Summer Fun and Learning in CSTA’s Region 1
Posted: Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
by David Pummill
Looking for something to do on a summer weekend? The North State offers many science related activities. Here are some happenings that have come to our attention:
The Gateway Science Museum at California State University, Chico
625 Esplanade (near Bidwell Mansion), Chico CA 95926 Phone: 530-898-4121
Saturday, June 7, 1:00pm – 1:45pm
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Lassen Peak Eruption
This is a special program that begins at 1pm and lasts 45 minutes. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Lassen Peak’s initial eruptions. These early eruptions caught the attention of the country and set the stage for the area to be designated a national park in 1916. To celebrate this historic event, join National Park Ranger Steve Zachary for a special program on volcanoes of Lassen Volcanic National Park highlighting Lassen Peak. This fun, interactive 45-minute program is for both children and adults. The program also includes some of the historic photographs of the eruptions of 1914 taken by B. F. Loomis. This program is free with cost of museum admission.
Saturday, June 14, 1pm – 3pm
Travel on the Pollinator Pathway
Celebrate National Pollinator week June 16 – 23 by taking a trip of discovery and investigation along the Pollinator Pathway throughout Gateway’s Pollinator Garden. Encounter and learn up-close about a wide variety of native bees, butterflies and other bugs while you search for clues on the best food and habitat to support these creatures in our environment. This activity is free with cost of museum admission and is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Activity subject to change.
Saturday, July 5, 1pm – 3pm
Science of Fireworks
Drop in the Investigation Station to learn what fireworks are made of, why they explode and what gives them their color. This activity is free with cost of museum admission and is appropriate for ages 5 and up. Activity subject to change.
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
844 Sundial Bridge Drive, Redding, CA 96001 Phone: 800-TURTLEBAY (800-887-8532)
May 17 – July 6, 2014
Wings of Summer–Butterflies
Observe hundreds of butterflies in a tranquil, enclosed garden. The butterfly house usually consists of up to 32 species of butterflies found throughout the United States. The butterflies arrive as chrysalis and will eclose (emerge) in the Butterfly House. Guests can witness this magical experience as butterflies come out, dry their wings and set flight. Or, guests can release their own emerging butterfly for $1 per person (when chrysalises are available).
Butterfly House Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
June 20 – July 4, 2014
Redding’s world renowned Sundial Bridge celebrates its 10-year anniversary this summer with two weeks of festivities beginning Friday, June 20, 2014 and culminating on the bridge’s actual anniversary, July 4, 2104.
Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
GREEN PESTICIDES AND INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
Come and learn about the many safer ways, successful organic and IPM (Integrated Pesticide Management) ways, to control pests and diseases in your garden and home. These methods are used daily by our presenter, local recognized pesticide expert Paul Stockton, in his work for a local pest control company that has tested green methods in the field.
Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Join Turtle Bay’s Educators and Docents on the Sundial Bridge and in the Museum to celebrate its 10-year anniversary. Various activities will be held in both locations. Museum activities are free with admission. Sundial Bridge activities are free.
Pacific Coast Air Museum
One Museum Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95043 Phone: 707-575-7900
Saturday & Sunday, June 21-22, 10am – 4pm
Climb Aboard an AV-8C Harrier
Sit in the cockpits of our vintage aircraft, and learn about the history of where and how they were used from the crews who have lovingly restored them. We feature one or two historic aircraft each Climb Aboard Weekend. More opportunities to “Climb Aboard” this summer and fall can be found online.
THE DISCOVERY MUSEUM SCIENCE & SPACE CENTER
3615 AUBURN BLVD SACRAMENTO, CA 95821 Phone: 916-808-3942
Saturday & Sunday, June 7th & 8th, 2014
Cosmic Comets & NASA Weekend!
Celebrate comets this weekend at the Discovery Museum. All ages enjoy our family feature- “The Comet Kitchen” (noon and 2pm each day). Learn how to make a comet nucleus at home, using household ingredients and dry ice. Visitors ages 4 and older experience a special planetarium program, highlighting comets and the spacecraft used to study them. Don’t forget to stop by the lab and craft up a fun comet take-home! The Science Center has received a grant from NASA to sponsor lots of additional activities this weekend. Kids get to make a PDA (personal data assist) book with lots of info from various activities. It’s gonna be SPACE- TACULAR!
Saturday & Sunday, June 14th & 15th, 2014
Paleontologists: Past and Present
Introduce your children to the science field of paleontology this weekend at the Discovery Museum. The little ones can play in our dig pit finding “fossils” beneath the sand. Our Family Feature at noon and 2pm is a play highlighting some of the most famous paleontologists in history- Roy Chapman Andrews and Mary Anning. At the end of this theatrical presentation, children 12 and under receive a fossil cast souvenir to take home. Don’t forget to visit our classroom and get artistic with a craft activity! Remember, admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.
Saturday & Sunday, June 21st & 22nd, 2014
Welcome the summer season by taking part in International SUN-day. Our special guests, the Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society, are outside with their solar telescopes. These hydrogen alpha scopes allow you to see the sun directly, showing sun spots and prominences. Talk to SVAS about telescopes, backyard astronomy, and community viewing opportunities. This is an exciting opportunity for the entire family! Stop by the classroom to make and take a UV bead bracelet. Admission includes a sun-themed planetarium show at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.
Saturday – Sunday, June 28th & 29th, 2014
Amateur Radio Weekend
Did you know you could talk around the world without the Internet? Learn more about amateur radio, also called “ham radio”, a system you can use when your cell phone dies or the Internet is down. Amateur radio operators can talk through satellites and with astronauts too. This technology is useful for weather spotters and can support recovery efforts in emergencies. Try your hand at being an amateur radio operator in the laboratory set-up on both Saturday and Sunday and put radio to work! Planetarium shows are at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.
Monday-Thursday, June 30th- July 3rd, 2014
Fourth of July Fun
Three cheers for the red, white and blue! Enjoy a visit to the Discovery Museum this holiday week with a self-guided tour of our Blast from the Past exhibit. Kids show patriotic pride by crafting an old favorite, a star-spangled waver. Planetarium shows are at 1:00pm and 3:00pm are included with admission (ages 4 and above only); Creature Features at Noon and 2:00pm are for all ages.
Saturday & Sunday, July 5th & 6th, 2014
Are you ready to swim like a fish? Visit the Discovery Museum this weekend to experience our Swim For Your Lifeexperience. The visitor is an avatar salmon fighting their way upstream to spawn. Beware of the bear, eagle and fisherman! This experience is found in our Nature Room which has an exhibit highlighting life along the river. In the classroom, kids craft a woven paper fish mat to remember their fishy day at the museum. Remember, admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.
Saturday & Sunday, July 12th & 13th, 2014
Summer Sun Fun
Beat the summer heat and come inside to the Discovery Museum. Have a prehistoric adventure in our Blast from the Past exhibit. Greet one of our live animals in the noon and 2pm Creature Feature. Blast-off into space by attending a planetarium show at 1pm or 3pm (ages 4 and older). To complete your day of fun, children decorate a bedazzled sun windsock to take home as a souvenir!
Saturday & Sunday, July 19th & 20th, 2014
Turtle vs Tortoise
Have you ever wondered what the difference was between a turtle and a tortoise? Visit the museum this weekend to find out! Meet our live turtles- Bump, Samantha & Larry and Boris the tortoise, so you can see the answer for yourself. Catch the presentations at noon and 2:00pm with live animals. Take a walk outside to view the wild turtles living in our pond. Kids 12 and under get to make a fun craft to take home. Remember, admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.
Saturday & Sunday, July 26th & 27th, 2014
Butterflies abound at the Discovery Museum this weekend. Multiple insect cases are on display highlighting local and exotic species of butterflies. Take a close up look at butterfly wings using a stereoscope. If you would like to take a walk, enjoy our butterfly garden. Kids- make giant paper butterfly wings to wear home! Remember, admission includes planetarium shows at 1pm & 3pm for ages 4 and older.
Sacramento Zoo: King of Feasts – Wine & Food Luau
3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822 Phone: 916-808-5888
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 6 to 9 pm
Quench your thirst and thrill your taste buds at King of Feasts at the Zoo. Escape to a tropical paradise where you will be surrounded by exotic animals as you enjoy the fine cuisine the Sacramento area has to offer. While you enjoy your feast and stroll through the Zoo you can also listen to the sounds of Hawaii and feast your eyes on the dancers as they spread the aloha-spirit throughout the Zoo. You can even grab a hula-hoop and get your own hula on at the Tiki-lounge on the Reptile House Lawn.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Rhododendron Walks with Dennis McKiver. Saturdays at 1:00pm
Walk is free with paid Gardens’ admission.
Bird Watching with Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
The Gardens attract more than 150 species of birds that live in or visit each year. Join one of the monthly Audubon Society walks. Monthly walks are as follows:
Beginning Birding: 1st Saturday, 9:00 am
Early Bird Walk: 3rd Wednesday, 8:00 am (May through October)
Posted: Saturday, January 14th, 2017
The Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County will be hosting the 41st annual STEM Conference this February 4, 2017 at the San Mateo County Office of Education. This STEM Conference is the place to get lots of new lessons and ideas to use in your classroom. There will be over twenty-five workshops and a variety of exhibitors that provide participants with a wide range of practical and realistic ideas and resources to use in their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs from Pre-K to grade 12. With California’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, we are dedicated to ensuring that we prepare our teachers to take on these educational policies.
Teachers, administrators, and parents are invited to explore the many exciting aspects of STEM education and learn about and discuss the latest news, information, and issues. This is also an opportunity to network with colleagues who can assist you in building your programs and meet new friends that share your interests and love of teaching. Register online today!
Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017
Achieve has launched and is facilitating an EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science–a group of expert reviewers who will evaluate the quality and alignment of lessons and units to the standards–in an effort to identify and shine a spotlight on emerging high-quality lesson and unit plans designed for the NGSS.
If you or your state, district, school, or organization has designed NGSS-aligned instructional materials, please consider submitting these in order to help provide educators across the country with various models and templates of high-quality lesson and unit plans. Learn More…
Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017
An upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Los Angeles, CA. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments. Learn More…
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
The year started with California Department of Education’s (CDE) hearing with the U.S. Department of Education conducted via WebEx on January 6, 2017. This hearing was the final step in California’s efforts to secure a waiver from the federal government in order to discontinue administration of the old CST and suspension of the reporting of student test scores on a science assessment for two years. As reported by EdSource, the U.S. Department of Education representative, Ann Whalen, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary John King Jr., committed to making her final ruling “very shortly.” Deputy Superintendent Keric Ashley presented on behalf of CDE during the hearing and did an excellent job describing the broad-based support for this waiver in California, the rationale for the waiver, and California’s commitment to the successful implementation of a new high-quality science assessment. As previously reported, California is moving forward with its plans to administer a census pilot assessments this spring. The testing window is set to open on March 20, 2017. For more information visit New CA Science Test: What You Should Know.
Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017
by Jessica Sawko
The early-bird registration rates for the 65th NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles is just days away (ends Feb. 3). And as the early-registration deadline approaches excitement is building for what is anticipated to be the largest gathering of science educators (both California and nationwide) – with attendance expected to reach 10,000 or more. If you have never had the pleasure of attending the NSTA National Conference, I recommend you visit their website with tips for newcomers that describe the various components of the event. A conference preview is also available for download. Learn More…