Association of Science Teachers

Let's Make Time for Science

Halifax West High School
Friday, October 27, 2017

Conference Highlights

NSTU policy prohibits onsite registration.  All attendees MUST pre-register.

Registration is online only.

Sessions 9:00 - 2:30, Exhibit Hall in Lower Cafeteria
Annual General Meeting & Election of Officers - 2:45 p.m. - Library

Conference Schedule, Friday, October 27, 2017

Full Day Session
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Break
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Lunch
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

 

First Aid
8:15 AM - 3:30 PM

Break
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Lunch
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Full Morning Session
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Break:
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Session 1:
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break:
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Session 2:
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Lunch:
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Session 3:
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Annual General Meeting
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM in the Library

Site Details:

  • The conference will be held at Halifax West High School, 283 Thomas Raddall Drive, Clayton Park, NS, B3S 1R1.
  • Driving directions - from outside of Halifax/Dartmouth - take the Bicentennial Highway (Hwy 102) and take exit 2A - Bayers Lake, Lacewood Drive.  At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto Lacewood Drive (toward the Future Inn, Home Depot, etc.).  At your third set of lights - (with Parkland Dr on your left and Regency Park Dr on your right) turn right onto Regency Park Drive.  Near the end of this street, turn left onto Thomas Radall Drive.  Halifax West High School is on the left.
  • Driving directions - from within HRM - drive to Lacewood Drive.  Turn onto Regency Park Drive (near Swiss Chalet, Smitty's, etc.).  Near the end of this street turn left onto Thomas Radall Dr, Halifax West is on your left.
  • Parking -  We have limited on-site parking.  Due to the nature of many of the workshops, the AST conference must be held at a large high school with a variety of science and computer labs.  We often have 800+ participants, plus presenters and exhibitors.  No school in Nova Scotia has enough parking for 1000 people.  However, you may park along Parkland or Thomas Raddall Drive. We will have student volunteers outside helping with parking on the day of the conference.  If you are staying at the Future Inn you may want to walk - it is a short distance and this will allow you to avoid the congested parking area.  Please carpool if possible.  Please note that parking is NOT available at Soccer Nova Scotia.

Registration Contact:

James Parsons
Chair AST Conference 2015
Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre & Academy
astconference@nstu.ca

Accommodations

Chateau Bedford
133 Kearney Lake Road
Halifax
1-800-565-3086

Rate:  $109.00 (parking and breakfast included)

Conference Rates:

Conference Fee:  $100.00
Substitutes / Students / Retirees: $45.00
First Aid - $35.00

Lunch is provided as a courtesy.  When registering please indicate whether or not you will be attending.

Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options will be available; however, we will not be able to accommodate any other dietary requirements/requests due to limitations from our food service provider.

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii):
receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Workshops:

Full Day (8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

1101      First Aid & CPR Training (All Grades).
Please note this session will run from 8:15am-3:30pm (60 Maximum)
Louanne Cooper -St. John Ambulance 
First Aid & CPR Training - Emergency First Aid and CPR Level A training  
Class Schedule

  • 8:15-10am training
  • 10-10:15 break
  • 10:15-12 training
  • 12-12:30 lunch
  • 12:30-3:30 training

1102    Peggy’s Cove Unravelled:  Granites of Nova Scotia (grade 4-12)
*Please note that this full day session will run from 9am-4pm  (30 Maximum)

