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Welcome to the 2014 USTA Conference!!!

Utah Valley Convention Center - Provo, UT

We have worked hard to make sure that there is something for every science teacher at every hour of the conference.  Please make sure that after a breakout session you take the time to fill out a survey.  Every survey you fill out is an entry into our raffle for some great prizes to use in the classroom and on your free time.



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Friday, February 7
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Friday February 7, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
2nd Floor - Common Area

8:00am

Registration
Friday February 7, 2014 8:00am - 12:00pm
2nd Floor - Common Area

9:00am

Keynote Address - The Key to Engagement
Engagement is recognized as a fundamental ingredient of meaningful learning, but how to reliably achieve it is a difficult question. Reflecting on three years' experience making science videos on YouTube, involving many discussions with students and the public, I will highlight the keys to actively engaging learners. I will also share data from my PhD on designing effective multimedia segments for conceptual learning. These data underline the central importance of alternative conceptions and how they can be used to promote conceptual change.

Presenters
avatar for Derek Muller

Derek Muller

Founder, Veritasium
Science videos! | | Derek Muller is a passionate science educator, communicator, and filmmaker. He completed his bachelor’s in Engineering Physics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and a PhD in Physics Education Research at the University of Sydney. Derek studied how to design multimedia to teach physics effectively. One of his major findings is that addressing misconceptions first is often essential to engage the... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 9:00am - 9:50am
2nd Floor - Ballroom

9:00am

Vendor Booths
Check out the many vendor tables and what they have to offer you, your classroom, your students, and your school.

Friday February 7, 2014 9:00am - 3:30pm
3rd Floor

10:00am

7th Grade Standard 4: Inheritance. Ideas for your classroom.
In this session, we will share ideas for hands on projects for your classroom on standard 4: Inheritance. We will tie these ideas together with the NGSS Cross Cutting standards.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
3rd Level - Soldier Creek

10:00am

The 'Bests of' Chemistry
We plan to show activities and experiments that go along with chemistry, focusing mainly on the periodic table, chemical / physical properties, and chemical/physical changes. We have hands-on activities to start the unit. We also would like to share apps that we have found that students can use in the classroom.

Presenters
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Becky Dunleavy

Teacher, Davis School District


Friday February 7, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
3rd Level - Cascade E

10:00am

Inquiry with Brine Shrimp Cysts and Photosynthesizing Leaf Discs
This presentation will show how guided inquiry investigations can be performed with brine shrimp cysts and photosynthesizing leaf discs, and how you can incorporate the core writing standards with a lab report.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
3rd Level - Cascade B

10:00am

Argument from Evidence in Chemistry Classes
Evidence looks different in science than it does in English or history. Learn about methods I have used to help students deepen their scientific understanding by arguing with evidence.

Presenters
avatar for Rebecca Sansom

Rebecca Sansom

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Brigham Young University
Interested in General Chemistry Laboratory Instruction, Chemical Education Research, and improving STEM engagement and retention in under-represented groups, especially women.


Friday February 7, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
3rd Level - Hobble Creek

10:00am

Galaxy Red Shift as Evidence for the Expanding Universe
Participants will investigate Red Shift, calculate and graph recession velocities. Instruction via PowerPoint provided. Classroom sets of color copies will be provided to the first 30 teachers.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
2nd Level - Ballroom B

10:00am

Where Did You Read That? Integrating Science into the Literacy Curriculum
Do you run out of time teaching your entire science curriculum every year? Looking for ways to integrate your science activities into your literacy lessons? This is the class for you! In this session, you will see examples of successful integration of students learning about science throughout the literacy curriculum.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
3rd Level - Cascade D

10:00am

FOSStering the Utah Core through Science
This workshop is designed to provide direct experience in science investigations K-2 while building literacy skills in speaking, listening, expository writing with science notebooks and reading with informational texts.

