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Wednesday, July 10
 

1:45pm MDT

URSA Conference Playground

Come join us in the conference playground and experience hands-on activities using STEM inspired tech toys such as Sphero, Ozobot, Lego Mindstorm, Bee-Bots, Hummingbird, micro:bit, Vernier Probes, VR, app building and more! Visit with the technology trainers from Utah’s Regional Service Centers, UEN, and the STEM Action Center about STEM, coding, and makerspace activities.

Speakers
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SESC

Southeast Education Service Center
The Southeast Educational Service Center (SESC) is one of Utah’s four Regional Service Centers (SEDC, CUES and NUES) established to assist school districts in providing equitable and cost effective services and programs for students in rural Utah. SESC is a not-for-profit service... Read More →
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SEDC

Southwest Educational Development Center, or SEDC, provides services requested by our member schools in order to better serve the students in southwest Utah.  
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STEM Action Center

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Action Center prioritizes STEM education, which works to develop Utah’s workforce of the future. The program drives research and implementation of STEM education best practices across Utah by coordinating STEM-related activities... Read More →

Education Partner
avatar for UETN - We Network for Education and Healthcare in Utah!

UETN - We Network for Education and Healthcare in Utah!

Ray Timothy
UETN connects all Utah school districts, schools, and higher education institutions to a robust network and quality educational resources. UETN is one of the nation's premier education networks. That mission encompasses a variety of services and a substantial infrastructure that serves... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose A, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

#CSforALL Rural Students: Coding is Elementary

Computer science teacher challenges include isolation, lack of adequate CS background, and limited professional development resources (Yadav, 2016). Implementing equitable district-wide CSforALL brings even more considerable challenges and requires an approach which supports teachers and districts through ongoing PD, district instructional coaches, a focus on content and pedagogy, and collaboration between teachers and with district leadership. Sustainability is an additional challenge requiring a long-term district-wide solution.

Juab School District, with funding from the Utah STEM Action Center, has partnered with the nonprofit organization BootUp Professional Development to support the Juab Elementary Coding Initiative. We have rolled out a computing curriculum for 100% of our 5th - 6th graders and will add all 4th graders to the program this fall. Krystle Bassett, Innovation Specialist at Juab School District will share tangible implementation tips while highlighting and detailing challenges and successes.

Speakers
avatar for Krystle Bassett

Krystle Bassett

Director of Innovation and Instructional Support, Juab School District
Krystle Bassett is the Innovation Specialist at Juab School District and runs the Juab Elementary Coding Initiative. She is a CSforALL SCRIPT Facilitator and a Girls Who Code club advisor.



Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 3:20pm MDT
Theater, Geary Events Center 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

3:00pm MDT

Cybersecurity Basics: Keeping the Bad Guys Out

Learn about current cyber threats & trends, miscreant tactics, and how best to protect yourself against them.

Speakers
avatar for Gavin Anderson

Gavin Anderson

Data Security, CUES
Gavin was brought into the CUES team about two years ago to help out with various security related projects as well as train teachers. Since then, he's worked daily to increase the security footprint and mindset of each district in the CUES region.


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 225, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

URSA Conference Playground

Come join us in the conference playground and experience hands-on activities using STEM inspired tech toys such as Sphero, Ozobot, Lego Mindstorm, Bee-Bots, Hummingbird, micro:bit, Vernier Probes, VR, app building and more! Visit with the technology trainers from Utah’s Regional Service Centers, UEN, and the STEM Action Center about STEM, coding, and makerspace activities.

Speakers
avatar for SESC

SESC

Southeast Education Service Center
The Southeast Educational Service Center (SESC) is one of Utah’s four Regional Service Centers (SEDC, CUES and NUES) established to assist school districts in providing equitable and cost effective services and programs for students in rural Utah. SESC is a not-for-profit service... Read More →
avatar for SEDC

SEDC

Southwest Educational Development Center, or SEDC, provides services requested by our member schools in order to better serve the students in southwest Utah.  
avatar for STEM Action Center

STEM Action Center

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Action Center prioritizes STEM education, which works to develop Utah’s workforce of the future. The program drives research and implementation of STEM education best practices across Utah by coordinating STEM-related activities... Read More →

Education Partner
avatar for UETN - We Network for Education and Healthcare in Utah!

UETN - We Network for Education and Healthcare in Utah!

Ray Timothy
UETN connects all Utah school districts, schools, and higher education institutions to a robust network and quality educational resources. UETN is one of the nation's premier education networks. That mission encompasses a variety of services and a substantial infrastructure that serves... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Multi Purpose A, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501
 
Thursday, July 11
 

1:45pm MDT

Rolling code with Sphero robots.

This workshop will focus on introducing teachers to coding with the Sphero robot. The Sphero is a robotic ball gaming device that is controlled with the Sphero EDU app on a smartphone or tablet. We will examine of three modes of coding including the draw mode, block coding, and javascript coding, plus STEM lessons and activities for K-12 students.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Wilson

Nathan Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, SESC
I am a Technology Integration Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center serving Carbon and Emery school districts. I have worked in education for 19 years, 12 years as an instructor at the College of Eastern Utah and 7 years with SESC. I received a Bachelors degree in... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Learn engaging STEAM activities using the Ozobot Evo.

Ozobot is a little toy robot that blends the physical and digital worlds while teaching kids programming. This workshop will demonstrate how students train Ozobot robots to move by drawing pre-programed color codes or sending block-codes via Chromebook or iPad. Participants will also explore Ozobot STEAM lessons and activities aligned for K-8 students.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Wilson

Nathan Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, SESC
I am a Technology Integration Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center serving Carbon and Emery school districts. I have worked in education for 19 years, 12 years as an instructor at the College of Eastern Utah and 7 years with SESC. I received a Bachelors degree in... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

13.1 Ways Teaching is Like Running a Half Marathon

Whenever I tell people that I run half marathons or I mention to them that I'm a middle school teacher, their answers are usually the same -

Ugh. Why would you want to do that?

And that response is the premise of 13.1 Ways That Teaching Middle School is Like Running a Half Marathon. This high-energy session is about all the challenges that we teachers face on a daily basis. Like our classes, some of the topics addressed are very serious (the importance of planning, not wasting time, persevering through difficult times), while others are a bit more light-hearted (learning to eat in 15 minutes, wanting to change careers mid-lesson, ultimate bladder control). Regardless of if you're a runner or not, these are all topics that teachers will understand all-to-well.

After providing an overview of each challenge, three ""next-day"" strategies will be provided to help teachers become better at their craft. That means you'll leave with close to 40 strategies that will easily fit into any content area or grade level!

Don't miss out!


Speakers
avatar for Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts

English Teacher, Rowland Hall Middle School
Mike Roberts has taught middle school English for the past twenty-one years. In that time, he has received numerous awards for his outstanding teaching, including being named the 2014 Utah English Teacher of the Year and NCTE's Outstanding Middle Level Educator in 2009.Mike's most... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Room 187, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501
 
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

Using Robotics to Meet the New Science Standards (Hour 1 of 2)

A close read of the new (draft) Science standards reveals that students should be learning engineering principles and creating their own models for each of the major concepts. This can be overwhelming, especially when many of the topics we've taught in the past are switching to different grade levels! On top of this are additional encouragements to incorporate more computer science into our teaching. The only solution is to use an integrated, project-based approach. In this session, we will engage participants in creating and programming robotic models of science concepts. We will also share interdisciplinary projects that we have developed and piloted with elementary students and teachers in the STEM endorsement program.

Speakers
avatar for Suzy Cox

Suzy Cox

Professor, UVU
Suzy Cox has presented at numerous school and district PD days and local, regional, and national conferences. Last year, she presented with two teachers and two K-12 students at the Scratch Conference at MIT on using Hummingbirds for project-based learning. She is an Associate Professor... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Room 239, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

10:30am MDT

I Broke Out! Now What!?

This session is for those that have participated in a Breakout EDU activity before and have questions like:
  • How do I buy a kit? 
  • Can I just make one? 
  • How do I find games? 
  • How do I manage the locks? 
  • Can students make games?
Join us as we dive deeper into Breakout EDU to see what resources are available!
Click here for presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Haught

Chris Haught

Media Mentor, SEDC
Chris works at SEDC, a Regional Service Center that provides support and professional development to six rural school districts. In her position at SEDC, she provides media and technology support to close to 100 schools. You can often find her teaching students how to use the regional... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Multi Purpose A, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 452 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

11:45am MDT

Watch your makerspace fly with a Hummingbird!

The Hummingbird Duo may be the first electronics kit that is fun and educational for a fourth grader, a high school student, or an adult maker. In this workshop participants will get hands-on experience creating a simple robot using the Hummingbird robotics kit. The Hummingbird is is an Arduino-based computer board that operates as a tethered input/output control panel. Students write programs which control motors, servos, LEDs, and sensors. The robots are simple construction using craft materials or anything you have laying around.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Wilson

Nathan Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, SESC
I am a Technology Integration Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center serving Carbon and Emery school districts. I have worked in education for 19 years, 12 years as an instructor at the College of Eastern Utah and 7 years with SESC. I received a Bachelors degree in... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose B Room 124, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, 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

Using Robotics to Meet the New Science Standards (Hour 2 of 2)

A close read of the new (draft) Science standards reveals that students should be learning engineering principles and creating their own models for each of the major concepts. This can be overwhelming, especially when many of the topics we've taught in the past are switching to different grade levels! On top of this are additional encouragements to incorporate more computer science into our teaching. The only solution is to use an integrated, project-based approach. In this session, we will engage participants in creating and programming robotic models of science concepts. We will also share interdisciplinary projects that we have developed and piloted with elementary students and teachers in the STEM endorsement program.

Speakers
avatar for Suzy Cox

Suzy Cox

Professor, UVU
Suzy Cox has presented at numerous school and district PD days and local, regional, and national conferences. Last year, she presented with two teachers and two K-12 students at the Scratch Conference at MIT on using Hummingbirds for project-based learning. She is an Associate Professor... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Room 239, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501
 


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