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Friday, February 9
 

9:00am

Keynote Address "Working Towards Equitable 3D learning in science for All Students"
The new vision provided in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education and the resulting Next Generation Science Standards provide a collective opportunity to broadly promote equity and social justice in education. These policy documents highlight that learning is fundamentally a cultural as well as a cognitive process—and that science learning experiences should be designed to overlap with the lives of youth and their communities in order to heighten meaning and relevance. Attendees will explore classroom talk structures and formative assessment approaches that support more inclusive learning experiences for students. STEM Teaching Tools that can be broadly used to support NGSS implementation will be shared.

Our keynote speaker is Philip Bell from the University of Washington. Bell pursues a cognitive and cultural program of research across diverse environments focused on how people learn. Bell was a member of the Board on Science Education with the National Academy of Sciences and served on the committee of the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education that was used to develop our state standards.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
Ballroom

10:00am

Connecting Communities and Schools Through STEM
Participants will learn about getting community members more actively involved by experiencing a project filtering Utah Lake water. From beginning with the standard to finishing with presentations, attendees will see how a water cycle unit was supported by community members and experts in the field. Teachers will also take part in a hands-on learning activity by observing life and materials found in Utah Lake water, creating a filter to clean the water, and evaluating how the filter worked.


Friday February 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Cedar

10:00am

Investigating Weather Change--High Pressure To Low Pressure Lab Experiment
What is exactly behind weather change? By using a hands-on model replicating high pressure and low pressure change, you will understand how the gain and loss of energy is an integral part of weather change. As weather data is collected daily, and by the use of this investigation, you can observe and understand weather patterns and even forecast the weather. Lesson plans, charts, weather data examples, and diagrams will be distributed.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Zion

10:00am

Teaching Contact Forces: Newton's Laws of Motion
Teaching Newton’s Laws in the classroom should be a great hands-on experience. We will go through ways to have students conduct investigations, work through solutions, and develop a deeper understanding of 7.1.1 and 7.1.2.


Friday February 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Bryce

10:00am

Discovering the Carbon Cycle
The carbon cycle is comprised of a series of events that make life possible on Earth. In this interactive activity students will follow the movement of a carbon atom as it is used and reused to sustain living things. Each journey is unique and will allow students to discover the complexity of the carbon cycle for themselves. Copies of materials will be available.


Friday February 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Arches

10:00am

The Neuroscience of Our Senses
Touch. Hear. Balance. See. Taste & Smell. Examine perception at the molecular, cellular, and tissue levels with The Neuroscience of Our Senses curriculum module by the Genetic Science Learning Center. Five iOS apps leverage the iPad's camera, microphone or accelerometer to enhance the user experience of each of the senses. Companion activities and related content extend learning beyond the apps. All materials are free on iTunes and at Learn.Genetics.utah.edu.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Elm

10:00am

Spiderman, 3D Science, & Chemistry
In the latest Spiderman movie, Spiderman is hanging by a thread studying from the Living by Chemistry textbook. So what is Spiderman finding so interesting that you can bring to your classroom? This session is designed to help you think about implementing 3D science through the use of phenomenon, modeling, and cross cutting concepts to teach high school chemistry content that engages students in the scientific practices.


Friday February 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Sycamore

10:00am

Engineering Air Quality Monitors
Our air shed is a natural resource. How we impact it, the effect up us and how we can reduce our impact will be discussed. Be ready to engineer an air quality monitor! This is a direct fit into the new SEEd 8.4.2. You will have to opportunity to experience demonstrations and receive the materials for the Cold Air Pool Lab.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Ampitheatre

10:00am

Teach the Controversy
Several members of the State Board of Education want science teachers to teach both sides of the evolution controversy, then let students make up their own minds. What is this controversy they want you to teach? Is there really a controversy? Many people with anti-evolution feelings base their positions on their religions. We will explore both the controversy and the evolution statements of several different Christian denominations.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Oak

10:00am

SAGE Summative Assessment of the SEEd Standards
Come see what the format of the new summative test for the SEEd standards will appear. Get an update on where we are in the process of developing the new assessment. Get answers to all of your questions about SAGE and what will happen next year as the Utah State Board of Education is transitioning to a new vendor for state testing. Find out how you can stay informed.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Canyon

10:00am

Target Outcomes for Mastery Learning
In this session, we will look at instructional alignment and the influence it has on student learning. We will discuss how to put standards/objective/strands into student-friendly, targeted learning outcomes, develop valid and appropriate assessments based on those outcomes, design engaging instruction that binds our outcomes to the assessment and top it off with designing enrichment activities. Through this process, we can elevate and engage students in mastering their learning.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Aspen

10:00am

Rock Your Class – Lunar & Meteorite Certification Training
This workshop is designed for educators who work in K-12 schools, museums, libraries, or planetariums. Each Lunar Sample Disk contains three lunar rock and three lunar soil(regolith) samples collected by Apollo astronauts. During the workshop, teachers engaged in hands-on, standards-based activities for learning about accretion, differentiation, cratering and volcanism. Participants will find out how they can earn a lifetime certification required for borrowing the samples to use in their classroom.


Friday February 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Birch

10:00am

Deep Time: Exploring the Evidence for the Age of the Earth
Most people know that the Earth is about 4.6 billion years old but few know how scientists piece together the evidence to make this estimation. In this session, we will learn about the “history of the history of the Earth” and analyze the various types of data that are used to determine the age of the Earth and Universe. We’ll use this data to build a model for how the Earth has changed over time. The activities in this session are designed to promote critical thinking about the validity of different methods and constructing explanations based on evidence. The session focuses on Utah SEEd Standards Strands 7.2 and 7.5, but is appropriate for those teaching any Earth Science topic or the Theory of Evolution. Topics include the Geologic Time Scale, relative and absolute dating, the fossil record, evolution and extinction of life, and radioactive decay.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 10:00am - 11:50am
Juniper

10:00am

STEM Teaching Tools: Linking Research and Practice
The STEM Teaching Tools initiative (http://stemteachingtools.org/) includes free learning resources for teachers to help them implement the vision of the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education. Co-written by teachers and researchers, these accessible, strategy-packed tools are great conversation starters and tools for extended professional learning. In this session, we’ll explore the suite of tools and explore how to use them to dive into various topics in science education.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 10:00am - 11:50am
Maple

10:00am

Gear Up
Gear Up group from USU

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 10:00am - 3:30pm
Willow

11:00am

How to Create a Problem Based Learning Experience
Come and learn how the fifth graders at one school were able to involve the community through an exciting and hands-on problem-based learning experience focusing on the 5th-grade science standard about Matter.


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Oak

11:00am

Using a Three-dimensional Approach to Investigate Orbital Motion of Objects in the Solar System
Come explore the phenomenon of orbiting planets to deepen your understanding of forces and motion. We will use physical models and a computer simulation to investigate factors that affect the strength of gravity, including mass and distance between objects. We will also use computational thinking to analyze data about the scale properties of planets, identifying patterns that can be used as evidence to explain the phenomenon. Targets SEEd Standards 6.1.2 and 6.1.3.


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Zion

11:00am

Cells and Heredity-You've taught it before, now make it 3D
It's okay, put the textbooks away. When you find the right phenomenon to start the lesson, students discover the concepts for themselves and ask questions that drive their learning. Students NEVER take notes OR look up a single definition! Come experience phenomena for yourself that can be used for Standard 7.4.1 (reproduction) and Strand 7.3 (cells). Also, find ways to adapt the activities you already use to create phenomena.


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Bryce

11:00am

Making 3D connections in 8th Grade
Simple ideas and techniques that can help you incorporate the Cross Cutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices into the 8th grade curriculum. Sample lessons will be shared and a few activities will be available for you to test out yourself. Ideas for tools that students can use to assist them in making the connections to the CCC's & SEP's.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Arches

11:00am

National Library of Medicine's Online Playground: Science and Health Education Resources
This presentation will introduce free K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Resources span a variety of subjects including biology, careers, chemistry, environmental health, forensics and medical technology, general health, genetics, health information tutorials, and HIV/AIDS. The presentation is designed as an introduction to NLM resources for K-12 professionals and individuals working with K-12 populations.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Elm

11:00am

Chemistry in 3D
See, model, math: Teaching chemistry. We will be sharing ideas of how to teach chemistry with what we see how we model it and the math to represent it. We will be modeling the bonding unit this way. Come and get a great hands on experience.


