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2018 NSTA National Conference

03-15-2018  - 03-18-2018Georgia World Congress Center

2018 National Science Teachers Association Conference

Georgia World Congress Center

285 Andrew Young Int'l Blvd NW, Atlanta GA, 30313

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All workshops in room B403




8:00 - 9:30 AM
DNA Structure and Function with a Twist of Dynamic DNA

Support three-dimensional learning with engaging instructional materials that introduce DNA as a double-stranded helical molecule and as information that encodes proteins. Physical models allow students to explore DNA structure and function. A paper bioinformatics exercise focuses on the beta subunit of hemoglobin and the sickle cell disease mutation.

10:00 - 11:30 AM
Going with the Flow of Genetic Information: Transcription and Translation 

Explore the cellular processes of DNA replication, transcription and translation using hands-on, minds-on instructional manipulatives that support the three dimensions of NGSS, most notably the science and engineering practice of developing and using models. Handouts and information on borrowing materials from a university model lending library program will be provided!

12:00 - 1:30 PM
5 E'sy Ways to Investigate Enzymes!

ENGAGE students in investigating enzyme structure and function using multiple modeling strategies. EXPLORE and EXPLAIN catabolism, anabolism and competitive/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!




12:00 - 1:30 PM
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.

2:00 - 3:30 PM
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.

4:00 - 5:30 PM
Get A Move On! Modeling Molecular Transport Across the Cell Membrane

Support three-dimensional learning with materials that engage your students in an exploration of rare 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.




8:00 - 9:30 AM
Of All the Nerve: Exploring Neuronal Communication through 3-D Learning

Engage students by incorporating three-dimensional learning and hands-on, minds-on models to explore response to neuronal stimuli. Construct a neuronal synapse model with sodium-potassium pump, calcium, sodium and potassium channels. Model resting and action potentials and neurotransmitter release. Develop explanations of ways drugs and toxins disturb neuronal communication. Handouts provided!

10:00 - 11:30 AM
The Science and Ethics of Genomic Editing with CRISPR/Cas9

The development of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology promises to revolutionize the biological sciences the same way that restriction endonucleases led to genetic engineering in the 1970s. Explore physical models of the Cas9 endonuclease and contrast the structure and function of this protein with restriction enzymes, zinc finger nucleases and TALEN proteins.

12:00 - 1:30 PM
Using Models to Uncover Student Misconceptions in Chemistry

Uncover students conceptual understanding of atoms, molecules, compounds and elements using NGSS modeling practices. Explore chemistry topics in polarity, pH, density, solubility, bonding and more with hands-on, minds-on manipulatives! Make learning-thinking visible through student-centered simulations of neutralization, water dissociation and dehydration synthesis reactions. Great formative assessment probes provided!