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Middle Level Presentations


NMLSTA Members and Friends

 Bold Names =  NMLSTA Members

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Concurrent Sessions

8:00 – 9:00 AM

NOAA: Engage Your Students with Scientific Modeling and Virtual Reality—Workshop

Colorado Convention Center - 505

Randy Russell, Bruce Moravchik

10:50 - 11:50 AM


1:00 – 2:00 PM

NOAA Planet Stewards - Affect change through education, collaboration, and action - and receive up to $5000 to do it!--Workshop

Colorado Convention Center - 505

Symone Barkley, Bruce Moravchik, Karen Metcalf, Kelley Hodges, Kyla Trahan


2:20 - 3:20 PM

NOAA: How does my phone know where it is? The science behind GPS--Workshop

Colorado Convention Center - 505

Daniel Winester, Derek Van Westrum, Galen Scott


3:40-4:40 PM

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Meet Me in the Middle Share-a-Thon

Colorado Convention Center, Poster Session Aisle

Science Pawsibilities: Unleashing Learning with Classroom Pets -- Kathy Biernat

Resources, Resources, and More Resources! -- Kathleen Brooks, Allison Bogart

Extraordinary PD Opportunities Sharing Corner-- Loris Chen

›Effective Assessment CONSTRUCTion for All Students--Cynthia Crockett

›Jam with GEMS: Investigating Ecosystems from Micro to Macro--Jeannette Cullum, Barbara Hug, Patrick Wilson, Nick Leonardi

›Sweet Math: How Much Corn Have You Eaten Today?--Suzanne Cunningham

Materials That Impact and Change Our World-- Shelly Grandell

›Rethink Dissection Labs: Cut IN Safety & Innovation-- Nicole Green, Alisa Brooks

›Climate and Energy - the best resources are only a click away!--Missy Holzer

›Free Lesson Plans for Middle School Chemistry--James Kessler

›Classroom-ready digital content and creator tools from NASA's Infiniscope project-- Sina Kirk

Skype a Scientist-- Nadene Klein

›eCYBERMISSION - 6th-9th Grade STEM Competition--Brian Kutsch

›Tool for Student Wind Data Collection & Analysis--Michelle Laborn

Maintaining Local Biodiversity: A Middle Level Mapping Design Challenge--Jocelyn Miller, Missie Olson

›NOAA Ocean Service Education: Innovative products, and programs to improve teacher's ocean and climate literacy, and how to engage students in environmental phenomena--Bruce Moravchik

›Strategies for Utilizing the Word Wall to Create a More Equitable Classroom--Kim Nagle, Dawn Konieczny

Energy House--Cori Nelson

›MySciLife: A Social Learning Platform for Science--Jesse Nolan

›Championing Diversity & Innovation: Girls Who Code's Strategies to Recruit for and Design Inclusive STEM Programs in Today's Evolving Tech World-- Emily Ong

›Climate Solutions Activities and Other Middle School Resources from the UCAR Center for Science Education-- Melissa Rummel, Emily Snode-Brenneman, Tim Barnes

›NMLSTA Membership and Award Opportunities--Alison Seymour

Answers to your Biggest Questions About Teaching Middle School Science--Laura Shafer, Enya Granados

›Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops Documentary Showcase-- Arlo Perez

›Fueling Student Engagement Through Leveling Up-- Ann Vitello, Jamesa Broone

5:30 - 6:30 PM

NMLSTA Board of Directors Meeting

Invited guests and interested members may attend

Hyatt Regency Denver -- Limestone

Friday, March 22, 2024

Concurrent Sessions

8:00 - 9:00 AM

NOAA: Use Games and Role Playing to Engage Your Students in One of the Most Dangerous Climate Impacts of Our Time: Sea Level Rise--Workshop

Colorado Convention Center – 505

Symone Barkley, Bruce Moravchik

9:20 – 10:20 AM

NOAA: Explore the Ocean, Weather, Climate Connections with Teek & Tom, NOAA’s New Animated Series and Lesson Plans--Workshop

Colorado Convention Center - 505

Peggy Steffen, Bruce Moravchik


10:40 - 11:40 AM

Engaging Assessment in Grades 6-8--Speed Sharing

Investigating the Effect of Microplastics on Algae

Location: Mile High Ballroom 1F

Maren Getz, Caitlin Fine, Kathy Biernat, Christopher Lucht, Leora Kurtz

Building an Equitable Science Classroom for Grades 6-8—Speed Sharing

NMLSTA: Strategies to Create a More Equitable Science Classroom

Colorado Convention Center - Mile High Ballroom 3B

Dawn Konieczny, Kim Nagle, Andrew Kipp, Jennifer Kracha, Dua Chaker, Ellen Parrish


1:20 - 2:20 PM

NOAA: Easier Than You Think: Bringing Equity and Environmental Justice Into Your Classroom--Workshop

Colorado Convention Center - 505

Symone Barkley, Bruce Moravchik


2:40 - 3:40 PM

Teach with a Turtle or a Fish or a Hermit Crab or a ?--Hands on Workshop

Colorado Convention Center - Bluebird Ballroom 3E

Kathy Biernat

NMLSTA Energy Engagement: Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy Sources--Hands on Workshop

Colorado Convention Center - Bluebird Ballroom 2F

Cori Nelson


4:00 - 5:00 PM

NMLSTA Navigating Watershed Stewardship: Empowering Teachers and Students--Roundtable

Colorado Convention Center - 708

Kathy Biernat

Effective Assessment CONSTRUCTion for All StudentsPresentation

Colorado Convention Center - Bluebird Ballroom 2G

Cynthia Crockett

›Poster Session

Noon - 1:00 PM

STEM Inspired by Germany

Colorado Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle

Loris Chen


Meet Me in the Middle: Meet and Greet

6 :00 – 7:00 PM

Join middle level educators and enthusiasts for a social hour. Meet old friends and make new ones! NMLSTA officers and board members will be available.

Hyatt Regency Denver, Mineral Hall F-G

Generously Sponsored by...

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Concurrent Sessions

8:00 – 9:00 AM

NOAA: Exploring the Hazardscape - A Teacher's Guide to Connecting Students to Their “Backyard” and Beyond--Workshop

Colorado Convention Center - 505

Natalie Macke, Peggy Steffen, Missy Holzer, Bruce Moravchik


8:00 – 8:30 AM

Teaching the Engineering Design Process Through Urban Gardening --  

Colorado Convention Center - Bluebird Ballroom 3A

Elizabeth Weissman


8:45- 9:15 AM

NMLSTA Science Plus: Creating a Cross-Curricular Unit -- Presentation

Colorado Convention Center - 704

Alison Seymour


AI Unleashed: Transforming Science EducationPresentation

Colorado Convention Center - 711

Diane Ripollone, Kathy Biernat


9:30 – 10:00 AM

Progress to the Periodic Table: Playing Periodic Table Battleship to Increase Periodic Table Fluency and Create Peer-to-Peer Relationships -- Presentation

Colorado Convention Center – 712

Peter Kelly


11:40 AM - 12:40 PM


1:00 – 2:00 PM


 Poster Session

Noon - 1:00 PM

NMLSTA: A National Organization For Middle Level Educators

Colorado Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle

Anne Schoeffler, Mary Lou Lipscomb


NMLSTA: Early Career Teacher Network

Colorado Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle

Loris Chen


 Bold Names=  NMLSTA Members

Sponsors & Partners

Current Sponsors for the Paul de Hart Hurd Award and Meet Me in the Middle activities

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Interested in sponsoring NMLSTA? Email Mary Lou Lipscomb


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