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Sycamore

11:00am

“Science and Film: Integrating Documentary Film and Filmmaking into Science and STEM Classrooms”
Come discover how to harness the transformative potential of documentary film and filmmaking to improve teaching practice and engage students in science. By sharing compelling youth-produced media and how constructing cinematic narratives combined with intentionally designed lesson plans can energize the classroom climate, Media Arts Education Director, Suzi Montgomery, presents this technology-infused training that will allow teachers to explore how implementing media arts can improve student achievement and energize classroom climate, leaving you with some great ideas, resources and creative opportunities.


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Ampitheatre

11:00am

How Evolution Could Save Your Life: The Emerging Field of Evolutionary Medicine
Most students understand that biology is the basis for modern medicine.  And most teachers have heard the quote that "nothing in biology makes sense, except in the light of evolution."  Yet few of us think of evolutionary biology as an applied science that can actually improve human health.  But this is exactly what several scientists and physicians are discovering--understanding and applying evolutionary concepts to humans can produce remarkable insights to understand and treat many human ailments.  In my talk, I will introduce you to the field of evolutionary medicine, and will provide you with several fun examples that you can share with students to show them that evolution informs all facets of biology, including the applied discipline of human medicine.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Cedar

11:00am

Use Data Collection to Merge Science and Math
Data collection and analysis MUST be a part of any solid science curriculum. We’ll use technology that makes quick work of data collection and analysis any science classroom. In addition to simply collecting data in this session, we will be analyzing the data by developing mathematical models using the data, and then brainstorming ideas for how to integrate writing into the activities that are done in the lab.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Canyon

11:00am

Single day STEM events as a way to ignite young imaginations
We are all aware of the need for our students to engage more with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as these skills and dispositions are becoming ever more critical in the 21st century economy. How can you use one-day STEM events to both ignite interest and foster sustainability of STEM in your classroom and school? Come learn from our successes and failures.


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Aspen

11:00am

Potential Energy: 3D Learning with Kindergarteners
Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum will be showcasing their new outreach program, Potential Energy, which uses three-dimensional teaching methods to introduce physics concepts to kindergarten students. Presenters will walk through the program while explaining how the youngest learners come to understand topics that have traditionally been viewed as too complex for the kindergarten classroom.


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Birch

11:00am

Standards Based Teaching - An Organized Approach to Teaching
Come join us as we share a standards based organizational method. Though physics based, any classroom can adopt these methods. Our organizational system puts units together in a way that is easily accessible to students and gives teachers a simple way to track student progress before it comes to test time.


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Maple

11:50am

Lunch/Networking and Prize Drawing
Enjoy lunch with fellow science educators in the following rooms:
K-2 educators: rm Birch
3-5 educators: rm Cedar
6th educators: rm Zion
7th educators: rm Bryce
8th educators: rm Arches
Chemistry educators: rm Sycamore
Biology educators: rm Elm
Earth Science educators: rm Juniper
Physics educators: rm Maple

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 11:50am - 12:30pm
Various Locations

12:40pm

Snail Explorations
Learn how to use living snails and inquiry to increase your student’s knowledge of adaptations and habitats. In this session animal adaptations are explored through the observations of land snails. Participants will observe live snails to learn about their anatomy, how they move and how they eat. Participants will also design experiments to determine the snail’s preferences in food and surfaces.


Friday February 9, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Oak

12:40pm

Exploring Marine Ecosystems
Join Loveland Living Planet Aquarium to see how you can easily use models to teach ecological concepts. Participants in this session will work in small groups to explore a marine habitat, develop a model to reflect the habitat’s unique challenges, and collect and interpret data to explore the impact of resource distribution on marine organisms. Material from this session comes from Stability and Change in Marine Ecosystems, a free 6th grade science workshop provided by the Aquarium.


