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2017 TSTA  Conference and Professional Development Institute
November 9-11, 2017
Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro, TN

TSTA PRE-CONFERENCE PROPOSALS
DEADLINE APPROACHING - JULY 31

Presenters have two options for participation in the conference. On Thursday during the day, TSTA offers longer pre-conference workshops. If you want more time with teachers (2 hours or more), this may be your best option. Fill out the Pre-Conference Workshops Form. During Friday and Saturday, sessions are usually 45 - 90 minutes. Choose the Conference Proposal Form for this option. You also may choose to do both days.

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Prepare for the August 21, 2017 Experience of a lifetime


PREPARING FOR THE ECLIPSE

On August 21, 2017 most of North America is in the path of a rare sight, a total eclipse of the sun. There are tons of new resources ready to use in the classroom to share this exciting once in a lifetime event with students and families. Build excitement and prepare students to view the eclipse safely using resources now available at NASA and PBS Learning Media.

PBS Learning Media has developed a downloadable guide to help you teach about the upcoming solar eclipse. It points to resources on both the NASA and PBS LearningMedia sites, and answers some of the questions teachers asked PBS Learning Media in a recent survey. There will be exciting informal professional development events about the solar eclipse available online. 

Eclipse Across America Guide
NASA Total Eclipse Website
Map of pathway in Tennessee

COOL STUFF FROM NASA

Eclipse Poster This double-sided 20”x20” poster has a composite image of the sun on the front. The back of the poster provides key facts about the August 2017 total solar eclipse and a guide to safely view the eclipse.

Eclipse Brochure/Bookmark
This 8.5”x11” brochure has a star chart on the front and a composite image of the sun on the back. The brochure identifies things you may see during totality such as bright stars and planets and key features in the sun’s corona. Users can tear off a bookmark featuring an eclipse sequence and pinhole projector activity. 

Eclipse Information Card
This 3.5”x2” card has a composite image of the sun on the front and on the back, links to the NASA eclipse education website and NASA social media accounts.

Eclipse Website Resource
This double-sided 8.5”x11” flyer highlights some of the resources available on this NASA eclipse education website.

Downloadables webpage

New Eclipse Resources From TN STEM Innovation Network

Tips and Tricks for Watching the Eclipse
Video

Teacher Resources
Download this Eclipse PBL Unit for grades 6-12 that has student teams create and present their total solar eclipse findings.

Register for Classroom Sets of Solar Viewing Glasses
Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is offering classroom sets of approved viewing glasses. Visit here to register.


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  • 07 May 2017 5:36 PM | Anonymous
    In this activity, students examine pictures of pollen grains representing several species that show the structural differences that scientists use for identification. Students analyze model soil samples with material mixed in to represent pollen grains. They then determine the type and amount of 'pollen' in the samples and, using information provided to them, determine the type of vegetation and age of their samples. Finally, they make some conclusions about the likely climate at the time the pollen was shed.

    Activity takes one to two 45-minute class periods. Materials that are needed are tweezers, pie pans, confetti/paper dots and soil.

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  • 15 Mar 2017 1:42 PM | Anonymous
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    • 6-8 9-12

    Student teams plan and mount a simulated aid mission to provide supplies and prevent a possible disease outbreak in an area devastated by a major typhoon. Using borrowed military cargo aircraft, they determine what aid supplies are needed, create a load manifest matching the capacity of the aircraft, and plot the route the plane will take to deliver the supplies. Critical to providing useful aid, teams have to learn about the infectious diseases that have occurred (or might occur) as a result of the disaster to determine what the survivors really need.

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