Teacher Workshops

Earn Science Equipment Grant Money for Your School

Take advantage of interactive workshops designed for elementary, middle and high school teachers. Workshops are designed to help teachers implement fun experiments into their classrooms.

    Saturday & Sunday, February 24 & 25, 2018

    Orange County Convention Center

By participating in the workshops, teachers are eligible to receive up to $2,000 per school in grant money to purchase science equipment. (More about Teacher Grants)

Registration closes February 16, 2018.

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS SUNDAY WORKSHOPS

Act 48 Continuing Education Credit will be issued to each teacher upon the successful completion of each workshop.

Registration is limited for all workshops, and will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis. A confirmation email as to the status of your registration will be sent to your registered email.

Additional Information
Lunch
Lunch will be provided to teachers who participate in either full day workshops, or morning and afternoon workshops within the same day.


Parking
Parking will be provided by Science Week. Parking information will be emailed to you at a later date.

SCIENCE WEEK LINKS

Have a Question?


Maria Ferguson
ferguson@pittcon.org

800-825-3221, x208


Don’t Miss Science Week

February 26 – March 1, 2018

Orange County
Convention Center

Workshop Details

ES = Elementary School
MS = Middle School
HS = High School
ES-MS = Elem / Middle
MS-HS = Middle / High

Morning Session: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Afternoon Session: 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
All Day Session: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday Workshops

Workshop Title School Level Session Time
DNA is the Flash of Biotech HS Morning
Ellyn Daugherty, Fisher Science Education

DNA IS THE FLASH but proteins are the cash of biotechnology. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to confirm a DNA sample that codes for the production of a real biotechnology protein product, bacterial amylase. Bacterial amylase, produced by genetic engineering and cloning, is used in several industries (biofuels, textiles, beverages). Participants will conduct an easy to implement restriction digestion of the pAmylase2014 plasmid and conduct a DNA (horizontal) electrophoresis using one of The rAmylase Project kits.

STEM is FUNdamental ES-MS Morning
Nicole Rivera, Orlando Science Center

Participants will focus on pedagogy and process as they experience an engineering design challenge from the learner’s perspective. They will work in small groups of three to five people to complete their engineering design challenge. After testing their designs and evaluating how they would improve them, participants will reflect on their experience focusing on the distinction between the role of the student and the role of the teacher in a STEM lesson. We will discuss how to assess student success in an engineering design challenge and participants will receive a rubric specifically designed for engineering design challenges. We will conclude by breaking down the essential components of an engineering design challenge, providing insight and troubleshooting tips. Participants will receive an engineering design challenge template to help them apply the strategies from the session with their own students. If time allows, participants will work in their groups to create their own engineering design challenge that they can do with their students!

Help Students Build Deeper Conceptual Understanding by Removing Yesterday’s Algorithms from Your Curriculum HS Afternoon
Deanna Cullen, Whitehall High School, MI and ChemEd X (www.ChemEdX.org)

Part 1
Stoichiometry is one of the most difficult concepts for students to grasp in the general chemistry class. Most instructors were taught to use dimensional analysis (also known as the factor-label method). That algorithmic approach alone prevents many students from gaining full conceptual understanding of the reaction they are describing. Even many the students who earn high scores on a typical stoichiometry test cannot correctly answer conceptual questions about the topic. This workshop will introduce instructors to the method of using BCA (before-change-after) tables that help students to conceptualize the mole ratios found in every balanced equation. As a bonus, teachers will find that this improved conceptual understanding will surface in several other topics, like equilibrium and titrations.

Part 2
You can teach gas laws and kinetic molecular theory without using algorithms. I continue to be amazed at how quickly students at every ability level grasp this material by considering relationships rather than plugging numbers into an algorithm.

These topics are the two most significant changes I made to my teaching strategies after being trained to use Modeling Instruction. I have been amazed at how much the approach levels the playing field for students. The divide between those students who have strong vs weak math skills and those that are good vs poor test takers has disappeared.

Proteins are the CASH of Biotech HS Afternoon
Ellyn Daugherty, Fisher Science Education

DNA is the flash but PROTEINS ARE THE CASH OF BIOTECHNOLOGY. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to identify and characterize a real biotechnology protein product, bacterial amylase. Bacterial amylase, produced by genetic engineering and cloning, is used in several industries (biofuels, textiles, beverages). Participants will conduct an easy to implement vertical electrophoresis (PAGE) of the 2 different proteins using one of The rAmylase Project kits.

