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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

Summer 2014 field trips, up for grabs!

by megan on Jan. 17th, 2014 No Comments

Registration is now open for summer 2014 field trips to the Academy!

docent helping students

If a trip to a science museum fits within your summer plans, submit the online application for either preK-12 schools or youth-serving organizations such as summer camps and youth development programs, so we can process you on your preferred visit date.

You can bring a group of kids on either weekdays or weekends, except on or around holidays.

And remember, admission rates 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 11:30am or 1:30pm showing of the Planetarium show playing to the general public that date. On weekdays, we’ll be playing Dark Universe, which comes with an Educator Guide!

You’ll notice visit dates are still available through May 2014, if the school year works better for your group. Rest assured there will be plenty to do on a field trip!