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Saturday, February 20
 

8:30am

Do You HaveWhat it Takes to Suvive in the Wild?
Many animals live in some of the harshest climates on Earth! The African Savanna is no exception. Competition is inevitable . . . and if they aren’t able to collect food, raise their young, and either fight or hide from predators, it could be the end of these species! Today, you will create your own species with adaptations to make sure it survives against all obstacles it faces in the African Savanna. What will it take to carry on your species to the next generations and beyond?


Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D106

8:30am

Stations in the Biology Classroom
Want to keep your students engaged and teach them how to manage their time all while having the flexibility to facilitate and serve individual needs? Want to have students take ownership in their learning? Come join us to gain some great ideas of stations that you can incorporate into your Biology classroom! I have designed several stations – both quick 2-3 minute reviews as well as longer 10-15 minute stations – that cover the broad spectrum of Biology TEKS.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D213

8:30am

Aquaponics as a Teaching Tool
I have found tremendous value in having an aquaponic garden in my classroom. Check out this session for tips on how to build an inexpensive aquaponic garden to enhance both learning and student engagement. I will be bringing the equipment with me to show you how to construct you own system and some ideas on how to use it to teach things such as plants, agriculture, nutrient cycling, waste, populations, and many others. Please make plans to come and grow with us!

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BB

Bryan Beck

AP Environmental Science Teacher, Frisco ISD
You can talk to me about anything... But I am here to give a talk about Aquaponics in the classroom and Differentiation. But, know that I am not an expert on either. I just try different things to get my kids engaged and involved. Thanks for checking in on me, feel free to swing by D216 and catch a talk!

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D216

8:30am

Integrating Inquiry Into The Five E Model
An engaging and fun hands on activity with simple materials thatl seamlessly integrates inquiry and the Five E Model. This powerful activity will utilize Life Science, Chemistry, and Physics concepts. You will be impressed at the ease in which combining inquiry with the Five E Model results in high levels of student learning and interest. As an added bonus this activity will address a huge challenge in the science classroom. Getting students to think, write, and speak like a scientist is a huge challenge. This activity allows even the most retience student to excel in this type of scientific discourse. This presentation is relevant for all levels of educators.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D129

8:30am

Taste the Science
Science is all around -- even in our food! We drink carbonated sodas all the time, but how do the bubbles get in there? Do it yourself by carbonating FRUIT. Double blind taste tests -- for fun and to explore the science of your taste buds. Explore how temperature and molecules speed affect TASTE. And take a taste of the periodic table itself.


Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D210

8:30am

Matching Technology to Learning Intelligences
We will take the 7 learning intelligences - Linguistic, Logic/Math, Spatial, Body/Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal and Naturalist and match them to technology tools that support those intelligences. 15 + will be demonstrated. Taking the intelligences into account, we will create menu driven learning to support your students in creating authentic learning experiences. Several sample menus will be shared.

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avatar for Deanna Flanagan

Deanna Flanagan

Science Teacher, Frisco ISD Pioneer Heritage Middle School
I am a cyclist in my spare time, wave and smile when you pass. I have worked for National Geographic on the Jason project, I grew our Future City program 300% this year. I recently completed a masters in Learning Technology. See you Saturday to learn how to use technology to reach students who learn using different learning styles. Explore menus to incorporate different technology.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
E103

8:30am

Got Gas?
Do your students struggle with connecting math and science? Are you looking for ways to overcome this obstacle and increase student engagement? Join us while we share a simplified method, accompanied by hands-on demos to help students understand and apply common math concepts in chemistry. This approach will help high school teachers make passing gas stoichiometry a breeze and will allow middle school teachers to take back ready to use foldables and demos to their classrooms.

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CB

Constance Bond

Chemistry Teacher, Naaman Forest High School

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ME

Maysaa Enaya

TEACHER, PLANOISD
This is my 14 year teaching science. I teach Chemistry and Intro to Engineering Design at Plano-ISD. | I am excited to be presenting Saturday at MiniCAST. | this is my 3rd time presenting and it should be informative and engaging for all science teachers.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D201

8:30am

Teaching Chemistry with Games
Come take a look at five games and manipulatives that are used in my classroom to make learning sink in. I will be showcasing the following items:
*Bonding Go Fish
*Ionic Battleship
*Compound War
*Hands-on Balancing Equations with a worksheet
*Making Ions
Some of these items can be shared and some were purchased through Teachers Pay Teachers. Links to these paid games will be available.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Bradley

Jennifer Bradley

Teacher, Alvord ISD
I have been teaching for five years and have taught most everything in science from 5th grade to high school level ( Biology, chemistry, IPC, Physics, and Enviornmental Science). Prior to teaching I worked in research at a major university in Fort Wort, Texas. I enjoy teaching because I get to share my outside of the classroom expereince and show what they are learning relates to the real world in some way or aspect. | jbradley@alvordisd.net

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
E209

8:30am

Slaying Strategies for Science Success
With more students entering science classrooms at or below grade level in reading and/or mathematics, it is imperative that the science instructor strategically plan and execute methods which will increase student achievement by embedding reading and/or mathematics seamlessly into the science curriculum. Although most science instructors can agree this problem exists, the ongoing integration of reading and mathematics strategies may not always seem an accomplishable feat. During this hour long session, methods which will increase both teacher and student effectiveness will be provided. Teachers will review material directly related to select science units and will be provided links to locate additional resources. At the end of the session, participants will be able to supplement and/or modify existing units with reading and mathematics strategies. Participants will leave knowing how to execute a plan to increase student achievement in science with reading and mathematics integration.

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avatar for Danielle Moore

Danielle Moore

Physics Curriculum Specialist, Fort Worth ISD

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D209

8:30am

Design Thinking in Science: The Engineering Design Process and the 5Es Blended
We all know the 5E instructional model, but is it still a reasonable approach to structuring a lesson in which children engage in engineering design in elementary classrooms? We say YES! The Engineering Design Process (EDP) can be easily situated within the 5E framework. Come explore how the 5Es come together with the EDP to create engaging and meaningful lessons for students!



Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D103

8:30am

Give a Kid a Screwdriver!!
Spark your student's imagination by letting their imagination and creative hands take them into a world of STEM projects and experiences. Participants will disassemble electronics, learn how to discover the fun of reverse engineering, build and create "doodle bugs" and "bristle" bots with spare parts. This fun-filled hands-on lesson will have you ready to share engaging lessons with your students that can support your STEM initiatives.

