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Join us: Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17, 2021

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Friday, April 16
 

6:00pm CDT

Join us to hear from Phillip Hargrove, NASA
Welcome and Introduction: Joel Rodriguez, ESC - 20, welcome remarks

Keynote: Introduction by Tyrone R. Pannkuk, AP Physics Reagan HS Teacher: Phillip Hargrove from NASA, "I thought wanting to work for NASA meant that I must want to be an aerospace engineer, but NASA needs people in all different types of STEM fields as well as non-STEM related fields," said Hargrove. "There are a million different ways to work for NASA, so my best advice would be just to keep trying new challenging things until you find something that you want to pursue further."
Phillip Hargrove is a proud graduate of Reagan's Class of 2010.

Orientation to Conference Sessions

Speakers
avatar for Joel Rodriguez

Joel Rodriguez

Curriculum Coordinator, Education Service Center, Region 20
avatar for Carmen Fies

Carmen Fies

Associate Professor, UTSA
I am a STEM educator with particular interest in learning technologies that support diverse groups of learners.
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Phillip Hargrove

Launch Vehicle Trajectory Analyst, NASA's Kennedy Space Center
I am an aerospace engineer by training / profession and an educator by nature. My professional career has been motivated by my interest in space which has stayed strong since I was a young child. That deep-seeded motivation is critical for the impact I hope to have in the future because... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Virtual
 
Saturday, April 17
 

8:00am CDT

Networking
Zoom opens to participants, assistance and networking rooms will be available

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Fies

Carmen Fies

Associate Professor, UTSA
I am a STEM educator with particular interest in learning technologies that support diverse groups of learners.
avatar for Miriam Martinez

Miriam Martinez

Digital Age Learning, Consultant, Education Service Center, Region 20
I have been working in education for over 15 years. Math, Science and Technology secondary teacher. The last seven years advocating, passionately, instructional technology integration with curriculum. As a Consultant for Digital Age Learning at Education Service Center, Region, 20... Read More →
avatar for Joel Rodriguez

Joel Rodriguez

Curriculum Coordinator, Education Service Center, Region 20


Saturday April 17, 2021 8:00am - 8:30am CDT
Virtual

8:30am CDT

Opening: IDRA - CSO
Listen in on this incredible student panel as youth ambassadors, known as Chief Science Officers, share their leadership experiences in an international STEM program. Dr. Stephanie Garcia, the director of the Texas Chief Science Officers Program, will also share information on the need to strengthen a diverse pipeline of STEM leaders and elevate student voices in STEM, as well as extend a special invitation to you!


Saturday April 17, 2021 8:30am - 9:00am CDT
Virtual

9:00am CDT

Engaging the Artemis Generation: Leveraging NASA's NextGen STEM Resources
NASA is leader in earth and science exploration. With groundbreaking missions such as the Artemis Program, which will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, NASA continues to advance its vision ‘to discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity.’ Recently, NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement executed a series of efforts to develop STEM products and opportunities that provide a platform for students to contribute to NASA’s endeavors in exploration and discovery. These mission-driven activities include over 20 evidence-based products and opportunities to engage students in authentic STEM experiences. In this session, participants are provided with an overview of NASA’s NextGen STEM educational resources and products developed to strengthen students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills to help nurture, and inspire the Artemis Generation.
Physics & Astronomy

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Garcia Jr.

Samuel Garcia Jr.

Education Specialist, NASA Kennedy Space Center
Dr. Samuel García Jr. serves as an Educator Professional Development Specialist at Kennedy Space Center. Prior to his position at Kennedy Space Center, Dr. García worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. As an education specialist, Dr. García works to help... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Virtual

9:00am CDT

STEM Landscape in Texas and the Vision for the Future
According to labor projections, Texas is expected to have the second-highest percentage of the nation’s future STEM job opportunities. The STEM Coordinator from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will share how the labor market data is driving the vision for K-12 STEM Education in Texas. The TEA will share the STEM Toolkit and upcoming STEM professional development that has been developed to support districts as we shift instruction to develop STEM fluency skills in our students preparing them for the STEM careers today and of the future. CareersAll grade levels


Saturday April 17, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Virtual

9:00am CDT

Watt Watchers of Texas
Watt Watchers of Texas is a state-sponsored STEM program to help boost energy literacy for K-12th grade students and help schools save money by saving energy. Through the program, students, teachers, and families will have access to energy saving tips, activities, and lessons. Watt Watchers of Texas offers hundreds of activities for Kindergarten through 12th grade which are aligned to the TEKS. The entire program, including all of the engaging activities, is available in English and Spanish.
Earth and Environmental Science

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Salinas

Rachel Salinas

Director of School Services, KLRN
I am so glad to have the opportunity to speak with you at the 2021 Alamo STEM Ecosystem Virtual Conference. I am Rachel Salinas, the Director of School Services at KLRN PBS San Antonio. My background in education includes teaching a variety of subjects in Kindergarten through 12th... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Virtual

9:00am CDT

Using the Scientific Method in the Classroom
The Scientific Method is a series of steps used to help children better understand their world. Teachers can incorporate the Scientific Method into activities when the encourage children to question, observe, predict, experiment and discuss.
Pedagogy, PK-2

Speakers
avatar for Elva Calvario

Elva Calvario

Senior Management Analyst, City of San Antonio


Saturday April 17, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Virtual

9:00am CDT

STEAM-ing Up Your After school Program
Synchronous and asynchronous ideas to infuse STEAM and hands-on learning into your after-school program. SAISD will share how they network with their District Childcare Provider partners to train and develop their staff as they implement enriching experiences for our students.
Pedagogy, Informal Education

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Torralva-Villa

Kathryn Torralva-Villa

Coordinator, Extended Day & Summer School, SAISD
Talk to me about After school programming, STEAM & hands-on learning - especially the science part, Anything Ocean & Biology, Classroom Pets, anything indigenous, & travel & teaching abroad & doctoral programs - I am very social, & love teaching and learning...


Saturday April 17, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Virtual

10:00am CDT

After The Flush! A Virtual Interactive Tour of a Water Recycling Center
I am currently the Education Coordinator at SAWS that gives all of the company tours. I do all K-12 Tours, as well as community and industry tours. With the pandemic we halted all on-site tours and visitors. This meant that we needed to switch gears quickly. We developed a virtual tour of our largest water recycling center and we talk about EVERYTHING that happens "After the Flush!" We move through the water recycling center from the first step in the process (raw sewage) to the last step where we release the clean recycled water into the Medina River. The only thing missing from this tour is the smell! Along the way we learn about human impact, biology, chemistry, sustainability, the water/energy nexus and even integrated pest management! This tour can be given to accommodate 4th grade through adult! Whether it is for a 5th grade science class or a university level environmental science class, we can adjust. The tour has gotten a lot of positive feedback from teachers/professors/students. The main goal was to help teachers reinforce the concepts they are teaching in the classroom and allow the students to see them in action in "real life." We thought that a virtual field trip talking about poop would be just the thing to engage students, make them laugh, and take their minds away from the usual online classes.
Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, 4-12

Speakers
avatar for Heather Ginsburg

Heather Ginsburg

Education Programs Coordinator, San Antonio Water System
Heather is a Texas tradeswoman through and through! With three state water licenses under her belt, she brings a unique perspective, background and expertise to the SAWS Education team. Heather’s deep understanding of and passion for sharing water knowledge makes her perfectly suited... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CDT
Virtual

10:00am CDT

Digital Badging: Bridging The Gaps Together
Digital badges validate learning that a young person engages in across diverse settings (home, school, extra-curricular programs, online, volunteering, internships, etc.). This learning is translated into a badge of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest that is easy for anyone to issue, earn, and display across the web, rooted in the open badge technical standards.

