Schedule

Day 1
Tuesday, October 24

7:30 AM
Lobby

Check-In & Walk-Up Registration

Room 1A/1B/1D

Morning Refreshments

8:00 AM
Room 2

Welcome & Introductions

Suzanne Wilkison- North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research
Roger Conner- Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS)

8:20 AM
Room 2

Opening Keynote: Science & Society: Myths, Mayhem and Strategic Misunderstandings - What STEM Stakeholders Need to Know

Presentation

Roger Conner- Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS)

Panel Discussion

Martha A. Alexander-Miller, Ph.D.- Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology; Director, Center for Vaccines at the Extremes of Aging, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Justin Baumann- Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fred Gould, Ph.D.-William Neal Reynolds Professor of Agriculture; Co-Director, Genetic Engineering and Society Center, North Carolina State University

10:00 AM Option 1 of 8
Room 1C
Track: Engaging at the Intersections: Shared Understanding and Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Deeper Dive: Vaccine Research Development - A Safe and Effective Influenza Vaccine for Newborns

Applicable to all audiences

Martha A. Alexander-Miller, Ph.D.- Wake Forest School of Medicine

10:00 AM Option 2 of 8
Room 2
Track: Trending Teaching Technologies

The Science House Presents: Using Makey Makey Devices to Capture STEM Innovation

Use bananas as a keyboard. Make a motion-activated camera. These are possible and more with a simple understanding of circuits and easy programming tools. Come learn about Makey Makeys and open up doors of creative possibilities for your students.

Most applicable to grades 3-12

Michelle Bengino- Mountain Office of The Science House at North Carolina State University
Derek Dennis- The Science House at North Carolina State University

10:00 AM Option 3 of 8
Room 3
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

What's Snot to Like? Explore the Respiratory and Immune Systems through Mucus

This hands-on workshop shows teachers how to use (fake!) mucus and interactive models to help students understand the respiratory and immune systems. Participants receive curriculum guides and supplies for implementing the activities in their classrooms.

Most applicable to grades 6-8 and Other STEM Groups

Daniel Wheeler- Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Amber Vogel- Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

10:00 AM Option 4 of 8
Room 4
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Dive into STEM with Underwater Robots

Participation in the Marine Advanced Technologies Education (MATE) Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) competition is a great way to bring STEM learning and design to your classroom, club or afterschool program. Come learn how you can use ROV design to teach science and engineering, how your group can participate in the Coastal Carolina Regional Competition and try your hand at designing your own ROV.

Most applicable to grades 5-12, Higher Education and Other STEM Groups

Patrick Curley, Ph.D.- The Science House at the North Carolina State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology

10:00 AM Option 5 of 8
Room 5
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

Reinventing the Field Trip

Bring your lessons to life! Explore strategies for transforming your field trip into a sustained learning experience, instead of a one-off event. Learn about STEM Days, developed by the Museum of Life and Science in partnership with the Durham Public Schools.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Willow Alston-Socha- Durham Public Schools
Trish Lemm- Museum of Life and Science

10:00 AM Option 6 of 8
Room 6
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

Deep South Network (Closed Session)

The National Institutes of Health SEPA FoodMASTER Network will meet to introduce network participants and facilitate an agenda for Bridging the Gap participation.

Invitation Only

Melani Duffrin, Ph.D.- East Carolina University

10:00 AM Option 7 of 8
Room 7A
Track: Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

Exploring How Select Predominantly White Institutions Learned to Significantly Increase the Number of African-American Ph.D.s in the Life Sciences

This session will highlight results of a multiple-case study that looked at how select predominantly white institutions learned to significantly increase the number of African-American undergraduates who completed doctoral degrees in the life sciences. Specifically, this session will highlight the activity inventory and learning relationships among academic leaders and faculty.

Most applicable to Higher Education

Shawn Moore- East Carolina University
David Siegel, Ph.D.- East Carolina University

10:00 AM Option 8 of 8
Room 8A
Track: Engaging at the Intersections: Shared Understanding and Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Deeper Dive: Genetically Modified Organisms Preparing to Live in a Genetically Engineered World

Applicable to all audiences

Fred Gould, Ph,D.- North Carolina State University

11:00 AM Option 1 of 6
Room 3
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Picture Book Engineering

Our session will introduce the engineering design process and engineering projects using children’s literature as a springboard. Teachers will receive a list of literature and ideas for projects. Teachers will have an opportunity to engineer a project from literature.

Most applicable to grades K-3

Janice Rickey- Rachel Freeman School of Engineering
Sarah Copeland- Rachel Freeman School of Engineering

11:00 AM Option 2 of 6
Room 4
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Visualizing Weather and Climate Data

This session will address techniques for displaying weather and climate data, which will help attendees understand it in its physical and environmental context. Through a few structured hands-on exercises, participants will develop data visualization habits that can be used to coach students toward a better understanding of their environment.

Most applicable to grades 2-12 and Other STEM Groups

John White- U.S. Army

11:00 AM Option 3 of 6
Room 5
Track: STEM Beyond the Classroom: Building Bridges for Continuity and Impact

It Takes a Village: Partnerships and Practices to Make Multigenerational Science Engagement Possible

Come and learn how Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, in partnership with Novozymes, has created STEMville Family Science Nights, a district-wide, engaging science opportunity for the entire family. We will discuss program logistics to inspire similar events at your own school and tips and tricks to make the process as easy as possible. We also will highlight activity ideas and suggestions to make your school’s science night a success.

Most applicable to grades K-8, Industry and Other STEM Groups

Hope Thompson- Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Carla Robinson- Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

11:00 AM Option 4 of 6
Room 6
Track: Engaging at the Intersections: Shared Understanding and Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Pre-K to Grade 12 STEM Educational Resources from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other Federal Agencies

This interactive workshop will discuss P-12 STEM resources and online resources for teachers, students and families. General topics to be discussed include health-related STEM, citizen science and serious STEM games for learning. This workshop will also showcase the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) website and the NIH curriculum supplement series, teachers’ guides to two weeks of lessons on the science behind selected health topics. They combine cutting-edge biomedical discoveries with state-of-the-art instructional practices.

