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Wednesday, November 14


Discover Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program
Take your students on an unforgettable, two-month, world-wide STEM adventure with Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience program. Your students will virtually cruise aboard the TS Kennedy with cadets majoring in Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation, and Facilities Engineering who are taking part in their annual Sea Term. Students will also follow the Winter Experiences of cadets majoring in Marine Safety Science & Environmental Protection, Energy Systems Engineering, International Maritime Business and Emergency Management & Homeland Security as they study around the globe.

Administrators, teachers, librarians, and parents will love the comprehensive Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience curriculum linked to the Common Core Mathematics Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. The curriculum also incorporates language arts, social studies, and fine arts. Many of the engaging lessons and hands-on activities were created exclusively for Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

During this session, you will be introduced to the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience program, discover its history, and view evidence of the program’s success.  You’ll also get a preview of the expanded 2019 Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience program which promises to be bigger and better than ever. We’ll provide the information needed to register a class, a grade level, or an entire school.

Don’t miss Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s one-of-a-kind 2019 STEM adventure on land and sea!


Nancy A. Franks

Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience Coordinator, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Wednesday November 14, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am
Conference Room 210


Full STEAM Ahead: A Kinetic Sculpture Project
In this session, educators from the Public Schools of Brookline will share a successful interdisciplinary learning experience for 8th graders. Based on Arthur Ganson’s mechanical artwork at the MIT Museum, students integrated learning from science, engineering, visual arts, and technology to create their own kinetic sculptures in a public display of project-based learning. This innovative project brought about high levels of student engagement and achievement.

In this session, we will share details of all stages of this project (including photos and video), from preparation to classroom lessons to the final showcase. The stages include movement drawings, visiting MIT, observational drawings, brainstorming, sketching, building (and persisting), and reflecting. We will share successes, challenges, and lessons learned in thinking about future iterations and implications for our own practice as educators. Time will be built in for questions from attendees. We believe this session would benefit all teachers in grades K-12, with a particular emphasis for middle school. We are hoping that participants would leave with an inspiring opportunity to integrate content in an engaging relevant manner. We also hope the audience would take away the relationship among student-directed learning, persistence, and engagement, and that these skills will remain with students forever.


Matt Durant

Educational Technology Specialist, Public Schools of Brookline

Mark Goldner

Science Teacher, Schools of Brookline

Tanya Gregoire

Enrichment & Challenge Support Specialist, Public Schools of Brookline

Ceara Yahn

Visual Arts Teacher, Public Schools of Brookline

Wednesday November 14, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am
Junior Ballroom


Energy House Design Challenge
Get comfortable with the engineering design process in your classroom while allowing students to take the rein with NEED’s “Energy House Challenge” activity. Come try your hand at building an energy house, from the purchasing aspect to installation and efficiency. You’ll be investigating the science behind keeping building occupants healthy and comfortable and our buildings energy efficient. Learn about efficiency, conservation and economic returns by using various materials to insulate a cardboard house and then test its efficiency. An excellent activity in applying engineering principals and problem-solving skills to energy efficiency, while incorporating math with a set budget and cost for materials. Students will be able to describe efficiency and conservation measures for the home and justify why these measures make sense economically. This challenge can be easily differentiated for grades 6-12.


Nancy Gifford

Science Educator/Science Education Consultant, Monomoy Middle School, WGBH/PBS Learning Media, WGBH Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms

Wednesday November 14, 2018 10:55am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom Center


STEAMathon: Engaging Families in STEAM Activities
Within the K-12 school, we are always looking for ways to engage our families and our community. STEAM activities and events are a great way to bring our families and community members into our schools. By working with the community through local grants and donations, Mary E. Stapleton Elementary has hosted a completely free event that provides hands on activities and experiences in the areas of STEAM. These activities spark interest in our students in the areas of STEAM outside of school. They make connections with the materials they see and use at the event with jobs and interests that they have outside of school. This session will allow us to share our planning processes for a successful event that can be hosted at your school with examples of activities we have done and materials we have purchased that are now available for our classroom teachers to use throughout the school year. We will begin by sharing our planning process and documents that have been used in planning and promoting the event with exit surveys and feedback from families. We will then move to an open exploration where attendees of the session will have the opportunity to try some of the activities for themselves and ask questions about the event. We will share our beginning planning for next year’s event and some of the resources/vendors we have purchased items from or may be purchasing from in the future.


Heather Allen

Classroom Teacher / STEAMathon Coordinator, Mary E. Stapleton Elementary School

Ashley Newton

Classroom Teacher / STEAMathon Coordinator, Mary E. Stapleton Elementary School

Wednesday November 14, 2018 10:55am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom South


Fairytales & STEAM - Cross Curricular Integration Through Project Based Learning
Fairy tales give young children a safe way to explore the world and grapple with the conflict between good and evil. They also inspire curiosity, creativity and problem-solving, making them a natural fit for the STEAM classroom. In this session, you will be introduced to the ways you can integrate disciplines to create a more powerful learning experience for K-2 students.


Samantha Buckley

Second Grade Teacher, Framingham Public Schools


Ashley Deschenes

First Grade Teacher, Framingham Public Schools

Sabrina Gravanti

Kindergarten Teacher, Framingham Public Schools

Wednesday November 14, 2018 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Meeting Room E


Motivate Students with Free Innovative STEAM Resources from Public Libraries
The pipeline to prosperity begins with accessing resources your public library offers for free! Students learn better when their learning is supported in the community. STEAM emphasizes collaboration between schools, science organizations, higher education and business to prepare students for STEM jobs. Public libraries are a place where all of these institutions can come together to reach your students and their families. Public libraries have responded to STEAM with a plethora of free materials, kits, robots, programs, clubs, makerspaces and STEAM Centers. Educators for grades K-4 and school librarians will discover innovative resources available at public libraries throughout MA designed to support students, educators, classrooms, out-of-school activities and parent and community involvement. Learn about library resources specifically for K-4 students and for teacher use in the classroom or on a field trip to the library. Find out about library clubs for young coders, Skype programs with NASA, STEAM kits and centers, makerspaces and circulating telescopes. Explore new ways public librarians, school librarians and K-4 educators can form partnerships. MA Library Systems will provide an overview of statewide offerings. Learn about the Needham Free Public Library’s STEAM Center and their partnership with elementary schools, STEAM Professionals and OLIN College of Engineering. There will be a question and answer/discussion session on how educators and public libraries can work together to support parent and community involvement for student motivation and success.


Paula Dugan

Children’s Supervisor, Needham Free Public Library

April Mazza

Youth Services Consultant, MA Library Systems

Nick Tartar

Associate Dean of Student Affairs and PDSO, Olin College of Engineering

Wednesday November 14, 2018 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Meeting Room D


Priming Preschoolers to Enter the Engineering Pipeline through Problem-Solving
Children are born curious about the natural world. Early childhood settings are the perfect environments to harness this curiosity by encouraging questioning and problem solving using principles of engineering. By supporting children as they navigate the principals of engineering, we are priming the pipeline for STEM success. Despite prior research that shows a STEM curriculum that integrates the engineering design process (EDP) encourages cognitive development and child curiosity, there is very little organized STEM or engineering instruction within early childhood classrooms. Some reasons for this include lack of preschool teacher preparation in STEM and a shortage of available early childhood STEM and engineering curricula.  This presentation will offer participants the opportunity to understand how to infuse dynamic STEM opportunities into their own preschool programs by learning about Worcester Head Start’s STEAM initiative and STEAM kits.  Participants will also learn about Head Start’s partnership with Worcester Polytechnic Institute on a federal grant to develop a problem-based preschool STEM curriculum, Seeds of STEM, which exposes preschoolers to engineering vocabulary and an adapted engineering design process.


Carlene Sherbourne

Education Manager, Worcester Head Start


Colleen Bostwick

Lead Teacher, Worcester Head Start

Suchira Channoi

Lead Teacher, Worcester Head Start

Bernadette Sibuma

Research Scientist, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Wednesday November 14, 2018 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Junior Ballroom


Best Practices in STEM Space Design and Use
How can we engage students through the design and use of STEM learning spaces across grades K through 12? This session is centered on a presentation of initial findings of a review of best practices for K-12 STEM learning spaces commissioned by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). The review is looking at K-12 academic STEM learning spaces, including elementary classrooms, science labs, and makerspaces, to provide recommendations for the sizing, configuration, outfitting, management, maintenance, and use of STEM learning spaces. Panelists will reflect on the importance of thoughtful STEM space design, the affordances and limitations of design for STEM learning opportunities and programming, and potential implications of initial findings. Participants will consider and reflect on how their STEM space design enables or limits local STEM programming and goals.


Jake Foster

Owner & Founder, STEM Learning Design LLC


Amy Fish

Innovation Studio Facilitator, Bourne Public Schools

Laura Smith


Autumn Waldron

Assistant Project Manager, MA School Building Authority (MSBA)

Wednesday November 14, 2018 2:55pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room E


Collaborative Design for Engaging STEM Volunteers in Middle Grades Class Projects
Citizen Schools’ Apprenticeship model has been shown through external evaluation to increase middle school students’ interest in STEM careers and proficiency in Math (comparable to 4 additional months of learning).

Citizen Schools’ design team has been working to develop a pilot that will allow us to engage more students in this style of learning as part of their science classes. Taking what we have learned about developing high interest, project-based learning courses with STEM in the out of school time, we set out to design an in-school model co-designed by science teachers and STEM volunteers.

This session will share the key volunteer engagement strategies we’ve developed for inclusion in our project-based learning units and model the design –based research methods we’ve used to evaluate and refine our resources for the model.

Come with an idea you have for a student project to workshop. The final component of the session with guide participants in a protocol to brainstorm their own curricular units they may want to develop (using our templates and online resources) that would be bolstered by the relevance, rigor and joy that volunteers can add to a project for middle school students – We’ll work in small groups to identify roles that STEM professionals could potentially play in supporting student’s authentic project work, and potential sources for recruiting those volunteers to bring the project to life!


Amy Hoffmaster

Director of Program Innovation, Citizen Schools

Nell Kisiel

VP of Strategy and Business Development, Citizen Schools

Wednesday November 14, 2018 2:55pm - 3:45pm
Conference Room 210


Creating Fun and Engaging STEM Learning with Toddler and Preschool Children
Get ready to have some fun! Filled with “A-HA” moments, this workshop is designed to promote simple science, technology, engineering and mathematics in toddler and preschool settings.  Through hands-on exploration with our fun and engaging experiments and activities, participants will take away great ideas and strategies that can easily be incorporated into their classrooms.


Krissy Cannizzo

Outreach Coordinator, Professional Development Trainer, Children’s Museum in Easton

Wednesday November 14, 2018 2:55pm - 3:45pm
Junior Ballroom


Robots and Screen-Free Coding for Your Youngest Learners — Come Play With KIBO!
Come play with the KIBO robot! Get hands-on with this screen-free coding and robotics kit for children in K-2 classrooms, while you hear ideas for integrating these activities within existing curriculum. We’ll share how easy it is to integrate robotics within the classroom to engage young students to learn STEAM concepts. Using K-2 classroom examples, like our first-grade students using robotics to drive home science learning initiatives, such as wind and weather instruction. Barbara Tennyson, an experienced STEM teacher and technology integrator, will share examples of using robotics to support in-class curriculum as well as meet computer science and digital literacy standards. Learn how to incorporate robotics into your existing classroom instruction to emphasize lessons with hands-on play!


Jason Innes

Manager of Training and Curriculum Development, KinderLab Robotics, Inc.

Barbara Tennyson

Instructional Technology Specialist, Needham Public Schools

Wednesday November 14, 2018 2:55pm - 3:45pm
Gran Ballroom North