April 2016 – Vol. 28 No. 8

CALENDAR

May
3
Tue
2016
Project WET Workshop: Modesto
May 3 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

STANISLAUS REGION MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATORS! The Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Water Education Foundation invite you to join us for a Project WET workshop aimed at supporting Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards in the Middle – High school grades.  The interdisciplinary Project WET activities are an effective tool for integrating student knowledge of water resources with activities that include real-life based scenarios that provide strong foundations for STEAM and Service-Learning programs. Please contact Sean Timmons at (209) 238-1336 or stimmons@stancoe.org for more information.

May
4
Wed
2016
Supporting Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards: Modesto
May 4 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

STANISLAUS REGION ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS! The Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Water Education Foundation invite you to join us for this exciting hands-on workshop highlighting the ability of Project WET activities to help connect Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards! Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) activities are an effective tool for integrating student knowledge of water resources with activities that include real life based scenarios, while providing strong foundations for STEAM and Service-Learning programs. Please contact Sean Timmons at (209) 238-1336 or stimmons@stancoe.org for more information.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
May 4 @ 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!

May
5
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
May 5 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

May
7
Sat
2016
‘Getting a GRIP on Groundwater’: Lakewood
May 7 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

LOS ANGELES BASIN EDUCATORS!  Join us for a groundwater workshop and a teacher field trip as we weave Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) and Cross Cutting Concepts into the engaging content (DCIs) already featured in two outstanding and proven curricular tools: Project Wet and California’s place-based EEI.  We will tour the Water Replenishment District’s Vander Lans Water Treatment Facility after exploring 3 example lessons to illustrate NGSS style three-dimensional learning. Collegial co-planning is built into this workshop to support your CC/NGSS action plan and develop your knowledge base of the world’s most important substance, water. To register, please complete our online registration form: http://survey.sogosurvey.com/survey.aspx?k=RQsSYRQsWUsPsPsP&lang=0&data

Understanding Climate Change in California – West Sacramento
May 7 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO REGION EDUCATORS! Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level and river flows. Join the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Climate Change team for a day of learning about the basics of climate science, how DWR is addressing these impacts and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate science knowledge and skill back in the classroom! Please contact Brian Brown, CA Project WET Coordinator at (916) 444-6240 or projectwet@watereducation.org.

Next Generation Science Saturday @ Sacramento State University Union
May 7 @ 8:30 am – 4:40 pm

Register Now!

Our fourth annual Super SIRC: Next Generation Science Saturday is back and bigger than ever with more workshops!
By popular request are now offering two Elementary strands, one for K-3rd grade teachers and one for 4th-6th grade teachers
Also by popular demand, we are now offering more workshops on different aspects of NGSS!
See below for more details.

Science in the River City (SIRC) Saturday Information

Download Super SIRC Flyer

Download Super SIRC workshop descriptions

Download a registration form for Super SIRC

Visit our SIRC page for more information on Tuesday night SIRC events.
If you would like to host a vendor/information table for your organization please contact Debbie Dennick for a vendor form and more information.

TEACHER WORKSHOP: The Science and Economics of Concrete @ San Diego County Office of Education, Room 402
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Project Cornerstone is offering a workshop for elementary and middle school teachers on the science and economics of the natural resources used in producing concrete. These materials are the second most consumed commodities in the world and we depend on them every day; however, the process of making concrete is something our communities do not understand. The activities and materials provided during the workshop will educate teachers about this widely used material and give them the tools to keep students engaged and excited about earth science, math, history and economics.

The workshop will be divided into two sections. We will discuss with the history and economics of concrete and how it has played an integral role in economic development for ancient civilizations like the Romans and modern society. After lunch we will walk teachers through hands-on science and math (STEM) activities that can easily be duplicated in the classroom. The workshop is ideal for history and science teachers to collaborate and offer a fun and exciting learning opportunities for students that can be covered in their history and science classes.

