May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

CALENDAR

Jun
6
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: Introduction to the NGSS (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
teachers learning

Demystify the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in this beginner’s-level workshop.

How will science education be transformed by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? This beginner’s-level overview will give you the tools and confidence to start preparing for the new standards.

More About the Event

Join us to explore the principles underlying the NGSS. Gain experience with the Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas that comprise the new standards, and learn how to read those NGSS tables!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments and caffeine to keep us going.
  • Join our community of educators, and receive in-person support from Academy coaches.
  • Leave with a binder and USB drive with resources related to this professional development experience.
  • Become eligible to take our intermediate-level workshops, such as Unlocking the SEPs and Connecting with the CCCs.

For Those Feeling Super Inspired

After taking this workshop, you’ll be prepared to facilitate the activities for teachers that you work with, if you feel so courageous. We’ve provided all the facilitation guides and handouts in our NGSS Demystified teacher training toolkit.

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $25 for this full-day experience.

Can’t join us on August 8th? No problem. The same workshop is also offered in July and August.

Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am-5pm.

Jun
7
Wed
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Los Angeles
Jun 7 – Jun 8 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.
COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*
REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout
CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

Jun
13
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Science and Engineering Practices (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Jun 13 @ 9:00 am – Jun 15 @ 3:00 pm
Jun
19
Mon
2017
LLNL: 3D Print & Design Teacher Research Academy – Level I @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jun 19 – Jun 21 all-day

The 3D Print & Design Teacher Research Academy is designed for teachers looking to incorporate modeling, design, and three-dimensional printing into their curriculum or clubs. Participants will learn how to create and print everyday objects from their own computational models. A $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I provides an overview of the field advanced manufacturing with instruction on basic 3D printing techniques. These techniques include:

  • model design
  • use of TinkerCAD software
  • computational modeling
  • hands-on printing

Level-II provides continued instruction in 2D and 3D printing techniques. These techniques include more advanced computational modeling instruction and hands-on printing. Some work will be performed in collaborative small groups focused on a single design project.

LLNL: Biotechnology Research Academy – Level I @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jun 19 – Jun 21 all-day

The Biotechnology Research Academy prepares teachers to conduct research with their students. A $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I provides an overview of the field of biotechnology with instruction on basic biotechnology tools. These tools include:

  • DNA extraction
  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • Restriction Digest
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Bacterial Transformation
  • Protein Chromatography
  • Intro to Bioinformatics

Level-II This workshop provides teachers with skills and knowledge to meet the California Content Standards for evolution, genetics and immunology through inquiry, investigation and experimentation. The instruction includes:

  • PCR
  • DNA sequencing
  • Protein analysis using Western Blotting
  • Bioinformatics

Level-III This workshop prepares teachers to work as members of a research team. Participants develop their understanding of:

  • The nature of science
  • Research strategies and methods
  • Technical writing to communicate research findings

Level-IV Teachers participating in a mentored research internship contribute as a member of a research team. Each teacher receives a $4000 stipend when they complete an 8-week internship. At the completion of the summer research experience each teacher is expected to create and present a research poster at the LLNL Summer Research Symposium. They are required to create a lesson plan that will extend their research experience into the classroom.

Jun
20
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: NGSS Spotlight: Connecting with the Crosscutting Concepts (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Jun 20 @ 9:00 am – Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm
Jun
21
Wed
2017
UC Berkeley/Lawrence Hall of Science Summer 2017 Workshop @ Berkeley, CA
Jun 21 @ 9:00 am – Jun 23 @ 3:00 pm

Join us for a 3-day workshop about integrating data visualization and analysis into the science curriculum for middle school!

We are excited to announce a professional development workshop for middle school educators and curriculum designers in the implementation of data and data visualization to teach and help students explore core NGSS topics such as Earth’s Systems (MS-ESS2-1), Earth and Human Activity (MS-ESS3-1) and Ecosystems (MS-LS2-1). Having in mind the design of science learning activities for middle-graders, we will discuss contemporary research findings on how youth think and learn with data and review ready-to-use tools and materials relevant to middle school science topics. We will explore these tools through hands-on activities and reflect on them. Since the era of ‘big data’ is already here and the field of novel data visualization is rapidly growing, we are interested in and will ask for your feedback and thoughts on the support that you think teachers need in order to better help their students learn about, make sense of and create comprehensive and engaging data visualizations.

The workshop will take place at the UC Berkeley campus on June 21-23, 2017 (Wednesday-Friday) from 9am to 3pm .

Day 1:

  • Hands-on exploration of tools for data analysis and visualization in middle school.
  • What are the attributes of a rich dataset for science topics exploration? Where can we find one?

Day 2:

  • Design activities that promote and support data exploration and argumentation.
  • Making datasets feel more relevant to the students.

Day 3:

  • Insights from our experiences working with these tools and exploring a few datasets.
  • Identify what worked well and what still needs to be improved.

A more detailed, day-to-day program will be available in this webpage soon, so please come back and check for updates.

Refreshments will be provided all three days of the workshop and a free iPad and monetary compensation will be offered for full participation. Our last day of the workshop will take place in the Lawrence Hall of Science and includes free admission to the museum! If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact Michelle Wilkerson (mwilkers-at-berkeley.edu) or Vicky Laina (vlaina-at-berkeley.edu). Hope to see you in June!

Jun
22
Thu
2017
LLNL: Technical Writing for Science Class @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jun 22 – Jun 23 all-day

Technical WritingAlways vital for success in science, engineering, and medicine, technical communication has now come into K-12 science classrooms with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Participants in this workshop learn how to explain usability and text-design techniques to their students, then apply these techniques to improve the effectiveness of lab instructions, technical descriptions, note taking, project abstracts, and science posters. A $25.00 registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I prepares teachers to build the technical-writing skills of their science students by:

strategically summarizing the impact on science class of the Common Core’s stress on real-world nonfiction writing,
spelling out the six technical communication themes that CCSS applies to all grade levels, and
introducing research-based resources and practicing specific techniques to turn the writing activities that occur already in most science classes into opportunities to meet CCSS learning goals.

Workshop Schedule
First day: Strategy and plans Second day: Tactics and hands-on practice
9 a.m. The CCSS big picture.
How usability research and text engineering explain the CCSS approach to nonfiction literacy.
9 a.m. Drafting lab instructions.
10 a.m. Six implementation themes.
Six ways to connect your students to the real-world communication problems of scientists and engineers.
10 a.m. Revising technical descriptions.
11 a.m. Taking effective lab, field, and reading notes.
Noon. Lunch provided. Noon. Lunch provided.
1 p.m. Six implementation themes continued. 1 p.m. Designing project abstracts.
2 p.m. Cognitive apprenticeship for building technical-communication skills. 2 p.m. Crafting helpful science posters.

For more details, see the topic summary online.

Jun
26
Mon
2017
LLNL: 3D Print & Design Teacher Research Academy – Level II @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jun 26 – Jun 30 all-day

The 3D Print & Design Teacher Research Academy is designed for teachers looking to incorporate modeling, design, and three-dimensional printing into their curriculum or clubs. Participants will learn how to create and print everyday objects from their own computational models. A $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I provides an overview of the field advanced manufacturing with instruction on basic 3D printing techniques. These techniques include:

  • model design
  • use of TinkerCAD software
  • computational modeling
  • hands-on printing

Level-II provides continued instruction in 2D and 3D printing techniques. These techniques include more advanced computational modeling instruction and hands-on printing. Some work will be performed in collaborative small groups focused on a single design project.

LLNL: Biotechnology Research Academy – Level II @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jun 26 – Jun 30 all-day

The Biotechnology Research Academy prepares teachers to conduct research with their students. A $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I provides an overview of the field of biotechnology with instruction on basic biotechnology tools. These tools include:

  • DNA extraction
  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • Restriction Digest
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Bacterial Transformation
  • Protein Chromatography
  • Intro to Bioinformatics

Level-II This workshop provides teachers with skills and knowledge to meet the California Content Standards for evolution, genetics and immunology through inquiry, investigation and experimentation. The instruction includes:

  • PCR
  • DNA sequencing
  • Protein analysis using Western Blotting
  • Bioinformatics

Level-III This workshop prepares teachers to work as members of a research team. Participants develop their understanding of:

  • The nature of science
  • Research strategies and methods
  • Technical writing to communicate research findings

Level-IV Teachers participating in a mentored research internship contribute as a member of a research team. Each teacher receives a $4000 stipend when they complete an 8-week internship. At the completion of the summer research experience each teacher is expected to create and present a research poster at the LLNL Summer Research Symposium. They are required to create a lesson plan that will extend their research experience into the classroom.

Jul
5
Wed
2017
LLNL: Fusion & Astrophysics Research Academy – Level I @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jul 5 – Jul 7 all-day

Fusion & AstrophysicsA $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I This workshop provides an overview of the fields of fusion research, astrophysics, and atomic physics. Teachers will gain an understanding of the properties of electromagnetic radiation and how it is produced through hands-on activities. They will learn to use research tools such as spectroscopy to develop knowledge about inaccessible objects like the Sun and the interior of fusion reactors.

Level-II program provides instruction in intermediate and advanced astrophysical studies in classical gravitational physics and General Relativity. Teachers will develop understanding of electromagnetism and nuclear physics through hands-on activities using tools employed in research laboratories.

Level-III program prepares teachers to work as a member of a research team. Participants develop their understanding of:

  • The nature of science
  • Research strategies and methods
  • Technical writing to communicate research findings

Level-IV Teachers participating in a mentored research internship contribute as a member of a research team. Each teacher receives a $4000 stipend when they complete an 8-week internship. At the completion of the summer research experience each teacher is expected to create and present a research poster at the LLNL Summer Research Symposium. They are required to create a lesson plan that will extend their research experience into the classroom.

Jul
6
Thu
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: Introduction to the NGSS (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Jul
10
Mon
2017
LLNL: Computational Modeling and Simulation – Level I @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jul 10 – Jul 14 all-day

Computational ModelingThis workshop is designed to leverage LLNL’s computer simulation expertise to bring hands-on modeling to local STEM teachers and their students. Participants will learn to use NetLogo, a free, open-source simulation software used by tens of thousands of students, teachers, and researchers worldwide to create computer models that will enhance their STEM curriculum.

Level-I is designed to introduce the concepts behind computer modeling and simulation and real-world applications. Participants will interact with LLNL scientists and learn about how simulation is used in their work. NetLogo will be introduced as a modeling tool.

Level-II is designed to expand the participant’s knowledge of programming with NetLogo. The participant will be encouraged to develop computer applications that will enhance their STEM curriculum and present the model(s) and associated lesson plans to the group.

Level-III is designed for participants who have completed Levels I and II the previous summer. They will be encouraged to bring 2 students to join them for a 1-week workshop. During this workshop the students will develop their skills using NetLogo and prepare to train other students at the school site to use this software and create modeling solutions to their science projects.

LLNL: Fusion & Astrophysics Research Academy – Level II @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jul 10 – Jul 14 all-day

Fusion & AstrophysicsA $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I This workshop provides an overview of the fields of fusion research, astrophysics, and atomic physics. Teachers will gain an understanding of the properties of electromagnetic radiation and how it is produced through hands-on activities. They will learn to use research tools such as spectroscopy to develop knowledge about inaccessible objects like the Sun and the interior of fusion reactors.

Level-II program provides instruction in intermediate and advanced astrophysical studies in classical gravitational physics and General Relativity. Teachers will develop understanding of electromagnetism and nuclear physics through hands-on activities using tools employed in research laboratories.

Level-III program prepares teachers to work as a member of a research team. Participants develop their understanding of:

  • The nature of science
  • Research strategies and methods
  • Technical writing to communicate research findings

Level-IV Teachers participating in a mentored research internship contribute as a member of a research team. Each teacher receives a $4000 stipend when they complete an 8-week internship. At the completion of the summer research experience each teacher is expected to create and present a research poster at the LLNL Summer Research Symposium. They are required to create a lesson plan that will extend their research experience into the classroom.

Jul
11
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: NGSS Inside Out: Unit Redesign Challenge (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – Jul 13 @ 3:00 pm
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Special Note: This is a three day workshop series taking place on July 11, 12, and 13. Each session is from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

Are you familiar with the basics of NGSS and ready to take the next step? Team up with fellow teachers and Academy educators to bring your NGSS skills to the next level.

More About the Event

First, you will be immersed in a science learning experience and reflect on how the NGSS dimensions are applied. Then you will reimagine one of your own existing units as an NGSS-style experience. You will have access to planning resources, input from Academy educators, and feedback from your peers to support your planning process.

This three-day workshop is designed for all educators grades K-12.

Tuesday-Thursday, July 11, 12, and 13
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Important note

This is an advanced level NGSS workshop. Participants should have completed at least one of the Academy’s intermediate level workshops (Unlocking the SEPs or Connecting with the CCCs) or have equivalent experience from other sources.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us at teachers@calacademy.org.

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments and caffeine to keep us going.
  • Join our community of educators, and receive in-person support from Academy coaches.
  • Leave with a redesigned unit and tools to use for your continued planning.

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $40 for this three-day experience.

Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am-5pm.

Jul
12
Wed
2017
How do I Develop a Storyline for a Unit? @ Online
Jul 12 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

How do I Develop a Storyline for a Unit?

Successful units feature a coherent storyline where each lesson builds on those that come before it and foster questions that lead into the next lesson. In this web seminar, we will show you examples of coherent storylines and provide guidance on how you can develop your own. Please join us on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Register Today!

This is one of a series of web seminars providing teachers advice on implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) or other three-dimensional science standards based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation and 100 Learning Center activity points for attending and completing the post-program evaluation. An archive and presentation slides will be available at the end of the program.

Details

Title: How do I Develop a Storyline for a Unit?
Target audience: Teachers, Curriculum Developers, Administrators, Professional Learning Providers, and Teacher Educators
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT / 4:30 p.m. MT / 3:30 p.m. PT
Duration: 90 minutes Note: New users should log in 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for an introduction to NSTA web seminars.
Presenters: Brian Reiser, Michael Novak

Registration

Register Today! to participate in this web seminar. Upon registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation including information about the program and suggested links to visit in preparation of the event. Additional information about the web seminar will be e-mailed to you days before the program.

Each web seminar is a unique, stand-alone, program. Archives of the web seminars and the presenters’ PowerPoint presentations will be available through the links on this web page. Learn more about the features of the web seminar and read answers to frequently asked questions from participants.

For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

Carnegie Corporation of New York Underwritten by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Jul
15
Sat
2017
Engineering on a Budget @ NASA JPL, Von Karman Auditorium
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Target Audience:

Teachers for grades K-12

Overview:

Explore engineering practices and methods using cheap, simple components. Discover ways to make engineering projects and lessons more accessible in the classroom without breaking the bank.

  • This workshop is not available online; you must be physically present to participate.
  • This workshop is limited to educators at U.S.-based institutions and organizations.

Online registration will open June 15, 2017.

Questions? Call the Educator Resource Center at 818-393-5917.

Jul
17
Mon
2017
LLNL: Computational Modeling and Simulation – Level I @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jul 17 – Jul 21 all-day

Computational ModelingThis workshop is designed to leverage LLNL’s computer simulation expertise to bring hands-on modeling to local STEM teachers and their students. Participants will learn to use NetLogo, a free, open-source simulation software used by tens of thousands of students, teachers, and researchers worldwide to create computer models that will enhance their STEM curriculum.

Level-I is designed to introduce the concepts behind computer modeling and simulation and real-world applications. Participants will interact with LLNL scientists and learn about how simulation is used in their work. NetLogo will be introduced as a modeling tool.

Level-II is designed to expand the participant’s knowledge of programming with NetLogo. The participant will be encouraged to develop computer applications that will enhance their STEM curriculum and present the model(s) and associated lesson plans to the group.

Level-III is designed for participants who have completed Levels I and II the previous summer. They will be encouraged to bring 2 students to join them for a 1-week workshop. During this workshop the students will develop their skills using NetLogo and prepare to train other students at the school site to use this software and create modeling solutions to their science projects.

Jul
18
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: Inquiry (grades preK – 2) @ California Academy of Science
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – Jul 20 @ 3:00 pm
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(c) Tim Dutton

Special Note: This is a three part workshop series taking place on July 18, 19, and 20. Each session is from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

What exactly is scientific inquiry, and how can you integrate it into your classroom?

More About the Event

Engage in inquiry as a learner to experience for yourself the benefits and challenges of this approach to science learning. Then explore age-appropriate strategies for doing inquiry with your students. Leave with the confidence to bring these fun and effective scientific practices into your classroom!

This three-part workshop series is designed for educators of students grades preK-2. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

Tuesday-Thursday, July 18, 19, and 20
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments and caffeine to keep us going.
  • Join our community of educators, and receive in-person support from Academy coaches.
  • Receive ample time to explore our breathtaking Academy exhibits as you conduct an inquiry investigation!

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $40 for this three-day experience.

Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am-5pm.

Aug
8
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: Introduction to the NGSS (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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Not a member of CSTA? Join/Renew today:

CSTA One Year Membership ($50)

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Jun
6
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: Introduction to the NGSS (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
teachers learning

Demystify the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in this beginner’s-level workshop.

How will science education be transformed by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? This beginner’s-level overview will give you the tools and confidence to start preparing for the new standards.

