NSTA 2019

St. Louis, MO
April 11-14, 2019
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Every year the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) hosts a national conference on science education open to member and nonmember science educators. NSTA is committed “to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.”

Thursday, April 11

Dragon Genetics and Other Powerful, Free Simulations for Biology Teaching

Chad Dorsey

12:30 – 1:30 PM, Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, Mills Studio 6

Add some fire to your genetics teaching with Geniverse and Geniventure, two game-based units on dragons, genetics and DNA. These research-based genetics curricula from the Concord Consortium deepens students learning and engages them with all three dimensions of the NGSS. Bring cutting-edge technology and fun to your biology teaching with this and many other biology simulations. Leave with a free login and class account.

Teaching Environmental Sustainability Using a Free Place-Based Watershed Model

Carolyn Staudt, Nanette Marcum-Dietrich, Steve Kerlin, Jerry Valadez

5:00 – 6:00 PM, America’s Center, Room 225

Model My Watershed is a free, web-based application that invites students to explore the condition of their local watershed with a scientifically valid watershed model.

Friday, April 12

Nurturing Computational Thinkers with a Technology-Rich Weather Curriculum

Nanette Marcum-Dietrich, Carolyn Staudt, Tom Moher, Meridith Bruozas, Brenda Lopez Silva

11:00 – 12:00 PM, America’s Center, Room 242

Find out how students can use computational thinking skills to manipulate computational weather models/simulations, engage in hands-on experimentation, and employ scientific language to explore relationships between weather variables.

Free Technology-Enhanced Curriculum for Exploring Real-World Phenomena from Molecules to Populations

Kiley McElroy-Brown, Frieda Reichsman, Alexa Warwick

11:00 – 12:00 PM, Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, Grand Ballroom F

Support student connections from genes, proteins, and cells to traits, individuals, and populations with an NGSS-focused approach for teaching and modeling phenomena in biology.

Argumentation and Modeling in Earth Science Using Free Online Modules

Stephanie Harmon, Amy Pallant

3:30 – 4:30 PM, America’s Center, Room 242

Discover free Earth system and environmental science simulations and curricula that focus on scientific argumentation when teaching topics such as plate tectonics, climate change, and hydraulic fracturing.

Saturday, April 13

Concord Consortium and NESTA Present: High-Adventure Science—Free Simulations Exploring Earth’s Systems and Sustainability Topics

Amy Pallant

8:00 – 9:00 AM, America’s Center, Annex

Explore free, NGSS-focused, classroom-tested curricula on climate change, freshwater sustainability, land use, and energy choices that address uncertainty as part of scientific argumentation.

Precipitating Change: Integrating Meteorology, Mathematics, and Computational Thinking

Carolyn Staudt, Nanette Marcum-Dietrich, Meridith Bruozas, Tom Moher, Chad Dorsey

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic F

Help empower your students’ ability to understand and apply weather-related science and mathematics by employing core computational methods and thinking involving data, models, and prediction.

Concord Consortium and NESTA Present: GEODE: Transforming Geoscience Education with Interactive Models for Exploring Plate Tectonics

Amy Pallant

12:30 – 1:30 PM, America’s Center, Annex

Explore free, NGSS-focused, classroom-tested curricula and dynamic models on plate tectonics. Help students think about Earth the way geoscientists do.

Powerful, Free Simulations for Three-Dimensional NGSS Teaching

Chad Dorsey

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, America’s Center, Room 161

Come discover how free, NSF-funded simulations and curricula from The Concord Consortium can add all three dimensions of the NGSS to your physics, physical science, life science, and chemistry teaching, with emphasis on the science practices. Take away tips and resources to bring NGSS to life in your classroom!

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