The development of CRISPR as a gene editing tool is one of the most exciting biotechnology breakthroughs of the past decade. Now you can incorporate this amazing technology into your classroom. We will review the biology behind CRISPR-Cas technology and examine the use of gene therapy to treat a patient suffering from cystic fibrosis. You’ll design guide RNAs to target a mutation in an essential gene, and then use electrophoresis to analyze pre-prepared DNA after CRISPR treatment.
Speaker: Kelly Barford, Edvotek Inc.
Engineering-Technology-and the Application of Science, Life Science
Explore the role literacy plays in the IQWST classroom.
Take part in a science lesson that demonstrates the integration of literacy
strategies in the context of science. This includes the incorporation of
academic language in written responses and oral discourse in conjunction with
investigations using an interactive word wall. Reading and differentiation
Speaker: Ellen Mintz, PD Facilitator, Activate Learning
Room: Ballroom 6B, Washington State Convention Center
Feeling overwhelmed by all there is to see and do at an
NSTA conference on science education? Join us for an interactive exploration
through the program, the conference app, and NSTA’s social media. By the end of
the session, you will know just how to get the most from your conference
experience in addition to building new networks with science
Speakers: Christine Anne Royce, NSTA Retiring President, and Professor and Co-Director of MAT, Shippensburg University Korei Martin, Senior Manager, Social Media & Marketing, NSTA
Are you a K–12 science teacher in need of a science lab makeover? Attend this
Shell Science Lab presentation and learn how you can apply to win the Shell
Science Lab Regional Challenge! You will have an opportunity to actually begin
to complete the application and have your questions answered.
Speaker: Ruth Ruud, Adjunct Instructor, Cleveland State University
Shelton School District students participate in outdoor
learning experiences every year. Find out how these experiences prepare grades
5–8 students for high school STEM pathways in the natural
Speakers: Toni Ochoa Pierson, 8th And 9th Grade Science Teacher- Cte, Oakland Bay Junior High School Michaela McCoy, Oakland Bay Junior High School Don Welander, Director of Career Connected Learning, Shelton School District
The Boeing Academy for STEM Learning at The Museum of Flight in Seattle presents best practices and tips on how to facilitate relationships between STEM companies and professionals and educational organizations.
Explore and discuss strategies for deepening the
NGSS competencies of secondary science through ongoing PD with a focus
on meeting teacher PD needs using data collection and learning progressions to
shift teacher practice.
Speaker: MaryMargaret Welch, Science Program Manager, Seattle Public Schools
Teachers from Beijing middle and secondary STEM schools
will demonstrate unique integrated projects and activities. Participants will be
actively engaged in model lessons that authentically include all STEM
Speakers: Norman Lederman, Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology Judith Lederman, Director of Teacher Education, Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology
What makes it rain? M&Ms vs. Skittles? Baking soda
vs. baking powder? Free online lesson plans of hands-on activities and
animations help your elementary students build foundational concepts in
Speaker: James Kessler, Manager, Office of K-8 Science, American Chemical Society
Central to scientific argumentation is the relationship
between claims and evidence. We will model how to observe trees to discover the
many types of organisms that use them as habitats and answer the question, “Do
trees provide habitats for a variety of organisms?” Discussion centers on
categorizing organisms, creating graphs to analyze data, and using talk moves to
discuss claims and evidence.
Speakers: Pat Otto, Education Manager, Pacific Education Institute José Rios, Associate Professor, University of Washington Tacoma
Join us to learn how to anchor student learning in
hyper-local and relevant phenomena using the anchoring phenomenon
Speakers: Brian MacNevin, Regional Science Coordinator, Northwest Educational Service District 189 Cheryl Lydon, STEM Program Manager, Puget Sound Educational Service District Jeff Ryan, Regional Science Coordinator, Olympic Educational Service District 114
Earth and Space Science, Life Science
In 2019, Achieve launched a network of districts in
Tennessee with the goal of building their collective capacity to move toward
their vision for science education for all students. Find out how the network
used a collective need for better assessments as a key lever for change to
simultaneously improve assessments, increase teacher capacity, and advance
equity in science.
Speakers: Jenny Sarna, Director, District Support, Achieve, Inc. Vanessa Wolbrink, Senior Associate, Achieve, Inc.
What does pH actually measure? In this investigation, you will measure pH
indirectly using indicators and absorption using the Lab-Master. Using their
data, participants generate a graph of absorbance versus pH. This graph can be
used to determine the pH of solutions, within the measured pH range. Join us for
this activity from The Natural Approach to Chemistry program.
Speaker: Andrew Uy, Science Teacher, Loyola High School of Los Angeles
The word “assessment” can strike fear into the hearts of students. Join FOSS developers to learn how assessment can be transformed into an integrated teaching tool that grades 3–8 teachers and students can both embrace to create a classroom culture of growth mind-set that motivates effort to improve learning.
Speaker: Brian Campbell, Curriculum Developer, The Lawrence Hall of Science
ENGAGE your students in investigating enzyme structure/function using multiple modeling strategies. EXPLORE and EXPLAIN catabolism, anabolism, competitive and noncompetitive inhibition with hands-on/minds-on instructional materials. ELABORATE on insecticide inhibition at an enzyme active site resulting in unintended consequences. EVALUATE student learning with an enzyme molecular story. Handouts provided!
Speakers: Gina Vogt, Secondary Education Program Manager, 3D Molecular Designs Tim Herman, MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling
Engineering-Technology-and the Application of Science, Life Science, Physical Science
Explore how to adapt a classic science activity,
strawberry DNA extraction, to allow students agency in experimental design and
emphasize the importance of collaborative argumentation.
Speakers: Jeanne Chowning, NSTA Director, District XVII, and Director, Science Ed Partnership, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Regina Wu, Program Manager, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Hanako Osuga, Science Resource Coordinator, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center