Schedule

Day 1
Tuesday, October 22

7:30 AM
Lobby

Check-In & Walk-Up Registration

Room 1C/1D

Morning Refreshments

Room 1C/1D

Exhibit Hall Opens

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

Creating the School that No One Wants to Leave

In his 2019 keynote presentation, Phil Boyte will address practical ideas for building strong school culture. He also will address simple ways educators can become the best version of themselves with the goal being to create schools that no one will want to leave. His audience will walk away inspired and ignited to keep doing life changing work – be it in the office, in a classroom or in the hallways.

Applicable to all audiences

Phil Boyte – Learning for Living, Inc.

9:40 AM Option 1 of 9
Room 1A
Track: Preparing and Teaching the Whole Child

STEM School Improvement Through the Lens of NC STEM Schools of Distinction (Part 1)

The SMT Center, Friday Institute, Golden Leaf and NCDPI have revised the STEM Schools Progress Rubric and STEM Schools of Distinction process. In this session, participants will explore the benefits of a school going through the process, and they will gain a powerful roadmap and evaluative tool for what a good STEM school or program looks like. Opportunities to examine the new rubric and focus on effective, high quality artifacts will leave attendees prepared to lead within their schools and communities.

Most applicable to grades K-12

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

9:40 AM Option 2 of 9
Room 1B
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Teaching Math Using the LEGO Brick: A Hands-On Approach to Conceptual Math

The session will be hands-on for participants and will feature activities from the Brick Math series for K-5, including activities from each standard of the math curriculum.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Shirley Disseler – High Point University

9:40 AM Option 3 of 9
Room 2
Track: STEM for All

Using Problem-Based Learning and Social Science to Promote Girls in STEM

The what, how and why of a new collaboration between Duke University and the Durham Public Schools that provides local middle school girls with female undergraduate mentors. This intervention aims to prevent leaks at two critical points in the STEM pipeline.

Most applicable to grades 6-8 and Higher Education

Victoria Akin – Duke University
Sophia Santillan – Duke University
Lauren Valentino – Duke University

9:40 AM Option 4 of 9
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

STEM: Teaching Across Disciplines

Learn how to incorporate STEM across multiple curricula to increase collaboration among educators and foster a love of STEM education through problem- and project-based learning.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Emily Nelson – Greene County Schools
Ashley Shiosakay – Greene County Schools

9:40 AM Option 5 of 9
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Turn the Lights On!

Students will create an energy “light” source by simulating the generation, transmission, distribution and delivery of electricity. Students will use technology to further their understanding of “power” usage and forecasting. Students will create a reliable, affordable and stable energy source within their community.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Jaimie Mosely – Surry County Schools

9:40 AM Option 6 of 9
Room 5
Track: Spanning Silos

Making Agriculture the "A" in STEAM

Attendees will be introduced to the numerous members of the agri-business community who are beneficial to a successful K-5 STEM program, making course work come to life.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Angelia Bass – Harrells Christian Academy

9:40 AM Option 7 of 9
Room 6
Track: Teacher Delight

Connected Classroom for Teachers

Have you ever walked into a classroom and cringed? The teacher is talking and no one is engaged. Then you walk next door, and it is completely different – students are involved, the teacher is guiding the conversation rather than “preaching” and you smile and think, “I want my own child in this classroom!” We know what a thriving class feels like, yet we don’t always know how to make it happen. During this workshop, Phil Boyte will give simple activities and tools to build a CONNECTED CLASSROOM.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Phil Boyte – Learning For Living

9:40 AM Option 8 of 9
Room 7A
Track: Spanning Silos

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

9:40 AM Option 9 of 9
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Action Lab

Experience the Project Lead The Way APB Approach Through an Activity From PLTW Partner Verizon Innovative Learning

This session introduces Project Lead the Way’s APB approach while designing an Emoji, an activity from PLTW partner Verizon Innovative Learning. This online portal provides teachers access to fun, free, interactive STEM activities exposing students to new skills like virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D design and more. Attendees will need to bring a laptop.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Project Lead the Way

10:40 AM Option 1 of 6
Room 1A
Track: Preparing and Teaching the Whole Child

STEM School Improvement Through the Lens of NC STEM Schools of Distinction (Part 2)

The SMT Center, Friday Institute, Golden Leaf and NCDPI have revised the STEM Schools Progress Rubric and STEM Schools of Distinction process. In this session, participants will explore the benefits for a school going through the process and gain a powerful roadmap and evaluative tool for what a good STEM school/program looks like. Opportunities to examine the new rubric and focus on effective, high quality artifacts will leave attendees prepared to lead within their schools and communities.

Most applicable to grades K-12

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

10:40 AM Option 2 of 6
Room 1B
Track: STEM for All

Building the Road to Success in STEM Careers

Learn how to teach students about the wide range of future STEM Careers ranging from electricians to engineers with hands on engaging activities that work with all learners including: labs and Engineering Design Challenges, inquiry bags, research, contests and much more. Learn how to incorporate workforce readiness skills into your STEM lessons and how to start a Student STEM Based Business in your classroom and teach innovation, prototyping, entrepreneurship and prepare your students for future success in the STEM workforce! Learn where you can get the money for your classroom to do this and also attend high quality PD in for free around the country and world to learn more!

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Joann Blumenfeld – The Science House

10:40 AM Option 3 of 6
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Jump into a STREAM Night for Young Learners

This session will explore how to create a STREAM Night at your school to engage local community members, college students, businesses and parents. We will examine some themes that will excite your PreK–2nd grade teachers and incorporate literacy and the arts.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Judith McDonald – Belmont Abbey College
Cindy Dey – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

10:40 AM Option 4 of 6
Room 4
Track: Spanning Silos

Green Plants, Red Glow: Looking at Chlorophyll’s Red Fluorescence as an Exercise in Exploring Photosynthesis, Agriculture and Global Ecology

Teaching photosynthesis can be challenging for instructors and boring for students, but it shouldn’t be. An eye-opening activity (developed by middle-school educators and NCSU scientists) lets students see how red light leaking from sunlit plants is captured by satellites to measure global photosynthesis. Readily accessible classroom demos/experiments to see the red glow (fluorescence) from chlorophyll provide a terrific anchor for teaching photosynthesis in a biological, agricultural and ecological context and for inspiring students to see plants as amazing and fascinating.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Jason Painter – The Science House at North Carolina State University
Rachael Polmanteer – River Bend Middle School
Jonathan Lindsey – North Carolina State University

10:40 AM Option 5 of 6
Room 5
Track: Spanning Silos

Island Ecology for Educators: Transitioning Content to Mobile Application

The purpose of this presentation is to share a comprehensive applied learning experience for environmental studies and education majors within an interdisciplinary outdoor learning context taught at Carolina Beach State Park. K-12 teacher and student outreach learning applications are included.

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

Dennis Kubasko – University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Amy Taylor – University of North Carolina at Wilmington

10:40 AM Option 6 of 6
Room 6
Track: Teacher Delight

Connected Classrooms for Teachers

Have you ever walked into a classroom and cringed? The teacher is talking and no one is engaged. Then you walk next door, and it is completely different – students are involved, the teacher is guiding the conversation rather than “preaching” and you smile and think, “I want my own child in this classroom!” We know what a thriving class feels like, yet we don’t always know how to make it happen. During this workshop, Phil Boyte will give simple activities and tools to build a CONNECTED CLASSROOM.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Phil Boyte – Learning For Living

11:30 AM
Room 1C/1D

Visit Exhibit Hall

12:00 PM
Room 2

Lunch

12:25 PM
Room 2

Keynote

There’s No Place Like Home: Working Remotely in STEM

In continuing with the focus on STEM workforce needs in North Carolina, we will showcase a sampling of in-demand STEM careers that allow employees to work remotely from all corners of the state. This keynote session will provide attendees with information from industry representatives about STEM career opportunities and workforce shortages throughout the state. Attendees will leave this session with insights that can be shared with students about how to successfully prepare for and find in-demand STEM remote workforce careers throughout North Carolina.

Applicable to all audiences

Randy Hughes – Syneos Health
Jessica Mitsch – Momentum Learning
Susan Walker – Apex Biostatistics, Inc.

1:30 PM Option 1 of 9
Room 1A
Track: STEM 101: Exploring the Basics

STEM Across the Curriculum

With a focus on project-based learning, this session will explore intentional lesson design across the curriculum.

Most applicable to 8-12 and Other STEM Groups

Christy Cook – Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy
Cindy Winters – Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy
Amanda Crews – Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy

1:30 PM Option 2 of 9
Room 1B
Track: TechSpace

Coding for Content

This session will show you how to fully integrate coding into any subject area. Middle grade teachers will discuss their infusion of coding, highlighting the successes and challenges that you may encounter.

Most applicable to grades 3-12

Thomas Loftin – Greene County Middle School
Jessica Wilt – Greene County Middle School
Jennifer Stalls – Greene County Middle School

1:30 PM Option 3 of 9
Room 2
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Trash to Treasure: Science at a Bargain!

Do your students love hands-on experiments, but you struggle to find materials? Join us as we take one person’s trash and turn it into a classroom treasure. Discover methods to transform your litter into experiments your students won’t forget, all while meeting NC’s Science Essential Standards. Not only will the students thank you, but so will the landfills!

Most applicable to grades K-5

Craig Kwaitkowski – Science Fun for Everyone
Christine Martin – Science Fun for Everyone
Sarah Green – Science Fun for Everyone
Krissy Williams – Science Fun for Everyone

1:30 PM Option 4 of 9
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Design Thinking: Merging Empathy, Design and STEM

Design Thinking is a problem-solving process that focuses on identifying the needs of individuals through empathy. In this session, participants will apply Design Thinking to identify a problem for their partner and create a solution using common materials.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Brian Whitson – China Grove Middle School
Cheryl Chauncey – North Rowan Middle School

1:30 PM Option 5 of 9
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Examining the Health Effects of Flavored Electronic Cigarettes: A Data Interpretation Activity for the Biology Classroom

Conduct an activity that enables students to learn how toxicologists are investigating the impacts of inhaled e-cigarette aerosols on respiratory immune cells while analyzing experimental data and reinforcing learning about processes such as phagocytosis, ciliary beating and cellular respiration.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Dana Haine – UNC Institute for the Environment
Elise Hickman – University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

1:30 PM Option 6 of 9
Room 5
Track: Spanning Silos

The Buzz about Honey Bees: Spanning Biology and CTE

The presentation will trace the journey from idea to implementation of an on-campus apiary, a beekeeping club and courses in biology, horticulture and project management with an overall focus on awareness of threats to honeybees.

Most applicable to grades 9-12, Higher Education and Industry

Kelly Pipes – Wilkes Early College High School

1:30 PM Option 7 of 9
Room 6
Track: Industry Connections: Employment Needs & Career Readiness

Business Advisory Boards: A Sustainable Path to School-Industry Partnerships

Business engagement is key to offering authentic career education and quality work-based learning opportunities to students. It also is critical to meet demand for an incoming workforce equipped with 21st-century skills. Join RTI’s Center for Education Services to explore effective ways to offer career education through school- or district-wide business advisory boards.

Most applicable to grades 6-11

Todd Campbell – RTI International
Stacy Costello – RTI International

1:30 PM Option 8 of 9
Room 7A
Track: Citizen Science

Never Home Alone: Studying the Life in Schools and Homes

A key challenge in life science lessons in schools is often the disconnect between students and the life around them. Here we seek to confront this disconnect by showing students that many species are around them even indoors. We do this through a citizen science project in which students document the arthropods (insects and their relatives) in their homes and schools. This project is then a gateway through which students can engage (and document) the life around them, indoors or out, more generally. Also, introducing the concept of actively participating in authentic scientific research through citizen science provides elementary students a relevant and real-life connection to the material, as well as agency and ownership over their learning.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Meredith Spence Beaulieu – North Carolina State University
Greg Eyman – Wake County Public School System
Rob Dunn – North Carolina State University

 

1:30 PM Option 9 of 9
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Action Lab

Explore Instructional Resources with ExploreLearning Gizmos

Come see how using Gizmos interactive simulations and case studies help students understand the why in real world events and generate inquiry based discussions leading to problem solving techniques using science, math, technology, and engineering. Walk away with easy to implement techniques and resources to bolster STEM initiatives.

