Nov. 2-3, 2017
The 2017 Annual MAST Conference: Spotlight on Science will cover climate change education, new teacher resources, student misconceptions, technology resources in the science classroom, and dynamic classrooms. It will be held at the Boxboro Regency Hotel in Boxborough, MA.
Thursday, November 2
Building Models Using SageModeler: A Free Tool for Student Model Construction
9:15 – 10:15 AM, Colonial Room
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.
Geniventure: Exploring Dragon Genetics with the Aid of an Intelligent Tutor
Kiley McElroy-Brown, Frieda Reichsman, Trudi Lord
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Colonial Room
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.
InquirySpace: Supporting Students Learning Science by Doing Science
1:00 – 2:00 PM, Colonial Room
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.