Schedule & Tracks

Pre-conference
October 26

8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Research Triangle Park Headquarters | Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Exploring STEM Connections in Biotechnology and Agriculture

This full-day, interactive workshop will explore curricular materials related to agriculture and biotechnology. It will include hands-on activities and will be facilitated by graduates of the North Carolina State University Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development.

Participants are asked to bring a laptop or tablet for web-based activities. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Most applicable to grades 5-8

Bruce Boller - Bertie Early College High School
Illana Livstrom - Charity Middle School
Kelly Sears - Smith Middle School

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Campbell University | Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Using Computer Science Tools and Applications to Teach Mathematics and Science (part 1)

This two-part workshop is offered as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program at Appalachian State University for chemistry, computer science, mathematics and science high school teachers and community college faculty.

The goal of the workshop is to introduce participants to course modules in the RET Program Repository and provide an opportunity for hands-on experience using the modules. Participants are encouraged to collaborate with their peers and develop innovative ideas for new modules.

Participants who register for this “Boot Camp” are committing to attend both sessions. (Part 2 is on Day 1 of the conference, October 27, from 8:30 am – 11:30 am.) Participants who complete both sessions are eligible to receive a stipend of up to $250.

For high school educators only

Rahman Tashakkori - Appalachian State University
R. Mitchell Parry - Appalachian State University
Robert Gotwals - North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Tracy Jones - Dixon High School
Jennifer LeBlanc - West Wilkes High School
Matthew Charles - Mitchell High School

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Exploris School: A K-8 Learning Community | Raleigh, N.C.

Modeling Best Practices in STEM Implementation

Participants will see innovative STEM strategies in action while touring The Exploris School's two campuses, in Raleigh. Exploris is a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Awardee for its environmental work and is recognized as a North Carolina STEM School of Distinction, Model Level, for its implementation of STEM. This "greenSTEM" model school emphasizes project-based learning, environmental stewardship and community partnerships.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Summer Clayton - The Exploris School

MAIN CONFERENCE: DAY 1
October 27

8:00 AM

Check-in & Walk-up Registration

Morning Refreshments

8:30 AM

BOOT CAMPS

Room 3

K-12 Funding 101: Creating a Fundable STEM Program, the Funding Search and How to Write a Grant

Attendees will learn the basics of developing a fundable STEM program, how to identify funding resources and the elements of writing a successful grant proposal.

Most applicable to K-12 educators

Betsy Alley Conway - Duke Energy Foundation
Kim Gervase - North Carolina Science Olympiad
Janet Johnson - EDSTAR Analytics, Inc.
Alfred Mays - Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Jason Painter - North Carolina State University
Scott Ragan - North Carolina State University
Gena Renfrow - Biogen Foundation

Room 4

Mastering the North Carolina STEM Recognition Process

Introduces participants to the NC STEM Recognition process and provides them with practical instruction on preparing for and completing the requirements to become a recognized STEM school. Specific topics addressed in this session include:

  • Defining STEM in North Carolina
  • Understanding the 11 STEM Attributes and the Attribute Implementation Rubric
  • Using the Implementation Rubric for self-assessment
  • Dissecting the STEM Recognition application process
  • Connecting to the NC STEM Center

Participants also will hear from K-12 teachers and administrators about their experiences implementing STEM programs in their schools.

Most applicable to K-16 educators

Tiffany Schwartz Ehmig - Blessed Sacrament School
Beth Snoke Harris - Seven Oaks Consulting
Sam Houston - North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center
Tina Marcus - North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Erica Prentice - Envision Science Academy

Room 5

Using STEM to Protect, Improve and Restore Natural Resources

Explores lesson plans and educational resources that provide an interdisciplinary approach to addressing environmental concerns.

During this session, participants will receive a guided tour through the volume of educational resources developed and produced by UNC-TV, including its LearningMedia and North Carolina Science Now programs. This will be followed by an interactive presentation about renewable energy technologies (artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels, anaerobic respiration and electricity generation and biomimicry-inspired design) with corresponding STEM activities that can be used to reinforce biological concepts while demonstrating applications in the energy sector.

Most applicable to grades 5-12

Liz Bowles - UNC-TV
Hillary Coover - UNC-TV
Paula Edelson - UNC-TV
Dana Haine - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment

Room 7A

Using Computer Science Tools and Applications to Teach Mathematics and Science (part 2)

This two-part workshop is offered as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program at Appalachian State University for chemistry, computer science, mathematics and science high school teachers and community college faculty.

See Pre-conference for full description

R. Mitchell Parry - Appalachian State University
Rahman Tashakkori - Appalachian State University
Robert Gotwals - North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Tracy Jones - Dixon High School
Jennifer LeBlanc - West Wilkes High School
Matthew Charles - Mitchell High School

Room 7B

Higher Ed Funding 101: Creating a Fundable STEM Program, the Funding Search and How to Write a Grant

Includes an in-depth review of the mechanics and best practices of getting your research funded. Specific topics addressed in this session include:

  • Developing a fundable program
  • Identifying funding resources
  • Pitching your idea
  • Writing a winning grant
  • Fulfilling pre- and post-award requirements

This session will include information about National Institutes of Health (NIH) pre-college funding opportunities, and the National Science Foundation and NIH grant writing processes.

Most applicable to higher education faculty and students

Chris Duffrin - East Carolina University
Paola Sztajn - North Carolina State University
Tony Beck - National Institutes of Health

11:30 AM
Room 1A/1C/1D

Exhibit Hall Open

11:50 AM
Room 2

Lunch

12:10 PM
Room 2

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Suzanne Wilkison - North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research
Roger Conner - GO-Science
Joydeep Ganguly - Biogen

12:30 PM
Room 2

Keynote: Time for a Revolution: Reinventing Science Education and with It, Science

Many of the most important decisions regarding science historically have been made by relatively few stakeholders. Today, however, the biggest decisions regarding climate change, public health and even agriculture, increasingly are being made by everyone. The future of the life we depend on, very much will depend on democratizing not only scientific knowledge but science itself. In this keynote, Dr. Rob Dunn will discuss the fundamentals of hands-on Citizen Science and how to integrate this exciting practice in the classroom.

Dr. Dunn is a biologist, professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University and author of three books, including most recently, "The Man Who Touched His Own Heart."

Rob Dunn - North Carolina State University

1:10 PMOption 1 of 8
Room 1B

There's More To Math Than Paper and Pencil

This session will provide participants with a hands-on approach to teaching math in grades 1-2 using Lego Education's new MoreToMath solution.

