Schedule

Day 1
Tuesday, October 23

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)

8:15 AM
Room 2

Opening Keynote

TBA

9:45 AM Option 1 of 7
Room 1C
Track: Getting Started with STEM

North Carolina STEM Schools of Distinction Process (Part 1)

This session will explore the application process and rubrics used in the North Carolina STEM Schools of Distinction Process. Attendees will work collaboratively to explore each attribute associated with the process, with a focus on identifying effective, high quality artifacts. Attendees also will gain insight into several upcoming pending rubric revisions.

Applicable to all audiences

Howard Ginsburg – North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Sam Houston – North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center
Carol Moore – STEM West

9:45 AM Option 2 of 7
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Baking Soda & Vinegar: Not Just for Volcanoes

Discover how to incorporate two common and inexpensive materials to create four fun, exciting and versatile experiments to engage students in your STEM classroom.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Craig Kwiatkowski – Science Fun for Everyone!
Heather Fisher – Science Fun for Everyone!
Davis Tate – Science Fun for Everyone!

9:45 AM Option 3 of 7
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Reverse Engineering as an Instructional Tool

There is design at work in every work of art. Bridges, battles, even bills before Congress begin with an end in mind. Participants will examine the role of design in literature, government, art and science by using reverse engineering to deconstruct complex texts, speeches, paintings and technologies. They also will explore the use of the design process as a tool for analyzing these designs. Come explore how the design process can be used to promote inquiry and college-ready skills across the curricula.

Most applicable to grades 3-12

Rebecca Stanley – RTI International

9:45 AM Option 4 of 7
Room 5
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Getting Our Hands Dirty and Leading by Example

Students select any region in the world, research that region and develop a product that solves a specific issue that is present in that region. In order to motivate students to put more effort into their work, we work to complete the same challenge with the same parameters. Through this model, we are able to examine the impact by observing how students apply skills and content to the challenges.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Jose Garcia – Greene County Schools
Jeremy Shaw – Greene County Schools
Kevin Sugg – Greene County Schools

9:45 AM Option 5 of 7
Room 6
Track: The Classroom of the Future

What is Personalized Learning?

Personalized learning has become a buzzword in today’s educational trending topics, but how does it work? Is it every child quietly working at a computer doing their own thing? Is it a dynamic, collaborative classroom? What is it? In this presentation, we will discuss what works for teachers in Research Triangle High School’s model of personalized learning and how you might be able to incorporate these strategies in your school.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Cinnamon Frame – Research Triangle High School
Ben Laptad – Research Triangle High School
Monica Strada – Research Triangle High School

9:45 AM Option 6 of 7
Room 7A
Track: The Classroom of the Future

Learning with Ozobots

Learn about Ozobots, how you can apply Ozobots into your classroom and the skills your students can learn through their applications.

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and other STEM groups

Kalo Haslem – Capitol Encore Academy
Gerald Falls – Capitol Encore Academy

9:45 AM Option 7 of 7
Room 7B
Track: Getting Started with STEM

Grant Writing Workshop for Pre-K to Grade 12 (P-12) STEM Education Funding Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health and Other Federal Agencies

This interactive workshop for pre-college and other STEM educators (informal science, industry, government, etc.) will discuss existing, federally funded PreK-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 PreK-12 audiences. This session will discuss the NIH R25 Research Education and the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR/STTR) funding mechanisms. Proposals may target any area of NIH-funded research, including environmental and social justice, citizen science, maker movement and serious STEM games for learning and health literacy.

Most applicable to higher education

Tony Beck – National Institute of General Medicine/National Institutes of Health

10:45 AM Option 1 of 6
Room 1C
Track: Getting Started with STEM

North Carolina STEM Schools of Distinction Process (Part 2)

This session will explore the application process and rubrics used in the North Carolina STEM Schools of Distinction Process. Attendees will work collaboratively to explore each attribute associated with the process, with a focus on identifying effective, high quality artifacts. Attendees also will gain insight into several upcoming pending rubric revisions.

