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NSTA 2012

Words Can Be Drab: Engage You Students with Vocab!

Presenters: Aimee Ayers, Christina Eisenhut
Grade Level: Elementary and Middle School
Description: Engage students in powerful strategies incorporating vocabulary to stimulate student understanding of science concepts. Receive ideas to enhance student understanding and provide critical connections for quality assessment.

Plate Tectonics: Proving the Theory

Presenters: Brandon Gallenstein
Grade Level: Middle and High School
Description: Participants will engage in a variety of hands-on-activities using manipulatives to derive the modern theory of plate tectonics.

“Invisible” Physics

Presenters: Eric Schwartz
Grade Level: Middle and High School
Description: Help students build understanding of abstract, hard to visualize concepts in Physics. Through the use of colorful manipulatives, real-life circuit puzzles, and engaging inquiry activities, students will find relatable examples to clarify topics which are notoriously difficult both to teach and to learn. Activities will address content and pedagogy for diverse learners and align with the English Language Proficiency Standards as well as the National Science Standards. Topics addressed include force and motion, circuits, waves, and more. The student-centered assessment activities provided require students to build connections between concepts and communicate understanding that they acquire through application. The students will demonstrate their understanding by utilizing visuals and vocabulary to justify their observations in concrete terms. All participants will walk away with access to the manipulatives and activity handouts provided online at http://http://www.ciser.ttu.edu website. Some participants will also receive door prizes including ready to use classroom sets of all of the activities presented.

Sheep in a Jeep

Presenters: Brittany Stanford
Grade Level: Middle and High School
Description: Participants will demonstrate their knowledge of motion and forces by designing seat belts, inclines, and parachutes.