2011 Conference Field Course Sneak Preview
The programming details of the 2011 California Science Education Conference, scheduled for October 21 – 23 in Pasadena, CA, are coming together quickly. Short Course proposals are being reviewed, workshop proposals are being accepted, keynote and focus speakers have been invited, and Field Courses are being coordinated. Here is a sneak peek at two of the Field Courses scheduled to take place at the conference…
Science in the Stratosphere: Field Trip to NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
Take advantage of the unique opportunity to tour the SOFIA aircraft! NASA’s SOFIA is an airborne observatory built into a 747 that carries a 100″ telescope to the stratosphere to do infrared astronomy. It’s the world’s largest portable telescope! Field course participants will travel to the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility (DOAF) in Palmdale, CA. There, they will hear science and technology talks, tour the observatory and the hangar, participate in a hands-on infrared workshop, and take home a kit of standards-based, classroom materials. They’ll learn new tricks for teaching about the EM spectrum as they explore infrared astronomy. Participants must be at least 18 years old and a US citizen with government-issued ID.
Old Bones, New Discoveries – A Visit to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Southern California is a rich treasure trove for fossils. The earth under our feet is packed with the fossilized remains of ancient animals and plants. Even today, new fossil finds in our region are changing how we interpret the distant past. Join Eric Scott, Curator of Paleontology for the San Bernardino County Museum, as he discusses fossil finds new and old on a tour of the George C. Page Museum at the La Brea tar pits and the new Age of Mammals Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Participants will see the ground beneath their feet in a whole new light!
Registration for these opportunities that were custom-designed for the 2011 California Science Education Conference will be available in June. Please mark your calendars for October 21 – 23 and stay tuned to California Classroom Science and the CSTA website for more information in the coming months.
by Michelle French
Since the public reviews of the Next Generation Science Standards have come to a close, like many primary teachers, I’ve been wondering what science will look like in kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. Learn More…
“SOL Grotto, 2012. 1368 glass tubes, paint. Fabrication: Matarozzi Pelsinger, Rael San Fratello Architects. SOL Grotto is a contemporary take on a grotto or Throeau’s cabin – a spartan retreat that is a space of solitude and close to nature – where one is presented with a mediated experience of water, coolness and light. The SOL Grotto also explores Solyndra’s role as a company S#@t Out of Luck. 1,368 of the 24 million high tech glass tubes destined to be destroyed as a casualty of their bankruptcy, are used in the installation. The tube’s original role as a light concentrating element is extended to transmit cool air into the space via the Venturi effect, to amplify sounds from the adjacent waterfall via the vibrations of the tubes cantilevering over the creek, and to create distorted views of the garden. The form of the electric blue array evokes Plato’s Allegory of the Cave where shadows, light and sounds can call reality into question.”
Responses from Readers:
Peter A’Hearn: Rush hour in little blue circle land.
by Valerie Joyner
Congratulations to CSTA member and STEM Educator, Katherine Schenkelberg, of West High School, in Torrance, CA! Katherine was recently awarded one of the 2013 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. An appointed panel of experts selected her for her innovative use of data-collection technology. “The use of data-collection technology in the classroom helps foster students’ interest in STEM education and provides them with engaging, hands-on opportunities for scientific investigation,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “For ten years Vernier and NSTA have recognized innovative STEM educators through this award and this year’s winners are no exception – their projects and programs truly utilize the power of data-collection technology as part of the teaching and learning process.” Learn More…
by Tim Williamson
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The election is being conducted electronically and opened for voting on April 16, 2013. Voting will close on May 16, 2013. All CSTA members were sent links to the online ballot. Members for whom we do not have current email addresses or who request a paper ballot have been mailed a ballot and candidate statements. Learn More…