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MnCOSE14 Sessions by Educators for Educators

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MnCOSE14 Sessions by Exhibitors for Educators

Strand School/Business Name Exhibitor Workshop Title Description Grade Level Name Company Website
General ACHIEVE3000 Experience the Future of Digital Science from National Geographic and Achieve3000 Experience how a digital middle school science program can extend the day, improve reading and science scores, and engage all students through interactive National Geographic content. This dynamic program is delivered at multiple Lexile® reading levels and is poised to help teachers meet the challenges of the Next Generation Science Standards. We will touch on Common Core for Math and Reading, STEM, Tech versus Text, and NGSS! This is not something else to put on your plate--this is simply a better plate! 5-8 Steven Weniger
General eScience Labs, LLC THE EVOLUTION OF ONLINE SCIENCE EDUCATION Science education is challenged by the demands and rapid growth of online education. The reality of offering lab-based science courses via online formats has lead college educators and administrators to consider and discuss the fundamentals of a science lab experience. This informational session will outline the current landscape of online lab science courses and discuss emerging trends. Come prepared to engage with other education professionals and discuss your own experiences and questions. 13 and beyond Jan- Marie Hall
Earth Science MN DNR Firewise in the Classroom Firewise in the Classroom The Firewise curriculum provides a unique, hands-on opportunity for students to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to assess the wildfire risk of their community. Lessons cover GIS, GPS, Public Land Survey and the science of wildfire. Elementary school lessons use Google Earth/Google Maps and Firewise lessons work on Macs or PCs. Ken Pekarek will customize the lessons and teach your students. Attendees at the workshop will receive a Firewise Teacher DVD containing lessons and GIS/GPS resources. The curriculum is correlated to national and Minnesota Academic Standards in geography and science. 5-8; 9-12; 13 and beyond Ken Pekarek
Biology Lab-aids Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration! Students have major misconceptions about photosynthesis and cellular respiration, but this content is essential for understanding how matter and energy flows, both at the micro (cellular) and macro (ecosystem) levels. Using a computer simulation, a hands-on activity, and science notebooking and discussion strategies, expose student thinking - all from the new SEPUP Science and Global Issues Biology program. 9-12 Darin Christianson  
Chemistry Lab-aids Color, Spectrophotometry, and the Structure of the Atom How do we teach topics such as electron configurations, that were graduate school material a generation ago, so students can learn and understand them? Walk away with some effective ways to teach the structure of the atom. Using a user-friendly spectrophotometer, explore how light interacts with dyes. Then use unique spectrum cards to show how atoms, color, and spectra are related, making a conceptual bridge between a core chemical technology - making dyes - and the fundamental structure of the atom. 9-12 Darin Christianson  
Physics Lab-aids Fast and Furious: Measuring Speed This activity is from the SEPUP middle level physical science series which explores Newton's Laws in a context of motor vehicle safety. Participants are challenged to design an investigation to measure the speed of a moving cart as function of its release point from a curved ramp. They carry out their experiment, discuss the role of speed in automobile collisions, and conclude by examining distance vs. motion graphs. 5-8 Darin Christianson
Elementary Science Museum of Minnesota Engineering: Living in a Designed World Be introduced to the new Engineering Assemblies - through engaging and interactive presentations, the assemblies explore what engineers do, what inspires them, and why it is important. Also learn about the new Engineering Immersion Residencies - innovative in-classroom experiences that combine teacher professional development with dynamic engineering instruction for students. Participate in hands-on activities. Experience the range of Engineering Programming offered from the Science Museum of Minnesota. preK-4 Kelly Meyer
Earth Science Will Steger Foundation Experience Energy Curriculum Discover new ways to make the subject of energy hands-on and accessible for grades 3-8. All who attend will receive complimentary print editions of the curriculum. The Will Steger Foundation develops climate change and environmental education curriculum and resources that support the teaching of formal and non-formal educators. Come learn more about this great local resource! preK-4; 5-8; 9-12 John Smith
General CPO Science Can you design the most efficient Wind Turbine? Apply the engineering cycle to design and test a unique Wind Turbine. This workshop is a great opportunity for teachers to learn about engineering and the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will engage in the process of the engineering cycle and apply the process to design and construct a simple wind turbine. Tools for implementing the engineering cycle and STEM in the classroom are provided. 9-12 Jessie Herman
Physics University of Minnesota Nano Center A Hands-On Laboratory for Teaching Microfabrication A new Microfabrication Teaching Laboratory has been developed at the University of Minnesota nano Center. The lab allows students to simulate the fabrication of microelectronic devices using simple tools and procedures. Using this lab, students will replicate key processes used throughout the semiconductor industry. Starting with bare silicon wafers, students will produce working microelectronic devices such as a p-n diode, a solar cell, and a MOSFET transistor.

We will be introducing this activity during our presentation and invite teachers to help us test the new lab in their classrooms.
9-12; 13 and beyond James Marti
Chemistry Bitwixt Software Systems Using Technology to Facilitate a Progression in Students' Understanding of the Structure and Properties of Matter Progressing from middle to high school, NGSS expect students' understanding of the structure and properties of matter to increase in complexity. Physics-based, interactive, 3D atomic and molecular models, on iPads and laptops, provide an array of visual and engaging tools that facilitate this growth in understanding. Starting with the structure and properties of solids, liquids and gases and progressing through the atomic composition of simple molecules, their properties and how they interact, to atomic structure and the arrangement of the periodic table, and advancing through large molecule topics, we will demonstrate models to help students build their knowledge of matter. 9-12 David Doherty
General Dakota County Technical College Critical thinking can be fun This workshop will help teachers impliment important critical thinking skills in the classroom using hands-on, fun nanoscience experiments. 5-8; 9-12; 13 and beyond Deb Newberry www.dctc