Session #4


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Friday, February 26th
1:00 PM

A Focus on NGSS and High School Life Sciences

Nicole Ross, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9-12 Science

In this session educators will engage in a brief discussion about High School level Next Generation Science Standards in Life Science. Sample activities will be presented that act as examples of how to approach some of these standards in the classroom, without overhauling existing curricula.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Diversity Think Tank Diversity Think Tank *Double Session Exclusively for D204 Educators

Adrienne Coleman, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

K-12 Diversity & Equity

Reflect, Reframe, and Reimagine your STEM classroom. In this course educators will have an opportunity to examine their conscious and unconscious biases and their potential impacts in the classroom culture and curriculum. We will unpack the history of STEM and the individual, institutional, and environmental influences that have contributed to some of the notable educational gaps. Lastly, using the D-STEM Equity model educators will gain strategies to employ a more culturally relevant pedagogy and develop a more inclusive classroom culture.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Easy LaTeX for Math Teachers

Brent Yen, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Evan Brummet, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Lingyi Meng, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

6-12 Math

LaTeX is a typesetting system for the educator who wants to create documents with beautifully typeset mathematics. Have you ever been frustrated looking for the right symbol or formula when creating math on an online platform? In this workshop we will introduce participants to basic LaTeX and show how it can be useful for online platforms that you might already be using like Desmos, Formative, Canvas, MS Word, and even Gmail! We are happy to tailor the demonstration to answer any specific questions raised by participants.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Physics Labs From Your Phone

Brooke Schmidt, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Anastasia Perry, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9-12 Science

This session will provide an overview of available online platforms and phone apps that can be used to engage students in physics labs. The topics include Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Waves and Sound. A variety of freely available materials including lesson plans will be shared with participants. These resources can be used in the virtual learning environment, and can be incorporated as a form of alternative assessment during regular face-to-face instruction. Participants need to install a free phone app ‘Phyphox’ for this session.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Scientific Inquiry and Research at IMSA

Sowmya Anjur, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Dave DeVol, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9-12 Research

In this session, we will describe scientific inquiry and research at IMSA. We will describe the requirements for SIR, the SIR structure we have on campus, the modifications we have made during the pandemic, and how we help students develop leadership skills and success through this program. We will also discuss IMSAloquium and disciplines of research.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Teaching Interactive STEM Virtually

Carolyn Harvey, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


Teaching immersive, hands-on STEM activities over a virtual platform is challenging. Even when schools are able to return to a normal in-person schedule, it will be necessary to have virtual lessons prepared. In this session you will learn helpful tips and tricks to keep students mentally, emotionally, and physically engaged in virtual STEM activities based on what was learned during virtual Summer@IMSA’s 2020 programs. Suggested materials include string (any type), small metal washer, 12” ruler, scissors, and masking/painters tape.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM