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Friday, February 26th
11:00 AM

(Easy) Gamification with Game Day STEM

Elaine Wu, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

6-8 STEM

Gamification is becoming an increasingly hot trend in the education world, but what does it actually mean, why is it so effective in getting students engaged and motivated, and how can it be implemented? Come join us in this session where we will explore these questions and see some practical applications of gamification principles implemented during our 2020 Summer@IMSA Game Day STEM virtual camp that can also be readily applied to your classrooms.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Food for Thought

David Hernandez, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

6-12 Math & Science

Have you ever wondered why some people are very good with directions, excellent at solving mental problems, or adept furniture builders without reading the manual? During this lesson, students will explore the ability to take in visual information and organize it in their minds to define a new possible solution and see things with a new perspective. Students will conduct a series of experiments using their imagination as a tool in evaluating a hypothesis.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Implementing the Best Practices of Online Teaching and Learning into Your Virtual Classroom: Focus on Instructional Design and Pedagogy

Richard Schultz, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

6-12 All

When most educators went online in 2020, challenges arose when pivoting rapidly from a physical classroom to a virtual setting. Many had little time for professional development to envision what a great online experience looks like. This session focuses on online teaching and learning: pedagogy and instructional design fostering engagement and on behalf of the students.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Not Just a Story: Genetics and Probability

Nicole Ross, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

In this session educators will engage in an Integrative STEM-based activity framed in a fictional story. This story integrates well with mathematical concepts of probability and chance, along with science concepts such as heredity, geared towards 6th through 12th grades. This session is interactive. Please attend with a set of two coins, some masking tape, and a pen or marker, along with some paper to write on.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

STEM Books and Lessons: K-5

Elizabeth Martinez

K-5 STEM & Language Arts

There are a multitude of books available for use in STEM classes, as well as many methods for connecting them to curricula. Join us as we explore several K-5 STEM appropriate books, share ideas for related STEM lessons, connections to NGSS, as well as interdisciplinary approaches. Leave with a list of STEM books, some sample lesson plans, and cost effective materials ideas.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Trends in Computer Science Education

Namrata Pandya, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


Although crucial for our students’ future success, access to a computer science (CS) education is still not universal. Education leaders must better understand the perceptions of CS and access to CS learning opportunities to maximize students’ potential for growth in an ever-changing technological world. What can we do as teachers? We will have a conversation about online resources, teaching certification, and offering CS courses to the students to prepare them better for the future.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM