Association of Science Teachers

Making Time for Science

Halifax West High School
Friday, October 25, 2019


The registration deadline for this conference has been extended to October 19, 2019


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IMPORTANT UPDATE - CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
as of September 23rd at 6:45 p.m. 

The payment issue has been resolved and members can now fully register for conference.

Registration will open to NSTU webmail holders* only at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 23rd

Registration will open for Non-NSTU webmail holders at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 30th

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Conference Highlights

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

Registration is online only.

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:  jeparsons@nstu.ca

Conference Rates:

Conference Fee:  $100.00
Substitutes / Students / Retirees: $40.00
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 13 E. III.: receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

This conference offers a broad range of sessions ranging from grades primary through twelve and covering the many disciplines of science. Our theme for this year’s conference is Making Time for Science.

Conference Schedule
Friday, October 25, 2019

 

Sessions
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Exhibit Hall in
Lower Cafeteria

Annual General Meeting & Election of Officers
2:45 p.m. - Library

PLEASE NOTE:

First Aid
8:00 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

Lunch
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Full Morning Session
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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

 

Workshops:

Full Day Session 9:00 -2:30 (Unless indicated otherwise)
(Please read descriptions carefully as session times may vary and some sessions will take place at alternate locations)

1101 Emergency First Aid AED CPR A Training      (72 Maximum)
Louanne Cooper, St. John Ambulance   

***There is an additional fee of $35 for this full day session. Also, please note the early start and late finish times for this session.
EFA/CPA Schedule:
8:15am-10:00am- Training
10-10:15- Break
10:15-12:00pm-Training
12:00pm-12:30pm (1/2 hr max) - Lunch
12:30am-3:30- Training            

1102      Gold Mining in Nova Scotia: Environmental and Economic Impacts (Field Trip)    All Grades  (30 Maximum)
Nikole Bingham - Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada  

Gold mining has been practiced in Nova Scotia for over 150 years with new gold mines still being proposed today. Why is there gold in Nova Scotia? What are the environmental consequences of gold mining? Why is the Province of Nova Scotia putting millions of dollars into remediation of abandoned mines? What are current and proposed gold mines doing to protect the environment now and in the future? Why do we still need gold mines? Attendees of this session will learn about the history of gold mining in Nova Scotia, the impacts that mining has had (and continues to have) on the environment, how we study and remediate past gold mining operations and how this information is being used to protect the environment going forward.
The session will run the full day from 9 am to 4 pm and will start with an in-classroom introduction to the topic of gold mining in the province. After the morning coffee break, attendees will be driven to a local outcrop to observe the impact of local acid-generating rocks on infrastructure and city planning. Lunch will be back at Halifax West, after which we will head back out and visit Montague Gold Mines. Here we will discuss the history of the gold mine, observe some of the remaining infrastructure, and tour the historical tailings piles to understand why exactly remediation is important. We will then head back to Halifax West to close out the session. A resource package including “The Last Billion Years” (book), “Nova Scotia Geological Highway Map” (geological map), “Nova Scotia Rocks” (brochure), “Nova Scotia Pebbles” (brochure), “Geology of Green Cove” (brochure), as well as various printed educational materials will be provided to each participant.
Professional geologists will make the presentations and lead the field trip. The workshop will run 9 am to 4 pm.
For the field trip, you will need a backpack, rugged (non-slip sole) footwear for walking on uneven, possibly 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 hat) in case weather is cool and/or rainy. Transportation will be by bus or van.

1103 Environmental ED PD Day at Musquodoboit Natural Resources Education Center    All Grades   (75 Maximum)
Various presenters

This full day session is happening at Musquodoboit Natural Resources Education Center, NOT at Halifax West High School.  The day will include presentations from a variety of Environmental Education partners including Green Schools, Divert NS, Ducks unlimited and others. Sessions will run from 8:30-3:00 pm. Lunch will be provided on site.

1105 Environmental ED PD Day at Musquodoboit Natural Resources Education Center – PROJECT WET (30 Maximum)
Sue Penney, Project Wet Facilitator

This full day session is happening at Musquodoboit Natural Resources Education Center, NOT at Halifax West High School.  Back by popular demand Project Wet Canada is a fun, hands-on, inquiry learning based, water education program for K-12 students. Project Wet Canada is sponsored by the Canadian Water Resources Association. The day will include presentations from a variety of Environmental Education partners including Green Schools, Diver NS and others. Sessions will run from 8:30-3:00 pm. Lunch will be provided on site.

1106      Science Club:  STEM Challenges That Engage       Grades 4-9          (20 Maximum)
Rob Davies and friends - AVRCE

Science Club allows students to become engaged in hands-on science, develop problem solving skills, and have fun while doing so. This session is going to be composed of a series of hands on activities that we have used at West Hants Middle School.  And they actually work!  Bottle rockets, boat races, flinkers and much much more.  This session is all hands-on, all day!  We will wrap things up with a few exciting demos that kids love, and the teacher next door hates. 

Full Morning Session 9:00 -12:00

Participants who register for a full morning session are remined to also pick a presentation from the session 3 time slot.

