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April 7th 

UMaine Hutchinson Center

Belfast

8am - 4pm

Time Location Presenter Session information
8:30 Registration & Exhibitors
9:00 Session 1
Patricia Waters & Renee Leask, St. Joseph’s College Accessing Science Content: Digital Books are Easy!
This presentation will highlight barriers students face in accessing and learning content from traditional science texts and solutions that digital books provide to these challenges. Presenters will explain and demonstrate how digital books can be created using free, readily available programs. Access to helpful resources and multiple examples will be provided.
Science and Literacy in the K-8 Classroom: Grades 3-5, College, Pre-Service
Mary Cerullo, Friends of Casco Bay City Fish, Country Fish
We’ll use science trade books for children and hands-on activities to explore the ocean's diversity, comparing the adaptations of cold-water fishes in the Gulf of Maine to the tropical fishes of coral reefs. We will also discuss how climate change threatens the survival of the inhabitants of each region.
Science and Literacy in the K-8 Classroom: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, Informal, Environmental, Life
Molly Schauffler, University of Maine Hutchinson Center & RiSE Center From Dataset to Data Story **** Double Session 1 & 2 (attend both)
Once students have a table of data, chances are good that many of them won’t be sure of how to proceed with turning the data in to evidence as part of an investigation. In this workshop we’ll work with technology tools and strategies for engaging students all the way from dataset to data story. This deep dive will move through the process of turning data into evidence while engaging meaningfully in Practices 4, 5, and 7. Bring computers.

Using Technology to Elevate Engagement in the Science in the Classroom: Middle school, High school, Pre-Service, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Environmental, Life, Engineering, STEM

From “Learning About” to “Figuring Out:” Leading the Shift to Three Dimensional Teaching and Learning **** Double Session 1 & 2 (attend both)
Kate Cook Whitt, Thomas College From “Learning About” to “Figuring Out:” Leading the Shift to Three Dimensional Teaching and Learning **** Double Session 1 & 2 (attend both)
Come learn about the shifts from “learning about” to “figuring out” as outlined in the Framework and NGSS. Hear how ME teacher leaders are applying their learning about the major shifts in their classrooms. Develop plans for how you might be able to lead the change initiative in your school!

