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Thursday, March 7
 

8:00am

Integrating English Language Arts
Using ELA skills and strategies with evidence notebooks

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Thursday March 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room R

8:00am

3 D Formative Assessment
Learn strategies and techniques to create and use formative assessments that address the three dimensions of NGSS.

Speakers
avatar for John Graves

John Graves

Associate Director, MSSE
• Online science educator in the MSSE Program | • 40 year educator with experience at the middle school & university level | • NGSS/inquiry


Thursday March 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room J

8:00am

Demystifying 3D NGSS and STEM Literacy Using the Phenomenon of Light 
We will model literacy strategies for Properties of Visible Light; use complex vocabulary, enter into argumentation and discourse, and build the capacity for scientific literacy.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Krysinski

Jill Krysinski

Regional STEMcoach, STEMscopes
My name is Jill Krysinski. I am an Illinois certified high school teacher with 20 years of experience. I earned a certificate in Advanced NGSS from Northwestern University. I use my NGSS education to help teachers and school districts learn the NGSS, develop three dimensional... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room I

8:00am

New Attendees Welcome
Welcome to your first WSST Conference! If you need help getting organized and figuring out what to attend, stop by and we’ll help you out. Meet other new attendees and receive our heart-felt welcome for joining this great organization. This is an informal session, so you can drop in anytime.


Thursday March 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Terrace

8:00am

When Games Aren't Just Games - Increase the learning by increasing the fun!
Looking for a new method to engage students in science? Come play a game with us and gain a whole list of games to engage students in science content!
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1of82KKgBe8DW1NVZTp2TkgRVD3kl9KXplMaIpTF3B-I/edit?usp=drivesdk

Speakers
MD

Mike Damp

Cambridge School District
avatar for Jennifer Scianna

Jennifer Scianna

Cambridge School District


Thursday March 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room Q

8:00am

Claim, Evidence, Reasoning
Claim, Evidence, Reasoning is an analysis tool used to connect science and engineering practices through NGSS. We will share examples of how we are using CER in our classes as a lab report tool to complete the analysis and conclusion portions of our labs. We will also share examples of how we are using CER as a tool for working on topics related to scientific literacy, applications to phenomenon and showing how we guide students to finding the CER in presented data from a variety of sources.


Thursday March 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room M

8:00am

Using Leaf Prints to Teach About Microorganisms and Ecology
In this lab activity, students culture leaf epiphytes on a variety of media to get a sense of the abundant life all around us! In the process, they learn about bacteria, fungi, plants, and ecology. This is a great lab to teach about microbiology, competition, cooperation, and more. The results are amazing and always fascinate my students. I will provide the lab, show sample results, and discuss ways that it can be used in the classroom.

Speakers
GB

Greg Bisbee

Science/Biology teacher, Arrowhead High School
I've been teaching science/biology for almost 30 years. I prefer to get students doing labs and moving around--looking at learning from multiple angles. I'm especially passionate about native plants and ecosystems, restoration ecology, and reconciliation ecology.


Thursday March 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room O

8:00am

Culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP) in the Indigenous secondary science classroom
This session explores culture in the Indigenous science classroom, necessitated by effects of Western science subculture on science education for Indigenous students in the US. 

Speakers
avatar for Molly A. Wolk

Molly A. Wolk

Culturally Responsive Practices Facilitator, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
I am a doctoral student in the Urban Education Doctoral Program (UEDP) at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee where I am also a Culturally Responsive Practices Facilitator for a U.S. Department of Education Supporting Effective Educators Development (SEED) grant. My research... Read More →



Thursday March 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room K

8:00am

Making the Case for Phenomenon Based Science Teaching
NGSS standards are aligned with phenomenon based teaching - but what is this? Why do it? We make a case for using phenomenon in science teaching. 

Speakers
avatar for Sedate Kohler

Sedate Kohler

Biology & AP Biology Teacher, Reedsburg Area High School
2016 graduate of the new UW-Madison Masters of Science in Curriculum & Instruction. Current Biology & AP Biology teacher at Reedsburg Area High School. Love to help students make sense of this wonderful world of ours. Talk to me about phenomena based teaching (including Ambitious... Read More →
MP

MARIA PITTNER

7th and 8th Grade Science, Poynette Middle School


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Thursday March 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room P

8:00am

Science Skill Instruction
This session will focus on how to teach the science skills through targeted strategy instruction. Our goal is to tackle the most difficult skills to teach and learn, looking at what strategies are the most effective for helping students grow their college readiness in each of the three ACT skill areas. We will provide resources on how to teach these, as well as ideas for assessments and feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Emily McHugh

Emily McHugh

Science Teacher, eAchieve
I currently teach in an online environment for the School District of Waukesha, teaching both middle and high school science. Before that I taught 10 years at Waukesha South, teaching Biology, Physics and AP Physics.


Thursday March 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room H

8:00am

Science Explained: Gray Wolf Education Past and Present: How to Talk About a Complex Species
Since our founding in 1987, Timber Wolf Alliance has worked to educate the public of WI and Upper MI about the gray wolf. We have designed many programs to try and cover the complexities of wolf management. This presentation will break down the history of TWA, all the materials we have created for wolf education, how the public can access that information, and the latest WI wolf science.  

Speakers
avatar for Jordyn O'Gara

Jordyn O'Gara

Coordinator, Timber Wolf Alliance
Jordyn grew up in Inver Grove Heights, MN, but her passion for the outdoors and wildlife soon led her to northern Wisconsin where she attended Northland College and graduated with a degree in Natural Resources. While a student, Jordyn also interned with the International Wolf Center... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room F

8:00am

Engaging students with educational games
Participants will play our freely available, educational digital games and discuss how and where they can effectively meet crucial science standards and engage students.
The games can be found
AtomTouch: https://www.brainpop.com/games/atomtouch/
Crystal Cave: https://www.brainpop.com/games/crystalcave/
Stranded at the Forever Mine: https://fielddaylab.wisc.edu/play/forevermine/


Thursday March 7, 2019 8:00am - 9:50am
Room L

8:00am

Place-based Resources and Kits to Leverage Scientific Learning
Use hands-on kits to explore Wisconsin’s forest ecology, health, and products industry. Leverage your students’ sense of place to engage them in science concepts.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Christopher

Jenny Christopher

Jenny Christopher, General Education Specialist | Jenny joined the K-12 Energy Education Program in 2014 as a graduate assistant and continued to work with KEEP as the School to Home Energy Education Assistant and now as the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education General Education... Read More →
avatar for Kate Flick

Kate Flick

Forestry Education Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education
Kate joined LEAF in 2018 as Sustainable Forestry Outreach Specialist with LEAF. Her primary role is to develop and deliver innovative programming and consult with schools to meet the sustainable forestry education needs of diverse K-12 audiences. She has a B.S. in Community and Environmental... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 8:00am - 9:50am
Room N

8:00am

CANCELLED: Developing the Maker’s Mindset
Fueled by a desire to promote innovation and creativity, the makerspace initiative is spreading. Learn how to cultivate a maker’s mindset within your STEM program.

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Rockhill

Dennis Rockhill

Makerspace Director, The Einstein Project
After 20+ years in packaging design and production. I opened a youth-focused makerspace to help develop design thinking and a maker's mindset in our communities. See what the Maker Learning framework looks like and how it brings together makerspace initiatives with well-known learning... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 8:00am - 10:50am
Room G

9:00am

WASH Project Partnerships
Attendees will receive information to facilitate partnerships between their students and local clubs/Rotary programs that promote sustainability education and water inquiry opportunities. Examples of student learning outcomes and engagement in many science and engineering practices will be shared as well as lessons learned by teachers that led the projects. Attendees will learn steps to take to engage their students in similar inquiry based projects.

Speakers
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Suzy Zietlow

3rd Grade, Discovery Charter School


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room F

9:00am

Social Emotional Learning in Science Education
We will discuss and collaborate on how teachers can provide a practical and tangible route toward effective science instruction with diverse student groups.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room R

9:00am

Gender Equity in our Classrooms
Gender dysphoria, nonconformity, LGBTQ+, transitioning, queer, strait are all in our classrooms.  Have a frank conversation about inclusive classrooms and decode the acronyms. 

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Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room M

9:00am

NGSS Assessments: How will we know they are learning?
What will they look like? How are they constructed? These and other questions will be part of this engaging and interactive session in finding ways to provide for student success.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room I

9:00am

Sharing Session: Earth Science
Sharing sessions are an informal opportunity for discussion with your colleagues. This session is for anyone who teaches earth science at any level. Feel free to drop in anytime during the hour to share your thoughts on teaching earth science and get some good ideas from your peers.

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Rohr

Dennis Rohr

Science Teacher, Seymour High School
I teach Biology, Astronomy, and Geology at Seymour High School. I also serve as the WSST committee chairperson for Wisconsin Earth Science Teachers Association (WESTA). My students and I have been researching the naturally-occurring arsenic found in Northeastern WI since 2003. My... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Terrace

9:00am

DIY Algae Beads: a look at photosynthesis and respiration
Algae beads are easy to make and introduce students to algae, photosynthesis, and respiration.  Learn how to bring it all together! 

Speakers
GB

Greg Bisbee

Science/Biology teacher, Arrowhead High School
I've been teaching science/biology for almost 30 years. I prefer to get students doing labs and moving around--looking at learning from multiple angles. I'm especially passionate about native plants and ecosystems, restoration ecology, and reconciliation ecology.


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room O

9:00am

Using Learning Target Assessments and Metacognition in the Chemistry Classroom
Using LTA forms to organize learning and teaching students HOW to learn. 

Speakers
avatar for Dean Simon

Dean Simon

Chemistry Teacher, Kimberly High School
I am a life long Chemistry teacher. Ever since I was a student in Dr. Shakashiri's Chem 103 and 104 at Madision I've had a love for the subject. I've spent my life trying to relay his enthusiasm to my students. I've been a participant in WSST since I began my career in 1983. It... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room K

9:00am

Connecting Kids to their Communities-Using local issues to create informed citizens
I will share how I took an ecosystems unit and changed it to be more of a placed based curriculum about the Yahara River Watershed. We will discuss how we as teachers might use local issues to connect students to science in their local communities. Have you had success with doing something similar? Bring your own experiences and ideas to share. Other topics I will try to highlight include how I use NGSS science practices to assess students in this unit as well as how to partner with local organizations to find equipment and share knowledge. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Kendrick

Sarah Kendrick

5/6 Science Teacher, Madison Country Day School
I have been teaching science for over 15 years. I am passionate about getting students connected to local issues in their communities. I feel strongly that students should have a strong understanding of science to be informed citizens. I have a background in science research and love... Read More →



Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room P

9:00am

Modeling from a Distance
Developing models is one of the science practices in the NGSS.  This lesson helps students to develop a model of particulate nature of matter. This presentation from the Investigating and Questioning With Science and Technology (IQWST) curriculum based on the NGSS.
 

Speakers
avatar for Karen Mesmer

Karen Mesmer

Independent Science Ed Consultant, Mesmer Science Education Consulting


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room J

9:00am

Science Explained: Modeling Protein Synthesis - Gene To Protein
National Board certified instructors Connie Rauterkus and Candice Behnke, high school science instructors for the Oconto Falls School District, will guide instructors through protein synthesis. 

Speakers
avatar for Connie Rauterkus

Connie Rauterkus

Biology Instructor, Oconto Falls High School
I have been teaching life science courses for 23 years. I am recent National Board Certified Teacher and enjoy all things biology!


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room H

9:00am

Merging Modeling and Project Based Learning
II will share my experiences in an attempt to merge the Modeling physics curriculum with student choice projects to demonstrate learning. 

Speakers
avatar for Brad Wysocki

Brad Wysocki

Chemistry and Physics Teacher, Bloomer High School


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room Q

9:00am

Science Teaching Snapshot 1
Snapshots are a series of quick 10 minute presentations followed by discussion. 1. Modeling CRISPR. We will make paper models of CAS-9 and guide RNA to cut and rejoin DNA by homologous repair. 2. Global Harmonized System (GHS), Chemical Labels for the Teaching Laboratory. Learn how to make clear and concise GHS secondary container labels for the chemistry and biology teaching laboratory, including pictograms. 3. Facts in a Basket or Integrated Understanding – You Choose. Teachers design and deliver instruction. This snapshot challenges teachers to reflect on the question: Are you teaching to build a tree or construct the forest?

Speakers
MS

Mike Schroeder

Biology Teacher-Nicolet High School, Nicolet High School
I have been teaching high school biology and chemistry for 21 years. I taught 16 years of AP Biology but now teach Accelerated Biology to 9th graders. I am a strong proponent of modeling and use it often to get students to understand the world of biology that is too small to see with... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room E

10:00am

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: Scientific Explanations about Phenomena
CER is a way for students to explain observed phenomenon in a scientific way and how observations and data from an investigation are connected to science knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Krysinski

Jill Krysinski

Regional STEMcoach, STEMscopes
My name is Jill Krysinski. I am an Illinois certified high school teacher with 20 years of experience. I earned a certificate in Advanced NGSS from Northwestern University. I use my NGSS education to help teachers and school districts learn the NGSS, develop three dimensional... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room I

10:00am

Sharing Session: Biology
Sharing sessions are an informal opportunity for discussion with your colleagues. This session is for anyone who teaches biology at any level. Feel free to drop in anytime during the hour to share your thoughts on teaching biology and get some good ideas from your peers.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Terrace

10:00am

Student Self-Assessment Practices and Strategies
What if I told you it was the student themselves are most qualified to assess their work and learning.  Let me share how I use student self-assessment in my classes. 

