Join us in recognizing International Day of Persons with Disabilities with our next Virtual STEM Fair: If I Can, You Can! Students and Teachers in Grades 3-8 are invited to discover how some unique professionals have been able to overcome their adversities and make tremendous contributions to the world of STEM.
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!
Thinking Outside the Box
Insights into Developing Students with Different Kinds of Minds
Life as a Cyborg in a Padded Room
The Art of Navigating Life
Finding Disability Pride at the Bottom of a Cave
Dr. Grandin will discuss how object visualizers, visual spatial thinkers and verbal thinkers have different skills.The visual thinkers who think in pictures are good at art and mechanics and the spatial thinkers are often talented in math, music, and computer programming. The verbal thinkers think in words. On many projects the different kinds of thinkers have complimentary skills. One example is the iPhone. Steve jobs was an artist and he designed the easy to use interface, but the math minds had to make it work.
Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Facilities she has designed are located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. Curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle are used worldwide and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on their animals during handling.
She has also developed an objective scoring system for assessing handling of cattle and pigs at meat plants. This scoring system is being used by many large corporations to improve animal welfare. Other areas of research are: cattle temperament, environmental enrichment for pigs, reducing dark cutters and bruises, bull fertility, training procedures, and effective stunning methods for cattle and pigs at meat plants.
She obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Today she teaches courses on livestock behaviour and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare. She has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, 60 Minutes, the Today Show, and many shows in other countries. She has been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, the New York Times book review, and Discover magazine. In 2010, Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people. Interviews with Dr. Grandin have been broadcast on National Public Radio and she has a 2010 TED Lecture titled "The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds." She has also authored over 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. She is the author of "Thinking in Pictures", "Livestock Handling and Transport," "Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals," "Guide to Working with Farm Animals," and "Humane Livestock Handling." Her books "Animals in Translation" and "Animals Make Us Human" were both on the New York Times best seller list. "Animals Make Us Human" was also on the Canadian best seller list. Her latest book, Calling All Minds, was a New York Times best seller for middle school students. Her life story has also been made into an HBO movie titled "Temple Grandin, staring Claire Danes," which won seven Emmy awards and a Golden Globe. The movie shows her life as a teenager and how she started her career. In 2017, she was inducted into The Women's Hall of Fame and in 2018 made a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Jacquelyn Graham is, quite literally, STEM walking. She has been a part-time voice actor for most of her life while working in the Real Estate/Mortgage/Financial industries. When continuing health issues impacted her to the point where she was no longer able to work a regular 9-5 job, her transformation into a cyborg made her life-long dream of becoming a professional voice actor come true. Her home studio is her door to an exciting world populated with witches, goddesses, the old, the young, and poetry brought to life. Her life story has inspired people all over the world and she welcomes you to accompany her for a brief tour of her magical padded room.
Jacquelyn Graham is a professional voice actor with decades of experience in radio, theatre, and film. In 2020 she was the recipient of an Emmy certificate for her participation in winning Outstanding Innovation Interactive Programming with Create Together. Her voice has consistently been described as captivating and extraordinary; from cartoon and video game voices to knowledgeable professionals, she does it all.
Geoscience research can involve a lot of adventure and excitement, from going into caves to working with chemicals in a lab. But there are also some particularly tricky barriers for disabled scientists. I'll talk about my physical disability and diagnosis process, how I was able to continue in STEM, and what it means to be proud of being disabled Students will be able to ask questions about caving, living with a physical disability, and going to grad school.
Gabi Serrato Marks is a scientist and patient advocate based in Boston, MA. She earned her Ph.D. in marine geology in 2020 from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and her B.A. from Bowdoin College. Gabi is co-editing a book with stories from disabled scientists (Columbia University Press). On the weekends, you can find her drinking iced coffee and spending time with her husband and two cats.
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.
Ingenious inventions that help people with disabilities! This workshop will introduce several new technologies that are currently in development to help people with disabilities. Through demonstrations, active participation and suggested follow up activities, students will explore how today’s technologies are providing new solutions to assist people with disabilities.
Michael Comer, currently the Director of Science Marketing at Savvas Learning, 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 and 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.
Even though Dana Bolles has experienced difficulties along the way, she has discovered some key take-aways that have helped her navigate through them. She has not let her own personal diversabilities stand in her way. Listen to her tips for success even if you are faced with challenges due to your own diversabilities.
Dana Bolles earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering, then began her work at NASA where she served as a payload safety engineer. Years later, she worked in a program focused on minimizing mission risks to human exploration of space. Today, she works at NASA Headquarters as a science communications program manager. In this role, she manages the day-to-day operations of a website focused on getting science out to the widest possible audience.
Dana has learned that in almost any type of job, increasing numbers of people are realizing the importance of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
She lives her life outside of the status quo on almost every level, as a queer, disabled, woman of color, half asian and half latina. Although she has lots of intersectionalities, people respond most to her disability, making assumptions about what she can’t do. She believes that being an AstroAccess Ambassador is a step forward for all in her community, highlighting the abilities of ALL for mission success!
Dana currently serves as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) IF/THEN Ambassador. This program brings together 125 women from a variety of STEM careers to serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls. By highlighting women in STEM who are contributing in all these fields, AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors like Dana show girls the different career pathways they can pursue and how STEM impacts their lives every day.
Thursday February 3, 2021
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” - Dr. Mae Jemison
Witness how imagination can turn into innovation! Engage your students in Grades 3-8 to Celebrate Black History Month. Inspire students to consider a future STEM career and make history themselves.
Visit our website for free STEM support resources to use before, during, or after the on-demand Virtual STEM Fair experience. Design a bridge, build an earthquake safe structure, or create a water purification system. The resources on our Experience STEM site provide an opportunity to look at local issues and take it further to global solutions.
Tag us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using @SavvasLearning with hashtag #TheScienceofDoing to show us your projects!
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