Friday February 9, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Zion

12:40pm

Using Modeling Investigations to Understand Gravitational Interactions in Orbiting Systems
This interactive session addresses SEEd Standards 7.1.5 and reviews 6.1.2. Earth’s orbiting satellites will be explored using multiple models. Participants will :
1. Gather evidence to support claims
2. Use multiple models that provide representations of gravitational forces combined with inertial effects
3 Construct explanations that serve to review and assess all 5 standards of Strand 7.1
4. Learn that no single model is fully representative so several models are required to fully understand the phenomenon

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Bryce

12:40pm

The Copper Conundrum: Evidence of Three Dimensional Learning
Come explore Strand 8.4! Investigate the uneven distribution of mineral resources in Utah’s Bingham Canyon Mine and gather evidence to support your argument in a CER format. Evidence includes geoscience processes over large scales of time that have led to this local phenomenon. This storyline was developed through a partnership with Rio Tinto Kennecott Copper Mine and Salt Lake City School District.


Friday February 9, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Arches

12:40pm

Planting the SEEd's of conservation
Learn how Utah’s Hogle Zoo is helping teachers implement 3D learning and the SEEd standards in a way that helps inspire students to care about the natural world and have a better understanding of conservation and biology. This presentation will showcase lesson plans, teacher kits, professional development activities and more that 6-8th grade teachers can use in their own classroom.


Friday February 9, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Elm

12:40pm

Decision-Based Learning: Strategies for solving word problems in chemistry
Have you ever had a student say, "If I just knew which equation to use, I'd be able to solve the problem just fine!" Don't worry, you're not alone. Decision-based learning is a model for conditional knowledge, which is knowing when to use which equation or strategy. I'll present a model for thermochemistry, discuss student results, and we'll brainstorm about ways that this can be applied to other troublesome topics such as gas laws and stoichiometry.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Sycamore

12:40pm

BBC Microbit, Coding, and Science Experiments
This session will demonstrate how to use the BBC’s Microbit controller to create and code science experiments in a middle school science class that relate to state standards. The Microbit comes with a thermometer, accelerator, light sensor, compass, 3 volt source, and bluetooth built in. Projects and experiments will include engineering design, moisture testing, gravity, acceleration, motion, electric current, magnetic forces, temperature monitoring, analog & digital signals, and other ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Lyman

Carl Lyman

Coding Trainer, Utah Coding Project
@CarlLyman


Friday February 9, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Ampitheatre

12:40pm

Getting to the Hows and Whys in Earth Science
Having interactive activities and demos that “WOW” are hard things to find for Earth Science. This session will present some ideas for labs, lessons, data analysis, and demonstrations to help increase the hands-on experience and higher level thinking in your Earth Science class. There will also be discussion on how to find or create new ideas and how to change existing assignments into something more memorable.


Friday February 9, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Juniper

12:40pm

From Darwin and Mendel to the Twenty-First Century: Evolution Education’s Long and Tumultuous Road
Darwin and Mendel published their most important works within seven years of each other, establishing modern biology on the foundation of evolution. Resistance to evolution education was strong then, and that resistance has grown along with mounting scientific evidence supporting the reality of evolution. The challenge science teachers continue to face is how to dispel the notion that established science does not need to be a threat to faith.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Cedar

12:40pm

Be a Scientist Teacher Adventurer!
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." --J.R.R Tolkien. Are you ready to be swept away on a science adventure? As a science teacher, hundreds of opportunities are available to help you inject enthusiasm and experience back into your lessons. From NASA to the U.S. Forest Service, there are summer and weekend adventures waiting for you. All you need to do is apply! Come hear about some of these opportunities, share your experiences and expertise, and get tips on joining in on the adventure! Debbie Morgan, a 2017 Utah PAEMST award finalist and Hope Street Group/NNSTOY Utah Teacher fellow, has been going on adventures and sharing her passion for science with students for over sixteen years.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Canyon

12:40pm

Science Notebooks - Science smarter, not harder!
Science Notebooks are an essential component of real-life science. This session will model classroom-ready notebook strategies to: maximize authentic science and engineering practices-aligned uses, cultivate growth mindsets in individuals and learning communities, and to foster a culture of collaborative formative assessment. Finally, we will model grading strategies to maximize the impact of student work while minimizing grading volume and outside-of-class effort. Science notebooks – science smarter, not harder!



Friday February 9, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Aspen

12:40pm

Sensemaking Science in K-2 Classrooms
Come learn how to use sense-making strategies to engage your students as scientists. We will share strategies for using phenomena to engage young students and ideas for integrating science and engineering practices into your lessons.


Friday February 9, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Birch

12:40pm

What's the point of points?
After twenty years of grading with points, bonus points, and weighted points, it's now clear the points don't matter! This school year began with a new focus on "Grading for Learning". This approach focuses student learning through grade reporting solely in terms of proficiency with the Physics ILOs and Standards. This strategy quickly led to a new sense of empowerment for both students and teacher. Instead of students asking what can they do for points to raise their grade, students now ask for help in terms wanting to better understand specific science concepts. This session will share a method developed to move from mere point collector to proficiency assessor which ultimately has changed the mindset of students and this veteran teacher.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Maple

1:40pm

Magnets are Fun and Fascinating
Come do a 3D lesson using magnets along with the science and engineering practices. 

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Oak

1:40pm

Integrating Great Salt Lake Into Your Instruction
Great Salt Lake is a well-known landmark but its opportunities for science education are often underutilized. Come learn ways to integrate components of the lake into your instruction. We will demonstrate ways for your students to measure water quality, hatch brine shrimp in your classroom, and access easy-to-use technology tools to track one of the largest breeding colonies of American White Pelicans. Some related materials will be provided to attendees.


Friday February 9, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Zion

1:40pm

Feel the Force
I love physics! I have taught these standards for 2 years now and have come up with some fun learning experiences for the students. These ideas involve simulations, demonstrations and hands on experience. I hope that others can be inspired by the activities I have created for these fascinating concepts!

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Bryce

1:40pm

Catch the Wave of 3-Dimensional Learning
Participants will engage in the Science and Engineering Practices as they monitor their heart rate under different circumstances to think about frequency. They go on to create waves using metal springs and use these simple waves to explore the fundamental properties of waves: wavelength, frequency, and amplitude. Participants then will identify which Crosscutting Concepts were developed in the investigation.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Arches

1:40pm

What is Nature-inspired Exploration? Biomimicry
This Biomimicry workshop offers teachers a compelling way to engage students of all ages with a class-ready introduction to biomimicry, the Tutelage of Trees hands-on activity, and biomimicry engineer design challenge activities to use in your classroom. NASA currently is using engineering inspired by nature to focus on real engineering problems. Come find out how to integrate science, literacy, and engineering with nature with a collection of classroom ready activities.


Friday February 9, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Elm

1:40pm

Ten 15-minute Chemistry Labs
These mini-labs are designed to target specific learning goals from the Utah standards without taking an entire class period to do it. Most materials are readily available and cost effective. Labs will target the periodic table, radioactive decay, compounds, intermolecular forces, solutions, reactions, and more!

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Sycamore

1:40pm

Journey 2050: Virtual Simulation Exploring Global Food Sustainability
Journey 2050 is a virtual, inquiry-based, simulation that explores global food sustainability and encourages critical thinking. As students interact with farm families in Kenya, India, and Canada, they learn the role of best management practices in feeding the world, reducing environmental impacts, and improving social performance. All lessons are tied to Utah Core Standards—and free! Participants are encouraged to bring a mobile device to play the simulation (not required).


Friday February 9, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Ampitheatre

1:40pm

Climate and climate change science
The presentation includes hands-on activities such as might be utilized by classroom teachers, and pays special attention to commonly encountered, but misleading (or flat out wrong) arguments that modern-day climate change is a hoax, or exaggerated, or not caused by human activities. Extensive research in cognitive psychology has identified ‘best practices’ to use when addressing misinformation. By modeling these best practices, audience members will learn not just climate science and climate change science, but also how to handle objections to the science in ways that increase student learning. Specific topics include the greenhouse effect, natural climate variability and how it differs from climate change, natural versus human causes of climate change, potential consequences of unchecked global warming, and possible solutions to the problem.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Juniper

1:40pm

Dinosaurs in disguise: The bird – dinosaur connection
The first Jurassic Park movie emphasized the connection between birds and dinosaurs, to many individuals, this was a new idea.  What are the real facts behind this so-called connection?  Charles Darwin proposed transitional fossil species leading to modern descendants in the “Origin of Species” in 1859.  Two years later after the first publication of “Origin”, the first Archaeopteryx (bird-dino) was found, partially validation Darwin’s claim.  Thomas Huxley (Darwin’s Bulldog), in the 1800’s, went even further by showing the link between theropod dinosaurs, intermediate transitional fossils like Archaeopteryx and modern bird anatomically.  The connection was lost in the 1900’s as dinosaurs became sluggish reptiles, and the idea of birds descending from dinosaurs was basically lost until the 1960’s.  Genetics and molecular data have added to this renaissance of the bird-dinosaur relation along with amazing fossil discoveries worldwide.  The latest scientific information is an excellent way for teachers to explain the concepts of the scientific method, evolution, basic biology and paleontology to students who may not enjoy science but love dinosaurs.
 

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Cedar

1:40pm

Having fun with Energy
Energy and Force and Motion are important cross-cutting concepts. Learn some fun ways to help your students understand the basics of energy and how it effects force and motion. Hands on fun!


Friday February 9, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Canyon

1:40pm

Use POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) activities.
This workshop will introduce participants to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning and will explore the benefits of this approach to active learning in the classroom. Participants will experience a POGIL based learning environment, analyze activities, understand how guided inquiry is structured in a POGIL classroom, and consider classroom facilitation and other issues related to the implementation of POGIL.


Friday February 9, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Aspen

1:40pm

Every Rock Has a Story!
Through investigations we will discover why rocks have certain characteristics. We will answer: Where igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, and metamorphic rocks form. Why do some rocks sparkle and some don’t? Why are some rocks heavy and some light weight? Connections will be made through patterns, cause and effect, and constructing a model to help you understand the story of rocks. Lesson plans and information about rocks will be distributed.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Birch

1:40pm

The Physics of Instrumental Music
Imagine you are sitting in the audience and the Utah Symphony takes the stage. With a signal from the conductor’s baton, a variety of sounds, pitches, and rhythms fill the air. But have you ever wondered why? How does a trumpet make so many different pitches with just three little buttons? How does a violin bow make the string sound? Come and find out the answers to these questions and more. Instruments provided by Summerhays Music.


Friday February 9, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Maple

2:40pm

STEMposium with the Utah State Science Core
Participants will learn how picture books can inspire STEM learning, become familiar with the 5Es learning cycle, learn how to incorporate research-based reading comprehension strategies into science inquiry lessons that go with the Utah State Elementary Science Core, grades K-6


Friday February 9, 2018 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Oak

2:40pm

Weather and Meteorology
The 6th Grade Weather Strand is new to the core this year. This session includes hands on, internet based activities and resources to teach this strand. Along with background information, phenomena based lesson plans will be available. The entire unit, including lesson plans and projects, can be done with supplies nearly exclusively from your workroom and a two students to one Chromebook or similar device ratio.


Friday February 9, 2018 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Zion

2:40pm

Rejuvenate Existing Lessons Using the 3D Science Model
In this workshop, I introduce participants to the idea of modifying existing curriculum to create a 3D learning experience. Participants become familiar with a rubric that helps them evaluate and improve their own resources. They will then work with traditional lessons (6-8) to practice making these changes. At the end, teachers will have a SEEd modified activity that implements meaningful changes to classroom teaching and student learning.


Friday February 9, 2018 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Bryce

2:40pm

Authentic 3D Assessments that can be graded in class for 8th Grade Chemistry
Create authentic 3D assessments that cover multiple standards and can be graded during class for our 8th grade Chemistry Unit. Also, what to do about students that need interventions, those that are ready for extension and our intentional non-learners.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Arches

2:40pm

From Utah to Antarctica: polar research, nematodes and tardigrades in the classroom
Microfauna such as nematodes, rotifers and tardigrades provide an exciting way to engage students in life science topics ranging from cellular biology to ecology. These animals have fascinating adaptations that allow them to live nearly everywhere, even in hostile environments like Antarctica. Learn about how these animals are studied in Antarctica and how they can be studied in the classroom. The presentation will include information on several classroom activities (e.g. inquiry-lab, dichotomous key, ecological sampling, data analysis). NGSS: HS-LS2-2, HS-LS4-5, Utah Biology Core: Standards 1.3, 5.3; ILOs 1, 4, 6.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Elm

2:40pm

Chemical Formula & Amino Acids
What is the difference between subscripts and coefficients? What does "balancing" a chemical equation mean? Many students have trouble with these fundamental concepts in chemistry. If a student does not fully understand the chemical formula, then moles, reactions, and stoichiometry are hopelessly confusing. Join us for some elegant, intuitive, and well-differentiated lessons that allow students of all levels to master the chemical formula and thereby move confidently into a deeper understanding of chemistry.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Sycamore

2:40pm

3D Science Using Authentic, Digitized Objects – Improve your practice, boost student learning!
Looking for resources to help you effectively implement the SEEd standards, promote critical-thinking, communication, and collaboration among your students? If so, the Natural History Museum of Utah's Research Quest is just that! Come learn how to engage students in helping solve one of Utah’s greatest scientific mysteries. Easy to implement for teachers, Research Quest leverages the Museum’s scientific collections and expertise, delivered using the latest 3D technologies to engage your students in evidence finding, hypotheses development, and argumentation with their peers as they communicate their findings.


Friday February 9, 2018 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Ampitheatre

2:40pm

opengeology.org: The first OER introductory geology text
This presentation will cover both the process of creation and the application of the first open educational resource (OER) for introductory geology classes in the United States: opengeology.org. Over 5 semesters, 4 instructors at Salt Lake Community College worked on developing this OER. It includes interactive features, quizzes, and pop-up vocabulary.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Juniper

2:40pm

Update of the Hominin Fossil Record
We will review the hominin record and the rather "standard" view of fossils preceding the appearance and evolution of Homo sapiens. Then we will introduce discoveries (and claims of discoveries) that add additional dimensions to the story.

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Friday February 9, 2018 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Cedar

2:40pm

Engaging Classroom Vocabulary Strategies
We will present some vocabulary and review strategies that are useable for all grade levels, give out class sets of some of our favorite activities, share our YouTube channel and drop-box resources. We will be sharing some of the same activities from last year and a few new ones.


Friday February 9, 2018 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Canyon

2:40pm

Planted SEEd Storylines in the Blended Learning Field
Blended, personalized learning is the new, growing field in student achievement and mastery. Did you know that the 6-8th SEEd Storylines are also in Canvas? Come explore the course, how it was built, and how it can be molded and used to best fit your student’s needs. Use the “planted” course in your classroom and watch your students’ knowledge and skills blossom!

Speakers
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Sarah Ruiz

Digital Learning Mentor, Davis School District
Hello! I am excited to meet you in my session! I am a Science Nerd and Canvas guru! I currently mentor and teach 7-8th grade students who take their core classes in the district. I love working in Davis School District and being apart of this great Blended Learning movement!


Friday February 9, 2018 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Aspen

2:40pm

Big Pumpkins: Using Computer Models to Investigate Inheritance and Variation in the Garden
Come explore the phenomenon of a giant pumpkin and deepen your understanding of heredity! We will observe the variation of traits in plants. Then use an interactive computer model to grow the biggest virtual pumpkin, collecting data on the size and weight of pumpkins over many generations. Use the data as evidence to explain that big pumpkins result from inherited traits influenced by the environment. Please bring a laptop to access the NetLogo computer model. Targets standards in grades 1, 3, 5


Friday February 9, 2018 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Birch

2:40pm

Physics, 30 demonstrations in 60 minutes.
A fast paced sharing of physics demonstrations.

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Friday February 9, 2018 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Maple

3:30pm

Ice Cream Social and Prize Drawing
Ice Cream Social and Prize Drawing

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Friday February 9, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Various Locations

6:00pm

UtSTA Awards Banquet, Keynote Address- Daniel Bedford
Come enjoy a fabulous catered meal, congratulate our UtSTA award winners, and hear from Daniel Bedford, professor at Weber State University whose current research interests include the weather and climate influences of the Great Salt Lake. Purchase your banquet tickets on the conference website

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Friday February 9, 2018 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Ballroom