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Thursday, November 2
 

8:00am

Keynote: Brian J. Reiser Ph.D.

Brian J. Reiser


Developing and Teaching with Coherent Storylines to Support Three-Dimensional Science Learning

I will explore the characteristics of coherent storylines for NGSS, in which each step in students’ learning is motivated by the questions students have articulated in trying to make sense of phenomena and gaps they have identified in the explanations they have built so far. Using examples from elementary, middle school, and high school storylines, I will consider how to anchor storyline investigations in phenomena, how to support students as partners in determining where to go next in investigations, and how to incrementally assemble pieces of the disciplinary ideas across a unit.



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Brian J. Reiser

Brian J. Reiser is professor of learning sciences at Northwestern University. Dr. Reiser’s research examines how to make the scientific practices of argumentation, explanation, and modeling meaningful and effective for classroom teachers and students. Dr. Reiser heads the Next... Read More →


Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

9:00am

Crazy Action Contraptions! - A Pre-Robotics STEM Program

Get your students ready for robotics, or as a stand alone STEM program, with this series of fun-filled and challenging Lego creations based on a Klutz/Lego book.  Come ready to design, redesign, experiment and play.   My students loved using these books and doing these activities.


Content Level:   Novice, Experienced/Informed

 

Content Strand:  STEM and STEAM, Critical and Creative Thinking

 

Format:  Discussion/Interactive, Workshop

 

NGSS standards:     Students who demonstrate understanding can:

 

3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and

constraints on materials, time, or cost.

 

3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the

criteria and constraints of the problem.

 

3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify

aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

 

Also Common Core ELA standards related to Literacy:

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.B

Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.


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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
TBA

9:15am

Thar She Blows! Wind and Its Energy
Come try your hand at our Blade Design Challenge and its corresponding curriculum! What will make the biggest difference in electrical output of your wind turbine: blade material, blade shape, gear ratio, pitch, number of blades? Hands-on, critical thinking challenge for your students to work as engineers in a competitive setting!

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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Board regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01719

9:15am

ClimateCurriculum.com - K-12 Science Lessons on Climate Change
Students and teachers in the Boston Public Schools have worked together to identify and refine resources for K-12 science lessons on the topic of climate change. www.climatecurriculum.com was designed as an online open access library for teachers to utilize and submit climate change lesson resources.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Cotillion regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01720

9:15am

Introducing the STEM Solar Lab and Curriculum
The STEM Solar Lab curriculum explores many aspects of photovoltaic technology including basic energy concepts, site selection, efficiency and performance, system components, and even biomimicry. In this workshop, we will present the curriculum and share a portable PV array with battery bank and an inverter that converts DC power to AC.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Green-wood regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01728

9:15am

Ocean Acidification
The impacts of Global Climate Change on the world's oceans are many;
ocean acidification is but one such observed outcome of ever more carbon being released into the atmosphere. We will view specimens of the organisms that may be affected and discuss future effects on ecosystems.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Box-wood regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01726

9:15am

BioBuilder: Bringing Biological Engineering into the Classroom
Created by an award-winning team at MIT, BioBuilder offers free curricula to provide hands-on experiences that foster exploration, innovation, and interest in the emerging field of biological engineering. Learning is taken to a new level through labs, clubs, and summer internships as ways to rethink biology as engineering.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Director regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01722

9:15am

Protecting the Outer Space Environment
Learn how Massachusetts 2016 STE standards aligned K-12 instructional resources can help your students see orbital space as a valuable natural resource threatened by debris. Teach them how satellite data helps scientists understand Earth's cycles and processes and monitor climate change. Challenge them to design and debate technological solutions for debris mitigation and removal.


Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Fern regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01727

9:15am

Virtual Virus! It's catching on.....
Learn about a virtual reality (VR) game about viruses for high school biology that we’re developing at MIT. We will share our current version, get your feedback, and discuss the benefits and challenges of VR in education. Best of all - you'll get inside a virus without getting sick!


Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Ivy regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01729

9:15am

Designing formative assessments to uncover student misconceptions in biology
Come learn about how to design formative assessments to identify and correct student misconceptions in challenging multi-layered concept areas of biology such as evolution. Our curriculum ‘The Great Diseases’ engages high school students by introducing them to the cutting edge of biomedical science in health and disease.


Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

9:15am

Building Models Using SageModeler: a free tool for student model construction
Bring a laptop or Chromebook to experience an innovative tool for engaging students in modeling. Using SageModeler, students can build, test, and share models of diverse phenomena without the need for programming or writing equations, making computational modeling newly accessible to many more students.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Deck regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01721

9:15am

Infographics: INSPIRE, ENGAGE AND EXCITE Oh my!
Infographics (visual representation of data/information) inspire, engage and excite students grade 5-12 while providing an opportunity to gather, evaluate, synthesize and creatively demonstrate understanding using a FREE technology tool. This hands-on workshop will review student examples, discuss applications, and explore this awesome tool including a new spin on the lab report!


Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Federal regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01724

9:15am

Tech Talk
In this workshop, we'll explore some the newest educational technologies for teachers to use in their classrooms. As a group, we'll discuss and assess various websites, apps, and games for their effectiveness. Attendees will also learn new methods to seamlessly integrate technology into their curriculum.


Thursday November 2, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Seminar regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01723

11:00am

An Introduction to GLOBE and NASA Resources for Student Study of the Environment
GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment), funded by NASA and NSF, engages students worldwide in measurements of the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and pedosphere, and sharing their data with scientists through the GLOBE website. Attendees will be introduced to GLOBE and NASA resources to use with their students.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Green-wood regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01728

11:00am

New Visions for a Changing World: Towards a Pedagogy of Climate Change
We are witnessing dramatic planetary changes never before experienced by our species. What trends and patterns are observable?  What do we know about climate change, and how do we know it?  In this workshop participants will engage in such urgent questions, consider scientific evidence and the consequences for our society.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Director regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01722

11:00am

Using Debate to Teach Science Content and Engender Passion
Help students understand WHY they study the science topics we give them. Use real-world issues to make the science content relevant to their daily lives and the decisions they make. Students engage with the topics, research on a deeper level, and evaluate evidence as they prepare to debate each other on current science controversies.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Federal regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01724

11:00am

Connecting Math Standards through STEM Pedgogy
STEM is based in an integrated approach to problem-solving, using mathematics as the language of scale and proportion of systems. Join us as we model a science-based force and motion study that integrates the math standards seamlessly in explaining the phenomenon.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Fern regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01727

11:00am

Creating a Dynamic Engineering Classroom
Project Lead The Way offers an engaging and empowering environment in K-12 Engineering, Computer Science and Biomedical Science pathways for students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world. Learn how our K-12 programs, aligned to the National Standards, using the APB approach can inspire your students and provide and support you with world-class professional development.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Seminar regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01723

11:00am

Microbial Currents
Take a closer look at electoractive microbes found in common soil. Simple equipment can help us see the current generated by microbes in soil samples from your neighborhood. Change the conditions to assess the impact. Learn from Harvard scientists how this fits into current research.


Thursday November 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ivy regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01729

11:00am

How and Why STEM Career Interest Changes in High School
We will present results of two large-scale national studies concerning changes in students’ STEM career interest during high school, with a particular focus on gender differences.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Box-wood regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01726

11:00am

Inviting Models for Snap Together Proteins


Come try the MIT Protein Kit! The hands-on amino acid models snap together into protein chains to demonstrate folding and function. Includes lessons for middle school (simple cell membrane protein) and HS Biology (myosin, enzymes, antibodies, and insulin). Works with MIT DNA/RNA Kit and MIT tRNA Kit.


Thursday November 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Board regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01719

11:00am

We Already Learned This
Moving from a “layer cake” model to integrated sciences is a tough process. Newton has worked for 5 years to create and implement new curricula, aligned to the MA Frameworks, that eliminate redundancy, adapt and rework existing materials. We will present our process, protocols, grade level maps and unit plans.


Thursday November 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Deck regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01721

11:00am

Middle School Energy Unit
Presenters will provide activities to participants that were developed to address the middle school energy unit for the new state standards. Lessons will include hands on labs, Phet simulations and online resources.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cotillion regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01720

11:00am

Geniventure: Exploring dragon genetics with the aid of an intelligent tutor
Bring laptops/tablets to play Geniventure, Concord Consortium’s updated version of the popular, free, online genetics software, Geniverse, where students explore mechanisms of genetics and molecular biology using a model species -- for dragons! Compatible with Chromebooks and iPads, Geniventure features an in-game intelligent tutoring system to guide students to success.


Thursday November 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Personal Genetics Education Project
High school students will be the first generation to have unprecedented access to their genetic information. What are the possible benefits and risks of knowing more about your genetic makeup? How can teachers ensure that these topics are relevant and interesting to students? Free curriculum, engaging activities, and discussion strategies.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Is It Hot in Here? Climate Change Lessons for Intermediate Students
Work through a few interactive climate change activities aimed at encouraging your students to ask questions about their natural world and the energy that is all around them. Students will be able to visualize climate as a system, how carbon cycles throughout Earth’s systems, and how CO2 speeds up the transfer of thermal energy.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Using Climate Proxies to Learn About Earth's Climate History
How can scientists tell what Earth’s climate was like thousands of years before human measurements? This activity simulates the use of fossil ocean foraminifera, tiny organisms whose growth patterns are different in warm or cold water. We will analyze and graph samples of replicas of these organisms, and use this information to determine relative warm and cold periods in the past 200,000 years. This activity is from EDC Earth Science, an NSF-supported high school earth science program from LAB-AIDS that uses an active, data-oriented approach to the student of earth science and earth systems.


Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Box-wood regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01726

1:00pm

The Global Water Crisis: Using the Design Thinking Process to Develop Solutions to Water Issues Around the Globe.
Come learn how Intro Chemistry students at Hopkinton HS are using chemistry, engineering and the Design Thinking Process to solve water issues around the world. Inspired by UN Global Goal #6, this semester long project has sparked a passion for problem solving and creative engineering in our classroom.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Solarize Your World: Engineering a Sustainable Future through Virtual Solar Power Design
Gain experience with curriculum modules that cover science concepts such as renewable energy, and heat transfer, as well as engineering principles such as optimization and trade-offs, that fulfill Massachusetts DLCS standards requiring students to learn energy science and how to design engineering solutions to complex real-world problems.


Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Director regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01722

1:00pm

Using the Power of Data to Create Personal and Political Change by Implementing Small Scale Policies
Use solutionary thinking to empower students to create positive change in their communities. Attendees will play the role of students as they design and implement their own small scale environmental policies. Through data collection, analysis, and reflection, students advocate for change and learn how small policies can “go large.”


Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ivy regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01729

1:00pm

Bring the “A” into your STEM classes!
It’s not just a fad to incorporate art into science, technology, engineering or math classes -- the trendy STEAM acronym represents an opportunity to remove barriers about what STEM is and who can do it. Join us for an exploration of activities that you can incorporate into your classroom!


Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Federal regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01724

1:00pm

Building a Living Laboratory - Long term wetlands restoration, monitoring, and appreciation for the life in wetland ecosystems
In partnership with Massachusetts Audubon, Falmouth Schools have built two vernal pools that we are using for long-term ecological monitoring from their construction and initial colonization to seasonal and ongoing changes in water chemistry and biodiversity. We will describe how we are using the pools, provide lesson suggestions, and give advice on how to create your own living lab.


Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Green-wood regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01728

1:00pm

Do it and they will remember it!!
Manufacturing in the classroom? Students are the President, Production manager, Quality Control and manufacturing team. Students use higher order thinking skills, critical thinking and problem solving while working as a team to develop the manufacturing system to manufacture yoyos for the team. Student centered, standards-based and relevant curriculum will be shared.


Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Board regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01719

1:00pm

The Secrets to PBL Success in STEM
Project-based Learning can be challenging the first time you implement it. Come experience a hands-on, engaging PBL that reveals the strategies for seamless facilitation. Allow your students the autonomy to solve problems that interest them and see high levels of engagement that leads to high levels of learning.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Federal regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01724

1:00pm

BiteScis: Bringing Modern Science Research into the K–12 Classroom
BiteScis is a program that connects K–12 teachers with science graduate students to produce free lesson plans that bring science research into the classroom. We are excited to share our first few assets that are ready to use. Small incentives available for teachers willing to pilot and provide feedback!

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Magic in the Middle: Classroom Management Strategies for a Middle School Science Classroom
Science teachers don't have it easy. Packing up the classroom at the end of the day involves a lot more steps, storage and cooperation that may not be present in other subject area classrooms. In this workshop, We will offer some tips and strategies to keep your classroom organized while also managing the classroom.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cotillion regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01720

1:00pm

Using Anchor Phenomena and Models-based Teaching to Drive Lesson Planning and Student Learning
Phenomena drive our curiosity in science and should be what drive student learning. Come learn how to plan a Storyline that includes a specific anchor phenomenon and lesson specific phenomena to help our students explain the natural world. SEP 2: Developing and Using Models will be discussed.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Deck regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01721

1:00pm

1 Class Period+ 1 Model System + 2 Cellular Processes= Success 4 Students!
Come and discover how to utilize encapsulated algae as ecological models to spark unique inquiry based investigations in your classrooms as students explore the beneficially cyclic relationships between photosynthesis and cellular respiration. They only need one CO2 tracking colormetric solution & one class period to bring two cellular processes alive!

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cotillion regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01720

1:00pm

Interactive Resources for Biology and Chemistry
This presentation will focus on the application of interactive student learning activities featuring a variety of simulations, group activities, video resources, as well as, student-led explorations. A few examples include: edpuzzle, pHet, and POGILs.

