September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

CALENDAR

Oct
18
Wed
2017
GEMS® Spooky Science of Energy Transformation (Grades 5-12) @ Historic Folsom Powerhouse
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Presented by SMUD and California State Parks

Using a spooky, Halloween theme, this workshop will focus on science investigations and will help teachers develop the skills to foster inquiry abilities, which research has shown is very difficult to teach.  Teachers will review energy in sublimation and other energy transformations which will help support student skills in observations, experimentation, and inference. Teachers will receive a light dinner, GEMS guide and classroom materials. A light dinner will be served.

Oct
21
Sat
2017
Northern Nevada Math and Science Conference @ North Valleys High School
Oct 21 @ 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Opening Keynote Speaker – Tod Colegrove, DeLaMare Library at the University of Nevada, Reno.
• Participate in tasks and experiences that will engage you, as a teacher, and your students.
• This year’s strands focus on Synergy in the Classroom, Innovation and Persistence, as well as Equitable Access for All.
• Attend breakout sessions that support taking ideas back to your classroom for immediate use

Yogurt, berry, and granola parfait bar breakfast, and full lunch with vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options included with registration

Outdoor Education Institute: Whiskeytown NRA @ Whiskeytown Environmental School
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA EDUCATORS! Join us for an overnight, informative, fun-filled, weekend focused on educating in the great outdoors at Whiskeytown Environmental School! Learn how to seamlessly integrate standards-based outdoor education into your curriculum and organize educational field trips for school or community groups. Participants will complete Project Learning Tree and Project WET workshops, receive curriculum guides and other useful materials, and be further inspired with special presentations on local educational resources. Participants may choose to attend one or both days. A non-refundable $45 application fee includes food and materials. To register or get more information, please contact Allison Breedveld, Education Program Director – Spring Rivers Foundation at 530-722-7373 or allison@springrivers.org

Understanding Climate Change in California @ Santa Maria Public Library
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

SANTA BARBARA AREA EDUCATORS! Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level, and river flows. Join the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Climate Change team for a day of learning about the basics of climate science, how DWR is addressing these impacts and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate science knowledge and skill back in the classroom! Participant will walk away with great information on current climate science, a copy of the Project WET Guide 2.0, a light breakfast and an opportunity to receive 0.8 CEU credit – and a $50 stipend following completion of the training.  Please contact Brian Brown, CA Project WET Coordinator at projectwet@watereducation.org or (916) 444-6240 to register

Environmental Education Activities @ CSU East Bay, Hayward
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

EAST BAY AREA EDUCATORS! CSU East Bay invites you to register for a graduate level extension course that will introduce you to all the ‘Projects’ curriculum. All of the activities are tied to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The $178 course fee includes all materials, including your own copies of Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Project WET – and 2 quarter units!  Please contact Prof. David R. Stronck, Ph.D.to register at: david.stronck@csueastbay.edu or for more information

Oct
24
Tue
2017
Project WET Workshop: Tehachapi @ Tehachapi Unified School District
Oct 24 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

TEHACHAPI USD EDUCATORS! The Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District and Tehachapi Unified School District invite you to join us for this FREE water education workshop, which will include hands-on experience with the activities of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)! Project WET is an exciting water education program that promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources. All Project WET activities are hands-on, investigative and easy-to-use. This workshop has been tailored to the region and will highlight local water. To register for the workshop or for more information, please contact Sarah Clayton at (661) 599-4715 or email sclayton@jsstrategicconsulting.com

Oct
28
Sat
2017
Speak Up For The Coast! @ Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve
Oct 28 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

ORANGE COUNTY SECONDARY EDUCATORS!  Join us at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve for a workshop experience that will provide you with new tools and tips to help your students explore natural systems. Through the use of watershed models and remote sensing tools, Secondary educators participating in these workshops will explore the role of water in feedback mechanisms connecting inland watersheds from summit to sea. In addition to Project WET, participants will be among the first to be introduced to California Coastal Voices – the California Coastal Commission’s newest curricular resource for Secondary teachers – and built from the ground up based on California’s Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards with a strong focus on environmental literacy and project-based learning Space is limited!  Please register by October 28th  to Annie Frankel – Annie.Frankel@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 597-5888. Include the spelling of your name, email, phone number, grade(s) taught and your school or organization as applicable. For more information, please visit the Coastal Commission’s Public Education website at: www.coastforyou.org

The 2017 Astronomical Society of the Pacific Annual Awards Gala @ The Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco Airport Waterfront
Oct 28 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us as we present the international society’s prestigious suite of awards, including:

  • The Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal, for a lifetime of achievement in astronomical research, to Nick Scoville (Caltech)
  • The Klumpke-Roberts Award, for a lifetime of outstanding work in public outreach, to Paul Delaney (York U.)
  • The Emmons Prize, for a distinguished career in teaching Astro 101, to Bruce Partridge (Haverford Coll.)
  • The second annual Arthur B.C. Walker II Award, for outstanding achievement in astronomy by an African American scientist, to George Carruthers (Naval Research Lab)
  • The Amateur Achievement Award, for significant technical work in astronomy done by an amateur, to Gao Xing, Ürümqi, Xinjiang, China
  • The Thomas Brennan Award, for significant achievement in the teaching of astronomy in the nation’s high schools, to Sue Ann Heatherly of the Green Bank Observatory
  • The Andrew Fraknoi Supporter’s Award for exceptional service to the goals of the ASP, to Rick Fienberg, of the American Astronomical Society.

To get tickets and more information, see: https://myasp.astrosociety.org/asp-events/2017-asp-annual-awards-gala.php

For more on all the 2017 Awards and Awardees: https://www.astrosociety.org/about-us/awards/

You do not need to be a member of the ASP to attend this festive event.

Nov
4
Sat
2017
GCSN 12th Conference for STEM Education: Assembling Our STEM Ecosystem! @ Oxnard College
Nov 4 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Gold Coast Science Network is proud to present its 12th Conference for STEM Education:
“Assembling Our STEM Ecosystem!

Co-sponsored by the Ventura County Office of Education, Oxnard College and the California Science Teachers Association. Lunch generously sponsored by STEMscopes.

  • Attend two keynote speakers and select from more than 20 workshops in four breakout sessions!
  • Bring home Common Core and NGSS-aligned lessons, materials, and ideas for teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  • Network with local teachers and STEM organizations

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, PARKING, AND GCSN MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED!

Check the GCSN website for workshop descriptions (after Sept 15) and for information about discounted lodging and professional development credit: http://www.goldcoastscience.net

SPECIAL SHORT COURSE OPTION
This year there will be a special short course option for K-8 teachers to participate in the STEM Experiences for Educators and Leaders (SEEL) program sponsored by CSU Channel Islands and VC STEM Network. This event provides educators with a hands-on preview of the CSU Science Carnival taking place on the evening of November 4th. Conference participants who sign up for this short course will get a reserved spot for the SEEL program and priority access to lunch so that they can drive over in time to attend the SEEL event which starts at 1:00 pm at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Oxnard. This short course is FREE but space is limited. To sign up, select this short course option when purchasing your conference registration. For more information, visit http://www.vcstem.org/stem-experiences-for-educators-and-leaders-seel/.

A NOTE ABOUT THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE THEME…
In 2016 Ventura County was designated as a STEM Learning Ecoystem due to its efforts to create collaborative relationships that support STEM Education across multiple domains: formal education, informal education, business and industry, and the community in general. For more than 20 years, GCSN has played an important role in helping to develop and nurture this ecosystem, to include outreach to the surrounding counties of Los Angeles, Kern, and Santa Barbara. The GCSN Conference for STEM Education continues to bring teachers and the community together to share ideas and build inter-agency partnerships and collaborations across our beautiful gold coast and southcentral California. To find out more about the United States STEM Learning Ecosystems, visit http://stemecosystems.org.

Next-Gen Science Education Conference – San Diego @ San Diego Miramar College
Nov 4 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Next-Gen Science Education Conference
San Diego, California

The San Diego Science Education Conference (SDSEC) is returning this fall as the Next-Gen Science Education Conference at San Diego Miramar College. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Sciences, and Engineering and Science Practices will be emphasized with pedagogy to integrate into your classroom. Converse with colleagues and get new ideas and activities to use in your classroom! Tickets are $45. Visit their website to register for the conference click here.

Environmental Education Activities @ CSU East Bay, Hayward
Nov 4 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

EAST BAY AREA EDUCATORS! CSU East Bay invites you to register for a graduate level extension course that will introduce you to all the ‘Projects’ curriculum. All of the activities are tied to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The $178 course fee includes all materials, including your own copies of Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Project WET – and 2 quarter units!  Please contact Prof. David R. Stronck, Ph.D.to register at: david.stronck@csueastbay.edu or for more information

Project WET Workshop: Pleasant Hill @ Pleasant Hill City Hall
Nov 4 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY EDUCATORS! The Contra Costa County Water District invites you to this wonderful hands-on training and take-away materials for immediate use in your classroom.  You’ll experience a wide-range of activities that will spark student interest through investigations of their own environment– all of which have been correlated to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. Hands-on experience with great water conservation activities and California specific content, a copy of the Project WET Guide 2.0 which includes free access to 40 additional Project WET activities, lunch and an opportunity to receive CEU credits! To register, please contact Justin Fivella, CCWD Public Information Specialist, at (925) 688- 8307 or jfivella@ccwater.com

Nov
7
Tue
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Marina Village Conference Center
Nov 7 – Nov 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.

Nov
8
Wed
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Radisson Hotel, Fresno, CA
Nov 8 – Nov 9 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

Save the Date! Registration opens in 2017.

Nov
14
Tue
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ CSU Chico
Nov 14 – Nov 15 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

Nov
18
Sat
2017
Making Sense of Water Policy on Our Coast @ USGS California Water Science Center
Nov 18 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

SAN DIEGO MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATORS!  Join us at the USGS California Water Science Center for a workshop experience that will provide you with new tools and tips to help your students explore natural systems. Through the use of watershed models and remote sensing tools, Secondary educators participating in these workshops will explore the role of water in feedback mechanisms connecting inland watersheds from summit to sea. In addition to Project WET, participants will be among the first to be introduced to California Coastal Voices – the California Coastal Commission’s newest curricular resource for Secondary teachers – and built from the ground up based on California’s Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards with a strong focus on environmental literacy and project-based learning. Space is limited!  Please register by November 10th to Annie Frankel – Annie.Frankel@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 597-5888. Include the spelling of your name, email, phone number, grade(s) taught and your school or organization as applicable. For more information, please visit the Coastal Commission’s Public Education website at: www.coastforyou.org

Nov
29
Wed
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Ventura County Office of Education
Nov 29 – Nov 30 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

Dec
4
Mon
2017
NGSS Statewide Rollout #4: Framework Rollout @ Santa Clara County Office of Education
Dec 4 – Dec 5 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

Feb
10
Sat
2018
42nd Annual STEM Conference @ San Mateo County Office of Education
Feb 10 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Saturday, February 10th at the San Mateo County Office of Education is the place to get lots of new lessons and ideas to use in your classroom. There will be over twenty-five workshops and a variety of exhibitors that provide participants with a wide range of practical and realistic ideas and resources to use in their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs from Pre-K to grade 8.  The STEM Conference is dedicated to supporting local educators are prepared for implementing the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Teachers, administrators, and parents are invited to explore the many exciting aspects of STEM education.  This is also an opportunity to network with colleagues who can assist you in building your programs and meet new friends that share your interests and love of teaching.

The 42nd Annual STEM Conference is sponsored by The STEM Center at the San Mateo County Office of Education and the Council of Math Science Educators of San Mateo County (CMSESMC).

Feb
17
Sat
2018
Matter of Memory @ Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara @ University of California, Santa Barbara
Feb 17 all-day

AUDIENCE: high school physics teachers

COST: $35 registration fee. Some funds are available to assist with travel expenses.

REGISTER HERE: https://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/activities/memformt-c18

CONTACT: Claudia Gutierrez, 805-893-6383, https://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/contact/conference-assistant

We are all familiar with the memories that are stored in the connections of neurons within our brains. Certain experiences are indelible even if experienced only once while others need many repetitions in order to be reliably recalled. We are likewise familiar with memories stored on a sheet of paper (by pencil marks) or with digitized information in a computer stored in the form of bits. Memories are stored in physical as well as biological matter.

Both in biology and in materials science, memory formation takes many forms. Not only do we remember facts and feelings but we are also able to remember how to do certain activities by constant and frequent repetition. It seems unlikely that we store such “muscle memory” in our brains in the same fashion that we store our home address or cell-phone number. In materials, we can read out information that has been stored in a digital fashion; magnets store information of the largest field to which they have been subjected. A less common example occurs in the aging and rejuvenation of glasses. A glass can remember its cooling history: it has a memory of the temperature at which the cooling was halted before it was cooled to much lower temperature. The memory is retrieved upon reheating.

Systems render information about their formation and training, information which is erased after they relax to equilibrium. In other words, a system that has not fully relaxed has the potential to retain memories of its creation. Out-of-equilibrium systems may form memories by falling into a recognizable set of states in a vast, rugged energy landscape. This Teachers’ Conference will look at what is common in these diverse systems, and will perhaps point the way forward for novel ways for information to be encoded in matter.