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NSTA Reno Area Conference

10-11-2018  - 10-13-2018Reno

2018 National Science Teachers Association Reno Area Conference

Reno-Sparks Convention Center

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Workshops in room A13

Thursday Friday Saturday

8:00-9:00 AM Under the Influence: 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.

12:30-1:30 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 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, as well as active and passive transport across cell membranes.

9:30-10:30 AM 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.

9:30-10:30 AM Dynamic DNA: More Than Just As, Ts, Gs, and Cs 

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, Ts, Gs and Cs) that encodes proteins, and as a 3.2 billion base-pair genome. Analyze the β-globin gene to discover the anatomy of a gene.

2:00-3:00 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!

11:00 AM-12:00 PM 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 and Infection Panorama illustrates how antibodies work to block the influenza infection cycle.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM Using Models to Uncover Student 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 much more with three-dimensional teaching and learning manipulatives! Make learner thinking visible through student-centered simulations of dissociation and neutralization. Great formative assessment probes provided!

3:30-4:30 PM 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.


12:30-1:30 PM “Going with the Flow” of Genetic Information 

Guide your students in the development and use of models as tools for “making sense” of phenomena. Learn how to help your students “think with models” to explain the cellular processes of transcription and translation as they relate to a genome sequencing molecular story. Handouts provided!