Learn how you can connect your students to project-based learning within the classroom and beyond. This session will 1) support you in translating your classroom learning into digital badges, 2) connect you with opportunities to coordinate with youth development, out-of-school time and workforce partners and 3) provide a forum for understanding student engagement and learning along college and workforce readiness pathways.
Pedagogy, Technology


Speakers
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Kimberly Sama

Senior Director, Investment and Sustainability, UP Partnership
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Charles Hernandez

GT/STEM Facilitator, Harlandale ISD
I have worked for the last 7 years providing support and services for the gifted/talented and STEM efforts in Harlandale ISD.  Since COVID began we have expanded our efforts to meet the needs of our students via distance learning opportunities, but continue to work to constantly... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CDT
Virtual

10:00am CDT

Wiggling Worms: Vermicomposting and Decomposition Studies
Learn how to create a cheap and easy indoor vermi-compost. A vermi-compost is a low maintenance worm habitat used to recycle food waste and has many content applications in the classroom. Learn how to captivate your student’s interests by incorporating live organisms and animal care into your science lessons. Educators will learn how to create a worm habitat and how to care for their worms. In addition, educators will virtually conduct lab investigations to learn about the physical characteristics and behaviors of worms, and explore soil properties, the process of decomposition and the important role of decomposers. Lesson modifications for virtual teaching and at home learning extensions will also be addressed.
Environmental Science

Speakers
avatar for Sara N. Ramirez

Sara N. Ramirez

Environmental Education Center Teacher, Dallas ISD
Hello!  My name is Sara Ramirez and I am a PK-12th Grade Science Lab Teacher at the Dallas ISD Environmental Education Center. I am an avid nature enthusiast and I love animals! I am a graduate of Texas A&M University in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences and I have taught Life Science/Environmental... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CDT
Virtual

10:00am CDT

Making SA Smart: Using San Antonio's Challenges to Make 21st Century Students
SA Smart--The Mayor's K-12 Smart City Challenge (www.sa-smart.org)--develops 21st Century students by first preparing them and then cutting them loose to address the big challenges of our city. Since 2018, 550 7th to 12th grade students have researched and pitched ideas to solve challenges in transportation, sustainability, and digital inclusion. In the process, they learn STEM topics, civics, research methods, teamwork, and how to construct a compelling and evidence-based narrative. They're supported by subject matter experts, entrepreneurship trainers, their teachers, and the staff members of our partner organizations. Some of these students will get on career paths to high-wage jobs, and some will be future leaders of our city. Join us to learn about the program and hear perspectives from staff, teachers and student participants.
Careers, Entrepreneurship, 7-12

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Cliff Zintgraff

Dr. Cliff Zintgraff

Chief Learning Officer, SAMSAT -- San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology
Our presentation: https://esc-20.zoom.us/j/85871398297 Executive, researcher, practitioner in inquiry learning. STEM education, entrepreneurship, regional development.  Connect with me on LinkedIn!
avatar for Tracy Thomas

Tracy Thomas

Principles of Applied Engineering teacher, NEISD-Krueger School of Applied Technologies
avatar for Natasha Wilkerson

Natasha Wilkerson

STEM Director, Communities In Schools of San Antonio
Natasha founded the CIS-SA STEM Department to fill a need for quality STEM programming for at-risk youth in San Antonio. She developed and manages Space Club, a year-long STEM program led by a team of engineers that culminates in a rigorous space colony design challenge. Since 2014... Read More →
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Tracy Jordan

Engineering Design Teacher, Northside ISD
I am an Engineering Design Teacher at the John Jay High School Science & Engineering Academy in the Northside Independent School District. I have sponsored the SA Mayor's K-12 SMART City Challenge since its inception. My teams have placed each year in the challenge. I am the sponsor... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CDT
Virtual

11:00am CDT

Finding Your Outside with San Antonio Zoo
Learn about all the new things San Antonio Zoo has to offer for schools and teachers!
Biology, Environmental Science, Informal Education

Speakers
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Michael Gates

School Programs Coordinator, San Antonio Zoo


Saturday April 17, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Virtual

11:00am CDT

Variation and Sameness in Mathematics Teaching
It is well documented that systematically learning Mathematics help students see the connections between mathematical topics and across grade levels. As a result students understand the concepts/ideas thoroughly and develop problem-solving skills. In this session, we are going to discuss how one mathematic problem can be solved by students at different grade levels.
Mathematics, Pedagogy

Speakers
avatar for Su Liang

Su Liang

Associate Professor, University of Texas, San Anotonio
I am a faculty in the department of mathematics at UTSA. My research interest includes mathematics teacher education, STEM education, curriculum design, and active learning.