Most applicable to grades K-2

Shirley Disseler - High Point University

1:10 PMOption 2 of 8
Room 2
Track: TechSpace: Breakthrough Technologies

Modeling: From Classroom Concept to Regulatory Policy

Every day, experts cite modeling to support conclusions with far-reaching impacts, but do they explain the model? Invest an hour, develop an atmospheric model and understand its capabilities and limitations, then apply it to policy and regulation.

Most applicable to grades 4-12 and other STEM groups

John White - U.S. Department of Defense

1:10 PMOption 3 of 8
Room 3
Track: Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

Blueprint for a Successful STEM Program

Learn how a school went from "transformation" to a STEM School of Distinction. Walk through the plan used by the district in designing, implementing and expanding a successful 9-12 STEM program in a rural public school setting.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Jose Garcia - Greene County Schools
Carrie Miller - Greene County Schools
Kevin Sugg - Greene County Schools

1:10 PMOption 4 of 8
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent sessions & expo)

Mobile Learning is HOTS for STEM

Higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) are in demand. Mobile learning offers resources for creativity, critical thinking, communication and problem-solving for today’s STEM classroom. In this session, we highlight these skills and discuss strategies for using mobile learning to cultivate HOTS.

Most applicable to grades K-6

Scott McQuiggan - SAS Curriculum Pathways
Lucy Kosturko - SAS Curriculum Pathways
Jennifer Sabourin - SAS Curriculum Pathways

1:10 PMOption 5 of 8
Room 5
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent sessions & expo)

Using Problem-Based Learning in the STEM Classroom

Problem-based learning methods can be used in your STEM classroom to use the engineering design process and teach real-life problem-solving and critical thinking skills all while covering the required curriculum.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Betty Jo Moore - Wiley Magnet Middle School
Shari Brady - Wiley Magnet Middle School

1:10 PMOption 6 of 8
Room 6
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent sessions & expo)

Healthy Children – Healthy World

Faculty from the Center for Translational Health Equality Research (CTHER) and the School of Education at North Carolina Central University will introduce participants to Healthy Children-Healthy World, an NIH-funded curriculum that introduces school-age children to concepts and activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices. The Healthy Children-Healthy World curriculum is designed to engage teachers and students in lessons that integrate Common Core Math and English Language Arts and the North Carolina Essential Standards in science and healthful living for grades K-5. In this interactive session, educators will review cooperative learning strategies as a method for teaching health and wellness concepts that are vital to children who live in urban and rural communities. Lesson plans in the curriculum will also reinforce literacy, math and hands-on science skills while addressing topics such as smoking prevention and food and nutrition.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Kisha Daniels - North Carolina Central University

1:10 PMOption 7 of 8
Room 7A
Track: Standards and Assessment

Linking Standards and Assessments around Learning Trajectories using a Digital Learning System

This talk illustrates how a digital learning system with a learning map, links to open resources, and diagnostic assessments can be designed around big ideas in middle school mathematics, allowing schools and districts to move steadily towards competency for all students.

Applicable to all attendees with a particular emphasis on grades 6-8

Jere Confrey - North Carolina State University

1:10 PMOption 8 of 8
Room 7B
Track: Getting Started in STEM

Stepping Up STEM

How Bluford re-envisioned its STEM magnet program with a focus on teacher preparation, student engagement and STEM integration as part of our 3-year STEM plan.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Gradesa Lockhart - Bluford STEM Academy
Harold Chairs - Bluford STEM Academy

2:10 PMOption 1 of 3

Exhibitor Showcase

The exhibitor showcase provides an opportunity for attendees to connect with premium exhibitors and engage in hands-on activities using the most-up-to-date STEM resources during a 50-minute concurrent session.

Applicable to all attendees

Room 1B
Learn to develop STEM programs that are more likely to be funded and to be successful. You will learn of resources that support this outcome.

Presented by EdStar Analytics

Room 3
STEMscopes is a student-centered digital curriculum which has been 100% approved by the North Carolina Board of Education. Rich with PBLs, engineering challenges and inquiry-based investigations, this is the way STEM is successful in your classroom!

Presented by Accelerate Learning

Room 4
The Drinking Water Resilience Project (DRIP) is an interactive digital learning resource for students, teachers and citizens. The purpose is to increase knowledge of solutions that can enhance sustainable use of water to the benefit of communities, ecosystems and economies. Visitors to the site can navigate through a variety of resources — videos, maps, illustrations and content modules. This session will provide a guided tour of the website and present data from educators and water resource specialists in North Carolina who informed the development of this tool.

Presented by UNCTV

Room 5
Education and industry experts emphasize critical thinking as a 21st century imperative. Get into the shoes of a computer programmer and design a virtual room. But wait ... there are bugs! Your mission is to clear those bugs (software issues). STEM for Kids® brings educational enrichment in Robotics, Engineering and Computer Programming for children ages 4-14 to schools and community spaces through after school programs, in-school field trips, camps and workshops. Come, experience the fun STEM For Kids way just like thousands of children across North Carolina and think critically in debugging your room!

Presented by STEM for Kids

2:10 PMOption 2 of 3
Room 1A/1C/1D

Poster Session

The poster session will provide conference attendees with updated information about practical, quality STEM research that interests a wide range of subjects.

Applicable to all attendees

Ashley Roseno - East Carolina University

2:10 PMOption 3 of 3
Room 6

STEM Unconference

The STEM Unconference brings together attendees with similar interests for presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussions. Come with ideas of what you want to learn regarding STEM and with things you can share.

Applicable to all attendees

Roger Conner - GO-Science

3:10 PMOption 1 of 8
Room 1B
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Public/Private Partnerships in STEM Education

Connecting employers and educators through a network of private and public partners, the STEM East Network aligns innovative education programs with industry initiatives to support student career pathways, build a solid workforce and add value for relocating and expanding industries.

Most applicable to grades 5-10 and industry

Steve Hill - STEM East
Paul Casey - Wayne County Public Schools

3:10 PMOption 2 of 8
Room 2
Track: TechSpace: Breakthrough Technologies

Integrating Computing into K-12 Disciplines

The Adventures in Alice programming project develops free curriculum materials for integrating computing into many disciplines at the K-12 level. Bring your laptop to try Alice programming, including animated book reports in English and interactive videos on fractions in math.

Most applicable to grades 4-12

Susan Rodger - Duke University

3:10 PMOption 3 of 8
Room 3
Track: Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

Small World, Big Ideas, Great Possibilities

This presentation will showcase ideas to help students with disabilities be successful in STEM. Nationally, more than 13 percent of students in public education have disabilities and are underrepresented in STEM fields.

