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2018 NSTA STEM Forum and Expo

07-11-2018  - 07-13-2018Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

2018 National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum and Expo

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Stop by our exhibit booths 945 and 947 for mini demonstrations of our customers' favorite products. Be sure to take advantage of show specials, sign up for our newsletter and register for a chance to win our drawing.

All workshops in room 103A



Using Models to Uncover Student Misconceptions in Chemistry
9:30 - 10:30 AM

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!

Middle School Matters: Modeling Phases with Magnetic Water Molecules
9:30 - 10:30 AM

Engage your students in three-dimensional learning by modeling the chemical and physical properties of water using magnetic water molecules. Construct physical representations of the three phases of water to explain water density anomalies. Help your students visualize how water molecules interact with sodium chloride to dissolve salt crystals. Handouts provided!

The Process of Science: Modeling How Science Develops
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How do we learn about things we cannot see? Explore innovative 3D models that foster student knowledge about the process of discovery and how scientists learn about things they often cannot directly perceive. Use reverse engineering and tangram puzzles that encourage understanding about the ever-changing world of science.

5 E’sy Ways to Investigate Enzymes
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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!

“Going with the Flow” of Genetic Information
1:30 - 2:30 PM

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!

Constructing and Crossing Cell Membranes
1:30 - 2:30 PM

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 and active and passive transport across cell membranes.

Attract Students to Water Concepts with Magnetic Water Molecule Models
3:00 - 4:00 PM

Engage students by modeling chemical and physical properties of water using hands-on/ minds-on magnetic water molecules. Experiment with liquids to enhance model-based understanding of real-world phenomena. Explore common water phenomena such as density, solubility, cohesion and adhesion. Evaluate student understanding as they create and communicate their own 2D models.

Dynamic DNA: Exploring DNA Structure and Function with Physical Models
3:00 - 4:00 PM

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.