Background materials and resources will be presented that will deliver real-world examples that discuss the history of concrete and how it played a role in economic development and trade within the Roman Empire. The science portion of the workshop will illustrate the Human Impacts on Earth Systems (MS-ESS3) from utilizing natural resources to make concrete. In addition, we will present NGSS and STEM hands-on activities. The first activity will include developing a hypothesis regarding two different types of natural resource materials. The two samples contain different sources of sand (i.e., beach, river). Students will utilize ratio concepts while they test their hypothesis to determine which type of sand is best used for concrete and why (MP.1, RP.A). The final activity will involve the production of small concrete projects. The project will provide a fun interactive way to apply the economic principals of scarcity, opportunity costs, trade, and demonstrate how prices reflect the relative scarcity of goods. This workshop will provide rock solid tools and activities to implement in the classroom that will keep students engaged in learning.

May
14
Sat
2016
Project WET Workshop: Chico @ Chico Creek Nature Center
May 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

BUTTE COUNTY EDUCATORS! An exciting workshop will focus on ways to enhance water, science, and mathematics education using the hands-on activities of Aquatic WILD and Project WET combined with a unique Nature Center twist. This workshop will include inventive ways for educators to use these curricula to connect students to our amazing local environment and waterways. Join us at the Chico Creek Nature Center for a day of education, fun, and get free Aquatic WILD and Project WET 2.0 guides and access to a California EEI unit when you complete the training!! Continuing education units are also available through CSU San Marcos for an additional fee. Registration includes coffee and snacks. Please bring a lunch!   http://bidwellpark.org/project-wild/

May
17
Tue
2016
Next Generation Science Standards Symposium: Transition to Implementation Rollout #3 Training @ Excelsior High School
May 17 @ 8:00 am – May 18 @ 4:30 pm

Rollout #3 Agenda

Day 1

 7:30 – 8:00
Registering and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30
Plenary Session, Welcome, and Set-up for the 2 Days

8:30-9:15
CA NGSS Assessment Update

9:15-9:30
Environmental Principles and Concepts

9:45-12:15
Administrator Session:  Tool P Observing Implementation

9:45-12:15
Teacher Session: Tool E Putting it Together

Lunch 12: 15-1:15

1:15-4:30
Transitional Learning Sequences:  What Does it Look Like at My Grade Span?
(Grade Span Choices: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Physical Science, & 9-12 Life Science)

4:30
Dismissal

 

Day 2

7:30-8:00
Registering and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15
Plenary Session, Welcome, Housekeeping

8:30 – 11:30
Deepening Understanding of Modeling in the Elementary/Secondary Classroom
(Grade Span Choices K-5, 6-12)

Lunch 11:30-12:30

12:30-1:30
Table Talks

Choice:  1:45-3:45

Admin Planning for Communication

Science and Common Core ELA

Exploring Integration at Middle School

High School Models

Engineering in Life Science

(K-12)

Cross Cutting Concepts: Deepening Our Understanding

3:50 – 4:30
Next Steps and Action Planning

Jun
2
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Jun 2 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Jun
1
Wed
2016
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Jun
9
Thu
2016
Floodplain and Delta Ecology Institute: Stockton @ Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta
Jun 9 @ 8:00 am – Jun 11 @ 4:00 pm

DELTA REGION EDUCATORS! The Floodplain and Delta Ecology Institute brings together the curricula of Education & the Environment Initiative, Delta Studies and Project WET to create meaningful activities for the classroom and interesting content learning for the teacher of grades 3 – 8.   The institute includes direct engagement with the curriculum provided, content expert speakers, a full-day bus tour of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and a $200 Stipend upon completion of the project. Please visit http://deltastudies.weebly.com/floodplain-and-delta-ecology.html for more details and to register!