  • Small World: Nanotechnology and wearable devices will be highlighted to teach students with disabilities cutting-edge science and research.
  • Big Ideas: A wide range of teaching strategies and resources including Zach Packs Inquiry Bags, utilizing the outdoors as a classroom, field trips, museum exhibits, science fairs, grant writing and students as leaders and teachers in STEM.
  • Great Possibilities: Catalyst: Creating Opportunities in STEM for Students with Disabilities, a summer and school-year program at The Science House at North Carolina State University. Catalyst helps high school students with disabilities be successful in their current science classes; increase their science knowledge, experiences and skills; and gain exposure to a variety of STEM careers, fields and educational pathways utilizing high-quality teaching, hands-on learning, labs, field trips and mentors. Catalyst is funded by the Biogen Foundation and sponsored and developed through a team from North Carolina State University’s College of Sciences, The Science House, Wake Technical Community College, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and US2020.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Joann Blumenfeld - Dillard Drive Middle School

3:10 PMOption 4 of 8
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent sessions & expo)

Grand Challenges with a Global Perspective

STEM instruction requires an innovative approach that naturally integrates everything from content standards to 21st-century skills. Learn how grand challenges are used by students to research, plan and engineer products with a global, real-world perspective.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Caroline Clark - Greene Central High School
Rebecca Burris - Greene Central High School
Jessi Kennedy - Greene Central High School

3:10 PMOption 5 of 8
Room 5
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent sessions & expo)

Robox Sumo: We Sumo, Do You?

Robox Sumo is a cost-effective program in which students use simple materials to build robots that compete in a sumo ring. We have expanded this program to include programmable Robox Sumo.

Most applicable to grades 4-12

Ann McClung - Pitt County Schools
Bill McClung - Potash Corporation of Aurora

3:10 PMOption 6 of 8
Room 6
Track: Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

STEM Pathway to Understanding Our Environment

Who says you can't take learning outdoors? Get out there and have fun while learning. This presentation will enlighten attendees on how to expand their STEM program, integrate into state standards and make time in an already overloaded schedule.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Sherry Schliesser - Kingswood Montessori STEM Magnet Elementary School
Barb Fair - Wake County Public Schools

3:10 PMOption 7 of 8
Room 7A
Track: STEM (+): Creating A More Inclusive Environment In STEM

NASA and Culturally Responsive STEM Activities

This presentation will discuss the cultural responsiveness of NASA activities and ways to make activities more responsive to diverse K-12 settings.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

C.E. Davis - North Carolina Central University

3:10 PMOption 8 of 8
Room 7B
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

National Institutes of Health STEM Resources for PreK-12 Teachers and Students

Participants in this session will receive information about NIH STEM resources for PreK-12 classrooms, including the NIH SEPA program, NIH curriculum supplement series and serious STEM games for pre-college and informal science education audiences.

Most applicable to grades PreK-12 and other STEM groups

L. Tony Beck - National Institutes of Health

4:10 PM
Room 2

Closing Plenary: Pipeline Diversity in STEM

America’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to its innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women and ethnic minorities continue to be underrepresented in STEM higher education and careers, which leaves an untapped opportunity to expand STEM employment in the United States. NASA and other federal agencies actively are investing in ways to resolve this issue by developing initiatives that support diversity in the STEM workforce pipeline. In this keynote, Dr. Roger Hathaway will discuss how NASA is addressing the issue of pipeline diversity today to prevent workforce and economic challenges for the U.S. tomorrow.

As the head of the NASA Langley Office of Education until July 2014, Dr. Hathaway was responsible for providing leadership and policy guidance for formal and informal education programs at NASA Langley. The programs include pre-college, higher education, distance learning, digital media laboratory program activities and adult learning programs.

Roger A. Hathaway - NASA Langley Office of Education

5:00 PM
Room 1A/1C/1D

Exhibit Hall Closes

End of Day 1

MAIN CONFERENCE: DAY 2
October 28

8:00 AM
Rooms 1B,3,4,5,6,7A,7B

1-on-1 Networking Session

Room 1A/1C/1D

Morning Refreshments

Exhibit Hall Open

8:30 AM
Room 2

Welcome and Outreach Expo Overview

Suzanne Wilkison - North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research
Gena Renfrow - Biogen Foundation

Outreach Expo

This session will take place simultaneously in Rooms 2 and the 1A/1C/1D exhibitor area. Attendees will travel from table to table to learn about the programs and resources listed below that were developed for K-12 schools and districts.

Table #1
North Carolina Farm Bureau: Not Just an Insurance Company

North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots organization founded in 1936 to serve as a legislative advocate for its members at the local, state and national levels as a unified voice for agriculture. From this beginning, the organization has created several educational programs in helping educate teachers and their students about the importance of agriculture. Ag in the Classroom provides researched-based curricula aligned to the state standards, in addition to grant programs, special events and professional development focused on engaging and integrating agricultural themes and practices into K-5 curriculum. Come find out how we can help YOU plant that seed of learning.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Michele Reedy - North Carolina Farm Bureau
Heather Willoughby - North Carolina Farm Bureau

Table #3
Avoiding Fear of Failure in STEM Education

Somewhere, young learners turn a corner on excitement for STEM activities. Most begin school excited about everything STEM. Yet, soon kids are divided and many begin to fail. Learn how to structure STEM programs for 100 percent success.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Susan Wells - Camp TechTerra

Table #5
Inspiring the Next-Generation STEM Workforce

Marbles Kids Museum provides many opportunities for kids to be exposed to STEM content and skills; to explore STEM in hands-on, play-based ways; to get excited about STEM; and to see themselves as scientists now and in the future.

Most applicable to grades K-8, industry and other STEM groups

Hardin Engelhardt - Marbles Kids Museum

Table #7
WEDO Engineering Too!

Participants will use Lego WeDo Robotics to build robots and learn programming. Curricular connections will be included.

Most applicable to grades 2-6

Shirley Disseler - High Point University

Table #10
Dirt Made My Lunch

This interdisciplinary program suite explores the connections between what we eat, where it comes from and how it affects our bodies and our communities. Qualified nonformal educators travel across the state bringing museum resources and hands-on STEM experiments out to schools. All demonstrations and activities reinforce NC Curriculum Standards. Resources and materials are also available to teachers looking to strengthen healthy eating by using plant and soil lesson plans in their own classroom.

Most applicable to grades 3-5

Stephenie Berggrun - The Schiele Museum of Natural History

Table #12
Biology in Elementary Schools Today: Utilizing NCCU Undergraduate STEM Mentors

North Carolina Central University undergraduate biology majors develop and lead unique hands-on activities for small groups of K-5 students. The undergraduates will present the scientific concept behind the activity, its importance in real life and the importance of following the steps in a scientific procedure.

