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Friday, November 1
 

11:00am MDT

Get With the Program! STEM Learning for All
New to coding? Overwhelmed with requests to help students with STEM literacy? This session will take those who have never coded before through a simple approach to learning the foundations of all computer languages. Create color and sound on a microcontroller and learn how to program a robotic vehicle in 90 minutes! These activities are steeped in math, science, and computer science concepts, which will help kids realize the connection between what they are learning and how that intersects with STEM careers. Free resources using familiar technology will help you AND your students "Get With The Program"!

Speakers
avatar for Brian Dunnicliffe

Brian Dunnicliffe

Education Technology Consultant, Texas Instruments
I am the TI Consultant who supports all Utah educators. Please come see me about your needs in math and STEM education and we can talk about how TI can add value! Thanks, Brian
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Geoff Warren

Teacher, Davis School District | Texas Instruments
Geoff Warren is a secondary math and science teacher, MESA advisor at Davis SD and Regional Instructor for Teachers Teaching with Technology.


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Ballroom 1

11:00am MDT

Technology-Free STEM
How can afterschool programs with limited access to technology provide high-quality STEM programming, especially in areas such as coding, robotics, and more? Come and participate in technology-free STEM activities that you can use for your programs, regardless of whatever resources you have available.

Speakers
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Julienne Bailey

STEM Bus Coordinator, Utah STEM in Motion Team
Julienne is a Coordinator with the Utah STEM Bus Program. Her education in entertainment technology combined with her experience working for young people to create a passion for STEM Education. She is always looking for new ways to help students and adults alike to engage creatively... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Ballroom 3

1:30pm MDT

Utah Education Network Resources Come In All Shapes and Sizes
The Utah Education Network offers a variety of educational resources that are cross-curricular, diverse, multi-platform, and free. Join us to learn how to explore multicultural resources, find age-appropriate and high-quality digital resources, and help students use screen-time effectively.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Cohne

Lisa Cohne

Community Partnership Manager, Utah Education Network
Lisa Cohne, MSW - has been an an educator and leader for community partnerships and engagements for almost 15 years with the Utah Education Network.


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 203

1:30pm MDT

Walk, Listen, and Learn with The Walking Classroom
Attendees in this session will learn about the link between exercise and cognitive function, be introduced to the features of The Walking Classroom, and will get to experience the program themselves. Everyone will walk, listen, and learn! Come learn how The Walking Classroom aligns with academic standards for grades 4-8 and understand how it supports academic enrichment, increased physical activity, social-emotional learning, and health literacy. Note: In addition to free resources, this session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
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Teri Webb

4th Grade Teacher, Springside Elementary
Teri is a 4th grade teacher and has been using The Walking Classroom program with her students since August of 2014.


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Ballroom 1

1:30pm MDT

The Laws of Motion: Integrating STEM and Physical Activity
Numerous studies have shown that children who are active and healthy have a lower risk of juvenile behavior, an increase in academic achievement, and tend to have a much better self-image. This workshop integrates STEM and physical activity in a unique format that helps develop healthier, more productive children. Experience how easy it is to motivate and engage children to move, learn, and love it! Note: In addition to free resources, this session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Slade

Sandy Slade

CEO and Founder, Skillastics
For over 22 years, Sandy Spin Slade was considered one of the best basketball handlers in the world, performing for thousands at NBA half-times, schools, and special events around the globe. Additionally, she revolutionized the educational market by introducing Skillastics®, the... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 103

1:30pm MDT

Closing the Gender Gap and Empowering Utah's Girls
In 1995, women made up almost 40 percent of the computing workforce. Today, women make up less than 25 percent. With the tech industry booming, we have a duty to not only equip our girls with computer science skills but also provide a safe and supportive environment of peers and role models where girls learn to see themselves as computer scientists. Girls Who Code is working to close the gender gap in technology and we are on track to reach gender parity in 2027. In 2018, we launched 106 clubs in Utah and over 6,000 clubs across the U.S. Let’s dive deep into a free and flexible program that features Women in Tech spotlights, impact projects, and 120 tutorials of coding curriculum to choose from. Are you ready to join the movement?

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Souza

Amanda Souza

Manager of Community Partnerships, Girls Who Code
Amanda Souza is a dedicated advocate for educational equity. She has served students in several capacities and now works with Girls Who Code to increase computer science skills for female students.


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 202

1:30pm MDT

Rubik's Cube Clubs and the Power of Play
Rubik’s Cube clubs foster positive peer collaboration; students of all ages can support one another’s successes as they learn to solve the Rubik’s Cube, work together to create strategies for memorizing algorithms, and stretch their creativity designing and building Rubik’s Cube mosaics. Rubik's Cube units and lessons address a variety of STEM concepts, critical thinking skills, and social-emotional learning. Rubik’s Cube clubs are a part of quality afterschool programs that want to build life skills, a sense of belonging, resiliency, and self-esteem. Participants will walk away knowing how to implement Rubik’s Cube clubs and receive the Cubes and resources at no cost. Participants will learn beginning strategies in solving the Rubik’s Cube.

