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Homeschool events for the 2014-2015 school year

by rochelle on Jul. 16th, 2014 3 Comments

Are you a homeschool parent or coordinator?
Here is some of the information you might need to bring your students to the Academy this year

Save the date for our Fall and Spring Homeschool Days!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Registration will open at 8:00 AM on August 26, 2014. More information on programming will be available in mid-August. To get this information as soon as it’s available, join our email list by filling out this form.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Homeschool DayHomeschool Days are the perfect opportunity for home schooling families to visit the Academy at discounted prices.

For these special events, we schedule an impressive amount of daily programming from opening to close: presentations, demonstrations, tours, shows, and hands-on classes. Read this post from last year’s Homeschool Day to get a sense for what we offer at these events.

If you wish to receive registration information directly to your email, you can sign up for our homeschool email list by filling out this form.

Can’t make it to our homeschool events?
Organize a group to visit the museum at any time of year! Homeschoolers qualify for our CA Youth Group discount program when you bring 10 or more homeschool students and their parents. For more information and to submit an application, visit our youth group website.

Or come to our next quarterly free day on September 14, 2014.

Summer workshop from Astronomical Society of the Pacific

by rochelle on May. 10th, 2014 No Comments

NGSS and the Solar System
An Astronomical Society of the Pacific Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop for Teachers in Grades 3-9 (and those who work with them)

Saturday – Sunday, August 2 – 3, 2014 / 8:30am – 5:00pm both days
Hyatt-Regency, Burlingame, CA

UCMP Short Course BannerExplore the solar system through classroom tested, inquiry-rich activities designed to help students learn the processes of science through the study of the solar system.

Explicit alignment to the NGSS cross cutting theme of Scale, Proportion and Quantity and the practices of Developing and Using Models and Engaging in Argument from Evidence. Connections to Literacy and the Common Core.

Participants receive a wealth of teaching resources, including The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM, a large collection of resources for teaching astronomy.

Workshop facilitators include:

  • Linda Shore, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (formerly of the Teacher Institute at The Exploratorium)
  • Brian Kruse, Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • Brian Day, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Rob Sparks, National Optical Astronomy Observatory

*** Scholarships are Available for California Teachers ***
*** Academic Credit is Available ***

Part of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Cost: $80 Early Bird rate through July 4
To register: go to http://www.astrosociety.org/education/asp-annual-meeting/

Teaching Science through Citizen Science, Workshop for Grades 6-12

by megan on Apr. 29th, 2014 No Comments

Teaching Science through Citizen Science
One-Day Workshop for Teachers, Grades 6-12

Session A: Wednesday August 6, 2014 or Session B: Thursday August 7, 2014

Teacher and Students studying data at table outside9:00am – 4:00pm
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Are you looking for ways to incorporate hands-on and inquiry–based learning into your STEM curriculum? Have you wondered how to engage your students in meaningful science research? Citizen science is an opportunity for students to make important contributions to ongoing investigations around the world.

In this workshop, researchers and educators from the California Academy of Sciences will present a toolkit for integrating citizen science into your curriculum, including step-by-step guidance on how to design and implement authentic partnerships between your students and the scientific community.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Foster scientific inquiry skills
  • Structure student involvement in data collection and analysis
  • Increase understanding of science concepts and processes
  • Build science communication skills
  • Evaluate learning through these experiences
  • Choose a citizen science project
  • Identify potential partners in your local community

While the focus of this course is on life sciences and environmental biology, the toolkit and associated resources are relevant to earth and physical science teachers, as well.

Pearson Foundation LogoTarget Audience: Teachers in grades 6 – 12
Cost: FREE!*

For more information and to register, email: rkc@calacademy.org

Space is limited to the first 40 registrants per session. Light breakfast and lunch provided.

*Generously supported by the Pearson Foundation

Want More Science at School?

by megan on Apr. 28th, 2014 No Comments

Edventuremore In-Class Programs

Edventure More, the organization voted “Best Educational Support Program” by BayAreParent Magazine five years running, offers a variety of School Year Programs to meet your school’s needs.

Designed in partnership with top Bay Area museums like the California Academy of Sciences, they offer hands-on:

In Class Science Programs
Invite hands-on science learning into your classroom. Programs are aligned with state standards and actively engage students in the learning process. A limited number of 2014-15 school year can be reserved now. Visit their website, call 415.282.MORE (6673) or email outreach@edventuremore.org to learn more and reserve your 2014-15 In Class Program now.

After School Science & Technology Programs
Edventure More’s After School Programs are kid-friendly, build 21st Century Life Skills and are fully customizable to your school calendar. Visit their website to learn more, forward this link to your After School Program Coordinator so they can book a 2014-15 program or email outreach@edventuremore.org with the name of the Coordinator at your school.

Connect to Classroom virtual programs launch this fall!

by rochelle on Apr. 25th, 2014 1 Comment

Connect to Classrooms Dr. Blackburn shows frog specimens
Can’t bring your students on an Academy field trip next year? Too far away to rent a kit? Or just want to add excitement to your science curriculum?

With just a computer, internet, projector, and speakers you can bring Academy collections and experts into your classroom starting this September 2014.

Learn about the adaptions of penguins, get a close-up view of specimens from our collection, practice asking questions like Academy scientists, and engage in conversations with Academy experts.

More information will be available late this summer, so keep your eyes open! Until then, if you have any questions email us at connect2classrooms@calacademy.org.

Check out a sample screen shot from just one of our programs:

Connect to Classrooms Shark program