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Thursday, July 11
 

10:45am MDT

Potential Energy: 3D Learning with Kindergartners

Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum will be showcasing their outreach program, Potential Energy, which uses three-dimensional teaching methods to introduce physics concepts to kindergarten students. The Potential Energy program (PEP) is a free, 45-minute per class program offered to schools across the state. It covers Utah Core Science Standard 3 Objective 1 for the kindergarten curriculum but was designed to be easily transferred to the new SEEd standards. Students participate in hands-on experimentation as well as see demonstrations that show concepts such as gravity, forces, and laws of motion. With guidance from an outreach educator, students discover and describe these physics basics without being overwhelmed by complex vocabulary or abstract ideas. Presenters will walk through the program while explaining how the youngest learners come to understand topics that have traditionally been viewed as too complex for the kindergarten classroom and how common misconceptions can be addressed in the earliest grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Cotter

Laura Cotter

Senior Manager of Outreach Education, Discovery Gateway Children's Museum
Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum (DGCM) provides opportunities for children and families to learn while at play, in a hands-on exhibit environment of over 60,000 square feet that serves as a platform for education and creativity. Early-childhood, science, and arts educators provide... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 125, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

Gong! Gong! The 3 Dimensions are Calling!

Participants use a spoon-gong system to review their understanding of how to produce sound and to develop a simple model of how sound travels. Then, they apply their knowledge of how sounds travel to make a device to send whisper messages over a distance. They modify two spoon-gong systems to make a device to send a message from one end of a string to the other. They improve on the device to make a better string telephone.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Ostler

Maggie Ostler

Regional Sales Manager, Delta Education- School Specialty
Full Option Science System® (FOSS®) is Delta Education's flagship K–8 curriculum program. It was developed under a National Science Foundation grant at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley. FOSS is now the most widely used elementary school hands-on... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Room 245, Reeves Building, USU Eastern
 
Friday, July 12
 

10:30am MDT

Schoolyard Scientists: Exploring Life Sciences using iNaturalist (Hour 1 of 2)

iNaturalist is an app developed by the California Academy of Sciences to connect people with exploring nature in their local environment while documenting ecological data and creating awareness of biodiversity worldwide. If you are interested in learning about this great tool to supplement Life Science programming join us as we explore iNaturalist’s potential for increasing science literacy for your students. This session will include a thorough introduction to iNaturalist and a hands-on demo of its functionality as it applies to getting students involved in scientific practices of making observations, questioning through inquiry, analyzing data, and contributing to the broader Community Science movement.

We will begin this workshop by going over utilizing iNaturalist as a tool for students and teachers. We will then have a hands-on training using iNaturalist on a device (phone/tablets) before we dive into exploring the many functions of the iNaturalist webpage. Then we will demo how to create your own projects, places, and guides within the website for general classroom use. At the end we will share educator resources (curriculum and activities) developed in conjunction with City Nature Challenge.

This workshop will showcase using the iNaturalist website and app which can be found for free on android and apple devices. If you have a device and would like to download the app see the links above. Tablets will be provided with the app pre-loaded for those who do not have a device.

Website: https://inaturalist.org

Android users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android&hl=en_US

Apple users: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028?mt=8

Teacher Resources: http://citynaturechallenge.org/education-toolkit/

Speakers
avatar for Paul Whisman

Paul Whisman

Education Program Specialist, Natural History Museum of Utah
Paul Whisman currently works as an education program specialist with the Natural History Museum of Utah. He has experience with education outreach throughout Utah, including multiple formal/informal school settings, and has served as a park guide across the west at numerous state... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Alumni Room 128, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:30am MDT

What Every Teacher Needs to Know about the Science of Reading (Hour 1 of 2)

There is a science to teaching reading. When teachers understand this science and utilize strategies the support the science of reading, they will be more effective and their students more successful. This session will outline how the brain learns to read and what it means for those that teach reading. Additionally, strategies and resources will be shared that support how the human brain best learns to read and will include examples of explicit instruction, routines, and more. Participants will leave equipped to make small changes in their teaching which will lead to huge gains in student outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Jorgenson

Emily Jorgenson

Literacy Coach, Wasatch County School District
Emily Jorgenson has been teaching struggling readers for over 20 years. She has Bachelor of Science in Mild/Moderate Special Education and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. She is certified in the Wilson Language Program and an Acadience mentor. She has been trained... Read More →



Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Room 225, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Schoolyard Scientists: Exploring Life Sciences using iNaturalist (Hour 2 of 2)

iNaturalist is an app developed by the California Academy of Sciences to connect people with exploring nature in their local environment while documenting ecological data and creating awareness of biodiversity worldwide. If you are interested in learning about this great tool to supplement Life Science programming join us as we explore iNaturalist’s potential for increasing science literacy for your students. This session will include a thorough introduction to iNaturalist and a hands-on demo of its functionality as it applies to getting students involved in scientific practices of making observations, questioning through inquiry, analyzing data, and contributing to the broader Community Science movement.

We will begin this workshop by going over utilizing iNaturalist as a tool for students and teachers. We will then have a hands-on training using iNaturalist on a device (phone/tablets) before we dive into exploring the many functions of the iNaturalist webpage. Then we will demo how to create your own projects, places, and guides within the website for general classroom use. At the end we will share educator resources (curriculum and activities) developed in conjunction with City Nature Challenge.

This workshop will showcase using the iNaturalist website and app which can be found for free on android and apple devices. If you have a device and would like to download the app see the links above. Tablets will be provided with the app pre-loaded for those who do not have a device.

Website: https://inaturalist.org

Android users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android&hl=en_US

Apple users: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028?mt=8

Teacher Resources: http://citynaturechallenge.org/education-toolkit/

Speakers
avatar for Paul Whisman

Paul Whisman

Education Program Specialist, Natural History Museum of Utah
Paul Whisman currently works as an education program specialist with the Natural History Museum of Utah. He has experience with education outreach throughout Utah, including multiple formal/informal school settings, and has served as a park guide across the west at numerous state... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Alumni Room 128, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

What Every Teacher Needs to Know about the Science of Reading (Hour 2 of 2)

Reading is not hard-wired in the human brain, yet with recent advances in neuroscience, we understand, better than ever, the science of how humans learn to read. When educators understand this science, they can become more effective reading teachers. This session will briefly review how humans process and store information when learning to read and how this translates to best practices in the classroom. In addition, participants will leave with a collection of effective strategies for teaching phonics, "sight" words, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Jorgenson

Emily Jorgenson

Literacy Coach, Wasatch County School District
Emily Jorgenson has been teaching struggling readers for over 20 years. She has Bachelor of Science in Mild/Moderate Special Education and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. She is certified in the Wilson Language Program and an Acadience mentor. She has been trained... Read More →



Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Room 225, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Creature Features

Join the Ogden Nature Center as we demonstrate our free state-wide program for 1st grade classrooms. We will demonstrate this 1-hour program focuses on making observations, using the scientific method, investigating differences and similarities between groups and classifying animals. Using live animals, pelts, mounts and other animal bio-facts, Ogden Nature Center staff will go over similarities and differences between mammals, reptiles and birds as students are introduced to how scientists classify living things. Find out when we will be visiting your district and how to get on the schedule.

Speakers
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Sarah Lambson

Outreach Coordinator, Ogden Nature Center
With a degree and Fisheries and Wildlife/Biology under her belt, Sarah joined the ranks of Ogden Nature Center (ONC) in 2018. With a passion for the outdoors and education, ONC provided Sarah with her dream job. Now she works hard to bring interactive STEM education to the whole state... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501
 


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