Most applicable to grades K-12

ExploreLearning

2:20 PM
Room 1C/1D

Poster Session

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

Applicable to all audiences

Room 1C/1D

Break

Refreshments served.

Room 1C/1D

Visit Exhibits

2:50 PM Option 1 of 9
Room 1A
Track: STEM 101: Exploring the Basics

Establishing a K-5 STEM Lab

Learn strategies to create a STEM lab structure for elementary schools on a shoestring budget. We’ll focus on the teacher’s role in a collaborative school environment and integration of core classroom content.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Carla Billups – Buncombe County Schools
Wendy Fusco – Buncombe County Schools

2:50 PM Option 2 of 9
Room 1B
Track: TechSpace

Drone Exploration Academy: Engaging Students in Real-World Engineering Design and Scientific Investigation Using Drones

The goal of Elizabeth City State University’s Drone Exploration Academy program is to capitalize on the increasing popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, to spark student interest and provide an experiential learning opportunity (ELO) in STEM. Drones, which have become a popular recreational tool among youth, are ideal platforms with enormous scientific value for engaging students in hands-on, inquiry-based learning. The program, which is funded through NASA and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, is currently in its first year of implementation.

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

Kuldeep Rawat – Elizabeth City State University
Aron Bechiom – Elizabeth City State University

2:50 PM Option 3 of 9
Room 2
Track: Citizen Science

The Teacher Collaborative Experiments

As part of a series of efforts to bring real science into the classroom, we will be embarking on a series of big collective experiments. In these experiments, which focus, variously, on the life in homes, the biology and chemistry of bread, and the microbiology of clothing, we seek collaborator teachers. Those teachers will receive kits for their classroom and they will be full collaborators and coauthors on the resulting projects.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Rob Dunn – North Carolina State University
Paul Domencio – Wake County Public School System

2:50 PM Option 4 of 9
Room 3
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-5

Stan Hill – Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Kelsey Canovai – Wake Forest University School of Medicine

2:50 PM Option 5 of 9
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Climate Change Solutions: Applying the Design Process to Projects

Teaching about climate change is often depressing for students. To make it more engaging, we have applied the design and engineering processes to have students focus on creative solutions in this project.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Jessie Howington – Research Triangle High School
Monica Strada – Research Triangle High School

2:50 PM Option 6 of 9
Room 5
Track: Preparing and Teaching the Whole Child

Ethics and the Elementary Science Student

What do ants have to do with ethics? You’ll come away from this session with the answer and with ideas for introducing elementary students to science ethics in fourth or fifth grade. The unit can be modified for younger students.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Dennis Wayne Shore – Fuller GT/AIG Basics Magnet Elementary School

2:50 PM Option 7 of 9
Room 6
Track: Industry Connections: Employment Needs & Career Readiness

Sugar Shack

Students will learn the dynamics of an electric cooperative. Students will create their own candy cooperative that has all of the components of a cooperative but will provide candy sales to its members.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Daria Fedrick – Lee County Schools

2:50 PM Option 8 of 9
Room 7A
Track: Spanning Silos

The I-40 E.A.S.T. Project: Cultivating Rural Students' STEM Aspirations

This project leverages rural students’ community pride and STEM aspirations to develop opportunities for them to experience STEM in the real world through lab investigations, community planning events, industry site visits and public presentations at agricultural festivals.

Most applicable to grades 6-10, Higher Education and Industry

Sue Kezios – University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Elizabeth Smith – University of North Carolina at Wilmington
DeAnna McCullen – Sampson County Schools

2:50 PM Option 9 of 9
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Action Lab

Free Physical Science Blended Lessons from UNC-TV!

Join UNC-TV producers for a tour through their growing collection of interactive and 5E lesson plans. Specifically designed for middle school physical science classes and aligned to NCES Science Standards, these robust units combine highly interactive components that students can complete on their own or teachers can share via Google Classroom, with hands-on activities that turn science classrooms into laboratories.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

UNC-TV

3:50 PM Option 1 of 9
Room 1A
Track: STEM 101: Exploring the Basics

Developing Grand Challenges in Middle School

This presentation will provide participants with an experience in the development of an interdisciplinary grand challenge. Participants will get an overview of the development process, they will have an opportunity to experience the development process and they will leave with the beginnings of their own real-world grand challenge.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Matthew Lococo – Greene County Middle School
Meagan Walters – Greene County Middle School

3:50 PM Option 2 of 9
Room 1B
Track: TechSpace

Student-Created Meaning Using New Tech Tools

Merge Cubes are an augmented reality tech tool that students use to create meaningful representations of what they know. Learn how to create a Merge Cube world for understanding cell structures, ecosystems or any three-dimensional object or space.

Most applicable to grades 3-10

Stacy Lovdahl – North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

3:50 PM Option 3 of 9
Room 2
Track: Citizen Science

Integrating Climate Change Science into the Classroom

Students have become prime leaders in confronting problems associated with climate change and global change more generally. However, tools for teaching students about climate change in the classroom are scattered. Here, we will consider a set of best practices for teaching about climate change, we will highlight climate change citizen science projects and we will share tools for relating climate science to students’ daily lives.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Aranzazu Lascurain – North Carolina State University
Danielle Lawson – North Carolina State University

3:50 PM Option 4 of 9
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Go BOLDly into the Great Outdoors

Durham Public Schools, with support from the Triangle Learning Network, has embarked on a project to foster the use of the outdoors as a resource for learning.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Linda Tugurian – Durham Public Schools
Willow Alston-Socha – Durham Public Schools
Ashley Meredith – Durham Hub Farm

3:50 PM Option 5 of 9
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Food and YOU! Mathematics Matters

