Educator and Community/Industry Leader Day- March 2

@ the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research in Danville, VA

Read More for a listing of all the fantastic workshops that will be offered this year!!

 

Educator Workshops 2017

Workshop 1 : 8:40-9:40am

A Simple Start to STEM

Elementary; 1 hr

The thought of starting STEM in a school is scary and something that many people are very unsure of. Educators in our session will learn simple tips about how to start a successful STEM program in their schools. We will provide information about family STEM nights, STEM in the classroom, STEM after school, and STEM in the summer! Educators will leave with design briefs for lessons in the classroom, ideas for how STEM can work in their school systems, and tips for how to incorporate it into the entire district.

Lizzy Fulcher & Dawn Toole

Martinsville City Public Schools

Bean Beetles as Model Organisms

Secondary; 1 hr

Bean Beetles are known as voracious pests, but they are also a remarkably easy to use model for animal behavior, genetics, and fitness experiments.  This workshop will go over the basic life history and maintenance of Bean Beetle cultures.  After the brief introductory material, attendees will design and (hopefully) conduct some hands on exercises with these fascinating creatures.  At the end of the session attendees will be given example laboratory exercises and a bean beetle culture to take back to their schools.

Christopher Pantazis

Danville Community College

CSI STEM Sytle

Secondary; 1 hr

Teachers will participate in hands-on forensic science activities and will be given information about materials and costs to implement.  Fingerprinting, DNA extraction, and chromatography will be done, and additional activities that accompany this unit will be discussed.

Jill Collins, Tommie Evans, & Jacob Taylor

STEM Academy Pittsylvania County Schools

Engaging Students Utilizing Augmented Reality (AR)

Elementary & Secondary; 1 hr

Augmented reality (AR) creates the ability to add computer-generated graphics, video, and images to real world pictures, documents and locations. AR can be beneficial to educators in that it can provide engaging experiences for students by making teaching and learning more mobile and accessible, while increasing 21st century skills with a variety of technology tools. AR is an experience which most students are already familiar with through digital or online games (i.e. Pokemon Go). In this workshop, the presenter will demonstrate how to utilize the free AR application, Aurasma, that teachers can use in the classroom for both teaching and learning. Work samples will be shared and discussion will be initiated to explore additional ideas on how AR can best serve teachers and students in the classroom.

Dr. Aimee Brenner

Averett University

Farmbot: Agriculture meets Robotics

Secondary; 1 hr

 

Scott Lowman & Rory Aronson

the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research and Farmbot

FOSStering STEM: Exploring Energy & Motion Through Design

Elementary; 2 hr *This session will continue through Workshop 2 (9:50-10:50am)*

Participants design a cart that travels from "here to there". Carts are tested and modified for optimum performance. Motion and Energy are investigated through a controlled experiment using simple machines, forces, and mathematics.

Kip Bisignano

Delta Education/FOSS

Portable Solar Power Generator

Secondary; 1 hr

The purpose of the Potable Solar Power Generator project is to develop an applied, experiential training project to teach the concepts of teamwork, AC/DC power fundamentals, safety, mechanical and electrical systems, and applied math. Through the process of  understanding how the Portable Solar Power Generator is designed, engineered and built participants will gain relevant hands-on, applied knowledge of the concepts introduced initially in a classroom setting. The project will include a solar panel, sealed gel cell battery, battery charge controller, and inverter to convert the 12v DC from the battery to AC for light use up to 4 amperes. The project will help students understand how photo-voltaic cells (solar panels) charge a battery, and how current is changed from DC to AC, and the use of charge controllers to prevent overcharging a battery. Students also use math concepts to understand how  long a charged battery will last.

Hope Harris-Gayles, David Kenealy, & Will Soyars

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

Start from Scratch

Elementary & Secondary; 2 hrs *This session will continue through Workshop 2 (9:50-10:50am)*

This workshop introduces educators to the use of Scratch in all of areas of instruction, including student or teacher created projects.  Participants will be introduced to the basics of Scratch and how they can be applied to SOL related topics.  Participants will be creating their own projects to use in their classrooms.

Susan Franklin-Smith & Brenna Takata

Pittsylvania County Schools

Workshop 2 : 9:50-10:50am

Fly Tying into Biology

Secondary; 1 hr

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the concept of fly tying & how it relates to biology.  Fly tying is an art that seeks to produce lures that simulate prey; the intent is to produce a lure that will emulate an insect, small fish, and other small animals to catch fish.  An understanding of the role of aquatic predator/prey relationships can give students an introduction to the discipline of wildlife biology.  The thought processes that go into designing and producing a lure can be an introduction to the engineering design process. 

Anthony Pasciuta, Jr.

Halifax County High School STEM Academy

FOSStering STEM: Exploring Energy & Motion Through Design

*This workshop is a continuation of the session started during Workshop 1*

Kip Bisignano

Delta Education/FOSS

Fruit Trees & Farming as Gateways to STEM-H

Elementary & Secondary; 2 hr *This session will continue through Workshop 3 (11:00am-12:00pm)*

This session is 1 part survey and 1 part hands-on activity. The first part presents farming as a gateway to all the STEM-H disciplines by surveying innovative farm practices in the US, Australia, and Africa today. The second part teaches a valuable skill from the toolbox of every American child of 150 years ago but now a lost art—grafting. Participants will hand-graft an apple variety onto a compatible rootstock to take for planting at home or at school.

Ben Capozzi

Elmwood Farm

Natural History in the Classroom

Elementary; 1 hr

Come explore the amazing world of STEM as the Virginia Museum of Natural History introduces classrooms to natural history topics. From Native Americans to plant cells, learn how the museum can help you get student's interested in science. Lesson plans and activities will be provided for attendees.

Sydney Brown

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Project & Demo Gallery

Elementary & Secondary; 2 hrs (Floating *Visit this workspace anytime during Workshops 2 & 3; 9:50am-12:00pm*)

Gallery style tour of Physical Science, Life Science, Physics and Biology projects . Come browse a gallery of science-related concepts and projects that can be modified as hands-on labs or teacher demonstrations.  Use these ideas to introduce new concepts or reinforce existing ideas. These projects can be simplified for K-7th grade students or built upon to serve 8th-12th grade students. As you browse the gallery a teacher will be on hand to explain how the projects are used or can be modified. Examples of ideas are... displaying the polar nature of water, Bernoulli's principle, scientific method- egg float experiment, dominoes and sound, bottle cap bingo and much more. Most materials used can be found around the school or brought in from home for little to no cost to the educator. These projects are a culmination of conferences and 10 years of teaching experience.

Stephen Biedrycki & Danel Slaydon

Patrick County High School

Start from Scratch

*This workshop is a continuation of the session started during Workshop 1*

Susan Franklin-Smith & Brenna Takata

Pittsylvania County Schools

Teach Your Students How to Become Citizen Scientists Using Their Smartphones

Secondary; 1 hr

This workshop will train teachers how to convert a smartphone into a complex scientific collecting device and field notebook. We will explore free smartphone apps which will allow students to capture, record, and share field observations they might make around their school or home.  Citizen science websites accepting data and repositories of field observations will also be covered.

Jason Gibson

Patrick Henry Community College

Which Thinking Cap Will Go the Farthest?

Secondary; 2 hrs *This session will continue through Workshop 3 (11:00am-12:00pm)*

Participants will take plart in a STEAM team building competition using a variety of technologies. Prizes given.

Gary Daniels

Amtek Company

Workshop 3 : 11:00am-12:00pm

Challenging Biology Students with Cladograms

Secondary; 1 hr

Understanding how evolutionary trees (cladograms) are constructed and interpreted can bring meaningful insight into the evolution and diversity of life. In this workshop we will review basic concepts in cladistics, with the focus of our discussion on interactive approaches to teaching high school or community college students about evolutionary trees. Ideas and resources for class activities will be shared among participants, including cladogram construction projects, cladogram interpretation challenge questions, and problem solving exercises using computers to construct trees based on molecular data sets.

