Saturday, 27 October 2012

Theme: At the Crossroads for Science Education 
Dates: 29th March-1st April, 2012

Each year National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)  holds four conferences on science education: three regional events in the fall and a national gathering in the spring. This organization provide ways for science teachers to connect with one another.

This year I attended the National conference that was held in the spring in Indianapolis Indianna.

This was the conference of a lifetime! This was also my first experience at an international conference on science education and I really enjoyed the experience. 

The conference was so meaningful because there were many hands-on activities that I adopted for use with my students. 

There were many presenters from organizations such as Delta Education, Discovery Education, Japan Artec, and NSTA Student Chapter.

Exciting Activities:

1. Building your own electrical circuit

In this session we built our own electrical circuits using paper, foil, circuit template diagrams with electrical , christmas tree bulbs and 9volt batteries.

2. Using discrepant events to enhance your lessons

A.  Discrepant Event: The Mystery Tube

You can't really tell how the strings are connected in this tube

B. Discrepant Event: The Cartesian Diver

This activity works on the principles of buoyancy, pressure and force (weight). My students love this activity.

Here is an example of a video which explains this activity

3. Building your own coil motor

Members from Japan Artec facilitated this session. With the materials we were given we were able to build our own motors using principles of electricity and magnetism.

Stephen Matthew Skeen, Yao-Shi Osaka and their assistants hepled us with our electric motors.
Other activities such as the Elementary Extravaganza,  Make over lab session, and even touring the ehibit halls gave me an opportunity to gather resources for my classroom and also to meet professionals that were in the field of science.
Elementary Extravaganza
Extreme Makeover: Laboratory Edition Members of the NSTA student chapter introducing us to some exciting activities.
Sea World's display of the Virginia Opossum in the exhibit halls