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 9
Room 1C
Track: Engaging at the Intersections: Shared Understanding and Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

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

This session will be an extension of the morning keynote presentation and will provide an in-depth look at cutting-edge vaccine research in North Carolina. Participants will engage in thought-provoking discussions about the important role of vaccines in protecting the health and well-being of North Carolinians and citizens across the globe.

Applicable to all audiences

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

10:00 AM Option 2 of 9
Room 2
Track: Citizen Science

Candid Critters: Citizen Science Camera Trapping as a Lens to Study Mammal Ecology in Classrooms

Do you ever wonder what animals lurk in your school yard? Now is your chance to discover the secrets of wildlife by participating in a state-wide camera trapping project, North Carolina’s Candid Critters, while conducting real science with students in your classroom. We will present lesson plans and automated data analysis tools freely available and aligned to NC standards in science, math and ELA to make implementing Candid Critters in your classroom seamless. We are looking for K-12 teachers in ALL 100 counties of North Carolina to help us collect mammal photographs by running camera traps with their students. The photos generated turn into real data, allowing students and scientists to map where animals live, and when and where they are most active across the state.

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and Citizen Science Scholars

Stephanie Schuttler, Ph.D.- North Carolina Museum of Natural Science

10:00 AM Option 3 of 9
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 9
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, Ed.D.- The Science House at the North Carolina State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology
Nancy Curley- Onslow County Schools

10:00 AM Option 5 of 9
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 9
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 9
Room 7A
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 Benigno- 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 8 of 9
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Action Lab

Science Notebooking: Finding What Works

Notebooking in the science classroom can be a valuable tool for both you and your students. You can easily differentiate lessons and promote student organization with interactive notebooks, but even a good notebooking system presents certain challenges. Learn how to overcome these obstacles with a truly unique solution from LearnEd Notebooks. Our curriculum is created for educators by educators and we seek to engage every science learner while simplifying instructional methods for teachers.

Join us for lots of free resources, lesson plans, and class set giveaways!

Most applicable to grades 5-8 and Biology

LearnEd Notebooks

10:00 AM Option 9 of 9
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

This session will be an extension of the morning keynote presentation and will provide an in-depth look at genetically modified organisms and their effects on human health, on the environment and on agriculture. This presentation will look at current genetic-engineering technologies and the promise they hold for the future. Come with your questions and get the facts about GMOs.

Applicable to all audiences

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

11:00 AM Option 1 of 8
Room 1C
Track: STEM Launching Pad: Getting Started in STEM

Creating and Sustaining a K-12 Pipeline

Join us to discuss the STEM journey in Cabarrus County. Learn how our school district built a state-recognized, K-12 STEM pipeline and how we continue to expand and sustain this most in-demand program. We will also explain the N.C. STEM Attribute Rubric process for state recognition for the 2017-2018 school year and beyond.

Applicable to all audiences

Bridget Jones- Cabarrus County Schools
Sam Houston, Ed.D.- North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center

11:00 AM Option 2 of 8
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 3 of 8
Room 4
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

11:00 AM Option 4 of 8
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 5 of 8
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 6 of 8
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 7 of 8
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Action Lab

Using Argumentation: Discussing Phenomena to Increase Student Voice in STEM

Within the STEM science classroom students are asked to explain science knowledge that is often subject to debate and confirmation. Argumentation is the vehicle that utilizes the ELA Skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. English language learners benefit from learning and using the skills of debate and argumentation from evidence as a way to access knowledge from their own experiences and use them as evidence in the debate. Grounded in the National Science Foundation research for How Students Learn Science in the Classroom (2006) being able to justify thinking with evidence is key to successful science achievement.

Most applicable to grades K-12

STEMscopes North Carolina

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

Deeper Dive: Climate Change - Impact of Climate Change on Coral Reefs: How Bad Is It, and What Can We Do To Prevent It?

Coral reefs are in decline worldwide mostly due to human-induced changes in the environment like warming and ocean acidification. This session will be an extension of the morning keynote presentation and will introduce participants to research on how environmental gradients impact coral communities and how corals respond to stress. Participants will explore proposed solutions and things that they can do in their daily lives and in their classrooms to help minimize negative human impacts on the oceans.

