February 2016 – Vol. 28 No. 6

Free Day at the Exploratorium – Engineering Day

Posted: Monday, June 3rd, 2013

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

The Exploratorium is free to everyone five days every year effective fall 2013.

Our Free Access Program includes upcoming free days on

Engineering Day (September 29, 2013)
Founder’s Day (October 13, 2013)
Groundhog Day (February 2, 2014)
Pi Day (March 14, 2014)
Mother’s Day (May 11, 2014)

For more information visit http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/faq.

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

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

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Celestial Highlights, February through early March 2016

Posted: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

by Robert C. Victor. Twilight sky maps by Robert D. Miller. 

For much of February, early risers can enjoy all five bright planets before dawn. The waning Moon sweeps past all five bright planets Jan. 27-Feb. 6, and in its next time around, past four planets Feb. 24-Mar. 7. Jupiter begins rising in evening twilight. 

On our evening and morning mid-twilight charts, showing the five naked-eye planets and the 16 stars of first magnitude or brighter visible from southern California, stars always shift from east to west (left to right) in the course of the month, as a consequence of the Earth’s revolution around the Sun. Learn More…

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

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

Population Education to Host Facilitator-Training Institute

Posted: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

The facilitator training is open to educators who are interested in leading Population Education workshops for their colleagues at schools, universities, and conferences around the region.  Participants will include K-12 teachers, university education faculty and nonformal educators who work with teachers.

Thanks to foundation support, we are able to cover most of your expenses for the weekend event (two nights lodging, meals during the weekend and up to $500 travel stipend).  Participants will also receive an extensive handbook of training materials and a variety of curriculum resources, including the latest edition of Population Education’s award-winning “dot” video, World Population. Learn More…

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

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

Review the High School Draft of the K-12 Computer Science Framework

Posted: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

The first review period for the K-12 Computer Science (CS) framework – developed by Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and the Association for Computing Machinery, along with more than 100 advisors within the computing community – begins February 3 with the release of the high school (grades 9-12) layer of concepts and descriptions of K-12 practices. We invite you to review the framework and participate in the opportunity to shape a vision for K-12 CS education. Learn More…

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

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

2016 – Already a Busy Year in California Science Education

Posted: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

by Lisa Hegdahl

As I write this message, it is the waning days of January. Only the first month of 2016 and yet a great deal is happening in Science education within the California Science Teachers Association and the state of California as a whole. Indeed, this an exciting time to be a science educator. Let’s take a look back at all that has taken place these past few weeks.

California Science Framework Public Review Sessions

Science educators gathered in San Diego on December 2, 2015 to review and provide feedback on the first public draft of the California Science Curriculum Framework.

Science educators gathered in San Diego on December 2, 2015 to review and provide feedback on the first public draft of the California Science Curriculum Framework.

The beginning of January 2016 found California at the end of the first public review of the draft California Science Framework.  A dedicated, 25 member, CSTA NGSS Committee under the leadership of co-chairs Laura Henriques, Past President of CSTA, and Peter A’Hearn, CSTA Region 4 Director, coordinated 30 Framework review sessions in 22 California counties in which 625 educators participated. In addition, many people sent their feedback directly to the California Department of Education. The members of the NGSS committee, those that read the Framework, and those who attended and hosted review sessions, volunteered in order to make the Framework useful for all of us. This represents countless hours of personal time. You can be confident that CSTA will keep you informed about the dates for the 2nd public review of the draft CA Science Framework currently scheduled for June-July 2016. A copy of CSTA’s response to the first draft is available here (1MB). I will be attending the two meetings where public comments are considered (February 19 and March 18) by the Science Subject Matter Committee of the Instructional Quality Commission to advocate on behalf of CSTA membership. Learn More…

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California Science Teachers Association

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

Helen Quinn Discusses Crosscutting Concepts for NGSS

Posted: Monday, February 8th, 2016

When:
September 29, 2013 – September 30, 2013 all-day
2013-09-29T07:00:00+00:00
2013-09-30T07:00:00+00:00
Where:
Exploratorium
Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:

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Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

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