Teachers as a Catalyst for Change: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, College, Pre-Service, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Environmental, Life, STEM, Administrator
Laurie Haines, Lewiston High School & Timothy Surrette, University of Maine Augusta Measuring Carbon Inside and Out
We will introduce Project Learning Tree’s Forest Inventory Growth (FIG) protocol for measuring a stand of trees. Data collection by students is uploaded to the FIG website and is tracked and analyzed year after year. This will be supported by the new PLT teacher resource e-unit, “Carbon & Climate.”
Science and Literacy in the K-8 Classroom: Middle school, High school, Pre-Service, Environmental, STEM
Anita Bernhardt, York School District, Curriculum Director Framework for K-12 Science Education - Understanding the flexibility of NGSS
Struggling to implement the NGSS standards? Frustrated that they seem too constraining? NGSS are intended to provide guidelines for integrating the content, practices, and crosscutting concepts identified in the Framework for K-12 Science Education. They are intended to give both guidance about the learning targets and provide flexibility for learning. Come dig into the Framework for K-12 Science Education and see how you can be more flexible in your district’s efforts to meet the NGSS standards and work to shift to them from your current practice.
Download the the Framework for K-12 Science Education BEFORE you come to the session.
Teachers as a catalyst for change: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, College, Pre-Service, Informal, Administrator
Edward Cormier, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Seaperch, An underwater ROV
A workshop on the history and success of Seaperch in the classroom. Seaperch is a remotely operated vehicle made from common household materials and basic tools. Over the course of a 12-15 hour project your students will hit the STEM milestones for 6-8th grade. This is a proven program with a regional and national competition opportunity.
Using Technology to Elevate Engagement in the Science in the Classroom: Middle school, High school, Engineering, STEM
Anica Miller-Rushing, University of Maine "Talk Science" Focus Group
Classroom teachers, don’t miss an opportunity to enhance ongoing research while participating in a modeled “Talk Science” conversation. Share your experiences in and desire for professional development and other learning experiences while seeing ways you might use “Talk Science” techniques in your classroom. Return with renewed confidence in your role as an ongoing learner and as a classroom facilitator.
Teachers as a catalyst for change: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, College, Pre-Service, Informal, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Environmental, Life, Engineering, STEM, Administrator
Lydia MacDonald & Kyleigh Roberts, University of Maine Farmington The Interactive Earth: Teaching Earth Science
In this session, we will present a sample Earth Science unit plan that could be used in any 3rd-5th grade classroom. Our goal is to teach Earth Science in a fun and interactive way. We will be leading participants through some of our hands-on activities that we believe will help students dispel common misconceptions that surround Earth Science.
Science and Literacy in the K-8 Classroom: Grades 3-5, Pre-Service, Informal, Earth/Space
10:00 Break
10:15 Session 2
Nicole Hewes, Troy Central School/RSU #3 Bees, Trees, and Spontaneity: Wonder and Inquiry in the Primary Grades
How can we use inquiry as a tool for growing students’ knowledge and curiosity about the natural world? This session will feature sample projects conducted in 2nd grade and offer ideas and resources for creating your own inquiry-based projects and bringing students’ wonders into the heart of the classroom.
Science and Literacy in the K-8 Classroom: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Environmental, STEM
Molly Schauffler, University of Maine Hutchinson Center & RiSE Center From Dataset to Data Story **** Double Session 1 & 2 (attend both)
Once students have a table of data, chances are good that many of them won’t be sure of how to proceed with turning the data in to evidence as part of an investigation. In this workshop we’ll work with technology tools and strategies for engaging students all the way from dataset to data story. This deep dive will move through the process of turning data into evidence while engaging meaningfully in Practices 4, 5, and 7. Bring computers.
Using Technology to Elevate Engagement in the Science in the Classroom: Middle school, High school, Pre-Service, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Environmental, Life, Engineering, STEM
From “Learning About” to “Figuring Out:” Leading the Shift to Three Dimensional Teaching and Learning **** Double Session 1 & 2 (attend both)
Mike Weiss, Yarmouth High School Bring the Ocean into Your Classroom While Enhancing STEM Instruction: Density-Driven Ocean Circulation
Use the Ocean to explain density with Density-Driven Ocean Circulation. Complete lesson/lab as developed by the Maury Project in cooperation with the American Meteorological Society and the US Navy. We will work through the application just as it could be done in your classroom. Perform an engaging investigation, and take home lesson guides.
Using Technology to Elevate Engagement in the Science in the Classroom: Middle school, High school, Earth/Space, Environmental, STEM
Katie Coppens, Falmouth Middle School Creative Writing in Science: Activities that Inspire
NSTA Press's author of "Creative Writing in Science: Activities that Inspire" will show you how to Integrate writing and science to better assess students’ understanding. Discover strategies to help students demonstrate their scientific knowledge through poetry, plays, and prose.
Science and Literacy in the K-8 Classroom: Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, Pre-Service, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Environmental, Life