Jennifer Bates, Nikole Bingham-Koslowski, Lynn Dafoe, and Anne Marie Ryan  - Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop Committee, Atlantic Geoscience Society
Peggy’s Cove is an iconic Nova Scotia landscape - white rock, blue ocean, boulders precariously perched on nearby hills.  How do these fit into NS’s geological history?  Attendees of the session will learn about the geology that underpins this dramatic topography.   The morning session at Halifax West School will include presentations and hands-on activities.  After lunch, we’ll board a bus for a field trip to nearby sites, including Peggy’s Cove, to observe different types of NS granite and understand the deep-history of how the rocks formed in an ancient paleo-environment. 
Professional geologists will make the presentations and lead the field trip.   The workshop will run 9 am to 4 pm.
Resource package:  Book “Geology of Nova Scotia: Touring Through Time at 42 Scenic Sites”, book “Four Billion Years and Counting: Canada’s Geological Heritage”; NS EdGEO CD of activities, brochure “Nova Scotia Rocks” and “Nova Scotia Pebbles”, geological map “Nova Scotia Geological Highway Map”, and various printed educational materials.
For the field trip, you will need a backpack, rugged (non-slip sole) footwear for walking on uneven, slippery and likely wet terrain (be prepared that your footwear will get wet), pen or pencil for making notes, and extra water if you will need it.   Sandals or open-toed shoes are NOT appropriate or safe to wear in the field.   Please wear footwear that is suitable.  Please remember to bring a sun hat and sunscreen for a sunny day, and a warm and waterproof jacket with a hood (or a hat), in case the weather is cool and/or rainy.  You may wish to bring your camera, since there will be opportunities for photography.  Transportation will be by bus or van.

Full Morning  (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon)

1002     Below Zero-Canadian Wildlife Federation (All Grades)
Sue Penney - Education Coordinator, NS Dept. Of Natural Resources
Where do dragonflies go when the snow flies? What keeps wood frogs from croaking in winter? How do polar bears find cold comfort in Arctic climes? Put on your long-johns and join us on an amazing sub-zero safari into the winter world of wildlife.
Below Zero is an educational program designed to promote understanding of wildlife under winter conditions. Developed by Canadian Wildlife Federation, it features 46 complete lesson plans that can each be adapted for any age, grade or subject.  (30 Maximum)

Session 1 (9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.)

1001 Virtual Reality in the Classroom (Grades 4-12)
Mario Eleftheros -Technology Integration Leader(HRSB)
We will start with a brief overview of various virtual reality tools that are currently available to teachers before digging deeper into CoSpaces.io; VR creation software for students. Find out how your students can create VR worlds to tell stories, demonstrate their learning, apply coding skills, and more! CoSpaces works with Chromebooks and tablets. This is a great tool for VR where students are not just consumers of information but producers as well.  (30 Maximum)

1004     Life in the Marine Biome (Grades 6, 7 and 11)
Andrew Hebda and Liz Spence - Museum Naturalists, Nova Scotia Museum
This workshop will help teachers better understand, and teach about, Nova Scotia’s rocky shore, the diversity of organisms living there, and interconnections among those organisms. Teachers will interact with real specimens, participate in hands on activities they can replicate, as well as explore information and visual content through a new online resource based on the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History’s marine aquariums. Resources and activities explored will be useful for many different grades, including biology 11 and grade 6/7 science outcomes.  (30 Maximum)

1005 Discovery Centre Science in the Centre (All Grades)
Tyson Wagner and Meghan Borland -Science Educators, The Discovery Centre
Here’s your chance to take part in Discovery Centre’s hands-on minds-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) centred workshops. In this 75 minute session you will be building, making, and problem solving just like students in Discovery Centre’s Science in the Centre workshops. Try a sampling of our Innovation Lab activities and learn how this and other exhibit galleries connect with your curriculum. Come be part of the centre’s new experiences and classic fun. Take away ideas that will infuse STEAM into your classrooms.  (30 Maximum)

1006 Meeting Outcomes Outside with Wild Child Forest School (Grades P-6)
Heidi Verheul -Wild Child Program Coordinator, Sierra Club Canada Foundation
We will be going outside for this session.Please dress for the weather (including proper footwear for playing and warm layers). Yes, we will go out even if it is raining.
Come play with the Wild Child Forest School leaders as we explore, play, and share with you resources, strategies, tips & tricks for taking your classroom outside and meeting curriculum outcomes. Let's get out of the box and into a hands-on, getting dirty, going outside, having fun, play session.  (30 maximum)

1008 STEM Discrepant Events with Flinn! (Grades 8-12)
James Palcik - VP & General Manager, Flinn Scientific Canada Inc.
Flinn Scientific Canada presents “Discrepant Events for the Secondary Classroom”. This is a hands-on session involving some really neat and useful scientific inquiry activities that will motivate your students and engage them in the study of various science topics. ALL MATERIALS SUPPLIED BY FLINN SCIENTIFIC for this session. Teachers will be participating in at least four different lab activities during this session. Come with an open mind and leave with some fantastic ways to enrich your existing science program! This is a must-attend session for all teachers.   (30 maximum)

