March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

Events in Region 1

Posted: Thursday, November 1st, 2012

by Valerie Joyner

GEMS Electric Circuits
November 3, 2012
8:30 a.m. –3:00 p.m.
SMUD’s (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) Energy & Technology Center,
6301 “S” St., Sacramento
Grades 4-8
www.smud.org/etc or etcmail@smud.org
916-732-6738
Teachers will be lead through the GEMS (Great Experiences in Math and Science) Electric Circuits unit to further their understanding of electricity and electrical circuits.

Sonoma County Spring Science Showcase (May 14, 2013)
Informational Meeting
November 7, 2012
4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
Sonoma County Office of Education
5340 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa
Grades 4-12
mroa@scoe.org  re: Spring Science Showcase
Sonoma County will host the first Spring Science Showcase for students who did not participate in the county’s Science Fair.  Learn how your students can participate in this event May 14, 2013. 

GEMS Hot Water, Warm Homes for Sunlight
November 14, 2012
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
SMUD’s (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) Energy & Technology Center,
6301 “S” St., Sacramento
Grades 4-8
www.smud.org/etc or etcmail@smud.org
916-732-6738
Teachers will learn about the GEMS (Great Experiences in Math and Science) Hot Water, Warm Homes for Sunlight unit through activities to understand that harnessing sunlight goes beyond solar electricity. Activities emphasize the effects of size, color, and numbers/types of windows in a home.

PG&E’s Bright Ideas Grants
November 16, 2012 deadline for submission
www.pge.com/solarschools
$1,000. – $10,000 grants to promote environmental stewardship.

Project WET
November 27&28, 2012
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
SMUD’s (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) Energy & Technology Center,
6301 “S” St., Sacramento
Grades 4-8
www.smud.org/etc or etcmail@smud.org
916-732-6738
Teachers will learn about Project WET, which engages students in learning about water resources water, water conservation, and related science concepts.  Participants will receive the new Project WET 2.0 guide.

Future Events and Deadlines:

San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival Student Competition (March 2013)
January 14, 2013 deadline for submission
Middle and high school students
www.oceanfilmfest.org/education

Sonoma County Science Fair

February 23, 2013
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park
mroa@scoe.org   re: science fair
Handbook and forms available at www.scoe.org
Contact Mike Roa for additional information

Sonoma County Science Olympiad
March 27, 2013
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park
Handbook and forms available at www.scoe.org
Contact Mike Roa for additional information mroa@scoe.org   re: science olympiad

Science Education in Sonoma County
By Mike Roa

Mike Roa, the Science Consultant for the Sonoma County Office of Education, would like for all Sonoma County CSTA members to be aware of the Grapevine, the science and environmental education newsletter for all schools in the county. The Grapevine is emailed monthly around the first of each month and contains information about resources, professional development and funding opportunities, and other science-related information.

Mike would also like to know if Sonoma County CSTA members would like to meet to discuss ways to improve and support science education in Sonoma County.

If you are interested in any of the above, contact Mike at mroa@scoe.org.

Written by Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner is a retired elementary science educator and is CSTA’s Primary (grades K-2) Director.

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