Sessions Offered

These are the sessions that have been submitted and approved for the Conference. 

This is pending confirmation from presenters, and there may be changes over the summer.

The schedule of sessions is in progress and the schedule of sessions will be made available to registered attendees later this summer.

Session Title Brief Description Science Area Grade level(s)
Better Evolution Content, Better Evolution Teaching! The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science has several FREE units on evolution that cover all your evolution standards. The units take students to interactive web pages, online games, videos, and more. This session will give you access to all our free resources, including student response sheets, answer key/rubric, and exam. Life Science 3-5
Science, Art, and the Classics Add the A into your STEM lessons. Use art to connect abstract concepts to concrete hands-on projects. From observing nature to examining turbulence, use examples from art history to introduce your students to science concepts. Have fun creating your own art as well! General Science 3-8
Developing the Sense of Wonder for Science in Early Learners Rediscover the importance of teaching science today. Early childhood science teachers can
provide a learning environment and opportunities for children to explore, model, and share their discoveries. Learn ways to build on the "sense of wonder" in every child.
General Science K-2
Birds Are Everywhere! Why should students learn about ornithology? When children learns about birds, they are discovering the entire world of animals and nature. Through observation and study students naturally learn about bird identification, bird behavior, habitats, and conservation. But perhaps the most important reason to study birds is to further our understanding of the ecosystems that support all life on earth, including humans.
Life Science, Engineering & Technology K-5
Poop, Glue, and Chickens: Time for science and writing to collide in K-3 Science is a wonderful way into writing with young children. Children are keen observers not obscured by rules or absolutes. Their ideas are pure and powerful. When time and space are made for these contents to collide in K-3, you can expect amazing writing… like poop, glue, and chickens!
Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Engineering & Technology, General Science, Environmental Sciences K-5
Scientific Methods Using S.T.E.A.M. Teach the scientific method using it as an outline for notes daily. Include hands on math, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Through interactive journal assignments using scientific language, science manipulatives, classroom discussions, and labs to promote scientific learning for Pre-K through 12th grade. Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Engineering & Technology, General Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science PreK-12
Always Time for Science in the Early Grades With the increased focus on accountability for science, we can offer an inquiry and literacy-based program for young learners. Let's offer hands-on science experiences that supports child development and socio-development in a meaningful way. There is always time for science! General Science K-5
Crosscutting Concepts: Looking through the Lens of Patterns How do crosscutting concepts link the ideas and practices of science across different domains and over time? We’ll show you practical examples to see how crosscutting concepts provide a foundation for student sense-making of phenomena and problems. Leave with classroom resources. General Science K-5
Cross-Curricular Coding Integration with SAM Labs During this session, we will discuss how STEAM and coding can (and should) be integrated across all subject areas for K-8 learners. We will reflect on traditional content areas’ relationship with computer science, explore SAM Labs’ products, and create templates for leveraging STEAM and coding within our classrooms. Engineering & Technology, Computer Science K-8
Language, Culture and Knowledge Building through Science Solutions to society's global and local challenges will require multidisciplinary and justice-centered approaches, with K-12 science education having a key role to play. We describe our ongoing work with science teachers across Oregon to develop, test and refine a new pedagogical model for supporting this goal. General Science, Education Research, Environmental Sciences 6-8
Exploring OpenSciEd from Carolina Come experience a model lesson from OpenSciEd for Middle School and see how the new Carolina Certified Edition makes these high-quality instructional materials even better! Leave with classroom resources. General Science 6-8
Food Science in the Classroom! A great way to engage students is to relate science to something they already know - and in this case, it's food! This session has fun, hands-on lab activities that can be used to illustrate concepts in engaging and memorable ways. Science for feeding the future world. Physical Science, Life Science, General Science 6-8
ScienceSaves, Promoting Science Appreciation ScienceSaves (www.sciencesaves.org) promotes the fact that thanks to science, individual lives are longer, healthier, easier, and fuller. Our lessons teach students appreciation for science. They include teacher notes with interdisciplinary curriculum standards at the end of each presentation, student response sheets, rubrics, and lesson plan documents. It’s all free!  Life Science, Engineering & Technology, General Science 6-8
Designing STEM Activities for Engagement – Engineering an Emergency Water Purifier STEM experiences relevant to daily life are a powerful tool for engaging students. This session will share an example of such an integrated STEM activity from the student’s perspective. Participants will measure common household materials and then use the CER process to engineer emergency water purifiers that can turn “dirty water” into clean drinking water. Engineering & Technology, General Science, Education Research 6-8
Grade less to learn more! How shifts toward ungrading free your students to focus on STEM. You made the learning three dimensional in your classroom; now it's time to do the same for your grading.
Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Engineering & Technology, General Science, Education Research, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science 6-12
Phenomena in Earth, Life, and Physical Science We will explore examples of phenomena based demonstrations that span the three NGSS topics. Some will be tried and true demonstrations, others will hopefully be new. The emphasis will be looking for phenomena that can be applied across topics. Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science 6-12
Language, Culture and Knowledge Building Through Forestry Science Solutions to society's global and local challenges will require multidisciplinary and justice-
centered approaches, with K-12 science education having a key role to play. We describe
our ongoing work with science teachers across Oregon to develop, test and refine
a new pedagogical model for supporting this goal.
General Science, Environmental Sciences 6-12
Using Citizen Science Projects CoCoRaHS and the National Weather Service to Engage Oregon's Incarcerated Students in Atmospheric Sciences and STEM Engaging Oregon’s incarcerated youth in STEM through use of citizen science projects to collect and share weather data, with CoCoRaHS, NOAA, and the National Weather Service, allows my students to participate in “real-life” hand-on, projects as collaborative members of the Wx community which leads to a rigorous learning and re-engagement. Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, Engineering & Technology, General Science, Education Research, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science 6-12
Improve math literacy using Data Points from HHMI BioInteractive Looking to incorporate new math literacy skills in your classroom? This workshop will provide opportunities to practice annotation techniques and Identify and Interpret (I2) using Data Points. Teacher designed educator materials and handouts will take you from start to finish with resources you can use in your classroom next week! Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Engineering & Technology, General Science, Environmental Sciences 6-12
Science: where students with dyslexia can be superheroes. Students with dyslexia, ADHD, and/or other executive functioning needs have a strong memory for stories, excellent puzzle solving abilities, brilliant spatial reasoning, and think outside of the box which help them excel in inquiry-based activities of science. Our lessons can allow them to excel (sometimes beyond their neurotypical peers) like a superhero in science. Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Engineering & Technology, General Science, Education Research, Environmental Sciences 6-12
Equitable Grading strategies for student motivation Teachers will walk through a lesson, experience a number of techniques to improve student motivation, and debrief about those techniques at the end. General Science 6-12
2) Teaching cause and effects with the Landscape Change Monitoring System In this session, you will learn new ways to understand, visualize, and localize landscape changes that have occurred across Oregon from 1984-2020 based on satellite images. Examples include constructing an explanation based on evidence for patterns and processes ranging from urbanization, fires, flooding, and developing a model to describe ways that the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere interact. What are the stories of change in your community? Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Engineering & Technology, General Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science 6-12
The Whys & Hows of Earthquake Early Warning: ShakeAlert® Science, Messages, and Apps You Can Use Earthquake early warning rapidly detects significant earthquakes and delivers alerts to people and automated systems. Why is ShakeAlert® important? Join us for hands-on activities to use in the classroom to explore plate deformation, earthquakes, and the ShakeAlert system.