Speakers
avatar for Brad Wysocki

Brad Wysocki

Chemistry and Physics Teacher, Bloomer High School


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room Q

10:00am

Biology Bonanza I
These award-winning, veteran teachers share their favorite biology activities.  Get activities on cells, break out boxes, and plant processes that you can use in the classroom. 

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GB

Greg Bisbee

Science/Biology teacher, Arrowhead High School
I've been teaching science/biology for almost 30 years. I prefer to get students doing labs and moving around--looking at learning from multiple angles. I'm especially passionate about native plants and ecosystems, restoration ecology, and reconciliation ecology.
avatar for Stacey Strandberg

Stacey Strandberg

Accelerated/AP Biology, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School
My primary function as a high school biology teacher at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School involves leading students to become excited by science and to become curious about material that they think they already know. I teach Accelerated Biology, AP Biology, mentor a SMART (students... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room O

10:00am

Active Learning in the Biology Classroom: Cell and Molecular Biology in Action
Active learning activities in cell and molecular biology to deepen understanding of molecular interactions and to bring microscopic cell processes to life. 

Speakers
avatar for Marisol E. Lopez

Marisol E. Lopez

Assistant Professor-Biological Sciences, Edgewood College



Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room E

10:00am

Summer Science Camp: an immersive science experience in Madison for rural Wisconsin high schools
The week-long Summer Science Camps at the Morgridge Institute for Research at UW-Madison immerse rural high school students and their teachers in current science. 

Speakers
avatar for Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy

Outreach Coordinator, Morgridge Institute for Research
Wisconsin Science Festival | | Summer Science Camps for Rural High School Students and their teachers | | Informal Science Education


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room P

10:00am

Bring the Outside In With a Classroom Garden
Indoor gardens  teach valuable skills: teamwork, balancing pH, growth cycles, harvesting, and the scientific method. Learn about bringing the outside in and creating a classroom garden! 

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Biernat

Kathy Biernat

Science Teacher, Grades 6-8, St. Mary's Visitation
I love teaching middle school!!!! I am active in the National Middle Level Science Teacher Association and would love to talk to you about it! I also co-author a regular column in Science Scope and would love to talk about that too! | #ScientistMaker



Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room M

10:00am

Using Analytical Statistics to Spice up your Labs
Learn how to use a free statistical analysis program to bring meaning to your students data through t-tests and ANOVA's.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Scolavino

Ray Scolavino

Senior Lecturer, UW-Milwaukee
MACSTEP Science Teacher Education Program WSST Exploratorium WSST Higher Education and Membership Committee 2017 WSST Co-Conference Chair


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room N

10:00am

CER and SBG, Together at Last
Come and learn how our high school assesses students’ ability to support claims with evidence using a standards-based approach. 


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room H

10:00am

Colorful World of Electrophoresis! Molecules in ACTION!
Teacher will separate various color dyes using electrophoresis. This sets the foundation for DNA electrophoresis as it illustrates the separation of molecules by size and charge. In this lab the teachers will have hands on opportunity to pour a gel, run it, take a picture of the gel results and analyze it to determine what was in the unknown dyes.

Speakers
EF

Erika Fong

MiniOne Systems


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room F

10:00am

Science Explained: The Ecology of Lyme Disease
This session explores ecological linkages between land use, climate, and public health by providing teachers with current information for case studies on Lyme disease. 

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Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room K

10:00am

Science Teaching Snapshot 2
Snapshots are a series of quick 10 minute presentations followed by discussion. 1. Engage with ROVe (Remotely Operated Vehicles and Engineering). It’s free! Learn about the Remotely Operated Vehicles and Engineering Pack which provides everything necessary to carry out the engineering design process with students as they build their own ROVs. 2. Explore a typical day as a Science Communications Fellow sailing on the E/V Nautilus searching paleoshorelines for sea caves and other geological features.


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room R

10:00am

Wisconsin Rocks in Your Classroom
Teachers will practice using the 15-piece Wisconsin rock and minerals kit they build. Materials provided free. Maps, lesson plans, and trading cards included.

Speakers
PM

Peter M Chase

Geotechnician, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
Former Environmental Consultant and Earth Science Teacher, I'm now at the Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey. I work with well owners, contractors and regulators to determine how well construction and site geology impact water quality and quantity. | Ask me about: WI geology... Read More →
avatar for M Carol McCartney

M Carol McCartney

Outreach Manager, Wiscosnin Geological Survey
Find the Wisconsin Geological and natural History Survey on social media: | https://www.facebook.com/WGNHS for Facebook page. | http://wisconsingeologicalsurvey.org/ for our website. | https://twitter.com/WGNHS to follow us on Twitter. | https://www.pinterest.com/WGNHS/ to find us... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 11:50am
Room J

10:00am

Engaging Youth in STEM Education Through the Community Science Approach
This presentation will detail how the community science approach, with a focus on learning driven inquiry, enhances STEM learning.

Speakers
JC

John Celley

Facility & Operations Director, Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center
avatar for Isabelle Herde

Isabelle Herde

Research Naturalist Program Coordinator, Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center -University of Wisconsin Extension
Isabelle works at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center managing the research program. She conducts onsite monitoring of species such as bats and deer as well as studying the integration of technology into outdoor experiences and environmental education. She operates the Digital Observation... Read More →
avatar for R. Justin Hougham

R. Justin Hougham

Associate Professor, Director of Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, University of Wisconsin-Extensino
Dr. Hougham is faculty at the University of Wisconsin- Extension where he supports the delivery of a wide range of science education topics to K-12 students, graduate students, and in-service teachers. Justin’s scholarship is in the areas of place-based pedagogies, STEM education... Read More →
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Tempestt Morgan

Research Naturalist, Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 11:50am
Room L

11:00am

Madison Metropolitan School District K-5 and 6-8 Resource Review Process
In the 2018-2019 school year, Madison Metropolitan School District began implementing a new science curricular resource in select middle schools in the district. Next year, the district will begin a large scale pilot of a new K-5 resource. Join us as we share how we prepared a team of teachers to review and select each resource. We will share the process we used, lessons we learned, challenges ahead of us, and our hopes for our science students.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan King

Ryan King

K-5 Science Teacher Leader, Madison Metropolitan School District
Elementary Science!


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room P

11:00am

What Can WSST Do For Me?
Are you new to WSST or would like to know more about what WSST can do for you? Stop in to find out how from resources to grant money.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Scolavino

Ray Scolavino

Senior Lecturer, UW-Milwaukee
MACSTEP Science Teacher Education Program WSST Exploratorium WSST Higher Education and Membership Committee 2017 WSST Co-Conference Chair


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room N

11:00am

Go Outside and Teach! Powerful Outside Educational Tools
Learn how to adapt lessons, how to survey your schoolyard for learning sites and how to make administrators, parents and students comfortable with outdoor lessons.  

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Heidi Vasel

Outdoor Education Director, House In The Wood
Heidi has been in the environmental education field for over 15 years, from instructor to coordinator and currently director. She loves experiencing nature with children of all ages.
avatar for Val Wright

Val Wright

Executive Director, House in the Wood
Outdoor Residential Education, Recreational Tree Climbing, Team Building, NGSS Outdoors!, Nature Deficit Disorder (our children are losing the outdoors), Outdoor Schoolyard Activities.


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room Q

11:00am

Sharing Session: Informal Science Education
Sharing sessions are an informal opportunity for discussion with your colleagues. This session is targeted for science outreach professionals who work at universities, nature centers, etc. Feel free to drop in anytime during the hour to share your thoughts regarding informal science education.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Terrace

11:00am

Flipped and Active Chemistry
Use the concepts of flipped learning environments to free up time for active learning, as well as NGSS and AP Science Practice work.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Pantano

Eric Pantano

Science Teacher, Edgewood High School
Chemistry teacher - flipped and paperless.


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room O

11:00am

Phenomenal Phenomena
Participants will learn about the types of and easy ways to use phenomena as they experience instruction utilizing anchoring, investigative, and everyday phenomena.

Speakers
HD

Heidi Downs

Content Specialist, HMH


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room R

11:00am

I'm Good with 3D Learning, but what about 3D Assessment?
IThe NGSS challenges us to make  teaching 3D, but how do we  assess in 3D? Let’s explore designing assessments that are authentic and reflect the NGSS. 

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Biernat

Kathy Biernat

Science Teacher, Grades 6-8, St. Mary's Visitation
I love teaching middle school!!!! I am active in the National Middle Level Science Teacher Association and would love to talk to you about it! I also co-author a regular column in Science Scope and would love to talk about that too! | #ScientistMaker



Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room M

11:00am

National Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry Process in Action
The Geo-Inquiry Process teaches students about the world in innovative, authentic ways—connecting them to real-world questions, phenomena, and National Geographic explorers in the field.

Speakers
avatar for Elaine Larson

Elaine Larson

Regional Director - Educator Network, National Geographic



Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room I

11:00am

Using Technology in a Biology Classroom to Encourage Student Choice and Voice
We will be presenting numerous instructional ways that we have used technology to personalize our science curriculum and allow students to take on more ownership of their learning in our classrooms. Examples we will discuss will be from our Biology classes, but it would be very easy to integrate these practices into any science class. Choice notes, project options, and a variety of tools of technology including Clips, Canvas, GAFE, and Graphical Analysis.

Presentation link:  http://tinyurl.com/y6oh66v7

 



Speakers
avatar for Tom Davies

Tom Davies

Science Teacher, D.C. Everest Senior High School
-I have been teaching high school science for 15 years. | | -I currently teach General Biology and Conceptual Physics at D.C. Everest Senior High School in Weston, WI
avatar for Marlee Mueller

Marlee Mueller

Science Teacher, D.C. Everest School District
I am a science Teacher at D.C. Everest Junior & Senior High. I've been teaching for six years. I spent my first five years teaching Chemistry, Biology and Physical Science at Sheboygan Falls High School. This is my first year teaching in the D.C. Everest School district in Weston... Read More →



Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room E

11:00am

Enhancing your Classroom Experiences with Water Action Volunteers (WAV)
Come learn about the potential of using Water Action Volunteers (WAV) methods and resources in your classroom, including the "Exploring Streams" curriculum. 

Speakers
avatar for Peggy Compton

Peggy Compton

Water Action Volunteers Statewide Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Extension
As the Coordinator for the Water Action Volunteers (WAV) Program, I train and support citizens who monitor the health of their local streams and rivers. I also have resources for teachers, including the "Exploring Streams" curriculum. I would love to start a dialogue with teachers... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room G

11:00am

Target Based Grading & Assessment
A journey from implementation to assessment. Learn about two educators journey from traditional grading to target based grading in the secondary school environment. 

Speakers
avatar for Becky Peppler

Becky Peppler

I have 13 years of professional experience in public education, working in the Winneconne Community School District. I am currently teaching Chemistry, CAPP Chemistry and Forensic Science and am the 6-12 Science Curriculum Chair. I have helped the Winneconne Community School District... Read More →



Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room K

11:00am

To Taste or Not to Taste! PTC Genotype Determination
Attendees will get a chance to evaluate the genetics traits associated with the ability to taste bitter compounds by separating DNA of storyline subjects by electrophoresis. In this activity they will pour their gels, load and run them in the electrophoresis chambers, and document and analyze their results in order to back track a storyline of inheritance.

Speakers
EF

Erika Fong

MiniOne Systems


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room F

11:00am

WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) Strategies in the Science Classroom
Learn about ideas for how to incorporate WICOR (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading) strategies into your science classroom. 

Speakers
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Maggie Gugel

Science Teacher
MM

Maura Mullen

Science Teacher, Sun Prairie High School


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room H

12:00pm

Thursday Keynote: Adventures of an Astrophysicist in Antarctica
Karen Andeen is a professor in the Physics Department at Marquette University and a member of the scientific team on the Ice Cube project.  She specializes in astroparticle physics, which has led her to work on experiments in a number of extreme environments from the South Pole to the International Space Station.  Karen will discuss both the science and the adventure behind these experiments and, additionally, how her teachers started her down this path.

Speakers
DK

Dr. Karen Andeen

Physics Professor, Marquette University


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Terrace

1:00pm

Exploring Project Learning Tree’s New “Treemendous Science!” K-2 Curriculum
PLT’s new curriculum helps increase your K-2 learners’ understanding of trees through the lens of NGSS. Come explore some activities and receive the curriculum for free! 

