March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

Where to Go in Sacramento: Field Courses for the CSTA Conference

Posted: Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

by Peter A’Hearn

When it comes to conferences I’m pretty much a workshop guy. You get lots of great ideas in a short time, lots of choices, and you are hearing it straight from teachers. But looking at the field studies being offered at the 2015 California Education Conference in Sacramento this October, I’m thinking I might just spend the whole conference learning science on the amazing field courses being offered.

Here are your choices:

AHearn_Field_Course_Photo_1The Science in Your Beer: Chemistry, Microbiology, and Sensory Analysis at Sudwerk Brewery – Visit with the scientists at the UC Davis Brewing Program, the yeast geeks at White Labs, and the brewers of Sudwerk Brewery to learn about the biochemistry and microbiology that goes into the beer you love to drink. We will share NGSS aligned activities (classroom appropriate) on reaction rate and population biology. You will also explore the chemistry of beer flavor and learn how to make taste testing scientifically rigorous!

Ahearn_Field_Course_Photo_2Integrating Art and Science in Nature Journaling with John Muir Laws – John Muir Laws is the great-grandson of naturalist John Muir. If you haven’t used his guidebooks on your last walk through the forest, then you missed out on a great deal of what was going on! This is an amazing opportunity to work with John Muir Laws in a natural setting on how to do science education in a natural environment. Don’t miss this!

Ahearn_Field_Course_Photo_3Thar’s Gold in Them Hills! – The Geology of California Gold
Come study history, geology, and natural resources as we explore plate tectonics, and the rock cycle on a tour of California Gold. Learn how the gold got there and try your hand at finding some of your own as you work with geologists for the California Geologic Survey. The gold in hard rock mines was deposited during huge mountain building episodes during collisions between Earth’s great plates. The gold in placer deposits is the result of erosion and deposition. This tour is a great way to make the connections between resources and Earth systems that NGSS is asking for us to make!

Photo Courtesy of the Water Education Foundation

The American River Watershed Top to Bottom with Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
What better way to understand a watershed than to travel from the mountains to the sea? Join the professionals who manage and study the resources of the American River watershed to learn about water issues. Also work with Project WET Educators to learn about hands-on classroom activities that will educate your kids about water!
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Peter A’Hearn is the K-12 science specialist in the Palm Springs Unified School District and is Region 4 Director for CSTA.

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