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

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process through something called citizen science. And for those whose careers involve preparing students to become well-rounded adults, this not only means successfully preparing young people for future career paths, it also means introducing them to life-long hobbies – hobbies such as in sports, music and theater. Through citizen science, science can be a life-long hobby, too. Caren Cooper, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University, will discuss how citizen science challenges old notions about who can conduct research, where knowledge can be acquired, and even how solutions to some of our biggest societal problems might emerge.

In addition to her faculty appointment at NC State, Caren is assistant head of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. At NC State, she is part of an interdisciplinary team of faculty in the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program in Leadership in Public Science, and she mentors conservation biology graduate students within the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. Caren is author of Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery, and she is director of research partnerships with SciStarter.com, the largest searchable repository of citizen science projects.

Applicable to all audiences

Caren Cooper, Ph.D.- North Carolina State University

1:30 PM Option 1 of 8
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 8
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 3 of 8
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 4 of 8
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
Desiree Korelich- Immaculata Catholic School
Cindy Rains- Immaculata Catholic School
Jen Stutz- Immaculata Catholic School
Kathleen Weeks- Immaculata Catholic School

1:30 PM Option 5 of 8
Room 6
Track: STEM Unconference

STEM Unconference

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

1:30 PM Option 6 of 8
Room 7A
Track: Engaging at the Intersections: Shared Understanding and Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

NC STEM Alliance (NCSA) – Preparing High School Students for a Successful Transition into College STEM Course

With NSF funding, the NCSA exists to increase the number of students that earn bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. Join us as we share details on our award-winning STEM Prep Program. STEM Prep is an academic enrichment program designed to prepare high school students for college level STEM courses. Participants are enrolled in non-credit courses that provide them with project-based experiences in science, technology, engineering and math.

Most applicable to grades 9-12 and Higher Education

Michelle Bilodeau- Central Piedmont Community College
Amber Griffin- Central Piedmont Community College
Aloysius Jones-  Guilford Technical Community College
Matthew Lee-  Davidson County Community College

1:30 PM Option 7 of 8
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Action Lab

"Why Do I Have to Learn This?": Connecting STEM to the Real World with Standards-Aligned, No Cost, Online Resources from EVERFI

As technology begins to play a larger role in the classroom, educators are being asked to connect the dots between STEM topics and their real world applications. The future of manufacturing and design, conservation of energy of a falling hockey puck, and related STEM career paths in Entrepreneurship and Sports are just a few topics covered in EVERFI’s Future Goals-Hockey Scholar, Endeavor-STEM Literacy, Venture: Entrepreneurial Expedition, and Ignition-Digital Literacy and Responsibility resources. To help teachers address these important topics, these 4 resources use animation, videos, interactive simulations and real world scenarios to teach students to become sophisticated, responsible and safe users of technology with the strong ability to navigate through a STEM filled world.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

EVERFI

1:30 PM Option 8 of 8
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

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 Option 1 of 9
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

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

2:40 PM Option 2 of 9
Room 2
Track: Citizen Science

Implementing Argumentation and Debate in Your Science Classroom

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) call for students to engage in scientific argumentation as a scientific practice. Research shows that debate exercises can provide authentic situations for learning to engage in argument from evidence. In this session, we will demonstrate how debate exercises can be easily implemented in any classroom. Participants will leave with materials and topic ideas that they can implement with their students.

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and Citizen Science Scholars

Jean Goodwin, Ph.D.- North Carolina State University
KC Busch, Ph.D.- North Carolina State University

2:40 PM Option 3 of 9
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 Chabert-Rios- FoodMASTER Summer Experience
Allender Lynch- East Carolina University

2:40 PM Option 4 of 9
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

2:40 PM Option 5 of 9
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. Participants will hear the story of how STEM East has utilized the STEM Ecosystem model to strengthen community connections that support career preparation and how that model might work to connect their local ecosystem members.

