MST conference schedule

Math and Science Teachers' Conference

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  • Attendee
    • Individual = $150
    • Groups of 3 or more = $125/ each
  • Vendor
    • $350

Sunday, Oct.15

12 - 5 p.m.

Vendor set up and early check in

  • Casper College Gateway Center (GW), Chapman Lobby

Monday, Oct. 16

8 - 9 a.m.

Check in

  • Casper College Gateway Center (GW), Chapman Lobby
9 - 10 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION

Industry to Innovation: STEM at Work in WY

  • Rocky Anderson, WY JATC; Adam Johnson and Ben Warren, McGinely Orthopaedics; Eric Lewis and Brad Erickson, Bison Kings Game Studios
  • All levels
  • GW 225
  • Join a panel of Wyoming industry leaders and inovators for a discussion on STEM in Wyoming. Discover STEM's role in the Wyoming workforce and your role in getting students ready for these exciting careers. Learn what it takes to succeed as an electrician, web designer, machine shop manufacturer, engineer, or graphic designer in a changing technological environment.
10 - 10:15 a.m.

Presidential Award Nominee announcement

  • GW 225
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Lab Activity Share-A-Thon

  • James Stith, Doug Scribner and Zach Beam
  • Technology
  • All levels
  • GW 225W
  • Educators will facilitate discussion and demonstrations of different laboratory activities used in a variety of classes. Participants should bring needed supplies, handouts, etc. for their lab to help walk colleagues through the activity. This nondiscipline-specific share-a-thon is open to educators of all levels and branches of STEM fields. 

Integrating Wyoming Science Standards into Primary Curriculum

  • Megan Diede, Kathy Stephens and Jodi Cargo-Wyllie
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • Grades K-3
  • GW 218
  • Teaching all subjects separately is impossible, time is the problem. This session is designed to help classroom teachers embed science standards into reading, writing, and social studies, while utilizing technology. Emphasis will be placed on daily integration of standards into the primary curriculum.

Where are We Heading with the New Math Standards?

  • Jill Stringer and Jessica Steinbrenner
  • Standards
  • All levels
  • GW 222
  • This presentation will include a panel discussion involving members from the Wyoming Department of Education Standards and Assessment Division and committee members participating on the current Math Standards Review Committee. The panel will bring up-to-date information concerning the 2017 math standards review process and math standards as they relate to the new state assessment.

Kit-ology

  • Amber French
  • Standards
  • All levels
  • GW 115
  • Welcome to a new twist on kit-based science. Kit-ology for air and weather is a fun, hands-on experience. We will focus on kit structure and content. Participants will gain an understanding of objects and changes in the sky. We will make parachutes, kites, pinwheels, and anemometers. Kit-ology uses the National Standards for Science as well as Wyoming Science Standards. 

CTRL+SHIFT+T (and 19 More Tiny Tech Tips for Time-Strapped Teachers)

  • Reid Bauer
  • Technology
  • All levels
  • GW 223
  • Tiny Tech Tip (n): a small behavioral change that can save an educator hours of time over a school yearWhile many conference sessions focus on big-picture ideas and tools, in this session we are going to do the opposite: we are going to sweat the details. Participants in this session will learn and practice small, quick tactics to be more productive when using technology. We will be covering Windows, Mac, and Google products in this fast-paced, interactive workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops to this session.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

LUNCH

WSTA and WCTM meetings and roundtable discussions

  • GW second floor lobby and classrooms

Roundtable Lunch Discussion: College Science Teaching

  • Timothy F. Slater Ph.D.
  • College
  • GW 225W
  • This Monday lunchtime roundtable discussion will help faculty interested in pursuing excellence in college science teaching to network with one another. Sponsored by the Wyoming Society of College Science Teachers.
12:45 - 2 p.m. 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Making Learning Relevant with Place-Based Education

  • Leslie Cook
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • All levels
  • GW 115
  • In rural places like Wyoming, place-based education provides an essential way to make learning more relevant, meaningful, and active for students. In this session, learn more about what place-based education is and Teton Science Schools’ six principles for implementing place-based education. Take away from the session new ideas to see your STEM curriculum through the lenses of the economy, ecology, and culture of the community where your students live.

Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum: It’s About Arguing and Showing the Evidence

  • Tom Cubbage
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • Grades 7-12
  • GW 225E
  • This session will focus on the use of evidence and argumentation to support claims and conclusions in science classrooms as well as others. Learn how to infuse these tasks and student skills into your curriculum and see how great the benefits are for your teaching and for the students.