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Filizetti

Nicole Filizetti

LEAF Professional Development Specialist, Wisconsin Center For Environmental Education


Thursday March 7, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room O

1:00pm

1:00pm

Classroom Research by Teachers
The session will highlight three classroom research projects conducted by teachers on their own practice. (1) Action research looking at the effectiveness of flipped teaching in a high school biology, (2) Action research was used to evaluate the effectiveness of a NGSS-aligned unit based around a storyline in a high school chemistry classroom. (3) Tracing Matter and Energy in the High School Chemistry Classroom                          

Speakers
DC

Dan Curran

Science Teacher, DeForest Area School District
avatar for John Graves

John Graves

Associate Director, MSSE
• Online science educator in the MSSE Program | • 40 year educator with experience at the middle school & university level | • NGSS/inquiry
avatar for Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson

River Valley School District
Biology and Environmental Science Teacher | 2018 graduate of the MSSE program


Thursday March 7, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room K

1:00pm

Sharing Session: Engineering/Makerspace
Sharing sessions are an informal opportunity for discussion with your colleagues. This session is targeted at anyone who is running a makerspace or thinking about starting one at their school. Feel free to drop in anytime during the hour to share your thoughts on how to use makerspaces effectively to teach engineering.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Terrace

1:00pm

Co-teaching in an Inclusive Classroom Setting
Learn about and engage in best practices associated with co-teaching in an inclusive classroom setting.  Bring yourself and your co-teacher!   


Thursday March 7, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room F

1:00pm

Science Explained: Astrobiology and Origins of Life
We will review progress is addressing key questions: What is life? How and in what settings can new living systems emerge and evolve?
https://uwmadison.box.com/v/astrobiologyoutreach

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room I

1:00pm

"Test to Fail" Design Challenges
Looking for a fun way to incorporate more design/technology into your curriculum? Check out our “Test to Fail” design challenges!

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Dyrhaug

Wendy Dyrhaug

Science Teacher, Monroe Middle School
I teach 6th ad 7th grade.
avatar for Meaghan McGuire

Meaghan McGuire

Science Teacher, Monroe Middle School
I'm a 7th and 8th grade science teacher in Monroe! In our 7th grade units we teach Chemistry, Body Systems and Weather/Climate. In our 8th grade units, we teach data interpretation, environmental science, genetics, forces and motion, and astronomy.


Thursday March 7, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room R

1:00pm

Experience NGSS Labs
The NGSS mandates moving away from canned or cookbook-style labs
to activities in which students have to explore and figure out phenomena
and engineering solutions. In this workshop, elementary teachers will compare traditional and NGSS based labs as they discuss how to approach student-centered learning experiences.
 

Speakers
HD

Heidi Downs

Content Specialist, HMH


Thursday March 7, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room M

1:00pm

Engagement Strategies for NGSS Practices; Making Your Science Classroom A No-Chill Zone!
Join our team and take away 12 engagement strategies that will have your students discussing and writing about scientific phenomena and developing the NGSS practices.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Olson

Karen Olson

Science Teacher, Baraboo High School
avatar for Spencer Rohlinger

Spencer Rohlinger

Science Teacher, Baraboo High School



Thursday March 7, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room H

1:00pm

The Mating Game: Putting the "fun" into fundamental genetics education
Help your students to better understand Mendelian genetic laws and evolutionary outcomes through this simple, inexpensive and engaging activity 

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room Q

1:00pm

No Longer KLEWless about CER
Use this instructional strategy, KLEWS,  to scaffold claim, evidence, and reason writing in your classroom.  KLEWS enable you to differentiate instruction by chunking activities into more manageable parts. 

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Balbach

Stacey Balbach

Chemistry & Physics Teacher, Cuba City High School
Director of Instruction & Chemistry, Physics, and Biology Teacher | I am interested in NGSS implementation in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. | Next year our high school will have its first Science Fair. | I also enjoy incorporating agriculture and writing into my science c... Read More →



Thursday March 7, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room L

1:00pm

Science Teaching Snapshot 3
Snapshots are a series of quick 10 minute presentations followed by discussion. 1. Great Lakes Literacy – Tools and Opportunities. The Center for Great Lakes Literacy will highlight shipboard opportunities, networking and educational resources around Great Lakes Literacy available to all educators around Wisconsin. 2. Ag in the Classroom Science Resources. Learn about a variety of lesson plans, resources, activities and programs that connect science and agriculture together! 3. Scheduling a Field Trip to UW-Madison, Your Destination for Exploration. A guided tour of how to arrange a guided tour of, or field trip to, UW-Madison for your classes.

Speakers
avatar for Darlene Arneson

Darlene Arneson

Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation
Darlene Arneson serves as the Wisconsin Agriculture in the Classroom Coordinator for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation in Madison, Wisconsin. She served in that position for ten years, left for another job for 2 ½ years and returned to WFBF in October 2016. Works with teachers... Read More →
avatar for Anne Moser

Anne Moser

Senior Special Librarian, UW-Madison, Wisconsin Water Library
Anne is senior special librarian and education coordinator in the Wisconsin Water Library at UW Madison. She manages the library as well as coordinates activities that advance Great Lakes literacy for Wisconsin Sea Grant. Sea Grant offers professional development opportunities and... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room E

1:00pm

CLOSED: Ale, Ale, the Gangs All Here
Cost: $10- It's not a WSST Conference without a talk on Fermentation. Join us for exploring the world of ales, from Scotch Ales to Stouts. Tastings of course.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Scolavino

Ray Scolavino

Senior Lecturer, UW-Milwaukee
MACSTEP Science Teacher Education Program WSST Exploratorium WSST Higher Education and Membership Committee 2017 WSST Co-Conference Chair


Thursday March 7, 2019 1:00pm - 2:50pm
Room N

1:00pm

Leading Implementation of the new Wisconsin Standards for Science
Administrators and instructional leaders dig into resources and network around leading work with the new Wisconsin Standards for Science (NGSS).

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Science Education Consultant, Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction
Dr. Anderson currently works as the Science Education Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He enjoys helping educators improve science programs and instruction to support all students in making sense of the world and solving problems. In his position... Read More →



Thursday March 7, 2019 1:00pm - 3:50pm
Room J

2:00pm

A Look At Project Learning Tree’s New “Energy in Ecosystems” 3rd-5th Grade Curriculum
PLT’s new 3rd-5th grade curriculum helps engage students in learning about ecosystem interactions. Come explore some activities and receive the curriculum for free! 

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Filizetti

Nicole Filizetti

LEAF Professional Development Specialist, Wisconsin Center For Environmental Education


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room O

2:00pm

Experiencing an NGSS Lab (K-5)
The NGSS mandates moving away from canned or cookbook-style labs
to activities in which students have to explore and figure out phenomena
and engineering solutions. In this workshop, elementary teachers will compare traditional and NGSS based labs as they discuss how to approach student-centered learning experiences.

Speakers
HD

Heidi Downs

Content Specialist, HMH


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room M

2:00pm

Easy ways to integrate STEM into your classroom
Participants will learn different ways to include STEM into their K-6 classes. A variety of ideas will be presented and participants will also participate in some of the STEM activities.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Howe

Michelle Howe

Lodi Middle School


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room P

2:00pm

Science Literacy & Communication: An issue of national concern
Participate in discussion and activities related to developing a common language for the non-content science vocabulary. The goal being to increase the science literacy of all our students.  

Speakers
LN

Lisa N. Pitot

Assistant Professor, UWL



Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room L

2:00pm

Sharing Session: Environmental Education
Sharing sessions are an informal opportunity for discussion with your colleagues. This session is for anyone who either teaches a stand-alone Environmental Education course or incorporates Environmental Education into their instruction at any level. Feel free to drop in anytime during the hour to share your thoughts on teaching chemistry and get some good ideas from your peers.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Terrace

2:00pm

Adding Environmental Science as an Elective
Want an alternate elective for upperclassmen? We will take you through our newly developed curriculum- offered to Juniors and Seniors in our rural school.

https://goo.gl/ePSX68





Speakers
avatar for Julie Lundeen

Julie Lundeen

Science Teacher, Cashton High School
Science teacher for 16 years-Teach in a small, rural school-Has been implementing and "tweaking" flipped classroom for several years-Implements flipped in chem and bio classes. Has developed new curriculum for Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Physics, Environmental Ed and... Read More →



Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room I

2:00pm

Creating an Environmental Science with Outdoor Pursuits Course
Discover how we took an Environmental Science course and a physical education Outdoor Pursuits course and combined them for a year-long experience for high school students.

Speakers
avatar for Andi Winkle

Andi Winkle

Environmental Science teacher, Nicolet High School
I have been teaching since 1998 and am currently at Nicolet High School. I truly believe that our teenagers are the hope for our future on this planet. My passion for the environment led me to start a semester course on Environmental Science in 2014 and then a team-taught course with... Read More →



Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room Q

2:00pm

Top 10 Interactive Ways to Use Academic Language in your Science Classroom
This session will focus on academic language. The presenter will share their top 10 interactive methods for using academic language in the science classroom.  This session will engage participants through word walls, stems with STEM, culinary arts, Total Physical Response, and the Picture Word Inductive Model.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Matthias

Greg Matthias

Assistant Professor of Education, UW-Stout
Dr. Matthias is excited to share about academic language! He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in biology education, a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in environmental education and natural resources... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room K

2:00pm

S.T.R.E.A.M. Filling STEM Gaps!
Let’s visit several integrated life science activities that promote the development of stronger communicating “R” and keener observation “A” skills … turning STEM into STREAM!   

Speakers
avatar for D.J. Huddleston

D.J. Huddleston

Teacher, DC Everest Area Schools
I am a 7-12 science instructor currently teaching 7th Grade General Life Science and 7th Grade Honors Life Science at DC Everest Middle School in Weston, Wisconsin.  | | There are two factors a teacher faces in developing an optimal science-learning environment: a) the physical... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room G

2:00pm

STEM to the Max: Maximizing Engagement Through Problem Solving
eCYBERMISSION (sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)) is a web-based STEM competition  that  encourages 6th-9th grade students to experience STEM by exploring issues in their community using the process of science or the engineering design process. eCYBERMISSION is free to participate in, students can earn monetary awards, and past participants have been featured in their local papers, on the Jimmy Fallon Show, hosted TED talks, and had doors opened to many other different authentic learning opportunities.

 

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room H

2:00pm

Science Explained: CRISPR Updates: Technologies & Controversies
Explore how new variants of CRISPR continue to speed research & why their applications are often a challenge to regulatory systems and ethical norms. 

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room F

2:00pm

Science Teaching Snapshot 4
Snapshots are a series of quick 10 minute presentations followed by discussion. 1. An NGSS-Alighned Acid-Base Project. Students will use the phenomenon of sinkholes to study acids in this NGSS-aligned activity 2. Cross-curricular solar stoichiometry. LUHS has a solar electric array on their school AND they are using the system as a cross-curricular teaching tool to engage students in learning!

Speakers
SB

Stephanie Ballard

Campbellsport High School
Chemistry Teacher
avatar for Gretchen Watkins

Gretchen Watkins

Science Teacher, Lakeland Union High School
The first 20 years of my professional life I worked as a Hydrologist, Engineer, and Water Resource Specialist for both public and private institutions protecting human and environmental health by designing and regulating infrastructure to protect water quality around the country... Read More →



Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room E

2:00pm

CLOSED: Science and Our Food Supply - Investigating Food Safety from Farm to Table - High School Emphasis
Limited Capacity seats available

Through hands on activities, this workshop will introduce high school teachers to the FDA/NSTA Science and Our Food Supply curriculum. Free curriculum materials provided.

Speakers
TH

Tina Henriksen

high school biology instructor, plymouth high school


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 4:50pm
Room R

3:00pm

Strategies to Make Chemistry Doable and Even Fun!
An account of activities I've used in Intro College Chemistry to (1) help students with difficult concepts and (2) improve their approach to learning. 

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room F

3:00pm

3:00pm

Get Ready for Shark Week: Chomping on Data Analysis
Tie the SEP of Analyzing Data to Shark Week and get students swimming through data to find the evidence they need to engage in argumentation.  

Speakers
avatar for Ann Pearson

Ann Pearson

Sr. Product Marketing Manager for K12 Science, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
I am currently the Senior Product Marketing Manager for K12 Science with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, but my background is as a high school science teacher. I have taught both in a traditional classroom and in an online setting and I have experience writing curricula for Biology, Astronomy... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room H

3:00pm

CANCELLED: Aquaponics in Schools
The concept of interdisciplinary education shines when it comes to aquaponics in schools. In addition to the plant sciences, aquaponics incorporates and demonstrates many of natures natural cycles, nitrification, biology, fish anatomy and nutrition and high-tech agriculture. A unit in aquaponics enforces practical uses of chemistry, mathematics, physics, economics and engineering. The monitoring and care of an aquaponic system by students helps instill a sense of responsibility, inspires creativity and creates excitement in the learning environment.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room K

3:00pm

Sharing Session: Teacher Preparation
Sharing sessions are an informal opportunity for discussion with your colleagues. This session is targeted at faculty in higher ed. programs who work with teacher prep programs. There have been so many changes to teacher licensure over the past year, and so there is much to discuss! Feel free to drop in anytime during the hour to share how your campus is dealing with these changes.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Scolavino

Ray Scolavino

Senior Lecturer, UW-Milwaukee
MACSTEP Science Teacher Education Program WSST Exploratorium WSST Higher Education and Membership Committee 2017 WSST Co-Conference Chair


Thursday March 7, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Terrace

3:00pm

Dynamic DNA: More Than Just As, Ts, Gs and Cs
Explore a new, atomically-accurate model of DNA that untwists and separates to model replication and transcription. Additional pieces convert deoxyribose to ribose sugars and generate ATP.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Vogt

Gina Vogt

Secondary Education Program Manager, 3D Molecular Designs
Talk to me about MODELING!


