distinct lenses. In this session we will explore what the CCCs are and how they can and should be incorporated in questions, explanations and assessment.

Presenters
avatar for Mary Starr

Mary Starr

Michigan Math and Science Centers Network


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Banquet 1 Lansing Center

9:00am

Scientific Argumentation: How to reason like a scientist
How to facilitate scientific discourse in your classroom; encouraging students to make sense of science concepts and phenomenon by connecting to their own life experiences and prior knowledge.

Presenters
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Samuel Langhorne

Teacher, Bay-Arenac Community High School
I am a chemistry and math teacher at Bay-Arenac Community High School. This will be my third year teaching, all of it with alternative education. I am blessed to work with educators that encourage me to continually try new things, such as presenting. I deeply believe in the Grea... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Lichtenwald

Samantha Lichtenwald

Biology and Env. Science Teacher, Bay-Arenac Community High School



Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Michigan 1 Radisson Hotel

9:00am

Biological and health student's perception about academic integrity.
Student's perception of academic integrity is that they have never been educated about the importance of the subject, we conclude on the need to train teachers to create awareness and good practices.

Presenters
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Samuel Coronel-Nuñez

Metropolitan University. Xochimilco Campus
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Rafael Diaz-Garcia

Metropolitan University. Xochimilco Campus
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Jorge Joel Reyes-Mendez

Metropolitan University. Xochimilco Campus


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Michigan 2 Radisson Hotel

9:00am

Science Songs, Simple Stuff and Sliquids
Add some fun to your lessons. Using songs about science (or student created songs), easy, inexpensive demos or quick activities and unique vocabulary to help your students enjoy science more. Sharing session will be included.

Presenters
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Kevin Koch

Teacher, Kalamazoo Public Schools
I am a veteran science teacher of over 25 years. I have a variety of experiences with field work in the earth and environmental sciences, university collaboration on research projects and curriculum development of project-based and integrated science concepts. I enjoy making scie... Read More →



Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Meeting Room 101 Lansing Center

9:00am

Focus on Figuring Out – Grade 3 (Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning)
Participants will explore classroom resources that support student use of science and engineering practices, literacy and mathematics, collaboration and discourse as they figure out phenomena aligned to Grade 3 MSS(NGSS).

Presenters
avatar for Susan Codere

Susan Codere

MSU CREATE for STEM, MSU CREATE for STEM
The Multiple Literacies team is excited to share our work with our science education colleagues. Ask us for more information about the ML-PBL Grades 3 - 5 integrated science units being developed by a team of researchers at MSU and U Mich. We'll share Field Test findings and plan... Read More →
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Joseph Krajcik

CREATE for STEM/Michigan State University
avatar for Deborah Peek-Brown

Deborah Peek-Brown

Education Specialist, CREATE for STEM at MSU
K-12 Project-based Learning | NGSS | MSTA



Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Banquet 5 Lansing Center

9:00am

Teaching Chemistry to Middle School Students
Middle school students and the study of chemistry are a magical mix! In this workshop we will practice inquiry based lab activities that will spark your students interest and imagination. Each participant will receive a flash drive containing lesson plans from the chemical education foundation.

Presenters
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Kathleen O'Connor

Madison Carver Academy


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Capitol 4 Radisson Hotel

9:00am

Structuring Discussion to Be Equitable and Rigorous

Per NGSS, learning is a social endeavor supported by collaborative and communicative norms, which requires teachers to examine and support K–12 students’ ways of articulating, making sense of, and evaluating each other’s ideas.


Presenters
avatar for Diane Wright

Diane Wright

Professional Development Facilitator, Activate Learning
Diane Wright has been an educator for over 40 years. She has both a Bachelor’s and Master of Arts in Education. She began her career in public education, teaching learning disabled and emotionally impaired middle school students. She then transitioned into teaching elementary a... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 103 Lansing Center

9:00am

Mi-STAR Professional Learning Session I: Introducing the Challenge
Experience how 21st century issues and student questioning can drive three-dimensional units. Introductory lessons are designed to activate and expose thinking while motivating students to address real-world challenges. Handouts Provided. (Attendance at all three in this series can qualify as Mi STAR Day One Training)

Presenters
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Megan Coonan

curriculum, Saginaw ISD
avatar for Emily Gochis

Emily Gochis

Mi-STAR Coordinator of Professional Learning & Curriculum Associate, Michigan Technological University
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Stephanie Tubman

Michigan Tech / Mi-STAR


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Banquet 7 Lansing Center

10:00am

Classroom Gardens and the NGSS
Outdoor gardening is a perfect gateway to real world science in your elementary classroom. Come learn how one school uses our outdoor spaces to explore the world of gardening and the rich opportunities it offers for integrated science, language and mathematics.

Presenters
avatar for Maureen Klein

Maureen Klein

Teacher, Bennie Elementary, Allen Park Public Schools
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Mike Klein

Macomb ISD



Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 205 Lansing Center

10:00am

STEM Cells on Station
Learn how your students can actively partner with ISS researchers to understand how stem cells and stem cell derived heart cells age and grow in microgravity to find treatments for heart disease, stroke, and potentially other regenerative medicine technologies.

Presenters
avatar for Tom Drummond

Tom Drummond

Chief Operating Officer, Orion's Quest
My life has been devoted to helping young people develop an interest in science and exploration. I retired after 36 years as a middle school science teacher and administrator to help develop Orion's Quest. I have a passion for all things outdoors and space exploration. I have... Read More →
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Peter Lawrie

Orion's Quest


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 201 Lansing Center

10:00am

Interactions: A Free Three-dimensional Science Curriculum for 9th Grade Physical Science
Explore how the emergent properties of atoms and molecules provide a foundation for explaining various scientific and everyday phenomena. Using the Interactions materials, students observe phenomena, engage in hands-on activities, and use online simulations to construct scientific explanations and build explanatory models. Participants will engage in activities and discussions that support the three-dimensional approach of the Interactions curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Angela Kolonich

Angela Kolonich

Director of Professional Learning, CREATE for STEM Institute
I am a former teacher from J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing, MI where I taught science, engineering, and coached the robotics team. I received my PhD from MSU in 2017 and now work at the CREATE for STEM institute developing learning experiences for teachers focused on inclusive... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Banquet 5 Lansing Center

10:00am

Citizen Scientists Needed! Students Collecting Data for the GLOBE Urban Heat Island Effect Campaign
Dr. Czajkowski , lead scientist for this campaign, needs your students to collect surface temperature data and upload the data to the GLOBE. Start your training with the following GLOBE Protocols: Clouds and Surface and Air Temperature today. Handouts and Raffle.

