Oregon Science Teachers Association

Friday, October 13th Pre-Conference Workshops

We have a number of in-depth workshops scheduled that are sponsored by OSTA, and a selection that OSTA is Co-Sponsoring.

OSTA Sponsored Workshops

These Friday workshop sessions are meant to be deeper dives into the subject matter, four hours in length. The workshop will provide attendees with the opportunity to experience the subject as a student with the opportunity to discuss with colleagues how they can implement the ideas into their classrooms.

Registration for these workshops can be added on to your conference registration, or may be registered for separately from the conference.  Registration for individual workshops are linked below.

Instructors: Lynda Jones & Dr. Mary Zelinski
Location: Oregon National Primate Research Center
Audience: High School
Registration Limit: 24
Learn a new way to enhance biology teaching and student learning using real-life biomedical technologies. This NGSS-aligned, National Institutes of Health-sponsored, free web-based approach to teaching basic biological concepts has students assume the role of oncologists who specialize in cancer treatment. Concepts are informed by a new field of medicine, Oncofertility, encompassing technologies to preserve fertility in patients before cancer treatment. Learn how to integrate cancer and therapies, cell division, anatomy, physiology, cryopreservation, fertility preservation, stem cells, ethics, and epigenetics into biology. Hands-on activities include exploring optimal cryopreservation solutions for storing tissues and a biomaterial that maintains 3-dimensional cellular structure.

NSTA Press: The Power of Questioning and Investigating
Instructor: Dr. Lisa Nyberg, California State University, Fresno
Location: Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Audience: K-6
Registration Limit: 50
Learning about science begins with investigations of engaging questions: How does that work? How can I solve that problem? Why do things sink or float? How does the toy make sound? See how engaging questions and meaningful investigations help students build understanding of science concepts while giving purpose to literacy skill development. How can you make learning accessible through the use of carefully selected questioning strategies that promote analytical thinking? Experience hands-on investigating strategies integrated in a dynamic model to engage powerful instructional practices focused on Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards!

Instructors: Bradford Hill & Matt McCollum
Location: Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Audience: High School
Registration Limit: 25
This hands-on session aims to engage participants in a cross-curricular Texting & Driving project. This learning progression, like the 5 others that make-up the Patterns Approach to Physics, integrates PBL, Modeling, and the science and engineering practices. In abbreviated form participants in the session, will begin with the request from Health students to create a customizable App (spreadsheet) that predicts the distances involved while texting and driving, then design solutions, plan and conduct experiments to determine the mathematical models needed to code the App, propose evidence based solutions, and then code it. Participants are asked to read a short article prior.

Biology for the Next Generation
: Caitlin Everett & Charlotte Denis
Location: Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Audience: High School
Registration Limit: 25
This workshop focuses on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of modern biology with the scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers will experience the Patterns Approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content as well as how to integrate engineering and student-centered learning experiences into their instruction. Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry and engineering investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of data. Resources and unit plans with a scope and sequence that address the NGSS high school life science discipline will be shared.

NGSS for Middle School Space Science (AM)
: Berkeley Gadbaw
Location: Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Audience: Middle School
Registration Limit: 25
Come join us for a look into an NGSS aligned unit on space! See how engaging your students in a challenging phenomenon can drive instruction and provide a framework for teaching cross-cutting concepts such as patterns, systems and system models, and scale, proportion, and quantity. You will learn how students can use modeling to make predictions about the world around them and add to their model as more information is gathered. In addition, we will use a computer simulation to model gravity and its components.

Location: Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Audience: Middle School
Registration Limit: 25
Come join us for a look at how middle school students can engage in two (rockets and hot packs) meaningful, data informed engineering tasks. We will collect and share data that enable us to make better engineering design decisions. In this class I will model ways to have students use white boards to make their thinking visible and how to conduct a "board meeting" to share data as a class. We will also use the cross-cutting concepts to better explain what is happening in each of these design tasks in terms of matter and energy.

OSTA Co-Sponsored Workshops

These workshops are being sponsored by our partners in science education, and so registration is being handled by the sponsor, and cannot be added to conference registration.  Please check the links for more information and registration.

Combine elementary level science and literacy instruction—and now technology, engineering, and math, as well—with Picture-Perfect Science! The award-winning NSTA program features ready-to-teach elementary science lessons designed to help K–5 teachers integrate science and reading in an engaging, kid-friendly way.

Integrating Traditional Science with Design and Invention: Engage your students in real-life STEM modules.

Have you ever attended a terrific workshop and then found that you didn't have the time, funds or community support to teach the unit? That's not the case with these three workshops! Participating teachers will receive a set of integrated curriculum materials (slides, worksheets, resources) and a full set of matching classroom supplies to support teaching of each module, and an opportunity to join a cohort of supportive colleagues.

The following 3-hour workshops present highly engaging STEM units that can be completed over a two week period, and also extendable to three weeks. The activities can be adjusted to meet NGSS performance expectations at the high school level, and possibly late middle school level. Each of the modules provides opportunities for students to use their understanding of core ideas in science, and to solve a problem or meet a need through the engineering and invention process. The focus is on themes relevant to students' daily lives, and based on purposeful scientific inquiry that can be applied to students' design of their own engineering inventions.

Sponsored by the PSU College of Engineering/MESA and the Lemelson Foundation, the presenters are research faculty at Portland State University.

Instructors: Mihir Ravel, Cary Sneider, and Jennifer Wells

Location: Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus

Audience: High School, and possibly 8th grade

Registration Limit: 20

Clean Water. What happens when the “Big One” hits the Pacific Northwest? How do we get clean, safe water for our daily needs when water systems may be down for weeks? This scenario motivates a design activity to design and build a personal water purifier. The module starts with an introduction of the LifeStraw, an inspirational invention created to reduce misery and save lives in locations where fresh potable water is not available, and launches students into an inquiry phase to learn about common environmental contaminants and the purification properties of common materials.  This data is then used by student teams to design their own “personal water purifiers” that can remove various types of pollution, from particulates and protozoans to acids. The module combines core ideas in life science and chemistry to integrate science with engineering design and invention let students solve a problem of high relevance to our region.

Emergency Power.  What do we do when the power is down and the lights go out? This module expands on this real-life situation to let students explore the basics of chemical generation of electricity by exploring practical chemistry and designing their own emergency battery and LED light.  Moving beyond the typical qualitative lemon battery experiment, students engage in a team design project to systematically investigate the electrochemical properties of different metals and common household electrolytes (vinegar and lemons, but also coke, coffee, salt and Smarties!) that could be used to make a emergency battery to power a night light. This data is then used by the teams to design and optimize batteries that can power an LED emergency light for several nights.

Music Waves and Vibes.  What is sound? Why does the sound from a guitar or saxophone sound “musical”, and why does a guitar sound different from a ukulele or a violin? To find out, students engage in a number of activities to explore the properties of sound waves, vibrating strings, and resonators. A structured scientific inquiry of strings under tension using using a phone app lets students generate their own engineering data for designing a stringed instrument. The student teams then design and build their own stringed instruments mapped onto a specific frequency scale, and taking into account the role of harmonics and resonances that give musical sound its pleasant richness.

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