Norm 2012 Home      Registration      Program      Housing      Exposition      Sponsorships      Students      Awards      Workshops  

Maps/Directions        Special Events      H.S. Teacher Program        Boise Information      Boise Centre

High School Teacher Program

To register for the high school teacher program click HERE


Attend NORM 2012 and Earn Boise State University
Professional Education Credit!
(Opportunities available to attend/receive credit for free!)

Credit Options

Earn 1 credit: Attend the High School Teacher Program (June 24-25)
Earn 1 credit: Attend 15 hours of NORM/AAAS-PD talks and events (June 24-27)
Earn 2 credits: Participate in both programs (June 24-27)

Program Overview
High School Science Teacher Program: June 24-25
Description: Workshops and talks covering biology, chemistry, geosciences, and general science topics will provide attendees with specific
activities and pedagogical approaches that can immediately be implemented into the classroom.
Time requirement: Begins at 12:30 pm on Sunday, June 24 with a welcome lunch and ends at approximately 6:00 pm on Monday, June 25.

NORM/AAAS-PD Talks and Events: June 24-27
Description: Over 300 presentations, given by students and experts from across the US, will provide attendees with opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research that is being conducted on over 30 different topics, including life science, physical science, earth science, social science, and education-related fields.
Time requirement:
Attend a total of 15 hours of events over the course of the meeting, which begins at 6:30 pm on Sunday, June 24 and ends at noon on Wed June 27.

More Information
Registration, credit requirements, and fee/travel waivers are described in more detail below.
Information can be also be obtained via the following sources:
Dr. Don Warner at (208) 426-3030 or

Credit Option 1: High School Science Teacher Program


Workshop Options

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Welcome Lunch and Keynote Speaker

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Transitioning Toward the New AP Chemistry Curriculum

Vernier Colorimeters in the Science Lab: The “Perfect” Cup of Kool-Aid

3:45 – 5:15 pm

POGIL and the Science Writing Heuristic in the Chemistry Laboratory

There's Fungus Among Us

5:15 – 5:30 pm

End of First Day Wrap-Up

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Dinner (on own)

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Panel Discussion: “Science in Policy: Collision, Convergence, and Cash Needed”

7:30 pm

Poster Session and Dessert Reception (optional)




Workshop Options

8:30 – 10:00 am

Microlab: A New Look at Spectrophotometry

Interactive Chemistry Demonstrations—Part 1

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

From Spit to Transcription – the Power of Enzyme

Interactive Chemistry Demonstrations—Part 2

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunch (on own)

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Strategies for Supporting STEM Student Learning with POGIL

Development of Student Reasoning

Virtual Geochronology!

3:30 – 5:00 pm

5:00 – 5:10 pm

End of Final Day Wrap-Up

5:10 – 6:00 pm

Basque Museum/Boarding House Tour (optional)

Note: Participation in the High School Teacher Program is free (including credit, registration, Sunday lunch, etc.) for all high school science teachers. Additional funds (covering travel, one night lodging and some meals) may also be available for high school teachers outside of the Treasure Valley (Contact Don Warner at or (208) 426-3030 for additional details).

Credit Option 2: NORM/AAAS-PD Talks and Events


6:30 – 10:00 pm

Panel Discussion: “Science in Policy: Collision, Convergence, and Cash Needed”; Chemistry Poster Session and Dessert Reception




Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Bioorganic Chemistry, Long Term Space Flight and Health, Computability and Complexity in Mathematics, Leopold Symposium, Library Science and Archives, Forensic Psychology, Nanobiomaterials


Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Bioorganic Chemistry, Computability and Complexity in Mathematics, Leopold Symposium, Library Science and Archives, Forensic Psychology, Semiconductor Materials, ACS/AAAS Poster Sessions


Basque Cultural Dinner (extra cost), and Aukera: A History of the Basques in Idaho




Chemical Education, Analytical Chemistry, Non-Linear Spectroscopy, Organic Materials, Biofuels, Biological Membranes, Progress in Disease Therapeutics, New Strategies in Cancer Research, Water Resource Management


Organic Chemistry, STEM Education, Materials and Nanotechnology, Physical Chemistry, Modeling Simulation and Visualization, Analytical Chemistry, Science-Themed Fiction, Mechanics of Tumor Progression and Cancer Therapeutics, Transport Across Membranes, Progress in Disease Therapeutics, Programmed Genome Modeling Workshop


ACS or AAAS Banquets/Receptions (extra cost)




Organic Chemistry, Expert and Novice Learning in STEM, Biophysical Insights, Physical Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Chemical Education, Biochemistry, Advances in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases


History of Modern Biology; Science, Public Land, and Democracy

Description of Workshops:

(1) Title: AP Chemistry Workshop - Transitioning Toward the New AP Chemistry Curriculum
Organizers: Dr. Tom Greenbowe, Iowa State University and Marian DeWane, Boise Independent School District (retired)
Time/Date: 2:00 – 3:30 PM Sunday, June 24

Revisions to the AP Chemistry curriculum are being instituted in the 2013-2014 school year. There will be fewer topics covered, more in-depth coverage of the topics remaining or added, fewer required labs but mandatory guided-inquiry laboratory experiments, and a different format for the AP Chemistry Test including different types of questions. This workshop will offer chemistry instructors insights about the changes to the AP Chemistry curriculum, and hands-on experiences in developing an effective classroom and laboratory to ensure opportunities for success for students.

(2) Title: Vernier Colorimeters in the Science Lab: The “Perfect” Cup of Kool-Aid
Organizer: Heidi Pluska, Boise Independent School District
Time/Date: 2:00 – 3:30 PM Sunday, June 24

In this hands-on workshop participants will use Vernier colorimeters as a novel way to create a “perfect” cup of Kool-Aid. Upon creation of a Beer’s Law plot, participants will mix up their own cup of Kool-Aid and will then use their plots to determine the concentration of their “perfect” cup. Students love this activity as they improve their understanding of key concepts such as molarity, dilutions, and spectrophotometry. Additional lessons the utilize Vernier colorimeters will be provided.

(3) Title: POGIL and the Science Writing Heuristic in the Chemistry Laboratory
Organizer: Dr. Tom Greenbowe, Iowa State University
Time/Date: 3:45 – 5:15 PM Sunday, June 24

POGIL (Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) and SWH (the Science Writing Heuristic) are two complementary approaches to laboratory work that follow a three-stage learning cycle and involve active learning and guided inquiry. In response to a question posed by the instructor (POGIL) or questions developed by the students (SWH) students work in teams to gather data from experiments run under a variety of conditions. They examine the pooled data from which they construct theories and make claims that can be backed up by the experimental results. Group discussions, reflective writing, and in some cases additional experiments are used to further develop the concepts. Participants in this workshop will examine model POGIL and SWH experiments, work with student-generated data in a simulated laboratory setting, and discuss assessment data about the POGIL and SWH approach. Workshop participants should bring copies of lab activities for discussion and comparison. Participants need not have prior experience or knowledge of POGIL and SWH. ( and (

(4) Title: There's Fungus Among Us
Organizer: Keith Carter, Boise State University, GK-12 Fellow
Time/Date: 3:45 – 5:15 PM Sunday, June 24

The fungi are a kingdom of eukaryotes that are covered (briefly) along with the plants in traditional science curricula. However, the fungi are quite distinct from plants and perform a variety of significant ecological functions. This workshop intends to give a brief overview of the fungi and to provide participants with demonstrations and explanations of ways to teach students about the fungi and to do so using a minimal amount of resources. After a brief introduction, fungal growth requirements and lifecycle will be discussed and modeled with a simple ‘grow your own mushrooms’ experiment. A hands on, extended project that helps students understand how certain fungi impact plant growth and also engages students in the scientific method will also be outlined, with accompanying materials to explain set-up of the experiment. Finally, basic tips for collecting fungi in the field as well as simple and cost effective methods of growing fungi, staining microscopic specimens, and microscopy will be demonstrated with participants having opportunity to repeat the demonstrated procedures. In conclusion, this workshop will introduce participants to the fungi and to several options for engaging students in hands on study of the unique and diverse kingdom.

(5) Microlab: A New Look at Spectrophotometry
Organizers: Dr. John Amend, Montana State University & Dr. Jeremy Riggle, Eastern Oregon University
Time/Date: 8:30 – 10:00 AM Monday, June 25

Computers can do a lot more for your lab students than just quickly collect data using small, inexpensive, and safe samples. Both POGIL and the Science Writing Heuristic advocate an inquiry process that starts with a question about a real chemical system. Students and their instructor turn these questions into an experiment, conduct the experiment, and use their observations to develop a model of the system – a model that explains the behavior they observed. With additional runs through this plan  work  evaluate cycle, they improve their model and understanding of the chemical concept. Computer-based lab systems can help students structure and formalize their experiment design. Students can quickly collect, analyze, and graph high quality data. These graphs, generated immediately and large enough for students and instructor to see, focus in-lab discussion and evaluation of the experiment. Students can clearly see cause-and-effect relationships. They understand the experiment and the concept when they leave the lab. We will do several live experiments from the introductory chemistry lab that demonstrate this process – experiments in thermochemistry, the behavior of gases, acid-base chemistry, and a new look at visualization in spectrophotometry.

(6) Title: Interactive Chemistry Demonstrations
Organizers: Dr. Henry Charlier, Jr., Boise State University, Dr. Gary Mercer, Boise State University & Karen Hammond, Boise State University
Time/Date: 8:30 – 10:00 AM (Part 1); 10:30 – noon (Part 2) Monday, June 25

This workshop will be centered around fun and informative chemistry demonstrations. There will be some that teachers can perform as classroom demos (like building and using a methanol canon) and some that will be hands-on for the students (like using the Tollen’s reaction as an example of a redox reaction). Many demonstrations will be completed/performed during the workshop by the teachers in attendance – so come prepared to play! Take-home kits of the demos will be provided when feasible.

(7) Title: From Spit to Transcription – The Power of Enzymes
Organizer: Cheri Lamb, Boise State University, GK-12 Fellow
Time/Date: 10:30 – noon Monday, June 25

This lesson introduces high school students to enzymes and their functions in the human body, from digestion to cell signaling. Additionally, their use in manufacturing is explored. The lesson contains a hands-on enzyme regulation experiment and a cell signaling role-playing game. The experimental component tests the effect of temperature and pH on the digestive enzyme, catalase, in fresh liver samples. To illustrate the specificity of enzymes, students play the role of an enzyme in a cell signaling pathway. At the end of this lesson students will be able to name important physiological enzymes, recognize their use in manufacturing, understand the lock and key function of enzymes, and that enzymes are reused.

(8) Title: Strategies for Supporting STEM Student Learning with POGIL
Organizer: Dr. Susan Shadle, Boise State University & Dr. Shawn Simonson, Boise State University
Time/Date: 1:30 – 5:00 PM Monday, June 25

This workshop serves as an introduction to POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) and an exploration of the benefits of this approach to active-learning in the classroom. Exploring the POGIL approach is helpful for anyone who is looking to expand their teaching "tool box" for actively engaging students and supporting higher order thinking. The workshop will be appropriate for both high school and university level teachers in all STEM disciplines. Participants will experience a POGIL-based learning environment, analyze activities to understand how guided-inquiry is structured in a POGIL classroom, and consider classroom facilitation and other issues related to the implementation of the POGIL approach.

(9) Title: Development of Student Reasoning
Organizer: Dr. Gary Hunt, Boise State University & Tiffany Watkins, Boise State University
Time/Date: 1:30 – 5:00 PM Monday, June 25

Attendees will be introduced to the topic of Piaget’s concrete and formal reasoning by analyzing typical student responses. Using collaboration, a categorization scheme will be developed to discriminate reasoning types. A learning cycle designed to improve reasoning will be discussed, and attendees will practice adapting activities to this learning cycle. Attendees are urged to bring a classroom lab activity to be modified during the workshop.

(10) Title: Virtual Geochronology!
Organizer: Dr. Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Time/Date: 1:30 – 5:00 PM Monday, June 25

In this workshop we will investigate how Earth and life scientists establish Earth's history, the numerical ages of events, and rates of biological evolution in the Earth-life system. Teachers will leave with a series of computer-based modules and activities to teach and assess an understanding of geologic time.

© 2012 All rights reserved

Contact Webmaster
Website by Bjella Designs


Snake River Section of the
American Chemical Society