November 2014 – Vol. 27 No. 3

Region 3 Events for February 2014

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

by Frederick Nelson

For Environmental Education Professional Development Providers:

If you are interested in information on how the new standards might impact your current environmental education programs, a workshop will be held on Tuesday February 25, 2014, at the Scout Island Outdoor Education Center. The Provider only Workshop is called Linking NGSS and Common Core State Standards to Your EE Program. Providers have been particularly concerned with aligning to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Lunch will be included. (more…)

Getting to Know You: Start the Year by Knowing Your Learners

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

by:  Frederick Nelson

One of the organizing frameworks that guide the practice of National Board Certified Teachers is the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching. The foundation of this graphic, and the first step in constructing meaningful learning experiences, is an exploration of the questions, “Who are your students? Where are they now? What do they need and in what order do they need it? Where should I begin?” Only after we have some answers to these questions can we begin setting high, worthwhile goals and designing appropriate and engaging learning experiences. (more…)

Region 3 – Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions Regarding NGSS

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

by Dean Gilbert

In order to clarify the ambiguities and misconceptions that may exist regarding the document, Next Generation Science Standards, I have developed this simple chart that lists what the NGSS is and is not. (more…)

When Will “Mojave Maxine” Make Her Spring-Time Appearance at the Living Desert?

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Contest Now Underway For Students to Guess When She Will Emerge!

PALM DESERT/INDIAN WELLS, CA (Jan. 29, 2013) …  It’s that time of year again when the desert tortoise Mojave Maxine, sleeping in her underground burrow at The Living Desert, begins to stir in anticipation of desert springtime and fresh flowers to eat. This also means it’s time for students to enter the annual Mojave Maxine emergence contest and guess when she will emerge!

The east coast has Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day to let them know when they can expect spring. The Living Desert has Mojave Maxine to signify that warmer weather is on the way!

Mojave Maxine is a 35-year old desert tortoise who lives at The Living Desert.  Each year, she retires for the winter to her underground burrow. She stays there in a state of “brumation” (reptilian hibernation) for several months. (more…)

Los Angeles County Science Fair Names Its Winners

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Congratulations to the winners and participants of the 2012 Los Angeles County Science Fair! CSTA recognizes you, your teachers, and the fair organizers for your contribution to the advancement of science and science education.

The LA County Science Fair was held March 29 – 31, 2012 at the Pasadena Convention Center. 1,063 middle and high school students took part in the fair. Several CSTA members were involved in the organization of the fair as well as those working with students presenting in the fair.

For photos, videos, a list of winners, and more visit http://www.lascifair.org/.

STEM Education Forum Report

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

by Judythe Guarnera, adapted by Patricia Garrett

What do Lieutenant General Susan Helms, Commander of the 14th Air Force, Commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space at Vandenberg AFB and a former NASA astronaut have in common with high school student, Dustin W.? (more…)

Region 3 Events

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Region 3 Professional Development Opportunities for K-12+ Teachers

KEY TO THE SEA WORKSHOPS
New dates for 2011-12 school year:  October 1, 22, November 19, January 21, February 25 and March 17.
Time:  9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Various southern California aquaria, including Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, SEA Lab, and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Cost of registration: FREE
Target audience: K-5th grade teachers
Deadline for registration: open until filled
Registration information: www.healthebay.org
Contact person: Emily Pratt, epratt@healthebay.org
Phone number: (310) 451-1500 x147

The Key to the Sea program is Heal the Bay’s marine environmental education program for teachers and elementary school children (K-5) in Los Angeles County. It is made possible through a partnership amongst Heal the Bay and several marine science-teaching facilities.  The Key to the Sea program focuses on watersheds, the storm drain system, pollution prevention, the sandy beach habitat, and environmental stewardship. It includes engaging hands-on activities for students, including a field trip to the beach, as well as exciting professional development opportunities for teachers.  Teachers and other educators may take the professional development workshops even if they do not have a scheduled field trip but would like to increase their own knowledge and understanding of pollution prevention and marine sciences.

GOLD COAST SCIENCE NETWORK (GCSN) K-12 CONFERENCE- Breakthroughs in Science
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Oxnard College, 4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard

Registration Fee (until July 1, 2011):  $25.00; $30.00 (until October 15) which includes continental breakfast, lunch, free parking, door prizes, and GCSN membership. (Registration after October 15 and at the door will be $35.00.)

The conference, co-sponsored by CSTA and Oxnard College, will feature outstanding keynote speakers, over 30 informative breakout sessions, and a myriad of vendors.

The Conference Planning Committee is currently looking for presenters and exhibitors. A complimentary registration will be provided for each workshop presenter. For more information, contact Debbie Bereki, (805) 524-2471; Email: berekid@education.ucsb.edu

Additional information and online registration can be accessed at goldcoastscience.org.

 

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

by Dean Gilbert

The week of May 8-13, 2011, Los Angeles hosted and welcomed over 8,000 students, parents, teachers, and guests to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science research competition and a program of Society for Science & the Public.

This year, more than 1,500 young scientists were selected to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. They were selected from 443 affiliate fairs in 65 countries, regions and territories, including for the first time France, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Macao SAR of the People’s Republic of China. This was the first year the California State Science Fair joined the ranks of Fair affiliates.

More than 400 finalists received awards and prizes for their unique and outstanding work. Awards included 17 “Best of Category” winners who each received a $5,000 prize. The Intel Foundation also awarded a $1,000 grant to each winner’s school and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair-affiliated fair they represent.

Congratulations and best wishes are extended to the California student winners, in addition to our thanks and gratitude for the ongoing support they receive from teacher mentors and parents. (more…)

Events in Region 3

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Water Pollution Prevention Workshop, April 9, 2011, Beverly Hills, CA

Have you ever felt like watershed issues are complex and difficult to grasp? Does the size of your watershed inhibit you from taking action to improve it? When working to improve the health of your watershed, a combination of small modifications can add up to make a big difference. Come learn about three specific watershed restoration projects you can do on your campus or the surrounding community.Click here to register. Or check out the workshop flyer for more details.
At this Water Pollution Prevention Workshop you will learn how to:
• Understand the dynamics of urban watersheds in Los Angeles County
• Utilize watershed management techniques to restore your watershed
• Survey water flow across your campus

Click here to register. Registration Deadline: April 7, 2011
Contact Loyda Ramos at: lramos@treepeople.org or (818) 623-4856.

Paleontology for Educators Workshop – Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, April 14 – 15, 2011, Claremont, CA

The Paleontology for Educators Workshop is a two-day workshop providing K-12 teachers with a hands-on introduction to paleontology, the study of past life. Each session includes a short course on paleontology, evolution, and earth science, with the aim of illustrating how to present this material in an interactive way to students. Each participant will gain experience in paleontological museum methods, within the setting of an accredited museum. A “Paleontology in the Classroom” book of activities and teaching kit will be given to each participant and made available online. The museum will also make available “classroom kits” for check-out, including real and replica fossils for use in activities in the classroom.

The workshop is hosted at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology (www.alfmuseum.org), located 30 miles east of Los Angeles in Claremont, in the only accredited natural history museum on a secondary school campus. There is *no cost* to attend this workshop (including all materials, lunch, and snacks), and funding is provided to reimburse school districts for the cost of hiring substitute teachers for workshop participants. For registration information or other questions, please contact museum curator Andy Farke (afarke@webb.org).

Events in Region 3

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

March 19, 2011, Pasadena, CA
Thrill of Discovery: NASA Educator Workshop

2011 is NASA’s Year of the Solar System! NASA’s Discovery and New Frontiers missions are traveling vast distances to find answers to age-old questions. Join these celestial detectives on a cosmic road trip at an exciting workshop for educators of all grade levels—and share in the Thrill of Discovery. • See sights never before seen on Mercury: MESSENGER • Get up close to asteroids and comets: Dawn, Stardust-NExT and EPOXI • Map the moon’s gravity with twin satellites: GRAIL • Peer through Jupiter’s clouds: Juno • Cruise to the outer reaches of the solar system: New Horizons. Hear from mission scientists and engineers, discover engaging activities for grades K-12 and out-of-school time programs, and receive a resource packet loaded with items to enrich learning. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. A webinar option is available for those unable to attend in person. Contact Whitney Cobb: wcobb@mcrel.org or 303-632-5572 for questions. Find out more and register at http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/thrill_of_discovery.asp.

January 13 – 14, February 3 – 4, March 14 – 15, and April 14 – 15, 2011 , Claremont, CA
Paleontology for Educators Workshop – Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

The Paleontology for Educators Workshop is a two-day workshop providing K-12 teachers with a hands-on introduction to paleontology, the study of past life. Each session includes a short course on paleontology, evolution, and earth science, with the aim of illustrating how to present this material in an interactive way to students. Each participant will gain experience in paleontological museum methods, within the setting of an accredited museum. A “Paleontology in the Classroom” book of activities and teaching kit will be given to each participant and made available online. The museum will also make available “classroom kits” for check-out, including real and replica fossils for use in activities in the classroom.

The workshop is hosted at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology (www.alfmuseum.org), located 30 miles east of Los Angeles in Claremont, in the only accredited natural history museum on a secondary school campus. There is *no cost* to attend this workshop (including all materials, lunch, and snacks), and funding is provided to reimburse school districts for the cost of hiring substitute teachers for workshop participants. For registration information or other questions, please contact museum curator Andy Farke (afarke@webb.org).

February 26, 2011 and April 9, 2011, Beverly Hills, CA
Water Pollution Prevention Workshop

Have you ever felt like watershed issues are complex and difficult to grasp? Does the size of your watershed inhibit you from taking action to improve it? When working to improve the health of your watershed, a combination of small modifications can add up to make a big difference. Come learn about three specific watershed restoration projects you can do on your campus or the surrounding community. Click here to register. Or check out the workshop flyer for more details.
At this Water Pollution Prevention Workshop you will learn how to:
• Understand the dynamics of urban watersheds in Los Angeles County
• Utilize watershed management techniques to restore your watershed
• Survey water flow across your campus

Click here to register. Registration Deadline: February 24, 2011
Contact Loyda Ramos at: lramos@treepeople.org or (818) 623-4856

April 9, 2011, Downey, CA
NASA/JPL Teacher Workshop: Physics of Sound

Do you know why there is no sound in space? Did you know that elephants and whales communicate using the similar low frequencies? Learn these and other exciting ways to teach the physics of sound to your students. Meets 2nd and 3rd grade science standards and admission is FREE! For more information please call (562) 231-1200. R.S.V.P. is required for this event. www.columbiaspacescience.org · info@downespacecenter.org

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