Grades: K-2

Session details

  • Session 1 – 9:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

    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!

    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.

    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 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

    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.

    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.

    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 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

    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.

    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.

    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 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.

Grades: 6-8

Session 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.

Grades: 9-12

Session 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.

STEM Support

Session details

  • Session 1 – 9:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

    TBD

  • Session 2 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 a.m.

    Room: Twilight 1
    Presenters: UB Tech

    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 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

    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.

    Room: Twilight 4
    Presenter: Nicki Slaugh

    Description: I will be sharing how we use Edgenuity (a different way than most) as well as Google Classroom to implement personalized learning. I have presented in Scottsdale, AZ twice this year, and I also presented at UCET to teachers and sales reps. I am excited to talk admin to admin. I have not had the opportunity to present to leadership yet, and I believe change starts at the top. I will be starting with culture and then sharing my vision on how secondary schools should be teaching. This is more of a secondary admin type of training.