Conference Sessions Thursday, January 24 Session 1: 1:30- 2:30

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Nov 14, 2013 (4 years and 10 months ago)


Conference Sessions

Thursday, January 24

Session 1: 1:30


Ballroom A:

STEM Activities in Middle School Science


Rojo, Harmony Public School

This session will present an engaging PBL appropriate for middle school students. The
of this PBL is to design, build, and present a product that will safely land on
Mars while carrying cargo. The cargo must not be harmed during the descent or landing.
Resources will be shared with participants.

Ballroom B:

More than Just Noise: How Speaki
ng and Listening to Learn Enhance
Literacy and Confidence in All Subjects

Molly Adams, Waxahachie ISD & Bridget Goree, Richardson ISD

In this interactive session, educators can walk away with some authentic options for
enhancing the quality of reading and
writing in any subject through students speaking
and listening to learn. Using PBL i
n the classroom, students are

empowered to approach
learning with assurance and self
reliance. It’s more than just noise! It’s hard to let go of
silence and control as a teacher

we’ll help you reengineer the sound of learning on
your campus.

Ballroom C:

Cheap and Easy Chemistry and

Physics Projects

Deborah Carder,

Fruitvale ISD

Learn physics and c
hemistry labs, demos, projects, and videos that are perfect for
Project Based Learning! These projects can be implemented in your

the next
day. The materials used in these projects

are cheap and easy to find. C
ome and
discover as many physics and c
hemistry experiments as time allows! Hands on fun!

Minuet Room:

Water Works

Exciting Girls to Engage in Robotics

Didey Muniz,
xas Gi
rls Collaborative Project &

Katelyn Wamsted, Girlstart

Explore the key components used in the Water Works underwater LEGO® robotics
camp curriculum designed to excite girls about science, technology, engineering, math
and robotics. From effective marketing and messaging
to real world connections,
pants will walk away with resources and techniques easy to implement in their own


The Flipped STEM Classroom

Clark Good, Berkner STEM Academy, Richardson ISD

The idea of flipping the traditional classroom model is gaining more


session will cover the basics o
f a flipped classroom and

address topics such as: teacher
roles, students’ access to video
based instruction, STEM and PBL integration, guided
vs. independent practice, differentiation, and managing expectations.

Cavalier Room:

STEM at Middle School: Engaging Students with Hands

Clay Springer

& Jill Barrow,

Rapoport Academy

Quinn Campus Public Middle School (Rapoport Academy) will introduce the audience to
a range of STEM activities appropriate for middle school students including: Lego
robotics, Future City enginee
ring competition, exploring 3
D shapes using Google
Sketchup, and others. The audience will learn about
based resources
and participate in hands



Patio Room
Send the Right Message: Excite Kids through Effective STEM

Tricia Berry
, Texas Girls Collaborative Project and The University of Texas at Austin

To change the demographics of engineers and scientists

to increase the diversity of
those pursing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields

onversation must change. Explore effective imagery and messaging that engages K
students in formal and informal STEM education and excites them about the possibilities
of STEM careers.

Alamo Room:
STEM versus Public Schools
, Alpaslan Sahin, Ayse
Tugba Oner, &

Robert M. Capraro

Texas A&M University

STEM versus Public Schools

Oren, Alpaslan Sahin, & Victor Willson

The T
STEM academies were designed to improve the students’ math and science
achievement in K
12 schoo
ls. This program was in
itiated i
n 2006, and each year new
schools have been involv

in this program. This session will include studies that
explore math

and science

achievements of T
STEM academies based on their 2008
2011 year performances by comparing their overall achievements with other schools in

Thursday, January 24

Session 2: 2:40


Ballroom A:
Including College and Career Readiness Skills in S
TEM Lessons and
in STEM Summer Camps

Terry Talley, Southeast Regional T
STEM Center, University of Texas Medical Branch


Denise Simmons, Principal Renaissance STEM Academy, La Marque ISD

As you are developing PBLs and collaborative activities, have you
considered those
other 21

Century Skills that are needed by students’ future employers? Join me for an
engaging and interactive session where these skills are discussed and further
investigated for implementation in your STEM classroom

and STEM summer c

Ballroom B:
Engaging Students with iPods and Smart Phones

Jackie Nix,
Ross Perot
, & Amanda Wood,

STEM Academy at Texas High School

Learn how to use iPods, iPhones and

Android phones in the secondary classroom.
Examples of engaging lessons and activities will be provided. iPods and smart phones

be used for assessing
learning and providing immediate feedback. If students are
going to use their electronics in class, w
hy not use them for learning!

Ballroom C:
It’s not
Rocket Science…(Oh, Wait. Yes, I
t Is!) Fly Rockets to Learn!

Shella R. Condino & Adelina Portillo, Presidio Independent School District

John Chandler, Texas Tech University T
STEM Center

Looking for a
program that engages students in learning physics, develops
communication and presentation skills, requires teamwork, and makes them more
college ready? Learn to create a successful aerospace enrichment program that
engages students in a learning experienc
e involving design, construction, testing and
launching of model and high power rockets.

Minuet Room: W. Charles Akins H.S. T
STEM Academy Robotics Team 2012
Summer “Go
Kart” Project

Juan Gonzalez,
Educate Texas

This session will present a video presentation highlighting the W. Charles Akins H.S. T
STEM Academy Robotics Team’s implementation of R.A.D.I.O.S. (Research, Analysis,
Design, Implementation, Operation, and
Sustainability) of their 2012 Widowmaker


Kart Project, followed by an in
depth dialogue centering on the implications of retooling
America’s high schools to spur innovation and create classes of engineers.

Science Olympiad as a Tool for STEM Engagement

Nusret Butunay, Harmony Sch
ool of Innovation, Fort Worth

Science Olympiad comes in many shapes and sizes to fit all your needs. In grades 6
Science Olympiad functions much like a football or soccer team, requiring preparation,
commitment, coaching and practice throughout the
year. Each school
based team is

to bring 15 students who
train for a variety of events in their skill set,

but some
school clubs have

more than 75 members, allowing for a rich
for all involved.
Science Olympiad can help your school to in
crease STEM motivation with a variety of
STEM projects involved.

Cavalier Room: Key
to the STEM World, Hands
On A

Aziz Koyuncu,
Harmony School of Excellence
Austin &

Bilal Sengez,
Harmony School of
Advancement Houston


this session, students will demonstrate

the effect of air resistance through a “feather
and coin” experiment. Then, they w
ill prove the existence and power of air pressure

“Marshmallow in the Jar”. Bernoulli’s principle will be explained by anothe
simple han
on activity. Get ready to be


Patio Room: Principles of Technology and the Physics STAAR EOC

Yuridia P. Gandy, Region One ESC

This session is designated to examine the Physics Performance Level Descriptors
(PLDs) and the correlation
with the Principles of Technology (PT) standards. The
outcome of the session is to empower PT teachers to support students towards
achieving advanced academic performance.

Alamo Room: SAIL Into STEM

Sally Dudley
, CPO Science

Take a classic car and r
experiment, combine it with

w technology, extend it with

engineering design problem and you have a “Sail Car”! See a series of fantastic
based investigations from CPO Science that teach basic friction forces and
related motion concepts that w
ill benefit middle AND high school science or math
students. Door prizes provided.

Thursday, January 24

Session 3: 3:50


Ballroom A:

Clay Modeling in STEM C

Jean Langevine, Ball Preparatory Academy

Using modeling clay can provide a
kinesthetic, three
dimensional, constructive,

sensory approach to learning biology, human a
natomy and general science concepts.
this session, c
eate models for your classroom and

ain resource materials on using

creative teaching of

uman body systems and as an evaluation tool.

Ballroom B:
Using the T
STEM Blueprint as a Transformational Model

Misti Rasure,
Boulter Middle School

Come see how a struggling, high
poverty middle school changed its existing campus
culture by
implementing the T
STEM Blueprint and initiating project
based learning,
WITHOUT being forced to restructure or becoming a magnet school. We will discuss our
process for change, the partnerships that were created, and initiatives that were started
to trans
form our campus into a model school.

