Join us for our next Virtual STEM Fair—Celebrate Chemistry: We Are All Connected! Students and Teachers in Grades 3-12 are invited to participate in a tremendous lineup of presentations to discover how important chemistry is in everyday life. Listen to engaging guest career speakers and enjoy a little bit of "doing science," too.
HOW IT WORKS: Teachers register, then project the presentation or share the link with students. You will have access to all of the sessions for the entire day!
10:00-10:45am EST STEM Activity
Let’s Go with the Flow
Speaker: Michael Comer
11:15-11:45am EST Career Connection
Preparing for a Successful STEM College Experience
Speaker: Dr. Ashanti Johnson
1:00-1:30pm EST STEM Lesson:
Let's Get Chemical! Chemical!
Speaker: Monica Wadler
9:00-9:30am EST Career Connection
Busting Myths about Teaching High School Science
Speaker: Christopher Moore, Ph.D.
10:00-10:45am EST STEM Lesson
The Latest Projections for Climate Change from the Recent IPCC AR6 Report
Speaker: Michael Wysession
11:15am-12:00pm EST Career Connection
A Career in Forensic Science: Demystifying Myths
Speaker: Dr. Glen Jackson
Dr. Johnson discusses her quest to study the ocean which began as a third grader and continued throughout her K-12, undergraduate and graduate school experience. She shares lessons learned and success strategies for students to excel in STEM academic and professional careers.
Dr. Ashanti Johnson, one of the first African American female chemical oceanographers in the US, is recognized as a STEM expert, international speaker and author. She’s profiled in books, magazines, websites, TV, podcasts and radio. She has been described as one of “STEM’s New Guard”, "1 of 15 Women Paving the Way and Paying it Forward” and “Changing the World via STEM”. Dr. Johnson has 20 years of university, non-profit and K-12 leadership experience, including most recently serving as an Assistant Vice Provost of the University of Texas-Arlington and the founding superintendent of a STEAM charter school system. Among Dr. Johnson’s honors include US Presidential, American Geophysical Union, Sigma Xi and Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation awards.
Learn to recognize when a chemical reaction takes place-heat, gas, color change, and more! Discover that once a chemical reaction takes place, the new substance has its own properties and cannot be turned back into the original substances easily.
A former teacher of 12 years, including middle school science, 3rd and 4th grades, high ability and title one, Monica Wadler, works with teachers as a science curriculum specialist for the Savvas Learning Company. Monica’s background in curriculum design and educational technology, studied at Ball State University, helps her to use best practice from these two fields to assist teachers in using curricular resources in ways that benefit students in both asynchronous and synchronous learning environments. At conferences and in districts, Monica conducts many different workshops, but due to the current state of the pandemic, is supporting teachers during this unprecedented time in education to create and provide exceptional distance learning experiences.
Did you know that teachers in the United States rate their lives better than all other occupation groups, trailing only physicians? Did you know mid-career science teacher salaries typically range between $60,000 and $100,000? Did you know you can get a job almost anywhere in the U.S. or abroad as a chemistry, physics, or math teacher? Behind every advance in medicine or technology is a science teacher who left a lasting impression. We'll bust some myths about teaching high school science and show you how to have a rewarding science career inspiring young minds!
Christopher Moore, Ph.D. is the Haddix Community Chair of Physical Science and professor of physics at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where he runs programs for aspiring high school science teachers. He is author of the books Creating Scientists: Teaching and Assessing Science Practice for the NGSS and Teaching Science Thinking: Using Scientific Reasoning in the Classroom. He is also co-author of the bestselling high school science curricula Experience Chemistry and Experience Physics published by Savvas Learning Company.
The long-awaited Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was just released this past August. The report integrates the most recent research on climate from over 14,000 studies and makes recommendations on humanity’s courses of action. Some of the results are expected — the Earth’s surface temperature is continuing to rise — but some unusual trends and projections are also emerging. Michael Wysession, a professor of geophysics at Washington University in St. Louis, will summarize and explain the latest results, implications, and paths forward for humanity.
