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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
9:00am–4:30pm
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

Ecoliteracy for All: Summer Institute for K-2 Teachers

by megan on Mar. 26th, 2014 No Comments

Ecoliteracy for All
Summer Ecoliteracy Institute for K-2 Teachers from SFUSD

Monday June 2, 2014 — Friday June 6, 2014
9:00 am – 3:30pm

This week-long training for K-2 teachers offers an interdisciplinary immersion in ecoliteracy principles.

  • Learn strategies for engaging and effective outdoor learning
  • Foster in your students an awareness of and appreciation for the environment
  • Align science learning with the Common Core State Standards
  • Integrate ELD and Science
  • Get to know the Next Generation Science Standards Practices
  • Build partnerships with your colleagues from your school and throughout SFUSD
  • Year-long support and a celebration

 
Benefits include earning extended hour pay, engaging in outdoor learning, and gaining curriculum and resources.

Morning refreshments and lunch provided daily.

For more information, download the flyer or contact Leah Plack.

Applications Due May 1st
Application online at http://tinyurl.com/sfusdecoliteracy

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

Educator Exhibit Guides

by megan on Mar. 1st, 2014 No Comments

In the Academy’s effort to help teachers link our museum to their curriculum, we have been rolling out guides to our exhibits. With these Educator Exhibit Guides, you can:

  • Plan an Academy field trip around a specific exhibit.
  • Learn about an exhibit’s themes and key concepts to guide your students’ experience.
  • Discover Academy-written classroom and field trip activities related to the exhibit.
  • Find out about the Academy’s scientific research happening behind-the-scenes.

While this is an ongoing effort, we already have guides for 5 of our exhibits. Check them out:

NEW! Philippine Coral Reef
Philippine Coral Reef Diver 
Explore a broad range of aquatic life — from sharks and rays to corals and clams — found in the coral reefs and mangrove lagoons of the Philippine Islands in one of the deepest coral exhibits in the world.
 
Philippine Coral Reef (preK-2)
Philippine Coral Reef (3-5)
Philippine Coral Reef (6-12)

Water Planet
Moon Jellies in Water Planet 
Water is life. Discover how water shapes life on Earth and the adaptations animals have for living in and out of water. Explore a variety of animals that live in water and their unique features for survival.
 
Water Planet (preK-2)
Water Planet (3-5)
Water Planet (6-12)

California Coast
CA Coast Tank 
The mix of sunshine, wind, water and geology has created one of the world’s richest temperate marine communities right here in California. Discover why our coast is special and protected.
 
California Coast (preK-2)
California Coast (3-5)
California Coast (6-12)

African Hall
Zebras in African Hall  
Journey across the African continent to explore the diverse biomes and meet some of the animals that live there. Learn about human evolution and our migration out of Africa.
 
African Hall (preK-2)
African Hall (3-5)
African Hall (6-12)

Earthquake
Earthquake entry sphere 
Earthquakes provide dramatic evidence that we live on a dynamic planet. Learn how earth processes shape Earth’s surface, affect the evolution and distribution of life on our planet, and directly
impact people’s lives.
 
Earthquake Exhibit (6-12)
Earthquake Planetarium Show (6-12)

More to come soon!

Photo Credits
Moon Jelly photo by nigham
Zebras in African Hall by Chris Picon
Coral Reef Diver by Will Love

Free ocean acidification workshop at GFNMS

by megan on Feb. 18th, 2014 No Comments

The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary presents…

Ocean Acidification Teacher Workshop
February 22nd, 9:00 am to 1:00pm
GFNMS Building, 991 Marine Drive, San Francisco CA, 94129

The workshop will include two presentations by scientists engaged in research at the frontier of this emerging science:

Jim Barry is a senior scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute studying ocean acidification effects on the biology and ecology of marine benthic communities.

Jill Bible is a UC Davis graduate student at Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory studying how ocean acidification threatens oysters.

Participants will also:

  • Conduct plankton studies to identify organisms that are likely to be affected by the lowering pH of the oceans.
  • Be introduced to hands on experiments about ocean acidification they can use in their classrooms.
  • Become familiar with an abundance of Ocean Acidification learning resources, from websites and videos, to activities and information about ocean acidification research organizations.

Registration is required. Please contact Peter Winch at pwinch@farallones.org.

***This workshop is run through our partners over at the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Please direct all questions to Peter, as indicated above.***

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
http://ucmp.berkeley.edu/about/shortcourses/shortcourse14.php
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.

**** Register now ****