Grades: K-2

Session times and details

  • Session 1 – 9:05 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.

    Room: Stratus 6
    Presenter: Ainissa Ramirez

    Description: Discussion on creating symbiosis between foundational literacy and science.

    Room: Meridian H
    Presenter: April Mitchell
    Salt Lake City School District

    Description: Come explore the phenomenon of a giant pumpkin and deepen your understanding of heredity! We will observe the variation of traits in plants. Then use an interactive computer model to grow the biggest virtual pumpkin, collecting data on the size and weight of pumpkins over many generations. Use the data as evidence to explain that big pumpkins result from inherited traits influenced by the environment. Please bring a laptop to access the NetLogo computer model.

  • Session 2 – 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

    Room: Stratus 6
    Presenters: Laura Cotter and Wendi Laurence
    Discovery Gateway

    Description: Learn more about the potential of informal science partnerships and the resources available to schools. We will discuss everything from teacher professional development to participating in school STEM nights. A special emphasis will be placed on kindergarten STEM learning to begin to bridge the ECE STEM resources gap and support teachers, parents, and administrators engaging in STEM. Activities will include demonstrations from in-class presentations; hands-on experiments provided through professional development; and quick takeaway lesson ideas for science nights!

    Room: Meridian H
    Presenters: Duane Merrell and Doug Panee

    Description: Demonstration on how to build quick graphs and collect data with paper rockets.

  • Session 3 – 10:55 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Room: Stratus 6
    Presenters: Tiffany Porter and Kara Borup
    Crimson View Elementary School

    Description: Using the engineering design process students will design a gravity flow machine using stacked paper cups that mix water, chocolate powder, and milk powder to make a cup of hot chocolate.

    Room: Meridian H
    Presenters: STEM Bus Team
    STEM AC

  • Session 4 – 1:15 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.

    Room: Meridian H
    Presenters: Louise Willoughby and Dari Thacker

    Description: Presentation on dynamic ideas for integrating coding across all subject areas.

  • Session 5 – 2:10 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Room: Stratus 6
    Presenters: Kellie Yates and Shannon
    Utah State Board of Education

    Description: Join us as we engage in a primary elementary level STEM task that incorporates science concepts in forces and motion with falling objects and mathematics concepts in measurement. In this session we will work through this task together, identify what is and what is not STEM, and discuss examples of how elementary teachers can work to create integrated STEM tasks.

Grades: 3-5

Session times and details

  • Session 1 – 9:05 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.

    Room: Meridian G
    Presenter: Steve Boone
    West Elementary, Tooele School District

    Description: How to use pennies to make a battery

    Room: Meridian C
    Presenter: Julie Carter

    Description: Teaching kids how to create games, secret codes and robotic equations.

  • Session 2 – 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

    Room: Meridian G
    Presenter: Gabriela V Young
    Crimson View Elementary

    Description: Crimson View Elementary school teacher, Gabriela Young, will explain how we can take dirty water, and filter it with common earth materials and a few items from your local grocery store. This will demonstrate to the students what it takes to filter water, materials that help filter the water, and grasp a deeper understanding of how our water is filtered. Aligns with the water cycle, and touches on the elements of soil. Those in the class will have an opportunity to see and create a water filtration system with materials given to them. Based off of the EIE kit. Extensions for this hands on experiment include a writing prompt, and presenting their success, failures and what was learned.

    Room: Meridian C
    Presenter: Jayson Marchant
    Diamond Valley Elementary

  • Session 3 – 10:55 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Room: Meridian G
    Presenter: Krista Ruggles
    Utah Valley University

    Description: This hands-on presentation will begin with examples of how Finch Robots and the SNAP coding program have been used in local elementary schools for cross-disciplinary project-based learning opportunities. (5 minutes) Participants will select a topic (an animal, famous person, character in a story) and create a costume for their Finch Robot. (10 minutes) Participants will then be introduced to SNAP 1 and SNAP 3 and will code their robots to perform different actions. (15 minutes) Participants will share their creations with peers and reflect on how they could apply coding in their own classrooms. (5 minutes)

    Room: Meridian C
    Presenter: Tamra Owens

    Description: This hands-on engineering project connects to the problem of developing a way to use a renewable/natural resource to generate electricity. Students follow the E.I.E. engineering model to develop, test, and analyze their projects. The goal is to create the windmill that will generate the most electricity.

  • Session 4 – 1:15 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.

