September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

Region 1 News & Events – Featuring Guest Contributor

Posted: Monday, March 14th, 2016

by Marian Murphy-Shaw

In addition to what is coming up below is a guest article summarizing some of the great things happening in Tuolumne County. Lucky you if you have been part of these activities! If not, and you live in this part of Region 1 maybe there is something you want to look into finding out more about. It is always great to hear from sister CSTA members out there about happenings – please continue sending them to me at mshaw@siskiyoucoe.net.   

Trinity County Office of Education Mobile STEAM Team will visit Douglas City School on April 20, 2016 for an Evening STEAM Event for kids K-8.

Happenings in Tuolumne County

by Cathy Parker, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services ,Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools

Tuolumne County continues to provide increased student and teacher support for STEM initiatives. The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office hosted the 2nd Annual Global Cardboard Challenge, October 2015 with over 400 K-8 students and two high school teams participating. (http://www.tcsos.us/student-activities/global-cardboard-challenge/) STEM has spread to the most rural regions of Tuolumne County with the opening of a satellite campus of the InnovationLab (http://myinnovationlab.org/) at Tioga High that includes 3D printers, high end computers, and is managed primarily by students. This joint effort by the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority is a great example of how private businesses can support STEM in our schools.

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Dinner with a Scientist (http://www.tcsos.us/dinner-with-a-scientist/) events were held in Amador/Calaveras counties on November 19 with approximately 60 students and 15 scientists, and in Tuolumne County on December 11 with approximately 120 students and 33 scientists.  Keynote speakers were Dr. Erin Naegle from Columbia College speaking about all of the tubing systems in the human body, and Dr. Debi Bolter of Modesto Junior College speaking about her work leading research on the Homo naledi fossil find in South Africa, respectively.  Women in STEM!

Our county office is working with school districts to help start up GATE programs.  At Sonora Elementary, once per month after school sessions are divided into two grade level groups, 3 to 5 and 6 to 8.  One grade level does math while the other does science/technology, then they switch the following month.

TOPS (Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science) partners continue to visit elementary classrooms around Tuolumne County.

Our CaMSP grant STEM-TRACKS (http://www.tcsos.us/educational-services/stemtracks/) training continues with Unit Development Team meetings dominating the winter months. Culminating meeting on May 2 and Year Three Summer Intensive Institute from June 20 to 25.

HealthLitNow (http://healthlitnow.org/) has held several workshops with students in grades 7 to 9 to inform them about career opportunities in the healthcare field.  The workshops are composed of six engaging, non-didactic, NGSS focused stations that address multiple healthcare career opportunities. The stations include: neuroscience, heart and circulatory system, pulmonary system, diet, and ophthalmology.


The Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT) is a multi-day residence workshop developed by the Northern California Society of American Foresters, University of California Cooperative Extension, Shasta County Office of Education, The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and Project Learning Tree. The FIT Program is underwritten by a consortium of public and private sources. Since 1993, more than 2,300 teachers have graduated from the program. Apply online at http://www.forestryinstitute.org/apply.html. 2016 FIT Sessions:

  • June 12-18, Plumas County
  • June 19-25, Tuolumne County
  • June 26-July 2, Shasta County
  • July 10-16, Humboldt County

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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Posted: Thursday, August 31st, 2017

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