Jun
13
Mon
2016
Central Valley Floodplain Ecology Institute: Fresno @ Fresno
Jun 13 @ 8:00 am – Jun 17 @ 4:00 pm

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY EDUCATORS!  Join the Central Valley Science Projects, CSU-Fresno, FCOE, CREEC and SAM Academy for this Institute as they host this exploration of the waterways that nourish the San Joaquin Valley. The Delta, the San Joaquin and Kings River serve as backdrops to this summer institute. Topics will include current water issues, NGSS aligned environmental science content and curriculum focused on floodplain, riparian and Delta ecologies. You will also walk away with a tool bag of valuable resources from curriculum to certificates, including Project WET, the Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI), NGSS and other tools. College credit and a $200 stipend are also available – and space is limited to the first 30 participants! Registration fee is $45.00. For more information contact Jerry Valadez jvaladez@csufresno.edu or visit the website http://cvscienceproject.ning.com  

Jun
15
Wed
2016
NGSS Webinars from LACOE @ Online
Jun 15 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Event Dates: Sep 23, 2015 | Dec 10, 2015 | Feb 17, 2016 | Apr 20, 2016 | Jun 15, 2016

These free 1-hour webinars will provide you the opportunity to gain information and updates around the new Next Generation Science Standards.  Participants will be able to listen to news from local, state, and national levels, including the ability to ask questions!  All webinars will be archived and you can watch from the comfort of your own classroom!
Jun
20
Mon
2016
Sacramento Floodplain Ecology Institute: Sacramento & Yolo Counties
Jun 20 @ 8:00 am – Jun 22 @ 4:00 pm

LOWER SACRAMENTO VALLEY 6- 12 EDUCATORS! Join us for this FREE professional development externship in applied science, research, STEM careers and environmental science curriculum. The institute will include field trips to regional floodplains to learn about ecology, watershed management and current habitat remediation projects in the Sacramento River watershed; learning and practicing field research skills and data collection alongside ecologists, biologists, entomologists and water scientists; standards-based curriculum resources for teaching watershed science and ecology concepts and current water issues facing all Californians and an opportunity to receive a $200 stipend! Contact Karen Swan, CREEC/Center for Land-based Learning, for more information at: Karen@landbasedlearning.org

Jun
26
Sun
2016
University of New Hampshire Project SMART for High School Students @ University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH
Jun 26 – Jul 22 all-day

EventListingProjectSMARTProject SMART is a UNH outreach program for high school students considering a career in science.  SMART is a residential program where students live on campus for 4 weeks and participate in 1 of 3 modules of their choosing. Students learn advanced concepts in science and participate in active research programs with UNH faculty. Students who select Biotech and Nanotech learn advanced concepts in genetics and perform sophisticated laboratory experiments. Students in Marine and Environmental Science divide their time between field and laboratory work and spend part of their time continuing long-time studies of environmental change in the mountains, woods, ponds and marine environments of New Hampshire. Students in Space Science work with faculty on diverse current research efforts including the use of spacecraft data and build a balloon payload with scientific instruments of their own construction that they fly to the edge of space.  Learn more at http://www.smart.unh.edu and http://projectsmartspacescience.sr.unh.edu/.

Jul
6
Wed
2016
Summer Teacher Workshops 2016: Pacific Grove
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – Jul 8 @ 4:00 pm

MONTEREY BAY EDUCATORS! This summer the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District are partnering on a three-day workshop that incorporates Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree national curricula with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core standards. This workshop is designed for K-8th grade teachers, but all grade levels are welcome. Teachers are welcome to attend one, two or all three days of the workshop. Please select the number of days you would like to attend. Continuing Educational Units are available through CSU Monterey Bay for an additional fee. Please visit our website to register at: http://www.pgmuseum.org/teacher-resources/#Teacher2016 or contact Ann Wasser if you have questions at wasser@pgmuseum.org or (831) 648-5716 ext.14.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Jul 6 @ 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!

Jul
7
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Jul 7 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

Save the Date: 2016 CSTA Conference. Oct. 21-23, Palm Springs

May
3
Tue
2016
Project WET Workshop: Modesto
May 3 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

STANISLAUS REGION MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATORS! The Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Water Education Foundation invite you to join us for a Project WET workshop aimed at supporting Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards in the Middle – High school grades.  The interdisciplinary Project WET activities are an effective tool for integrating student knowledge of water resources with activities that include real-life based scenarios that provide strong foundations for STEAM and Service-Learning programs. Please contact Sean Timmons at (209) 238-1336 or stimmons@stancoe.org for more information.

May
4
Wed
2016
Supporting Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards: Modesto
May 4 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

STANISLAUS REGION ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS! The Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Water Education Foundation invite you to join us for this exciting hands-on workshop highlighting the ability of Project WET activities to help connect Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards! Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) activities are an effective tool for integrating student knowledge of water resources with activities that include real life based scenarios, while providing strong foundations for STEAM and Service-Learning programs. Please contact Sean Timmons at (209) 238-1336 or stimmons@stancoe.org for more information.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
May 4 @ 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!

May
5
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
May 5 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

May
7
Sat
2016
‘Getting a GRIP on Groundwater’: Lakewood
May 7 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

LOS ANGELES BASIN EDUCATORS!  Join us for a groundwater workshop and a teacher field trip as we weave Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) and Cross Cutting Concepts into the engaging content (DCIs) already featured in two outstanding and proven curricular tools: Project Wet and California’s place-based EEI.  We will tour the Water Replenishment District’s Vander Lans Water Treatment Facility after exploring 3 example lessons to illustrate NGSS style three-dimensional learning. Collegial co-planning is built into this workshop to support your CC/NGSS action plan and develop your knowledge base of the world’s most important substance, water. To register, please complete our online registration form: http://survey.sogosurvey.com/survey.aspx?k=RQsSYRQsWUsPsPsP&lang=0&data

Understanding Climate Change in California – West Sacramento
May 7 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

SACRAMENTO REGION EDUCATORS! Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level and river flows. Join the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Climate Change team for a day of learning about the basics of climate science, how DWR is addressing these impacts and how the interdisciplinary activities of Project WET can help you integrate climate science knowledge and skill back in the classroom! Please contact Brian Brown, CA Project WET Coordinator at (916) 444-6240 or projectwet@watereducation.org.

Next Generation Science Saturday @ Sacramento State University Union
May 7 @ 8:30 am – 4:40 pm

Register Now!

Our fourth annual Super SIRC: Next Generation Science Saturday is back and bigger than ever with more workshops!
By popular request are now offering two Elementary strands, one for K-3rd grade teachers and one for 4th-6th grade teachers
Also by popular demand, we are now offering more workshops on different aspects of NGSS!
See below for more details.

Science in the River City (SIRC) Saturday Information

Download Super SIRC Flyer

Download Super SIRC workshop descriptions

Download a registration form for Super SIRC

Visit our SIRC page for more information on Tuesday night SIRC events.
If you would like to host a vendor/information table for your organization please contact Debbie Dennick for a vendor form and more information.

TEACHER WORKSHOP: The Science and Economics of Concrete @ San Diego County Office of Education, Room 402
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Project Cornerstone is offering a workshop for elementary and middle school teachers on the science and economics of the natural resources used in producing concrete. These materials are the second most consumed commodities in the world and we depend on them every day; however, the process of making concrete is something our communities do not understand. The activities and materials provided during the workshop will educate teachers about this widely used material and give them the tools to keep students engaged and excited about earth science, math, history and economics.

The workshop will be divided into two sections. We will discuss with the history and economics of concrete and how it has played an integral role in economic development for ancient civilizations like the Romans and modern society. After lunch we will walk teachers through hands-on science and math (STEM) activities that can easily be duplicated in the classroom. The workshop is ideal for history and science teachers to collaborate and offer a fun and exciting learning opportunities for students that can be covered in their history and science classes.

Background materials and resources will be presented that will deliver real-world examples that discuss the history of concrete and how it played a role in economic development and trade within the Roman Empire. The science portion of the workshop will illustrate the Human Impacts on Earth Systems (MS-ESS3) from utilizing natural resources to make concrete. In addition, we will present NGSS and STEM hands-on activities. The first activity will include developing a hypothesis regarding two different types of natural resource materials. The two samples contain different sources of sand (i.e., beach, river). Students will utilize ratio concepts while they test their hypothesis to determine which type of sand is best used for concrete and why (MP.1, RP.A). The final activity will involve the production of small concrete projects. The project will provide a fun interactive way to apply the economic principals of scarcity, opportunity costs, trade, and demonstrate how prices reflect the relative scarcity of goods. This workshop will provide rock solid tools and activities to implement in the classroom that will keep students engaged in learning.

May
14
Sat
2016
Project WET Workshop: Chico @ Chico Creek Nature Center
May 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

BUTTE COUNTY EDUCATORS! An exciting workshop will focus on ways to enhance water, science, and mathematics education using the hands-on activities of Aquatic WILD and Project WET combined with a unique Nature Center twist. This workshop will include inventive ways for educators to use these curricula to connect students to our amazing local environment and waterways. Join us at the Chico Creek Nature Center for a day of education, fun, and get free Aquatic WILD and Project WET 2.0 guides and access to a California EEI unit when you complete the training!! Continuing education units are also available through CSU San Marcos for an additional fee. Registration includes coffee and snacks. Please bring a lunch!   http://bidwellpark.org/project-wild/

May
17
Tue
2016
Next Generation Science Standards Symposium: Transition to Implementation Rollout #3 Training @ Excelsior High School
May 17 @ 8:00 am – May 18 @ 4:30 pm

Rollout #3 Agenda

Day 1

 7:30 – 8:00
Registering and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30
Plenary Session, Welcome, and Set-up for the 2 Days

8:30-9:15
CA NGSS Assessment Update

9:15-9:30
Environmental Principles and Concepts

9:45-12:15
Administrator Session:  Tool P Observing Implementation

9:45-12:15
Teacher Session: Tool E Putting it Together

Lunch 12: 15-1:15

1:15-4:30
Transitional Learning Sequences:  What Does it Look Like at My Grade Span?
(Grade Span Choices: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Physical Science, & 9-12 Life Science)

4:30
Dismissal

 

Day 2

7:30-8:00
Registering and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15
Plenary Session, Welcome, Housekeeping

8:30 – 11:30
Deepening Understanding of Modeling in the Elementary/Secondary Classroom
(Grade Span Choices K-5, 6-12)

Lunch 11:30-12:30

12:30-1:30
Table Talks

Choice:  1:45-3:45

Admin Planning for Communication

Science and Common Core ELA

Exploring Integration at Middle School

High School Models

Engineering in Life Science

(K-12)

Cross Cutting Concepts: Deepening Our Understanding

3:50 – 4:30
Next Steps and Action Planning

Jun
2
Thu
2016
Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Jun 2 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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

http://www.cafeborrone.com

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/sf

Jun
1
Wed
2016
The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

Like us on Facebook!

Jun
9
Thu
2016
Floodplain and Delta Ecology Institute: Stockton @ Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta
Jun 9 @ 8:00 am – Jun 11 @ 4:00 pm

DELTA REGION EDUCATORS! The Floodplain and Delta Ecology Institute brings together the curricula of Education & the Environment Initiative, Delta Studies and Project WET to create meaningful activities for the classroom and interesting content learning for the teacher of grades 3 – 8.   The institute includes direct engagement with the curriculum provided, content expert speakers, a full-day bus tour of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and a $200 Stipend upon completion of the project. Please visit http://deltastudies.weebly.com/floodplain-and-delta-ecology.html for more details and to register!