Most applicable to grades K-12

L. Tony Beck, Ph.D.- National Institute of General Medical Sciences/National Institutes of Health
Liam O’Fallon- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/National Institutes of Health

11:00 AM Option 5 of 6
Room 7A
Track: The Future of Teaching: A Forward Look at Education Policy, Standards and Assessments

What Higher Education Needs to Know about K-12 Curriculum Standards and Their Impact on Student Preparedness for College-Level STEM Courses

Current K-12 curriculum standards continue to make headlines in North Carolina and across the nation. What do these standards mean, and how well will today’s high school seniors be prepared for college-level STEM instruction compared to students taught using the previous curriculum standards?

Most applicable to Higher Education, Industry and Other STEM Groups

Bruce Middleton- STEM East

11:00 AM Option 6 of 6
Room 8A
Track: Engaging at the Intersections: Shared Understanding and Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Deeper Dive: Climate Change

Applicable to all audiences

Justin Baumann- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

11:50 AM
Room 1A/1B/1D

Exhibit Hall Opens

12:10 PM
Room 2

Lunch

12:35 PM
Room 2

Lunch Keynote

TBA

1:30 PM Option 1 of 7
Room 1C
Track: STEM Launching Pad: Getting Started in STEM

Where Do I Begin with a STEM Classroom?

This session will explore how to start a STEM culture at your school. We will identify the characteristics of STEM, and you will be given resources and ideas. Join us if you are interested in starting STEM at your school.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Judith McDonald, Ph.D.- Belmont Abbey College
Cynthia Dey- Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

1:30 PM Option 2 of 7
Room 2

Citizen Science Session 1

1:30 PM Option 3 of 7
Room 3
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Brick Math: Using LEGOs to Teach Mathematics

This workshop will give participants hands-on experience using basic LEGO bricks, which can be used to engage students in math concepts.

Most applicable to grades K-6

Shirley Disseler, Ph.D.- High Point University

1:30 PM Option 4 of 7
Room 4
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

From Local to Global: Bringing the World into Your Classroom

This session will explore the basics of creating project-based learning units with a focus on making real-world connections. We will investigate ways to connect with people in your community, as well as people around the globe.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Danielle McCaslin- Wake County Public School System

1:30 PM Option 5 of 7
Room 5
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

All Teachers are STEM Teachers: STEM Across the Curriculum

We will share ideas and techniques for incorporating STEM in all curricular areas. We will share activities and projects for both STEM and non-STEM subjects as well as collaborative projects for middle school.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Karen Kingrea- Immaculata Catholic School
Cindy Rains- Immaculata Catholic School
Jen Stutz- Immaculata Catholic School

1:30 PM Option 6 of 7
Room 8A
Track: Diversity and Difference: Transformative STEM Learning

Give the Student a Purpose 2.0: Broadening Participation through Service Learning and Community Engagement

Turn students into teachers and watch interest and engagement soar! Come learn about one teacher’s experience connecting students with service learning and community engagement. Through partnerships with elementary schools and community organizations, students served as instructors in student-designed outdoor classrooms, they led ecosystem treasure hunts, performed dramatizations at health fairs and rediscovered their community through the lens of service learning. These opportunities had a powerful impact on their interest and engagement in science. Attendees will be challenged to consider why K-16 students dis-engage in the science classroom and laboratory, and they will explore how service learning and community resources can transform student learning and participation in STEM. Attendees will review examples of activities they can modify and incorporate into their own curriculum, and teachers and research scientists/mentors will be provided with information to help them build partnerships along the K-20 STEM education trajectory.

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and Higher Education

Lenora Crabtree- University of North Carolina at Charlotte

1:30 PM Option 7 of 7
Room 7A
Track: The Work Ahead: Forecast for the Future

Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Alliance (AMSTA): A Regional Partnership Model for Rural CTE Programs

A harbinger of STEM, career and technical education programs have long been powerful drivers for local workforce development. Learn how four rural North Carolina districts teamed together to create the Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Alliance (AMSTA). This regional partnership serves as a force multiplier for student internships and marks cooperation with business and industry on a scale not seen before in this area.

Most applicable to grades 6-12, Higher Education, Industry and Government

Stan Winborne, Ph.D.- Granville County Public Schools

2:20 PM
Room 1A/1B/1D

Poster Session

The poster session will provide conference attendees with updated information about practical, quality STEM education research.

Applicable to all audiences

Melani Duffrin, Ph.D.- East Carolina University

Room 1A/1B/1D

Break

Refreshments served.

Room 1A/1B/1D

Visit Exhibits

2:40 PM
Room 1C
Track: STEM Launching Pad: Getting Started in STEM

Starting Slim with STEM

The competition is tough for STEM grants and state and local funding can only go so far. This session will give participants solid strategies to start or enhance their STEM programs. Participants will gain insight as to how to expand or start a school-wide STEM program on a budget. They will leave the session with strategies they can implement immediately to start or enhance their STEM programs.

Most applicable to grades K-5 and Other STEM Groups

Frieda Hicks- Perry Harrison Elementary School
Dana Griffin- Perry Harrison Elementary School
Erin Boecke- Perry Harrison Elementary School

Room 2
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Citizen Science Session: eMammal Engaged!

Would you like to see your students engaged in authentic learning? Learn how to engage students in a citizen science project that will have your students excited. This will involve camera trapping to learn more about the animals at school.

Most applicable to grades 4-8 and Citizen Science Scholars

Lena Deskins- Durham Public Schools
Rachel Polmanteer- Wake County Public School System

Room 3
Track: STEM Beyond the Classroom: Building Bridges for Continuity and Impact

FoodMASTER Summer Science Education Experience

Presenters will review the development of the FoodMASTER Summer Science Experience. Discussion will include attendee recruitment, activity development, safety and training, as well as an overview of the 2016 experience. Participants also will engage in a camp activity during the presentation.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Jacqueline De Chambert-Rios- FoodMASTER Summer Experience
Allender Lynch- East Carolina University

Room 4
Track: STEM Beyond the Classroom: Building Bridges for Continuity and Impact

Hands-On Experiences that Transformed my Teaching

Join us for a panel discussion about how working at a technology company for the summer transformed the teaching practices of Wake County Public School System educators. You’ll hear about real-world experiences, occupations and processes that can have a big impact on your classroom.

