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Thursday, November 2
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Keynote Speaker

Location TBD
10:00 am - 10:50 am

STEM Summer Camps as a Recruitment Tool

Introduce students to STEM and your program at the same time! The Kansas Academy of Mathematics & Science use summer camps to expose students to STEM disciplines at a young age with the hope they will consider attending KAMS in the future. This education session will share with you the framework and strategy in using summer camps. Assessment data from the KAMS summer camps will be shared and discussed. Let your summer camp be the start of a student’s lifelong journey in STEM.

Presenters:
Regina Tolbert
Roger Schieferecke

Administration
 

The "How's and Why's" of Onsite Student Research:  Creating Opportunities for All Students Through Research Class

Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology’s Research Department excels at helping students develop, plan, and execute competitive research projects all within the on-campus environment. This approach allows a large number of students from diverse backgrounds to succeed in a variety of research competitions and effectively differentiate themselves during the college application process. This presentation will explore how the supporting administrations and the research teachers work together to make “in house” research successful.

Presenters:
Scott Bolen
Jennifer Kinsey

Administration
 

Bring Authenticity to your Coding Program

Explore MobileMakersEdu curricular and professional development programs in the growing field of coding. Created around experiential learning, authentic real-world skills, and connections to the developer community, the program drives student engagement and re-energizes teachers.

Presenter:
Jessi Chartier

Computer Science
 

Process Over Product - Using Google Docs to Encourage Experimentation, Failure and Brilliance

Professional writers live by the maxim "first word, worst word." One starts with nonsensical garbage (hopefully with a nugget of potential) and nurtures it to something clean and shiny. But students and sometimes their teachers think more along the lines of "one and done," expecting a refined product on the first draft. This session will present ways to encourage sloppy drafts and reward change rather than set unattainable goals of perfection that will deepen appreciation of the writing process for students and teachers alike.

Presenter:
Richard K. Weems

Humanities
 

Teaching Mathematics through Distance Education

In this session, we will discuss techniques and best practices in teaching mathematics in non-traditional, virtual classroom environments. We will address designing and teaching online courses, courses offered through real-time videoconference, and those delivered in a hybrid, or blended, classroom environment. Examples from courses taught at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), including Precalculus, Applied Finite Mathematics, and Single and Multivariable Calculus, will be presented and provide context for participants to discuss.

Presenter:
Tamar Avineri

Math
 

Developing a Course Focused on Biological Problems in Contemporary Society: Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Connections, Differentiation, and Integration of Technology

Educators will have the opportunity to learn about development of a topics oriented upper level biology course. Experiences in course establishment, recruiting students, incorporating reputable resources, as well as developing original activities and projects will be discussed. Objectives of the course, their applications to problems faced in scientific research and society at large, as well as ways in which the class can be tailored to student interests and talents will be incorporated. Opportunities for modification over time to introduce responsible use of new technologies will be demonstrated. Examples of differentiation for gifted learners and example student products will be shared.

Presenter:
Rebecca Phillips

Science and Engineering
11:00 am - 11:50 am

Calling All Future Scientists and Engineers!

Recruiting is the life blood of our school. It's our first opportunity to share the unique programs and opportunities that make our campus thrive. Here at John Jay Science & Engineering Academy, recruiting is a yearlong effort. From elementary outreach, to middle school science fair judging, we are always finding ways to promote our school and attract potential candidates. During our presentation, you will learn about our comprehensive recruiting program and how we consistently attract a diverse population of students who have a passion for Science and the perseverance to achieve high academic success.

Presenter:
Gretchen Bley
Crystal Mitchell

Administration
 

Cross Curricular Project Based Learning - Physics and Computers Science

Cross Curricular Project Based Learning – Angry Robots! Using PBL and computer science to enhance the understanding of physics and computer science concepts. In this session we will review our projects, provide them in word format and lead the attendees to sketch out their own cross curricular project.

Presenters:
John Chapin
Jacob Voetberg

Computer Science
 

The Grand Challenges of K-12 Engineering Education in the 21st Century

In 2015 college engineering deans from around the US made a commitment to educate the next generation of engineers to meet the Grand Challenges of Engineering for the 21st century. This preparation does not have to start with college—it can start at the K-12 level. Come and engage in discussion on how to develop K-12 traditional and virtual engineering programs.

