January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Region 2, April 2014

Posted: Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

by Eric Lewis

April has arrived, and with it warmer weather and excitement about summer! Of course, we’re lucky to be in this part of our state: not only do we have amazing places to hike, swim and paddle, but we have incredible places to further our passions in science and technology. We’re fortunate to have so many incredible opportunities to further our science knowledge in our local communities. Be sure to take advantage of this month’s total lunar eclipse on April 14th (peak time is 12:45 am) and National Park Week (April 19-27 in a National Park near you!).

Don’t forget to encourage your colleagues to join CSTA. I’m hoping that we’ll have the opportunity to grow our organization and expand to meet your needs and your colleague’s needs. To that end, please feel free to email me directly so that I can represent your questions and concerns with the CSTA board as a whole. Make sure that you participate in our upcoming elections; we will be electing many new board members in the coming year (including a new one for Region 2!).

There are many, many science opportunities in the Bay Area. Please visit here to see a year round calendar of events in our area. Some events to remember:

Free Entry Days at:

Bay Area Discovery Museum, First Wednesday of the month

UC Botanical Gardens, First Thursday of the month

Oakland Museum of California, First Sunday of the month

California Academy of Sciences, Quarterly free days: The next is June 1st, 2014

Exploratorium, Free Days, Selected days: May 11th, September 28th, October 12th

Star Parties:

Houge Park Star Party, April 18th, 8:45 pm

Starry Nights Open Space at Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve, Morgan Hill: April 19th, 9pm

Super-cool Science Parties:

Night Life, Thursdays, 6-10 pm, at the California Academy of Sciences

After Dark, First Thursday of the month, 6-10 pm, at the Exploratorium

Highlighted Event/s in April:

Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants

Friday, 4/4/14, 2:00 PM

Dominican University of CA, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael

Renowned naturalist and bestselling author Jane Goodall examines the critical role that trees and plants play in our world. In her new book, Goodall blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us. Long before her work with chimpanzees, Goodall’s passion for the natural world sprouted in the backyard of her childhood home in England, where she climbed her beech tree and made elderberry wine with her grandmother. The garden her family began then, she continues to enjoy today. “Seeds of Hope” takes us from England to Goodall’s home-away-from-home in Africa, deep inside the Gombe forest, where she and the chimpanzees are enchanted by the fig and plum trees they encounter. She introduces us to botanists around the world, as well as places where hope for plants can be found, such as The Millennium Seed Bank, where one billion seeds are preserved. She shows us the secret world of plants with all their mysteries and potential for healing our bodies as well as Planet Earth. Looking at the world as an adventurer, scientist, and devotee of sustainable foods and gardening – and setting forth simple goals we can all take to protect the plants around us – Jane Goodall delivers an enlightening story of the wonders we can find in our own backyards. Jane Goodall is the world’s foremost authority on chimpanzees and an internationally renowned conservationist. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and has received many distinguished awards in science. Dr. Goodall is also the author of many acclaimed books, including the bestseller Reason for Hope.

* This event will be facilitated by Gail Hudson. Gail Hudson has worked in the publishing industry as a freelance writer, as well as a newspaper and magazine editor. Her features and personal essays about natural health, spiritual growth, and parenting have appeared in numerous publications, including Self, Utne, Natural Health, Parents, Body & Soul, and Good Housekeeping. For many years Gail was Spirituality Editor at Amazon.com. Hudson co-authored this book, along with Goodall’s other works, Harvest for Hope and Hope for Animals and Their World. She teaches classes and workshops on personal narrative and memoir writing. She lives with her husband and two children near Seattle.

Cost: $35 (includes signed book)

You will need to reserve a space in the lecture by clicking here. You can also find the lecture listed on Cal Academy’s Lectures and Workshops site.

Berkeley Bay Festival

Saturday, 4/12/14, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Berkeley Marina, 201 University Avenue, Berkeley

This wonderful FREE event first happened 77 years ago when the Marina first opened in 1937. The Bay Festival now showcases activities and environmental education that are available here at the Marina and all around the region. Come celebrate the Earth and our Bay by listening to Music, eating wonderful food, and enjoying a day by the Bay. There will be entertainment for all ages.

For more information, visit their website here, or email them directly at NATURECENTER@CITYOFBERKELEY.INFO.

Reengineering Your Science Curriculum – STEM Conference at the Exploratorium

Sunday, 4/13/14, 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco

Wondering how to integrate the NGSS for engineering into your middle- or high-school classroom? Join the Exploratorium’s Teacher Institute for this daylong conference, which features hands-on workshops, and activities you can use in the classroom to engage your students and meet the Standards (you’ll leave with handouts of the activities). Lunch and an evening cocktail social at the Exploratorium are included.

Cost: $45 (fee includes lunch).

Click here to register.

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: Saturday, January 14th, 2017

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Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

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Opportunity for High School Students – Los Angeles County

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

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Science Education Policy Update

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

January 2017 has proven to be a very busy month for science education policy and CA NGSS implementation activities. CSTA has been and will be there every step of the way, seeking and enacting all options to support high-quality science education and the successful implementation of CA NGSS.

California Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education Science Double-Testing Waiver Hearing

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Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

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