Presenters
avatar for David Bydlowski

David Bydlowski

Science Consultant, Wayne RESA
I am a part-time Science Consultant at Wayne RESA. I am also the Principal Investigator of the AREN Project, a NASA CAN Award from 2015 - 2020. I am also the host of the Middle School Science Minute Podcast, which you can listen at: http://k12science.org
avatar for Janet Struble

Janet Struble

Project Manager, The University of Toledo/GLOBE Mission EARTH
Our project is connecting GLOBE and NASA resources.


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 204 Lansing Center

10:00am

Natural Learning
Take it outside! Outdoor learning cultivates opportunities to engage in inquiry, develops students' scientific practices and integrates crosscutting concepts - and it doesn't have to be complicated to be effective.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Greene

Amy Greene

Curator of Education, Detroit Zoological Society/ Belle Isle Nature Center


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

10:00am

Beyond CER: Explanation and Argument - Distinctions & Implications for Instruction
Join us for conversation around complexities surrounding two powerful practices for student sense-making: Argument and Explanation. Participants will engage in activity, dialogue and consider practical tools while they explore distinctions.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Deller-Antieau

Amy Deller-Antieau

Ann Arbor Public Schools
avatar for Darcy McMahon

Darcy McMahon

Program Director at Science/Mathematics/Technology Center, Central Michigan Science Mathematics Technology Center
Looking forward to connecting with others about Phenomenal Science and Three Dimensional Science Performance Assessments



Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Banquet 1 Lansing Center

10:00am

Cementing Their Learning - Making it Stick!
This session will demonstrate how to use science notebooks to help cement new learning and connect prior knowledge so students at any ability level can succeed.

Presenters
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Chris Blackstock

Consultant, Delta Education
After 23 years as a public school teacher, I am now working with Delta Education and FOSS as a consultant and trainer. I am also a trainer for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness specializing in strategies to increase student engagement and motivation.


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 101 Lansing Center

10:00am

Dig Deeper! Ways to Get More Meaningful Reflection and Talk
Learn some easy to implement strategies that will help you get your students demonstrating deeper thinking. Take away handouts and other goodies that will help you (and students) track progress along the way.

Presenters
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Patrick Lothrop

Lapeer Community Schools
avatar for Jaime Ratliff

Jaime Ratliff

Lapeer Community Schools


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Michigan 2 Radisson Hotel

10:00am

Engaging All Learners in Meaningful Scientific Conversations
Struggling to engage all students in scientific discussions? Wishing more voices were heard during class? If so, join me as we explore strategies address these challenges through the use of science seminars, establishing a foundation of respect, and  technology. My goal is to leave you with strategies that you can use Monday morning!

Presenters
avatar for Heather Damick

Heather Damick

7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher, Plainwell Middle School



Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

10:00am

From Storybook STEM to Beyond
Are you looking to boost student engagement? Do your students struggle with the "Why" behind their learning? Come explore strategies that increase curiosity and accountability in your classroom using STEM.

Presenters
avatar for Amanda Iocoangeli

Amanda Iocoangeli

Teacher, Custer Elementary School/ Monroe Public Schools
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Danielle Jozwiak

Custer Elementary School/ Monroe Public Schools



Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Michigan 3 Radisson Hotel

10:00am

Journaling in Science using Evidence Notebooks
Develop students into true observers, thinkers, and scientists using strategies from a veteran science teacher. Come learn how to deepen student learning and connection to content while improving writing skills!

Presenters
avatar for Todd Koenig

Todd Koenig

Science Content Specialist, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
I am a skilled, passionate, and results-driven education technology sales professional with twenty one years of experience both in and out of the classroom. My background related to Education, Technology, and Professional Development Training and Sales. I have extensive understan... Read More →



Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Meeting Room 102 Lansing Center

10:00am

Supporting Student Science Talk in Kindergarten
Kindergarten students are able to make sense of phenomena when given opportunities. Learn how to support student discourse in all parts of a science lesson.

Presenters
avatar for Kirsten Edwards

Kirsten Edwards

Research Assistant, Michigan State University
I am a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University. Prior to coming to MSU, I was a middle school science and math teacher and did curriculum review and development work for elementary and middle school. My research interests are at the intersection of science and literacy. Specif... Read More →
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Amelia Gotwals

Michigan State University
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Tanya Wright

Assistant professor, Michigan State University


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Banquet 6 Lansing Center

10:00am

Everything I needed to know about assessment I learned in marching band
Assessment shouldn’t suck! I noticed strong parallels between best practice assessment methods and my father's successful band program. I've highlighted these to help you ignite learning in your setting by making student performance the driving force in your instructional decisions. Opportunities to reflect on application to your unique setting. 

Presenters
avatar for Taylor Funk

Taylor Funk

Teacher, Cedar Springs Public Schools
5th grade resource room teacher and former elementary gen ed teacher. Dog lover and NPR devotee. Bachelor's from CMU and MA in Teaching and Curriculum from MSU. Check out my book about Inclusive Practices coming soon!



Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Regency 1 Radisson Hotel

10:00am

Using a Driving Question Board to Figure out Phenomena
I will share pictures, videos, and activities from multiple units of my biology class to illustrate how a driving question board can be used daily to support students in explaining phenomena.

Presenters
avatar for Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson

Kentwood Public Schools
I currently teach biology at the East Kentwood Freshman Campus. I earned a PhD in science education from Michigan State University. My dissertation was titled "Supporting Three-Dimensional Science Learning: The Role of Curiosity-Driven Classroom Discourse." | | Twitter @wend... Read More →



Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Banquet 4 Lansing Center

10:00am

How dense are my students?
A fun, inexpensive method of measuring the density of students by dunking them in a 55 gallon bucket of water.  We'll show you how this can be a terrific hands-on way to learn about density and make it one the most memorable days of their middle school experience.

Presenters
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Samantha Kempf

Fremont Middle School
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Brian Welch

Fremont Middle School


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Michigan 1 Radisson Hotel

10:00am

LITERARY SCIENCE: The Integration of ELA and Science at the Secondary Level to Promote Scientific Literacy
This study explores the ways in which educational techniques typically used in Humanities settings can be modified and applied to promote active literacy within science subjects at the Secondary level.

Presenters
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Hannah Homrich

Central Michigan University


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Capitol 2 Radisson Hotel

10:00am

Cars That Can't Crash - Fact or Fiction
Engage and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with our innovative materials and activities. This STEM unit will explore how technology is transforming transportation.

Presenters
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Dave Acton

The-Transformation-Network
MD

Mark Davids

Retired Teacher


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Governor Lansing Center

10:00am

Man’s Real BFF 2.0
This session will highlight free web-based activities, developed under NIH collaboration, and the use of dogs as model organisms for the study of classical and molecular genetics/genomics, evolution, and disease. Session materials located: http://tinyurl.com/mansrealbff



Presenters
avatar for Robby Cramer

Robby Cramer

Executive Director, MSTA
avatar for Cheryl Hach

Cheryl Hach

Instructor, Kalamazoo Area Math &Science Center
Dogs, genetics, environmental science


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Banquet 3 Lansing Center

10:00am

Modeling the Introduction of a New Species: NGSS Ecology
New Species in an Ecosystem? This card-sort activity models the introduction of a new species with special attention to the effect on existing predators and producers.

Presenters
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Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.
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Lisa Kelp

LAB-AIDS


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 104 Lansing Center

10:00am

Integrate Scientific Modeling, Climate Change, and Forest Ecology into your Middle School Classroom: Climate Change and Michigan Forests
An interactive overview of Climate Change and Michigan Forests. This free 9-lesson unit introduces middle school students to plant growth and climate change concepts, current forest ecology research methods, and how climate change can impact forests. We will complete a selection of the unit's activities together, including an outdoor portion (weather permitting).

Link to presentation
Link to curriculum website: http://climatechangeandforests.org  
Scientific modeling tool: http://climatechangeandforests.org/lesson4/modeling-tool 

Presenters
avatar for Isabella Garramone

Isabella Garramone

Graduate Student in Behavior, Education, and Communication, University of Michigan
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Virginia Hawkins

Ann Arbor Public Schools


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Regency 2 Radisson Hotel

10:00am

Tips You Can Use in Class Tomorrow: Building Community, Accountability, and Class Relevance
You need some teaching tips that you can implement right away. Receive a whirlwind tour of strategies improving classroom community, accountability, and content relevance. Handouts.

Presenters
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Mark Francek

Professor and Chair, Central Michigan University
Central Michigan University


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 202 Lansing Center

11:00am

Scaffolding 3-Dimensional Science Using (free) Carbon TIME Units
Learning complex tasks (engaging in 3-dimensional NGSS learning) requires scaffolding. Connect with Carbon TIME’s 6 phenomena-centered MS/HS units and use our toolkits to scaffold your students’ reasoning and reflecting.

Presenters
avatar for Christie Morrison Thomas

Christie Morrison Thomas

Michigan State University



Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Capitol 1 Radisson Hotel

11:00am

Investigating Ecological Relationships Using HHMI Biointeractive Resrources
Participants will work with resources from HHMI Biointeractive to explore key ecological relationships. Integrating science practices, these NEW resources investigate niche partitioning using metabarcoding techniques. All resources are 100% FREE!

Presenters
avatar for Mark Eberhard

Mark Eberhard

AP Biology & Biology Teachers, St. Clair High School
32 years in the classroom | Ambassador for HHMI Biointeracitve | Facilitator for BSCS/NABT Regional Biology Teacher Academy | Writing team for College Board's Pre-AP Biology Course



Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Banquet 4 Lansing Center

11:00am

Modeling and Experimental Design Using Isopods
Using a modeling approach, teach students experimental design using isopods. Kindergarten to AP, these crustaceans are low maintenance and adaptable to many different studies, from behavior to environmental preference.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Beck

Jennifer Beck

Perry High School
A 23-year veteran in science education at the secondary level, NGSS and using a modeling approach has energized my teaching. Students learn and think at a higher level. The discovery, discussion, and public sharing has given my classroom new life.


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Michigan 3 Radisson Hotel

11:00am

Reflections from adding phenomenon
I will share the phenomenon used in my chemistry and physics classes this year; including how I used the phenomena and reflections about what worked and what I would change.

Presenters
avatar for Kristin Mayer

Kristin Mayer

East Kentwood High School
I currently teach high school physics and chemistry at East Kentwood High School. I previously taught in New York City and Seattle, Wa. I completed my PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education at Michigan State University where I worked on a curriculum project with Jo... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Governor Lansing Center

11:00am

3 Dimensional Learning with Bring Science Alive!
Join TCI and participate in 3 dimensional learning with the Bring Science Alive! program. Participants will experience a lesson from the student perspective as they carry out investigations, build models, and learn skills to analyze and interpret data, develop solutions, and communicate their methods just like professional scientists and engineers!

Presenters
avatar for Matt Moorman

Matt Moorman

National Account Manager, TCI
I am a former middle school teacher that joined TCI as a classroom teacher consultant in 2004 and then joined the team full time in 2007 as a National Account Manager. At TCI, we recognize that every student is unique and that all students benefit from learning in different ways... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 205 Lansing Center

11:00am

Elementary Inquiry and STEM Extravaganza
Excite and engage your students with some new STEM and Inquiry lessons developed by Oakland University pre-service teachers. You’ll leave this hands-on session with a wealth of new ideas and resources.

Presenters
avatar for Betty Crowder

Betty Crowder

Visiting Instructor, Oakland University
MSTA, Science Teacher Education, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Presidential Awards, Bees, Family, Friends.


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

11:00am

KLEWS: Organizing Science Ideas & Building Literacy
We will offer K-8 teachers a tool to plan and carry out lessons aligned to the MSS that build toward science and literacy practices. Seesion slides: https://goo.gl/PbCHHp

Presenters
avatar for Richard Bacolor

Richard Bacolor

curriuclum consultant, Wayne RESA
Middle School science teacher for 20 years in South Redford, Mi. Currently Science Education Consultant serving 33 school districts in Wayne County. 3D Science Advocate for all students.
avatar for Mary Starr

Mary Starr

Michigan Math and Science Centers Network



Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Banquet 1 Lansing Center

11:00am

Let's Have a Ball: Incorporating Movement Activities in Science
Learn how to use whole body movement and balls to model science systems in earth, life, and physical science. Students are guaranteed to have a ball. This will be an active session. This session is great for the science teacher soccer mom, sofa coach, untapped professional athlete, or anyone who likes having fun while learning.

