Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science (NATS)

 

NESEN Activities at the following NATS Meetings


Introduction

NESEN coordinates a variety of workshops and sessions at the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science (NATS) annual fall conference. Teachers can participate in topical workshops and sessions on Nebraska's soils, water, and geological resources. The Earth Science Lesson Plan Share-a-Thon and the CSD/NESEN display booth are activities where teachers can exchange information with other teachers and also receive supplemental resource materials.


NESEN Activities at 1995 NATS

Thursday, October 26 1:30-4:30 pm
Nebraska Earth Science Education Network Workshop

Friday, October 27 1:30-2:30
Nebraska River Systems
Presenter: Dave Gosselin
Presentation about Nebraska's waterways. Activities will focus on the dynamics of Nebraska's river systems and using data in classroom activities.

Friday, October 27 4:30-5:30
Third Annual NESEN Share-A-Thon
Facilitator: Dave Gosselin
Exchange and discuss earth science activities, lesson plans and programs developed by earth science educators from across Nebraska. Featuring activities developed by 1995 NESEN Workshop participants.

Saturday, October 28 11:00-12:00
Magical Solutions in Soils
Presenter: Francis Belohlavy
Demonstration on how soils and chemical solutions interact through a seemingly wondrous change of color. The changes demonstrate how chemicals applied to the soil may be held on the soil particles or may be passed on to the groundwater below. The results of this action will be discussed as it relates to protecting the environment.

CSD Display Booth A source of earth science information. Publications and maps on Nebraska's geology, groundwater, topography, soil information, and much more will be featured.

Other Earth Science Sessions

  • Project Atmosphere Teaching Module: Ed Schafer
  • Inquiry Activities in Earth Science for Middle and Secondary Schools: Donn Carlson, Roger Carlson, Ryan Carlson, Charles Carpenter 
  • Maury Project Ocean Studies: Carol Williamson 
  • "What a Relief!" It's Nebraska: Sara Morris 
  • Changing Weather: Robert Sweetland, Coralynn Malmberg 
  • Making Rock Thin Sections for the Classroom: Gayle Ellison
  • Energy, Environment, and Policy Choices: Carmen Hood, Melinda Ernch
  • Field Trip to New National Weather Service Facility at Valley, NE: Ed Schafer

NESEN Activities at 1996 NATS

There were 120 K-12 and post-secondary educators that attended NESEN-sponsored workshops and activities at the 1996 Fall NATS Conference. NESEN, and its sponsoring organization, the Conservation and Survey Division, also hosted an information booth. Several hundred educators visited our booth and/or stopped by to chat.

Thursday, October 24, 1996 - 1:30pm-4:30pm

  • Annual NESEN Update - Dave Gosselin, CSD
  • Plate Tectonics - Marvin Carlson, CSD
  • CASDE Project and Virtual Nebraska - Brian Tolk and Rick Perk, CALMIT 

Friday, October 25, 1996

What's in a Rock? - Dave Gosselin, CSD. Workshop will focus on activities that will have students develop good observational skills, learn that rocks are made up of minerals, and that their daily lives are dependent on the resources obtained from rocks. 

Everybody Always Talks About the Weather...But How is the Data Taken and How is it Used? - Steve Meyer and Mark Mesarch, Agricultural Meterology. Learn how to use simple meteorological instrumentation. Determine the influence of different environments on weather observations. Show how weather data can bed used to illustrate simple physical properties. 

Observing the Weather: STEDII as it Goes - Duane Mohlman and Mark Mesarch, CSD. Description of the STEDII weather project. Presentation of the small unit and lessons and set of measurements from a focused measurement period (FMP). 

Gourmet Soils--Are Your Soils Properly Seasoned? - Francis Belohlavy and Steve Hartung, CSD. Classroom demonstration on how salt moves in soils to form saline soils. Formation of salt crusts and effects of salt on soils and its environmental impact will be discussed. Information on salts in soils in Nebraska will be provided.  

Saturday, October 26, 1996

NESEN Earth Science Lesson Plan Share-a-Thon - Susan Frack, Lincoln Northeast. Exchange and discussion of earth science activities, lesson plans, and programs developed by earth science educators from across the State.


