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Join Us for MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE Day

NSTA National Conference in Atlanta: March 15–18, 2018
Science on My Mind

Georgia World Congress Center • 285 Andrew Young Int'l Blvd NW • Atlanta GA 30313


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR NMLSTA MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE DAY

Meet Me in the Middle Session: GIS Learning: Your Next Superpower

Friday, March 16 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Georgia World Congress Center, A311

How can you use GIS software to teach three-dimensional real-world issues? Learn how STEM lessons incorporating mapping, data analysis, and presentation can answer questions about phenomenon like geologic hazards, climate change, and invasive species.

Presenter(s): Lisa Wininger (Plainwell Middle School: Plainwell, MI)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 8
SUBJECT: Earth and Space Science


Meet Me in the Middle Session: Patterns: Investigating Weather and Climate—Graph and Analyze Online, Easily and for Free

Friday, March 16 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Georgia World Congress Center, A313

Use a free and simple graphing tool to explore United States weather and climate data through an online graphing. Hundreds of years of data to quickly analyze and interpret. uanyc.site/wcp

Presenter(s): Matthew Mirabello (American Museum of Natural History: New York, NY)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 8
SUBJECT: Earth and Space Science

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Roundtable Conversations, Session A

Friday, March 16 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Georgia World Congress Center, A411/412b

Join middle level educators for small group conversations featuring scientific literacy, STEM/STEAM, NGSS, and much, much more. Choose a topic to discuss when you arrive.

Presenter(s): Mary Lou Lipscomb (National Middle Level Science Teachers Association: Naperville, IL), Terri Hebert (Indiana University South Bend: South Bend, IN)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 5 - 9
SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Everyday Engineering

Friday, March 16 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Georgia World Congress Center, A312

Hear about hands-on engineering activities that aren't done everywhere else! Let's look at how everyday objects are designed—ballpoint pens, ear buds, and zip-seal plastic baggies.

Presenter(s): Richard Moyer (Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn: Dearborn, MI)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 5 - 9
SUBJECT: Engineering-Technology-and the Application of Science

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Roundtable Conversations, Session B

Friday, March 16 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Georgia World Congress Center, A411/412b

Join middle level educators for small group conversations featuring scientific literacy, STEM/STEAM, NGSS, and much, much more. Choose a topic to discuss when you arrive.

Presenter(s): Mary Lou Lipscomb (National Middle Level Science Teachers Association: Naperville, IL), Terri Hebert (Indiana University South Bend: South Bend, IN)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 5 - 9
SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Engage Kids and Communities by Making STEM Careers Part of Your Teaching

Friday, March 16 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Georgia World Congress Center, A313

Integrating workforce concepts can help you hit the NGSS, boost scores, and open pathways for greater community and business support for your middle school.

Presenter(s): Spencer Downing (See the Change USA: Colorado Springs, CO)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 8
SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Practical Lessons and Demonstrations on a Budget

Friday, March 16 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Georgia World Congress Center, A312

Ideas will be shared for demonstrating science concepts to middle level students (grades 3–9) using everyday lab equipment and additional inexpensive materials.

Presenter(s): Kathleen Brooks (Retired Educator/Educational Consultant: Westbrook, CT), Patty Neumeister (Medlock Bridge Elementary School: Alpharetta, GA), Rebecca Tonkinson (Capitol Region Education Council: Hartford, CT)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 3 - 9
SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Safety, the Route to Successful STEM Activities!

Friday, March 16 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Georgia World Congress Center, A311

Discussion centers on the critical safety piece in the "doing" of science and STEM activities.

Presenter(s): Kenneth Roy (Glastonbury Public Schools: Glastonbury, CT)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 5 - 8
SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Got 5E?

Friday, March 16 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Georgia World Congress Center, A313

Learn how using the 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) model of instruction engages middle schoolers in science while developing critical-thinking skills. This session will reinforce cooperative learning strategies.