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

Bruce Middleton- STEM East

2:40 PM Option 6 of 9
Room 6
Track: STEM Unconference

STEM Unconference

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

2:40 PM Option 7 of 9
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

2:40 PM Option 8 of 9
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Action Lab

STEM at 200 MPH

Discover how problem-based STEM engagement coupled with standards of learning come to life through the backdrop of the sport of NASCAR with NASCAR Hall of Fame experiential learning opportunities.

Applicable to all audiences

NASCAR Hall of Fame

2:40 PM Option 9 of 9
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

3:40 PM Option 1 of 8
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 8
Room 2
Track: Citizen Science

Citizen Science: Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities for Students While Providing Valuable Data for Wildlife Scientists

K-12 teachers incorporate engaging, authentic research opportunities into their lessons while complying with state standards and providing valuable data for wildlife scientists. Teachers will learn how to participate in a variety of citizen science projects, including eMammal, Ant Picnic and the first-ever, statewide educator bioblitz!

Most applicable to grades 4-8 and Citizen Science Scholars

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

3:40 PM Option 3 of 8
Room 3
Track: Engaging at the Intersections: Shared Understanding and Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Deeper Dive: Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms and Agnotology in the Classroom

In the world of artificial intelligence and algorithms, truth is not what it once was. Educators face unprecedented challenges in battling scientific misinformation on numerous fronts in the classroom. This interactive session continues the discussion from the morning keynote session on the concept of agnotology (the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data) and provides additional information about classroom resources and lesson plans, advanced technologies, free websites and proven strategies that aid educators in the battle for science literacy in a new era of misinformation and misunderstandings.

Applicable to all audiences

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

3:40 PM Option 4 of 8
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 8
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
Denise Allen- Caldwell County Schools
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 8
Room 6
Track: STEM Unconference

STEM Unconference

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

3:40 PM Option 7 of 8
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

3:40 PM Option 8 of 8
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

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

Spark Video Overview

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. The Outreach Expo table diagram is here.

Table #42
K-12 STEM Outreach at EPA-RTP

The EPA’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Outreach Program in Research Triangle Park (RTP) supports the EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment by increasing awareness, providing education and inspiring the public, especially K-12 students. Since it began in 2004, the STEM Outreach Program has evolved – from offering guest speakers and judges at science fairs, to engaging in impactful community partnerships and providing hands-on educational programming for students and teachers in central North Carolina and beyond. Visit our table and see how EPA employees share hands-on science in the classroom, the community and on our campus. Topics include air quality, energy, climate change and ecosystems.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Lauren Bamford- U.S. EPA

Table #14
DIY Lab Tool

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

Table #44
Catalyst: Creating Opportunities in STEM for Students with Disabilities

Catalyst creates opportunities in STEM for high school students with disabilities who want to participate in STEM learning and careers in the future. These students are given more support and individualized instruction with high quality programs that include STEM content learning, skills and experiences so they can succeed. They also are taught a variety of educational pathways for STEM careers from three months training through Ph.D.s. This program is part of the Science House at NCSU and is in partnership with North Carolina State University, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science and Wake Technical Community College. It is funded by a generous grant from the Biogen Foundation. The Catalyst InvenTeam were Lemelson MIT InvenTeam Winners 2017 and were also given the Technical Award at MIT. The students have invented a mat that screens for lameness in cows with an app for farmers, demonstrating that with good support and opportunities, students with disabilities can be leaders, learners and inventors in STEM. We have doubled our size this year to help serve more the 190,000 students with disabilities in North Carolina Public Schools and hope to increase next year. See us at Facebook: Catalyst InvenTeam. Stop by and see how we can help your high school students with disabilities succeed in STEM!

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Joann Blumenfeld- Program Director of Catalyst

Table #16
Out-Thinking Old School

We are at a moment in history where technology, globalization and our economy are changing so fast. Those changes offer us enormous opportunities, but they also are very disruptive and unsettling. The job market will be changing quickly as will the expectations of the schools to prepare students for their careers. Big data, analytics and cognitive technology allow us to tackle big problems in new ways. But there are also cultural innovations, too, that more traditional and nontraditional learning spaces could possibly take advantage of. Join Phaedra Boinodiris and Steven Pearson as they outline an agenda for how to prepare our students for the new workplace in ways that can engage students, enable teachers and harness a new culture of empowerment within schools.

