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Friday, February 26th
9:00 AM

Biofilms: Impacts on Humans, the Environment, and Infrastructure

Elizabeth Martinez, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9-12 Science

Biofilms are having a greater impact on human health, the environment, and modern infrastructure; thus, they are receiving more attention from the science community and media. Background on biofilms and their impacts will be discussed. A lab, resources, and how to incorporate the topic into your biology curriculum will also be shared.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Flags of Africa: Enhancing the Teaching of Algebra and Geometry Concepts with Technology

Kelly Remijan, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9-12 Mathematics

Travel to Africa to discover how flags can engage students, promote global awareness, build math skills, and enrich algebra and geometry concepts. Teachers will experience activities involving African flags and technology that involve aspect ratio, linear equations/inequalities, domain/range, triangle classification, area, slope, parallelograms, and coordinate geometry. Technology highlighted will include Google Slides, Google Sheets Pixel Art, Desmos, GeoGebra, & CNC Machining.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Illinois Science Teaching Association

Aimee Park

K-12 Science

Are you looking for a network of Science educators to build your professional learning network? Would you like to submit an article or column to be published in a peer reviewed journal? Would you like to participate in low cost or free professional learning to support your growth of current science practices and earn PDCHs? Are you interested in awards for your students? The Illinois Science Teaching Association is committed to promoting excellence in science teaching and learning throughout Illinois. Join us to learn more about this professional organization.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Teaching Physics and Engineering Remotely (and What We Plan to Keep When We’re in Person)

Peter Dong, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Mark Carlson, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9-12 Science

Physics and engineering pose special challenges for remote learning, but the process of re-inventing a class provides an opportunity for looking at teaching and assessment in a new light. We share some of the techniques we used, including analysis of the physics of YouTube clips, pursuing hands-on projects and labs at home, and submitting videos explaining problems--some of which worked, some of which didn’t, and some of which were good enough to continue even when we’re back in person.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

The G-Suite Life

Cassandra Armstrong, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Karen Ye, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

K-12 Remote Teaching Solutions

As we continue to navigate a world of remote and hybrid learning options, teachers are continuously seeking new ways to give and receive information from students. In this session, we will explore four unique teaching method/resources that are available through Google G-Suite. Topics include: making and sharing drag and drop activities using Google Slides, using the Document Studio Excel Add-on, creative uses for Google Jamboard, and using Google Slides as an organizational tool.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Treasure or Forgery: A Challenge in Basic Measurements

Patrick Young, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9-12 Science

Chinese antiquities may be readily found for sale on eBay. Ancient coins may be purchased for very reasonable prices. Are these authentic artifacts, or modern forgeries? An investigation will include measurements and calculations to identify the metals involved. Using only inexpensive, school-grade equipment, students are challenged to solve the mystery. Success will hinge on careful technique, thoughtful reasoning, and a considerations of measurement uncertainty.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM