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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


Watt is Electricity
Learn the basics of electricity with a 400,000 volt Van de Graaff and a 1,000,000 volt Tesla coil. Electrostatic charges, volts, amps, watts, AC/DC, safety. Large audience OK.


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


Gear Up USU with Veritasium
Derek Muller will share some of his personal favorite Veritasium Videos

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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 11:00am - 11:50am
2nd Level - Ballroom C


USOE Q&A - New Standards Timeline, OER, Endorsement Courses, AND Licensing in Science
What is going on at the Utah State Office of Education in Science? This is an opportunity come and hear quick summaries about the New Science Standards and Timeline, Open Education Resources for Science grades 3-12, Endorsement Course opportunities for teachers, AND licensing in science. After each overview, there will be time to ask questions, and teachers will be given specific information on how they can be more involved with any or all of these efforts.

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Sarah Young

STEM Liaison, Utah State Office of Education and STEM Action Center
Sarah Reeves-Young is the STEM Liaison for the Utah State Office of Education and STEM Action Center. Previously she was the K-12 Science Specialist with the Utah State Office of Education. Young provides technical support and leadership in the development and improvement of STEM education in the elementary and secondary schools in the state. She plans, develops, promotes, implements and evaluates programs in STEM education related to the state... Read More →

Friday February 7, 2014 12:40pm - 1:30pm
3rd Level - Board Room


What's New at the Bean?!
The newly remodeled Bean Life Science Museum opens this spring. We offer exhibit videos, Bio-boxes, classroom activities and live animal shows via Skype or in person. Come see what we can do for your classroom.


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


Distilling Aromatic Hydrocarbons
We distill water to purify it, or so we think. So why does the clear distillate from apple cider smell like apples? Join us and find out! Using a clever test-tube distillation apparatus, distill the essence of vanilla and the scent of mint and we'll even show you how to make brandy from wine! Distillation is a crucial process in chemical engineering and technology, yet few students ever get to explore the process.


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Lab Aids

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