November 2014 – Vol. 27 No. 3

CALENDAR

Dec
3
Wed
2014
Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island @ Boat will depart from Rainbow Harbor
Dec 3 @ 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island

© Anne Maben – Photo courtesy of CSTA
member Anne Maben.

Located on Catalina Island just 20 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Big Fisherman’s Cove is the site of the famed USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, an international research and teaching facility. After a general tour of the facilities and touch tanks, teachers will participate in an ecology and island history walk and hear the latest research on sharks from world-renowned expert, Dr. Chris Lowe. Teachers will also tour and learn about the hyperbaric chamber that saves divers’ lives and explore tiny critters in the plankton lab. Participants may jump into a wetsuit and enjoy a guided snorkeling tour in pristine kelp beds, under the guidance of USC dive instructors or venture on a guided kayak tour off the beautiful coast of Catalina. What a day! Please wear slacks, close-toed shoes, a jacket, sunscreen and bring a bathing suit and towel if you plan to snorkel or kayak – cameras, binoculars and hats are a big plus! If you are prone to seasickness, please bring medication.

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30am – 5:30 pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $60/$75

Dec
3
Wed
2014
Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island @ Boat will depart from Rainbow Harbor
Dec 3 @ 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island

© Anne Maben – Photo courtesy of CSTA
member Anne Maben.

Located on Catalina Island just 20 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Big Fisherman’s Cove is the site of the famed USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, an international research and teaching facility. After a general tour of the facilities and touch tanks, teachers will participate in an ecology and island history walk and hear the latest research on sharks from world-renowned expert, Dr. Chris Lowe. Teachers will also tour and learn about the hyperbaric chamber that saves divers’ lives and explore tiny critters in the plankton lab. Participants may jump into a wetsuit and enjoy a guided snorkeling tour in pristine kelp beds, under the guidance of USC dive instructors or venture on a guided kayak tour off the beautiful coast of Catalina. What a day! Please wear slacks, close-toed shoes, a jacket, sunscreen and bring a bathing suit and towel if you plan to snorkel or kayak – cameras, binoculars and hats are a big plus! If you are prone to seasickness, please bring medication.

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30am – 5:30 pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $60/$75

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close @ Bus will depart from the Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 3 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close

Photo Courtesy of the Southern
California Earthquake Center.

Welcome to the San Andreas fault! Where else in the world can you put one foot on the Pacific tectonic plate and the other foot on the North American plate? Join local science educator/scientists and explore the largest fault system in North America. During this field course you will explore several truly remarkable features created by the San Andreas Fault from San Bernardino and west into the San Gabriel mountains. You will also participate in several inquiry activities that can be immediately taken back to the classroom. Throughout the day, there will be an emphasis on how principles such as Steno’s laws, the rock cycle, geologic time, and plate tectonics can be used as powerful tools to understand earthquakes. You will also learn about the 2016 NASA/JPL InSight mission to Mars to study the development of the inner planets through the study of tectonics on Mars. Stops during this trip will include a San Andreas hike behind Cal State San Bernardino, Lost Lake/Cajon Pass, and the Pallett Creek paleoseismic site. Current research will be tied to how STEM fields contribute to understanding earthquakes and the Great California ShakeOut.

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00am – 6:00pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $100/$115

 

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 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!

Dec
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Dec 4 – Dec 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

2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! There will be no California Science Education Conference in 2014.

Workshop and short course proposals are now being accepted! The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. Proposals can be submitted on the NSTA website here: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx. Criteria for submission and detailed information is also available at that site.

As a part of the collaboration, CSTA and NSTA will be offering a joint membership (more information available soon) and CSTA members will enjoy member rates for conference registration.

CSTA Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation:

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following the annual meeting of members, CSTA will present the awards for the 2014 Future Science Teacher (Laurie Gillis), Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award (Herb Brunkhorst), and Distinguished Contributions Award (Chevron and Water Education Foundation/California Project WET). CSTA and the California Department of Education (CDE) will together honor this year’s California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (Kirsten Johnson, Julie McGough, Stefanie Pechan, and Erica Rood) and the Awardee of the 2012 PAEMST (Alma Suney Park). Following the presentation of awards will be the keynote presentation by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve.

Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt, Sr. Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Join Stephen as he provides updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS. For the past four years, Stephen has been leading the development of the NGSS. Between 2003 and 2010, he held various roles at the Georgia Department of Education, culminating with him being named chief of staff to the state school superintendent. He also served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which developed the NRC Framework.

CSTA Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific – NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase @ Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join your CSTA colleagues for an amazing evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The evening promises to be fun and offer a relaxed environment for science teachers from across California to network, learn, and share. This will not be an ordinary visit to the aquarium. The Great Hall will feature an NGSS Science and Engineering Showcase: information tables featuring STEM, Engineering, or NGSS lessons, units, or projects that teachers can be and are doing at their schools! Learn about all of the exciting options available to teachers to support science, STEM, and NGSS in your school. There will also be several guest lecturers in the auditorium presenting on sharks and ocean science. Participants will be able to access the demonstrations, lectures, and the aquarium. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. CSTA members can purchase a ticket for $10 – which includes one drink coupon. Conference registrants who are not members of CSTA may purchase a ticket for $25 – which includes one drink coupon. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants!

Hosted by CSTA and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sponsored by Chevron.

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $10/$25

Dec
6
Sat
2014
PEAK Teacher Orientation and Training
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Teacher Orientation and Training: Saturday, December 6th!

  • Learn how to make the science of energy more engaging!
  • Meet standards, including NGSS and CCSS!
  • Get students to take action to save energy and help the environment!
  • Inspire students to become environmental stewards and explore green careers!

Enrolling 3rd-7th Grade Teachers!
We are excited to announce that a PEAK Teacher Orientation and Training is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th in uptown Oakland from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The PEAK Program has been at capacity for the past year and now we are thrilled to enroll new educators! Please join us, or share this opportunity with your contacts who may be interested in joining the PEAK community. Click here to register online no later than November 28, 2014 or reply to this email with any questions or concerns.

PEAK is an award-winning standards-based energy education program. Our STEM-based teacher training gets elementary and middle school educators (3rd-7th grades) to implement PEAK’s comprehensive curriculum of science labs and action activities and orients teachers with a toolkit of science lab supplies. Teachers then have free access to ongoing support including green careers presentations, assemblies with our energy-saving superhero, Bulbman, classroom assistance, and lesson planning. For more information on PEAK, check out our website: www.peakstudents.org.

REGISTRATION is ONLINE!

http://www.peakstudents.org/teachers/norcal_register.asp

Project WET Workshop
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

NORTH STATE EDUCATORS! This exciting workshop at the Chico Creek Nature Center will focus on ways to enhance water, science, and mathematics education by integrating the hands-on activities of Project WET with the place-based units of the California Education and the Environment Initiative – with a unique Nature Center twist. Educators will experience inventive ways to connect students to our amazing local environment and waterways using these Common Core aligned materials. Join us at the Chico Creek Nature Center for a day of education, fun, and get a free Project WET 2.0 book when you complete the training!! For more information or to register, please visit: http://bidwellpark.org.

