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The Minnesota Science Teachers Association Presents...

The Minnesota Conference on Science Education February 22 - 23, 2013

It is the mission of MnSTA to stimulate, coordinate, and improve science teaching and learning for all.

www.mnsta.org


Welcome to Duluth and MnSTA’s third annual Minnesota Conference on Science Education! The conference planning team has created an outstanding program filled with nationally-known keynote speakers, featured speakers for each discipline strand, discipline sessions, field trips, and workshops. This conference is designed to allow you to focus on a strand of workshops and speakers, or to let you explore other disciplines and cross-pollinate great ideas across disciplines. Whatever your professional development goals, the Minnesota Conference on Science Education will provide you with a wide variety of opportunities to enhance your professional growth as a science educator. In addition to the formal programming, we hope you will network with colleagues and develop meaningful professional relationships with them. Be sure to take advantage of the networking time during meals and between sessions to socialize with each other and visit our great exhibitors. We hope this year’s Minnesota Conference on Science Education will leave you enthused, rejuvenated, and full of new ideas for teaching your students!

Steve Walvig MnSTA President

Jean Tushie Conference Coordinator

Eric Koser Conference Manager


Schedule of Events Thursday 5:00 - 8:00

Registraion Open, DECC Skywalk Level Exhibitor Check in and Setup

Friday 7:30 - 8:00

Registration Continues, DECC Skywalk Level Continental Breakfast Available, Lake Superior Ballroom Exhibits Open

8:15-9:00

Session I

9:15 - 10:00

Session II

10:15 - 11:00

Session III

11:15 - 12:45 Lunch & General Session Lake Superior Ballroom MnSTA Teacher of the Year Awards Presentation Opening Keynote: Steve Pruitt, Achieve, Inc. Exhibits Remain Open 1:00 - 1:45

Session IV

2:00- 2:45

Session V

3:00 - 5:00

Social Event, Lake Superior Ballroom Beverages & Snacks Available, Exhibits Remain Open until 5:00 Special Greeting: Senator Al Franken Keynote: Mike Lynch, WCCO, Backyard Astronomer Door Prizes 5:45 - Kickoff of evening Duluth events... Try the MnCOSE “Twitter Guided Traveling Social”!!

Saturday 8:00 - 9:00 8:30

Continental Breakfast Available MnSTA Annual Meeting, Lake Superior Ballroom

9:00 -12:00

Field Trips and Workshops


Friday Keynote Speakers Steve Pruitt, Mike Lynch, Achieve, Inc

The Next Generation Science Standards and What This Means for Minnesota Science Teachers. The National Research Council directed a study of the most important science concepts and the science and engineering practices that students should learn. That work is collected in A Framework for K-12 Science Education, published in 2011. Their finding are the basis of a new set of model science standard. Our speaker, Stephen Pruitt, vice president of Achieve, Inc., was on the Framework committee and is now leading the development of these Next Generation Science Standards. Stephen is a former chemistry teacher and state science specialist for Georgia. He will walk us through the ideas from the Framework and the features of the new standards. His humor and southern mannerisms will make this an enjoyable session!

WCCO Radio

Mike Lynch will share from his experience of over 30 years as a broadcast meteorologist some of crazy weather phenomena he has witnessed during time at WCCO Radio 830. He’ll also talk about how to interpret weather phenomena and forecasts to students and adults of all ages. Technology especially in the last three decades has made huge advances but there are also tried and true ways to forecast the weather just by simple observation of nature. Clouds, winds, birds, animals, and many more methods were used by folks in the past to make really reliable forecasts. Combine that with current technology and Internet and it’s hard to go wrong. Mike will also take on the very controversial subject of global warning. You might surprised by some his thoughts

MnSTA Proudly Welcomes

U.S. Senator Al Franken to MnCOSE 2013 Please join your science education colleagues in welcoming Senator Franken to Duluth for the 2013 Minnesota Conference on Science Education! Minnesota Senator Franken sits on the Education Committee in the US Senate and has been a proponent of STEM education, including a STEM Master Teacher Corp bill that he will be introducing soon. Senator Al Franken was born on May 21, 1951, and grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. In 1973, he graduated from Harvard, where he met his wife Franni. They’ve been married for 37 years, and have two children: daughter Thomasin, 32, and son Joe, 28. Before running for the Senate, Al spent 37 years as a comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host and has taken part in seven USO tours, visiting our troops overseas in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Uzbekistan - as well as visiting Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait four times. In 2008, Al was elected to the Senate as a member of the DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) Party from Minnesota. He currently sits on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Committee on Indian Affairs.


Friday Strand Speakers Elementary Sciences Strand Speaker

Kathleen O’Donnell, Director, Family & Education Services, Twin Cities Public Television

Kathleen will share highlights of TPT’s award winning STEM productions with emphasis on engineering and girls in science including the newest season of SciGirls this year. In addition Kathleen will share resources from SciGirls and other PBS resources available for teachers to use directly with students.

Chemistry Strand Speaker

Brian Gute, Chemistry Instructor, University of Minnesota Duluth.

Surviving General Chemistry: Preparing Students for Success in CollegeLevel Science Courses

What do college chemistry professors expect from incoming freshmen? What science-related skills should students have mastered before college? As a gateway course into the sciences, is college-level general chemistry truly a weed-out course, or simply an eye-opener for students poorly prepared for success in the sciences? This talk will focus on what it means for students to be college-ready when it comes to coursework in the sciences, with a primary focus on general chemistry.

Earth Sciences Strand Speaker

Dr. Heidi Manning, Professor of Physics, Concordia College Moorhead and Curiosity Research Scientist. Investigate the rocks and atmosphere of Mars with Dr. Manning and the rover Curiosity. Search for potential habitats for life, past and present.

Life Sciences Strand Speaker

Dr. Janet Dubinsky, Dept. of Neuroscience, U of MN “Feedback: A (Neuro)Biological and Engineering idea”

Join Dr. Dubinsky as she untangles loopy engineering feedback concepts, make analogies and explore how the nervous system maintains bodies functioning within tolerable limits! Appropriate for high school biology, psychology, health and physics teachers.