Using Real World Data to Build Student Understanding

  • Sylvia Parker and Doug Scribner
  • Integrated Curriculum and Standards
  • All levels
  • GW 218
  • This session is designed to give teachers support on implementing educational resources developed by science teachers in the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies. Funded by a USDA grant, this project evaluated the feasibility of utilizing lodgepole pine forests killed by the mountain pine beetle as a feedstock for bioenergy. Learn how teachers are using current data to develop standards based on curriculum resources for the biology classroom. This session will provide support for aligning and implementing these activities into your curriculum. From these activities, students will be engaged in analyzing and interpreting data, and arguing from evidence and communication information.

Simple Light Lessons

  • Michele Wistisen
  • Standards
  • Grades K-4
  • GW 222
  • Join us for a session on simple lessons and activities for the elementary classroom. These lessons meet the Next Generation Science Standards for K-4 grade.

Utilizing Technology to Collect Formative Assessment Data

  • Sharla Dowding and Terra Hernandez
  • Technology
  • All levels
  • GW 223
  • Learn about collecting real-time, formative assessment data in three different ways: Plickers, Quislet Live, and GoodChase. Participants will first engage with each tool and then be provided time to set up accounts and populate it with an activity.

College Science Teaching Excellence Workshop #1: Increasing Intellectual Engagement

  • Timothy F. Slater Ph.D.
  • College
  • GW 225W
  • In this participatory workshop, college science teaching faculty will expand their teaching toolkits by learning about active learning strategies that increase a wider diversity of students’ intellectual engagement during class time. Content of this teaching excellence workshop session focuses on effective ways to help students interact with complex concepts through better information delivery approaches and questioning strategies during class.
2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Field Journals in the Science Classroom

  • London Jenks
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • Grades 7-12
  • GW 225E
  • Learn about ideas behind the use of field journals in a science classroom. Discuss use, application, management, and grading. Walk away with access to physics, earth science, space science, and environmental science examples.

Deep Learning through Discussion

  • Jessica Haas
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • All levels
  • GW 115
  • Is student discussion an afterthought during your lessons? Does a look of fear cross your face when side conversations begin between students? For a student, formulating and putting their thoughts into words, listening to others’ ideas, and becoming aware of contradictory conclusions provides a way to make better sense of topics they are learning. Through various activities, learn how to facilitate a meaning-making discussion, even around controversial issues, while still holding the reins on classroom management.

Edible Education: Six Steps to a Cross-Curricular Program

  • Tim Miner
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • All levels
  • GW 218
  • This session explores the process of planning, launching and expanding an edible education program as an integrated curriculum form from concept to classroom in six defined steps. Cross-curricular programing requires foresight to orchestrate the topic of continuity across departments, not to mention overcoming the challenges of space, money and talent to make it all possible. Let us help you grow your edible education in a seamless process. 

Electrical Tinkering Resources

  • Leah Ritz
  • Technology
  • Grades K-6
  • GW 222
  • The nationwide “Maker” movement is huge, but how do you incorporate making it in your classroom if you don’t have time to set aside for hands-on STEM or engineering? In this session, participants will work through hands-on electrical engineering projects that the Science Zone uses to engage students while also applying physical science concepts like energy, electricity and magnetism. These activities supplement classroom learning in ways that reach students beyond the standard lectures and worksheets. Participants will make example projects, brainstorm how to incorporate them into the traditional classroom, and gain ideas for enriching the classroom through hands-on electrical engineering activities.

The What, Why and How of Becoming a PAEMST Winner

  • Sharla Dowding and Jill Stringer
  • All levels
  • GW 223
  • Learn how to apply for this opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation and win a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

College Science Teaching Excellence Workshop #2: Emphasizing Quantitative Reasoning

  • Timothy F. Slater Ph.D.
  • College
  • GW 225W
  • In this second session, college science teaching faculty will continue to expand their teaching toolkits by learning about active learning strategies that increase a wider diversity of students’ intellectual engagement during class time. Content of this teaching excellence workshop session focuses on effective ways to help students interact with complex concepts through better information delivery approaches and questioning strategies during class.
3:45 - 5 p.m. 

