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Location: Click here for conference website
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA
Contact: Fabienne Conrad
Science Curriculum Specialist
817-879-4457
Overview: Please join us in Los Angeles for our workshops in Room 518 and visit our Booth #1126 for a hands-on science experience. Don't forget to add our research-based, field-tested, and hands-on workshops to your schedule.
Workshops
WAVES - MAKE AN ABSTRACT CONCEPT BECOME VISIBLE!
Presenter: Lisa Kelp with Lab-Aids, Inc.
10:00am-11:30am
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Room 518
Overview: Experience two exemplary NGSS aligned activities from SEPUP that build up to MS-PS4-2. Anchored in the context of health issues around various types and levels of wave exposure, these workshop activities model seamless integration of the three-dimensions, ELA, math standards. We will explore the relationship between visible light frequency and energy through the use of a phosphorescent material and use light boxes to explore reflection and refraction. Middle School Physical Science
INTRODUCING THE LAB-MASTER
Presenter: Andrew Uy, Loyola High School of Los Angeles
12:00-1:30pm
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Room 518
Overview: Many schools are no longer allowing the use of an open flame in the classroom but the solution should never be to eliminate student labs! This workshop focuses on the Lab Master - an innovative device designed to minimize safety concerns without compromising the integrity of science instruction. Recently contracted for all NYC public schools, the unit safely boils up to 50 mL of water in 3-5 minutes, contains a built-in RGB spectrophotometer, and includes temperature and voltage probes. Join us for a hands-on look at the Lab-Master and sample labs that feature its use. High School Chemistry
CHEMICAL FORMULA AND AMINO ACIDS
Presenter: Andrew Uy, Loyola High School of Los Angeles
2:00-3:30pm
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Room 518
Overview: What is the difference between subscripts and coefficients? What does balancing a chemical equation mean? Many students have trouble with these fundamental concepts in chemistry. If a student does not fully understand the chemical formula, then moles, reactions, and stoichiometry are hopelessly confusing. Join us for some elegant, intuitive, and well-differentiated lessons that allow students of all levels to master the chemical formula and thereby move confidently into a deeper understanding of chemistry. High School Chemistry
CALLING ALL CARBONS
Presenter: Lisa Martin-Hansen, Department Chair, Science Education, California State University, Long Beach
4:00-5:30pm
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Room 518
Overview: The element carbon is critical to life on Earth. All living organisms contain different and essential carbon-based molecules. Several Earth processes work together to cycle carbon from one carbon reservoir to another and to keep the amount in each reservoir stable. We will model learn about and model different carbon transfer processes in this exemplary NGSS activity developed by EDC and the Oceans of Data Institute. High School Earth Science
READING RIVER SEDIMENTS
Presenter: Mark Koker, Chief Academic Officer, Lab-Aids, Inc.
10:00-11:30am
Friday, March 31, 2017
Room 518
Overview: In this exemplary NGSS activity we explore the issue of how valuable earth minerals are formed and how the location and use of these resources effect us. Role-playing as a mining company, we prospect for mineral ore by following traces in river sediments and then evaluating the trade-offs of our choices - both for the company and the environment. This is a highly engaging lesson developed for HS Earth science by EDC and Oceans of Data Institute. High School Earth Science
CUTTING CANYONS
Presenter: Lisa Kelp, Lab-Aids, Inc.
12:00-1:30pm
Friday, March 31, 2017
Room 518
Overview: Turn a stream table demo into an opportunity for students run experiments at their own desks! Using the Lab-Aids Mini Stream Table we investigate the dynamics of stream erosion and deposition and how it relates to the issue of increasing population and development needs in a fictitious town. This activity is developed by SEPUP using results from field-testing and research in best-practice. Middle School Earth Science
CELL DIFFERENTIATION AND GENE EXPRESSION
Presenter: Virginia Rehberg, Wilson High School, Tacoma, WA
2:00-3:30pm
Friday, March 31, 2017
Room 518
Overview: Students often have trouble conceptualizing how selective gene expression works. In this workshop, we will use manipulatives to teach this concept and explain how it is connected to the issue of genetic engineering. This innovative activity is selected from Science and Global Issues: Biology - a truly unique published Biology program developed by SEPUP at the Lawrence Hall of Science. High School Biology
PHOTOSYNTHESIS AND CELLULAR RESPIRATION
Presenter: Virginia Rehberg, Wilson High School, Tacoma, WA
4:00-5:30pm
Friday, March 31, 2017
Room 518
Overview: Students have major misconceptions about photosynthesis and cellular respiration, but this content is essential for understanding foundational concepts in Biology. Using a computer simulation, a hands-on activity, and notebooking strategies, we can expose student thinking and provide structure for them to self-correct. Also a model activity for embedded literacy supports in science. All from Science and Global Issues: Biology - a truly unique published Biology program developed by SEPUP at the Lawrence Hall of Science. High School Biology
MODELING THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW SPECIES - NGSS ECOLOGY
Presenter: Donna Markey, Science Teacher, San Diego, CA
10:00-11:30am
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Room 518
Overview: How does a new species affect the flow of matter and energy in an ecosystem? This card sort style activity models the introduction of a new species with special attention to the effect on existing predators and producers. From the new SEPUP middle level Ecology unit, revised and updated for the NGSS and published by Lab-Aids. Participants will receive free samples of the activity. Middle School Life Science
CONVECTION CURRENTS AND CONTINENTAL DRIFT
Presenter: Donna Markey, Science Teacher, San Diego, CA
12:00-1:30pm
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Room 518
Overview: What forces drive the major land masses of the Earth via continental drift? We will investigate and model convection currents and how they relate to geological activity - a significant consideration when evaluating sites to store nuclear waste and the main issue supporting this unit developed by SEPUP. Middle School Earth Science
MAKE A WET-CELL BATTERY
Presenter: Donna Markey, Science Teacher, San Diego, CA
2:00-3:30pm
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Room 518
Overview: Although we live a battery-powered lifestyle, most of us (middle school and high school students included) have no idea how batteries actually work. In this hands-on workshop, we will engage in an activity from SEPUP that was developed using results from field-testing and research in best-practice. Make a wet cell battery, explore the effect of using different metal electrodes on battery output, and consider ways to reduce the number of discarded batteries in the waste stream. Middle School Physical Science
Location: Click here for conference website
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
6000 W. Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, FL
Contact: Jeff England
Science Curriculum Specialist
704-841-0962
Overview: We can't wait to see you in Orlando. Stay tuned for more information on the NSTA STEM Forum & Expo and Lab-Aids.

