January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

Good Thinking! — That’s so Meta(cognitive)!

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

That’s so Meta(cognitive)! — investigates how explicitly teaching students metacognitive strategies helps them become more effective learners, able to integrate knowledge rather than just memorize isolated science facts and definitions.

Helen Quinn Discusses Crosscutting Concepts for NGSS

Monday, February 8th, 2016



PORTS – Virtual Field Trips

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

PORTS is a free distance learning program that uses the power of interactive videoconferencing to help K-12 schools teach common core state standards in the context of California State Parks.

PORTS Programs include:

  • Fully developed units of study to prepare and assess learning.
  • Live, interactive videoconference presentations on science, history, language arts and other academic topics.

PORTS bridges the socio-economic gap in California’s educational system by providing meaningful interactions – regardless of race, economic status or location.

Emery Classrooms Without Limits Virtual Field Trips from Buena Park School District on Vimeo.

Eric Lewis EdTalk, Better Together CA Teacher Summit, SFSU, July 31, 2015

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Submitted by Eric Lewis National Board Certified Teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District and CSTA Member

Thunderstorms in Orlando

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Video captured by Jeff Orlinsky, CSTA high school director, while on vacation in Florida this summer.

NGSS: Crosscutting Concepts

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


Video(s!) of the Month

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

curated by Jill Grace

I’d like to introduce you all to my current favorite messenger of science, Chicago’s The Field Museum of Natural History’s Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Emily Grasile. Emily is the host of the very popular science YouTube channel, The Brain Scoop, which recently celebrated its two year anniversary. An art major who started volunteering at the University of Montana’s Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum and fell in love with science, Emily brings her own curiosity of science and passion to this fun series which give us an inside view of scientific collections and their application to scientific understanding. (more…)

The Benefits of Doing a Science Project

Sunday, February 1st, 2015



Oxygen – Periodic Table of Videos

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The team at Periodic Videos has created a TED-Ed Lesson for every element of the periodic table. This one is about oxygen – it’s number 8 and is among the most “famous” of the elements.

Access the full series of videos on TED-Ed

Shrinking Arctic Ice Prompts Drastic Change in National Geographic Atlas

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Click on the image to access the video on the National Geographic website.

Click on the image to access the video on the National Geographic website.


A Capella Science – Bohemian Gravity!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Video Courtesy of acapellascience

Thomas Suarez: A 12-Year-Old App Developer

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Video Courtesy of TEDTalks

Zachary Spain Science Video

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

CSTA is very excited about this month’s science video! It was submitted by Zachary Spain, a 6th grade student from Petaluma. (more…)

2013 CSTA Conference Cardboard Boat Race

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

CSTA would like to thank Peter A’Hearn, 2013 Conference Co-Chair and lead organizer of the Pool Party event for recording and producing the video. CSTA also thanks the MESA program at the UCR Bourns College of Engineering for organizing, conducting, and providing the materials for the event.

Squid Dissection

Monday, November 4th, 2013

What Is Engineering?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Video Courtesy of UoN FEBE

How to Use One Paper Towel

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Video courtesy of: TedxTalks http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDxTalks?feature=watch

Blend, Baby Blend

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Video courtesy of Infinite Thinking Machine www.infinitethinking.org 

Replicating Whale Fossils

Monday, April 1st, 2013


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