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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7th Grade Science [clear filter]
Friday, February 7


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.


Melanie McEvoy

Davis - Sunset Jr. High

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


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

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Maggie Huddleston

K-12 Science Teacher Leader, Weber School District
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Brenda Raccuia

Mountain High School

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


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.

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Alicia 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


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.


Nancy Beckman

South Hill Middle School
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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