July 2014 – Vol. 26 No. 11

CALENDAR

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Jul
28
Mon
2014
Floodplain Ecology Institute
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO VALLEY EDUCATORS! The Floodplain Ecology Institute is designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of floodplain ecosystems and provide participants with the tools to educate their students about their relationship to their watershed. The program includes the introduction of standards based curriculum (Project WET and the Education and the Environment Initiative Units), field experiences, hands-on inquiry-based lab activities, and guest speakers and demonstrations by agencies. $200 Stipend upon completion of the project.  (8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day) Please contact Dr. Beverly Marcum, Inland Northern Science Project at bmarcum@csuchico.edu to register.

Think Evolution VI: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm

Sponsored by UCMP, in partnership with the National Center for Science Education, the Beacon Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Calling all middle school, high school, and community college biology teachers and science educators!

Put on your evolution eyeglasses and your nature of science thinking cap and join us for (yet another) fun-filled five days of evolutionary explorations with biologists and educators at the University of California. The Think Evolution Summer Institute, returning for its sixth year, will combine lectures by prominent evolutionary biologists with sessions focused on hands-on activities for the middle school, high school, and community college classroom.

Monday through Friday, July 28–August 1, 2014
UC Museum of Paleontology, 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

$75.00 for five days; includes lots of free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

We are still putting together the final program, which we will post shortly. For now, please save the date and register early as the course fills up quickly!

 

Jul
30
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
2
Sat
2014
Galileo Investigates the Solar System @ Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Aug 2 @ 8:30 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

A Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop for Teachers in Grades 3-12 (and those who work with them)
Explore the solar system through classroom-tested, standards-based, hands-on activities.  Discover investigations and techniques to help teach earth and space science in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards and make connections with the Common Core.  Find out about the latest discoveries from the Moon, Mars, and beyond!
Participants receive a wealth of teaching resources, including The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM (retail value $30), a large collection of resources for teaching astronomy.
Part of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific taking place at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Burlingame, CA near San Francisco International Airport.

Time start and end:  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM both days.

Aug
3
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Aug
4
Mon
2014
Understanding Global Change: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – Aug 8 @ 3:00 pm

NEW UCMP Summer Institute for environmental science, earth science, and biology middle and high school teachers! The University of California Museum of Paleontology, together with the National Center for Science Education, will launch a new web resource — Understanding Global Change — at the end of 2014. The resource will provide vetted scientific content, teaching resources, and strategies for K-16 educators to effectively incorporate the complex and critically important topic of global change into existing curricula. The goal of the workshop is to preview parts of the new website, provide feedback to the UCMP and NCSE, review related teaching resources and supplemental materials that support the teaching of global change, and explore connections to the Next Generation Science Standards. The workshop will also feature invited speakers, prominent scientists whose research intersects with a variety of global change issues, from climate change to ocean acidification.

Cost: $75.00 for five days; includes free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

California Academy of Sciences – Teacher Workshop: NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Scientific and Engineering Practices (K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 4 @ 9:30 am – Aug 6 @ 3:30 pm

Special Note: This is a three day workshop taking place on Monday August 4, Tuesday August 5, and Wednesday August 6. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

NEW! How do you begin to integrate the Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS into your classroom? We’ll shine a spotlight on the SEPs in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop. Explore how the SEPs grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience hands-on activities to discover what the Practices look like at different grade-levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS by using the SEPs as the gateway to reimagining science content.

Each NGSS spotlight course includes presentations, hands-on activities, collaborative group discussions, and grade-level planning time. Join us to unlock the potential of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices!

This is an intermediate-level workshop for educators who are already familiar with the basics of the NGSS.

A $35 fee is required to register. Participants will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series.

Aug
6
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Aug 6 – Aug 7 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Aug
7
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Aug 7 – Aug 8 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Aug
10
Sun
2014
National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property
Aug 10 @ 8:00 am – Aug 14 @ 5:00 pm

This multi-day professional development training opportunity is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate concepts of making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection into classroom instruction.  Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include noted scientists and engineers from the Science of Innovation series, an 11-part educational video series highlighting innovations and the specific processes that helped bring them about.  The U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), Smithsonian Institution, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other government agencies will be represented at the Institute.  Teacher participants are expected to commit to implementing lessons learned in their school districts in order to support development of a STEM/Innovation- learning ecosystem.

The initial deadline for teachers to apply has been extended to July 28 only for teachers living within a 50-mile radius of Santa Clara.  The application process is already closed for teachers beyond a 50-mile radius.  For more information about the Institute and how to apply, please visit our webpage at www.uspto.gov/education.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joyce Ward, Director of the Office of Education and Outreach, at joyce.ward@uspto.gov or education@uspto.gov.

Aug
13
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
20
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
27
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Jul
28
Mon
2014
Floodplain Ecology Institute
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO VALLEY EDUCATORS! The Floodplain Ecology Institute is designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of floodplain ecosystems and provide participants with the tools to educate their students about their relationship to their watershed. The program includes the introduction of standards based curriculum (Project WET and the Education and the Environment Initiative Units), field experiences, hands-on inquiry-based lab activities, and guest speakers and demonstrations by agencies. $200 Stipend upon completion of the project.  (8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day) Please contact Dr. Beverly Marcum, Inland Northern Science Project at bmarcum@csuchico.edu to register.

