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2019 NSTA National Conference

04-11-2019  - 04-14-2019America's Center Convention Complex, St. Louis

2019 National Science Teachers Association Conference

America's Center Convention Complex

  • Three-Dimensional Modeling, Instruction and Assessment
  • Content Knowledge
  • Show Specials
  • Booth and Workshop Raffles


Thursday, April 11 Room 106 Friday, April 12 Room 106 Saturday, April 13 Room 106

8:00 - 9:30 AM
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 the unique chemical and physical properties of water and the phospholipid bilayer that separates cells from their surrounding environment. Construct a model to explain diffusion, osmosis, active and passive transport across cell membranes.

12:00 - 1:30 PM
Modeling Proteins, Enzymes and How Water Drives Structure and Function

Investigate enzyme structure/function and the role water plays in protein folding using 5E instructional design. Engage students with molecular phenomena by exploring and explaining the properties of water and enzyme structure and function using hands-on/minds-on materials. Elaborate and evaluate with an insecticide enzyme inhibition model.

10:00 - 11:30 AM
“Going with the Flow” of Genetic Information

Explore the cellular processes of DNA replication, transcription and translation using hands-on/minds-on manipulatives that support NGSS three dimensions, most notably the science and engineering practice of developing and using models. Analyze the β-globin gene to discover the anatomy of a gene. Handouts and information on a model lending library provided!

10:00 - 11:30 AM
A Visual Journey through the Human Cell Using 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 Flu Fight: Immunity & Infection Panorama illustrates how antibodies work to block the influenza infection cycle.

2:00 - 3:30 PM
Dynamic DNA—One Model to Teach Them All

Explore a new, atomically-accurate model of double-helical DNA that can be untwisted into the familiar two-dimensional ladder and separated into two single strands to model the processes of replication and transcription! Engage students with manipulatives that allow them to convert deoxyribose to ribose sugars and generate the universal currency of energy, ATP.

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

Uncover students’ conceptual understanding of atoms, molecules and compounds using NGSS Science and Engineering Modeling Practices. Explore chemistry topics in polarity, pH, density, solubility, bonding and more with three-dimensional teaching and manipulative magnetic water molecules. Make learner-thinking visible through student-centered simulations of dissociation and neutralization. Great formative assessment probes provided!  

12:00 - 1:30 PM
Touch a Nerve with Hands-On Modeling of Neuronal Communication

Engage students by exploring response to neuronal stimuli by incorporating three-dimensional learning and hands-on/minds-on models. 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.

Thursday, April 11 Room 230

4:00 - 5:30 PM     NEW!
A Microscopic to Molecular Perspective in Modeling Chromosomes

Give your students a hands-on, minds-on modeling opportunity to make the connection between chromosomes at the microscopic and molecular scales. This workshop introduces a new way to investigate independent assortment, segregation, crossing over and other mechanisms that contribute to genetic variation during cell division. Handouts provided!

4:00 - 5:30 PM
Middle School Matters: Modeling with Magnetic Water Molecules

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

2:00 - 3:30 PM     NEW!
Genome Editing with CRISPR: Connections to What You Already Teach

The development of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology is revolutionizing the biological sciences. Explore physical models of this technology that will engage your students in a deeper understanding of foundational concepts of biology, and further your discussion of ethical issues associated with editing the human genome.