September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

Events for July 2014 in CSTA’s Region 2

Posted: Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

by Minda Berbeco

Free Entry Days at:

Bay Area Discovery Museum, First Wednesday of the month
UC Botanical Gardens, First Thursday of the month
Oakland Museum of California, First Sunday of the month

CuriOdyssey, Free Community Day July 23

Super-cool Science Parties and lectures:

Nerd Nite EastBay, Last Monday of the month

Nerd Nite San Francisco, Third Wednesday of the month

Night Life, Thursdays, 6-10 pm, at the California Academy of Sciences
After Dark, First Thursday of the month, 6-10 pm, at the Exploratorium

Highlighted Events in July:

The Gemini Planet Imager initial performance and data analysis

Tuesday, 7/1/14, 12-1pm

SETI Institute Colloquium Series, 189 Bernardo Ave Mountain View, CA 94043

The Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) is a dedicated facility for directly imaging and spectroscopically characterizing extrasolar planets. It combines a very high-order adaptive optics system, a diffraction-suppressing coronagraph, and an integral field spectrograph with low spectral resolution but high spatial resolution. GPI has been tuned for maximum sensitivity to faint planets near bright stars.

For more information: visit their website.

Untold Stories from the Scopes Trial

Thursday, 7/10/14, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

If you thought that you knew everything about the Scopes trial, think again! To commemorate the eighty-ninth anniversary of the seminal episode in the long contentious history of evolution education in the United States, the National Center for Science Education’s Glenn Branch will tell the story of the Scopes trial as it has never been told before — focusing on obscure, underappreciated, and amusing details.

Speaker: Glenn Branch, Deputy Director, National Center for Science Education

Full Moon Hike
Friday, 7/ 11/14, 7:45pm – 10pm

Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
The brightness of the full moon guides our exploration of the redwoods on an easy 1-3 mile hike. After the hike, stay and explore other amazing objects in the night sky through our telescopes (weather permitting) or tour the Telescope Makers Workshop. Hike will take place rain or shine.

Tickets: $12 (does not include Admission to the Center)

For more information: visit their website.

Marine Science Sunday: Marine Mammal Superheroes
Sunday, 7/27/14, All Day
Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA 94965

Our oceans contain some of the World’s greatest superheroes. The World’s largest animal, marine mammals that have learned to use tools, and dolphins that have learned how to hunt on land are just a few of the amazing creatures we have living off our very own California Coast. Come learn more at Marine Mammal Superheroes: Super Strong and Super Smart in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults. We recommend teaming our free classroom programs at 12 pm and 2 pm with a Docent-led tour at 11am, 1pm or 3pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience.
For more information: visit their website.

Upcoming Summer Professional Development Opportunities in Region 2

Bay Area Project ASTRO Introductory Workshop

Friday & Saturday, 7/25 – 7/26/14, All day

Project ASTRO is looking for 3rd–9th grade teachers to work with volunteer astronomers who have a keen interest in sharing the wonders of astronomy with students. Together, teachers and their astronomer partner attend a free 2-day summer workshop to learn hands-on, inquiry-based astronomy activities designed to involve students in the excitement of scientific discovery.

This is a 2 day workshop, and attendance is required at both days.

Target Audience: Teachers in grades 3 – 9; volunteer astronomers with a passion for sharing their love of astronomy

To apply click here.

Think Evolution VI: A Summer Institute for Science Educators

Monday through Friday, 7/28-8/1/14
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.

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

For more information: visit their website.

Understanding Global Change: A summer institute for science educators
Monday through Friday, 8/4–8/8/14

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.

For more information: visit their website.

Minda Berbeco is the Programs and Policy Director at the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, CA, and is CSTA’s Region 2 Director.

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

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