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Tuesday, August 1
 

9:00am

Bringing Hands-On Robotics and Real-Life Applications to the Classroom
The program provides equipment, software, curriculum and professional development to elementary and middle school educators (K-8) to enable them to teach their students to write computer code coupled with real-life applications of the engineering design process. The inquiry-based program focuses on discrete programming skills and engineering design concepts designed to improve computational thinking skills and promote mastery. The program is sustainable as schools can reuse the equipment allowing for continued participation. The focus on education (coding and engineering standards) coupled with the sustainability and the low cost of equipment,which includes activity mats, curriculum and professional development makes it easier to target all teachers and not just the STEM, gifted or technology teachers that traditionally participate in these types of activities.

Speakers
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Carol Goodgame

STEM + C Specialist, Kiss Institute For Practical Robotics
Carol Goodgame is a STEM Coordinator at the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics. Mrs. Goodgame transitioned from teaching to a STEM Specialist at OU where she helped design and provide professional development for teachers. She volunteered for 7 years in the 6-12th grade Botball... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 264

10:15am

Science Education for Tomorrow: Population, Biodiversity, & Sustainability
Limited Capacity seats available

In this hands-on workshop, the presenter will engage participants in interdisciplinary activities that help students explore human impacts on the planet including population growth, threats to biodiversity, and compromised ecosystems. Teachers will participate in activity simulations and discussions for around 80% of the workshop, so be prepared to be up and moving! While engaging students in complex problem solving tasks, the presented activities also stimulate creative thinking and motivate students to consider possibilities for creating sustainable societies. These activities build skills in science, math, and the social sciences, while providing students the chance to apply learning to authentic problems observable in the world around them. Activity formats include graphing and data analysis, modeling, and group problem-solving. Participants receive a standards-aligned curriculum CD-ROM. Intended audience is upper elementary & middle school (4th-8th) science and math teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Helen Whisenhunt

Helen Whisenhunt

Coordinator of Advanced Programs & Secondary Science, MDLC- Central Office, Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD



Tuesday August 1, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 261

1:45pm

Science Education for Tomorrow: Population, Biodiversity, & Sustainability
Limited Capacity seats available

In this hands-on workshop, the presenter will engage participants in interdisciplinary activities that help students explore human impacts on the planet including population growth, threats to biodiversity, and compromised ecosystems. Teachers will participate in activity simulations and discussions for around 80% of the workshop, so be prepared to be up and moving! While engaging students in complex problem solving tasks, the presented activities also stimulate creative thinking and motivate students to consider possibilities for creating sustainable societies. These activities build skills in science, math, and the social sciences, while providing students the chance to apply learning to authentic problems observable in the world around them. Activity formats include graphing and data analysis, modeling, and group problem-solving. Participants receive a standards-aligned curriculum CD-ROM. Intended audience is upper elementary & middle school (4th-8th) science and math teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Helen Whisenhunt

Helen Whisenhunt

Coordinator of Advanced Programs & Secondary Science, MDLC- Central Office, Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD



Tuesday August 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 261
 
Wednesday, August 2
 

9:00am

Utilizing School Gardens for Science and Math: Let’s Be Practical
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This interactive workshop shares best practices and practical ideas from the presenter’s experience visiting and researching school garden and garden to kitchen programs in distinct urban areas across the US. Establishing and running garden and kitchen classroom programs requires community building and a willingness to take healthy risks while encouraging students to do the same. Lauren Maples, Executive Director of PEAS (Partners for Education Agriculture and Sustainability) will discuss ways garden teams can collaborate around a shared approach to encouraging community and student buy-in while fostering an inclusive classroom culture where . The session will offer strategies, lesson ideas, and resources that are applicable across sites. Participants will engage with and learn from one another while also reflecting on their own program development.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Zappone Maples

Lauren Zappone Maples

Executive Director, (PEAS) Partners for Education Agriculture and Sustainability
Lauren Zappone Maples is the co-founder and Executive Director of PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability), a nonprofit operating in Austin, TX.  PEAS educators partners directly with teachers and their classes in local schools by leading outdoor lessons that... Read More →



Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 261

9:00am

LCRA Mobile River Exhibit
Visit the LCRA Mobile River Exhibit and partake in an interative experience designed to teach about water conservation and ecology. Exhibit will be parked in Purple Lot just north of JBWN.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
Purple Lot (North of JBWN)