Thursday March 7, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Terrace

3:00pm

NGSS Assessments and Standards-based Grading - A Work in Progress
Life science teachers from Baraboo share how we merged NGSS and grading for learning (standards-based grading) with priority standards and rubrics. See our current assessments.  

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Bartman

Michelle Bartman

Teacher, Baraboo High School
High School Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Biotechnology Teacher
avatar for Karen Olson

Karen Olson

Science Teacher, Baraboo High School
avatar for Spencer Rohlinger

Spencer Rohlinger

Science Teacher, Baraboo High School



Thursday March 7, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room I

3:00pm

Google Slides...the ultimate lesson planner!
Interested in learning about Google Slides’ hidden features? Learn how master templates, add-ons, embedded features, and more can help increase student engagement.

You can access the presentation HERE.


Thursday March 7, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room O

3:00pm

How did that get up there? Common ideas seventh-grade students have about fossils and how to approach them through 3-D instruction
What ideas about fossilization do students bring to the classroom, and how do these ideas change following a 3-dimensional approach to instruction?  Learn what we found with 42 students. 

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room M

3:00pm

Science Explained: CRISPR in the Classroom
Gene editing techniques are a great way to bring meaning to molecular biology topics and highlight the impact biotechnology can have on society. 

Speakers
JH

Jessica Heckman

Lecturer in Biology Deparment, Edgewood College
Hi! My name is Jess and I am a Biology lecturer at Edgewood College. My background is focused on the biochemistry and molecular biology of cancer. I teach introductory biology courses as well as nutrition classes at Edgewood. I would love to chat to you about all things small in... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room L

3:00pm

Science Explained: Current Issues in Freshwater Research
Learn about current issues in the Great Lakes being researched at the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences through this presentation including demonstrations and engaging exhibits.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room P

3:00pm

Science Teaching Snapshot 6
Snapshots are a series of quick 10 minute presentations followed by discussion. 1. Byerly Grant – Outdoor Education. Learn how the Byerly Grant was used to create a Survival Skills at the School Forest event for our district's 5th graders. 2. Sensory instruction supports in science interest areas of individuals with ASD: The general and special education perspective. 3. Geek On! Summer Science Professional Development Opportunities. What something sciency to do this summer? Like to travel? Come and learn about some summer workshop/PD opportunities (some are even FREE!).

Speakers
avatar for Tanzeem Ali

Tanzeem Ali

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Superior
Dr. Tanzeem Ali is an assistant professor at the Department of Education at the University of Wisconisn-Superior. Her educational experience is in Environmental Management, Natural Resource Management and Science Education with teaching experiences in both K-12 and in Higher Education... Read More →
avatar for Tami Davis

Tami Davis

5th Grade Science, Eagle River Elementary School
5th Grade Science Teacher | Passionate about giving students hands-on Science experiences!
avatar for Christine Fuller

Christine Fuller

5th Grade Science & Social Studies Teacher, Northland Pines School District
CO

Carol Ochsner

Chemistry, Physics & Earth Science, Monroe High School
I have been teaching for over 20 years and have recently attended 2 sessions of the ASM International Materials Science workshops.
AZ

Amanda Zbacnik

Assistant Professor of Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Superior
Dr. Amanda Zbacnik is an assistant professor of Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Amanda, in her previous career as a special educator in K-12 schools, has worked with individuals having special needs in multiple disability categories: ID, OHI, EBD, SLD, ASD... Read More →



Thursday March 7, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room E

3:00pm

An Old Technique in the Modern World: Incorporating Hands-on Chromatography in the Classroom
Experience two hands-on chromatography activities and explore the impact this technique has on our daily lives, from purifying therapeutic proteins to forensics and environmental analysis.


Thursday March 7, 2019 3:00pm - 4:50pm
Room N

4:00pm

FUN with FOSS - The New Updates
Work with FOSS materials in this session with a FOSS Education Consultant who went back to 5th Grade (as the teacher) to see "what's new" with FOSS Updates—assessment, word walls, Spanish resources and 3D NGSS Strategies. 

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room F

4:00pm

AR/VR in K-12 Science
Explore how AR/VR science resources can be used to enhance student engagement and learning in the 21st Century science classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Renee Reszel

Renee Reszel

K - 12 Library Media Specialist, Ripon Area School District
I am a K - 12 Library Media Specialist in the Ripon Area School District. I love to communicate with people on how they implement technology into their schedules and encourage teachers to use technology as a tool to teach/share/present student learning.
avatar for Renee Schoff

Renee Schoff

Teacher/Technology Coach
I am a middle school science and computer science teacher who likes to integrate technology in my classroom in order to increase my student's engagement and curiosity.



Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room H

4:00pm

Creating WSS/NGSS Assessments
Our workgroup has been creating sample performance tasks for the WSS/NGSS over the last 2 years. We’ll share examples of assessments and have audience members look at sample student responses, evaluating them in light of the standards/goals of the assessments. We’ll also briefly discuss how these types of assessments should be part of a strategic system of district assessment.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Adumat

Sarah Adumat

K-8 STEM Coach, Oshkosh Area School District, WI
avatar for Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Science Education Consultant, Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction
Dr. Anderson currently works as the Science Education Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He enjoys helping educators improve science programs and instruction to support all students in making sense of the world and solving problems. In his position... Read More →
avatar for Tim Cox

Tim Cox

ALPS Coordinator, Berlin Area School District
Tim is currently the K-12 Advanced Learning Programming and Services Coordinator in Berlin but maintains a strong interest in science education. He enjoys his work in Berlin, neighboring districts and DPI work groups helping teachers grow in their journey to prepare young scientists... Read More →
avatar for Gina Vogt

Gina Vogt

Secondary Education Program Manager, 3D Molecular Designs
Talk to me about MODELING!



Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room J

4:00pm

Sharing Session: Chemistry
Sharing sessions are an informal opportunity for discussion with your colleagues. This session is for anyone who teaches chemistry at any level. Feel free to drop in anytime during the hour to share your thoughts on teaching chemistry and get some good ideas from your peers.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Pantano

Eric Pantano

Science Teacher, Edgewood High School
Chemistry teacher - flipped and paperless.


Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Terrace

4:00pm

Get A Move On! Modeling Molecular Transport Across the Cell Membrane
Engage students in inquiry-based activities using physical models to construct phospholipids and cell membranes, explore transport proteins and model active and passive transport.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Vogt

Gina Vogt

Secondary Education Program Manager, 3D Molecular Designs
Talk to me about MODELING!


Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room E

4:00pm

Land and Water Use Activities for Hands-on Environmental Science
Discover thought-provoking ways to teach how humans have populated the earth and changed its landscape and ecosystems. Receive electronic versions of lesson plans matched to state standards. 

Speakers
avatar for Tim Buttles

Tim Buttles

UW-River Falls
Part of my role on campus involves providing environmental education resources to teacher candidates. I have been providing Population Education workshops on campus and to teachers since 2014.


Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room L

4:00pm

Waves and Whales: Teaching Physics Through Biology
What happens when a biology teacher and a physics teacher share a classroom? They design a Biophysics course! 


Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room G

4:00pm

PolarTREC, The Antarctica Experience
 Ever wonder what it would be like to live and work in Antarctica? Find out from a teacher who did! Nicolet high school teacher, Jennifer Bault, was stationed at McMurdo on the coast of Antarctica for 6 weeks last fall. Jennifer worked with a team from University of Texas, San Antonio on the Seasonal Sea Ice Production in the Ross Sea. Come hear and see what her amazing experience was all about and how you can become an NSF supported, PolarTREC teacher.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Bault

Jenny Bault

Science Teacher


Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room O

4:00pm

Science Explained: Tumor virology: the study of cancer-causing viruses
Viruses cause 15% of human cancers worldwide.  This talk will describe mechanisms involved in viral tumorigenesis and highlight human papillomavirus as an example. 

Speakers
KM

Kathleen Makielski

Lecturer, Edgewood College


Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room M

4:00pm

Science Explained: WI Crystal Growing Contest and Space Crystal Mission
Educational benefits and impact of the state-wide Crystal Growing Contest and Space Crystal Mission are presented and illustrated with crystal, astronaut, and SpaceX videos. 

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room I

4:00pm

Science Teaching Snapshot 7
Snapshots are a series of quick 10 minute presentations followed by discussion. 1. Differentiation Made Easy with Google Calendar. Come see how a simple calendar can change the way you teach in a tech-filled world. Differentiation, accountability, and parent communication made easy with Google Calendar. 2.  The making of a science teacher: what my best teachers did to inspire my career choice. An aspiring science teacher speaks to the high impact practices her science teachers used to inspire and influence her choice of career.
 

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Scianna

Jennifer Scianna

Cambridge School District


Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room Q

4:00pm

Rock Raffle
The Rock Raffle is sponsored by the Wisconsin Earth Science Teachers Association, and is an opportunity for you to win mineral, rock, and fossil samples for your classroom!  WESTA is also looking for your donations to help support the Rock Raffle, so please bring any unwanted samples to the Rock Raffle area outside of the Vendor Hall on Thursday by 3pm.   This is meant to be a fun way to recycle some of your extra samples for some new specimens.  Tickets are 4 for a $1.00, 25 for 5.00.  Rock raffle will take place on Thursday 4pm just outside of the Vendor Hall.  Drawing will take place at 5:30 pm.  Please see Dennis Rohr or Beth Allcox if you have any questions.  

Speakers
BA

Beth Allcox

Teacher, NEW HOLSTEIN HS
I spent two weeks working at the Pacific Northwest National Lab. I learned about the history of the nuclear program and what is being done with the waste. | I have also begun learning about materials science. It is a great program that I would recommend to anyone.
avatar for Dennis Rohr

Dennis Rohr

Science Teacher, Seymour High School
I teach Biology, Astronomy, and Geology at Seymour High School. I also serve as the WSST committee chairperson for Wisconsin Earth Science Teachers Association (WESTA). My students and I have been researching the naturally-occurring arsenic found in Northeastern WI since 2003. My... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Promenade

4:00pm

Equipment Swap Drop Off
Have an item to donate to the Equipment Swap? Leave it at the booth in the Exhibit Hall, and come back on Friday morning to pick up something new! The Equipment Swap will be held in the Promenade on Friday morning.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballrooms

4:00pm

Vendors Social
Join your colleagues for a snack and a drink while you peruse the Exhibit Hall.

Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballrooms

7:30pm

President's Social: Steve Meade, Hypnotist
The Virtual Reality Tour Comedy Hypnosis Show is a comedy show where the volunteers and your audience are held spellbound as they are taken on a lifelike mental vacation using the power of hypnosis and their minds.  The powerful hypnotic commands from Steve will quickly have the comedy hypnotist show volunteers dropping like flies, and the jaws in your audience dropping in amazement…

The first stop on this mental vacation may be Jamaica or even Hawaii, where they’ll  believe they’re right on the beach soaking in those tropical rays, and before they know it they’ll think they’re at a beach party competing to be the world’s greatest reggae dancers.  Maybe they’ll visit “muscle beach” and have a pose off…
After this they may end up at the rodeo or county fair – entering the pig-calling competition, rustling “doggies” or riding the bulls, or even barrel racing their favorite “pretty pony”.  Sometimes during the show they end up at the horse racing hypnotic horse racingtrack – betting on their favorite horse – and cheering them on for the win.

Later they’ll think they have turned into strange aliens or famous musical stars such as Lady Gaga, Toby Keith or even Justin Bieber – performing for their screaming fans and the paparazzi.

…Who knows where The Virtual Reality Tour Comedy Hypnosis Show will take you and your party guests – but you are guaranteed to laugh so hard that TEARS WILL RUN DOWN YOUR FACE!

Thursday March 7, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Terrace
 
Friday, March 8
 

8:00am

Mystery Science: Open-and-Go Engaging NGSS Science
Mystery Science - discover what others have and explore this dynamic online K-5 curriculum that’s making a difference in science education. Inexpensive, teacher-friendly, student-engaging! Free trial! Laptop helpful.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Adumat

Sarah Adumat

K-8 STEM Coach, Oshkosh Area School District, WI
avatar for Tim Cox

Tim Cox

ALPS Coordinator, Berlin Area School District
Tim is currently the K-12 Advanced Learning Programming and Services Coordinator in Berlin but maintains a strong interest in science education. He enjoys his work in Berlin, neighboring districts and DPI work groups helping teachers grow in their journey to prepare young scientists... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room K

8:00am

Ambitious Science Teaching - In-Person Connection from the Virtual Book Study
We'll dig into effective NGSS teaching strategies, such as modeling and argumentation, building from the online book study (no need to have been part of book study).

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Science Education Consultant, Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction
Dr. Anderson currently works as the Science Education Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He enjoys helping educators improve science programs and instruction to support all students in making sense of the world and solving problems. In his position... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room F

8:00am

National Board Certification
Find out how earning your National Board Certification will benefit you as a science educator! I will discuss the process and benefits of certification. 


Friday March 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Terrace

8:00am

Ambitious STEM Education
What do top STEM High Schools have in common? Examine features of three exemplary schools in comparison to national findings. Share your vision and experiences.