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Amanda Pedersen

Science Teacher, Fairhaven High School


Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Tools to Teach Science Writing and Publish Student Experiments in a STEM Journal
This workshop, presented by the Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI), will introduce tools to teach students about science writing and publishing, as well as enable students to write manuscripts detailing their original science experiments. JEI is free and open-access science journal dedicated to publishing research performed by secondary-school students.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fern regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01727

1:00pm

Effective Applications of Technology in the Biology Classroom
This workshop is designed to provide Biology and Science classroom teachers with a glimpse of how technology can be effectively used in the science classroom to manage workflow, gather student data and to increase student engagement. A variety of Google Apps for Education will be discussed in addition to Chrome extensions that are particularly advantageous in the science classroom. Examples of student generated work using iPads will be shared. Teachers will find something they can immediately bring back to their classroom whether they are BYOD or a 1:1 classroom.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Seminar regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01723

1:00pm

Evidence Based E-Portfolios in the Science Classroom

Take a peek into Ms. Darling's Biology classroom where scientific skills are at the forefront of the curriculum. In this full year project, students demonstrate mastery in a variety of ways! Students use google sites to create e-portfolios to showcase evidence of Massachusetts DLCS standards scientific practice fluency. Students use artifacts they’ve collected over the year as evidence and provide reasoning of how an artifact demonstrates mastery of a selected scientific practice.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

InquirySpace: Supporting Students Learning Science by Doing Science
The InquirySpace project is developing free tools and curricular sequences to support both teachers and students in gaining the experimentation and data analysis skills necessary to engage in learning about the world through exploration of phenomena. Discover activities, software, and opportunities for project participation.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Virtual internships for the science classroom
How do we insure that students are learning to be creative thinkers in a world of global change and what does that mean for the future of science education in the digital age? Learn about how one NSF funded program is utilizing virtual internships to foster creativity and introduce youth to real-world applications for science content.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

2:15pm

Ethical Issues in Genetics
What are the major ethical and social issues in genetics today, and how can teachers make them relevant to students? We will explore issues including who should have access to genetic information, and how more information impacts individuals, families, and society. Our interactive session covers strategies that encourage discussion.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Board regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01719

2:15pm

Exploring Climate Change: A History of Earth's Atmosphere
This session will feature selected activities from the Weather and Climate middle school unit from the Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) from the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. Participants will take the role of the student as they examine the relative amounts of carbon dioxide and oxygen gases at different times in earth’s history, and the role of living organisms in determining the composition of the atmosphere. We will then use an online interactive to analyze historical data related to climate change. Participants will receive a sample set of materials.


Thursday November 2, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Director regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01722

2:15pm

Modeling, Data Visualization, and Climate Change
Data and modeling are key to understanding climate change. We will present a free interactive e-book, rich in data, images and models, for middle school classrooms. Earth in a Changing Climate: Evidence and Ideas, from Tumblehome Learning, presents a fun, reasoned, data-based approach to climate change, from physics to policy.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Fern regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01727

2:15pm

The Triple E’s of Climate Change: Environmental Change, Epidemiology & ELISA Testing!
Learn how to transform your students into epidemiologists whose objective is to study the impact of global warming on the proliferation of Vibrio vulnificus in unchartered waters. Participants will perform an ELISA simulating the detection of V vulnificus over time and draw correlations with global temperatures with their results.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Cotillion regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01720

2:15pm

Transforming Traditional Labs into Inquiry-based Investigations
Transitioning to the 2016 MA Standards for Science gives us the opportunity to revitalize some of our “tried and true” laboratory activities. In this session, we will look at ways to modify our favorite labs so that they apply the Science and Engineering Practices and support student inquiry.


Thursday November 2, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Federal regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01724

2:15pm

The ABCs of GOES-16: Bringing Real Time Satellite Data to the Classroom
GOES-16, launched in November 2016, is bringing enormous amounts of satellite data sets across the United States. This presentation will show the variety of near real time GOES-16 data and how it can be applied in middle and high school classrooms. Online student and educator satellite resources will be shared.


Thursday November 2, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

2:15pm

What are students thinking? Eliciting and Supporting Student Thinking in Science
We will examine the 5E Learning Cycle approach as a way to organize teaching and learning experiences that elicit student ideas and support both the development of conceptual understanding in science as well as the science and engineering practices. In addition teaching strategies and techniques that support this approach will be shared.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Ivy regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01729

2:15pm

Using Google My Maps in Your Classroom
Learn to use Google My Maps to import your own data sets and create multiple layers of information on an interactive map. Discuss its strengths and limitations, and view student work samples from “Patterns of Crustal Activity” that plots USGS earthquake data, volcanoes, and plate boundaries on one map.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Box-wood regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01726

2:15pm

Favorites of Forensics!
In this workshop, the presenter will run through a few of her favorite forensic activities that she uses with her Modern Applications of Science class. The activities are student centric and include hands-on as well as the integration of technology use of video clips and webquests to give the unit a good flow, keeping student interest high.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Deck regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01721
 
Friday, November 3
 

8:00am

Keynote: Michael DiSpezio
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Michael DiSpezio

Michael is a renaissance educator, speaker, and author. A former marine | biologist, Michael completed his graduate studies at the Marine Biological | Lab at Woods Hole and worked as a research assistant to a Nobel prize | winner. His knowledge of natural history has resulted in... Read More →


Friday November 3, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

9:15am

Next Generation Science MCAS Update
DESE will provide an update on the development and transition to the MA next-generation science assessments, including samples of questions from the grades 5 and 8 tryouts held in June 2016.

