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Arizona SciTech Blog

This blog is courtesy of the Arizona SciTech Festival.

Track: STEM in Education 

The workshop presents the concept and reaction of acids and bases using household material that goes along with a story 

This workshop presents to participants the concepts of acid and base reaction following the AZ science standards. We present the neutralization reaction between acid and base incorporated with an activity for the participants.Participants receive handout describing steps to investigate an experiment. The workshop proceeds in three steps: pre knowledge test, powerpoint, and team activity along with follow up.

Intended Audience: K-8 teachers, students, and parents

The house hold chemicals used are ammonia and vinegar with an indicator.

 

Presenters: 

Overseer: Meena Rustagi, Teacher, Payson High School 

Barbara (Lizzy) MacFarlane, 11th Grade Student, Payson High School 

My name is Darby MacFarlane, and I am a ninth grader at Payson High School. I am have been interested in science for a while, ever since I entered my first science fair project in fifth grade. Since then I have taken a science fair project to state each year and I even took second place at state in seventh grade. I enjoy science and am in advanced classes for science, math, and English. Other activities I enjoy include playing basketball and shooting archery.

Darby Macfarlane, 9th Grade Student, Payson High School 

My name is Lizzie MacFarlane, I am an eleventh grader at Payson High School this year and I am currently taking chemistry as my science class. Every year I participate in a science fair project and have been doing so since the 6th grade. My last project went to Nationals through FFA science. I am highly interested in science and plan to go into a science based career when I graduate from college. I have been able to attend a science summer camp every year that gives me the opportunity to interact with college professors in specific fields such as Chemistry, CSI, Nursing and Ecology. This year I am participating in a study with NAU and am very excited to get some practice talking and doing this demonstration in front of all of you. My other hobbies that take up most of my time after school include Deca (Marketing & Distributing Education), archery and FFA (Agriculture Education).

 

 

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Track: STEM in Education 

Snakes on a Plane is an engaging review game that engages all students who are required to play and move every turn. It is easy to set up and can be adapted to any subject area, topic, and grade level. Come test your general science skills, play and see how it’s done.

 

Presenters:

Mina Bhagdev, President, STEMteachersPHX 

   

Mina Bhagdev has taught science for more than 25 years. She currently teaches chemistry and science research at the high school level and is also an instructional coach. Mina has a passion for teaching and is always looking for ways to engage and motivate her students and to improve the leaning that occurs in her classroom. As an instructional coach and President of STEMteachersPHX, she can engage in her other passion – collaborating and sharing great pedagogy with her colleagues.

Amanda Roberts, Vice President, Social Media, STEMteachersPHX 

 

Nichole Spencer, STEM Outreach Coordinator, Phoenix College 

 

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Track: Arts & Sneaky Science 

Every human culture includes cooking – this is how it began. Cooking makes food more digestible and kills off bacteria, and every human society in the world does it. 

Cooking is ubiquitous in humans. All cultures, from the Inuit of the frozen Arctic to the hunter-gatherers of sub-Saharan Africa, are sustained by food that has been chemically and physically transformed by heat. It was an incredible invention. Cooking makes food more digestible and kills off the bacteria that cause food poisoning. But where and when it started is hotly debated. You might call it a food fight.

 

Presenter: Chef Larry P. Canepa, Certified Culinary Educator 

 

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Track: Arts & Sneaky Science 

Steve Jobs defined creativity as “connecting things.” These exercises will implement that strategy while exposing students to science concepts while using their creativity.

Activity: Labeling an image subsection emphasizing Botany and Biology.

Attendees will look at a composite image. This is an alien creature that has been invented and drawn. It has no reference point. It does come from or expand on any of the existing genres in the media i.e. Star Wars Star Trek, Dr Who etc. (It’s original). Attendees are then given a subset of that image that contains some biological elements. They are encouraged to use their knowledge of biology and botany or any other source and their imagination to label each section of the image.

 

Presenter: Michael Amann, CEO, Oblyvion Enterprises  

 

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Track: STEM in Education 

During the session, participants will create two types of rockets using simple, inexpensive materials that they can use in their classroom to fit a variety of themes such as telemetry, variables, graphing and the engineering design process.

The first rocket is a simple straw rocket using tape, paper and a straw. Participants create their straw rocket then will test it against other designs. Discussion is held as to what worked or did not work. Re-engineering and collaboration is encouraged so everyone feels successful.

The second rocket is a foam rocket made from foam insulation, duct tape, card stock and a rubber band. Participants create their rocket then test it using a variety of angles. Multiple variables including fin design is encouraged.

Several lucky participants will walk away with a free copy of the NASA Rocketry guide for Educators.