Speakers
avatar for Steven Rogg

Steven Rogg

Associate Professor of Education - STEM, Carthage College
Steven Rogg is an Associate Professor of Education-STEM at Carthage College. He was recently Director of STEM Education at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy where he also taught Anatomy & Physiology, AP Environmental Science, STEM Engineering Design, AP Seminar and AP Research... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room H

8:00am

Teaching Emerging Infectious Diseases Through Phenomena Anchored Learning and Storylining Using HHMI BioInteractive Resources
Explore how HHMI resources can allow students to build an understanding of emerging infectious diseases by sequencing investigations and activities grounded in students' questions.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Fassler

Amy Fassler

Science Teacher, Marshfield High School
I have been teaching science in Marshfield for 22 years and have taught chemistry, biochemistry and Advanced Placement Environmental Science. I have been active in WSST for my entire career teaching in Wisconsin and am happy to give back to an organization that has given so much to... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room N

8:00am

Using a Classroom Response System to Enhance Student Engagement.
Classroom response systems can be used to create inclusive classrooms in which students are more actively engaged. Examples and usage will be introduced in this seminar.  

Speakers
PK

Peter Kuhn

Associate Professor, Edgewood College


Friday March 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room I

8:00am

Twenty Demos in Fifty Minutes
Engage students with hands-on activities, labs, and demonstrations that enable learning and retention of science principles. Handouts (CD), how-to instructions, and tips on use.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Scheckel

Larry Scheckel

science teacher, Tomah High School-retired
Larry Scheckel grew up on a family farm in the hill country of southwestern Wisconsin and attended a one-room country school. Larry started a teaching career in 1972 and retired, along with wife, Ann, in 2010. Larry Scheckel has been named Tomah Teacher of the Year three times, and... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room L

8:00am

Science Explained: CRISPR: Connecting New Science to What You Already Teach
Use physical models to explore CRISPR-based genome editing technology as an example of the collaborative nature of science and the evolution of the molecular biosciences.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Vogt

Gina Vogt

Secondary Education Program Manager, 3D Molecular Designs
Talk to me about MODELING!


Friday March 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room Q

8:00am

Science Explained: Real-Life CSI
Aimed at teachers of a forensic science unit or class or AP bio, this presentation goes through the analysis of DNA fingerprint (electropherogram) data. Classroom-ready paper activities will walk participants through data analysis and interpretation in the contexts of relationship testing and identity. One of the activities is a great illustration of applied Hardy-Weinberg population statistics-based analysis of allele frequencies.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Olson

Ryan Olson

Biotechnology Instructor, BTC Institute
Ryan spent ten years at Promega Corporation in Madison, WI working as a Research and Development Scientist working on Genetic Analysis technologies. Ryan's experience in hands-on science teaching goes back to 2001, serving as a laboratory instructor for the BTC Institute in undergraduate... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room E

8:00am

Science Explained: Test Your Metal
Not all metals are the same! Come learn about their different properties and experiment with how we manipulate them to produce modern materials.

Speakers
BA

Beth Allcox

Teacher, NEW HOLSTEIN HS
I spent two weeks working at the Pacific Northwest National Lab. I learned about the history of the nuclear program and what is being done with the waste. | I have also begun learning about materials science. It is a great program that I would recommend to anyone.
CO

Carol Ochsner

Chemistry, Physics & Earth Science, Monroe High School
I have been teaching for over 20 years and have recently attended 2 sessions of the ASM International Materials Science workshops.



Friday March 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room G

8:00am

CLOSED: Watersheds Alive
What's your water address? Learn techniques to explore the Great lakes Basin as well as your local watershed through hands-on activities.


Friday March 8, 2019 8:00am - 9:50am
Room O

8:00am

CLOSED: Evolution for Educators
The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science helps teachers teach evolution with confidence. Participants will receive a free unit of materials and try out a lab.

Speakers


Friday March 8, 2019 8:00am - 9:50am
Room P

8:00am

Energy Curriculum for Real-world STEM Education

You’ll leave this workshop with ready-to-use activities and an Energy Audit Sampler kit valued at $150 to allow for immediate implementation back at school! (Pre-registration required.)

Create authentic inquiry experiences, and increase motivation, through student-led school building energy audits. In this workshop, we’ll explore energy efficiency curriculum and practices using energy audit tools; then connect these activities to larger environmental issues, local school district projects and goals, and service learning opportunities.


Speakers
avatar for Annie Baker

Annie Baker

Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP)
My interests and role revolve around behavior change strategies for energy efficiency & conservation, including K-12 education, gamification, & influencing social norms. I have a B.S. in Park Management & Conservation and a M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction, both from Kansas State... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 8:00am - 11:50am
Room M

8:00am

CLOSED: Science and Our Food Supply - Investigating Food Safety from Farm to Table - High School Emphasis
Limited Capacity seats available

Middle School teachers will explore ways to implement FDA food safety curricula into their science or FACT curricula. Free curricula provided with a focus on hands on activities.

Speakers
TH

Tina Henriksen

high school biology instructor, plymouth high school


Friday March 8, 2019 8:00am - 10:50pm
Room R

9:00am

Evaluating Instructional Materials for NGSS
On the market for instructional materials? Come share your experiences and learn more about what to look for, and how to ensure its really there. 


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room G

9:00am

Meet your WSST District Representatives
Speakers
avatar for Ray Scolavino

Ray Scolavino

Senior Lecturer, UW-Milwaukee
MACSTEP Science Teacher Education Program WSST Exploratorium WSST Higher Education and Membership Committee 2017 WSST Co-Conference Chair


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Terrace

9:00am

Retirees Breakfast
Come and meet with other retired science teachers to share stories, plans, needs and opportunities.  Meet old friends and make some new ones.  Feel free to drop in anytime during the hour.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Mesmer

Karen Mesmer

Independent Science Ed Consultant, Mesmer Science Education Consulting
avatar for Karyl Rosenberg

Karyl Rosenberg

Citizen Scientist, Science Education Advocate
I am co chair of the 2020 WSST Conference.


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Terrace

9:00am

The Drinking Bird Phenomenon
The Drinking Bird Phenomenon! A deep-dive interactive session to bring 3-D lessons to life in your classroom with Phenomena! SEPs! CCCs and DCIs!

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Adumat

Sarah Adumat

K-8 STEM Coach, Oshkosh Area School District, WI
avatar for Tim Cox

Tim Cox

ALPS Coordinator, Berlin Area School District
Tim is currently the K-12 Advanced Learning Programming and Services Coordinator in Berlin but maintains a strong interest in science education. He enjoys his work in Berlin, neighboring districts and DPI work groups helping teachers grow in their journey to prepare young scientists... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room K

9:00am

The New Forward Exam in Science
We'll dig into examples of new 4th and 8th grade Forward Exam item sets and standalone items, including those focusing on engineering and how those work. We'll discuss how these items align to the new Wisconsin Standards for Science and NGSS, focusing on sense-making of phenomena. We'll also discuss new conceptions of cognitive complexity related to assessment items, moving beyond traditional Depth of Knowledge (DoK).

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Science Education Consultant, Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction
Dr. Anderson currently works as the Science Education Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He enjoys helping educators improve science programs and instruction to support all students in making sense of the world and solving problems. In his position... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room F

9:00am

“Going with the Flow” of Genetic Information
Explore the cellular processes of DNA replication, transcription and translation using hands-on, minds-on manipulatives that support the three dimensions of NGSS.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Vogt

Gina Vogt

Secondary Education Program Manager, 3D Molecular Designs
Talk to me about MODELING!


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room Q

9:00am

Using Mastery Delivery Model with Standards Based Grading
This session will focus on how to integrate the mastery delivery model into course instruction through the use of standards based grading. Using leveling of instruction, paired with a standard, students can actively track their learning and prepare for on-going assessment.

Speakers
DK

Dan Koslakiewicz

Science Teacher, Cudahy High School
I refuse to lecture (unless necessary). I tend to use alternative forms of instruction, paired with a variety of assessment techniques to address individual student needs.



Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room N

9:00am

A Closer Look Into NGSS Sense-Making Practices: Obtain, Evaluate, Communicate Information
This session will delve into the implementation of the NGSS Sense-Making Practice and Critquing Practices as a means to deliver disciplinary core ideas. 
Focus will be on students constructing their own understanding through
  • obtaining, evaluating and communicating information
  • analyzing and interpreting data 
  • constructing explanations

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Klemme

Jennifer Klemme

Teacher, Pewaukee School District
I have been teaching biology, chemistry, and anatomy at Pewaukee High School for the past 12 years.
avatar for Cheryl McCann-Nies

Cheryl McCann-Nies

Teacher, Pewaukee School District
I have been a science educator for the past 2 years and have had the pleasure of working with middle and high school level students in urban and suburban settings. My experience has included environmental science, physical science, biology and chemistry. The bulk of my career as... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room H

9:00am

Science Explained: The Science Behind Genetically Modified Organisms
GMOs are an engaging subject for students to explore biology, technology, and public policy. The creation and biological effects of GMOs will be explained.   

Speakers
PK

Peter Kuhn

Associate Professor, Edgewood College


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room I

9:00am

Learning Astronomy Through the Lens of 3-Dimensional Learning
Demonstrating three-dimensional learning using solar astronomy experiences. Explore effective ways for students to learn about the daily and annual motions of the Sun, plus solar/lunar eclipses and lunar phases. 

Speakers
DS

Dennis Schatz

NSTA President-Elect


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:50am
Room E

9:00am

Equipment Swap
Join us for the first ever WSST equipment swap. If you have something you aren't using, bring it to share with a colleague. Or maybe find a treasure to take home to your classroom. After the equipment swap formally concludes, items will be available in the Exhibit Hall for pick up. 

Speakers

Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Promenade

9:00am

Investigating Next Generation Science and Engineering Instruction
Explore what next generation science and engineering instruction looks and sounds like in a classroom. Experience hands-on investigations about the behavior of light.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Adumat

Sarah Adumat

K-8 STEM Coach, Oshkosh Area School District, WI
avatar for Kathy Huncosky

Kathy Huncosky

Professional Learning Specialist, WestEd
Kathy has been a general K–8 educator for many years, as well as a science education specialist for the Madison Metropolitan School District. She holds a BS degree in Education and an MS degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from UW-Madison, Wisconsin. On the Making Sense of... Read More →
avatar for Zong Vang

Zong Vang

Science and Math Instructional Support Coach, Oshkosh Area School District


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 11:50am
Room L

9:00am

CLOSED: The climate is changing: Investigating the effects on ponds, lakes, and oceans
Engage in hands-on activities and discussion you can use to introduce climate science concepts into the topics you already teach. 

Speakers
BS

Bassam Shakhashiri

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 11:50am
Room J

9:00am

10:00am

Hyperdocs: Getting Students to Ferment Their Own Ideas
A HyperDoc is a digital document—such as a Google Doc—where all components of a learning cycle have been pulled together into one central hub.  
Click here to access slide presentation. 

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Michalski

Kristin Michalski

Online App Chair, WSST 2019


Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room N

10:00am

Model OF vs. Model FOR: Unpacking Student Modeling
We will dive into what modeling means in our new vision of science and how to support students modeling in the science classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Jonas

Amy Jonas

STEM Teacher Leader, Madison Metropolitan School District


Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room G

10:00am

Selecting Instructional Materials for the WSS/NGSS
We'll network around instructional materials, look at tools/strategies for reviewing them, and collaboratively review some materials for alignment to WSS/NGSS. We'll use NextGen TIME and Wisconsin-created tools.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Science Education Consultant, Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction
Dr. Anderson currently works as the Science Education Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He enjoys helping educators improve science programs and instruction to support all students in making sense of the world and solving problems. In his position... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room F

10:00am

Sharing Session: Gender in Science
Sharing sessions are an informal opportunity for discussion with your colleagues. From gender identity to the science of defining male vs. female vs. intersex, the landscape is changing.  This session is for anyone wanting more information or to discuss best practices around gender identity and biolgocial sex in the science classroom.  Feel free to drop in anytime during the hour to share your thoughts on the important issue of gender in the science classroom.

Speakers
NJ

Nathan Johnson

Science Teacher, Oregon High School


Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Terrace

10:00am

A Closer Look Into NGSS Sense-Making Practices: Obtain, Evaluate, Communicate Information
This session will delve into the implementation of the NGSS Sense-Making Practice and Critquing Practices as a means to deliver disciplinary core ideas.  
Focus will be on students constructing their own understanding through
  • obtaining, evaluating and communicating information
  • analyzing and interpreting data 
  • constructing explanations

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Klemme

Jennifer Klemme

Teacher, Pewaukee School District
I have been teaching biology, chemistry, and anatomy at Pewaukee High School for the past 12 years.
avatar for Cheryl McCann-Nies

Cheryl McCann-Nies

Teacher, Pewaukee School District
I have been a science educator for the past 2 years and have had the pleasure of working with middle and high school level students in urban and suburban settings. My experience has included environmental science, physical science, biology and chemistry. The bulk of my career as... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room H

10:00am

Modeling Proteins, Enzymes and How Water Drives Structure/Function
Use physical models and molecular phenomena to investigate enzyme structure and function and the role that water plays in protein folding.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Vogt

Gina Vogt

Secondary Education Program Manager, 3D Molecular Designs
Talk to me about MODELING!


Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room Q

10:00am

Henrietta Lacks and Altruistic Science
Learn about and receive the resources needed to have your students participate in meaningful discussions about race, class, and healthcare using a nonfiction novel.