Michael Wysession has been a Geophysics Professor at Washington University in St. Louis for 30 years, doing research and teaching about earthquakes. Michael is also an international leader in geoscience literacy and education, and was one of the lead authors of the U.S. Next Generation Science Standards.
Crime dramas on television, and especially the CSI franchise, have helped promote public interest in forensic science, but they have created unrealistic expectations about the capabilities of forensic disciplines and the roles of forensic scientists. This presentation provides a more realistic view of careers in forensic science, with an emphasis on the education and training requirements to help students achieve their goals.
Dr. Jackson is the Ming Hsieh Distinguished Professor of Forensic and Investigative Science at West Virginia University. His group's research has appeared in more than 80 publications, more than 120 conference presentations, three issued patents, and more than $5 million in external funding. He has taught numerous workshops to practicing forensic professionals and is an active forensic chemistry consultant. He has appeared on Nancy Grace Live, Forensic Files II, and his published research on trace human remains was once a storyline in Law and Order SVU.
Gwenaëlle (Gwen-Eye-Yell) is a neuroscientist who studies mental illnesses like depression. She was inspired to pursue the field of mental health after her loved ones struggled. As a child of West Indian immigrants, she learned to communicate science across cultures and fight against stigmas and taboos around mental illness. She graduated with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and is currently pursuing a PhD in Neurobiology.
Seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, but how much do we really know about this precious substance? Together, we will explore the hidden structure of water, the properties of waves, and the exciting potential that lies within a single raindrop. We will observe a live demonstration, review cutting edge experiments, and ask BIG questions. Bring your curiosity and imagination-and just add water!
Shannon has worked as a Science Content Developer on behalf of Savvas Learning Company for the last six months. Prior to this she was a STEM curriculum director, Pearson Science Specialist, HeartMath Project Manager, and Health Rhythms Facilitator; discovering how physics of the past can reimagine our future.
Join marine biologist Rachel LeCates as she discusses her journey from a small country in Central America to working at a sea turtle hospital in Texas. This presentation will include some turtle-y awesome four-flippered guests!
Rachel LeCates was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She moved to York, Pennsylvania when she was eight years old. Her love for science and the environment started at an early age. She graduated with a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In 2019, she served as both a summer and winter intern at Sea Turtle Inc. where she was later hired as a staff member in the education department.
Let’s explore the dynamic properties of complex fluids. Students will create their own polymer solution and then investigate the flow properties of this non-Newtonian fluid. The challenge will be to determine the best ‘recipe’ that creates a solution with the greatest flow potential.
Michael Comer, currently the Director of Science Marketing at Savvas Learning Company, began his teaching career as a middle school science teacher in Dobbs Ferry, NY. His expertise is in providing rich and meaningful classroom experiences linking the facets of inquiry teaching with hands-on learning. He has presented internationally, training science teachers in STEM educational practices from the Middle East to the Far East, including a two-year Professional Development series for Master Science Teachers in Bangkok, Thailand for the Institute for the Promotion of Science and Technology. Michael has authored four books-Developing Visual Literacy in Science K-8, STEM Lesson Essentials, STEM Lesson Guideposts, and STEM Teaching and Learning in the K-2 Classroom.
Students will be challenged to fold a piece of paper as many times as they possibly can. Then they will design and carry out an experiment to test whether the number of folds depends upon any one of several variables. They will learn how to make hypotheses, design valid experiments, collect data, and draw conclusions—then determine whether they need to rethink and redesign their original experiments.
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Michael Padilla has taught science in middle and secondary school and has been a leader in middle grades science teacher education. He served as president of the National Science Teachers Association, the world’s largest science teaching organization, in 2005-6. Padilla is a long-term author with Pearson, now Savvas, and is a lead author of the Savvas elevateScience™ K-8 programs.
Friday, December 3, 2021
Hear the discoveries, see the innovation! Learn about some special scientists who have done some phenomenal work as we recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Science.
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