Presenter(s): Vicki Massey (PD Consultant: Mesa, AZ)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 5 - 8
SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Assessment in Three Dimensions

Friday, March 16 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Georgia World Congress Center, A311

Three-dimensional assessment is a challenge. Participants will leave with example tasks and written assessments and tips on creating their own.

Presenter(s): Susan German (Hallsville Middle School: Hallsville, MO)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 8
SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Engineering in Middle School Chemistry

Friday, March 16 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Georgia World Congress Center, A312

Try a new engineering design lesson based on chemical reactions featured in the free teaching resource: www.middleschoolchemistry.com.

Presenter(s): James Kessler (American Chemical Society: Washington, DC)

FORMAT: Hands-On Workshop
GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 8
SUBJECT: Physical Science

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Using Agriculture to Enhance STEM Education

Friday, March 16 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Georgia World Congress Center, A314

School gardens provide an opportunity for teachers and students to explore meaningful connections with science education and the environment. Unearth the many ways to bring STEM alive using a school garden.

Presenter(s): Monique Mitchell-Eames (Millennium Middle School: Tamarac, FL)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 7
SUBJECT: Life Science

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Teachers, Youth Support Organizations, and Universities Working Together to Build Strong After-School STEM Learning Programs

Friday, March 16 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Georgia World Congress Center, A311

Discussion centers on the programmatic, curricular, and mentor support aspects of Science Club, an award-winning after-school program based in the Chicago metro area.

Presenter(s): Michael Kennedy (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 5 - 8
SUBJECT: Informal Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Are You Growing as a Teacher?

Friday, March 16 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Georgia World Congress Center, A312

Attention will be paid to goal setting and specific techniques to help you grow as a professional, including resources and networks that will assist in that effort.

Presenter(s): Kathy Biernat (St. Mary's Visitation School: Franklin, WI), Diane Ripollone (Cardinal Gibbons High School: Raleigh, NC)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 3 - 11
SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Using STEAM and Literacy to Teach Ecology in an Urban Classroom

Friday, March 16 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Georgia World Congress Center, A314

Learn how ecological concepts can be taught in an urban classroom by incorporating STEM, literacy, and art in several STEAM Project-Based Learning formats.

Presenter(s): Elizabeth Weissman (The Ramaz School: New York, NY)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 5 - 8
SUBJECT: Life Science

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Paper Pets: A Fun Way to Teach Genetics and Natural Selection

Friday, March 16 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Georgia World Congress Center, A313

Students create their own "pets" using genotypes to express phenotypes. They then "breed" their pets with other pets to produce offspring guided by Punnett squares. Finally random environmental factors determine which of the offspring survive to breed again.

Presenter(s): Bruce Boehne (Zion Lutheran School: Dallas, TX)

FORMAT: Hands-On Workshop
GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 9
SUBJECT: Life Science

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Middle Level Share-a-Thon

Friday, March 16 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Georgia World Congress Center, A411/412b

Join us to engage in hands-on activities, collect information/resources from national/international organizations, network with NSTA Middle Level and NMLSTA leaders, review recommended middle level science materials and resources, and more, all in a single location. Attend this session and discover invaluable resources that will engage your middle level students in exciting and inspiring science learning!

Presenter(s): Todd Hoover (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania: Bloomsburg, PA), Terri Hebert (Indiana University South Bend: South Bend, IN), Mary Lou Lipscomb (National Middle Level Science Teachers Association: Naperville, IL)

FORMAT: Hands-On Workshop
GRADE LEVEL: 3 - 8
SUBJECT: General Science Education



NMLSTA & the NSTA Middle 
Level Committee on Science Education are proud to partner in sponsoring this event at the NSTA National Conference

  • Networking Opportunities for Middle School Science Teachers
  • Roundtable Conversations with Middle School Facilitators
  • Focused Presentations Designed to Meet the Needs of the Middle School Science Teacher
  • A Share-a-Thon Featuring Many Ideas for You to Use in Your Classroom
  • Door Prizes, Fun, and More!

The 2017 MMITM day was a great success! Read a teacher's perspective of the day at #NSTA17 Meet Me In The Middle Day Re-Cap



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