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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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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