August 2014 – Vol. 26 No. 12

CALENDAR

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Sep
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Sep
7
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Sep
9
Tue
2014
CFCC Meeting @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm

The first of six meetings of the Science Curriculum Framework CFCC.

Sep
10
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
17
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
21
Sun
2014
California STEM Symposium and NGSS Rollout Meeting #1 @ San Diego Convention Center
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – Sep 22 @ 2:30 pm

This ​symposium ​will ​bring ​together ​3,000 ​teachers, ​administrators, ​students, ​higher ​education ​representatives, ​program ​providers, ​philanthropic ​representatives ​and ​business ​representatives ​to ​engage ​them ​in ​STEM ​education ​by ​providing ​strategies ​and ​resources ​for ​program ​implementation. ​It ​will ​showcase ​leaders ​in ​classroom ​innovation ​from ​across ​the ​state ​and ​attract ​student ​teams ​to ​showcase ​critical ​thinking, ​problem ​solving, ​and ​teamwork. ​

Advancing ​STEM ​education ​in ​California ​is ​critically ​necessary ​to ​ensure ​that ​current ​and ​future ​generations ​of ​California ​students ​are ​provided ​the ​engaging ​academic ​rigor ​that ​will ​enable ​them ​to ​compete ​in, ​and ​be ​a ​productive ​contributor ​to, ​a ​dynamic ​21st ​century ​economy. ​With ​the ​implementation ​of ​Common ​Core ​State ​Standards ​and ​Next ​Generation ​Science ​Standards, ​now ​is ​the ​time ​to ​help ​schools ​develop ​robust ​and ​coordinated ​STEM ​programs ​that ​are ​relevant ​and ​engaging ​to ​all ​students.

CSTA will be in attendance in the exhibit hall, please stop by the CSTA booth and say hello and learn about NGSS implementation and what CSTA does to support it.

A Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 will be held in conjunction with the STEM Symposium.

Early Registration

Call for Presenters

Call For Vendors

Call For Student Teacher Demonstrations

Sep
24
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
27
Sat
2014
Volunteer: National Public Lands Day @ National Monument Visitor Center
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wilderness Walks

Join Americans coast to coast as a national volunteer. A trail improvement project at the Santa Rosa Wilderness’ Cactus Spring Trail can use your help! Back Country Horsemen will participate too. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and sun protection.
Meet at 8 am, National Monument Visitor Center for a car caravan, or 9 am at Sawmill Trailhead, near Pinyon

Walk For the Wild and Wilderness Fair @ Rancho Santa Ana Botonic Garden
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wilderness Walk

This easy walk of 1.5 miles will wind through the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s 86 acres of native California plants, shrubs, and trees. Then join other hikers at the Wilderness Fair featuring music, food, outdoor skills demonstrations, and learn about local wilderness areas. Registration fee required. Questions? 951-697-5395.

Sep
30
Tue
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Central USD, Room 4
Sep 30 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

Register online and pay with a credit card [Click Here]

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Sep
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Sep
7
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Sep
9
Tue
2014
CFCC Meeting @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm

The first of six meetings of the Science Curriculum Framework CFCC.

Sep
10
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
17
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
21
Sun
2014
California STEM Symposium and NGSS Rollout Meeting #1 @ San Diego Convention Center
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – Sep 22 @ 2:30 pm

This ​symposium ​will ​bring ​together ​3,000 ​teachers, ​administrators, ​students, ​higher ​education ​representatives, ​program ​providers, ​philanthropic ​representatives ​and ​business ​representatives ​to ​engage ​them ​in ​STEM ​education ​by ​providing ​strategies ​and ​resources ​for ​program ​implementation. ​It ​will ​showcase ​leaders ​in ​classroom ​innovation ​from ​across ​the ​state ​and ​attract ​student ​teams ​to ​showcase ​critical ​thinking, ​problem ​solving, ​and ​teamwork. ​

Advancing ​STEM ​education ​in ​California ​is ​critically ​necessary ​to ​ensure ​that ​current ​and ​future ​generations ​of ​California ​students ​are ​provided ​the ​engaging ​academic ​rigor ​that ​will ​enable ​them ​to ​compete ​in, ​and ​be ​a ​productive ​contributor ​to, ​a ​dynamic ​21st ​century ​economy. ​With ​the ​implementation ​of ​Common ​Core ​State ​Standards ​and ​Next ​Generation ​Science ​Standards, ​now ​is ​the ​time ​to ​help ​schools ​develop ​robust ​and ​coordinated ​STEM ​programs ​that ​are ​relevant ​and ​engaging ​to ​all ​students.

CSTA will be in attendance in the exhibit hall, please stop by the CSTA booth and say hello and learn about NGSS implementation and what CSTA does to support it.

A Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 will be held in conjunction with the STEM Symposium.

Early Registration

Call for Presenters

Call For Vendors

Call For Student Teacher Demonstrations

Sep
24
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
27
Sat
2014
Volunteer: National Public Lands Day @ National Monument Visitor Center
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wilderness Walks

Join Americans coast to coast as a national volunteer. A trail improvement project at the Santa Rosa Wilderness’ Cactus Spring Trail can use your help! Back Country Horsemen will participate too. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and sun protection.
Meet at 8 am, National Monument Visitor Center for a car caravan, or 9 am at Sawmill Trailhead, near Pinyon

Walk For the Wild and Wilderness Fair @ Rancho Santa Ana Botonic Garden
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wilderness Walk

This easy walk of 1.5 miles will wind through the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s 86 acres of native California plants, shrubs, and trees. Then join other hikers at the Wilderness Fair featuring music, food, outdoor skills demonstrations, and learn about local wilderness areas. Registration fee required. Questions? 951-697-5395.

Sep
30
Tue
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Central USD, Room 4
Sep 30 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

Register online and pay with a credit card [Click Here]

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Sep
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Sep
7
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Sep
9
Tue
2014
CFCC Meeting @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm

The first of six meetings of the Science Curriculum Framework CFCC.

Sep
10
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
17
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
21
Sun
2014
California STEM Symposium and NGSS Rollout Meeting #1 @ San Diego Convention Center
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – Sep 22 @ 2:30 pm

This ​symposium ​will ​bring ​together ​3,000 ​teachers, ​administrators, ​students, ​higher ​education ​representatives, ​program ​providers, ​philanthropic ​representatives ​and ​business ​representatives ​to ​engage ​them ​in ​STEM ​education ​by ​providing ​strategies ​and ​resources ​for ​program ​implementation. ​It ​will ​showcase ​leaders ​in ​classroom ​innovation ​from ​across ​the ​state ​and ​attract ​student ​teams ​to ​showcase ​critical ​thinking, ​problem ​solving, ​and ​teamwork. ​

Advancing ​STEM ​education ​in ​California ​is ​critically ​necessary ​to ​ensure ​that ​current ​and ​future ​generations ​of ​California ​students ​are ​provided ​the ​engaging ​academic ​rigor ​that ​will ​enable ​them ​to ​compete ​in, ​and ​be ​a ​productive ​contributor ​to, ​a ​dynamic ​21st ​century ​economy. ​With ​the ​implementation ​of ​Common ​Core ​State ​Standards ​and ​Next ​Generation ​Science ​Standards, ​now ​is ​the ​time ​to ​help ​schools ​develop ​robust ​and ​coordinated ​STEM ​programs ​that ​are ​relevant ​and ​engaging ​to ​all ​students.

CSTA will be in attendance in the exhibit hall, please stop by the CSTA booth and say hello and learn about NGSS implementation and what CSTA does to support it.

A Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 will be held in conjunction with the STEM Symposium.