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Jul
28
Mon
2014
Floodplain Ecology Institute
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO VALLEY EDUCATORS! The Floodplain Ecology Institute is designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of floodplain ecosystems and provide participants with the tools to educate their students about their relationship to their watershed. The program includes the introduction of standards based curriculum (Project WET and the Education and the Environment Initiative Units), field experiences, hands-on inquiry-based lab activities, and guest speakers and demonstrations by agencies. $200 Stipend upon completion of the project.  (8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day) Please contact Dr. Beverly Marcum, Inland Northern Science Project at bmarcum@csuchico.edu to register.

Think Evolution VI: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm

Sponsored by UCMP, in partnership with the National Center for Science Education, the Beacon Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Calling all middle school, high school, and community college biology teachers and science educators!

Put on your evolution eyeglasses and your nature of science thinking cap and join us for (yet another) fun-filled five days of evolutionary explorations with biologists and educators at the University of California. The Think Evolution Summer Institute, returning for its sixth year, will combine lectures by prominent evolutionary biologists with sessions focused on hands-on activities for the middle school, high school, and community college classroom.

Monday through Friday, July 28–August 1, 2014
UC Museum of Paleontology, 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

$75.00 for five days; includes lots of free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

We are still putting together the final program, which we will post shortly. For now, please save the date and register early as the course fills up quickly!

 

Jul
30
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
2
Sat
2014
Galileo Investigates the Solar System @ Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Aug 2 @ 8:30 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

A Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop for Teachers in Grades 3-12 (and those who work with them)
Explore the solar system through classroom-tested, standards-based, hands-on activities.  Discover investigations and techniques to help teach earth and space science in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards and make connections with the Common Core.  Find out about the latest discoveries from the Moon, Mars, and beyond!
Participants receive a wealth of teaching resources, including The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM (retail value $30), a large collection of resources for teaching astronomy.
Part of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific taking place at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Burlingame, CA near San Francisco International Airport.

Time start and end:  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM both days.

Aug
3
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Aug
4
Mon
2014
Understanding Global Change: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – Aug 8 @ 3:00 pm

NEW UCMP Summer Institute for environmental science, earth science, and biology middle and high school teachers! The University of California Museum of Paleontology, together with the National Center for Science Education, will launch a new web resource — Understanding Global Change — at the end of 2014. The resource will provide vetted scientific content, teaching resources, and strategies for K-16 educators to effectively incorporate the complex and critically important topic of global change into existing curricula. The goal of the workshop is to preview parts of the new website, provide feedback to the UCMP and NCSE, review related teaching resources and supplemental materials that support the teaching of global change, and explore connections to the Next Generation Science Standards. The workshop will also feature invited speakers, prominent scientists whose research intersects with a variety of global change issues, from climate change to ocean acidification.

Cost: $75.00 for five days; includes free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

California Academy of Sciences – Teacher Workshop: NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Scientific and Engineering Practices (K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 4 @ 9:30 am – Aug 6 @ 3:30 pm

Special Note: This is a three day workshop taking place on Monday August 4, Tuesday August 5, and Wednesday August 6. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

NEW! How do you begin to integrate the Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS into your classroom? We’ll shine a spotlight on the SEPs in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop. Explore how the SEPs grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience hands-on activities to discover what the Practices look like at different grade-levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS by using the SEPs as the gateway to reimagining science content.

Each NGSS spotlight course includes presentations, hands-on activities, collaborative group discussions, and grade-level planning time. Join us to unlock the potential of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices!

This is an intermediate-level workshop for educators who are already familiar with the basics of the NGSS.

A $35 fee is required to register. Participants will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series.

Aug
6
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Aug 6 – Aug 7 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Aug
7
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Aug 7 – Aug 8 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Aug
10
Sun
2014
National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property
Aug 10 @ 8:00 am – Aug 14 @ 5:00 pm

This multi-day professional development training opportunity is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate concepts of making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection into classroom instruction.  Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include noted scientists and engineers from the Science of Innovation series, an 11-part educational video series highlighting innovations and the specific processes that helped bring them about.  The U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), Smithsonian Institution, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other government agencies will be represented at the Institute.  Teacher participants are expected to commit to implementing lessons learned in their school districts in order to support development of a STEM/Innovation- learning ecosystem.

The initial deadline for teachers to apply has been extended to July 28 only for teachers living within a 50-mile radius of Santa Clara.  The application process is already closed for teachers beyond a 50-mile radius.  For more information about the Institute and how to apply, please visit our webpage at www.uspto.gov/education.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joyce Ward, Director of the Office of Education and Outreach, at joyce.ward@uspto.gov or education@uspto.gov.

