NSTA 2017 – Los Angeles, CA

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Urban Field Ecology for Middle School Students

Thursday, March 30 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Participate in hands-on lessons designed to engage urban middle school students in authentic ecological study of their local environment. Lessons integrate the NGSS three dimensions: designing and conducting investigations to detect ecological patterns.

Bioengineering Challenges and Middle School Life Science

Friday, March 31 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Participate in a hands-on activity that integrates engineering practices and three-dimensional learning in the context of middle school life science.

Using Issues as a Context to Enhance Students’ Three-Dimensional Learning

Friday, March 31 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Participate in hands-on middle school ecology activities that use biotic and abiotic ecological disruptions to engage students in the three dimensions of the NGSS.
In collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History

Modeling and the Three Dimensions of the NGSS in Middle School Genetics

Saturday, April 1 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Participate in hands-on genetics activities that integrate the science practice of modeling into a three-dimensional approach supporting the NGSS for heredity.

Developing Science Practices: Constructing Explanations and Engaging in Argumentation

Saturday, April 1 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Explore how to use scaffolding tools to help students construct NGSS-focused explanations and engage in argument from scientific evidence.
In collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History