Most applicable to grades 3-5 and higher education

Ruth S. Phillips - North Carolina Central University
Gail P. Hollowell - North Carolina Central University

Table #14
Curriculum Pathways Science Resources

Engage students with interactive standards-based resources from SAS Curriculum Pathways. Using virtual labs, students develop an understanding of scientific processes. Students make predictions, follow multistep procedures, build rich vocabularies, convey data visually and draw conclusions.

Most applicable to grades 5-12

Ada Lopez - SAS Curriculum Pathways

Table #16
The Science of Healthful Living: Teaching with the 5 Es in Physical Education

This National Institutes of Health-funded Science Education Partnership Award program developed and tested an innovative standards-based middle school physical education curriculum, extending health-related science to physical education. We demonstrate and provide handouts of physically active lessons and student journals structured using the 5 Es in a science-oriented problem-based learning format.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Catherine Ennis - University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ang Chen - University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ray Schweighardt - University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Table #17
Fueling the STEM Pipeline through the Canterbury Summer Science Academy

The goal of the Canterbury Summer Science Academy (CSSA), in partnership with the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), is to offer a highly academic, research-based science experience to the brightest and most enthusiastic students in Guilford County, exposing them to STEM education and research, and inspiring them to pursue STEM careers. Canterbury Summer Science Academy offered its first week-long STEM experience in the summer of 2015 to 14 rising 9th graders in Guilford County Schools. The program focused on using the scientific method in Hydroponics, one of Dr. Dan Herr’s projects at the JSNN. Students developed an experiment using hydroponically grown basil, recorded data every day, organized and analyzed their data and presented their findings to an audience at the end of the week.

Most applicable to grades 8-12 and higher education

Nicole Schutt - Canterbury School

Table #19
New Semiconductor Polymer Education Kit

Conjugated organic materials and polymers have revolutionized the fields of light-emitting diodes, solar energy conversion and printable plastic electronics. In order to bring awareness of chemical/technological advances to the widest audience and to inspire the next generation of scientists, we have created a new organic semiconductor polymer education kit. The semiconductor polymer educational laboratory kit will be provided through Arbor Scientific for teachers to purchase. Otherwise, all curriculum, lab activity procedures and ancillary materials will be provided free online for educators.

Most applicable to grades 8-12 and higher education

Jessica Enlow - Cabarrus County Schools

Table #21
3D Modeling with Middle School Girls

Engaging and empowering middle school girls to explore 3D design requires a community-serving goal. The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute has designed a program to meet that challenge. Teams of girls design Braille materials for museum education programs using NASA altimeter data for Mars and the moon.

Most applicable to grades 5-9, industry and other STEM groups

Christi Whitworth - Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)

Table #23
What Can BioNetwork Do For You?

Stop by and experience firsthand what BioNetwork has to offer K-14 students and teachers, including exciting professional development opportunities, innovative hands-on activities and more!

Most applicable to grades K-12, higher education and other STEM groups

Tanya McGhee - BioNetwork
James Sanders - BioNetwork

Table #26
Coastal Connections with The Science House at CMAST

The Science House at the North Carolina State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) located in Morehead City has developed place-based education programs for teachers and students that bring the coastal marine science research of the coast to the K-12 classroom.

Most applicable to grades K-12, higher education and other STEM groups

Patrick Curley - The Science House at CMAST

Table #28
Step into a World of Discovery

This presentation will provide information and resources provided by Discovery Place and Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham. At Discovery Place science is brought to life through interactive exhibits and explosive experiments during daily programs. From inquiry-based hands-on state-of-the-art labs to live animals and ever-changing exhibitions, Discovery Place engages minds and ignites wonder during an unparalleled learning experience.

Discovery Place KIDS is your partner in education. The Museum features a rich environment of developmentally-appropriate learning experiences for students through grade 5. Classes are offered throughout the school year that encourage imagination and exploration and build foundational skills necessary to meet curriculum requirements.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Lydia Evans - Discovery Place
Katie Rohleder - Discovery Place KIDS - Rockingham

Table #30
North Carolina DNA Day: Connecting Scientists and High School Classrooms

For nine years, North Carolina DNA Day has connected over 100 scientists with high school classrooms across the state. Learn how you can get involved!

Most applicable to grades 9-12 and higher education

Joshua Hall - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Table #32
How to Solidify a BRITE Future

The BRITE Institute at North Carolina Central University helps expose interested students to an abundance of educational and career opportunities within the fastest growing fields of biotechnology, biomanufacturing and pharmaceutical sciences.

Most applicable to grades K-12, higher education, industry and other STEM groups

Natacha Janvier-Derilus - North Carolina Central University
Anthony Ervin - North Carolina Central University

Table #33
STEM Careers in Modern Agriculture and Biotechnology

Many students think agriculture is solely a farmer on a tractor, but modern agriculture is reliant on STEM professionals, including biologists, chemists, engineers, computer programmers, statisticians and more. Monsanto’s STEM outreach efforts connect experts in these areas to the classroom to share experiences, improve scientific literacy and foster interest and excitement in the scientific method. Learn more about Monsanto’s STEM outreach last year to more than 20,000 students across 250 events and how you can partner with Monsanto to continue to drive student engagement for STEM careers.

Applicable to all attendees.

Robert Crosby - Monsanto Company
Lloyd Jones - Monsanto Company

Table #35
Hands on Banking

This presentation will introduce participants to Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking. This online curriculum resource provides lessons for school-aged children that are aligned with national and state educational standards for economics, financial literacy, mathematics and English language arts, making it easy to integrate the Hands on Banking program into the classroom.

Applicable to all attendees

Gary S. Blum - Wells Fargo

Table #37
Biomedical Engineering: Introduction and Activities

Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing fields in the country. Engineering World Health, a Durham based nonprofit, will present an overview of the field and career paths in addition to specific activities and other resources for educators.

Applicable to all attendees

Benjamin Fleishman - Engineering World Health

Table #39
Building Leadership to Strengthen STEM Education

Building leadership within the STEM community is critical to sustaining STEM education. This session focuses on the North Carolina Science Leadership Association’s work with business and government, its leadership development program, and how these interact with and support STEM education.

Applicable to all attendees

Dennis Kubasko - North Carolina Science Leadership Association
Alisa Wickliff - North Carolina Science Leadership Association
Patricia M. Shane - North Carolina Science Leadership Association

Table #42
Ribbon of Hope

Many nonprofits are providing outstanding services, but are struggling with limited resources to meet the needs of their local communities as their own budgets are squeezed. Through its Ribbon of Hope grant program, the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation provides one-time grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations for projects furthering science, health and education in their communities. These grants are intended to offer organizations a one-time opportunity to expand and/or enhance an existing program or provide seed funds for a new initiative.

Do you have questions or want more information about the Ribbon of Hope application process and grant cycle? Participate in this expo presentation to connect with the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and have your questions answered.

Applicable to nonprofits and their partnering organizations

Marilyn Foote-Hudson - GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

10:00 AMOption 1 of 8
Room 1B
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Leveraging Partnerships

Explore ways to get the most out of youth-serving organizations and STEM industry partners through dynamic and customized approaches. This session will explain the path taken and lessons learned by the US2020 RTP program. You will get a close-up look at how their model has evolved and hear from partners on both sides of the STEM community.

Applicable to all attendees

Brett Brenton - US2020 RTP Project
Kim Gervase - North Carolina Science Olympiad
Christina O'Neill - Cisco Systems

10:00 AMOption 2 of 8
Room 2
Track: Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

An Approach to Professional Development for Sustainable Change

Integrating STEM in a sustainable way is often a challenge in today's educational environment. The Engineering Place at North Carolina State University has worked with numerous schools to implement sustained and effective changes through the use of high quality professional development and best practice, research-based and standards-correlated tools to facilitate both teacher and student teaching and learning. Come join us to learn more!

Most applicable to grades K-12

Liz Parry - North Carolina State University
Leyf Starling - North Carolina State University

10:00 AMOption 3 of 8
Room 3
Track: Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

STEM to STREAM on a Shoestring!

Blessed Sacrament School (BSS), a STEM School of Distinction, is evolving the concept of STEM to expand the problem-solving, inquiry-based model into the areas of religion and art to produce a science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and math (STREAM) school without breaking the bank. Learn how BSS has engaged local organizations, businesses and STEM professionals to enhance its STREAM program at a very low cost, but with a high impact on learning. The session's goal is to inspire educators to create excitement and appreciation of the STEM/STREAM disciplines while fostering innovative thinking and providing students with core knowledge and skills necessary for future professional opportunities in related fields.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Tiffany Schwartz Ehmig - Blessed Sacrament School
Victoria Sebastian - Blessed Sacrament School
Kristi Parker - Blessed Sacrament School

10:00 AMOption 4 of 8
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent sessions & expo)

Investigating the Exposome

Receive and conduct a data interpretation/graphing activity that highlights the scientific process being used by one researcher to investigate mechanisms of cancer formation with emphasis on the role of DNA damage and repair in response to exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.

Most applicable to grades 11-12 and higher education

Dana Haine - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment

10:00 AMOption 5 of 8
Room 5
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent sessions & expo)

What's Snot to Like?

Learn about the effects of mucus in the human respiratory system, the physical properties of mucus, and how it lubricates the gastrointestinal tract and helps move particles out of the lungs.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Nikki Crumley - Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Daniel Wheeler - Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

10:00 AMOption 6 of 8
Room 6

Biogen Foundation Session

This session is by invitation only

10:00 AMOption 7 of 8
Room 7A
Track: STEM (+): Creating A More Inclusive Environment In STEM

Modern Science Meets The Hero Journey

You want passion in your science class but get "Why should I care?" What is the solution? Channel the ancient bards who inspired Aristotle. Learn about the power of story to engage students.

Most applicable to grades 5-12 and other STEM groups

Deb Bailey - North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Bob Alderink - North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

10:00 AMOption 8 of 8
Room 7B
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

PBLs Bring Real-Life Learning to Students

Participants will learn about three different project-based learning (PBL) projects implemented in Catawba County Schools that involved working with an academic team, an entire faculty and select teachers who partnered with industry professionals.

Most applicable to grades 4-12 and industry

Carol Moore - Catawba County Schools
Jeanine Lynch - Catawba County Schools

11:00 AMOption 1 of 7
Room 1B
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Celebrating Science: Innovative Events for Schools

Each year, hundreds of schools participate in the North Carolina Science Festival, a 2-week celebration of STEM in our state. Hear from educators who have hosted amazing events and discuss ways to host an innovative, fun science event for your community.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Marissa Hartzler - North Carolina Science Festival
Jeff Faulkner - C.W. Stanford Middle School

11:00 AMOption 2 of 7
Room 3
Track: Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

Supporting Teachers in At-Risk Middle Schools through Community Building and Coaching

We will describe Durham Public Schools' initiative to support science instruction and enhance teacher effectiveness and retention in at-risk middle schools built around coaching and community partnership.

Most applicable to grades 6-8, higher education, industry, government and other STEM groups

Linda Tugurian - Durham Public Schools
Sam Fuerst - Durham Public Schools

11:00 AMOption 3 of 7
Room 4
Track: Getting Started in STEM

From Dream to STE(A)M: Designing and Implementing an Elementary Initiative

Interested in building an elementary STEAM program in your district but not sure where to even start? We will share our 2-year journey that began with a few innovative educators. This session will provide planning guides, student investigation ideas and overall inspiration to get started today.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Allison White - Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Becky Baker - Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Courtney Sears - Ephesus Road Elementary School

11:00 AMOption 4 of 7
Room 5
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent sessions & expo)

Newton Car: Science and Math Have the Potential to be Fun, But Are They "STEM"ulating for Students?

This presentation will require hands-on participation from the audience. Participants will be introduced to a NASA-inspired STEM-based activity and will have to design their own apparatus. This workshop will present ways to cultivate and enrich students' desire to learn about STEM.

Most applicable to grades 5-9

Courtney Fletcher - Alabama A&M University
Jelisa Thompson - Alabama A&M University

11:00 AMOption 5 of 7
Room 6

STEM Unconference

The STEM Unconference brings together attendees with similar interests for presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussions. Come with ideas of what you want to learn regarding STEM and with things you can share.

Applicable to all attendees

Roger Conner - GO-Science

11:00 AMOption 6 of 7
Room 7A
Track: STEM (+): Creating a More Inclusive Environment in STEM

Literacy and The Engineering Design Process

As a STEM coordinator, I am always asked “where is the literacy?” STEM is not about the exclusive teaching of science, technology, engineering and math but instead the integrated teaching of these subjects (and all core subjects) to ensure authentic, inquiry-based learning. In this professional development session, we will use various fiction and nonfiction children’s books to frame engineering challenges. Teachers will engage in the engineering design process and experience how storybooks can come alive in their classroom to support Common Core and North Carolina Science Essential Standards.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Erica Prentice - Envision Science Academy
Bill Prentice - Envision Science Academy

11:00 AMOption 7 of 7
Room 7B
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

#ClosingtheGap: What Everyone Ought to Know about Business Engagement in Education

The North Carolina Department of Transportation strives to build connections with school leaders through career exploration, authentic engagement and experiential learning. Join us as we share strategies for creating moments of discovery for your students through effective industry partnerships.