Applicable to all audiences

Howard Ginsburg – North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Sam Houston – North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center
Carol Moore – STEM West

10:45 AM Option 2 of 6
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Stuck on You: Magnetic Variables

Learn how to make magnetic slime a welcome part of your classroom! Get hands-on to help engage your students in science.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Carson Anderson – Cary Elementary School

10:45 AM Option 3 of 6
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Biomedical Technology in the Classroom

Teachers will receive at least five different hands-on activities to increase innovation and critical thinking skills with their students while on a budget.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Kristen Lewis – St. Stephens High School

10:45 AM Option 4 of 6
Room 5
Track: Putting Research to Work

How to Do Real Rocket Science in K-12

A professor and middle school science educator will show how to implement real rocket science in the K-12 classroom. We will share hands-on activities and classroom research projects demonstrating the principles of rocket science.

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

Jason Erkman – Alexander County Schools
Douglas Knight – Lenoir Rhyne University

10:45 AM Option 5 of 6
Room 6
Track: Critical Skills for Critical Times

Podcasting in the Classroom

The podcast craze is sweeping the nation, and now you can use it in your classroom, too! Podcasts are valuable teaching and learning tools. Come learn how to use them.

Most applicable to grades K-12 and higher education

Jessie Howington – Research Triangle High School
Sarah Lasseter – Research Triangle High School

10:45 AM Option 6 of 6
Room 7B
Track: Putting Research to Work

How Do Administrative Leaders Support STEM Teaching and Learning in their Schools? Data Gleaned from Interviews with Middle School Principals

This session provides insights from a pilot study of middle school principals who regularly observe and support STEM teaching and learning in their schools. The objective was to ascertain how principals, many of whom have not served as STEM teachers, observe and evaluate STEM instruction.

Most applicable to grades K-12 and higher education

Dennis Kubasko – University of North Carolina Wilmington
Ginger Rhodes – University of North Carolina Wilmington
William Sterrett – University of North Carolina Wilmington

11:35 AM
Room 1A/1B/1D

Exhibit Hall Opens

12:00 PM
Room 2

Lunch

12:25 PM
Room 2

Lunch Keynote

Human Transplantation

Through her riveting presentation about Human Transplantation, Dr. Linda Cendales will share how her willingness to take risks and make changes in her life resulted in a new specialty that has forever impacted the field of medicine. Trained in hand surgery, microsurgery and transplant surgery, Linda helped organize and was a part of the team that performed the first and second hand transplants in the United States. She was the first surgeon accepted into the Transplant Surgery and Immunobiology Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and while there, she published her own model of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) in non-human primates. Establishing VCA programs at both Emory University and Duke University, Dr. Cendales led multidisciplinary teams at each school to perform Georgia’s first hand transplant in 2011, and North Carolina’s first in 2016. Linda will share her inspiring experiences, her groundbreaking research and how transplant surgery is changing lives around the world.

Linda Cendales – Duke University Medical Center

1:30 PM Option 1 of 6
Room 1C
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Engaging K-2 Students in Hands-On Engineering Exploratory and Challenge Activities

Participants will learn how to connect real world engineering problem solving through a hands-on challenge. By using age appropriate books to set the scenario, participants will learn and observe how to map curriculum standards to a scaffolded engineering lesson. Each of the scenarios given are based on our summer engineering camp curriculum that we developed for our 2018 camp season with the support of educators and undergraduate engineering students.

Most applicable to grades K-2

Whitney McCoy – North Carolina State University
Susan D’Amico – North Carolina State University

1:30 PM Option 2 of 6
Room 2
Track: Citizen Science

The GLOBE Program

Bring citizen science into your school with the NASA-sponsored GLOBE Program. GLOBE is an international program that empowers teachers and youth to collect and report authentic data about earth’s systems.

Most applicable to grades 4-12, citizen science scholars and other STEM groups

Patrick Curley – The Science House at the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology

1:30 PM Option 3 of 6
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Cost Effective STEM Programs

We will show you how to use common materials from hardware stores to create and build robots for the land and sea. We will also show other applications with technologies.

Most applicable to grades 1-12 and other STEM groups

Ann McClung – Pitt County Robotics
Bill McClung – Pitt County Robotics Lead Mentor

 

1:30 PM Option 4 of 6
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Implementing Authentic Research Experience into the Classroom

With the emerging science standards and focus on science practices, implementing authentic research experiences has become an important part of the science classroom. Here, we will discuss research questions that allow students to develop their own research questions and design.

