Join us in Charlotte, NC this Nov/Dec.  After enjoying our hands-on workshops you can visit the NFL's Carolina Panthers and NBA's Charlotte Bobcats stadiums. 

We will be at Booth #414 and will hold workshops in Room208


NGSS Body Systems: Gas Exchange
8:00am - 9:00am

Students conduct an investigation to identify the presence of carbon dioxide in samples of their own exhaled breath. The function of the respiratory system in excreting carbon dioxide waste is highlighted. This activity is building towards an understanding of human body systems and to the interacting roles of these systems in providing nutrients and oxygen and removing carbon dioxide wastes from the cells throughout the body.  Teacher Sheet | Student Sheet

NGSS Evolution: Embry-OH!
9:30am - 10:30am

What relationships across different animal species can you see in embryological data that you cannot observe by comparing mature animals? Identify patterns in embryological images from different species to provide evidence of closer evolutionary relationships.  Teacher SheetStudent Sheet

NGSS Chemical Reactions: Designing Better Chemical Batteries
11:00am - 12:00pm

Students investigate how chemical energy can be transformed via a chemical process into electrical energy. After building a prototype wet cell, students brainstorm improvements and build, test, and evaluate new prototype to meet a set of predetermined criteria within specified constraints.  Teacher Sheet | Student Sheet 

NGSS Land, Water and Human Interactions: Wait, I thought nutrients were a good thing
12:30pm - 1:30pm

How can a farm impact fishing nearby? Could it also impact the quality of drinking water in a nearby town? Use a model to gather evidence about the interaction of soil, water, and fertilizers in a laboratory investigation.  Teacher Sheet | Student Sheet

NGSS Weather and Climate: Atmosphere, Climate and Global Warming
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Students look at historical data spanning the past 100 years to try to understand the causes of current global warming. They ask questions related to the data to figure out what the evidence indicates and to better understand how human activities relate to global warming.  Teacher Sheet | Student Sheet

NGSS Energy: Are these bulbs heating up our energy bill?
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Some devices are less efficient than others - how does this impact our home energy costs? Compare thermal energy transferred by two different bulb types to calculate the efficiency. Consider "lifetime" costs and trade-offs when deciding which type to purchase.  Teacher Sheet | Student Sheet


Cell Differentiation and Gene Expression
8:00am -9:00am

Students often have trouble conceptualizing how selective gene expression works. We 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. Teacher Sheet | Student Sheet

Photosynthesis and Respiration Shuffle
9:30am -10:30am

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. Using a computer simulation, a hands-on activity, and notebooking and discussion strategies, expose student thinking—all from SEPUP's new Science and Global Issues: Biology program from Lab-Aids.  Teacher Sheet | Student Sheet

What is a Species?
11:00am -12:00pm

In this activity from the SEPUP high school biology program, learn about conditions that lead to speciation, including isolation due to temporal, geographical, and behavioral factors, and more. Then determine whether selected animal or plant pairs are in the early, mid, or late stages of speciation.  Teacher Sheet | Student Sheet

pH Scale
12:30pm -1:30pm

What does pH actually measure? In this investigation, you will measure pH indirectly using indicators and absorption using the Lab-Master. Using their data, participants generate a graph of absorbance versus pH. This graph can be used to determine the pH of solutions, within the measured pH range. Join us for this activity from The Natural Approach to Chemistry program. Teacher Sheet | Student Sheet

Distilling Aromatic Hydrocarbons
2:00pm - 3:00pm

We distill water to purify it, or so we think. So why does the clear distillate from apple cider smell like apples? Join us and find out! Using a clever test-tube distillation apparatus, distill the essence of vanilla and the scent of mint… and even show you how to make brandy from wine! Distillation is a crucial process in chemical engineering and technology,yet few students ever get to explore the process.  Teacher Sheet | Student Sheet

Chemical Formula and Amino Acids
3:30pm - 4:30pm

What is the difference between subscripts and coefficients? What does “balancing” a chemical equation mean? Many students have trouble with these fundamental concepts in chemistry. If a student does not fully understand the chemical formula, then moles, reactions, and stoichiometry are hopelessly confusing. Join us for some elegant, intuitive, and well-differentiated lessons that allow students of all levels to master the chemical formula and thereby move confidently into a deeper understanding of chemistry.  Teacher Sheet | Student Sheet


Using Climate Proxies to Learn about Earth's Climate History
8:00am - 9:00am

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. Analyze and graph samples of replicas of these organisms 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 program from Lab-Aids.  Teacher Sheet | Student Sheet

Prospecting for Mineral Ore
9:30am - 10:30am

How do geologists look for mineral ore? In this activity from EDC Earth Science, participants search for a layer of rock containing a valuable mineral called molybdenum by testing sediments collected in strategic spots along river systems—gathering data to decide where the deposit is located. This is no "cookie mining" activity!  Teacher Sheet | Student Sheet

Calling All Carbons
11:00am - 12:00pm

The element of carbon is critical to life on Earth. All living organisms contain different and essential carbon-based molecules. Several Earth processes work together to cycle carbon from one carbon reservoir to another and to keep the amount in each reservoir stable. Join in to learn about and model different carbon transfer processes.  Teacher Sheet | Student Sheet

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