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Pre-Session - Doors Open at 7:30am

7:30 - 8:30

Exhibitor, Presenter, & Attendee Check-in and Registration; breakfast, snacks and drinks for sale; networking and exhibits

OPENING CEREMONY - Announcements, Logistics, Door Prize Drawing, Introduce KEYNOTE - Michael Perkins, Executive Director of Professional Development and Curriculum and Instruction, Manor ISD

KEYNOTE SESSION    8:30am - 9:45am

​KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Discovery Education presents Dr. Cindy Moss, Vice President of Global STEM for

Discovery Education.

Preparing Your Students for Their Future with STEM

In this session, participants will be exposed to the STEM skills employers are seeking in their future workforce, data about schools in their state and STEM, and ways to engage all types of learners with STEM teaching and learning. They will leave with access to high quality, digital resources and information about services to help them move their schools forward with STEM.

CAFETERIA

Keynote
Science Exploration - Visit Exhibitors     9:45am - 10:00am
Session 2 - 10:00am - 10:55am

STARS AND SCIENCE AUSTIN: Portable Planetarium Show for Secondary Science (Grades 6-12)

Lucia Brimer & Boby Corley - Stars & Science Austin

Secondary teachers will experience a planetarium show in the Stars and Science Austin portable planetarium, including Stellarium, a freeware program that can be downloaded onto any computer. You will learn how to use it to show space science TEKS such as apparent movement of Sun, Moon, Planets, and constellations, and phases of Moon. Demonstration will be inside mobile planetarium that can come to your school as well, to give students immersive experience. 

2nd floor Balcony

Integrating Writing into Science (Grades 3-8)

Alyssa Roetheli - Teaching in the Fast Lane

Writing is an important tool for students to explore in science. Come check out my favorite strategies for getting students excited to write about science while pumping up their use of content vocabulary. 

Seeking a Solution for STEM? Come meet the Solution Seekers (Grades K-8)

Duane Waber - Manager for Thinking & Learning - Discovery Education 

 In the last 10 years, 3 million American jobs have gone unfilled due to a lack of basic STEM skills. Discovery Education STEM Connect is a cutting-edge interdisciplinary K-8 resource designed to enhance core curriculum and bring STEM to life in your classrooms. Our powerful 4Cs framework built around Stanford Design Thinking, uses relatable scenarios that connect students to real world challenges. With each unit, students gain valuable critical-thinking and solution seeking skills for life.

What Do You Mean There's NO Scientific Method! (All Grades)

Dr. Sandra West, Kiki Corry - Texas State University

Many still mistakenly believe there is one step-by-step experiment-based method of gaining new scientific information. This pervasive misconception, inconsistent with national standards since 1993, is found in lesson plans, textbooks, PD, online resources, state science standards and science competitions.  A new resource, "Modes of Scientific Inquiry", enables identification of appropriate research design.

Just Say No to Drill and Kill - Using Games that Really Make Students Think (Grades PK-5)

Isaac Washington, Rocco Williams - Accelerating Success

We know that drill and kill does not work.  We also know that teachers need engaging activities and games that can help their students understand science concepts at deeper level.  Come experience games that can be played online as well as offline during centers or small group rotations that really make your students think!

Tectonic Fury-JASON Learning (Grades 6-12)

Deb Hill 

Geology is all us, and it affects every aspect of our lives.  The schools you learn in, the houses you live in, and the technology you rely upon everyday depends on our understanding of geology.  Participants will be experience hands on labs as well as awareness of the resources available within the JASON Learning Platform. 

Argument-Driven Inquiry in High School (Grades 9-12)

Ashley Murphy

Argument-Driven Inquiry in the High School Classroom Learn about Argument-Driven Inquiry and how it can help high school students learn how to use core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and scientific practices to explain natural phenomena to address the TEKS. The session includes a demonstration lab investigation.

Rx: Rotation & Revolution (Grades 4-8)

Rosemary Martin - Science Cut-ups

Having trouble getting kids to understand revolution & rotation concepts? Modeling is the key! Come see how models for day/night/shadows, Moon's motion, seasons, & tidal patterns can help create interest & insight into these difficult spatial concepts. 

1-2-3 Steps to Better STAAR Scores (Grades 3-8)

Jeana Reagan - Science Pilot

Use a three-step approach to help students master critical science concepts in elementary and middle school science.  This hands-on workshop allows participants to experience all three steps and identifies how the steps can be implemented throughout the year, for review/intervention, or for preparation for the state assessment.