Most applicable to grades 11-12 and higher education

Kimberly Beth Monahan – North Carolina School of Science and Math

1:30 PM Option 5 of 6
Room 5
Track: Putting Research to Work

The Use of Mindfulness Practices to Aid with Student Attitude and Subject Comprehension

Mindfulness has been shown to reduce students’ anxiety. A study at North Carolina Wesleyan College was undertaken to determine if additional positive mental effects, such as focused attention and increases in course content comprehension, was seen with students taking an introductory biology course.

Most applicable to grades 11-12 and higher education

Erica Kosal – North Carolina Wesleyan College

1:30 PM Option 6 of 6
Room 7A
Track: Universal Design for STEM Learning

STEM x Sisterhood = Sustainable Success!

Resources and experiences from the development of a program focused on developing STEM identity and efficacy for minority middle-grades females.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Tonya Monique Little – Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies

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.- Northern Illinois University

Room 1A/1B/1D

Break

Refreshments served.

Room 1A/1B/1D

Visit Exhibits

2:50 PM Option 1 of 6
Room 1C
Track: STEM Learning for the Whole Child

Fostering Empathy through Science Education

Engage students, build positive classroom culture, strengthen community and develop leaders. Empower students to take responsibility and contribute their vision for a sustainable future. Learn about free standards-based resources from Curriculum Pathways® to support sustainability education in your science class.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Ada Lopez – SAS Curriculum Pathways
Staci Lyon – SAS Curriculum Pathways

2:50 PM Option 2 of 6
Room 2
Track: Citizen Science

Citizen Science Session #2

TBA

2:50 PM Option 3 of 6
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Student Science Enrichment Program: Increasing Interest in Science through Authentic and Experiential Learning

The Student Science Enrichment Program (SSEP) at Elizabeth City State University aligns with existing literature on enhancing student interest and engagement in STEM, particularly in informal settings. The authentic and experiential learning activities are aimed at fostering students’ interest in core subjects, increasing engagement and developing competencies in math and science.

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and other STEM groups

Kuldeep Rawat – Elizabeth City State University

2:50 PM Option 4 of 6
Room 5
Track: Critical Skills for Critical Times

Brick Math: Where Conceptual Math, Procedural Math and Creativity Interface

Participants will model math concepts using LEGO bricks and the brick math activities from K-6 standards.

Most applicable to grades K-6

Shirley Disseler – High Point University

2:50 PM Option 5 of 6
Room 6
Track: Critical Skills for Critical Times

Bringing Real World Collaborations to the Classroom

This presentation will demonstrate the importance of building partnerships between K-12 education and STEM industries, how to get STEM industries involved at the elementary level and what STEM companies are able to offer elementary educators.

Most applicable to grades K-5 and industry

Emily Warnke – Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Jill Barclay – Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

2:50 PM Option 6 of 6
Room 7A
Track: Universal Design for STEM Learning

Is Science Learning and Inquisition a One-Way Street? Children Teaching Parents/Teachers: Lessons Learned When Teaching Roles Reverse

Traditional models of teaching often fail, especially with children from under-resourced educational and economic backgrounds. We propose to empower the children to take on roles as science educators, trying on their versions of effective teaching methods using STEM as a platform … and it works!

Most applicable to grades 3-12, higher education and other STEM groups

Brenda E.  Armstrong – Duke University
Maureen Cullins – Duke University
Douglass Coleman – Duke University

3:50 PM Option 1 of 7
Room 1C
Track: Industry at the Table

PBL Working to Help Local STEM Industries

Participants will interact with teachers and industry partners to learn how they collaborated to create PBL units that align mandated standards with real-world local STEM industry issues/problems. This model creates mandatory student engagement with relevancy.

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and industry

Carol Moore – STEM West
Regina Barrier – The Science House at North Carolina State University
Adam Benoit – Lincolnton High School

3:50 PM Option 2 of 7
Room 2
Track: The Classroom of the Future

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 and other STEM groups

Michelle Benigno – The Science House at North Carolina State University

3:50 PM Option 3 of 7
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

FoodMASTER: Using Food as a Tool to Teach Math and Science

Teachers in this session will experience hands-on lessons that use food to teach math and science. The first 20 teachers in the session will receive free curriculum kits.