Early Registration

Call for Presenters

Call For Vendors

Call For Student Teacher Demonstrations

Sep
24
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
27
Sat
2014
Volunteer: National Public Lands Day @ National Monument Visitor Center
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wilderness Walks

Join Americans coast to coast as a national volunteer. A trail improvement project at the Santa Rosa Wilderness’ Cactus Spring Trail can use your help! Back Country Horsemen will participate too. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and sun protection.
Meet at 8 am, National Monument Visitor Center for a car caravan, or 9 am at Sawmill Trailhead, near Pinyon

Walk For the Wild and Wilderness Fair @ Rancho Santa Ana Botonic Garden
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wilderness Walk

This easy walk of 1.5 miles will wind through the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s 86 acres of native California plants, shrubs, and trees. Then join other hikers at the Wilderness Fair featuring music, food, outdoor skills demonstrations, and learn about local wilderness areas. Registration fee required. Questions? 951-697-5395.

Sep
30
Tue
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Central USD, Room 4
Sep 30 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

Register online and pay with a credit card [Click Here]

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Sep
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Sep
7
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Sep
9
Tue
2014
CFCC Meeting @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm

The first of six meetings of the Science Curriculum Framework CFCC.

Sep
10
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
17
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
21
Sun
2014
California STEM Symposium and NGSS Rollout Meeting #1 @ San Diego Convention Center
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – Sep 22 @ 2:30 pm

This ​symposium ​will ​bring ​together ​3,000 ​teachers, ​administrators, ​students, ​higher ​education ​representatives, ​program ​providers, ​philanthropic ​representatives ​and ​business ​representatives ​to ​engage ​them ​in ​STEM ​education ​by ​providing ​strategies ​and ​resources ​for ​program ​implementation. ​It ​will ​showcase ​leaders ​in ​classroom ​innovation ​from ​across ​the ​state ​and ​attract ​student ​teams ​to ​showcase ​critical ​thinking, ​problem ​solving, ​and ​teamwork. ​

Advancing ​STEM ​education ​in ​California ​is ​critically ​necessary ​to ​ensure ​that ​current ​and ​future ​generations ​of ​California ​students ​are ​provided ​the ​engaging ​academic ​rigor ​that ​will ​enable ​them ​to ​compete ​in, ​and ​be ​a ​productive ​contributor ​to, ​a ​dynamic ​21st ​century ​economy. ​With ​the ​implementation ​of ​Common ​Core ​State ​Standards ​and ​Next ​Generation ​Science ​Standards, ​now ​is ​the ​time ​to ​help ​schools ​develop ​robust ​and ​coordinated ​STEM ​programs ​that ​are ​relevant ​and ​engaging ​to ​all ​students.

CSTA will be in attendance in the exhibit hall, please stop by the CSTA booth and say hello and learn about NGSS implementation and what CSTA does to support it.

A Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 will be held in conjunction with the STEM Symposium.

Early Registration

Call for Presenters

Call For Vendors

Call For Student Teacher Demonstrations

Sep
24
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
27
Sat
2014
Volunteer: National Public Lands Day @ National Monument Visitor Center
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wilderness Walks

Join Americans coast to coast as a national volunteer. A trail improvement project at the Santa Rosa Wilderness’ Cactus Spring Trail can use your help! Back Country Horsemen will participate too. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and sun protection.
Meet at 8 am, National Monument Visitor Center for a car caravan, or 9 am at Sawmill Trailhead, near Pinyon

Walk For the Wild and Wilderness Fair @ Rancho Santa Ana Botonic Garden
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wilderness Walk

This easy walk of 1.5 miles will wind through the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s 86 acres of native California plants, shrubs, and trees. Then join other hikers at the Wilderness Fair featuring music, food, outdoor skills demonstrations, and learn about local wilderness areas. Registration fee required. Questions? 951-697-5395.