Aug
13
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
20
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
27
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Think Evolution VI: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm

Sponsored by UCMP, in partnership with the National Center for Science Education, the Beacon Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Calling all middle school, high school, and community college biology teachers and science educators!

Put on your evolution eyeglasses and your nature of science thinking cap and join us for (yet another) fun-filled five days of evolutionary explorations with biologists and educators at the University of California. The Think Evolution Summer Institute, returning for its sixth year, will combine lectures by prominent evolutionary biologists with sessions focused on hands-on activities for the middle school, high school, and community college classroom.

Monday through Friday, July 28–August 1, 2014
UC Museum of Paleontology, 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

$75.00 for five days; includes lots of free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

We are still putting together the final program, which we will post shortly. For now, please save the date and register early as the course fills up quickly!

 

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Jul
28
Mon
2014
Floodplain Ecology Institute
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO VALLEY EDUCATORS! The Floodplain Ecology Institute is designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of floodplain ecosystems and provide participants with the tools to educate their students about their relationship to their watershed. The program includes the introduction of standards based curriculum (Project WET and the Education and the Environment Initiative Units), field experiences, hands-on inquiry-based lab activities, and guest speakers and demonstrations by agencies. $200 Stipend upon completion of the project.  (8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day) Please contact Dr. Beverly Marcum, Inland Northern Science Project at bmarcum@csuchico.edu to register.

Think Evolution VI: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm

Sponsored by UCMP, in partnership with the National Center for Science Education, the Beacon Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Calling all middle school, high school, and community college biology teachers and science educators!

Put on your evolution eyeglasses and your nature of science thinking cap and join us for (yet another) fun-filled five days of evolutionary explorations with biologists and educators at the University of California. The Think Evolution Summer Institute, returning for its sixth year, will combine lectures by prominent evolutionary biologists with sessions focused on hands-on activities for the middle school, high school, and community college classroom.

Monday through Friday, July 28–August 1, 2014
UC Museum of Paleontology, 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

$75.00 for five days; includes lots of free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

We are still putting together the final program, which we will post shortly. For now, please save the date and register early as the course fills up quickly!

 

Jul
30
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
2
Sat
2014
Galileo Investigates the Solar System @ Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Aug 2 @ 8:30 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

A Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop for Teachers in Grades 3-12 (and those who work with them)
Explore the solar system through classroom-tested, standards-based, hands-on activities.  Discover investigations and techniques to help teach earth and space science in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards and make connections with the Common Core.  Find out about the latest discoveries from the Moon, Mars, and beyond!
Participants receive a wealth of teaching resources, including The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM (retail value $30), a large collection of resources for teaching astronomy.
Part of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific taking place at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Burlingame, CA near San Francisco International Airport.

Time start and end:  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM both days.

Aug
3
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Aug
4
Mon
2014
Understanding Global Change: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – Aug 8 @ 3:00 pm

NEW UCMP Summer Institute for environmental science, earth science, and biology middle and high school teachers! The University of California Museum of Paleontology, together with the National Center for Science Education, will launch a new web resource — Understanding Global Change — at the end of 2014. The resource will provide vetted scientific content, teaching resources, and strategies for K-16 educators to effectively incorporate the complex and critically important topic of global change into existing curricula. The goal of the workshop is to preview parts of the new website, provide feedback to the UCMP and NCSE, review related teaching resources and supplemental materials that support the teaching of global change, and explore connections to the Next Generation Science Standards. The workshop will also feature invited speakers, prominent scientists whose research intersects with a variety of global change issues, from climate change to ocean acidification.

Cost: $75.00 for five days; includes free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

California Academy of Sciences – Teacher Workshop: NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Scientific and Engineering Practices (K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 4 @ 9:30 am – Aug 6 @ 3:30 pm

Special Note: This is a three day workshop taking place on Monday August 4, Tuesday August 5, and Wednesday August 6. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

NEW! How do you begin to integrate the Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS into your classroom? We’ll shine a spotlight on the SEPs in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop. Explore how the SEPs grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience hands-on activities to discover what the Practices look like at different grade-levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS by using the SEPs as the gateway to reimagining science content.

Each NGSS spotlight course includes presentations, hands-on activities, collaborative group discussions, and grade-level planning time. Join us to unlock the potential of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices!

This is an intermediate-level workshop for educators who are already familiar with the basics of the NGSS.

A $35 fee is required to register. Participants will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series.

Aug
6
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Aug 6 – Aug 7 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Aug
7
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Aug 7 – Aug 8 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Aug
10
Sun
2014
National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property
Aug 10 @ 8:00 am – Aug 14 @ 5:00 pm

This multi-day professional development training opportunity is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate concepts of making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection into classroom instruction.  Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include noted scientists and engineers from the Science of Innovation series, an 11-part educational video series highlighting innovations and the specific processes that helped bring them about.  The U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), Smithsonian Institution, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other government agencies will be represented at the Institute.  Teacher participants are expected to commit to implementing lessons learned in their school districts in order to support development of a STEM/Innovation- learning ecosystem.