1111 Creating Escape Rooms for High School Science Courses                     Grades 10-12     (30 Maximum)
Paul Warren & Jennifer Osmond, Teachers-AVRCE  

Escape rooms are becoming more popular in education and they do not have to be too time consuming to create.  During this session you will try to break free from a science escape room which will include a variety of challenges (ie. virtual reality, science demonstrations, puzzles, manipulates, etc.).  We will then explore how to develop digital escape rooms for your science courses using Google Sites and Google Forms.  Time will also be provided for you to start developing your own digital escape room to use with your students! You will need to bring a laptop or Chromebook to work on your digital escape room and any science resources needed to help build your digital escape room.         

1112      Ocean School in Your Classroom                             Grades 7-9          (30 Maximum)
Lucija Prelovec, Science Producer- Ocean School 

In this presentation, teachers will explore Ocean School’s immersive media and learn about the platform, its educational approach, and resources!            

1113      Young Computational Thinkers: Unplugged Coding in P-3             Grades P-3          (30 Maximum)
Lynn Fitzpatrick, Education Program Consultant - Let's Talk Science

Learn how skills related to understanding decomposition, abstraction, pattern recognition, and algorithmic thinking support the development of students’ computational thinking skills.       

1114      Memory Power:  Tips and Strategies to Train Your Brain and Help Your Students do the Same            All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Allan Turner - Retired teacher, SSRCE   
Have you ever forgotten the name of someone just after meeting him or her?  Do your students easily forget important information pertinent to their learning?  This full morning session will look at current research on learning and the brain, specifically in the area of memory.  Topics to cover will include, but will not be limited to the following:  brain anatomy, specifically parts of the brain crucial to learning and memory, tips and strategies to improve memory, using memory strategies to strengthen classroom learning and retention of important information, and ways to keep our brains healthy and functioning well. Much of what we know about brain anatomy and function has been learned from an important landmark case study.  Participants will examine the impact of this case study and what we have learned from it.  You should leave this session confident about exciting ways of how memory can be improved.

1115 Curriculum Renewal            Grades 7-9          (30 Maximum)
Sally Steeves - CCRCE, Teacher     
Using PBL and interdisciplinary teaching to implement the new grade 7 & 8 curriculum.                                

Session 1 (9:00-10:15)
Unless indicated otherwise all sessions have a 30 participant maximum

1002      Deeper and Deeper- Exploring Rocks and Minerals           Grade 4 and 7     (30 Maximum)
Kelly McBride, Programs Coordinator- Mining Matters   

This session is ideal for teachers in grade 4 and 7. Bring Earth Science to life for your students! Teachers will test the physical properties of minerals, learn clues to look for in rocks to determine how they were formed, gain an understanding of the three rock groups and explore the rock cycle through hands-on activities that can be reproduced in the classroom.            

1005 Teaching Science Language for Understanding             Grades 7-9     (30 Maximum)
Erin Robertson, Associate Professor - Cape Breton University

You might be surprised to discover on average, students experience a far greater introduction of new vocabulary with a science classroom than in a general English as an Additional Language (EAL) class. Additionally, the language of science can feel intimidating and complex for both youth and their teachers. In this session, participants will discuss the “integrated” language approach to science learning. With traditional vocabulary lists (the separation approach), specialized terms are treated as single units or words that are frequently taught through definition memorization and labelling activities directly. Within the integrated protocol, words are deconstructed into their most basic meaningful parts (morphemes) through modelling by the teacher as new vocabulary terms are introduced. The value of these approaches for teaching for science understanding and vocabulary building will be discussed within the current context of research. Teachers will leave the session with two units of work from the grade 8 curriculum that have had all key vocabulary terms deconstructed into their most basic parts. Don’t worry if even the thought of the term “morpheme” intimidates you. This session wont, all will be explained through hands on activities. You will have opportunity to learn how to develop this approach for science instruction within your own classroom.    

1006      Fish Friends and River Rangers                   Grades P-6          (30 Maximum)
Steve Angelidis, Educator - Sackville Rivers Association

We are with the Sackville Rivers Association. The SRA is a volunteer-based organization that has been working for over 30 years to restore and remediate the Sackville River watershed. SRA recognizes that education of future generations is key to achieving our goal. Toward that end, SRA offers two educational programs, River Rangers and Fish Friends, that we make available to metro area schools. We will outline both programs and share ideas on how teachers can use aquatic environments and organisms to study life cycles and habitats with their students. We will also discuss how the two programs can be used to foster environmental awareness and to promote a sense of stewardship and responsibility towards the natural world.        

1008      Personalized Group Work            Grades 10-12                    (30 Maximum)
Wes LeBlanc, Science Department Head - CPA (HRCE) 

The benefits of collaborative learning are well known, as are the drawbacks in terms of using it to assign grades.  In order to use work completed collaboratively students must be assessed on an individual basis but this can often raise the question as to whether the work submitted by the student is authentic and a true representation of their knowledge.  TO this end we will explore how Google Sheets, Docs and AutoCrat can be used to create randomized assessments that permit collaboration among students while promoting each students' completion of their own problem sets.  In a nut shell: group work but each student has a problem set that is individualized for them and we will show how to generate a master teacher copy for ease of marking.     