1009 Constellations in Your Classroom (All Grades)
Svetlana Barkanova – Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland
A sky on a clear night can be one of the most fascinating natural sights, especially if you can recognize the constellations. There are several ways to bring the night sky into your classroom, such as enticing student interest with the constellation-related mythology, explaining the role of the Zodiac, employing free planetarium software such as Stellarium and constructing the Kepler Star Wheels. Depending on grade and on how much time you have in your classroom, the Kepler Star Wheel activity can be connected to NASA’s Kepler Mission searching for Earth-like exoplanets and the theory of planetary formation. The Kepler Star Wheels and other related materials will be provided.  (30 maximum)

1010 Google Forms, Flubaroo and AutoCrat (Grades 10-12)
Wes LeBlanc -Chemistry Teacher,  HRSB
Google Apps for Education offers a quick and powerful way to assess students. Google Forms when coupled with AutoCrat can not only collect student responses but with some fairly straightforward work in Google Sheets, student work can be marked, corrected and returned to students immediately upon submission. The assessment can be personalized/differentiated to meet individual needs and feedback can be emailed directly to students. In this session we will demonstrate the creation and use of Google Forms, Flubaroo and AutoCrat. Participants will leave with resources to create their own materials for immediate use.  (30 maximum)

1013 Projects with Scratch (All Grades)
Michael Wilson – Teacher, SRSB
We will be looking at ways that we can integrate Scratch coding into projects you may already be doing in the science classroom. Through code we can have students create games, interactive stories, or hands on manipulatives which enhance their learning of other science outcomes. Bring your creativity!  (24 Maximum)

1014 Benefits of a Whole food, Plant-Based Diet (All Grades)
Allan Turner – Principal, South Shore Regional School Board
"If that's all that a healthy plant-based diet can do- reverse the number one killer of men and women- shouldn't that be the default diet until proven otherwise?" (Dr. Michael Greger, author of "How Not To Die," 2016).
Quite possibly the most prevalent thought by those who have adopted whole-food, plant-based diet and a vegan lifestyle is, "Why didn't I do it sooner?" Why is it that the knowledge of something so profound yet so simplistic is not embraced more universally? This workshop will examine these presenters' personal journeys toward adopting a whole food, plant-based diet, initial concerns that were presented as obstacles to overcome, and finally ways to live a healthier lifestyle with more awareness and compassion. Participants will leave with helpful resources to further demonstrate the benefits of following a whole food, plant-based diet and perhaps even support their own personal journeys toward this lifestyle.   (30 maximum)

1015 Connecting STEM to the real world - using Hockey (Grades 5-8)
Swara Narayanan - Senior Implementation Manager, EverFi
Make STEM more exciting for your students by connecting it to the real world and sports.
Future Goals - Hockey Scholar is a web-based program that uses the game of hockey to teach foundational math and science concepts for students in Grades 5-7 (in English and French). Science topics include: application of force and friction on the ice, states of matter, potential and kinetic energy in the game of hockey.
This resource is available to all schools in Nova Scotia at no cost thanks to the financial support of the NHL, the NHL Player's Association, and the Ottawa Senators.
This session will provide an overview of the resource, steps to get started and implementation tips.  (30 maximum)

1017 Enhancing Science with data sensors (Grades 4-10)
Nancy Chisholm ­- IT Consultant (Retired)
Science classrooms are exciting places, with students doing activities to enhance their learning. These activities and experiments can be made more effective with the use of data sensors which allow students to gather information in real time and analyze their results. Teachers will have a chance to see the equipment demonstrated, and will be given several activities to take back to their classrooms. Some of the new equipment from PASCO will also be showcased in this session.  (30 maximum)

