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Know a promising high school student?

by michelle on Jan. 28th, 2011 No Comments

data collecting at the tidepools!Do you know a promising 9th or 10th grader who has a spark for science? Know a student that is motivated, intellectually curious, and would benefit from a science education internship at the California Academy of Sciences?

The Careers in Science Intern Program is a year-round, multi-year science education and youth development program for youth from backgrounds traditionally under-represented in the sciences.  This paid internship provides youth with the opportunity to learn science, teach science to others, and conduct science in an authentic work environment.  The program also provides college preparation and job and life skills development support.

Eligibility requirements are:

  • Currently live and attend school in San Francisco (greater consideration given to SFUSD students)
  • Currently be in 9th or 10th grade and enrolled full-time in an accredited school
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA with no grades lower than a “C” in science courses
  • Be able to work legally in the US and obtain a valid work permit
  • Be able to commit to all the attendance requirements of the program, including trainings, after-school, weekend, and summer work, on a year-round multi-year basis, including:
      CiS interns!

    • Monday afternoon training sessions year-round (2pm-5pm summer; 4:30pm-7pm academic year)
    • During the school year – 1 additional weekday after-school (4:00pm-6:30pm) & 1 weekend day (9:30am-1:30pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm) adding up to between 6-10 hours/week (no regular programming on Fridays or Sundays)
    • During the summer – able to work 2 weekdays and 1 weekend day (9:30am-1:30pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm) adding up to between 10-16 hours/week (no regular programming on Fridays or Sundays)
  • Be able to reach the Academy in Golden Gate Park for their work shift, on time
  • Demonstrate interest in and enthusiasm for learning about science, teaching science to different audiences and conducting science

data collecting at the tidepools!Our primary target are youth who have interest and spark in science, who are motivated and willing to work hard, but for whom the program would provide the critical difference in pursuing a higher education degree and career in science, engineering, math and technology.

Applications will be available for download February 1 at our Careers in Science page and will be due March 25, 2011.

Recruitment visits to school sites can be arranged by emailing Eric Godoy, Manager of Careers in Science. 

Google’s Science Fair!

by michelle on Jan. 24th, 2011 No Comments

Google science fairWe wanted to let you know that Google has just launched the first online science fair. They are looking for bright young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today. The competition is open to students aged 13 – 18 working on their own or in a team of two to three.

Google’s Science Fair Teachers page has a wealth of information on how to facilitate your child’s exploration and project, such as a section on how to get started, tips on how to help your child move through the scientific method, and how to keep them motivated and poised for success.

You can also learn about the panel of judges as well as some pretty amazing prizes. Check out the Google Science Fair pages for more information. We wish your students good luck, and happy experimenting!

Learn how to include more wildlife conservation in your teaching!

by michelle on Jan. 14th, 2011 No Comments

Interested in enhancing your understanding of the living world and learning to teach about wildlife conservation in your subject area?

Classroom Earth 2011 Grants
Classroom Earth, a National Environmental Education Foundation Program, is supporting middle and high school teachers who want to make wildlife conservation part of their curriculum. Classroom Earth’s 2011 Professional Development Grants will enable applicants to take one six-week online course offered by the Wildlife Conservation Society to create a strong foundation in wildlife conservation.

There are three courses available: Conservation Biology for Educators, Predators: Biology and Conservation, and Habitat Ecology for Educators.

Classroom Earth Logo The application deadline is February 1, 2011. Check out Classroom Earth for more information on how to apply! The Classroom Earth grant opportunity will also support teachers to earn graduate level credit.

Explore birds and citizen science…at NSTA!

by megan on Jan. 11th, 2011 No Comments

2011 NSTA Conference LogoGreat news! Academy educators will be partnering with our friends over at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to deliver a half-day short course at the 2011 NSTA national conference.

NSTA National Conference
March 10–13, 2011
San Francisco, CA

To receive earlybird registration rates, visit the conference website by the Friday, January 14!

More than 1,400 presentations and workshops have been scheduled, covering a wide range of scientific disciplines and targeting audiences from preschool to college.

After entering contact information and registering for the conference itself, you’ll have the opportunity to select short courses, social events, and field trips — such as the short course hosted here at the Academy.

Short Course
“Exploring Birds and Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences!”

DATE & TIME: Friday, March 11, 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
LOCATION: California Academy of Sciences

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, courtesy of DarhawkHow can you use your school yard for citizen science and inquiry? Join staff us for an indoor and outdoor adventure that will arm you with tools to conduct citizen science counts and guide your students through all aspects of designing and conducting their own science investigations—from carefully observing birds to asking intriguing questions, from collecting and analyzing relevant data to sharing their results with peers. Participants will test their new skills firsthand with an outdoor eBird citizen science count. Take home a BirdSleuth: Most Wanted Birds curriculum kit—lessons and supplies that will jump-start participation by your class! Learn more about BirdSleuth

NSTA will provide transportation to and from the Academy of Sciences. Course Cost: $96 (advance) or $101 (onsite). Purchase tickets when you register online or on the San Francisco Advance Registration Form.

PRESENTERS: Jennifer Fee (Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Ithaca, NY); Helena Carmena and Megan Schufreider (California Academy of Sciences: San Francisco, CA)

Psst…a little birdie told us that staff are arranging a behind-the-scenes tour of the ornithology collections at the Academy, in addition to a search for bird specimens within the museum exhibits!