Most applicable to grades 7-8

Melani Duffrin – Northern Illinois University

3:50 PM Option 4 of 7
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

App State MATH Walk

Hands-on STEM activities improve math and science literacy and enable students to become critical thinkers and future innovators. Incorporating real-world problems in STEM instruction creates excitement among students and improves their participation. Development of creative and exciting STEM activities for students can be challenging, and K-12 educators often do not find the time, support and resources they need to create such activities. This presentation will provide details on a set of STEM activities that were created in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Appalachian State University that are based on the landmarks, natural resources, buildings and statues located on the university campus. Using this approach, K-12 students who are visiting the campus regularly for tours or attending events will have an opportunity to solve different math problems as they walk through the campus.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Sharareh (Sherry) Nikbakht – Appalachian State University

3:50 PM Option 5 of 7
Room 5
Track: Putting Research to Work

Evaluation Capacity Building for STEM Programs

Building the capacity of school district staff members to evaluate their STEM programs, using research-based methods.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Jamie Gillespie – The Friday Institute
Malinda Faber – The Friday Institute

3:50 PM Option 6 of 7
Room 6
Track: The Classroom of the Future

Innovative Collaborative Workspaces for Students: The Ins and Outs

Join us as we share how a high school academic coach and STEM specialist partnered with higher education and local businesses to create indoor and outdoor collaborative learning spaces for students. We will discuss how these settings support and enhance STEM skills, collaboration and team building, community awareness, service learning opportunities, creativity and communication.

Most applicable to grades 9-12, higher education and industry

Valerie Sellars – Graham High School
Beth Davis – Graham High School

3:50 PM Option 7 of 7
Room 7A
Track: Teacher Delight

Student-Driven Science

We will share how we changed our approach to teaching over the last few years and how this has increased our school’s test scores. We have moved from lecturing and providing notes and handouts to having labs that start and end each unit with students driving the learning environment.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Marlean Duncan – McDowell County Schools
Lynn Freeman – McDowell County Schools

4:50 PM
Room 1A/1B/1D

Exhibit Hall Closes/ End of Day 1

Day 2
Wednesday, October 24

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)

8:10 AM

TBA

9:10 AM
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 assignments and diagram will be posted closer to the conference.

Table #
The Scientific Research and Education Network – SciREN Triangle

SciREN is a graduate student-led nonprofit that trains researchers to design lesson plans and activities that adhere to state and national standards. We then run a networking event connecting educators to researchers and their lesson plans.

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

Justin Baumann – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Table#
BioNetwork: Connecting Biotechnology Industry with STEM Education

Come learn about BioNetwork’s free outreach programs that include classroom visits, faculty training workshops and career fairs that help connect bioscience industry skills with K-12 and community college STEM education.

Most applicable to grades 6-12, higher education, industry and other STEM groups

Courtney Behrle – BioNetwork

Table #
Catalyst: Creating Opportunities in STEM for all learners at The Science House at NC State

Come learn about Catalyst – an award winning program that helps students in middle and high school with disabilities receive experiences, opportunities and support needed to be successful in STEM and STEM careers. These students were the first team with all disabilities to win the Lemelson- MIT InvenTeam National Competition, and they also won the Technical Award. They received a grant from MIT to build their invention and presented at MIT about their invention, which is a mat that screens for lameness in cows with an App to notify farmers. Catalyst is a very low cost summer program and also has Saturday sessions during the school year. Come learn about professional development opportunities for teachers that can help you better help your students with disabilities succeed in your classroom!

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Joann Blumenfeld – The Science House at North Carolina State University

Table #
Developing Critical Thinking Skills While Teaching the SCOC; Engineering Habits of Mind and the Whole Child

This session will relate the engineering habits of mind to an aspect of teaching and the whole child, developing perseverance, and critical thinking. The putting research to work presentation will discuss a research-based set of activities linking engineering design to the EA curriculum and incorporating science, math and social studies. All sessions will include hands-on activities and takeaway copies.

Most applicable to grades K-10

Laura Bottomley – North Carolina State University
Amber Kendall – North Carolina State University

Table #
Wild Wolf Watch: A Community Science Project

Learn how to use Wild Wolf Watch, a community science project about ecology, environmentalism, zoology and the plight of the Red Wolf, whose last home in the wild is in North Carolina.