Matthew Dittler

Patrick Henry Community College

Demonstrations & Applications to Enliven Science Courses

Secondary; 1 hr

We will see several demonstrations that involve boiling and an activity where we attempt a sudden recrystallization! These boiling-themed demos can be used to illustrate concepts such as vapor pressure, gas laws, condensation, phase diagrams, atmospheric pressure and barometers, partial vacuums, distillation, supersaturation, and crystallization. Also, to make science courses more interesting and immediately relevant, we will compile a list of real-life or fascinating applications for physics and chemistry concepts. We will try to pair each equation or law that is presented with a real-world example that makes it more relatable.

Mark Huntress

Patrick Henry Community College

Exploring FIRST Robotics

Elementary & Secondary; 1 hr

We will present the FIRST Robotics Organization. Demonstrate one or two robots, and share resources on how to establish a FIRST robotics Team. This is applicable to K-12 teachers as programs are available for all ages.

Edward Sherlock & Tunstall High School FIRST Team Members

Tunstall High School

Fruit Trees & Farming as Gateways to STEM-H

*This workshop is a continuation of the session started during Workshop 2*

Ben Capozzi

Elmwood Farm

Project & Demo Gallery

Elementary & Secondary; 2 hrs (Floating *Visit this workspace anytime during Workshops 2 & 3; 9:50am-12:00pm*)

Gallery style tour of Physical Science, Life Science, Physics and Biology projects . Come browse a gallery of science-related concepts and projects that can be modified as hands-on labs or teacher demonstrations.  Use these ideas to introduce new concepts or reinforce existing ideas. These projects can be simplified for K-7th grade students or built upon to serve 8th-12th grade students. As you browse the gallery a teacher will be on hand to explain how the projects are used or can be modified. Examples of ideas are... displaying the polar nature of water, Bernoulli's principle, scientific method- egg float experiment, dominoes and sound, bottle cap bingo and much more. Most materials used can be found around the school or brought in from home for little to no cost to the educator. These projects are a culmination of conferences and 10 years of teaching experience.

Stephen Biedrycki & Danel Slaydon

Patrick County High School

Rockets & Rollercoasters; Fun STEM Activities for the Classroom

Elementary; 1 hr

Teachers will learn how to provide their students with the opportunity to learn about the scientific and engineering challenges designers face when construction amusement park rides and rockets. Using everyday household materials, students will have fun building and testing their own rockets and rollercoasters in the classroom, while learning about Newton's laws of motion, the difference between potential and kinetic energy, as well as the affects of gravity, drag and friction on an object.

Brian Buchanan

Danville Science Center

Test Preparation Tools for Educators

Secondary; 1 hr

Looking for ways to save time and avoid mistakes on exams? Check out our new videos and full ‘Tips and Tricks’ guide for the TI-84 Plus Family Graphing Calculators

Ellen Hook

Texas Instruments

Which Thinking Cap Will Go the Farthest?

*This workshop is a continuation of the session started during Workshop 2*

Gary Daniels

Amtek Company

 

REGISTRATION

Are you a K-12 STEM-H educator? Are you an employer with a need for a STEM-skilled workforce? Please consider joining us for the 5th Annual SOVA STEM-H Summit, March 2, 2017. We'll be recognizing exemplary partnerships and efforts being made in STEM-H education in our region and providing educators and community & industry members an opportunity to discuss possible collaborations. 

(Community and/or industry attendee registration helps subsidize the cost for teacher attendees!)

 

AWARDS

The Southern Virginia STEM-H Education & Industry Achievement Awards will be presented on March 2. We will recognize all award nominees and announce the award recipients in four categories:

  • Community Champion for STEM-H Education
  • STEM-H Educator of the Year
  • Innovative STEM-H Program of the Year
  • Elite STEM-H Education & Industry Partnership Award

Please consider submitting a nomination.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

This event would be impossible without the generosity & support of our sponsors. Sponsorship donations allow us to offer this wonderful program to our regional students completely free of charge. Please consider showing your support of STEM-H education by becoming a sponsor of the 2017 Summit.

If your organization supports students or educators in STEM-H we hope you'll consider participating in this year's event as an Exhibitor. Exhibitors are welcome to exhibit for one or both days of the Summit and are highly encouraged to present.