1009      Awesome Experiments to Keep Kids in Science   Grades 7-12                       (30 Maximum)
Craig Ecclestone, PASCO Product Specialist - AYVA Educational Solutions 

This session will examine some extraordinary activities to enlighten and energize your students, including:
1)      Investigating Electricity – End the confusion of messy wires and bring electricity circuit diagrams to life with Modular Circuits.  
2)      Investigating the human impact - Carbon Dioxide: What is it? Where is it? And what’s the big deal?
3)      Investigating Reactions – nothing much going on here, or is there?  Learn why sensors are indispensable tools for exploring chemical changes.

1010      Sorting it Out:  Waste Reduction, Recycling & Composting           Grades P-6          (30 Maximum)
Loren Horwich, Waste Resource Education Officer -Halifax Solid Waste Resources Department

Join HRM’s Waste Resource Education Officers for this fun and informative 60-minute session about the free educational services offered for your classroom! Help your students become recycling champions using science curriculum-aligned lesson plans, classroom presentations, and school garden composting education! These fun, interactive activities will teach youth about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. The presentation will also answer common questions around proper waste-sorting at school, offer signage resource materials, and provide opportunities to challenge students to be environmental leaders in their school.  

1011  The Science of Green Screen and Stop Motion Animation All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Mario Eleftheros, Technology Integration Leader HRCE

Come and learn how Green Screen and stop motion animation can support your science curriculum. Whether it's students sharing their learning, recreating a science concept or demonstrating their understanding of science outcomes then this session will take you through the steps to easily be able to use these tools in your classroom. There will be limited technology on hand but participants should come with any of the following; ipad with either Do Ink Green screen app ($4) or up to date iMovie app (free). For stop motion, a chromebook or a laptop with the Chrome browser.     

1013      Science on the Road with the Discovery Centre                  All Grades           (25 Maximum)
Jennifer Douglas, Science Educator - Discovery Centre

Enjoy a sampling of workshops we can bring to your school through our Science on the Road program! Explore a variety of curriculum connected workshops for grades P-12 including our portable planetarium!    

1016      Open Space: Science and Art Outreach for the Underrepresented Youth                Grades 7-12        (30 Maximum)
Svetlana Barkanova - Professor, Physics, Memorial University of Newfoundland 

Our universe is a dynamic, fascinating, and beautiful place. Yet, physics is sometimes perceived as being dry, irrelevant and lacking cultural engagement and creativity. To mitigate that perception, we are engaging two powerful partners: our physical universe and our local culture. The talk will describe a scientific and cultural outreach program we developed for youth in Western Newfoundland, especially rural youth, girls and Indigenous students, which offers activities featuring female and Indigenous role models, engage Indigenous story-telling, discuss a wide range of science-related career opportunities, and emphasise a diverse set of skills required in modern science. The participants will be provided with sample teaching resources.

1017      Fun with Apps                 All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Phil Goora – Teacher, HRCE  

Learn about some fun apps and accessories that you can use in your classroom with your cell phone and/or tablet.      

1019      Going Beyond your Classroom Walls       All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Karin Davidson-Taylor- Education Officer, Royal Botanical Gardens, Canada 
You want to offer your students some authentic experiences to enhance their learning, but it’s too far away, paperwork too time consuming or it's too costly? Why not bring the field trip to you? What if you and your students could connect with experts or other students globally to discover answers inspiring them (and you) to explore further? Interactive videoconferencing provides that type of connected learning experience. It engages and motivates students while encouraging them to explore less traditional sources of information to get a more global perspective. It encourages more diversified learning, while inspiring increased communication and collaboration.
Teachers will be introduced to the technology, where to find resources of experts and collaborations and how easily it can be incorporated to support and enhance their lessons.  During the presentation, Karin (and Danielle at Royal Botanical Gardens) will model how this technology can be used to engaging 21st Century learners while promoting environmental education; inspiring teachers to replicate this with their own students.   

1021      The Great Canadian Green Crab Hunt     Grades 7-12        (30 Maximum)
Colleen Anderson- Interpretation Officer, Parks Canada

Since 2010, Parks Canada has been working to control invasive European green crabs in estuaries at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside. In 2019, we enlisted the help of high school students to hunt for juvenile crabs on rocky beaches. Leading up to their Great Canadian Green Crab Hunt, I visited each class to prepare them for their visit to Kejimkujik Seaside. Using slides and costumed characters, I share the green crab story with students and then give them the opportunity to see and handle the crabs. During this session, I’ll present the “in-school visit”, including the chance to get up close and personal with green crabs.          

1022      Spreadsheet Help!  It's here.       All Grades           (24 Maximum)
Stacia Evans - Teacher, SRCE  

Whether you want to learn more or teach your students some basics about spreadsheets, this session will help.  You will be shown how to's, tips and tricks to create meaningful spreads and graphs.  Great tool for your students in science fair recording their findings.    