PANEL DISCUSSION

Campus and Community Connections

  • Grades K-8: GW 225E
  • Grades 9-12: GW 225W
  • Discover some of the fantastic campus and community resources available

Lost in Transition

  • Grades 9-12
  • GW 225W
  • This panel discussion will give teachers essential resources for helping students transition from high school to higher education.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

8 - 8:45 a.m.

Coffee and Conversation

  • Lesson plan sharing
9 - 10:15 a.m.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Art and the Cosmic Connection

  • Leah Ritz
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • Grades K-9
  • GW 225E
  • The cosmos is a vast frontier with new discoveries happening every day. How can scientists learn so much about the things that make up our universe when they are light years away? The secret lies in incredible powers of observation and understanding of patterns and trends. Participants in this session will learn how an art museum and science museum teamed up to bring NASA’s Art & the Cosmic Connection activity guide to life by participating in activities on planetary geology and the elements of art; including shape, line, color and texture.

From Field to Poster: Science Fair Research as Integrated Curriculum

  • Erin Stoesz
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • Grades 6-12
  • GW 225W
  • Using geology examples, this workshop will explore how the integration of many disciplines including science, English, outdoor education, mathematics, visual arts, social studies, and design and technology is necessary for successful scientific research. We will explore the nature of the true scientific process and how it could be taught as integrated curriculum in a middle school or high school. Three key products (research plan, poster, and abstract) required of all science fair entries will be discussed. Come prepared to analyze student products. Each workshop participant will receive a notebook, scientific process diagram, and guidelines for 2018 science fair entries. 

Edible Education: The Perfect Foundation for an Integrated Curriculum

  • Tim Miner
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • All levels
  • GW 218
  • Edible education is gaining momentum not just for its ability to teach practical life skills, but also because of its value as foundation for an integrated curriculum across nearly all departments. This session will explore the tenets of edible education, how it fosters cross-curricular instruction and the universality of the language of food through specific examples of lessons that align with STEM, history, art, social studies, and literacy, including foreign language and economics.

Science Resource Share-A-Thon

  • Barb Marquer and Sharla Dowding
  • Technology
  • All levels
  • GW 115
  • If you are looking for new resources as you align to the 2016 science standards, or have amazing online resources you would like to share, join us as we share some of our favorite K-12 science sites. All resources will be added to a Padlet site for your future reference.

Art and the Cosmic Connection

  • Leah Ritz
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • Grades K-9
  • GW 225E
  • The cosmos is a vast frontier with new discoveries happening every day. How can scientists learn so much about the things that make up our universe when they are light years away? The secret lies in incredible powers of observation and understanding of patterns and trends. Participants in this session will learn how an art museum and science museum teamed up to bring NASA’s Art & the Cosmic Connection activity guide to life by participating in activities on planetary geology and the elements of art; including shape, line, color and texture. 

From Field to Poster: Science Fair Research as Integrated Curriculum

  • Erin Stoesz
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • 6-12
  • GW 225W
  • Using geology examples, this workshop will explore how the integration of many disciplines including science, English, outdoor education, mathematics, visual arts, social studies, and design and technology is necessary for successful scientific research. We will explore the nature of the true scientific process and how it could be taught as integrated curriculum in a middle school or high school. Three key products (research plan, poster, and abstract) required of all science fair entries will be discussed. Come prepared to analyze student products. Each workshop participant will receive a notebook, scientific process diagram, and guidelines for 2018 science fair entries.

Edible Education: The Perfect Foundation for an Integrated Curriculum

  • Tim Miner
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • All levels
  • GW 218
  • Edible education is gaining momentum not just for its ability to teach practical life skills, but also because of its value as foundation for an integrated curriculum across nearly all departments. This session will explore the tenets of edible education, how it fosters cross-curricular instruction and the universality of the language of food through specific examples of lessons that align with STEM, history, art, social studies, and literacy, including foreign language and economics.

Science Resource Share-A-Thon

  • Barb Marquer and Sharla Dowding
  • Technology
  • All levels
  • GW 115
  • If you are looking for new resources as you align to the 2016 science standards, or have amazing online resources you would like to share, join us as we share some of our favorite K-12 science sites. All resources will be added to a Padlet site for your future reference.

