2021 Virtual Annual Conference

February 26-27, 2021









Vendor Showcase #1 | Friday, February 26 -- 5:45-6:45pm EST

Teaching CRISPR-Cas9 in the Virtual Setting!

Tamica Stubbs (Curriculum and Training Specialist) and Aaron Kallas

Bio-Rad Explorers


CRISPR-Cas9 genome engineering is revolutionizing modern medicine technologies. Come and learn how to model CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in a virtual setting with your students in under 60 minutes. Learn how to effectively use this molecular tool as a reinforcement for concepts such as enzyme structure and function, and the central dogma. Attendees will also be extended an opportunity to perform a hands on wet lab version of the lab at a later date. Experience something new and bring this cutting edge technology into your own classroom!

About Bio-Rad Explorers

For over 20 years, the Bio-Rad Explorer program has collaborated with educators, researchers, and industry leaders to bring innovative educational kits and state-of-the-art equipment and reagents into classrooms around the world. Our hands-on laboratory activities prepare your students with foundational skills and expand their experience with cutting edge techniques like CRISPR — all in an appropriate format for the classroom. Bio-Rad makes scientific discovery accessible.

 Visit the BioRad Website

 @BioRadEducation

Zombie Apocalypse! (disease-spread modeling)

Jeff Lukens (T3 Instructor - Retired Biology Teacher) and Michelle Grooms

Texas Instruments


Be part of a zombie apocalypse! Learn about disease-spread modeling using simulations and fun story lines about a zombie outbreak. Applicable for middle school and high school, this workshop is sure to scare you and your little zombies with its exciting Hollywood themes used to engage students in learning science!

About TI

For 30 years, Texas Instruments has been an active member of classrooms around the world, empowering teachers and inspiring students to succeed in mathematics.

 https://education.ti.com/en/resources/science

 @jefflukens0613
 @Mlg5791

STEAM Education: Master in Teacher Leadership

Kristin Cook (Associate Dean and Science Educator) and Jessica Ivy

Bellarmine University


Join the Master of Arts in Education—Teacher Leadership in STEAM Education program at Bellarmine University! You can begin the degree in summer and be ready for the fall with STEAM lessons and units that will inspire your students virtually or on-site. If you already have your master’s degree, you can take the four STEAM cognate courses as a non-degree student and begin in any semester! Applicants seeking a Teacher Leadership rank change (Rank I, in Kentucky) must submit a copy of their state-approved teaching certificate.

Literature, Phenomenon, and Developing Models...How Can We Connect Them for All Learner?

Nancy Karre (Science Curriculum Developer) and Steve Barry

Cereal City Science, Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center


“Read alouds”, self-sustained reading, meaning making, explaining ideas as learning progresses, constructing explanations, and relevance is at the core of all learning. This session will engage participants in making connections among three-dimensional learning and the importance of a phenomenon that is connected to the literature they are reading and writing, as well as, the collaborative conversations they are engaged in. Through a seamless connection across the literacy and science disciplines, Cereal City Science provides the opportunity for students to become engaged in relevant science and literacy.

About Cereal City Science

Cereal City Science by Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center develops K-8 Science Units aligned with the NGSS Topics. The program includes a complete curriculum, Professional Learning, and support throughout implementation.

 https://www.cerealcityscience.org

 @cerealcitysci

Vendor Showcase #2 | Saturday, February 27 -- 10:35-11:35am EST

The Genetics and Bioethics of Opioid Addiction and Treatment!

Tamica Stubbs (Curriculum and Training Specialist) and Aaron Kallas

Bio-Rad Explorers


Recently, the opioid epidemic has exploded in the U.S. In this session, participants will learn how to genotype and statistically analyze fictional patient samples based on their rs1800497 DRD2/ANKK1 SNP status. Using evidence from simulated PCR products, they will predict addiction risks for opioid abuse in several patients. and assess the statistical value of their combined data sets. Participants will also learn to parse out opioid addiction science as it relates to topics such as phenotype/genotype relationships, DNA structure and function, cell communication, gene expression, biotechnology and bioethics in their lessons.

