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Saturday, February 1
 

11:15am CST

Building Understanding of Scale in the Solar System
Why does scale matter? Models and their limitations are an important part of describing and understanding the natural world, as explicitly described in the TEKS. From where space begins, to own Earth-Moon system, to the distances between planets and the Sun, scale models make otherwise abstract concepts concrete. These simple scale models also integrate science and mathematics skills, and can be adapted for many levels. Come explore why scale matters, and how hands-on activities can build understanding of “our place in space”. The presenter is a planetary scientist and professor with 16 years of experience in curriculum writing and teacher professional development. Free Resource CDs include all activities, and much much more!

Speakers
avatar for Mary Urquhart

Mary Urquhart

Associate Professor and Department Head, The University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Mary Urquhart is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Texas of Dallas, and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Physics. She holds degrees in Physics and Geophysics... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
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11:15am CST

Cuttin' Up with Space Science for 3-HS
Need some new ideas for teaching moon phases, seasons, stars, and more? Come explore ways manipulatives can make learning about objects in space more engaging and memorable! As always . . . door prizes and lots of cuttin' up!

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Owner/Developer, Supporting Science, Inc.
Owner/Consultant

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
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1:30pm CST

3D Topographics
Visit the top of a mountain and look down without leaving the room. Join us and make a 3D topographic map using the spectrum of colors. Possible applications of this lab are: the spectrum, Doppler Effect, color and light properties. This is an ideal lab for 8th grade. Handouts will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Owen McEntee

Owen McEntee

5th Grade Science Teacher, Prosper ISD
B.S. in EducationCurrently a 5th grade science teacher at Roger Middle School in Prosper ISD with a bachelor degree from the University of Texas At Arlington in Education. Currently perusing a master’s degree from the University of Texas At Arlington in curriculum and instruction... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
420

1:30pm CST

Meet TEKS and Explore Space Weather with a Texas-Built Space Mission
Learn how the layers of our atmosphere, scale in the Earth-Moon system, where space begins, and our dynamic sun are all connected to space weather with the joint NASA/Air Force/UT Dallas CINDI project. Resource CDs include lessons & popular comic books in English and Spanish!

Speakers
avatar for Mary Urquhart

Mary Urquhart

Associate Professor and Department Head, The University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Mary Urquhart is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Texas of Dallas, and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Physics. She holds degrees in Physics and Geophysics... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
416

1:30pm CST

Aerology and Remote Sensing on Mars
How can we figure out what is on Mars without setting foot on the Red Planet? Samples from Curiosity and satellite images can provide amazing information to increase our knowledge. In this workshop we will simulate geologic core sampling and remote sensing to give an accurate view of this neighboring planet by conducting two different NASA-created labs.

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avatar for Don Becker

Don Becker

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Galveston College
Don Becker is the Instructional Technology Coordinator at Galveston College.  He earned his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston and is working on his Masters in Instructional Technology specializing in Game Theory and Design from the University of Houston-Clear Lake... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
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2:45pm CST

Experience Earth Science through EarthLabs
Looking for ways to grab your student’s attention with real world issues using current scientific research, data, and visualizations in a way that allows them to become active participants in both learning and in personally addressing an issue? EarthLabs, a set of eight free on-line modules that focus on earth sciences, illustrate sequences for learning science concepts through a combination of computer based data analysis activities and more traditional hands-on experiments. Students use satellite imagery, numerical data, and computer visualization software to explore Earth system processes. They are written for high school but Jim has easily adapted them for middle school. Receive an overview of all eight (Climate and the Carbon Cycle, Climate and the Biosphere, Climate and the Cryosphere, Coral, Drought, Earth Systems Science, Fisheries, Hurricanes) and experience a few selected activities yourself.


Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
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