September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

Events in Region 3

Posted: Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

March 19, 2011, Pasadena, CA
Thrill of Discovery: NASA Educator Workshop

2011 is NASA’s Year of the Solar System! NASA’s Discovery and New Frontiers missions are traveling vast distances to find answers to age-old questions. Join these celestial detectives on a cosmic road trip at an exciting workshop for educators of all grade levels—and share in the Thrill of Discovery. • See sights never before seen on Mercury: MESSENGER • Get up close to asteroids and comets: Dawn, Stardust-NExT and EPOXI • Map the moon’s gravity with twin satellites: GRAIL • Peer through Jupiter’s clouds: Juno • Cruise to the outer reaches of the solar system: New Horizons. Hear from mission scientists and engineers, discover engaging activities for grades K-12 and out-of-school time programs, and receive a resource packet loaded with items to enrich learning. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. A webinar option is available for those unable to attend in person. Contact Whitney Cobb: wcobb@mcrel.org or 303-632-5572 for questions. Find out more and register at http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/thrill_of_discovery.asp.

January 13 – 14, February 3 – 4, March 14 – 15, and April 14 – 15, 2011 , Claremont, CA
Paleontology for Educators Workshop – Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

The Paleontology for Educators Workshop is a two-day workshop providing K-12 teachers with a hands-on introduction to paleontology, the study of past life. Each session includes a short course on paleontology, evolution, and earth science, with the aim of illustrating how to present this material in an interactive way to students. Each participant will gain experience in paleontological museum methods, within the setting of an accredited museum. A “Paleontology in the Classroom” book of activities and teaching kit will be given to each participant and made available online. The museum will also make available “classroom kits” for check-out, including real and replica fossils for use in activities in the classroom.

The workshop is hosted at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology (www.alfmuseum.org), located 30 miles east of Los Angeles in Claremont, in the only accredited natural history museum on a secondary school campus. There is *no cost* to attend this workshop (including all materials, lunch, and snacks), and funding is provided to reimburse school districts for the cost of hiring substitute teachers for workshop participants. For registration information or other questions, please contact museum curator Andy Farke (afarke@webb.org).

February 26, 2011 and April 9, 2011, Beverly Hills, CA
Water Pollution Prevention Workshop

Have you ever felt like watershed issues are complex and difficult to grasp? Does the size of your watershed inhibit you from taking action to improve it? When working to improve the health of your watershed, a combination of small modifications can add up to make a big difference. Come learn about three specific watershed restoration projects you can do on your campus or the surrounding community. Click here to register. Or check out the workshop flyer for more details.
At this Water Pollution Prevention Workshop you will learn how to:
• Understand the dynamics of urban watersheds in Los Angeles County
• Utilize watershed management techniques to restore your watershed
• Survey water flow across your campus

Click here to register. Registration Deadline: February 24, 2011
Contact Loyda Ramos at: lramos@treepeople.org or (818) 623-4856

April 9, 2011, Downey, CA
NASA/JPL Teacher Workshop: Physics of Sound

Do you know why there is no sound in space? Did you know that elephants and whales communicate using the similar low frequencies? Learn these and other exciting ways to teach the physics of sound to your students. Meets 2nd and 3rd grade science standards and admission is FREE! For more information please call (562) 231-1200. R.S.V.P. is required for this event. www.columbiaspacescience.org · info@downespacecenter.org

Written by Dean Gilbert

Dean Gilbert

Dean Gilbert is the science coordinator for the Orange County Department of Education, and a member of CSTA.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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Peter A’Hearn is the Region 4 Director for CSTA.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

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