Presenters
avatar for Delta Education / FOSS

Delta Education / FOSS

Regional Sales Manager, FOSS/Delta Education
School Specialty provides over 110,000 educational products from the most trusted brands nationwide, including Crayola, 3M, Elmer’s and our own proprietary brands such as Childcraft, Sax, EPS, Califone, and Frey, among others. | We provide innovative products and programs to the Educational Marketplace, servicing the needs of teachers and schools to ensure students of all ages receive the scholastic support they need to advance their... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
3rd Level - Cascade C

10:00am

A Match Made in Heaven: Environmental Education and STEM
Environmental Education (EE) is the perfect match for STEM. This workshop will model hands-on activities from Project Learning Tree and Project WET that enhance teacher’s pre-existing curricula while meeting Utah Core Standards. The activities incorporate best practices of environmental education and demonstrate direct connections to STEM. Materials are interdisciplinary and suited for grades k-12.

Presenters
US

Utah Society for Environmental Education

Utah Society for Environmental Education


Friday February 7, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
3rd Level - Silver Creek

10:00am

New AP Physics Curriculum: AP 1 and 2
We will discuss upcoming changes to the AP Physics curriculum and exams--specifically the splitting of AP Physics-B into two new courses: AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2.

Presenters
avatar for Tom Erekson

Tom Erekson

Physics Teacher, Science Department Chair, Data Specialist, Alpine - Lone Peak High School


Friday February 7, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
3rd Level - Board Room

10:00am

Utah Science Olympiad
Come learn how to get involved with Utah Science Olympiad.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
3rd Level - Battle Creek

10:00am

Empowering PowerPoint (Beginner Level)
Learn how to use PowerPoint effectively in your classroom - turn your presentations into something that your students will look forward to and remember. This class is for beginners, advanced users come to the advanced session.

Presenters
TL

Talley Lucas

South Hills Middle School, Jordan School District


Friday February 7, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
3rd Level - Cascade A

10:00am

Watt is Electricity
Learn the basics of electricity with a 400,000 volt Van de Graaff and a 1,000,000 volt Tesla coil. Electrostatic charges, volts, amps, watts, AC/DC, safety. Large audience OK.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
2nd Level - Ballroom C

11:00am

How Dense Can you Get?
A variety of hands on Density lessons

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
3rd Level - Soldier Creek

11:00am

Ecology Around You
Tried, true, and inexpensive activities designed to get kids thinking about the environment, sustainability their place in the world.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
3rd Level - Hobble Creek

11:00am

Tragedy in the Commons
Teachers will participate in an activity called "Tragedy in the Commons". This integrated activity allows students to participate in a mock "fishing" scenario. The students discover how overfishing creates reduced or vanishing fish populations and learn what sustainability really means.

Presenters
BG

Barbara Gentry

Curriculum Department
AS

Angela Stewart

Centennial Jr. High


Friday February 7, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
3rd Level - Cascade E

11:00am

Process-Oriented Guide Inquiry Learning
Effectively using guided inquiry activities to introduce topics in chemistry. What works and what doesn't work with POGIL.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
3rd Level - Battle Creek

11:00am

Using Demos to Teach Earth Science Concepts
It can be a challenge to incorporate labs and hands on activities when teaching Earth Science. Using fun and effective teacher demonstrations can help students learn difficult concepts in an engaging and memorable way. We will do several demos that support and align with the new Utah Earth Science core curriculum.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
3rd Level - Cascade B

11:00am

Wrapping Your Mind Around the Moon
Do you need new ideas on how to teach phases of the moon? This class will help participants understand why we see different phases of the even though light is always shining on half the moon. We will focus on the angle relationship between the sun, earth, and moon of why we see the light grow and diminish on the moon. There will be lesson plan hand-outs.

Presenters
PN

Paul Nance

Curriculum Department


Friday February 7, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
3rd Level - Cascade D

11:00am

Can it Survive? - Part 1: Developing Student Understanding of Animal Adaptations
Spark student imaginations as they learn to understand the Life Science strand with a focus on Second Grade. Come participate in hand's-on inquiry activities that demonstrate animal survival and adaptations. In addition, participants will make and take ÒfoldablesÓ. This unique way of journaling directly correlates objectives with relevant reinforcement activities. These graphic organizers help students grasp science concepts, and also serve as a study guide. Come see this fun method for integrating language arts, social sciences, and mathematics into the sciences.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
3rd Level - Cascade C

11:00am

Using Science to Teach Science
Take a quick moment to think about your most pressing need within your classroom? Does the thought that comes to your mind somehow involve making sure that every student experiences academic growth and achievement? Come to the Using Science to Teach Science presentation to see how this science team uses data to identify and respond to the learning needs of each student, assess the progress of each student, and provide RE-TEACH/RE-LEARN and ENRICHMENT opportunities DURING the SCHOOL DAY.