Presenter:
Ershela L. Sims, PhD

Science and Engineering
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

Reach Outside the Classroom and Impact Your State

Since its inception, the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science has focused on outreach activities for the two-fold purpose of impacting education across the state while simultaneously promoting MSMS to prospective students. This presentation will focus on some of MSMS’ most successful outreach activities that could be easily implemented at other NCSSS schools. Attendees will also be encouraged to share effective outreach activities their schools have implemented.

Presenter:
Rick Smith

Administration
 

Pathways of Experience: The Evolution of the Senior Capstone Program at GSMST

This presentation will discuss the new three-pronged pathway approach that GSMST has developed to offer internship opportunities in the age of differentiated instruction. The evolution of our Senior Capstone Experience program will be discussed to show the growth of the program. A description and discussion of the resultant Pathways of the "Thinker," the "Doer," and the "Maker" as the solution to the problem of lack of student choice within blanket one-size-fits-all internship programs will be provided to express the value offered by this program and how others may be able to develop a similar program to fit their needs.

Presenter:
Kerri Napoleon, Ph.D.

Administration
 

The Mathematics Classroom: Group Work vs. Working in Groups

How many times have we heard from colleagues and students, “groups in math class don’t work”! Over the years, my response has developed into a question: “do you mean working in groups or simply sitting in groups and working?” I have been successfully using group work for nearly 30 years to take advantage of peer sharing and guided instruction.  In addition to encouraging conference participants to share thoughts and questions, I will share tips for a successful classroom and sample group activities. I will also share research supporting the effectiveness of group work in the classroom.

Presenter:
Donita Robinson

Math
 

Mentors for a Minute -how students can successfully engage scientists for advice

For several years, I have had my research students email their research proposals to 2 scientists whose work was cited in the student proposal and ask the scientist for advice (hopefully specifically on something that was not clear). The interaction between scientists has proven so valuable in supporting students with resources, technical advice, and substantial validation and encouragement. All students have obtained at least one reply! I can share the training I provide my students for this assignment and some of the outcomes!

Presenter:
Andrea Cobb, Ph.D.

Science and Engineering
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Community STEAM Outreach: The Bergen County Experience

This presentation will share lessons learned from over twenty years of providing STEAM outreach programs to elementary students, middle school students, and adults from Bergen County, New Jersey and nearby communities. In addition, the presentation will explore new developments and open a discussion where participants can share ideas and reflections about STEAM outreach. The goals of this presentation are to provide a framework to map out the potentials of STEAM outreach programs, to inspire and help to guide new STEAM outreach efforts, and to develop and encourage networking among people interested in sharing ideas and promoting these programs.

Presenters:
Ken Mayers
Mark Tronicke

Administration
 

Aquaponics – We built it!  Now what?

Project based learning has the unintended consequence of leaving completed projects behind. Large scale capital projects, such as the construction of a closed aquaponic system, pose an even greater issue. How can a school integrate a large-scale project into existing curricula,and still meet the educational and testing needs of the student body? This session will focus on the logistical and staff issues necessary to extend the usefulness and agency of a large-scale capital project.

Presenters:
William Wolfe
Josh Headley
Dr. Dwight Smith
Mr. Jeffrey Reeser

Administration
 

Sprint to STEM Success: Combine the Agile Design Process for Project Success

Assisting our students in becoming innovative thinkers and creators is paramount. In STEM at North County High School, we believe that experience is the best teacher! In our unique Community Challenge course, students, nonprofits and for profit companies work alongside one another. By transforming the traditional classroom to a solution creation center we bring authentic learning to life! Our nonprofit partners consult with our students with a business-based issue. Using the Agile Design Process a student team, with a business member as a mentor devise and propose the best possible solution for the “client.”

Presenter:
William Forrester

Computer Science
 

Adventures with Electronic Student Lab Notebooks

How can we increase the learning value from science student notebooks? Science students engage in the authentic practice of keeping research notebooks to organize their workflow, handle materials safely, follow protocols, document progress, showcase their hard earned data analysis, problem solve, obtain feedback on thinking, (and for grades) . What advantages do electronic notebooks offer? Drawbacks? This session documents our first year of electronic notebook use with senior researchers and electives students and why our students protested when we suggested returning to traditional paper notebooks. See student samples, ask questions and share your experiences with electronic or traditional science notebooks!

Presenter:
Andrea Cobb, Ph.D.