Food and nutrition subject matter is an ideal context for creating authentic mathematic learning experiences. The FoodMASTER Initiative, a program that uses food as a tool to teach mathematics and science, has recently completed a nutrition-focused lesson book to provide middle and high school teachers a resource for authentic mathematic learning experiences. This session will discuss creating food- and nutrition-relevant learning experiences, provide an overview of the book lessons, walk teachers through an example lesson and provide the lessons and answers as a free resource to participating teachers.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Melani Duffrin – Northern Illinois University
Jasmina Mesic – Northern Illinois University

3:50 PM Option 6 of 9
Room 5
Track: Spanning Silos

Celebrating STEM: How Public Science is Changing Classrooms

The North Carolina Science Festival team will offer several examples of opportunities for elementary, middle and high schools to engage with STEM and STEM professionals through hands-on activities, interactions with scientists and fun and memorable experiences.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Jonathan Frederick – North Carolina Science Festival
Erik MacIntosh – North Carolina Science Festival
Tamara Poles – North Carolina Science Festival

3:50 PM Option 7 of 9
Room 6
Track: Industry Connections: Employment Needs & Career Readiness

STEM School to Work: Tools and Strategies for Implementation for Teachers and Administrators

Come along on our journey as we share the strategies we have used to ensure that our students are college/career ready and able to enter the workforce right after high school.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Whitney Fliehman – Graham High School

3:50 PM Option 8 of 9
Room 7A
Track: STEM for All

A Seat at the Table: An Interactive Panel on Equity in STEM

To be successful, students must feel valued. When teachers consider factors such as culture in their instruction and student interactions, all students will feel that value. This interactive panel provides ideas and strategies for moving toward an equitable STEM classroom.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Michelle Ellis – Hunter Huss High School

3:50 PM Option 9 of 9
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Action Lab

Stepping up your STEM: Develop as a STEM Education Leader through Western Carolina University’s Master’s Courses and Programs

Are you a teacher who is interested in improving your STEM teaching or who would you like to develop as a STEM education leader? Join WCU faculty and graduate students to learn about fully online, affordable graduate courses and programs at Western Carolina University. We will share snapshots and sample projects from our STEM track of courses.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Western Carolina University

4:40 PM
Room 1C/1D

Exhibit Hall Closes/ End of Day 1

Day 2
Wednesday, October 23

7:30 AM
Room 1C/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
Room 2

Biogen Foundation Presentation

Biogen Foundation

8:35 AM
Room 2

Outreach Expo

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

Table #
BioNetwork STEM Outreach

Learn about BioNetwork’s FREE outreach resources for your life science and biotechnology classrooms as well as online e-learning tools. Grades 6-14 are highly encouraged to stop by!

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and Higher Education

Courtney Behrle – BioNetwork

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Catalyst: Creating Opportunities in STEM for Students with Disabilities

Catalyst, a National Award Winning Program, helps students in grades 9-12, with disabilities in either Regular Education (AP, Honors, Regular) or the Occupational Course of Study Program succeed in STEM Educational Pathways and Careers. Students attend a summer session and Saturday sessions during the school year to learn STEM with engaging activities, labs, engineering design, field trips, research and STEM Internships too! Catalyst partners with stakeholders in post-secondary institutions, museums, and business and industry. Catalyst Participants have won the Lemelson-MIT Inventeam competition and technical award, the first team to do ever do so at MIT, with all students with disabilities. The students invented a low cost mat that screens for lameness in cows with an app to notify farmers, and received $10,000 to build the prototype and presented at MIT. The students were also invited to the US Patent Office for a special program for them. Students learned workforce readiness skills and advocacy skills and have shared their work and ideas for improving STEM Education in NC for students with disabilities with Governor Cooper, Governor McCrory and Senator Tills. President Obama sent them a letter of commendation to them, which stated: “Young people like you are tomorrow’s leaders — you inspire me and give me tremendous hope for the future.” Catalyst is funded by a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Joann Blumenfeld – The Science House at North Carolina State University

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ENGAGE: Integrating Computing into Middle School Science Classrooms with Collaborative Game-Based Learning

Come hear about ENGAGE, a middle grades curriculum that offers: 1) a game-based learning environment where students learn foundational computer science skills, and 2) computational modeling activities where students learn science content and participate in authentic scientific practices.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Danielle Boulden – Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Jennifer Houchins – Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Eric Wiebe – North Carolina State University

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Exploration and Discovery Through Maps: Teaching Science with Technology from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EnviroAtlas is a tool developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that empowers anyone with internet access to be an informed local decision-maker using maps and other resources. Teachers will learn how to use EnviroAtlas and free K-16 lessons.

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

Jenna Hartley – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Filling the Gap

Teachers will share their experiences and student products from PBL units developed in partnership with local STEM businesses.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Carol Moore – STEM West
Regina Barrier – The Science House
Kelly Beavers – Caldwell County Schools
Marcia Cornett – Caldwell County Schools
Rachel Welty – Caldwell County Schools

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N.C. Renewable Energy Challenge: Student Designs for a More Sustainable Future

This presentation will highlight a statewide competition in which students compete to engineer and develop wind turbines, ocean energy current devices and solar powered homes.

Most applicable to grades 5-11

David Sybert – Coastal Studies Institute

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North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair

Come learn about the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair (NCSEF) and how to get involved in your local area. Nine regional fairs provide students with opportunities to showcase their original research and advance to the state fair for prizes/awards.

Most applicable to grades 3-12

Leah Bug – North Carolina Science Fair Foundation
Manley Midget – Meredith College
Judy Day – North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair

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NCSLA: Providing Leadership Opportunities for North Carolina’s STEM Educators

The North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA)’s mission is to provide opportunities for leaders in both formal and informal science education by offering a forum for exchanging ideas and information, advancing quality STEM instruction, and influencing education policies and legislation.

