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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

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

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

11:50am

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Presenters
avatar for Duane Merrell

Duane Merrell

Physics Teacher Prep, Brigham Young University


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