12:30pm

Microvolts to Megavolts - Electrifying Demonstrations
Limited Capacity seats available

Central Texas Discover Engineering is a network of volunteers who visit classrooms to excite learners about science & engineering. Join us for a hair-raising demo of exciting science and learn more about how to bring volutneers to your classroom.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 264

1:45pm

Camera, Lights, Action: Content and storytelling with Thinkery!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Explore technology integration in your teaching with Thinkery! Create your own stop motion video while learning how digital storytelling enables students to reinforce STEM concepts and communicate them to others. This session is a sample of EdExchange, Thinkery’s professional development partnership for elementary and middle school teachers, which provides hands-on training paired with classroom support to complete student projects. We will provide examples of great project ideas from the field and information on how to get involved with all of Thinkery programs for schools and educators. A few lucky participants will leave with a free HUE camera courtesy of AISD.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Lopez

Brenda Lopez

School & Gallery Education Manager, Thinkery


Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 264

1:45pm

The Botball® Educational Robotics
The Botball® Educational Robotics Program engages middle and high school aged students in a team-oriented robotics competition, and serves as a perfect way to meet today’s new common core standards. By exposing students to an inquiry-based, learn-by-doing activity that appeals to their hearts as well as their minds, Botball® addresses our nation’s need for a well-prepared, creative, yet disciplined workforce with leadership and teamwork experience. In January, February, and March, the Botball® Educator Workshops provide team leaders and mentors with technology training and introduce the details of that year's game. Then, after a build period of about 7 weeks, students bring their robots to their regional tournament to compete against other students in the current season's game challenge.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 186 (Carter Auditorium)
 
Thursday, August 3
 

9:00am

Using the Aug. 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse to Support Science & Math Lessons
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session covers activities for the solar eclipse that occurs on the first day of school, 8-21-17. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to integrate what is happening in the world outside into your science and math lessons. The primary audience is elementary teachers, with extensions into middle school math and science. This eclipse’s path of totality will cross the United States from OR to SC. Texas will have a partial eclipse to get kids excited about science in the world around them. Activities use simple, inexpensive materials to safely observe the solar eclipse and explain the phenomenon. Most can be used throughout the year to explain science and math TEKS, such as motion of the earth-sun-moon system and creating scale models. Activities are aimed at grades 3-5, but can be modified for grades 1-9. Teachers will leave with instructions for all activities, plus resources to view the total eclipse live and for the students to participate in citizen science during the eclipse.

Speakers
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Lucia Brimer

Mobile Education Director, Texas Museum of Science & Technology
Several years experience teaching science and math to all ages, specializing in physics and astronomy. Our museum has science field trips, a mobile planetarium and new mobile science activities and demos to bring to your school.
avatar for Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson

Astro Ed: SSA, AISD, Travis County, UT Informal Classes, Starry Sky Austin
Bringing night time astronomy to your students. Astronomy related activities for your classroom. Inspiring astronomy learning with star stories.


Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 262

10:15am

Outdoor STEM learning with the TreeFolks Austin Tree Map
Limited Capacity filling up


The goal of this session is to teach participants how to use the TreeFolks Austin Tree Map, a free, web-based tree survey tool, to create a fun, outdoor, hands-on STEM activity on campus. The Tree Map facilitates and enriches outdoor learning and addresses sustainability by using iTree software to calculate ecosystem benefits provided by trees. This session will involve a slide presentation and, if we can access outdoor space, a hands-on tree mapping demonstration covering tree identification, measuring, and adding trees to the map. We will provide all of the tools needed for this demonstration. Participants will learn how to use the map and how to identify, measure, and map trees. Although this is a fun educational activity for all ages, this session focuses on 4th grade-12th grade participants.

Speakers
avatar for Suzannah DesRoches

Suzannah DesRoches

Urban Forest Programs Manager, TreeFolks
Suzannah serves as the Urban Forest Programs Manager with TreeFolks, where she oversees the education, tree planting, and tree distribution programs in Austin (and occasionally beyond). Suzannah has 6 years of non-profit experience in the field of urban & community forestry, and in... Read More →


Thursday August 3, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWN 226