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

Dennis Kubasko – University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Pat Shane – North Carolina Science Leadership Association
Mark Case – North Carolina Science Leadership Association

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NIEHS Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience

PerParticipants will learn about the Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience, a 2-week professional development program for North Carolina high school science teachers, which will be held at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in RTP from July 6, 2020, through July 17, 2020. During this professional development experience, participants will: Practice scientific methods through hands-on lab work and through working with NIEHS scientists to understand basic research in environmental/biomedical sciences; investigate the science behind their real-world experiences; develop plans to apply what they have learned from their STaRS experience to their classroom teaching; and develop a network with fellow participants and NIEHS scientists for future collaboration.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Ericka Reid – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Suzanne Osborne – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

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Personalizing Your Middle School Classroom

Personalized learning is a buzzword in Catawba County Schools for a reason. Learn how the pillars of personalized learning are helping us meet the needs of all learners using pathways and level up your data game using student-centered learner profiles.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Stacy Lovdahl – North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Preparing Students to Engage in STEM Through Real Data: Partnering for Online/Blended Professional Development

Learn about online/blended professional development opportunities to learn to incorporate data investigations in STEM instruction. Ways for districts to partner for online courses and micro-credentialing will be highlighted.

Most applicable to grades 5-12

Hollylynne Lee – North Carolina State University

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Second Grade Poster Fair to Support the 4 Cs and the Arts

A class of second graders created autobiographical creative work and then traveled to a nearby university campus to present to pre-service teachers. After this poster fair, QR codes allowed viewers to share their feedback on the students’ work.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Nancy Luke – Western Carolina University

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Science Education Outreach at Campbell University

Learn about lab activities, STEM Camp and Health Science Discovery Days. These hands-on activities are designed to peak the students’ interest in various career opportunities for which they can earn a degree at Campbell University.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Kayla Clark – Campbell University

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Science on Stage!

Bring thrilling live science demonstrations to your school and get your students excited about science! In partnership with Novozymes, the Science on Stage program will captivate your student audience with interactive experiments performed by a Morehead educator in your gym or auditorium. We will review an easy science demo to complete with your class and discuss further opportunities for similar programming.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center – it’s more than a field trip destination! Morehead serves schools across North Carolina by delivering fun, inspiring programs directly to those schools. These programs align with North Carolina Essential Standards to support educational success in every classroom.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Carla Robinson – Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Catherine Frazier – Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Arlan Peters – Novozymes

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Scientists of North Carolina: Challenging Scientist Stereotypes on Social Media

Participants will look at images of diverse people and guess whether or not they are a scientist (all images are of North Carolina scientists) and this will facilitate a discussion about scientist stereotypes and how to challenge them.

Applicable to all audiences

Katie Stember – North Carolina Biotechnology Center

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STEM Opportunities at Marbles Kids Museum

Learn about hands-on, minds-on STEM opportunities at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. From engaging field trip experiences to family STEM events and inspiring documentaries on N.C.’s largest screen, Marbles inspires curiosity for all.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Evan Cooper – Marbles Kids Museum

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Teacher Beliefs and Motivation: Can Your Students Become Scientists?  

See results of two summers of research on a professional development program for high school science teachers conducted at NC State University. Teachers participate in eight weeks of immersive lab experiences within the Center for Human Health and the Environment.

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

Lindsey Hubbard – North Carolina State University
Stelle Jackman-Ryan – North Carolina State University
Katy May – North Carolina State University

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Unlocking the Power of Experiential Learning Outside

Our interactive presentation will showcase how Out Teach trains teachers to use their outdoor space as an instructional tool, and we will showcase our professional development training and online coaching center, which increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Edna Chirico – Out Teach
Alec Macaulay – Out Teach
Allie Graybeal – Out Teach

9:35 AM Option 1 of 8
Room 1A
Track: Industry Connections: Employment Needs & Career Readiness

Conducting PBLs with STEM Industries

Join us to see how teachers who partnered with STEM industries have created and implemented project-based learning (PBL) units so their students not only learn about STEM careers, but also use STEM content to help industries solve real-world problems.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Regina Barrier – The Science House
Carol Moore – STEM West

9:35 AM Option 2 of 8
Room 1B
Track: TechSpace

Integrating Technology in Teaching

Integrating Technology in Teaching is a hands-on workshop for K-12 educators to help them utilize laptops, chromebooks, iPads and even cell phones to aid classroom instruction.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Patricia Velasco – Wayne County Public Schools

9:35 AM Option 3 of 8
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

From STEM to STEAM: Infusing Art into STEM Learning in the Elementary Classroom

Ideal for elementary teachers looking for ways to infuse art into STEM learning. Presentation will include an overview of lessons for both lower and upper grades, along with hands-on opportunities for teachers to leave with at least one example.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Carole Drummond-Johnson – Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

9:35 AM Option 4 of 8
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Diving into Data in STEM Classrooms with Online Visualization and Analysis Tools

Learn to use data from STEM contexts with students to investigate real-world phenomena with the free online data tool CODAP. Bring your tablet or laptop and be ready to dive in!

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Hollylynn Lee – North Carolina State University

9:35 AM Option 5 of 8
Room 5
Track: Preparing and Teaching the Whole Child

More than Meets the Eye: SEL and Cognitive Debiasing

Upon learning about research behind SEL competencies that improve overall youth development, participants will deepen their skillset with actionable strategies designed to combat cognitive biases and promote high expectations and growth mindsets for all.

Most applicable to grades K-12

De McKenzie – RTI International

9:35 AM Option 6 of 8
Room 6
Track: Spanning Silos

Building a Sustainable Future with Bioproducts and Bioenergy in Science Curricula

The high school science teacher team will share their experience integrating elements of sustainability and bioeconomy-related careers into their curricula. The teachers join scientists/engineers and education researchers to co-develop real-world lessons, demonstrating students’ potential to contribute to a sustainable future.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Shana McAlexander – North Carolina State University
Ana Maria Topliceanu – Vance County Early College
Sanjana Sharma – Knightdale High School

9:35 AM Option 7 of 8
Room 7A
Track: STEM 101: Exploring the Basics

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

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

Using Drones to Prepare for STEM Careers

Drone technology is innovating a range of industries, revolutionizing everything from film production to wildlife conservation. As the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) industry continues to grow, the career opportunities for individuals who can pilot, build and embrace drones as a force for good are increasing exponentially. Actively blending physics, electronics, materials science, data transmission and engineering design, drones are a natural STEM platform. Educators interested in integrated, project-based learning are increasingly leveraging this high-interest technology to prepare students for the careers of the future.