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avatar for Adriane Fox

Adriane Fox

Science Teacher, Village Tech Schools
I love tinkering, creating an playing with kids. I love the discovery and "Ah" moments.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D107

8:30am

Cuttin' Up using Process Skills
Did you notice all those STAAR questions that are dual coded? Are you looking for some new ways to focus on observations, data, testable questions, variables, claims, evidence, and reasoning? Come explore the ways Science Cut Ups manipulatives and our free downloads can help! Door prizes, fun, and lots of cuttin' up

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Owner, Science Cut Ups
Rosemary Martin is a retired Texas educator who develops and publishes Science Cut Ups. Science Cut Ups are low-cost, TEKS-based, pre-made, colorful manipulatives for all grade levels. Science Cut Ups are designed to help you teach, review, or assess science concepts and processes using engaging materials that prompt critical thinking.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D220

8:30am

Enhance Learning in Science With Games
Through the use of games in science educators can help
1. Increase student interaction between peers and encourage content-area conversation
2. Encourage ELL students in language acquisition skills ( BICS and CALP)
3. Develop Inquiry Skills in all students
4. Enhance Understanding of Science Concepts/TEKS
5. Develop 21st Century Skills by developing higher level thinking and collaboration skills

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PK

Pam Kirkland

Master Teacher | UTeach Dallas | UT Dallas

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D120

8:30am

FEATURE SESSION: Using Mindset to Curb Apathy and Boost Engagement
Anyone in education for the past decade can attest to the drastically increasing proportion of apathetic, under-motivated students. Rather than blame their generation and accept its inevitability, this presentation discusses the effect of two distinct "mindsets" on everyday decision making, how it leads to this apathy, and how the problem (fixed) mindset can be corrected! We will discuss unique Elementary and Secondary issues relating to the development of mindset as well as multiple societal factors that have fueled the uprising of the fixed mindset well into post-secondary education and the ever-changing business world! This direct, honest and often comical discussion will show the role we as educators, regardless of level, must play in this transformation to help our students succeed!

Speakers
avatar for Ramy Mahmoud

Ramy Mahmoud

2013 PISD Teacher of the Year, Plano ISD
I am committed to finding ways to keep learning engaging and intriguing for my students. I have developed this presentation based off of both psychological research and tested strategies in my classrooms. I'm confident that after attending this session you'll be invigorated, inspired and excited to pass these strategies on to your district and campus to develop true, authentically engaged students in your classrooms!

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
E104

8:30am

Interactive Word Walls for Middle School
Studies show that student-generated materials and visuals improve academic achievement. Step away from traditional word walls and learn how interactive word walls provide students with an opportunity to interact with materials on display, make real world connections, and gain a deeper understanding of the concept. In this session, participants will receive new ideas for implementing interactive word walls in the middle school classroom.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D127

8:30am

STEMscope K-12 Navigation
Join us for a refresher on HOW TO NAVIGATE AND IMPLEMENT STEMscopes! Learn how to integrate our new features, C.E.R. (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning), TWIG and TIG-TAG Videos, Vocabulary/Literacy Strategies, the Lesson Planner, and eBooks to compliment your teaching style. Student retention with our cross-curricular connections along with helpful hints for using hands-on lab materials and consumable maintenance will also be addressed. Why? Good Curriculum Matters! And Lab Materials Too!

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Chatelain

Gloria Chatelain

STEM Regional Consultant, Accelerate Learning Inc.
How amazing our STEMscopes Digital Curriculum can be when used properly! Many teachers are only using a portion of the program, but it houses the TRUE INQUIRY approach that we are all searching for. Training on how to use the program can help immensely.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
E202

8:30am

Catching Fire with Ward's Fire Arrows!
What's the physics and trajectory behind Katniss Everdeen's success? Build a perfect arrow that flies further and soars higher than other Districts. May the odds be ever in your favor! Safety Note – There will be no actual flames or fire used in this presentation. Doorprizes from Ward's Science.

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CM

Cockrill MS

McKinney ISD


Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D131

8:30am

Energy Review for the “Big One”
Participants will investigate electric currents and circuits, the pathways through which electricity flows. They work with a variety of components to explore conductors and insulators. They investigate energy sources and observe energy transfer that results in heat, light, sound and motion. Perfect review for TEKS 5.6 A-B, both Readiness Standards.


Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D111

8:30am

Cartoon Physics
Looking for more engaging science examples for your elementary classroom? In this session, we will break down scenes from classic cartoons like Coyote and Roadrunner, Bugs Bunny, and other cartoon movie scenes using physics concepts taught in the elementary grade levels. Teachers will go through a few hands on experiments that their students can do to test whether or not the cartoon scenes showed good or bad physics. Teachers will also use the CER (Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning) method of developing good scientific explanations that are grade level appropriate. Participants will receive information on where to find each clip and hands on materials for easy use in the classroom.

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avatar for Kenric Davies

Kenric Davies

Lead Physics Teacher, Sherman High School
I obtained a Bachelor's of Arts in Physics from Texas A&M University where I was also a part of the aggieTEACH program. After graduating in 2010, I went to work for Sherman High School and have been teaching Physics, Pre-AP Physics, AP Physics B (now AP Physics 1 & 2), and Astronomy ever since. Recently, I received my MAT in Science Education from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D228

8:30am

Guided Inquiry Labs in AP Physics 1 & 2
Have you had time to look at the AP Physics 1 & 2 Lab Manual from the College Board? Did you even know one existed? Is it overwhelming? In this session we'll discuss some of the guided inquiry labs suggested by the College Board and some modifications we have made to them to fit our own personalities and styles. We'll also discuss some of the challenges that come along with this style of inquiry as well as some techniques to guide a post-lab discussion.


Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D215

8:30am

School Wide STEM Expo.
Learn how to have a school wide STEM Expo to get every student and parent excited about STEM. The idea behind STEM Expo is based on the exhibit halls they have at conventions and conferences like C.A.S.T. Each booth is fun, interesting and sometimes even gives things away. That is what STEM Expo should be like. Students will research something in the area of STEM in which they have an interest. They will create a presentation to share this information with others. The best part is no judging; just students sharing what they learned. See a slideshow of past STEM Expos from our school as I explain how we manage it in our Title 1 School without any volunteer help. Participants will participate in a short STEM activity used to get students excited about STEM. Sample copies of all the printed materials will be provided to all participants.

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avatar for Christine Barrantes

Christine Barrantes

Intervention Specialist, Mendenhall Elementary
I am and intervention Specialist that works with students that need interventions in Math and Science. I am interested in Project Learning, robotics, coding, and anything that will help students be successful in Math or Science grades 3 through 5. Also interested in STAAR prep for 5th grade science.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
D223

8:30am

Help! I Need to Differentiate My Science Class!
Are you overwhelmed with the idea of tailoring instruction to meet individual students' needs? What exactly does that look like in a high school science classroom? Come learn and take away ready to implement activities/strategies that include a note taking guide (Cornell style), Think-Tac-Toe, and Tiered Activities. The activities/strategies that will be presented have been successfully implemented in an on-level Physics curriculum; however, they can easily be adapted for other courses.


Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
E201

8:30am

United...and It Feels So Good!
Want to integrate technology but don't know where to start? K-2 teachers come learn all about technology and science!! Learn how to seamlessly utilize Web 2.0 Apps and iDevices with your students. These easy to use tools will enhance your lessons and engage your students in no time!

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avatar for Natalie Stewart

Natalie Stewart

I am a Kindergarten teacher who loves to integrate technology every chance I get!

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Saturday February 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
E106

9:40am

Differentiation??? Who has the time?
This presentation will help teachers with bringing diversity into their classroom. We will discuss how to change up content, processes, products, and even the classroom environment to meet the varying needs of our students.

