September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

Events and Resources in Region 1

Posted: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

by Valerie Joyner

Bay Area Science Festival

It’s time to “unleash your inner scientist” at the first-ever annual celebration of the Bay Area’s unparalleled leadership in science and technology. The 10 day festival, scheduled October 29 – November 6, will provide a wide range of science and technology activities – lectures, debates, exhibitions, workshops, etc. – at a variety of locations throughout the Bay Area. Check out the North Bay BASF Calendar (http://www.buckinstitute.org/basfcalendar) for events near you.

The Buck Institute is a sponsor of the Bay Area Science Festival and is playing a key role in coordinating activities in the North Bay. The local highlight will be the North Bay Discovery Day at Infineon Raceway (http://www.buckinstitute.org/discoveryday) on Saturday, November 5, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Festival activities will be free. Families are encouraged to attend together. With as many as 40 exhibits, kids will have opportunities to build catapults and airplanes, use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream, play with robots, extract DNA, and go on a GPS-based “hunt.” The goal: to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

This is a week-long series of events put on by many science-related companies, schools, and agencies. For information, go to the Buck Institute Web site at: www.buckinstitute.org.


CREEC Network

The California Regional Environmental Education Community is one of the State’s main environmental education programs. There are both statewide and regional newsletters that list workshops, curriculum materials, grant opportunities and other items of interest to science and environmental educators. Go to www.creec.org for the state newsletter, and select Region 1 for our regional newsletter. (You can also easily sign up to receive the newsletter yourself.)


FREE ENVIRONMENTAL ED RESOURCES

For Sonoma County Teachers

Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) has been able to obtain free units of A Child’s Place in the Environment (ACPE) to give to Sonoma County teachers. These units (in binders) consist of 19-20 lessons and include student pages in Spanish.

For additional information on ACPE, including units for which I don’t have copies, go to www.acpe.lake.k12.ca.us.

ACPE units are interdisciplinary and thematic environmental education curriculum guides that help elementary school teachers to encourage students to become environmentally literate and to participate in projects that enhance their environment.

The ACPE units are described below.

Unit 1: Respecting Living Things
Kindergarten and first-grade students will learn that living things have needs and that they share their environment with other living things.

Unit 2: Protecting Soil
Second-grade students will learn what the composition of soil is and how people use resources from soil.

Unit 3: Preserving and Restoring Ecosystems
Third- and fourth-grade students will learn how organisms depend on one another for survival and how they adapt to their environment. The students will also learn how environments are changed. This unit has also been used to teach about ecosystems in sixth-grade classes.

Unit 4: Caring for Aquatic Systems (Sorry, I’m out of these, but go to the web site listed above.)
Fourth- and fifth-grade students will learn how water on Earth moves between oceans and land, how moving water erodes landforms, and why fresh water is limited.

Unit 5: Conserving Natural Resources
Fifth- and sixth-grade students will learn about different natural resources and the origin of materials used to make common objects.

If you would like to receive any of these great resources , email Mike Roa at SCOE   (mroa@scoe.org)….  Please don’t ask for them just because they’re free….Ask for them if you would be interested in incorporating more interdisciplinary, thematic e.e. into your curriculum.

Valerie Joyner is district science lead teacher for Petaluma City Schools and is the CSTA’s region 1 director.

 

Written by Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner is a retired elementary science educator and is a member of CSTA.

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