Session 3 - 11:00am - 11:55pm

STARS AND SCIENCE AUSTIN: Portable Planetarium Show for Elementary Science (Grades PK-5)

Lucia Brimer & Boby Corley - Stars & Science Austin

Elementary teachers will experience a planetarium show in the Stars and Science Austin portable planetarium, including Stellarium a freeware program that can be downloaded onto any computer. You will learn how to use it to show space science TEKS such as apparent movement of Sun, Moon, Planets, and constellations, and phases of Moon. Demonstration will be inside mobile planetarium that can come to your school as well, to give students immersive experience. 

2nd floor Balcony

Engage Your Students Through Gamification (Grades 3-8)

Alyssa Roetheli

Is your review feeling stale? Get your students excited to review what they have learned through engaging gamification strategies that will leave them begging for more! Leave this session with strategies you can use with your students tomorrow!

Scientist in Residence: In-Classroom STEM Mentors and Role Models (Grades 6-12)

Natally Mendez - University of Texas Environmental Science Institute

Do STEM professional role models make a difference in K-12 classrooms? Hear from a K-12 teacher, a STEM graduate student and the program’s coordinator on the student impact of the highly successful Scientist in Residence program at UT’s Environmental Science Institute.

Biology Jenga (Grades 9-12)

Claire Vollmar, President Texas Association of Biology Teachers (TABT)

Come and enjoy a Jenga filled hour! During this interactive presentation you will play Jenga! This multimodal approach to learning allows your students to visually understand a systems approach to multiple topics. Planned examples of the incorporation of Jenga into your classroom include 4 activities: Introduction to Ecology, Assessing the Impact (of pollution and remediation), Maintaining Homeostasis (of the body), and Reviewing for a Test.

A Guide to Using Games to Teach the 4 C's (Grades PK-5)

Isaac Washington, Rocco Williams - Accelerating Success

Come and experience a number of games that promote the 4 C's of instruction (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking).  In this session, we will introduce games that are not only engaging and exciting, but 100% aligned to the TEKS.

World of Waves (Grades 9-12)

Deb Hill - JASON Project

Explore how waves in water, sound, light, and other electromagnetic energies are involved in engaging real-world phenomena, like surfing in the ocean, animal communication, and mobile networks.  Through immersive, hands-on learning experiences, you'll gain foundational content knowledge and insights into expert applications of waves. These activities are designed to stimulate and enhance your critical and design thinking skills, and they will help you sharpen your data analysis and modeling skills.

Argument-Driven Inquiry in Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Ashley Murphy

Argument-Driven Inquiry in the Middle School Classroom Learn about Argument-Driven Inquiry and how it can help middle school students learn how to use core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and scientific practices to explain natural phenomena to address the TEKS. The session includes a demonstration lab investigation.

Rx: Process Skills (Grades 3-8)

Rosemary Martin - Science Cut-ups

Are you looking for new ways to focus on observation, data, variables, inquiry questions and C-E-R? Come explore ways to use manipulatives, make question wheels, stretch student thinking & eliminate those "that was a lot of fun, I learned a lot," conclusions!

Texas Ecoregions Topographic Models (Grades 6-12)

John Koonz - Geoblox

Participants will review topographic maps, weathering and erosion, and the Texas ecoregions. Teachers will then build a scale landform model from Geoblox Texas Ecoregions Topographic Landform Models.  We will discuss the role of erosion, and compare the maps and models to satellite images of the same locations.. 

Global Issues (Grades 6-12)

Miguel Gill - National Geographic | Cengage

Bringing World Issues into Focus for All Students  The Global Issues series consists of books at three reading levels covering 12 of the most important geographic and environmental issues of our time.  Informational text for social studies and language arts classes High-interest topics and dramatic photography eBooks, sound effects, interactive vocabulary, and infographics Three reading levels (on level, below level, and above level) to reach every student Each topic and level is also available as eBooks and in Spanish (print and eBooks).

LUNCH BREAK and Visiting Exhibitors - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Session 4 - 1:00pm - 1:55pm

Colorful World of Electrophoresis! Molecules in ACTION!  (Grades 9-12)

Lynsie Lambrecht - Elgin High School

Separate color dyes using electrophoresis. Which way will they go? Why? What properties drive the direction of migration? Can you solve for the unknown dye?

Planet Texas 2050: Creating a Sustainable Future for Texas (Grades 5-12)

Lakin Beal, Natally Mendez - University of Texas Environmental Science Institute

Learn how you can include the Planet Texas 2050, a UT research initiative, themed activities in your classroom! The goals include creating a sustainable future for Texas by the year 2050, when Texas’ population is projected to double. Lessons and activities include our foundational pillars of water, energy, urbanization, and ecosystem services. Activities simulate climatic and human impacts to finite resources, address the challenges in sustainable and unsustainable lifestyles, and pose thought or discussion questions for the students to understand the real-world applications to these challenges.

Stacking Vocabulary Strategies (All Grades)

Claire Vollmar, President Texas Association of Biology Teachers (TABT)

Educators will experience multiple multi-modal strategies that can be stacked in a 5E concept format to take a student’s vocabulary from knowledge level to a synthesis level. These strategies will empower all levels of learners to use their own knowledge and experiences to define core concepts through inquiry and discussions in the classroom. These techniques are applicable to all grade levels, but all activities will incorporate biology examples.

NEW Literacy Connections: Adding Rigor to Science Literacy with STEMscopes (All Grades)

Sally Wall - STEM Scopes

Join us as we learn the power of using Science Literacy to engage students in reading, writing, and discourse about science through text, inquiry, and media in collaborative groups, leading to student mastery and high achievement. Build the rigor and engagement for all students.

Resilient Planet (Grades 6-8)

Deb Hill - JASON Project

Resilient Planet takes students to Earth's critical ecosystems to investigate nature's strategies for regeneration, learn roles of ecosystem management, understand human induced changes, and recognize their responsibility for defending biodiversity. Participants will engage in hands on labs.

Argument-Driven Inquiry in Elementary School (Grades 3-5)

Ashley Murphy

Argument-Driven Inquiry in the Elementary School Classroom Learn about Argument-Driven Inquiry and how it can help elementary school students learn how to use core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and scientific practices to explain natural phenomena to address the TEKS. The session includes a demonstration lab investigation.

Make a Difference: Tools and Strategies to Enhance Your Teacher Voice and Role in Education Advocacy (Grades K-8)

Kenn Heydrick, Sandra West - Texas State University

Want to learn how to advocate for science education as a teacher or coordinator from the school level to the state level? Hear tips from experienced leaders that can enable you to make a difference. 

Build a Butterfly: A LIVE Life Cycle Investigation (Grades K-5)

Holly Ahern and Jennifer Jordan-Kazsuba - Ward's Science and University of Texas STEM Center

Join us as we explore the life cycle of a butterfly. In this lively hands-on workshop participants investigate, record, and compare phases of the butterfly life cycle and experience transferring butterfly larvae to new habitats. In addition, participants will use tools such as hand lenses, magnifiers, stereoscopes, and digital microscopy to incorporate into their lessons. A live larvae or two will go home with every participant!

Session 5 - 2:05pm - 3:00pm

To Taste or Not to Taste! PTC Genotype Determination (Grades 6-12)

Lynsie Lambrecht - Elgin High School

Use electrophoresis to solidify the theoretical teaching of Mendelian genetics and learn the basics of genotyping to determine the PTC taster genotypes for a family.

"Hands-On, Minds-On" to a Mini Make-and-Take Workshop: Science Games and Project Ideas (Grades K-12)

Rodelio & Joy Abuan - Scienterrific Games

This is a mini “Make-and-Take” workshop that will help teachers create their own games and puzzles that target a specific TEKS or topic. Teachers will END UP WITH SAMPLE PRODUCTS of their own games and puzzles that can be modified and used in their own classroom. Teachers will also learn some great ideas for their Project Based Learning

Animal Instinct: Critters in the Classroom (Grades 3-8)

Jennifer Jordan-Kazsuba, Holly Ahern - University of Texas STEM Center and Ward's Science

Are you an animal person? We are! Join us to explore the possibilities to engage all learners with live organisms, and enrich your classroom while teaching responsibility and connecting to life cycle TEKS. A hands-on experience with some very special classmates.

Changing Classroom Practice and Student Achievement through STEM Teacher Actions (All Grades)

Sally Wall- STEM Scopes

Life-changing STEM outcomes are the result of purposeful instructional planning and delivery that integrates standards-based instruction and high impact STEM strategies. Effective, engaging and evidence-based, these  strategies will transform your student outcomes. STEM Teacher Certificate will  refine and demonstrate your understanding of the 15 STEM Teacher Actions.

Making Learning Fun and Engaging (All Grades)

Tabatha Darilek, Ruth Longoria - Decker Elementary (Manor ISD)

This program will have teachers leaving with innovative ways to incorporate learning with ALL students.  You will earn to use common games as a review for content and vocabulary and ideas to have students up and moving.  You will also learn new ways to have students do the thinking while having fun.

Visual Learning Works for Science (All Grades)

Dr. Charles Simmons - Thinking Maps

Come learn about the power of visual learning to accelerate growth in Science. Collaborate to create visual representations of key science principles. Leave with an understanding of the power visual learning can have on cognitive development..

Closing Session - 3:00pm - 3:15pm 

Closing Remarks, Announcements, Door Prizes