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Wednesday, July 10
 

1:45pm MDT

Playground: Discovery Engineering
Come join us in the conference playground and experience hands-on activities using STEM-inspired technology, among other things. The Playground is not a typical session you attend, but rather a time for you to investigate, explore, and play firsthand with different "toys".  Visit with the technology trainers from Utah’s Regional Service Centers, UEN, UofU, and the STEM Action Center.  Come and go as you'd like, or spend an hour (or two) in the Playground!

Playground Session Description: The University of Utah has created a STEM outreach tool called Discover Engineering.  Stop by the playground to interact with this display and talk with the College of Engineering about bringing this hands-on exhibit to your high school.
 
Discover Engineering is a traveling display that introduces high school math and science students to 10 different fields of engineering.  It is made up of six back-to-back kiosks including photos, videos, and interactive elements where students enjoy hands-on exposure to each type of engineering.  (www.coe.utah.edu)

Speakers
avatar for Craig Clifford

Craig Clifford

Academic Program Coordinator, University of Utah College of Engineering
Craig focuses on recruiting endeavors for the University of Utah College of Engineering by engaging with students throughout the state of Utah on the high school level. Through the interactive, traveling exhibit called Discover Engineering, students are exposed to fields of engineering... 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

1:45pm MDT

Playground: micro:bit
Come join us in the conference playground and experience hands-on activities using STEM-inspired technology, among other things. The Playground is not a typical session you attend, but rather a time for you to investigate, explore, and play firsthand with different "toys".  Visit with the technology trainers from Utah’s Regional Service Centers, UEN, UofU, and the STEM Action Center.  Come and go as you'd like, or spend an hour (or two) in the Playground!

Playground Session Description: The micro:bit is a handheld, programmable micro-computer that can be used for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – endless possibilities! Start with one of the over 200 different free activities and resources, from easy experiments to creative coding challenges. From there you can move to coding it using any web browser in Blocks, Javascript, Python, Scratch and more; no software required. Come and give micro:bit a go!

Find the resources for this and all of my URSA 2019 sessions here

Speakers
avatar for Clint Stephens

Clint Stephens

Educational Technology Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
During his twelve years teaching secondary Science, Regional Technology Integration Specialist Clint Stephens was awarded the Utah Middle School Science Teacher of the Year award in addition to several technology innovation grants & awards. Currently, Clint is a Level 1 & 2 Certified... 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
  Playground

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

1:45pm MDT

Disciplinary Literacy

Are you a secondary content-area teacher? Do you struggle with ways to teach student how to read, write, and think like an expert in your field? It is imperative that students learn how to apprentice like the professionals in your field in order to successfully grasp the needed concepts. This session will introduce concepts around disciplinary literacy and focus on instructional strategies and skills for different disciplinary subjects such as English, math, science, and social studies, among others.

Speakers
avatar for Garret Rose

Garret Rose

Secondary ELA specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Garret Rose is the secondary English/Language Arts Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. He taught for five years in the Uintah School District as a Reading, English, and AP literature teacher before a brief tenure as an administrator. Currently, he is working on his PhD... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 127, Reeves Building, 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

Playground: Discovery Engineering
Come join us in the conference playground and experience hands-on activities using STEM-inspired technology, among other things. The Playground is not a typical session you attend, but rather a time for you to investigate, explore, and play firsthand with different "toys".  Visit with the technology trainers from Utah’s Regional Service Centers, UEN, UofU, and the STEM Action Center.  Come and go as you'd like, or spend an hour (or two) in the Playground!

Playground Session Description: The University of Utah has created a STEM outreach tool called Discover Engineering.  Stop by the playground to interact with this display and talk with the College of Engineering about bringing this hands-on exhibit to your high school.
 
Discover Engineering is a traveling display that introduces high school math and science students to 10 different fields of engineering.  It is made up of six back-to-back kiosks including photos, videos, and interactive elements where students enjoy hands-on exposure to each type of engineering.  (www.coe.utah.edu)

Speakers
avatar for Craig Clifford

Craig Clifford

Academic Program Coordinator, University of Utah College of Engineering
Craig focuses on recruiting endeavors for the University of Utah College of Engineering by engaging with students throughout the state of Utah on the high school level. Through the interactive, traveling exhibit called Discover Engineering, students are exposed to fields of engineering... 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

3:00pm MDT

Playground: micro:bit
Come join us in the conference playground and experience hands-on activities using STEM-inspired technology, among other things. The Playground is not a typical session you attend, but rather a time for you to investigate, explore, and play firsthand with different "toys".  Visit with the technology trainers from Utah’s Regional Service Centers, UEN, UofU, and the STEM Action Center.  Come and go as you'd like, or spend an hour (or two) in the Playground!

Playground Session Description: The micro:bit is a handheld, programmable micro-computer that can be used for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – endless possibilities! Start with one of the over 200 different free activities and resources, from easy experiments to creative coding challenges. From there you can move to coding it using any web browser in Blocks, Javascript, Python, Scratch and more; no software required. Come and give micro:bit a go!

Find the resources for this and all of my URSA 2019 sessions here

Speakers
avatar for Clint Stephens

Clint Stephens

Educational Technology Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
During his twelve years teaching secondary Science, Regional Technology Integration Specialist Clint Stephens was awarded the Utah Middle School Science Teacher of the Year award in addition to several technology innovation grants & awards. Currently, Clint is a Level 1 & 2 Certified... 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
  Playground

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
 

10:30am MDT

Utah STEM Bus
Stop by and explore the coolness of the STEM Bus! If you are unaware, the Utah STEM Bus travels to schools and other organizations across the state to provide hands-on, real-world, project-based learning to generate a passion for STEM careers in youth and support the Governor’s initiative for a STEM competitive workforce in Utah.  Find out more about the Utah STEM Bus by going to its website.

Speakers
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 →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:30am - 5:00pm MDT
Outside JLSC East doors
  Other

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

10:45am MDT

Utah STEM Bus
Stop by and explore the coolness of the STEM Bus! If you are unaware, the Utah STEM Bus travels to schools and other organizations across the state to provide hands-on, real-world, project-based learning to generate a passion for STEM careers in youth and support the Governor’s initiative for a STEM competitive workforce in Utah.  Find out more about the Utah STEM Bus by going to its website.

Speakers
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 →


Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 5:00pm MDT
Outside JLSC East doors
  Other

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

1:45pm MDT

MakerED In The Middle Grades

Makerspaces and maker-based education, an educational practice in which students build, create, or otherwise engineer ideas, is a mode of learning that can be adapted to any grade or school. Wahlquist Junior High School in Weber County set up their own makerspace in a disused computer lab. This presentation will explore their struggles to implement maker educational techniques within their school. Through understanding the macro-level issues (developing the room, getting buy in, and exploring teaching methodology) and the micro-level issues (lesson planning, gear, grants, etc) this presentation seeks to share a structure for developing a makerspace in any school.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Winters

Matthew Winters

Teacher / Edtech Coach, Wahlquist Junior High School
Matthew Winter is a junior high school ELA teacher at Wahlquist Junior High School. He travels, he reads, he loves helping teachers, and he nerds out a lot with whoever is around.
avatar for Blake Pope

Blake Pope

ELA Teacher, Wahlquist Junior High School
Blake Pope is an ELA teacher at Wahlquist Junior High School and a member of their Technology Committee. He is also co-editor of The Fledgling with Matthew Winters.


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Multi Purpose C Room 123, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

1:45pm MDT

Engineering Principles – CTE Course Inspiring Future Engineers

Introducing a course that opens students’ eyes to well-paying careers in the field of engineering that can lead them back to their communities for meaningful work. The Engineering Principles course is project and experience based designed to introduce students to the various fields of engineering. It was created by the University of Utah College of Engineering, in partnership with Granite School District.

