Office of Educational Outreach

Annual Regional Science Teachers Conference

2013 Workshops

 Workshops
8:30 AM - 9:50 AM
1.
21st Century Skills in the Classrooms of Today , General (Location: 1.442)
So you think you are preparing your students for the future? Besides knowing content - are you also teaching the skills they will need to be successful in the workforce of tomorrow? Join us in this interactive and highly engaging session about the skills and practices of STEM classrooms.
Terry Talley, Ed.D., SRT-STEM Center
2.
Digital Investigation Stations using the DataHub and the iPad!, Middle School (Location: 1.406)
Experience the seamless integration of technology into your secondary classroom and field investigations using Ward’s DataHub! Explore thermal energy, pH, waves, and photosynthesis stations in this lively workshop. Learn how to incorporate digital data collection using Ward’s DataHub into your existing science program to motivate and meet the needs of all learners. Download the free iPad DataHub app to see the free DataHub lessons today.
Deborah Linscomb, Ward's Science
3.
How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci , High School (Location: 1.104)
Leonardo was not only a great artist but an outstanding scientist and inventor. Come find out if "You Measure Up" and can journal like the great master. You will not only learn about Leonardo's life but leave with some activities that you can use in your classroom to show case him. Do you and your students have what it takes to become a genius like him?
Sally Wall, Southeast Regional T-STEM Center at University of Texas Medical Branch
4.
Teaching Science Academic Vocabulary for Comprehension and Retention, General (Location: 1.304)
When asked to identify the greatest challenge to teaching science, the vast majority of educators say it’s teaching science academic vocabulary so students comprehend and retain it. Research on teaching academic vocabulary indicates it is the methods used that are at fault. In his book, Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement (2004), Robert. Marzano indicates there is a strong correlation between background knowledge and achievement, and academic vocabulary is an essential part of building background knowledge. In this workshop, we will apply Dr. Marzano's Six-Step Process for teaching academic vocabulary using multimedia and hands on activities that provide multiple opportunities for students to interact with and apply key terms in a variety of different ways. This student-centered approach enables students to construction their own understanding of essential science academic vocabulary. This leads to greater conceptual understanding while also providing the additional support needed by ELL students.
Sherrie Matula, Independent Science Consultant; Franki Dockens, Edumatics, Corp
5.
The Combined Classroom: Making Science Meaningful at all Levels , General (Location: 1.202)
Technology in the classroom has changed the way we educate students. During this session we will explore several Science Apps that increase student learning and make science real and exciting for the student while providing educators with new innovative ways to engage students in the Science classroom. Description: This session will provide educators with science applications that will better engage students in the science classroom. These applications will allow the educator to plan activities using technology to reinforce student learning and to further engage students in the classroom and for use independently on their devices outside of the classroom to increase student knowledge.
Pearline Williams, SRT-STEM; Linda Jupin, Ball High School
6.
Using Clay Modeling to Improve STAAR Science Scores , General (Location: 1.102)
Using modeling clay can provide a kinesthetic, three-dimensional, constructive, sensory approach to learning. Participants will create models for their classroom. These models could be used as effective teaching /learning tools for Elementary, Middle and High School STAAR Science concepts. Participants will also obtain resource materials on how miniature manikins could be used for creative teaching of Life Science and also as an evaluation tool.
Jean Langevine, Galveston ISD
 Workshops
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM
1.
Hear Hear Engineer! , Middle School (Location: 1.406)
Looking for free, easy to use STEM resources and expertise for your classroom? See how the OEC can enhance your teaching about earth science and energy. Learn about OEC’s Mobile Oilfield Learning Units, the PEł: Expanding Energy Education curriculum guide and traveling trunks. Participate in a fun, hands on activity that can be readily incorporated into your classroom. “ Hear Hear” even you can become an Engineer! Each will receive a copy of the "When I Grow Up I want to be an Engineer" book. Prizes!
Doris Tomas, Offshore Energy Center
2.
Human Body for Chickens, Middle, High School (Location: 1.104)
Teach about the human body through using a grocery store chicken. Dissections are fun and loved by the students. This workshop will show how you can teach levels of organization, anatomy and adaptations by dissecting something you can buy at your local grocery store.
Sally Wall, Southeast Regional T-STEM Center at University of Texas Medical Branch
3.
SmartScopes in the classroom, General (Location: 1.304)
Hands-On workshop with the SmartScope hand-held digital microscope (computers and SmartScopes for each group). Discover the microscopic world all around us from insects, rocks, flowers, soil, textiles, salt and other crystals to prepared microscope slides. 2010 TEKS-based activities. Appropriate for Pre-K through High School.
David Walling, SmartSchool Systems
4.
So What is the T in STEM really about? , General (Location: 1.442)
Many think that if student are holding iPads in their hands, they have integrated technology in the classroom. Well, think again! STEM is about the invention and innovation of technology! Come join us in this hands-on, interactive session that looks at the heart of STEM education.
Terry Talley, Ed.D., SRT-STEM Center
5.
Waves, High School (Location: 1.304)
Labortory investigations relating to the topics of reflection, refraction, Doppler Effect, constructive and destructive interference and resonance.
Janie Head, Foster High School
6.
Web 2.0 in the 21st Century Science Class, Middle School (Location: 1.202)