Most applicable to grades K-12, Higher Education, Industry and Other STEM Groups

Lucy Kosturko, Ph.D.- Curriculum Pathways at SAS
Sean Russell- Wake County Public School System
Allie Boyd- Wake County Public School System

Room 5
Track: Engaging at the Intersections: Shared Understanding and Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Building a STEM Ecosystem to Support Economic Development in Rural North Carolina

Attracting industry to rural North Carolina requires a well-coordinated effort to prepare students with appropriate skills and knowledge. The mission of STEM East is to weave together robust partnerships supporting equitable access to quality STEM education for students in eastern North Carolina.

Most applicable to grades K-12, Higher Education, Industry and Other STEM Groups

Bruce Middleton- STEM East

Room 8A
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

The Aurora Fossil Museum (AFM) IMAGINE-NC Project: A Collaborative Effort to Bring Project-Based STEM Learning Opportunities to an Underserved Area in Eastern North Carolina

Funded through the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Student Science Enrichment Program, IMAGINE-NC brings project-based STEM activities to local youth while building a network of resources and support for area educators. Activities developed by AFM and ECU science/education faculty link grade-appropriate math with geology.

Most applicable to grades 4-7 and Other STEM Groups

Cynthia D. Crane- Aurora Fossil Museum
Linda L. Crane-Mitchell, Ph.D.- East Carolina University
Alex  K. Manda, Ph.D.- East Carolina University

Room 7A
Track: Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

Undergraduate Student Research: A Powerful, Engaged Instruction Tool

The learning benefits of conducting research (deeper knowledge of subject, problem-solving skills, developing an inquisitive mind) inspired the North Carolina Community College System office to investigate the current state of undergraduate research at cooperative innovative high schools or early college high schools and at community colleges. The results have led to a collaborative initiative to help more K-12 and community college teachers support student research.

Most applicable to grades 6-12, Higher Education, Industry, Government and Other STEM Groups

Matthew Meyer, Ph.D.- North Carolina Community College System
Lisa Rhoades- Burroughs Wellcome Fund

3:40 PM Option 1 of 7
Room 1C
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

Scaffolding Skill-Based Learning

One of the goals of Research Triangle High School is building the critical thinking skills of its students. This presentation will discuss how this is done in the classroom through scaffolding, skill-based grading and project-based learning.

Most applicable to grades 8-12

Cinnamon Frame- Research Triangle High School
Ben Laptad- Research Triangle High School

3:40 PM Option 2 of 7
Room 2

Citizen Science Session 2

3:40 PM Option 3 of 7
Room 3
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Elementary Engineering: See Like A Designer, Think Like An Engineer

Participants will learn how to nurture children’s engineering capabilities during the grade-school years. Attendees will reflect on their beliefs about what it means to be an engineer and learn why design and engineering are an important part of children’s development.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Paul Eichen- Rokenbok Education

3:40 PM Option 4 of 7
Room 4
Track: Diversity and Difference: Transformative STEM Learning

Inventing Success for Students with Disabilities

Many of the most famous scientists and inventors, including Edison and Einstein, had disabilities. Why do less than 7 percent of students with disabilities who attend college go on to STEM careers? This session will discuss tools to increase success in STEM for students with disabilities. Lessons on how to use the invention process to teach STEM in an effective and engaging way will be shared as well as how to have your students come up with inventions that solve real-world problems. Lessons learned from the Catalyst InvenTeam Lemelson-MIT winners (the first winning team composed entirely of students with disabilities) will be discussed. This session will include hands-on activities and ideas that are applicable for all students and grade levels.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Joann Blumenfeld- Broughton High School

3:40 PM Option 5 of 7
Room 5
Track: Engaging at the Intersections: Shared Understanding and Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Filling the Gap

Participants attending this session will interact with teachers who created and implemented project based learning (PBL) units after working with business partners in local STEM industries in their communities. The PBL units that will be showcased in this session are based on real-world problems and issues identified by the industry partners. These units can spark ideas for your classroom and school!

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and Industry

Carol Moore, Ph.D.- STEM West
Gina M. Barrier- The Science House at North Carolina State University
Ed Hallyburton- Burke County Schools
Janet Johnson- Hickory Public Schools
Jennifer Luper- Lincoln County Schools
Tricia Rushing- Catawba County Schools

3:40 PM Option 6 of 7
Room 8A
Track: Trending Teaching Technologies

MakerSpace in Zero to 180

From zero to 180, come learn innovative ways to get your makerspace up and going on a shoestring budget. Walk away with lessons learned, tips for implementation and PBLs ready to go.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Dianna Stavros- Wake County Public School System
Michelle Bass- Wake County Public School System

3:40 PM Option 7 of 7
Room 7A
Track: Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

Find Your Place in the Scheme of Things: Using the Big History Project to Think More Clearly

If you use the 13.7 billion-year timeline since the Big Bang as a guide, students can see how various STEM disciplines map to different epochs of deep time. For example, mathematics imagines the early universe. Physics quantifies the early forces and matter. Chemistry reveals the evolution of stars and the interactions of the elements. Geology describes the inner workings of planets. Biology shines light on the emergence of life. Ecology lets us see how biomes flourish. Anthropology examines the emergence of humanity. Archaeology uncovers antiquity. History narrates human achievement. A free online course, funded by Bill Gates, encourages students to use all of these disciplines to understand the Anthropocene — the period of great acceleration that we are experiencing now.