Most applicable to grades K-16

Phaedra Boinodiris- IBM
Steven Pearson- IBM

Table #10
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

Table #22
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, Ed.D.- The Science House at North Carolina State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology

Table #20
STEM Field Trip and Enrichment Opportunities for Students and Teachers

Learn about STEM field trip and enrichment opportunities for students and teachers at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.

Most applicable for grades K-8

Celeste Kathleen- Marbles Kids Museum

Table #24
Learn About  STEM at AMOS

Join the Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) for an inspiring story of one museum’s journey from a modest beginning to a vision to serve as a regional science education resource. Learn about AMOS and its STEM – focused field trip opportunities in Geology, Forces and Motion, Astronomy and Weather. As AMOS grows it aims to meet the needs of Western North Carolina to create a prepared workforce with real life skills in data science, engineering and technology.

Most applicable for K-12

Kristin Kelly- Asheville Museum of Science
Melissa Prosnak- Asheville Museum of Science

Table #26
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.

Applicable to all audiences

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

Table #32
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

Table #40
Novozymes Science Grant and Facility Tour Opportunities

Novozymes is offering a number of opportunities for teachers interested in biology/biotechnology education. Specifically, we offer tours of our labs and production facilities to teachers and high school students who want to learn about biotechnology and advanced manufacturing. We also offer monetary grants to teachers who work in Tier 1 and 2 counties for educational materials for life science activities in the classroom. Come by to learn more.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Arlan Peters- Novozymes North America, Inc.

Table #28
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

Table #36
Expanding High School Students’ Access to Meaningful STEM Research Experience through University Partnerships

This presentation will introduce participants to the UNC Charlotte STEM Pre-College Research Experience, which is a six-week program designed to prepare high school students for hands-on research. Students in the program work directly with university professors on projects in the professor’s field of study. The program’s goal is to increase students’ exposure to hands-on research in high schools. Additionally, the research experience helps to prepare the students for higher education, careers and STEM related college/university degrees.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Shagufta Raja, Ph.D.- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Lorena Hatcher- University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Table #34
Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists

Burroughs Wellcome Fund supports N.C. teaching professionals in their efforts to provide quality hands-on, inquiry-based activities for their students. Stop by and learn about the BW Fund’s grant opportunities for K-12 educators and their classrooms.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Melanie Scott- Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Table #30
UNC Coastal Studies Institute: Research and Education in Northeastern North Carolina

UNC CSI is an inter-university research and education institute located on Roanoke Island on the Outer Banks. There are many programmatic opportunities for grades 5-12 as either distance education or field trip opportunities. All hands–on education programming strives to highlight the work of UNC CSI scientists and compliment subjects taught in the classroom by meeting NC standards while providing students opportunities to experience STEM in a science research facility.

Most applicable to grades 5-12

David Sybert- UNC Coastal Studies Institute

Table #12
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

Table #38
TuPortalSTEM: Engaging Hispanic Students in STEM Education

The North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals, through a new partnership with the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, is working to increase interest and to have a positive impact in STEM career awareness and selection among Hispanic youth in our state. Through this collaboration and focused effort, we propose to implement effective outreach strategies and focused efforts that will generate a pipeline of Hispanic students enrolled in STEM programs who are on-track for future careers in STEM fields. We currently are developing Tu Portal STEM, a web portal dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), which was designed to raise awareness and to increase access to information about STEM education, career opportunities and programs for Hispanic students and their families. We are looking to continue to develop our network and community/campus partnerships supporting this program. Come visit our table and share your ideas, research, programs, resources and hands-on learning experiences that should be included on the portal! Topics include: STEM Education, STEM Careers, STEM Diversity, Summer Programs, In-School Programs, among others.

Applicable to all audiences.

Marco Zárate- North Carolina Society for Hispanic Professionals

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

STEM Unconference

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

9:35 AM Option 1 of 9
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

9:35 AM Option 2 of 9
Room 2
Track: Citizen Science

Students Discover: ANTS – Citizen Science in the Classroom

We will showcase a suite of teaching resources that were co-developed by scientists & teachers and are based on citizen science projects. Together these resources are a great way to introduce students to the scientific method and cover several other middle and high school teaching standards while collecting data for real science projects.