Speakers
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Wendy Jensen

Teacher, Good Foundations Academy
Music instructor at Good Foundations Academy - 2009 - Present Director of Theater program - 2009 - Present Choir director - 2009 - Present Coordinator Utah's Rubik's Cube competition - 2017 - Present


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 201

2:45pm MDT

Playing for Keeps: Fun Activities for Math and Reading Essentials
During this session, attendees will learn how to help students master basic skills in math and reading with student-driven activities that are hands-on, self-correcting, and fun! Note: This session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
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Ron Stuart

President, Learning Wrap-ups, Inc.
Ron has been working with Learning Wrap-ups from the beginning in the early 80's. He has overseen the company growth from a few school sales in the Weber County School District to current sales throughout the USA and many parts of the world.


Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Meeting Room 202

4:00pm MDT

Nature Journaling
Nature journaling can be a powerful technique to foster learning as well as an enjoyable past time. Learners are encouraged to spend time observing nature and recording their observations, usually in a combination of sketching and written description. The process is simple but allows for the development of a wide range of skills and can incorporate a variety of topics, including art, language, math, wellness, and science. Nature journaling also can be adapted for students with a variety of learning styles. It allows them to develop creativity, independent thought, choice-making, and self-confidence. Participants should leave this session with a greater appreciation of the natural world and a better understanding of how to conduct scientific observations and ask meaningful questions. They should have more confidence to express themselves creatively and encourage the same in others.

Speakers
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Rowe Zwahlen

Assistant Professor, Utah State University Extension
Rowe Zwahlen is an Extension assistant professor for agriculture, natural resources, and 4-H youth development in Emery County, UT. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from BYU. Before... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Meeting Room 102

4:00pm MDT

Jump into Coding
Coding will be extremely important in the future. It already is. The State of Utah has just announced a new plan to make sure that every K-12 student in the state has a chance to become educated in computer science by 2022. We have developed a program that prepares teachers and empowers students as they begin this journey into the world of coding and technology. Bring your laptop and come join us as we jump into the future of CS education! Note: This session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
avatar for Talon Hatch

Talon Hatch

Partnership Manager, Skill Struck
At Skill Struck, we work to make Computer Science equitable and accessible for every school in the state. We work with educators to create a K-12 CS grade alignment and avoid gaps in the process. We provide schools with teacher-focused professional development, standard aligned curriculum... Read More →
avatar for Donnaly Crull

Donnaly Crull

Vendor, Skill Struck
Talk to us about Computer Science Education in Utah and how it is expanding through out the state!
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Alma Thurber

Head Instructor, Skill Struck
Alma was born and raised in Utah. He is a junior at Brigham Young University studying Information Systems. He is Skill Struck's head instructor and has taught coding to over 200 people.


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Ballroom 1
 
Saturday, November 2
 

11:00am MDT

Jazz Math Hits
NBA Math Hoops, in partnership with the Utah Jazz, is a free comprehensive community program, featuring a basketball board game and curriculum, that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through the game of basketball. Students take on the role of being their own NBA/WNBA coach in a fast-paced game, all while learning! All program content is developed in alignment with state standards and 21st Century Learning Skills, and has been shown to improve students’ foundational math and social-emotional skills. All participants who attend this session will walk away with all the tools needed to start this experience right away in their program.

Speakers
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Jeff Drexler

COO, Learn Fresh Education Company
Jeff is a forward thinking individual who strongly believes in the positive impacts that a fundamental education can provide. At Learn Fresh, Jeff works with NBA and NFL teams, suppliers, and other external partners to schedule, coordinate, and execute a wide variety of events. Jeff... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Ballroom 2

11:00am MDT

Leveraging the Power of Citizen Science in Out-of-School Time
Recognizing that the middle school years present a pivotal opportunity to ignite or extinguish a student’s lifelong interest in STEM, Science Action Club (SAC) designs educational resources that leverage the power of citizen science. Participation in citizen science projects help spark youth excitement for science and grow a new generation of environmental stewards. Youth in SAC investigate birds, bugs, and clouds in their local environment and use citizen science to document their discoveries, share data with professional scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll go outdoors to explore how SAC uses citizen science projects to increase interest in STEM and build environmental literacy among out-of-school time youth.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Herszenhorn

Laura Herszenhorn

Director of Expanded Learning and Youth Engagement, California Academy of Sciences
Laura leads a team of talented museum educators and designers who develop programs to foster a more scientifically literate and civically engaged society. At the California Academy of Sciences, her portfolio includes science and environmental education initiatives designed to transform... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Van Schoik

Rachael Van Schoik

Science Action Club Manager, California Academy of Sciences
Rachael has worked in non-profit management at the intersection of science, equity, and education for over 10 years in the Bay Area. As the Science Action Club Manager, she leads national efforts to scale Science Action Club. Previously, she spent three years in Public Programs at... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 101

1:30pm MDT

Equality vs. Equity in Math: How All Students Can Learn Math
In education, we tend to give all students the same information. We assume they are all at the same level and expect them to learn and progress at the same rate. In reality, students come to school with very different levels of understanding - especially in math. In this session, attendees will discuss and participate in games that create an equity-based system in math so that all students are progressing. Armed with a positive attitude and the belief that all students can progress, we can begin to differentiate math instruction and give students ownership in their learning. Math is not a spectator sport; we have to get in there and play, and in this session, we'll do just that! Note: in addition to free resources, this session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Curry

Mary Curry

Math Enthusiast, MANGO Math Group
Mary Curry is an educator (BS degree in Elem Ed from USD, MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle U, endorsement in Special Education from UW), parent (3 beautiful girls) and a math enthusiast (converted in 2004). Mary has taught for many years in both elementary and junior... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 202

1:30pm MDT

The Teaching Toolbox: Grab and Go Strategies for Building STEM Identity
Leading STEM activities with youth takes practice and skill. Adopting effective strategies into your practice can help bolster the experiences of the youth in your program as well as build professional skills in your staff and yourself. Science Action Club (SAC) makes it easy and fun to lead hands-on STEM anywhere, anytime, and provides tested facilitation strategies for front-line staff to use. In this session, you’ll learn five tips from SAC’s Teaching Toolbox, deep dive on a few key strategies, and push your practice as a STEM educator.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Herszenhorn

Laura Herszenhorn

Director of Expanded Learning and Youth Engagement, California Academy of Sciences
Laura leads a team of talented museum educators and designers who develop programs to foster a more scientifically literate and civically engaged society. At the California Academy of Sciences, her portfolio includes science and environmental education initiatives designed to transform... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Van Schoik

Rachael Van Schoik

Science Action Club Manager, California Academy of Sciences
Rachael has worked in non-profit management at the intersection of science, equity, and education for over 10 years in the Bay Area. As the Science Action Club Manager, she leads national efforts to scale Science Action Club. Previously, she spent three years in Public Programs at... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 101

2:45pm MDT

Get Real: Engage Youth in Citizen Science, No Experience Necessary
You don’t need to be a professional scientist or trained engineer to lead great STEM programming that is authentic, meaningful, and fun. All you need is curiosity, a willingness to learn alongside youth, and access to quality curriculum resources. Designed by a world-class museum and research institute, Science Action Club (SAC) makes it easy and fun to lead hands-on STEM anywhere, anytime. SAC activities empower youth to connect with nature and contribute to global citizen science projects like iNaturalist, eBird, and NASA’s GLOBE Observer. Come explore SAC kits and resources, get hands-on practice with activities, and learn practical tips and tricks for facilitating real science and nature investigations with youth.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Herszenhorn

Laura Herszenhorn

Director of Expanded Learning and Youth Engagement, California Academy of Sciences
Laura leads a team of talented museum educators and designers who develop programs to foster a more scientifically literate and civically engaged society. At the California Academy of Sciences, her portfolio includes science and environmental education initiatives designed to transform... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Van Schoik

Rachael Van Schoik

Science Action Club Manager, California Academy of Sciences
Rachael has worked in non-profit management at the intersection of science, equity, and education for over 10 years in the Bay Area. As the Science Action Club Manager, she leads national efforts to scale Science Action Club. Previously, she spent three years in Public Programs at... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Meeting Room 101

2:45pm MDT

Hosting a Family Code Night
Computer science isn't just for youth! This session will help you learn how to tie computer science with family engagement by planning and hosting a family code night in your program. This can be used as part of Lights On Afterschool or other family outreach events. No coding experience necessary!

Speakers
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Deborah Ivie

Assistant Professor, USU Extension
Deborah Ivie has worked in the field of afterschool for over 13 years. She received her Master's Degree in Family Life Education with emphasis in Human Development and Early Childhood Education Certification from Brigham Young University. She is currently serving as a faculty member... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Meeting Room 202

4:00pm MDT

Solve for Why: The Importance of STEM
During this session, participants will discuss the importance of STEM education and learn strategies for engaging students in the process. We will explore the importance of STEM fields for both the future workforce, but more importantly, the need to create a future of problem-solvers. Learn how to help your students enjoy STEM with an end-goal in mind and walk away with ideas for new resources and partnership opportunities.

Speakers
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Dallas Thornley

STEM Vista, Utah Afterschool Network
Originally a military brat with many hometowns, Dallas found herself back in Salt Lake City with her beautiful daughter. Navigating corporate America and realizing her happiness laid elsewhere, she jumped at the chance to immerse herself back into the academic world when she found... Read More →


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Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Meeting Room 101