Ballroom C:

Redefining Geographic and Socioeconomic Odds

Guadalupe Singh, Presidio ISD

Situated along an isolated stretch of the U.S.
Mexico border, Pres
idio ISD is

rising above
phic and socioeconomic barriers as

their students

become integral components
of the 21

century global economy. In this session, PISD educators chronicle their quest
to redefine the historical odds through a creative array of non
traditional resources.

Minuet Room:
Blended Learning and
Student Facilitators

Michael Chambers & Mary Mobley,
Manor New Technology High School

Utilizing PBL and blended learning in an integrated world history and English course, we
make technology an integral part of the instructional process. We work with our s
to take on leadership roles in the learning process melding web 2.0 tools and other
technology to facilitate learning amongst peers.

Renaissance Room:
Teaching With Zombies

John Witter & Amanda Brantley,

Jack E. Singley, STEM Academy, Irving ISD

Part survival guide and part discussion, this session reviews and suggests 8 innovative
and relevant tools for leveling up instruction in the STEM classroom. Improve the culture
of success in your diverse classroo
m and improve retention by making instruction more
real world and relevant with zombies.

Cavalier Room:
The Amazing Race to the Top of Math Performance


Emblem, Carolina Guiterrez &

Milton Vasquez,
University High School (AJ Moore

Join in the Amazing Race to discover different opportunities to engage students in
Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. Race Tour Guides will lead you through
adventures in a wide variety of math activities including technology and Project Based
Learning th
at will assist you in replicating these activities to help your students increase
math performance. So bring your game

the race is on!

Patio Room:

Academy Advisory Board

Ramon E. Rivera
Parkland High School

The purpose of this session is to present a
step process in designing,
developing, implementing and maintaining an academy advisory board in a simple and
effective manner. Participants will learn to create an advisory board that is functional and
not passive in nature. Handouts will be provi

Alamo Room:

n STEM Projects in Ha
rmony Schools as a Hybrid Model of
Blended Learning and Individualized E

Levent Sakar
, Harmony Science Academy

There were great outcomes from STEM projects created in a pilot high school for the last

two years. This session will address how

to increase enrollment in STEM
related AP
courses and AP test success using different approaches. See how students worked with
a large sample of hands
on STEM projects and were prepared with 21st century skills in
STEM areas.

Friday, January 25

Session 1: 8:45


Ballroom A:

What does Robert Marzano Know about STEM Strategies that I don't?

Terry Talley, Southeast Regional T
STEM Center, University of Texas Medical Branch



This highly engaging and
interactive session will look into the research behind Marzano's
claim to make a difference in student achievement through the use of instructional
strategies. His research identifies those things STEM teachers do not have control over,
but also identifies

those things they can control that make a difference.

Ballroom B: Developi
ng a PBL Curriculum for English
Language Arts at a STEM

Michelle Grayson, Maria Gaona & Marie Thompson, Boulter Middle School

Developing a PBL curriculum at a STEM Engineer
ing campus can be difficult, especially
when planning for an English Language Arts classroom. This presentation will highlight
how three ELAR teachers developed several PBL units. Focus will be given to aligning
PBL with CSCOPE and state standards while st
ill engaging students. Several projects
will be highlighted and explained.

Ballroom C:

Computational Thinking in the STEM Classroom

Vinitha Subburaj, Texas Tech University & Debra Nash, Texas Tech T
STEM Center

We worked with a middle and high school to
implement computational thinking in the
classroom, and we formed a collaborative with those students and undergraduate
college students to create an iPhone app. We will look at the approach we used and the
challenges we observed while working with the stud

Minuet Room
Engineer Your World
: Hands
On High School Engineering Design

Katie Kizziar,
The University of Texas at Austin

This session focuses on the UTeach

Engineer Your World
themes designed to develop a
narrative of engineering and its role in shaping the world,
results from pilot classes, and the process to bring the course to schools. Information
about the MA in STEM Education
Engineering will be shared.

Renaissance Room: Video from the Classroom

WhyPower and Analytical
Integrated Math, Blended Learning Lessons Learned

Cliff Zintgraff, James Larkin and Joules Webb, DaVinci Minds

Video from middle and high school classrooms implementing STEM curriculum solutions
will be food
thought in an inte
ractive discussion featuring inquiry
based blended

Cavalier Room:

STEM Curriculum and Extracurricular Activities by Future
Scientists, Engineers: By Harmony Students!