Dec
9
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

SIRC workshops are designed with your needs in mind! All workshops are aligned with California Science Content Standards or Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty and experienced Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) teacher leaders. Attending SIRC will enrich your elementary, middle, or high school classroom by providing new tools and ways to think about teaching science.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

Integrating NGSS With Your Current Curriculum
Phil Romig, Sacramento County Office of Education

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Plant Structures and Functions
Jana Shober, Sacramento State Biology
NGSS: 4-LS1-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Earth’s Shape: Constructive & Deconstructive Processes That Change the Earth’s Surface
Krista Myers, Antelope High School
NGSS: MS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-1

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Making Sense of Plant Processes
Kelli Quan, Toby Johnson Middle School
NGGS: MS-LS1-6, HS-LS1-5

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

The Ultimate Attraction: Electrostatic Forces & Patterns from the Periodic Table
Ingrid Salim, Davis Senior High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-1

Dec
10
Wed
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Implementation Tool @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies performance expectations, disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts that support that understanding.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
15
Mon
2014
California EQuIP Rubric-Science and Quality Review Training Session @ New Student Untion - Multipurpose Room A&B, CSU East Bay
Dec 15 @ 8:30 am – Dec 16 @ 12:30 pm

The California Science Project, the IMSS Project at CSU East Bay, the California Department of Education and Achieve are pleased to announce a professional learning opportunity for California public school leaders, teachers, and higher education faculty to explore a tool for evaluating the quality of lessons and units aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This two-day training will focus on learning about
the EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) rubric and how to apply this rubric to science lessons and units.

Districts are encouraged to create a team of attendees (elementary and secondary science teachers, curriculum leaders, and assistant superintendents). Faculty from institutes of higher education involved with teacher education for pre-service or inservice teachers are also encouraged to attend to better understand the curriculum shifts of the NGSS.

Attendees should be already familiar with the NGSS and bring lessons or units that can be reviewed at the meeting.

Event Details:
When: December 15th (8:30 am – 4 pm)
December 16th (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Location: California State University, East Bay
New Student Union – Multipurpose Room A & B (park in Lot B or overflow)
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward

There is no registration fee for this event; however, participants will be responsible for any travel and substitute costs.

Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites 20777 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward 94541
Group rate $109/night (DISCOUNT CODE: EQUIP) 510.732.6300

To apply for this training, please complete the Google form with your district or school team information by December 1, 2014. We will let you know by December 5th if your team has been chosen to attend.

Dec
17
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
24
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
31
Wed
2014
After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close @ Bus will depart from the Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 3 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close

Photo Courtesy of the Southern
California Earthquake Center.

Welcome to the San Andreas fault! Where else in the world can you put one foot on the Pacific tectonic plate and the other foot on the North American plate? Join local science educator/scientists and explore the largest fault system in North America. During this field course you will explore several truly remarkable features created by the San Andreas Fault from San Bernardino and west into the San Gabriel mountains. You will also participate in several inquiry activities that can be immediately taken back to the classroom. Throughout the day, there will be an emphasis on how principles such as Steno’s laws, the rock cycle, geologic time, and plate tectonics can be used as powerful tools to understand earthquakes. You will also learn about the 2016 NASA/JPL InSight mission to Mars to study the development of the inner planets through the study of tectonics on Mars. Stops during this trip will include a San Andreas hike behind Cal State San Bernardino, Lost Lake/Cajon Pass, and the Pallett Creek paleoseismic site. Current research will be tied to how STEM fields contribute to understanding earthquakes and the Great California ShakeOut.

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00am – 6:00pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $100/$115

 

Dec
3
Wed
2014
Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island @ Boat will depart from Rainbow Harbor
Dec 3 @ 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island

© Anne Maben – Photo courtesy of CSTA
member Anne Maben.

Located on Catalina Island just 20 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Big Fisherman’s Cove is the site of the famed USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, an international research and teaching facility. After a general tour of the facilities and touch tanks, teachers will participate in an ecology and island history walk and hear the latest research on sharks from world-renowned expert, Dr. Chris Lowe. Teachers will also tour and learn about the hyperbaric chamber that saves divers’ lives and explore tiny critters in the plankton lab. Participants may jump into a wetsuit and enjoy a guided snorkeling tour in pristine kelp beds, under the guidance of USC dive instructors or venture on a guided kayak tour off the beautiful coast of Catalina. What a day! Please wear slacks, close-toed shoes, a jacket, sunscreen and bring a bathing suit and towel if you plan to snorkel or kayak – cameras, binoculars and hats are a big plus! If you are prone to seasickness, please bring medication.

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30am – 5:30 pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $60/$75

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close @ Bus will depart from the Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 3 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close

Photo Courtesy of the Southern
California Earthquake Center.

Welcome to the San Andreas fault! Where else in the world can you put one foot on the Pacific tectonic plate and the other foot on the North American plate? Join local science educator/scientists and explore the largest fault system in North America. During this field course you will explore several truly remarkable features created by the San Andreas Fault from San Bernardino and west into the San Gabriel mountains. You will also participate in several inquiry activities that can be immediately taken back to the classroom. Throughout the day, there will be an emphasis on how principles such as Steno’s laws, the rock cycle, geologic time, and plate tectonics can be used as powerful tools to understand earthquakes. You will also learn about the 2016 NASA/JPL InSight mission to Mars to study the development of the inner planets through the study of tectonics on Mars. Stops during this trip will include a San Andreas hike behind Cal State San Bernardino, Lost Lake/Cajon Pass, and the Pallett Creek paleoseismic site. Current research will be tied to how STEM fields contribute to understanding earthquakes and the Great California ShakeOut.

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00am – 6:00pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $100/$115

 

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 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!

Dec
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Dec 4 – Dec 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

2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! There will be no California Science Education Conference in 2014.

Workshop and short course proposals are now being accepted! The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. Proposals can be submitted on the NSTA website here: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx. Criteria for submission and detailed information is also available at that site.

As a part of the collaboration, CSTA and NSTA will be offering a joint membership (more information available soon) and CSTA members will enjoy member rates for conference registration.

CSTA Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation:

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following the annual meeting of members, CSTA will present the awards for the 2014 Future Science Teacher (Laurie Gillis), Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award (Herb Brunkhorst), and Distinguished Contributions Award (Chevron and Water Education Foundation/California Project WET). CSTA and the California Department of Education (CDE) will together honor this year’s California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (Kirsten Johnson, Julie McGough, Stefanie Pechan, and Erica Rood) and the Awardee of the 2012 PAEMST (Alma Suney Park). Following the presentation of awards will be the keynote presentation by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve.

Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt, Sr. Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Join Stephen as he provides updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS. For the past four years, Stephen has been leading the development of the NGSS. Between 2003 and 2010, he held various roles at the Georgia Department of Education, culminating with him being named chief of staff to the state school superintendent. He also served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which developed the NRC Framework.

CSTA Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific – NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase @ Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join your CSTA colleagues for an amazing evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The evening promises to be fun and offer a relaxed environment for science teachers from across California to network, learn, and share. This will not be an ordinary visit to the aquarium. The Great Hall will feature an NGSS Science and Engineering Showcase: information tables featuring STEM, Engineering, or NGSS lessons, units, or projects that teachers can be and are doing at their schools! Learn about all of the exciting options available to teachers to support science, STEM, and NGSS in your school. There will also be several guest lecturers in the auditorium presenting on sharks and ocean science. Participants will be able to access the demonstrations, lectures, and the aquarium. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. CSTA members can purchase a ticket for $10 – which includes one drink coupon. Conference registrants who are not members of CSTA may purchase a ticket for $25 – which includes one drink coupon. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants!

Hosted by CSTA and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sponsored by Chevron.

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $10/$25

Dec
6
Sat
2014
PEAK Teacher Orientation and Training
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Teacher Orientation and Training: Saturday, December 6th!

  • Learn how to make the science of energy more engaging!
  • Meet standards, including NGSS and CCSS!
  • Get students to take action to save energy and help the environment!
  • Inspire students to become environmental stewards and explore green careers!

Enrolling 3rd-7th Grade Teachers!
We are excited to announce that a PEAK Teacher Orientation and Training is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th in uptown Oakland from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The PEAK Program has been at capacity for the past year and now we are thrilled to enroll new educators! Please join us, or share this opportunity with your contacts who may be interested in joining the PEAK community. Click here to register online no later than November 28, 2014 or reply to this email with any questions or concerns.

PEAK is an award-winning standards-based energy education program. Our STEM-based teacher training gets elementary and middle school educators (3rd-7th grades) to implement PEAK’s comprehensive curriculum of science labs and action activities and orients teachers with a toolkit of science lab supplies. Teachers then have free access to ongoing support including green careers presentations, assemblies with our energy-saving superhero, Bulbman, classroom assistance, and lesson planning. For more information on PEAK, check out our website: www.peakstudents.org.

REGISTRATION is ONLINE!

http://www.peakstudents.org/teachers/norcal_register.asp

Project WET Workshop
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

NORTH STATE EDUCATORS! This exciting workshop at the Chico Creek Nature Center will focus on ways to enhance water, science, and mathematics education by integrating the hands-on activities of Project WET with the place-based units of the California Education and the Environment Initiative – with a unique Nature Center twist. Educators will experience inventive ways to connect students to our amazing local environment and waterways using these Common Core aligned materials. Join us at the Chico Creek Nature Center for a day of education, fun, and get a free Project WET 2.0 book when you complete the training!! For more information or to register, please visit: http://bidwellpark.org.

Dec
9
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

SIRC workshops are designed with your needs in mind! All workshops are aligned with California Science Content Standards or Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty and experienced Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) teacher leaders. Attending SIRC will enrich your elementary, middle, or high school classroom by providing new tools and ways to think about teaching science.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

Integrating NGSS With Your Current Curriculum
Phil Romig, Sacramento County Office of Education

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Plant Structures and Functions
Jana Shober, Sacramento State Biology
NGSS: 4-LS1-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Earth’s Shape: Constructive & Deconstructive Processes That Change the Earth’s Surface
Krista Myers, Antelope High School
NGSS: MS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-1

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Making Sense of Plant Processes
Kelli Quan, Toby Johnson Middle School
NGGS: MS-LS1-6, HS-LS1-5

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

The Ultimate Attraction: Electrostatic Forces & Patterns from the Periodic Table
Ingrid Salim, Davis Senior High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-1

Dec
10
Wed
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Implementation Tool @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies performance expectations, disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts that support that understanding.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
15
Mon
2014
California EQuIP Rubric-Science and Quality Review Training Session @ New Student Untion - Multipurpose Room A&B, CSU East Bay
Dec 15 @ 8:30 am – Dec 16 @ 12:30 pm

The California Science Project, the IMSS Project at CSU East Bay, the California Department of Education and Achieve are pleased to announce a professional learning opportunity for California public school leaders, teachers, and higher education faculty to explore a tool for evaluating the quality of lessons and units aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This two-day training will focus on learning about
the EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) rubric and how to apply this rubric to science lessons and units.

Districts are encouraged to create a team of attendees (elementary and secondary science teachers, curriculum leaders, and assistant superintendents). Faculty from institutes of higher education involved with teacher education for pre-service or inservice teachers are also encouraged to attend to better understand the curriculum shifts of the NGSS.

Attendees should be already familiar with the NGSS and bring lessons or units that can be reviewed at the meeting.

Event Details:
When: December 15th (8:30 am – 4 pm)
December 16th (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Location: California State University, East Bay
New Student Union – Multipurpose Room A & B (park in Lot B or overflow)
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward

There is no registration fee for this event; however, participants will be responsible for any travel and substitute costs.

Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites 20777 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward 94541
Group rate $109/night (DISCOUNT CODE: EQUIP) 510.732.6300

To apply for this training, please complete the Google form with your district or school team information by December 1, 2014. We will let you know by December 5th if your team has been chosen to attend.

Dec
17
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
24
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
31
Wed
2014
After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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?

Dec
3
Wed
2014
Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island @ Boat will depart from Rainbow Harbor
Dec 3 @ 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island

© Anne Maben – Photo courtesy of CSTA
member Anne Maben.

Located on Catalina Island just 20 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Big Fisherman’s Cove is the site of the famed USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, an international research and teaching facility. After a general tour of the facilities and touch tanks, teachers will participate in an ecology and island history walk and hear the latest research on sharks from world-renowned expert, Dr. Chris Lowe. Teachers will also tour and learn about the hyperbaric chamber that saves divers’ lives and explore tiny critters in the plankton lab. Participants may jump into a wetsuit and enjoy a guided snorkeling tour in pristine kelp beds, under the guidance of USC dive instructors or venture on a guided kayak tour off the beautiful coast of Catalina. What a day! Please wear slacks, close-toed shoes, a jacket, sunscreen and bring a bathing suit and towel if you plan to snorkel or kayak – cameras, binoculars and hats are a big plus! If you are prone to seasickness, please bring medication.

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30am – 5:30 pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $60/$75

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close @ Bus will depart from the Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 3 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close

Photo Courtesy of the Southern
California Earthquake Center.

Welcome to the San Andreas fault! Where else in the world can you put one foot on the Pacific tectonic plate and the other foot on the North American plate? Join local science educator/scientists and explore the largest fault system in North America. During this field course you will explore several truly remarkable features created by the San Andreas Fault from San Bernardino and west into the San Gabriel mountains. You will also participate in several inquiry activities that can be immediately taken back to the classroom. Throughout the day, there will be an emphasis on how principles such as Steno’s laws, the rock cycle, geologic time, and plate tectonics can be used as powerful tools to understand earthquakes. You will also learn about the 2016 NASA/JPL InSight mission to Mars to study the development of the inner planets through the study of tectonics on Mars. Stops during this trip will include a San Andreas hike behind Cal State San Bernardino, Lost Lake/Cajon Pass, and the Pallett Creek paleoseismic site. Current research will be tied to how STEM fields contribute to understanding earthquakes and the Great California ShakeOut.

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00am – 6:00pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $100/$115

 

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 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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Dec
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Dec 4 – Dec 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

2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! There will be no California Science Education Conference in 2014.

Workshop and short course proposals are now being accepted! The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. Proposals can be submitted on the NSTA website here: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx. Criteria for submission and detailed information is also available at that site.

As a part of the collaboration, CSTA and NSTA will be offering a joint membership (more information available soon) and CSTA members will enjoy member rates for conference registration.