More About the Event

Join us to explore the principles underlying the NGSS. Gain experience with the Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas that comprise the new standards, and learn how to read those NGSS tables!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments and caffeine to keep us going.
  • Join our community of educators, and receive in-person support from Academy coaches.
  • Leave with a binder and USB drive with resources related to this professional development experience.
  • Become eligible to take our intermediate-level workshops, such as Unlocking the SEPs and Connecting with the CCCs.

For Those Feeling Super Inspired

After taking this workshop, you’ll be prepared to facilitate the activities for teachers that you work with, if you feel so courageous. We’ve provided all the facilitation guides and handouts in our NGSS Demystified teacher training toolkit.

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $25 for this full-day experience.

Can’t join us on August 8th? No problem. The same workshop is also offered in July and August.

Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am-5pm.

Jun
7
Wed
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Los Angeles
Jun 7 – Jun 8 all-day

Informational Flyer

AUDIENCE
Grades K-12 Educators, Curriculum Leads, and Administrators. District teams of 4 – 6 people and one administrator are encouraged.
COST
$250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch, both days. Credit card payment only at time of registration.*
REGISTER HERE: https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2017StatewideRollout
CONTACT: Amy Kennedy • akennedy@sjcoe.net • (209) 468-9027

Jun
13
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: NGSS Spotlight: Unlocking the Science and Engineering Practices (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Jun 13 @ 9:00 am – Jun 15 @ 3:00 pm
Jun
19
Mon
2017
LLNL: 3D Print & Design Teacher Research Academy – Level I @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jun 19 – Jun 21 all-day

The 3D Print & Design Teacher Research Academy is designed for teachers looking to incorporate modeling, design, and three-dimensional printing into their curriculum or clubs. Participants will learn how to create and print everyday objects from their own computational models. A $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I provides an overview of the field advanced manufacturing with instruction on basic 3D printing techniques. These techniques include:

  • model design
  • use of TinkerCAD software
  • computational modeling
  • hands-on printing

Level-II provides continued instruction in 2D and 3D printing techniques. These techniques include more advanced computational modeling instruction and hands-on printing. Some work will be performed in collaborative small groups focused on a single design project.

LLNL: Biotechnology Research Academy – Level I @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jun 19 – Jun 21 all-day

The Biotechnology Research Academy prepares teachers to conduct research with their students. A $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I provides an overview of the field of biotechnology with instruction on basic biotechnology tools. These tools include:

  • DNA extraction
  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • Restriction Digest
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Bacterial Transformation
  • Protein Chromatography
  • Intro to Bioinformatics

Level-II This workshop provides teachers with skills and knowledge to meet the California Content Standards for evolution, genetics and immunology through inquiry, investigation and experimentation. The instruction includes:

  • PCR
  • DNA sequencing
  • Protein analysis using Western Blotting
  • Bioinformatics

Level-III This workshop prepares teachers to work as members of a research team. Participants develop their understanding of:

  • The nature of science
  • Research strategies and methods
  • Technical writing to communicate research findings

Level-IV Teachers participating in a mentored research internship contribute as a member of a research team. Each teacher receives a $4000 stipend when they complete an 8-week internship. At the completion of the summer research experience each teacher is expected to create and present a research poster at the LLNL Summer Research Symposium. They are required to create a lesson plan that will extend their research experience into the classroom.

Jun
20
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: NGSS Spotlight: Connecting with the Crosscutting Concepts (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Jun 20 @ 9:00 am – Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm
Jun
21
Wed
2017
UC Berkeley/Lawrence Hall of Science Summer 2017 Workshop @ Berkeley, CA
Jun 21 @ 9:00 am – Jun 23 @ 3:00 pm

Join us for a 3-day workshop about integrating data visualization and analysis into the science curriculum for middle school!

We are excited to announce a professional development workshop for middle school educators and curriculum designers in the implementation of data and data visualization to teach and help students explore core NGSS topics such as Earth’s Systems (MS-ESS2-1), Earth and Human Activity (MS-ESS3-1) and Ecosystems (MS-LS2-1). Having in mind the design of science learning activities for middle-graders, we will discuss contemporary research findings on how youth think and learn with data and review ready-to-use tools and materials relevant to middle school science topics. We will explore these tools through hands-on activities and reflect on them. Since the era of ‘big data’ is already here and the field of novel data visualization is rapidly growing, we are interested in and will ask for your feedback and thoughts on the support that you think teachers need in order to better help their students learn about, make sense of and create comprehensive and engaging data visualizations.

The workshop will take place at the UC Berkeley campus on June 21-23, 2017 (Wednesday-Friday) from 9am to 3pm .

Day 1:

  • Hands-on exploration of tools for data analysis and visualization in middle school.
  • What are the attributes of a rich dataset for science topics exploration? Where can we find one?

Day 2:

  • Design activities that promote and support data exploration and argumentation.
  • Making datasets feel more relevant to the students.

Day 3:

  • Insights from our experiences working with these tools and exploring a few datasets.
  • Identify what worked well and what still needs to be improved.

A more detailed, day-to-day program will be available in this webpage soon, so please come back and check for updates.

Refreshments will be provided all three days of the workshop and a free iPad and monetary compensation will be offered for full participation. Our last day of the workshop will take place in the Lawrence Hall of Science and includes free admission to the museum! If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact Michelle Wilkerson (mwilkers-at-berkeley.edu) or Vicky Laina (vlaina-at-berkeley.edu). Hope to see you in June!

Jun
22
Thu
2017
LLNL: Technical Writing for Science Class @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jun 22 – Jun 23 all-day

Technical WritingAlways vital for success in science, engineering, and medicine, technical communication has now come into K-12 science classrooms with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Participants in this workshop learn how to explain usability and text-design techniques to their students, then apply these techniques to improve the effectiveness of lab instructions, technical descriptions, note taking, project abstracts, and science posters. A $25.00 registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I prepares teachers to build the technical-writing skills of their science students by:

strategically summarizing the impact on science class of the Common Core’s stress on real-world nonfiction writing,
spelling out the six technical communication themes that CCSS applies to all grade levels, and
introducing research-based resources and practicing specific techniques to turn the writing activities that occur already in most science classes into opportunities to meet CCSS learning goals.

Workshop Schedule
First day: Strategy and plans Second day: Tactics and hands-on practice
9 a.m. The CCSS big picture.
How usability research and text engineering explain the CCSS approach to nonfiction literacy.
9 a.m. Drafting lab instructions.
10 a.m. Six implementation themes.
Six ways to connect your students to the real-world communication problems of scientists and engineers.
10 a.m. Revising technical descriptions.
11 a.m. Taking effective lab, field, and reading notes.
Noon. Lunch provided. Noon. Lunch provided.
1 p.m. Six implementation themes continued. 1 p.m. Designing project abstracts.
2 p.m. Cognitive apprenticeship for building technical-communication skills. 2 p.m. Crafting helpful science posters.

For more details, see the topic summary online.

Jun
26
Mon
2017
LLNL: 3D Print & Design Teacher Research Academy – Level II @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jun 26 – Jun 30 all-day

The 3D Print & Design Teacher Research Academy is designed for teachers looking to incorporate modeling, design, and three-dimensional printing into their curriculum or clubs. Participants will learn how to create and print everyday objects from their own computational models. A $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I provides an overview of the field advanced manufacturing with instruction on basic 3D printing techniques. These techniques include:

  • model design
  • use of TinkerCAD software
  • computational modeling
  • hands-on printing

Level-II provides continued instruction in 2D and 3D printing techniques. These techniques include more advanced computational modeling instruction and hands-on printing. Some work will be performed in collaborative small groups focused on a single design project.

LLNL: Biotechnology Research Academy – Level II @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jun 26 – Jun 30 all-day

The Biotechnology Research Academy prepares teachers to conduct research with their students. A $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I provides an overview of the field of biotechnology with instruction on basic biotechnology tools. These tools include:

  • DNA extraction
  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • Restriction Digest
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Bacterial Transformation
  • Protein Chromatography
  • Intro to Bioinformatics

Level-II This workshop provides teachers with skills and knowledge to meet the California Content Standards for evolution, genetics and immunology through inquiry, investigation and experimentation. The instruction includes:

  • PCR
  • DNA sequencing
  • Protein analysis using Western Blotting
  • Bioinformatics

Level-III This workshop prepares teachers to work as members of a research team. Participants develop their understanding of:

  • The nature of science
  • Research strategies and methods
  • Technical writing to communicate research findings

Level-IV Teachers participating in a mentored research internship contribute as a member of a research team. Each teacher receives a $4000 stipend when they complete an 8-week internship. At the completion of the summer research experience each teacher is expected to create and present a research poster at the LLNL Summer Research Symposium. They are required to create a lesson plan that will extend their research experience into the classroom.

Jul
5
Wed
2017
LLNL: Fusion & Astrophysics Research Academy – Level I @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jul 5 – Jul 7 all-day

Fusion & AstrophysicsA $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I This workshop provides an overview of the fields of fusion research, astrophysics, and atomic physics. Teachers will gain an understanding of the properties of electromagnetic radiation and how it is produced through hands-on activities. They will learn to use research tools such as spectroscopy to develop knowledge about inaccessible objects like the Sun and the interior of fusion reactors.

Level-II program provides instruction in intermediate and advanced astrophysical studies in classical gravitational physics and General Relativity. Teachers will develop understanding of electromagnetism and nuclear physics through hands-on activities using tools employed in research laboratories.

Level-III program prepares teachers to work as a member of a research team. Participants develop their understanding of:

  • The nature of science
  • Research strategies and methods
  • Technical writing to communicate research findings

Level-IV Teachers participating in a mentored research internship contribute as a member of a research team. Each teacher receives a $4000 stipend when they complete an 8-week internship. At the completion of the summer research experience each teacher is expected to create and present a research poster at the LLNL Summer Research Symposium. They are required to create a lesson plan that will extend their research experience into the classroom.

Jul
6
Thu
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: Introduction to the NGSS (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Jul
10
Mon
2017
LLNL: Computational Modeling and Simulation – Level I @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jul 10 – Jul 14 all-day

Computational ModelingThis workshop is designed to leverage LLNL’s computer simulation expertise to bring hands-on modeling to local STEM teachers and their students. Participants will learn to use NetLogo, a free, open-source simulation software used by tens of thousands of students, teachers, and researchers worldwide to create computer models that will enhance their STEM curriculum.

Level-I is designed to introduce the concepts behind computer modeling and simulation and real-world applications. Participants will interact with LLNL scientists and learn about how simulation is used in their work. NetLogo will be introduced as a modeling tool.

Level-II is designed to expand the participant’s knowledge of programming with NetLogo. The participant will be encouraged to develop computer applications that will enhance their STEM curriculum and present the model(s) and associated lesson plans to the group.

Level-III is designed for participants who have completed Levels I and II the previous summer. They will be encouraged to bring 2 students to join them for a 1-week workshop. During this workshop the students will develop their skills using NetLogo and prepare to train other students at the school site to use this software and create modeling solutions to their science projects.

LLNL: Fusion & Astrophysics Research Academy – Level II @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jul 10 – Jul 14 all-day

Fusion & AstrophysicsA $25.00 fee is required for each workshop registration. The registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.

Level-I This workshop provides an overview of the fields of fusion research, astrophysics, and atomic physics. Teachers will gain an understanding of the properties of electromagnetic radiation and how it is produced through hands-on activities. They will learn to use research tools such as spectroscopy to develop knowledge about inaccessible objects like the Sun and the interior of fusion reactors.

Level-II program provides instruction in intermediate and advanced astrophysical studies in classical gravitational physics and General Relativity. Teachers will develop understanding of electromagnetism and nuclear physics through hands-on activities using tools employed in research laboratories.

Level-III program prepares teachers to work as a member of a research team. Participants develop their understanding of:

  • The nature of science
  • Research strategies and methods
  • Technical writing to communicate research findings

Level-IV Teachers participating in a mentored research internship contribute as a member of a research team. Each teacher receives a $4000 stipend when they complete an 8-week internship. At the completion of the summer research experience each teacher is expected to create and present a research poster at the LLNL Summer Research Symposium. They are required to create a lesson plan that will extend their research experience into the classroom.

Jul
11
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: NGSS Inside Out: Unit Redesign Challenge (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – Jul 13 @ 3:00 pm
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Special Note: This is a three day workshop series taking place on July 11, 12, and 13. Each session is from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

Are you familiar with the basics of NGSS and ready to take the next step? Team up with fellow teachers and Academy educators to bring your NGSS skills to the next level.

More About the Event

First, you will be immersed in a science learning experience and reflect on how the NGSS dimensions are applied. Then you will reimagine one of your own existing units as an NGSS-style experience. You will have access to planning resources, input from Academy educators, and feedback from your peers to support your planning process.

This three-day workshop is designed for all educators grades K-12.

Tuesday-Thursday, July 11, 12, and 13
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Important note

This is an advanced level NGSS workshop. Participants should have completed at least one of the Academy’s intermediate level workshops (Unlocking the SEPs or Connecting with the CCCs) or have equivalent experience from other sources.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us at teachers@calacademy.org.

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments and caffeine to keep us going.
  • Join our community of educators, and receive in-person support from Academy coaches.
  • Leave with a redesigned unit and tools to use for your continued planning.

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $40 for this three-day experience.

Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am-5pm.

Jul
12
Wed
2017
How do I Develop a Storyline for a Unit? @ Online
Jul 12 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

How do I Develop a Storyline for a Unit?

Successful units feature a coherent storyline where each lesson builds on those that come before it and foster questions that lead into the next lesson. In this web seminar, we will show you examples of coherent storylines and provide guidance on how you can develop your own. Please join us on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Register Today!

This is one of a series of web seminars providing teachers advice on implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) or other three-dimensional science standards based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation and 100 Learning Center activity points for attending and completing the post-program evaluation. An archive and presentation slides will be available at the end of the program.

Details

Title: How do I Develop a Storyline for a Unit?
Target audience: Teachers, Curriculum Developers, Administrators, Professional Learning Providers, and Teacher Educators
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT / 4:30 p.m. MT / 3:30 p.m. PT
Duration: 90 minutes Note: New users should log in 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for an introduction to NSTA web seminars.
Presenters: Brian Reiser, Michael Novak

Registration

Register Today! to participate in this web seminar. Upon registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation including information about the program and suggested links to visit in preparation of the event. Additional information about the web seminar will be e-mailed to you days before the program.

Each web seminar is a unique, stand-alone, program. Archives of the web seminars and the presenters’ PowerPoint presentations will be available through the links on this web page. Learn more about the features of the web seminar and read answers to frequently asked questions from participants.

For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

Carnegie Corporation of New York Underwritten by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Jul
15
Sat
2017
Engineering on a Budget @ NASA JPL, Von Karman Auditorium
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Target Audience:

Teachers for grades K-12

Overview:

Explore engineering practices and methods using cheap, simple components. Discover ways to make engineering projects and lessons more accessible in the classroom without breaking the bank.

  • This workshop is not available online; you must be physically present to participate.
  • This workshop is limited to educators at U.S.-based institutions and organizations.

Online registration will open June 15, 2017.

Questions? Call the Educator Resource Center at 818-393-5917.

Jul
17
Mon
2017
LLNL: Computational Modeling and Simulation – Level I @ Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jul 17 – Jul 21 all-day

Computational ModelingThis workshop is designed to leverage LLNL’s computer simulation expertise to bring hands-on modeling to local STEM teachers and their students. Participants will learn to use NetLogo, a free, open-source simulation software used by tens of thousands of students, teachers, and researchers worldwide to create computer models that will enhance their STEM curriculum.

Level-I is designed to introduce the concepts behind computer modeling and simulation and real-world applications. Participants will interact with LLNL scientists and learn about how simulation is used in their work. NetLogo will be introduced as a modeling tool.

Level-II is designed to expand the participant’s knowledge of programming with NetLogo. The participant will be encouraged to develop computer applications that will enhance their STEM curriculum and present the model(s) and associated lesson plans to the group.

Level-III is designed for participants who have completed Levels I and II the previous summer. They will be encouraged to bring 2 students to join them for a 1-week workshop. During this workshop the students will develop their skills using NetLogo and prepare to train other students at the school site to use this software and create modeling solutions to their science projects.

Jul
18
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: Inquiry (grades preK – 2) @ California Academy of Science
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – Jul 20 @ 3:00 pm
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Special Note: This is a three part workshop series taking place on July 18, 19, and 20. Each session is from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

What exactly is scientific inquiry, and how can you integrate it into your classroom?

More About the Event

Engage in inquiry as a learner to experience for yourself the benefits and challenges of this approach to science learning. Then explore age-appropriate strategies for doing inquiry with your students. Leave with the confidence to bring these fun and effective scientific practices into your classroom!

This three-part workshop series is designed for educators of students grades preK-2. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

Tuesday-Thursday, July 18, 19, and 20
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Other Perks

  • Enjoy complimentary morning refreshments and caffeine to keep us going.
  • Join our community of educators, and receive in-person support from Academy coaches.
  • Receive ample time to explore our breathtaking Academy exhibits as you conduct an inquiry investigation!

How Do I Join?

Tickets are only $40 for this three-day experience.

Reserve your spot online or by calling 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am-5pm.

Aug
8
Tue
2017
Summer 2017 NGSS Workshops @ the Academy: Introduction to the NGSS (grades K – 12) @ California Academy of Science
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm