Program Highlights for High School Teachers
by Heather Marshall
While setting up my schedule for the California Science Education Conference (October 21-23), I was looking at the variety of high school workshops being offered this year. I was impressed by how many different categories there were! This year, there are workshops geared toward every major science taught in secondary schools, plus environmental science, marine biology, technology, biotechnology, and even classroom organization. Some of these workshops will provide new ideas for experienced teachers and others will offer experienced ideas for new teachers. What ever your level if experience, there is something here for you. A few of the workshops or sessions that caught my eye are.
Evolution Solutions (11:00 am)
Common Core State Standards Update (11:00 am)
Climate Change and Coastal Data (8:00 am)
California Science Safety (3:15 pm)
Closing Speaker Session with Ed Begely, Jr. (11:45 am- 1:00 pm)
Come join us in Pasadena, check out the workshops, short courses, field trips and speakers! While you are there, stop by the CSTA booth and introduce yourself to the Board members, we want to meet YOU!
Heather Marshall teaches CP geology at Sobrato High School in Morgan Hill and is CSTA’s high school director.
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…