Link to the presentation :  goo.gl/ZcyGRf 

Speakers
avatar for Tasha O'Malley

Tasha O'Malley

Science Teacher, Sun Prairie High School
I am a life science teacher at Sun Prairie High School. I teach Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 and Ecology (in some years). I have a passion for science and using science to look critically at the world to find injustices and inequities that exist. I aim to equip my students... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room K

10:00am

AP Carnivals and High Interest Days: How to increase science engagment with unique activities.
When a department of science teachers brainstormed on ideas about teaching on the dreaded "day before break" a fantastic way to teach science was born.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Lauer

Jamie Lauer

Chemistry/AP Chemistry Teacher, Hartford Union High School


Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room I

10:00am

It's all about the Energy
Cost: $5- Energy is a part of our everyday life and an important topic in science. In this workshop we explore ways to teach energy with hands on activities.

Speakers
BA

Beth Allcox

Teacher, NEW HOLSTEIN HS
I spent two weeks working at the Pacific Northwest National Lab. I learned about the history of the nuclear program and what is being done with the waste. | I have also begun learning about materials science. It is a great program that I would recommend to anyone.



Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 11:50am
Room O

10:00am

Improv to Improve Science Communication
In this interactive session, science communication professionals will lead improvisation activities and games to help participants increase their creativity, spontaneity, confidence and positive communication skills.




Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 11:50am
Room P

11:00am

Is Science Really Objective? Bias and Racism in Science
The work of scientists reflects the values of society. Begin a conversation around our responsibilities as science teachers as we consider historical and current examples. Presentation link here.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Krauskopf

Sara Krauskopf

PhD Student Science Education, UW-Madison/Independent consultant
I taught secondary science and math for 15 years and am now working on my PhD in Science Education at UW Madison, with a focus on helping teachers develop culturally relevant pedagogical practices. I enjoy teaching using project-based learning and getting students outside as much... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room I

11:00am

WSELA and DPI Networking and Updates
We'll network around standards implementation and general science program improvement, and have time for Q&A on latest from DPI.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Science Education Consultant, Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction
Dr. Anderson currently works as the Science Education Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He enjoys helping educators improve science programs and instruction to support all students in making sense of the world and solving problems. In his position... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room F

11:00am

High School Forestry Class - Curricular Needs Assessment
Does Wisconsin need a standard high school forestry course? What is already taught around the state?  Come join LEAF staff and tell us what you need and what you already do.  We may even draft an outline course or scope and sequence! 

Speakers
avatar for Kate Flick

Kate Flick

Forestry Education Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education
Kate joined LEAF in 2018 as Sustainable Forestry Outreach Specialist with LEAF. Her primary role is to develop and deliver innovative programming and consult with schools to meet the sustainable forestry education needs of diverse K-12 audiences. She has a B.S. in Community and Environmental... Read More →
avatar for Gretchen Marshall

Gretchen Marshall

School Forest Education Specialist, LEAF: Wisconsin's K-12 Forestry Education Program
Gretchen coordinates the Wisconsin School Forest Program through the LEAF Program at UW-Stevens Point. She assists educators with curriculum coordination and managing their school forest properties to ensure they can be used as exceptional outdoor classrooms. Prior to working for... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Schmidt

Stephen Schmidt

Owner/Manager & Forestry Education Outreach, Snapshot Science, LLC & LEAF at Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education
After 12 years teaching high school science, Steve founded Snapshot Science in 2010 to improve scientific literacy and quality informal science in Central Wisconsin and beyond. Snapshot Science provides after school science enrichment and science camps (K-8) and underwater robotics... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room E

11:00am

Using Water Models to Uncover Misconceptions in Chemistry
Uncover students’ conceptual understanding of atoms, molecules and compounds and explore chemistry topics in polarity, pH, density, solubility, bonding and more using three-dimensional teaching with models.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Vogt

Gina Vogt

Secondary Education Program Manager, 3D Molecular Designs
Talk to me about MODELING!


Friday March 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room Q

11:00am

Demonstration Shows--Science Outreach
Demonstration shows are part of my Chemistry II/AP class. They are the best recruiting tool we have for chemistry. The logistics of a show put on by students, resources and demonstrations will be included.

Speakers
avatar for Corinne Fish

Corinne Fish

Chemistry & AP Chemistry, Reedsburg Area High School
This is my 22nd year at RAHS and my sixth year teaching AP Chemistry. | I'm a member of WSST, AACT and NSTA



Friday March 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room G

11:00am

Got Lactase? Phenomena, NGSS, and Storylines Using HHMI BioInteractive Resources
Explore the phenomenon of lactase persistence and how to weave free, classroom-ready resources from HHMI Biointeractive into a coherent storyline featuring the new Storyline Viewer.

Speakers

Friday March 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room N

11:00am

Improve Your Use of the Five Innovations
Experience the 5 Innovations firsthand using the Smithsonian’s STC Middle School Matter and Its Interactions. Participants will focus on activities that spark curiosity about real-world phenomena and meaningful engineering challenges.  Handouts will reinforce all connections.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Friedel

Bob Friedel

SciEd Consultant, Carolina Biological/Smithsonian
Bob is a Wisconsin lifetime science educator and has taught at the elementary, middle and high schools levels. He presently is consulting for The Smithsonian and Carolina Biological.


Friday March 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room H

11:00am

Which Way Did the DNA Go? Principles of Electrophoresis
This presentation will emphasize fundamental biotechnology concepts about electrophoresis in a hands-on way! And learn more about biotechnology teacher courses and stipends.

Speakers
BB

Barbara Bielec

Barbara Bielec received her B.S. in Genetics from UW-Madison and her M.S. in Genetics from Texas A&M University.  She has secondary teaching certification in Biology, Chemistry, and Math; and has taught science to students of all ages, in many different settings for twenty-five years.  Currently... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room R

11:00am

Using Wisconsin Citizen Science Data in classroom activities
Citizen science data available through the WI DNR website
has great potential for classroom use . Access information and activity samples will be shared.  

Speakers
avatar for Karyl Rosenberg

Karyl Rosenberg

Citizen Scientist, Science Education Advocate
I am co chair of the 2020 WSST Conference.


Friday March 8, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Room K

12:00pm

Box Lunch & 2018 Awards Recognition
Pre-registration for lunch is required.  2018 Award Winners will be recognized at this time. 

Friday March 8, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm

12:30pm

Friday Lunch Keynote: Everyone is a Scientist: Sparking Curiosity Outside the Classroom
The 2018 WSST Award Winners will be recognized before the Keynote address.

What set you on a path to becoming a scientist? What influences how you view the role of science in everyday life? In science education, we often talk about science training…how to DO science. (This is valuable work – without STEM professionals, our modern world wouldn’t exist!) Equally important, though, is encouraging youth to become scientists in the first place. Hear about some of the experiences that launched Wes’s journey to becoming a chemical engineer, including some of the turns that led him to embrace informal science engagement with the public. Along the way, you’ll learn about programs that provide opportunities for Wisconsin teachers and students to work alongside researchers. And no matter your background or location, you’ll learn of opportunities for anyone – adults and youth alike – to get involved in the Wisconsin Science Festival, a grass-roots event each fall that offers hundreds of science engagement activities throughout the state.

Friday’s Keynote will also feature a special guest, Dennis Schatz, who is a Senior Advisor at the Pacific Science Center and President-elect of NSTA. Dr. Schatz will share some thoughts on the current state of science education.

Speakers
WM

Wes Marner

Deputy Director, Wisconsin Science Festival
DS

Dennis Schatz

NSTA President-Elect


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Terrace

1:00pm

Exploratorium
The Exploratorium showcases science pre-services teachers from Institutes of Higher Education from around the State. Move from station to station and take part in discrepant events that you can use in your classroom. Each station will have a handout for you to collect with information about the activity and how it can be used to spice up your teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Scolavino

Ray Scolavino

Senior Lecturer, UW-Milwaukee
MACSTEP Science Teacher Education Program WSST Exploratorium WSST Higher Education and Membership Committee 2017 WSST Co-Conference Chair


Friday March 8, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Ballrooms

2:00pm

Higher Education Committee Meeting
The Higher Education Committee is comprised of WSST members who teach at the university level. One goal of this committee is to create a network of faculty who are interested in teaching and learning science at the college level, or who work with pre-service science teachers. This is an open meeting and new folks are encouraged to attend. This session will be immediately followed by a higher ed. networking event.

Speakers

Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room E

2:00pm

Infusing the Maker’s Mindset into your STEM Program
The maker’s mindset can elevate your STEM program. Learn more about it and explore how integrating making with 5E’s can transform your STEM disciplines.

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Rockhill

Dennis Rockhill

Makerspace Director, The Einstein Project
After 20+ years in packaging design and production. I opened a youth-focused makerspace to help develop design thinking and a maker's mindset in our communities. See what the Maker Learning framework looks like and how it brings together makerspace initiatives with well-known learning... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room H

2:00pm

State Science Experience Projects- an approach to project based learning
Take the next steps with teacher colleagues to build upon the statewide 2018 pilot project, the Wisconsin  Science Experience and get involved for 2019.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Science Education Consultant, Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction
Dr. Anderson currently works as the Science Education Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He enjoys helping educators improve science programs and instruction to support all students in making sense of the world and solving problems. In his position... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Howe

Michelle Howe

Lodi Middle School
avatar for Karyl Rosenberg

Karyl Rosenberg

Citizen Scientist, Science Education Advocate
I am co chair of the 2020 WSST Conference.


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room F

2:00pm

Sharing Session: Physics
Sharing sessions are an informal opportunity for discussion with your colleagues. This session is for anyone who teaches physics at any level. Feel free to drop in anytime during the hour to share your thoughts on teaching physics and get some good ideas from your peers. NO SHARING REQUIRED to attend.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Michalski

Kristin Michalski

Online App Chair, WSST 2019


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Terrace

2:00pm

Underwater Robotics - STEM Immersion
Underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) capture students’ imagination like few other science tools. Snapshot Science will share its ROV programs in Central Wisconsin and the Lake Michigan waters surrounding Washington Island.

Speakers
JD

Jessica Dennis

MS/HS Science Teacher; 3/4 Grade Math Teacher, Washington Island School District
I am a Middle School and High School Science Teacher; I teach third and fourth grade math too! I live on Washington Island in Wisconsin and teach in the smallest school district in the state.
avatar for Stephen Schmidt

Stephen Schmidt

Owner/Manager & Forestry Education Outreach, Snapshot Science, LLC & LEAF at Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education
After 12 years teaching high school science, Steve founded Snapshot Science in 2010 to improve scientific literacy and quality informal science in Central Wisconsin and beyond. Snapshot Science provides after school science enrichment and science camps (K-8) and underwater robotics... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room G

2:00pm

Utilizing LittleBits Electronics in the STEM Classroom
Learn how to implement LittleBit Electronics into your curriculum to enhance 21st Century Skills and join the Maker Movement.

Presentation materials can be found at http://bit.ly/WSSTLittleBits


Speakers

Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room N

2:00pm

Biology Bonanza II
Lightning DOES strike twice!!  These veteran teachers share their favorite activities for biology and AP biology.  Get activities on bioethics, photosynthesis/respiration, and restriction enzymes! 

Speakers
GB

Greg Bisbee

Science/Biology teacher, Arrowhead High School
I've been teaching science/biology for almost 30 years. I prefer to get students doing labs and moving around--looking at learning from multiple angles. I'm especially passionate about native plants and ecosystems, restoration ecology, and reconciliation ecology.
avatar for Doug Drenzek

Doug Drenzek

AP Biology/Chemistry Teacher, Arrowhead High School
I have been teaching high school Science for 25 years. I have taught AP Biology, General Chemistry, Chemistry for the Health Sciences, General Biology, and Physical Science. I feel these past experiences have allowed me to see a broad view of student levels and abilities. Feel free... Read More →
avatar for Greendale High School

Greendale High School

Science Educator, Greendale School District
For the past 13 years, I have primarily facilitated biology courses: Life Science, Biology, Honors Biology, AP Biology. To deepen my understanding of science, I have participated in professional development each summer. Recently, AP Biology was given approval to run as CAPP, and I... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room P

2:00pm

Environmental Racism in WI
You’ve heard about Standing Rock and Flint, Michigan, but why are these issues predominantly found in non-white communities? How can you engage students in learning about these issues? We’ll learn about some of the current issues facing WI communities and share a project you can use/modify to give students a voice and to help affect change.

Speakers
avatar for Tracey Leider

Tracey Leider

APES/Env. Sci./HAP Teacher, Oregon High School
I'm passionate about science and social justice topics. I also knit, so you'll likely see me with yarn in my hands!
avatar for Brenda Morris

Brenda Morris

English Teacher, Lake Mills High School


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room J

2:00pm

Modeling Energy in Chemistry
We will share a modeling-based approach to incorporating the cross-cutting concept of energy transfer as seen in chemical and physical changes into a chemistry curriculum.
Resources can be found at http://tinyurl.com/EnergyInChem

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ehrlich

Jennifer Ehrlich

Chemistry Teacher, Oregon High School
avatar for Debra Elmer

Debra Elmer

Science Teacher, Oregon High School
NJ

Nathan Johnson

Science Teacher, Oregon High School


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room I

2:00pm

STEM-ulating Activities on Human Ecology
Discover innovative ways to teach middle school students about human-environmental interactions, while also building STEM skills through problem solving, mathematical modeling, interactive technology and more!

