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Region 2 News and Events

Posted: Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

by Eric Lewis

Begin the new year with resolve to get personal and professional development in 2011.  Build your experiences in science education at NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco.  Scheduled for March 10-13, more than 2000 sessions will be offered-hands-on workshops, seminars, and symposia will increase your content knowledge, performance strategies, and techniques in the classroom.  Nationally-known presenters will inspire and inform.  Thousands of your peers will share ideas, experiences, and challenges. Invest in yourself, your career, and your future.  Register before Jan. 14 to save the most. http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2011SAN/

More Events in Region 2

  • Featured Presentation: Ira Flatow, President and Executive Producer, NPR’s Science Friday
  • Giving Elementary Science Teachers the Confidence, Skills, and Experience to Teach Chemistry. (lesson plans, strategies, and rubrics are the take-away’s.)
  • Shaping Children’s Views of Science by Doing and Knowing About Inquiry. Elementary, (research-based techniques)
  • Linking Assessment to Teaching: Ideas and Evidence. Middle School
  • From Cells to Sea Ice: Analyzing Data from Digital Images. Middle-High
  • Developing Literacy and Addressing Content Standards Through Issue-oriented Science. Middle-High
  • Variation, Selection, and Time. (Natural selection) Middle-High
  • Hands-On Learning Activities for AP Biology. High School
  • NASA Brings You Newton’s Laws of Motion. 20 hands-on investigations. Middle-High
  • Featured Presentation: Deeply Digital Science Teaching, Chad Dorsey, Pres, CEO, The Concord Consortium
  • Featured Presentation: Dr. Art’s Planet Earth Show. Art Sussman, Sr Project Director, WestEd
  • Exhibit Hall-test and try the most cutting edge products from companies across the nation. Bring an extra tote for giveaways.
  • Field trips (ticketed) for real discovery. USS Pampanito, Lawrence Hall of Science, the Match Science Nucleus, Wes Gordon Fossil Hall, the Tech Museum, RAFT, and more.

March 4, 2011
San Jose, CA
Project WET Workshop

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is offering a unique experience that will not only engage you in Project WET activities, but will also provide a wealth of information on local water issues and additional materials that can be incorporated into the activities. Each participant will walk away with their own Project WET guide, a new appreciation for the magic of water, and the opportunity to receive CEU credit. Contact Kathy Machado at: (408) 265-2607-2331 –or — kmachado@valleywater.org.

March 19, 2011
Santa Clara, CA
Wolbachia PCR Workshop: Discover the Microbes Within

This workshop can help science teachers to: • Incorporate biotechnology into the life science curriculum • Learn about bacterial infections of insects • Explore the role symbiosis in evolution • Learn techniques for DNA extraction and PCR • Participate in real-world science. Use all or part of the curriculum in any of the following classes: Biology, Chemistry, AP, Biotechnology, Integrated Science, Environmental Biology. For registration details: go to www.babec.org and click on “Wolbachia PCR Workshop” on the right side bar. Travel stipends are available. A refundable $50 deposit check is required. Please register only if you can attend the entire workshop. Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Registration deadline is Saturday, March 12.

March 19, 2011
Novato, CA
Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds/Project WILD Aquatic Educator Workshop

Receive free copies of the Project WILD Aquatic guide and the California Coastal Commission’s science activity guide for teachers, Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds, a classroom activity guide for teachers that addresses California’s critical coastal and marine issues, such as endangered species, marine debris, coastal geology, water use, and much more. It is aligned to the California State Science Content Standards for grades 3 through 8, and includes community action lessons adaptable for all ages up to and beyond grade 12. Try out some of the activities in the guides and get an overview of other free educational resources and programs available through the Coastal Commission and the Department of Fish & Game. Eligible for professional growth credit from University of the Pacific upon completing additional work. Register for the workshop by contacting Annie Kohut Frankel at afrankel@coastal.ca.gov, (415) 597-5888, or (800) Coast4U. Please provide your name, phone number, email, and organization/school/grade as applicable. This workshop is open to both formal and informal educators. Registration deadline is March 15, 2011.

April 1, 2011
San Francisco, CA
STEMposium

STEMposium is the collaboration of leaders in STEM education who are sharing their innovations in how to teach, learn and engage STEM in the classroom through 60 second videos. Students, teachers and other educational innovators are invited to upload their videos through this site. The most compelling videos will be selected through several rounds of reviews, starting in February and ending in March. Selected presenters will be invited to speak at the STEMposium Event on April 1, 2011 in San Francisco. These videos will be identified within one of five tracks: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Integrated STEM.

For more information visit: http://www.stemposium.org/home

April 8, 2011
Mountain View, CA
You and your students are invited to attend Yuri’s Day at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA from 9am-3pm (or any portion thereof). This free, educational, sciences extravaganza is geared toward students in grades K-12, and will feature a vast array of interactive exhibits, workshops, displays, and keynote speakers. Thousands of students from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area will explore the cutting edge of science, art, math, technology, engineering, sustainability, and space-related fun on 300,000+ square feet of tarmac and hangar space, as they engage with some of the century’s most prominent scientists, visionaries, space-enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs from multiple disciplines. This event is open to all school and youth groups, home-schoolers, educators, and parents/guardians. Free busing for school groups is available on a first-come first-serve basis. Registration is required to attend Yuri’s Day. You can find the registration form (and the bus application) at:
http://sites.google.com/a/ynba.org/schools-info/home. If you have any questions, please email schools@ynba.org or call 650-733-6704.
The deadline to register is November 15th, 2010 for those applying for free busing, and December 31st 2010 for all others.

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

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