Jun
13
Mon
2016
Central Valley Floodplain Ecology Institute: Fresno @ Fresno
Jun 13 @ 8:00 am – Jun 17 @ 4:00 pm

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY EDUCATORS!  Join the Central Valley Science Projects, CSU-Fresno, FCOE, CREEC and SAM Academy for this Institute as they host this exploration of the waterways that nourish the San Joaquin Valley. The Delta, the San Joaquin and Kings River serve as backdrops to this summer institute. Topics will include current water issues, NGSS aligned environmental science content and curriculum focused on floodplain, riparian and Delta ecologies. You will also walk away with a tool bag of valuable resources from curriculum to certificates, including Project WET, the Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI), NGSS and other tools. College credit and a $200 stipend are also available – and space is limited to the first 30 participants! Registration fee is $45.00. For more information contact Jerry Valadez jvaladez@csufresno.edu or visit the website http://cvscienceproject.ning.com  

Jun
15
Wed
2016
NGSS Webinars from LACOE @ Online
Jun 15 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Event Dates: Sep 23, 2015 | Dec 10, 2015 | Feb 17, 2016 | Apr 20, 2016 | Jun 15, 2016

These free 1-hour webinars will provide you the opportunity to gain information and updates around the new Next Generation Science Standards.  Participants will be able to listen to news from local, state, and national levels, including the ability to ask questions!  All webinars will be archived and you can watch from the comfort of your own classroom!
Jun
20
Mon
2016
Sacramento Floodplain Ecology Institute: Sacramento & Yolo Counties
Jun 20 @ 8:00 am – Jun 22 @ 4:00 pm

LOWER SACRAMENTO VALLEY 6- 12 EDUCATORS! Join us for this FREE professional development externship in applied science, research, STEM careers and environmental science curriculum. The institute will include field trips to regional floodplains to learn about ecology, watershed management and current habitat remediation projects in the Sacramento River watershed; learning and practicing field research skills and data collection alongside ecologists, biologists, entomologists and water scientists; standards-based curriculum resources for teaching watershed science and ecology concepts and current water issues facing all Californians and an opportunity to receive a $200 stipend! Contact Karen Swan, CREEC/Center for Land-based Learning, for more information at: Karen@landbasedlearning.org

Jun
26
Sun
2016
University of New Hampshire Project SMART for High School Students @ University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH
Jun 26 – Jul 22 all-day

EventListingProjectSMARTProject SMART is a UNH outreach program for high school students considering a career in science.  SMART is a residential program where students live on campus for 4 weeks and participate in 1 of 3 modules of their choosing. Students learn advanced concepts in science and participate in active research programs with UNH faculty. Students who select Biotech and Nanotech learn advanced concepts in genetics and perform sophisticated laboratory experiments. Students in Marine and Environmental Science divide their time between field and laboratory work and spend part of their time continuing long-time studies of environmental change in the mountains, woods, ponds and marine environments of New Hampshire. Students in Space Science work with faculty on diverse current research efforts including the use of spacecraft data and build a balloon payload with scientific instruments of their own construction that they fly to the edge of space.  Learn more at http://www.smart.unh.edu and http://projectsmartspacescience.sr.unh.edu/.

Jul
6
Wed
2016
Summer Teacher Workshops 2016: Pacific Grove
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – Jul 8 @ 4:00 pm

MONTEREY BAY EDUCATORS! This summer the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District are partnering on a three-day workshop that incorporates Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree national curricula with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core standards. This workshop is designed for K-8th grade teachers, but all grade levels are welcome. Teachers are welcome to attend one, two or all three days of the workshop. Please select the number of days you would like to attend. Continuing Educational Units are available through CSU Monterey Bay for an additional fee. Please visit our website to register at: http://www.pgmuseum.org/teacher-resources/#Teacher2016 or contact Ann Wasser if you have questions at wasser@pgmuseum.org or (831) 648-5716 ext.14.

The East Bay Science Cafe @ Cafe Valparaiso
Jul 6 @ 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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Cafe Inquiry @ Cafe Borrone
Jul 7 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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