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Workshop Schedule



  • 1000-1150, S. Schmidt, Where Have All the Fish Gone? An Exploration of Impervious Surfaces (15 max, $15) Explore the effects of impervious surfaces on Wisconsin fish species. Build a model that compares run off rates as water moves to a lake basin. 


  • 1300-1450, J.Hoekstra, Discovery and Delight (50 max, $0) Discover and delight your students with active STEAM projects integrated with Wisconsin PBS Learning Media resources. Return to your classroom with everything you need to get started!


  • 1400-1550, N. Filiziti, (Re)discover Project Learning Tree! (15 max, $0) We will investigate PLT’s new “Explore Your Environment” guide, giving special attention to NGSS connections at the 3rd-8th grade level. Participants receive a FREE book!


  • 1400-1550, A. Fassler, What's In the Trunk? An Elephant Conservation Expedition (24 max, $0) Track ivory poachers by matching ivory DNA to a database in this MiniOne elephant conservation lab. All electrophoresis equipment and reagents provided by MiniOne. 


  • 1500-1550, A. Gillian-Daniel, Nanogenerator Power: Sustainable Energy from Motion (100 max, $0) Participants will build a low-cost device that converts kinetic energy into electrical energy and learn how these devices are sustainable energy sources.



  • 1000-1150, G. Bisbee, Plants, Ecology, and Conservation (40 max, $5) I have taught this plant-based course on ecology and conservation for 14 years and would like to share my favorite materials and activities. 


  • 1000-1150, T. Herman, Introducing CRISPR Science into an Existing Curriculum (40 max, $0) This session will explore CRISPR Science and suggest ways to integrate it into existing curriculum in a way that builds on what you already teach. 


  • 1400-1550, J. Lukens, The Cardinal Rule of STEM: Make Science and Math Mutualistic! (30 max, $0) Integrating science and mathematics shouldn’t just be a good idea—it should be the law! Come learn how easy, important, and fun it is to collect and analyze data as a part of good, solid, and responsible STEM education.


  • 1400-1550, P. Arndt, Teaching Human Evolution: Tackle it HEAD ON! (36 max, $0) This hands-on session will transform your students into a human paleontologist taking measurements on replicas of primate/early hominid skulls to construct a human evolution cladogram (evogram). 


  • 1400-1550, E. Fong, Ditch the Dish and Kick the Ice Bucket with Classroom-Friendly Bacterial Transformation! (40 max, $0) Reduce your prep and integrate technology to take the mess and stress out of transformation with the Let it Glow™ Bacterial Transformation MiniLab.


  • 1400-1550, K. Biernat, 3-2-1 LAUNCH! (25 max, $0) In this FREE hands-on workshop, build a model rocket, learn the basics of launching and connect with free lessons to make your rocket unit soar!



  • 0900-1050, H. Masters, Electricity and Environmental Literacy Encounters (25 max, $0) Come and experience an electricity and environmental literacy unit we developed for fourth graders. We will share how the fourth graders responded to each lesson.


  • 0900-1050, C. Hatfield, The Case of the Missing Babysitter--An Experience in the Science of Criminal Investigation (25 max, $10) School science often lacks reality. This classroom-tested unit places middle school students in the middle of a criminal investigation using scientific inquiry, standard lab procedures, technological resources, organizational skills, and good discipline. 


  • 0900-1150, R. Stowe, Centering High School Chemistry Class on Making Sense of Phenomena (30 max, $0) Workshop exploring how students might be supported in making sense of observable events in terms of molecular behavior. 


  • 0900-1150, K. Van Hoeck, Storylining in Biology Courses: Figuring Out Over Learning About! (50 max, $0) Storylines led by engaging phenomena improve student engagement. An overview of the Illinois Biology Storylines being used across the country will be provided.

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