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Saturday, May 3rd: Environmental Literacy for All Educators’ Conference

by megan on Apr. 15th, 2014 No Comments

Environmental Literacy for All
2nd Annual Educators’ Conference

Saturday, May 3, 2014
John O’Connell High School
2355 Folsom St, San Francisco
10:00 am – 3:00pm

Explore Environmental Literacy Education With Experts

Register online at http://environmentalliteracyconference.eventbrite.com

Resource Fair & Lunch

  • Catered lunch
  • Learn about professional development, field trip and student learning opportunities
  • Connect with colleagues and community members
  • Integrate ELD and Science

Free Workshops for Pre-K-12 Teachers

  • Presented by partner organizations and fellow SFUSD teachers
  • Hands-on learning
  • Connect with colleagues and community members
  • Take home materials and curriculum to try in your classroom

Free event with parking available!

For more information, download the flyer or contact Elishama Goldfarb.

Note that the Academy is not the primary planner for this event. If you have specific questions you can contact Elishama Goldfarb directly.

Project ASTRO Training Workshop 2014

by megan on Apr. 14th, 2014 No Comments

Project ASTRO
ASP’s Project ASTRO partners Teachers with Astronomers in Bay Area Schools & Community Organizations
Galileo Workship

Project ASTRO seeks 3rd–9th grade teachers and astronomers who have a passion for sharing the wonders of astronomy with students. Teacher-Astronomer partners will attend a free 2-day summer workshop to learn hands-on, inquiry-based astronomy activities designed to inspire and excite students in their science pursuits and eventual professions.

Project ASTRO applications are now being accepted for the 2014–2015 school year. All participants are required to attend a free 2-day workshop held July 25–26 at the College of San Mateo Planetarium in San Mateo. Program participants receive The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0, a compilation of astronomy teaching resources, as well as materials from NASA.

Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students majoring in astronomy are also encouraged to apply!

Apply online to join the Project ASTRO program by May 30, 2014.

Teacher application . Astronomer application

Project ASTRO Training Workshop 2014
Friday & Saturday, July 25–26, 2014
College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA
Attendance is required!

Target Audience: Teachers in grades 3 – 9
Cost: FREE!
For more information and to register, go to: astrosociety.org/baprojectastro.html

March 2014′s Brilliant!Science: Incredible Ocean

by megan on Feb. 14th, 2014 No Comments

The Academy presents Brilliant!Science, an incredible festival celebrating the nutrient–rich ecosystem of micro and macro marine life along California’s coast. Enjoy a wide range of programs, family activities, lectures and social events throughout March!

Brilliant!Science Banner 2014

Here are some highlights:

  • Saturday, March 15 . 9:00am – 11:00am . Board Room
    Eye-Opening Science: The Changing Oceans
    In addition to the global climate change, one of the consequences of increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the concern that this gas will dissolve in the world’s oceans and create more acidic conditions. Organisms that produce a calcium carbonate skeleton are potentially highly vulnerable to this acidification. What is the current state of the world’s oceans? Currently, how serious a problem is ocean acidification?
  • Saturday, March 22 & Sunday, March, 23 . 10:00am – 4:00pm . Piazza
    Family Festival: Incredible Ocean
    Explore the Incredible Ocean through informative, interactive programs for the whole family. Learn about local efforts to preserve and nuture marine life, and join in for a special storytime.
  • Saturday, March 28 & Sunday, March 29 . Chrissy Field
    Bioblitz: Golden Gate National Parks
    During BioBlitz, teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible The Academy is participating in this year’s BioBlitz effort which includes a biodiversity festival at Chrissy Field. For more details, visit this site.


UCMP Extinctions Short Course on March 1, 2014

by rochelle on Feb. 7th, 2014 No Comments

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
UCMP Short Course Banner

Throughout Earth’s history, biodiversity has been molded by extinction. Today, the study of species survival has taken on new urgency as rapid changes in ecosystems, climate systems, and human populations threaten an increasing proportion of our biota.

Join scientists at UCMP to learn about the complex web of interacting mechanisms that influence extinction both in deep time and today. You’ll explore the physical, biological, and anthropogenic drivers of background and mass extinction, the role of extinction in restructuring communities, and the evolutionary opportunities that extinction events leave in their wake.

This short course is cosponsored by the Berkeley Natural History Museums (BNHM) and Science@Cal.

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Climate Myths for middle and high school teachers!

by megan on Jan. 17th, 2014 No Comments

“Climate Myths” Series workshop

“The greenhouse effect is not naturally occurring. It is the result of human activities.”

“The only impact of climate change is global warming.”

Simple Global Warming Diagram“The only reason people don’t care about climate change is because they don’t understand the science behind it.”

Have you ever encountered these misconceptions about climate change?

There are many myths that skeptics use to argue against climate change. In the brand-new teacher workshop, Climate Myths, we will address these myths, and more, through hands-on lab investigations and collaborative discussions.

Session 1: Wednesday, January 29
We’ll spend one session diving deeper into our own understandings of the Greenhouse effect, the molecular structure and function of greenhouse gases, and why the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is such a big deal.

Session 2: Wednesday, February 5
The second session will focus on exploring one of the other, lesser-known global impacts of climate change.

Session 3: Wednesday, February 12
The final session will be spent grappling with the other pieces of the climate change puzzle, like how the framing of a climate change message influences the way in which someone thinks about the topic, and some common sources of student’s misconceptions.

Each session is 4:30-6:30 PM, and participants must attend each session.

This workshop is designed for middle and high school teachers. Tickets are $35.
Click here to register!