Region 4 News and Events
by Jeanine Wulfenstein
Across CSTA region 4, educators are returning to classrooms rested and inspired to motivate students to reach new heights in science education. While this year will be a challenge for educators with looming budget uncertainties, the implementation of the common core standards, and preparing for the next generation science standards, it is also exciting with the onset of change and opportunities for inspiring learning in new ways. The districts in region 4 (Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties), as well as CSTA, have been busily preparing educators to meet the demands of these changing times.
This summer, teachers of grades 4-8 in San Diego and Riverside Counties had an opportunity to attend a “STEMposium” sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education in collaboration with San Diego Science Alliance & the Classroom of the Future Foundation. Participating teachers were immersed in four days of training in science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) content lead by STEM professionals, professors, and after school providers. Each school site team attending received a $250 stipend to purchase STEM materials. For more information on STEMposuim curriculum and resources, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you looking for support in coordinating this year’s science fair? The Riverside County Office of education is offering a RIMS Inland Science and Engineering Fair meeting for all district science fair coordinators on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. As a follow-up, there will be a Science fair expo on October 13th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the RCOE conference center in Riverside. The goal of this is to support students in projects based on scientific research and experimentation. For more information on the RIMS Inland Science and Engineering Fair for Grades 4-12, visit http://www.rcoe.k12.ca.us/studentevents/science_fair.html or contact Tracey Rivas, Events Facilitator at email@example.com.
Region 4 is off to a great start with at team of dedicated teachers doing their best to ensure that all students are successful in science!
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…