1018 Birch bark - An integrated lesson on indigenous knowledge and science (Grades 10-12)
Matthias Bierenstiel - Associate Professor, Cape Breton University
Natural products provide an excellent source of organic compounds that can be used for medical applications. For example, salicylic acid, more prominent in its acetylated form in aspirin, found in willow tree bark has been used for centuries as pain medication, or the anti-cancer drug taxol that was found in the Pacific yew tree.
This session provides information about organic compounds found in birch bark that have been used for centuries by the Mi'kmaq people for the treatment of skin conditions. This knowledge is captured in traditional stories and events preserved in the oral history of Elders and the community. An oil is obtained in a dry distillation/torrefaction process and mixed in soap and animal fats for skin ointments. Chemistry and microbiology is used as applied science for analysis of the oil and improvement of processing. It was found that the this birch bark-oil has wide ranging antibiotic properties. The presenters have received Canada Institute of Health Research funding in studying birch bark-oil and will include in this presentation their approaches of Two Eyed Seeing, working with indigenous communities, and applied science.
There will also be a handout for an integrated lab for high school use.  (30 maximum)

1019 Hands-On Science : Learning By Doing (Grades 6-8)
Robert Davies – Teacher, AVRSB

During this session participants will be involved in multiple hands-on activities that have been tried and tested in the classroom.
Introduction
Ice Cream - The Best Way to Introduce Endothermic Reactions
Dragon Genetics
Science demos that the students love and the English teachers are guaranteed to hate!  (15 maximum)

1020 Vinyasa Yoga Flow (All Grades)
Shelley Walsh - Yoga Teacher, SSRSB
Join me for a yoga flow designed to open up the shoulders, neck, hips and low back. Please bring your own mat if you have one and remember to dress comfortably.  (30 maximum)

1022 Science Fair (All Grades)
Kim Frenette -Teacher/CERSF Chair, CCRSB
Members of Chignecto East Regional Science Fair committee would like to introduce new teachers to how to do a science fair and also introduce as a basic level of use Science Fair in a Box.  (30 maximum)

1023 Improving your students' data literacy (Grades 7-12)
Michael Bowen - Associate Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University
Using examples from our NSTA Press book on Data Literacy we will help teacher participants develop a framework for dealing with data that improves organization and analysis. Students often have considerable difficulty learning how to interpret graphs and then, if doing lab investigations, have difficulty deciding what type of graph to use to represent their data. This often happens because they do not have a good understanding of different types of variables and how these relate to the type of graph you would choose to use. This presentation/workshop will provide an overview of the different data types and the graphs used to represent them. Participants will engage in a structured series of simple activities, previously used by the presenter in his own middle- school classroom, designed to reinforce understanding of these data-graph relationships so that participants themselves (and then their students) can learn about different types of variables and the appropriate graph to use to represent those different variables. Teachers will leave understanding a simple framework to help organize their thinking about data that will improve both its organization and analysis.  (30 Maximum)

1024 Integrating Google tools in your classroom and helping you organize. (All Grades)
Karla O'Leary – Vice Principal, CCRSB
GNSPES is not just for emails, There are tools we can use for organization and planning for our students and ourselves. For example Google Keep is a simple organizational tool that teachers can use but can also be used for student planning and gathering of resources, basics of Google calendar. New resources are appearing in Google Docs we will demonstrate some for you.Google Maps has a great potential that teachers can use with their classes to create citizen science.have yet explore. The presentation is geared for for the beginners, but there will be video links for participants who bring headphones and are prepared to work on their own.   (30 Maximum)

1025 No tech STEM/STEAM on a budget (Grades 3-8)
Tracy Langille-MacKinnon - Elementary Teacher, CCRSB
Looking for a no tech way to do STEM/STEAM activities with your students. I will take you through a variety of activities that will promote creativity, innovation, communication and problem-solving with your students. These activities also lead to discussions about growth mindset.   (30 Maximum)

1029  Makerspace 101:  From Physical to Virtual (All Grades)
Byron Butt - Instructional Coach: Technology, South Shore Regional School Board

Join in on the conversation around the development and use of makerspaces. As schools begin to embrace the idea of makerspaces, how can we incorporate science lessons into such a space. A thoughtful conversation on the uses of technology (from the latest VR such as Oculus Rift to as simple as a box of straws). Student engagement in both the physical and virtual world of science. Have some tech to share? Bring it along! Some gadgets will be available to try out. Try it before you buy it!