Physics Strand Speaker

Tom KraMer, Managing Principal, Product Development Design Engineer, Kablooe Design.

Mr. KraMer will be discussing innovation methodology as it relates to new product development. The talk will cover important issues in innovation, creative thinking, pitfalls, and using a design driven mentality to develop innovative products. Best practices, results and lessons learned will be discussed.


Saturday Field Trips Up to date information on our Saturday morning field trips can be found in the registration area. Trips are planned to... Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center The Great Lakes Aquarium and Lake Superior College/Cirrus Design All trips will depart from the ground floor lobby of the DECC at 9:00 AM on Saturday and return by noon. Participants can sign up for field trips in the registration area.

Saturday Workshops Learn how to help students make the stars their old friends and how to enjoy the night sky any time of the night and any night of the year, even in areas of heavy light pollution. Along with the basics of astronomy and night sky watching Mike will go over the major constellations seen from Minnesota and Wisconsin and some of the mythical, magical, and fun stories about them. There’s also useful information about various kinds of telescopes and binoculars about how to use them wisely and efficiently along with purchasing the one that’s right for you. Everyone who attends will get a free packet of star maps, constellation diagrams, and much more. He’ll also talk about some extra special happenings go on in our celestial theater the rest 2013. Mike’s Lynch Book “Minnesota Starwatch” and his “Glow in the Dark Star Shirts” will also be available for optional purchase at a discount.

Mike Lynch, WCCO Radio, Backyard Astromoner

Adding “TEM” to our Science Teaching! Dr. Darci J. Harland is the author of the NSTA Press book, “STEM Student Research Handbook,” as well as the virtual space www.STEMmom.org. As the daughter of a professor and physician, she was raised with an appreciation for learning by discovery. Her past educational experiences include teaching high school and middle school science and English. She will discuss organizing students using lab notebooks and tips on how to redesign existing activities into higher-level inquiry labs. Come spend some time playing and constructing as we find ways to tinker labs we already use, to better incorporate inquiry technology, engineering and math into our K-8 science curriculum.

Darci Harland, NSTA Featured Author


MnCOSE 2013 Exhibitors We thank the exhibitors that are here to share their expertise with you! Please take time to visit them during the conference!

Exhibitor Table Location American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science - MN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Audubon Center of the North Woods. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Capstone Classroom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Cengage Learning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Center for Global Environmental Education at Hamline Univ. . . . . . . . . . 29 CPO Science. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-22 Dakota County Technical College. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Educators Personal Insurance Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 eScience3000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Grand Canyon University. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Headwaters Science Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 International Wolf Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Jeffers Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 KidWind Project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Kollath-Stensaas Publishing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 LAB-AIDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Laser Classroom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 LEGO education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Minn. Association of Professional Soil Scientists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Minnesota Forest Industries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Minnesota Zoo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 MN Field Trip Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 MN High Tech Association (MHTA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Nanofabrication Center--University of Minnesota. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 ODYSSEYWARE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Pearson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7 Perfection Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Perpich Center for Arts Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 SciMathMN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 St. Catherine University. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 St. Cloud State University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Sundance/Newbridge Publishing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 University of Minnesota Sea Grant Habitattitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Will Steger Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27


All meals and refershments will be served in this location.


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8:15 - 9:00 AM

Session I Supporting and Delivering Standards With PLTW Curriculum James Mecklenburg, MN PLTW

Chester Creek 5-8; 9-12

General Minnesota Project Lead The Way (PLTW) followed the lead of Sci Math MN and developed the PLTW Frameworks. This session will give an overview of the MN PLTW Frameworks and how educators can use these power tools to identify where the PLTW curriculum support and delivers the MN Academic Standards to students in the middle and high school programs. Genetic Discoveries: a Baker’s Dozen for 2013

Dr. Neil Lamb, Director for Educational Outreach, HudsonAlpha Institue for Biotechnology

French River Room 2 9-12

Life Science Want to use cool new science to engage your students? Concerned you can’t keep up with all the latest advances in genetic research? Ever wonder where all of this new science fits into your curriculum? Come and hear about thirteen of the top biotechnology discoveries from the past year. The current pace of discovery in genetics is so rapid, that it is difficult to keep up. This discussion is designed to make recent findings in biotechnology understandable, applicable, and aligned to science standards. You’ll receive the most recent version of the Biotechnology Guidebook, which contains current research findings and their underlying basic concepts. These topics are seamless additions into your content area course or can be used for a personal update on your genetics and biotechnology content. This free resource will also be available for download on the HudsonAlpha website: www.hudsonalpha.org School Forest Carbon Sequestration Project

John Geissler, Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

Gooseberry Falls Room 1 9-12

Earth Science Challenge high school students to explore climate change in a local context as they investigate and determine current carbon sequestration rates of an outdoor space, and develop forest stewardship recommendations to maximize carbon sequestration. Flipping Out! Exploring the Flipped Classroom Model Sara Peloquin, Spectrum High School Autumn Mollet,

Gooseberry Falls Room 2 9-12

General What if your students used their class time for experiments, collaboration and assistance instead of taking notes? Hear about one school’s experience implementing Flipped Classrooms. Engineering Your Engineering Design Challenges Deborah Besser, University of St. Thomas

Room L 5-8

Elementary In this session we will use the engineering design process to consider engineering design challenges that you can use in your classroom. Innovation, learning objectives, science standards, integrated learning, lessons learned, and engineering curriculum resources will be shared. Come design with us! Making Outdoor Education Possible in a School Forest Robin Halverson, Forestview Middle School Chris Hanson,

Room M-N 5-8

Life Science Forestview Middle School in Baxter MN is using their school forest for innovative teaching projects for effective outdoor education. Trail camera studies, teaching Foss outdoors, community involvement, and extra curricular activities engage students and staff with hands-on learning. It's Not Magic, It's Science! Jerry Wenzel, N/A

Room O preK-4; 5-8

Elementary Join wacky professor Jerry Wenzel as he demonstrates science concepts in a fun and easy to understand way. Designed for elementary and middle level teachers, this will be an unforgettable science learning experience for you.