Presenters
EB

Eric Bingham

Mt Logan Middle School
TH

Thane Hutchinson

Logan City - Mount Logan Middle School
ML

Marvin Lowe

Mount Logan Middle School
SW

Scott Wright

8th Grade Science Teacher, Mount Logan Middl e School
Passions include, family, teaching science, athletics, and food. I enjoy martial arts, climbing, and crossfitting.


Friday February 7, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
3rd Level - Silver Creek

11:00am

Teaching Physics, Honors, Physics or AP for the First Time?
This session is for the new or inexperienced physics teacher who is looking for a set of "tried and true" resources to serve as a foundation for developing their school's physics program.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
3rd Level - Board Room

11:00am

Utah Underwater Robots - A STEM Extracurricular Activity
Presentation on the Utah Underwater Robotics program (formally SeaPerch) sponsored through BYU. Learn how to incorporate underwater robots as a STEM focused extracurricular/club activity.

Presenters
avatar for Darwin Deming

Darwin Deming

I currently teach 8th grade Integrated Science at Mt. Nebo Jr. High in the Nebo School District. I have a BS and an MS degree in Earth Science Education. I facilitate a STEM club at our school and will be presenting the project we do in that club: Utah Underwater Robotics.


Friday February 7, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
2nd Level - Ballroom B

11:00am

Using IPads for Meaningful Science Instruction
IPads and IPods in the classroom are all the buzz these days. But how do you really use them for meaningful instruction? Whether you have one teacher IPad or IPod, or you have one for every student, this session will propose ideas for apps, activities, and demos that will enhance the way you teach science.

Presenters
avatar for JoAnne Brown

JoAnne Brown

USTA Past President, Olympus Jr.


Friday February 7, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
3rd Level - Cascade A

11:00am

Gear Up USU with Veritasium
Derek Muller will share some of his personal favorite Veritasium Videos

Presenters
avatar for Derek Muller

Derek Muller

Founder, Veritasium
Science videos! | | Derek Muller is a passionate science educator, communicator, and filmmaker. He completed his bachelor’s in Engineering Physics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and a PhD in Physics Education Research at the University of Sydney. Derek studied how to design multimedia to teach physics effectively. One of his major findings is that addressing misconceptions first is often essential to engage the... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
2nd Level - Ballroom C

11:50am

Lunch
Friday February 7, 2014 11:50am - 12:30pm
2nd Floor - Common Area

12:40pm

How to Beef Up Inquiry Lessons to Include Explicit Instruction and STEM Components
STEM is the hot topic amongst science educators around the nation. Have you wondered if you are incorporating enough STEM components into your curriculum? In order to prepare our students of today for the jobs of tomorrow, we have to provide opportunities to not only learn content, but to develop critical thinking and collaboration skills as well. Cookbook, step by step labs simply won’t do. Come and join the discussion on how to improve inquiry lessons to include explicit instruction and STEM components. *Bring a lesson you’d like to modify.

Presenters
avatar for Alicia Yost Clark

Alicia Yost Clark

Science 7, Eastmont Middle School
I am an outdoor enthusiast and love to be active. I am also very passionate about educating young minds. I've taught both in Utah and in Mexico. I've been teaching for almost 7 years.


Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
3rd Level - Hobble Creek

12:40pm

Engaging 8th graders
Sharing & demonstrating creative ways to engage 8th graders in learning the 8th grade curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Joleen Reddish

Joleen Reddish

South Jordan Middle School


Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
2nd Level - Ballroom C

12:40pm

The Human Microbiome
Explore the ecosystem of the human body. Learn what we’re discovering about the body's microbes and how they influence our health. Free materials at: http://learn.genetics.utah.edu

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
3rd Level - Soldier Creek

12:40pm

The Joy of Molecular Geometry
Participants will see one of the enrichment/extension activities students complete as their less keen counterparts remediate a unit. This activity is an extention of the bonding and molecular geometry unit. Particiapnts will EXPERIENCE the joy of molecular geometry.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
3rd Level - Battle Creek

12:40pm

Exploring Density
We will take a basic density/process lesson and show how the ILOs and real science practice can be part of classroom instruction. One density tank provided to first 35 teachers.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
2nd Level - Ballroom B

12:40pm

Dirt: Secrets in the Soil
Participants will be up to their elbows in the study of soil as we explore authentic, hands-on learning activities that can be used to engage students with an understanding of how soils are formed, soil components, soil types, and erosion. These targeted core curriculum instructional resources will provide teachers with new ideas, activities, and tools to build greater understanding and retention among students in the area of soil science. Participants will receive curriculum materials and a classroom soils kit. (WANT TO CONTACT AND CHANGE TO 1st 30 to get resources) This workshop is designed for fourth grade teachers and will be limited to 30 participants.

Presenters
avatar for Lynn Wallin

Lynn Wallin

Education Specialist, Utah State University; Agriculture in the Classroom
Lynn Wallin is an education specialist for Utah Agriculture in the Classroom at Utah State University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and a Master of Education degree from Utah State University.


Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade D

12:40pm

Can it Survive? - Part 2: Developing Student Understanding of Animal Adaptations
Increase student involvement through this unique way of journalng that directly correlates objectives with relevant reinforcement activities. These graphic organizers help students grasp science concepts, and also serves as a study guide. It can also be used as an integration tool for language arts, social sciences, and mathematics into the sciences

Presenters
LC

Linda Carter

Jordan School District


Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade C

12:40pm

Building Effective Science Journals
Do you use science journals effectively in your classroom? This presentation will demonstrate how to create student-centered science journals for any grade level.

Presenters
avatar for Cara Baldree

Cara Baldree

Lincoln Elementary, Salt Lake School District


Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
3rd Level - Silver Creek

12:40pm

NASA - 'Landing On Mars: Touchdown!' Engineering Design Challenge' (Grades 5-12) Repeat
Teachers engage in the engineering design process by undertaking in a hands-on inquiry activity. Given the challenge to deliver a cargo to the surface of a planet, teams must brainstorm, design, build and test a planetary lander. A fixed set of materials are provided. Teamwork, communication, engineering roles and testing models are all practiced.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
2nd Level - Ballroom A

12:40pm

Welcome to the 21st Century: Harnessing the power of online education in your curriculum
Learn how to reduce teacher grading loads, provide students with instant feedback on assignments, and engage students with interactive tutorials and lab simulations. Perfect for teachers that have considered flipping their curriculum or for teachers that want to prepare their students for the new SAGE testing format.Ê

Presenters
DR

Darci Rhoades

American Fork High School


Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade B

12:40pm

Incorporating the Engineering Design Process in Elementary Science
Participants will experience an engineering design process that is aligned with the 5th grade science standards for electricity and circuits.

Presenters
BG

Barbara Gentry

Curriculum Department
avatar for Rebecca Sansom

Rebecca Sansom

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Brigham Young University
Interested in General Chemistry Laboratory Instruction, Chemical Education Research, and improving STEM engagement and retention in under-represented groups, especially women.


Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade E

12:40pm

Empowering PowerPoint (Advanced Level)
Even if you are an advanced PowerPoint user come and learn some tips and tricks to take your presentations to the next level and to increase student engagement and retention. This presentation is for advanced users, beginners please attend the beginner session.