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BB

Bryan Beck

AP Environmental Science Teacher, Frisco ISD
You can talk to me about anything... But I am here to give a talk about Aquaponics in the classroom and Differentiation. But, know that I am not an expert on either. I just try different things to get my kids engaged and involved. Thanks for checking in on me, feel free to swing by D216 and catch a talk!

Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D216

9:40am

Who Stole Speedy? Solving the Mystery Using DNA Evidence
The case of the pet-napping of Speedy, the class turtle. This session provides a unique hands-on experience for your students through an actual crime scene investigation to eliminate a suspects and identify the thief. Join me as we will perform DNA extraction and gel electrophoresis to solve the case. Ink chromatography will be used to validate the results. Materials will be available to easily modify to your classroom and door prize available.

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avatar for Amie Torres

Amie Torres

Forensics Science Teacher, South Garland High School
I love teaching Forensics Science and Biology. I majored in Microbiology and I am excited to share my passion for science with anyone who will listen. I also coach cheerleading. I spend all my extra time with my two beautiful daughters and my wonderful husband. My husband is a science teacher as well, teaching Forensics and Chemistry. We enjoy bringing cool sciences projects home to show our kiddos. See you at Mini-CAST!

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Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D201

9:40am

Utilizing STEM to Teach Mulitiple Concepts
This engaging hands on presentation will incorporate four activities in each of the following areas; science, technology, engineering, and math. Educators will use the components of STEM to make abstract, complex concepts very concrete, understandable, and relevant to students' lives. The materials are simple and will produce nice results in student learning. You will have a renewed appreciation for the effective application of STEM in the classroom. Incorpirating STEM in the classroom can be difficult and confusing at times, you will gain the tools and knowledge to address this challenge.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D129

9:40am

Solution and Solubility
Do you have problem with student understanding solution and solubility. A hand-on approach to show how solution, colloids, and suspension can be identified by using light. Also have a fun way and edible for student to find a correlation between large and small particle solubility.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bradley

Jennifer Bradley

Teacher, Alvord ISD
I have been teaching for five years and have taught most everything in science from 5th grade to high school level ( Biology, chemistry, IPC, Physics, and Enviornmental Science). Prior to teaching I worked in research at a major university in Fort Wort, Texas. I enjoy teaching because I get to share my outside of the classroom expereince and show what they are learning relates to the real world in some way or aspect. | jbradley@alvordisd.net

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Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
E209

9:40am

Zeptomole
The mole. Loved and hated by chemistry students across the nation, this session takes a smaller approach to that of a zettamole. Allowing students to COUNT out objects brings the mole into a more concrete realm. Applications for stoichiometry flow well from this lesson.


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D210

9:40am

Magic Reactions for the Early Childhood Environment
Come and create magic with your Pre-K to second grade kids. Discover “cause and effect” that reaches all the senses. It’s not just baking soda and vinegar that cause oooo’s and awwww’s but the exploration… Each experiment builds on each other: beginning with exploration through the senses up to launching a rocket. You will make many of the experiments but also leave with recipes for more. Let your children imagine the possibilities!

Moderators
avatar for Patti Mastroleo

Patti Mastroleo

Teacher, Inspired Vision Elementary

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Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D206

9:40am

Explore Water!
Welcome to Texas Water Development Board’s K-12 resource materials about water. We will present our K-3 Water for Texas coloring and activity book, our 4-5 multidisciplinary curriculum starring Major Rivers and his horse Aquifer, Raising Your Water IQ inquiry based curriculum for grades 6-8, and Water Exploration web-based water education program for Texas high school students. Relevant TEKS standards are listed in teacher guides or on the web and samples of materials will be provided. The Texas Water Development Board Kids website serves as the gateway to the agency’s K-12 conservation educational resources. The website features visualizations, interactive games, and other activities to help students learn about key water resource concepts. We will show you some of the favorites.

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avatar for Sally Alderman

Sally Alderman

Education Program Specialist, Texas Water Development Board
sally.alderman@twdb.texas.gov | I have educational materials for grades K-12 about water conservation. | I will have samples of everything!! Please stop by pick up one of our freebies and a sample for yourself or a friend!! | Look forward to a big crowd!!

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Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D123

9:40am

Lunar Phases: Observe, Explore, and Develop Expertise
Why are lunar phases challenging for students of all ages? What foundation for learning do authentic observations of the moon provide? Does the moon rotate? How are day and night related to the phases of the Moon? Explore these questions and more with Dr. Mary Urquhart, a The University of Texas at Dallas space scientist and teacher educator. In this workshop you will also have the opportunity to play with building expert knowledge of the phase cycle with Dr. Urquhart’s own creation – the free and reproducible Lunar Phase Wheel. Leave with deeper Earth-Moon-Sun system knowledge and free TEKS-relevant classroom-ready resources!

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avatar for Mary Urquhart

Mary Urquhart

Associate Professor and Department Head, The University of Texas at Dallas
urquhart@utdallas.edu

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Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D215

9:40am

Tracking Hurricanes
Using real data from 8 Gulf Coast hurricanes that landed in Texas from 2002-2009 students will graph and track hurricanes using NOAA Hurricane Tracking charts. Students will also explore hurricane categoris and development, and based on the data determine if area oil rigs should be evacuated. This activity gives students a new viewpoint of how devastating hurricanes can be to humans on land and at sea.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Sheryl Schickedanz

Sheryl Schickedanz

8th Grade Science Teacher Timberview Middle School, Keller ISD
I am presenting for the Ocean Star - Off Shore Energy Center - I will tell you about an awesome opportunity for the summer! I love everything outdoors - gardening, animals, nature in general! I have 2 wonderful boys 21 and 29 and an amazing husband of 29 years! Happy Happy Happy!

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Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D128

9:40am

Cuttin' Up with Concepts in Science
Are you ready for your kids to be engaged in student-centered activities that challenge them to think at high levels, use their academic vocabulary and organizational skills, and then process the learning with notebook reflections and foldables®? Come see how these manipulative resources for learning, reviewing, tutoring, or assessing can work for you! We have free downloadable resources too! Door prizes, fun, and lots of cuttin' up!

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Owner, Science Cut Ups
Rosemary Martin is a retired Texas educator who develops and publishes Science Cut Ups. Science Cut Ups are low-cost, TEKS-based, pre-made, colorful manipulatives for all grade levels. Science Cut Ups are designed to help you teach, review, or assess science concepts and processes using engaging materials that prompt critical thinking.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D220

9:40am

STEMscopes ReTEKS (STAAR Boot Camp Review)
Raise those STAAR scores using STEMscopes ReTEKS Intervention Program! ReTEKS is ideal for 5th, 8th, and now Biology is here! Use as a whole group intervention tool, small pull-out activity, or a summer school enrichment camp. This program contains 6 different tools per TEKS to keep students motivated to learn. Need a resource in reviewing science content? Need additional test question opportunities? ReTEKS is for you! Good Curriculum Matters! And So Do You!