Most applicable to grades 1-12 and other STEM groups

Max Cawley – Museum of Life and Science

Table #
STEM Programs with The Science House at the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology

Learn about The Science House at the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) and its three major STEM programs that will enhance your after-school science programs: the Coastal Carolina MATE ROV Competition, NC GREEN STEM and GLOBE.

Most applicable to grades 4-12, higher education and other STEM groups

Patrick Curley – The Science House at the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology

Table #
Get your students WET with Water Education for Teachers

North Carolina’s water resources are one of our most prized commodities. This session will highlight Project WET’s most popular activities for elementary school students. We will also showcase the variety of educational tools provided by the North Carolina Division of Water Resources.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Lauren Daniel – North Carolina Division of Water Resources

Table #
STEM Learning Opportunities at Marbles Kids Museum

Explore the STEM learning opportunities that Marbles Kids Museum has to offer students, kids and families. From museum play to IMAX documentaries, hands-on Learning Labs, special events and field trip programs, there’s lots for all ages to experience.

Most applicable to grades K-8 and other STEM groups

David Gill – Marbles Kids Museum

Table #
Creating Inquiry-Based Classrooms for Student Success

Discover an engaging inquiry-based learning approach capable of transforming classrooms by motivating students to achieve through instructional standards and PBL cases. Participants will experience a hands-on student inquiry and receive lifetime access to a selection of PBL cases.

Most applicable to grades K-12 and other STEM groups

Stan Hill – Wake Forest School of Medicine
Kelsey Doolittle – Wake Forest School of Medicine

Table #
NC STEM Alliance (NCSA) – Implementing Best Practices to Help Underrepresented Minority STEM Students Navigate the Community College Bridge to Baccalaureate Pathway

With NSF funding, the NC STEM Alliance (NCSA) exists to increase the number of students who earn bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. Join us to learn more about the activities implemented to support underrepresented minority STEM students entering and completing STEM pathways and transferring to four-year institutions in a STEM field.

Most applicable to higher education

Bruce Johnson – Central Piedmont Community College
Amber Griffin – Central Piedmont Community College
Al Jones - Guilford Technical Community College

Table #
Developing STEM Education Leaders in North Carolina

The North Carolina Science Leadership Association’s (NCSLA) vision is to engage in authentic networking, celebrate science educators, support emerging science education leaders and advocate for innovative practice in North Carolina. This session focuses on NCSLA’s leadership development programs and broad involvement opportunities in STEM education.

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

Dennis S. Kubasko – North Carolina Science Leadership Association
Pat Shane – North Carolina Science Leadership Association
Alisa Wickliff – North Carolina Science Leadership Association

Table #
Curriculum Pathways® STEM Resources

Engage students with interactive standards-based resources from Curriculum Pathways® offered at no cost. Teach data literacy with Data Depot. Explore virtual labs and online science lessons. Master solving equations and inequalities and so much more with our algebra 1 course.

Most applicable to grades 4-12

Ada Lopez – SAS Curriculum Pathways
Staci Lyon – SAS Curriculum Pathways

Table #
Strengthening Collaboration through Hands-On Team Builders: How to Structure Three Different Intentional Team-Building Activities

Experience three specific team-builder activities as a participant. Understand how each was designed to impact an aspect of a developing team. Discuss variations of each. Learn the underlying structure and how to modify them for your own team development.

Most applicable to other STEM groups

Linda Whipker – The Forge Initiative
Rob Mackie – The Forge Initiative

10:10 AM Option 1 of 7
Room 1C
Track: STEM Learning for the Whole Child

Soft Skills for Hard Situations

STEM provides a chance for students to practice working in collaborative environment, but who is providing the “how”? I will share what has worked to change my classroom culture and my students’ behavior beyond my classroom.

Most applicable to grades 3-12

Michelle Smith – Craven County Schools

10:10 AM Option 2 of 7
Room 2
Track: The Classroom of the Future

Mentoring Self-Directed Learning in a Non-Academic Makerspace

Non-academic makerspaces present new challenges. Learners are choosing their own paths, so what is the role of the facilitator and mentor? How directed are the activities, how defined are the work products? Obtain tools and techniques to assist you through these challenges.

