July/August 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 8

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
Celebrate 10
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.
Summer Solstice
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
International SUN-day
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
Fanciful Fishes
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
Butterfly Bash!
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)

Written by David Pummill

David Pummill

David Pummill is a retired California science teacher and CSTA’s Region 1 Director.

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CTC Seeking Educators for Science Standard Setting Conference

Posted: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and Evaluation Systems group of Pearson are currently seeking California science educators to participate in a Science Standard Setting Conference for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) program. Each standard setting panel is scheduled to meet for one-day, in Sacramento, California. The fields and dates are listed below:

Multiple Subjects Subtest II (Science), Monday, October 2, 2017
Science Subtest II: Physics, Monday, October 2, 2017
Science Subtest II: Chemistry, Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Science Subtest II: Life Sciences, Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Science Subtest II: Earth and Space Sciences, Thursday, October 5, 2017
Science Subtest I: General Science, Friday, October 6, 2017

The purpose of the conference is for panel members to make recommendations that will be used, in part, by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) in setting the passing standard, for each field, in support of the updated California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

Click here to nominate educators. If you are interested in participating yourself, complete an application here for consideration.

Eligibility:

Public school educators who are:

• Certified in California
• Currently practicing (or have practiced within the last school year) in one or more of the fields listed above. 

College faculty who are:

• Teacher preparation personnel (including education faculty and arts and sciences faculty)
• Practicing (or have practiced within the last school year) in one or more of the fields listed above, and
• Preparing teacher candidates in an approved California teacher preparation program.

 Benefits of Participation Include:
• Receive substitute reimbursement for their school (public school educators only),
• Have the opportunity to make a difference in California teacher development and performance,
• Have the opportunity for professional growth and collaboration with educators in their field,
• Be reimbursed for their travel and meal expenses, and
• Be provided with hotel accommodations, if necessary.

For more information, visit their website at www.carecruit.nesinc.com/cset/index.asp

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California Science Teachers Association

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

CSTA Annual Conference Early Bird Rates End July 14

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

Teachers engaged in workshop activity

Teachers engaging in hands-on learning during a workshop at the 2016 CSTA conference.

Don’t miss your chance to register at the early bird rate for the 2017 CSTA Conference – the early-bird rate closes July 14. Need ideas on how to secure funding for your participation? Visit our website for suggestions, a budget planning tool, and downloadable justification letter to share with your admin. Want to take advantage of the early rate – but know your district will pay eventually? Register online today and CSTA will reimburse you when we receive payment from your district/employer. (For more information on how that works contact Zi Stair in the office for details – 916-979-7004 or zi@cascience.org.)

New Information Now Available On-line:

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California Science Teachers Association

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

Goodbye Outgoing and Welcome Incoming CSTA Board Members

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Jill Grace

Jill Grace, CSTA President, 2017-2019

On July 1, 2017 five CSTA members concluded their service and four new board members joined the ranks of the CSTA Board of Directors. CSTA is so grateful for all the volunteer board of directors who contribute hours upon hours of time and energy to advance the work of the association. At the June 3 board meeting, CSTA was able to say goodbye to the outgoing board members and welcome the incoming members.

This new year also brings with it a new president for CSTA. As of July 1, 2017 Jill Grace is the president of the California Science Teachers Association. Jill is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, a former middle school science teacher, and is currently a Regional Director with the K-12 Alliance @ WestEd where she works with California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative districts and charter networks in the San Diego area.

Outgoing Board Members

  • Laura Henriques (President-Elect: 2011 – 2013, President: 2013 – 2015, Past President: 2015 – 2017)
  • Valerie Joyner (Region 1 Director: 2009 – 2013, Primary Director: 2013 – 2017)
  • Mary Whaley (Informal Science Education Director: 2013 – 2017)
  • Sue Campbell (Middle School/Jr. High Director: 2015 – 2017)
  • Marcus Tessier (2-Year College Director: 2015 – 2017)

Learn More…

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California Science Teachers Association

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

Finding My Student’s Motivation of Learning Through Engineering Tasks

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

by Huda Ali Gubary and Susheela Nath

It’s 8:02 and the bell rings. My students’ walk in and pick up an entry ticket based on yesterday’s lesson and homework. My countdown starts for students to begin…3, 2, 1. Ten students are on task and diligently completing the work, twenty are off task with behaviors ranging from talking up a storm with their neighbors to silently staring off into space. This was the start of my classes, more often than not. My students rarely showed the enthusiasm for a class that I had eagerly prepared for. I spent so much time searching for ways to get my students excited about the concepts they were learning. I wanted them to feel a connection to the lessons and come into my class motivated about what they were going to learn next. I would ask myself how I could make my class memorable where the kids were in the driver’s seat of learning. Incorporating engineering made this possible. Learn More…

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In 2015 CSTA began to publish a series of articles written by teachers participating in the California NGSS k-8 Early Implementation Initiative. This article was written by an educator(s) participating in the initiative. CSTA thanks them for their contributions and for sharing their experience with the science teaching community.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Unveils Updated Recommended Literature List

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson unveiled an addition of 285 award-winning titles to the Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve list.

“The books our students read help broaden their perspectives, enhance their knowledge, and fire their imaginations,” Torlakson said. “The addition of these award-winning titles represents the state’s continued commitment to the interests and engagement of California’s young readers.”

The Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve list is a collection of more than 8,000 titles of recommended reading for children and adolescents. Reflecting contemporary and classic titles, including California authors, this online list provides an exciting range of literature that students should be reading at school and for pleasure. Works include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama to provide for a variety of tastes, interests, and abilities. Learn More…

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