November 2015 – Vol. 28 No. 3

What Is Happening in Region 1?

Monday, October 19th, 2015

By Marian Murphy-Shaw

As we move into the autumn months I am pleased to share with all of you in CSTA Region 1 that the NGSS Roll Out Phase 2 is coming to your area! On September 1, Santa Clara County Office of Education in partnership with all the Roll Out providers hosted a Training of Trainers day to get all our Northern California presenter teams ready to go.

Many thanks go out to the teachers, county office personnel and MSP and Science Project colleagues who are taking on this local work on behalf of science teachers in Region 1!

  • Red Bluff (November 2-3)
  • San Jose (November 9-10)


Northern Happenings for September–Region 1

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

September already – allow me to add my welcome back wish to the others you are hearing across all 29 counties that make up CSTA Region 1!


CSTA Regions Map

It has certainly been a busy summer with California Science Project events across the region, and lots of activity at Math Science Partnership Grant projects as well. As you come back to class this fall, consider your summer learning, and think about how you might share it at a future CSTA conference! This year you will no doubt be trying out what you learned in your classes. By next spring you will know what you could share with colleagues at the 2016 Science Educators Conference to be held in Palm Springs. It seems a long time from now, but if you have the idea in mind as you teach your students, you can be on the lookout for what would be wonderful to share with other K-12 teachers in California. (more…)

Greetings from Your New Director in Region 1

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

by Marian Murphy-Shaw

I wanted to begin my new term as CSTA Region 1 Director with a brief introduction and then some highlights from our region. I am Marian Murphy-Shaw, I currently live about as far north in California as you can get, in Mount Shasta City. I am entering my 15th year with Siskiyou County Office of Education as an Educational Services Director. Prior to that I taught for 10 years in grades 5 through 12 both in Siskiyou and Alameda counties, I worked as an intern on a controlled life support system at NASA Ames and proudly attended Mills College, then CSU Eastbay (Hayward State back then). I have to take a minute here and thank my Hayward faculty advisor Dr. Stronck for introducing me to CSTA! (more…)

Events and Resources in CSTA’s Region 1

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

by David Pummill

The Discovery Museum Science and Space Center
3615 Auburn Blvd, CA 95821

Event and Activity Calendar

Winter Schedule: Closed Mondays, Tuesday – Friday Noon – 4:30PM,
Saturday  & Sunday 10:00AM – 4:30PM Admission Rates: $4 — $8
Planetarium  and Family Feature on Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays
Field trips available Monday through Friday


Each weekend from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Museum explores a new science topic through special displays, visiting exhibits and guest presentations—followed by free craft activities for kids 4 to 12 years old! Planetarium shows at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (ages 4 and older, please)

Creature Features at noon and 2:00 p.m. (all ages) are included with admission

Saturday & Sunday, October 11th & 12th, 2014
Pumpkin Science

It’s the season for Jack-o-lanterns! Some family friendly pumpkin stations are set-up to learn a bit about this squash. Kids 12 and under craft a paper pumpkin to take home as Fall décor. Admission includes these activities, an animal presentation at noon & 2pm, the Blast from the Past exhibit and planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm (for ages 4 and older). (more…)

September 2014 Events in CSTA’s Region 1

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

by David Pummill

pic_mapSacramento Zoo
3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822
Phone: 916-808-5888
Saturday, September 13, 2014: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Deaf Awareness Day
Join us for a special day for our deaf and hard of hearing community sponsored by NorCal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Zoo will have ASL interpreters on site for the event.

Saturday, September 27, 2014: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Red Panda Day
Learn about Red Panda conservation! Kids and adults can become “Red Panda Rangers” after stopping at various stations and completing activities.

Pacific Coast Air Museum
One Museum Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95043
Phone: 707-575-7900
Wings Over Wine Country Air Show
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us for the premier North Bay family fun event!
Held at the Charles M. Schulz– Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa, California.
Sit in the cockpits of our vintage aircraft, and learn about the history of where and how they were used from the crews who have lovingly restored them. We feature one or two historic aircraft each Climb Aboard Weekend. More opportunities to “Climb Aboard” this fall can be found online. (more…)

Events for August 2014

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

by David Pummill

The Gateway Science Museum at California State University, Chico
625 Esplanade (near Bidwell Mansion), Chico CA 95926 Phone: 530-898-4121

Class Field Trips Fall 2014 Scheduling Open Now!