NESEN Activities at 1997 NATS

There were 141 K-12 and post-secondary science educators that attended NESEN-sponsored workshops and activities at the 1997 NATS Fall Conference (October 23-25, 1997). NESEN, and its sponsoring organization, the Conservation and Survey Division, also hosted an information booth. Dozens of educators visited our booth and/or stopped by to chat. Thanks to everyone who participated in the workshops/activities and stopped by the information booth!

Here is a listing of NESEN at NATS activities: 

Thursday, October 23, 1997

Mapping Your Environment and Increasing Use of Maps in the Classroom: Sixth Annual NESEN Workshop - Dave Gosselin. Hands-on experience in developing maps of your school and its environment. These maps can then be used as a foundation of other inquiry-based activities. Participants will be introduced to other map reading skills that can be used in other parts of their curriculum. Participants = 14

Friday, October 24, 1997

The Weather Around You is unSTEDII - Mark A. Mesarch and Duane R. Mohlman. Learn how to use weather instruments and collect weather data: participate in a temperature contouring exercise based upon temperature data collecting during the workshop. Learn about the STEDII (Students and Teachers Exchanging Data, Information, and Ideas) Weather Project sponsored by the Nebraska Earth Science Education Network (NESEN) at UNL. (Participants = 17)

Water + Geology = Groundwater - Dave Gosselin. Activities will engage participants in the investigation of geologic materials and their ability to provide groundwater for our daily use. These activities have been used at the Groundwater Festival, Earth Day to Arbor Day, and other upper elementary and middle school activities. (Participants = 18)

Five-Day Weather Forecasts: Crystal Clear or Crystal Ball? - Steve Meyer and Mark A. Mesarch. Five-day weather forecasts are a mainstay item on the weather broadcasts on television and in the newspaper. In this session we will look at different ways your class can evaluate actual five-day forecasts for the past year. Is there any value to these forecasts? Let your class decide! (Participants = 24) 

ClimProb: The Answer May Be Blowin' in the Wind - Carol Engelmann. ClimProb is a flexible, user friendly software package that allows the user to open a historic daily weather file for a specific time period and then perform analysis of weather data concerning temperature, ppt, or degree days. ClimProb is an excellent tool to use in the classroom to teach data analysis, graphing, critical thinking, and problem solving. Fits National and proposed State Standards and Nebraska Frameworks.(Participants = 7)

Virtual Nebraska--Gateway to Nebraska Satellite, Space Shuttle, and Aerial Imagery -- Rick Perk and Brian Tolk. Virtual Nebraska is an educational website offering, among other things, an archives of imagery for the state of Nebraska, and a tutorial on remote sensing. The archives contains real time, aerial photography, shuttle photographs, and others. The tutorial provides remote sensing background and activities for the classroom. NIH Image software is incorporated into the tutorial activities. (Participants = 30)

Rocks, Weather, and Remote Sensing: Activiites Developed - Dave Gosselin, Rick Perk and Steve Meyer. This session will feature activities as part of the NESEN summer workshop series. Presentations will be offered by the workshop participants and will focus on rocks, weather, and remote sensing. (Participants = 31) 

Saturday, October 25, 1997

  • NESEN Earth Science Share-a-Thon -- coordinated by Sue Frack.

    An opportunity to share your favorite lessons, demos, ideas, or experiences. This session is only as good as those who SHARE! Bring your ideas, handouts, favorite lab, ideas, etc. and share up a storm...an earthquake...a volcano...a tsunami...or whatever! (Participants = 10)


NESEN Activities at 1999 NATS

There were over 100 K-12 and post-secondary science educators that attended NESEN-sponsored workshops and activities at the 1999 NATS Fall Conference (October 28-30, 1999). NESEN, and its sponsoring organization, the Conservation and Survey Division, also hosted an information booth. Dozens of educators visited our booth and/or stopped by to chat. Thanks to everyone who participated in the workshops/activities and stopped by the information booth!