Presenters
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Patti Picard

Tawheed Center of Detroit School
I'm a 4th grade teacher who in the past 13 years has taught every grade from 4th grade to 12th grade. My specialty is bringing fun and energy to the classroom through engaging activities and whole body movement.



Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

11:00am

Mi-STAR From A Teacher Perspective
Teaching the Mi-STAR units from the perspective of 2 teachers who have written, piloted, and are facilitators for the program. Let us help you increase your comfort level.

Presenters
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Yonee Bryant-Kuiphoff

Science teacher, Linden Grove Middle School
I have taught middle school science for 25 years. I am also the Middle School Director for MSTA. I am a writer, Professional Learning Facilitator, and have piloted units for MISTAR. I served on the review Board for the NGSS /MSS Science Standards. Our school district is in th... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Kahler

Dawn Kahler

8th Grade Science Teacher, Kalamazoo Public Schools
Teacher for 25 years in Kalamazoo Public Schools. I have a BS from Western Michigan University in Elementary Education and a Masters from Michigan Technological University. I have helped to write, pilot, implement and train Mi-STAR for the past three years.



Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Michigan 1 Radisson Hotel

11:00am

Tools for Teaching Elementary Science
Making Science Work in the Elementary Classroom! Using KLEWS and Investigation Notebooks to promote student thinking and ownership of new standards. Shifting to NGSS in a manageable way!

Presenters
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Marie Woodman

1st grade Teacher, Morse Elementary Troy Schools



Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Banquet 6 Lansing Center

11:00am

How to Develop an Instructional Storyline
A process for moving from Performance Expectation standards to instruction and assessment will be shared. It will include how to develop a storyline and strategies for supporting and assessing conceptual development of targeted standards.

Presenters
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Joe Austin

K-12 Science Consultant, Waterford School Distric
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Rochelle Rubin

Oakland Schools ISD



Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Regency 1 Radisson Hotel

11:00am

TATTS MSS: Tips and Tricks to Survive MSS
The transition to the Michigan Science Standards takes a shift in thinking, both for teachers and students. This session will offer some ways to help manage that change.

Presenters
avatar for April Holman

April Holman

Biology/Chemistry Teacher, Central Montcalm High School
I am passionate about science education!



Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Michigan 2 Radisson Hotel

11:00am

Project-Based Inquiry Science™ (PBIS): Creating “Coherence and Science Storylines” for Middle School
STEM learning requires integration! Powerful questions and coherent storylines help solve the integration challenge. .


Presenters
avatar for Mary Starr

Mary Starr

Michigan Math and Science Centers Network


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Meeting Room 103 Lansing Center

11:00am

Exploring Biology through Dissection with Flinn Scientific
Participants will have the opportunity to dissect several organisms from Flinn’s new line of preserved specimens. Help students identify similarities and differences within the animal kingdom. www.flinnsci.com

Presenters
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Matt Anderson

Flinn Scientific, Inc.


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:45pm
Capitol 2 Radisson Hotel

11:00am

Using Three-Dimensional Rubrics in Formative Assessments to Figure out Phenomena
Use three-dimensional rubrics to guide students into figuring out phenomena in the life and physical sciences! This session will include assessment and rubric examples on a technology platform. Handouts provided!

Presenters
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Joseph Krajcik

CREATE for STEM/Michigan State University
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Phyllis Haugabook Pennock

CREATE for STEM/Michigan State University
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Samuel Severance

CREATE for STEM/Michigan State University


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:45pm
Banquet 5 Lansing Center

11:00am

Exponential inquiry- merging math and biotech to amplify learning
Learn to combine PCR DNA amplification and mathematical modeling in this hands-on lab. You get to learn how our step-by-step scaffolding approach will make modeling PCR with math less daunting.

Presenters
avatar for Richard Chan

Richard Chan

MiniOne Systems
With decades of experience in the biotech industry, I recognized there is a tremendous need to inspire the next generaion of scientists via education. I founded MiniOne Systems to specifically design and supply lab equipment and lab kits so that educators can bring real-world, ha... Read More →
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Mindy Lee-Olsen

MiniOne Systems


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:45pm
Meeting Room 204 Lansing Center

11:00am

Safer Chemistry: STEM Connection and Green Chemistry Replacement Labs
What if we could grow our own packaging? How does the surface chemistry of shark scales prevent bacteria growth? Can we manufacture fabrics without using harmful chemicals in the process? Interested in teaching core chemistry concepts with safer materials? Practical labs that you can use immediately, as well as hands-on demonstrations that you will "grow"! Come learn how at this workshop!

Presenters
avatar for Jon Baek

Jon Baek

Middle School Science Teacher, Honey Creek Community School
avatar for Erika Fatura

Erika Fatura

Pentwater Public Schools
avatar for Jennifer Sherburn

Jennifer Sherburn

Hesperia High School



Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:45pm
Capitol 4 Radisson Hotel

11:00am

Building Your NGSS Toolbox: Strategies for Implementing the Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts in a Student Led Classroom
Last year's Middle School Science Teacher of the Year will share how the power of reflection and student ownership transformed her middle school science classroom. Most importantly, walk away with tons of specific strategies for implementing the Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts within the NGSS that can be applied in any lesson, regardless of topic or grade level.  In addition, hear from the students that bring this work to life in person!  A panel of middle school student ambassadors will be present to lead and share their experiences.  These students will blow you away!

Presenters
avatar for Leigh Ann Roehm

Leigh Ann Roehm

7th Grade Science Teacher, Saline Middle School



Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:45pm
Banquet 2 Lansing Center

11:00am

Penny Ante Science: Activities in General Science, Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science.
Penny Ante Science shows hands-on science activities that use very inexpensive household materials. These activities are designed to be open ended; with the answers to the questions based on the data collected rather than a set of facts to be memorized.

Presenters
avatar for Mitchell Klett

Mitchell Klett

Professor, Northern Michigan University


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:45pm
Meeting Room 101 Lansing Center

11:00am

STEAM: If We Can Do It, You Can Do It!
Do you want to implement STEAM but don’t know where to start? Look no further! Participants will engage in hands-on activities & be provided with access to helpful resources at the session.