Moderators
AM

Ashley Mathis

STEM consultant, Accelerate Learning
I love Pre-K! Come learn all about STEM in the Pre K classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Chatelain

Gloria Chatelain

STEM Regional Consultant, Accelerate Learning Inc.
How amazing our STEMscopes Digital Curriculum can be when used properly! Many teachers are only using a portion of the program, but it houses the TRUE INQUIRY approach that we are all searching for. Training on how to use the program can help immensely.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
E202

9:40am

CPO’s Link Wind Turbine Module – A STEM Approach to Engineering and Design
CPO’s new Link™ Wind Turbine learning module lets students learn in a tablet-based learning environment and engineer a wind turbine. Students build, test, and revise their designs. Link uses STEM activities and an NGSS approach, giving students an understanding of how to apply the Engineering Cycle.


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
E206

9:40am

“Build”ing language
Can engineering based activities assist language learners? YES! This hands-on session will help you utilize Legos in your classroom. Legos are loved by so many students, why not use them as a means to build language! Pairing engineering with language learning will assist your ELLs listening, speaking, reading and writing!

Speakers
avatar for Andrea

Andrea

Instructional Coach, Plano ISD
#legoeducation | #EiE | #esl

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Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D104

9:40am

Design Thinking - Mindsets of Innovation in Science
Are you looking for ways to incorporate STEM throughout the year in authentic challenges? Join us to learn how to truly integrate core subjects through STEM challenges that allow students to learn deeper through empathy and design. Learn about Design Thinking from students and leadership who use DT to create unique learning experiences that impact their community. Our techniques are inspired by the designers at IDEO and the Stanford Design School. We will share the mindsets of Design Thinking that lead to beautiful work.

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EP

Elizabeth Podany

Village Tech Schools, Village Tech

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Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D121

9:40am

Building Science Vocabulary One Foldable® at a Time
Cut, fold and more in this hands-on workshop as you construct Notebook Foldables that are designed to target science vocabulary. Build a mini-notebook of ideas and applications ready for immediate use. Session includes brain research, examples and templates to make science vocabulary interactive.


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D110

9:40am

Data wise - How to Use Data to Help Kids
From building a foundation of quality assessments that are predictive of success on state assessments and college readiness, to using the data from those assessments to help students track their success; taking charge of your data can help you take charge of student success.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Ward

Terry Ward

Coordinator of Secondary Science, Northwest ISD
All things curriculum and instruction in secondary science.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D202

9:40am

Evolution of the TEKS
Many teachers have said "you should have learned this last year" or "you will learn that next year," but when do the students really learn the information? this presentation will address how the TEKS evolve through out the grade levels from kindergarten all the way to high school. When you leave this presentation you will be able to read a TEKS and understand the scope of what you are teaching and understand how it connects to the previous grade and the future grades.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Michael Pflug

Michael Pflug

K-12 STEM Curriculum Designer, Prosper ISD
B.S. in Education | Currently the K-12 STEM Curriculum Designer for Prosper ISD, but has taught 5-8th grade science. Obtained a bachelor degree from the University of Texas At Arlington in Middle level Education and is currently perusing a master’s degree from the University of Texas At Arlington in curriculum and instruction in science education. Certifications from the State of Texas in math, science, ESL and generalist for the 4-8th... Read More →

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Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D224

9:40am

Literacy Strategies In the Science Classroom
Do your students struggle with reading their non-fiction science text? In this session, we will address how to help those struggling students make sense of this genre. Through paired reading and text coding, you will walk away with many strategies that work with expository text. We will also focus on content specific vocabulary acquisition.These strategies can be used cross-curricular in any grade level.

Moderators
avatar for Allyson Felps

Allyson Felps

5th Grade Math & Science Teacher, Frisco ISD

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Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D116

9:40am

Standards-Based Grading Ideas for High School Science
Standards-based grading is a hot topic these days. Many teachers and schools are working to implement standard-based grading into their classrooms, but with various school and district policies, not all the pieces always work. This session will introduce some principles of standards-based grading and discuss options for implementing manageable chunks in a high school science classroom on any topic. Great opportunities to get the standards-based ball rolling include adjusting how tests grades are communicated and how providing specific feedback after tests can help with reteaching and jump-start retesting. It doesn’t always have to be big changes; even the smallest of changes can sometimes have the biggest results.


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D207

9:40am

Steppin' Up Parental Invovlment
Join us as we show you TEKS driven activities for a fun science day in your classroom. Turn it into a day that parents can join you in the classroom for fun activities that can be done right in their own home. Creative takeaways and recipe cards for families so that they can do science at home together.


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
E205

9:40am

Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions
Who's leading the learning? You or them? Come learn strategies to create a classroom filled with dialogue and inquiry. These questioning strategies will cultivate curiosity, help students go more in depth in their learning, and extend their understanding of the state standards.



Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D103

9:40am

The Care and Feeding of The Common Laboratory Microscope And Balance, Part 1
This workshop will address the care and maintenance of the common laboratory microscope and balance.
The presentation will address how to identify the various types of microscopes and balances. Participations will learn the basic steps of cleaning and diagnosing problems of these common lab devices. It will also address process steps that will help teachers when instructing students in use these devices. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring defective scopes or balances on which they can practice.
Teachers can avoid costly outsourcing or closets full of nonfunctional equipment by doing ninety five percent of cleaning and repair themselves.

Speakers
Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D223

9:40am

STEM City Circuits: Build a Robot
Batteries included! Have fun learning all about electronics and assess your students by having them build a robot. Participants will go through a 5E lesson that includes energy balls, trade books, designing a circuit with Snap Circuits and Building a Robot with the IQ Key Perfect 600 Robotics STEM kit. Great Doorprizes from Ward's Science.

Speakers
Artists
CM

Cockrill MS

McKinney ISD


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D131

9:40am

Big Demonstrations on a Little Budget
Students learn physics concepts when they can see the those concepts in action. Many concepts can be demonstrated using everyday items with little or no budget for supplies. In this session, you will see low to no cost demonstrations that explore kinematics, forces, electricity/magnetism, waves, and optics. We will also discuss how you can creatively develop your own demonstrations. Handouts will be provided so you can build these demonstrations for your classroom.


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
E201

9:40am

Hollywood Physics
Looking for more engaging examples for you physics classroom? In this session, we will break down scenes from movies like Back to the Future, The A-Team, Gone in 60 Seconds, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and more! Using these movie scenes, students use physics concepts like Kinematics, Projectile Motion, Force, and Momentum while trying to answer the old movie question "is that really possible?" Participants will receive information on where to find each clip for easy use in the classroom. This session presented by a PTRA member.

Speakers
avatar for Kenric Davies

Kenric Davies

Lead Physics Teacher, Sherman High School
I obtained a Bachelor's of Arts in Physics from Texas A&M University where I was also a part of the aggieTEACH program. After graduating in 2010, I went to work for Sherman High School and have been teaching Physics, Pre-AP Physics, AP Physics B (now AP Physics 1 & 2), and Astronomy ever since. Recently, I received my MAT in Science Education from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
D228

9:40am

She Blended Me With Science
Blended and Flipped Classrooms allow nearly limitless options using technology for student differentiation, collaboration, communication, and learning styles. Students will become more active in their own learning, thus improving classroom engagement. We will show you how to make your labs, classwork, and even HW flow better too! We will show you a variety of tried and true tools and applications to use in class easily. You will leave motivated and with some great strategies and ideas to improve your classroom.