Presenters
TL

Talley Lucas

South Hills Middle School, Jordan School District


Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade A

12:40pm

USOE Q&A - New Standards Timeline, OER, Endorsement Courses, AND Licensing in Science
What is going on at the Utah State Office of Education in Science? This is an opportunity come and hear quick summaries about the New Science Standards and Timeline, Open Education Resources for Science grades 3-12, Endorsement Course opportunities for teachers, AND licensing in science. After each overview, there will be time to ask questions, and teachers will be given specific information on how they can be more involved with any or all of these efforts.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Young

Sarah Young

STEM Liaison, Utah State Office of Education and STEM Action Center
Sarah Reeves-Young is the STEM Liaison for the Utah State Office of Education and STEM Action Center. Previously she was the K-12 Science Specialist with the Utah State Office of Education. Young provides technical support and leadership in the development and improvement of STEM education in the elementary and secondary schools in the state. She plans, develops, promotes, implements and evaluates programs in STEM education related to the state... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
3rd Level - Board Room

1:40pm

Inquiring Minds: Overcoming the fear of inquiry labs!!!
How to turn your cook-book labs into inquiry labs. Let go of the fear and turn the students loose.

Presenters
NB

Nancy Beckman

South Hill Middle School
avatar for Dawn Monson

Dawn Monson

South Hills Middle School
I love knowing why and how and what next. Science allows me to find some of these things. I enjoy watching middle school kidos light-bulbs come on and make connections. My other passions are my family and horses and any activity outside!!!!


Friday February 7, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
2nd Level - Ballroom C

1:40pm

Embedding Literacy Standards for Science and Technical Subjects into our Utah State Science Core
Teachers will understand the rationale for embedding literacy into science, as well as learn several methods to help scaffold difficult text, explicitly teach vocabulary, and develop meaningful writing prompts.

Presenters
RH

Rachel Hill

Canyons School District


Friday February 7, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
3rd Level - Hobble Creek

1:40pm

Fun Factory Environmental Science
A presentation of Environmental Laws in general, but specifically those that would affect a production facility. (30-45 minutes)
Group activity/role play using "play-doh's fun factory" to implement environmental laws in the workplace. (60-90 minutes)

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
3rd Level - Soldier Creek

1:40pm

Setting up a Chem Demo Team in Your School
Learn from an intern how to set up a chemistry demo team which will go out and visit elementary schools. Get excited about science.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
3rd Level - Battle Creek

1:40pm

Google Earth and Plate Tectonics
Use Google Earth to engage students in plate tectonics. Learn how to use two inquiry activities that use Google Earth and collect real data. Please bring laptops with Google Earth installed if possible. You will get plenty of info without a laptop, but it will be more fun if you can explore the program.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade B

1:40pm

Introduction to Heredity
Introduce basic concepts about traits, inheritance, and DNA; includes math and graphing integration. Five student and three take-home family activities; all in English and Spanish. Available for free: learn.genetics.utah.edu

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade D

1:40pm

Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate WITH Literacy
This is a continuation of Part I. Spark student imaginations as they learn to understand the Life Science strand with a focus on Second Grade. Come participate in hand's-on inquiry activities that demonstrate animal survival and adaptations. In addition, participants will make and take ÒfoldablesÓ. This unique way of journaling directly correlates objectives with relevant reinforcement activities. These graphic organizers help students grasp science concepts, and also serve as a study guide. Come see this fun method for integrating language arts, social sciences, and mathematics into the sciences.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade C

1:40pm

NASA - 'Landing On Mars: Touchdown!' Engineering Design Challenge' (Grades 5-12) Repeat
Teachers engage in the engineering design process by undertaking in a hands-on inquiry activity. Given the challenge to deliver a cargo to the surface of a planet, teams must brainstorm, design, build and test a planetary lander. A fixed set of materials are provided. Teamwork, communication, engineering roles and testing models are all practiced.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
2nd Level - Ballroom A

1:40pm

Utah SAGE assessments
Information on the SAGE assessments being implemented Spring 2014. An update of current progress. A demonstration of items types. Information about the Summative, Formative, and Interim components of SAGE.