Demirel & Suleyman Gecmenler,
Harmony Science Academy

This session
will be led by students! Educators, it is your turn to lean back and learn
from students. The students will pre
sent demonstrations and project
based competitions
such as “Walking on Eggs,” “Insects Hunter Project,” and “Rodeo Day.” Participants will
new ways to get students excited about science!

Patio Room:

From Paper Towers to Straw Kazoos…Free Online Resources to
Excite Kids about STEM

Tricia Berry,

Texas Girls Collaborative Project and

The University of Texas at Austin

Experience three hands
STEM activities and understand the materials required,
resources available and linkages to real world STEM challenges and solutions. Explore
the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century and learn about networks,
directories and collaborations t
o connect you and your students to the world of STEM
and hands
on STEM learning.


Friday, January 25

Session 2: 10:15


Ballroom A:

Does PBL Make a D
ifference in STEM Math Achievement? You bet it

Melissa Wilson,
Harmony School of Science High Sugarland

Learn about several PBLs that were successfully completed in Algebra II and Geometry
Classes. See students’ projects and videos of presentations that were a hit!

Data will be
presented to prove PBL integration and

enrichment activities lead to high student
achievement as well as high levels of student engagement.

Ballroom B:

Geometry in Construction

Carol L. Fletcher, Texas Regional Collaboratives, Ryan Merritt, Pflugerville ISD
, Scott
Burke &

Tom Moore, Context
ual Learning Concepts

Schools must offer rigorous mathematics coursework that prepares students
academically for college/career and provides them with engaging experiences that
attract rather than drive away students from STEM careers. The Geometry in
truction (GiC) program strikes this balance.

Learn how you can implement GiC in
your school in this presentation.

Ballroom C:

Integrating Projects into the ELA Classroom to Support STEM and
EOC Readiness

Julie Hockenberry, New Deal High School

Highlighted projects will include a vocabulary project where students choose words to
include on the Word Wall, a project in which students create, test, and market their own
board games, a research project culminating in reading

The Acorn People
, and a
ltimedia project based on reading

To Kill a Mockingbird.

Minuet Room:

Spark Them Young: STEM S
tarts in Elementary

Mark Barnett, ESC Region 20

This session will showcase various STEM programs

at the elementary level. By letting
students tinker, make and build they will discover and develop new skills. Through
exploration and inquiry, students can unlock their “inner engineer”. Learn how to
incorporate the Engineering Design Process with student
s and spark our future
engineers and scientists.

Renaissance Room:
Three Interactive Effective and Innovative OST Projects:
Pedagogical Strategies for STEM Educators



Jacquelyn Thomas, Kids N Technology

The FUN session! Participants will engage in 3 inno
vative STEM out
school time
projects that can be implemented in afterschool programs or summer camps. Projects
are appropriate for K
12 students. Participants will receive the full lesson plan for each
project and learn teaching strategies for successf
ul implementation.

Cavalier Room:
Engaging Students in Physics and Middle School Science Using
Demonstrations and Hands
on Activities

Yusuf Senlik, School of Science and Technology

This session contains a sample of hands
on activities for Newton`s first
law, with topics
including equilibrium and center of mass. We will also discuss the outcomes of activities
in terms of teaching state standards and engaging students in physics and middle school
science. High school students will present over fifteen incre
dible inertia demonstrations.

Patio Room:
Engaging Students with Dramatization for PBL in the English

Marisol Garcia, Valley View High School STEM ECHS

This session will showcase dramatization reenactments where students engage in full
participation in a Project Based Learning English activity. Students will focus on a driving
question that will produce an end product of social commentary using technology to
portray dramatic skit.

Friday, January 25

Session 3: 1:15


Ballroom A:

Interactive Notebook

Brenna Gilbertson,
Renaissance Academy

An effective strategy for making students responsible for their own learning is the
created interactive notebook. This notebook consists of warm
up questions,
notes, labs, and activities. Having an organized notebook makes it easy to review and
dy for a test. Learn “how to” and see example student notebooks.

Ballroom B:

Engineering by Design (EbD) Overview

New Courses for Middle
School and High School Students


Heydrick & Linda Stearns,


University of Texas at Tyler

Come learn
about two new engineering design courses for middle school and high
school students.

The 7

grade course is called Invention and Innovation and the

grade course is called

Foundations of Technology. Students participating in

learn concepts and prin
ciples in an authentic and problem
based environment.
Come see why the Texas STEM Centers have united to provide Engineering by Design
to your school.

Ballroom C:

The T
STEM Center Coalition: Our Role in Changing the Face of
Education in Texas

Fontenot, Texas Tech University, Michael Odell & Kenneth Heydrick, The
University of Texas at Tyler,


Clifford Houston, The University of Texas Medical Branch

Learn about the T
STEM Coalition; what the Centers can offer teachers, administrators,
and scho
ols; how the Centers partner with others to provide access to the newest
technology and STEM resources; and how the Centers function as a single unit by
collaborating on research, curricula development, resources, and disseminating best


Minuet Room:

“Take A Bite From Your Apple”

A Hands
On Workshop

Les Simpson,
Manor New Technology High School

In this highly interactive session, you will learn how to: make your device read to you,
record a screencast tutorial, customize all of those funky finger gestures to better meet
your needs, edit and grade electronic work and much more. Bring your OSX and
/or iOS

Renaissance Room:
Based Learning Potpourri

Joe Ferrara,

University of Texas at Dallas, Krissy Ford & Clark Good, Berkner STEM
Academy, Angela Castro
Diaz, iSchool High, John Witter & Amanda Brantley, Jack E.
Singley Academy,


, Lancaster Elementary

In this informal session, participants will hear from teachers who have implemented
Based Learning (PBL) units in their classrooms.

Presentations will include all
core areas and focus on project ideas, management stra
tegies, and student

Participants will be able to ask questions and get suggestions for upcoming
BL units they may be planning.
Outlines for all units will be provided.

Cavalier Room:

Engineering Hope with Robotics

Tiffani Cortez,

Science Academy


Are you seeking an answer to the question, “I want to teach robotics, where do I start?”
This presentation will provide you with guidance in organizing and managing an efficient
robotics program at your school. The presentation will
include a discussion of the
robotics competition process and demonstrations of working robots, drafting and
programming software.

Patio Room:

Interactive STEM Teaching and Learning Experience for the Physics

German Ramos, STEM Center of South

Teachers will engage in hands
activities that promote the learning of physics
concepts through the integration of content, processes, skills and STEM project based
curricular experiences. Participants will engage in using strategies that will help

students participate in project/problem based learning activities.

Friday, January 25

Session 4: 2:25


Ballroom A:

Real World STEM

Engineering New Biotechnology at NASA

Marguerite Sognier

NASA Johnson Space Center

Making real world

connections with

classroom STEM content is critical for inspiring
students to learn and pursue future STEM careers. Meet a NASA scientist/inventor and
learn how STEM interdisciplinary approaches are used to create innovative, out of this
world biomedical
technologies. Includes a hands
on activity and door prizes!

Ballroom B:

Waxahachie Global High: Engineering the Future!

April Moon, Don Snook &

Molly Adams, Waxahachie ISD

In this session, Waxahachie Global High will share ideas about collaborating with
university and community partners as an ECHS, leading the way to education reform,
improving our practices by moving teachers outside the classroom through learning


walks and critical friends, and uniquely combining STEM/PBL with ECHS initiatives.
Come see

what you can take home to empower teachers and students to create change
in your own district.

Ballroom C: Building Smaller Learning Communities: Conference System 101

John Martinez, ATEMS High School

How do we build strong relationships with students a
nd staff? ATEMS has placed a
greater emphasis on student relationships and helped teachers get to know their kids
through social activities and community service opportunities. Learn how our system has
changed the way we work with our kids and transformed
our school culture!

Minuet Room:

An Integrated Environmental Systems and Statistics Project

Paige Roberts & Kyle Kendrick, Manor New Technology High School

The session will explore a project designed for an integrated Environmental Systems
Statistics course. Presenters will review the project and explain how a life science
course can be co
taught with a math class. A Q&A session on project based learning
and co
taught classes will follow the session.

