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Update on the NSTA 2020 National Conference on Science Education 

Due to the increasing health concerns and escalating developments that have occurred over the last several days regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including the state of emergency declared in Massachusetts less than 24 hours ago, the NSTA Board of Directors voted unanimously that a face-to-face meeting in Boston on April 25, 2020 will no longer take place. NSTA staff are thoughtfully exploring options for a future event and will provide an update once a final decision has been made.

 As the largest education organization in the world dedicated to the teaching and learning of science, we adhere to the facts involved, including following precautionary measures issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As difficult as this decision is, the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, presenters, volunteers, and staff remain our top priority.

 We want to thank everyone—NSTA members, registered attendees, exhibitors, session presenters, featured speakers, volunteers, and partners—for your patience over the last few weeks as we monitored the situation and tried to make the most informed decision in the interest of all of our stakeholders.

We ask for your continued patience and understanding as staff work through all the commitments and logistical issues, including individual registration refund requests, associated with organizing a large conference. We will be in touch soon with our plans moving forward. In the meantime, please cancel any travel arrangements that have been made, including hotel and airline reservations.

Schedule for the Day

9:45 am--Registration open outside of Room 205 A-C

10:00-10:30 am--Workshop Sessions

10:15-10:45 am--Roundtable Conversations: Session A         

10:45-11:15 am--Workshop Sessions

11:15-11:45 am--Roundtable Conversations: Session B

12:00-12:30 pm NMLSTA Membership Meeting--Room 206 B        

1:15-1:45 pm--Workshop Sessions

2:00-2:30 pm--Workshop Sessions

3:00-3:20 pm--Welcome and Presentation of the NMLSTA Paul deHart Hurd Award & other awards--Room 205 A-C

3:20-4:30 pm Share-a-Thon and door prize distribution  Room 205 A-C

NMLSTA & the NSTA Middle 
Level Committee on Science Education are proud to partner in bringing this event to you during the NSTA National Conference

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All workshop presentations are in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning/Room 206B/Andrea Miller,Doane Academy

Up, Up, & Away, Engaging Middle School Students with Space & Aviation/Room 209/Steve Kirsche, Freedom Crossing Academy

Methods and Strategies for When Time Is Not on Your Side!/Room: 208/Shana Webb, Thompson Middle School & Jacqueline Edwards, McAdory High School

Energy House/Room 207/Cori Nelson, Winfield School District 34

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

STEM Safety: Experiencing Real-World Connections & Relevance!/Room 208/Kenneth Roy, Glastonbury Public Schools

The Science of Denial/Room 206B/Renee Belisle, Denver Public Schools

Getting Started with Science Notebooks/Room 209/Maureen Smith, Broome-Tioga BOCES

The Power of Self-Documentation as a Formative Assessment Tool/Room 207/Betsy Lawrence, Comanche Elementary School

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Weather and Climate: Analyze and Interpret Climate Data/Room 208/ Rachelle Travis, PS/IS 288: The Shirley Tannyhill, Lauren DeFino, Eagle Academy for Young Men, Jon Franks, OWNCS Middle School, & Joshua Winterfield, Robert F. Wagner Middle School

Enrichment and Differentiation in a Heterogeneous Science Class/Room 207/Kristin Slota, William Penn Middle School & Jamie Swanson, Pennsbury High School, West Campus

Formative Assessment on the Go/Room 209/Brian Klaft, Granger Middle School

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Everyday Engineering/Room 209/Richard Moyer/Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn

NGSS Science Through a Cultural Lens/Room: 207/Susan Douglass, Education Consultant/Shauneen Giudice, Delmar Middle School

Using MICROBITs in Science/Room: 206B/Susan German, Hallsville Middle School

Engineering in Middle School Chemistry/Room: 208/James Kessler, American Chemical Society


All Roundtable Conversations are held in Room 205 A-C Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Roundtable Conversations: Session A—10:15-10:45 A.M.

TABLE  1: Explore 10 STEM Skills That Support Pathways to Green Careers/Rachel Lang & Jaclyn Stallard/ Project Learning Tree

TABLE 2: Shape of Life Presents the Tree of Life/Denise Ryan

TABLE 3: Phenomena is FUN/Ella Bowling & Amber Carter/Northern Kentucky University        

TABLE 4: Escape Room Assessments/Vanessa Ueltzen/Walther Christian Academy

TABLE 5: Science Scope Manuscript Writing Discussion and Tips/Patty McGinnis/NSTA-Science Scope

TABLE 6: Modeling Antibiotic Resistance: Should I Take My Antibiotic?/Stephanie Brunnett & Denis Baker

TABLE 7: District-wide Implementation of NGSS/Adaliz Gonzalez/NYCDOE - CENTRAL       

TABLE  8: How to Address Students’ Special Needs in a Science Classroom/Kathleen Brooks/Science Education Specialist for CREC      

TABLE  9: NASA Open Innovation Programs/David Lockett & Denise Wright/Bok Academy-Lake Wales Charter Schools

Roundtable Conversations: Session B—11:15-11:45 A.M.

TABLE 1: Teaching How Science Works Using the History of Polio/Charlotte Moser/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 

TABLE 2: Using Robots as Project-based Learning Activities/Libby Simpson & Lori Birch       

TABLE 3: NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program/Jennifer Hammond & Britta Culbertson/ NOAA Teacher at Sea Program       

TABLE 4: Escape Room Assessments/Vanessa Ueltzen/Walther Christian Academy

TABLE  5: Want to Write a Grant? Join Me for Helpful Tips/Patty McGinnis/Arcola Intermediate School

TABLE  6: Using resources from NASA Aeronautics in the Classroom/Stephen Kirsche/NASA Aeronautics         

TABLE  7: District-wide Implementation of NGSS/Adaliz Gonzalez/NYCDOE - CENTRAL

TABLE 8: Using Desktop Straw Rocket Launchers to Teach Physical Science Concepts/Nancy Gifford/Monomoy Regional Middle School           

TABLE 9: NASA Open Innovation Programs/David Lockett & Denise Wright/Bok Academy/Lake Wales Charter Schools

TABLE 10: Explore AR/VR Dissection Resources/Nicole Green & Bailee Henderson/Animalearn

TABLE 11: Show me the Evidence: Storytelling Science Style/Loris Chen/Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School          

TABLE  12: STEM Learning using Carolina Mousetrap Vehicles/Cori Nelson/Winfield Middle School 

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