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Check-in will open at 7 am. Below you’ll find schedules and session details for each group.

Schedule for Grades K-2 & STEM Support
8:00 – 8:50 am Breakfast and Plenary Panel
9:00 – 10:20 am Session 1
10:30 – 10:50 am Exhibit Hall
11:00 am – 12:20 pm Session 2
12:30 – 1:20 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:50 pm Session 3
3:00 – 4:00 pm STEM School Awards & Prize Giveaway

 

Schedule for Grades 3-5
8:00 – 8:50 am Breakfast and Plenary Panel
9:00 – 9:20 am Exhibit Hall
9:30 – 10:50 am Session 1
11:00 – 11:50 am Lunch
12:00 – 1:20 pm Session 2
1:30 – 2:50 pm Session 3
3:00 – 4:00 pm STEM School Awards & Prize Giveaway

 

Schedule for Grades 6-8 & Grades 9-12
8:00 – 8:50 am Breakfast and Plenary Panel
9:00 – 10:20 am Session 1
10:30 – 11:50 am Session 2
12:00 – 12:50 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:20 pm Exhibit Hall
1:30 – 2:50 pm Session 3
3:00 – 4:00 pm STEM School Awards & Prize Giveaway

Grades K-2

Session 1 – 9:00 am to 10:20 am

Session 1 – 9:00 am to 10:20 am

Engineering the Future Together

Room: Stratus 7
Presenter: Mary Susnis

Description: STEM is for everyone—including YOU! Get hands-on with the engineering design process. Stations will introduce you to STEM explorations for grades PreK-5, such as…

  • exploring how to help a skateboard go far but not too far
  • investigating materials to design a flower pollinator
  • creating a crop protector that can stand up to a hailstorm
  • coding a robot to collect mineral samples.

Use data to discover multiple solutions. Build and test your solutions, too!


InfiniD for K-2

Room: Stratus 8
Presenter: Casey Voeks
Description: Teachers will login to their computer or phone and will be given the controls to a ‘magic schools bus/space ship.’ They will work together as if they were a crew of 1st or 2nd graders to solve the problems in the mission. Teachers will also be given the infiniD ‘mission’ formula for creating their own missions with students and how to bring this powerful way of engaging students into their classrooms.


STEAM Explorations

Room: Stratus 9
Presenters: Trisha Lopez and team
Description: Teachers will learn about a school wide STEAM exploration program. Students within the school, grades 1-5, choose “Explos” to attend for a six week period of time. Three fun hands-on Explo ideas will be shared with the class participants. Teachers in this session will be building catapults, solving mysteries using STEM activities and will learn about some brain builder games that kids will love.

Session 2 – 11:00 am to 12:20 pm

Session 2 – 11:00 am to 12:20 pm

Get Outside! Early Childhood & STEM with Project Learning Tree

Room: Stratus 8
Presenter: Alex Porpora
Description: Environmental education can make STEM topics come to life! Join the Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE) to engage in hands-on activities for young learners. We will use activities from Project Learning Tree, an award-winning environmental education curriculum and talk about ways to get students outdoors. Participants will receive lessons to take back to their classrooms.


Little Hands Creating Big Ideas

Room: Stratus 9
Presenters: Sarah Bhattarai and Annette Cumins
Description: Cubelets and Ozobots are small, interactive robots. They are a great introduction to logic and sequencing and can be modified for all ages. In this class, we will see what a typical lesson plan looks like, as well as explore programming challenges which can be taught by someone regardless of their programming background.


Hands On Coding and Physics with Brackitz

Room: Stratus 7
Presenters: STEM Bus Team
Description: The STEM Bus Program goes out to schools all around the state of Utah to bring 45 minute and 2 hour STEM curriculum to classrooms. In this session, we will teach 2 of our k-2 curriculum so teachers can do it without our help back in their classrooms! Hands on Coding is a screen-free coding class to teach the fundamentals of programming in a hands-on way, and Physics with Brackitz focuses on weight, motion, gravity, speed and friction with the use of Brackitz cars!