Session 2 (10:45-12:00)

2001 Virtual Reality in the Classroom (Grades 4-12)
See 1001 for session description. (30 Maximum)
 

2002 Engineering Fun: Ask me anything (All Grades)
Rosalie Hanlon, P.Eng.- Outreach Officer, Engineers Nova Scotia
Hands-on learning, put theory into practice. Applicable to all grades and science-related learning outcomes.
Engineers aren't what you may expect, you may not realize how we impact your daily life. You may also not realize how much fun we can make learning be. Engineers put science into action, in this session you will experience some of the hands-on activities we have created and delivered or classes from grades 1-12.  (30 Maximum)

2003 Robots in Nova Scotia Schools (Grades 4-12)
Gary Walsh –Director, Acadia Robotics
In this modern age of Digital Technology, Schools are the main avenue for preparing the youth of Nova Scotia for the careers and challenges of tomorrow.
This session tells you all about Acadia Robotics, which annually hosts the Robot Programming Competitions. You will learn how to administer and coach a school or community team, on its way to a Workshop, a Qualifying Event, and hopefully the Provincial Championships at Acadia University in February/March.
The robot programming competitions at Acadia University focus on small, affordable LEGO®️ MIMDSTORMS robots that perform autonomously after being programmed. This Session will provide Teachers and Mentors with information, tools, and funding options available to introducing their students to the world of Robotics.
Then just watch them soar as they develop and select individual techniques and strategies, to accomplish a Team Goal – While having Fun!
The students only need your time. It is technology at its best …. The Students do the rest!  (30 Maximum)

2005 Above and Beyond: Discovery Centre’s new immersive dome (All Grades)
Tyson Wagner  and Meghan Borland -Science Educators, The Discovery Centre
The Discovery Centre has a brand new portable planetarium with features that are truly out of this world. Join us to learn how this planetarium can inspire your students, meet outcomes, and travel all over the province. By attending you will receive free educational resources and a tour through the cosmos in our new state-of-the-art planetarium. Additionally, the New Discovery Centre houses Atlantic Canada’s first immersive digital dome theater - come see how your class can benefit.  (23 Maximum)

2006 Meeting Outcomes Outside with Wild Child Forest School (Grades P-6)
See 1006 for session description.  (30 Maximum)

2007 Conserving Panda Population: One Hormone Test Design at a Time (Grades 10-12)
Lucie Xa - Inside Sales, BioRad 
Come and put your immunology and reproductive endocrinology systems knowledge basics to the test as you engineer a hormone detection system that can be utilized for Giant Panda Population Conservation efforts. (30 maximum)

2008 Lab Safety 101 with Flinn! (All Grades)
Patricia Gora- Atlantic Sales Consultant, Flinn Scientific Canada Inc.
This is a must-attend session for new teachers and experienced teachers alike who are concerned about lab safety and who want to increase their awareness of hazards in the science lab. Flinn Scientific Canada will be providing FREE resources to all who attend this session. Many topics will be covered including Duty of Care, How to Deal with Chemical Spills, Fires, Floods, Accidental Injury and more topics related to overall Lab Safety. Bring your questions and experiences in the classroom to interact with a trained, Flinn-certified facilitator at this session. Again, this is highly recommended session for science teachers and there will be FREE safety resources provided to assist all participants. Come and see what it takes to become Flinn Safety certified!  (30 maximum)

2009 Constellations in Your Classroom (All Grades)
See 1009 for session description. (30 maximum)

2010 Google Forms, Flubaroo and AutoCrat (Grades 10-12)
See 1010 for session description. (30 maximum)

2011 Teaching Energy Efficiency and the link Curriculum Outcomes in the classroom in Nova Scotia (All Grades)
Olga Lucia Torres - Project Manager, Thinkwell Shift
Green Schools Nova Scotia is an initiative from Efficiency Nova Scotia, that works with teachers, children and the school community to teach them how to use the Energy Efficiently to promote sustainability across schools in Nova Scotia. We do this by visiting schools and teach lessons that are linked to curriculum outcomes. Green Schools Nova Scotia is available to all schools across the province and any school can join Green Schools.
In this session we will share with the participants the list of resources, activities and support packages that we have available. We will look at them closely and how they link to curriculum outcomes, facilitating lesson planning and activities for teachers. We will answer questions about our visits, what we offer and the support that we offer free to any school across the province.  (30 maximum)