The initial deadline for teachers to apply has been extended to July 28 only for teachers living within a 50-mile radius of Santa Clara.  The application process is already closed for teachers beyond a 50-mile radius.  For more information about the Institute and how to apply, please visit our webpage at www.uspto.gov/education.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joyce Ward, Director of the Office of Education and Outreach, at joyce.ward@uspto.gov or education@uspto.gov.

Aug
13
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
20
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
27
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Jul
30
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Jul
28
Mon
2014
Floodplain Ecology Institute
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO VALLEY EDUCATORS! The Floodplain Ecology Institute is designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of floodplain ecosystems and provide participants with the tools to educate their students about their relationship to their watershed. The program includes the introduction of standards based curriculum (Project WET and the Education and the Environment Initiative Units), field experiences, hands-on inquiry-based lab activities, and guest speakers and demonstrations by agencies. $200 Stipend upon completion of the project.  (8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day) Please contact Dr. Beverly Marcum, Inland Northern Science Project at bmarcum@csuchico.edu to register.

Think Evolution VI: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm

Sponsored by UCMP, in partnership with the National Center for Science Education, the Beacon Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Calling all middle school, high school, and community college biology teachers and science educators!

Put on your evolution eyeglasses and your nature of science thinking cap and join us for (yet another) fun-filled five days of evolutionary explorations with biologists and educators at the University of California. The Think Evolution Summer Institute, returning for its sixth year, will combine lectures by prominent evolutionary biologists with sessions focused on hands-on activities for the middle school, high school, and community college classroom.

Monday through Friday, July 28–August 1, 2014
UC Museum of Paleontology, 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

$75.00 for five days; includes lots of free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

We are still putting together the final program, which we will post shortly. For now, please save the date and register early as the course fills up quickly!

 

Jul
30
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
2
Sat
2014
Galileo Investigates the Solar System @ Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Aug 2 @ 8:30 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

A Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop for Teachers in Grades 3-12 (and those who work with them)
Explore the solar system through classroom-tested, standards-based, hands-on activities.  Discover investigations and techniques to help teach earth and space science in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards and make connections with the Common Core.  Find out about the latest discoveries from the Moon, Mars, and beyond!
Participants receive a wealth of teaching resources, including The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM (retail value $30), a large collection of resources for teaching astronomy.
Part of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific taking place at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Burlingame, CA near San Francisco International Airport.

Time start and end:  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM both days.

Aug
3
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Aug
4
Mon
2014
Understanding Global Change: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – Aug 8 @ 3:00 pm

NEW UCMP Summer Institute for environmental science, earth science, and biology middle and high school teachers! The University of California Museum of Paleontology, together with the National Center for Science Education, will launch a new web resource — Understanding Global Change — at the end of 2014. The resource will provide vetted scientific content, teaching resources, and strategies for K-16 educators to effectively incorporate the complex and critically important topic of global change into existing curricula. The goal of the workshop is to preview parts of the new website, provide feedback to the UCMP and NCSE, review related teaching resources and supplemental materials that support the teaching of global change, and explore connections to the Next Generation Science Standards. The workshop will also feature invited speakers, prominent scientists whose research intersects with a variety of global change issues, from climate change to ocean acidification.

Cost: $75.00 for five days; includes free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

California Academy of Sciences – Teacher Workshop: NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Scientific and Engineering Practices (K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 4 @ 9:30 am – Aug 6 @ 3:30 pm

Special Note: This is a three day workshop taking place on Monday August 4, Tuesday August 5, and Wednesday August 6. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

NEW! How do you begin to integrate the Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS into your classroom? We’ll shine a spotlight on the SEPs in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop. Explore how the SEPs grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience hands-on activities to discover what the Practices look like at different grade-levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS by using the SEPs as the gateway to reimagining science content.

Each NGSS spotlight course includes presentations, hands-on activities, collaborative group discussions, and grade-level planning time. Join us to unlock the potential of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices!

This is an intermediate-level workshop for educators who are already familiar with the basics of the NGSS.

A $35 fee is required to register. Participants will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series.

Aug
6
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Aug 6 – Aug 7 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Aug
7
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Aug 7 – Aug 8 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Aug
10
Sun
2014
National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property
Aug 10 @ 8:00 am – Aug 14 @ 5:00 pm

This multi-day professional development training opportunity is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate concepts of making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection into classroom instruction.  Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include noted scientists and engineers from the Science of Innovation series, an 11-part educational video series highlighting innovations and the specific processes that helped bring them about.  The U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), Smithsonian Institution, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other government agencies will be represented at the Institute.  Teacher participants are expected to commit to implementing lessons learned in their school districts in order to support development of a STEM/Innovation- learning ecosystem.

The initial deadline for teachers to apply has been extended to July 28 only for teachers living within a 50-mile radius of Santa Clara.  The application process is already closed for teachers beyond a 50-mile radius.  For more information about the Institute and how to apply, please visit our webpage at www.uspto.gov/education.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joyce Ward, Director of the Office of Education and Outreach, at joyce.ward@uspto.gov or education@uspto.gov.