1023      Wellness & Essential Oils              All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Sunita    Pinet

This session will show you ways of safely using essential oils using oils that have been known to support stress reduction.       

1026 POGIL in the High School Chemistry Classroom                       Grades 10-12                    (30 Maximum)
Michael Chiasson - Teacher, Lockview High (HRCE)    
Explore the benefits of using POGIL (Process Orientated Guided Inquiry Learning) activities in your Chemistry classroom. This student-centered approach encourages students to question, analyze data, provide evidence and improve communication.    

1027      Simplifying Reality: Tips and Tricks for Science Illustration             All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Graham Caswell - Coordinator of Education Outreach, NS Museum of Natural History
Nova Scotia Museum curator Dr. Sean Haughian will guide participants to an appreciation of the nature and goals of science illustration, what tools and techniques are helpful, and what education and training are required to make a career of it. The workshop will include a powerpoint presentation, a demonstration, and some practice time where participants can try using some of the techniques. Participants should bring sheets or a notebook of blank paper, pencils, erasers, and a ruler. Participants will leave feeling empowered and equipped to both create effective science illustrations, and guide their students to do the same.               

1028 Biology 12 - A Creative Classroom 10-12 (30 Maximum)
Krista LeBlanc - Teacher, HRCE

Struggling to come up with creative ways to motivate your students for summative assessments in Biology 12? Come listen and learn about different ways to get to the final product other than a traditional test. Medical intern project, DNA dinner project, and town hall meetings. Materials will be shared in editable forms so you can edit to your liking. Bring your ideas and come on in!

1029 It Begins With A Question Grades P-6 (30 Maximum)
Laura Kennedy - Educator, HRCE

Once you have the questions, you have your purpose and are ready to start looking for answers. We will explore this process building experience through everyday hands on materials, investigations through various book titles and outreach to local and global experts. Natural outlets for speaking and listening, writing, sorting and analyzing data collection can be found. Open for any elementary grade as the method adapts to any unit of study.  

1030      Pick your own Workshop: ASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio               All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Lauchie MacKinnon -Teacher, CCRCE
Giving voice and choice to teachers to select their PD can be very empowering. We are all interested in educational ideas. Although, we are not always able to make time, to listen or read them with our busy days. I have selected approximately 20 podcasts that are 6 to 12 minutes long from ASCD on education topics for you to explore new trends in education.  Discussion groups are possible if people want to participate. Members are encouraged to share understandings, ideas, opportunities for action, and collaborations. You will require headphones for this presentation, and you may use your personal devices if you wish. Topics included are:
Personalized Professional Development: Elevating Teacher Voice
Teaching Students to Solve Overwhelming, Complex, and Uncertain Problems
Assessment: What It Can Do, What It Cannot Do, What Matters Most
Upgrade Your Teaching: Combining Understanding by Design and Neuroscience
Debunking the Myths and Misconceptions About Rigor

1031      Contemporary Physics                  Grades 10-12     (30 Maximum)
Shane  MacLeod, Physics Teacher - Dartmouth High School
A new resource from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the resource consists of a video and six activities that explore a variety of contemporary physics topics. Each activity is designed to be used independently at various times throughout the Grade 12 Physics course. Some draw on concepts from several curriculum strands. Activity 1 explores  gravitational energy wells and gravity assist manoeuvres. Activity 2 uses field and energy concepts to explore the particle detectors at CERN. Activity 3 explores Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. Activities 4 and 5 explore two of the core ideas in special relativity. Activity 6 combines circular motion, energy, and waves to build a semi-classical model for hydrogen. The video introduces and explains Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle.
During this session we will look at activities 2 (particle detectors), 6 (hydrogen model) and, if time permits, 3 (Heisenberg)."   

1032      Countering Science Denial           All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Isabel Smith - Professor, Dalhousie University 
This introductory workshop will provide educators with tools to promote critical thinking and to counter 'science denial', using examples predominantly from healthcare. The framework used builds on resources developed for the World Health Organization to counter "anti-vax" influences, generalizing this approach to wider contexts. The session will combine a didactic presentation with engaging participants in using evidence-based strategies to counter several current examples of pseudoscientific claims by science deniers.    

1034      Living Space & Jr. Astronaut        Grades 6-9         (20 Maximum)
Craig Wells - Coordinator, Action Projects -Let's Talk Science
Engage students in scientific inquiry with the Living Space project!  In this project, students will study key environmental conditions that are monitored and managed to keep astronauts healthy on the International Space Station. Students will measure environmental factors such as temperature, relative humidity, and CO2 in their classrooms and submit the data to the Let's Talk Science national database. This session will cover the three data collection methods outlined in the lessons - using a digital Air Quality Monitor, using a micro:bit and sensor combination, or using low-tech common devices - and teach you how to setup your own classroom inquiry. Additionally, by completing this project with your group you can qualify for a chance to win a visit from an astronaut or space expert for your school or organization through the Canadian Space Agency's Junior Astronauts campaign!   