Session 3 – 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Session 3 – 1:30 pm to 2:50 pm

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

Room: Stratus 7
Presenters: Piia Pehap and Jennifer Cluff
Description: Enhance Mathematical Discourse with visual models created by technology to support student learning and deepen their conceptual understandings. Explore how to use technology to enrich student learning and understanding of mathematical concepts. Strategies featured are part of effective practice outlined by Hattie and others to increase equity and access for all learners. Facilitate deeper conceptual understanding for students utilizing components of concrete, pictorial, and abstract notation with technology as your spring board. Participants do not need to be ST Math users to benefit from this session. ST Math is a creation of MIND Research Institute, a non-profit organization, whose Mission is to ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems.


Engaging with Informal Partners

Room: Stratus 8
Presenters: Laura Cotter and Crystal Farnsworth
Description: Join Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum to find out how to get the most out of informal community partners. Teachers will receive resources and discuss ideas on creating an engaging STEM family night at their school and how to best utilize informal partners’ expertise. Then we will discuss how to get the most of your STEM-based field trip when visiting partners at their location. Both parts will be accompanied with hands-on activities.


STEM in Agriculture, Virtual Reality Fieldtrips for Rural Youth

Room: Stratus 9
Presenter: Michelle Simmons
Description: This hands-on workshop utilizes VR Headsets in which participants have an amazing opportunity to “virtually” tour an agriculturally vital place in Utah. Each tour will address a real world problem that poses a threat to Utah agriculture. Once the virtual tour has concluded participants will use the Engineering Design Process and various supplies to create a solution to the specified problem.


Grades 3-5

Session 1 – 9:30 am to 10:50 am

Session 1 – 9:30 am to 10:50 am

Statewide Robot Library

Room: Meridian C
Presenters: STEM Bus Team
Description: In a world that’s constantly becoming more automated, it’s more important than ever to teach our students fundamental robotics skills at all stages of development. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the STEM Action Center’s new Resource Libraries, and explore robotics equipment designed for grades 3 – 5 that can be easily integrated into the classroom.


Kinetic Art

Room: Meridian D
Presenter: Olivia Lott
Description: You are a team of aspiring kinetic artists, competing for the commission of a wind animated standing mobile, a Stabile, that shows your knowledge of the relationship between the force applied to an object and resulting motion of the object. You will make a small scale model of your stabile, out of mostly recycled materials, and a persuasive presentation for the judges to review.


Paper Circuitry and E-Textiles

Room: Meridian G
Presenters: Andrea Schmutz and Miriam Force
Description: Are you looking for an innovative approach to teaching electrical circuits? Learn about using copper tape, LEDs, and coin cell batteries to teach electricity with paper circuitry. The excitement doesn’t end there – we’ll help you apply your new knowledge as you make an e-textiles project using conductive thread and LEDs to show off to your students and colleagues. This session will specifically address Science standard 5.4.2.


STEM in Stories: Empathy in the Engineering Design Process

Room: Meridian H
Presenters: Katie Worthen and Bonnie Jean Knighton
Description: Empathy is a critical part of the engineering design process for designers and those whose problems designers seek to solve. Empathy provides opportunities for designers (students) to set aside their own assumptions, learn from others in collaborative processes, and gain true insight into others’ values and needs. Walk through the engineering design process using The Lorax to implement the Three Dimensions of Science while working collaboratively and building empathy to design solutions to characters’ problems.

Session 2 – 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Session 2 – 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm

Magnets – Make a Speaker

Room: Meridian C
Presenter: Steve Boone
Description: Make a homemade speaker using electromagnetism We will read about how speakers work and how the sound is amplified. (R.I. Std 7). Next, we will examine how to make an electromagnet using enameled wire. Particularly, the fact that the energy is converted from electrical to sound energy by the changing of the polarity from north to south as an electromagnetic behaves against a permanent neodymium magnet. And of course this will cover the last part of the standard which will give a scientific use of electromagnets.


Storybook Math: Interdisciplinary & Literacy-Rich

Room: Meridian D
Presenters: Meghan Everette and Melissa Engel
Description: Creating meaningful experiences for students starts when the classroom connects to the world. Integrated lessons are relevant for students and maximize classroom time, but rarely include pairing math and literacy. Literacy in the math classroom promotes deep learning across content areas. In this workshop, participants will become immersed in strategies and learning experiences that support a literacy-rich math classroom. Participants will experience hands-on practices that promote understanding and bring innovative solutions to cross-curricular learning.