Earth & Space Science 6-12
Laboratory safety The pursuit of STEM activities have pressured science labs to evolve. Makerspaces and nontraditional lab settings are becoming more common throughout schools and communities. What can we do to make sure these nontraditional lab settings are still putting safety first? Come learn what OSHA requirements you’re still required to uphold. Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Engineering & Technology, General Science, Environmental Sciences 6-12
Partners in Science: Experience a Career Changing Opportunity — and Get Paid to do it! When was the last time you had a professional development experience that was specifically designed with the science teacher in mind? A professional development opportunity where you can see yourself as a scientist and an integral part of a scientific community? Where you get to experience the processes of science that we try to provide for our students? The MJ Murdock Charitable Trust makes $19,000 grants for high school science teachers to do research in university labs for two summers. The grant includes teacher stipends of $6500 as well as travel and academic year enrichment funds for each of the two years. This session will be an opportunity to learn more about the program from teachers who have been through the program and how it has transformed their classroom practice. Applications for the next cycle are due December 1st. General Science 6-12
Teaching Claim, Evidence and Reasoning using The Biology of Skin Color Use free resources from HHMI BioInteractive to practice argumentation skills: claims with supporting evidence and reasoning with The Biology of Skin Color. This content can easily connect to learning in units of meiosis, genetics, evolution or cellular structure from middle school through AP/IB courses. Life Science 9-12
Immersing ourselves in 3 Yearlong Learning Progressions in Patterns Physics: Writing, Coding, & Evaluating Published Materials In this session participants will examine and discuss numerous student tasks that together create a yearlong learning progression that cultivates three literacy skills that overlap with the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: writing CERs, coding (computational thinking), and evaluating published materials. Physical Science 9-12
A Multi-District and STEM Hub Collaboration: Lessons Learned From the Implementation of the Patterns Approach High School Science Sequence The Patterns Approach to Physics, Chemistry and Biology is a novel approach to teaching high school science that is aligned to the three dimensions of NGSS and NGSS Performance Expectations. It is a teacher created curriculum. Over 44 districts and 33% of Oregon students are learning science through this curriculum. This has been made possible through a multi district collaboration with the support of the Portland Metro STEM Partnership. In this session we will share an overview of the design principles for this open source curriculum, the key features of the courses, as well as the impact it has had on students and teachers. Resources will be shared that can be immediately used in your classroom. Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science 9-12
Exploring Patterns Chemistry through Battery Engineering Teachers will engage in an inquiry activity to create a battery made from materials available at home. Participants will analyze the data for patterns, make recommendations for the final design, practice discourse strategies, and use modeling to construct explanations. Physical Science, Engineering & Technology 9-12
Take the Mess and Stress Out of Bacterial Transformation Spend time teaching and analyzing data, not prepping. Simplified prep and innovative technology makes your bacterial transformation lab work for you, not the other way around. Perform transformation in a few simple steps without the water bath and ice bucket, and use a new innovative pre-poured media plate to visualize your results side by side. Life Science 9-12
Free Water + Climate Action Game + Hands-On Resources "The Astounding Adventures of Marco the Water Molecule" video game and supporting resources are being developed with partners to engage all ages in learning about water, extreme weather, and ways to take action to reduce risks from climate change. Join us to help shape the program and change the world! Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Engineering & Technology, General Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science 3-12
Learning from the Columbia Slough and its Watershed Columbia Slough Watershed Council's Education program partners with teachers to help students learn about the land, water, plants, animals, and social history of this heavily urbanized place. We visit classrooms to connect students with models, maps, samples, and concepts before taking field trips to see habitats and waterways closest to students' communities. Life Science, Environmental Sciences 3-12
2023 Science Trade Book Favs NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books (OSTB) panel member, Sarah Carlson, will present her favorites from the 2023 OSTB nominees. Attendees will have an opportunity to get their hands on the books, hear excerpts from the books, receive resources on using trade books in the K-12 science classroom, and learn about the OSTB selection process. Door prize drawings for those in attendance. Come hear, see, read, and connect. General Science K-12
