Upcoming Conference Presentations:
VAEE Annual Conference at Airfield Conference Center and 4-H Educational Center on February 24th-26th
Activities Shared at Presentations
How the Forest Grows
Measure a sapling, learn about the tree species, and make mathematical projections about its growth rate, time to adult size, and mature mass
Create an aerial map using a satellite photo, then use the map to calculate the ratios of permeable and impermeable surfaces. Connects to watershed studies, human impact, and practice with math skills such as estimation, fractions, ratios, decimals.
- Schoolyard Surfaces Lesson Plan (PDF)
- Washington Convention Center Datasheet (PDF)
- How to make a map (PDF)
- Aerial image of Washington Convention Center (PDF)
- Grid for overlay in making maps (PNG) NOTE: page may appear blank as the black grid blends into the background.
- Marble Level materials: we purchased clear plastic tubes and caps from u-line, however, repurposed materials could be used.
Designing Solutions: Using Roof Models to Explore Run-Off
Using everyday materials, model how roof pitch affects the speed and volume of runoff. Engineer mitigation to slow and collect rain water that can run off a roof and cause erosion.
Exploring Virginia's Snakes Using Non-Fiction & Mathematics
Using the non-fiction Guide to Virginia Snakes, learn about a Virginia snake, measure a length of paper to the snake's adult length, demonstrate understanding by drawing the snake, and use the paper models to create and analyze a bar graph of snake lengths.
Presentations from recent years:
2021 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Regional Conference. November 11-13, National Harbor
2020 Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) November 11-13, Virtual
All presentations in this conference are available to VAST members
2020 Virginia Association of Environmental Educators (VAEE) Annual Conference. February 26-28, Sweet Briar College
Interactive Activity Showcase: How the Forest Grows and Collaboration for Impact: Modeling an Integrated Partnership.
2019 National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA) STEM Forum
July 2019 San Francisco, CA
2019 Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Annual PDI November 14-16, Roanoke, VA
- Designing Solutions: Using Roof Models to Explore Run-Off
- Schoolyard Surfaces: an Interdisciplinary Land-Based MWEE
- Exploring Virginia's Snakes Using Non-Fiction & Mathematics
2019 National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA) Conference on Science Education December 12-14 Seattle, WA
2019 Virginia Association of Environmental Educators (VAEE) Conference February 7-9 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond Va
- Snake Savvy: deepening an appreciation for the snakes of Virginia through non-fiction and mathematical analysis
- Systematically Engaging in Systems: system thinking and learning