Speakers
HA

Howard Aprill

Park Naturalist, Wehr Nature Center


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room K

2:00pm

Explore How We Can Provide Freshwater to Those in Need with Smithsonian Science
Smithsonian Science for grades 3-5. Find out how this NGSS-based K-5 program takes the stress out of teaching Engineering Design!! Participants will discover and apply problem-solving engineering techniques.  Problem: "How can we provide freshwater to those in need"?  Handouts will be providied.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Friedel

Bob Friedel

SciEd Consultant, Carolina Biological/Smithsonian
Bob is a Wisconsin lifetime science educator and has taught at the elementary, middle and high schools levels. He presently is consulting for The Smithsonian and Carolina Biological.


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Room M

2:00pm

Breaking BioInteractive: Cancer as an Anchoring Phenomenon
Explore free HHMI BioInteractive instructional resources, including a new release! Experience a popular cancer discovery activity. Examine ways that recent research on cancer can anchor a standards-based instructional unit in, for example, molecular biology, cellular biology, or human physiology. Consider how to BioInteractivate your curriculum!

Speakers
avatar for Steven Rogg

Steven Rogg

Associate Professor of Education - STEM, Carthage College
Steven Rogg is an Associate Professor of Education-STEM at Carthage College. He was recently Director of STEM Education at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy where he also taught Anatomy & Physiology, AP Environmental Science, STEM Engineering Design, AP Seminar and AP Research... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Room L

2:00pm

CLOSED: Opioid Science: Connecting Chemistry and Biology
Manipulate 3D models of morphine to create heroin and the rescue drug NARCAN and use synapse models to understand the effect of opioids on our physiology.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Vogt

Gina Vogt

Secondary Education Program Manager, 3D Molecular Designs
Talk to me about MODELING!


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Room Q

2:00pm

CLOSED: Investigating Weather and Natural Hazards using Next-Generation Satellite Data.
Learn about our newest Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) and how to access and investigate imagery using the free Satellite Information and Familiarization Tool (SIFT). By participating in this session educators will become equipped to coach students in a spring 2019 virtual science fair (http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/education/goesr/vsf) where students will use satellite data to investigate weather and natural hazards. Prizes include gift cards and official satellite launch viewing invitations. Teachers coaching the winning teams will garner launch invites and travel support to present at the 2020 American Meteorological Centennial meeting in Boston! WSST teachers in attendance will also receive a beautiful 4-season poster of Wisconsin.


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Room O

3:00pm

Sharing Session: New Teachers
Sharing sessions are an informal opportunity for discussion with your colleagues. This session is for teachers who are relatively new to the profession.  You have special needs and challenges and sharing them with others can be both cathartic and helpful.  Meet other new science teachers and share strategies for getting the most from your conference participation.  Feel free to drop in anytime during the hour.

Speakers

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room P

3:00pm

Grad Student/Higher Ed Networking Session
Sharing sessions are an informal opportunity for discussion with your colleagues. This session is targeted at faculty from higher education, with a special invitation to graduate students who are considering teaching careers at the college, university. Or technical school level. Sponsored by the Higher Education Committee.

Speakers

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Terrace

3:00pm

Science and Literacy Connections – A K-8 Progression
A DPI workgroup will share and discuss a new K-8 progression of writing standards connecting to the new science standards with ideas for lessons. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Adumat

Sarah Adumat

K-8 STEM Coach, Oshkosh Area School District, WI
avatar for Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Science Education Consultant, Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction
Dr. Anderson currently works as the Science Education Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He enjoys helping educators improve science programs and instruction to support all students in making sense of the world and solving problems. In his position... Read More →
avatar for Tim Cox

Tim Cox

ALPS Coordinator, Berlin Area School District
Tim is currently the K-12 Advanced Learning Programming and Services Coordinator in Berlin but maintains a strong interest in science education. He enjoys his work in Berlin, neighboring districts and DPI work groups helping teachers grow in their journey to prepare young scientists... Read More →
avatar for Ryan King

Ryan King

K-5 Science Teacher Leader, Madison Metropolitan School District
Elementary Science!
avatar for Zong Vang

Zong Vang

Science and Math Instructional Support Coach, Oshkosh Area School District



Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room F

3:00pm

Increase Excitement for Chemistry - Celebrate Mole Day
Gain ideas on how to increase excitement in the chemistry classroom by learning how to run a successful Mole Day celebration.

Materials can be found at http://bit.ly/MoleDayWSST


Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room N

3:00pm

Ready for What's Next: Adressing Career Readiness Standards and NGSS in an Environmental Science Setting
Trees for Tomorrow natural resources school will outline its experience of drafting a new high school curriculum centered around ACP standards while also meeting NGSS.

Speakers

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room K

3:00pm

Three-Dimensional Learning: Storylining
Engage in understanding the process of NGSS implementation through a phenomenon-driven investigation of the three-dimensional nature of the standards. 


Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room G

3:00pm

Tracing Matter and Energy in the High School Chemistry Classroom
Pedagogical and curricular changes to tradition chemistry instruction can improve students’ understanding of matter at an atomic and molecular level and better address how energy flows during chemical changes. At the beginning of the year, students design Fast Plant experiments which seek to explain where the matter comes from as plants grow from seed to adult. Tracing matter and energy are themes throughout each unit that follows.

Speakers
DC

Dan Curran

Science Teacher, DeForest Area School District


Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room J

3:00pm

Interactive Notebooks in the Middle School Science Classroom
Discover what an interactive notebook is all about and how in can be used in a middle school science classroom.

Speakers
avatar for James Broetzmann

James Broetzmann

7/8 Science Teacher, The Prairie School
I am in my 20th year as a science teacher at The Prairie School in Racine. I teach 7th and 8th grade science. My 7th grade units include ecology, genetics, science & engineering, and aeronautics. My 8th grade units include chemistry, body systems, sustainability, and force & motion... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room I

3:00pm

Careers at a 2 year college?
This session will start with an interactive activity to show infection transmission and will continue with information about the many Medical and Transfer Programs offered at Madison Area Technical College.  

Speakers
avatar for Leah Narans

Leah Narans

Faculty - Medical Laboratory Technician, Madison Area Technical College
Leah Narans is currently a Faculty Member at Madison Area Technical College. She teaches in the Medical Laboratory Technician Program. Responsibilities include teaching in lecture and laboratory settings. Her areas of teaching expertise are Blood Bank, Microbiology, and Urinalysis... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room R

3:00pm

Groundwater Research you can do!
Combine student real-world research with community-service project as students discover local groundwater issues that impact their personal lives. Experience how captivating testing water can be!

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Rohr

Dennis Rohr

Science Teacher, Seymour High School
I teach Biology, Astronomy, and Geology at Seymour High School. I also serve as the WSST committee chairperson for Wisconsin Earth Science Teachers Association (WESTA). My students and I have been researching the naturally-occurring arsenic found in Northeastern WI since 2003. My... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room H

3:00pm

Science Teaching Snapshot 8
Snapshots are a series of quick 10 minute presentations followed by discussion. 1. AR in the classroom. How to integrate AR activities, like Metaverse and CoSpaces, in the science classroom 2. Using VR in the Classroom. This snapshot will look at using VR technologies like Google cardboard and Merge Cubes 3. The Sock Test, Gelatinous Grumphet and Survivor Thermal Energy Challenge Series. Getting students outside in winter can be a struggle, but this thermal energy challenge series can motivate students to apply physical/earth and biological science concepts!

Speakers
DK

Dan Koslakiewicz

Science Teacher, Cudahy High School
I refuse to lecture (unless necessary). I tend to use alternative forms of instruction, paired with a variety of assessment techniques to address individual student needs.



Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room E

3:00pm

Science Olympiad Expo
Experience the excitement of Science Olympiad as students and coaches in Wisconsin share their competitive STEM events at walk-up stations. Enjoy firsthand teaching and learning of STEM at its finest! 

Speakers

Friday March 8, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Promenade

4:00pm

WSST Town Meeting
Learn more about the inner workings of WSST and hear updates from WSST President, Ray Scolavino. All members who attend the Town Hall meeting will be entered in a raffle to win prizes donated by our sponsors!

Speakers
avatar for Ray Scolavino

Ray Scolavino

Senior Lecturer, UW-Milwaukee
MACSTEP Science Teacher Education Program WSST Exploratorium WSST Higher Education and Membership Committee 2017 WSST Co-Conference Chair


Friday March 8, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Room E

4:30pm

Friday Night Social
Network with your fellow science teachers and enjoy some live music.

Friday March 8, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Terrace

5:30pm

Milton Pella Awards Banquet
At the banquet we will recognize the accomplishments of our colleagues who are the  winners of the 2019 WSST Awards. Pre-registration for dinner is required. The banquet will be followed by our Keynote Speaker, Kobie Boykins.

Friday March 8, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Terrace

6:30pm

Curiosity, Roving To New Heights
A dynamic young engineer at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Kobie Boykins is on the front line of Mars exploration. Boykins designed the solar arrays that power the Mars exploration rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Landing on Mars on January 25, 2004, Opportunity was designed to survive a mission lasting approximately 90 days. Remarkably, the rover continues to traverse the surface of Mars to this day, sending back valuable scientific data.

Most recently, Boykins was responsible for the design of actuators on Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory, which safely landed on Mars on August 6, 2012. Boykins’ other projects have included work on the Mars Pathfinder mission and the Ocean Surface Topography Mission, making measurements by satellite of the Earth’s oceans.

Speakers
KB

Kobie Boykins

Engineer, NASA


Friday March 8, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Terrace
 
Saturday, March 9
 

8:00am

Henrietta Lacks and Altruistic Science
Learn about and receive the resources needed to have your students participate in meaningful discussions about race, class, and healthcare using a nonfiction novel.


Link to the presentation :  goo.gl/ZcyGRf 

Speakers
avatar for Tasha O'Malley

Tasha O'Malley

Science Teacher, Sun Prairie High School
I am a life science teacher at Sun Prairie High School. I teach Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 and Ecology (in some years). I have a passion for science and using science to look critically at the world to find injustices and inequities that exist. I aim to equip my students... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room P

8:00am

A Look At Project Learning Tree’s New “Energy in Ecosystems” 3rd-5th Grade Curriculum
PLT’s new 3rd-5th grade curriculum helps engage students in learning about ecosystem interactions. Come explore some activities and receive the curriculum for free! 

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Filizetti

Nicole Filizetti

LEAF Professional Development Specialist, Wisconsin Center For Environmental Education


Saturday March 9, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room R

8:00am

Gender Equity in our Classrooms
Gender dysphoria, nonconformity, LGBTQ+, transitioning, queer, strait are all in our classrooms.  Have a frank conversation about inclusive classrooms and decode the acronyms. 

Speakers

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room N

8:00am

Open WSST Board Meeting
This board meeting is open to all WSST members.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Scolavino

Ray Scolavino

Senior Lecturer, UW-Milwaukee
MACSTEP Science Teacher Education Program WSST Exploratorium WSST Higher Education and Membership Committee 2017 WSST Co-Conference Chair


Saturday March 9, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room F

8:00am

Chemistry Oasis in the Lab Desert
Too much seat time in beginning Chemistry?  We have found some activities that reinforce beginning concepts and get them in the lab! 

Speakers
AS

Ann Soderman

Chemistry Teacher, Portage High School


Saturday March 9, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room I

8:00am

Wisconsin-Upper Peninsula of Michigan Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
Learn how to get your high school students involved in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). JSHS alumni will share their work and experiences.


JSHS PPT pptx

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room G

8:00am

Life-Saving Info., with Prizes & Games
Things you may want your high school & college biology students to know about male-specific cancer (prostate cancer), integrated with games and prizes. 

Speakers
avatar for Doug Benton, R.N., Ed.S.

Doug Benton, R.N., Ed.S.

High School Science Teacher, Spencer School District & CWETN Distance-Learning
Interests include cancer prevention and treatment, particularly in males.


Saturday March 9, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room Q

8:00am

Science Explained: The Hallmarks of Cancer
We are all familiar with the image of cancer cells as uncontrollably dividing cells. Is this their only feature? What makes all cancer cells similar? What makes them different? We are going to look at cancer cell hallmarks and how their characterization has changed over the past decades. 

Speakers

Saturday March 9, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room H

8:00am

Science Teaching Snapshot 9
Snapshots are a series of quick 10 minute presentations followed by discussion. 1. Transitioning to the standards-based classroom. Laziness and cheating was holding my class back. I'm sharing my new approach in my classroom, which will help me transition to standards based grading. 2. The importance of connecting formal and informal science education experiences. A discussion of how the Juvenile Detention Center is continuing science education while incarcerated is important to these students’ learning, development, and retention of an interest in science. 3. Benefits and importance of nature centers. The presentation is based on research on the importance and benefits of nature centers to education and the community.

Speakers
avatar for Lauryn Branham

Lauryn Branham

Peer Leader, WISCIENCE
I'm currently a student at UW Madison studying Computer Science and Education Studies. I'm involved with a service learning course named "Service with Youth in STEM" whose goal is to prepare college students to be leaders in the community and bring science to elementary students around... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Room E

9:00am

Model OF vs. Model FOR: Unpacking Student Modeling
We will dive into what modeling means in our new vision of science and how to support students modeling in the science classroom.  

