At the 5th Annual STEM Forum & Expo, hosted by NSTA, taking place July 27-29 in Denver, Colorado, upper elementary educators will share quality learning activities and experiences that spark curiosity, promote confidence, support the rigor of current standards, and develop competence in STEM subjects. The Forum will showcase programs and instructional strategies that support STEM and have been successfully integrated into the elementary core curriculum. From roundtable discussions to learning more about the benefits of professional development, the Expo will have everything an administrator will need or want. Check out the 10 sessions below to get a sense of what we’ve got in store, and browse all of the sessions here.
Making Math Words STICKY! A Visual, Whole-Brain Approach to Learning Key Math Terms and Concepts (Thursday, July 28 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM)
- Discover simple steps that provide students with opportunities to describe, discuss, and interpret images as they master new math terms and make real-world connections.
Reimagine CODE: Computational Opportunities Delivered in Elementary (Thursday, July 28 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
- Explore how over 400 elementary-aged students received interdisciplinary computational thinking lessons embedded as part of their regular school day.
English Language Learners and the Language of STEM (Thursday, July 28 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM)
- Attention will be paid to collaborative and integrative experiences that support and improve literacy for English language learners via STEM—making information accessible to these students. This interactive workshop will provide educators with best practices and effective strategies to engage English language learners. Handouts.
STEM Discovery Boxes (Thursday, July 28 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM)
- Classroom teachers and teacher educators will be inspired to develop low-cost, high-quality, project-based STEM discovery boxes that engage students in solving standards-based, community-specific problems.
One Bag of Materials = Three Hands-On Activities = Integrate Science and Engineering in a Fun Way! (Thursday, July 28 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM)
- Engage in three standards-focused hands-on activities to incorporate science and engineering in a fun and engaging way.
Park It! Making the STEM Connection Through a Parking Garage Challenge (Thursday, July 28 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
- Engage in a challenge to use everyday items in order to build the most efficient parking garage. Using STEM in the real world is emphasized.
Integrating Science and Engineering Practices: Embedding Engineering Tasks into a Science Content Storyline (Friday, July 29 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM)
- Discover exciting ways in which teachers are engaging their students in STEM by naturally integrating NGSS science and engineering practices into one coherent content storyline.
Helping Children Understand the Impact of STEM and the Essential Integration of All STEM Disciplines: Explorations with Physical Structures, Plants, and Everyday Household Tools (Friday, July 29 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM)
- Attention will be paid to strategies and activities to engage elementary students actively in STEM applications by constructing physical structures (bridges, ramps, etc.), by growing plants, and by exploring how everyday objects use simple machines for mechanical advantage.
ASEE Session: Infusing Engineering Throughout the Elementary Day (Friday, July 29 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM)
- Join presenters Liz Parry and Pamela Lottero-Perdue as they share their extensive knowledge of classroom-tested and research-based ways for elementary teachers to use engineering as an effective tool for integrating multiple content areas.
STEM Trade Books: What Makes Them Different (Friday, July 29 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
- Give input on NSTA’s new initiative on identification and selection of STEM trade books. Participants’ ideas will be considered as part of NSTA’s selection guidelines. Examples will be shared.
Register to attend here—and don’t forget, NSTA members get a substantial discount!
The mission of NSTA is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
Future NSTA Conferences
5th Annual STEM Forum & Expo, hosted by NSTA
2016 Area Conferences
- Los Angeles, California: March 30–April 2, 2017
- Atlanta, Georgia: March 15–18, 2018
- St. Louis, Missouri: April 11–14, 2019
- Boston, Massachusetts: March 26–29, 2020
- Chicago, Illinois: April 8–11, 2021