Aug
13
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
20
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
27
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Aug
2
Sat
2014
Galileo Investigates the Solar System @ Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Aug 2 @ 8:30 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

A Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop for Teachers in Grades 3-12 (and those who work with them)
Explore the solar system through classroom-tested, standards-based, hands-on activities.  Discover investigations and techniques to help teach earth and space science in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards and make connections with the Common Core.  Find out about the latest discoveries from the Moon, Mars, and beyond!
Participants receive a wealth of teaching resources, including The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM (retail value $30), a large collection of resources for teaching astronomy.
Part of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific taking place at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Burlingame, CA near San Francisco International Airport.

Time start and end:  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM both days.

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Jul
28
Mon
2014
Floodplain Ecology Institute
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO VALLEY EDUCATORS! The Floodplain Ecology Institute is designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of floodplain ecosystems and provide participants with the tools to educate their students about their relationship to their watershed. The program includes the introduction of standards based curriculum (Project WET and the Education and the Environment Initiative Units), field experiences, hands-on inquiry-based lab activities, and guest speakers and demonstrations by agencies. $200 Stipend upon completion of the project.  (8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day) Please contact Dr. Beverly Marcum, Inland Northern Science Project at bmarcum@csuchico.edu to register.

Think Evolution VI: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm

Sponsored by UCMP, in partnership with the National Center for Science Education, the Beacon Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Calling all middle school, high school, and community college biology teachers and science educators!

Put on your evolution eyeglasses and your nature of science thinking cap and join us for (yet another) fun-filled five days of evolutionary explorations with biologists and educators at the University of California. The Think Evolution Summer Institute, returning for its sixth year, will combine lectures by prominent evolutionary biologists with sessions focused on hands-on activities for the middle school, high school, and community college classroom.

Monday through Friday, July 28–August 1, 2014
UC Museum of Paleontology, 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

$75.00 for five days; includes lots of free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

We are still putting together the final program, which we will post shortly. For now, please save the date and register early as the course fills up quickly!

 

Jul
30
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
2
Sat
2014
Galileo Investigates the Solar System @ Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Aug 2 @ 8:30 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

A Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop for Teachers in Grades 3-12 (and those who work with them)
Explore the solar system through classroom-tested, standards-based, hands-on activities.  Discover investigations and techniques to help teach earth and space science in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards and make connections with the Common Core.  Find out about the latest discoveries from the Moon, Mars, and beyond!
Participants receive a wealth of teaching resources, including The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM (retail value $30), a large collection of resources for teaching astronomy.
Part of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific taking place at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Burlingame, CA near San Francisco International Airport.

Time start and end:  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM both days.

Aug
3
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Aug
4
Mon
2014
Understanding Global Change: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – Aug 8 @ 3:00 pm

NEW UCMP Summer Institute for environmental science, earth science, and biology middle and high school teachers! The University of California Museum of Paleontology, together with the National Center for Science Education, will launch a new web resource — Understanding Global Change — at the end of 2014. The resource will provide vetted scientific content, teaching resources, and strategies for K-16 educators to effectively incorporate the complex and critically important topic of global change into existing curricula. The goal of the workshop is to preview parts of the new website, provide feedback to the UCMP and NCSE, review related teaching resources and supplemental materials that support the teaching of global change, and explore connections to the Next Generation Science Standards. The workshop will also feature invited speakers, prominent scientists whose research intersects with a variety of global change issues, from climate change to ocean acidification.

Cost: $75.00 for five days; includes free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

California Academy of Sciences – Teacher Workshop: NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Scientific and Engineering Practices (K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 4 @ 9:30 am – Aug 6 @ 3:30 pm

Special Note: This is a three day workshop taking place on Monday August 4, Tuesday August 5, and Wednesday August 6. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

NEW! How do you begin to integrate the Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS into your classroom? We’ll shine a spotlight on the SEPs in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop. Explore how the SEPs grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience hands-on activities to discover what the Practices look like at different grade-levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS by using the SEPs as the gateway to reimagining science content.

Each NGSS spotlight course includes presentations, hands-on activities, collaborative group discussions, and grade-level planning time. Join us to unlock the potential of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices!

This is an intermediate-level workshop for educators who are already familiar with the basics of the NGSS.

A $35 fee is required to register. Participants will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series.

Aug
6
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Aug 6 – Aug 7 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Aug
7
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Aug 7 – Aug 8 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Aug
10
Sun
2014
National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property
Aug 10 @ 8:00 am – Aug 14 @ 5:00 pm

This multi-day professional development training opportunity is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate concepts of making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection into classroom instruction.  Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include noted scientists and engineers from the Science of Innovation series, an 11-part educational video series highlighting innovations and the specific processes that helped bring them about.  The U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), Smithsonian Institution, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other government agencies will be represented at the Institute.  Teacher participants are expected to commit to implementing lessons learned in their school districts in order to support development of a STEM/Innovation- learning ecosystem.

The initial deadline for teachers to apply has been extended to July 28 only for teachers living within a 50-mile radius of Santa Clara.  The application process is already closed for teachers beyond a 50-mile radius.  For more information about the Institute and how to apply, please visit our webpage at www.uspto.gov/education.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joyce Ward, Director of the Office of Education and Outreach, at joyce.ward@uspto.gov or education@uspto.gov.

Aug
13
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
20
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
27
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Aug
3
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Jul
28
Mon
2014
Floodplain Ecology Institute
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO VALLEY EDUCATORS! The Floodplain Ecology Institute is designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of floodplain ecosystems and provide participants with the tools to educate their students about their relationship to their watershed. The program includes the introduction of standards based curriculum (Project WET and the Education and the Environment Initiative Units), field experiences, hands-on inquiry-based lab activities, and guest speakers and demonstrations by agencies. $200 Stipend upon completion of the project.  (8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day) Please contact Dr. Beverly Marcum, Inland Northern Science Project at bmarcum@csuchico.edu to register.

Think Evolution VI: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm

Sponsored by UCMP, in partnership with the National Center for Science Education, the Beacon Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Calling all middle school, high school, and community college biology teachers and science educators!

Put on your evolution eyeglasses and your nature of science thinking cap and join us for (yet another) fun-filled five days of evolutionary explorations with biologists and educators at the University of California. The Think Evolution Summer Institute, returning for its sixth year, will combine lectures by prominent evolutionary biologists with sessions focused on hands-on activities for the middle school, high school, and community college classroom.

Monday through Friday, July 28–August 1, 2014
UC Museum of Paleontology, 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

$75.00 for five days; includes lots of free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

We are still putting together the final program, which we will post shortly. For now, please save the date and register early as the course fills up quickly!

 

Jul
30
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
2
Sat
2014
Galileo Investigates the Solar System @ Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Aug 2 @ 8:30 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

A Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop for Teachers in Grades 3-12 (and those who work with them)
Explore the solar system through classroom-tested, standards-based, hands-on activities.  Discover investigations and techniques to help teach earth and space science in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards and make connections with the Common Core.  Find out about the latest discoveries from the Moon, Mars, and beyond!
Participants receive a wealth of teaching resources, including The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM (retail value $30), a large collection of resources for teaching astronomy.
Part of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific taking place at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Burlingame, CA near San Francisco International Airport.

Time start and end:  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM both days.

Aug
3
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Aug
4
Mon
2014
Understanding Global Change: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – Aug 8 @ 3:00 pm

NEW UCMP Summer Institute for environmental science, earth science, and biology middle and high school teachers! The University of California Museum of Paleontology, together with the National Center for Science Education, will launch a new web resource — Understanding Global Change — at the end of 2014. The resource will provide vetted scientific content, teaching resources, and strategies for K-16 educators to effectively incorporate the complex and critically important topic of global change into existing curricula. The goal of the workshop is to preview parts of the new website, provide feedback to the UCMP and NCSE, review related teaching resources and supplemental materials that support the teaching of global change, and explore connections to the Next Generation Science Standards. The workshop will also feature invited speakers, prominent scientists whose research intersects with a variety of global change issues, from climate change to ocean acidification.

Cost: $75.00 for five days; includes free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

California Academy of Sciences – Teacher Workshop: NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Scientific and Engineering Practices (K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 4 @ 9:30 am – Aug 6 @ 3:30 pm

Special Note: This is a three day workshop taking place on Monday August 4, Tuesday August 5, and Wednesday August 6. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

NEW! How do you begin to integrate the Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS into your classroom? We’ll shine a spotlight on the SEPs in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop. Explore how the SEPs grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience hands-on activities to discover what the Practices look like at different grade-levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS by using the SEPs as the gateway to reimagining science content.

Each NGSS spotlight course includes presentations, hands-on activities, collaborative group discussions, and grade-level planning time. Join us to unlock the potential of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices!

This is an intermediate-level workshop for educators who are already familiar with the basics of the NGSS.

A $35 fee is required to register. Participants will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series.

Aug
6
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Aug 6 – Aug 7 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Aug
7
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Aug 7 – Aug 8 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Aug
10
Sun
2014
National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property
Aug 10 @ 8:00 am – Aug 14 @ 5:00 pm

This multi-day professional development training opportunity is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate concepts of making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection into classroom instruction.  Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include noted scientists and engineers from the Science of Innovation series, an 11-part educational video series highlighting innovations and the specific processes that helped bring them about.  The U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), Smithsonian Institution, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other government agencies will be represented at the Institute.  Teacher participants are expected to commit to implementing lessons learned in their school districts in order to support development of a STEM/Innovation- learning ecosystem.

The initial deadline for teachers to apply has been extended to July 28 only for teachers living within a 50-mile radius of Santa Clara.  The application process is already closed for teachers beyond a 50-mile radius.  For more information about the Institute and how to apply, please visit our webpage at www.uspto.gov/education.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joyce Ward, Director of the Office of Education and Outreach, at joyce.ward@uspto.gov or education@uspto.gov.