1035      ZipGrade Making Correcting Quicker       Grades 7-12                       (30 Maximum)
Kathryn Hall - Teacher 
ZipGrade is an app to electronically scan multiple choice questions but this can be used for so many more things.  Learn how to use this as quick indicator to inform your teaching and gauge student's understanding or to make test/exam correcting easier.  Time will be given to create your own materials to take back to your classroom.    

1036      Ocean Literacy: Activities and Resources               Grades 10-12     (30 Maximum)
Kerri McPherson, Teacher - HRCE
The ocean environment is one of the most dynamic ecosystems on earth.  This session will address the importance of ocean literacy and will provide activities and resources that teachers can use in the classroom.   

1037      Essential Yoga Flow         All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Brittany Hachey , Founder - Essence Yoga Lifestyle
Take time to Re-Connect to Your True Essence. In this 75 mine Yoga class, you will use movement and stillness to find balance.  Recharge, Relax and Reconnect with you Body, Mind and Soul.  Breath-work and Sound Healing will round out your experience.  All levels Welcome.               Please bring your own yoga mat if possible.   

1038      STEM in the Classroom  Grades P-9                         (30 Maximum)
Andre Brown, School Partnership Consultant - 3P Learning
The session will be an introduction to STEMscopes, a web-based teaching tool catered to science learners. The presenter will provide an overview of the software and how it can be a useful tool for the next generation of young learners.    

1039    Integrating Writing with STEAM activities. P-3       (30 Maximum)
Jane Taylor - Teacher, CVRCE 

In this presentation, you will learn how to start integrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Technology) and writing in the lower elementary classroom.
Young children are naturally curious and STEAM activities are incredibly engaging to them. STEAM can help to maintain their interest in the world around them while helping to nurture their problem-solving abilities and teach them to work with others.
STEAM can be an engaging way to get students involved in learning and integrate numerous curriculum outcomes. Writing is not the most obvious outcome as it is not part of STEAM, but it is an important part. Minimal technology and resources are needed to start on this adventure.

1040  The Science of Mindfulness          All Grades   (30 Maximum)
Betty Jean Aucoin - Aucoin's Leadership & Education Consulting

Mindfulness practice is used across Canada and the US as a way to support Medical Staff, Armed Services Staff and Educators in support of their mind, heart and life balance.  This session will support you in obtaining an understanding of the science behind this practice and the steps to begin your mindful journey in support of teaching and life.      

1041       Rocket Day          Grades 4-6          (30 Maximum)
Nick Baskwill - ICT Consultant (EECD) 

We will be looking at rocketry and how you can use 3D design and printing when creating rockets in class. Science outcomes from Grades 4-6 will be connected to Rocket projects and activities.                          

Session 2 (10:45-12:00)

2001      ROBOTS in Nova Scotia Schools                Grades 4-12        (30 Maximum)
Gary Walsh, Director - Acadia Robotics   

This session tells you all about the Acadia Robotics Program, which annually hosts the Robot Programming Competitions throughout Nova Scotia and beyond. You will learn how to administer and coach a school or community team, on its way to one of the Qualifying Events at one of 5 NSCC Campuses – and from there - on to the Provincial Championships at Acadia University in February.
This Session will provide Teachers and Mentors with information and tools, to use in introducing their students to the world of Robotics. Then just watch them soar as they develop and select individual techniques and strategies, in order to accomplish a Team Goal – While having Fun!
The annual Acadia Robot Programming Championships involves youth in creative thinking, innovative design techniques, and team work - in order to accomplish the predetermined challenges for different grade levels. Specific details will be summarized at each session.
The competitions for Middle School and High School offer the top provincial teams, in each division, the opportunity to advance and compete at the World Championships and other International Festivals.
The students only need your time …
It is technology at its best …. The Students do the rest!

2002 Deeper and Deeper- Exploring Rocks and Minerals Grade 4 and 7       (30 Maximum)
See 1002 for session description.

2003 Algae Blooms: Agriculture, Ecology, and Economy.               Grades 7-12        (30 Maximum)
Elissa Khalife-Sayah, Representative-Bio-Rad

Bridge the concepts of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
In this lab, using algae beads together with an algae bloom case study, your students can engage in authentic inquiry investigations to learn about two connected processes and their environmental implications.      

2005   Too much screen time? Not enough green time? - Using the power of nature play and Mindful Tech™ to deal with digital addiction    All Grades           (30 Maximum) 
Kerry Crofton, The Global Alliance for Brain & Heart Health - Founder, Director       

We know the many benefits of technology. This talk will be worth your time if you are concerned about some of the negative effects: internet and smartphone addiction,  misuse of social media, cyberbullying, diminished attention spans, inability to focus  and retain information, isolation and depression.
Increasingly, with our students, and ourselves, we see the need to address these issues in the age of digital distraction. Our nonprofit charity has developed The Mindful tech Plan™ – an education program based on the mindful use of digital devices and electronic screens with easy-to-implement safer-tech solutions. 
Topics include: 

  • Published research with scientific evidence on how excessive use of electronic screens negatively affects cognitive functioning of the brain and heath of the heart; 
  • What we need to know about the electro-magnetic spectrum; 
  • How wireless radiation impacts us differently than other frequencies, as well as the impact on our students' mental health and social wellbeing;
  • Latest research on the beneficial effects of outdoor activities and being in nature;
  • We also focus on balancing indoor screen time with outdoor green time and reconnecting with others and the natural world;

Join us to hear how you can use this science-based information and skills in your classroom and with your own family.  People of all ages benefit from using the power of mindfulness and fun activities in nature to deal with digital addiction.      