The Universe in the Classroom after the Eclipse of 2017

  • Andrew Young Ph.D.
  • Standards
  • All levels
  • GW 222
  • In this workshop, you will look at the legacy of astronomy after The Great American Eclipse of 2017. Come explore simple methods of integrating small-scale observation tools in the coursework. In addition, we will examine uses for your telescope and the nature of backyard astronomy. Also, we will look at the rise of crowd-sourced citizen space science. Finally, you will review data mining and analysis of astronomical observations. Please join us for this multi-echeloned and comprehensive review of astronomy in the classroom.
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Summer School Year Three

  • James Stith, Dough Scribner and Zach Beam
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • All levels
  • GW 115
  • Interested in starting a summer science enrichment program? Discuss with three teachers the steps to building a summer program that students are excited to attend. Topics from this year include geology, fire ecology, cave surveying, and bat ecology. Participants will also walk away with all the curriculum and planning materials from years 1-3.

Experience Yellowstone through Skype and Hands-On Activities

  • Yellowstone National Park Education Ranger
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • All levels
  • GW 225W
  • Learn how to Skype live with a Ranger – bring your students to Yellowstone or have a ranger come to your classroom. Yellowstone Park Rangers can do all of this for you. Come find out how and participate in a fun sample activity.

Implementing and Integrating Engineering in the Classroom: Tools, Resources, and Examples

  • Teddi Hofmann and Sylvia Parker
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • All levels
  • GW 222
  • Take advantage of the resources available to you through the University of Wyoming and get ready to try something new. In this workshop, educators will learn about program opportunities for integrating engineering in the classroom, and will engage in hands-on demonstrations to inspire creative thinking. Educators will learn new instructional approaches and will be encouraged to experiment with tools that can be used for data collection and analysis to connect cross-curricular content. Educators will come away with new ideas and resources for implementing engineering in the classroom and effectively addressing standards related to science, common core, ISTE, and CTE.

Edulastic: A Standards Based Assessment Website

  • Joe Meyer
  • Technology and Standards
  • All levels
  • GW 223
  • Edulastic is an interactive standards-based formative assessment building website. One can create assessments connected to selected CCSS/Next Gen math or science standard(s), choosing from over 80,000 items K-12 in all areas. We will tour the free features, as well as be shown some of those accessible by the premium subscription. The presentation will be projected, and you will need to bring a laptop.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

LUNCH

Regional Science Fair Directors Meeting

  • GW 225E

Roundable Discussions

  • GW second floor lobby and classrooms
12:45 - 2 p.m.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Transplantation Science

  • Anne Gaspers and Jeff Leone
  • Standards
  • Grades 7-12
  • GW 115
  • “Transplantation Science” is an interactive presentation that teaches students the science behind organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. Donor Alliance sends highly trained educators to schools throughout Wyoming to teach the class, meant to enhance any anatomy, health or biology program from grades 7-12. In this session, teachers will participate in a 60-minute transplantation science class, have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters, and receive information on how to book a free class.

Scale the Universe: Release the Power – the Power of 10!

  • Sharla Dowding
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • Grades 7-12
  • GW 218
  • With this classroom activity, engage students in learning about the crosscutting concept of scale, proportion, and quantity. Students will sort and discuss magnitudes from submicroscopic to astronomical distances. PowerPoint and teaching suggestions aimed at using these NASA materials will be provided.

Evolution for Middle School Educators

  • Bertha Vazquez
  • Standards
  • Grades 7-9
  • GW 222
  • The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is an entirely teacher-run project to help middle school science teachers. We provide evolution content and ready-to-use resources for the classroom; including presentation slides, online sites, and hands-on labs. Everything is free and high quality. With over 47 workshops completed across the country in just two years, our goal is to inform interested middle school science teachers about the most up-to-date concepts of natural selection and evolution. The presentation includes content, a brief tour of the resources on our webpage, and an inquiry-based activity illustrating how the environment and genetic variation work.

A Step-By-Step Introduction to Incorporate Google in Your Classroom

  • James Stith, Doug Scribner and Zach Beam
  • Technology
  • All levels
  • GW 223
  • Educators will walk through setting up and managing a Google Classroom, including creating classes, adding students to the classes, grading assignments, and managing the “stream.” Participants will get to see both teacher and student views of the interface.

You Had Me at ‘Hello World’ – Programing Basics Using TI Technology

  • Becky Underwood
  • Technology
  • Grades 7-12
  • GW 225W
  • During this workshop, participants will use TI technology to learn three main ideas to programming concepts – sequential, conditional and repetition coding.