Presenters
avatar for Brad Talbert

Brad Talbert

Assessment Specialist, USOE


Friday February 7, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
3rd Level - Board Room

1:40pm

Budget-Friendly Physics Labs
We are going to look at a handful of inquiry-based labs that can be run on a small budget. These labs will get students out of their seats having fun, and asking in depth questions about the physics principles you study in your classes. Think zip lines, marble-coasters, and a bit of video analysis.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade E

1:40pm

Put a genie in their pocket! Dominate Science Using Braingenie and other OER
Learn how to help students build deep mastery & sharpen problem-solving skills through the most comprehensive FREE K-12 science practices. Lean how to easily use assessment data to inform instructional practices.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
2nd Level - Ballroom B

1:40pm

Science Resources from UEN
In this fast paced session learn about the wide variety of resources from UEN. UEN curates a wide variety of resources. Everything from Utah licensed videos to full coursework, to just in time teacher training. Learn about eMedia, Digital Science Online, the National Repository of Online Courses and strategies for sharing and using them in your classes.

Presenters
MJ

Mitchell Jorgensen

Integrated Science Teacher, Alpine School District
5 years as a presenter for UEN. 5 year previous presenter at UCET. 3 year presenter at SUECON


Friday February 7, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade A

1:40pm

What's New at the Bean?!
The newly remodeled Bean Life Science Museum opens this spring. We offer exhibit videos, Bio-boxes, classroom activities and live animal shows via Skype or in person. Come see what we can do for your classroom.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 1:40pm - 2:30pm
3rd Level - Silver Creek

2:40pm

Engaging Classroom Actitvies that Promote High Level Student Learning.
This interactive presentation will give teachers a handful of classroom technigues to engage all learners at high levels of learning. This presentation will include using Kagan Structures adapted specially to the 7th Grade science Core.

Presenters
avatar for JoAnne Brown

JoAnne Brown

USTA Past President, Olympus Jr.


Friday February 7, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade E

2:40pm

Good Vibrations (6th/8th Grade Science)
If you want to waste an hour and have a great time, come learn about some good vibrations. (Leave with your hearing intact!)

Presenters
DM

Duane Merrell

Brigham Young University


Friday February 7, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
2nd Level - Ballroom C

2:40pm

Charismatic Microfauna: Free Classroom Microbiology Resources
Halophiles (microorganisms that live in high salt concentrations) can be a colorful and exciting entrée into the microbial world. These microorganisms can connect students of all ages to their environment and make ideal lab models for classroom studies.  They also provide an edgy hook to engage students as they make great astrobiological models.  Come learn about free online microbiology resources for collecting, culturing and quantifying halophiles using common classroom and other inexpensive and low-tech items.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
3rd Level - Soldier Creek

2:40pm

Incorporating Literacy in to the Chemistry Classroom
This session will focus on how to start implementing literacy in to the classroom. Although all examples will be Chemistry content, the strategies can be applied to any content.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
3rd Level - Board Room

2:40pm

Distilling Aromatic Hydrocarbons
We distill water to purify it, or so we think. So why does the clear distillate from apple cider smell like apples? Join us and find out! Using a clever test-tube distillation apparatus, distill the essence of vanilla and the scent of mint and we'll even show you how to make brandy from wine! Distillation is a crucial process in chemical engineering and technology, yet few students ever get to explore the process.

Presenters
LA

Lab Aids

Lab Aids


Friday February 7, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
3rd Level - Hobble Creek

2:40pm

Field Trip Proposals Administrators Cannot Turn Down
Field trips are the ultimate hands on science experience. Half day to four day trips, learn how to craft field trip proposals that administrators do not turn down.


Friday February 7, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
3rd Level - Battle Creek

2:40pm

Mickelson ExxonMobil Science Teacher Academy Experience and Lessons Learned
Have you ever wondered about the Mickelson ExxonMobil Science Teacher Academy? Learn about this fully-funded summer program that helps deepen understanding of mathematics and science in elementary classrooms.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade C

2:40pm

Science Content Literacy
Where does literacy fit into your science classroom instruction? Content is what we teach, but there is also the how, and this is where literacy instruction comes in. This session will provide engaging, effective strategies and example lessons to get students to think about, write about, read about, and talk about the content you teach.