Saturday April 17, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Virtual

11:00am CDT

Developing Science Literacy through Literacy and Science
Picture books are not just for the reading classroom. When strategically selected picture books can be used during each of the 5E phases. In this session, a science teacher and instructional coach will share the benefits of integrating literacy in the science classroom to grow science literate students.
General Science, Pedagogy

Speakers
avatar for Leo Contreras

Leo Contreras

Instructional Coach, The Young Women's Leadership Academy PRIMARY
avatar for Iliana Trobaugh

Iliana Trobaugh

2nd Grade Science Teacher, SAISD



Saturday April 17, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Virtual

11:00am CDT

Asteroid Explorers! NASA ROADS on Asteroids Student Challenge
Participants will discuss the ROADS on Asteroids student challenge that gives teams of students in grades 3–12 a chance to tackle a mission to the Vesta asteroid, following in the path of the next discovery. Teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analysis of biological signatures and geologic features, not to mention flying to collect samples and successfully landing. Participants will gain a better understanding of drones, EV3, Lego Programming Software, and the student challenge activities. Participants will go through the different student activities which will include crater formation, search for life (methane detector), digital microscopes, mission patch design, and robotic exploration.
Physics, Astronomy, Earth Science, Technology, Careers, GT, 3-12

Speakers
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Celena Miller

Education Outreach Coordinator, University of Texas Austin
Celena Miller is the Senior Outreach Program Coordinator for the Texas Space Grant Consortium in Austin, Texas. She has worked for over twelve years in education. During that time, Celena has worked in the Texas public school system, promoting earth and space education to students... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Virtual

11:00am CDT

Driving Student Success Through Authentic Learning
The mission of CAST is to reinvent schooling by maximizing relationships in order prepare every student for college, career and life. Learning at CAST has always extended beyond the four walls of the classroom. By leveraging the CAST pillars of youth voice, relationships, authentic learning and equity, educators and students were better prepared to effectively pivot to distance learning, and have adapted their cross-curricular projects to meet the virtual, and hybrid setting. Jeanne Russell, Executive Director for the CAST Schools Network, and Mr. Giovanni Neri, Biology Teacher at CAST Med High School, highlight the effectiveness of authentic learning experiences, and a project, "Contagion" that is responsive to the pandemic conditions.
Biology, Careers, Pedagogy, 6-12

Speakers
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Jeanne Russell

Executive Director, Centers for Applied Science & Technology (CAST)
Our nonprofit, San Antonio-based network of public, partnership schools works in tandem with industry to co-create relevant student pathways and student experiences.


Saturday April 17, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Virtual

12:00pm CDT

Lunch/Networking
Collaboration and networking with colleagues opportunity, the best professional learning network!

Saturday April 17, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Virtual

1:00pm CDT

Mindfulness in the classroom
We will discuss what cutting-edge science and experiential learning strategies teach us about the mind-body connection and how we can achieve small attainable goals leading to more mindfulness, focus and improved performance (and reduced teacher burnout). We will also discuss how to achieve this in the classroom with students.
Anatomy, Health & Wellness, Informal Education, Pedagogy

Speakers
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Sarah Mendiola

Health & Wellness Education Manager, Witte Museum
Sarah Mendiola is the Health & Wellness Education Manager at the Witte Museum. For the past 4 years I have spent my time at the Witte teaching students, families and adults about the human anatomy and how to keep their bodies healthy. Before that I was teaching kids ages 3-15 at SeaWorld... Read More →
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Helen Holdsworth

Curator of Texas Wild, Witte Museum
Helen Holdsworth is the Curator of Texas Wild at the Witte Museum. Twenty five years experience in agriculture and wildlife education for youth and adult audiences.