Additional Events

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Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center
Peachtree City, GA
Contact: Jeff England
Science Curriculum Specialist
704-841-0962

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Overview: The West Georgia RESA STEM Conference is a regional convening of system, school, and teacher leaders dedicated to increasing student success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in all grades. The purpose of this conference is to improve STEM education, better align instruction to local workforce needs, and to promote deeper understanding of STEM best practices and resources. * Concurrent Sessions * The Most Updated Information from the GaDOE * STEM Instructional Practices * STEM Vendors * STEM Representatives from Across the State of Georgia Morning/Breakfast Snack and Lunch are included in registration fee. Rooms at Wyndham sell out really fast, so please make your reservation early!! Conference rate ($124/night) For questions, please contact Dr. Katie Thompson at kthompson@garesa.org. Registration Fee Due Date: 2/21/17 No Shows are responsible for payment Last Date to Withdraw for Full Refund: 2/21/17 Last Date to Withdraw and receive credit towards future West Georgia RESA course: 2/23/17 1 Day Registration Price- $90 RESA/$100 Non-RESA
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Hotel & Spa
1000 Woodward Pl NE
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Bill Gipperich
Science Curriculum Specialist
319-560-4913
Overview: Make sure to come by our booth and see Bill Gipperich. More information to come soon.

The 4th annual STEM Symposium will be held at the Embassy Suites Albuquerque Hotel on Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2, 2017. This is New Mexico's premier STEM conference specifically designed for K-12 classroom teachers.