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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 Fall 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 in September, 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

Biodiversity E-Course now on Khan Academy!

by megan on Feb. 3rd, 2014 No Comments

The California Academy of Sciences has partnered with leading global learning platform Khan Academy to make an engaging new digital learning course entitled Biodiversity available for free to anyone worldwide.
Biodiversity Course Landing Page
Drawing on the deep knowledge and expertise of the California Academy of Sciences’ scientists, educators, and video production team, this new seven-part course explains biodiversity and its importance throughout the world. The first two tutorials are now available online at https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/CAS-biodiversity, and five additional tutorials will be launched over the coming year.

Designed for a wide variety of audiences, including high school students, teachers, families, policy makers, and anyone interested in learning more about the diversity of life, each tutorial in the new Biodiversity course includes video lessons, articles, and quizzes, as well as activities that encourage students to explore the natural world.

“In addition to creating quizzes, activities, articles, and glossaries of scientific terms, we have also compiled selected references that include links to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards,” says Dr. Meg Burke, Director of Teacher and Youth Education at the California Academy of Sciences. “In doing so, we hope teachers will find this course of interest and use.”
Biodiversity Course Questions
Dr. Rich Mooi, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the California Academy of Sciences, is both the voice and artist behind each video in the course. A skilled scientific illustrator whose detailed drawings of sea urchins and other echinoderms grace dozens of scientific papers, Mooi can also sketch anything from a butterfly to a map of Antarctica in two seconds flat. Brought to life through clever animation and commentary, his sketches outline the what, where, when, and why-does-it-matter of biodiversity on our planet.

“We chose biodiversity as the focus of this Khan Academy course because biodiversity is all around us,” says Mooi. “It’s crucial to the quality of our lives and the lives of all other living organisms, but we still have a lot to learn about all the players and their roles in this pageantry of life. And it’s increasingly important for people to understand that we are losing biodiversity at a rate never before seen, driven by human actions resulting in habitat loss and extinction.”

Start the free Biodiversity course now!

Integrating Art and Science: An Institute for Teachers

by michelle on May. 27th, 2011 4 Comments

Apply to participate in this exciting professional development opportunity!

Integrating Art and Science WorkshopIntegrating Art and Science: An Institute for Teachers – An Online/Onsite Course – A Unique collaboration between
the Academy, the de Young,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
and the American Museum of Natural History!
K-8 teachers are invited to apply!
July 25-August 5, 2011

Our Focus: Participants will go on an “expedition” in the sense of exploring a new environment or a new idea and apply 21st Century Skills across art and science institutions.

  • This course will focus on 21st Century Skills (such as observation, investigation, and creative problem solving) as a means to authentically integrate art and science. What are the “parallel processes” between artists and scientists? Explore specific examples across institutions such as art and science collections, exhibits, and galleries.
  • Gain an appreciation and understanding for object-based learning, in both the museum and classroom settings.
  • Learn how you can access and utilize museums and online museum resources in Golden Gate Park and Central Park in New York City!
  • Develop a collection of ideas and resources on a chosen theme integrating art and science.

The first two days will be spent at the Academy and the de Young in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Following the onsite days, we will connect online with the cohort of teachers on the East Coast participating in the same course with the MET and AMNH! Learn from your colleagues across the country and collaborate locally to share your experiences and ideas.

Onsite workshops a the California Academy of Sciences and the de Young:
July 25 and 26, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Asynchronous interactive online activities:
Monday, July 25 – Friday, August 5

Morpho butterflyLive webinar (web seminar) sessions:

Wednesday, July 27 12noon ET or 3pm ET

Friday, July 29 12Noon ET or 3pm ET

Monday, August 1 12Noon ET or 3pm ET

Wednesday, August 3 12Noon ET or 3pm ET

Friday, August 5 12Noon ET or 3pm ET

Week of November 14, 2011
“Virtual Class Reunion” webinar to share any lessons and ideas.

How to apply:

  • Complete this form and mail it in. Application deadline is July 18, 2011.
  • Find a partner! Pairs or groups of teachers are encouraged but not required.
  • Send in a check for $150 to the de Young (see address on application form).

Questions? Contact hcarmena@calacademy.org

Explore birds and citizen science…at NSTA!

by megan on Jan. 11th, 2011 No Comments

2011 NSTA Conference LogoGreat news! Academy educators will be partnering with our friends over at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to deliver a half-day short course at the 2011 NSTA national conference.

NSTA National Conference
March 10–13, 2011
San Francisco, CA

To receive earlybird registration rates, visit the conference website by the Friday, January 14!

More than 1,400 presentations and workshops have been scheduled, covering a wide range of scientific disciplines and targeting audiences from preschool to college.

After entering contact information and registering for the conference itself, you’ll have the opportunity to select short courses, social events, and field trips — such as the short course hosted here at the Academy.

Short Course
“Exploring Birds and Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences!”

DATE & TIME: Friday, March 11, 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
LOCATION: California Academy of Sciences

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, courtesy of DarhawkHow can you use your school yard for citizen science and inquiry? Join staff us for an indoor and outdoor adventure that will arm you with tools to conduct citizen science counts and guide your students through all aspects of designing and conducting their own science investigations—from carefully observing birds to asking intriguing questions, from collecting and analyzing relevant data to sharing their results with peers. Participants will test their new skills firsthand with an outdoor eBird citizen science count. Take home a BirdSleuth: Most Wanted Birds curriculum kit—lessons and supplies that will jump-start participation by your class! Learn more about BirdSleuth

NSTA will provide transportation to and from the Academy of Sciences. Course Cost: $96 (advance) or $101 (onsite). Purchase tickets when you register online or on the San Francisco Advance Registration Form.

PRESENTERS: Jennifer Fee (Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Ithaca, NY); Helena Carmena and Megan Schufreider (California Academy of Sciences: San Francisco, CA)

Psst…a little birdie told us that staff are arranging a behind-the-scenes tour of the ornithology collections at the Academy, in addition to a search for bird specimens within the museum exhibits!

Fullerton Student Grant for Entomologists

by megan on Dec. 1st, 2009 No Comments

Do you know a teenager or college student with a passion for insects?
Then you should read more about the Fullerton Student Grant, which funds one-year memberships in the Pacific Coast Entomological Society (PCES) for students who have an interest in entomology, arachnology, and related terrestrial arthropods.
(Think: beetles, butterflies, spiders, ticks, flies, millipedes…)

Scarab Beetle

Scarab beetle, Chrysina gloriosa

© California Academy of Sciences
H. Vannoy Davis, 2005

Who can apply for the grant?
This grant is intended for students from high school through graduate level who have never been members of PCES.

How can I apply?
Submit an application for membership from the website, www.pcentsoc.org. Just be sure to indicate that you want to be considered for the Fullerton Student Grant. Please submit proof of full-time school attendance, either a photocopy of your current student card or a letter from your professor or teacher on institutional letterhead. If you are home schooled, please have your parent/teacher write the letter.

Is this a new society?
Not at all! PCES was organized back in 1901. Entomologists need a place to get together to talk. The last meeting was held in Sacramento on November 20, when Frederique Lavoipierre of Sonoma State University spoke about “A World of Insects: Strategies for Effective Entomology Outreach.”

How often do the members of PCES meet? Where do they get together?
The Pacific Coast Entomological Society holds about nine meetings a year, rotating between the California Academy of Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Davis, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento. Meetings are held monthly during the academic year (September through May), usually on the third Friday of each month. Meetings start at 8:00 pm, although members often get together at 6:00 pm for a pre-meeting dinner at a nearby restaurant.

I have more questions…
Leave us a comment below. Or, go ahead and send an email to Vincent F. Lee. In addition to working here in the Entomology Department at the California Academy Academy of Sciences, Vince acts as Managing Secretary for the Pacific Coast Entomological Society. He is quite excited to hear from teachers and students interested in learning more!