Here is a listing of NESEN at NATS activities: 

Earth Science Activities for the Elementary Classroom—David Gosselin. Participants will be engaged in numerous hands-on activities for use in the elementary classroom.  Topics will be related to Earth history, rock and minerals, and water.  Time will also be available for teachers to discuss what they currently do in the classroom.   (Participants=35)

A New Perspective on Weather Maps—Steve Meyer. Ever look at a weather map and wonder what all those lines mean?  In this session we will take that two-dimensional weather map and create a three-dimensional model.  We will then discuss what the model physically represents.  Participants can take their model home with them.  I bet you never look at a weather map the same way again!  (Participants =12)

Arid XXX-dry: An Expose of Drought in Nebraska—Mark Mesarch. Why is drought important to study?  It is a major part of the water cycle.  We will look at its effect on agriculture, groundwater, stream flow and reservoir levels.  Sources of real time data for drought indices and water resources will be highlighted.  (Participants = 8)

"Virtual Nebraska": The Gateway to Nebraska’s Satellite, Space Shuttle and Aircraft Imagery—Rick Perk. "Virtual Nebraska” is a product of C.A.S.D.E. (Consortium for the Application of Space Data to Education)  Updates on the “Virtual Nebraska” web page will be presented along with information and examples of how to incorporate satellite, space shuttle and aircraft imagery into your science classroom. (Participants = 5)

Earth Science Resources Available from the Conservation and Survey Division, SNRS, UNL—Duane Mohlman. Did you know that the Conservation and Survey Division (CSD) has a wealth of earth science information about Nebraska?  Did you know that CSD houses the only federal Earth Science Information Center in Nebraska? Are you a member of the Nebraska Earth Science Education Network, a network of earth science educators that strives to enhance earth science education in Nebraska?  Find out about these resources and more.  (Pariticipants = 15)

Gemstone Identification: Facts and Fallacies—Roger Pabian. The utility and limitations of the simple tests based on mineralogy, physics and chemistry to identify common gems will be covered.  Making simple dichroscopes and polariscopes and use of equipment and hands-on techniques will expose commonly believed errors about gems.  (Participants = 12)

Bigger is Better but Tinier is Mightier—Francis Belohlavy. This activity relates soil particle size and composition to surface area and then to the environmental aspects of this relationship.  It allows students to interactively learn about soils and the physical properties of soil particles.  Students will also discover how small an amount of a pollutant is needed to cause big problems in the environment. (Participants = 14)


NESEN Activities at 2000 NATS

There were K-12 and post-secondary science educators that attended NESEN-sponsored workshops and activities at the 2000 NATS Fall Conference (October 26-28, 2000). NESEN, and its sponsoring organization, the Conservation and Survey Division, also hosted an information booth.

Here is a listing of NESEN at NATS activities:

The Dynamic Earth: Focus on Earthquakes—David Gosselin. Participants will be actively engaged in several activities related to Earthquakes and the structure of the Earth. Come join us for one or both hours. You will learn about locating earthquakes, estimating their magnitude and how they help us understand the inside of the earth.

Everything You Wanted to Know About El Nino…But Were Afraid to Ask—Steve Meyer. We hear about it constantly. We seem to blame it for everything that happens. But just what the heck is it? In this session we will: provide a hands-on demonstration of El Nino; talk about how it forms; what causes it; and how it affects weather across the US.

Earth Science Resources Galore -Duane Mohlman. Do you know about the Conservation and Survey Division at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln? What an Earth Science Information Center is? Are you a member of the Nebraska Earth Science Education Network? If you teach earth science and cannot answer "YES" to all these questions, you are missing out on some great earth science resources. Beginning teachers will especially find this session very useful.

America's Farm—Rick Perk. This session will provide an introduction to a NASA funded project known as "America's Farm" A "Cyber-educational site" focused on agriculture, remote sensing and other geographic-information technologies.. Participants will be introduced to a web-delivered graduate course and cross-curricular, Problem based Learning curriculum aimed at educating students, teachers and others about agriculture and remote sensing.

Predators, Prey, Parasites and Pennsylvanian-Permian Paleoecology in Nebraska—Roger Pabian. What did animals eat 300 million years ago? What ate them? Where did the food chain begin? What environments existed in late Paleozoic Nebraska? Learn to spot evidence of predators and parasites on your fossils.

Small But Mighty: Shrink/Swell in Soils of Nebraska—Francis Belohlavy. An activity based on the shrink/swell of clays in soils and its affect on buildings, sidewalks and other structures. Includes math skills with length, weights, percentages and volumes.