 

Presenter: Jennifer Cheesman, Teacher, Peoria Unified School District 

   

Jennifer Cheesman receiver her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix and is currently teaching sixth grade science at Zuni Hills Elementary School in the Peoria Unified School District. A strong advocate for hands-on, inquiry-based learning, she involves her students in real world learning that connects the world to her classroom. Her professional interests focus on space education and has worked as an educator crew trainer for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama as well as a Professional Development Instructional Assistant at NASA Johnson Space Center. In addition, she serves as an advisor for Student Council and is a member of her district’s Steering Committee for Student Leadership. She was recently honored with Space Center Houston Cheri Brinley Outstanding Educator award as well as the Frank Luke Air Force Association Chapter Teacher of the Year for her contributions to STEM education.

 

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Track: STEM in Education 

Biodiversity PEEK STEAM workshops help educators see that science and art are creative arenas where mistakes are important and that curiosity, compassion and wonder spark real learning.

In this session, teachers will learn to empower their students by doing real, student-driven, conservation and citizen-science projects outside!

Handouts will be given at the end that share the SunPrint lesson, give tips for sharing citizen science biodiversity photography from their own school yards, and assist in applying for grants to fund student-driven biodiversity improvement projects for their schools. Questions will be taken.

 

Presenter: Stephanie “Jo” Bowman, Education Director, The Biodiversity Group  

   

 

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Track: STEM in Education 

This creative and interactive workshop develops knowledge in areas to give teachers the tools to succeed.

There are interactive group discussions and creative experiential lessons. During this interactive learning experience, participants will gain knowledge about the unique and changing role of outdoor STEM education in our changing society. The effects of outdoor STEM education experiences on participants’ beliefs and attitudes about science mirror the STEM goals of increasing student interest, and identity in STEM.

Participants will leave this session with concrete ideas about high quality, meaningful STEM integration in grades 3-8.

Abstract

The interactive activities and other suggested ones can help student gain interest and identity in STEM. Recent research found that by the fourth grade, one-third of student’s loss interest in STEM subjects. By eighth grade, the number jumps up to 50%. Also, many students’ interest in STEM is hindered by the lack of being able to envision themselves in STEM careers. The more experiences they have in different areas of STEM, the more likely they are to pursue STEM careers. Using experiential STEM exercises could lead students to begin a path in STEM and develop career readiness in this area. The current demand for STEM-capable workers surpasses the supply of applicants who have trained for those careers. 16 of the 20 occupations with the largest projected growth in the next decade are STEM related, but only 4 of them require an advanced degree.

During this session, educators will learn specific outdoor education skills essential to bringing experiential learning into the classroom, learn practical planning a logistic skills to prepare them to design, implement and prepare set-up stations for hands-on activities. They will gain a structured approach to inquiry-based lesson planning as well as resource gathering information that will enable students to make personal connections to the activities.

Outcomes

1) Learn specific education skills essential to bringing experiential learning into the classroom.

2) Develop practical logistic application to assist teachers to design, implement and prepare set-up stations for hands-on activities.

3) Gain a structured approach to inquiry-based lesson planning as well as resource gathering information that will enable students to make personal connections to the STEM through experiential hands on learning. Description 

 

Presenter: Tom Fraker, CEO, Tonto Creek Camp  

   

 

 

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Track: Arts & Sneaky Science 

This session will focus on engaging and embodied techniques for teaching physics, engineering, and design concepts through project based learning.

Explore the basic physics of sound with games and activities that get everyone up and dancing. Discover how the classification of musical instruments can reinforce the processes scientific inquiry. Finally, use art-based techniques from industrial design to prototype your own musical instrument

 

Presenter: Nathan Botts, Museum Educator, Musical Instrument Museum 

   

 

 

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Track: Arts & Sneaky Science 

In this session, Pre-K & Gradeschool educators will learn about the Reggio Emilia philosophies and how to incorporate works of art from Davinci to Money into the sciences. 

First, attendees will choose an artist and go through the steps of analysing the art with spacial reasoning. Then, they will use that reasoning to accurately recreate the art, down to teaching proportions for mixing primary colors to creating the secondary colors they will need.

 

Presenter: Angela Watson, Teacher, Western Valley Reggio Emilia Child Care Center  

   

 

 

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Track: STEM in Education

In this session, teachers will explore air pollution through hands-on investigations taken from Kids Making Sense, a global environmental education program designed to bring real world science into the classroom.

Participants will learn about particle pollution: how it forms, common sources, and methods for measuring particles in the air. Then they will take science outdoors and record real air quality data in real time using small, hand-held sensors and cell phones. Sessions are recorded, saved through an app and uploaded onto an online map for analysis and discussion. The Kids Making Sense curriculum and resource kits are available for check out to schools in Maricopa County at no cost through the Maricopa County Air Quality Department.

 

Session Lead: Jenny Frank, Education Outreach Coordinator, Maricopa County Air Quality Department 

 

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