On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 24-26, six members of Stevenson's upper division science department (Mark Tretter, Sue Denny, Charlie Henrikson, Ron Provost, Ian Haight, and Kevin D'Angelo) attended the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) area convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. With over 300 hour-long presentations on everything from pedagogy, to new products, to incorporating NGSS standards and 3D learning into your classroom, these faculty members had the opportunity to work with other education professionals to hone their craft.
Throughout the weekend, Ron Provost strengthened connections he has with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and The California Academy of Science as he worked with their professionals in discussions about using student-generated field data in scientific work. Ian Haight got to use the newest models of CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing made by the 3D Molecular Models company and will likely be attending their summer training on the use of their various DNA and protein models in the classroom (to implement in future Biology elective courses). Kevin D’Angelo was inspired by kindred spirits in a “Factory of Imagination” presentation that helped tie together engineering, design, and education; he is eager to apply these ideas to the Stevenson maker space. Charlie Henrikson spent his time looking into new ideas for PSI lab activities, new technology for standard physics labs and lectures concerning techniques for improving small collaborative workgroups in the classroom. Sue Denny added tactics to help her students explore phenomena and argue from evidence after attending workshops run by the Lawrence Hall of Science.
On Saturday, Ian Haight and Ron Provost presented a session on using learned anchors and personal experience to cover difficult topics in chemistry; lowering student anxiety in the classroom and improving learning, to approximately 40 high school chemistry teachers from around the country. "Stoichiome-treats: Teaching amounts through no-bake cooking" was a rousing success.