CSTA Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation:

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following the annual meeting of members, CSTA will present the awards for the 2014 Future Science Teacher (Laurie Gillis), Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award (Herb Brunkhorst), and Distinguished Contributions Award (Chevron and Water Education Foundation/California Project WET). CSTA and the California Department of Education (CDE) will together honor this year’s California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (Kirsten Johnson, Julie McGough, Stefanie Pechan, and Erica Rood) and the Awardee of the 2012 PAEMST (Alma Suney Park). Following the presentation of awards will be the keynote presentation by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve.

Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt, Sr. Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Join Stephen as he provides updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS. For the past four years, Stephen has been leading the development of the NGSS. Between 2003 and 2010, he held various roles at the Georgia Department of Education, culminating with him being named chief of staff to the state school superintendent. He also served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which developed the NRC Framework.

CSTA Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific – NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase @ Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join your CSTA colleagues for an amazing evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The evening promises to be fun and offer a relaxed environment for science teachers from across California to network, learn, and share. This will not be an ordinary visit to the aquarium. The Great Hall will feature an NGSS Science and Engineering Showcase: information tables featuring STEM, Engineering, or NGSS lessons, units, or projects that teachers can be and are doing at their schools! Learn about all of the exciting options available to teachers to support science, STEM, and NGSS in your school. There will also be several guest lecturers in the auditorium presenting on sharks and ocean science. Participants will be able to access the demonstrations, lectures, and the aquarium. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. CSTA members can purchase a ticket for $10 – which includes one drink coupon. Conference registrants who are not members of CSTA may purchase a ticket for $25 – which includes one drink coupon. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants!

Hosted by CSTA and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sponsored by Chevron.

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $10/$25

Dec
6
Sat
2014
PEAK Teacher Orientation and Training
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Teacher Orientation and Training: Saturday, December 6th!

  • Learn how to make the science of energy more engaging!
  • Meet standards, including NGSS and CCSS!
  • Get students to take action to save energy and help the environment!
  • Inspire students to become environmental stewards and explore green careers!

Enrolling 3rd-7th Grade Teachers!
We are excited to announce that a PEAK Teacher Orientation and Training is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th in uptown Oakland from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The PEAK Program has been at capacity for the past year and now we are thrilled to enroll new educators! Please join us, or share this opportunity with your contacts who may be interested in joining the PEAK community. Click here to register online no later than November 28, 2014 or reply to this email with any questions or concerns.

PEAK is an award-winning standards-based energy education program. Our STEM-based teacher training gets elementary and middle school educators (3rd-7th grades) to implement PEAK’s comprehensive curriculum of science labs and action activities and orients teachers with a toolkit of science lab supplies. Teachers then have free access to ongoing support including green careers presentations, assemblies with our energy-saving superhero, Bulbman, classroom assistance, and lesson planning. For more information on PEAK, check out our website: www.peakstudents.org.

REGISTRATION is ONLINE!

http://www.peakstudents.org/teachers/norcal_register.asp

Project WET Workshop
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

NORTH STATE EDUCATORS! This exciting workshop at the Chico Creek Nature Center will focus on ways to enhance water, science, and mathematics education by integrating the hands-on activities of Project WET with the place-based units of the California Education and the Environment Initiative – with a unique Nature Center twist. Educators will experience inventive ways to connect students to our amazing local environment and waterways using these Common Core aligned materials. Join us at the Chico Creek Nature Center for a day of education, fun, and get a free Project WET 2.0 book when you complete the training!! For more information or to register, please visit: http://bidwellpark.org.

Dec
9
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

SIRC workshops are designed with your needs in mind! All workshops are aligned with California Science Content Standards or Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty and experienced Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) teacher leaders. Attending SIRC will enrich your elementary, middle, or high school classroom by providing new tools and ways to think about teaching science.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

Integrating NGSS With Your Current Curriculum
Phil Romig, Sacramento County Office of Education

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Plant Structures and Functions
Jana Shober, Sacramento State Biology
NGSS: 4-LS1-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Earth’s Shape: Constructive & Deconstructive Processes That Change the Earth’s Surface
Krista Myers, Antelope High School
NGSS: MS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-1

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Making Sense of Plant Processes
Kelli Quan, Toby Johnson Middle School
NGGS: MS-LS1-6, HS-LS1-5

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

The Ultimate Attraction: Electrostatic Forces & Patterns from the Periodic Table
Ingrid Salim, Davis Senior High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-1

Dec
10
Wed
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Implementation Tool @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies performance expectations, disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts that support that understanding.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
15
Mon
2014
California EQuIP Rubric-Science and Quality Review Training Session @ New Student Untion - Multipurpose Room A&B, CSU East Bay
Dec 15 @ 8:30 am – Dec 16 @ 12:30 pm

The California Science Project, the IMSS Project at CSU East Bay, the California Department of Education and Achieve are pleased to announce a professional learning opportunity for California public school leaders, teachers, and higher education faculty to explore a tool for evaluating the quality of lessons and units aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This two-day training will focus on learning about
the EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) rubric and how to apply this rubric to science lessons and units.

Districts are encouraged to create a team of attendees (elementary and secondary science teachers, curriculum leaders, and assistant superintendents). Faculty from institutes of higher education involved with teacher education for pre-service or inservice teachers are also encouraged to attend to better understand the curriculum shifts of the NGSS.

Attendees should be already familiar with the NGSS and bring lessons or units that can be reviewed at the meeting.

Event Details:
When: December 15th (8:30 am – 4 pm)
December 16th (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Location: California State University, East Bay
New Student Union – Multipurpose Room A & B (park in Lot B or overflow)
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward

There is no registration fee for this event; however, participants will be responsible for any travel and substitute costs.

Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites 20777 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward 94541
Group rate $109/night (DISCOUNT CODE: EQUIP) 510.732.6300

To apply for this training, please complete the Google form with your district or school team information by December 1, 2014. We will let you know by December 5th if your team has been chosen to attend.

Dec
17
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
24
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
31
Wed
2014
After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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

Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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

Dec
3
Wed
2014
Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island @ Boat will depart from Rainbow Harbor
Dec 3 @ 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island

© Anne Maben – Photo courtesy of CSTA
member Anne Maben.

Located on Catalina Island just 20 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Big Fisherman’s Cove is the site of the famed USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, an international research and teaching facility. After a general tour of the facilities and touch tanks, teachers will participate in an ecology and island history walk and hear the latest research on sharks from world-renowned expert, Dr. Chris Lowe. Teachers will also tour and learn about the hyperbaric chamber that saves divers’ lives and explore tiny critters in the plankton lab. Participants may jump into a wetsuit and enjoy a guided snorkeling tour in pristine kelp beds, under the guidance of USC dive instructors or venture on a guided kayak tour off the beautiful coast of Catalina. What a day! Please wear slacks, close-toed shoes, a jacket, sunscreen and bring a bathing suit and towel if you plan to snorkel or kayak – cameras, binoculars and hats are a big plus! If you are prone to seasickness, please bring medication.

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30am – 5:30 pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $60/$75

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close @ Bus will depart from the Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 3 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close

Photo Courtesy of the Southern
California Earthquake Center.

Welcome to the San Andreas fault! Where else in the world can you put one foot on the Pacific tectonic plate and the other foot on the North American plate? Join local science educator/scientists and explore the largest fault system in North America. During this field course you will explore several truly remarkable features created by the San Andreas Fault from San Bernardino and west into the San Gabriel mountains. You will also participate in several inquiry activities that can be immediately taken back to the classroom. Throughout the day, there will be an emphasis on how principles such as Steno’s laws, the rock cycle, geologic time, and plate tectonics can be used as powerful tools to understand earthquakes. You will also learn about the 2016 NASA/JPL InSight mission to Mars to study the development of the inner planets through the study of tectonics on Mars. Stops during this trip will include a San Andreas hike behind Cal State San Bernardino, Lost Lake/Cajon Pass, and the Pallett Creek paleoseismic site. Current research will be tied to how STEM fields contribute to understanding earthquakes and the Great California ShakeOut.

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00am – 6:00pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $100/$115

 

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 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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Dec
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Dec 4 – Dec 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

2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! There will be no California Science Education Conference in 2014.

Workshop and short course proposals are now being accepted! The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. Proposals can be submitted on the NSTA website here: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx. Criteria for submission and detailed information is also available at that site.

As a part of the collaboration, CSTA and NSTA will be offering a joint membership (more information available soon) and CSTA members will enjoy member rates for conference registration.

CSTA Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation:

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following the annual meeting of members, CSTA will present the awards for the 2014 Future Science Teacher (Laurie Gillis), Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award (Herb Brunkhorst), and Distinguished Contributions Award (Chevron and Water Education Foundation/California Project WET). CSTA and the California Department of Education (CDE) will together honor this year’s California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (Kirsten Johnson, Julie McGough, Stefanie Pechan, and Erica Rood) and the Awardee of the 2012 PAEMST (Alma Suney Park). Following the presentation of awards will be the keynote presentation by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve.

Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt, Sr. Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Join Stephen as he provides updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS. For the past four years, Stephen has been leading the development of the NGSS. Between 2003 and 2010, he held various roles at the Georgia Department of Education, culminating with him being named chief of staff to the state school superintendent. He also served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which developed the NRC Framework.

CSTA Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific – NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase @ Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join your CSTA colleagues for an amazing evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The evening promises to be fun and offer a relaxed environment for science teachers from across California to network, learn, and share. This will not be an ordinary visit to the aquarium. The Great Hall will feature an NGSS Science and Engineering Showcase: information tables featuring STEM, Engineering, or NGSS lessons, units, or projects that teachers can be and are doing at their schools! Learn about all of the exciting options available to teachers to support science, STEM, and NGSS in your school. There will also be several guest lecturers in the auditorium presenting on sharks and ocean science. Participants will be able to access the demonstrations, lectures, and the aquarium. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. CSTA members can purchase a ticket for $10 – which includes one drink coupon. Conference registrants who are not members of CSTA may purchase a ticket for $25 – which includes one drink coupon. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants!

Hosted by CSTA and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sponsored by Chevron.

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $10/$25

Dec
6
Sat
2014
PEAK Teacher Orientation and Training
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Teacher Orientation and Training: Saturday, December 6th!

  • Learn how to make the science of energy more engaging!
  • Meet standards, including NGSS and CCSS!
  • Get students to take action to save energy and help the environment!
  • Inspire students to become environmental stewards and explore green careers!

Enrolling 3rd-7th Grade Teachers!
We are excited to announce that a PEAK Teacher Orientation and Training is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th in uptown Oakland from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The PEAK Program has been at capacity for the past year and now we are thrilled to enroll new educators! Please join us, or share this opportunity with your contacts who may be interested in joining the PEAK community. Click here to register online no later than November 28, 2014 or reply to this email with any questions or concerns.

PEAK is an award-winning standards-based energy education program. Our STEM-based teacher training gets elementary and middle school educators (3rd-7th grades) to implement PEAK’s comprehensive curriculum of science labs and action activities and orients teachers with a toolkit of science lab supplies. Teachers then have free access to ongoing support including green careers presentations, assemblies with our energy-saving superhero, Bulbman, classroom assistance, and lesson planning. For more information on PEAK, check out our website: www.peakstudents.org.

REGISTRATION is ONLINE!

http://www.peakstudents.org/teachers/norcal_register.asp

Project WET Workshop
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

NORTH STATE EDUCATORS! This exciting workshop at the Chico Creek Nature Center will focus on ways to enhance water, science, and mathematics education by integrating the hands-on activities of Project WET with the place-based units of the California Education and the Environment Initiative – with a unique Nature Center twist. Educators will experience inventive ways to connect students to our amazing local environment and waterways using these Common Core aligned materials. Join us at the Chico Creek Nature Center for a day of education, fun, and get a free Project WET 2.0 book when you complete the training!! For more information or to register, please visit: http://bidwellpark.org.

Dec
9
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

SIRC workshops are designed with your needs in mind! All workshops are aligned with California Science Content Standards or Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty and experienced Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) teacher leaders. Attending SIRC will enrich your elementary, middle, or high school classroom by providing new tools and ways to think about teaching science.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

Integrating NGSS With Your Current Curriculum
Phil Romig, Sacramento County Office of Education

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Plant Structures and Functions
Jana Shober, Sacramento State Biology
NGSS: 4-LS1-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Earth’s Shape: Constructive & Deconstructive Processes That Change the Earth’s Surface
Krista Myers, Antelope High School
NGSS: MS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-1

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Making Sense of Plant Processes
Kelli Quan, Toby Johnson Middle School
NGGS: MS-LS1-6, HS-LS1-5

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

The Ultimate Attraction: Electrostatic Forces & Patterns from the Periodic Table
Ingrid Salim, Davis Senior High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-1

Dec
10
Wed
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Implementation Tool @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies performance expectations, disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts that support that understanding.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
15
Mon
2014
California EQuIP Rubric-Science and Quality Review Training Session @ New Student Untion - Multipurpose Room A&B, CSU East Bay
Dec 15 @ 8:30 am – Dec 16 @ 12:30 pm

The California Science Project, the IMSS Project at CSU East Bay, the California Department of Education and Achieve are pleased to announce a professional learning opportunity for California public school leaders, teachers, and higher education faculty to explore a tool for evaluating the quality of lessons and units aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This two-day training will focus on learning about
the EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) rubric and how to apply this rubric to science lessons and units.

Districts are encouraged to create a team of attendees (elementary and secondary science teachers, curriculum leaders, and assistant superintendents). Faculty from institutes of higher education involved with teacher education for pre-service or inservice teachers are also encouraged to attend to better understand the curriculum shifts of the NGSS.

Attendees should be already familiar with the NGSS and bring lessons or units that can be reviewed at the meeting.

Event Details:
When: December 15th (8:30 am – 4 pm)
December 16th (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Location: California State University, East Bay
New Student Union – Multipurpose Room A & B (park in Lot B or overflow)
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward

There is no registration fee for this event; however, participants will be responsible for any travel and substitute costs.

Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites 20777 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward 94541
Group rate $109/night (DISCOUNT CODE: EQUIP) 510.732.6300

To apply for this training, please complete the Google form with your district or school team information by December 1, 2014. We will let you know by December 5th if your team has been chosen to attend.

Dec
17
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
24
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
31
Wed
2014
After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
3
Wed
2014
Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island @ Boat will depart from Rainbow Harbor
Dec 3 @ 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island

© Anne Maben – Photo courtesy of CSTA
member Anne Maben.

Located on Catalina Island just 20 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Big Fisherman’s Cove is the site of the famed USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, an international research and teaching facility. After a general tour of the facilities and touch tanks, teachers will participate in an ecology and island history walk and hear the latest research on sharks from world-renowned expert, Dr. Chris Lowe. Teachers will also tour and learn about the hyperbaric chamber that saves divers’ lives and explore tiny critters in the plankton lab. Participants may jump into a wetsuit and enjoy a guided snorkeling tour in pristine kelp beds, under the guidance of USC dive instructors or venture on a guided kayak tour off the beautiful coast of Catalina. What a day! Please wear slacks, close-toed shoes, a jacket, sunscreen and bring a bathing suit and towel if you plan to snorkel or kayak – cameras, binoculars and hats are a big plus! If you are prone to seasickness, please bring medication.

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30am – 5:30 pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $60/$75

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close @ Bus will depart from the Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 3 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close

Photo Courtesy of the Southern
California Earthquake Center.

Welcome to the San Andreas fault! Where else in the world can you put one foot on the Pacific tectonic plate and the other foot on the North American plate? Join local science educator/scientists and explore the largest fault system in North America. During this field course you will explore several truly remarkable features created by the San Andreas Fault from San Bernardino and west into the San Gabriel mountains. You will also participate in several inquiry activities that can be immediately taken back to the classroom. Throughout the day, there will be an emphasis on how principles such as Steno’s laws, the rock cycle, geologic time, and plate tectonics can be used as powerful tools to understand earthquakes. You will also learn about the 2016 NASA/JPL InSight mission to Mars to study the development of the inner planets through the study of tectonics on Mars. Stops during this trip will include a San Andreas hike behind Cal State San Bernardino, Lost Lake/Cajon Pass, and the Pallett Creek paleoseismic site. Current research will be tied to how STEM fields contribute to understanding earthquakes and the Great California ShakeOut.

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00am – 6:00pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $100/$115

 

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 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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Dec
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Dec 4 – Dec 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

2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! There will be no California Science Education Conference in 2014.

Workshop and short course proposals are now being accepted! The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. Proposals can be submitted on the NSTA website here: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx. Criteria for submission and detailed information is also available at that site.

As a part of the collaboration, CSTA and NSTA will be offering a joint membership (more information available soon) and CSTA members will enjoy member rates for conference registration.

CSTA Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation:

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following the annual meeting of members, CSTA will present the awards for the 2014 Future Science Teacher (Laurie Gillis), Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award (Herb Brunkhorst), and Distinguished Contributions Award (Chevron and Water Education Foundation/California Project WET). CSTA and the California Department of Education (CDE) will together honor this year’s California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (Kirsten Johnson, Julie McGough, Stefanie Pechan, and Erica Rood) and the Awardee of the 2012 PAEMST (Alma Suney Park). Following the presentation of awards will be the keynote presentation by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve.

Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt, Sr. Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Join Stephen as he provides updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS. For the past four years, Stephen has been leading the development of the NGSS. Between 2003 and 2010, he held various roles at the Georgia Department of Education, culminating with him being named chief of staff to the state school superintendent. He also served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which developed the NRC Framework.

CSTA Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific – NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase @ Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join your CSTA colleagues for an amazing evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The evening promises to be fun and offer a relaxed environment for science teachers from across California to network, learn, and share. This will not be an ordinary visit to the aquarium. The Great Hall will feature an NGSS Science and Engineering Showcase: information tables featuring STEM, Engineering, or NGSS lessons, units, or projects that teachers can be and are doing at their schools! Learn about all of the exciting options available to teachers to support science, STEM, and NGSS in your school. There will also be several guest lecturers in the auditorium presenting on sharks and ocean science. Participants will be able to access the demonstrations, lectures, and the aquarium. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. CSTA members can purchase a ticket for $10 – which includes one drink coupon. Conference registrants who are not members of CSTA may purchase a ticket for $25 – which includes one drink coupon. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants!

Hosted by CSTA and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sponsored by Chevron.

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $10/$25

Dec
6
Sat
2014
PEAK Teacher Orientation and Training
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Teacher Orientation and Training: Saturday, December 6th!

  • Learn how to make the science of energy more engaging!
  • Meet standards, including NGSS and CCSS!
  • Get students to take action to save energy and help the environment!
  • Inspire students to become environmental stewards and explore green careers!

Enrolling 3rd-7th Grade Teachers!
We are excited to announce that a PEAK Teacher Orientation and Training is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th in uptown Oakland from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The PEAK Program has been at capacity for the past year and now we are thrilled to enroll new educators! Please join us, or share this opportunity with your contacts who may be interested in joining the PEAK community. Click here to register online no later than November 28, 2014 or reply to this email with any questions or concerns.

PEAK is an award-winning standards-based energy education program. Our STEM-based teacher training gets elementary and middle school educators (3rd-7th grades) to implement PEAK’s comprehensive curriculum of science labs and action activities and orients teachers with a toolkit of science lab supplies. Teachers then have free access to ongoing support including green careers presentations, assemblies with our energy-saving superhero, Bulbman, classroom assistance, and lesson planning. For more information on PEAK, check out our website: www.peakstudents.org.

REGISTRATION is ONLINE!

http://www.peakstudents.org/teachers/norcal_register.asp

Project WET Workshop
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

NORTH STATE EDUCATORS! This exciting workshop at the Chico Creek Nature Center will focus on ways to enhance water, science, and mathematics education by integrating the hands-on activities of Project WET with the place-based units of the California Education and the Environment Initiative – with a unique Nature Center twist. Educators will experience inventive ways to connect students to our amazing local environment and waterways using these Common Core aligned materials. Join us at the Chico Creek Nature Center for a day of education, fun, and get a free Project WET 2.0 book when you complete the training!! For more information or to register, please visit: http://bidwellpark.org.

Dec
9
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

SIRC workshops are designed with your needs in mind! All workshops are aligned with California Science Content Standards or Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty and experienced Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) teacher leaders. Attending SIRC will enrich your elementary, middle, or high school classroom by providing new tools and ways to think about teaching science.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

Integrating NGSS With Your Current Curriculum
Phil Romig, Sacramento County Office of Education

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Plant Structures and Functions
Jana Shober, Sacramento State Biology
NGSS: 4-LS1-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Earth’s Shape: Constructive & Deconstructive Processes That Change the Earth’s Surface
Krista Myers, Antelope High School
NGSS: MS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-1

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Making Sense of Plant Processes
Kelli Quan, Toby Johnson Middle School
NGGS: MS-LS1-6, HS-LS1-5

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

The Ultimate Attraction: Electrostatic Forces & Patterns from the Periodic Table
Ingrid Salim, Davis Senior High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-1

Dec
10
Wed
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Implementation Tool @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies performance expectations, disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts that support that understanding.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
15
Mon
2014
California EQuIP Rubric-Science and Quality Review Training Session @ New Student Untion - Multipurpose Room A&B, CSU East Bay
Dec 15 @ 8:30 am – Dec 16 @ 12:30 pm

The California Science Project, the IMSS Project at CSU East Bay, the California Department of Education and Achieve are pleased to announce a professional learning opportunity for California public school leaders, teachers, and higher education faculty to explore a tool for evaluating the quality of lessons and units aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This two-day training will focus on learning about
the EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) rubric and how to apply this rubric to science lessons and units.

Districts are encouraged to create a team of attendees (elementary and secondary science teachers, curriculum leaders, and assistant superintendents). Faculty from institutes of higher education involved with teacher education for pre-service or inservice teachers are also encouraged to attend to better understand the curriculum shifts of the NGSS.

Attendees should be already familiar with the NGSS and bring lessons or units that can be reviewed at the meeting.

Event Details:
When: December 15th (8:30 am – 4 pm)
December 16th (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Location: California State University, East Bay
New Student Union – Multipurpose Room A & B (park in Lot B or overflow)
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward

There is no registration fee for this event; however, participants will be responsible for any travel and substitute costs.

Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites 20777 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward 94541
Group rate $109/night (DISCOUNT CODE: EQUIP) 510.732.6300

To apply for this training, please complete the Google form with your district or school team information by December 1, 2014. We will let you know by December 5th if your team has been chosen to attend.

Dec
17
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
24
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
31
Wed
2014
After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Dec 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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Dec
3
Wed
2014
Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island @ Boat will depart from Rainbow Harbor
Dec 3 @ 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island

© Anne Maben – Photo courtesy of CSTA
member Anne Maben.

Located on Catalina Island just 20 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Big Fisherman’s Cove is the site of the famed USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, an international research and teaching facility. After a general tour of the facilities and touch tanks, teachers will participate in an ecology and island history walk and hear the latest research on sharks from world-renowned expert, Dr. Chris Lowe. Teachers will also tour and learn about the hyperbaric chamber that saves divers’ lives and explore tiny critters in the plankton lab. Participants may jump into a wetsuit and enjoy a guided snorkeling tour in pristine kelp beds, under the guidance of USC dive instructors or venture on a guided kayak tour off the beautiful coast of Catalina. What a day! Please wear slacks, close-toed shoes, a jacket, sunscreen and bring a bathing suit and towel if you plan to snorkel or kayak – cameras, binoculars and hats are a big plus! If you are prone to seasickness, please bring medication.

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30am – 5:30 pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $60/$75

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close @ Bus will depart from the Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 3 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close

Photo Courtesy of the Southern
California Earthquake Center.

Welcome to the San Andreas fault! Where else in the world can you put one foot on the Pacific tectonic plate and the other foot on the North American plate? Join local science educator/scientists and explore the largest fault system in North America. During this field course you will explore several truly remarkable features created by the San Andreas Fault from San Bernardino and west into the San Gabriel mountains. You will also participate in several inquiry activities that can be immediately taken back to the classroom. Throughout the day, there will be an emphasis on how principles such as Steno’s laws, the rock cycle, geologic time, and plate tectonics can be used as powerful tools to understand earthquakes. You will also learn about the 2016 NASA/JPL InSight mission to Mars to study the development of the inner planets through the study of tectonics on Mars. Stops during this trip will include a San Andreas hike behind Cal State San Bernardino, Lost Lake/Cajon Pass, and the Pallett Creek paleoseismic site. Current research will be tied to how STEM fields contribute to understanding earthquakes and the Great California ShakeOut.

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00am – 6:00pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $100/$115

 

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 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!

Dec
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Dec 4 – Dec 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

2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! There will be no California Science Education Conference in 2014.

Workshop and short course proposals are now being accepted! The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. Proposals can be submitted on the NSTA website here: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx. Criteria for submission and detailed information is also available at that site.

As a part of the collaboration, CSTA and NSTA will be offering a joint membership (more information available soon) and CSTA members will enjoy member rates for conference registration.

CSTA Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation:

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following the annual meeting of members, CSTA will present the awards for the 2014 Future Science Teacher (Laurie Gillis), Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award (Herb Brunkhorst), and Distinguished Contributions Award (Chevron and Water Education Foundation/California Project WET). CSTA and the California Department of Education (CDE) will together honor this year’s California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (Kirsten Johnson, Julie McGough, Stefanie Pechan, and Erica Rood) and the Awardee of the 2012 PAEMST (Alma Suney Park). Following the presentation of awards will be the keynote presentation by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve.

Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt, Sr. Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Join Stephen as he provides updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS. For the past four years, Stephen has been leading the development of the NGSS. Between 2003 and 2010, he held various roles at the Georgia Department of Education, culminating with him being named chief of staff to the state school superintendent. He also served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which developed the NRC Framework.

CSTA Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific – NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase @ Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join your CSTA colleagues for an amazing evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The evening promises to be fun and offer a relaxed environment for science teachers from across California to network, learn, and share. This will not be an ordinary visit to the aquarium. The Great Hall will feature an NGSS Science and Engineering Showcase: information tables featuring STEM, Engineering, or NGSS lessons, units, or projects that teachers can be and are doing at their schools! Learn about all of the exciting options available to teachers to support science, STEM, and NGSS in your school. There will also be several guest lecturers in the auditorium presenting on sharks and ocean science. Participants will be able to access the demonstrations, lectures, and the aquarium. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. CSTA members can purchase a ticket for $10 – which includes one drink coupon. Conference registrants who are not members of CSTA may purchase a ticket for $25 – which includes one drink coupon. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants!

Hosted by CSTA and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sponsored by Chevron.

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $10/$25

Dec
6
Sat
2014
PEAK Teacher Orientation and Training
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Teacher Orientation and Training: Saturday, December 6th!

  • Learn how to make the science of energy more engaging!
  • Meet standards, including NGSS and CCSS!
  • Get students to take action to save energy and help the environment!
  • Inspire students to become environmental stewards and explore green careers!

Enrolling 3rd-7th Grade Teachers!
We are excited to announce that a PEAK Teacher Orientation and Training is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th in uptown Oakland from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The PEAK Program has been at capacity for the past year and now we are thrilled to enroll new educators! Please join us, or share this opportunity with your contacts who may be interested in joining the PEAK community. Click here to register online no later than November 28, 2014 or reply to this email with any questions or concerns.

PEAK is an award-winning standards-based energy education program. Our STEM-based teacher training gets elementary and middle school educators (3rd-7th grades) to implement PEAK’s comprehensive curriculum of science labs and action activities and orients teachers with a toolkit of science lab supplies. Teachers then have free access to ongoing support including green careers presentations, assemblies with our energy-saving superhero, Bulbman, classroom assistance, and lesson planning. For more information on PEAK, check out our website: www.peakstudents.org.

REGISTRATION is ONLINE!

http://www.peakstudents.org/teachers/norcal_register.asp

Project WET Workshop
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

NORTH STATE EDUCATORS! This exciting workshop at the Chico Creek Nature Center will focus on ways to enhance water, science, and mathematics education by integrating the hands-on activities of Project WET with the place-based units of the California Education and the Environment Initiative – with a unique Nature Center twist. Educators will experience inventive ways to connect students to our amazing local environment and waterways using these Common Core aligned materials. Join us at the Chico Creek Nature Center for a day of education, fun, and get a free Project WET 2.0 book when you complete the training!! For more information or to register, please visit: http://bidwellpark.org.

Dec
9
Tue
2014
Science in the River City (SIRC) @ CSUS - Sequoia Hall Lobby
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Science in the River City is an outstanding standards-based professional development program for 3rd to 12th grade science teachers. The program is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of science (through hands-on, minds-on labs and activities) and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.

