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Monday, December 11
 

8:00am

Maker Space Tour (optional, please RSVP)
Limited Capacity seats available

Tour of Maker Space facilities

Monday December 11, 2017 8:00am - 8:25am
Maker Space, 1st Floor NIC

8:00am

Continental Breakfast
Monday December 11, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Nebraska Innovation Campus 2021 Transformation Drive, Lincoln, NE 68583

8:30am

Welcome
Speakers
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Cory Forbes

Associate Professor of Science Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Monday December 11, 2017 8:30am - 8:45am
Banquet Hall, NIC

8:45am

NDE Presentation: Phenomenal Directions for Nebraska Science Education
Where are we now? Where are we going? A lot has changed since the Science Education Summit in 2016. Nebraska’s NEW College and Career Ready Standards for Science pave the way for new directions in classroom instruction, high school courses, and future assessment. We will take a brief look at the journey, take a glimpse into some science classrooms, and explore the road ahead driven by phenomenological sense-making.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Cooper

Sara Cooper

Science Education Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education


Monday December 11, 2017 8:45am - 10:15am
Banquet Hall, NIC

10:25am

CliMES (Climate Literacy through Epistemology of Scientific Modeling) (Breakout 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

The presentation will provide an overview of the CliMES (Climate Literacy through Epistemology of Scientific Modeling) project. This recently NSF funded four-year project aims to develop climate literacy among high school students through an emphasis on scientific modeling. Modeling is a core scientific practice emphasized in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in which models, or working representations of natural systems, are used in collaborative sense-making about system-specific phenomena. Using the curriculum developed through CliMES, students will learn about climate and climate systems through the use of a new web-based climate modeling suite EzGCM. ExGCM has been designed to provide non-scientists experiences with climate modeling.

Speakers
avatar for Devarati Bhattacharya

Devarati Bhattacharya

K-16 STEM Education Fellow, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Developing, implementing and assessing NGSS aligned teaching materials focused on climate literacy for secondary environments


Monday December 11, 2017 10:25am - 10:55am
A2 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

10:25am

Strengthen Your Curriculum: Virtual Field Trips! (Breakout 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Extend your science lessons - virtually!  Come learn how a virtual field trip (VFT) can broaden your classroom curriculum, stimulate your student's curiosity, add to their knowledge base, help you meet science standards...and are a lot of fun!   As Nebraska's premier museum of natural history and science, the University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall has VFT programs for elementary to high school students.  VFT how-to, program information, interdisciplinary possibilities, contact information, websites, and costs will all be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Annie Mumgaard

Annie Mumgaard

Virtual Learning Educator/Coordinator, University of Nebraska State Museum
Morrill Hall - that's where you will find me on the UNL campus. The University of Nebraska State Museum offers a variety of educational tools to support your science teaching. Ask me about VFTs, Kits, Gallery visits and what's happening on our 4th floor....!


Monday December 11, 2017 10:25am - 10:55am
B3 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

10:25am

Learning Outdoors: Using Nature to Engage Students in STEM (Breakout 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Project Learning Tree (PLT) and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) are award winning conservation education programs with curricula for PreK-12th grade for both traditional and non traditional classrooms. The interdisciplinary lessons in the curricula focus on teaching students "how to think, not what to think" so they may make connections between natural systems and develop critical thinking skills. PLT uses forests as a window to the world teaching for conceptual understanding surrounding biodiversity, interrelationships, systems, structure and scale, and patterns of change. Project WET uses children's fascination with water to teach that all living things need water, water is a managed natural resource, and that water connects all Earth systems. All Project WET and PLT curricula are NGSS aligned. At this session you will experience the curricula firsthand and learn how you can connect your science classroom to the outdoors to enhance student engagement and learning.

Speakers
avatar for Hanna Pinneo

Hanna Pinneo

Conservation Education Coordinator, Nebraska Forest Service
I have a passion for getting people outside. Throughout my life I have used nature to engage people in learning complex concepts. Nature always has a lesson to teach. I have worked in conservation education for 9 years in both formal and non-formal settings. I enjoy seeing student's... Read More →


Monday December 11, 2017 10:25am - 10:55am
B1 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

10:25am

The Hydrogeology Challenge (Breakout 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Analysts predict that in just a few decades the global demand for water will face a 40% deficit, unless behaviors change. Challenge your students to find solutions to improve groundwater management. In this session you will learn about the Awesome Aquifer Kit and Hydrogeology Challenge, interactive groundwater modeling tools that teach students the basic characteristics of groundwater and challenge them to apply that knowledge address local water issues. During the session you will be introduced to the modeling tools, gain access to valuable educational resources, learn about upcoming training events, and join in a network of peers who are using this tool in their classroom.