Explore Evolution
Wednesday – Sunday through August 31, 2014, 12:00 pm – 5:00 PM
Explore Evolution investigates evolutionary principles in organisms ranging from the smallest to the largest. The project focuses on seven research projects that have made a major contribution to our understanding of evolution. This interactive exhibit gives visitors an opportunity to experience how scientists conduct research on evolution. This exhibit features the work of the following scientists:

Turtle Bay Exploration Park
844 Sundial Bridge Drive, Redding, CA 96001 Phone: 800-TURTLEBAY (800-887-8532)

Walk on the Wild Side Animal Show
Sunday, through September 1, 11:00 am & 12:00 pm, (NO LATE SEATING)
(Special Monday show on Labor Day, Sept. 1)
Marvel as a hawk flies inches from your head. See a porcupine up close and personal. Watch a fox use its tail to balance on a narrow edge. Join us for a fun-filled educational wildlife show, and see animals showcasing their natural behaviors in a captivating and inspiring atmosphere. This show is one that you won’t soon forget.

Pacific Coast Air Museum
One Museum Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95043 Phone: 707-575-7900

Reconnaissance Weekend is Saturday & Sunday, August 16 & 17, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
“Climb Aboard” our vintage aircraft and learn about the history of where and how they were used from the crew who has lovingly restored them.

This month we are featuring our reconnaissance birds:

F-8U Crusader: Similar to those used to reconnoiter Soviet missile bases in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
RF-86F Sabre: One of the United States’ earliest high-speed jet reconnaissance craft.
SR-71 Blackbird Nose: The nose, astro navigation system, and tracking camera of this mysterious and legendary cold war spyplane, whose true performance parameters are still classified.
D-21 Drone: A mach-3+ reconnaissance drone, intended to be carried on the back of a super-secret Lockheed A-12.

This is a rare opportunity to get a close-up look and sit in the cockpits of these historic aircraft.
Visit the website for more opportunities to “Climb Aboard” this fall.

The Discovery Museum Space and Science Center
3615 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95821 Phone: 916-808-3942
Summer Schedule: Open daily, Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Planetarium and Family Feature on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Saturday & Sunday, August 2 & 3, 2014
Meet a Rock Hound!
Visit the Discovery Museum to meet and learn from a local “rock hound.” This geology enthusiast is bringing his amazing collection of rocks and fossils that he has collected over the years. See a bendable rock, a mineral that bends light, a whale vertebrae fossil and more! There is a family-friendly presentation at noon and 2:00 pm for all ages. Each family gets a free poster as a souvenir (as supplies last). Planetarium shows are at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm are included with admission (ages 4 and above only).

Saturday & Sunday, August 9 & 10, 2014
Volcanic Blast!
Did you know there are 1,900 active volcanoes on earth? Or that that lava can reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit? Learn about volcanoes and their impact on planet earth this weekend at the Discovery Museum. Volcano demonstrations take place at noon and 2:00 pm. Kids 12 and under receive a volcanic rock to take home, plus a make-and-take paper volcano craft. Enjoy the volcano area of the Blast from the Past exhibit. Planetarium shows are at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm are included with admission (ages 4 and above only).
Saturday & Sunday, August 16 & 17, 2014
Breathe California
Take a deep breath and meet our special guests from Breathe California. They’ll teach your family all about Sacramento’s air. The family feature at noon or 2:00 pm will explore the connection between clean air and healthy lungs. Learn how food waste is used to help improve our air quality! Children 12 and under are invited to create and decorate a model of a wind turbine to take home (from 12:30 pm-4:00 pm). Admission includes planetarium shows at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm for ages 4 and older.

August 23-29: Closed for Exhibit Maintenance
We’re closed this week for repairs, cleaning, painting, touch-ups, tune-ups, fix-ups, and general maintenance. We’ll be back open in time for three days of LABOR DAY FUN!

Saturday, Sunday & Monday, August 30, 31, and September 1, 2014
Labor Day Fun!
Enjoy the holiday weekend by showing your patriotic pride. Visit the Discovery Museum this weekend for a self-guided tour of our Blast from the Past exhibit. Kids crafts one of our favorites, a patriotic windsock. Included with admission all three days: planetarium shows at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm (ages 4 and above only); animal presentations at noon & 2:00 pm (all ages). Picnics are always welcomed on our grounds! (more…)

Summer Fun and Learning in CSTA’s Region 1

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

by David Pummill

Looking for something to do on a summer weekend? The North State offers many science related activities. Here are some happenings that have come to our attention:

The Gateway Science Museum at California State University, Chico
625 Esplanade (near Bidwell Mansion), Chico CA 95926 Phone: 530-898-4121