Most applicable to other STEM groups

Linda Whipker – The Forge Initiative
Rob Mackie – The Forge Initiative
Karen Mellendorf – The Forge Initiative

10:10 AM Option 3 of 7
Room 3
Track: Citizen Science

Citizen Science Session #3

TBA

10:10 AM Option 4 of 7
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Integrating STEM into Your Classroom with the NC KidWind Challenge

Participate in wind energy activities designed to engage students in solving engineering design challenges. Learn about the North Carolina KidWind Challenge and how to prepare student teams to design, build and test wind turbines for the annual STEM wind challenge.

Most applicable to grades 3-12 and other STEM groups

David Sybert – Coastal Studies Institute
Leah Bug – North Carolina State University

10:10 AM Option 5 of 7
Room 5
Track: Putting Research to Work

Supporting STEM in Highly Impacted Schools: The UNCG STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative

Schools serving underprivileged youth often allocate little time to teach science and engineering. Counteracting that is the UNCG STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative, a network of teachers, teacher educators and researchers providing professional development and supporting one another’s professional STEM learning.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Alison Mercier – University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Dearing Blankmann – University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Heidi Carlone – University of North Carolina at Greensboro

10:10 AM Option 6 of 7
Room 6
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

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

This interactive workshop will discuss preK-12 (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 preK-12

Tony Beck – National Institute of General Medical Sciences/National Institutes of Health

10:10 AM Option 7 of 7
Room 7A
Track: Teacher Delight

Who Tells Your Story?

We know that social media can be a powerful tool for our own professional and personal growth. How can you use those same strategies to cultivate lasting relationships with your community stakeholders? We will show you how.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Dayson Pasion – Alamance-Burlington Schools
April Burko – Graham Middle School
Lee Williams – Graham Middle School

11:10 AM Option 1 of 7
Room 1C
Track: STEM Learning for the Whole Child

Electrify Your Lessons!

Come learn hands-on, innovative, low-cost activities and labs for all ages and learners in the science of energy, sources of energy, transportation, solar power, wind power and electricity efficiency — and economic impacts, too! Learn how to infuse the invention process in your lessons with ideas that work while covering content to make all learners successful in STEM.

Most applicable to grades 3-12

Joann Blumenfeld – The Science House at North Carolina State University

11:10 AM Option 2 of 7
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Get your students WET with Water Education for Teachers

North Carolina’s water resources are one of our most prized commodities. This session will highlight Project WET’s most popular activities for elementary school students. We will also showcase the variety of educational tools provided by the North Carolina Division of Water Resources.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Lauren Daniel – North Carolina Division of Water Resources

11:10 AM Option 3 of 7
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Creating Inquiry-Based Classrooms for Student Success

Discover an engaging inquiry-based learning approach capable of transforming classrooms by motivating students to achieve through instructional standards and PBL cases. Participants will experience a hands-on student inquiry and receive lifetime access to a selection of PBL cases.

Most applicable to grades K-12 and other STEM groups

Stan Hill – Wake Forest School of Medicine
Kelsey Doolittle – Wake Forest School of Medicine

11:10 AM Option 4 of 7
Room 5
Track: Putting Research to Work

Kids in the Garden Program: Plants, Pollen and Pollinators

University professors have partnered with school districts to involve secondary students in a genuine research experience by studying bees and pollen. Students conduct research on a university campus along with the researchers and then present their results to others.

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and higher education

Rita Hagevik – University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Martin Farley – University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Kaitlin Campbell – University of North Carolina at Pembroke

11:10 AM Option 5 of 7
Room 6
Track: Industry at the Table

STEM Outreach: Connecting Industry Professionals with Students

Students across North Carolina have been interacting with a panel of young professionals at RTI International. Leveraging video conferencing software, students learn about career paths, education and work experiences from scientists and researchers at RTI. Participants will leave with resources to establish this experience back in their own schools/districts.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Stacy Costello – RTI International
Todd Campbell – RTI International
Frank McKay – RTI International

11:10 AM Option 6 of 7
Room 7A
Track: Getting Started with 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 and other STEM groups

