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


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.

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Matthew LeDuc

Science, Weber School District

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


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.


Barbara Gentry

Curriculum Department

Angela Stewart

Centennial Jr. High

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


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


Molly Malone

University of Utah - GSLC

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


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)


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


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.

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Jaimi Butler

Coordinator, Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College
Jaimi Butler is the coordinator of the Great Salt Lake Institute, housed at Westminster College. Despite the Great Salt Lakes’ reputation for being inhospitable, Jaimi fell in love with the lake and made it her place. After graduating with her Fisheries and Wildlife degree from... Read More →

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