Tired of teaching 21st century students with 20th century tool? Come transform traditional science projects with Web 2.0. Learn to use a variety of free tools, resources and technologies in order to create engaging science lessons to empower today’s digital natives.
Katy Webb, Juliann Brooks, Friendswood Junior High; Brenna Gilbertson, Renaissance Academy
 Workshops
1:10 PM - 2:30 PM
1.
Designer Science, General (Location: 1.442)
Meeting the needs of all learners by applying a different design quality to boost your students engagement.
Gwyn Bray, Alvin ISD
2.
Elementary GLOBE: Bringing Earth Science to Life, Elementary (Location: 1.102)
Are you looking for cool activities to capture your students' attention? Explore earth science activities that show your students the fun side of science. Hands-on activities help students make discoveries in the world around them without leaving school! Using Elementary GLOBE, kindergarten-fourth grade students, our problem-solvers of tomorrow, study Earth System Science in easy step-by-step procedures. In this workshop, teachers will investigate key concepts in water, soil, clouds, seasons and Earth system studies. The knowledge students gain here will teach decision-making, observation, inference and experimentation skills.
Alicia Simmons, UTMB, Galveston County Regional Collaborative
3.
Foldables , Elementary (Location: 1.104)
Discover the incredible array of interactive graphic organizers developed by the queen of foldables Dinah Zike. Foldables can enhance student understanding and are easily integrated into any program. Participants will create a resource notebook of foldables.
Nancy Schultz, SRT-STEM
4.
Increasing Problem Solving Through Robotics , General (Location: 1.202)
This session will delve into problem solving techniques that can be used in any classroom. Discussion will involve how robotics can aid in helping mathematics and science teachers meet standards and increase rigor. This session will include the Engineering Design Process, PBL and STEM Education aspects. Drop by and hear about my globetrotting experiences with Robotics.
Valerie Clem Blackburn, SRT-STEM Center, UTMB Educational Outreach
5.
Science Apps That Work! , General (Location: 1.304)
The Combined Classroom: Making Science Meaningful at all Levels Abstract: Differentiation for the multilevel classroom can be cumbersome for any educator as they attempt to meet the needs of all students while ensuring student success. During this session we will explore ways to differentiate science instruction in the combined classroom. Dialogue will be centered on how to increase student mastery of Science TEKS by introducing engaging activities for the science classroom. Description: This session will provide educators with instructional strategies that will allow for greater student success in science classroom. Discussion will also involve ways to accommodate reluctant learners with activities that will be more engaging and that will make science more relevant for the student. Strategies will increase mastery of Science TEKS for the multilevel classroom.
Pearline Williams, SRT-STEM
 Workshops
3:00 PM - 4:20 PM
1.
Designer Science, General (Location: 1.442)
Meeting the needs of all learners by applying a different design quality to boost your students engagement.
Gwyn Bray, Alvin ISD
2.
Elementary GLOBE: Bringing Earth Science to Life , Elementary (Location: 1.102)
Are you looking for cool activities to capture your students' attention? Explore earth science activities that show your students the fun side of science. Hands-on activities help students make discoveries in the world around them without leaving school! Using Elementary GLOBE, kindergarten-fourth grade students, our problem-solvers of tomorrow, study Earth System Science in easy step-by-step procedures. In this workshop, teachers will investigate key concepts in water, soil, clouds, seasons and Earth system studies. The knowledge students gain here will teach decision-making, observation, inference and experimentation skills.
Alicia Simmons
3.
Foldables , Elementary (Location: 1.104)
Discover the incredible array of interactive graphic organizers developed by the queen of foldables Dinah Zike. Foldables can enhance student understanding and are easily integrated into any program. Participants will create a resource notebook of foldables.
Nancy Schultz, SRT-STEM
4.
Increasing Problem Solving Through Robotics , General (Location: 1.202)
This session will delve into problem solving techniques that can be used in any classroom. Discussion will involve how robotics can aid in helping mathematics and science teachers meet standards and increase rigor. This session will include the Engineering Design Process, PBL and STEM Education aspects. Drop by and hear about my globetrotting experiences with Robotics.
Valerie Clem Blackburn, SRT-STEM Center, UTMB Educational Outreach
5.
Reading, Writing and Thinking Like a Scientist , Middle School (Location: 1.406)
For years educators have been concerned about the limited ability of students to read, comprehend, and critically evaluate scientific information. The supportive nature of literacy processes are the means by which science content is learned because content information is rooted in written and oral language. As learners become increasing adept in applying the processes that lead to critical comprehension and effective communication, they are better able to read, write, think, and express themselves in such a way as to effectively engage in scientific study and problem-solving (Casteel, 1994). The session goals for the Science Workshop will be to explore examples of current research concerning the reciprocal relationship between literacy and science, model strategies that demonstrate reading, writing and thinking to promote science literacy, and discuss how to incorporate science literacy in an everyday classroom
Codi Freeman, Deer Park ISD;Franki Dockens, Edumatics, Corp.
6.
The Disrupted Cell Cycle, High School (Location: 1.304)
A brief examination of the stages of the cell cycle for a typical cell will be presented. For comparison, the cell cycle will also be viewed when disruptions occur to the cell cycle. The implications as a result of the cell cycle disruptions will be analyzed. The disrupted cell cycle will be presented in the context of breast cancer formation.
Melissa Perez, Pasadena ISD


 

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