Melani Duffrin – Northern Illinois University

11:10 AM Option 7 of 7
Room 7B
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Inquiry as a Core STEM Strategy

Join us for a hands-on session about implementing inquiry in STEM classrooms. Classroom-tested strategies for merging STEM and inquiry and for finding resources will be presented along with tips on supporting and managing an inquiry classroom.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Melaine Rickard – Western Alamance Middle School
Todd Guentensberger – Center for Inquiry-Based Learning

12:10 PM
Room 2

Lunch

12:30 PM
Room 2

Lunch Keynote and Teaching Award Presentation

TBA

1:50 PM Option 1 of 6
Room 1C
Track: STEM Learning for the Whole Child

Student-Focused STEM Curriculum

Discover how a STEM-recognized school empowers and motivates students to take ownership of their learning through a blended learning STEM-focused curriculum that incorporates project-based learning, content standards, 21st Century Skills, technology and literacy in all content areas.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Jennifer Stalls – Greene County Middle School
Matthew Gnau – Greene Central High School

1:50 PM Option 2 of 6
Room 2
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Past, Present and Future ... What If?

Help students master complex concepts by using virtual labs to model investigations of the past and present of climate change and then predict future scientific outcomes. Using simulations allows teachers to facilitate STEM instruction while saving money, lab materials and time.

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and other STEM groups

Richard Smith – The Academy of Coastal Carolina

1:50 PM Option 3 of 6
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Using Weather Data to Teach Math

This presentation will combine a citizen science project and weather data, which is a fun and common science topic, to illustrate how educators can reinforce and teach new math skills.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Jennifer Byrd – Envision Science Academy

1:50 PM Option 4 of 6
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Biogen Spark Video Contest and High School Science Fair

Learn how our school used the Biogen Foundation’s Spark Video contest as a frame for our high school science fair.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Cindy Bullard – Bethany Community School

1:50 PM Option 5 of 6
Room 6
Track: Critical Skills for Critical Times

Data as a Constraint to Foster Creative Problem Solving

Constraints, or roadblocks, are touted as one of the most effective methods for fostering creative problem solving. Discover strategies for integrating data literacy into PBL units to unlock students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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

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

1:50 PM Option 6 of 6
Room 7A
Track: Universal Design for STEM Learning

A Different Set of Eyes: Instructional Practices to Address Equity Issues in the STEM Classroom

With such a variety of backgrounds in the classroom, teachers struggle with meeting the needs of all students. Learn how cultivating instructional practices, such as culturally relevant pedagogy, provides opportunities for all STEM learners.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Michelle Ellis – Hunter Huss High School
Utasha Watkins-Mattison – Hunter Huss High School

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.- Northern Illinois University

Room 1A/1B/1D

Break

Refreshments served.

Room 1A/1B/1D

Visit Exhibits

3:10 PM Option 1 of 7
Room 1C
Track: Industry at the Table

Generating Excitement for Careers in the Bioeconomy: A Four-Year Partnership with Rural High Schools, Community Colleges, Universities and Industry

The Sustainable Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program is a unique project designed to prepare a diverse group of college students and high school teachers with the knowledge and interdisciplinary tools necessary to engage in work related to the bioeconomy.

Most applicable to grades 9-12, higher education, industry and other STEM groups

Shana L. McAlexander – North Carolina State University
Heather Starkey – North Carolina State University

3:10 PM Option 2 of 7
Room 2
Track: Citizen Science

Citizen Science Session #4

TBA

3:10 PM Option 3 of 7
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

STEM in the Park: Using the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park to Integrate STEM in the Classroom

Learn how you can use the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson, N.C., to infuse STEM education and the engineering design process into your core content. Participants will learn how to develop cross-curricular lessons that include real-world applications.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Jennifer Walmsley – MacDonald Middle School
Jennifer Stalls – Greene County Middle School

3:10 PM Option 4 of 7
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

STEM-ulating Activities on Human Ecology

Discover innovative ways to teach students about human-environmental interactions while also building STEM skills through problem solving, mathematical modeling, interactive technology and more! Receive lesson plans in an electronic format, all matched to state standards.