Presenters
avatar for Karre Nevarez

Karre Nevarez

6th Grade (Advanced Learning Lab), Alpine - Westfield Elementary
I teach a S.T.E.M. focused class in Alpine School District, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. I am passionate about project-based learning and teaching 21st Century skills in a fun, accepting learning environment.


Friday February 7, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade D

2:40pm

Constructing Science
Recent reforms emphasize "scientific practices," including data analysis, construction of explanations, and development of models. This workshop gives participants a chance to engage in these practices and explore their meanings for classes at all levels.

Presenters
avatar for Adam Johnston

Adam Johnston

Weber State University
http://physics.weber.edu/johnston


Friday February 7, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
3rd Level - Silver Creek

2:40pm

Creating and Analyzing Motion Graphs with Board Games
Using a simple board game, create motion graphs. This lesson can be adapted for creating simple motion graphs, for middle school science, to more advanced graphs for conceptual to AP Physics.

Presenters

Friday February 7, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade B

2:40pm

From Junk to Robots: Exploring science and engineering through creative activities
Science is the journey of exploration. This workshop will emphasize hands-on activities, teaching application of science and engineering concepts, with materials found in every school, office, or home junk drawer.Ê This will be a fun, engaging workshop where ideas can be shared, teamwork demonstrated and new ideas formed. Participants will engage in planning, design and building.Ê Curriculum ideas will be presented along with tools to highlight important STEM principles. Additional information will be presented on STEM materials and curriculum available through USU Extension.ÊÊ Ê

Presenters
VP

Vernon Parent

Extension Associate Professor, USU Extension
Vernon Parent has been teaching and mentoring youth for most of his life. As an early peer mentor in Silicon Valley California, Vernon taught inner city kids about natural systems working in coastal tidal pools and forest ecosystems. Since that time he has worked with youth of all ages, helping them better understand the physical world around them, through hands-on experiences. For the last 15 years he has worked with Utah State University... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
2nd Level - Ballroom B

2:40pm

STEM-tacular Paper Rockets
Have fun with us as we show you how to teach many science concepts using paper rockets. We will actually make the rockets in class and show you how easy they are to do, whether you are indoors or out.  We will show you how easy it is to make your own launchers and the other activities available with them.  Your students will be able to make rockets in 3 minutes allowing them more time to test their rockets.  This will be one of the activities students will come back and tell you they remember.  Once you have your launcher all you need is paper, 1/2 inch pvc pipe, scissors, tape, pennies, and a bicycle pump. It is amazing how easy these rockets are to make.  Your students will learn basic science process skills to detailed physics concepts.      

Presenters
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Darren Hodges

Oak Canyon Junior High
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Doug Panee

Science Teacher 8th Integrated & 9th Earth Systems, USTA & Oak Canyon Jr. High
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Joshua Stowers

Lakeridge Junior High


Friday February 7, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
2nd Level - Ballroom A

2:40pm

I FLIPPING Love Teaching Science!
Learn how to apply the idea of a flipped classroom to what you teach. Learn some easy technology that will allow you to spend more time working with students, and less time repeating things.

Presenters
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Amy Pace

Mountain Heights Academy
Amy Pace teaches at Mountain Heights Academy in the Science Department. She has been teaching science for the past 16 years in traditional and online settings. She also serves as the Region IV Rep. on the Utah Science Teachers Association Board, and teaches Zoology through the UEN Online Science endorsement program. This past summer Amy traveled to Tokyo, Japan as a member of the TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy.


Friday February 7, 2014 2:40pm - 3:30pm
3rd Level - Cascade A

3:30pm

Ice Cream Social
Friday February 7, 2014 3:30pm - 4:00pm
3rd Floor - Common Area

3:30pm

Prize Raffle
Friday February 7, 2014 3:30pm - 4:00pm
3rd Floor - Common Area

6:00pm

USTA Awards Banquet
All are welcome to congratulate wonderful teachers in our state while enjoying a wonderful meal. Tickets are still available ($15 each). See USTA Table for more information.

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Duane Merrell

Brigham Young University


Friday February 7, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
2nd Floor - Ballroom