2013 Projects with Scratch (All Grades)
See 1013 for session description. (24 Maximum)

2014 Benefits of a Whole food, Plant-Based Diet (All Grades)
See 1014 for session description. (30 maximum)

2015 Connecting STEM to the real world - using Hockey (Grades 5-8)
See 1015 for session description. (30 maximum)

2016     Journey 2050 (Grades 7-9)
Dawn Barrington-Hodgson - Agriculture Education Liaison, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual simulation that explores world food sustainability. Using an inquiry based approach the program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale. The students experience the lives of three farm families in Kenya, India, and Canada.
As the student interacts with each family they learn the role of best management practices in feeding the world, reducing environmental impacts and in improving social performance through greater access to education, medical care and community infrastructure. Our Journey to feeding the world has started. Join us.  (30 maximum)

2019  Hands-On Science : Learning By Doing (Grades 6-8)
See 1019 for session description. (15 maximum)

2020 Vinyasa Yoga Flow (All Grades)
See 1020 for session description. (30 maximum)

2021 Is this Compound for Real? An Augmented Reality Intro to Chemical Compounds (Grade 10)
Tara Cormier - Science Dept Head, Prince Andrew High School, HRSB
Are you looking to give your grade ten science students an opportunity to use their cell phones for good instead of evil? This 21st century session will engage participants in an activity using a free app and 4D Element cubes to introduce chemical reactions. It's a whole new way of interactive learning that increases the cool factor over typical worksheets. Participants will leave with a ready made lesson and maybe a few other technology based tidbits along the way. Tip #1 - Download Elements 4D by DAQRI from the App Store or Google Play on your mobile device in advance. Access to Google Apps for Education would also be beneficial!  (30 maximum)

2022 Science Fair (All Grades)
See 1022 for session description. (30 maximum)

2023 Involving students with Big Data: Introducing Students to Data Sampling and Analysis (Grades 6-12)
Michael Bowen - Associate Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University
Using examples from the new NSTA Press book "Big Data, Small Devices" teachers will learn how to involve students with "Big Data" experiences by sampling from on-line government data sets. Teachers will get to work in groups sampling from different data sets and then will report back to everyone else about the experience. Example worksheets from the book will be presented and these will provide a framework for teachers to design their own activities.  (30 Maximum)

2025  No tech STEM/STEAM on a budget (Grades 3-8)
See 1025 for session description. (30 Maximum)

2027 Yoga (All Grades)
Leah Roop – Teacher, CCRSB
A gentle yoga class for all levels focused on moving your body and practicing some mindfulness techniques that will help you in your classroom and beyond.  (30 Maximum)

2028  The Story of a Graph and other Practical Literacy Strategies to Support the Learning of Science (Grades 4-12)
Cheryl MacDougall - ELA/SS teacher, Former Literacy Mentor, SRSB
Make the invisible visible! To support the learning of science, this session will include a variety of cross-curricular literacy strategies such deconstructing graphics (graphs, charts, maps) and visual images by explicit reference to reading comprehension strategies. Also, literacy strategies (current research) that support learning academic vocabulary will also be part of this workshop. Teachers will leave with handouts of the session as well as the Google slideshow.

2029  Makerspace 101:  From Physical to Virtual (All Grades)
See 1029 for description

2030  Teaching Science with Virtual and Augment Reality (Grades 3-12)
Bruce Miller – Teacher, SRSB

This session will focus on how virtual reality and augmented reality can be used to help teach science concepts. We will explore how cellphones, VR goggles, and Google’s Expeditions app can be used to explore a variety of concepts (from astronomy to ecosystems), and we will play around with an augmented reality sandbox, which could be useful for teaching geographic and weathering concepts.

2031  Transitioning to the New You
Betty-Jean Aucoin, NSTU Executive Staff Officer

Who cares, should You?  Teachers often go above and beyond supporting others, but often neglect their own needs.   This session will support participants in establishing a work life balance to ensure that they have energy and time to devote to their professional and personal lives.  If you are looking for strategies on how to say no, create boundaries to protect your personal time and learn strategies work smarter not harder, then this session is for you.