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and Citizen Science Scholars

D. Magdalena Sorger, Ph.D.- North Carolina Museum of Natural Science
Paige Derouin- Cardinal Gibbons High School
Eleanor Spicer-Rice, Ph.D.- Verdant Word

9:35 AM Option 3 of 9
Room 3
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

9:35 AM Option 4 of 9
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

9:35 AM Option 5 of 9
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

9:35 AM Option 6 of 9
Room 6
Track: STEM Unconference

STEM Unconference

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

9:35 AM Option 7 of 9
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

9:35 AM Option 8 of 9
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Action Lab

Nonprofit NC GreenPower Offers a Solar Schools Matching Grant

The NC GreenPower Solar Schools grant (applications accepted starting January 2, 2018) is open to all North Carolina K-12 schools. It provides a 50% matching grant, up to $10,000, for a 3-5 kilowatt educational solar photovoltaic installation. Schools will also receive a weather station, real-time monitoring equipment, teacher training, grade-appropriate curriculum and lesson plans for educators, providing a hands-on experience for their students.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Katie Lebrato- NC GreenPower

9:35 AM Option 9 of 9
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 6
Track: STEM Unconference

STEM Unconference

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

Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Action Lab

Together, We Can Inspire the Next Generation of Great Thinkers, Problem Solvers and Innovators!

Participants will engage in a hands-on STEAM activity designed by the educational development team of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. While our inductees are the women and men who have shaped our country through their inventions, they also are valuable contributors to our STEAM Innovation Concepts. These key insights promote creativity and innovation in students of all ages as well as instill excitement to learn. With over 25 years of experience in providing extended learning opportunities for Pre K through 9th graders we are proud to present Invention Playground, Camp Invention and Invention Project as extended learning in and out of the classroom.

Most applicable to grades K-9

National Inventors Hall of Fame

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

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
Liz Doster-Taft, 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 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. Join us for a step-by-step guide to creating and implementing authentic citizen science in your community!

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

Jennifer S. Williams- Transylvania County Schools/TIME 4 Real Science
Mary Arnaudin- 4-H Youth Development/TIME 4 Real Science
Kristy Ontko- Transylvania County Schools

Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Action Lab

1 Class Period + 1 Model System + 2 Cellular Processes = Success 4 Students!

Come and discover how to utilize encapsulated algae as ecological models to spark unique inquiry based investigations in your classrooms as students explore the beneficially cyclic relationships between photosynthesis and cellular respiration. They only need one CO2 tracking colormetric solution & one class period to bring two cellular processes alive!

Most applicable to grades 6-12

BioRad Laboratories

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

Adapt and Thrive: Living in a Climate Changed World

With the persistence of climate change, people across the world are experimenting daily with different adaptive methods on the ground. At a time when doomsday narratives dominate the current climate conversation, adaptation plays an increasingly vital role for both its practical application and as a hopeful reminder of our resilience as a species.

Alizé Carrère, a National Geographic Explorer and cultural ecologist, will share her experience from the field and remarkable examples of human adaptation that she has witnessed firsthand. With support from National Geographic, Alizé is documenting case studies in places such as Madagascar, Bangladesh, India, Norway and the United States to create a web series that reveals human ingenuity and resourcefulness in the face of environmental adversity. Collectively, her story is far grander than the sum of its parts; it is one that reminds us of the single most important trait that has allowed for survival for as long as life has existed on earth.

Applicable to all audiences

Alizé Carrère- National Geographic

2:00 PM Option 1 of 7
Room 1C
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Mobile Nanotechnology Education Laboratory (“Nanobus”) Demonstration Expo

This session will showcase multiple, engaging, hands-on demonstrations that illustrate important scientific and engineering principles through the use of accessible technology. Each of the demonstration stations in this session will feature explanatory posters, and they all will use safe, household products that can be used in classroom instruction with students.

The demonstrations showcased in this session are part of a much larger suite of activities available through UNC Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) Mobile Nanotechnology Education Laboratory (“Nanobus”) STEM outreach program. The Nanobus program, now in its third year, travels to schools in the Triad region to perform science and engineering demonstrations.

Most applicable to grades K-10

James G. Ryan, Ph.D.- The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) of North Carolina A&T State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Elie Azzi- The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) of North Carolina A&T State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2:00 PM Option 2 of 7
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

2:00 PM Option 3 of 7
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 4 of 7
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
Aron Bechiom- Elizabeth City State University
Pakhi Gupta- Elizabeth City State University

2:00 PM Option 5 of 7
Room 6
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

Tarona Hollingsworth- Wake Forest School of Medicine
Kelsey Doolittle- Wake Forest School of Medicine

2:00 PM Option 6 of 7
Room 7A
Track: Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

STEM Retention Strategies at Winston Salem State University

Panelists will discuss exciting initiatives at WSSU to recruit, engage, prepare and retain under-represented minority students in STEM disciplines. The audience will be informed of activities that have proven to be successful and obstacles that interfered with desired outcomes.

Most applicable to Higher Education

Naomi M. Hall-Byers, PhD, MPH- Winston-Salem State University
Jill Keith, Ph.D.- Winston-Salem State University
Tennille Presley- Winston-Salem State University

2:00 PM Option 7 of 7
Room 10
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

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 8
Room 1C
Track: Innovative Hands-On Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Mobile Nanotechnology Education Laboratory (“Nanobus”) Demonstration Expo (continued)

This session will showcase multiple, engaging, hands-on demonstrations that illustrate important scientific and engineering principles through the use of accessible technology. Each of the demonstration stations in this session will feature explanatory posters, and they all will use safe, household products that can be used in classroom instruction with students.

The demonstrations showcased in this session are part of a much larger suite of activities available through UNC Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) Mobile Nanotechnology Education Laboratory (“Nanobus”) STEM outreach program. The Nanobus program, now in its third year, travels to schools in the Triad region to perform science and engineering demonstrations.

Most applicable to grades K-10

James G. Ryan, Ph.D.- The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) of North Carolina A&T State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Elie Azzi- The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) of North Carolina A&T State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3:10 PMOption 2 of 8
Room 2
Track: Citizen Science

The Great Pumpkin Project: Engaging Students in Crop Plant Natural History through a School Garden-to-Table Project

Where does our food come from, and why should we care? The Great Pumpkin project is a new, farm-to-table citizen science project that addresses these questions. Through planting school gardens, students will learn about how plants interact with insect pollinators and herbivores, while collecting real-world data that will be part of a long-term project to understand geographic and temporal variation in the insect associates of our most important crop plants.

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and Citizen Science Scholars

Lori Shapiro, Ph.D.- Postdoctoral Scholar, North Carolina State University

3:10 PMOption 3 of 8
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 8
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 8
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 8
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.

Table #1
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

Table #2
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

Table #3
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

Table #4
Molecular Modeling in Biology

This presentation will demonstrate the use of various classroom models that help students understand some of the more challenging molecular aspects of biology. These models will include transcription, operon function, translation, protein structure and chromosome structure among others.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Sean Bennett- Career Center High School

Table #5
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

Table #6
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

Table #7
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

3:10 PMOption 7 of 8
Room 7A
Track: Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

The DREAM STEM Project at NCCU: Driving Research, Entrepreneurship and Academics through Mastering STEM

The aim of the Driving Research, Entrepreneurship, and Academics through Mastering STEM (DREAM STEM) Project is to employ aggressive strategies that will produce greater participation of African Americans in STEM and equip them with the technical competencies for emerging workforce needs that must be addressed to sustain our nation’s capacity to conduct research and to innovate. The project involves 1) entrepreneurship in science education, 2) development of students’ identity as scientists, and 3) faculty development through teaching and learning research innovation. Impacts and outcomes will be presented on attracting, retaining and training students in STEM degree programs at North Carolina Central University.

Most applicable to Higher Education

Caesar R. Jackson, Ph.D.- North Carolina Central University

3:10 PMOption 8 of 8
Room 10
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

3:30 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

Citizen Science

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