Teacher Toolbox by SUU

Room: Meridian G
Presenters: Dr. Elaine Vickers and Julianne Westwood
Description: The SUU STEM Center for Teaching and Learning is creating an online Teacher Toolbox with lesson plans, videos, and other resources. Created by experts and tested by teachers and students, we want to make it easier than ever to bring high-quality STEM education to K-12 classrooms—and more fun too. In this session, Dr. Elaine Vickers, SUU STEM Center Director, will highlight features of the Teacher Toolbox, and North Elementary Science Specialist Julianne Westwood will guide teachers through one of her innovative, hands-on science lessons.


Create Your Own Code Camp!

Room: Meridian H
Presenters: Sherri Lords, Dallas Dixon, Kari Shewmake, Helene Morse, Cheri Maxwell
Description: In our district we (Snow Canyon CS Pipeline-Red Mountain Elementary and Lava Ridge Intermediate) work directly with industry professionals, DSU, USU Extension and 4-H to bring a computer Code Camp (Hack-a-thon) to our students/community (https://southernutahcodecamp.com). After competing in Code Camp for 2 years we decided to create a Code Camp Jr. just for students from grades 2-8 which we hosted at Red Mountain Elementary. We just completed our 2nd event this year and would like to share how to host your own Code Camp in your own school or district.

Session 3 – 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Session 3 – 1:30 pm to 2:50 pm

Multi-Step Word Problems

Room: Meridian C
Presenter: Olivia Lott
Description: Teachers, you are going to be put into teams of two or three and taking on the role of a Travel Agent who is creating a dream vacation for a client. You are going to learn how to create and send your client a Google forms survey that will help you to get to know their needs, wants, preferences, budget etc. After you collect that data your team will start planning the client’s dream vacation, by learning how to create a detailed custom Google map, and filling out a Google sheets budget estimator, tracker, and itinerary to communicate the planned vacation to your client. Your own laptop and Google account is required.


Hands-On Math

Room: Meridian D
Presenters: Roxanne Brinkerhoff and Thomas Roybal
Description: The goal of UVU’s summer math camp is to provide hands-on, fun activities that promote mathematical interest. This session will contain activities that link higher level mathematics to grade school math in a non-technical way. The activities are designed to be active, interesting and fun. Join us for some fun and crazy math!


Creative Guidance for Creating Problem-Solvers

Room: Meridian G
Presenter: Max Harrison
Description: In this session, I will walk teachers through the concept of creative guidance while illuminating the ways in which they can incorporate it into their daily lessons. Creative guidance is an excellent tool for creating ‘problem solvers’ whilst also cultivating an arena for youth to discover their respective interests and investments in the subject matter.


Code Your Way into STEAM

Room: Meridian H
Presenter: Rachel Cheney
Description: Moving into the 21st century can be intimidating! Learn ways to implement coding into your classroom schedule and how these basic skills can be used to create engineering – based science projects. The first half of the session will focus on implementing coding and what coding programs are student-friendly. The second part of the session will include a break-out to one of three STEAM projects (grades 3-5) that implement coding.


Grades 6-8

Session 1 – 9:00 am to 10:20 am

Session 1 – 9:00 am to 10:20 am

The Great Salt Lake

Room: Twilight 2
Presenter: Jaimi Butler
Description: Great Salt Lake is a unique and misunderstood natural landmark in Utah. It is a living laboratory for students to experience biology, environmental science, geology, physics and more. Come learn how to bring our salty neighbor into your classroom with engaging hands-on activities that are relevant to our changing world. Curriculum addresses science standards 6.4.


6th Grade SEED Density

Room: Twilight 3
Presenter: Robert Bigelow
Description: Density and the causes and consequences of changes in density are topics woven through several Strands in the 6th grade SEEd Standards. Experience activities that address the role of density in Strand 6.2 and 6.3 in the SEEd standards. 6th grade teachers that attend this session will be eligible to receive a classroom set of density tanks that are used in some of these activities.