Saturday, June 7, 1:00pm – 1:45pm
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Lassen Peak Eruption
This is a special program that begins at 1pm and lasts 45 minutes. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Lassen Peak’s initial eruptions. These early eruptions caught the attention of the country and set the stage for the area to be designated a national park in 1916. To celebrate this historic event, join National Park Ranger Steve Zachary for a special program on volcanoes of Lassen Volcanic National Park highlighting Lassen Peak. This fun, interactive 45-minute program is for both children and adults. The program also includes some of the historic photographs of the eruptions of 1914 taken by B. F. Loomis. This program is free with cost of museum admission. (more…)

Region 1, April 2014

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

by David Pummill and Marian Murphy-Shaw

As a science educator, or supporter of science education, this article has a list of some events and updates you may want to get on your calendar now! Consider looking at what you can align your resources to support this spring, summer, and next fall. With NGSS science is coming to life in CA we hope you are as excited as we are not to miss the fun!

Region 1 Events for February 2014

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

by David Pummill

Science in the River City (SIRC)

February 25, 2014: Science Workshops for Teachers
California State University, Sacramento
4:00-8:00 PM

Special Guest Speaker:
Understanding the Common Core State Standards
Judi Kusnick (Sacramento State Geology)

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series
Using Common Core to Explore Electricity
Judi Kusnick, (Sacramento State)
Nancy Ludu, (Butler Elementary)
Standard 4.1 (more…)

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

by David Pummill

Gray Lodge Wildlife AreaThere are so many opportunities for science learning outside of the classroom, this month’s issue of CCS is devoted to informal science education. Most of us conjure images of museums, zoos, aquariums or science centers when we hear informal science education. You don’t have to go to a building, however, for science learning to take place. The great outdoors can be a wonderful classroom! (more…)

Where Am I?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

by David Pummill

  • This geographic location has a land area of over 61,000 square miles–more than one-third the size of the state of California and larger than 30 of the 50 United States.
  • If this area were a state, with over five million residents, it would rank 20th amongst the 50 United States in population. (more…)

Region 1 – News and Events

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

by Valerie Joyner

Congratulations on finishing another year filled with science for all of your students!  I am sure your year has been full of excitement, frustrations, and possibilities. Whether you teach in the remote high desert of Modoc County, a large urban setting like Sacramento, or the rocky coast of Humboldt County I know you have given your students your best. This year you have seen drafts and final versions of NGSS, responded to state mandates, worked hard to implement the new Science Framework, and all while working with our students to see that they succeed.  I know how difficult it is to teach in these times, as the school year comes to an end and we head into summer it is a time for some much deserved rest.  Enjoy your summer!  Take time to reflect on this year and look forward to new students and classes in the fall!

Coming Events: (more…)

Region 1 – News and Events

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Join us for Super SIRC (Science in River City) Science Saturday on May 4 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at Sacramento State!  This 1-day science conference is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities, connecting the Science Content Standards and Common Core. Attend your choice of three breakout sessions from a set of grade level and subject-specific workshops. Breakfast and lunch is provided, and professional development hours are available.  SIRC (Science in the River City) is hosted by the Sacramento Area Science Project and the Center for Mathematics and Science Education at Sacramento State. To register or learn more, visit or email Debbie Dennick at (more…)

Bringing Science Together for Elementary and High School Students

Monday, April 1st, 2013

by Valerie Joyner

This month I was very excited to see two local science programs prominently placed on the front page of two separate newspapers in Sonoma County.  Lee Boyes, Honors Chemistry teacher at Petaluma High School, and Steve Carpenter, Physics teacher at Piner High School in Santa Rosa, have independently developed collaborative science programs involving their high school seniors with younger elementary students within their districts. These programs were developed to help support elementary science and assist students in developing a greater interest in and understanding for the science they are learning.  Throughout the year, the high school science students visited the local elementary classrooms to teach science concepts through hands-on activities.  In March, each program brought the elementary students to their high schools and learned more chemistry and physics from their teenage mentors. (more…)

Region 1 – News and Events for March 2013

Friday, March 1st, 2013

by Valerie Joyner

Monday, March 4, is the deadline to submit workshop proposals for our CSTA Conference in October 2013. This is an opportunity for you to share your teaching discoveries and insights with your colleagues.  Whether you teach science in kindergarten, have special skills and/or lessons for middle school students, have evolved unique strategies for your English Language Learners, or challenges for your AP Chemistry students, we are looking to you to provide a variety of workshops for all different levels, disciplines, and current frameworks and standards.  I invite you to think outside the box and submit a proposal! (more…)