Link to presentation: https://goo.gl/jBiucQ

Presenters
avatar for Natalie D'Amico

Natalie D'Amico

Teacher, Saline Area Schools
avatar for Stephanie D'Huyvetter

Stephanie D'Huyvetter

5th Grade, St. Thomas Aquinas School
I have been an educator for 12 years. Ten of those years have been spent teaching 5th graders science. I have been interested in STEM for awhile. I have been working hard to keep building the STEM program for 5th grade at STA. I love learning and sharing ideas!!


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:45pm
Meeting Room 201 Lansing Center

11:00am

Mi-STAR Professional Learning Session II: Real World Science Investigations
Experience a hands-on lesson that engages student to investigate scientific phenomena and address real-world community problems. Use a comprehensive instructional model designed for three-dimensional learning. Handouts Provided. (Attendance at all three in this series can qualify as Mi STAR Day One Training)

Presenters
MC

Megan Coonan

curriculum, Saginaw ISD
avatar for Emily Gochis

Emily Gochis

Mi-STAR Coordinator of Professional Learning & Curriculum Associate, Michigan Technological University
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Stephanie Tubman

Michigan Tech / Mi-STAR


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:45pm
Banquet 7 Lansing Center

11:00am

Conservation and You!
Discover how conservation work the Detroit Zoo is doing locally and internationally can become a part of your classroom, empowering youth to make a difference while meeting state science standards.

Presenters
avatar for Claire Lannoye-Hall

Claire Lannoye-Hall

Curator of Education, Detroit Zoological Society
avatar for Sandy Ling

Sandy Ling

Education Specialist, Detroit Zoological Society


Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 12:45pm
Meeting Room 102 Lansing Center

12:00pm

Implementing NGSS into Biology/ Acc Bio
Our team has implemented a new aligned curriculum using the NGSS standards and a cart of Chrome Books to incorporate as many aligned TED Talks, You Tube videos to connect with students.

Presenters
avatar for Greg Cooper

Greg Cooper

Biology Teacher, John Glenn High School
I am an enthusiastic science teacher. I have truly enjoyed the challenge of this new curriculum and totally new approach with my students. Phenomena, models, student white boards, and argumentative conversations have been creative and important processes, which our students have... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Banquet 4 Lansing Center

12:00pm

Using Texts to Engage Students in Three-Dimensional Science
Find out how to use readings to support student engagement in science practices and student understanding of the nature of science. Free Carbon TIME readings to use with your students.

Presenters
avatar for Kirsten Edwards

Kirsten Edwards

Research Assistant, Michigan State University
I am a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University. Prior to coming to MSU, I was a middle school science and math teacher and did curriculum review and development work for elementary and middle school. My research interests are at the intersection of science and literacy. Specif... Read More →



Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Michigan 3 Radisson Hotel

12:00pm

Deriving the Law of Conservation of Matter through Student Models
Experience NGSS-rich postlab activities for the burning magesium lab. See how students can use data, models and engaged discourse to determine that their product is MgO and that mass is conserved.

Presenters
avatar for Anne LaSovage

Anne LaSovage

Science Teacher, Southfield Public Schools
I am a veteran teacher with 20 or so years experience, primarily in a mostly minority district. MSTA Member for much of that time - and receiving the High School Science Teacher of the Year Award this year! | | Talk to me about (inter)active lessons, environmental science a... Read More →



Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Banquet 1 Lansing Center

12:00pm

STEM is about more than Rockets and Robots
Science –Complex science into your classroom? Technology – How to use all this technology? Engineering – Can we make engineering ENGAGING? Mathematics – All connects with math! Engage your students with GIZMOS!

Presenters
avatar for Thom OBrien

Thom OBrien

National Educational Consultant, Explore Learning
As a former educator with a love for science and math, I have worked with elementary, middle, and high school teachers from around the country, implementing Common Core and Next Generation State Standards: modeling lessons, coaching, and planning.


Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

12:00pm

Bringing Mindfulness to the Science Classroom
A beginner's approach to introducing mindfulness to your students. Hear how you can integrate mindfulness to improve your students' abilities to observe, question, & collaborate.

Presenters
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Amy Williams

Grand Blanc West Middle School


Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Meeting Room 205 Lansing Center

12:00pm

Cheap Easy Demonstration Usable by Most
A variety of simple cheap and universal demonstrations with explanation will be provided. These demonstrations could easily be modified for most grade levels and various science disciplines. These demonstrations will be focused as phenomena.

Presenters
avatar for Andrew Frisch

Andrew Frisch

Farwell High School


Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Regency 1 Radisson Hotel

12:00pm

National Geographic Educator Certification Workshop
Do you believe in the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to change the world? Learn about the benefits and the process of becoming a National Geographic Certified Educator.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Tate

Susan Tate

Whitehall Middle School
My passions are environmental topics such as protecting our freshwater resources, ocean health, the polar regions, and climate change. I have been involved with the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative for 10 years, so I'd love to chat with you about how to engage students through... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Regency 2 Radisson Hotel

12:00pm

Writing in Science
Ten lessons that help a student develop the skills to write a paper in the science classroom. Lesson plans and student resources will be provided via Google Drive. 

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Rysdyk

Rachel Rysdyk

Science Teacher, Ludington High School
I am a second year teacher that graduated from Michigan State. Go green! One of my main focuses has been to develop a curriculum that aids in helping student's improve their writing. This initiative came after seeing student's results for the PSAT/ SAT. At our school, student's c... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

12:00pm

From Traditional Teaching to 3-D Learning: How to Breathe New Life into A Biology Curriculum
This session overviews a model for transitioning from traditional science courses to those that foster 3-D learning using NGSS-aligned curricula (including resources from CarbonTIME and Next Generation Science Storylines).

Slides can be found here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1IGearSmTb9WV83UAIuEqcOQZhP16d9uYNyWv9_luVtg/edit#slide=id.p 

Presenters
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Paula Gentile

Tecumseh High School
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Michelle Vanhala

Science Teacher, Tecumseh High School


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Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Banquet 3 Lansing Center

12:00pm

STEAMing Up Our Science Programs
During the last few years I have been teaching STEAM for students from young 5’s, kindergarten through high school, I will be sharing insights and activities that I have gained from these opportunities. We will also be doing a 3rd grade activity in which we will making complete circuits with LED lights and drawings.

