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Informal Science Education: Professional Learning Programs

by megan on Aug. 29th, 2014 No Comments

Informal Science Education
Professional Learning Programs

Introduction
The California Academy of Sciences is pleased to introduce professional learning programs for informal educators interested in exploring the theory and practice of education within free-choice settings. Our programs immerse educators in best practices for engaging the public with science and sustainability. Sessions take place at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Snacks are provided.

~ Flyer ~ . ~ Application ~

Goals of the Programs

  • Develop a common understanding: review current research in science and sustainability education
  • Reflect: observe and evaluate your own teaching; and observe ways other educators teach
  • Nurture a learning community: build a network of educators through shared experiences and collect resources for designing educational activities in informal environments
  • Implement changes to practice: educators develop a new activity on a topic of your choosing- or tweak an existing one- which reflects what you’ve learned

Program 1: Learning, Reflections & Science
October 1 – November 19, 2014
Wednesdays from 4:30 – 7:30pm

This program is based on the Reflecting on Practice program developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science. Participants will explore research on learning and methods for engaging learners in scientific practices. Educators must be available for all of the Wednesday night sessions.

  • How Learning Happens (Oct 1)
  • Accessing Prior Knowledge (Oct 8)
  • Learning Conversations (Oct 15)
  • Observing and Discussing Practice (Oct 22)
  • Nature and Practices of Science (Oct 29)
  • Scientific Practices & the NGSS (Nov 5)
  • Observing and Discussing Practice (Nov 12)
  • Poster Session & Happy Hour (Nov 19)

Program 2: Conservation & Sustainability Education
January 14 – March 18, 2015

This program focuses on the process for creating programs and activities that support learners in engaging with environmentally friendly actions. Participants will engage in a rapid prototyping and iterative design process. Educators must be available for all six Wednesday night sessions from 4:30-7:30pm, and all three Friday night sessions from 5:00-9:00pm.

  • Pedagogical Strategies (Weds, Jan 14)
  • Using Audience Surveys (Weds, Jan 21)
  • Using Findings to Inform Design (Weds, Jan 28)
  • Creating Evaluation Instruments (Weds, Feb 4)
  • Prototyping with SFUSD families (Fri, Feb 13)
  • Reflect and Analyze Data (Weds, Feb 18)
  • Prototyping with SFUSD families (Fri, Feb 27)
  • Reflect and Compare Data (Weds, Mar 4)
  • Prototyping with SFUSD families (Fri, Mar 13)
  • Presentations & Happy Hour! (Weds, Mar 18)

Fees & Application Process
To apply for a spot in the program, please fill out the application here www.surveymonkey.com/s/ISEapp.

Applicants may select a single program, or choose to attend both. If you have questions, or want to know more, please contact Lindzy Bivings at lbivings@calacademy.org

  • Individual Rate: $175 / program
  • Team Rate (2 or more people from the same organization): $125 / program per person
  • If these rates are outside of your ability to pay, please contact us for scholarship information

Want to spread the word? Download this flyer and distribute to your colleagues to encourage them to join your team!

Free teacher preview of Skulls exhibit – online!

by megan on Aug. 8th, 2014 No Comments

Want a free sneak peek at our Skulls exhibit to help plan your field trip this fall?

Skulls Exhibit Preview: For Teachers Grades 3-12

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

If this timing doesn’t work for you, we also encourage drop-ins! We will have an agenda of sorts, but the event will be casual.

Cost: Free!

Register now

Skulls Exhibit EntranceEvent Summary
Academy Educators will take you on a live tour through the exhibit as we roam around with our handy wireless cart. Experience a wide view of the exhibit layout, check out close-ups of skull specimens, and learn which exhibit components are most interactive. We’ll have a special Q&A session with a docent to answer your pressing content questions, and educators will be on hand throughout to answer logistical questions to help plan your trip.

Requirements
All you need is an internet connection, as you’ll access the event via your favorite web browser. Feel free to invite a buddy, or project it for a group of teachers! Exhibit content is most appropriate for grades 3-12, and our target audience is educators who plan to attend — or are considering planning — a field trip to the Academy this fall.

Registration
Simply complete this simple form, and we’ll email you a link to access the event on the day before. Be sure to register by 5pm on August 19th so we can save you a spot.

Register now!

If you have a question, leave a comment below, or email us at teachers@calacademy.org

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

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.
     

calacademy.org/brilliantscience/
#BrilliantSci2014

Big Picture Competition: Kids and youth can enter!

by megan on Feb. 12th, 2014 No Comments

Big Picture Photography Competition

The Academy’s BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work to the competition that will both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it.

Chaired by award-winning photographer Suzi Eszterhas, this competition welcomes professional-level, high-caliber nature, wildlife and conservation images and is open to all photographers.

In fact, there are age divisions for kids aged 5-11 and youth aged 12-17!

Enter Your Images into the Big Picture Photography Competition by March 31, 2014, for your chance to win the Grand Prize of $5000 cash along with $2000 in Calumet photography gear!

Winning photos will be featured in an exhibit on the Academy’s museum public floor from August 1 – November 2, 2014.

For more details, visit http://bigpicturecompetition.org