Renaissance Room:

Promoting Engagement
at a STEM Focused,

Title I

School in South Louisiana

Eugene Kennedy,

Louisiana State University,

Elkhan Akhundov & Tevfik Eski,
Kenilworth Science & Technology

STEM focused charter schools often face challenges related

to engagement.

papers rel
ated to the use of a STEM Expo to promote engagement among students and
partnerships with community organizations and industry are presented.

strategies and lessons learned are shared.

Results of focus groups and surveys are

lier Room:

Taking Atomic Structure from Abstract to Concrete

Sally Dudley, CPO Science

Atomic structure is an abstract concept, which is often hard to comprehend. This hands
on workshop will make these concepts easy to understand by playing a series of
games. Door prizes and resources provided.

Patio Room:

Do STEM Focused Schools Neglect Liberal Arts subjects? Enhancing
Liberal Arts in STEM Classrooms

Tarcia Jones & Amber Godwin, Texas A&M University

Are STEM schools so science and mathematics driv
en that they neglect enhancing
liberal arts subjects such as reading and social studies? Come learn how students from
Texas STEM academies have performed over the years in these subjects. This session
will present hands
on strategies to nurture reading s
kills in mathematics classrooms.

Friday, January 25

Session 5: 3:50


Ballroom A: Fostering a School
Wide STEM Atmosphere Through a STEM Festival



Michelle S
Limonthas, Harmony School

This session focuses on the development
of a STEM festival, which began as an idea in
the minds of a science department to an activity now implemented in Harmony Public
schools district wide. Learn how each department contributed ideas and activities to help
students master 21

century skills a
nd as a motivation for prospective students

all in
one fun packed Saturday afternoon!

Ballroom B:

Problem Solving a Lost Art

Claudia M. Cazanas, The University of Texas at Tyler

Problem solving is a lost art in many of our classrooms. Education has focus
ed so much
attention on Standard State Assessment and less on the processes and concepts
students need to do Mathematics in the real world. Problem Solving of non
routine math
and geometric situations is an essential skill that must be re
implemented in cl

Ballroom C:
What is New from LEGO Education

Betty Justus, LEGO Education


century learners need critical thinking and effective communications skills. Practicing
level cognitive skills are fun and engaging for students and teachers

using LEGO
Robotics. Come delve into the latest robotics MINDSTORMS Robotics Platform from
LEGO Education.

Minuet Room:

Writing in Science

Tried and True Strategies that Work to Promote

Susan Diaz &
Kristen Hillert, Region 13

on activities are a great way to engage students, but how do we ensure they
remember the learning behind the fun? Research and experience shows that daily
writing in science improves learning. Participants will engage in a variety of quick writing
gies that can be used for STEM instruction.

Renaissance Room:
Marketing American History Through Project Based Learning

Jacob E. Valtierra, Parkland High School

The purpose of this presentation is to provide
STEM Academies with two project

assignments for an Advanced Placement

U.S. History course. The first project
is a Colonial Stock Prospectus and the second is a series of Political Campaign
Advertisements in iMovie

supplemented by materials produced in Microsoft Publisher

Cavalier R
The Impact of PBL in STEM Education

Marco Mendez, San Antonio Brooks Academy

The purpose of this session is to examine the impact of Project Based Learning (PBL)
on student learning. In my few years in education, I have come across many students
who a
lways want to know the relevancy of the learning objectives. They want to know
when and how they are going to use the taught objectives. Lack of relevancy tends to
lead to a lack of interest. As a result, students do not learn as much as they are capable
f. Project Based Learning can be an effective way to increase the interest level of
students, and thus, increase their learning.


Patio Room:
Mesoamerican Civilizations: Thriving Cultures that Transcended
Through Time

Patricia Cruz, Valley View High Schoo

This session will showcase a student
created Museum Exhibit on Mesoamerican
Civilizations. Students will focus on a driving question that will produce a number of
products through this particular Social Studies Project Based Learning Activity.