Kate Cook Whitt, Thomas College From “Learning About” to “Figuring Out:” Leading the Shift to Three Dimensional Teaching and Learning **** Double Session 1 & 2 (attend both)
Come learn about the shifts from “learning about” to “figuring out” as outlined in the Framework and NGSS. Hear how ME teacher leaders are applying their learning about the major shifts in their classrooms. Develop plans for how you might be able to lead the change initiative in your school!
Teachers as a Catalyst for Change: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, College, Pre-Service, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Environmental, Life, STEM, Administrator
Tom Bickford and Ben Goff, Maine Robotics Learning to be Creative, the Power of Robotics!
Everyone loves the feeling of being creative, but not everyone has learned the process. With robotics you get to start with nothing and within minutes or hours have a fully functioning creation that came from you. Learn how that looks in the classroom.
Using Technology to Elevate Engagement in the Science in the Classroom: Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, Informal, Engineering, STEM, Computer Science/Programming
Keith Kelley, Sebasticook/Somerset Valley Middle School Print the world... 3D printing in the classroom
How to use 3D Printing projects to teach students XYZ axis, Design Process and Project based learning. Learn how to use Thingiverse, Tynkercad, and Sketchup to allow students to build and print their own projects.
Using Technology to Elevate Engagement in the Science in the Classroom: Middle school, High school
Tom Keller, Maine Math and Science Alliance Teachers leading at the school, district, state and national levels - what are concrete actions you must take?
We will hear from Maine teacher leaders at the school level (Diana Allen), district level (Margo Murphy), state level (Shari Templeton and Diana Allen) and national level (Margo Murphy and Doug Hodum). They will address the question - what are concrete actions you must take? and then take your questions.
Teachers as a catalyst for change: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, Pre-Service
Brett Pierce, Meridian Stories & Piper Dumont, Wolfe’s Neck Education Center The Soil is Alive!
The soil is alive! But what does that mean? Meridian Stories is teaming up with Wolfe’s Neck Center’s Regenerative Farm Observatory and Network to challenge middle school students to investigate the health of their soil and contribute to the Network’s database. Explore the frontier of Regenerative Farming.
Science and Literacy in the K-8 classroom: Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, Earth/Space, Environmental, STEM
11:15 Cafe Lunch
12:30 Auditorium Gathering in the Auditorium ~ Awards, Updates
1:15 Session 3
Patricia Waters and April Benak, St. Joseph’s College Building a STEM Pipeline: Pre-Service Teachers’ Service-Learning Reflections
This presentation will explore how service learning can be used to build a k-16 STEM pipeline. The highlighted project pairs Saint Joseph’s College with the Riverton Elementary School community for a unique partnership with an emphasis on increasing student engagement and performance in STEM disciplines. SJC Elementary Ed majors teach 5 stand-along science lessons as part of a commercially-produced inquiry curriculum while teaching in a culturally diverse urban environment. Pre-service teachers will share their reflections on the experience while best practices for community partnerships in STEM education will be shared.
Teachers as a catalyst for change: Grades 3-5, College, Pre-Service
Perrin Chick, Maine Math and Science Alliance Fostering STEM Identity in Your Classroom
How can you take the content you’re already using in your classroom and use questions, both yours and your students, to help them guide their own learning? Giving youth voice and choice in their learning leads to youth pursuing STEM careers. You will learn several new strategies that can be used in your classroom to foster engagement and learning with young people. Participants will get new resources to support developing these strategies in many science content areas.
Teachers as a catalyst for change: Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, Informal, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Environmental, Life, Engineering, STEM
Kimberly Ridley, Children’s Non-Fiction Science Author Inciting Wonder: Engaging Students With Science-Based Literacy Activities
Wonder motivates learning. Join the award-winning author of The Secret Pool and other nonfiction science books to learn hands-on activities that integrate place-based science and literacy to spark curiosity and engage students. Participants will play with science writing prompts they can use with students and receive resource-packed handouts. Participants should bring notebooks and writing utensil with them.
Science and Literacy in the K-8 classroom: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5
Marina Van der Eb, University of Maine and Patsy Adams, MSAD #11 Integrating Engineering Design and 3D Printers into Your Current Lessons and Activities
The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education at the University of Maine will share a protocol that was used by PK-12 science and mathematics teachers to identify areas within existing curricula where engineering design and 3D printing can be added. NGSS-aligned lessons were selected where the addition of these elements would support improved student understanding and create an engaging three-dimensional learning experience for all students. Once lessons were identified for enhancement, a structured, collaborative, lesson development process was used to add these elements. The modified lessons were piloted and evaluated.
In this session, we will share both the process and the middle-level Earth science, middle-level physical science, high-school Earth science and high-school physics lessons that have been enhanced to include engineering design and 3D printing. Work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #DRL0962805 and the Perloff Family Foundation.
