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NSTA Regional Conference

  • December 01, 2016
  • December 03, 2016
  • The Greater Columbus Convention Center • 400 North High St. • Columbus OH 43215

Area Conference in Columbus: December 1–3, 2016
Champions of Science: A Game Plan for the Future!

To help you make the most of the professional development opportunities available at the Columbus conference, the Conference Committee has planned the conference around three strands that explore topics of current significance, enabling you to focus on a specific area of interest or need.

Training Camp: Strengthening Fundamentals in Elementary Education

Effective elementary science instruction requires a specific set of skills to provide students meaningful learning opportunities. Teachers need to have a fundamental understanding of integrating content, crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices, as well as strategies to assess student understanding. This strand will strengthen participants' abilities to implement and assess rich science instruction for all students.

Game Time: Tackling Scientific Problems and Pitching Engineering Solutions

The current challenges facing society are both complex and interdisciplinary. Issues like water availability/quality, climate change, renewable energies, food shortages, the need for improved transportation/city infrastructure, and issues in the biomedical realm require clearly defining problems that can be solved through design. Students address these issues by implementing the practices of scientists and engineers, including developing explanations, designing and building models, and creating solutions. Students must be able to link the domains of science and teachers must teach students in a learnable manner that reaches multiple grade levels, increasing in depth and sophistication.

Science Boosters: Taking It to the Next Level

People are naturally inquisitive and make real-world connections beyond the science classroom. Teachers are the key to the establishment and success of educational partnerships, as well as the promotion of enriching experiences. This strand increases participants' understanding and ability to initiate and build successful collaborative partnerships that provide a wealth of resources inside and outside of the classroom in order to take science to the next level.

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