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


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


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


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.

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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


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.


Barbara Gentry

Curriculum Department
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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


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.


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


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


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... Read More →

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


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.      


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