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KQED Do Now!

by rochelle on Aug. 22nd, 2014 No Comments

Elephant Ivory: KQED Do NowKQED Do Now is a weekly activity for students to engage and respond to current issues using social media tools like Twitter.

And guess what? Do Now Science is a monthly activity in collaboration with us here at the California Academy of Sciences.

Every other Tuesday, youth within the Academy’s teen programs post a compelling topic, include background resources and media, and encourage discussion on Twitter.

The monthly content schedule is as follows:

Every Friday: Civic, Government & Politics
Every Tuesday: Rotation between Science and Arts/Popular Culture


What’s more?

KQED is looking for highly engaged teachers from around the country who are interested in trying some innovative pedagogical approaches to learning to become part of the online working group. Educators who join and participate throughout the Fall semester will receive a $150 stipend.

The deadline to apply is December 31, so apply today!

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

Bank of America supports Student Leaders

by megan on Jan. 25th, 2014 No Comments

Bank of America IconDid you know that Bank of America has provided Student Leaders with Leadership training since 2004?

Their Student Leaders program connects youth with employment that helps to give them the necessary tools and resources they need to advance. Through the Student Leaders program, high school juniors and seniors step outside of the classroom to contribute service in their own communities and beyond.

Student Leaders are awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofit organizations and participate in a Student Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.

Know youth who may be interested in the 2014 Student Leaders program?
The application period for the 2014 Student Leaders Program is now open.

Bank of America Student LeadersEligibility
The Student Leaders program is an eight-week summer experience for high school juniors and seniors. The program includes a paid internship with a local nonprofit organization as well as the Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. The program gives Student Leaders the opportunity to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on community work experience while discovering their own talents for serving their community and leading others. Click here to apply.

To become a Student Leader, one must:

  • Currently be a junior or senior in high school
  • Be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit/charitable organization and work 35 hours a week
  • Be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship through the end of September
  • Be able to participate in a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. (All expenses paid as part of the Student Leaders Program. This week will be part of your 8-week experience.)
  • Be a student in good standing at your school
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator.

Spread the word!

KQED Do Now: Science!

by megan on Dec. 17th, 2013 No Comments

Elephant Ivory: KQED Do NowKQED Do Now is a weekly activity for students to engage and respond to current issues using social media tools like Twitter.

And guess what? Do Now Science is a monthly activity in collaboration with us here at the California Academy of Sciences.

Every second Tuesday of the month, youth from the Spotlight team within the Academy’s Careers in Science Intern Program post a compelling topic, include background resources and media, and encourage discussion on Twitter.

The monthly content schedule is as follows:

Every Friday: Civic, Government & Politics
2nd Tuesday: Science – posted by Academy youth!
4th Tuesday: Arts & Popular Culture


For example, here’s the latest Do Now Science:

Dec 11, 2013 How Worried Should We Be About Space Junk?

Space JunkRecently China successfully launched their first moon rover, Chang’e-3, into orbit. Unfortunately later that day pieces from the launch rocket fell off and destroyed the homes of two citizens. Although nobody was harmed, the falling spacecraft still worried many people.

Do Now
Weigh the value of launching satellites, rovers, spacecraft and other items into space for our benefit against the risks and dangers of increasing the amount of space debris. Which is more important? Should we be worried about limiting space junk?


Do Now can help focus students at the start of a class period. Most activities are six to eight minutes in length. They can completed without teacher assistance and can be used to introduce ideas connected to the rest of the lesson.

There is a great tutorial on the KQED Do Now site that will help you implement this in your classroom.

Oh, and here’s some of the most recent science topics.

Nov 15, 2013 Will Crushing Ivory Reduce Elephant Poaching?
Oct 9, 2013 Should We Bring Species Back to Life?
Sept 11, 2013 How Should We Manage Forest Fires?


What’s more?

KQED is looking for a few good teachers to join their online working group! Educators who join and participate throughout the Spring semester will receive a $150 stipend.

The deadline to apply is December 22, so apply today!

Virtual Expeditions, an Academy youth opportunity

by rochelle on Sep. 11th, 2013 No Comments

Do you know a science geek, filmmaker, artist, or maker in the 9th-12th grades?

The Academy is currently recruiting for our upcoming youth program, “Virtual Expeditions”. We are looking for youth who are excited about creating a science pop-up experience for Academy visitors. Please forward to youth who you think may be interested!

Virtual Expeditions: Making Science Come Alive for the Academy’s Visitors
Virtual Expeditions

Digital Learning is looking for a team of teens to work together over this school year to create a “virtual science expedition” for visitors to the Academy. Youth in the program will get to learn about our recent field expeditions around the world, and then will be challenged to translate what our scientists do in the field into an interactive, fun, and educational experience for our visitors. Interacting closely with our researchers, teens will use technologies like video, sensors, and mobile devices to make science come alive on the public floor.

Applications are due September 26 at 5pm.

For questions about the Virtual Expeditions program, email Rik Panganiban

Click here to learn more about our other youth opportunities.

Program Requirements
Virtual Expeditions participants should:

  • currently be in high school
  • have a strong interest in science and the California Academy of Sciences
  • enjoy working with digital media and technology (prior tech skills desired, but not required)
  • want to create fun, educational experiences for the public
  • commit to seeing through a project that will take many months to complete

Interested youth can apply here: http://tinyurl.com/VirtualExpeditions