Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching 2022

Conferences

Join us at the CAST22 Conference in Dallas from November 10th – 12th for the opportunity to interact with our kits and models while attending sessions lead by our Professional Learning Team. You can visit us in Booth 108-110, and attend one of our sessions in Coronado C!

Thursday, November 10th

11:30am – 12:30pm

Session Title: Uncooking the Egg: Modeling protein folding and denaturing

Presenter: Mark Arnholt

Session Description:  What happens when you cook an egg? Is it possible to un-cook it? Investigate the characteristics of amino acids, the levels (and rules!) of protein folding, and how denaturing a protein alters its function in an engaging investigation of the Amino Acid Starter Kit©.

1:00 – 2:00pm

Session Title: Playtime with Enzymes: Making Student Thinking Visible Using Metabolic Pathways

Presenter: Ruth Hutson

Session Description: Explore how physical models foster an understanding of how enzymes aid in both catabolic and anabolic cellular processes.

2:30 – 3:30pm

Session Title: Inside and Out: Making Membranes Memorable with Models

Presenter: Kim Parfitt

Session Description: Use hands-on models while investigating how things get into, and out of, cells. Discover phenomenal stories that go beyond transport for year-round connections.

4:00 – 5:00pm

Session Title: Getting to now H2O with Hands On Models

Presenter: Kim Parfitt

Session Description: Learn how students can explore complex properties of water while manipulating magnetic molecules that also teach model literacy for learning all year long.

Friday, November 11th

8:00 – 9:00am

Session Title: Discovering Dynamic DNA: More than just A’s, T’s, C’s and G’s

Presenter: Mark Arnholt

Session Description: Although most students recognize the double-helical structure of DNA, they have difficulty understanding the importance of the details. During this workshop, participants will examine how modeling deepens student engagement and inquiry. Our workshop participants will explore DNA’s dynamic structure and function using an atomically accurate model of DNA. With this model, we will assemble five nucleotides, build DNA and RNA polymers, and examine the features, including the flexibility, of both molecules.

9:30 – 10:30am

Session Title: Chromosomes in Action: New Ways to Model Mitosis and Meiosis

Presenter: Ruth Hutson

Session Description: Explore how physical models foster an understanding of the importance of mitosis and meiosis to the growth and development of living things.

11:00am – 12:00pm

Session Title: DNA With A Twist – Use Of Multiple Models In The Classroom

Presenter: Mark Arnholt

Session Description: In this workshop participants examine how modeling deepens student engagement. Explore carefully designed models to discover basic features of DNA structure and function.  Next, examine DNA’s dynamic structure and function using an atomically accurate model. With this model, we will assemble nucleotides, build DNA and RNA polymers, and examine the features, including the flexibility, of both molecules.  Our final model allows us to look at genetic sequences, genetic engineering, and an endless number of possibilities.

12:30 – 1:30pm

Session Title: Unwinding the Complexities of the Central Dogma Through Modeling

Presenter: Ruth Hutson

Session Description: Explore how physical models foster an understanding of how the structure of DNA and RNA determine the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life.

2:00 – 3:00pm

Session Title: 3D Models for 3D Instruction: How models enhance storylines

Presenter: Kim Parfitt

Session Description: Explore how phenomenon-driven inquiry is enhanced using rich 3D models that let students figure out answers to their own questions while engaged in science practices.

3:30 – 4:30pm

Session Title: When Cells Talk, Things Happen: Cell Signaling

Presenter: Kim Parfitt

Session Description: Model synapses and molecules signaling cellular activity then extend your model to reflect the disturbance in the biochemical events caused by drugs and toxins.

Saturday, November 12th

2:00 – 3:15pm

Session Title: In the Tube Where it Happens: Using Models to Support Understanding in Biotechnology

Presenter: Mark Arnholt

Session Description: Models are used to engage students in making sense of patterns in molecular structures and functions that have led to advances in biotechnology.  Teachers will describe the structures of DNA and enzymes that researchers capitalize on to create biotechnology applications such as restriction enzymes and PCR.  Teachers will identify how models, conceptional and physical, can be used by students to reveal their ideas and understandings.  Teachers will identify formative assessment opportunities in the modeling process.

2:00 – 3:15pm

Session Title: From Particles to Properties: Chemistry Concepts with Water Models

Presenter: Ruth Hutson

Session Description: Explore how physical models foster an understanding of the structure of water and how their interactions explain the properties of water observed on the bulk scale.

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