Region 1, April 2014
Posted: Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
by David Pummill and Marian Murphy-Shaw
As a science educator, or supporter of science education, this article has a list of some events and updates you may want to get on your calendar now! Consider looking at what you can align your resources to support this spring, summer, and next fall. With NGSS science is coming to life in CA we hope you are as excited as we are not to miss the fun!
- Chico State 14th Annual Science Teaching Symposium: April 26 from 8:30-3:30, from attached or contact the CMSE at CSU Chico. Register by April 22!
- California Science Teacher’s Association has some great membership deals for new teachers, current members and those attending the December joint conference with NSTA!
- First and Second Year Teachers: Get two years’ CSTA membership for the price of one! Join CSTA at the regular member rate of $50 and get your second year of membership for free! We must receive verification of your status as a new (first or second year) teacher, signed by your principal or BTSA provider. Download a membership form and send it in to CSTA along with your verification. Click here for a sample verification form.
- Current Members: Get three, get one free. Current CSTA members who bring in three new members will get their following year’s membership free! Introduce your colleagues to the benefits of belonging to their professional organization and get a year’s free membership in the bargain. Send in memberships for three individuals who are not and have not been CSTA members for at least three years; new memberships must be submitted at the same time. Download this membership form for your colleagues (don’t forget to fill in your name at the bottom!) and send all three in at the same time.
- NEW for 2014: Joint 1-Year NSTA/CSTA Membership: $105 (a $125 value) To celebrate the 2014 NSTA Area Conference in Long Beach in Collaboration with CSTA (join on the NSTA website – look under “Membership Type”, it is the last option) This is a limited time offer only available in 2014 and only via the NSTA website.
- Second Annual CA STEM Symposium: September 22-23, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center. Save the date.
- CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! December 4-6 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Conference Strands for 2014 are:
• #NGSS #Implementation
• Science: The Gateway to Common Core State Standards
• STEM Classrooms: Anytime/Anyplace/Anywhere
Additional Region 1 Events:
CREEC Student Competitions and Contests
April 15, 2014: Nominate a Young Environmental Hero for a $5,000 Barron Prize.Do you know a young person who is doing great things to help other people or the planet? Nominate him or her for the 2014 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes! The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people (ages 8–18) who have made a significant positive difference to people and our environment. Each year, 10 to 15 winners each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education. Half of each year’s winners are chosen for their work to protect the environment. Deadline: April 15, 2014
May 30, 2014: Green Living Project: Student File Project
GLP Films has launched the 2014 Student Film Project! Students are encouraged to document and submit unique and compelling short films (5 minutes or less) about local or global sustainability-related projects. Winning films will be screened at GLP events this year! Winners also receive prize packages valued at $500 from Mountainsmith, The North Face, Think Tank Photo, Freewaters, Pura Vida, Relan and more. The contest is open to 6th grade through graduate level students. Regular Deadline: May 30, 2014
May 3, 2014: NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE SATURDAY
When: May 3, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Sacramento State Union
Cost: $90 (after April 28 late registration is $99)
Included: Three Workshops, Workshop Materials,
Breakfast, Lunch, 6 Professional Development Hours
Download A Super SIRC Flyer
Download a Registration Form
Marian Murphy-Shaw is the student services director at Siskiyou County Office of Education and is CSTA’s secretary.
Posted: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
by Jessica Sawko
In June 2016 California submitted a waiver application to discontinue using the old CST (based on 1998 standards) and conduct two years of pilot and field tests (in spring 2017 and 2018, respectively) of the new science assessment designed to support our state’s current science standards (California Next Generation Science Standards (CA-NGSS) adopted in 2013). The waiver was requested because no student scores will be provided as a part of the pilot and field tests. The CDE received a response from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on September 30, 2016, which provides the CDE the opportunity to resubmit a revised waiver request within 60 days. The CDE will be revising the waiver request and resubmitting as ED suggested.
At its October 2016 North/South Assessment meetings CDE confirmed that there will be no administration of the old CST in the spring of 2017. (An archive of the meeting is available at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ai/infomeeting.asp.) Learn More…
Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
by Carol Peterson
1) To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Google has put together a collection of virtual tours combining 360-degree video, panoramic photos and expert narration. It’s called “The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks” and is accessible right from the browser. You can choose from one of five different locales, including the Kenai Fjords in Alaska and Bryce Canyon in Utah, and get a guided “tour” from a local park ranger. Each one has a few virtual vistas to explore, with documentary-style voiceovers and extra media hidden behind clickable thumbnails. Ideas are included for use in classrooms. https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/25/google-offers-360-degree-tours-of-us-national-parks/. Learn More…
Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
CSTA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 CSTA Awards for Distinguished Contributions, Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award, 2014 and 2015 PAEMST-Science recipients from California, and the 2016 California PAEMST Finalists. The following individuals and organizations will be honored during the 2016 California Science Education Conference on October 21- 23 in Palm Springs. This year’s group of awardees are truly outstanding. Please join us in congratulating them!
Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award
The Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to science education in the state and who, through years of leadership and service, has truly made a positive impact on the quality of science teaching. This year’s recipient is John Keller, Ph.D. Dr. Keller is Associate Professor, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Co-Director, Center for Engineering, Science, and Mathematics Education, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In her letter of recommendation, SDSU science education faculty and former CSTA board member Donna Ross wrote: “He brings people together who share the desire to make a difference in the development and implementation of programs for science teaching. Examples of these projects include the Math and Science Teaching Initiative (MSTI), Noyce Scholars Program, Western Regional Noyce Initiative, and the Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program.” Through his work, he has had a dramatic impact on science teacher education, both preservice and in-service, in California, the region, and the country. He developed and implemented the STEM Teacher and Researcher Program which aims to produce excellent K-12 STEM teachers by providing aspiring teachers with opportunities to do authentic research while helping them translate their research experience into classroom practice. SFSU faculty member Larry Horvath said it best in his letter:“John Keller exemplifies the best aspects of a scientist, science educator, and mentor. His contributions to science education in the state of California are varied, significant, and I am sure will continue well into the future.” Learn More…
Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
by Peter A’hearn
NGSS is a big shift. Teachers need to learn new content, figure out how this whole engineering thing relates to science, and develop new unit and lesson plans. How could NGSS possibly make life easier?
The idea that NGSS could make our lives easier came to me during the California State NGSS Rollout #1 Classroom Example lesson on chromatography. I have since done this lesson with high school chemistry students and it made me think back to having my own students do chromatography. I spent lots of time preparing to make sure the experiment went well and achieved the “correct” result. I pre-prepared the solutions and organized and prepped the materials. I re-wrote and re-wrote again the procedure so there was no way a kid could get it wrong. I spent 20 minutes before the lab modeling all of the steps in class, so there was no way to do it wrong. Except that it turns out there were many. Learn More…
Posted: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
by Robert C. Victor. Twilight sky maps by Robert D. Miller. Graph of evening planet setting times by Dr. Jeffrey L. Hunt
Our evening twilight chart for September, depicting the sky about 40 minutes after sunset from SoCal, shows brilliant Venus remaining low, creeping from W to WSW and gaining a little altitude as the month progresses. Its close encounter within 2.5° N of Spica on Sept. 18 is best seen with binoculars to catch the star low in bright twilight. The brightest stars in the evening sky are golden Arcturus descending in the west, and blue-white Vega passing just north of overhead. Look for Altair and Deneb completing the Summer Triangle with Vega. The triangle of Mars-Saturn-Antares expands as Mars seems to hold nearly stationary in SSW as the month progresses, while Saturn and Antares slink off to the SW. Learn More…