Presenters
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Lloyd Hilger

Hanover Horton Schools


Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Capitol 1 Radisson Hotel

12:00pm

Making STEM a Reality with Real Data
Data on solar power, wind power and weather help us integrate the four STEM strands. Learn how you too can use these data to enhance your STEM curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Robert Ause

Robert Ause

Science Teacher, Greenhills School
Bob Ause has been working with teenagers since graduating from college in 1985. He is currently teaching at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, where he also serves as the Science Department Chair. Bob has taught science to students in grades 7-12, mostly in the physical sciences.



Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Meeting Room 103 Lansing Center

12:00pm

Teaching Physics with ROV's
I would like to share a project based learning activity that uses remotely operated submersible vehicles (ROV's) to teach students content from a physics class or physical science course. This is based on the SeaPerch project and uses materials from that program.

Teaching physics offers exceptional oportunites to give the students a feel for science through the application of princples learned in course content with hands on activities. For me the second half of a physic course presented significant challenges with getting students interested with electricity and magentism. As a result I desperate saught a task that I could use to tie the course togather. That was when I was introduced to the SeaPerch project. The SeaPerch project is an initiative that focused on increasing the number of young people that pursue a field related to Science,  Technology, Engineering, and Science. 

Presenters
avatar for Kyle Ondersma

Kyle Ondersma

Teacher, Ionia Public Schools
My background and interests, I always feel uncomfortable discussing myself as it seems boastful but if you want to read it, here we go. I am a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College where I completed an associates degree in Applied Science finishing their program in Chemical... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Governor Lansing Center

12:00pm

GRACE project update
Learn how you can get paid to become involved with GRACE project, which has already provided GIS training to hundreds of Michigan teachers and thousands of Michigan students. Details will be provided on how your students can receive free GIS training and a paid internship for this coming summer.
link to presentation: http://bit.ly/2Fx51us

Presenters
avatar for Russell Columbus

Russell Columbus

Teacher, Monroe Public Schools



Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Michigan 2 Radisson Hotel

12:00pm

Weather and Climate
Participants examine a climate map along with photos and descriptions of different climates. They identify their local climate as well as the climate for three different regions based on the climate graphs.

Presenters
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Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.
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Lisa Kelp

LAB-AIDS


Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 104 Lansing Center

12:00pm

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: The Value of Scientific Explanations in STEM
CER is a way for students to explain observed phenomenon by connecting data to science knowledge. Change how lab investigations are conducted by making them meaningful for students.

Presenters
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Karen Kudla

Retired Teacher, Oxford Community Schools
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Ken Wester

STEMscopes


Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Capitol 3 Radisson Hotel

12:00pm

Cookbook Conversions
Using NGSS practices to transform high school science cookbook lessons into student centered inquiry.

Presenters
avatar for Katherine Eaton

Katherine Eaton

Assistant Professor-Science Education, University of Michigan-Flint
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Daniela Goetz

University of Michigan-Flint
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Nancy Lareau

U of M Flint
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Courtney Ruggles

University of Michigan Flint
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Madeline Wohlfeil

University of Michigan-Flint


Saturday March 3, 2018 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Michigan 1 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

Evo-Ed Cases: Connecting Biology Across the Curriculum
Evo-Ed cases track the evolution of traits from the molecular to population level. This session introduces the cases and an example implementation of case-based, spiral curriculum for 9th grade biology.

Presenters
avatar for Clinton Bartholomew

Clinton Bartholomew

Jackson Preparatory & Early College, Jackson Preparatory & Early College
Clinton Bartholomew graduated from Vanderbilt University with his Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology. He came to Michigan as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Dan Klionsky Ph.D. at the University of Michigan where he did anti-aging research and worked with Doctor Klionsky... Read More →
avatar for Alexa Warwick

Alexa Warwick

Postdoc, Michigan State University



Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Banquet 3 Lansing Center

1:00pm

How Much and How Often
I will present an activity designed by Life Science Learning Center at Rochester University. They will be providing all of the materials for the participants. Students test different dosing devices to determine which is most accurate for measuring liquid medicine. They also use a model to illustrate the effects of taking medicine more frequently than recommended.

Presenters
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Samantha Cree

Lawrence Jr./Sr. High School
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Cynthia Duncan

Father Gabriel Richard High School


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Living Coral Reef in the Classroom
Explore science through a reef aquarium! Open the door to learning concepts such as symbiotic relationships, ocean acidification, biodiversity, taxonomy, and water chemistry, all the while fostering a desire to protect the natural world.

Presenters
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Rick Preuss

Preuss Pets


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 205 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Digital Microscopy for $40
Use of cheap easily obtained USB microscopes that can be attached to any standard microscope, allowing digital capturing of images by any USB capable device (including chromebooks). Allows students to capture image and do annotations to show that they can identify cellular features. Video can also be captured.

Presenters
avatar for Robert Myers

Robert Myers

Anatomy/Physiology Teacher, West Ottawa High School
I have taught Anatomy Physiology in both Grand Rapids Public Schools and West Ottawa Public Schools for the last 25+ years. GRPS from 1990-1999 and at WOPS ever since. I am also the Science Olympiad coach for WOPS. | | One of my favorite aspects of anatomy is histology so... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Michigan 3 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

Chemistry of International Cuisine
I will be sharing my experience cooking various international dishes with my students' families and then modifying recipes to explore a chemistry topic.

Presenters
avatar for Scott Milam

Scott Milam

Plymouth High School
I teach IB Chemistry HL and Chemistry using modeling pedagogy at Plymouth High School. My twitter is @IBchemMilam and I am just starting as a Modeling Learning Community leader for the southern part of SE Michigan (mostly Wayne county).


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Capitol 4 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

Turning Chemistry Labs into STEM Labs
Traditional chemistry labs can be turned into “STEM” labs. When students design their own set-up, statistically analyze their data and retry revised procedures, chem labs become STEM labs.

Presenters
avatar for Robert Ause

Robert Ause

Science Teacher, Greenhills School
Bob Ause has been working with teenagers since graduating from college in 1985. He is currently teaching at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, where he also serves as the Science Department Chair. Bob has taught science to students in grades 7-12, mostly in the physical sciences.



Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 101 Lansing Center

1:00pm

"Mr. Mastie, I Can Still Remember When We...."
These are often the first words I hear upon meeting students from years ago. Today I will share some of these activities with you. Each is simple, inexpensive, and powerful.

Presenters
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David Mastie

Ann Arbor Public Schools (retired)


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Regency 1 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

Forensics for Free
We will be presenting how easy it is to find free or cheap activities for your forensics class, and how easily you can integrate forensics in a variety of other science courses!

Presenters
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Kyle Jenks

Dearborn High School
avatar for Caitlin Johnson

Caitlin Johnson

Romulus Community Schools
I taught in Detroit schools for 5 years where I taught AP environmental science, forensic science, chemistry, and ninth grade physical/earth science. I currently reach at Romulus HS chemistry, and forensic science



Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 204 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Fusing Art in Science from an Elementary Art Room
Come and see how one elementary Art teacher has fused together the Science standards with the world of visual arts to help students reinforce science concepts and ideas.

Presenters
avatar for Angie Herek

Angie Herek

Art Teacher, Williamston Community Schools
Come and see how I integrate science topics into art projects and how the impact it has on our students.


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Banquet 6 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Influence of research experiences on science teacher knowledge and practice
We share insights from our study of Michigan science teachers on how their experiences with scientific research have influenced their thinking about the nature and practices of science and their teaching practice.

Presenters
avatar for Abbi Halkola

Abbi Halkola

Michigan Technological University
avatar for Amy Lark

Amy Lark

Assistant Professor of Science Education, Michigan Technological University


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Online Resources for the Science Classroom
Did you know you have FREE access to over $3 million worth of online subscription databases? We will explore what science resources are available from the Michigan eLibrary (http://mel.org/) and how to access them.

Presenters
avatar for Christine Schneider

Christine Schneider

K-12 Education Specialist, Library of Michigan/MDE
As the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) K-12 Education Specialist, I work with K-12 educators, teaching them about the pre-paid subscription resources we offer for free to all Michigan residents. I offer free professional development for school staff and will at times assist teachers in t... Read More →



Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 201 Lansing Center

1:00pm

The Lecture Is Dead: Using Alternative Classroom Models to Enhance Student Learning
This interactive presentation focuses on how science teachers can use flipped learning, choice based learning and flexible seating to enhance the education experience of their students. Attendees will learn about how teachers can create this classrooms to improve differentiation, use of class time and interest of students.

Presenters
avatar for Vanessa Logan

Vanessa Logan

Physics Teacher, Avondale High School
I am constantly working in to improve myself as an educator and promote a student centered classroom with a focus on mindfulness, flipped learning and NGSS practices. I also work with flexible seating in the high school level and focus on positive collaboration with other teacher... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Banquet 5 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Making Use of Student Thinking
Strategies for effectively using student thinking to inform science instruction will be shared. The presenters, student-teachers from Oakland University, will share mini-cases from their teaching that illustrate effective teaching practices.

Presenters
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Mark Olson

Associate Professor of Science Education, Oakland University



Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Banquet 1 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Opioids, Flu, Zoonoses, Obesity: Oh My!
Join a CDC Science Ambassador fellow to find out how this program can benefit you. Learn about available lesson plans that teach epidemiology to secondary students and how you can become a CDC Science Ambassador.

Presenters
avatar for Richard Blauvelt

Richard Blauvelt

Teacher, Harper Woods High School
After seventeen years in healthcare, I changed professions to become a high school science teacher. With degrees in Biology, Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology, and Secondary Science Education, along with my experience in the clinical laboratory and healthcare administration, I... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Banquet 4 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Using Children's Literature to Guide Science Inquiry K-5


Need ideas to connect literacy and science? Join us to explore how resources such as Picture-Perfect Science can help engage elementary teachers and students in STEM and reading.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Stilwell

Kim Stilwell

NSTA - National Science Teachers Association
Kim Stilwell joins us from the National Science Teachers Association, where she facilitates professional development and conducts workshops across the nation sharing strategies to integrate science and literacy standards in the classroom. The past eighteen years she has spent planning and conducting professional development workshops impacting teachers and administrators in suburban, urban, and rural school districts throughout the nation... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Banquet 2 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Reflecting on Learning with Google Drive
A fresh take on how to use technology to elicit student reflection. You will leave with classroom- tested templates that engage students in reflection (without taking an entire class period)!

Presenters
avatar for Danielle Aguilar

Danielle Aguilar

High School Teacher, Lee M Thurston High School
I have a B.S. in Biology and Music from the University of Michigan and a M.A. in Curriculum Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. This is my 7th year in the classroom. Over the past 7 years, I have taught Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, Psychology, and AP Ps... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Regency 2 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

City Critters: Connecting Science and Empathy
The Detroit Zoological Society integrates science and empathy in City Critters, a program designed to teach about animals while simultaneously fostering reverence. Discover how to incorporate these connections in your curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Forzley

Lisa Forzley

Curator of Humane Education, Detroit Zoological Society


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Capitol 2 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

Kepler Made Me Do It
Collecting data from 450 million miles away, how cool is that?! Come learn how your students can verify Kepler's third law of planetary motion using simple astronomy equipment.

Presenters
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John Dumar

Physics/Calculus Teacher, Lutheran North High School
I have been a Physics/Mathematics teacher at Lutheran North since 1982. I have a MEd from Wayne State University. My interest in Astronomy began 3 years ago when a friend and father of a former student donated a telescope and introduced me to the Warren Astronomical Society. A... Read More →



Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 202 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Learning by doing: Practical applications online
Learn how to bring STEM concepts to life for 4‐12 grade students through EVERFI's online, interactive modules, available at no cost to educators thanks to public and private sponsorships.

Presenters

Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Meeting Room 102 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Dark & Light: Nature Writing & Observation
In an ongoing effort for interdisciplinary learning, we designed a class project that would sharpen students' abilities to observe the natural world, and strengthen technical and creative writing skills.

Presenters
avatar for Brandon Groff

Brandon Groff

Teacher, Greenhills School
Natural History | Ecology | Phenology (seasonality) | Place-based curriculum | Bicycles | Running
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Monica Lewis

Greenhills School



Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room 103 Lansing Center

1:00pm

Diggin' Outdoor Education
Hands -on outdoor environmental ecological experiences, lesson plans, and explorations used at the Clarkston Family Farm, an educational non-profit organization in Clarkston Michigan will be shared with science teachers K- 5 .