Moderators
avatar for Stacy Menifee

Stacy Menifee

Richardson ISD

Speakers
avatar for Kelley Andrews

Kelley Andrews

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

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 9:40am - 10:40am
E107

10:50am

CPO Science’s LINK Learning Module: Crazy Adaptations
CPO’s new Crazy Traits LINK learning module uses TEKS strategies in a real-time tablet based learning environment to learn genetics. Concepts like phenotypes, genotypes, and heredity will come alive as you create crazy creatures with a unique kit. Participants will also play the game of Adaptation survivor as a humorous way to model the process of natural selection and adaptation. Door Prizes!


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
E206

10:50am

Evolution as the Basis of Modern Biology
This session will demonstrate the importance of evolution in the career and day-to-day life of a modern cell and molecular biologist - me! Besides directing STARS (Science Teacher Access to Resources at UT Southwestern), I teach medical students and direct a research program in organelle cell biology. This session will illustrate how principles of evolution direct my research and my teaching of antibiotics to medical students. Specific topics discussed will include microbial drug resistance, the use of model organisms (yeast, fly, mouse) to understand mechanisms of disease, and alignments of protein sequences to understand basic cell function. From this session, middle and high school teachers will receive a deeper understanding of how evolution drives virtually all modern concepts of biology.

Moderators
KC

Kristie Conner

STARS Program Education Coordinator, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Joel Goodman

Dr. Joel Goodman

Professor of Pharmacology, Director of STARS, UT Southwestern Medical Center
I direct a research program at UT Southwestern in cell biology. My research interest is organelles, and I'm currently studying the formation of lipid droplets, the organelles that store fat. I teach pharmacology in medical school, specifically antibiotics and chemotherapy. I also direct the STARS (Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern) office at the medical school. At STARS we offer many programs, activities, and resources for... Read More →

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D221

10:50am

Microlabs for Chemistry
Can't afford a lot of chemicals? Don't have the space to store them? This session will present several useful general chemistry labs that can be taught with small amounts of chemicals or other materials. Participants will receive a packet that will prepare them to walk into their classrooms and implement all labs completed in the session.


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D201

10:50am

Science #LikeAGirl
What does it mean to be a woman in Science? Girls have long since been the target for self-efficacy interventions in Math, Technology, and Engineering. But what about Science? The STEM achievement gap is closed and yet, girls and women are electing to leave the field at alarming rates. Come find out what it's like to navigate the world of Science as a girl and what you can do to light the way on a road less traveled.

Speakers
RK

Rachael K. Phillips

Graduate Research Assistant, Texas Tech University
I am currently a PhD student in Educational Psychology at Texas Tech University. My specialty is Developmental and Learning Sciences with an emphasis in Women in STEM and Evolution Education.

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D213

10:50am

3D Contour Model
Construct a contour Model that is a replica of Mount Capulin, a steep sided volcano located in New Mexico - you make the 3-D model to take to your class - your students can create a similar 3D model, or if supplies are limited, a 2D model. Activity is complete with directions and student handouts with a key! Graphing activity with completed model as well as contour map matching game!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Sheryl Schickedanz

Sheryl Schickedanz

8th Grade Science Teacher Timberview Middle School, Keller ISD
I am presenting for the Ocean Star - Off Shore Energy Center - I will tell you about an awesome opportunity for the summer! I love everything outdoors - gardening, animals, nature in general! I have 2 wonderful boys 21 and 29 and an amazing husband of 29 years! Happy Happy Happy!

Artists

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Glue MOV

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D128

10:50am

Building an Understanding of Cosmic Distances Through Scale Models
Join UT Dallas space scientist and teacher educator, Dr. Mary Urquhart, on TEKS-relevant interactive journey as we explore cosmic distances in the solar system and beyond using inexpensive student-made scale models, free curriculum resources, online resources from NASA, and more! In our lightening paced exploration, tastes of hands-on activities (made available free to all participants) will guide us as we develop our sense of scale in the Earth-Moon system, the solar system, nearby stars, and our vast Milky Way galaxy and Local Group. TEKS relevant material includes travel times to celestial objects in the solar system and beyond, light years as a measure of cosmic distances, and how telescopes are peering back in time to the distant edges of the visible universe.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Urquhart

Mary Urquhart

Associate Professor and Department Head, The University of Texas at Dallas
urquhart@utdallas.edu

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D215

10:50am

Successful Superior Safety: The Shoulds and Should nots of Safety
Dry ice, fire and color changes pack a lot of WOW factor into a class, but how do you keep yourself and your students safe? Come practice some classic demos and learn quick tips to keep you and your students safe. This will include a repertoire of dry ice demos which will hit on concept such as density, fire safety and phase changes. We will also discuss words and terms that are favored by administrators (and some that are not).


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D210

10:50am

Bringing Word Walls to Life
Learn how to make your word wall interactive and engaging through vocabulary instruction. Using the language of the TEKS, we will address how to actively involve students, organize concepts, and develop scientific thinking. You will leave with a clear understanding on how to plan this exciting new way to help students visualize and unify vocabulary concepts. Your word walls will never be the same!

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Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D101

10:50am

Teaching about Earth's Past Climate: Becoming Virtual Climate Detectives at Sea
Join us in exploring a new free EarthLabs curriculum to investigate the Earth's climate history through ocean sediments. Students will embark on a journey in "Climate Detectives: An Expedition on the JOIDES Resolution" as they explore the objectives, methods, and data collection tools scientists use to conduct research. During the 6 labs that make up the module, learners are challenged to become "Climate Detectives" as they investigate geologic processes and scientific methods with the International Ocean Discovery Program. While written for High School students, we will also share how this curriculum can be incorporated into Middle School classrooms. As this module involves both on-line and hands-on activities, bring your technology and prepare to drill for “sediments”!

Moderators
avatar for Dawn Chadwiggen

Dawn Chadwiggen

Science Department Chair, Lewisville ISD
chegwiddendm@lisd.net

Speakers
avatar for Jim Manley

Jim Manley

Teacher, Coppell West
jmanley@coppellisd.com

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D217

10:50am

Dirt Don't Hurt...Embracing Earth Science in the Lower Grades.
Come get dirty with us as we use easily accessible materials for hands-on Earth Science activities in elementary school, with an emphasis on vertically aligned standards.

Moderators
avatar for Jamie Phillips

Jamie Phillips

Pre-K Instructional Specialist, Dallas ISD

Speakers
Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D206

10:50am

Developing Literacy Using Science Process Skills
This workshop will explore how educators can help students develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills using the science process skills. We will show the connectedness between grades 3-12 Science Investigation & Reasoning TEKS and Writing & Research TEKS that will help educators truly integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing into science. We will also show examples of how this looks in the classroom and provide time for educators to plan how they will apply what they learn in this workshop to their classrooms.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Mark Broughton

Mark Broughton

Curriculum Coordinator, Dallas ISD

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D125

10:50am

Informal Science in Your Formal Classroom
Informal science sounds like just so much play, but it is play that can be simple, fun, inexpensive, and a hands-on way to get students interested in science. Informal science is accessible to all ages and ability levels, and a great way to reinforce the lessons in your formal classroom. Come discover and play with a number of informal science curricula that are available, and how to use them to complement the best of your lessons for greater understanding and enjoyment.

Speakers
avatar for Marti Lathrop

Marti Lathrop

Informal Educator, Elm Fork Education Center
As an informal educator at the Elm Fork Education Center, I am constantly looking for new ideas and activities that can be used to experience formal science concepts in an informal science setting. As such I have become associated with a number of informal science curricula programs, such as Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Growing Up WILD, Flying WILD, Texas Aquatic Science, Project WET, Project WET in the City, and the Wonders of Wetlands, as well... Read More →

Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D111

10:50am

Interactive Word Walls; How to visually scaffold vocabulary
This isn't your everyday word wall! Interactive Word Walls incorporate visual representations of scientific vocabulary that many students struggle with, especially English Language Learners. Research has shown a direct correlation between student word knowledge and academic achievement. Interactive Word Walls resemble graphic organizers and are student generated as learners develop the content with guidance from the teacher and their peers.

Given the visual display of vocabulary, students are able to make connections to the information, providing an overview of each lesson and ultimately, an overview of the unit as a whole.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Lisa Walsh

Lisa Walsh

Science Teacher, Coppell ISD

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D120

10:50am

Lab in a Bag
Adaptable middle school labs that are TEKS driven and student centered. They easily fit into a bag that you can put into the middle of the table with instructions and let the students learn. Instructions and extensions for all labs will be provided.


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
E205

10:50am

Making Science the Launching Point to Enhance ELA
Exciting science investigations can be the starting point of your day that launches your students into ELA and motivates them to read. Using identified best practices for science, we will examine how learning science content supports both reading and math. Moving from science investigation to FOSS Science Resources Book readings, to basal and supplemental readers provides continuity of thinking and learning. Appropriate for Grades 1-5.


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D214

10:50am

Small-Group Talk Strategies
In planning your lesson, you carefully crafted the perfect question. It's a deep, meaty, higher-level question that requires critical thinking. Then you ask this perfect question in class, but that one student (you know who it is) calls out the answer before you even finish asking the question.

How do you get EVERY student to answer that oh-so-strategic question? By getting your students talking to each other! In this presentation, we will model and discuss strategies and structures for small-group talk. This session is all about gathering information about student mastery during the lesson so that you can immediately make instructional adjustments to meet your students' ever-changing needs.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Conrad

Laura Conrad

Corsicana ISD, Corsicana ISD
I'm excited to be presenting this topic at Mini-CAST 2016. I currently work as a Science Facilitator in Corsicana ISD. I taught high school chemistry for 8 years along with various other science subjects (middle school science, Biology, IPC, and Medical Microbiology/Pathophysiology). My science interests are as varied as my teaching experiences, but what I really enjoy is making difficult concepts easier for students to understand.

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D209

10:50am

Teaching Vocabulary through Foldables and Cooperative Learning
Tired of the same old "copy words and definition" approach to vocabulary? In this session you will learn how to create and use Foldables to make learning/teaching vocabulary more engaging! This course will also teach Cooperative Learning Structures to get your students out of their seats and into their learning! If you want creative and interactive techniques that will have your students eager to learn, this is the course for you!

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Giesbrecht

Jenny Giesbrecht

3rd Grade Math and Science, Frisco ISD

Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D123

10:50am

The Care and Feeding of The Common Laboratory Microscope And Balance, Part 2
This workshop will address the care and maintenance of the common laboratory microscope and balance.
The presentation will address how to identify the various types of microscopes and balances. Participations will learn the basic steps of cleaning and diagnosing problems of these common lab devices. It will also address process steps that will help teachers when instructing students in use these devices. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring defective scopes or balances on which they can practice.
Teachers can avoid costly outsourcing or closets full of nonfunctional equipment by doing ninety five percent of cleaning and repair themselves.

Speakers
Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D223

10:50am

Using CER as Assessment
40% lab is the state requirement. When is this time built into the scope and sequence? Is lab valued in the assessment system? Outside of dual-coded multiple choice questions, how is lab experience being assessed? Come and see how we built lab into scope and sequence and the assessment system using the CER format.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Ward

Terry Ward

Coordinator of Secondary Science, Northwest ISD
All things curriculum and instruction in secondary science.

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D202

10:50am

Using Multimedia to Teach Inferencing Skills
One of the most valuable skills our students need to develop is the ability to make careful observations based on what they see and observe. These are based on factual evidence and key details. Often times, the brain automatically jumps to conclusions based on previous life-experiences, so you must teach students to eliminate these biases and focus on the difference between an observation and an inference. Using different multimedia including texts, images, videos, and audio, teachers can promote meaningful conversations in which students will have to use higher level thinking such as reasoning and proof to justify their claims. Come prepared to learn an easy way to both engage and build students' scientific inquiry.

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Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D107

10:50am

Driverless Cars in the Future. Ergobot is here Now!
Teach the motion concepts of position, velocity, acceleration and vectors by programming a small robot vehicle. Join us for a lively hands-on experience using Tom Hsu’s ERGOBOT. Your driverless car will navigate the city streets at the end of this workshop. Doorprizes from Ward's Science.

Speakers
Artists
CM

Cockrill MS

McKinney ISD


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D131

10:50am

'STEAM' Meets Dream
As an AVID Elementary campus and part of a district focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) we work to connect our students dreams to the real-world of STEAM. By combining STEAM and College and Career Readiness using the AVID system, we have found interactive ways to engage our students across the curriculum.

Moderators
avatar for Lakisha Culpepper

Lakisha Culpepper

Principal, Garland ISD

Speakers
Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
D104

10:50am

STEMscopes PreK: Early Explorer
Something for Science PreK! STEMscopes Early Explorer is our preK Curriculum based on the Up Model with centers-driven curriculum, fiction and nonfiction Big Books and Hands-on Kits for students. Come have fun with us as we explore the multitude of Science Centers, Big Books, and On-Line Activities. Boost your confidence, keep students engaged, and spark their curiosity! Get a jump start implementing science literacy and preparing students for Kindergarten. Why? Good Curriculum Matters!

Speakers
AM

Ashley Mathis

STEM consultant, Accelerate Learning
I love Pre-K! Come learn all about STEM in the Pre K classroom!

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
E202

10:50am

Y.E.S. They Can! Creating Young Engineers and Scientists
See how a group of volunteers has successfully created an after school club for the Young Engineers and Scientists of Hallsburg ISD. We will share our techniques for making science and engineering exciting and engaging at an elementary (3-6) level. Participants will learn ideas that can easily be used in a classroom or in an after school setting, see projects created by our club members, and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that have been used successfully in the club.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
E209

10:50am

Interactive Word Walls, Oh My!
Participants will learn and create an interactive word wall. They will learn how to make qr codes, use aurasma, and other online tricks to link videos, documents, pictures, and text to their wall. They will use folders to create 3D pictures of the work and include assignments and answer keys to check their work for immediate feedback. Students will enjoy interacting with these word walls and save teachers time and frustration. Tips and tricks are given for quick put up and take down, as well as organized methods for keeping them stored.


