Region 2 News and Events
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/
- 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 — firstname.lastname@example.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
|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 email@example.com, (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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
by Michelle French
Since the public reviews of the Next Generation Science Standards have come to a close, like many primary teachers, I’ve been wondering what science will look like in kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. Learn More…
“SOL Grotto, 2012. 1368 glass tubes, paint. Fabrication: Matarozzi Pelsinger, Rael San Fratello Architects. SOL Grotto is a contemporary take on a grotto or Throeau’s cabin – a spartan retreat that is a space of solitude and close to nature – where one is presented with a mediated experience of water, coolness and light. The SOL Grotto also explores Solyndra’s role as a company S#@t Out of Luck. 1,368 of the 24 million high tech glass tubes destined to be destroyed as a casualty of their bankruptcy, are used in the installation. The tube’s original role as a light concentrating element is extended to transmit cool air into the space via the Venturi effect, to amplify sounds from the adjacent waterfall via the vibrations of the tubes cantilevering over the creek, and to create distorted views of the garden. The form of the electric blue array evokes Plato’s Allegory of the Cave where shadows, light and sounds can call reality into question.”
Responses from Readers:
Peter A’Hearn: Rush hour in little blue circle land.
by Valerie Joyner
Congratulations to CSTA member and STEM Educator, Katherine Schenkelberg, of West High School, in Torrance, CA! Katherine was recently awarded one of the 2013 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. An appointed panel of experts selected her for her innovative use of data-collection technology. “The use of data-collection technology in the classroom helps foster students’ interest in STEM education and provides them with engaging, hands-on opportunities for scientific investigation,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “For ten years Vernier and NSTA have recognized innovative STEM educators through this award and this year’s winners are no exception – their projects and programs truly utilize the power of data-collection technology as part of the teaching and learning process.” Learn More…
by Tim Williamson
Members of the California Science Teachers Association are now in the process of voting for qualified CSTA members to fill the seven openings on the CSTA Board of Directors for the 2013-2015 term.
The election is being conducted electronically and opened for voting on April 16, 2013. Voting will close on May 16, 2013. All CSTA members were sent links to the online ballot. Members for whom we do not have current email addresses or who request a paper ballot have been mailed a ballot and candidate statements. Learn More…