News and Events in Region 2
by Eric Lewis
|Feb. 5 & March 5, 2011
San Francisco, CA
|Birding at Heron’s Head Park
San Francisco Nature Education Announces 2011 tours of Heron’s Head Park. Come by and experience the thrill of observing and learning about the waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds that call the park home during the winter. Recent sightings include Harlequin Duck and White-tailed kite. Tours will be led by interns from Lowell and Lincoln High Schools equipped with spotting scopes. Free event; donations accepted. Free parking is available near entrance. Meet at 10:00 am at Heron’s Head Park for tours that leave every 30 minutes with the last tour at 11:30 am. Heron’s Head Park is located at Jennings Street & Cargo Way, two blocks south of Pier 96. For more information visit our website at www.sfnature.org, call us at 415-387-9160, or email us at email@example.com. Co-Sponsored by Port of San Francisco and Golden Gate Audubon Society.
|Feb. 7-9, 2011
San Francisco, CA
|Assessing for Learning
Offered by the Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry. For a detailed workshop brochure, visit http://www.exploratorium.edu/ifi/workshops. For questions, call 415-561-0397.
|Feb. 19, 2011
Solano County, CA
|Project WET Workshop
This FREE workshop is provided by the Solano County Water Agency, Solano Irrigation District School Water Education Program (SWEP), with support from the City of Vallejo- Water Division. This informative, fun, hands-on workshop will demonstrate the use of Project WET activities to engage student learning of local water issues. Concurrent-training sessions will be provided for K-6th grade educators and 7-12th grade educators. Educational materials, breakfast and lunch will be provided free to all Solano County participants. CEU credit is available. Limited to the first 25 educators that register. Contact Ursula Heffernon at: (530) 661-7149 –or– firstname.lastname@example.org.
|March 4, 2011
San Jose, CA
|Project WET Workshop
The Santa Clara Valley Water District is offering a unique experience that will not only engage you in Project WET activities, but will also provide a wealth of information on local water issues and additional materials that can be incorporated into the activities. Each participant will walk away with their own Project WET guide, a new appreciation for the magic of water, and the opportunity to receive CEU credit. Contact Kathy Machado at: (408) 265-2607-2331 –or — email@example.com.
|April 1, 2011
San Francisco, CA
STEMposium is the collaboration of leaders in STEM education who are sharing their innovations in how to teach, learn and engage STEM in the classroom through 60 second videos. Students, teachers and other educational innovators are invited to upload their videos through this site. The most compelling videos will be selected through several rounds of reviews, starting in February and ending in March. Selected presenters will be invited to speak at the STEMposium Event on April 1, 2011 in San Francisco. These videos will be identified within one of five tracks: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Integrated STEM.
For more information visit: http://www.stemposium.org/home
Registration for the Sunday, May 1, 2011 Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour is now open. Register now at http://bringingbackthenatives.net/ to receive your garden guide in the first mailing. This event is expected to fill; registering at this time will reserve your place on the tour.
by Michelle French
Since the public reviews of the Next Generation Science Standards have come to a close, like many primary teachers, I’ve been wondering what science will look like in kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. Learn More…
“SOL Grotto, 2012. 1368 glass tubes, paint. Fabrication: Matarozzi Pelsinger, Rael San Fratello Architects. SOL Grotto is a contemporary take on a grotto or Throeau’s cabin – a spartan retreat that is a space of solitude and close to nature – where one is presented with a mediated experience of water, coolness and light. The SOL Grotto also explores Solyndra’s role as a company S#@t Out of Luck. 1,368 of the 24 million high tech glass tubes destined to be destroyed as a casualty of their bankruptcy, are used in the installation. The tube’s original role as a light concentrating element is extended to transmit cool air into the space via the Venturi effect, to amplify sounds from the adjacent waterfall via the vibrations of the tubes cantilevering over the creek, and to create distorted views of the garden. The form of the electric blue array evokes Plato’s Allegory of the Cave where shadows, light and sounds can call reality into question.”
Responses from Readers:
Peter A’Hearn: Rush hour in little blue circle land.
by Valerie Joyner
Congratulations to CSTA member and STEM Educator, Katherine Schenkelberg, of West High School, in Torrance, CA! Katherine was recently awarded one of the 2013 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. An appointed panel of experts selected her for her innovative use of data-collection technology. “The use of data-collection technology in the classroom helps foster students’ interest in STEM education and provides them with engaging, hands-on opportunities for scientific investigation,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “For ten years Vernier and NSTA have recognized innovative STEM educators through this award and this year’s winners are no exception – their projects and programs truly utilize the power of data-collection technology as part of the teaching and learning process.” Learn More…
by Tim Williamson
Members of the California Science Teachers Association are now in the process of voting for qualified CSTA members to fill the seven openings on the CSTA Board of Directors for the 2013-2015 term.
The election is being conducted electronically and opened for voting on April 16, 2013. Voting will close on May 16, 2013. All CSTA members were sent links to the online ballot. Members for whom we do not have current email addresses or who request a paper ballot have been mailed a ballot and candidate statements. Learn More…