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2017 NSTA STEM Forum and Expo

07-12-2017  - 07-14-2017Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Kissimmee, Florida

2017 National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum and Expo

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Kissimmee, Florida

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Stop by our exhibit booths 407 and 409 for mini demonstrations of our customers' favorite kits and models and our latest products! Be sure to take advantage of show specials, sign up for our newsletter and register for a chance to win our drawing.

Workshops (all workshops are in room Osceola 1)



9:30 AM Keep Your Head Above Water with Magnetic Water Molecule Models

ENGAGE students by modeling chemical and physical properties of water using hands-on, minds-on magnetic water molecules. EXPLORE common water phenomena such as density, erosion and weathering. EXPLAIN the phases of water, density and solubility. ELABORATE on the water cycle and its impact on the ecosystem. EVALUATE student learning with models.

8:00 AM Take a Walk Through the Molecular World with Watercolor Landscapes

Use vibrant watercolor landscapes to explore the molecular world in the cellular context within which proteins function. David Goodsell’s Tour of the Human Cell Panorama traces the production and secretion of antibodies. His new Flu Fight: Immunity & Infection Panorama illustrates how antibodies work to block the influenza infection cycle.

11:00 AM Enzymes! Breaking It Down and Building It Up

ENGAGE your students in investigating enzyme structure/function using multiple modeling strategies. EXPLORE and EXPLAIN catabolism, anabolism, competitive and noncompetitive inhibition with hands-on, minds-on instructional materials. ELABORATE on insecticide inhibition at an enzyme active site resulting in unintended consequences.  EVALUATE student learning with an enzyme molecular story. Handouts provided!

9:30 AM Students Modeling the Molecular World

Explore interactive instructional materials and different kinds of student-centered, three-dimensional modeling programs that introduce basic concepts of protein structure and function and their relevance to current research. These programs, which include training in computer visualization software and 3D-protein model design, can be used inside or outside your classroom.

1:30 PM Cells as Protein Engineers

Developing and using models is identified as an important NGSS science and engineering practice. Participants in this workshop will use hands-on, minds-on materials to model the cellular processes of DNA replication, transcription and translation. Handouts and information on borrowing kits from a university model lending library program will be provided.

11:00 AM Blending Modeling and Storytelling to Engage Students in Science/Engineering Practices

Explore science and engineering practices with stories and hands-on modeling. Combine physical tangram sets and a tale about the Nintendo Empire to encourage collaboration and discuss how scientific models evolve. A black box activity demonstrates how scientists gather data to explain phenomena and design and build models to test hypotheses.

3:00 PM DNA Structure and Function with a Twist of CRISPR

Explore a variety of hands-on, minds-on instructional materials that introduce students to DNA as a double-stranded helical molecule, as information (a sequence of As and Ts and Gs and Cs) that encodes proteins, and as a 3.2 billion base-pair genome that can now be edited with CRISPR/Cas9 technology.  

1:30 PM Getting Students Through the Cellular Membrane

Support three-dimensional learning with materials that engage your students in an exploration of the unique chemical and physical properties of water and the membranes that separate cells from their surrounding environment. Construct a model to explain diffusion, osmosis and active and passive transport of molecules across the cell membrane.