Presenters
avatar for Nancy Berg

Nancy Berg

Bringing nature experiences into the classroom. | Developing a plan for more hands-on nature explorations
avatar for Chelsea O'Brien

Chelsea O'Brien

Founder and Executive Dircetor, Clarkston Family Farm (non-profit educational farm)
Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a science degree from WMU's Lee Honors College, my early professional life was in health care and sales with Stryker Medical. My work in nutrition and exercise physiology with cardiac patients inspired me to educate youth about healthy food and the... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Capitol 1 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

Discrepant Events Abound
Discrepant events can involve students in the processes of science, particularly discussion. Resources will be supplied.

Presenters
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Rachel Badanowski

Wayne State University


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Michigan 2 Radisson Hotel

1:00pm

Mi-STAR Professional Learning Session III: Addressing 21st Century Challenges
Participate in activities from a middle school integrated STEM unit to learn how students use science and engineering to model and address 21st century topics. Handouts Provided. (Attendance at all three in this series can qualify as Mi STAR Day One Training)

Presenters
MC

Megan Coonan

curriculum, Saginaw ISD
avatar for Emily Gochis

Emily Gochis

Mi-STAR Coordinator of Professional Learning & Curriculum Associate, Michigan Technological University
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Stephanie Tubman

Michigan Tech / Mi-STAR


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Banquet 7 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Genetics Lessons You Can Use Tomorrow!
Make the topic of DNA and Mendelian genetics engaging and memorable with these middle school classroom-tested songs and activities that will activate the creativity of your students. Please be prepared to share your successful ideas as well.

Presenters
avatar for Karen Garland

Karen Garland

7-8 Science Teacher, Holy Family Catholic School
I'm a 20 year veteran teacher for grades 7-12. I am challenged by the fresh opportunities that both technology and the NGSS bring to my work. I have a passion for what I do. I hope to share a few of my most effective activities, the ones students remember into their college yea... Read More →


DNA Song docx

Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room 203 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Vernal Pool Patrol: Citizen Science and Place-Based Education to Promote Science Learning and Stewardship
The Vernal Pool Patrol is a citizen science- and place-based program for educators and students to get involved with monitoring and conservation of vernal pools in Michigan.

Presenters
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Daria Hyde

Conservation Scientist & Educator, Michigan Natural Features Inventory
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Yu Man Lee

Conservation Scientist/Zoologist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory
I am passionate about biodiversity conservation, education, and fostering curiosity and stewardship of our amazing and precious natural features, which we depend on for our health, well-being, and survival. Citizen science and place-based education can contribute to both science... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Banquet 2 Lansing Center

2:00pm

AP Chem Labs with Minimal Prep
This session will focus on labs aligned to the AP Chemistry Curriculum with easy setups, including management tips for both prescribed and guided-inquiry approaches. Lab handouts will be supplied.

Presenters
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Jamie Benigna

Chemistry Teacher, Roeper School
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Alice Putti

Science Teacher, Jenison High School


Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Capitol 4 Radisson Hotel

2:00pm

Cosmetic Experiments for Grades 8-12
A former cosmetics chemist describes experiments to prepare, lotions, hand and face creams, lipstick, blush, lip balm, shampoo, and perfume. The experiments are suitable for middle or high school chemistry students.

Presenters
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Larry Kolopajlo

Eastern Michigan University



Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Regency 1 Radisson Hotel

2:00pm

Questioning Our World- An introduction to Plate Tectonics
Put students in the driver's seat in this introductory lesson on plate tectonics. Using colorful geological maps, students work together to ask questions and form ideas about what they observe. Students then take it to the next level using GIS maps online.

LINK TO PRESENTATION:  http://bit.ly/2FNSe74

Presenters
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Lynette Wehner

6th grade science teacher, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools


Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room 202 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Blended Science Teaching for the Modern Kid
Looking to blend teacher/student friendly technology without losing the hands-on aspects for NGSS? Come try out some classroom tested, student-approved tools you can meld into your own great lessons.

You can follow this session with the following google short'ner url: https://goo.gl/9m5fLc.  Enjoy!


Presenters
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Maria Gonzalez

5/6 Science/ Tech Support, Holy Family School


Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room 204 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Do Bees Get a Bad Rap?
A rhyme to help Junior Master Gardeners learn about seed formation morphed into a book "Sip, Pick and Pack…How Pollinators Help Plants Make Seeds" and native and non-native pollinators stole the show.

Presenters
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Polly Cheney

author Sip, Pick, and Pack...How Pollinators Help Plants Make Seeds
Of 20,000 species of bees known world-wide less than 15 species produce honey. Many other species are excellent pollinators! 70% of the 20,000 species are not cavity nesters (like honey bees). About 14,000 species build their nests underground! Many of them are great pollinat... Read More →



Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Banquet 8 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Holistic Instruction (Biology Focus)
Learning to integrate the important steps of building your classroom community while simultaneously delivering curriculum can be difficult. This ongoing approach will help to build relationships that will enhance learning.

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Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Banquet 3 Lansing Center

2:00pm

Ideas for Ecosystems in the Elementary Classroom
Invigorate your student's study of ecosystems with a variety of activities. STEAM activities, research project ideas, simulation games, NSTA recommended trade books, and hands-on activities that you can use tomorrow.

Presenters
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Nicole Jakubowski

5th Grade Science Teacher & 3rd-5th Grade STEAM Teacher, Detroit Country Day School
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Meghan Kurleto

Detroit Country Day School
3rd and 4th Grade Science Teacher at Detroit Country Day School.
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Marlenn Maicki

Detroit Country Day School



Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Governor Lansing Center

2:00pm

Justify Your Energy-Based Claims
Having students justify their claims provides immediate feedback that can produce the change that is learning. We will focus on the interdisciplinary topic of energy to develop examples.

Presenters
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James Gell

Plymouth High School
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Nicole Murawski

Teacher, Royal Oak High School
I am a high school Physics (and sometimes Earth Science or Geometry) teacher.


Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Capitol 3 Radisson Hotel

2:00pm

Productive Talk in the Science Class
Go through an activity to see how creating a culture of productive talk can really promote higher level thinking as well as support student respect and positive interactions.

Presenters
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Chris Blackstock

Consultant, Delta Education
After 23 years as a public school teacher, I am now working with Delta Education and FOSS as a consultant and trainer. I am also a trainer for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness specializing in strategies to increase student engagement and motivation.


Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room 101 Lansing Center

2:00pm