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Lester - Minnesota's State Soil

Terence Cooper, University of Minnesota/ Dept of Soil, Water, and Climate

Split Rock Room 1 5-8; 9-12

Earth Science The Soil Series Lester, was recently named the "State Soil of Minnesota". This presentation will describe the importance of having a state soil and the characteristics of the Lester soil and soils in general and how using soil is a great way to get students interested in science, natural resources and the world around them. A Sense of Wonder: Creating Interest in STEM Cathy Kindem, District 196

Split Rock Room 2 preK-4; 5-8

Elementary Looking for simple ways to integrate wonder and inquiry into every lesson? Learn how infusing informational texts, habits of mind thinking, and questioning strategies into your classroom can inspire curiosity, risk taking, and persistence through confusion. Leave this workshop will practical tips for creating a STEM classroom of thinking, questioning, and discovery. Dragonfly Curriculum Guide: Emerged!

Ami Thompson, Dragonfly Environmental Education

St. Louis River Room preK-4; 5-8

Life Science A tour of the newly completed Dragonfly Curriculum Guide including hands-on activities, tips for raising Odonata nymphs in the classroom, and connections to the K-12 Science Framework practices and crosscutting concepts. Reviewed as "the BEST training, related to science, that I have ever received"

Session I - II Environmental Science in a World of 7 Billion Clayton Russell, Northland College

8:15 - 10:00 AM DECC Registration Area 5-8; 9-12

Life Science Discover timely, interdisciplinary, hands-on activities to help students understand the connections between human population growth and a host of environmental challenges. Receive curriculum on CD-ROM matched to state and Common Core standards. Do it, Read it, Write it! (How Can I Do it All?) Jane Copes, Science Outside the Biox

French River Room 1 preK-4

Elementary In this workshop you will DO simple science activities, READ related children's books, and WRITE in a book you make. Jane designed this class for the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and you will LOVE her ideas for integrating science and language arts. Build and Electric Motor

Tom Tomashek, Minnetonka High School

Gooseberry Falls Room 3 9-12

Physics An excellent activity for students is to have them build an electric motor. During this session we’ll look at some options and what role engineering can play in the process. We’ll also do some building.


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Session II Minnesota ‘Project Lead The Way’ Working for Teachers and Students. James Mecklenburg, MN PLTW

9:15 - 10:00 AM Chester Creek 5-8; 9-12; 13 and beyond

General Project Lead The Way (PLTW) began in Minnesota in 2002 with six schools. Today in Minnesota we have over 270 schools delivering PLTW curriculum to students. PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S. This session will give you an overview of the what, where, why and how of PLTW. Environmental Science in a World of 7 Billion Continuation of a double session. Clayton Russell, Northland College

DECC Registration Area 5-8; 9-12

Life Science Discover timely, interdisciplinary, hands-on activities to help students understand the connections between human population growth and a host of environmental challenges. Receive curriculum on CD-ROM matched to state and Common Core standards. Do it, Read it, Write it! (How Can I Do it All?) Continuation of a double session. Jane Copes, Science Outside the Biox

French River Room 1 preK-4

Elementary In this workshop you will DO simple science activities, READ related children's books, and WRITE in a book you make. Jane designed this class for the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and you will LOVE her ideas for integrating science and language arts. How to Make Your Genome Walk

Dr. Neil Lamb, Director of Educational Outreach, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

French River Room 2 9-12

Life Science Using web-based resources from HudsonAlpha, your school can create a genome walk - a physical representation of the Human Genome that includes more than 150 genes of interest. Use your hallways, nature trails or practice fields to allow students to stroll through their chromosomes. As part of the experience, let students team up for a genomic scavenger hunt using GenomeCache - a free app developed by HudsonAlpha for an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad. Students use genome coordinates and clues to find a specific gene and are awarded points when they correctly identify the gene and answer a basic biology question. All the tools needed to set up your own genome walk and download GenomeCache can be freely accessed online. Strategies for Reasoning Ability Growth in Pre-service Teacher Preparation: Cognitive Acceleration, Science Clubs, and STEM Elementary Schools Nathan Moore, Physics, Winona State University

Gooseberry Falls Room 1 5-8; 9-12; 13 and beyond

General The talk will present a useful and specific model of reasoning ability, describe the state of this ability among students over the last 30 or so years, and will discuss remediation strategies. The specific strategy implemented, "Cognitive Acceleration," seems to have great effect, both in pre-service teaching majors at Winona State and elementary and middle school children. Making Electrical Studies Accessible in the Classroom Andrew Tubesing, University of St Thomas, School of Engineering

Gooseberry Falls Room 2 5-8; 9-12

Physics This session will explore why teaching electrical concepts often seems less accessible than mechanical topics, and introduces strategies for a start-with-the-basics electricity curriculum on a shoestring budget. Build and Electric Motor Continuation of a double session. Tom Tomashek, Minnetonka High School

Gooseberry Falls Room 3 9-12

Physics An excellent activity for students is to have them build an electric motor. During this session we’ll look at some options and what role engineering can play in the process. We’ll also do some building.


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I Get It! Visualization Solutions That Support Elementary Earth & Space Science Standards? Sally Brummel, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota Joel Halvorson,

Ground Floor Foyer preK-4; 5-8 Elementary

Learn how elementary educators (K-6) are using interactive tools to help student infer knowledge and support mastery of difficult Earth and Space science concepts. Chemistry Strand Speaker

Brian D. Gute, Instructor of Chemistry, UMD

Room L

Chemistry Join Mr. Gute in exploring how to prepare students for success in college-level science courses and how to survive that first general chemistry course. Integrating STEM Across the Elementary Curriculum

Glory Oljace, STEM is Elementary, LLC and Pillsbury Elementary School

Room M-N preK-4

Elementary Experience the power of elementary STEM and learn to implement it with ease. Leave the session energized and ready to engage students immediately in STEM-based instruction. Making Science Connections for Student Learning Across the Curriculum Laurie Arnason, South Point Elementary

Room O preK-4; 5-8

Elementary Enhance your teaching and your students ' learning by engaging in journaling. Through the use of a prairie and/or a butterfly garden (or any outdoor ecosystem) as a focal point, you will learn how to integrate the many disciplines that get sidelined in your classroom. CD's, folders and prizes to be given. Earth Science Strand Speaker

Dr. Heidi Manning, Professor of Physics, Concordia College Moorhead and Curiosity Research Scientist

Split Rock Room 1

Earth Science Investigate the rocks and atmosphere of Mars with Dr. Manning and the rover Curiosity. Search for potential habitats for life, past and present. The CASE Project - Implementing a National Curriculum for Secondary Agricultural Education Williamson Christa, MN Association for Career and Technical Education

Split Rock Room 2 5-8, 9-12 Life Science

CASE is an ambitious project started by the National Council for Agricultural Education in 2007. The project goal is to implement a national curriculum for secondary agricultural education that provides a high level of educational experiences to enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources subject matter. Join agricultural education instructors to learn how CASE implements science standards and take home an activity you can implement in your classroom. Using Models to Promote Scientific Thinking Richard Lahti, Minnesota State University Moorhead

St. Louis River Room 5-8; 9-12

General Learn to use models authentically in science classes to promote higher order thinking, formulate hypotheses, etc. instead of just to ‘see’ big and small objects.


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10:15 - 11:00 AM

Session III Mastering the Chemical Formula: An Exceptionally Effective Way to Teach Subscripts and Coefficients Brandon Watters, Lakes High School and Lab-aids Consultant Darin Christianson, Lab-aids

Chester Creek 9-12 Chemistry

What is the difference between subscripts and coefficients? What does “balancing” a chemical equation mean? Many students have trouble with these fundamental chemistry concepts. Moles, reactions, and stoichiometry are hopelessly confusing if a student does not fully understand the chemical formula. Join us for some elegant, intuitive, and well-differentiated lessons that can help students of all ability levels master the chemical formula and, therefore, move confidently into a deeper understanding of chemistry. Physics Strand Speaker

Tom KraMer, President, Kablooe Design

DECC Registration Area

Physics Mr. KraMer will explore the role of creative thinking and a design-driven mentality in product development. Welcome to Your First Science Education Conference! Michele Koomen, Gustavus Adolphus College Melanie Reap,

French River Room 1 preK-4; 5-8; 9-12

General Come join us to learn more about the Minnesota Science Teacher Association, how to navigate your first conference and get the most out of your first Minnesota Conference in Science Education. Kitchen DNA with a Twist of Inquiry

Dr. Neil Lamb, Director of Educational Outreach, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

French River Room 2 9-12

Life Science Tired of cookbook DNA extraction protocols? We present an inquiry based DNA extraction procedure that will have students thinking about cell type, structures and DNA. Dive into a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables and create your own solution, from a variety of common household products, with which to extract DNA. This lesson will provide participants with the opportunity to learn how to teach about the composition and structure of cells and DNA in an inquiry based interactive way. Participants will work with a variety of plant and animal samples from which to choose to extract DNA. They will then consider the challenges of extracting DNA from their chosen material and design a lysis buffer from everyday household materials to utilize in the extraction process. After completing the extraction process, participants will compare and contrast their results. Hands-on Nanotechnology: Resources and Opportunities for Teachers James Marti, University of Minnesota--Nanofabrication Center

Gooseberry Falls Room 1 9-12

Physics This talk describes some of the opportunities for teachers to get involved with summer research projects at the UofM’s Nanofabrication Center. It will also present a catalog of activities on nanoscience and technology ready for use in the classroom. Fun LED Projects for Exploring Electrical Concepts

Andrew Tubesing, University of St Thomas, School of Engineering

Gooseberry Falls Room 2 5-8; 9-12; 13 and beyond

Physics Make colorful LED circuits and learn how they can be used to teach wiring/soldering skills and a variety of electrical concepts. Hot Wheel Physics Challenges

Paul Anderson Anderson, Buffalo High School

Gooseberry Falls Room 3 9-12; 13 and beyond

Physics Games can make learning fun. Challenging problems make students think. Combine the two and add in Hot Wheels cars and watch the excitement in the room! In this session you will explore 4 challenges used in physics.


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I Get It! Visualization Solutions That Support Secondary Earth and Environmental Ground Floor Foyer Science Standards? 5-8; 9-12 Joel Halvorson, Science Communications Consultant, Regional Planetarium Network Sally Brummel,

Earth Science

Learn about a series of NASA funded Earth Science lessons (6-12), which include interactive use of data for use in a planetarium and/or the classroom. Making a Flipping Difference

Carolyn Fruin, Eastview High School

Room L 5-8; 9-12

General How do we engage students when they’re ready to learn and provide them with "rewindable" opportunities? Learn how to "FLIP" your style and transform you classroom into an interactive environment that extends beyond the traditional school day to enhance learning for all of your students. Science Con-Artists

Douglas Allchin, Univ. of Minnesota (Twin Cities)

Room M-N 9-12; 13 and beyond

General Prepare students to be savvy consumers of science by learning how others effectively imitate scientific expertise and authority. Elementary Strand Speaker

Room O

Kathleen O'Donnell, Director, Family & Education Services, Twin Cities Public Television

Elementary Kathleen will share highlights of TPT’s award winning STEM productions with emphasis on engineering and girls in science including the newest season of SciGirls this year. In addition Kathleen will share resources from SciGirls and other PBS resources available for teachers to use directly with students. Explore Minnesota's Changing Climate John Smith, Will Steger Foundation

Split Rock Room 1 5-8; 9-12

Earth Science Educators will be introduced to and receive copies of the Will Steger Foundation?s Minnesota’s Changing Climate curriculum and online classroom. Crime Scene Investigation on the Cosmic Scale

Romesh Lakhan, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry/University of MN Duluth

Split Rock Room 2 9-12

Chemistry Ever wonder how we know what stars are made of and how to prove the age of the universe? Instructor Lakhan from the University of MN Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will show you how you can make your own spectrometer to use in the classroom. From there, you will learn how to fingerprint elements from their emission spectra, determine the red-shift of stars, and calculate the age of the universe. Ecotime: Integrating Environmental Education David Grack, Jeffers Foundation

St. Louis River Room preK-4; 5-8

Elementary Have fun in this interactive session and leave with 150 quick, easy, environmentally themed, multidisciplinary lessons that are aligned with state academic standards. Learn more about what Jeffers Foundation has to offer.


Flipping Out! Exploring the Flipped Classroom Model

Build an Electric Motor

French River Room 1

French River Room 2

Gooseberry Falls Room 1

Gooseberry Falls Room 2

Gooseberry Falls Room 3

Genetic Discoveries: A Baker’s Dozen for 2013

School Forest Carbon Sequestration Project

Making Electrical Studies Accessible in the Classroom

Cognitive Acceleration, Science Clubs, and STEM Elementary Schools

Strategies for Reasoning Ability Growth in Pre-service Teacher Preparation:

Engineering in the Classroom - Design the Most Efficient Electric Generator! Hot Wheel Physics Challenges

Dr. Janet Dubinsky, Dept. of Neuroscience, U of MN

Engineering idea"

STRAND SPEAKER

"Feedback: A (Neuro)Biological and

Physics Inquiry Using Direct Measurement Video

Wild About Animals: Taking a STEM Approach in a Primary Classroom

Fun LED Projects for Exploring Electrical Concepts

Chemistry For All Implementing A Standards Based General Chemistry Course

Hands-on Nanotechnology: Resources and Opportunities for Teachers

The True Nature of Science: Inquiry

Kitchen DNA with a Twist of Inquiry

Life Science Physics

How to Make Your Genome Walk

Ecotime: Integrating Environmental Education

Session IV • 1:00 - 1:45 PM

Welcome to Your First Science Education Conference!

Tom KraMer, President, Kablooe Design

Mastering the Chemical Formula: An Exceptionally Effective Way to Teach Subscripts and Coefficients

Minnesota Project Lead The Way working for teachers and students.

STRAND SPEAKER

Session III • 10:15 - 11:00 AM

Session II • 9:15 - 10:00 AM

Do it, Read it, Write it! (How Can I Do it All?)

DECC Registration Area

Life Science General Physics

Environmental Science in a World of 7 Billion

General

Life Science

Elementary

Life Science

Earth Science

General

Physics

Chester Creek Room

Supporting and Delivering Standards With PLTW Curriculum

Session I • 8:15 - 9:00 AM

Physics Physics

Room General

Presentation Grid

Chemistry Physics General

Chemistry Elementary Life Science Physics Physics

Life Science

Elementary

Minnesota Conferene on Science Education

Chemistry Physics Physics General

Fun Physics for All with the Marble Launcher

Using Engineering to Mimic Neurobiology

NAEP (Science) Questions Tool - How to Use in Your Classroom

Let's Talk About Physics

Use of Online and Computer Based Simulations in Chemistry and Physics

Session V • 2:00 - 2:45 PM Distillation: Simple and Fascinating Experiments in the Chemistry of Aromas and Smells

The New AP Physics Courses: 2014 - 2015

Life Science Physics Physics


Room M-N

Room O

Split Rock Room 1

Split Rock Room 2

St Louis River Room

Ground Floor Foyer

The CASE Project Implementing a National Curriculum for Secondary Agricultural Education Using Models to Promote Scientific Thinking I Get It! Visualization solutions that support Elementary Earth & Space Science Standards?

A Sense of Wonder: Creating Interest in STEM

Dragonfly Curriculum Guide: Emerged!

Dr. Heidi Manning, Professor of Physics, Concordia College Moorhead and Curiosity Research Scientist

STRAND SPEAKER

Lester - Minnesota's State Soil

Making Science Connections for Student Learning Across the Curriculum

It's Not Magic, It's Science!

Integrating STEM Across the Elementary Curriculum

Making Outdoor Education Possible in a School Forest Science Con-Artists

Greening STEM with Something Fishy: ‘Fish Surveys’ - A MN DNR Fisheries Management Lesson Citizen Science: Doing Field Research with Your Students

I Get It! Visualization Solutions That Support Secondary Earth & Space Science Standards?

I Get It! Visualization Solutions That Support Secondary Earth and Environmental Science Standards

Agriculture Science from STEM to Plate

BSU Summer Science Weather Balloon Project for Grades K - 8

Promoting Next Generation Science Learning, a panel discussion featuring Steve Pruitt, Achieve.

Puff Mobiles and Bird Feeders: Engineering for K-6 teachers

Crime Scene Investigation on the Cosmic Scale

Ecotime: Integrating Environmental Education

Cell Phone Colorimetry

Teaching Nature of Science Through History

Discussion & Demonstration of Research Resources

Explore Minnesota's Changing Climate

Director, Family & Education Services, Twin Cities Public Television

STRAND SPEAKER Kathleen O'Donnell,

Making a Flipping Difference

Please refer to the session listings in this program for a full description of each presentation! Note that many presentations apply to a variety of grade levels…which are identified on each full description.

Elementary

Life Science

Elementary

Earth Science

Elementary

Life Science

Earth Science

Room L

STRAND SPEAKER Brian D. Gute, Instructor of Chemistry, UMD

Chemistry Elementary Elementary Earth Science Life Science General Elementary

Engineering Your Engineering Design Challenges General General Elementary Chemistry Elementary Earth Science

Earth Science

Earth Science General Earth Science Life Science General Earth Science

Elementary

Chemistry Elementary Life Science


2013 Minnesota Conference on Science Education www.mnsta.org

1:00 - 1:45 PM

Session IV Ecotime: Integrating Environmental Education David Grack, Jeffers Foundation

Chester Creek preK-4; 5-8

Elementary Have fun in this interactive session and leave with 150 quick, easy, environmentally themed, multidisciplinary lessons that are aligned with state academic standards. Learn more about what Jeffers Foundation has to offer. The True Nature of Science: Inquiry Leah Inman, Tri-City United High School

DECC Registration Area 13 and beyond

Life Science Inquiry based teaching with trial & error: teaching cellular theory, atomic theory, and the structure of DNA through observation, experiment, and data analysis. Chemistry For All - Implementing A Standards Based General Chemistry Course Charles Handlon, Century High School

French River Room 1 9-12

Chemistry How can all students be expected to take General Chemistry? The presenter will share pedagogy, lab activities and methods of "grading for learning" that are being implemented to assist Rochester Public School students in meeting the new high school chemistry graduation requirement. Wild About Animals: Taking a STEM Approach in a Primary Classroom Carole Velasquez, Cedar Park STEM Elementary School

French River Room 2 preK-4

Elementary Want to expand your understanding of STEM and learn how to integrate science and literacy in a meaningful way? Leave this session with resource ideas and teaching tips for creative ways to an integrated STEM curriculum unit in an elementary classroom. Life Science Strand Speaker "Feedback: A (Neuro)Biological and Engineering idea"

Gooseberry Falls Room 1

Dr. Janet Dubinsky, Dept. of Neuroscience, U of MN

Life Science "Feedback: A (Neuro)Biological and Engineering idea" Join Dr. Dubinsky as she untangles loopy engineering feedback concepts, make analogies and explore how the nervous system maintains bodies functioning within tolerable limits! Appropriate for high school biology, psychology, health and physics teachers. Physics Inquiry Using Direct Measurement Video Peter Bohacek, Henry Sibley High School

Gooseberry Falls Room 2 9-12

Physics Direct measurement videos have grids, rulers, and frame counters so students can make measurements from the video without any additional software. Large banks of direct measurement videos allow students to explore and develop physics concepts and relationships on their own. Engineering in the Classroom - Design the Most Efficient Electric Generator! Jessie Herman, CPO Science

Gooseberry Falls Room 3 9-12

Physics What is the most efficient way to transform mechanical energy into electrical energy? Design and configure a motor with the greatest voltage output using electromagnetic induction and a unique rip-cord generator. Raffle to win a Rip-Cord Generator! I Get It! Visualization Solutions That Support Secondary Earth & Space Science Standards? Joel Halvorson, Science Communications Consultant, Regional Planetarium Network Sally Brummel,

Ground Floor Foyer 5-8; 9-12 Earth Science

Learn how secondary science educators (6-12) are using interactive tools to help student infer knowledge and support mastery of difficult Earth and Space science concepts.


2013 Minnesota Conference on Science Education www.mnsta.org

Discussion & Demonstration of Research Resources Christine Yaeger, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Room L 9-12; 13 and beyond

Earth Science Building student’s environmental literacy and ability to find and analyze research is required by state standards. Participate in resource discussion and a demonstration of a new tool created for improving access to water research relevant to Minnesota. BSU Summer Science Weather Balloon Project for Grades K - 8 John Truedson, Bemidji State University

Split Rock Room 1 preK-4; 5-8; 9-12

Earth Science BSU summer science program funded by an ITQP grant that included a weather balloon launch in fall 2012 and spring 2013 that carried payloads developed by students who also followed the track in real time. Citizen Science: Doing field Research With Your Students Sarah Weaver, University of Minnesota-Monarchs in the Classroom

Split Rock Room 2 5-8; 9-12

Life Science Citizen Science: An excellent way to involve students in the field of science! Engage with current projects and get ideas for how to incorporate citizen science. Promoting Next Generation Science Learning, a panel discussion featuring Steve St. Louis River Room Pruitt, Achieve. John Olson, Science Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

General This panel discussion of education stakeholders in Minnesota will explore the implementation and vision of resources contained in the Framework and Next Gen Science Standards. Join our panelists for a great discussion:

Rose Chu, MN Dept. of Education, Asst. Commissioner Mary Colson, Earth Science Teacher and writer for NGSS Tim Barrett, Education Coordinator for Minn. High Tech Association Kevin Zak, Science Education Professor, Univ. of Minn. Duluth Stephen Pruitt, Achieve

1:00 - 2:45 PM

Session IV - V Teaching Nature of Science Through History Douglas Allchin, Univ. of Minnesota (Twin Cities)

Room M-N 9-12

General Engage in the case of Nobel Prize-winner Christian Eijkman as he investigates the cause of beriberi. A sample class, followed by discussion. Puff Mobiles and Bird Feeders: Engineering for K-6 teachers Michele Koomen, Gustavus Adolphus College

Room O preK-4; 5-8

Elementary In this session you will learn how to integrate engineering design into K-6 classrooms by building a puff mobile and designing bird feeders. Learn how NSTA?s Science and Children can support you with other engineering ideas.


2013 Minnesota Conference on Science Education www.mnsta.org

2:00 - 2:45 PM

Session V Distillation: Simple and Fascinating Experiments in the Chemistry of Aromas and Chester Creek Smells 9-12 Brandon Watters, Lakes Community High School and Lab-aids Consultant Darin Christianson, Lab-aids

Chemistry

We distill water to purify it, or so we think. So why does the clear distillate from apple cider smell like apples? Join us and find out! Using a clever test tube distillation apparatus, distill the essence of vanilla and the scent of mint and we’ll even show you how to make brandy from wine! Distillation is a crucial process in chemical engineering and technology, yet few students ever get to explore the process. This hands-on distillation workshop is not illegal, but it is excellent chemistry and extremely relevant to those of you who want to put a little STEM in your test tube! Use of Online and Computer Based Simulations in Chemistry and Physics Matthew Inman, Shattuck-St. Mary's School

DECC Registration Area 5-8; 9-12; 13 and beyond

Physics How and why to use computer-based simulations in the classroom. Please bring your computer to play with some of the simulations that will be presented. Let's Talk About Physics

Scot Hovan, Mahtomedi High School

French River Room 1 9-12

Physics Facilitating scientific discourse is not typically part of teacher training programs; this session presents preliminary findings of a larger research project in which one high school physics teacher analyzes his attempts at making the classroom conducive to positive student experiences of mini-presentations, whiteboard meetings, and graded large group discussions. NAEP (Science) Questions Tool - How to Use in Your Classroom Kate Beattie, MN Dept of Education

French River Room 2 preK-4; 5-8; 9-12

General This presentation will demonstrate how to use the NAEP Questions Tool which are publicly released questions from previous NAEP assessments from grades 4, 8 and 12 Using Engineering to Mimic Neurobiology

Janet Dubinsky, Department of Neuroscience University of Minnesota

Gooseberry Falls Room 1 9-12

Life Science Make a working model that illustrates nervous system functioning! Bring your best crafts skills or your itchy computer fingers and join us in applying engineering principles to model making and model interpreting in the biological context of the nervous system. For the crafters, we?ll have supplies. For the geeks, please bring your own laptops. Appropriate for high school biology, psychology, health, computer science and physics teachers. The New AP Physics Courses: 2014 - 2015 Rebecca Messer, Northfield High School Paul Lulai,

Gooseberry Falls Room 2 9-12

Physics Rebecca Messer and Paul Lulai will discuss what changes are being made and how that is reflected in the new course content and exams. What are the expectations and strategies teachers need to prepare for the changes in sequence and pedagogy? Fun Physics for All with the Marble Launcher Jessie Herman, CPO Science

Gooseberry Falls Room 3 9-12

Physics Perform engaging projectile motion investigations with a fun and unique marble launcher. Predict the path of a projectile by collecting data, graphing results, and drawing conclusions. Free raffle for a Marble Launcher!


2013 Minnesota Conference on Science Education www.mnsta.org

Cell Phone Colorimetry

Eric Kehoe, JWP High School

Room L 9-12

Chemistry During the presentation you will be participating in a lab in which an image captured with a cell phone is used to construct a Beer's Law plot and identify the concentration of an unknown. The presenter will be discussing his own experiences conducting this lab in science classes. Hopefully there will be time to also have a group discussion about BYOD (bring your own device) successes. Teaching Nature of Science Through History Continuation of a double session. Douglas Allchin, Univ. of Minnesota (Twin Cities)

Room M-N 9-12

General Engage in the case of Nobel Prize-winner Christian Eijkman as he investigates the cause of beriberi. A sample class, followed by discussion. Puff Mobiles and Bird Feeders: Engineering for K-6 teachers Continuation of a double session. Michele Koomen, Gustavus Adolphus College

Room O preK-4; 5-8

Elementary In this session you will learn how to integrate engineering design into K-6 classrooms by building a puff mobile and designing bird feeders. Learn how NSTA?s Science and Children can support you with other engineering ideas. Agriculture Science from STEM to Plate

Sue Knott, Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Al Withers,

Split Rock Room 1 preK-4; 5-8

Elementary Discover the STEM involved in animal, plant and food production! Participants will engage in hands-on, standardbased activities that can be used in classrooms immediately. Free resources focusing on agriculture and STEM will be shared. Greening STEM with Something Fishy: ‘Fish Surveys’ - A MN DNR Fisheries Management Lesson Nadine Meyer, MN DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife MinnAqua Program Deborah Groebner,

Split Rock Room 2 5-8 Life Science

Fisheries biologists need to solve problems such as "how to count the number of fish in a lake". They develop unique tools to accomplish this. We will explore the STEM components of surveying fish populations, and everyone receives free access to MinnAqua's national award-winning curriculum and image collection.


“MnCOSE13 Twitter Guided Traveling Social” Friday’s entertainment is an interactive “crawl” through Duluth’s downtown and Canal Park areas. A map is linked below with a list of potential stops. At each stop, you or your group will be asked to perform a task and then document it with a “tweet.” All tweets must have the hashtag #mnstacrawl included so everyone can follow the evening. Give some recognition to the businesses by adding their handles (@______) as well. You are not required to attend all of the stops or follow the order that is listed below. Be safe and have fun!

goo.gl/kbTKa  

goo.gl/Yqr68

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Downtown Locations

Scan for map Your Twitter Social Task… This establishment is across from the Duluth Public Library. Take a picture of yourself or your group in front of the library. The architect that designed this building also designed one in Minneapolis. Tweet your picture with the name of the building in Minneapolis. 505 W Superior St. • www.bowerybrospub.com

505 W Superior St.

7 W Superior St.

The Taphouse features 40 different taps. As a geography lesson, how many states are represented? How many countries? Tweet your answers as well as your personal favorite. @7taphouse • www.7westtaphouse.com

109 W Superior St. www.dubhlinnpub.com

Billiards is a great game to study math and science. Your task here is to shoot the cue ball from one end of the table to the other so that the ball just stops on the rail. Calculate the average velocity of the cue ball and send it out in a tweet. @dubhlinnirish ½ off Appetizers ...with name tag! Two different gases can be used in the pushing of beer from keg to glass. What are those gases and how do they differ to the beverage and consumer? Tweet one

132 E Superior St. www.duluthtycoons.com

fact about the gases.

Jazz music from 6-9PM BOGO free Martinis ...with name tag! The shape of the glassware is important to the drink served in it. Take a picture of a glass and tweet the pic 231 E Superior St. www.blackwaterlounge.com

with the reason for it’s shape.


Canal Park Locations

300 Canal Park Dr.

Your Twitter Social Task… New breweries are popping up all across the state and this is one of the latest for the Duluth area. What are the four main ingredients needed to brew? Take a picture of one or more and tweet it out.

@canalparkbrew www.canalparkbrewery.com

$3.00 Domestic Taps and $3.00 Well Drinks ...with nametag!

11 Buchanan St. www.grandmasrestaurants.com/littleangies

The building next to Little Angie’s is the DeWitt-Seitz building. This building has a long history beginning in 1909. Use your teacher powers to create a trivia question about it’s history and tweet it out. Live music or DJ. $5.00 pitchers of Long Island Teas $5.00 pitchers of Kamikazes $3.00 UV drinks $2.50 16oz. cans of Pabst & Rolling Rock

425 Lake Ave. S www.grandmasrestaurants.com/ sportsgarden/family.htm

$3.00 Windsors $3.00 Captains...all with nametag! Before you enter the building, you have a great view of the lift bridge. Take a picture of yourself or group with the bridge in the background. Use some geometry to determine the height of the bridge. Tweet the height and the picture. 9PM – Midnight $3.00 Miller Products...with nametag! Grandma Rosa Brochi helped found this original establishment. Find the picture of Grandma Rosa in the Marathon’s Hall of Fame and take a picture of you or the group with her. Tweet out the picture.

522 Lake Ave. S

www.grandmasrestaurants.com/gmas_cp.htm


MnCOSE 2013 Conference Planning Committee Jean Tushie, MnCOSE Conference Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eden Prairie High School, MnSTA Board Eric Koser, MnCOSE Conference Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mankato West High School, MnSTA WebMaster Kari Dombrovski, MnCOSE Program Coordinator . . . . . . Talahi Community School, St. Cloud, MnSTA Reg 7 Elizabeth Kersting-Peterson, MnCOSE Local Committee. . . . . . . Piedmont Elementary School, MnSTA Reg 3 Mary Colson, MnCOSE Marketing Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . Horizon Middle School, MnSTA Past President Phil Sinner, MnCOSE Marketing Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Renville County West, MnSTA Reg 6 & 8 John Truedson, MnCOSE Exhibits Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bemidji State University, MnSTA Reg 1 & 2 Joe Reyman, MnSTA Treaurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Retired, MnSTA Treasurer Ed Hessler, MnSTA Executive Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hamline University, MnSTA Paul Anderson, MnCOSE TGTS Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Buffalo High School

MnSTA Strand Leaders

Nancy Orr-Johnson, MnSTA Biology Representative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Humbolt High School, St. Paul Chuck Handlon, MnSTA Chemistry Representative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rochester Century High School Dana Smith, MnSTA Earth Science Representative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicollet Secondary School, Nicollet Nicole Christofferson-Weston, MnSTA Elementary Representative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Menahga School Polly Saatzer, MnSTA Elementary Representative. . . . . . . . . . . Garlough Environmental Magnet, W. St. Paul Paul Lulai, MnSTA Physics Representative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Anthony Village High School

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Your Evaluation  of  Session  Presentations  

We  work  hard  to  make  our  conference  meet  our  mission  to  stimulate,  coordinate,  and  improve   science  teaching  and  learning  for  all.    Please  provide  feedback  to  help  us  continue  to  do  our  best.     Please  answer  these  five  questions  for  each  session  you  attend  by  recording  your  answers  in  the   grid  below.    Please  evaluate  the  Saturday  session  you  are  involved  in  the  same  way.    Be  sure  to   record  the  room  name  so  we  can  collect  the  data.     Q1)  Please  rank  the  usefulness  of  this  presentation  to  you  as  a  science  educator:     Very  useful     somewhat  useful     not  very  useful     5   4   3   2   1  

Q2) Please  rank  your  perception  of  the  preparedness  of  the  presenter  for  the  presentation:     Well  prepared         not  very  prepared     5   4   3   2   1   Q3)  Please  rank  how  this  presentation  met  your  expectations  based  on  the  description:     Met  expectations         did  not  meet  expectations     5   4   3   2   1   Q4)  Please  rank  the  overall  quality  of  the  presentation:     Very  high  quality         5   4   3  

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Q5) Should  MnSTA  repeat  this  presentation  or  a  similar  presentation  at  future  conferences?     Yes,  definitely         No,  certainly  not     5   4   3   2   1   Session  

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Please continue  the  evaluation  on  the  other  side  of  this  sheet.   Tear  out  this  page  and  leave  it  at  the  registration  table  when  complete,  please.  

 


Your Overall  Conference  Evaluation  

Please describe  the  best  part  of  the  conference  experience  for  you.      

Please describe  the  most  difficult  part  of  the  conference  experience  for  you.      

Why did  you  choose  to  come  to  the  Minnesota  Conference  on  Science  Education?      

What one  or  two  changes  would  you  like  to  see  in  our  event?      

What components  would  you  like  us  to  hang  on  to  and  not  change?      

How can  MnSTA  best  serve  your  needs  as  a  science  educator?      

Please share  any  other  general  comments  you  have  on  this  event.          

Thank you  for  your  thoughtful  feedback!    It  is  appreciated!  

 

Please continue  the  evaluation  on  the  other  side  of  this  sheet.   Tear  out  this  page  and  leave  it  at  the  registration  table  when  complete,  please.  


MnSTA President

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Eric Koser

MnCoSE Conference Coordinator MnCoSE Conference Manager

Jean Tushie

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Skywalk to Holiday Inn and Radisson

The DECC • Environmental Statement The DECC is committed to environmental stewardship in our community. You will notice our efforts throughout the facility. • • • • • •

We will coordinate with you to handle waste from your conference in a responsible manner. We recycle aluminum, glass, plastic and paper. Receptacles are located in every meeting room, lobby, hallway and restroom. We participate in a local composting program in which nearly all of our biodegradable waste is composted. We focus on package reduction and purchase biodegradable or recyclable products for every reasonable application. We bail and sell all cardboard and the vinyl material used in our Exhibit Services Department for reuse.


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We reduce energy with our turn-off-the-lights policy and with our conversion to surplus steam heat for heating and cooling. We participate in Minnesota’s Material Exchange and have an interdepartmental materials exchange. Surplus food is donated to the local Second Harvest Food Bank which supplies many non-profit organizations who feed the local hungry population. We are taking incremental, high-impact steps to reduce energy use, reuse products and food, and recycle much of the waste produced throughout our facility.


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The Program for the MnSTA's 2013 Minnesota Conference on Science Education

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