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Federal regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01724

9:15am

Growing Greener Schools: Using Food for Environmental Sustainability
Do your students know how food affects our environment and what schools could do to reduce food waste? Have you considered using school gardens and food composting systems to teach environmental sustainability? This workshop investigates the impacts of green schools and promotes hands-on strategies for schools to adopt such as community gardens, initiatives to reduce food waste, and composting programs to help students understand the issue of climate change.

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Board regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01719

9:15am

Worm Composting Indoors & Bin Composting Outdoors
Set up a classroom worm bin or outdoor compost bin to teach life science standards and carbon sequestration to slow climate change. Bring a 14-gallon or larger plastic tote to make your own worm bin; worms provided free! Easy outdoor compost bins (made in MA) available from DEP's Green Team program demonstrated. Great tie-in with school gardening.

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Box-wood regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01726

9:15am

Evolving Practice: A 2016 MA STE-Inspired approach to teaching with fossils
Engage in a hands-on activity as we delve into earth science and evolution content and critical thinking skills. Use observations and CER strategies to answer questions about fossil specimens, and learn how to create effective questions that help students learn from objects. Presenters will provide resources for procuring fossil specimens.


Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Courtyard

9:15am

The daVinci Program: Building a STEAM Learning Community.
We would like to share our journey, struggles, and success in building a STEAM program and classroom environment and give you a chance to apply these ideas of multi content integration, exploratory learning, collaboration and problem based discovery to your own classroom, lessons and school.

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Director regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01722

9:15am

Writing as Reflection: Developing and Maintaing A Writing Practice
Reflection is an essential component of teacher growth and I find that writing generates powerful insights. I’ll share my techniques for maintaining a writing practice even with the demands of full time teaching. I’ll also talk about experiences I’ve had as a writer. Then we’ll spend some time writing together.

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Green-wood regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01728

9:15am

Teaching Physical Science and Chemistry Concepts to K-8 Students Through Hands On Activities
Participants will engage in hands on activities addressing specific content areas of the new MA state frameworks using the 5E learning cycle approach to teaching (Engage, Explore, Explain Elaborate and Evaluate). Educators will each receive a thumb drive containing the Essential Elements Activity guide with over 50 lessons using inexpensive readily available materials.

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Cotillion regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01720

9:15am

Leveraging an LMS: Curriculum, Support, Resources and more
Supporting all teachers, experienced and new, with curriculum and supports requires both on-line and hard copy, and includes the "teacher's voice". Learn how to build grade level sites that leverage a Learning Management System to support Elementary and Middle School teachers with lessons and resources - that becomes a "living" curriculum that continues to adapt over time.


Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Deck regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01721

9:15am

Beauty and the Beak—How Science, Technology and 3D Printing Rescued a Bald Eagle

The true story of Beauty—the bald eagle who was shot and received a 3D-printed prosthetic beak—powerfully engages students in STEM. How did a raptor biologist and engineer together use biology, engineering and technology to help Beauty? Resources: new nonfiction children’s book, educational guide with standards connections, hands-on activities


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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Ivy regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01729

9:15am

Evolution misconceptions: How to spot them, correct, them, and precent them
Misconceptions about evolution are abundant and pervasive. From thinking individuals evolve, to believing evolution proceeds linearly toward human "perfection," misconceptions cloud a student’s understanding of biology's unifying topic, and make it difficult to assess mastery. This workshop will highlight common evolution misconceptions and discuss strategies for identifying and correcting them.

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

9:15am

Technology in the classroom for easy delivery of instruction, communication, and assessment.
Using technology in the classroom can speed up delivery of instruction, teacher-student communication, and assessment. The effective use of the Google Classroom Suite, Socrative, Notability, Thinglink, Padlet, Explaineverything, etc, can be use as alternative or additional methods of instruction and assessment that target multiple learning styles. If you have a computer, a tablet or just a phone available you will be able to learn to tap into technology that is user friendly and one that kids love and are proficient at accessing. Bring a lesson you would want to use and experiment with!

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Fern regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01727

9:15am

What's Your Superpower? GBL in the Science Classroom
Experience Legends of Learning and see how you can integrate an exciting game-based learning platform into your science curriculum to give your students the superpower of knowledge! Preview our platform, discuss how our games align with STE standards and improve student achievement, and play our fun edgames.

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Friday November 3, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Seminar regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01723

11:00am

Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming: What is the Evidence?
Students read and interpret data about the link between atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and global warming. Data indicate that the Earth's temperature has increased since the Industrial Revolution. The increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide is mainly associated with the burning of fossil fuels.