Science and Engineering
 

Thriving: Connecting Academic and Social Skills to Promote Leadership Development Among Gifted Students

Leadership development in gifted students is important to their educational experiences, decision making, and overall social development. In most institutions with a gifted student population, the idea of leadership development is an abstract thought. Often times leadership is correlated with giftedness and academic success. This correlation may lead to a lack of understanding of leadership and a lack of opportunities for leadership development. The implications are poor decision making by student leaders a lack of commitment from our student leaders and possible removal from the position. The purpose of this session is to discuss leadership development opportunities that can assist students in their positive leadership behavior and journey.

Presenter:
Cathy Thomas

Wellness
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm   Concurrent Sessions Strands TBD
Friday, November 3
9:00 am - 9:50 am

Coding Arkansas' Future with Apps for Good

This session details how ASMSA has leveraged Apps for Good to strengthen our Computer Science outreach program, connecting us with teachers and students we otherwise might have missed. Apps for Good is a global community of over 1,500 educators empowering a generation to change their world through technology.

Presenters:
Daniel Moix
Denise Gregory

Computer Science
 

Piling Good Things: Using Science Fiction and Fantasy to Enhance Empathy

Empathic understanding is critical for developing positive social relationships in youth, so how can school officials facilitate this growth in a manner that is appealing to students? One way would be by using relatable works of science fiction and fantasy that they regularly consume. Join us to discuss such works as Doctor Who, Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Zone, Quantum Leap, and others and how they can help enhance empathy in your students. Whether you prefer to beam up or roam cemeteries late at night, you are sure to have a good time learning applicable skills!

Presenter:
Heath Stevens

Humanities
 

Games in Mathematics

I will talk about ways in which I have used traditional games (bingo, tic-tac-toe, Jeopardy, etc) to help students review material and practice difficult mathematical concepts. I will also talk about certain games that can be used to teach mathematical principles including ideas from Abstract Algebra and combinatorics.

Presenter:
Nicole Kroeger

Math
 

Do Your Students Matter?

The central component of mattering is the students’ perceptions that they are important, significant, and of concern to another individual, an organization, or the world. These perceptions play a role in the persistence and retention of students and more importantly, their overall well-being. Research has shown that students who believe they matter to their institution are more motivated to learn. What are you doing to make sure your students know they matter?

Presenters:
Roger Schieferecke
Regina Tolbert

Wellness
10:00 am - 10:50 am 

It's Gettin' HOTT in Here: Promoting Higher Order Thinking with Technology

There’s no doubt that technology engages our students, but are they cognitively engaged? In this session, participants will learn about technology based classroom activities that allow students to connect with content in meaningful ways while remaining motivated and engaged. Participants will actively work through a framework that aides in designing lessons that culminate in HOTT (Higher Order Thinking w/ Technology) activities. We will also discuss ways in which teachers can utilize technology to facilitate classroom discussion around student work to further promote higher order thinking and deepen understanding of concepts.

Presenter:
Becky Shiring

Computer Science
 

Flipping Pieces - How to Build Successful Tech-Flipped Activities and Lessons

The research is in … Students enjoy using technology to engage in learning activities both inside and outside the classroom. Using technology successfully to flip classroom instruction does not have to be an all or nothing proposition. Current research suggests that using video micro lectures to offload instruction through homework or out-of-class activities can provide more time in class for student-centered activities, investigations, and the construction of knowledge – “Off-loading instruction” to promote “construction.” Video micro lectures are also a good way to accelerate, differentiate, and to provide open-ended investigations of challenging concepts for our students.

Presenter:
Laura C. McConaughey

Math
 

STEM Innovation & Entrepreneurship Go Hand in Hand

Innovation and entrepreneurship are joined in this interactive and collaborative workshop which focuses on how to turn students’ innovative ideas into entrepreneurial actions. Participants will be given a real problem in the market to solve and work together to create a marketable STEM based solution. Get ready for a fast paced exercise in brainstorming, problem solving, collaboration and out of the box thinking. Your solution will be pitched to our sharks and may the best STEM product win!

Presenters:
Laura Boyd Smidt
Kathryn Cossa

Science and Engineering
 

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness: How to Encourage Wellness on Your Campus

In this session, participants will learn: The definition of Mindfulness, neurophysiological underpinnings of Mindfulness and learning, practical classroom applications of Mindfulness via experiential learning, and how to create mindful spaces on campus.

