SO: Uplifted Conference

June 24, 2021


Science Online Summer Event

Thursday, June 24 at 9am-1pm PT | 12-4pm ET | 6-10pm CET

Join Astronaut Mike Massimino & Your Peers on June 24th

SO: Uplifted is the free summer get-together for science educators. You’ll get to meet Mike Massimino, an astronaut who happens to be an inspiring fellow science instructor. You can even take a behind-the-scenes journey into how virtual labs are made, hear how your peers are creating awesome courses using virtual labs, and you’ll be the first to get the latest product updates from Labster. Did we mention you may also win some great prizes? Join us on June 24th before you blast off into the summer!

Session 1: What's New from Labster

9-10am PT | 12-1pm ET | 6-7pm CET

Attend the webinar for some exciting updates from the Labster Product Team! Hosts Mark Fuller, Claire Floquet, Sasha Mathrani and Isabel Tran will describe Labster’s latest product releases and offer a glimpse into what’s coming soon for educators and students in July 2021 and beyond. Topics include:

  • New and upcoming simulations and supplemental learning content (including 15+ new virtual labs in July 2021)
  • Updates on simulations translations and accessibility
  • Forthcoming changes to the way you access Labster
  • And more coming your way for an amazing 2021-2022!

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Session 2A: An Introduction to Labster

10:15-10:45am PT | 1:15-1:45pm ET | 7:15-7:45pm CET

You’ll explore what Labster’s virtual science labs look like, what evidence demonstrates the effectiveness of teaching with Labster, how simulations allow your students to safely apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios, and why science educators choose Labster to support their teaching. You’ll get a feel for what your students will experience, where they can access theory to learn and help answer embedded quiz questions, how automatic grading works, and which curriculum resources would work best for you. And of course, your questions will be answered live!

Make sure you stay until the end for the prize drawing!

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Session 2B: Teacher Talk - High School

10:15-10:45am PT | 1:15-1:45pm ET | 7:15-7:45pm CET

Are you up for some straight talk directly from a fellow high school science teacher who uses Labster? Tune in to get Emily Dehoff’s best ideas for how to get the most out of virtual labs. You’ll also learn the pros and cons of teaching high school science with virtual simulations. You’ll find out how she really teaches with virtual labs, how her students respond, and what learning outcomes she’s had. Go ahead and use Q&A as a chance to ask practical questions directly to your colleague Emily Dehoff.

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Session 2C: Teacher Talk - Higher Ed

10:15-10:45am PT | 1:15-1:45pm ET | 7:15-7:45pm CET

Have you ever wondered how students actually learn from simulations? As a strong proponent of experiential learning, Dr. Amber Kool decided to conduct research to answer this question. What she discovered may come as a surprise. It turns out that learning may not take place during the simulation as much as after. And even more surprising, students are not the only ones who are impacted by simulations — instructors often find their roles shifting when they teach with virtual science labs. Find out more when Dr. Kool shares her findings about teaching with simulations as well as her experience assigning Labster to students at the Arizona College of Nursing. We’ll open up the floor for Q&A as you’ll definitely want to ask Dr. Kool for more detail.

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Session 3: Behind-the-Scenes: Making New Science Simulations

11:15-11:45am PT | 2:15-2:45pm ET | 8:15-8:45pm CET

Where do the ideas for a science simulation come from? Who thinks of them? What are the criteria that go into creating them? If you’ve played our virtual labs before, you’ll never look at them quite the same way again after this backstage journey into our development process. We’re excited to hear your feedback, suggestions, and ideas during the Q&A.

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Session 4: Lift-off into Your Summer: Meet Astronaut Mike Massimino

12-1pm PT | 3-4pm ET | 9-10pm CET

Hear the inspiring story of a fellow science educator who happens to be a former astronaut. Save your front-row seat to this live interview hosted by Michael Jensen, CEO of Labster, with special guest Mike Massimo, former NASA astronaut and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. Don’t miss feeling uplifted by this fascinating conversation where you’ll find out:

  • How Mike’s high school physics teacher inspired him to pursue STEM education
  • How Mike persevered to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut despite being told “no” three times
  • Why Mike decided to become a science educator
  • How Mike relied on training with computer-based simulations to prepare for missions to the International Space Station
  • Why Mike returned to teaching after achieving his dream of being an astronaut
  • What Mike tells his undergraduate students about having a career in STEM

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Summer Giveaways

To make this whole event even more fun, 4 lucky science educators will win prizes that will help to relax and enjoy the summer! Prizes will include 3 chances to win a $50 Amazon gift card and 1 chance to win our grand prize of a $350 Airbnb gift card. Good luck!

We'll See You There.



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