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:50am - 11:50am
E103

1:00pm

Engaging Biology Activities
Want to get your students involved in their learning? Need to differentiate but struggle to find a way? Come see how to use manipulatives to help students work together as they process biology concepts. We will also discuss strategies for differentiating the activities to help all students reach a higher level of understanding. Topics will include cell transport, photosynthesis & cellular respiration, mechanisms of evolution, etc. Please note that students enjoy these activities and may start asking for more!

Moderators
Speakers
ML

Mandy Leslie

Biology Instructor, Frisco ISD

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D229

1:00pm

From Cabbages to Pocket Mice: The Power of Selection
The common cabbage (Brassica Oleracea) is single species with a wide variety of edible forms produced by artificial selection including kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Join us as we explore the power of both artificial and natural selection, using plants, produce from a grocery story, and free resources from Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Biointeractive (http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive) as well as other websites. This interactive workshop by UT Dallas scientist/educators is based on a 2015 full day workshop given as part of the UT Dallas Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching (UTD TRC). We will also discuss the connection to the many varieties of cabbage and the cabbage white butterfly (Pieris Rapae). Links to all resources and connections to TEKS across grade levels will be provided.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Mary Urquhart

Mary Urquhart

Associate Professor and Department Head, The University of Texas at Dallas
urquhart@utdallas.edu

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D215

1:00pm

Models for Learning
Are you looking for fun and exciting ways to engage students to reinforce those hard to teach readiness standards for STAAR EOC? Do you want to reach all types of learners within your class? Then come join us to explore how to differentiate the learning experience using Models! Our focus is Readiness Standard Biology 6A: Identify components of DNA, and describe how information for specifying the traits of an organisms is carried in the DNA. Be prepared to dive in and experience the way your students learn from abstract to concrete. Teachers will leave with three different ready to use models to be taken back to their classrooms. Door prizes will be awarded!

Moderators
MD

Mark Deleon Hernandez

Teacher, Grand Prairie High School
High School Science Teacher

Speakers
Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
E206

1:00pm

Mr. Potato Head Genetics
A quick overview of almost every aspect of genetics using Mr. Potato Head. From chromosomes in a sperm and egg to gene pool and genetic drift. You've never had so much fun learning genetics. It's tater time! Door Prizes from Ward's Science.

Speakers

Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D202

1:00pm

Chemistry by Design
Students seem to always struggle with building conceptual understanding of chemistry concepts. Due to the abstract nature of the content, it is very important to give students concrete experiences and models. This workshop shows some ways to make physical/ chemical properties and changes more understandable for students. Also included in this unit plan, students have opportunity to complete a design challenge.


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D201

1:00pm

Lunatic Graphing! Graphing the Moon Phases
The moon tends to play Hide & Seek with our students as it hides behind the clouds making it difficult for kids to observe the pattern in the lunar phases! Using moon calendars on the internet or tablet apps, students cheat to complete those calendars and still fail to recognize the pattern on the STAAR! Join us and learn how to use those "cheating apps" to Graph the moon phases which allow students to see the patterns and tie in math skills as they research the moon phases over the decades!



Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D107

1:00pm

'Waters to the Sea'- Trinity River Program
Join us as we present the Waters to the Sea: Trinity River, a multimedia CD-ROM and online program. This program is packed with information in 12 sections for grades 4-8, in this session we are focusing specifically on one 7th grade TEK, “model the effects of human activity on groundwater and surface water in a watershed” Through videos, visualizations, interactives and two different hands-on activities, we will build understanding of groundwater, surface water, watersheds and human impact. Each participant will receive a CD copy of the Waters to the Sea -Trinity River resource.
Preview the program at: www.hamline.edu/education/cgee/waters-to-sea-trinity.html


Speakers
avatar for Tracy Hollis

Tracy Hollis

Waters to the Sea- Trinity River- Texas Coordinator, Hamline University- Center for Global Environmental Education
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday at the 2016 Mini CAST! We will have some hands on watershed activities as well as engage in the Waters to the Sea Program CD! Each participant will receive a copy of the Interactive Curriculum resource!

Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D223

1:00pm

Interactive Graphic Organizers for the Science Classroom
Take an ordinary, non-coated paper plate and create a hands-on, 3-D student generated product that illustrates multiple TEKS such as layer models, (i.e. Sun, Earth or atmosphere) or cycles (i.e. water or life). Second, with just a few creative creases to a blank and bound page in the Science journal, create a five part, hands-on vocabulary graphic organizer that can be utilized by all your student populations. The best part, no glue needed. Your vocabulary graphic organizer is already attached to the journal. These activities are perfect for all grade level teachers. Let’s TEK it, Make it and Take it and let your students soar with the wings of “TEKativity”.


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D106

1:00pm

Teaching Environmental can be FUN!
Join this session to experience hands-on, engaging activities that will allow your students to better understand their world. Participants will demonstrate the rock cycle using melted crayons, learn how to use Google Classroom to enhance your teaching and avoid the overuse of PowerPoint, and will walk away with complete lesson plans for several other hands-on activities. Additionally, participants will practice using classroom debates to engage students in learning about the impact of human activities on the environment. Everyone will leave with an excitement for Environmental Systems and several ideas that can be used immediately in their classrooms. Bring your own device to truly take advantage of this session!!

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Hill

Rebecca Hill

Environmental Science Teacher, Frisco Heritage High School
I love teaching science at all levels and differentiation is my passion. I want to make it easier for teachers to differentiate in the classroom so that we can reach all students where they are while still maintaining rigor.

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
E201

1:00pm

Ramping Up Your Science Station
Participants will work through various Science Stations to gain information and activities that can be set-up in the Science Station in their own classroom to increase student knowledge of scientific concepts and advance student oral vocabulary by utilizing hands-on experiments and manipulatives that students can explore through purposeful learning. These activities can also be adapted to meet the science requirements for Special Needs STAAR Alt 2.

Moderators
avatar for Julie Fore

Julie Fore

PreK Instructional Specialist, Dallas ISD

Speakers
avatar for Greg Fore

Greg Fore

FLS Teacher, Science Mentor, Dallas ISD

Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D228

1:00pm

STEM Art
Get those creative juices flowing! ART can be easily integrated into science curriculum. Participants will engage in a hands-on science supporting art activity using 21st century skills including creativity, innovation, and imagination. The arts are experiential - exploring, creating, discovering, and presenting learning in a meaningful manner. Art deftly reaches students with a variety of learning styles and academic abilities. Have some fun while learning a new and effective teaching strategy! Session Target: Science TEKS Earth & Space: 4.8C - Patterns on Earth (can be easily modified for Grades 3-5)


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
E202

1:00pm

Bell Ringers and Review Games
Need a way to get them thinking at the start of your day? Have a review topic that needs a new approach? Check out "What am I?" Using digital microscope images to get kids thinking and wondering. Try some new review games to make it challenging and interesting.

Moderators
Speakers
DH

Debra Hardy

debra.hardy@krumisd.net

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D127

1:00pm

Choose Your Own Adventure Lessons: Differentiated Instruction Lessons
Teaching lessons with technology, manipulatives, or online or paper practice? This session will show how to develop Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) lessons where students get to choose what activities they complete, similar to a menu-based lesson. The lessons can include a wide range of activities, from technology and hands-on manipulatives, to worksheets and online practice problems. The goal of these lessons is to have activities that meet different learning styles, so that regardless of how your students learn, they are all getting the same material. The lessons are also designed to allow the teacher to move around the room and facilitate student learning. We’ve found that these types of lessons get students more invested and interested in learning about the subject matter. Regardless of what subject is being taught, ILP’s are a great way to increase student motivation and ownership in class activities.

Moderators
avatar for Hillary Fulgham

Hillary Fulgham

Science & Math Education Teaching Assistant, The University of Texas at Dallas

Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D221

1:00pm

Collaborative Bingo
Get your students out of their seats, walking around the classroom, and discussing the TEKS while playing bingo! This exciting game is very similar to regular bingo however students will search for classmates that can answer questions on the bingo board. Collaborative Bingo allows students to review, explain, and apply concepts while working with others. The teacher remains a facilitator while students question each other during this fun, collaborative lesson.



Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D120

1:00pm

Get SASI! STAAR Aligned Science Instruction
"In the end, only if we have successfully impacted the quality of instruction in the classroom, will we observe students being maximally successful - in school and life." This presentation will analyze what the state is expecting of our students, and introduce some processes that assist teachers in aligning their instruction to this standard. All materials for this presentation will be made digitally available to attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Brinkman

Michael Brinkman

Science Facilitator, Grand Prairie ISD
HUGE Science Nerd! Have you seen the $350 million-dollar-flying-car-prototype? Have you heard about the re-programmed bacteria that are creating inorganic materials with complex nano-structures and amazing new properties? Have you seen the living fossils recently "re-discovered" off the coast of Madagascar?

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D121

1:00pm

How Practical is Your Lab?
As science educators we spend quite a bit of time, effort and resources on ensuring viable labs for our students. However, we do not really have a way to ensure that each student is proficient with the skills used within the labs. The TEA has designed the STAAR/EOC to showcase the proficiency of the first four science TEKS which are universal through K-12 science curriculum. Science educators have seen that the lab write-up is not enough to hold the individual student accountable for these process skills. In this presentation, we will have the opportunity to discuss strategies to build individual accountability of lab process skills, how to develop assessments beyond the lab write-up and the ease of integrating multiple lab practicums into your unit maps.

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Tony Westphal

Frisco ISD

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avatar for Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson

8th grade science teacher, Frisco ISD

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D220

1:00pm

Charming & STEAMy
This unique and hands-on session uses repurposed materials and great science content fused together to make science your own jewelry. Great for teaching tools, study tools, or plain science fun! We will make science content wearable, and your students will love it! Student and teacher tested and approved! Some of our STEAM Club members will be joining us to help you make some awesome wearable shrinkable science charms!

Moderators
avatar for Stacy Menifee

Stacy Menifee

Richardson ISD

Speakers
avatar for Kelley Andrews

Kelley Andrews

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

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D206

1:00pm

Exploring Plants & Animals
Come see how you can expand children’s appreciation of plants and animals as well as their awareness about how these living things all relate to each other and to the world around them. Children are naturally curious about plants and animals. Who hasn’t seen the wide-eyed wonder of a child playing with a kitten, scoping out an insect, or marvelling at images of whales breaching the surf? But despite an innate inquisitiveness about plants and animals, children don’t often consider that these wonders of nature are all living things—just like they are—with definable traits, common activities, shared and unique needs, and a dependence on a particular environment.

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avatar for Frey Scientific/CPO Science

Frey Scientific/CPO Science

whitney.west@schoolspecialty.com

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Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D110

1:00pm

Changing Speed! It's Acceleration
Changing misconceptions about changing speed and changing velocity. This is a hands-on acceleration activity using ramps and timers. Help your students understand why, if they turn a corner, they are accelerating even though they did not change their speeds. You will walk away with a deeper understanding of acceleration, techniques to help your students understand acceleration and address misconceptions students have.

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Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
E205

1:00pm

Ramping Up Science and Math: Using Techniqes to Teach Force and Motion Pre-K to 2nd
Ramping up science and math through hands-on activities. Teachers will explore different centers using ramps and handy materials to explain force and motion along with mathematics. Journaling, graphing, time, texture, position, and much more can be correctly and easily learned in Pre-K - 2nd grade. Teachers will walk away with new and improved ideas that are not only easy to implement, but also exciting learning opportunities for their students.

Moderators
avatar for Deirdra Halter

Deirdra Halter

SRI Teacher, DISD

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Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D116

1:00pm

Trigonometry in Physics
Teachers will be presented with a number of hands-on activities, mini-projects and inquiry labs that give students exposure to the trigonometric functions of sine, cosine, and tangent. Activities will familiarize students with how to successfully recognize and use these mathematical concepts when they have to solve a variety of problems involving vector sums, inclined planes, projectile motion and free body diagrams.

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avatar for Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts

Physics Teacher, Argyle High School

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Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D216

1:00pm

Family STEM Nights: A Successful Approach for Engagement
Traditional open houses are great but at Momentous School, we do more with this precious time with families. Connections among families help to strengthen parents and students’ sense of belonging in the school community, which in turn helps students to be more engaged in learning at school. So how did we take what we know to be true about family engagement and connect it with STEM? We took our traditional open house and flipped it. Instead of parents walking through their child’s classroom and learning from their teacher, we engaged them by learning side by side. Family STEM Night were born. On STEM Nights, everyone works together to plan, execute, fail, redesign, rethink, re-execute, and persist until they come up with an approach that works. Our families work together, team up, laugh and learn together. Join me and rethink your own parent engagement approach using STEM as the catalyst.



Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
D214

1:00pm

STEMScopes - InteractBuilder - App Creating
Learn how to engage your students in science by incorporating this innovative feature within the STEMScopes bundle. It allows anyone including teachers and students to create apps for smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers with little programming knowledge needed. Using existing templates in the program, students and teachers can create interactive apps that can demonstrate their understanding of scientific concepts. Can be used as formative and summative assessments or enrichment. Best for educators that are comfortable with basic technology application. Must bring a laptop to access software and applications. Actual programming will not work on iPads.


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
E107

1:00pm

Trained in 1-to-1 or BYOD? Go Beyond The Basics And Add Engaging Applications To Your Technology Toolbox
Have you been trained for 1-to-1 or BYOD? Do you still feel like you need more training? In this session, you will be able to build upon your prior professional developments and keep students engaged with technology. The goal of this session is for teachers to add a variety of engaging technology applications such as Kahoot, Socrative, Nearpod, as well as several interactive science websites to their technology toolbox. All levels are welcome. Please bring a mobile device or laptop to the session.

Speakers
avatar for Paige Hamlin

Paige Hamlin

Teacher, Klein ISD

Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
E106

2:10pm

Keynote Speaker and Door Prizes
Speakers
avatar for Julie Jackson

Julie Jackson

Associate Professor, Little Elm ISD
Word walls serve as visual scaffolds and are a common classroom tool used to support instruction. To support vocabulary development in science I've replaced traditional word walls, which are generally lists of words or word banks, with interactive word walls. Interactive word walls may resemble graphic organizers or data tables. They highlight connections between concepts and artifacts (realia) from inquiry-based science activities while... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Auditorium
 


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