About Bio-Rad Explorers

For over 20 years, the Bio-Rad Explorer program has collaborated with educators, researchers, and industry leaders to bring innovative educational kits and state-of-the-art equipment and reagents into classrooms around the world. Our hands-on laboratory activities prepare your students with foundational skills and expand their experience with cutting edge techniques like CRISPR — all in an appropriate format for the classroom. Bio-Rad makes scientific discovery accessible.

 Visit the BioRad Website

 @BioRadEducation

Using Maggots, Flies, and Flesh to Solve a Mystery!

Jeff Lukens (T3 Instructor - Retired Biology Teacher) and Michelle Grooms (Education Technology Consultant)

Texas Instruments


A decomposing corpse is found in a field. Four possible missing persons fit the description. But who is it? Using clues near the scene will help determine identity. Forensic anthropologist Diane France helped to develop this free middle school and high school forensic science lesson.

About TI

For 30 years, Texas Instruments has been an active member of classrooms around the world, empowering teachers and inspiring students to succeed in mathematics.

 https://education.ti.com/en/resources/science

 @jefflukens0613
 @Mlg5791

Providing opportunities for student choice while simplifying grading

Angela Marksberry (Teacher, North Middle School) and Charity Staudenraus

Inq-ITS by Apprendis


Join us as we explore scaffolded investigations in order to provide opportunities for student choice. This will be a guided discussion that asks teachers to deeply discuss what it takes to create, scaffold, and assess investigations with student choice. We will dig into the skills necessary for students to both control their trials and target their independent variable. Teachers will walk away with a concrete understanding, investigations, and resources they can use to help students succeed.

About Inq-ITS by Apprendis

Inq-ITS is a science learning platform with NGSS-aligned simulations across science content areas. Students show what they know and educators get real-time, actionable data to inform whole class instruction or one-on-one support.

 https://www.inqits.com/

 @InqIts

STEAM Education: Master in Teacher Leadership

Kristin Cook (Associate Dean and Science Educator) and Jessica Ivy

Bellarmine University


Join the Master of Arts in Education—Teacher Leadership in STEAM Education program at Bellarmine University! You can begin the degree in summer and be ready for the fall with STEAM lessons and units that will inspire your students virtually or on-site. If you already have your master’s degree, you can take the four STEAM cognate courses as a non-degree student and begin in any semester! Applicants seeking a Teacher Leadership rank change (Rank I, in Kentucky) must submit a copy of their state-approved teaching certificate.

What do 94% of kids have in common? Learn how to Break Barriers, Expand Equity and Engage Struggling Students using Game-Based Learning

Joselyn Whetzel (Director of District Partnership)
Legends of Learning


Come experience how standards-aligned games can transform your classroom by increasing test scores, improving content comprehension and student engagement. We will explore how to use games to help students solve real world problems and engage them in scientific conversations and exploration. Integrate game-based learning into your curriculum to give your students the superpower of knowledge!

About Legends of Learning

Legends of Learning creates standards-aligned digital games for K-8th grade math and science. In our study with Vanderbilt University, students had higher levels of engagement, increased test scores, and faster comprehension of content. Use Legends of Learning to integrate an exciting game-based learning platform into your curriculum to give your students the superpower of knowledge!

 https://www.legendsoflearning.com/

 @legendlearning

Cereal City Science and The Third Dimension

Nancy Karre (Science Curriculum Developer) and Steve Barry

Cereal City Science, Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center


How does Cereal City Science weave the Crosscutting Concepts into lessons and professional development? Experience what Cereal City Science curriculum developers have learned and discovered about Crosscutting Concepts, their importance to three-dimensional learning and scientific literacy. How far have we come since the days of the three stranded rope? Participants explore how crosscutting concepts can provide a lens that helps learners focus on phenomenon in a very targeted and powerful way. They can initiate questions that lead to wise selections of context and use of Science and Engineering Practices. They become more powerful with use and practice and connect across multiple contexts and disciplines serving as a three-dimensional glue. The use of CCCs deepens the understanding of science as an internally consistent, unified enterprise.

About Cereal City Science

Cereal City Science by Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center develops K-8 Science Units aligned with the NGSS Topics. The program includes a complete curriculum, Professional Learning, and support throughout implementation.

 https://www.cerealcityscience.org

 @cerealcitysci

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