    Room: Meridian G
    Presenters: Nate Esplin and Scott Thieme
    Crimson View Elementary

    Description: Using the engineering design process participants will have opportunity to build a variety of projects using electrical circuits which will include projects such as electric name tags, light up cards, flashlights, and reading lamp.

    Room: Meridian C
    Presenters: STEM Bus Team
    STEM AC

  • Session 5 – 2:10 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Room: Meridian G
    Presenters: Melody Thieme and Loni Goodwin
    Washington County School District

    Description: Students will learn about the effects that oil spills have on living organisms in an aquatic environment. Students will use this knowledge to design a way to clean-up an oil spill in an aquatic environment. You will learn how to integrate STEM and use the Engineering Design Process. Other lessons, resources, and curriculum ideas will be shared as well. This session will be an hands-on activity for you to explore!

    Room: Meridian C
    Presenter: STEM Bus Team
    STEM AC

    Room: Meridian H
    Presenter: Denise Manzione

    Description: Discover ways a simple circuit can ignite young minds.

Grades: 6-8

Session times and details

  • Session 1 – 9:05 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.

    Room: Stratus 7
    Presenters: Ricky Scott and Joleigh Honey
    Utah State Board of Education

    Description: Join us as we engage in a middle level STEM task that incorporates science concepts in ecology and mathematics concepts in statistics and proportional reasoning. In this session we will work through this task together, identify what is and what is not STEM, and discuss examples of how Mathematics and Science teachers can work to create integrated STEM tasks.

    Room: Stratus 8
    Presenters: Utah Agriculture in the Classroom

    Description: We will demonstrate a variety of free, online lessons on agriculture technologies.

  • Session 2 – 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

    Room: Stratus 7
    Presenter: Suzy Cox
    Utah Valley University

    Description: Computer Science is essential in our digital world. Yet the vast majority of students either choose not to study it or do not continue in the field because they do not see themselves as computer scientists or see how CS can help them achieve their goals or make a difference in the world. In this session, we will explore how robotics can be used to more effectively help students find a place and a purpose in CS as we integrate it across the curriculum.

    Room: Stratus 8
    Presenter: Olivia Lott
    Shadow Valley Elementary

    Description: You are a team of aspiring 3-D artists. You are competing for the commission to be the creators of a wind animated standing mobile, a STABILE, that represents earth’s changing seasons and how the community is striving to be more green. You will make a small scale model of your stabile, out of mostly recycled materials, and a persuasive presentation for the judges to review. If your team gets the commission it will be displayed in the new city park and will stand larger than life at roughly eight feet tall.

  • Session 3 – 10:55 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Room: Stratus 7
    Presenters: Monica Hoyt and Shannon Babb
    Central Utah Water, Thalweg Education Innovations

    Description: Flooding is an important part of a river’s ecology, but as more communities are built in floodplains, this natural phenomenon has the potential to create problems for humans and property. This activity is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to: 1) read a flood report, 2) understand human impact on flooding, and 3) recognize how to be safe in a flood.

    Room: Stratus 8
    Presenter: John Boom
    Hawthorn Academy

    Description: Life on Mars is a year end investigation of the scientific method that explores the exciting possibility that we are not alone. This lesson spans the three major concepts of 7th grade: Biology, Geology, and Physics. Students will be critically examining and evaluating various lines of evidence in an effort to determine the origin and consequences of finding a very unique rock.

  • Session 4 – 1:15 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.

    Room: Stratus 7
    Presenters: Annette Hansen and Janet Nelson
    Hawkwatch International

    Description: Educators from HawkWatch International will demonstrate a hands-on activity using data collected on Sharp-shinned hawks at HawkWatch International raptor migration research sites. The activity allows middle school science and statistics teachers to help students learn how to evaluate categorical data. Teachers will leave with instructions and supplies to perform the activity with their students in the classroom.

    Room: Stratus 8
    Presenters: STEM Bus Team
    STEM AC

  • Session 5 – 2:10 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Room: Stratus 7
    Presenters: Madlyn Runburg and McKenna Lane

    Description: Sharing strategies to help assess critical thinking skills development.

    Room: Stratus 8
    Presenters: STEM Bus Team
    STEM AC

Grades: 9-12

Session times and details

  • Session 1 – 9:05 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.

    Room: Meridian E
    Presenter: Hannah Luna
    City Academy

    Description: Participants will follow along a guided inquiry based activity where students are able to see trends in the periodic table to help formulate their understanding of how the table is organized. This is a differentiated activity available for ESOL students, general chemistry students, and AP/Cambridge/IB chemistry students.

  • Session 2 – 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

    Room: Meridian E
    Presenter: Kathleen Ritterbush
    University of Utah, Department of Geology & Geophysics

    Description: Octopus Arms Race is an ecology game that invites players to compete for resources in a marine food web. Session participants will play the game, and will workshop ways to scaffold it to connect the students to core objectives. Bizarre aspects of biological interaction spark curiosity and excitement about ecology and evolution. Participants will receive the game on paper and digitally (Creative Commons License).

  • Session 3 – 10:55 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Room: Meridian E
    Presenters: Amy Hawkins
    University of Utah

    Description: The Genetic Science Learning Center will share an activity on adaptation and speciation from their new 6-8 week unit, Evolution: DNA and the Unity of Life. Participants will examine different categories of data about hawthorn and apple flies, identify evidence, and develop arguments about whether or not the population of flies living on apples is becoming a new species of fly.

    Room: Meridian A
    Presenters:Utah Agriculture in the Classroom

    Description: Sharing a variety of free, online lessons on STEM in agriculture.

  • Session 4 – 1:15 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.

    Room: Meridian E
    Presenter: John Teuscher
    Freedom Prep Academy

    Description: Participants will experience a variety of STEM activities and curriculum that connect classrooms with corporations from around the country through real-world projects. Activities include drones, electronics, programming, rockets and many other technologies. There will be a small discussion of how these were used in the classroom, what worked and also did not work, and how this curriculum can be adapted to your classroom.

    Room: Meridian A
    Presenter: Tracy Davidson
    InTech

  • Session 5 – 2:10 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Room: Meridian E
    Presenter: Geoff Warren

    Description: Many students have TI calculators, but few of them have done any programming on them. Computer Science skills are increasing in demand by employers, and in interest by students. This session will discuss and demonstrate how to incorporate critical thinking skills and programming with Basic. The content is tied to standards that include color, frequency, light, waves, and temperature to whatever depth you are required to teach it in your own classroom.

    Room: Meridian A
    Presenters: Taylor Fang and Cassandra Ives

STEM Surge

Session times and details

  • Session 1 – 9:05 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.

    Room: Stratus 5
    Presenters: Chris Madsen, Scott Schwab, Ryan Buchanan and Joel McKay Smith

    Description: Sharing user-friendly virtual classroom tools.

    Room: Stratus 9
    Presenter: Kellie Yates
    STEM AC Staff

    Description: What is the STEM Action Center, and how can it help you and your school? Come find out about each of our projects, how to apply, and what we have learned so far.

  • Session 2 – 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

    Room: Stratus 5
    Presenters: Nathan Auck and Todd Call
    USBE

    Description: This session will consider the overlap between high quality instruction and the use of technology in schools. We’ll analyze the ISTE standards with the aim of discovering how they fit within the Multi-tiered System of Support’s (MTSS) Critical Components, finishing by identifying best practices in leveraging technology to improve instruction in your classroom.

    Room: Stratus 9
    Presenter: Kellie Yates
    STEM AC Staff

    Description: Learn how to apply for the STEM AC classroom grant, as well as other funding opportunities to support your STEM endeavors!

  • Session 3 – 10:55 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Room: Stratus 9
    Presenter: Kellie Yates
    STEM AC Staff

    Room: Stratus 5
    Presenter: Tami Gear

    Description: Explore the link between students’ performance and informed parents, educators and leaders.

  • Session 4 – 1:15 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.

    Room: Stratus 5
    Presenter: Jane Harward

    Description: An idea-sharing session on supplying and maintaining support.

    Room: Stratus 9
    Presenter: Kellie Yates
    STEM AC Staff

  • Session 5 – 2:10 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Room: Stratus 5
    Presenters: Tami Bird and Nanette Ririe
    Rose Creek Elementary, Jordan School District

    Description: Lesson Study, implemented through the PLC process, enables teachers to refine their collective practice in multiple ways. First, teachers develop greater understanding of the standards being taught. Second, they learn to examine and act on evidence of student understanding. Finally, team members develop increased collective teacher efficacy as a result of the process. The Rose Creek faculty recently completed our third year of lesson study. The observed outcomes are improved culture and increased learning for students.

    Room: Stratus 9
    Presenter: Mark Nance
    Westridge Elementary, Provo School District and STEM AC Staff

Digital Math

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