Saturday April 17, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Virtual

1:00pm CDT

Reverse engineering instructional design to teach paragraph writing
Expository paragraph writing is difficult to learn and teach. For many students, particularly those with learning disabilities, it is difficult to manage multiple, simultaneous complex processes required. And for their teachers, writing is the content area they feel least prepared to teach. In a recent intervention study, the concept of reverse engineering was applied to instructional design to teach expository paragraph writing, using a color-cued graphic organizer, to students with dyslexia. The promising results of the study have been translated into implications for practice. A brief overview of the study will be included followed by a detailed discussion of how STEM content area teachers can teach this vital skill to their students.
Pedagogy, Special Education, 3-12

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kathy B. Ewoldt

Dr. Kathy B. Ewoldt

Assistant Professor of Special Education, UTSA
I am an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Texas at San Antonio. My research interests are paragraph writing and technology implementation for culturally and linguistically diverse learners in inclusive classrooms, and high-quality teacher preparation for... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Byrne

Suzanne Byrne

GRA, UTSA


Saturday April 17, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Virtual

1:00pm CDT

Translating Astronomy Teacher Professional Development into Classroom Practice
Three recent alumni of the San Antonio Teacher Training Astronomy Academy (SATTAA) will share highlights of how what they learned in the summer program translates into their classrooms.
Astronomy, Pedagogy

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Fies

Carmen Fies

Associate Professor, UTSA
I am a STEM educator with particular interest in learning technologies that support diverse groups of learners.
avatar for Ann Eakes

Ann Eakes

Secondary Science Teacher, NISD
avatar for Iliana Trobaugh

Iliana Trobaugh

2nd Grade Science Teacher, SAISD
avatar for Chris Packham

Chris Packham

Professor, UTSA
I am an astronomer and professor.


Saturday April 17, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Virtual

1:00pm CDT

Using the CAIS K-12 Cybersecurity Program in the Classroom
Participants will introduced to the CIAS K-12 Cybersecurity games and educational materials to help students become better cyber citizens as well as opening up this critical STEM field to them as a possible career field.
Careers, Cybersecurity, Pedagogy

Speakers
avatar for Larry Sjelin

Larry Sjelin

Assistant Director, UTSA - CIAS
Larry Sjelin serves as Chief-of-Staff and Director of Game Development for the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mr. Sjelin is leading the effort to increase cyber awareness and honing cybersecurity skills by creating... Read More →
avatar for Julina Macy

Julina Macy

Director of Communications, UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security
Julina Macy has led the marketing and communication efforts of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) since November 2017. She works with community partners to increase awareness of the center’s cybersecurity... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Virtual

1:00pm CDT

Virtual Mission to the Moon
This session will cover the virtual Space Club program that is free to any middle school site. Teachers can enroll to receive training and curriculum for an 8-week STEM program that includes distance learning options.
Astronomy, Careers

Speakers
avatar for Natasha Wilkerson

Natasha Wilkerson

STEM Director, Communities In Schools of San Antonio
Natasha founded the CIS-SA STEM Department to fill a need for quality STEM programming for at-risk youth in San Antonio. She developed and manages Space Club, a year-long STEM program led by a team of engineers that culminates in a rigorous space colony design challenge. Since 2014... Read More →
avatar for Aspen Meineke

Aspen Meineke

Aspen Meineke joined CIS-SA in October 2016 as a part-time STEM Instructor for Space Club. In January, she was promoted to STEM Project Coordinator, where she facilitates Space Club at four middle schools in Harlandale ISD. Her responsibilities include instruction, volunteer management... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Virtual