The curriculum is free for Utah educators and only requires low-cost, easily accessible equipment and materials.  Students gain an understanding of what engineers do and how their courses in high school are important preparation for entering the field of engineering.

In this presentation, you will hear from one of the creators of the course, as well as a teacher who is successfully implementing the course in a rural school environment.  Come see how an understanding of the field of engineering can benefit your students.




Speakers
KB

Kristen Bushnell

Instructor, Whitehorse High School
As far out as you can get while still being in the state of Utah, Whitehorse High School sits at the edge of the Four Corners and serves students within the Navajo Nation.  There, Kristen teaches a wide range of disciplines specializing in engineering, architecture and interior design... Read More →
avatar for Stacy Firth

Stacy Firth

High School Engineering Program Coordinator, University of Utah College of Engineering
In cooperation with the University of Utah, Dr. Stacy Firth and Milton Watts developed curriculum for two new courses: Engineering Principles and Engineering Capstone. Please feel free to email me: stacy.firth@utah.edu


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
Room 120, Central Instructional Building, USU Eastern 443 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501, USA

1:45pm MDT

Utah STEM Bus
Stop by and explore the coolness of the STEM Bus! If you are unaware, the Utah STEM Bus travels to schools and other organizations across the state to provide hands-on, real-world, project-based learning to generate a passion for STEM careers in youth and support the Governor’s initiative for a STEM competitive workforce in Utah.  Find out more about the Utah STEM Bus by going to its website.

Speakers
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 →


Thursday July 11, 2019 1:45pm - 5:00pm MDT
Outside JLSC East doors
  Other

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

3:00pm MDT

Robotics in the Classroom (Hour 1 of 2)

In this presentation, instructors will be introducing LEGO, Ozobot, and Bee-Bot robots with tips and tricks on how to use each and best-practice methods on how to integrate these technologies into the classroom .

Speakers
BR

Becca Robison

Program Coordinator, STEM Action Center
The STEM in Motion program is dedicated to connecting educators to STEM resources. The STEM in Motion team travels the state, visiting schools and providing full-day STEM curriculum in K-8 classrooms. The STEM in Motion team is currently focused on connecting schools across the state... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Board Room, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Electricity and Magnetism: Hands-on 3D Activities and Resource Kits (Hour 1 of 2)

Experience several activities developed by Clark Planetarium for the 5th grade Electricity and Magnetism Science Curriculum (Standards 3 and 4). These hands-on activities allow students to experience static electric, current electric, and magnetic phenomena and are aligned with the three dimensions of science understanding. Resource kits valued at $200 each are available to distribute to up to 10 teachers that attend this session. (If more teachers attend than the number of available kits, priority will be given to individual schools, districts, or a random drawing.)

Speakers
avatar for Robert Bigelow

Robert Bigelow

Education Program Specialist, Clark Planetarium
Robert Bigelow has been providing science education programs to Utah students and teachers for over twenty-three years with the Hansen/Clark Planetarium. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and is a NASA Solar System Ambassador.


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

3:00pm MDT

FOSStering the 3 Dimensions: Getting You from Here to There

Come see how to get from the outgoing science standards to the new SEEd Standards. Participants tackle an engineering design challenge in incremental steps. They first design a cart that can roll "from here to there" and identify the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) being utilized. They then continue with an investigation involving gravity and explore how start position on a ramp affects the distance the cart travels. Before the participants go on to the next part, they determine which Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are being addressed. The final challenge incorporates the participants' knowledge of magnetism into their cart design to meet new challenges. This investigation develops understanding of engineering design concepts and provides opportunities for students to engage in engineering practices. The Cross Cutting Concepts are determined to show how the parts are interrelated.

