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Educating for Sustainability Summer Workshop

by rochelle on Mar. 20th, 2012 No Comments

The Bay Area Earth Science Institute in Collaboration with Creative Change Educational Solutions presents:

Educating for Sustainability
July 10-12, 2012

Education for sustainability aims to prepare citizens to contribute to the ecological, social, and economic well-being of the community and larger world. In this standards-based workshop, you’ll learn how to help your students explore fundamental questions about community well-being, community interdependence, and their connections to the larger world, build interdisciplinary knowledge about human-environmental interactions, and explore decision-making strategies and action projects focused on increasing individual and community well-being. Topics include energy and water resources, ecological footprint analysis, food systems, and climate change.
Bay Area Earth Science Institute
Who? Teachers of grade 6 and teacher education faculty from San Jose State University and California State University East Bay
When? July 10-12, 2012; 9:00 am – 3:30 pm each day
Where? San José State University
Why? Receive a stipend and qualify for 1 unit of Geology 104 (a $50 unit SJSU fee applies). Receive a year’s subscription to the Creative Change Educational Solutions’ on-line library of lessons, course modules, assessment tools, and curriculum frameworks for teaching sustainability.

**NOTE: This is not an Academy sponsored activity. Please direct all questions and requests for more information to Ellen Metzger.**

Family Bird Count in the Presidio!

by rochelle on Mar. 20th, 2012 No Comments

Family Bird Count in the Presidio
Presidio Kids Heron

Sunday, April 1st, 2012
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Meet at El Polín Spring

Did you know that the Presidio is a birding hotspot in the Bay Area? After a short “binocular bootcamp and birding basics” kids (ages 6 and up) and their families will join experienced birders in teams on different routes throughout the Presidio. After an easy 2 hour walk counting observed bird life, groups will return to El Polín Spring to tally their numbers during lunch. The day will be topped off with presentations of the day’s numbers by kids!

Presidio Kids observing birds
Lunch will not be provided, so bring a lunch and snacks as needed. Please remember to dress in layers and bring water. Binoculars are not required, but recommended if you have them (a supply of binoculars will be available to borrow for the day).

Because space is limited for this event, please RSVP to Alisha Cahlan at: acahlan@presidiotrust.gov or 415-561-2730. This event is free and co-sponsored by the Presidio Trust and the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

Google Science Fair

by rochelle on Mar. 13th, 2012 No Comments

Do you have a student who has been working on a project to answer a science question?

Google has launched the second annual Google Science Fair in partnership with CERN, National Geographic, LEGO and Scientific American. The Google Science Fair is an international competition which encourages students between the ages of 13 to 18 to be curious, ask questions, and perform science experiments to answer those questions. Students are invited to post their science projects online so that they may compete for incredible prizes. For 2012, the competition also has a new “Science in Action” prize sponsored by Scientific American for the top science project that shows positive, local community impact.
Google Science Fair
In May, 90 regional winners will be selected from around the world. From this pool, 15 global finalists will be flown to Google headquarters in Mountain View, California to present their projects in front of a panel of esteemed judges. The judges will then select a winner in each age category (13-14, 15-16, 17-18), as well as a grand-prize winner.

The competition is accepting submissions until the April 1, 2012.

Interested students and teachers should visit the Google Science Fair website to learn more, access resources, and apply today!