Most applicable to grades 7-12

Leigh Apple – Martin County Schools

3:10 PM Option 5 of 7
Room 5
Track: Putting Research to Work

Connecting Students to STEM Careers through EXTREME STEM Tours

Learn how to engage students, business and college partners in a meaningful experience showcasing STEM careers. This has been recognized as a best practice by the North Carolina Community College System, receiving the Outstanding Partnership Award from the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center. Participants will receive templates and plans to begin designing their own EXTREME STEM Tours that connect students to STEM businesses.

Most applicable to grades 6-9, higher education, industry and government

Carol Moore – STEM West
Tracy Hall – Education Matters in Catawba Valley

3:10 PM Option 6 of 7
Room 6
Track: The Classroom of the Future

Building Gardens, Building Minds

This session will take participants through steps needed to establish an Edible School Gardens. We will explore the following topics: benefits of school gardens, the garden team, developing your objective, funding and teaching in the garden.

Most applicable to grades K-8, higher education, industry and government

Amy Bowman – North Carolina State University
Doug Vernon – North Carolina State University

3:10 PM Option 7 of 7
Room 7A
Track: Universal Design for STEM Learning

Planning, Implementing and Assessing Middle School Math Using Hip-Hop Edu as an Equity Tool

Hip-hop has a place in the mathematics classroom. Hip-Hop Edu is effective when planned (deliberate), implemented (delivery) and, most importantly, assessed (accountability). This workshop will walk you through the process of developing a high-impact lesson plan.

Most applicable to grades 3-12, higher education and other STEM groups

Peter Eley – Fayetteville State University

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

Getting Started with STEM

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

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

Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

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. Sessions may include:

  • 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

Industry at the Table

Provides a seat for educators to hear the latest from industry leaders about their specific workforce needs both now and in the future. This track focuses on exploring the connections between education and the world of work through industry insight. Sessions may include:

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • Industry involvement in the classroom
  • Future workforce needs
  • Specific STEM industry needs
  • Extreme vertical alignment
  • Digital disruption
  • Connecting education and employment
  • Entrepreneurial design for teaching
  • Automation and artificial intelligence
  • Career readiness and employability

Universal Design for STEM Learning

Explores ways to design a STEM learning experience that meets the unique and differentiated needs of all children in the classroom. Leveraging the latest research in universal lesson plan design, educators will learn how to develop lessons and activities that work for all students. Sessions may address:

  • 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

Teacher Delight

Explores the recipe for redefining the teacher role in the classroom and ways teachers can feel supported and empowered in their work. Sessions may address:

  • Redefining the teacher role: moving from lecturer to facilitator
  • Communication and partnering with parents
  • Professional development and capacity building
  • STEM discoveries: fascinating new findings

The Classroom of the Future

Proposes alternative classroom designs that encourage active learning and development. This track focuses on emerging pedagogies and technologies designed to activate learning in new and meaningful ways. Sessions may include:

  • Alternative classroom design
  • Gamification of learning
  • The future of coding in the classroom
  • The tools, mindset and materials of makers
  • Makerspaces and virtual labs
  • Augmented reality
  • STEM video games
  • Artificial intelligence

STEM Learning for the Whole Child

Recognizes the complex environments in which educators must work while empowering students with the latest STEM learning. This track views learning from a whole child development perspective. Sessions may include:

  • STEM assessment: formative and summative
  • Supporting learning, informing instruction and creating intrinsic motivation
  • Integrating creativity in the hard sciences with STEAM
  • The intersection of inquiry, standardized assessment and the ESSA
  • Social-emotional learning and whole child development
  • How to communicate high expectations in the classroom
  • Developing student motivation, efficacy and perseverance

Critical Skills for Critical Times

Explores how to prepare students for the information environment in which they live and addresses practical applications and knowledge related to critical thinking, training and development for students and educators. Sessions may address:

  • Media and digital literacy
  • Communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity
  • What we believe about critical thinking skills and why
  • Deeper learning: 22nd century skills

Putting Research to Work

Connects higher education researchers with K-12 educators to explore the practical application of learning theory and current research in classroom instruction. Sessions may include:

  • The science of learning in the real world
  • Applying research to personalized learning
  • Free and open resources, textbooks, materials and courses
  • Curriculum mapping and authentic higher education experiences
  • Contextualized instruction
  • Higher education collaboration opportunities
  • Blended environments and classroom community connections

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.