2006      Fish Friends and River Rangers                   Grades P-6          (30 Maximum)
See 1006 for session description.

2007  Starting an Underwater Robotics Program Grades 7-12        (30 Maximum)
Byron Butt, Instructional Coach for Technology, SSRCE

Byron Butt is the founder and mentor of South Shore Robotics, an afterschool underwater ROV robotics program.  The team members consist of students in both junior and senior high school.  It is tailored to be a student led makerspace activity with support from mentors.  Come out and see the SS Enterprise, a ROV built by the senior team that represented Nova Scotia at the MATE International ROV Competition in Kingsport, Tennessee in June of 2019!    

2008  Personalized Group Work Grades 10-12                    (30 Maximum)
See 1008 for session description.

2009      Why Biology is the Biggest Winner with New Sensor Technology Grades 7-12        (30 Maximum)
Craig Ecclestone, PASCO Product Specialist - AYVA Educational Solutions
Organ systems, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, enzymes and other biology topics can now be more effectively investigated with student captured data - all within a single lab period.  Recent advances in sensor technology has profoundly changed what is now possible.  This session will feature many exciting and easily performed single-period-lessons that will inspire your students and turn-on their critical thinking minds.

2010      Sorting it Out:  Waste Reduction, Recycling & Composting            Grades P-6          (30 Maximum)
See 1010 for session description.               

2011 Breakout EDU         All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Mario Eleftheros, Technology Integration Leader-HRCE 

You're locked in a room. The clock is ticking. You only have 45 minutes to get out. You must use skills, persistence, and collaboration. You must -- BREAKOUT! Join us for a BreakoutEDU game session and discover how curriculum-linked escape room games can ignite student engagement and support your science curriculum.       

2012      Fun with Tie Dye              All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Keri Butler, Science Department Head & Teacher - JL Ilsley High School HRCE  

Come try out some tie dye techniques that you can use in your classroom (or for fun at home). From using markers to fabric dyes, participants will be able to explore their creativity with new techniques! Bring an item (or two) to tie dye. Some items will be available for participants.                            

2013      Driving Discovery:  PASCO Technology in the Classroom          Grades 7-9           (30 Maximum)  (CANCELLED)
Natalie  Quathamer, Discovery Centre  

Come join us for an interactive workshop featuring the diverse applications of PASCO technology in the classroom. This hands-on session will help you confidently integrate this leading-edge technology in an inquiry-based, multidisciplinary fashion.            

2014  MIGRATION EDUCATION: USING TECHNOLOGY TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN BIRD SCIENCE AND CONSERVATION                    Grades 7-12        (30 Maximum)
Liza Barney, Education Program Coordinator - Bird Studies Canada

Migration Education brings current bird research and the innovative technology of the Motus Wildlife Tracking System into the classroom! This workshop introduces the program and current tracking projects through interactive case studies, highlighting birds from a full life cycle perspective, migration ecology, species at risk, population dynamics, and conservation concerns.  All workshop content, program resources and activities will be accessible for educators to use with their own students.

2015      NS Department of Agriculture Classroom Programs          Grades P-6          (30 Maximum)
Dawn Barrington-Hodgson, Provincial Agricultural Programming Coordinator - NS Department of Agriculture 

An opportunity to hear what sessions, materials and programs the NS Department of Agriculture offers in Elementary school classrooms and how teachers can access these opportunities                                                                                        

2016      Open Space: Science and Art Outreach for the Underrepresented Youth                Grades 7-12        (30 Maximum)
See 1016 for session description.

2017       Fun with Apps                 All Grades           (30 Maximum)
See 1017 for session description.              

2018      The Art & Science of Yoga            All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Shelley  Walsh- Teacher, SSRCE  

Experience the mind body connection of yoga by exploring the purpose, benefits and anatomical components of a typical yoga flow.  PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN MAT IF YOU HAVE ONE.    

2019      Going Beyond your Classroom Walls       All Grades           (30 Maximum)
See 1019 for session description.

2021      The Great Canadian Green Crab Hunt     Grades 7-12        (30 Maximum)
See 1021 for session description.

2022      Spreadsheet Help!  It's here.       All Grades           (24 Maximum)
See 1022 for session description.

2023      Wellness & Essential Oils              All Grades           (30 Maximum)
See 1023 for session description

2024      Getting Started with Google Classroom                 All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Meaghan Boudreau, Technology Integration Leader - HRCE
Would you like to get started using Google Classroom with your students? No idea with Google Classroom is? Do you have a classroom but haven't really used it with your students? In this session participants will learn how to get started with Google Classroom, will see how it can be used effectively in classrooms of all grades and subjects, how it can be used for differentiation for students, and more! No previous experience with Google Classroom is necessary  

2026 POGIL in the High School Chemistry Classroom                       Grades 10-12                    (30 Maximum)
See 1026 for session description.         

2028 Biology 12 - A Creative Classroom 10-12 (30 Maximum)
See 1028 for session description.

2030      Pick your own Workshop: ASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio               All Grades           (30 Maximum)
See 1030 for session description.   

2031      Fields     Grades 10-12                    (30 Maximum)
Shane MacLeod, Physics Teacher - Dartmouth High School 
This is a new resource from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and consists of a video and six activities that explore electric, magnetic, and gravitational fields. The focus is on building effective models for field phenomena, and the resource should be supplemented with related topics and mathematical lessons. In Activity 1, students are introduced to fields and explore how fields behave. In Activity 2, they build on these ideas by examining the geometry of electric fields around point charges and between parallel plates. Activity 3 uses four simple demonstrations to motivate the derivation of Maxwell’s equations. In Activity 4, students investigate how magnetic fields interact and how charged particles generate auroras. Activity 5 is an exploration of the general theory of relativity and the precession of Mercury’s orbit. The final activity is a design challenge in which students use their understanding of electric and magnetic fields to modify a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) propulsion system. The activities can be used independently and in any combination.
The focus of the session will be on activity 2 (making fields real), the design challenge and, if time permits, activity 5 (precession of Mercury's orbit)."   

2032      Countering Science Denial           All Grades           (30 Maximum)
See 1032 for session description     

2033      IB Internal Assessment Workshop            Grades 10-12     (30 Maximum)
Shauna Dosman - Biology Teacher, HRCE
The session is designed to share a workshop format with other IB teachers that they may use to prepare their students for internal assessment in Group 4 sciences. Intended for any IB teacher that teaches a group 4 science course at either the standard or higher level.   

2034      Living Space & Jr. Astronaut        Grades 6-9         (20 Maximum)
See 1034 for session description      

2035      ZipGrade Making Correcting Quicker       Grades 7-12                       (30 Maximum)
See 1035 for session description        

2036      Ocean Literacy: Activities and Resources               Grades 10-12     (30 Maximum)
See 1036 for session description

2037      Essential Yoga Flow         All Grades           (30 Maximum)
See 1037 for session description.

2038      STEM in the Classroom  Grades P-9                         (30 Maximum)
See 1038 for session description.

2039    Integrating Writing with STEAM activities. P-3       (30 Maximum)
See 1039 for session description

2040  The Science of Mindfulness          All Grades   (30 Maximum)
See 1040 for session description

2041      Authentic forms of Assessment - Moving past tests and quizzes  All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Nick Baskwill      - ICT Consultant (EECD)                                 

We will be exploring different methods of assessment for science content. From Project Based Learning to Integrated Units and Lessons, we will look at timely and authentic feedback for students and multiple options for students to demonstrate learning and how to assess it.         Session 3 (1:15-2:30)

3001 ROBOTS in Nova Scotia Schools      4-6, 7-9, 10-12   (30 Maximum)
See 2001 for session description.              

3003 Make and Run Your Own Electrophoresis Machine! - STEM Electrophoresis Kit Grades 7-12 (30 Maximum)    
Elissa Khalife-Sayah, Sales Representative-Bio-Rad  

A great introduction to electrophoresis.
In this lab, your students will build their own horizontal electrophoresis cells and use them to separate samples of food dyes found in candy, based on their different sizes.

3004 Butterflies in the cross-curricular classroom              Grades P-3          (30 Maximum) 
Danielle Marchand, Learning Center Teacher - HRCE 

With the elimination of science outcomes in elementary school, it is easy for concepts to get buried. This session will outline how to include important scientific concepts while meeting literacy and numeracy outcomes at the same time!           

3005 Teaching Science Language for Understanding             Grades 7-9     (30 Maximum)
See 1005 for session description.

3006 Fish Friends and River Rangers                        Grades P-6          (30 Maximum)
See 1006 for session description.

3007      Design Thinking:  Build A Better ___?       All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Byron    Butt, Instructional Coach - SSRCE     
Design thinking refers to the cognitive, strategic and practical processes by which design concepts are developed by designers and/or design teams.  Being innovative doesn't happen by chance.  Innovative teams research, build prototypes, test designs, and re-create all in the hope of finding a solution to a real life problem.  Lets explore those steps and design a better ____.                       

3008 Show What You Know        Grades P-6          (30 Maximum) 
Shelly Bembridge, Teacher - Bedford South School

In this hands-on session following the workshop model, teachers will develop skills and confidence using the Book Creator App (for iPads) and Book Creator for Chrome Extension.  Book Creator is a multimedia tool which allows students to digitally communicate their understanding and reasoning.  It allows for easy differentiation and supports students on adaptations.  All participants will have access to session resources through a Google Classroom.              

3009      New Experiment Ideas for Teaching Old Topics in Physics              Grades 7-12       (30 Maximum)
Craig Ecclestone, PASCO Product Specialist - AYVA Educational Solutions 

Experimenting in Physics is now so much simpler and effective with wireless sensors – and surprisingly affordable.  Numerous sensor-based investigations will be presented covering a wide range of topics including Newton’s Laws; Electricity and Magnetism; and Energy and Momentum.   Wireless sensors are a transformative technology providing for more engaging and dynamic teaching possibilities.  Here’s a teaser: How can you weigh an apple using Newton’s Second Law? Hint: it’s incredibly easy with a Wireless Smart Cart. 

3010 Sorting it Out:  Waste Reduction, Recycling & Composting  Grades P-6          (30 Maximum)
See 1010 for session description.               

3011 Breakout EDU         All Grades           (30 Maximum)
See 2011 for session description.

3012      Fun with Tie Dye              All Grades           (30 Maximum)
See 2012 for session description.

3013      Driving Discovery:  PASCO Technology in the Classroom          Grades 7-9           (30 Maximum)
Natalie  Quathamer, Discovery Centre  

Come join us for an interactive workshop featuring the diverse applications of PASCO technology in the classroom. This hands-on session will help you confidently integrate this leading-edge technology in an inquiry-based, multidisciplinary fashion. .

3014      MIGRATION EDUCATION: USING TECHNOLOGY TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN BIRD SCIENCE AND CONSERVATION                  Grades 7-12        (30 Maximum)
See 2014 for session description.                                                                                                                                                                  

3015      I Can Explain: Helping Students Build Better Scientific Explanations           Grades 7-12               (30 Maximum)
Gillian Gass, Senior Instructor -- Department of Biology, Dalhousie University 

Explanations are all around us, but in the science classroom our students can often struggle to develop good scientific explanations themselves. This makes sense if we think about scientific explanation as another kind of scientific skill: students have many opportunities to practice “consuming” explanations provided by others, so they can become very accomplished at doing this, but oftentimes they have far fewer chances to produce explanations themselves. Students need opportunities to practice explanation, and in order for this practice to lead to improvement, they need support from us to help them recognize the features of a good explanation and to organize their thinking. In this workshop, we will first work on building our own awareness of how we explain things in science – something we do so often in teaching that we might forget what it was like not to know how to explain something well. Then, we will explore some strategies for supporting our students as they gather and arrange information into a scientific explanation.

3016      Open Space: Science and Art Outreach for the Underrepresented Youth                Grades 7-12        (30 Maximum)
See 1016 for session description.

3017 Fun with Apps                       All Grades           (30 Maximum)
See 1017 for session description.

3018      The Art & Science of Yoga            All Grades           (30 Maximum)
See 2018 for session description.

3019      Going Beyond your Classroom Walls       All Grades           (30 Maximum)
See 1019 for session description.

3022      Spreadsheet Help!  It's here.       All Grades           (24 Maximum)
See 1022 for session description.

3023      Wellness & Essential Oils              All Grades           (30 Maximum)
See 1023 for session description

3024      Tips to Organizing your Google Drive       All Grades           (30 Maximum)
Meaghan Boudreau, Technology Integration Leader - HRCE
Ever feel like your Google Drive is completely unorganized? Not sure of the best way to set it up to save time? Confused when it comes to sharing documents? In this session we will explore best practices for staying organized in your Google Drive along with figuring out the best way to share your files and folders.     

3025      Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality in High School Science          Grades 10-12     (15 Maximum)
Jennifer Osmond & Paul Warren - AVRCE
Participants will explore various virtual reality and augmented reality activities created for high school chemistry, biology, and environmental science. Following the exploration, there will be a discussion on ways to incorporate VR/AR into any science classroom.    

3026 POGIL in the High School Chemistry Classroom                       Grades 10-12                    (30 Maximum)
See 1026 for session description.             

3029 It Begins With A Question Grades P-6 (30 Maximum)
See 1029 for session description.

3030      Pick your own Workshop: ASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio               All Grades           (30 Maximum)
See 1030 for session description.  

3031      Imaging M87* - A Earth Sized Telescope               Grades 10-12                    (30 Maximum)
Shane MacLeod, Physics Teacher - Dartmouth High
This session will consist of several activities to help students gain a deeper understanding of some of the challenges surrounding the recently released image of the super-massive black hole that lies at the centre of the M87 galaxy.
This session will cover some of the basics of black holes and their development as well as some of the physics involved in capturing the image."      

3034      Living Space & Jr. Astronaut        Grades 6-9         (20 Maximum)
See 1034 for session description           

3037      Essential Yoga Flow         All Grades           (30 Maximum)
See 1037 for session description.

3038      STEM in the Classroom  Grades P-9                         (30 Maximum)
See 1038 for session description.

3039    Integrating Writing with STEAM activities. P-3       (30 Maximum)
See 1039 for session description

3040      NS Department of Agriculture Classroom Programs          Grades 7-12       (30 Maximum)
See 2015 for session description.

3041       Authentic forms of Assessment - Moving past tests and quizzes  All Grades  (30 Maximum)
See 2041 for session description.

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