January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Region 1 – News and Events

Posted: Friday, February 1st, 2013

by Valerie Joyner

I hope that everyone was able to find time in their busy schedules to review and comment on the second draft of NGSS.  The Sonoma County Office of Education hosted a review workshop on January 24 that was well attended.  Science educators from as far away as Humbolt County were able to work in small teams, reviewing the second draft and sharing their ideas and comments about it both statewide and nationally.  The participants engaged in serious study and discussion.  While initially finding the document difficult to maneuver, they all came away with a better understanding of NGSS and were ready to bring information back to share with their colleagues.

A special thanks to Mike Roa and Rick Phelan of the Sonoma County Office of Education for hosting and providing their expertise for this event.

There are so many things going on in science in our region.  Informal institutions like the Sonoma County Children’s Museum, which is under development, is looking to provide young people with science experiences.  High school teachers are talking about teaming up colleagues around the state and nation to put together technology resources, like Wiki’s, to enhance and enrich their students learning.  Elementary schools and districts are working with parents and businesses to support hands-on science programs.  You will be hearing more about some of these ideas and more in the coming months.  Remember eCCS is your publication and is it a place where we can all share opportunities, successes, failures, ideas, and interests.

Region 1 Event List:

There is still time to participate in the Sonoma County Water Agency’s Community Service Opportunities!

The Sonoma Counter Water Agency has two remaining Community Service Days this school year. The first involves planting native species in local creeks to improve habitat for steelhead and salmon. The second will be a creek cleanup. High school and middle school students can earn three community-service hours while they learn a bit about riparian ecology and have a good time with friends. The Community Service Days are also a first step in getting students interested in the “Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps” which is a paid summer jobs program that helps students learn job-readiness skills.

Students and teachers can learn more about these events and programs at http://youthecologycorps.org/, or contact Stefan Klakovich at 547-1930.

Native planting:

February 2, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Five Creek, Rohnert Park (Cross Street Ellen Street) Park at Eagle Park on Emily Road

Creek cleanup:

March 9, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Pollen Creek, Santa Rosa (Cross Street: Guerneville Road) Park at Northwest Community Parkon Marlow Road

Sonoma County Science Fair

February 23, 2013,SonomaState University, Rohnert Park

Handbook and forms available at http://www.scoe.org/

Contact Mike Roa mroa@scoe.org for additional information

Sonoma County Science Olympiad

March 27, 2013

Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park

Handbook and forms available at www.scoe.org

Contact Mike Roa for additional information mroa@scoe.org

Sonoma County Spring Science Showcase (May 14, 2013)

Sonoma County will host the first Spring Science Showcase for students in grades 4-12 who did not participate in the county’s Science Fair.  Learn how your students can participate in this event by contacting Mike Roa at mroa@scoe.org.

Project ASTRO Summer Workshop

August 2 – 3, 2013,San Mateo County Office of Education.

This program of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific provides 3rd through 9th grade teachers with an opportunity to attend a free, two-day summer workshop to learn hands-on, inquiry-based astronomy activities. Online applications are due by May 29, 2013.

For information, call 415-715-1426 or go to: astrosociety.org/baprojectastro.html

The teacher application can be accessed at: astrosociety.org/education/k12-educators/teacher-information/

Written by Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner

Valerie Joyner is a retired elementary science educator and is CSTA’s Primary (grades K-2) Director.

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