Region 1 – News and Events

Friday, February 1st, 2013

by Valerie Joyner

I hope that everyone was able to find time in their busy schedules to review and comment on the second draft of NGSS.  The Sonoma County Office of Education hosted a review workshop on January 24 that was well attended.  Science educators from as far away as Humbolt County were able to work in small teams, reviewing the second draft and sharing their ideas and comments about it both statewide and nationally.  The participants engaged in serious study and discussion.  While initially finding the document difficult to maneuver, they all came away with a better understanding of NGSS and were ready to bring information back to share with their colleagues. (more…)

Region 1 – News and Events

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

by Valerie Joyner

I am very excited about upcoming January 8th release of the Next Generation Science Standards!  Since the initial review period last fall your ideas and input have been used to revise this next draft of the standards.  This month we will have the opportunity to review the revisions that have been made and offer our additional expertise, ideas, and comments.  CSTA will keep you up to date about the release and review period.  I hope that you and your colleagues, at all grade levels, will review and provide comment for this important new document. (more…)

News and Events in Region 1

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

by Valerie Joyner

It is hard to believe that we will soon mark the halfway point in the school year. For many of us, it will be the end of the first semester with projects and reports due, finals to give, and grades to report all while teaching.  For those on the trimester system, it is planning and delivering lessons.  We can all look forward to Winter Break for a much needed rest and time to rejuvenate our teaching souls.

Enjoy your well-deserved break!

Region 1 Events and Deadlines: (more…)

Events in Region 1

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

by Valerie Joyner

GEMS Electric Circuits
November 3, 2012
8:30 a.m. –3:00 p.m.
SMUD’s (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) Energy & Technology Center,
6301 “S” St., Sacramento
Grades 4-8 or
Teachers will be lead through the GEMS (Great Experiences in Math and Science) Electric Circuits unit to further their understanding of electricity and electrical circuits.

Sonoma County Spring Science Showcase (May 14, 2013)
Informational Meeting
November 7, 2012
4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
Sonoma County Office of Education
5340 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa
Grades 4-12  re: Spring Science Showcase
Sonoma County will host the first Spring Science Showcase for students who did not participate in the county’s Science Fair.  Learn how your students can participate in this event May 14, 2013.  (more…)

Events and Happenings in Region 1

Monday, October 1st, 2012

by Valerie Joyner

I am very excited about this year’s CSTA California Science Education Conference in San Jose, October 19-21.  There are so many offerings for everyone from K-12, to Next Generations Science Standards (NGSS), K-12 Science Framework, content in all of the sciences, informal science education, environmental education and STEM to mention a few. I hope you have registered by now and are encouraging your colleagues to attend. I look forward to seeing you in San Jose!  (more…)

What’s Going on in Region 1?

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

by Valerie Joyner

Field Trips, Presentations, and Workshops:

This year consider looking for local organizations, universities, non-profits, informal science centers and other programs to provide your students with positive learning opportunities and field trips.  There are several available in Sonoma Country, CSTA region 1: 

  • The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District offers an excellent in-class educational experience for 2nd graders to see and learn about the life cycle of mosquitoes and their control.  Contact:  800-231-3236.
  • Petaluma High School Wildlife Museum offers classroom tours of the museum and extension activities for elementary students.  Contact:  707-778-4787.
  • The United Angler’s of Casa Grade High School, in Petaluma, offers tours of their facilities to students interested in learning about their environment and how they can preserve it.  Contact:  707-778-4703.
  • Sonoma State University, Department of Biology offers a variety of field trips, programs and tours including “Insecta Palooza”, Osborne Elementary Field Program, and Entomology Education Programs.  Contact:

Valerie Joyner is a retired elementary science teacher and is the CSTA’s region 1 director.

Another Year Comes to an End!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

by Valerie Joyner

It is hard to believe that summer is just around the corner!  The final weeks of school always bring us extra work and anxiety.  We are faced with AP tests, CST’s, projects, finals, grades, and planning for next year.  Not to mention those last minute parent conferences and letters of recommendation.  It is a trying time for each of us and all of our students, as well. Fortunately, this also means summer vacation is almost here.  Ahh! (more…)

Spring Is Here!

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

by Valerie Joyner

What a crazy transition we have been experiencing with winter turning into spring and the weather turning from spring into winter. One day it’s 70+ degrees and the next it’s snowing or raining. Don’t forget to use daily weather and seasonal changes as a part of your curriculum. No matter what grade you teach, helping your students make connections to everyday events and situations brings together science and their everyday world.