Must – Share Science ES All Day
Gina Malczewski, Midland Section American Chemical Society

9:00 -10:00 Observations and Measurements

10:00-11:30 Water Is Wonderful

11:30-12:30 LUNCH

12:30-1:30: Mixtures and Separations–Colors of Chemistry

1:30-2:15—We Love Light (Light and Matter)

2:15-3:00–Pasta Bridges

STEM Design Challenges ES-MS All Day
Amy Davis, Fisher Science Education

The STEM Design Challenge is an education competition for students in grades 4- 8. By challenging children to use K’NEX construction and building toys they will gain hands-on experience in how STEM subjects are not only helpful, but creative and fun.

Sunday Workshops

Workshop Title School Level Session Time
Light, Color and Spectroscopy for Kids ES-MS Morning
John Varine, SSP/SACP

Using materials provided, workshop participants will be able to project a large and very bright visible spectrum (rainbow?) in their own classrooms. They will use that spectrum together with other materials to demonstrate why colors appear the way they do, addition & subtraction of colors, investigate the entire electromagnetic spectrum and understand the value and uses of spectroscopy in science & everyday life. They will also experience “spectroscopy as an art form”.

Explore Before Explain! A Zika Virus Case MS-HS Morning
M. Miles-Dozier, Polk County Schools

Reform movements are clear about the need to shift science classroom practice toward a “student-centered” learning environment. This presentation will model how to incorporate explore-before-explain (EBE) into the classroom to increase student engagement and possibilities for conceptual change using hands on, minds on activities.

When students explore before explain we allow them to expose their own misconceptions with the initial engagement of the concept. All students will be presented with the opportunity to explore and to interact with the concept. By providing ALL students with the same guided experience the playing field becomes more leveled. Only then can students be able to interact more equally in a reform-minded social learning environment.

Participants will be guided through an EBE experience. Using the recent ZIKA outbreak, they will simulate ELISA ZIKA detection case in a hands on investigation that guides them through immune system, brain structures, ecology, classification and human impact on the environment. Participants will also learn about the wealth of resources the CDC offers, including up to data that can be used in future research.

Our purpose in EBE is multifaceted. We are basing this approach on what we know about how people learn. We also want all students engaged, and be active participants during the learning process that can only happened when students have equal access to the same information and not rely on pre-exposure or the ability to internalize verbal information. Explore before explaining provides for all learning styles there by provides equity to all learners.

STEAM for Every Classroom ES Morning
Joseph DeGroot, Woodland Hills School District

Award winning national presenters Megan Melucci and Joe DeGroot will explore science based steamed-up stations with the infusion of technology, engineering, art, and math to enhance your curriculum and improve student learning. Rigorous, replicable, and fun!

Think, Create, Code MS-HS Morning
Tim Montondo, Fisher Science Education

Grow teamwork, exploration, and problem solving in your very own classroom! Have you wanted to incorporate robotics and computer programming, but don’t know how? SENSE is the answer! SENSE is a robotics and computer programming system for all students. Whether you teach high school, middle school, or elementary school, are planning a STEM lab, or looking for a way to integrate robotics into after school clubs or enrichment programs, SENSE can work for you! SENSE allows users to explore, problem solve, and grow their computer programming abilities starting in visual block programming and building up to Python and C languages. SENSE encourages teamwork, works within project-based learning programs, and helps students apply design concepts and processes to real-world problems in robotics.

Digital Data Collection in the Classroom and Beyond MS-HS Afternoon
Tim Montondo, Fisher Science Education

Grow teamwork, exploration, and problem solving in your very own classroom! Have you wanted to incorporate robotics and computer programming, but don’t know how? SENSE is the answer! SENSE is a robotics and computer programming system for all students. Whether you teach high school, middle school, or elementary school, are planning a STEM lab, or looking for a way to integrate robotics into after school clubs or enrichment programs, SENSE can work for you! SENSE allows users to explore, problem solve, and grow their computer programming abilities starting in visual block programming and building up to Python and C languages. SENSE encourages teamwork, works within project-based learning programs, and helps students apply design concepts and processes to real-world problems in robotics.

Class Action Chemistry MS-HS All Day
Gina Malczewski, Midland Section American Chemical Society

9:00-10:00 Chemical and Physical Reactions—Warm and Fizzy

10:00-11:30 Alka Seltzer, the Multi-tasking Medicine

11:30-12:30 LUNCH

12:30-1:45 Lock Boxes: Get Creative with Chemistry Concepts

1:45-3:00–CO2 and the Atmosphere