Speakers
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Jane Griffin

President, The Groundwater Foundation



Monday December 11, 2017 10:25am - 10:55am
A1 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

10:25am

UniCORN (Understanding Inheritance in Corn) (Breakout 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

UniCORN (Understanding Inheritance in Corn) is a innovative curriculum for third graders about plant life cycle, inheritance of traits, and trait variation. This NGSS-aligned curriculum uses corn as a model organism to enable students' understanding of the key concepts and includes the use of scientific models. In this session, we will present the main features of the curriculum as well as examples of the activities created for third graders. Furthermore, we will provide some findings about the impact of the curriculum on students' learning of the key scientific concepts.

Speakers
avatar for Dante Cisterna

Dante Cisterna

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Nebraska
My work focuses on research and practice in teacher learning, teacher education, and professional development in science. My recent work explores how science teachers can translate their professional development learning into student-centered classroom practices. I also have a strong... Read More →



Monday December 11, 2017 10:25am - 10:55am
B2 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

10:25am

Envisioning 3-Dimensional Classroom Instruction (Breakouts 1 and 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Come explore how 3 Dimensional instruction helps students move from learning about to figuring out. This 1-hour workshop is appropriate for all grade levels.   You will utilize resources from The American Museum of Natural History and BSCS to build awareness of the instructional shifts that are happening in science education.  

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Kramer

Ellen Kramer

K-5 Curriculum & Instruction Facilitator, Millard Public Schools



Monday December 11, 2017 10:25am - 11:35am
Banquet Hall, NIC

10:25am

Nano/STEM Science on Demand (Breakouts 1 and 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

The Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience will give a sample of STEM/Nano related topics that their trained undergraduate outreach assistants, who are Physics/Chemistry/Engineering students, are available to present to K-12 classrooms. These 1 hour lessons cover a large variety of science subjects, from DNA to space travel and can be customized to the curriculum needs of each teacher. Basic information about some of the lessons can be seen at https://ncmn.unl.edu/teacher-resources#tab3.

Speakers
TJ

Terese Janovec

Assistant Director and Outreach Coordinator, Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience


Monday December 11, 2017 10:25am - 11:35am
A3 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

10:25am

Nano/STEM Science on Demand (Breakouts 1 and 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

The Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience will give a sample of STEM/Nano related topics that their trained undergraduate outreach assistants, who are Physics/Chemistry/Engineering students, are available to present to K-12 classrooms. These 1 hour lessons cover a large variety of science subjects, from DNA to space travel and can be customized to the curriculum needs of each teacher. Basic information about some of the lessons can be seen at https://ncmn.unl.edu/teacher-resources#tab3.

Speakers
TJ

Terese Janovec

Assistant Director and Outreach Coordinator, Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience


Monday December 11, 2017 10:25am - 11:35am
A3 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

11:05am

Augmented Reality, Community Connections, and STEM (Breakout 2)
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn about a unique opportunity for Nebraska communities to engage high-school students in a project that will have a positive impact on their perceptions and disposition towards STEM, build their confidence to pursue an entrepreneurial career path, and nurture stronger ties to their community. High school teams will build their own Augmented Reality Sandbox and use it to help their community understand the science of watersheds and the potential of their local natural capital.

Speakers
avatar for Saundra Frerichs

Saundra Frerichs

Science Education Specialist, Click2SciencePD
In my work, I am driven to learn about and improve informal science learning and teaching. I think the experiences we all have, youth and adults, in museums, zoos and gardens, in the clubs and groups we join, and with our family and friends to learn about the world and how it works... Read More →
avatar for Ashu Guru

Ashu Guru

Teaching & Learning Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Discovering the assemblage between pedagogy and computational methodologies using technology-rich learning environments | I develop programs, curriculum, and modules in collaboration with faculty and discipline-based experts. | Our research tends to fall in one of the following... Read More →
avatar for Dagen Valentine

Dagen Valentine

Extension/4-H Youth Development, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dagen is an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Extension Educator with Nebraska 4-H/Extension. In this capacity he has helped write and train a 4-H Wearables Technology Curriculum (WearTec). Additionally, Dagen helped create and write the 2017 National Youth Science Day Challenge... Read More →


Monday December 11, 2017 11:05am - 11:35am
A1 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

11:05am

Computational Creativity Exercises for Science and Mathematics Education (Breakout 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

The presentation introduces and disseminates the Computational Creativity Exercises (CCEs), research findings that investigate the impact of the exercises on student learning and performance, and logistics in adopting and administering these exercises in K-12 science and mathematics classrooms.  These CCEs are modular and standalone. Each can be delivered in a one-hour class-time or over a 2-week period.  They do not require the use of a computer for teachers to execute, making each accessible to a wide-range of schools and districts. Each can be adapted to be taught in K-12 classrooms as the exercises are framed with respect to problem solving and have “lightbulbs” that tie the topics to real-world considerations.  These CCEs have been shown to improve student learning in post-secondary classes, be flexible and relatively easy to adopt, and be engaging and motivating.  Underlying these CCEs are two core competencies which are essential for all students in learning and problem solving.  Computational thinking involves skills of problem decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, generalization, algorithm design, and evaluation, while creative thinking involves skills of challenging, broadening, surrounding, and capturing.  CCEs synergistically combine these two core competencies, so they can be delivered more efficiently, more effectively and with greater appeal to students.

Speakers
avatar for Leen-Kiat Soh

Leen-Kiat Soh

Professor, University of Nebraska


Monday December 11, 2017 11:05am - 11:35am
B3 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

11:05am

General Overview of the LPS Transition Plan (Breakout 2)
Limited Capacity filling up

LPS is at a fork in the road as we move from traditional one-dimensional standards to the three-dimensional standards of the 2017 Nebraska College and Career Ready Science Standards. Participants in this session will:
1. View the LPS plan and how it has changed since we started down this road in 2014.
2. Review ideas for professional learning that have worked for us to begin the journey as a district.
3. See examples of materials we have created or are considering for purchase.
4. Hear from teachers in our pilot schools who are out there trying this with students.
5. Dialogue with about opportunities and excitements - chances are whatever you are running into as you consider this transition - we have been there - or we need to learn from you!

Speakers
avatar for James Blake

James Blake

K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist, Lincoln Public Schools
BH

Bre Hagedorn

Science Teacher, LPS
JS

Jason States

Science Teacher, LPS
JT

Jason Thomsen

Teacher & Department Chair, Lincoln Southwest High School


Monday December 11, 2017 11:05am - 11:35am
B2 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

11:05am

Making Connections: The Journey from STEM Education to Future Careers (Breakout 2)
Limited Capacity full

Through the Nebraska Public Power District’s STEM Program, students will dive deeper into the content and subject matter through project-based, hands-on activities. Students will be provided with real-world applications and a meaningful experience that may inspire them to pursue their interests into the future. This will reinforce students' learning and help students identify local businesses and resources. Students will begin to link what they are doing at school to what is done in their community and build relationships with local leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Swerczek

Jennifer Swerczek

Education Specialist, Nebraska Public Power District



Monday December 11, 2017 11:05am - 11:35am
A2 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

11:05am

Wheats, Mites, and Viruses (Breakout 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Wheats, Mites, and Viruses - Teaching agriculture systems through plants, arthropods, and viruses:
This session covers activities and lessons on wheat, mites, and viruses interactions in crop systems. Lessons and demonstrations on teaching with mites will be shared. Also discussed, is forthcoming farming systems card game that teaches decision making around farming practices and managing mites. Appropriate for middle and high school educators.

Speakers
DG

Doug Golick

Professor, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Monday December 11, 2017 11:05am - 11:35am
B1 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

11:35am

Lunch Presentation: Equitable 3D Learning in Science for All Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Equitable 3D Learning in Science for All Students

Speakers
PB

Philip Bell

Professor and The Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences, University of Washington


Monday December 11, 2017 11:35am - 12:35pm
Banquet Hall, NIC

12:45pm

Invasive Species Teaching Tools (Breakout 3)
Limited Capacity seats available

An overview of invasive species teaching tools available to educators including: a set of 26 invasive species education cards, invasvie insect activity guides, education trunk, lesson plans, activities and (2) 9-12 grade curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Zach

Allison Zach

Program Coordinator, Nebraska Invasive Species Program
The Nebraska Invasive Species Program is a grant funded program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln which serves as a clearing house of information on invasive species of concern in Nebraska.



Monday December 11, 2017 12:45pm - 1:15pm
B2 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

12:45pm

Connecting Math, Art, and Computer Science across the K-6 spectrum (Breakout 3)
Limited Capacity seats available

Bricklayer is a freely available tech-centric pedagogical tool suite where visual art provides the domain in which mathematical and computational thinking can be taught in ways that are engaging as well as technically meaningful. Bricklayer curriculums are currently being used in over 75 elementary, middle, and high schools. Educators that are interested and able to use Bricklayer in their classrooms can arrange for teacher training, customized curriculums, and online tech support. Bricklayer is also used in university math and computer science courses. As part of an NSF-funded project, beginning in the spring of 2018, a Bricklayer course titled Introduction to Mathematical and Computational Thinking will be offered as an alternative to GenEd math for non-STEM majors.
The output of Bricklayer programs are files which are seamlessly integrated with third-party tools such as: LEGO Digital Designer (LDD), LDraw, Minecraft, STL viewers (i.e., 3D printing tools) such as 3D Builder, and a variety of Ardunio-driven LED displays.
This presentation will provide an overview of the Bricklayer pedagogical tool suite and discuss the connection between math, art, and computer science.