Most applicable to grades 9-12, Higher Education, Industry, Government and Other STEM Groups

Lucy Laffitte- International Big History Association

4:30 PM
Room 1A/1B/1D

Exhibit Hall Closes/ End of Day 1

Day 2
Wednesday, October 25

7:30 AM
Room 1A/1B/1D

Exhibit Hall Opens

Morning Refreshments

8:00 AM
Room 2

Welcome

Suzanne Wilkison- North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research
Roger Conner- Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS)

8:15 AM
Room 2

Ignite Overview

Gina Renfrow- Biogen Foundation

8:35 AMOption 1 of 2
Room 2

Outreach Expo

This session will take place simultaneously in Rooms 2 and the 1A/1B/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.

DIY Lab Tools

Learn how to guide students in the engineering of their own electrophoresis chamber with household items and construct a simple and cheap paper centrifuge! You will also be able to take home activity ideas that can incorporate these tools once they are built.

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and Other STEM Groups

Courtney Behrle- BioNetwork

Teaching Standards in the Garden

Teachers will learn the basics of starting a school garden as well as how to use the garden to teach curriculum standards. We will cover grade-level bed designs based on grade-level curriculum. Math and science lessons using the garden will be demonstrated.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Amy Bowman- North Carolina State University Plants for Human Health Institute
Doug Vernon- North Carolina State University Plants for Human Health Institute

Making Coastal Connections with The Science House at CMAST

The Science House at North Carolina State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology provides opportunities for professional development in STEM topics, youth programs and partnerships with NCSU researchers. Stop by our station and learn about some great opportunities for you, your students or your group.

Most applicable for grades 4-12

Patrick Curley, Ph.D.- The Science House at North Carolina State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology

STEM on Skates

The best field trip in the Triangle puts practical applications of STEM in the hands of students: the science of speakers, the math of skate sizes, roller skate engineering and more.

Most applicable to grades 1-8

Beth Harris- Seven Oaks Consulting

Developing STEM Education Leaders in North Carolina

Developing effective STEM education leaders is critical to the state of North Carolina. This session focuses on the North Carolina Science Leadership Association’s work with business and government, its leadership development program, and how these programs support STEM education leadership.

Most applicable to grades K-12, Higher Education, Industry, Government and Other STEM Groups

Dennis Kubasko, Ph.D.- University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Pat Shane- North Carolina Science Leadership Association

Free SAS Curriculum Pathways STEM Resources

Teach data literacy with Data Depot, a repository of 100+ downloadable data sets. Use virtual labs to develop an understanding of scientific processes. Master solving equations and inequalities, identifying and evaluating sequences, graphing functions, and simplifying expressions with our online Algebra 1 course. Guide students through the writing process, make interactive maps or code a program that successfully navigates a robot through an obstacle course using our free resources.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Ada Lopez- SAS
Molly Farrow- SAS
Terry Hardison- SAS

Novozymes SciMatch

The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s Novozymes SciMatch program enables teachers to have a trained STEM professional visit their classrooms to conduct engaging and hands-on activities with their students. Thanks to Novozymes, this program is free for teachers!

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Tamara Poles- Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Denise Woodward- Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Elementary Engineering: See Like A Designer, Think Like An Engineer

Participants will learn how to nurture children’s engineering capabilities during the grade-school years. Attendees will reflect on their beliefs about what it means to be an engineer and learn why design and engineering are an important part of children’s development.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Paul Eichen- Rokenbok Education

STEM Outreach with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Attendees will discuss STEM programming designed to reach large sections of each school in just a few hours! STEMville Family Science Nights bring science to an entire school’s population for two hours in the evening. Come learn about activity design, logistics and quick tips and tricks for planning this type of event. This will also serve as an opportunity for more in-depth conversation following our concurrent session on this topic on 10/24. Additionally, come and learn about MPSC’s newest outreach offering, Science on Stage! An assembly program comprised of thrilling demonstrations for an entire grade level at a time, Science on Stage is a great way to get your students excited about science. We will detail an easy science demo to do in front of your own class and discuss further opportunities for similar programming. Both of these programs were made by possible by Novozymes.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Hope Thomson- Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Carla Robinson- Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

8:35 AMOption 2 of 2
Room 6
Track: STEM Unconference

STEM Unconference #4

Roger Conner- Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS)

9:25 AM Option 1 of 8
Room 1C
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

The Science House Presents: Enhancing Your STEM Program with Data Collection Technology

At the heart of any STEM program, there should be an attention to data, both collecting data and analyzing data. Once you create something that works, how do you optimize efficiency, use less energy, make it faster? When someone invents a widget, someone else will capitalize on that device to improve it or adapt it for different audiences. Teach your students to look for continual improvement using Vernier data collection devices.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Gina M. Barrier- Northwest Office of The Science House at North Carolina State University

9:25 AM Option 2 of 8
Room 2

Citizen Science Session 3

9:25 AM Option 3 of 8
Room 3
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

365 Weird & Wonderful Science Experiments

Try out experiments from this collection of standard-aligned science and engineering projects, developed by a local science educator and author. Investigations are designed for K-5 students with household materials and little teacher intervention.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Beth Harris- Seven Oaks Consulting

9:25 AM Option 4 of 8
Room 4
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Flipping the STEM Class to Include More Projects

Come learn about the philosophy behind flipping, the many ways to flip your classroom, and the benefits that we have experienced from flipping our classroom, including giving students more access to meaningful learning experiences that we now have time to complete. This will be applicable to all subjects but will focus on the science classroom. It will include topics such as methods to manage student viewing of flipped videos and what to do if they don’t watch, how to make a good video, and ideas for inquiry- and project-based learning activities that are an option with more class time freed up from students watching lectures at home.

Participants can expect an information-packed session of ready-to-use classroom strategies, and they will obtain a solid idea of how they can implement a version of a flipped classroom even if their students don’t have reliable access to technology. Participants will learn how to use several video-making platforms, and if time allows, they will make a video to use in a flipped classroom of their own.

Participants should attend our session because flipping your instruction (any way you do it) frees up teacher planning time (in the long run), increases consistency of information taught to students, allows students to self-pace their learning, can allow for increased social creative learning and collaboration among students, and can allow for more time for laboratory-, inquiry-, or project-based learning, which research shows benefits students more than lectures.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Jessie Howington- Research Triangle High School
Sarah Reid- Research Triangle High School

9:25 AM Option 5 of 8
Room 5
Track: STEM Beyond the Classroom: Building Bridges for Continuity and Impact

Scientific Literacy and Community Awareness: A Farm-to-Table PBL

Learn about dynamic PBL strategies and free online resources that can support them. Create tightly designed projects driven by compelling questions, student-centered research and creative outcomes. In this farm-to-table themed project-based lesson, students consider the journey food takes before it gets to their plate.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Ada Lopez- SAS
Molly Farrow- SAS
Terry Hardison- SAS

9:25 AM Option 6 of 8
Room 6
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

Cross-Curricular STEM Projects that Encourage Student Creativity

Businesses want to become more involved in local schools and foster partnerships that grow STEM students. Teachers should attend this session to learn about summer employment opportunities provided by business communities and to hear about innovative STEM PBL projects that incorporate ideas that the teachers gained from summer externship experiences. Each participant will learn about acquiring teacher externships and how these business partnerships and learning opportunities can be transformed into authentic learning experiences for students. Participants can expect to leave the session with a list of resources and a model for how teacher externships can be acquired. Teachers also will leave with digital access to PBL lesson resources that involve cross-curricular projects.

Most applicable to grades 8-12

Evelyn Baldwin- Wake STEM Early College

9:25 AM Option 7 of 8
Room 7A
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

Grantsmanship Skills: Tips for Successful Grant Applications

Are you interested in bringing a STEM activity or resource to your classroom but are unsure how to secure funding to cover the costs? Have you received a denial for your STEM-related grant proposal? If your answer to these questions is “yes,” then this session is for you. This session will provide an overview of best practices in developing exceptional grant proposals to secure funding for STEM activities and programs. The presenter will review opportunities for grant seekers and will discuss how to identify and develop sound ideas for competitive grants. Participants will learn how to write winning objective summaries and how to avoid common pitfalls in the grant preparation process. This session will include an interactive discussion where participants will have an opportunity to ask and receive answers to all of their questions.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Chris Duffrin, Ph.D.- East Carolina University

9:25 AM Option 8 of 8
Room 10
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

A Hub for Science Learning

Learn about K-12 STEM initiatives at the Durham Public Schools Hub Farm. This 30-acre farm, woodland and aquatic habitat serves as an outdoor classroom where students, teachers and the community come together to learn about STEM through hands-on, experiential learning.

Most applicable to grades K-12 and Other STEM Groups

Linda Tugurian- Durham Public Schools
Willow Alston-Socha- Durham Public Schools

10:15 AM
Room 1A/1B/1D

Poster Session

The poster session will provide conference attendees with updated information about practical, quality STEM education research.

Applicable to all audiences

Melani Duffrin, Ph.D.- East Carolina University

Room 1A/1B/1D

Visit Exhibits

10:35 AM
Room 1C
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

Pre-K to Grade 12 STEM Education Funding Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other Federal Agencies

This interactive session for higher education and other STEM group attendees (informal science, industry, government, etc.) will discuss existing, federally funded P-12 STEM resources, funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) and the gold-standard for a successful grant application for the development of classroom-based, out-of-the-classroom and museum/science center STEM projects that can be used with P-12 audiences. Proposals may target any area of NIH-funded research, including environmental and social justice, citizen science and serious STEM games for learning and health literacy.

Most applicable to Higher Education, Industry, Government and Other STEM Groups

L. Tony Beck, Ph.D.- National Institute of General Medical Sciences/National Institutes of Health
Liam O’Fallon- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/National Institutes of Health

Room 2
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

SciencELA: Novels in Science

This session will provide a detailed look at how science teachers and ELA teachers can work together to use science topics found in novels to increase rigor in both subject areas. Integrating subject areas that ordinarily seem to be naturally incompatible will help students understand connections and how they can use their knowledge in one subject area to inform and increase their ability in another subject area. Autobiographical books can be used to demonstrate how knowledge of science can help tell a great story about a person’s life, while fictional books can emphasize how understanding science can help a writer construct an engaging story. This presentation will include an overview of how to plan for an integrated unit and the roles of each teacher. An example unit will be described, showing how novels rooted in science topics can be used in each subject area and how discussions and seminars can help students discover links between science and literacy content. Participants also will leave with a list of potential novels to use, as well as the standards that could be addressed through their use.

Most applicable to grades 6-9

Betty Jo Moore- Wiley Magnet Middle School
Anna Layton- Moore Square Magnet Middle School

Room 3
Track: STEM Beyond the Classroom: Building Bridges for Continuity and Impact

Fossils and Forensics: Promoting Citizen Science in Afterschool Programs

Citizen science now has been implemented in science and math classrooms, but students could also go beyond the school day and do citizen science in afterschool clubs. We have been doing this for three years. Successes and challenges of this program will be shared.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Juliana Thomas- The Exploris School

Room 4
Track: Diversity and Difference: Transformative STEM Learning

Serving Fourth- and Fifth-Grade AIG Students through FIRST LEGO League

Harnett County sponsored FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams in 2016 at Buies Creek, Boone Trail and Erwin elementary schools. Campbell University first-year engineering students helped mentor. Presenters will discuss implementing, supporting and mentoring FLL teams as an after-school program.

Most applicable to grades 1-7

Lynn Albers, Ph.D.- Campbell University
Audra DeSorbo- Harnett County Schools

Room 5
Track: STEM Beyond the Classroom: Building Bridges for Continuity and Impact

Hunting for Microbes: A Quest to Find Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria in Invasive Plants' Root Systems

Citizen science in the classroom allows students to collaborate with professional scientists. The goal of this presentation is to share the positive outcomes of a microbiology citizen science project that has cross-curricular connections and aligns with grades 6-8 N.C. Essential Standards.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Jennifer Stalls- Greene County Middle School

Room 10
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

UNCG STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative: Support for STEM in Highly Impacted Schools

The UNCG STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative (TLC) develops, supports, connects and retains STEM-capable elementary teachers. We present the STEM TLC’s vision, framework and infrastructure along with practical ideas for bolstering rigorous and responsive STEM in North Carolina’s high-needs schools.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Heidi Carlone- University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Jennifer Mangrum- University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Claudia Walker- Murphey Traditional Academy

Room 7A
Track: STEM Beyond the Classroom: Building Bridges for Continuity and Impact

Be the Change You Wish to See

Unleash your inner change agent! During this presentation, participants will discover and hone effective STEM education advocacy skills. Topics will include framing an issue, using data to support a position and effective communication strategies.

Most applicable to grades K-12, Higher Education, Industry, Government and Other STEM Groups

Willow Alston-Socha- Durham Public Schools
Olivia Rice- RTI International

11:35 AM
Room 1C
Track: STEM Beyond the Classroom: Building Bridges for Continuity and Impact

A Model for Building Relationships with Students and Communities that Support Science Learning and Success

Key elements of a successful high school STEM workforce development model will be presented. For 23 years, this West Virginia mentoring program has helped more than 2,500 underrepresented high school students enter and succeed in predominantly STEM-based undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Ann Chester, Ph.D.- The Health Sciences and Technology Academy

Room 3
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Use of the Augmented Reality Sandbox (ARS) to Teach Surficial Features/Processes and Topographic Maps in Grades 3-16

Spatial thinking is a difficult but vital skill for many disciplines and careers. ARS activities developed by personnel from the IMAGINE-NC summer science camp (including geology/education faculty from ECU) help bridge the gap between 2D and 3D representations of Earth.

Most applicable to grades 3-12 and Higher Education

Terri L. Woods, Ph.D.- East Carolina University
Elizabeth Doster, Ph.D.- East Carolina University
John A. Woods- East Carolina University

Room 4
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Inquiry Science as the Core of STEM Instruction: A Classroom Teacher's Perspective

Participate in a hands-on activity while learning to use inquiry to build student interest, understanding and critical thinking. Classroom-tested strategies for implementing, managing and supporting inquiry also will be shared. Get tips on resources and potential funding, too.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Melaine Rickard- Alamance Burlington Schools
Todd Guentensberger- Center for Inquiry Based Learning
Carole Stern- Center for Inquiry Based Learning

Room 5
Track: Engaging at the Intersections: Shared Understanding and Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Adapting Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) for K-12 Education

This interactive presentation will demonstrate how K-12 teachers can engage students in Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) that allow the entire class to conduct a research project at the same time. CUREs are different from a class lab in that no one knows the ultimate outcome, not even the instructor. Students, with the help of the instructor, choose a topic to research that is relevant to their class or their immediate environment. Unlike labs, CURE outcomes are not scripted. We will discuss the benefits of CUREs and how they can be implemented for students in varying grades. Research engagement has been shown to have many academic and personal development benefits for students. Literature has indicated greater benefit when students engage in research earlier in their academic journey. Students within the K-12 system who conduct research can improve their critical thinking, analytical skills and communication skills, which will assist in their intellectual and personal development in preparation for higher education. We will demonstrate ways K-12 teachers can incorporate an adaptation of CUREs in their classes to engage students, and we will provide an outline with steps for conducting an adapted CURE for teachers to follow.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Tonya R. Hargett, Ph.D.- North Carolina A&T State University
Regina Williams Davis, Ph.D.- North Carolina A&T State University

Room 6
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

Water Quality Research

This session will discuss how students conducted water quality research in conjunction with a local park and the Love A Sea Turtle Foundation. This session will demonstrate how students can analyze data, determine why readings fluctuate and then examine the impact of these fluctuations on the environment. All data is logged into a world monitoring system.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Matthew G. Mellis- Wellcome Middle School

Room 7A
Track: Engaging at the Intersections: Shared Understanding and Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Got Zika Mosquitoes? Developing an Innovative Collaboration to Find Out

Investigating mosquito populations in rural areas is challenging as is making science relevant to students and educating the public about mosquito-borne diseases. TC Vector Patrol achieved these goals through a unique partnership between scientists, educators, community agencies and K-16 students.

Most applicable to grades 3-12, Higher Education, Industry, Government and Other STEM Groups

Jennifer S. Williams- Brevard High School
Mary Arnaudin- 4-H Youth Development

Room 10
Track: Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

How to Acquire External/NSF Funding

Acquiring federal and private funding has become very competitive in recent years, and identifying programs that can fund innovative ideas is a task that presents its own set of challenges. Preparing a successful proposal often requires a good understanding of the programs’ Request for Proposals (RFP) and the development of strong intellectual merit and broader impact components that address the requirements. This presentation will provide a best-practices perspective on developing proposals, which is based on several years of experience in writing successful National Science Foundation proposals to establish different educational and research programs.

Most applicable to Higher Education

Rahman Tashakkori, Ph.D.- Appalachian State University

12:25 PM
Room 2

Lunch

12:45 PM
Room 2

Lunch Keynote and Teaching Award Presentation

TBA

2:00 PM Option 1 of 4
Room 1C
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

Creating an Inquiry-Based Classroom for Student Success

Discover an engaging, inquiry-based approach that motivates students to achieve. Participants are introduced to instructional standards capable of transforming any classroom. These standards, along with PBL cases, help develop critical thinking skills. Participants will experience hands-on student inquiry.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Stan Hill, Ph.D.- Wake Forest School of Medicine
Kelsey Doolittle- Wake Forest School of Medicine

2:00 PM Option 2 of 4
Room 4
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

Beyond Science: Using Inquiry Practices to Extend Learning in the Classroom

Ever wonder what the curious minds in your classroom are actually thinking? Join us to explore inquiry teaching strategies that reveal student understanding through the framework of NGSS practices. This session will provide tools that are transferable in the extension of learning across content areas.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Akua Carraway- North Carolina Inquiry Collaborative Network

2:00 PM Option 3 of 4
Room 5
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

A Learning Lab on Wheels Initiative to Expand Access to K-12 STEM Education

The presentation will discuss a “Learning Lab-on-Wheels” initiative to expand STEM literacy in underserved counties in northeastern North Carolina. The initiative is expected to serve more than 200 schools located within the 21 counties surrounding Elizabeth City State University throughout a 3-year period.

