NSTA 2012

Indianapolis, IN
Mar 29 – Apr 1, 2012
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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, March 29

Chad DorseyUncertain Answers: Exploring Climate Change and Water Sustainability with Models

Chad Dorsey

3:30-4:30 PM, Westin Indianapolis, Congress I/II

Students experiment with climate change and freshwater sustainability models while coming to grips with uncertainty in the scientific process with free, ready-to-use online curricula.

Friday, March 30

Carolyn StaudtSmartGraphs for Learning: Free, Open-Source, Web-based Activities for Science Classes

Carolyn Staudt

2:00-3:00 PM, Indiana Convention Center, 125

The Concord Consortium’s SmartGraphs project develops free, open-source, web-based activities to improve student understanding of concepts shown in graphs in high school STEM classes. SmartGraphs activities are based on research that focuses on students’ comprehension of graphs.

Saturday, March 31

Probes and Models Across the Curriculum

Carolyn Staudt

12:30-1:30 PM, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, Marriott Ballroom 1

Implement more than 200 free, tested, and standards-based student activities that use highly interactive computer models and probes. Learn about associated online assessments and professional development.

Sunday, April 1

Powerful and FREE Simulations for Biology Teaching

Chad Dorsey

8:00-9:00 AM, Indiana Convention Center, 204

Come discover how free, NSF-funded molecular, genetics, and evolution simulations and curricula from The Concord Consortium can add a new dimension to your biology teaching. Take home a free software CD and resources. Don’t forget to bring your laptop.

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