Most applicable to grades K-12

PCS Edventures

10:35 AM Option 1 of 9
Room 1A
Track: STEM 101: Exploring the Basics

STEM as a Passion

The presentation will be geared to helping teachers make a smooth transition from simply integrating subjects to stepping into the world of STEM.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Marlean Duncan – Pleasant Gardens Elementary
Lynn Freeman – Pleasant Gardens Elementary

10:35 AM Option 2 of 9
Room 1B
Track: TechSpace

Hacking Education: A Case Study of NCCU FAB Lab

This presentation will describe how NCCU FAB Lab, a makerspace on the campus of North Carolina Central University, is disrupting the traditional model of education by remaking the culture of learning.

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

Eric Saliim – North Carolina Central University

10:35 AM Option 3 of 9
Room 2
Track: Citizen Science

Scistarter as a Gateway for Bringing Citizen Science into the Classroom

The SciStarter.org platform has newly customizable EdTech tools piloted by the Broward County School District. With school districts subscriptions to the software, instructors can more easily offer citizen science projects as part of new and established lessons, assess learning outcomes, and build new projects. The EdTech tools allow teachers and students to safely connect in one click through roster integration software, select a citizen science project from a curated list, and collect and enter data together, online, typically through the teacher’s account. Students digitally submit their reflections to help teachers measure learning outcomes. Teachers and administrators can access on-demand data dashboards to see the collective impact of their district’s engagement in citizen science!

Most applicable to grades K-12

Caren Cooper – North Carolina State University

10:35 AM Option 4 of 9
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

The Science House Presents: Enhancing Your STEM program with Sphero

Explore the many uses of the Sphero Bolt in STEM classrooms! These robots can be programmed by driving, drawing, block coding or traditional coding. They can be used in PBL, engineering or makerspace challenges or to collect data.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Regina Barrier – The Science House

10:35 AM Option 5 of 9
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Learn Local, Think Global: Using Grand Challenges-Themed Projects to Promote Critical Thinking and Global Awareness

The Grand Challenges Scholars program at North Carolina A&T State University offers co-curricular and extra-curricular activities designed to prompt critical thinking around solutions to 21st-century global issues. This session will demonstrate a 10-step process for Grand Challenges-themed projects.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Marcia Williams – North Carolina A&T State University
Vernal Alford – North Carolina A&T State University

10:35 AM Option 6 of 9
Room 5
Track: Spanning Silos

STEM in the Gym!

Come experience a 20-lesson high school curriculum that teaches energy intake and expenditure pathways in healthful living (physical education). Information will include the lesson plans, technology incorporated, and formative and summative learning assessment.

Most applicable to grades 9-12 and Higher Education

Ang Chen – University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Benedict Dyson – University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Anqi Deng – University of North Carolina at Greensboro

10:35 AM Option 7 of 9
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

10:35 AM Option 8 of 9
Room 7A
Track: STEM for All

Broadening Participation in STEM by Addressing the Gifted Gap

Providing equitable access to challenging curriculum is an important way to broaden participation in STEM. This session will equip stakeholders to recognize and address the gifted gap, increasing opportunities for all students to engage in STEM research and innovation.

Most applicable to grades 3-12

Lenora Crabtree – University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Sonyia Richardson – University of North Carolina at Charlotte

10:35 AM Option 9 of 9
Room 7B
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

LEGOS and Coding and Kids — Oh My!

Children love LEGOs! And knowing how to code is becoming more and more essential for the next generation of innovators, do-ers and leaders. Put LEGOs and coding together and you have the FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.) program, an innovative and engaging project that makes after-school time popular and fun. Participants will have a chance to build and code with the LEGO WeDo 2.0 kit. In addition, we will learn more about how this kit is used in the FLL Jr. program while walking through the curriculum and the engineering notebook used by students in grades K-4. This is a hands-on and fast-paced workshop for anyone who works with elementary school children.

Most applicable to grades K-4

Marie Hopper – FIRST North Carolina
Julia Wagner – FIRST North Carolina

11:35 AM Option 1 of 7
Room 1A
Track: STEM 101: Exploring the Basics

The Science House Presents: Shift Happens

So you are already doing great STEM work, now what? How can we make it even better? Join us for a guided self-reflection time where we work on shifting lessons toward gold-standard PBL.

Most applicable to grades 5-12 and Other STEM Groups

Michelle Benigno – The Science House

11:35 AM Option 2 of 7
Room 1B
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Is It Really STEAM? A Checklist and Strategies for Creating STEAM Lessons

How can you tell if a lesson is really STEAM? Use a checklist to assess STEAM lessons. Learn several strategies that provide inspiration and build background to help you find pre-made STEAM lessons or create your own STEAM lessons!

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Jessica Harris – Northeastern University

11:35 AM Option 3 of 7
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Schoolwide STEM Units

Come to this session to learn how to implement schoolwide STEM weeks at your school with project/problem-based learning. We will offer suggestions and tips for how to increase teacher buy-in, successfully involve the community and build excitement for STEM along the way.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Susan Newman – Hendersonville Elementary School
Kerry Stewart – Hendersonville Elementary School
April Summey – Hendersonville Elementary School

11:35 AM Option 4 of 7
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Using Science and Engineering Practices to Inspire Thinking, Wonder and Fun in Science Class

Participants will engage in hands-on activities that are designed to inspire student curiosity, questioning and deep understanding. Participants also will learn how these activities embed the Framework for Science’s Science and Engineering Practices.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

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

11:35 AM Option 5 of 7
Room 5
Track: Spanning Silos

Empowering STEM Teacher Leaders and Supporting STEM in Highly Impacted Schools: UNCG's STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative

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

Most applicable to grades K-5

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

11:35 AM Option 6 of 7
Room 6
Track: Industry Connections: Employment Needs & Career Readiness

Surry First Lego League (FLL): A Model Partnership For Classroom, College, Career

During this session, participants from both K-12 and industry will have the opportunity to learn about a successful model partnership for our rural community. Three local school districts in collaboration with the community college and local businesses have joined together to provide a pathway to strengthen our local workforce. This pathway provides students with interests, education and skills necessary to be career ready.

Most applicable to grades 6-8 and Industry

Jeffrey Edwards – Surry County Schools

11:35 AM Option 7 of 7
Room 7A
Track: STEM for All

Expanding Classroom Tools to Build Academic Language in STEM

Expanding classroom tools that build academic language in STEM to assist students in becoming active learners, deepening their conceptual understanding and developing a translation of vocabulary understanding into a deeper knowledge of complex, conceptually dense words.

Most applicable to grades 3-9

Kimberly Smith-Burton – Fayetteville State University
Catherine E. Barrett – Fayetteville State University
Peter Eley – Fayetteville State University

12:25 PM
Room 2

Lunch

12:45 PM
Room 2

Keynote and Teaching Award Presentation

Inspiring Science Through the Connection Between Plants and People: The Amazon, Tibet and Abaco Island

Using examples from the Amazon, Tibet and Abaco Island, Maria Fadiman will illustrate how students connect with their environments through ethnobotanical knowledge, which is the relationship between plants and people. She will take her audience on a tour of the rainforest to explore the connection between humans and the environment. She also will share examples of her work in the Bahamas with K-12 students, who were connected with their own forest and who explored how this awareness can lead to conservation. She then will take her audience into the Tibetan Plateau, where she will share experiences with high school students who took ownership of their own ecological heritage.

Applicable to all audiences

Maria Fadiman – National Geographic Explorer

2:00 PM Option 1 of 8
Room 1B
Track: TechSpace

Find Yourself on a Digital Making Journey with the Raspberry Pi

Assemble components necessary to use Raspberry Pi (RPi). Configure and check out what is available on the software. Obtain a list of resources for using the RPi. Try an activity using Scratch, Sonic Pi or Python.

Most applicable to grades 3-12

Pamella Ferris – Pitt County Schools
Marcus Martinez – Wellcome Middle School
Shera Atwa – Wellcome Middle School

2:00 PM Option 2 of 8
Room 2
Track: Citizen Science

Using Citizen Science Genomics/Genetics Data in the Classroom

Where is Delftia? Around us, there lives a microbe that can poop gold. A bacterial species of the genus Delftia can precipitate gold out of solution. We know the genes that Delftia uses to accomplish this incredible feat, but we know very little about how Delftia vary in nature and where they live. How many species of Delftia can we find? How important is the gold pooping power for Delftia? When does Delftia use this unique feature? To answer these questions, we need broad samples from as many different environments as you can imagine! Using SciStarter, we encourage citizen scientists to help us find Delftia by sampling local environments. Students at NC State then analyze the samples to learn where Delftia lives and how its gold genes might differ from those we know about. Students learn about the diversity of unique microbes around us, sample, and analyze data to help us understand this and other fascinating features microbes harbor.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Carlos Goller – North Carolina State University

2:00 PM Option 3 of 8
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

What Real Problems Do We Encounter at School and How Can We Solve Them? Primary Engineers Tackle Authentic Problems

How to connect literacy and guide primary students to investigate, imagine, brainstorm, test and use data to help solve authentic problems. Guiding students to tackle more meaningful problems, such as improving the school nature trail and reducing food waste.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Kimberly Sanders – South Macon Elementary
Patricia Bricker – Western Carolina University
Melissa Faetz – Western Carolina University

2:00 PM Option 4 of 8
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Ocean Debris Collectors

Fourth-grade teachers at Snipes Academy in Wilmington utilized a community science curriculum on marine debris to engage students with experiential learning based on local ecosystems. Throughout the program students examined research, collected data and created a community engagement artifact. Teachers worked with researchers at North Carolina State University to investigate student and family attitudes towards science during the project.

Most applicable to grades K-5

David Glenn – New Hanover County Schools
Mary Costello – New Hanover County Schools
Jenna Hartley – North Carolina State University

2:00 PM Option 5 of 8
Room 5
Track: Spanning Silos

How Do We Measure Instructional Innovation? Insights from Evaluation of K-12 PBL Implementation

PBL can improve student outcomes when implemented well, but its complexity makes measuring classroom practices challenging. Join us to learn about the approach and findings from recent PBL research to enhance implementing and understanding similar innovation in your own context.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Rebecca Stanley – RTI International
Frank McKay – RTI International
Nina Arshavsky – SERVE Center
Eric Grebing – SERVE Center

2:00 PM Option 6 of 8
Room 6
Track: Industry Connections: Employment Needs & Career Readiness

Creating Unique Educational Content via Experiential Learning: An In-Depth Look into the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership

This session, co-presented by the Kenan Fellows Program and Novozymes, will dive into the Kenan Fellows Program. It will provide an overview of the program, the PD training, and the expectations. Three teachers will share their experiences interning at three host institutions over the summer: NC State’s Molecular Education, Technology, and Research Innovation Center (METRIC); NC Electric Coop; and Novozymes. Finally, each of the fellows will share innovative curriculum and learnings developed during their internship.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Mark Townley – Kenan Fellows
Megan Alvord – Kenan Fellows
Miranda Pierce – Kenan Fellows
Daria Fedrick – Kenan Fellows
Amanda Gilbert – Novozymes

2:00 PM Option 7 of 8
Room 7A
Track: STEM for All

I STAND for STEM

Veteran teachers will share strategies, activities and resources for opening up the world of student research and STEM competitions to underrepresented students.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Leigh Apple – Martin County Schools
Alisa Wickliff – University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Emily Nelson – Greene County Schools

2:00 PM Option 8 of 8
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Action Lab

Think Like an Engineer with Phenomenal Science Instruction!

