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Understanding Global Change Survey

by rochelle on Mar. 6th, 2013 Comments Off

As you probably know, the earth’s natural system is changing. Many of the aspects of how, where and when is well known within the scientific community, yet the public is slow to accept the science behind these global changes.

In response to the need for a better informed and scientifically literate populace, the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education received funding from the Moore Foundation to develop a web-based resource for educators and the general public that will provide rigorously-vetted, non-partisan, scientific information on global change, specifically how the earth’s natural systems are changing.

They need your help to better understand how teachers (at all grade levels, in both formal and informal settings) view global change, the importance of teaching it, and the resources available for doing so. Don’t teach about global change issues? They want to know that too!

To participate in the survey, follow this link:
UNDERSTANDING GLOBAL CHANGE SURVEY

This anonymous survey is being conducted by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and should take you less than 15 minutes, but will help hundreds of thousands of educators and students for years to come! Please complete this survey by March 31st.

If you have any questions about the survey, please email ugcinfo@bscs.org.

NatureBridge Teacher Workshops this Spring

by megan on Feb. 15th, 2013 No Comments

Our friends over at NatureBridge Golden Gate are offering teacher professional development programs! They can help you bring the natural world into your classroom to help teach science, math, and language arts standards.
NatureBridge Professional Development
Bring the Outside In
Saturday, February 23, 2013
9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Learn simple strategies for building community, using nature in lessons, and getting your students outdoors. Open to any educator, traditional and nontraditional.

NatureBridge Professional Development
Lessons from the Ocean
Saturday, March 23, 2013
9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Use the ocean to teach math, science, and language arts skills. Learn a marine food web activity, explore human impacts on ocean resources, and learn about cultural connections to the bay and the ocean. Content is focused on grades four to eight.

NatureBridge Professional Development
Our Changing Climate
Saturday, April 13, 2013
9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Learn to teach basic climate science and empower your students to take action. Practice teaching the carbon cycle, investigate “garbology,” and develop simple student action projects. Content is focused on grades five to eight.

 

Workshops will be held in San Francisco. They are FREE and include lunch and take-away teaching toolkits. Stipends are available for teacher teams from the same school who attend two or more workshops and for teachers who can evidence implementation of any climate change materials ($100 per person!).

For more information visit their website.

Name That Asteroid!

by rochelle on Sep. 10th, 2012 No Comments

Students worldwide have an opportunity to name an asteroid from which an upcoming NASA mission will return the first samples to Earth.

Scheduled to launch in 2016, the mission is called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx).

Right now, the asteroid’s name is 1999 RQ36, but The Planetary Society, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, and the University of Arizona are asking students around the world to suggest better names for the asteroid.

Enter by December 2, 2012, to have a chance to name a piece of the solar system!

The contest is open to kids under the age of 18. To enter, parents or teachers must fill out an online entry form with the proposed name and a short explanation of why that name is a good choice.

Asteroids can’t be named just anything, of course. The International Astronomical Union governs the naming of big and small objects in the solar system, and they have guidelines on how to name near-Earth objects like 1999 RQ36.

For more information about the NASA mission, visit the OSIRIS-REx website or for specifics on the contest, click here.

**NOTE: This is not an Academy sponsored activity. Please direct all questions and requests for more information directly to The Planetary Society.**

Plan a summer field trip!

by megan on May. 29th, 2012 No Comments

We have plenty of space for summer field trips to the Academy!

coral_reef_at_palmyra_fish_gameAnd just in time, too, as our new major exhibition, Earthquake, opened last week!

If a trip to a science museum fits within your summer plans, submit the online application so we can process you on your preferred visit date.

You can bring a group of kids on either weekdays or weekends, with the exception of free days and holidays. And remember, rates for both preK-12 school groups and those for other youth-serving organizations are a healthy discount off general admission.

Note that to attend a show in the Planetarium, you need to reserve seats in advance, and children must be at least 7 years old. When you apply, you have the option to request seats in either the 10:30am or 3:30pm showing of the brand-new Planetarium show, Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet.

You’ll notice dates are also available for September 2012-May 2013, if the school year works better for your group. The Earthquake exhibit will stick around for a few years!

Professional Development opportunities at NatureBridge

by rochelle on Jan. 22nd, 2012 2 Comments

Our friends over at NatureBridge Golden Gate are offering teacher professional development programs! They can help you bring the natural world into your classroom to help teach science, math, and language arts standards.
NatureBridge Professional Development

 

Bring the Outside In
Saturday, February 25, 2012

Learn simple strategies for building community, using nature in lessons, and getting your students outdoors. Open to any educator, traditional and nontraditional.

NatureBridge Professional Development
Lessons from the Ocean
Saturday, March 10, 2012

Use the ocean to teach math, science, and language arts skills. Learn a plastics-in-the-ocean activity, learn more about ocean acidification’s effect on food webs, and explore cultural connections to the bay and the ocean. Content is focused on grades 5–8.

NatureBridge Professional Development
Our Changing Climate
Saturday, April 21, 2012

Learn to teach basic climate science and how to empower your students to take action. Practice teaching the carbon cycle, investigate “garbology,” and develop simple student action projects. Content is focused on grades 5–8.

 

Each session includes lunch and a take-away teaching toolkit that contains ready-to-use resources for the classroom.

Time: Workshops are from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: Chinese American International School, San Francisco
Cost: Free! Stipends available for those that attend two or more workshops this spring with another teacher from your school ($100 per person).
For more information: visit their website or contact Amy Osborne, aosborne@naturebridge.org