High Quality Instruction with the Formative Assessment Process Please join us for a conversation with Noelle Gorbett, Science Assessment Specialist, and Jamie Rumage, Science Education Specialist, from the Oregon Department of Education on updates pertaining to K-12 Science Education. In this session we will discuss the formative assessment process as a set of practices integrated into the teaching and learning experience to support learning. Also called ‘assessment for learning” and ‘formative learning process’, the formative assessment process is intentionally designed so that educators and students work together to share learning responsibilities. Participants will learn about each part of the process and how they work together. Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Engineering & Technology, General Science, Education Research, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science K-12
Developing Hands-On Field Studies Projects Black Butte School is a small, rural, K-8 school that specializes in outdoor learning. This workshop will share some tips for developing hands-on field studies projects at your school. We will share some of our past projects as well as have time to discuss successes and challenges to getting students engaged in science projects outdoors. Life Science, Environmental Sciences K-12
Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER): Are you CERtain Your Students Understand the Data? CER is a way for students to explain phenomena in a scientific way. Participate in an inquiry-based investigation demonstrating how to use data collection to drive data-based conclusions using CER. Learn how to manage groups of students and guide them in how to think deeper, write scientifically, and incorporate vocabulary that strengthens their understanding of a phenomenon. General Science K-12
Diack - Equipment Grants for Field-based Research The Diack Ecology Education Program promotes student field-based research in Oregon schools through grants for teachers and students. This session will outline the process for applying for a grant and give examples of funded projects from elementary, middle and high school. Grants are for equipment and are available all year. Life Science, General Science, Environmental Sciences K-12
Adventures in SB 13: Building Relationships with Oregon’s Public Schools How to engage with SB 13 structure and process to bring our tribal lessons into your classroom. Earth & Space Science, General Science, Education Research, Environmental Sciences K-12
Native Skies: Make a Classroom Medicine Wheel Medicine wheels were built by Indigenous cultures of the Americas to mark the geographical directions and astronomical events of the sun, moon, some stars, and some planets in relation to the Earth’s horizon at that location. Learn how to use Stellarium (free sky simulation app) with your students to make a classroom medicine wheel by observing the sky. Earth & Space Science K-12
Teachers as Curriculum Writers: Design for NGSS With Our Articulated Writing Process Writing your own NGSS units? Learn about our articulated writing process that achieves NGSS and English Language Proficiency standards. Applicable to all levels! Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Engineering & Technology, General Science, Education Research, Environmental Sciences K-12
Oregon Science Updates Please join us for a conversation with Noelle Gorbett, Science Assessment Specialist, and Jamie Rumage, Science Education Specialist, from the Oregon Department of Education on updates pertaining to K-12 Science Education. This session will provide educators and school leaders with an overview of the review of the Oregon K12 Science Standards and updates on the Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS) science assessments, interim assessment bank, and other resources. General Science, Education Research K-12
Investigating Crayfish + Freshwater Ecosystems Engage students in fascinating crayfish and water quality investigations while meeting standards and integrating the arts. Learn ways to participate with The River Mile network's Crayfish Study and how different tools can be used to collect, analyze, and share data and student observations. Get free equipment, transportation, subs, and more! Life Science, General Science, Environmental Sciences K-12
Launching Your Partnership with Girls Who Code With Girls Who Code, you'll gain the tools to bring fun and digestible computer
science curricula to your community! You'll learn to incorporate coding activities
that foster social-emotional growth, build networks of peers, and engage with
historically underrepresented student groups in tech.
Engineering & Technology, Computer Science K-12
Encourage Inquiry and Exploration, with Online Simulations! Educators dream of classrooms where we facilitate and foster independent, creative thinking through intentional instruction. Discover how Science and Engineering Practices come to life and how students' depth of understanding and connection to their world soars when using online simulations. Explore how online simulations provide students with opportunities to manipulate key variables, generate and test hypotheses, and engage in extensive “what-if” experimentation. Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science, General Science, Environmental Sciences 3-12
Explore Phenomena and STEM Careers with a STEMCase Open up a world of STEM careers for students as they are immersed in a real-world phenomenon. Story-lines are designed to place the student into the role of a STEM professional to collect and analyze data, leading to a solution or diagnosis. STEMCases are fully online and grade specific experiences. Join us in inspiring the next generation of problem solvers! Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Engineering & Technology, General Science, Environmental Sciences 3-12


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