Most applicable to grades 8-12 and industry

Ashley Goolsby - North Carolina Department of Transportation
Linda Brannan - Wake County Public School System

12:00 PM
Room 2

Lunch

12:20 PM
Room 2

Keynote: Classrooms Under the Sea

Join submarine pilot and National Geographic Young Explorer Erika Bergman as she takes you deep into the open sea. Discover an antique sunken aircraft and learn how it was captured in 3D with sophisticated modern software. Come face-to-face with life in the deep ocean, and learn the ropes to prepare for a dive day. Ms. Bergman will share stories and adventures from Submarine Pilot Ground School and will discuss how her experiences have led her to spread her enthusiasm for underwater exploration with middle and high school students.

As a lifelong storyteller-turned manned submersible pilot, Ms. Bergman is a passionate ocean explorer. She studied chemical oceanography at the University of Washington while working as a diesel engineer aboard the tall ship S/V Lady Washington and as a steam ship engineer aboard the S/S Virginia V. After college, Ms. Bergman worked as a submersible pilot for exploration, research and filmmaking. She is the editor of OpenExplorer.com, a site dedicated to supporting and curating a new era of connected, citizen exploration. She also has turned her career into an international curriculum and is the co-founder of Global Engineering & Exploration Counselors (GEEC), which provides a network of underwater robotics camps to teenage girls around the world.

Erika Bergman - National Geographic

1:30 PMOption 1 of 8
Room 1B
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Inventive Collaborations: A Panel Discussion with North Carolina’s University STEM Center Directors

Come participate in a panel discussion with STEM center directors as we discuss current innovative collaborations successfully serving K-16 stakeholders across our state. We will update our efforts to improve and align a pathway to STEM education in North Carolina.

Applicable to all attendees

Chris Gordon - University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Phillip E. Johnson - Appalachian State University
Dennis Kubasko - University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Jason Painter - North Carolina State University
Scott Ragan - North Carolina State University
Vincent Snipes - Winston Salem State University
Alisa Wickliff - University of North Carolina at Charlotte

1:30 PMOption 2 of 8
Room 2
Track: Getting Started in STEM

The Nuts and Bolts of a STEM Magnet Startup

Learn effective implementation strategies and frameworks for designing a successful STEM magnet. Topics include procedures for opening a STEM school, how to develop and implement a unifying STEM program, and tools to promote STEM instructional practices across the curriculum.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Sharon Stephens - Carver Middle School
Julie McCoy - Carver Middle School
Sandre Lane - Carver Middle School

1:30 PMOption 3 of 8
Room 3
Track: Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

STEMulating School Principals: Brokering Social Capital Opportunities for Student Success

School principals need to increase STEM opportunities in their schools in order to strengthen students’ backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math, which is essential for academic achievement. This presentation discusses how principals can increase STEM opportunities in their schools by building and leveraging their own social capital.

Most applicable to grades K-12 and other STEM groups

Alisa Taliaferro - North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

1:30 PMOption 4 of 8
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent sessions & expo)

PBL in the Upper-Elementary Classroom

How can project-based learning be used effectively in upper elementary levels to incorporate science concepts? Learn about collaborating with professionals in and out of your school and hear real-life applications that can help integrate PBL into your classroom.

Most applicable to grades 3-5

Allison Stewart - Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School
Marissa Hartzler - Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

1:30 PMOption 5 of 8
Room 5
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent sessions & expo)

The Science of Healthful Living: Teaching with the 5 Es in Physical Education

This National Institutes of Health-funded Science Education Partnership Award program developed and tested an innovative standards-based middle school physical education curriculum, extending health-related science to physical education. We demonstrate and provide handouts of physically active lessons and student journals structured using the 5 Es in a science-oriented problem-based learning format.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Catherine Ennis - University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ang Chen - University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ray Schweighardt - University of North Carolina at Greensboro

1:30 PMOption 6 of 8
Room 6

STEM Unconference

The STEM Unconference brings together attendees with similar interests for presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussions. Come with ideas of what you want to learn regarding STEM and with things you can share.

Applicable to all attendees

Roger Conner - GO-Science

1:30 PMOption 7 of 8
Room 7A
Track: STEM (+): Creating A More Inclusive Environment In STEM

A Partnership to Increase Health/Science Education in Native American Communities

The laudable goal of increasing the numbers of American Indians and other indigenous peoples entering STEM professions must begin with early education. Over the past decade, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has established partnerships with schools and communities on six Indian reservations in Nebraska and South Dakota. This educational outreach is funded by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health. Through this program, we have been able to engage students and teachers in numerous activities to increase awareness of and appreciation for STEM and STEM disciplines. This session will highlight these activities and resources used to promote student interest in the sciences, foster a more scientifically literate public and ultimately increase the number of Native Americans entering health and science careers.

Most applicable to K-12, higher education, government and other STEM groups

Maurice Godfrey - University of Nebraska Medical Center

1:30 PMOption 8 of 8
Room 7B
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Place Based Learning: Focus Locally, Think Globally

Participants will develop ideas for richer connections to their communities that support students’ learning and create community advocates for their school. Participants will have the opportunity to map out their community, discovering the rich resources they have locally.

Applicable to all attendees

Jennifer Veverka - Riverside Middle School

2:30 PMOption 1 of 3

Exhibitor Showcase

The exhibitor showcase provides an opportunity for attendees to connect with premium exhibitors and engage in hands-on activities using the most-up-to-date STEM resources during a 50-minute concurrent session.

Applicable to all attendees

Room 1B
Technology today changes more rapidly than imaginable. How can a savvy professional stay abreast of these changes? This seminar will showcase the top "must know" software packages and technologies that can help us stay sharp and polished in our respective fields.

Presented by North Carolina State University Office of Professional Development

Room 3
Participants in this session will engage in student activities from NCABR's comprehensive Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual, which provides an overview of the biomedical research process, particularly information about the care and use of animals.

Presented by North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research

Room 4
Natural and synthetic pigments have properties that allow us to extract and separate them based on those properties. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to engineer an electrophoresis box to separate out dyes found in powdered drinks. This is a cheap, easy and fun way to incorporate biotechnology and other STEM related activities into your lessons.

Presented by Bio-Rad

Room 5

With Amplify’s suite of STEM games, one can provide students in grades 4-9 with highly engaging, hands-on activities that introduce and reinforce key skills as well as provide background knowledge. Amplify’s STEM games connect students to learning experiences that foster their interest and enjoyment of math and science.

All STEM games align to standards-based learning objectives and:

  • Enhance skills in life science, physical science, fractions, factoring, order of operations, algebraic equations and binary math
  • Increase students’ comfort with the process of trial and error to make STEM disciplines less intimidating
  • Foster peer-to-peer learning and collaboration among students through multiplayer mode and “explore, build and share” mechanics comparable to those available in the most popular games for this age group

Presented by Amplify

Room 7A
Utilizing the Gadget Labs technology and curriculum, educators will step into the shoes of their students and create a mobile application. Participants will be exposed to the value of an outcome-based approach to closing the gap between coding and user experience.

Presented by Gadget Software

2:30 PMOption 2 of 3
Room 1A/1C/1D

Poster Session

The poster session will provide conference attendees with updated information about practical, quality STEM research that interests a wide range of subjects.

Applicable to all attendees

Ashley Roseno - East Carolina University

2:30 PMOption 3 of 3
Room 6

STEM Unconference

The STEM Unconference brings together attendees with similar interests for presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussions. Come with ideas of what you want to learn regarding STEM and with things you can share.

Applicable to all attendees

Roger Conner - GO-Science

3:30 PMOption 1 of 8
Room 1B
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Energetic and Fresh Solutions, Schools and Industry Partners

North Carolina New Schools and professionals from industry have organized to create several promising initiatives that address relevance and career readiness. This presentation will share practicals concerning student design challenges and performance-based tasks.

Most applicable to grades 8-12, industry and other STEM groups

Darrell Kain - North Carolina New Schools
Amanda Rowland - Johnston County Schools

3:30 PMOption 2 of 8
Room 2

Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices Expo

This session will take place in Room 2. Attendees will travel from table to table to learn about inquiry-based, hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom.

Table #1
Fairy Tales and STEAM

Using STEM-based learning, English language arts incorporates learning through fairy tales. We can build three little pig houses, beanstalks and many other projects based on fairy tales.

Most applicable to grades K-2

Tarah Hands - Envision Science Academy
Richard Isham - Envision Science Academy

Table #5
How Big is a Blue Whale?

How many 1st graders does it take to measure up to a blue whale? What do these giants like to eat? Come discover some fun facts about whales and take home hands-on activities to introduce your classroom to wonderful whales.

Most applicable to grades K-3

Kristi Walters - GO-Science

Table #7
Hands-On, Minds-On Integrated Elementary STEAM Challenges

This session will provide participants with two examples of implementing STEAM through inquiry-based investigations for PreK-5 (the “STEAM Challenge" and the "Wonders & Explorations Student Showcase"). Session will include hands-on engagement, videos and implementation guides.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Allison White - Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Becky Baker - Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Table #12
Integrating Engineering in the Elementary Classroom

Learn how teachers at Combs Elementary developed engineering design challenges to integrate into their classroom curriculum with help from a school STEM specialist, professional development and Lego Education.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Amber Kendall - Tufts University
Chelsea Boughton - A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary

Table #14
Make-a-Monster

Looking for an engaging way to teach genetics to elementary students? In this activity, students will explore Punnett squares, alleles and dominant/recessive traits by making their own monster whose traits are determined by a coin-flip game. Handouts included.

Most applicable to grades 2-5

Jarrett Grimm - Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Hope Thomson - Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Table #16
STEM in Space

See hands-on activities that bring the science, technology and engineering of outer space into your classroom. Educators will make a model of a robotic hand from scrap materials, peer inside the gas giants using household liquids, and experiment with craters.

Most applicable to grades 3-6

Nick Eakes - Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Table #17
Expanded 5E Model

In this session, teachers will learn about the expanded 5E inquiry-based model. This model was originally created by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and then later expanded to the 7E model to ensure that educators are eliciting prior knowledge and extending the new knowledge into various contexts. This constructivist model has been adopted for outreach for various national and international organizations and is a great way to introduce project-based learning in a "teacher-friendly" way.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Erica Prentice - Envision Science Academy
Bill Prentice - Envision Science Academy

Table #19
Experience the Natural Excitement Students Have Doing Science

Come experience the excitement, wonder and fun students have using the Center for Inquiry-Based Learning (CIBL) hands-on STEM kits. Learn how CIBL’s K-8 STEM kits integrate math, ELA and engineering design challenges.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Todd Guentensberger - Center for Inquiry-Based Learning
Melaine Rickard - Alamance-Burlington School System
Mara Thomas - Center for Inquiry-Based Learning

Table #21
The Planarian Perspective: What Flatworms Can Teach Us About Drugs

Riverside Middle School teachers have collaborated with East Carolina University and Temple University in an innovative hands-on approach to teaching middle school students about the dangers of drug use using planarians as an animal model for research.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Tonya Little - Martin County Schools
Sara Delph - Martin County Schools
Franklin Scott - Martin County Schools

Table #23
Examining Sea Level Rise and Differential Shoreline Response

Participants will make physical models to evaluate how different shorelines will respond to sea level rise and to compare coastal adaptation strategies. Online data visualization tools will also be featured and participants will receive a copy of the featured lesson.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Dana Haine - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment

Table #26
Empowering the Diverse Learner and Family, Reaching all Learners, Including ESL, EC and AIG, through Technology and Hands-On Activities

Empower students and parents to learn using technology and hands-on activities. Provide the diverse learner with visuals to motivate and promote enthusiasm for STEM in and out of the classroom.

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and other STEM groups

Yvonne Hardy - Woodington Middle School
Maria Delgado - Woodington Middle School and South Lenoir High School

Table #28
Engaging Students with Hands-On, Inquiry-Based Experiments

Learn about the free resources that SUCCEED — a nonprofit founded by University of North Carolina undergraduates — offers 6th-12th grade STEM educators. We create and supply experiment kits and supplemental resources aligned with state curriculum to make STEM courses both exciting and educational.

Most applicable to grades 6-12, government and other STEM groups

Mihir Pershad - SUCCEED

Table #30
Say What You Do and Do What You Say

In Part 1 of the activity, participants will work in groups to develop a procedure that tells how to make a 2-quart batch of Kool-Aid. In Part 2, each group will test another group's procedure while the class observes, identifies problems and suggests revisions.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Gloria Green - Granville Central High School

Table #32
MyTech: Using Smartphones in Physics Labs

The MyTech app takes advantage of smartphone internal sensors that detect motion of the device to give students an opportunity to draw connections between their familiar devices and challenging physics concepts.

Most applicable to grades 9-12 and higher education

Colleen Countryman - North Carolina State University

3:30 PMOption 3 of 8
Room 3
Track: Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

Sustaining Effective K-16 STEM Programs through Effective Teaching and Learning Practices

This presentation will focus on using effective teaching and learning practices that support K-16 STEM education, specifically using the pedagogical work of John Hattie (Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning) and Tony Wagner’s seven survival skills for careers, college and citizenship (Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World and The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need — and What We Can Do About It).