2:00pm CDT

K-12 Student Centered and Student Managed Next Generation Robotics
Learn about a unique elementary, middle, and high school virtual robotics platform provided by Novum Education that has a track record for engaging students. This approach requires minimal support from a coach/facilitator and prepares students to participate in the World Educational Robotics (WER) Contest where student teams (of 3) compete against other student teams from the same grade levels.
CTE, Engineering


Saturday April 17, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Virtual

2:00pm CDT

SEL & STEM- A Natural Pairing for Ensuring Whole Child Success
Participants will explore & experience how to integrate SEL strategies and activities into STEM lessons' design and delivery; additionally participants will participate in enhancing distance learning & in-person lessons with engaging applications and challenge.
Pedagogy

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Carol Harle

Dr. Carol Harle

Leadership Coach, CAST & UTSA
I have been #teamkids for over 35 years...even longer if you count the years I role played being a teacher with my brothers, sister and friends. I love brainstorming, problem-solving, creating, conversing about ideas and initiatives that can impact and improve the lives of children... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Virtual

2:00pm CDT

STEM Resources from your San Antonio Public Library
The team from San Antonio Public Library will share information about virtual services available to Bexar County schools, including Public Library CONNECT, a way for students to access the SAPL collection using their school credentials and access digital collections of STEM materials. Attendees will learn how to make the most of this valuable and easy to access resource. The team will also discuss strategies for connecting with children and teens via a wide variety of online programming. Information on the San Antonio Mini Maker Faire will also be highlighted!
General Science

Speakers
avatar for David Cooksey

David Cooksey

Digital Library Advisor, OverDrive
Talk to me about a world enlightened by reading and developing school and public library partnerships through Public Library Connect.
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Jennifer Velasquez

Coordinator of Teen Library Services, San Antonio Public Library
Jennifer Velásquez is the author of "Real-World Teen Services" (ALA Editions, 2015) as well as numerous articles on serving teens in the library setting. A trainer and consultant, Jennifer is an internationally regarded thought-leader in library service philosophy and practice. In... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Virtual

2:00pm CDT

Tech Hacks for Busy Teachers
We will demonstrate a variety of free and useful apps that teachers can use for more engaging instruction.
General Science

Speakers
DH

Drew Harris

CTE Teacher, Northside ISD
avatar for Bruce Harris

Bruce Harris

Academic Coach, Northside ISD
Bruce Harris is an Academic Technology Coach with the largest school district in South Texas. Northside Independent School District in San Antonio Texas serves over 106, 000 students. He has over 12 years of classroom teaching experience in Title 1 schools. He has been an instructional... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Virtual

2:00pm CDT

Clean Air for Kids!
The Clean Air for Kids! Program helps kids and parents understand how to prevent air pollution caused by the idling of cars, trucks and buses, especially around schools.

Excessive and unnecessary vehicle idling is a serious, avoidable contributor to environmental pollution and poor human health. This behavior occurs throughout virtually all transportation activities, including parents picking up children after school, customers waiting in line at a drive-through ATM or restaurant, trucks delivering goods, and buses waiting to pick up passengers.

Unnecessary idling significantly contributes to air pollution, which in turn worsens environmental and health problems, including contributing to the dramatic rise of childhood asthma.

You can make a big difference with little changes to your lifestyle!
Earth and Environmental, Pedagogy, PK-8

Speakers
avatar for Harley Hubbard

Harley Hubbard

Sustainable Transportation Manager, City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability
For more information, please contact me by email at harley.hubbard@sanantonio.gov.


Saturday April 17, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Virtual

3:00pm CDT

Apps Smashing for a Blended and Project Based Learning Classroom
Presenter will share free apps to support a blended and project based learning classroom. An exemplar 5 E lesson plan will be used to demonstrate how these apps can support students in exploring, creating, and finding possible solutions to real world problems.
Pedagogy, Technology

Speakers
avatar for Susan Reeves

Susan Reeves

Consultant, Digital Age Learning, ESC-20
Talk to me about all things technology integration and computer science! I am a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer and Seesaw Ambassador and love introducing new technology tools to students and teachers that enhance and complement their work. I am certified in Computer... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Virtual

3:00pm CDT

Building Virtual STEM Portfolios in the K-12 Classroom
You have probably heard about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and its ever-increasing importance in education. Your campus may even offer a STEM elective. You may even understand the big idea of STEM; you may have heard that STEM has its place in every classroom, even the virtual learning environment.   A learner-centric focus enables teachers and students to be in complete control to build a learning community that gets to the heart of Project Based Learning. Join the presentation for an in-depth demonstration and virtual hands-on workshop using Region 13's Student Corner to design STEM learning experiences.
Careers, GT, Pedagogy

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly L Galloway

Kimberly L Galloway

STEM Specialist, Education Service Center Region 13


Saturday April 17, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Virtual

3:00pm CDT

STEAM & Inquiry
All children are curious. We all begin learning about the world by pursuing our natural curiosity. As children investigate the world, they naturally use STEAM skills. Our challenge as Educators is to cultivate and nurture our students' natural curiosity and learning skills, channeling them to learn increasingly advanced content. Throughout this session, educators will explore performative, inquiry-based, and creative methods. Through the inquiry process, Educators will consider how they would utilize the methodologies in their classroom and to answer burning questions.
General Science, Informal Science, Pedagogy


Speakers

Saturday April 17, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Virtual

3:00pm CDT

Take NASA into your Home and School STE(A)M Classroom while Integrating Culturally Responsive Practices
Relationships are the core of teaching and learning, whether we are face to face with students or engaged in remote learning. In this session, we will explore strategies for planning and delivering culturally sensitive/responsive learning opportunities for students in the STE(A)M classroom in either home or school. Participants will be guided in how to incorporate culturally relevant STEM teaching strategies within exciting NASA contexts to foster both student motivation and content learning. The session will end with step by step guidance of the many NASA websites that share wonderful and updated NASA STEM education resources aligned with recent missions and efforts by NASA’s scientists and engineers. Take advantage of NASA’s free resources and encourage ALL your students to reach for the stars!
Astronomy, Careers, Physics

Speakers
avatar for LaTina Taylor

LaTina Taylor

NASA EPDC Specialist, NASA EPDC
LaTina Taylor, NASA EPDC Specialist with the NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative (NASA EPDC) at Texas State University. Native of Chicago, Illinois with over 24 years of experience in education with the Chicago Public Schools. Ms. Taylor is National Board-Certified... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Virtual

3:00pm CDT

Shift Happens: 7 Strategies for Making the Most of the New Learning Landscape
An informal educator’s guide for exploring 7 strategies to transform your classroom that you can put to use on Monday! Investigate how to create STEM career conversations and uplift equity in your classroom, engage with tech tools to enhance blended learning, pick up techniques on guiding inquiry-driven content, peer into the brain through examining brain-based learning, and make your learning last through innovative resilience and reflection activities. Explore all of this and more through the lens of a STEM museum, specializing in making STEM approachable, exciting, and inspiring. Teachers will receive a PDF lesson plan steeped in best practices for inquiry and blended learning, threaded with career connections in the content area of force and motion at the completion of the workshop.
Careers, Informal Science, PK-8

Speakers
avatar for Amber Middlebrook

Amber Middlebrook

Director of Education, Science Mill
avatar for Mary Ruggles

Mary Ruggles

Assistant Director of Education, Science Mill
As part of the Science Mill education team, I am able to pursue my interest in STEM and help ignite curiosity in the students I work with. Prior to working a the Science Mill I taught fourth-grade math and science for ten years in the Humble Independent School district. I have an... Read More →
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Mahek Shaikh

Program Development & Evaluation Specialist, Science Mill


Saturday April 17, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Virtual

4:00pm CDT

Closing Session
Join us for the closing session and attendance announcements!

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Fies

Carmen Fies

Associate Professor, UTSA
I am a STEM educator with particular interest in learning technologies that support diverse groups of learners.


Saturday April 17, 2021 4:00pm - 4:30pm CDT