Powerhouse Science Center
Plans are underway for the 2013 opening of the new Powerhouse Science Center in Sacramento. This new center will transform the 60 year old Discovery Museum Science and Space Center into a brand new high-tech, hands-on, science museum that will bring science, technology, engineering, and math to life. (more…)

News and Events in Region 1

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

by Valerie Joyner

The New Project WET – Workshop!

Saturday, February 4, from 9:30-3:30

The new Project WET is here!  This fully revised color guide has 64 multidisciplinary water-related activities for students K-12.  The “cornerstone” of Project WET is its methodology of teaching about water resources through investigative, hands-on, easy to use activities.  (more…)

News and Events in Region 1: Environmental Education – Hot Topic for January

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

by Valerie Joyner

Two very important environmental education events will take place this month for all educators in Region 1.

First is the Northern California’s Bay Area Environmental Education Resource Fair, better known as the BAEER Fair, will be held on Saturday, January 21, at the Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. This is the 35th anniversary of the BAEER Fair one of our areas most exciting environmental education opportunities await educators in Region 1. For more information, go to, or call 510-657-4847.

On January 25, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, the Education and the Environment (EEI) Educators Workshop will be held at SonomaStateUniversity. The North Coast Chapter of CREEC will update classroom teachers and environmental educators on the new model curriculum from the Education and Environment Initiative. For more information view the informational flyer. (more…)

Water, Water, Everywhere! – News & Events in Region 1

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

by Valerie Joyner

Throughout our region and across the state we are heading straight into winter. We have already seen snow and rain, and look forward to more water falling from our skies. From snow high atop Mt. Shasta and the Trinity Alps, to the foggy and rainy days of our Central Valley, to the wind and rain whipped shores of our coast we can all appreciate this natural resource. Water, so critical to life on Earth, is tied to many aspects of our lives on a daily basis, as well as the curriculum we teach. (more…)

Events and Resources in Region 1

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

by Valerie Joyner

Bay Area Science Festival

It’s time to “unleash your inner scientist” at the first-ever annual celebration of the Bay Area’s unparalleled leadership in science and technology. The 10 day festival, scheduled October 29 – November 6, will provide a wide range of science and technology activities – lectures, debates, exhibitions, workshops, etc. – at a variety of locations throughout the Bay Area. Check out the North Bay BASF Calendar ( for events near you. (more…)

News and Events in Region 1

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

by Valerie Joyner

Summer vacation has come to an end and teachers throughout the region are back in the classrooms bringing science to life for students. We are fortunate in Region 1 (Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolomne, Yolo, and Yuba counties) because our mild fall weather offers an extended opportunity to infuse the classroom with creatures and plants from the backyard or school garden in the early part of each school year. The sights, textures, and transformations of nature bring the excitement of science to our students in a profound and almost magical way. (more…)

New Curriculum from Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Monday, August 1st, 2011

by Missy Wipf

We’d like to invite you to learn more about an exciting new curriculum being offered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and to take part in our teacher workshop on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at PRBO’s Headquarters in Petaluma, CA, and subsequent nation-wide field test. (more…)

Events in Region 1

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Gargani+ Company, Inc. an independent evaluation firm  is looking for science teachers to work with us on scoring science content ( essays and teaching videos) this summer. The tentative dates for this project are:

  • June 20-24 for essay scoring
  • July 5-15 for video scoring

The hours are 9-4 each day, the pay is $20 per hour. The location will be Sac State ( exact location to be determined). Please contact Uda Olabarria walker for more information.

Forestry Institute for Teachers
Need inspiration? Need new material?  Not getting enough time to check out new curriculum during the school year?  This may be what you’re looking for!

June 12 – 18: Plumas County
June 25 – July 1: Tuolumne County
July 10 – 16: Humboldt County
July 17 – 23: Shasta County

The brochure here highlights fantastic summer workshops, one of which is right here in our own backyard (near Shingletown). The Forestry Institute for Teachers (F.I.T.) is a nationally recognized standards based program that will leave you informed and inspired. They are still accepting applications, but spaces are filling up fast! Check it out!

CSU Chico and CA Science Project:

CSP is happy to present our one-week summer institute:  Science of Climate and Climate Change on July 18 – 22.

Program includes:

  • Stipend – $500 for attendance all 5 days
  • Materials – Handouts and lesson plans
  • Lunch – provided
  • Network – priceless contacts and valuable connections to others teaching science

Please go to the following website for more information and the application:

California Science Project of Inland Northern California  Center for Mathematics and Science Education CSU, Chico 530-898-4322

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