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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 September 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 late this summer, 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.


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!

Teacher Institute Applications due March 15th!

by megan on Jan. 15th, 2014 No Comments

The Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability (TISS) is now accepting applications!

Apply today, as applications are due March 15, 2014.

The Academy’s Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability (TISS) is a teacher professional development program designed to provide educators with the critical tools and knowledge to inspire the next generation to protect our most precious resource: the planet Earth.

Teacher Institute Teachers doing a group task!Each year, a select group of 3rd — 5th grade teachers embarks on a two-year program to become leading educators of science and sustainability.

The program includes in-depth workshops at the California Academy of Sciences, individual and team coaching visits at school sites, and stimulating trips to scientific institutions, outdoor spaces, and more.

Program topics include climate change, energy use, and food and water systems. Quality science teaching practices, reflective pedagogy, and teacher collaboration guide our efforts.

As the state moves toward the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in K-12 classrooms, TISS is excited to continue to find ways to support teachers in enhancing their science teaching practices. Our program now infuses the NGSS scientific practices into all we do.

In each year of the program, our teachers participate in a 2-week summer session and over 25 hours of school year professional development.

If that isn’t enough reason to apply, TISS teachers also receive…

  • an annual $2000 stipend,
  • a membership to the Academy,
  • a class set of science notebooks for each year of the program,
  • school site coaching,
  • access to Academy educational resources,
  • free field trip admission, and
  • continuing education credits (fee-based) for their participation.

To learn more, download the 2014 TISS Brochure, visit the TISS website, or email TISS@calacademy.org.

Applications to be a part of Cohort 6 are due March 15, 2014! Apply today. Priority is given to teams of two to four teachers applying from schools located within 20 miles of the Academy.