Presenters:
Meagan Butler, M.Ed.
Marissa Rivera, M.A., LPC

Wellness
11:00 am - 11:50 am 

Project-based, Collaborative STEM Education for High School Students: MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute

The MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI) is a rigorous, world-class STEM program for talented rising high-school seniors. In its first year, the program featured an intensive, hands-on, project-based challenge through which teams of students learned how to navigate an autonomous mini-racecar through a complex environment. This program culminated in a final race day when the students put their new skills and knowledge to the test against the clock. In this session, we will provide the details of this new program, its teaching objectives, and its results. We also briefly discuss future directions and opportunities.

Presenters:
John Vivilecchia
Jane Abbott Connor

Computer Science
 

Transitioning the Transition: Best Practices and Support for Trans Students in a Residential Setting

This session provides an opportunity to discuss theory, best practices, and current practices of institutions surrounding issues that concern transgender students. Approach of residential schools will be foremost, as this setting appears to present the most issues, but all perspectives are welcome. The goal is to walk away with a better understanding of transgender students in a residential setting, how we can better support these students, and current practices being implemented.

Presenter:
Kim Howell

Wellness
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Holistic Admission Application Review in Pharmacy Education

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is implementing a holistic admission application review process for the 2017-18 recruitment cycle, which will allow us to evaluate experiences and attributes beyond the traditional academic metrics. We hope to attract, admit and retain students who have the resilience, persistence and desire to succeed in our rigorous academic program and as healthcare practitioners. This session will demonstrate how the holistic review process was developed; how the process ties into the College’s mission, vision and values; how candidates will be evaluated; and what this process means for students currently in secondary and post-secondary STEM programs.

Presenter:
Elizabeth Keserauskis

Administration
 

Virtual Reality for Educators

This presentation will introduce attendees to Virtual Reality (VR) and its uses within an educational environment. An overview of current hardware and software options will be provided so that educators have a basic understanding of the range (and costs) of VR options at this time. A profile will also be provided of a real-world project created by high school students in partnership with an external partner organization. Finally, the benefits and challenges of working with VR will be covered. A discussion of possible future directions will wrap up the presentation.

Presenter:
Scott Lang

Computer Science
 

A Librarian, Historian and Computer Scientist Walk into a Classroom: Digital Humanities Happens

In a collaborative teaching effort between faculty and staff, a digital humanities experience was created for U.S. History students at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts. Students created mobile apps featuring artwork from cultural heritage institutions paired with interpretive essays that connected these objects to citizenship rights and responsibilities in the United States. This project required students to use and develop a broad range of skills, including historical knowledge and understanding, locate, evaluate and incorporate information, and technical skills. This session will include the project’s instructional scaffolding, lessons learned, student examples and the future of this project.

Presenters:
Liz Miller
Daniel Moix
Dr. Neil Oatsvall

Humanities
 

Digital Story Assessment in World Languages

Digital Storytelling would seem a perfect tool for world language assessment in a STEM-emphasis school. Many world language teachers are unsure how to begin such a process and digital specialists may not be aware of the constraints of language assessment markers. When media specialists along with world language teachers are able to see the process in a collaborative manner, the task is less daunting.

Presenters:
Bryan Adams
Liz Miller

Humanities
 

Engineering as a Stealth Language Art

The language arts dimensions of engineering make it a powerful, if stealthy lever for building literacy. Lessons taught through the engineering design process can enhance students’ abilities in language arts like exposition, persuasion, narration, analysis, and description, to name just some.  Find out how the engineering design process can support the development of literacy skills, and vice versa, for native English-speaking students and English-language learners, alike. The session will include both a theoretical discussion of engineering as a stealth language art and several examples of specific programs that make it work.

Presenter:
Eric Iversen

Science and Engineering
 

An Exploration of the Factors that Motivate Gifted and Talented Students from Underrepresented Populations to Engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

This presentation will examine the factors that motivate gifted and talented students from underrepresented populations (Black/Latino, low-income and rural students) to engage in STEM at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. In order to continue bridging the gifted and talented URP STEM education and career gaps, the racially and geographically based STEM achievement gaps need to be understood and studied further. Thus, this presentation will examine why certain URP Students have the motivation to engage in STEM, how that motivation is defined and manifested as well as why they decide to pursue STEM.

Presenter:
Adrienne Coleman

Wellness
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Virtual Reality Demos for Educators

Teachers who work in technology and maker space areas will have the opportunity to learn more about hardware and software they may be considering for inclusion in their programs. However, all teachers and administrators could benefit from hearing about the current state of the art in the area of virtual reality. Both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are going to play a role in the future of education and this workshop will prepare them for further investigation of what role these technologies could play in their schools and school districts.

Presenter:
Scott Lang

Computer Science

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