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 Wednesday, November 2
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Excursion to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)wpi campus

Where better to kick off the NCSSS conference than Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where students are encouraged to imagine anything and innovate everything? The Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, along with faculty and students, will show how WPI provides a distinctive approach to education by balancing rigorous academics with hands-on learning. WPI's renowned project-based education converts classroom concepts into real-world impact -– from improving access to clean water in rural communities to developing robots for underwater research. The campus tour will give you an insight into our historic and beautiful New England campus and labs, plus a chance to see a robotics lab and hear about our Interactive Media and Game Design program. You'll also see the construction site representing the future home of the Foisie Innovation Studio, scheduled to open in 2018. The studio will be a physical embodiment of the WPI Plan for decades to come. We’re thrilled at the opportunity to show NCSSS members first-hand how WPI students make a difference in the world.

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Reception  
Thursday, November 3
7:45 am - 8:45 am Breakfast  
8:50 am - 9:50 am

Keynote Speaker: Hall DavidsonDiscovery Education

Fabulous Consequences: What the Digital Transformation Means to Teaching, Learning and STEM

10:00 am - 10:50 am 10 Keys to STEM Success - start of a 2 HR workshop Administration
  Closing the Excellence Gap – School Models for Building Pipelines Administration
  How NCSSS Schools are Using Apps for Good to Bring Tech to Life Computer Science
  Three Steps to Stellar Student Independent STEM Research - start of a 2 HR workshop Science and Engineering
  How to Maximize Quality of Student Research by Minimizing Class Time Science and Engineering
  Instilling a Passion Through STEM Outreach Humanities
  Bring Differential Equations to Life with Data - start of a 2 HR workshop Math
  Mental Wellness Initiatives Climate and Wellness
11:00 am - 11:50 am 10 Keys to STEM Success (continued) Administration
  Transitioning Students to the Gifted Environment Administration
  Connecting Students with the Community  Administration
  Three Steps to Stellar Student Independent STEM Research (continued) Science and Engineering
  Professional Film Making Inside Project Based Learning Humanities
  Bring Differential Equations to Life with Data (continued) Math
  Civility: How We Treat Each Other Matters Climate and Wellness
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch  
 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm College Fair  
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Residential Roundtable Administration
  Non-Residential Roundtable Administration
  Fundraising Specifics for Science & Engineering Fairs–Practical Steps for Success Administration
  Learning Beyond the Classroom: Advanced Placement with WE Service Computer Science
  Gender-Equal Belonging in Engineering: Three Keys from the Gizmo Garden Experiment Science and Engineering
  Integrating Humanities into the STEM Environment Humanities
  Student Portfolios in Mathematics Math
  Helping Students Keep Their Balance Climate and Wellness
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Helping Students Understand and Live Out Academic Integrity Administration
  After Expanding Access: Retention Strategies that Work Administration
  Cyber is STEM - The NSA Day of Cyber Computer Science
  The Challenges of Initiating Authentic On-Campus Student Research: A Presentation and Discussion Science and Engineering
  Till Death Do Us Part: A Marriage of STEM and Humanities Humanities
  Restructuring a Math Curriculum to Meet Program and Student Needs Math
  Managing Emotional Sensitivity in Gifted Children Climate and Wellness
 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Building Thinkers: Synergy in Freshman/Sophomore AP Courses Administration
  Pocket Studio: How a Phone and a Philosophy Can Help You Create Dynamic Content Computer Science
  A Physics-First Approach to Earth and Space Sciences Science and Engineering
  Drawing: Still Relevant in STEM Curricula Humanities
  Effective Beginnings and Ends in the Math Classroom: Questions to Ponder/Exit Tickets Math
  Mathematics Beyond Calculus Math
  The Power of Recognition Climate and Wellness
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Beyond Brick and Mortar! Personalized learning with Pearson: A Meet and Greet  
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Reception  
Friday, November 4
7:45 am - 8:45 am Breakfast / Business Meeting  
9:00 am - 9:50 am Measuring School Climate: NCSSM’s School Climate and Faculty Working Conditions Surveys Administration
  Report on a Study of Effective Selective Admissions Factors Administration
  Essentials of Computer Programming Plus: How a French Teacher in Rural Arkansas Learned to Teach Computer Science Computer Science
  Excite, Empower, and Encourage New Generation of Inventors: the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam™ Grant Science and Engineering
  Science Meets Humanities in Research and Essay Writing Humanities
  From Euler's Method to the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus Math
  When You’re Your Own Worst Enemy: Counseling Students with Perfectionism Climate and Wellness
 10:00 am - 10:50 am Teacher Talent Development: Lessons Learned in Growing a Department Administration
  Global Education: The Future School in Beijing and the Frontier Technologies Moving It Administration
  Challenging our Students: Bringing Nonprofits and Businesses Together in the STEM Classroom Computer Science
  A Collaborative Teaching Approach to Research in a STEM Environment Science and Engineering
  Let's Talk: Using Feedback to Encourage Process Over Product Humanities
  Activities Programming That Supports School Success Climate and Wellness
11:00 am - 11:50 am Corporate and Post-Secondary Outreach: Exemplary Partnership and Internship Programming Administration
  STEMing The Gap: Bridging Middle School & High School Career Pathways Administration
  Computer Science Roundtable Computer Science
  Authentic Research Experiences with Mycobacteriophage Science and Engineering
  Digital Storytelling in the Math Classroom Math
  Student Transition at a Residential STEM School Climate and Wellness
  Student Transition at a Non Residential STEM School Climate and Wellness
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch  
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Excursions to MIT Labs

MIT lab

Join MIT Admissions for an overview of how our motto: Mens en Manus or "Mind and Hand" influences our approach to undergraduate education. NCSSS participants will be welcomed by Admissions officers and will then disperse to see labs and student maker spaces.

Saturday, November 5
 9:45 am Harvard Tour
harvard campusHarvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. NCSSS conference guests can enjoy a private tour of Harvard University which will include several stops where we will learn the history of Harvard Yard and Harvard University. Our tour guide will describe student life, discuss academics as well as the past and present reality of Harvard University. We will go inside Memorial Hall, a stunning High Victorian Gothic structure, known for its extraordinary stained glass windows. It was built to commemorate Harvard graduates who fought in the United States Army and Navy in the American Civil War. The range of research activities at Harvard is broad and deep. Harvard scholars conduct research in almost every field, and seek to expand human knowledge through analysis, innovation, and insight. Throughout the tour, members are encouraged to ask questions about the University and surrounding area. This promises to be a great post-conference event.

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