Session 3 (1:15-2:30)

3003 Robots in Nova Scotia Schools (Grades 4-12)
See 2003 for session description. (30 Maximum)

3006 Meeting Outcomes Outside with Wild Child Forest School (Grades P-6)
See 1006 for session description. (30 Maximum)

3007 Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Investigation (Grade 11)
Lucie Xa - Inside Sales, BioRad
Do your students think that plants only conduct photosynthesis and only animals conduct cellular respiration? This investigation can help you break through this misconception. Students will explore photosynthesis and cellular respiration simultaneously using easy to handle algae beads and a simple colorimetric assay.
The skills gained in this hands on workshop will provide the confidence for teachers to immediately address the concepts of photosynthesis and cellular respiration as reactions that exist and co-exist in plants. The myth behind cellular respiration occurring in plants will be dispelled with this workshop, allowing teachers to easily show both processes and their relationship to each other.  (30 maximum)

3012 Marsh Monsters and Wetland Critters - Incorporating outdoor education into your classroom (Grades 4-6)
Chloe Kennedy - Education Specialist, Ducks Unlimited Canada
In this session, you will learn simple and hands-on strategies for engaging your students around wetland education. We will turn marshes and swamps from "yuck" to "wow" through informative and engaging classroom resources, easy-to-access materials and curriculum alignments. Join us to learn about how you can bring the wonder of wetlands to your classroom!  (30 maximum)

3013 Projects with Scratch (All Grades)
See 1013 for session description.  (24 Maximum)

3014 Benefits of a Whole food, Plant-Based Diet (All Grades)
See 1014 for session description. (30 maximum)

3015 Connecting STEM to the real world - using Hockey (Grades 5-8)
See 1015 for session description. (30 maximum)

3017     Microsoft Office Tips and Tricks (All Grades)
Nancy Chisholm ­- IT Consultant (Retired)
We use MS Office every day, creating presentations and tests. Our students produce reports and projects. However, we barely scratch the surface!
Have you: -used the “Magic Teacher Tab”?
-used equation tools?
-worked with graphics, images and charts?
-animated PowerPoint items?
If you would like to get more out of one of our most basic software tools, this workshop may be for you! NOTE: Demonstrations will be done with MS Office 2003, but information about using MS Office 2007 and 2010 will be provided.  (30 maximum)

3019 Hands-On Science : Learning By Doing (Grades 6-8)
 See 1019 for session description. (15 maximum)

3023 What the National Science Teachers Association Offers For Elementary Science Teachers (Grades P-8)
Gabe Kraljavec - NSTA District XVIII Representative, National Science Teachers Association 
This session will describe the various resources -- for PD, curriculum ideas, magazines, books, curriculum resources, blogs, activities, etc -- that are available from NSTA for elementary teachers. It will provide samples of these resources to teachers for them to keep (and others just to look at), provide a demonstration of the "Learning Center" online, and will allow the teachers to ask questions they may have to the two presenters.  (30 Maximum)

3025 No tech STEM/STEAM on a budget (Grades 3-8)
See 1025 for session description.  (30 Maximum)

3026 Flipping your class (All Grades)
Lauchie MacKinnon – Resource Teacher, CCRSB
Exploring ways to flip or blend the classroom is a new concept in education. We hope to introduce you to the concept provide an opportunity to see the tools and to use some of them. We hope to provide you with a recipe that will allow you to integrate technology within your own classroom and provide links to some of the best places that will show you how. It should be noted you need some technical skills to start implementing this process but none to come and to hear about how were doing it.  (30 Maximum)

3027 Yoga (All Grades)
See 2027 for session description.   (30 maximum)

3028  The Story of a Graph and other Practical Literacy Strategies to Support the Learning of Science (Grades 4-12)
See 2028 for description

3030  Teaching Science with Virtual and Augment Reality (Grades 3-12)
See 2030 for description

3031  Public School Program:  Secondary Level Education Consultation (All Grades)
Andrew Clarey and Jane Berrigan, AST Executive Members
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