Sep
30
Tue
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Central USD, Room 4
Sep 30 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

Register online and pay with a credit card [Click Here]

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Sep
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Sep
7
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Sep
9
Tue
2014
CFCC Meeting @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm

The first of six meetings of the Science Curriculum Framework CFCC.

Sep
10
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
17
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
21
Sun
2014
California STEM Symposium and NGSS Rollout Meeting #1 @ San Diego Convention Center
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – Sep 22 @ 2:30 pm

This ​symposium ​will ​bring ​together ​3,000 ​teachers, ​administrators, ​students, ​higher ​education ​representatives, ​program ​providers, ​philanthropic ​representatives ​and ​business ​representatives ​to ​engage ​them ​in ​STEM ​education ​by ​providing ​strategies ​and ​resources ​for ​program ​implementation. ​It ​will ​showcase ​leaders ​in ​classroom ​innovation ​from ​across ​the ​state ​and ​attract ​student ​teams ​to ​showcase ​critical ​thinking, ​problem ​solving, ​and ​teamwork. ​

Advancing ​STEM ​education ​in ​California ​is ​critically ​necessary ​to ​ensure ​that ​current ​and ​future ​generations ​of ​California ​students ​are ​provided ​the ​engaging ​academic ​rigor ​that ​will ​enable ​them ​to ​compete ​in, ​and ​be ​a ​productive ​contributor ​to, ​a ​dynamic ​21st ​century ​economy. ​With ​the ​implementation ​of ​Common ​Core ​State ​Standards ​and ​Next ​Generation ​Science ​Standards, ​now ​is ​the ​time ​to ​help ​schools ​develop ​robust ​and ​coordinated ​STEM ​programs ​that ​are ​relevant ​and ​engaging ​to ​all ​students.

CSTA will be in attendance in the exhibit hall, please stop by the CSTA booth and say hello and learn about NGSS implementation and what CSTA does to support it.

A Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 will be held in conjunction with the STEM Symposium.

Early Registration

Call for Presenters

Call For Vendors

Call For Student Teacher Demonstrations

Sep
24
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
27
Sat
2014
Volunteer: National Public Lands Day @ National Monument Visitor Center
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wilderness Walks

Join Americans coast to coast as a national volunteer. A trail improvement project at the Santa Rosa Wilderness’ Cactus Spring Trail can use your help! Back Country Horsemen will participate too. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and sun protection.
Meet at 8 am, National Monument Visitor Center for a car caravan, or 9 am at Sawmill Trailhead, near Pinyon

Walk For the Wild and Wilderness Fair @ Rancho Santa Ana Botonic Garden
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wilderness Walk

This easy walk of 1.5 miles will wind through the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s 86 acres of native California plants, shrubs, and trees. Then join other hikers at the Wilderness Fair featuring music, food, outdoor skills demonstrations, and learn about local wilderness areas. Registration fee required. Questions? 951-697-5395.

Sep
30
Tue
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Central USD, Room 4
Sep 30 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

Register online and pay with a credit card [Click Here]

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Sep
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Sep
7
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Sep
9
Tue
2014
CFCC Meeting @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm

The first of six meetings of the Science Curriculum Framework CFCC.

Sep
10
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
17
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
21
Sun
2014
California STEM Symposium and NGSS Rollout Meeting #1 @ San Diego Convention Center
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – Sep 22 @ 2:30 pm

This ​symposium ​will ​bring ​together ​3,000 ​teachers, ​administrators, ​students, ​higher ​education ​representatives, ​program ​providers, ​philanthropic ​representatives ​and ​business ​representatives ​to ​engage ​them ​in ​STEM ​education ​by ​providing ​strategies ​and ​resources ​for ​program ​implementation. ​It ​will ​showcase ​leaders ​in ​classroom ​innovation ​from ​across ​the ​state ​and ​attract ​student ​teams ​to ​showcase ​critical ​thinking, ​problem ​solving, ​and ​teamwork. ​

Advancing ​STEM ​education ​in ​California ​is ​critically ​necessary ​to ​ensure ​that ​current ​and ​future ​generations ​of ​California ​students ​are ​provided ​the ​engaging ​academic ​rigor ​that ​will ​enable ​them ​to ​compete ​in, ​and ​be ​a ​productive ​contributor ​to, ​a ​dynamic ​21st ​century ​economy. ​With ​the ​implementation ​of ​Common ​Core ​State ​Standards ​and ​Next ​Generation ​Science ​Standards, ​now ​is ​the ​time ​to ​help ​schools ​develop ​robust ​and ​coordinated ​STEM ​programs ​that ​are ​relevant ​and ​engaging ​to ​all ​students.

CSTA will be in attendance in the exhibit hall, please stop by the CSTA booth and say hello and learn about NGSS implementation and what CSTA does to support it.

A Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 will be held in conjunction with the STEM Symposium.

Early Registration

Call for Presenters

Call For Vendors

Call For Student Teacher Demonstrations

Sep
24
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
27
Sat
2014
Volunteer: National Public Lands Day @ National Monument Visitor Center
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wilderness Walks

Join Americans coast to coast as a national volunteer. A trail improvement project at the Santa Rosa Wilderness’ Cactus Spring Trail can use your help! Back Country Horsemen will participate too. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and sun protection.
Meet at 8 am, National Monument Visitor Center for a car caravan, or 9 am at Sawmill Trailhead, near Pinyon

Walk For the Wild and Wilderness Fair @ Rancho Santa Ana Botonic Garden
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wilderness Walk

This easy walk of 1.5 miles will wind through the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s 86 acres of native California plants, shrubs, and trees. Then join other hikers at the Wilderness Fair featuring music, food, outdoor skills demonstrations, and learn about local wilderness areas. Registration fee required. Questions? 951-697-5395.

Sep
30
Tue
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Central USD, Room 4
Sep 30 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

Register online and pay with a credit card [Click Here]

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

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Sep
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Sep
7
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Sep
9
Tue
2014
CFCC Meeting @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm

The first of six meetings of the Science Curriculum Framework CFCC.

Sep
10
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
17
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
21
Sun
2014
California STEM Symposium and NGSS Rollout Meeting #1 @ San Diego Convention Center
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – Sep 22 @ 2:30 pm

This ​symposium ​will ​bring ​together ​3,000 ​teachers, ​administrators, ​students, ​higher ​education ​representatives, ​program ​providers, ​philanthropic ​representatives ​and ​business ​representatives ​to ​engage ​them ​in ​STEM ​education ​by ​providing ​strategies ​and ​resources ​for ​program ​implementation. ​It ​will ​showcase ​leaders ​in ​classroom ​innovation ​from ​across ​the ​state ​and ​attract ​student ​teams ​to ​showcase ​critical ​thinking, ​problem ​solving, ​and ​teamwork. ​

Advancing ​STEM ​education ​in ​California ​is ​critically ​necessary ​to ​ensure ​that ​current ​and ​future ​generations ​of ​California ​students ​are ​provided ​the ​engaging ​academic ​rigor ​that ​will ​enable ​them ​to ​compete ​in, ​and ​be ​a ​productive ​contributor ​to, ​a ​dynamic ​21st ​century ​economy. ​With ​the ​implementation ​of ​Common ​Core ​State ​Standards ​and ​Next ​Generation ​Science ​Standards, ​now ​is ​the ​time ​to ​help ​schools ​develop ​robust ​and ​coordinated ​STEM ​programs ​that ​are ​relevant ​and ​engaging ​to ​all ​students.

CSTA will be in attendance in the exhibit hall, please stop by the CSTA booth and say hello and learn about NGSS implementation and what CSTA does to support it.

A Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 will be held in conjunction with the STEM Symposium.

Early Registration

Call for Presenters

Call For Vendors

Call For Student Teacher Demonstrations

Sep
24
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
27
Sat
2014
Volunteer: National Public Lands Day @ National Monument Visitor Center
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wilderness Walks

Join Americans coast to coast as a national volunteer. A trail improvement project at the Santa Rosa Wilderness’ Cactus Spring Trail can use your help! Back Country Horsemen will participate too. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and sun protection.
Meet at 8 am, National Monument Visitor Center for a car caravan, or 9 am at Sawmill Trailhead, near Pinyon

Walk For the Wild and Wilderness Fair @ Rancho Santa Ana Botonic Garden
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wilderness Walk

This easy walk of 1.5 miles will wind through the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s 86 acres of native California plants, shrubs, and trees. Then join other hikers at the Wilderness Fair featuring music, food, outdoor skills demonstrations, and learn about local wilderness areas. Registration fee required. Questions? 951-697-5395.

Sep
30
Tue
2014
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning @ Central USD, Room 4
Sep 30 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop will highlight the many shifts required of both teachers and learners under the Next Generation Science Standards.  In the morning session, participants will engage in an overview of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions.  During the afternoon sessions, participants will be invited to experience either a K-5 or 6-12 session.  Each of these sessions will further explore the NGSS with an emphasis on the impact it will have within K-5 and 6-12 classrooms.

Participants will leave with:

  • An awareness of the NGSS and its Three Dimensions as they reflect the interconnected nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world
  • An awareness that the Performance Expectations will guide instruction and assessment
  • An awareness of how the NGSS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • An awareness that the NGSS supports 21st Century Learning

Click here for complete details

Registration:

Register online and pay with a credit card [Click Here]

Download paper workshop brochure and registration form [Click Here]

Oct
1
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
7
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Jun
16
Mon
2014
Science Safety for Educators Online Course @ Online
Jun 16 – Sep 15 all-day

Have the science teachers at your school participated in current science safety professional development? Did you know that training in science safety is required by CALOSHA to keep employees safe? Do you know what documentation is required to reduce an individual teacher, administrator, and/or the school’s liability?

The Science Safety for Educators Online Course will provide participants with information to build a solid foundation to create a safe science environment for employees and students. It is recommended that schools, districts, and organizations have as a goal to prepare 100% of all science teachers and other related personnel for the ever-changing environment of safety for themselves, others, and students.

Science Safety, especially in the science lab, is a critical and on-going issue for schools. Not only is it a subject of constantly changing legislation but also the risk of injury to any student, staff, or faculty member is a critical concern. Science teachers, administrators, safety officers, and risk managers must have current information regarding this most important area. All science teachers are recommended to participate but in particular, but it is vital for teachers who are involved in any science laboratory courses.

THE ONLINE COURSE:

The Science Safety Course is a video-based training available via the Internet. Embedded within the course, participants will receive electronic resources, web links, downloadable PDFs, templates, and sample plans. The online course, led by two science consultants from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, features guests representing both secondary and elementary science classrooms, an expert from CALOSHA, and a risk management officer. 

The online course, which may be completed over a three-month period, consists of five modules:

1.     General K-12 Issues

2.     Facilities and Equipment

3.     Chemical Safety

4.     Life Science Issues

5.     Field Trips and Special Projects

Each online module has a brief quiz at the end that participants are required to take. A Certificate of Completion will be provided to participants who satisfactorily complete all five modules. Documentation will be provided to employing organizations by request.

Documentation will be given to the schools or districts by request for those employees completing the course.

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Free Entry Day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum @ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Free Museum admission all day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sponsored by ScholarShare

https://www.scholarshare.com

Museum website: http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ExploratoriumA ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; door sales are limited.

Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening’s lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet up with rationalists, skeptics, and freethinkers south of San Francisco.  Cafe Inquiry is a social event hosted by the Center for Inquiry. We’ll meet at Café Borrone between Kepler’s Books and the British Banker’s Club! Look for the black balloon.