Saturday, January 26

Session 1: 8:45


Ballroom A:
Texans Face the 21

Century Grand Challenges with Design
Teaching and Learning: Exploring the National Academy of Engineering Grand
Challenges Scholars & K12 Partners Programs

Christina White
Joules Webb
, &
Cecilia Corral, The University of Texas at Austin

The NAE GCSP motivates students to address the Grand Challenges through

research; (2) interdisciplinary curriculum; (3) entrepreneurship; (4) global dimensions;
and (5)
learning. We share how interdisciplinary teams address global problems
and design innovative
The T
STEM PBL model will be discussed as a
framework for developing K12 Scholars.

Ballroom B:

Parent and Community Involvement
Making the Drea
m a Reality!

Misty Adair, Boulter Engineering Prep Middle School

Boulter Middle School is a Title 1 school with consistent attendance of 300 plus parents
and family members at school events. Learn how to improve parent attendance at
school events, attack
language barriers, provide assistance to families, build internships
and community engagement and change the culture of your school!

Ballroom C:

How Can STEM Be Used in an English Classroom?

Kara Craig, New Deal High School

Project Save Water Save Farms

is inherently trans
disciplinary because it’s grounded in
the inquiry process and branches out into fields of study including agriculture,
engineering, English, and geography. Students learn STEM’s innovative best practices
while developing a sense of pla
ce through exploration of their community and
contribution to their region.

Minuet Room
Squishy Circuits, Toy Engineering and More!

Didey Muniz,

xas Girls Collaborative Project and the University of Texas at Austin &

Katelyn Wamsted, Girlstart

From using dough to teach basic circuitry principles to creating the bounciest ball using
everyday materials, educators will experience activities used to teach basic science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts in a way that engages all lear
Educators will then be able to apply the same strategies.

Renaissance Room:

Preparing Students for Success After High School

April Moon, Waxahachie High School

Districts often provide the support students need to graduate but fall short when it
to assisting with college transition.

Waxahachie Global High offers a capstone course


that focuses on college application requirements, meaningful portfolios, and a design
project or professional mentorship.

Let’s share ideas about success after hi
gh school!

Cavalier Room:
Educating Minority Students with the Four Levels of Word

Feyi Obamehinti, Texas A&M University

Do you know about the 4
Levels of Knowledge Model? This workshop will introduce
participants to the four level
s of knowledge model using bilingual biology flash cards.
Through step
step interactive activities, participants will learn firsthand the connection
between vocabulary knowledge and science literacy and how to utilize this model in
promoting academic su
ccess for minority students.

Patio Room:
Where’s the Beef? Ensuring standards based learning experiences
within PBL projects

Laura Miller

& Casandra

, Boulter Middle School/Engineering Prep

This session is designed to guide you through the
process of creating authentic research
experiences within your PBL project while using content standards and STEM content to
drive student learning.

We will take you through an organized and systematic process
for planning rigorous projects that will incr
ease your students’ content knowledge, not
just their poster making skills.

Saturday, January 26

Session 2: 10:15


Ballroom A:

Making your Lessons Rich in College and Career Readiness Skills

Terry Talley,

Southeast Regional T
STEM Center,

University of Texas Medical Branch

As you are developing PBLs and collaborative activities, have you considered those
other 21

Century Skills that are needed by students in the future workforce? Join me
for an engaging and interactive session where these skills are discussed and further
investigated for implementation in your STEM classroom.

Ballroom B:
STEM in English / Langua
ge Arts and Reading:

Making Real World
Connections Through Project Based Learning

Ashley Hampton &

Kristen Haynes, Boulter Middle School/Engineering Prep


Teachers will gain insight into how to
implement STEM and Project
Based Learning into the English classroom and writing
into the STEM classroom. Participants will acquire knowledge on how to plan projects
covering the ELAR TEKS and receive a project titl
ed “Social Issues: Project Tyler.”

Ballroom C:

From STEM to STE
M: Incorporating Economics and Ethics into
STEM Education

Richard Burgess

& Travis Roach, Texas Tech University

This presentation will address questions about teaching economics and ethics in

STEM context and look at how to use these subjects to foster critical thinking skills. We
will address questions about whether this will lead to a “thinning” of technical content
that is traditionally the focus in STEM education.


