Lab Aids

Events Calendar

Location: Click here for conference website
Radisson Hotel and Lansing Center
Lansing, MI
Contact: Bill Cline
Science Curriculum Consultant
bcline@lab-aids.com
260-212-1030
Overview: With MI adopting NGSS, now is the time to experience our curriculum and see how LAB-AIDS is the right choice for you.
Workshops
Gene Expression
Presenter: Bill Cline
Overview: Students often have trouble conceptualizing how selective gene expression works. In this workshop, participants will use manipulatives to teach this concept and explain how it is connected to genetic engineering. Innovative activities are selected from the new Science and Global Issues: Biology program from SEPUP and LAB-AIDS. Activities focus on ways to integrate selective gene expression as a relevant and engaging sustainability issue.
High School Biology
Photosynthesis & Respiration
Presenter: Bill Cline
Overview: Students have major misconceptions about photosynthesis and cellular respiration, but this content is essential for understanding how matter and energy flows, both at the micro (cellular) and macro (ecosystem) levels. From SEPUP's new Science and Global Issues: Biology program from LAB-AIDS.
High School Biology
Biomes and Invasive Species
Presenter: Bill Cline
Overview: How do the characteristics of a biome determine the plant and animal life found there? How do non-native species survive to become invasive species? In this activity from the SEPUP high school biology program, students match a set of organism cards to proper climate/biome cards, then use literacy strategies to consider the impact of invasive species.
High School Biology
Using Climate Proxies to Learn about Earth's Climate History
Presenter: Bill Cline
Overview: How can scientists tell what Earth’s climate was like thousands of years before human measurements? This activity simulates the use of fossil ocean foraminifera, tiny organisms whose growth patterns are different in warm or cold water. Your students will analyze and graph samples of replicas of these organisms, and use this information to determine relative warm and cold periods in the past 200,000 years. This activity is from EDC Earth Science, a new NSF-supported high school earth science program from LAB-AIDS that uses an active, data-oriented approach to the student of earth science and earth systems.
High School Earth Science
Chemical Formula & Amino Acids
Presenter: Bill Cline
Overview: What is the difference between subscripts and coefficients? What does "balancing" a chemical equation mean? Many students have trouble with these concepts. If a student does not fully understand the chemical formula, then moles, reactions, and stoichiometry are hopelessly confusing. Join us for intuitive lessons for all students to master the formula, gaining a deeper understanding of chemistry.
High School Chemistry
One in a Million
Presenter: Bill Cline
Overview: How do we teach topics such as electron configurations—that were graduate school material a generation ago—so that high school students can learn and understand them? Walk away with some effective ways to teach the structure of the atom. Using a user-friendly spectrophotometer, explore how light interacts with dyes. Then use unique spectrum cards to show how atoms, color, and spectra are related, making a conceptual bridge between a core chemical technology—making dyes—and the fundamental structure of the atom.
High School Chemistry
Classifying Space Objects
Presenter: Bill Cline
Overview: In this initial activity from the space science unit of SEPUP's middle level earth science program, participants classify 24 space object cards using criteria of their own choosing. They then reclassify the cards using criteria used by modern astronomers. Participants then use clues on the cards to try to identify these objects to determine where they might be in the solar system -- and beyond.
Middle School Earth Science
Grades 6-8
Chemical Batteries
Presenter: Bill Cline
Overview: Although we live a battery-powered lifestyle, most of us (middle school and high school students included) have no idea how batteries actually work. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be engaged in an activity from Issues and Physical Science from LAB-AIDS. Make a wet cell battery, explore the effect of using different metal electrodes on battery output, and consider ways to reduce the number of discarded batteries in the waste stream.
Middle School Physical Science
Grades 6-8
Who Infected Whom?
Presenter: Bill Cline
Overview: In this activity from the SEPUP middle level life science series, participants use a chemical simulation for the transmission of infectious, communicable diseases. By keeping careful records of their interactions with other participants, they are able to track the progress of the contagion in a fictional school community.
Middle School Life Science
Grades 6-8