Applicable to all attendees

Jerome Williams - Warren County Schools

3:30 PMOption 4 of 8
Room 4

STEM Unconference

The STEM Unconference brings together attendees with similar interests for presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussions. Come with ideas of what you want to learn regarding STEM and with things you can share.

Applicable to all attendees

Roger Conner - GO-Science

3:30 PMOption 5 of 8
Room 5
Track: TechSpace: Breakthrough Technologies

Computer Science Research Experience Motivates STEM Teachers

The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), provides funding to STEM teachers to conduct research over six weeks in the summer. The program exposes participating high school teachers and community college faculty to research in computer science that they can incorporate in their classrooms. The Department of Computer Science at Appalachian State University will discuss its experience with this program in the summers from 2013-2015.

Most applicable to grade 9-12 and higher education

Rahman Tashakkori - Appalachian State University

3:30 PMOption 6 of 8
Room 6
Track: STEM (+): Creating A More Inclusive Environment In STEM

Maker Math: Summer Extension/Remediation to Spark Student Interest and Close Academic Gaps

Granville County Public Schools, in partnership with Cognizant, offered a 5-week Maker Camp that focused on STEM experiences and applied mathematics. Learn about how we creatively approached finding additional instructional time, resources and investment strategies to create academic gains and reignite the spark in our middle school students.

Most applicable to grades 3-8

Brynn Pendrak - Granville County Public Schools
Ann Grey Newcomb - Granville County Public Schools

3:30 PMOption 7 of 8
Room 7A
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent sessions & expo)

FoodMASTER Intermediate: Integrating Nutrition into the 3rd-5th Grade Science and Mathematics Curricula

Participants will be introduced to the FoodMASTER Intermediate curriculum, including the teacher’s manual and student workbook. Participants will briefly experience the FoodMASTER hands-on approach while completing a learning lab and exploring ways to incorporate FoodMASTER materials into science classrooms.

Most applicable to grades 3-5

Ashley Roseno - East Carolina University
Julie Johnson - East Carolina University

3:30 PMOption 8 of 8
Room 7B
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Community Connections through Project-Based Learning

Come learn how to take your curriculum beyond the walls of your classroom. We will explore the creation of project-based lessons that integrate real-world connections to the community and industry that surround you.

Most applicable to grades 4-9 and industry

Danielle McCaslin - Mills Park Middle School
Tiffany Schaefer - Mills Park Middle School

4:30 PM
Room 2

Closing Session

Wrap-Up/ Reflection

5:00 PM
Room 1A/1C/1D

Exhibit Hall Closes

End of Day 2

Tracks

Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

Provides K-12 teachers with practical guidance that addresses the following topics:

  • How to develop lesson plans to encourage critical thinking in STEM
  • How to expand, integrate and make time for STEM implementation

Getting Started in STEM

Provides K-12 teachers with practical strategies to meet STEM classroom needs (space, integration, differentiation, funding, etc.).

Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent sessions & expo)

Provides K-12 teachers with inquiry-based, hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom. These interactive presentations will provide practical guidance for incorporating STEM in the classroom using cross-content integration and hands-on activities. Specifically, this track will address the following topics:

  • Problem- and project-based learning (PBL)
  • Creating a student-centered classroom
  • Teaching tools for differentiated instruction
  • STEM strategies and implementation
  • Mathematical connections to the real world
  • STEM in elementary: bringing science back into the curriculum
  • Grand challenges and critical thinking in the classroom
  • Online crowdfunding for classroom needs

Innovation Imperative: Higher Education and STEM

Provides professionals in higher education with practical insight, strategies and connections to help attract and retain the best talent in their programs while also priming the pipeline of potential majors using research-based STEM outreach strategies. Specifically, this track will address the following topics:

  • Integrating STEM outreach into a research agenda (scholarly outreach)
  • Placing graduate students in the K-12 classroom
  • Education sciences and STEM teaching tools for a differential approach
  • Teaching large classes — pedagogy: engagement and active learning practices
  • Innovating traditional curricula in higher education with e-learning tools
  • Flipped classrooms/learner-centered teaching in higher education
  • Using your grant proposal’s broader impact plan to provide innovative outreach
  • Interdisciplinary pedagogical approaches to STEM education in higher education
  • Priming the pipeline: recruitment and retention strategies for STEM programs
  • Promoting gateway course success

Outreach Expo

Provides attendees from higher education and informal/other STEM groups who are looking to share research outcomes and finished products with an opportunity to:

  • Disseminate deliverables from grant-funded research activities
  • Promote museum and other STEM outreach opportunities
  • Disseminate STEM curricula
  • Disseminate STEM education resources
  • Promote STEM programs for K-12 teachers and students
  • Promote products in the final stages of development
  • Promote offerings from university Centers and Institutes
  • Promote partnerships for ongoing and future programs with K-12 teachers and students

Standards and Assessment

Provides K-12 teachers with practical guidance about:

  • Developing and assessing STEM curricula
  • Balancing inquiry with standardized testing

Provides higher education and noneducators with practical guidance for:

  • Understanding North Carolina Essential Standards
  • Understanding Common Core standards

STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Creates a convergence between all K-16 stakeholders to address systematic concerns and issues in STEM throughout North Carolina. Specifically, this track will address the following topics:

  • Industry connections and partnerships
  • Middle-skill STEM jobs
  • Motivation: educational psychology and STEM
  • The Role of the community college
  • The 2+2 pathway
  • Creating a successful grant application
  • Student self-efficacy in learning
  • Keeping STEM fresh, new, innovative and exciting
  • Exploring innovative collaborations
  • The future of STEM in North Carolina
  • Developing community connections
  • Science education and the nation’s future
  • Citizen science: projects and activities to inspire authentic science research

STEM (+): Creating A More Inclusive Environment In STEM

Explores issues of inclusiveness and equity in the entire STEM environment across K-16 education. Specifically, this track will address the following topics:

  • Serving K-12 gifted students
  • Pedagogies for mentoring underrepresented students in higher education
  • Reaching low SES (socioeconomic status), rural, urban and minority students
  • Collaborations that explore the interdisciplinary nature of STEM
  • STEM to STEAM, STREAM or STEMM: adding to the relevancy of learning

TechSpace: Breakthrough Technologies

Introduces free, easy-to-use technology and demonstrates innovative ways of integrating computer science and engineering across the curriculum. Specifically, this track will address the following topics:

  • Blended learning
  • Inexpensive and free technologies
  • Virtual labs and online interactives in the classroom
  • MakerSpaces, Maker Movement, and STEM labs
  • Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Hour of Code, Girls Who Code
  • Computer programming, engineering and design thinking