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 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Room 124, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

3:00pm MDT

Utah STEM Bus
Stop by and explore the coolness of the STEM Bus! If you are unaware, the Utah STEM Bus travels to schools and other organizations across the state to provide hands-on, real-world, project-based learning to generate a passion for STEM careers in youth and support the Governor’s initiative for a STEM competitive workforce in Utah.  Find out more about the Utah STEM Bus by going to its website.

Speakers
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 →


Thursday July 11, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Outside JLSC East doors
  Other

4:15pm MDT

Utah STEM Bus
Stop by and explore the coolness of the STEM Bus! If you are unaware, the Utah STEM Bus travels to schools and other organizations across the state to provide hands-on, real-world, project-based learning to generate a passion for STEM careers in youth and support the Governor’s initiative for a STEM competitive workforce in Utah.  Find out more about the Utah STEM Bus by going to its website.

Speakers
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 →


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:00pm MDT
Outside JLSC East doors
  Other

4:15pm MDT

Robotics in the Classroom (Hour 2 of 2)

In this presentation, instructors will be introducing LEGO, Ozobot, and Bee-Bot robots with tips and tricks on how to use each and best-practice methods on how to integrate these technologies into the classroom .

Speakers
BR

Becca Robison

Program Coordinator, STEM Action Center
The STEM in Motion program is dedicated to connecting educators to STEM resources. The STEM in Motion team travels the state, visiting schools and providing full-day STEM curriculum in K-8 classrooms. The STEM in Motion team is currently focused on connecting schools across the state... Read More →


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Board Room, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

4:15pm MDT

Electricity and Magnetism: Hands-on 3D Activities and Resource Kits (Hour 2 of 2)

Experience several activities developed by Clark Planetarium for the 5th grade Electricity and Magnetism Science Curriculum (Standards 3 and 4). These hands-on activities allow students to experience static electric, current electric, and magnetic phenomena and are aligned with the three dimensions of science understanding. Resource kits valued at $200 each are available to distribute to up to 10 teachers that attend this session. (If more teachers attend than the number of available kits, priority will be given to individual schools, districts, or a random drawing.)

Speakers
avatar for Robert Bigelow

Robert Bigelow

Education Program Specialist, Clark Planetarium
Robert Bigelow has been providing science education programs to Utah students and teachers for over twenty-three years with the Hansen/Clark Planetarium. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and is a NASA Solar System Ambassador.


Thursday July 11, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Multi Purpose A, Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, USU Eastern 452 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

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

Equity for All Accelerated Students

Come join us as we break down the new expectations for Gifted and Talented Programs, IB Programs and AP programs. We'll share some best-practices LEAs from across the state have adopted which have demonstrated positive results and also provide a blueprint for you to pursue these changes in your community.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Auck

Nathan Auck

Early College Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Nathan Auck, the current Early College and STEM Education Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education has presented at local, regional, state and national conference related to mathematics, equity and STEM Education. He was the 2013 Utah Presidential Awardee for Excellence in... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Room 186, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501

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

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!
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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

10:30am MDT

Utah STEM Bus
Stop by and explore the coolness of the STEM Bus! If you are unaware, the Utah STEM Bus travels to schools and other organizations across the state to provide hands-on, real-world, project-based learning to generate a passion for STEM careers in youth and support the Governor’s initiative for a STEM competitive workforce in Utah.  Find out more about the Utah STEM Bus by going to its website.

Speakers
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 →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30am - 12:45pm MDT
Outside JLSC East doors
  Other

11:45am MDT

Utah STEM Bus
Stop by and explore the coolness of the STEM Bus! If you are unaware, the Utah STEM Bus travels to schools and other organizations across the state to provide hands-on, real-world, project-based learning to generate a passion for STEM careers in youth and support the Governor’s initiative for a STEM competitive workforce in Utah.  Find out more about the Utah STEM Bus by going to its website.

Speakers
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 →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm MDT
Outside JLSC East doors
  Other

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
 


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