March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

CSTA Night at the Aquarium – NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase Presenters Announced!

Posted: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA is just one month away! If you have not already registered for what promises to be the professional learning event of the year for California science educators – it is not too late! Make plans to join more than 2,200 science teachers in Long Beach this December 4 – 6. Discounted registration rates are available through November 14, 2014. Please register today. Remember – both CSTA and NSTA members have the benefit of being able to register at member rates (a $90 savings).

If you have already made your plans to attend the Long Beach conference – please mark your conference schedules with these two CSTA events:

CSTA Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase – Thursday, December 4, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets are limited – purchase yours today (only $10 for CSTA members and $25 for nonmmebers – ticket price includes light food, admission into the Aquarium for the event, and one beverage).

CSTA, with the support of Chevron and the Aquarium of the Pacific, is hosting a very special evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Participants will enjoy light appetizers and full access to the Aquarium. But that is not all! In addition, the evening will feature the NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase! Educators from across California will present their project, program, idea, and classroom-tested best practices for implementing NGSS and/or bringing engineering into their classroom. Participants will roam the Great Hall of the aquarium and have the opportunity to interact with the “presenters” and learn about their program, project, idea, or best practice. Hands-on opportunities for learning will be available at many tables. Presenters will have materials available on Edmodo for you to access during and after the event. A complete listing of Showcases is available on the CSTA website.

In addition to the showcases, CSTA is pleased to announce that the following “short talks” will be presented during the evening in the Aquarium’s small auditorium:

Karla Heidelberg, Associate Professor (Teaching) of Biological Sciences, Director of USC Environmental Studies Program

Life in Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents: Using Technology to Study Biodiversity in Extreme Environments
Hydrothermal vents would seem a tough place to live – thousands of metres down in the permanently dark ocean, immersed in superheated water with a toxic cocktail of chemicals. However, these seemingly hostile environments host abundant and active trophic food webs and are very important ecosystems in the deep ocean. This talk will describe how state-of-the art technology is used to study these environments and the lessons we are learning about the extreme limits of life.

Michael Gunson, Global Change & Energy Program Manager & OCO-2 Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology

Earth Science from Space! Why I Love My Day Job Spying on Carbon with the NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory
NASA launched the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) on July 2, 2014 and has been operational, taking measurements routinely since October. This satellite takes a million samples every day, and from those least affected by the presence of clouds, measures the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. These measurements are cumulatively designed to test hypotheses or address questions around where on the Earth’s surface around half of all the carbon dioxide produced by human activity has been absorbed. OCO-2, as with all large-scale satellite experiments, represents the work and collaboration of hundreds of engineers and scientists across NASA, industry and academia.

Erin Burkett, Geophysicist, USGS

Understanding Earthquakes: Science, Technology, and Resources
Geologic context of why we have earthquakes, specific earthquake risk in CA, how we monitor earthquakes, earthquake early warning, and resources available through the USGS and partners.

 

 

 

Mas Dojiri, Division Manager, Environmental Monitoring Division, Hyperion Treatment Plant

Monitoring Pollution in Santa Monica Bay: Science Influencing Management
The presentation will consist of an overview of the City of Los Angeles Environmental Monitoring Division’s ocean monitoring program in Santa Monica Bay, including microbiological testing of the beaches, determination of effluent (treated sewage) plume location, analyses of infaunal invertebrates and trawled fishes, chemical analyses, toxicity testing, and bioaccumulation of toxic pollutants in seafood. A brief summary of EMD’S other programs and special studies will also be presented.

Steven Manley, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, California State University – Long Beach

Kelp Watch 2014: Design, Recent Results, and Surprises
Kelp Watch 2014 (KW14) is a scientific campaign that uses Giant Kelp as a coastal detector of Fukushima released radioisotopes predicted to arrive on our coast in 2014. KW14 will also provide data on the extent these radioisotopes have entered our kelp forest ecosystem. KW14 involves more than 50 scientists and educators from various organizations, sampling kelp from 48 sites primarily on the west coast of North America but also including Chile, Hawaii, Guam and Tasmania. The rationale of this truly collaborative project along with recent results will be presented.

CSTA Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address

Thursday, December 4, 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm, Long Beach Convention Center

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation:

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following the annual meeting of members, CSTA will present the awards for the 2014 Future Science Teacher (Laurie Gillis), Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award (Herb Brunkhorst), and Distinguished Contributions Award (Chevron and Water Education Foundation/California Project WET). CSTA and the California Department of Education (CDE) will together honor this year’s California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (Kirsten Johnson, Julie McGough, Stefanie Pechan, and Erica Rood) and the Awardee of the 2012 PAEMST (Alma Suney Park). Following the presentation of awards will be the keynote presentation by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve.

Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt, Sr. Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Join Stephen as he provides updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS. For the past four years, Stephen has been leading the development of the NGSS. Between 2003 and 2010, he held various roles at the Georgia Department of Education, culminating with him being named chief of staff to the state school superintendent. He also served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which developed the NRC Framework.

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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The pre-publication version of the new California Science Curriculum Framework is now available for download. This publication incorporates all the edits that were approved by the State Board of Education in November 2016 and was many months in the making. Our sincere thanks to the dozens of CSTA members were involved in its development. Our appreciation is also extended to the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Instructional Quality Commission, and the Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee and their staff for their hard work and dedication to produce this document and for their commitment to the public input process. To the many writers and contributors to the Framework CSTA thanks you for your many hours of work to produce a world-class document.

For tips on how to approach this document see our article from December 2016: California Has Adopted a New Science Curriculum Framework – Now What …? If you would like to learn more about the Framework, consider participating in one of the Framework Launch events (a.k.a. Rollout #4) scheduled throughout 2017.

The final publication version (formatted for printing) will be available in July 2017. This document will not be available in printed format, only electronically.

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