SIRC workshops are designed with your needs in mind! All workshops are aligned with California Science Content Standards or Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors are university faculty and experienced Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) teacher leaders. Attending SIRC will enrich your elementary, middle, or high school classroom by providing new tools and ways to think about teaching science.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
You may earn Continuing Education Units for attending SIRC fall and/or spring courses (for an additional fee). Grading for CEU courses are on a credit/no-credit basis. Professional Development hours are also available and SIRC will also qualify for BTSA hours — talk to your BTSA Coordinator.

SIRC SCHEDULE
4:00 – 4:30 Registration and sign-in
4:30 – 6:30 Workshops (select one)
6:30 – 7:00 Catered dinner
7:00 – 7:15 Science updates and networking
7:15 – 8:00 Special guest speaker

Guest Speaker

Integrating NGSS With Your Current Curriculum
Phil Romig, Sacramento County Office of Education

3rd/4th/5th Grade Science Series

Plant Structures and Functions
Jana Shober, Sacramento State Biology
NGSS: 4-LS1-1

Earth Science, 6th-12th Grades

Earth’s Shape: Constructive & Deconstructive Processes That Change the Earth’s Surface
Krista Myers, Antelope High School
NGSS: MS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-1

Biology/Life Science, 7th-12th Grades

Making Sense of Plant Processes
Kelli Quan, Toby Johnson Middle School
NGGS: MS-LS1-6, HS-LS1-5

Physical Science, 8th-12th Grades

The Ultimate Attraction: Electrostatic Forces & Patterns from the Periodic Table
Ingrid Salim, Davis Senior High School
NGSS: HS-PS1-1

Dec
10
Wed
2014
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Implementation Tool @ RCOE Conference center in Riverside
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

As part of the NGSS Awareness Series, this workshop will focus on how to use a tool for developing a unit of instruction that creates a conceptual flow for building student understanding and identifies performance expectations, disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts that support that understanding.

Who should attend: Administrators, coaches, and K-12 Teachers.

NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
15
Mon
2014
California EQuIP Rubric-Science and Quality Review Training Session @ New Student Untion - Multipurpose Room A&B, CSU East Bay
Dec 15 @ 8:30 am – Dec 16 @ 12:30 pm

The California Science Project, the IMSS Project at CSU East Bay, the California Department of Education and Achieve are pleased to announce a professional learning opportunity for California public school leaders, teachers, and higher education faculty to explore a tool for evaluating the quality of lessons and units aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This two-day training will focus on learning about
the EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) rubric and how to apply this rubric to science lessons and units.

Districts are encouraged to create a team of attendees (elementary and secondary science teachers, curriculum leaders, and assistant superintendents). Faculty from institutes of higher education involved with teacher education for pre-service or inservice teachers are also encouraged to attend to better understand the curriculum shifts of the NGSS.

Attendees should be already familiar with the NGSS and bring lessons or units that can be reviewed at the meeting.

Event Details:
When: December 15th (8:30 am – 4 pm)
December 16th (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Location: California State University, East Bay
New Student Union – Multipurpose Room A & B (park in Lot B or overflow)
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward

There is no registration fee for this event; however, participants will be responsible for any travel and substitute costs.

Hotel: La Quinta Inn & Suites 20777 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward 94541
Group rate $109/night (DISCOUNT CODE: EQUIP) 510.732.6300

To apply for this training, please complete the Google form with your district or school team information by December 1, 2014. We will let you know by December 5th if your team has been chosen to attend.

Dec
17
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
24
Wed
2014
NightLife at the Academy @ California Academy of Sciences
Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Dec
31
Wed
2014
After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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

Dec
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Dec 4 – Dec 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

Dec
3
Wed
2014
Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island @ Boat will depart from Rainbow Harbor
Dec 3 @ 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

Marine Science Adventures on Catalina Island

© Anne Maben – Photo courtesy of CSTA
member Anne Maben.

Located on Catalina Island just 20 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Big Fisherman’s Cove is the site of the famed USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, an international research and teaching facility. After a general tour of the facilities and touch tanks, teachers will participate in an ecology and island history walk and hear the latest research on sharks from world-renowned expert, Dr. Chris Lowe. Teachers will also tour and learn about the hyperbaric chamber that saves divers’ lives and explore tiny critters in the plankton lab. Participants may jump into a wetsuit and enjoy a guided snorkeling tour in pristine kelp beds, under the guidance of USC dive instructors or venture on a guided kayak tour off the beautiful coast of Catalina. What a day! Please wear slacks, close-toed shoes, a jacket, sunscreen and bring a bathing suit and towel if you plan to snorkel or kayak – cameras, binoculars and hats are a big plus! If you are prone to seasickness, please bring medication.

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30am – 5:30 pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $60/$75

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close @ Bus will depart from the Aquarium of the Pacific
Dec 3 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

2014 Long Beach Area Conference CSTA Pre-Conference Field Course

It’s Your Fault – The San Andreas Fault Up Close

Photo Courtesy of the Southern
California Earthquake Center.

Welcome to the San Andreas fault! Where else in the world can you put one foot on the Pacific tectonic plate and the other foot on the North American plate? Join local science educator/scientists and explore the largest fault system in North America. During this field course you will explore several truly remarkable features created by the San Andreas Fault from San Bernardino and west into the San Gabriel mountains. You will also participate in several inquiry activities that can be immediately taken back to the classroom. Throughout the day, there will be an emphasis on how principles such as Steno’s laws, the rock cycle, geologic time, and plate tectonics can be used as powerful tools to understand earthquakes. You will also learn about the 2016 NASA/JPL InSight mission to Mars to study the development of the inner planets through the study of tectonics on Mars. Stops during this trip will include a San Andreas hike behind Cal State San Bernardino, Lost Lake/Cajon Pass, and the Pallett Creek paleoseismic site. Current research will be tied to how STEM fields contribute to understanding earthquakes and the Great California ShakeOut.

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00am – 6:00pm

CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $100/$115

 

After Dark: First Thursdays @ Exploratorium
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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
Dec 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!

Dec
4
Thu
2014
Free Entry Day at the UC Botanical Gardens @ UC Berkely Botanical Garden
Dec 4 – Dec 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

2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! There will be no California Science Education Conference in 2014.

Workshop and short course proposals are now being accepted! The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. Proposals can be submitted on the NSTA website here: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions.aspx. Criteria for submission and detailed information is also available at that site.

As a part of the collaboration, CSTA and NSTA will be offering a joint membership (more information available soon) and CSTA members will enjoy member rates for conference registration.

CSTA Annual Meeting, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address @ Long Beach Convention Center
Dec 4 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation:

Join CSTA for the annual meeting of members! CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California. Following the annual meeting of members, CSTA will present the awards for the 2014 Future Science Teacher (Laurie Gillis), Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award (Herb Brunkhorst), and Distinguished Contributions Award (Chevron and Water Education Foundation/California Project WET). CSTA and the California Department of Education (CDE) will together honor this year’s California State Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (Kirsten Johnson, Julie McGough, Stefanie Pechan, and Erica Rood) and the Awardee of the 2012 PAEMST (Alma Suney Park). Following the presentation of awards will be the keynote presentation by Stephen Pruitt of Achieve.

Using the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt, Sr. Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Join Stephen as he provides updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS. For the past four years, Stephen has been leading the development of the NGSS. Between 2003 and 2010, he held various roles at the Georgia Department of Education, culminating with him being named chief of staff to the state school superintendent. He also served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which developed the NRC Framework.