STEM implementation made easy. Come play and learn how student driven engineering internships can incorporate all aspects of North Carolina Essential Science Standards. This session will engage educators with hands-on activities, digital modeling tools, active reading and dynamic discussion with the purpose to integrate phenomena-based science instruction around real-world problem solving. Teachers will leave with free resources to start engaging students in STEM.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Amplify

2:50 PM
Room 1C/1D

Poster Session

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

Applicable to all audiences

Room 1C/1D

Break

Refreshments served.

Room 1C/1D

Visit Exhibits

3:20 PM Option 1 of 7
Room 1A
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

“What Problem Do You Want to Solve?” Use Inquiry to Grow Lifelong Learners

Whether engaged in PBL, work-based learning, service learning or other authentic learning experiences, inquiry provides a powerful foundation for students to develop skills as lifelong learners. Join us for a collaborative workshop to build understanding of inquiry and re-imagine learning.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Frank McKay – RTI International
Rebecca Stanley – RTI International

3:20 PM Option 2 of 7
Room 1B
Track: Spanning Silos

Using Data from Learning Trajectories-Based Assessments to Personalize Instructional Decision Making in Math Classrooms

Join us to experience a research-based innovation called Math-Mapper 6-8. Find out what personalized learning in a mathematics classroom looks like when it is driven by data from ongoing diagnostic classroom assessments based on the research of learning trajectories.

Most applicable to grades 5-8

Meetal Shah – North Carolina State University

3:20 PM Option 3 of 7
Room 2
Track: Citizen Science

Sourdough for Science

This project engages students in authentic research, and the data that students collect has helped to solve some of the mysteries surrounding the microbes that make bread. To date, we have directly engaged 539 middle and high school students in Wake and Alamance counties. Student data has enabled us to identify key phases of microbial succession in sourdough starters that affect bread rise and flavor. Additionally, student and teacher feedback suggest that the Sourdough for Science project improves learning outcomes for required curriculum standards. Curriculum materials and alignment are available at http://studentsdiscover.org/lesson/sourdough-for-science/.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Erin McKenney – North Carolina State University
Jessie Francese – The Exploris Middle School
Shannon Hardy – The Exploris Middle School
Kristen Kemp – Moore Square Middle School
Rachael Polmanteer – Wake County Public School System
April Shoemaker – Wake County Public School System

 

3:20 PM Option 4 of 7
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Full STEAM Ahead with Ag Literacy

Participants will use an agriculture-based literacy program that integrates hands-on activities focusing on elementary STEM concepts. Every day, farm life provides problem-based learning scenarios. This session’s activities will demonstrate how to impact students’ critical thinking skills and their knowledge of agriculture.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Michele Smoot – North Carolina Farm Bureau
Heather Willoughby – North Carolina Farm Bureau

3:20 PM Option 5 of 7
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Minds-On Instructional Practices

Digital Breakout: Where Knowledge Can Help You Escape!

Escape rooms are all the latest craze. This session puts that concept into play using content from your classes. Experience first-hand what a digital breakout looks like and learn about how to create your own.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Kristin White – Greene County Schools
Stanley White – Greene County Schools

3:20 PM Option 6 of 7
Room 5
Track: Preparing and Teaching the Whole Child

Project Podcast

Attendees will learn how to begin podcasting in their classrooms as an educational tool to engage students and change up their typical presentations. Participants will walk away feeling prepared to use podcasting to enhance critical thinking skills, communication, collaboration and creativity.

Most applicable to grades K-6

Lauren Weaver – Catawba County Schools
Heather Fulbright – Catawba County Schools

3:20 PM Option 7 of 7
Room 6
Track: Teacher Delight

Donuts to Dollars: The Importance of First-Hand Learning in a STEM World

Participants will examine the role that first-hand learning has on depth of student understanding. We will work in small groups to make some observations that will illuminate the importance of building background knowledge for students who don’t come to school with it, and we’ll explore ways to access the background knowledge of students with more prior experiences.

Most applicable to grades K-12 and Other STEM Groups

Fritz Robinett – Pitt County Schools

3:30 PM
Room 1C/1D

Exhibit Hall Closes

4:20 PM
Room 2

Closing Session and Giveaways

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

4:40 PM

End of Day 2

Tracks

STEM 101: Exploring the Basics

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

Outreach Expo

10-minute, rolling presentation that is repeated multiple times during a 50-minute “expo” plenary session

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 teachers with inquiry-based, hands-on activities and practical guidance for incorporating STEM in the classroom using cross-content integration. Sessions may address:

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

Industry Connections: Employment Needs & Career Readiness

Links educators to industry leaders in the exploration of specific workforce needs both now and in the future. This track focuses on the connections between education and the world of work through industry insight. Sessions may include:

  • Future workforce needs
  • Specific STEM industry needs
  • Middle-skill STEM jobs
  • Career readiness and employability
  • Extreme vertical alignment
  • Connecting education and employment
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • The 2+2 pathway
  • Industry involvement in the classroom
  • Digital disruption
  • Entrepreneurial design for teaching
  • Automation and artificial intelligence

STEM for All

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

TechSpace

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
  • N.C. Family Code Nights

Preparing and Teaching the Whole Child

Explores learning from a whole child development perspective, which recognizes the complex environments in which educators must work while empowering students with the latest STEM learning. This track also explores how to prepare students for today’s information environment and it addresses practical applications and knowledge related to critical thinking, training and development for students and educators. Sessions may address:

  • How to support learning, informed instruction and intrinsic motivation
  • How to communicate high expectations in the classroom
  • How to develop student motivation, efficacy and perseverance
  • Exploration of the intersection between inquiry, standardized assessment and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • STEM assessment: Formative and summative
  • Social-emotional learning (SEL) and whole child development
  • Connections between student wellness and academic success
  • Deeper learning: 22ndcentury skills, including soft skills
  • Communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity
  • What we believe about critical thinking skills and why
  • Media and digital literacy

Spanning Silos

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

Citizen Science

Provides instruction and ideas for implementing Citizen Science with K-12 students. Citizen Science is the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists. Sessions may address:

  • Implementing Citizen Science in the classroom
  • Working with research partners
  • Web-based tools and resources
  • Co-creating new Citizen Science topics with researchers
  • Data matters: Going from raw data to impact and classroom 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.