Minuet Room:

Educators, Can You Spare Some Change? We Don’t Teach Old

Steve Zipkes,
Manor New Technology High School

As a Texas STEM school, Manor New Technology High School is a stand
alone campus
that uses an inclusive iSTEM (integrated STEM) approach with its technology
project based learning instructional delivery model. This session will focus on needed
dministrative paradigm shifts, structural changes, and challenges for school startups
and conversions.

Renaissance Room:

Formative Assessment

Nuff Said!

Joe Ferrara,
The University of Texas at Dallas

Effective formative assessment leads to increased

student achievement.

In this session,
participants will be given strategies to formatively assess every student every day.

based tools as well as classroom activities will be demonstrated and provided.

Cavalier Room:
Student Engagement Strategies

ody Gibson,
Harmony School of Science

Sugarland High

Address the challenge of student engagement by using interactive notebooks and
activity sequencing. See notebook samples and photographs from an 8th grade science
classroom to demonstrate implementati
on strategies. Issues to be discussed relate to
student ownership of work, authentic learning, multiple intelligence types, study skills,
group/multiple learning, student feedback, and pacing.

Patio Room:
Driven Instruction

Mark Ruth
, Sylvia Escobar, Rodrigo Wong, & Jennifer Williams,
IDEA Alamo College

This session will

present best practices in data
driven decision
making on the part of the
student, teacher and administrator. IDEA utilizes effective tools such as trackers, inte
assessments, observation debriefs and data conversations as a natural part of
instruction and as the basis for shaping teacher professional development and improving

Saturday, January 26

Session 3: 1:15


Ballroom A:


+ Algebra 2 = Phylgebrics

Janice Trinidad & Floyd Banks,
Manor New Technol
gy High School

Participant will learn how to integrate math and science TEKS for instruction in a project
based classroom. Presenters will guide participants through a process for
TEKS and generating ideas for PBL units. Participants will go through the planning
process and develop the framework for a PBL.

Ballroom B:
Partnerships and Problem Based Learning

Mike Burns, Claudia Cazanas & Pam Dennis, The
University of Tex
as at Tyler

Research shows that good coaching is important when trying to implement Project
Based Learning (PBL) in the classroom. This presentation will highlight a partnership
between a university and a local school district that provided four university

curriculum coaches to the campus to assist in implementing PBL.



Ballroom C:
Leadership Interactive Initiative

Jennifer Jones,
Fruitvale High School

Discover ways that you can become a teacher leader and improve administrative
relations as a school
leader in a STEM environment. This session will explore teacher
leader and administrative roles through strategies to build campus capacity rich in
inquiry and engagement whil
e cultivating leadership school
wide creating an interactive
learning environment

Minuet Room:
Single to Married

Mark Barron & Stephanie Hart,
Manor New Technol
gy High School

Project Based Learning frameworks lend themselves to co
teaching. When one’s only
reference is being a single teacher how does one adjust to the
teaching paradigm?
This presentation will discuss the differences of each and provide guidelines for the
successful implementation of a co
teaching relationship. When successful, the
classroom environment is enhanced, leading to high levels of engagemen
t and

Renaissance Room:
Workshop in the Middle School:
Making it Work

Jennifer Bryant, & Kendra Bircher, Boulter Engineering Prep Middle School, Tyler ISD

Do you wish students were more engaged in your math classroom? Then the Math
hop is for you! The Math Workshop complements Project Based Learning and
allows more interaction with each student during the process. Leave this session
real activities and how
s to start implementing in your classroom right away!

Cavalier Room:
Online Tutoring and Instruction through Google Hangout

Ismail Eroglu

& Vehbi Sonmez,
Harmony Science Academy Houston High

Google Hangout is used in advancing the success of Harmony Schools’ students by
educating students with innovative learning practices
and developing their cognitive
abilities, technological skills, and academic skills. You will watch online tutoring with a
group of students in San Antonio and Houston.

Patio Room
Putting the S in STEM: Leveraging Natural Curiosity Through Nature


Heise &

Gary Poole, The Girls’ School of Austin

In this session you will learn how to combine the natural curiosity of middle school
students with real science through project
based learning.

Using fieldwork as a scientific
device, students incorp
orate observations and assessments into a thorough
understanding of their local surroundings.

Come learn how to implement a field project
in your own community!