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm. 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706.

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Sep
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Thursday of the month. Parking is limited. Docent-led tours for groups are not available on Free Thursdays. In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection, ensure the safety of visitors, and to provide your group with the best educational experience we do not admit groups larger than 18 students (+3 chaperones) on our “First Free Thursdays.” See http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/tours.shtml for group admission information.

For directions visit: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/visit/plan_trip.shtml

Sep
7
Sun
2014
Free Entry at the Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm

First Sundays are FREE! OMCA is free all day the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy the new Galleries of California Art and California History, and explore we/customizeBeth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams, and the just-openedSummoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Come join the Customizer-in-Residence in the open studio workshop from 1 to 4 in the we/customize exhibition. Tour the building with members of the Museum’s Council on Architecture at 1 pm and enjoy a Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm. Grab lunch or a snack at Blue Oak café. Free First Sundays are made possible in part by Wells Fargo.

http://museumca.org/

Sep
9
Tue
2014
CFCC Meeting @ California Department of Education, Room 1101
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm

The first of six meetings of the Science Curriculum Framework CFCC.

Sep
10
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
17
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
21
Sun
2014
California STEM Symposium and NGSS Rollout Meeting #1 @ San Diego Convention Center
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – Sep 22 @ 2:30 pm

This ​symposium ​will ​bring ​together ​3,000 ​teachers, ​administrators, ​students, ​higher ​education ​representatives, ​program ​providers, ​philanthropic ​representatives ​and ​business ​representatives ​to ​engage ​them ​in ​STEM ​education ​by ​providing ​strategies ​and ​resources ​for ​program ​implementation. ​It ​will ​showcase ​leaders ​in ​classroom ​innovation ​from ​across ​the ​state ​and ​attract ​student ​teams ​to ​showcase ​critical ​thinking, ​problem ​solving, ​and ​teamwork. ​

Advancing ​STEM ​education ​in ​California ​is ​critically ​necessary ​to ​ensure ​that ​current ​and ​future ​generations ​of ​California ​students ​are ​provided ​the ​engaging ​academic ​rigor ​that ​will ​enable ​them ​to ​compete ​in, ​and ​be ​a ​productive ​contributor ​to, ​a ​dynamic ​21st ​century ​economy. ​With ​the ​implementation ​of ​Common ​Core ​State ​Standards ​and ​Next ​Generation ​Science ​Standards, ​now ​is ​the ​time ​to ​help ​schools ​develop ​robust ​and ​coordinated ​STEM ​programs ​that ​are ​relevant ​and ​engaging ​to ​all ​students.

CSTA will be in attendance in the exhibit hall, please stop by the CSTA booth and say hello and learn about NGSS implementation and what CSTA does to support it.

A Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1 will be held in conjunction with the STEM Symposium.

Early Registration

Call for Presenters

Call For Vendors

Call For Student Teacher Demonstrations

Sep
24
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Thursday night a new adventure unfolds.  Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in your hand and wonder in your eyes— only at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  21+, ID required for entry.

Sep
27
Sat
2014
Volunteer: National Public Lands Day @ National Monument Visitor Center
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wilderness Walks

Join Americans coast to coast as a national volunteer. A trail improvement project at the Santa Rosa Wilderness’ Cactus Spring Trail can use your help! Back Country Horsemen will participate too. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and sun protection.
Meet at 8 am, National Monument Visitor Center for a car caravan, or 9 am at Sawmill Trailhead, near Pinyon

Walk For the Wild and Wilderness Fair @ Rancho Santa Ana Botonic Garden
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wilderness Walk

This easy walk of 1.5 miles will wind through the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s 86 acres of native California plants, shrubs, and trees. Then join other hikers at the Wilderness Fair featuring music, food, outdoor skills demonstrations, and learn about local wilderness areas. Registration fee required. Questions? 951-697-5395.