Most applicable to grades K-12 and Other STEM Groups

Kuldeep Rawat, Ph.D.- Elizabeth City State University

2:00 PM Option 4 of 4
Room 3
Track: Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

Using STEM Student Mentoring and Interdisciplinary Research to Increase Student Achievement

Literature has shown that STEM students who are engaged during their studies do better in their courses and in their jobs after graduation. Mentoring STEM students provides a rewarding experience to the faculty mentors while resulting in higher retention and excellent performance for students. Often mentoring takes a significant amount of instruction time from the faculty, and it often is challenging to train students to work on research projects. To address these issues, students serve as peer-mentors to train their peers, which, in turn, provides continuity of the efforts and addresses the needs of the research projects. This presentation will provide a perspective on the benefits and positive outcomes of student mentoring programs while highlighting faculty experience working with STEM students on various interdisciplinary projects.

Most applicable to Higher Education

Rahman Tashakkori, Ph.D.- Appalachian State University

2:50 PM
Room 1A/1B/1D

Poster Session

The poster session will provide conference attendees with updated information about practical, quality STEM education research.

Applicable to all audiences

Melani Duffrin, Ph.D.- East Carolina University

Room 1A/1B/1D

Break

Refreshments served.

Room 1A/1B/1D

Visit Exhibits

3:10 PMOption 1 of 6
Room 1C
Track: STEM Beyond the Classroom: Building Bridges for Continuity and Impact

The Innovation Lab: Building a Community Makerspace

With support from school district and community partners, our school was able to transform two classrooms into a permanent and dedicated makerspace. Participants will experience the story of our makerspace and see how we were able to bring a community together.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Dayson Pasion- Alamance Burlington School System

3:10 PMOption 2 of 6
Room 2

Citizen Science Session 4

3:10 PMOption 3 of 6
Room 3
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Using Wisconsin Fast Plants to Teach Science and Math Standards

Teachers will learn the basics of growing Wisconsin Fast Plants as well as how they can be used to teach plant life cycle, tropism, pollination and reproduction, and genetics. The activities align with standards on multiple grade levels, from 1st grade through biology and AP biology.

Most applicable to grades 1-12

Amy Bowman- North Carolina State University Plants for Human Health Institute
Doug Vernon- North Carolina State University Plants for Human Health Institute

3:10 PMOption 4 of 6
Room 4
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

Engineering and Exercising

See how a physical education course can provide opportunities for developing engineers. Learn how to use the engineering design process to have students invent their own course or sport. Bridge the gap between engineering and exercising.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Tiffany Parks- Wilson County Schools
Will Edwards- Wilson County Schools

3:10 PMOption 5 of 6
Room 5
Track: Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

Helping Students Fail: How Classrooms and Curricula Can Promote Critical Thinking through Engineering Design

Engaging K-12 students in engineering design provides many opportunities for higher-order thinking. This presentation will present research on how failure helps students learn. We also will discuss ways classrooms and curricula can be optimized to promote productive failure.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Amber Kendall, Ph.D.- North Carolina State University

3:10 PMOption 6 of 6
Room 6

Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices Expo

This session will take place in Room 6. Attendees will travel from table to table to learn about inquiry-based, hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom.

Light and Chocolate

This is a 10-minute presentation using incandescent and fluorescent lightbulbs to melt chocolate, demonstrating the law of conservation of energy whereby electric energy is converted into heat and light energy. Students love this activity; especially eating the chocolate!

Most applicable to grades K-8

Lynn Albers, Ph.D.- Campbell University

Energize Your Classroom with CIBL’s Curriculum and Professional Development

Stop by and experience the Center for Inquiry-Based Learning’s (CIBL) complete package: inquiry-based curriculum aligned to the N.C. standards, hands-on materials and professional development. CIBL is looking for partners who want to see active classrooms full of engaged students.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Todd Guentensberger- Center for Inquiry-Based Learning
Mara Thomas- Center for Inquiry-Based Learning
Melaine Rickard- Western Middle School

Leading Students in VR Creation Across STEM Curriculum

We will demonstrate our low-fidelity process of virtual reality (VR) creation that uses crayons, paper and a mobile device. Learn how to use our process and create effective learning experiences across the STEM curriculum through virtual reality.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Derek Ham, Ph.D.- North Carolina State University
Payod Panda- North Carolina State University

To STEM and Beyond

This session will help encourage hands-on activities that can go into the household and into the community and beyond. Activities include The Stars 365, which involves viewing the stars throughout the year. We will demonstrate the use of a handout shaped like a viewer that shows the location of the stars for any month of the year. This activity is based on the North Carolina Essential Standard 6.E.1 — “understanding the earth/moon/sun systems and the properties, structures and predictable motions of celestial bodies in the universe.” This activity can be used for planning a family/community viewing at the school or community center for all to enjoy. Another activity that will be demonstrated is the making of tissue flowers, which is based on the North Carolina Essential Standard “understanding the structures, processes and behaviors of plants that enable them to survive.” This is a hands-on activity that students will remember as they create a simple tissue flower. You can have them label the parts or resketch the flower in their notebook. The tissue flower will be a reminder of the activity for them to keep. Participants also will receive tips about how to incorporate spatial skills like allowing kids to play with Legos and 3D construction or modeling tools. This type of learning will help students develop not only science skill but also math skills.

Most applicable to grades 1-7

Susan Higdon- West McDowell Middle School

Cost Effective Robotics for the Classroom

Robotics is an exciting and powerful way to engage students and teach STEM concepts. We will present several means to deploy robotics without breaking the bank.

Most applicable to grades 3-12

Ann McClung- Center for STEM Education
Bill McClung- Pitt County Robotics

Teaching Tools for Biotechnology

This session will showcase demos and teaching tools that help students understand the role of microbes and enzymes in bioprocessing and applications.

Most applicable to grades 5-12

Arlan Peters- Novozymes

Engaged & Empowered!

The presentation will discuss the value of planning for student engagement instead of planning for convenience. We will engage the audience in the use of incorporating protocols, student-centered instructional strategies and how to teach students to take leadership of their own learning.

Most applicable to grades 8-12

Shala Spence- Northeast Academy
Rhonda Britton- Northeast Academy

3:30 PM
Room 1A/1B/1D

Exhibit Hall Closes

4:10 PM
Room 2

Closing Session and Giveaways

4:30 PM

End of Day 2

Tracks

The Work Ahead: Forecast for the Future

Explores strategies for bridging the skill gap from school to work. Specifically, this track will address the following topics:

  • Future workforce needs
  • Specific STEM industry needs
  • Extreme vertical alignment
  • Digital disruption
  • Connecting education and employment
  • Entrepreneurial design for teaching
  • Automation and artificial intelligence
  • Computational thinking
  • Career readiness and employability

Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

Provides undergraduate STEM faculty with practical guidance about:

  • Methods for designing, implementing and assessing high-impact practices for undergraduate STEM teaching and learning
  • Strategies for supporting, rewarding and building the capacity of STEM faculty to meet the shifting demands of higher education
  • Strategies for transforming institutional cultures for undergraduate STEM reform
  • Ways in which STEM higher education can encourage more students to select and persist in STEM majors
  • Strategies for broadening participation in STEM
  • Gateway course success: pedagogy, engagement and active learning practices
  • Strategies for preventing STEM drop-out in early higher education
  • Best practices for mentoring and training STEM students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to connect their learning to real-world problems
  • Introduction to pedagogy and adult learning in the higher education classroom
  • Education sciences and STEM teaching tools for a differential approach
  • Strategies for innovating traditional curricula in higher education with e-learning tools
  • Flipped classrooms/learner-centered teaching in higher education
  • Interdisciplinary pedagogical approaches to STEM education in higher education
  • Social media in the classroom
  • Student learning styles and the STEM knowledge base of today’s college freshmen

Exhibitor Action Lab

The exhibitor action lab 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. These sessions may include demonstrations and advertisement for resources that are available for purchase.

 

Expanding, Engaging and Sustaining STEM

Provides K-12 teachers with practical guidance about:

  • Creating connections between science, mathematics and literacy
  • Expanding STEM programming to include all STEM disciplines
  • Integrating engineering and science in the mathematics classroom
  • Incorporating STEM into non-STEM subjects
  • Exploring argument-driven inquiry
  • Using three-dimensional learning
  • Developing lesson plans to encourage critical thinking in STEM
  • Expanding, integrating and making time for STEM implementation
  • Tapping into STEM programs offered throughout the state by informal STEM groups, museums, etc.
  • Expanding STEM programs to rural areas and after-school programs

 

STEM Launching Pad: Getting Started in STEM

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

Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

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:

  • Strategies for building bridges across contexts and disciplines
  • Design thinking in the classroom
  • Problem- and project-based learning (PBL)
  • STEM to STEAM, STREAM, or STEMM: adding to the relevancy of learning
  • Instructional design innovations
  • Vertical alignment
  • The student-centered classroom
  • Teaching tools for differentiated instruction
  • STEM strategies and implementation
  • Mathematical connections to the real world
  • STEM in elementary education: bringing science back into the curriculum
  • Grand challenges and critical thinking in the classroom
  • Citizen science and the K-12 classroom
  • Online crowdfunding for classroom needs

 

Hands-On 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:

  • Strategies for building bridges across contexts and disciplines
  • Design thinking in the classroom
  • Problem- and project-based learning (PBL)
  • STEM to STEAM, STREAM, or STEMM: adding to the relevancy of learning
  • Instructional design innovations
  • Vertical alignment
  • The student-centered classroom
  • Teaching tools for differentiated instruction
  • STEM strategies and implementation
  • Mathematical connections to the real world
  • STEM in elementary education: bringing science back into the curriculum
  • Grand challenges and critical thinking in the classroom
  • Citizen science and the K-12 classroom
  • Online crowdfunding for classroom needs

 

STEM Beyond the Classroom: Building Bridges for Continuity and Impact

Addresses the interconnectedness of educational experiences by highlighting key issues faced by organizations and individuals working across groups toward collective impact within STEM education. Topics will include:

  • How to develop programs, projects and evaluations
  • How to embrace diverse expertise
  • How to develop partnership models
  • How to integrate citizen science
  • How to engage science professionals in community outreach
  • The science of science communication
  • Community engagement and outreach
  • Optimal evaluation approaches for use across settings
  • Strategies to address broader impacts in grant applications
  • Maker-spaces/making as a learning process
  • Collective impact and national networks

 

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
  • Disseminate STEM education resources
  • Disseminate STEM curricula
  • Promote museum and other informal STEM outreach opportunities
  • 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

 

The Future of Teaching: A Forward Look at Education Policy, Standards and Assessments

Provides K-12 teachers with practical guidance about:

  • Developing and assessing STEM curricula
  • Balancing inquiry with standardized testing
  • Understanding the implications of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)
  • Navigating the future of science education

Provides higher education and others with practical guidance for:

  • Understanding the North Carolina Essential Standards (North Carolina’s K-12 science standards)
  • Understanding Common Core State Standards (North Carolina’s K-12 language arts and math standards)
  • Understanding how education policy shapes practice

 

Engaging at the Intersections: Shared Understanding and 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:

  • Creating shared understanding between all core STEM groups
  • Industry connections and partnerships, including the integration of relevant, real-world industry problems into K-12 instruction, and internships for undergraduate students
  • How to create true college readiness
  • 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
  • Informal STEM: resources and partnership opportunities for K-12 schools

 

Diversity and Difference: Transformative STEM Learning

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
  • Serving K-12 students with disabilities
  • 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 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.

Trending Teaching Technologies

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

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