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NSTA New Orleans Area Conference

11-30-2017  - 12-02-2017Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

2017 National Science Teachers Association New Orleans Area Conference

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
901 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

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All workshops in room 264


9:30 - 10:30 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.

9:30 - 10:30 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.

9:30 - 10:30 AM: Cells as Protein Engineers

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

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

ENGAGE students in investigating enzyme structure/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.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Of All the Nerve: Exploring Neuronal Communication Through Three-Dimensional Learning

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.


12:30 - 1:30 PM: Getting Students Through the Cellular 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.

12:30 - 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 - 3:00 PM: The Science and Ethics of Genome 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/function of this protein with restriction enzymes, zinc finger nucleases, and TALEN proteins.