Speakers
avatar for Amy Jonas

Amy Jonas

STEM Teacher Leader, Madison Metropolitan School District


Saturday March 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room H

9:00am

Teaching the Virtual Student Face-to-Face
Virtual worlds are becoming students' preferred existence and the physical world, including classrooms, are interrupting it. What implications does this have to teachers?

Speakers
SK

Scott Kirst

Assistant Professor of Education, St. Norbert College
Using my experience as a past teacher and professional development specialist in the schools, I engage educational leaders inside the schools and community to affect positive social change. To understand what path the future of education may take, my areas of interest include educational... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room R

9:00am

Environmental Knowledge and Perceived Environmental Education Teaching Efficacy of Pre-Service Teachers in Wisconsin
The research studied the relationship between environmental knowledge and environmental education teaching efficacy (confidence in teaching EE material) of pre-service teachers across Wisconsin's teacher preparation programs. 

Speakers

Saturday March 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room O

9:00am

Is there another way? Teaching Techniques for Deeper Understanding
Every instructor encounters challenging (difficult to understand) topics with which students struggle. Teachers, frustrated with current methods, may ask “Is there a better way?” This presentation demonstrates creative and novel examples to facilitate deeper understanding of perplexing topics. Participants will have time to develop tools to use in their classroom.


Saturday March 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room G

9:00am

WSST 2020 Planning Meeting
Interested in helping to plan the next WSST conference? Join us to learn more about how to get involved.

Speakers
avatar for Karyl Rosenberg

Karyl Rosenberg

Citizen Scientist, Science Education Advocate
I am co chair of the 2020 WSST Conference.


Saturday March 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Terrace

9:00am

Maps, Data and Inquiry
Maps, data and inquiry... Are you looking for a way to engage even the most reluctant learner?  Stop in and think deeply about the world. 

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Bault

Jenny Bault

Science Teacher
avatar for Dawn Pfaff

Dawn Pfaff

Science Teacher, Homestead High School
My name is Dawn Pfaff and I have taught science for 22 years. I am extremely passionate about teaching and enjoy the work I do. I look forward to discussing science with my colleagues!


Saturday March 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room Q

9:00am

Who is Baby Whale’s Father? DNA Fingerprinting Solves the Mystery!
Come learn and get hands-on experience on how to teach gel electrophoresis, DNA fingerprinting, and paternity determination using genetics in one classroom session. You will pour, load, and run a gel, capture gel image, analyze the results, and deduce a probable conclusion for a whale of a forensic mystery.

Speakers
EF

Erika Fong

MiniOne Systems


Saturday March 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room F

9:00am

Connecting Kids to their Communities-Using local issues to create informed citizens
I will share how I took an ecosystems unit and changed it to be more of a placed based curriculum about the Yahara River Watershed. We will discuss how we as teachers might use local issues to connect students to science in their local communities. Have you had success with doing something similar? Bring your own experiences and ideas to share. Other topics I will try to highlight include how I use NGSS science practices to assess students in this unit as well as how to partner with local organizations to find equipment and share knowledge. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Kendrick

Sarah Kendrick

5/6 Science Teacher, Madison Country Day School
I have been teaching science for over 15 years. I am passionate about getting students connected to local issues in their communities. I feel strongly that students should have a strong understanding of science to be informed citizens. I have a background in science research and love... Read More →



Saturday March 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room N

9:00am

Academic Rap Up: Hip-Hop Culture and the Science Classroom
Something outside of the status quo? Students, science, hip-hop pedagogy -  let’s go. Check the research; get some tips; leave ready to plan your own show. 

Speakers
avatar for Karen Reece

Karen Reece

Urban Community Arts Network


Saturday March 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room I

9:00am

Science Explained: How Does the Gut Microbiome Affect Our Health?
We will explore how micro-organisms living in our intestines influence our health and risk of disease.   


Saturday March 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room P

9:00am

Science Teaching Snapshot 10
Snapshots are a series of quick 10 minute presentations followed by discussion. 1. Using Sciku in the classroom. All about sciku--science haiku!! Students can summarize results and get creative with this science/poetry hybrid. 2. Using The Seregeti Rules in the Biology Classroom. Sean Carroll's "The Serengeti Rules" is an excellent resource for teaching about feedback systems and ecology. Get a quick intro and valuable resources. 3. School Garden Laboratory-sharing our successes and challenges. Welcome into our outdoor school garden laboratory! Sharing successes and challenges throughout the past 6 years of growth.

Speakers
GB

Greg Bisbee

Science/Biology teacher, Arrowhead High School
I've been teaching science/biology for almost 30 years. I prefer to get students doing labs and moving around--looking at learning from multiple angles. I'm especially passionate about native plants and ecosystems, restoration ecology, and reconciliation ecology.


Saturday March 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Room E

9:00am

The Case of the Missing Babysitter--An Experience in the Science of Criminal Investigation
Cost: $15- School science often lacks reality. This classroom-tested unit places middle school students in the center of a criminal investigation using scientific inquiry, standard lab procedures, technological resources, organizational skills, and good discipline. Our newly published unit book and lab manual is included!


Saturday March 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:50am
Room L

9:00am

CANCELLED: Evaluating and Implementing New Instructional Materials using NextGen TIME
Cost: $10- NextGen TIME provides tools and processes for evaluating instructional materials. Learn how evaluating resources can be a transformative part of a successful NGSS implementation.


Saturday March 9, 2019 9:00am - 11:50am
Room K

10:00am

Student Led Green Team
Students make positive changes to the waste culture in a K-3 building by teaming up to implement and monitor schoolwide recycling and composting.

Speakers
SZ

Suzy Zietlow

3rd Grade, Discovery Charter School


Saturday March 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room Q

10:00am

Dear First-Year Teacher, Don't Worry, You're Going to Survive. Signed, A Third-Year Teacher: Advice for your first year of teaching.
A current third-year high school science teacher will share what helped her survive her first year of teaching. Tips on everything from how to communicate with your mentor teacher, this thing we call "work-life balance," developing your style of classroom management, to lesson planning and grading.

Speakers

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room G

10:00am

DIY Algae Beads: a look at photosynthesis and respiration
Algae beads are easy to make and introduce students to algae, photosynthesis, and respiration.  Learn how to bring it all together! 

Speakers
GB

Greg Bisbee

Science/Biology teacher, Arrowhead High School
I've been teaching science/biology for almost 30 years. I prefer to get students doing labs and moving around--looking at learning from multiple angles. I'm especially passionate about native plants and ecosystems, restoration ecology, and reconciliation ecology.


Saturday March 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room E

10:00am

Flipped and Active Chemistry
Use the concepts of flipped learning environments to free up time for active learning, as well as NGSS and AP Science Practice work.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Pantano

Eric Pantano

Science Teacher, Edgewood High School
Chemistry teacher - flipped and paperless.


Saturday March 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room O

10:00am

Who is Baby Whale’s Father? DNA Fingerprinting Solves the Mystery!
Come learn and get hands-on experience on how to teach gel electrophoresis, DNA fingerprinting, and paternity determination using genetics in one classroom session. You will pour, load, and run a gel, capture gel image, analyze the results, and deduce a probable conclusion for a whale of a forensic mystery.

Speakers
EF

Erika Fong

MiniOne Systems


Saturday March 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room F

10:00am

CER- You Know What it is, but how do you teach and assess it?
Teaching students to make sense of data they have collected and to describe the phenomenon they observe is crucial to them becoming critical thinkers and not merely memorizing vast amounts of information. Using Claims, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) is an excellent way to help students to learn and to meet the NGSS. CER is more than just coming to a conclusion. Students, when asked to make a conclusion after the completion of a lab often will say something like, “The heavier ball made a bigger impact”. They are often quite good at stating what happened (the claim) but fall short of giving proof (evidence) or demonstrating that they understand the why (reasoning). These are not intuitive and students must be given explicit instruction and multiple opportunities to practice these skills. This session will share examples that have been used in our middle and high school classrooms and rubrics for assessment of these skills.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Biernat

Kathy Biernat

Science Teacher, Grades 6-8, St. Mary's Visitation
I love teaching middle school!!!! I am active in the National Middle Level Science Teacher Association and would love to talk to you about it! I also co-author a regular column in Science Scope and would love to talk about that too! | #ScientistMaker



Saturday March 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room R

10:00am

Science Explained: Science based Natural Resource Management Protects the Environment, Public Rights, AND the Economy
Historical review of 5 science based natural resource management cases that were wins for all concerned ( acid rain control, the Wisconsin River cleanup, dam removal, pesticides in Central Sands groundwater, and shoreline zoning). 

Speakers

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room I

10:00am

Science Explained: Tumor virology: the study of cancer-causing viruses
Viruses cause 15% of human cancers worldwide.  This talk will describe mechanisms involved in viral tumorigenesis and highlight human papillomavirus as an example. 

Speakers
KM

Kathleen Makielski

Lecturer, Edgewood College


Saturday March 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Room N

11:00am

FOSTERING COMMUNITY APPRECIATION OF SCIENCE IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM
My talk will include demonstrations to show how science can be communicated to students and to all segments of our society. Come learn about combustion, liquids that glow in the dark, polymers, and other spectacular scientific phenomena. You will sit at the edge of your seat and will see science in action. All interactions are done purposefully… for the benefit of Earth and its people.
Teachers are entrusted to develop talent, shape character, and influence attitudes. We have awesome responsibilities. We aim to educate future scientists and to achieve science literacy among all students, fellow educators and staff, and our immediate community. Science literacy enlightens and enables people to make informed choices, to be skeptical, and to reject shams, unproven conjecture, and to avoid being bamboozled into making foolish decisions where matters of science and technology are concerned. Science literacy is for everyone—scientists, artists, humanists, teachers, all professionals, the general public, youth and adults alike.

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Bassam Shakhashiri

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Saturday March 9, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Terrace

1:00pm

Elementary Science Workshop: Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking through Bridges, The Math Learning Center
The final unit in the K-5 math curriculum, Bridges, is a STEM unit in which students apply math skills learned during the year in a hands-on project. These units explicitly connect to the Next Generation Science Standards performance expectations for engineering. In this workshop you will learn how to support students with an engineering design process and to support students in using mathematics and computational thinking as part of their decision making.

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avatar for Sarah Adumat

Sarah Adumat

K-8 STEM Coach, Oshkosh Area School District, WI
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Ryan King

K-5 Science Teacher Leader, Madison Metropolitan School District
Elementary Science!


Saturday March 9, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Edgewood College-SON 203

1:00pm

Biology Workshop: Using Case Studies to Teach Biology
Case studies are a great, low-cost way to engage students in scientific inquiry and introduce scientific thinking skills. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to do one of our favorite case studies and discuss how we use case studies in biology classes. Resources will be provided.

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Saturday March 9, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Edgewood College-SON 322

1:00pm

Environmental Education Workshop: Connect, Explore, Engage: Using Place-Based Learning to Address Standards

The Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability provide support and guidance for integrating environmental education in your classroom. The strands of Connect, Explore, and Engage will serve as the framework for activities in this hands on session. We will unpack the standards and take time to experience what they mean through a sample of Environmental Education activities.

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Saturday March 9, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Edgewood College-SON 312 1000 Edgewood College Dr, Madison, WI

1:00pm

Geoscience Workshop: Analog Models of Groundwater Flow
Learn how to use the sand tank groundwater model. Participate in a session that demonstrates of how this interactive tool shows how water and contaminants flow through different types of materials. You will see groundwater in action and we will discuss how this model could be used in your classroom.  Help build a shoe box model in this workshop that will let you model some big ideas in hydrogeology: groundwater comes from precipitation; groundwater flows through the pores between the grains (no underground streams or lakes); and, groundwater and surface water are connected. Take home a list of supplies and a lesson plan so that you can build your own model. Use our model of a karst landscape to see the results of fracture flow (and underground streams).

Speakers
avatar for M Carol McCartney

M Carol McCartney

Outreach Manager, Wiscosnin Geological Survey
Find the Wisconsin Geological and natural History Survey on social media: | https://www.facebook.com/WGNHS for Facebook page. | http://wisconsingeologicalsurvey.org/ for our website. | https://twitter.com/WGNHS to follow us on Twitter. | https://www.pinterest.com/WGNHS/ to find us... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Edgewood College-SON 308

1:00pm

Chemical Demonstrations Workshop
Would you like some guidance with using safe, cost-effective chemical demonstrations to instruct and inspire in your classroom? Participants in this workshop, which will take place in the chemistry labs at Edgewood College, will get hands-on experience with preparing and performing chemical demonstrations, as well as tips for using these demonstrations to help students understand chemical concepts.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Maynard

Jim Maynard

Senior Instructional Specialist, UW-Madison
I facilitate the educational mission at the classroom level for the UW-Madison large lecture courses, among others. This includes lecture experiments, projection, media, content, supplies and services to the lecturers and faculty. I also support selected organizations such as the... Read More →


Saturday March 9, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Edgewood College-SON 412

1:00pm

CANCELLED: Don't Fear Physics
How do you respond when a student asks a question that you don’t know the answer to? No need to fear! In this workshop, you’ll get to explore the fundamentals of Newton’s Laws, electromagnetism, sound & light. We’ll share with you some of our favorite activities for teaching these concepts and discuss how to build a conceptual understanding of physics at the middle school level.


Saturday March 9, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Edgewood College-SON 205