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Friday November 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

11:00am

Exploring Smithsonian Science for the Classroom and the MA STE standards
One of the challenges for districts as they transition to the 2016 MA STE standards has been the selection and implementation of instructional materials that meet these new standards. Designing new materials requires content and pedagogical expertise that most elementary schools do not have. The Smithsonian Science Education Center has developed new kit-based science and technology units that meet the Next Generation Science Standards and the 2016 MA STE standards. Using materials from the Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science strand, participants will engage in hands on activities from 5 units.

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Friday November 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Federal regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01724

11:00am

The 5E's in 60 minutes
The 5E’s - Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate - facilitate conceptual development while providing many opportunities for formative assessment during the lesson. Participants will experience the 5E’s while investigating the speed of marbles at the bottom of a ramp. Teachers will learn how to bring the 5E’s into their own classroom.

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Friday November 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Board regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01719

11:00am

Tools to Deepen Understanding of the Science & Engineering Practices
Participants will explore resources developed by the Boston Public Schools Science Department that we are using to deepen teachers' and students' understanding of the science and engineering practices (SEPs)? We will share resources that support school-based professional learning sessions as well as a resource for families and students that support learning of the SEPs.


Friday November 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Fern regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01727

11:00am

-Canceled - Designing Engineering Activities: Tackling the incorporation of meaningful engineering
While engineering and science are similar, engineering has a different set of practices. This workshop will take participants through converting the professional of engineering into principals of lesson design. Participants will look at video and examples of student work to guide their understanding.


Friday November 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cotillion regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01720

11:00am

New 'Waves' for Middle School
Investigate and challenge students to think about the new waves standards and practices. This workshop will engage participants is concrete observations, mathematical relationships and graphical models suited for the middle level student. This new FOSS short course includes new investigations and materials to engage student thinking and engineering applications and real-life connections.

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Friday November 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Deck regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01721

11:00am

Kinetic Conversation: Badge-based Conference-Style Assesment to Address Misconceptions
Review...test...corrections...retakes...what if there was a way to break this time consuming cycle? Enter kinetic conversations. Kinetic conversations is a conferencing-style means of formative and/or summative assessment that addresses misconceptions right from the start. Using practicals and Velcro board, punny badges allow meaning to really stick!

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Friday November 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ivy regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01729

11:00am

'Destination Imagination brings STEAM to your class' or 'Competition breeds success in the STEAM classroom'
Come learn how competition and DI (Destination Imagination) create a dynamic STEAM classroom featuring increased participation by traditionally under-represented subgroups. Each year, Stoughton fields multiple teams that travel to local, regional, and global events testing students' long term planning and on-the-spot improvisational skills to solve creative design challenges.


Friday November 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Fern regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01727

11:00am

Creating an Outdoor Science Center
During this workshop we will highlight how we converted an abandoned courtyard into an outdoor green space. The space includes an orchard, classroom work areas, a greenhouse, a stage for performances. Our goal was to create a space where students can see science in action. We will share how we planned, designed, financed, and maintain the outdoor science center.

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Friday November 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Green-wood regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01728

11:00am

Digital Portfolios and Global Connectivity in Science
If you’re intimidated by the idea of building digital portfolios and connecting globally, then you’re not alone. I jumped into individual student blogs and Tweeting filled with trepidation! However, with just one iPad, my class created blogs of their work in science & across the curriculum, and then shared their learning with peers from around the world.

In this session, I will show you how to:

• Use EasyBlog.Org to build individual student blogs including photos, voice recordings, and videos
• Create a class Twitter page
• Search for other classes and experts to follow
• Make connections that lead to collaborative projects

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Friday November 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Seminar regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01723

11:00am

UDL in the science classroom
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) uses brain based research to engage students in active, rigorous, and self directed learning. It removes barriers to allow all learners access to the curriculum by providing multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement. We will show how we have successfully used UDL lessons aligned the April 2016 Mass STE Frameworks.

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Friday November 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Director regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01722

1:00pm

Energize Elementary Students with the Science of Energy!
Come explore six, hands-on stations. Motion, sound, thermal, radiant, electrical and chemical energy is fun to teach! The investigations use items encountered in our daily lives – glow sticks, hand warmers, batteries, etc. – but have little understanding of the science behind how they work. Participants will leave feeling confident to teach energy forms & transformations in their elementary classroom.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

'Cutting the Carbon' Environmental Engineering
Students navigate the engineering design process to combat the rise in atmospheric carbon levels through a variety of environmental engineering learning experiences. This workshop will focus on carbon capture systems, ocean acidification solutions, hydroponic/ aquaponic growing systems, and renewable energy/ "go green" building design, while highlighting climate change online resources.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Board regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01719

1:00pm

Educating Students for a Sustainable World
Turn today's global challenges into thought-provoking lessons with hands-on activities that explore climate change, natural resource use and population trends. Engage in simulations and problem-solving challenges that build skills and content knowledge across the curriculum – science, math and social studies. Receive electronic lesson plans matched to state standards.


Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Seminar regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01723

1:00pm

How can we teach about climate change in elementary science classrooms?
This workshop is intended for elementary school science teachers. Participants will develop a plan that will help prepare them to teach about different aspects of climate change. I will share some data from my current research on pre-service teachers’ climate change literacy to contextualize my interest in climate change education.


Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Teaching Climate Change Online
Online learning platforms such as Schoology or Moodle can be effective media for students to explore the science and implications of climate change. The use of web-based activities and discussion forums will be demonstrated and the advantages for different types of learners will be examined.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Why are honey bee populations declining? What can students do to help save them.
This workshop will discuss the importance of honeybees in our environment and how bee keepers manage Honey Bees to protect their survival. The various causes of Honey Bee decline will be discussed with suggestions given on how students (at all levels) can help to protect Honey bees.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Director regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01722

1:00pm

How to Talk About Climate Change in the Classroom
So, you want to talk about climate change in your classroom but... what exactly do you say? How to talk about it without scaring – or confusing -- your students? We will present simple language to use right away, and rules of thumb to help you field questions with ease.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Curiosity Challenge and Science on the Street
The Curiosity Challenge invites K-8 students to share their curiosity about STEM through drawing or writing; 120 entries are selected for publication. See examples of Curiosity books, and learn how your students can enter. Bonus! See engaging hands-on STEM ideas from Science on the Street and the Cambridge Science Festival.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Destination Imagination: From Imagination to Innovation!
Destination Imagination is a hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Students learn persistence and collaborative problem solving. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament. Can be an after school club or used to supplement classroom curriculum.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Holding a Student Led Science Socratic Dialogue
How can students go beyond memorizing and repeating scientific facts in an elementary or middle school classroom? Use Socratic dialogue: students pose questions, challenge assumptions, and use evidence to support arguments. Learn how classrooms are already doing this with the new 2016 STE standards. Please bring an Internet device.


Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fern regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01727

1:00pm

Loose parts play
young children’s creative empowerment comes from the presence of open-ended materials that can be constructed, manipulated and transformed through self-directed play. These ‘loose parts’ permit children to become co-producers of art, space and culture. Children are able to select what materials they use.
Educators guide and challenge children’s thinking and be responsive to new discoveries, new ideas and new collaborative thinking strategies developed by children.


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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Deck regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01721

1:00pm

Saving Biomes One Project at a Time
Learn how to integrate projects into your classroom with an in-depth look at an Ecology Project. Following Project Based Learning concepts engage students in global scenarios and challenge them to think beyond the classroom. We will give you ideas to implement project based learning with time to create one!

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Summer Professional Development: As Refreshing as an Ice Cold Lemonade!
Ever finished a school year feeling worn out, over-tested, and spiritless? Come hear from colleagues about how they refreshed their science instruction and invigorated their classrooms. Discuss with your peers how to use summer learning opportunities to expand your knowledge base and set the stage for a stellar year.


Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Box-wood regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01726

1:00pm

Enhancing STEM skills through invention and creative problem solving
The Connecticut Invention Convention is an award winning, internationally recognized, non-profit educational program designed to develop and enhance critical thinking skills in children (grades K-8) through invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Attendees will participate in creative problem solving activities and be able to guide their students through the engineering design process.


Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Green-wood regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01728

1:00pm

Integrating Science and Engineering with Community Issues: A STEM Curriculum Template
The workshop will introduce teachers to a template used to create standards-based units. Educators will be instructed in methods to identify local issues and create collaborations with local officials. Teachers’ units will follow a design process, which includes steps from prototyping to optimization. Time will be spent discussing assessments.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

New Teacher? Sources of support
You're new to teaching science? Or perhaps you just feel isolated in your quest for improving curriculum and lessons. Come learn about some virtual support groups and curriculum resources to help you on your journey. Be prepared to share one resource you have found outstanding.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Dr. Can-Do Science presents: Science Power!
Dr. Can-Do Science - Science Power! I present hands-on science experiments/curriculum for our youngest learners and for children with special needs of all ages. Curriculum includes: air pressure, water, gravity, snow and ice, static electricity, air power, inertia, chemical reactions, bubbles, & magnetism. Unique: We feature a Home Component which involves parents in their child's learning. Science Power!


Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Endeavor - free online STEM career exploration program by EverFi
EverFi is the leading education technology company that provides online, co-curricular STEM lessons (aligned to STE Frameworks, Common Core, and NGSS). Learn about these resources that engage students (grades 4-10) in STEM applications and careers through interactive games and activities. All resources are free and provided by EverFi and our sponsors. Learn more at www.everfi.com/k-12

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Moon Misconceptions
Misconceptions about the Moon abound in the middle school classroom - and in most homes. How do you dispel the false ideas and leave the students with facts they can grasp and hold onto? Come find some simple, hands-on ideas.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Courtyard

1:00pm

Play a Game to Practice Engaging With Student Preconceptions
Students have preconceptions about the natural world. Learning that doesn't incorporate their preconceptions risks remaining brittle and being discarded entirely when questions venture beyond familiar examples. In this workshop, participants will practice engaging with student preconceptions by playing a game.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Science Misconceptions - A Lifetime of Misinformation
What is a misconception, how do they get started, and how can we correct them? Participants will discover how misconceptions form, experience some of the most common misconceptions in science, and find ways to help students address and deconstruct misconceptions.


Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cotillion regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01720

1:00pm

Investigating Weather and Climate at the Elementary Level
Learn about and explore the units, lessons and open resources being used by the Burlington Public Schools to deliver curriculum designed for the new Massachusetts Science Standards.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Create Stories, Games, and Animations with Scratch
Join the Scratch community, ignite student creativity and inspire innovative thinking with Scratch programming. Participants will interact with student Makey Makey and Lego projects, experience block coding with Scratch Jr., and learn the newest features of Scratch for Educators that allow teachers to manage classes and students.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Integrating Science and Technology: Green Screen by Do Ink and Storyjumper
Participants will learn how to use two pieces of technology in their science classrooms. Storyjumper (free) to write individual children’s books and Green Screen (cost) to make presentations using a green screen to video tape a presentation much like a weather forecaster does on TV.

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Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

1:00pm

Teach Weather and Climate with Digital Media
What does effective media allow you and students to do, see, or explore? How can we use media to convey key weather and climate concepts and enhance curriculum? Explore PBS LearningMedia FREE digital resources and strategies for engaging students with media about weather and climate concepts across grade spans.



Friday November 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Federal regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01724

2:15pm

Describing World climates in the Elementary Classroom
Participants are introduced to climate and suggest schemes for describing world climate regions based on their understanding of weather. Participants will receive notebooking, and reading materials from the NGSS FOSS Water and Climate module. Correlations of FOSS and the Mass Standards will be available.

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Friday November 3, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Director regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01722

2:15pm

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: The Value of Scientific Explanations in STEM
CER is a way for students to explain, in a scientific way, how observations and data from an investigation are connected to science knowledge. This acclaimed and highly successful instructional strategy is changing how lab instructions are written and finally making science investigations meaningful for students.

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Friday November 3, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Cotillion regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01720

2:15pm

Coaching Teachers Through the Transition to New Science Standards
Are you leading science teachers through the transition to the new science standards? In this session, we will share our experience coaching teachers towards integrating phenomena and Science & Engineering Practices into their lesson and unit plans, and will provide resources to help with each step of the transition.

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Friday November 3, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Federal regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01724

2:15pm

Using real-world exploration and science notebooks to create a Dynamic Classroom.
Dynamic is defined as “a process or system characterized by constant change, activity, or progress”. Science classrooms should exemplify this definition, and look like what the working environment of a scientist or engineer looks like. See how science notebooks can drive this process using the work of National Geographic Explorers.


Friday November 3, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Colonial regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01725

2:15pm

Resources for Universally Designed Science Instruction
Workshop participants will have an opportunity to experience, discuss, and prepare a variety of multisensory resources and activities that work well for ALL students.


Friday November 3, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Ivy regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01729

2:15pm

Using Inq-ITS Virtual Labs to Improve Scientific Practices
BYOD! Learn about virtual labs that have built-in tutoring, real-time alerts for struggling students, and science practices that transfer to hands-on labs. The session includes a preview of Inq-ITS, practice creating ability groupings based on real student data, practice responding to student data, and time to explore the virtual labs.


Friday November 3, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Fern regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01727

2:15pm

The Conceptual Change Model: Addressing Student Misconceptions
The Conceptual Change Model (CCM) is a tool educators use to confront students’ scientific misconceptions. The approach exposes misconceptions, accommodates new ideas, and applies new concepts to reinforce learning. This workshop will apply the CCM to address the following misconceptions: erosion vs. weathering, geologic time scale, and energy transfer.

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Friday November 3, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Box-wood regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01726

2:15pm

Next Generation Earthquake Engineering
Go beyond the marshmallows and toothpicks earthquake challenges! Get your students balancing several engineering criteria, modeling seismic waves, and evaluating the effectiveness of their quake-resistance solutions. Instructions included for building your own (and we might even give away a few)!

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Friday November 3, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Board regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01719

2:15pm

Enhance STEM Learning with PBS LearningMedia
PBS LearningMedia™ helps bring compelling stories and scientific practices to students through FREE media resources and digital tools. Learn how to find, select and integrate science media successfully into your already existing lessons. We’ll sample some of over 100,000 standards-based media resources, including short clips, interactives, games and online science labs.

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Friday November 3, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Deck regency boxborough ma, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01721