Using Technology to Elevate Engagement in the Science in the Classroom: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, College, Pre-Service, Informal, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Environmental, Life, Engineering, STEM, Administrator
John Dietter and Hilary Flagg, Camden-Rockport Middle School Literacy and Project Based Learning: Case Study of an Interdisciplinary Science, Art. and Language Arts Project
“Learning How To See,” a Project Based Learning (PBL) case study, with a focus on the literacy aspect of the project: a formal piece of science writing in Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) format. Co-presented by language arts, science, art, and Sped teachers
Science and Literacy in the K-8 classroom: Grades 3-5, Middle school, Earth/Space, Environmental, Life, STEM
Kate Cook Whitt, Thomas College Step it Up with STEAM: Integrating Science and Literacy through STEAM Learning Experiences
In this session, Thomas College pre-service teachers will introduce participants to STEAM Curriculum and Design, with a specific emphasis on integrating science and literacy. Participants will learn about STEAM by engaging in interactive experiences, examining examples of projects, and engaging in planning their own projects.
Science and Literacy in the K-8 classroom: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, Pre-Service, STEM
Sophie Manning, Nicholas Minor and Kayla Tremblay, University of Maine Farmington
Using Virtual Reality (VR) in the Classroom with a Focus on Clouds
Students from the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) researched, created a lesson, and reflected on the use of virtual reality programs in the classroom, and the advantages and/or disadvantages. The lesson, aimed at third through fifth grade looks at the different types of clouds, and how they relate to each other.
Using Technology to Elevate Engagement in the Science in the Classroom: Grades 3-5, Pre-Service, Informal, Earth/Space, STEM
2:30 Session 4
Mike Weiss, Yarmouth High School Bring the Ocean into Your Classroom While Enhancing STEM Instruction: Wind-Driven Ocean Circulation
Learn about how to use Maury Project Module on Wind-Driven Ocean Circulation to bring a physical oceanography topic into your classroom while also enhancing STEM instruction. Immerse your students in learning about surface currents, ocean gyres, and global ocean circulation. Watch a demonstration, perform an investigation, and take home lesson guides.
Using Technology to Elevate Engagement in the Science in the Classroom: Middle school, High school, Earth/Space, Environmental, STEM
Cynthia Nye and Bill McWeeney, Loranger Memorial School Findings from the Field: A Middle School Journal of Scientific Research
Experience strategies that prepare students to share work in the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s journal of student scientific research. We will share examples of student work, model lessons designed to deepen learning through writing, and demonstrate how students can participate in authentic peer review. Acquire tools to help grow a community of student scientists and prepare students to publish their own research.
Science and Literacy in the K-8 classroom: Middle school, Environmental
Karen Fream, Maine STEM Partnership Teacher Consultants and Jennifer Gregg, AOS #93 Inquiry Through Productive Talk
Participants will learn about the effectiveness of inquiry based discussions and will become familiar with a series of Productive Talk Moves. These strategic moves will enhance and deepen understanding for students and teachers. Be prepared for a hands on experience and to walk away with a lesson you can try with your class in Science as well as other content areas.
Presented by Jennifer Gregg, Grade 3 Teacher Great Salt Bay Community School, Damariscotta &
Maine STEM Partnership Teacher Consultant and Karen Fream, Instructional Coach, East End Community School, Portland and Maine STEM Partnership Teacher Consultant
Science and Literacy in the K-8 classroom: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, College, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Environmental, Life, Engineering, STEM
Alyson Saunders, Dexter Regional High School/AOS #94 Keys to open doors to STEM beyond the classroom?
Join a High School Biology teacher and learn how she has become the go to resource in her school for helping students identify extra learning opportunities existing all around the state of Maine. She’s helped students interested in engineering find connections at the the university level, supported students interested in ecology with finding local programs to expand their skills, and fostered interest in stem competitions beyond the classroom. Teachers will learn how simple it can be to help students, and other educators, discover the great stuff that is already out there. Learn strategies that work to open new doors and the value it brings back to your students and school. Participants learn how to access Maine’s online “STEM Resource Bank” and become leaders in promoting high-quality STEM learning experiences beyond the classroom.
Teachers as a catalyst for change: Middle school, High school, Informal, Administrator
Sierra Kenkel, Springworks Farm Nurturing STEM Skills Through Aquaponics
Perfect for students at all levels, Microfarms make learning critical STEM skills both fun and inspiring by giving students a truly hands-on experience with the life process. Microfarms are now in over 50 schools across the country teaching photosynthesis, water chemistry, nutrient cycling, and more!
Using Technology to Elevate Engagement in the Science in the Classroom: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, Chemistry, Environmental, Engineering, STEM
3:30 Auditorium Raffle and Closing
4:00 Heading home!

















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