August 2015 – Vol. 27 No. 12

March LASER Event

Posted: Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

When:
March 13, 2012 @ 1:45 am – 4:00 am
2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.

7:00-7:25pm: Indre Viskontas, “Music that Moves: The Art and Neuroscience of Effective Performance”

We are constantly bombarded by a cacophony of sounds and yet music still has the power to influence us, often outside our awareness. We will explore how music engages the brain and why it continues to be a worldwide addiction.

7:25-7:50pm: Rebecca Kamen (Northern Virginia Community College), “Making the Invisible, Visible: Discoveries Between Art and Science”

Discoveries between art and science were revealed during research residencies at the American Philosophical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation libraries and collections. We will discuss the notion of scientist as artist and artist as scientist, highlighting historic images from these library collections. The main focus will be the genesis of a large sculpture/sound installation, Divining Nature: An Elemental Garden and the different research areas that have informed its development.

7:50pm-8:10pm: BREAK  Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work.

8:10-8:35pm Shamit Kachru (Stanford Physics Dept) on “Are There More Dimensions of Space?”

Some leading approaches to theoretical physics (for example, the so called String Theory) suggest that there may be extra dimensions of space, “compactified” to such small size that we have not yet detected them with modern experiments (or our eyes!).

8:35pm-9:00pm: Scott Kildall (Artist) on “Tweets in Space”

Tweets in Space is a new art project by Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern, where we will beam Twitter messages from participants worldwide to Gliese 581d – an exoplanet 20 light years away that can support extraterrestrial life.

http://www.leonardo.info/isast/events.html#LASER-Mar12

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

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Where California K-12 Science Teachers Go for NGSS

Posted: Friday, August 14th, 2015

When:
March 13, 2012 @ 1:45 am – 4:00 am
2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

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The California Science Education Conference is your best source of information on implementing NGSS in your classroom.

The California Science Teachers Association hosts this conference to focus on what California science educators need to know to hone their craft, stay updated on standards, and apply best practices gleaned from experts throughout the state. Learn More…

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

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Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

When:
March 13, 2012 @ 1:45 am – 4:00 am
2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

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This vision is supported by research indicating that traditional lecture is not an effective way to teach science. Nobel Prize winning physicist Dr. Carl Wieman makes a strong case against lecture as a way to teach science.  Click here to read a summary of his findings. Learn More…

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Peter A’Hearn is the K-12 science specialist in the Palm Springs Unified School District and is Region 4 Director for CSTA.

Middle School Integrated Science – Getting Over It!

Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

When:
March 13, 2012 @ 1:45 am – 4:00 am
2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

by Peter A’Hearn

6th graders design bionic hands as they study how body systems work together in a unit that was moved to 6th grade this year- photo by Peter A’Hearn

6th graders design bionic hands as they study how body systems work together in a unit that was moved to 6th grade this year- photo by Peter A’Hearn

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There was a lot of feedback to that post: strongly supportive, deeply skeptical, and many follow up questions. Now that Palm Springs USD has finished the first year of the transition, I thought it would be a good time to look back and see how it went.

The middle school teacher leaders who helped to make the decision chose the “fast” transition plan below. Year 2 was what we just finished. 6th grade teachers (and kids) were introduced to structure and function in living things. 7th graders tried chemistry for the first time, and 8th graders played with waves. Everyone tried a little (or a lot) of engineering. Learn More…

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Peter AHearn

Peter A’Hearn is the K-12 science specialist in the Palm Springs Unified School District and is Region 4 Director for CSTA.

Staying Connected by Volunteering

Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

When:
March 13, 2012 @ 1:45 am – 4:00 am
2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

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Written by Lisa Hegdahl

Lisa Hegdahl

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Where to Go in Sacramento: Field Courses for the CSTA Conference

Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

When:
March 13, 2012 @ 1:45 am – 4:00 am
2012-03-13T01:45:00+00:00
2012-03-13T04:00:00+00:00
Where:
LASER Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of San Francisco - Fromm (FR) Building
2130 Fulton St
University of San Francisco - Main Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117
USA

by Peter A’Hearn

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Peter AHearn

Peter A’Hearn is the K-12 science specialist in the Palm Springs Unified School District and is Region 4 Director for CSTA.