Makey-Makey 4-H Discover Curriculum

Room: Stratus 5
Presenters: Amy Defa, Jannie Defa, Josie Defa, Andrew Rapp, Asia Wade, Landon Alexander, Luis B Vera Zavala, John Curtis and Amy Defa
Description: Come experiment with Makey-Makey! In this session we will discover the how and why of Makey-Makey Technology and how to incorporate coding and robotics. We will use our imagination and work as teams to create unexpected things from everyday objects-the sky is the limit. Be prepared to think outside of the box to produce amazing puzzles, games, and activities.


Engineering is for Everyone

Room: Stratus 6
Presenter: Annika Jensen
Description: Discover how to teach outside the box by learning outside the box! Participants will be immersed in the engineering design process, just as students will experience it during a field trip to Astro Camp. Using a real-life engineering problem as a model, teachers will work in small teams to brainstorm, design, and build a solution for a classroom appropriate version of the same problem.

Session 2 – 10:00 am to 11:50 am

Session 2 – 10:00 am to 11:50 am

Phenomena of Air Quality

Room: Twilight 2
Presenter: Dawn Monson
Description: Join us on a journey of phenomenon to develop models of winter inversions. You will use density tanks and a digital temperature devise to explore the role of cold and warm air during inversions. Woven throughout the presentation will be our impact on air quality and what your students can do to have a positive impact. Our final STEM activity will include solar panels, bulbs and volt meters to build an alternative solution to energy sources. All materials included.


Exploring New Technologies

Room: Twilight 3
Presenters: Suzy Cox, Liz Andrus and Daniel Horns
Description: Utah PREP is a 7-week summer STEM program for students entering grades 7-9. The main goals of PREP are to cultivate interest in STEM careers and to develop math skills students need to pursue those careers. One element of PREP is our “Tech Tuesdays”, during which students explore and learn to use new technologies. During our session we will explore some of these technologies ourselves.


The Leonardo’s Rube Goldberg Workshop

Room: Stratus 5
Presenters: Krishna Floisand and Luke Gangi-Wellman
Description: In this interactive 80 minute session, teachers will have the opportunity to actively engage with The Leonardo’s Rube Goldberg workshop which ties to Utah Core Standard 7.1.2. Teachers will consider the mechanics of how objects of different mass interact, and forces work in practice. Teachers will receive a material list, lesson plan and science content related to the activity. We will be giving away three material kits to implement the activity in the classroom.


How Do You Lego (FLL)?

Room: Stratus 6
Presenters: Annie Drennan and Ben Holt
Description: Building Teams that Program Well, by coaches that won the only two Utah trophies from FLL World competitions. To perform well, teams must master both relationships and mechanics of programming. For 15 minutes, a team building activity shows the value of diversity. For the remaining minutes, teachers program pre-built robots to navigate a table. Teams move from a navigating a basic square to advanced sensor programming with explanations of gotchas and good programming practice. Thank you to Dana Dellinger of Weber State/FLL for providing 7 robots for session use.

Session 3 – 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Session 3 – 1:30 pm to 2:50 pm

Water and Weather

Room: Twilight 2
Presenters: Monica Hoyt and Shannon Babb
Description: Who doesn’t love to play a good game? Better yet make it educational. Central Utah Water will be previewing their newest teacher training – Water and Weather. Come and learn free hands-on ways to teach ecosystems and fire weather. We will specifically discuss SEEd standards 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2, 7.5, 8.2, and 8.4.


Integrating Inquiry

Room: Twilight 3
Presenters: STEM Bus Team
Description: How can student-lead, inquiry-based STEM practices be integrated into classrooms while maintaining required content learning? How can under-achieving students be engaged in inquiry-based learning even when they don’t yet have the fundamental knowledge to solve complex problems? Come explore how inquiry-based STEM learning can be integrated into your classroom, and why it matters at all.


Make a Makerspace

Room: Stratus 5
Presenters: Matthew Winters, Melissa Judkins and Blake Pope
Description: Turn your STEM Classroom into a Makerspace Using digital and hands on technologies, learn how to create innovative experiences for your students including circuitry, 3D modeling, augmented reality, and virtual reality. Teachers will apply their own content to these innovative Maker Education models.


Underwater Robotics

Room: Stratus 6
Presenter: Dr. Geoffrey A. Wright
Description: This session will engage participants in learning about underwater robotics, and then building their own underwater robot (ROV).


Grades 9-12

Session 1 – 9:00 am to 10:20 am

Session 1 – 9:00 am to 10:20 am

Code Your Escape

Room: Meridian A
Presenters: Goldman Sachs
Description: Escape room-inspired Code Your Escape challenges students to use computer coding, math, logic and teamwork skills to solve a series of puzzles and unlock a treasure. In this workshop you will experience a Code Your Escape firsthand, as well as explore how to incorporate this interactive activity in your own classroom.

Session 2 – 10:30 am to 11:50 am

Session 2 – 10:30 am to 11:50 am

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Room: Meridian A
Presenter: Randy Booth
Description: Low-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a low-cost option for students to apply principles taught in physics and chemistry courses. A low-field NMR was built and and used to teach concepts on magnetic fields, resonance, and atomic and molecular structure in both a physics and chemistry course. All the information will be presented to build an NMR on a science budget and lesson plans used will be shared and evaluated.

Session 3 – 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Session 3 – 1:30 pm to 2:50 pm

Using Actual Scientific Data in the Classroom

Room: Meridian A
Presenters: Hawkwatch
Description: We will be using actual Sharp-shinned Hawk migration data to make predictions about the species. We will also discuss how data is collected, why it’s important, and it can be used to evaluate human impacts.


STEM Support

Session 1 – 9:00 am to 10:20 am

Session 1 – 9:00 am to 10:20 am

3D Printing Success: Thermal Calibration

Room: Twilight 1
Presenter: Heath Harper
Description: This session covers a single module of a larger 3D Printing certification course. The module is “Thermal Calibration of materials for 3D Printing success”. This course will tech theory around how to overcome inconsistent print success and quality due to varied industry materials used in desktop 3D Printers.


Wonder Women: Supporting Female Educators

Room: Twilight 4
Presenter: Meghan Everette
Description: Explore empowerment and disenfranchisement by debunking rhetoric that surrounds women in leadership. Engage in game-based learning, conduct an interactive analysis of personal bias, and create an action plan for engaging women. Leave with an understanding of the current state of women leaders and how to empower them in the workforce.

Session 2 – 11:00 am to 12:20 pm

Session 2 – 11:00 am to 12:20 pm

Real Tech, Real Play, Real Future

Room: Twilight 1
Presenters: UB Tech
Description: Join UBTECH Education for a hands-on session introducing our UKIT Beginner. Learn how we leverage the robotics, coding, and AI expertise of our global team to develop classroom solutions that prepare students and teachers, for the world of tomorrow.


Competency Based Instruction

Room: Twilight 4
Presenters: Nicholina Womack, Heather Jorgensen, Sarah Abraham, Jaeyoon Hwang, Shelby Vaught, Jennifer Tayco
Description: Many talented, underserved youth have a strong desire to reach their potential, but face significant barriers to learning. FutureINDesign seeks to open opportunities by removing these barriers. In this session we’ll cover ways that we have done this, and brainstorm ways to apply similar methods in your situation.

Session 3 – 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Session 3 – 1:30 pm to 2:50 pm

Rural STEM Success

Room: Twilight 1
Presenter: Nathan Wilson
Description: The Southeast Education Service Center (SESC) is taking an active role in the initiative to motivate and inspire students to excel in STEM disciplines. With the assistance of the STEM Action Center, SESC developed a STEM outreach program for schools in rural southeast Utah. This session will focus on the development and process of SESC’s STEM program.


Personalized Learning in Math

Room: Twilight 4
Presenter: Nicki Slaugh
Description: Using technology as a resource to meet students individual needs. Nicki will be sharing how Quest Academy has revamped their math program. They use a program called Edgenuity, that allows them to “personalize” the learning in their classroom. It also challenges each student at their own ability, meaning, if any student can reach proficiency rates of 90% or better (the Quest threshold) then they have the opportunity to move to the next grade level. This class will help administration see that it is possible to move away from the teacher, lecture whole group type of secondary teaching. It gives hope that you can pull small group and work one on one with students! Nicki has also dove in 100% to the switch to standard base grading. During this session you will learn about integrating technology to help meet individual needs, standard-base grading, personalize learning and brief over view of how culture also plays a huge role in taking a risk like this. Come think out of the box and see how you could transform your Math program!