Aug
13
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
20
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
27
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Aug
4
Mon
2014
Understanding Global Change: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – Aug 8 @ 3:00 pm

NEW UCMP Summer Institute for environmental science, earth science, and biology middle and high school teachers! The University of California Museum of Paleontology, together with the National Center for Science Education, will launch a new web resource — Understanding Global Change — at the end of 2014. The resource will provide vetted scientific content, teaching resources, and strategies for K-16 educators to effectively incorporate the complex and critically important topic of global change into existing curricula. The goal of the workshop is to preview parts of the new website, provide feedback to the UCMP and NCSE, review related teaching resources and supplemental materials that support the teaching of global change, and explore connections to the Next Generation Science Standards. The workshop will also feature invited speakers, prominent scientists whose research intersects with a variety of global change issues, from climate change to ocean acidification.

Cost: $75.00 for five days; includes free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Jul
28
Mon
2014
Floodplain Ecology Institute
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO VALLEY EDUCATORS! The Floodplain Ecology Institute is designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of floodplain ecosystems and provide participants with the tools to educate their students about their relationship to their watershed. The program includes the introduction of standards based curriculum (Project WET and the Education and the Environment Initiative Units), field experiences, hands-on inquiry-based lab activities, and guest speakers and demonstrations by agencies. $200 Stipend upon completion of the project.  (8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day) Please contact Dr. Beverly Marcum, Inland Northern Science Project at bmarcum@csuchico.edu to register.

Think Evolution VI: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm

Sponsored by UCMP, in partnership with the National Center for Science Education, the Beacon Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Calling all middle school, high school, and community college biology teachers and science educators!

Put on your evolution eyeglasses and your nature of science thinking cap and join us for (yet another) fun-filled five days of evolutionary explorations with biologists and educators at the University of California. The Think Evolution Summer Institute, returning for its sixth year, will combine lectures by prominent evolutionary biologists with sessions focused on hands-on activities for the middle school, high school, and community college classroom.

Monday through Friday, July 28–August 1, 2014
UC Museum of Paleontology, 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

$75.00 for five days; includes lots of free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

We are still putting together the final program, which we will post shortly. For now, please save the date and register early as the course fills up quickly!

 

Jul
30
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
2
Sat
2014
Galileo Investigates the Solar System @ Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Aug 2 @ 8:30 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

A Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop for Teachers in Grades 3-12 (and those who work with them)
Explore the solar system through classroom-tested, standards-based, hands-on activities.  Discover investigations and techniques to help teach earth and space science in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards and make connections with the Common Core.  Find out about the latest discoveries from the Moon, Mars, and beyond!
Participants receive a wealth of teaching resources, including The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM (retail value $30), a large collection of resources for teaching astronomy.
Part of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific taking place at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Burlingame, CA near San Francisco International Airport.

Time start and end:  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM both days.

Aug
3
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Aug
4
Mon
2014
Understanding Global Change: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – Aug 8 @ 3:00 pm

NEW UCMP Summer Institute for environmental science, earth science, and biology middle and high school teachers! The University of California Museum of Paleontology, together with the National Center for Science Education, will launch a new web resource — Understanding Global Change — at the end of 2014. The resource will provide vetted scientific content, teaching resources, and strategies for K-16 educators to effectively incorporate the complex and critically important topic of global change into existing curricula. The goal of the workshop is to preview parts of the new website, provide feedback to the UCMP and NCSE, review related teaching resources and supplemental materials that support the teaching of global change, and explore connections to the Next Generation Science Standards. The workshop will also feature invited speakers, prominent scientists whose research intersects with a variety of global change issues, from climate change to ocean acidification.

Cost: $75.00 for five days; includes free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

California Academy of Sciences – Teacher Workshop: NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Scientific and Engineering Practices (K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 4 @ 9:30 am – Aug 6 @ 3:30 pm

Special Note: This is a three day workshop taking place on Monday August 4, Tuesday August 5, and Wednesday August 6. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

NEW! How do you begin to integrate the Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS into your classroom? We’ll shine a spotlight on the SEPs in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop. Explore how the SEPs grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience hands-on activities to discover what the Practices look like at different grade-levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS by using the SEPs as the gateway to reimagining science content.

Each NGSS spotlight course includes presentations, hands-on activities, collaborative group discussions, and grade-level planning time. Join us to unlock the potential of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices!

This is an intermediate-level workshop for educators who are already familiar with the basics of the NGSS.

A $35 fee is required to register. Participants will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series.

Aug
6
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Aug 6 – Aug 7 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

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Aug
7
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Aug 7 – Aug 8 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Aug
10
Sun
2014
National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property
Aug 10 @ 8:00 am – Aug 14 @ 5:00 pm

This multi-day professional development training opportunity is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate concepts of making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection into classroom instruction.  Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include noted scientists and engineers from the Science of Innovation series, an 11-part educational video series highlighting innovations and the specific processes that helped bring them about.  The U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), Smithsonian Institution, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other government agencies will be represented at the Institute.  Teacher participants are expected to commit to implementing lessons learned in their school districts in order to support development of a STEM/Innovation- learning ecosystem.

The initial deadline for teachers to apply has been extended to July 28 only for teachers living within a 50-mile radius of Santa Clara.  The application process is already closed for teachers beyond a 50-mile radius.  For more information about the Institute and how to apply, please visit our webpage at www.uspto.gov/education.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joyce Ward, Director of the Office of Education and Outreach, at joyce.ward@uspto.gov or education@uspto.gov.

Aug
13
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
20
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
27
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

California Academy of Sciences – Teacher Workshop: NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Scientific and Engineering Practices (K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 4 @ 9:30 am – Aug 6 @ 3:30 pm

Special Note: This is a three day workshop taking place on Monday August 4, Tuesday August 5, and Wednesday August 6. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

NEW! How do you begin to integrate the Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS into your classroom? We’ll shine a spotlight on the SEPs in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop. Explore how the SEPs grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience hands-on activities to discover what the Practices look like at different grade-levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS by using the SEPs as the gateway to reimagining science content.

Each NGSS spotlight course includes presentations, hands-on activities, collaborative group discussions, and grade-level planning time. Join us to unlock the potential of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices!

This is an intermediate-level workshop for educators who are already familiar with the basics of the NGSS.

A $35 fee is required to register. Participants will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series.

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Jul
28
Mon
2014
Floodplain Ecology Institute
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO VALLEY EDUCATORS! The Floodplain Ecology Institute is designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of floodplain ecosystems and provide participants with the tools to educate their students about their relationship to their watershed. The program includes the introduction of standards based curriculum (Project WET and the Education and the Environment Initiative Units), field experiences, hands-on inquiry-based lab activities, and guest speakers and demonstrations by agencies. $200 Stipend upon completion of the project.  (8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day) Please contact Dr. Beverly Marcum, Inland Northern Science Project at bmarcum@csuchico.edu to register.

Think Evolution VI: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm

Sponsored by UCMP, in partnership with the National Center for Science Education, the Beacon Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Calling all middle school, high school, and community college biology teachers and science educators!

Put on your evolution eyeglasses and your nature of science thinking cap and join us for (yet another) fun-filled five days of evolutionary explorations with biologists and educators at the University of California. The Think Evolution Summer Institute, returning for its sixth year, will combine lectures by prominent evolutionary biologists with sessions focused on hands-on activities for the middle school, high school, and community college classroom.

Monday through Friday, July 28–August 1, 2014
UC Museum of Paleontology, 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

$75.00 for five days; includes lots of free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

We are still putting together the final program, which we will post shortly. For now, please save the date and register early as the course fills up quickly!

 

Jul
30
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Aug
2
Sat
2014
Galileo Investigates the Solar System @ Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Aug 2 @ 8:30 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

A Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop for Teachers in Grades 3-12 (and those who work with them)
Explore the solar system through classroom-tested, standards-based, hands-on activities.  Discover investigations and techniques to help teach earth and space science in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards and make connections with the Common Core.  Find out about the latest discoveries from the Moon, Mars, and beyond!
Participants receive a wealth of teaching resources, including The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM (retail value $30), a large collection of resources for teaching astronomy.
Part of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific taking place at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Burlingame, CA near San Francisco International Airport.

Time start and end:  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM both days.

Aug
3
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Aug
4
Mon
2014
Understanding Global Change: A Summer Institute for Science Educators @ UC Museum of Paleontology
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – Aug 8 @ 3:00 pm

NEW UCMP Summer Institute for environmental science, earth science, and biology middle and high school teachers! The University of California Museum of Paleontology, together with the National Center for Science Education, will launch a new web resource — Understanding Global Change — at the end of 2014. The resource will provide vetted scientific content, teaching resources, and strategies for K-16 educators to effectively incorporate the complex and critically important topic of global change into existing curricula. The goal of the workshop is to preview parts of the new website, provide feedback to the UCMP and NCSE, review related teaching resources and supplemental materials that support the teaching of global change, and explore connections to the Next Generation Science Standards. The workshop will also feature invited speakers, prominent scientists whose research intersects with a variety of global change issues, from climate change to ocean acidification.

Cost: $75.00 for five days; includes free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks.

California Academy of Sciences – Teacher Workshop: NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Scientific and Engineering Practices (K – 12) @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 4 @ 9:30 am – Aug 6 @ 3:30 pm

Special Note: This is a three day workshop taking place on Monday August 4, Tuesday August 5, and Wednesday August 6. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

NEW! How do you begin to integrate the Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS into your classroom? We’ll shine a spotlight on the SEPs in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop. Explore how the SEPs grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience hands-on activities to discover what the Practices look like at different grade-levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS by using the SEPs as the gateway to reimagining science content.

Each NGSS spotlight course includes presentations, hands-on activities, collaborative group discussions, and grade-level planning time. Join us to unlock the potential of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices!

This is an intermediate-level workshop for educators who are already familiar with the basics of the NGSS.

A $35 fee is required to register. Participants will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series.

Aug
6
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Aug 6 – Aug 7 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

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Aug
7
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Aug 7 – Aug 8 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml