2017 National Conference in Los Angeles

For anyone who attended a workshop with us at NSTA or who want to take a look at the activities that were performed, downloads are available below for most workshops.

NSTA 2017 Workshops & Handouts Schedule

Thanks to all who attended. We were grateful for all of the positive interactions we had and the invaluable feedback we received.

Click on a workshop to view the files that are available for download.

Thursday 3/30

Room #405

Description:

What can light emissions tell you about atomic structure? How can a solution’s color teach you about concentration and reaction rates? In this hands-on workshop with the Wireless Spectrometer you will perform spectrometry experiments including light source emission studies and colored solutions analysis

NGSS: DCI LS1.C, PS1.A, PS1.B, PS4.A; SEP Developing and Using Models, Analyzing and interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking; CC Patterns, Cause and Effect

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What is pH and why is the scale 0-14? Help students develop an understanding of the logarithmic pH scale by creating serial dilutions in this hands-on workshop. Using the Wireless pH Sensor and universal indicator, your students will be able to analyze and visualize what pH actually means and measures!

NGSS: DCI PS1.A, SEP Developing and using models; Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking; CC Patterns, Scale, Proportional and Quantity

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How can you tell when a reaction is complete? Why doesn’t more reactant always lead to more product? Help students develop a better understanding of stoichiometry and limiting reactants through this hands-on activity using household chemicals and a Wireless Pressure Sensor.

NGSS: DCI PS1.A, PS1.B; SEP Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking.

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How can you clear up student misconceptions about respiration only occurring in the dark, or that only green light is used for photosynthesis? With data! Collect data on plant pigments, light reactions, and carbon cycling to create a better conceptual model that students can synthesize for complete understanding of photosynthesis.

NGSS: DCI LS1.C, LS2.B, PS3.D: 

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Can your students tell the difference between coefficients and subscripts? Do they know when they need more of an atom in a compound, or more of the compound itself? Help your students understand the important differences by using the Molecular Model Kit to actually build molecules and model chemical reactions!

NGSS: DCI PS1.A, PS1.B; SEP Developing and Using Models; CC Patterns, Energy and Matter.

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How can you make a global phenomenon tangible so students can better understand the local impacts of climate change? Through hands-on, sensor-based investigations we’ll monitor local CO2 levels, model ocean acidification, and use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to explore (and create) global data sets with FREE classroom-ready resources. 

NGSS: DCI ESS2.D, ESS3.D

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Room #407

Description:

Feeling overwhelmed by the idea of teaching programming to tech-savvy students? We have created curriculum and lesson plans just for you! We’ll cover teaching motion and introductory programming with classroom-scale robots and easy-to-use interactive curriculum. You’ll be programming within minutes and leave with confidence to lead your own robotics lessons.

NGSS: CC Patterns, Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation, Scale, Proportion and Quantity; DCI ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C; SEP Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions, Engaging in Argument from Evidence, Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information. 

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How can students visualize and better understand a molecular level process? We’ll use molecular models to simulate how information in DNA is expressed in the assembly of proteins from amino acids and conduct simple, hands-on activities to help students grasp the fundamentals of molecular biology and protein structure.

NGSS: DCI LS1.A, LS1.C 

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Do your students struggle to understand the relationship between momentum and impact forces? Real-time measurements of collisions can drive home the difference! Help students move beyond observation by designing a crash barrier to minimize the maximum collision force of a moving cart and improve your design based on data analysis.

NGSS: NGSS: CC Patterns, Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation, Scale, Proportion and Quantity; DCI ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C; SEP Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions, Engaging in Argument from Evidence, Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information. 

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How can metals “create” electricity? Can electricity drive a chemical reaction? Help your students understand the positives and negatives of electricity by creating batteries out of household items and measuring the voltage with a Wireless Voltage Sensor and use electrical energy from a commercial battery to electroplate a metal.

NGSS: DCI PS1.A, PS3.D; SEP Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Engaging in Argument from Evidence; CC Energy and Matter, Cause and Effect. 

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How can students understand circuits when they can’t “see” the phenomenon? And how can they move beyond the tangled wires when creating a circuit diagram? Get hands-on with new technology to discover a better way to teach circuits!

NGSS: CC Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles and Conservation; DCI PS3.A, PS3.B, PS3.D; SEP Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 

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What’s the difference between position, speed and velocity? By collecting data of a moving cart we’ll graph Distance vs. Speed and Position vs. Velocity to help students understand the motion of moving objects and the distinction between positive and negative position and velocity.

NGSS: CC Patterns, Systems and System Models; DCI PS2.A; SEP Developing and Using Models, Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

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Friday 3/31

Room #405

Description:

How can students understand the impact of human activity on natural systems? Help students understand this by creating a make-and-take model watershed system. With the Wireless pH Sensor you’ll monitor the effect of human activity on water as a “pollutant” is added to the system.

Giveaway: Wireless pH Sensor + Dongle (5) + Take home model watershed (tray/houses/bin)

NGSS Standards: DCI ESS3.A, ESS3.C; SEP Developing and Using Models, Analyzing and Interpreting Data; CC Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models 

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Are heat and temperature the same thing? What does temperature really measure? What is heat and how does it flow? This hands-on workshop with Wireless Temperature Sensors will provide you with effective new ways to open students’ minds to these core concepts central to physical science and chemistry.

NGSS: DCI PS3.B, SEP Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking; CC Energy and Matter, Stability and Change.

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How can you tell when a reaction is complete? Why doesn’t more reactant always lead to more product? Help students develop a better understanding of stoichiometry and limiting reactants through this hands-on activity using household chemicals and a Wireless Pressure Sensor.

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Description:

What can light emissions tell you about atomic structure? How can a solution’s color teach you about concentration and reaction rates? In this hands-on workshop with the Wireless Spectrometer you will perform spectrometry experiments including light source emission studies and colored solutions analysis.

NGSS: DCI LS1.C, PS1.A, PS1.B, PS4.A; SEP Developing and Using Models, Analyzing and interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking; CC Patterns, Cause and Effect.

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Do your students get lost in the procedure of an acid-base titration? Help them understand that the moles of acid equals moles of base and keep the content engaging and relevant by performing a titration of household antacids using the Wireless pH sensor!

NGSS: DCI PS1.A, PS1.B; SEP Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking; CC Patterns, Energy and Matter Data

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How can you clear up student misconceptions about respiration only occurring in the dark, or that only green light is used for photosynthesis? With data! Collect data on plant pigments, light reactions, and carbon cycling to create a better conceptual model that students can synthesize for complete understanding of photosynthesis.

NGSS: DCI LS1.C, LS2.B, PS3.D. 

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Room #407

Description:

How can students visualize and better understand a molecular level process? We’ll use molecular models to simulate how information in DNA is expressed in the assembly of proteins from amino acids and conduct simple, hands-on activities to help students grasp the fundamentals of molecular biology and protein structure.

NGSS: DCI LS1.A, LS1.C 

Workshop Materials

Description:

Feeling overwhelmed by the idea of teaching programming to tech-savvy students? We have created curriculum and lesson plans just for you! We’ll cover teaching motion and introductory programming with classroom-scale robots and easy-to-use interactive curriculum. You’ll be programming within minutes and leave with confidence to lead your own robotics lessons.

NGSS: CC Patterns, Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation, Scale, Proportion and Quantity; DCI ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C; SEP Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions, Engaging in Argument from Evidence, Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information. 

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How can you bring optics topics into focus? Your students will see optics principles come to life with optics lessons and activities from Essential Physics. We’ll cover properties of light, ray tracing, refraction, and digital images as you get hands-on with optics equipment to support required physics concepts.

NGSS: CC Patterns, Structure and Function; DCI PS4.A, PS4.B, PS4.C; SEP Developing and Using Models, Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

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How do musical instruments work? Why are some sounds musical and others are just noise? We’ll use both real and recorded instruments to investigate resonance, wavelength, interference, and all aspects of sound waves. Use the interactive Essential Physics curriculum to engage and excite your students about the physics of sound!

NGSS: CC Patterns, Structure and Function; DCI PS4.A, PS4.B, PS4.C; SEP Developing and Using Models, Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

How can students elicit meaning from thousands of data points to make evidence-based arguments? We’ll collect quality data, process and aggregate the results, and analyze data sets using descriptive statistics so you can help students apply math and scientific reasoning to make data-driven arguments and conduct inquiry.

NGSS: SEP Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking, Analyzing and Interpreting Data

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How were the pyramids built? How do gears work? Simple machines are an effective way to learn about forces in this hands-on exploration guaranteed to engage students. We will build several machines using pulleys, levers, and gears as we develop the principles of forces, work, energy, and machines.

NGSS: CC Patterns, Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models; DCI PS2.A, PS3.C; SEP Developing and Using Models, Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions. 

Some of the products you'll see at the booth and use in the workshops:

Essential Physics 2nd Edition

(EP-6321)

The physics book of the future! Animations, videos, interactive equations and simulations bring concepts to life for students in ways that text and static images simply cannot.

Modular Circuits for Essential Physics

(EM-3536)

Eliminate the mess of wires with this ideal system for learning basic circuits. This system has more components than the Basic Set and includes the sensors. It is also a component of the Essential Physics program.

Wireless Spectrometer

(PS-2600)

The Wireless Spectrometer connects to tablets and computers and measures intensity, absorbance, concentrations, transmittance and fluorescence. Ideal for Emission Spectra, kinetics investigations and Beer's Law.

Smart Cart (Red)

(ME-1240)

The New Smart Cart is the ultimate tool for your physics lab with built-in sensors that measure force, position, velocity, and 6 degrees of freedom in acceleration.

Wireless pH Sensor

(PS-3204)

The Wireless pH Sensor streams data directly to your computers, tablets, Chromebooks & smartphones. Far more accurate and effective than pH paper. More affordable than pH meters while boasting additional functionality.

Wireless Pressure Sensor

(PS-3203)

The Wireless Pressure Sensor collects and streams accurate measurements of gas pressure. Study the Ideal Gas Law, Boyle's Law, human lungs, vapor pressure and more. Also works as a barometer for studying transpiration.

ErgoBot with ErgoBoard Robotics

(EP-6473)

The ErgoBot and Arduino compatible ErgoBoard form a powerful but easy to use platform that works wirelessly with phones, tablets or computers.

Wireless Voltage Sensor

(PS-3211)

Easily measure voltage and explore electrochemical cells (batteries), Ohm's Law, Series and Parallel Circuits. Stream the data wirelessly to your computers, tablets, Chromebooks and smartphones.

Molecular Model Kit

(PS-3400)

An ideal set for introductory chemistry. All the components needed to create simple to complex molecules.

Essential Physics Forces and Machines Engineering Kit

(EP-6477)

Gears, levers and pulleys to engage students in a wide range of physics, physical science and engineering concepts. Combine them to show how rotating machines work!