Speakers
avatar for Victor Winter

Victor Winter

CEO, Bricklayer
I am a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. I am the creator of Bricklayer and am passionate about raising the game for computer science and math across the educational spectrum. For this reason I founded bricklayer.org along with... Read More →


Monday December 11, 2017 12:45pm - 1:15pm
B3 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

12:45pm

Virtual Field Trips to the Omaha Zoo (Breakout 3)
Limited Capacity filling up

Presentation Title:
Virtual Field Trips, Penguins and More with the Omaha Zoo.
 
  • Sit in on a live Virtual Field Trip to the Omaha Zoo as a middle school class visits the Lied Jungle. Discover how you can take advantage of the opportunity to visit the zoo without leaving your school.
  • See a model animal themed science investigations from our outreach programs that you can use in your own classroom.
  • Explore the resources in our free Zoo 2 You Trunks.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Brunette

Peter Brunette

Outreach Coordinator, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
Peter seeks to ignite a passion for conservation and science in children and adults in his position at the Zoo. He previously taught science at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles and was the Director for two Mathnasium Learning Centers in Minnesota. He has 20 years of performing... Read More →


Monday December 11, 2017 12:45pm - 1:15pm
A3 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

12:45pm

Paleo Sleuths - Digging Deeper (Breakout 3)
Limited Capacity seats available

The Great Plains have been the source of rich contributions to the study of paleontology, thanks to the work of paleo sleuths like these working to discover and uncover the fossil record that tells us about the pre-history of the Great Plains. The Lesson Plans and activities allow the educator and student to understand and interpret the study of Paleontology as it uncovers the book of time on earth.

Speakers
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Melanie Eirich

Executive Web Producer, NET
Melanie is an executive producer for NET (Nebraska Educational Telecommunications) focusing on interactive and web project management, education and technology for public media. She has over 20 years of experience in managing and producing interactive educational projects, materials... Read More →


Monday December 11, 2017 12:45pm - 1:15pm
B1 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

12:45pm

Energy and Ethanol (Breakout 3)
Limited Capacity seats available

Two priorities of the Nebraska Corn Board's (NCB) mission are education and research.  We believe that the future of agriculture in Nebraska depends not only on continuing to advance research-based technologies and production practices but also on improving the public's recognition of the importance of agriculture.  This begins with students and fostering an interest and appreciation of food, feed, and fuel production that is vital to the overall health and sustainability of a growing world.  For these reasons, NCB recognizes the need and value of providing access to high-quality resources for Nebraska's teachers and would like to share some currently available resources that address topics such as water quality, biotechnology, energy and ethanol, soil, and sustainability.  NCB is also interested in gaining feedback on what gaps exist when it comes to availability ag/science resources/curriculum, and what role our board could play in helping fill those gaps.
This session will provide a hands-on lesson plan titled: Energy and ethanol. What is ethanol? How much corn is dedicated to ethanol production? Why should corn be used to produce ethanol? An experiment will also be conducted titled: Corn Fermentation in a Bag. Resources for other agricultural based lessons will also be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Borg

Debbie Borg

Board Member, Nebraska Corn Board
I love sharing stories about agriculture and find it very exciting to share the opportunity of using real-life agriculture to encourage learning about the science of food and fuel production. My husband and I are the 5th gen on the farm where we grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa, cattle... Read More →


Monday December 11, 2017 12:45pm - 1:15pm
A1 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

12:45pm

Systems Thinking and Sustainability through Aquaponics (Breakout 3)
Limited Capacity seats available

The long-term goal of our program is to develop an effective approach to enable youth in learning about sustainability and water conservation and foster an educated, engaged, and resilient society capable of making informed and strategic decisions involving interconnected agricultural and biological systems. Our goal is to educate youth about systems thinking and sustainability through aquaponics. Systems thinking is an approach to problem solving that builds the capacity of accounting for complex relationships of system elements and avoiding solutions that result in future development of unintended consequences. System thinking is a key element in education for sustainability.
We have developed a curriculum that teaches middle school students about sustainability and develops their Systems Thinking skills with hands on activities using an aquaponics kit. The curriculum requires middle school students to spend approximately a total of 3 hours which are spread over a period of three weeks these activities include watching videos, playing games, drawing diagrams, and following accompanying instructions for learning enrichment. Additionally, students are engaged in 4 more hours that are spread over a period of an academic semester (i.e. two quarters). These hours are accumulated with time spent on activities such as maintaining the aquaponics system, feeding the fish, cleaning the aquarium, taking measurements, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Ashu Guru

Ashu Guru

Teaching & Learning Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Discovering the assemblage between pedagogy and computational methodologies using technology-rich learning environments | I develop programs, curriculum, and modules in collaboration with faculty and discipline-based experts. | Our research tends to fall in one of the following... Read More →


Monday December 11, 2017 12:45pm - 1:15pm
A2 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

12:45pm

STEM Teaching Tools: Linking Research and Practice Brief (Breakouts 3 and 4)
Limited Capacity seats available

STEM educators around the country are working to implement the new vision in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education and the resulting Next Generation Science Standards, in addition to the many other initiatives that compete for their time and resources. At the same time, much of the research around improving STEM learning does not make it into the classroom. Research can often lack context and clear connections to everyday teaching practice or learning experiences, and relevant tools and strategies can be hard for educators to find or access. To bridge that gap, the team at the UW Institute for Science + Math Education is working with teachers and researchers to create a suite of accessible, bite-sized practice briefs called STEM Teaching Tools. In this session, we’ll explore the suite of tools and explore how to use them to dive into topics in science education. 

Speakers
avatar for Phil Bell

Phil Bell

Professor, University of Washington
Philip Bell is a professor of the Learning Sciences & Human Development and holds the Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences in the College of Education at the University of Washington. He is executive director of the UW Institute for Science & Math Education focused on equity-focused... Read More →


Monday December 11, 2017 12:45pm - 1:55pm
Banquet Hall, NIC

1:25pm

Environmental Sustainability in Food Production Systems (Breakout 4)
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we will present participants with a real-world phenomena—two neighboring farm fields experiencing different flooding conditions weeks after a heavy rainstorm. A follow-up soil structure activity and rainfall demonstration will be performed using two similar soils which have experienced different tillage management. Participants will explore how students can use these soil investigations and research of existing soil health information to support their explanations of the flooding phenomenon.
Activities in this session are part of a larger curriculum developed as part of an EPA Environmental Education Grant. The curriculum unit is standards-aligned and suited for a high school audience (grades 9-12). It provides a framework for students to understand the complex adaptive systems involved in the food system, preparing students to make future personal decisions related to environmental sustainability.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Ingram

Erin Ingram

Curriculum Development Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, IANR Science Literacy
I'm a K-12 STEM curriculum developer with UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR).
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Katie Meiergerd

Project Manager, Biological Systems Engineering


Monday December 11, 2017 1:25pm - 1:55pm
A2 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

1:25pm

Geosciences BRIDGE Program (Breakout 4)
Limited Capacity seats available

By the year 2022 there will be a projected shortfall of ~135,000 geoscientists in the workforce.  One large hurdle to increasing the number of geoscientists is exposure.  Fewer than 30% of high school graduates take a high school geoscience course.  To increase the visibility of the field, we established a geoscience bridge program to give high school seniors and recent graduates a taste of what a geoscientist does and the types of careers available. This is achieved through a FREE discovery-based field course where we spend 9 days camping in Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota, and 2 days at UNL. The trip offers a unique opportunity to delve into many different aspects of geology from exploring sedimentary environments associated with the Platte river system to looking at metamorphic rocks and glacial deposits in the Medicine Bow Mountains.  A detour through the Black Hills provides a look into past volcanic activity and cave formation, while a stop at Ashfall Fossil Beds gives a glimpse into past life.  Overall, this experience is designed to expose HS students to the Earth and its history, and to provide an engaging introductory ˜BRIDGE" into college life and studies with a cohort of other learners. 

We will also discuss a geoscience field course for pre-service and in-service educators.  The participants will emerse themselves in an inquiry based field experience where the principles of 3 Dimensional Learning are modelled and discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Mindi Searls

Mindi Searls

Research Assistant Professor, UNL


Monday December 11, 2017 1:25pm - 1:55pm
A1 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

1:25pm

Staging the Perfect Crime (Breakout 4)
Limited Capacity seats available

As part of Adams Central's Forensic Science and Business Law class, a mock crime scene is staged each spring. Over the last 8 years, the business law teacher and I have developed a cooperative activity where I train and provide expert witnesses (forensic scientists) and he provides the defense and prosecuting attorneys. Together, along with help from the Hastings Police Department, we develop, setup, collect, and analyze crime scene evidence, prepare it for trial, and conduct a mock trial in our auditorium in front of a student jury. This presentation will show you how we pull it off. Video and links are included at https://goo.gl/FQYVfC

Speakers
avatar for Jay Cecrle

Jay Cecrle

Science Teacher, Adams Central Jr./Sr. High School
Began teaching in 2000 at Giltner, Nebraska teaching all science classes in grades 7-12. I now teach at Adams Central High School in Hastings, Nebraska teaching biology, college biology, forensic science, and medical terminology.


Monday December 11, 2017 1:25pm - 1:55pm
B1 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

1:25pm

Evoke Student Passion to Investigate 3-Dimensions of Learning Using Scientific Tools (Breakout 4)
Limited Capacity full

Research has highlighted the inequities between different students’ achievement in science fairs and on scientific research (Bencze & Bowen, 2009; Schmidt & Kelter, 2017). With Nebraska’s new College and Career Ready Standards for Science, how can we successfully engage all students in discovering their own path to figuring out disciplinary core ideas and cross cutting concepts using science and engineering practices?  Consider this model based on Digital Observation Technology Skills Kits (D.O.T.S) (Hougham, 2015).
With a structure adaptable to all K-12 grade levels, this session focuses on an example of a diverse group of middle and high school students.  Collaborating in small groups and utilizing high- and low-tech data collection tools, students make observations of the natural world, inspired by content-related phenomena, and develop questions from those observations.  Students then carry out investigations and analyze data for evidence to make a preliminary claim.

Speakers
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Justin Andersson

Science Instructional Coach, Omaha Public Schools
Justin comes from a background in Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology before becoming a middle school science teacher. Currently a Science Instructional Coach, Justin is a member of a dynamic team that works to impact student achievement through the self-selected growth... Read More →
avatar for Dan Sitzman

Dan Sitzman

Science Instructional Coach, Omaha Public Schools



Monday December 11, 2017 1:25pm - 1:55pm
A3 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

1:25pm

Digital Storytelling (Breakout 4)
Limited Capacity seats available

The ability to formulate and structure problems such that one can tell a computer how to solve them will be the defining characteristics of the future.  All professions, such as medical, education, agriculture, and more, are very likely to require computational thinking, especially in the near future.  How should we prepare the children of today for the future that we are anticipating?  
By imagining and creating a story using a tool such as Scratch Jr., young children are able to build computational thinking through coding and creativity.  Skills such as defining a problem, problem decomposition, pattern recognition, information sorting (abstraction) and step-by-step solutions (algorithm) are all included in the Scratch Jr. program.  
Our online module is a user-friendly resource for educators to engage young children (ages 5-7) in digital storytelling using Scratch Jr.  This program utilizes introductory programming language that enables children to create their own interactive stories and games.  Notably, Scratch Jr. was listed as one of the Top 10 Tech by School Library Journal in 2016.

Speakers
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Julie Crandall

Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension
avatar for Ashu Guru

Ashu Guru

Teaching & Learning Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Discovering the assemblage between pedagogy and computational methodologies using technology-rich learning environments | I develop programs, curriculum, and modules in collaboration with faculty and discipline-based experts. | Our research tends to fall in one of the following... Read More →



Monday December 11, 2017 1:25pm - 1:55pm
B2 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

1:25pm

Code.org (Breakout 4)
Limited Capacity seats available

Computer Science curriculum from Code.org allows for integration of computational thinking and coding into the curriculum or as an extra class. Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. In this session, you will have some hands-on experience with visual programming - i.e., the method used for the coding activities in Code.org curriculum.  We have a limited number of devices available for the hands-on session, so please bring your own device if you can. 

Speakers
avatar for Koichi Sato

Koichi Sato

Regional Partner Program Coordinator, University of Nebraska - Lincoln



Monday December 11, 2017 1:25pm - 1:55pm
B3 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

1:55pm

Networking Break
Limited Capacity seats available

Networking Break - Banquet Hall and other NIC CC spaces

Monday December 11, 2017 1:55pm - 2:10pm
Banquet Hall, NIC

2:10pm

Invited Presentation: Coalescing the STEM Pipeline: Gains for Stakeholders at All Levels
Limited Capacity seats available

With national calls to action on the importance of STEM education, and the expansion of STEM-focused employment opportunities, there is no shortage of enthusiasm for STEM. However, what is STEM and who is responsible for it? The STEM educational pathway is an elaborate road with multiple stakeholders supporting the structure. The buy-in from administrators at the national, state, and local levels is pivotal, as is the contributions from K-12 districts. However, in addition to partners emphasizing the call to action, we need training and delivery of high quality content across the STEM disciplines, but in a way that meets existing timelines and objectives. To accomplish this, we need a strategic coalescing of stakeholders. The speaker will elaborate on who these stakeholders are and what their contributions can be for a balanced, effective STEM pipeline.

Speakers
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Christine Cutucache

Assistant Professor of Biology & Haddix Community Chair of Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha


Monday December 11, 2017 2:10pm - 2:40pm
Banquet Hall, NIC

2:50pm

Bringing Engineering to Life in Your K-8 Classroom (Breakout 5)
Limited Capacity filling up

The future of elementary and secondary education is increasingly incorporating engineering and technology into required curricula.  The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are the latest in this trend.  This will be a fun and informative session designed to help you incorporate engineering concepts into your classroom.  We will discuss what engineering is, how engineering affects your students’ lives, strategies for integrating engineering concepts into your classroom (even in history modules!), and dispel some of the myths surrounding engineering stereotypes.  You will learn about the engineering design process and how to incorporate it into your lessons, via a sample activity.  We will provide you with classroom connections to engineering as well as several engineering resources.  One of these resources available to you is the UNL Engineering Ambassadors Network, undergraduate engineering students who will come to your classroom and deliver an age appropriate engaging presentation paired with a hands-on activity.  Come hear about how you can bring engineering to life in your elementary or middle school classroom! (if nothing else, you might even leave with something you designed, to play with in the next session!).



Speakers
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UNL College of Engineering

K-12 engineering outreach director, College of Engineering
I provide engineering education and outreach for the K-12 community. I can advise on engineering resources and curriculum. Also, come and learn about the Engineering Ambassadors Network, undergrad engineering students who will come to your school to give engineering presentations... Read More →


Monday December 11, 2017 2:50pm - 3:20pm
B1 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

2:50pm

Everyday Foods for Teaching Science (Breakout 5)
Limited Capacity filling up

Our everyday foods are some of the greatest tools for teaching science to students. We will demonstrate a number of basic lab experiments for chemistry, biology/microbiology, and physics classrooms. Most of these activities are for high school students, although some may be simplified for younger students. Also, a list of resources for additional information on food science in K-12 education will be provided. 

Speakers
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Sara Roberts

Student Services Coordinator, UNL Food Science & Technology Dept.
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John Rupnow

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Monday December 11, 2017 2:50pm - 3:20pm
A1 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

2:50pm

Creating Scientists: Integrating Thinking, Doing, and Knowing in Physical Science (Breakout 5)
Limited Capacity filling up

New standards require teaching and assessing learning across three dimensions: practices, cross-cutting concepts, and content. For the past seven years, my physics education research group has been working with upper elementary and middle school pre-service teachers in an NGSS state to put effective tools into the hands of practicing teachers. This work combines content learning with explicit instruction on 3-dimensional pedagogical and assessment methods. I am bringing this approach to physical science with me to the University of Nebraska Omaha to prepare future Nebraska teachers for the College and Career Ready Standards for Science. In this presentation, I'll discuss this work and my book "Creating Scientists: Teaching and Assessing Science Practice for the NGSS." As a group, we will go through a 3D activity using magnets as an example of how to integrate content knowledge with science practice and cross-cutting concepts. We'll discuss aspects of the NGSS Lesson Screener and connect the framework to practice via the magnet activity example.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Moore

Chris Moore

Haddix Community Chair in Physical Science, University of Nebraska Omaha
Christopher Moore is a former physical science teacher and the Dr. George F. Haddix Community Chair in Physical Science and associate professor of physics education at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Holding a M.S. in applied physics and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth... Read More →


Monday December 11, 2017 2:50pm - 3:20pm
A3 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

2:50pm

Hands-on Minds-on Learning in the 7-12 Science Classroom (Breakout 5)
Limited Capacity filling up

I will describe how I use inquiry-based learning and interactive science notebooks in my science classes to engage students in science learning. I will show student examples of the Argument-Driven Inquiry process I use with my students.

Speakers
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Andrea Hoopman

7-12 Science Teacher, Thedford Public Schools


Monday December 11, 2017 2:50pm - 3:20pm
A2 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

2:50pm

Using the NGSS Lesson Screener to See, “Is Our Lesson 3D?” (Breakout 5)
Limited Capacity filling up

The NGSS Lesson Screener includes fewer criteria than the EQuIP Rubric for Science and is intended to more quickly review a learning sequence to see if it is on the right track. It is intended to be used in more informal reviews (no scoring) and is only for evaluating instruction that extends over several class periods or days. Using an LPS created three-dimensional lesson, we will work through the criteria on this free tool. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of some quality control on the new lessons they are creating or curating to meet the 2017 Nebraska College & Career Ready Science Standards.

Speakers
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Megan Euler

Science Teacher, LPS
LL

Lindsey Luly

Instructional Technology Facilitator/Lead Science Teacher, LPS


Monday December 11, 2017 2:50pm - 3:20pm
B3 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

2:50pm

Animals Inside & Out (Breakout 5)
Limited Capacity seats available

Animals Inside & Out is a hands-on lesson series designed for 3rd & 5th grade youth.  Animals provide milk, meat and fiber, as well as provide companionship and provide by-products that youth use every day.  Animals Inside & Out will help youth better understand these concepts, as well as learn more about:
What animals need and how to care for them to keep them healthy
Careers which are available in the animal science area
To categorize, order, classify, collect data and hypothesize,
To compare the body systems of different types of animals.
How science relates to companion animals, livestock animals and horses.


Participants who attend will walk away with resources to implement in own communities.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Janning

Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension
DP

Darci Pesek

Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension


Monday December 11, 2017 2:50pm - 3:20pm
B2 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

3:30pm

Food, Fun and Fitness - Nebraska Extension's School Enrichment Kits (Breakout 6)
Limited Capacity filling up

The School Enrichment Kit Program is a unique, evidence based approach to reaching Nebraska's youth. The School Enrichment Kits include lesson plans with coordinating activities that meet the health and science curriculum objectives required for the health and science units of each grade school age group. School enrichment classrooms spend an average of five to six hours using the School Enrichment Kits to teach science based nutrition to limited resource youth through Nebraska Extension team members and teachers. Each kit contains hands-on, center and experimental activities to teach and reinforce concepts taught within each grade level, building upon the last.

Speakers
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Kristen Houska

Extension Educator - SNAP-Ed, Nebraska Extension


Monday December 11, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
B2 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

3:30pm

Introducing Phenomena and Utilizing New Science Standards (Breakout 6)
Limited Capacity filling up

My presentation will cover various ways to utilize the newly adopted science standards in an approach that introduces a phenomenon allowing students multiple styles of learning, to answer the questions that our natural world presents.  Teaching with inquiry-based methods is effective for strengthening critical thinking skills.  Examples of how I have implemented the use of phenomena by using the 5 E lesson plan model will be presented.  I will be demonstrating phenomena in various science disciplines including biology, chemistry and health sciences.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Wolf

Andrea Wolf

7-12 Science Teacher and Department Chair, Central Valley High School


Monday December 11, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
A1-A2 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

3:30pm

Food Waste: Science, Sustainability, and Solutions (Breakout 6)
Limited Capacity seats available

Food Waste: Science, Sustainability, and Solutions is a standards-aligned, 5-E life science mini-unit integrating math, literacy, science, and engineering design to explore food waste as a global sustainability issue. Students will read a recent news article about the growing issue of food waste in the US and critically evaluate their role in this issue. Students will design an investigation to measure student food waste in the cafeteria. Students will create environments to simulate what happens to food waste in a landfill versus a compost heap and explore the physical and chemical changes and the role these changes play in the cycling of matter and energy as food decomposes. Finally, students will apply an engineering design process to develop cafeteria solutions to reduce cafeteria food waste and promote healthy eating habits. 

Speakers
avatar for Erin Ingram

Erin Ingram

Curriculum Development Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, IANR Science Literacy
I'm a K-12 STEM curriculum developer with UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR).



Monday December 11, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
B1 Room, First Floor, South Hallway

3:30pm

Science In and Out of the Classroom (Breakout 6)
Limited Capacity filling up

Well-facilitated STEM activities encourage youth to be curious, ask questions, and make connections with the world around them. These essential skills for success in life and in the global economy need to be developed in the classroom and beyond. Click2SciencePD supports educators in developing the skills to creative positive STEM learning experiences with youth. Learn about developing STEM skills and building collaborations that take learning beyond the classroom. This session will help you build connections to out-of-school STEM learning experiences for your students that support your classroom instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Fenton

Melissa Fenton

Extension Educator-Click2SciencePD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Melissa Fenton is the Extension Educator for Click2SciencePD. Melissa holds a Master of Applied Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a specialization in leadership education and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in... Read More →
avatar for Saundra Frerichs

Saundra Frerichs

Science Education Specialist, Click2SciencePD
In my work, I am driven to learn about and improve informal science learning and teaching. I think the experiences we all have, youth and adults, in museums, zoos and gardens, in the clubs and groups we join, and with our family and friends to learn about the world and how it works... Read More →


Monday December 11, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
A3 Room, First Floor, North Hallway

3:30pm

Young Nebraska Scientists (Breakout 6)
Limited Capacity seats available

Young Nebraska Scientists summer programs and mobile lab programs for middle and high school teachers and students. Summer of 2018 is right around the corner, and we still have mobile lab availability for 2017-2018 school year.  All opportunities are available to see at yns.nebraska.edu.  

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Moore

Lindsey Moore

Nebraska EPSCoR Outreach Coordinator, Nebraska EPSCoR, Young Nebraska Scientists


Monday December 11, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
B3 Room, First Floor, South Hallway