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Free EEI Curriculum Training for 6th-12th Grade Teachers

by rochelle on Sep. 10th, 2012 No Comments

Come to the Academy to join CalRecycle educators in a dynamic and engaging professional development training session with the California EEI Curriculum (Education and the Environment Initiative)! They can’t wait to show you the depth and flexibility there is to this innovative K-12 curriculum.

What: EEI Curriculum Professional Development Training
When: Thursday, September 20, 2012, from 4-6 p.m.
Who: Grades 6-12 Teachers
Cost: Free! And you can take home a curriculum sample!

How to Register: Contact Lucy Christensen at (916) 323-5551 or Lucy.Christensen@CalRecycle.ca.gov

And … stay a little later because you’re invited to join us after the session with complimentary admission to NightLife!

This EEI Curriculum training is offered at no charge for teachers. Join CalRecycle to learn how the standards-based and environment-based EEI Curriculum teaches selected Science and History-Social Science standards to mastery. The EEI also solidly addresses California English Language Arts standards (K-3), as well as California Common Core standards for ELA and Literacy (K-12).

Sign up to attend and you’ll receive a complimentary DVD when you complete the training. Plus, complimentary printed units with classroom sets of student materials will be offered to all attendees. You can preview the units at www.CaliforniaEEI.org at any time. They can also be downloaded for free in PDF format – your district does not have to purchase the EEI Curriculum.

There are 85 EEI Curriculum units that cover more than 100 academic content standards for grades K-12, and the EEI uses the environment as a context for learning. Unique features of the EEI include in-depth Teacher Editions to help you teach the standards to mastery, and California-specific case studies help students learn about the environment and important issues right here in California.

“To watch students engage with the natural world and make new intellectual connections as a result of their learning is educational gold.” Ms. Wendy Weller, 2nd Grade

So sign up now and join in for a 2-hour professional development session to learn how you can use the environment to teach the standards to mastery!

EEI Trainings at the Academy are made possible by the generous support of Friends of Environmental Education.

**NOTE: This is not an Academy run activity. Please direct all questions and requests for more information directly to Lucy Christensen.**

Upcoming Free Days at the Academy

by rochelle on Sep. 10th, 2012 Comments Off

Looking for a way to get to the Academy for free this fall?

There is an upcoming Free Day on Sunday, September 16, 2012, and we have just announced the schedule for our San Francisco neighborhood free days.

Quarterly Free Sundays

ChaseGenerously sponsored by Chase

The Academy is free to everyone on selected Sundays throughout the year. Admission is on a first-come, first served basis, and early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand. Please note that final entry to the museum on free days is 4:00 pm.

All guests receive free admission on:

  • September 16, 2012
  • December 9, 2012
  • March 3, 2013
  • June 2, 2013

San Francisco Neighborhood Free Days

Target ®Generously sponsored by Target

San Francisco residents enjoy free admission on a designated weekend each spring and fall, according to ZIP code. (Proof of Residency Required*)

Free admission is available for San Francisco residents in each ZIP code during the designated dates listed below. Each visiting adult is limited to six children for free entry.

NEIGHBORHOOD ZIP CODE AREA FALL 2012 FREE DAYS SPRING 2013 FREE DAYS
Mission, Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Castro, Cole Valley, Haight, Glen Park, St. Francis Wood, Lake Merced 94110, 94114, 94117, 94127, 94131, 94132 September 28, 29, 30 April 12, 13, 14
Parkside, Sunset 94116, 94122 October 5, 6, 7 April 19, 20, 21
Richmond, Seacliff, Presidio, Western Addition, Chinatown, Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Telegraph Hill, North Beach, Marina 94108, 94109, 94115, 94118, 94121, 94123, 94129, 94133 October 12, 13, 14 April 26, 27, 28
Hayes Valley, Tenderloin, Downtown, SoMa, Treasure Island, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, Bayview-Hunters Point, Ingelside-Excelsior, Visitacion Valley 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94111, 94112, 94124, 94130, 94134, 94158 October 19, 20, 21 May 3, 4, 5

* Each visiting adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency. The following items or combinations are acceptable:

  • A driver license or state ID card
  • Photo ID plus postmarked envelope, postcard, or magazine label with name and date
  • Photo ID plus utility bill (gas/electric/cable), bank statement, or letter from a government agency with name and home address (not a P.O. Box)

Name That Asteroid!

by rochelle on Sep. 10th, 2012 No Comments

Students worldwide have an opportunity to name an asteroid from which an upcoming NASA mission will return the first samples to Earth.

Scheduled to launch in 2016, the mission is called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx).

Right now, the asteroid’s name is 1999 RQ36, but The Planetary Society, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, and the University of Arizona are asking students around the world to suggest better names for the asteroid.

Enter by December 2, 2012, to have a chance to name a piece of the solar system!

The contest is open to kids under the age of 18. To enter, parents or teachers must fill out an online entry form with the proposed name and a short explanation of why that name is a good choice.

Asteroids can’t be named just anything, of course. The International Astronomical Union governs the naming of big and small objects in the solar system, and they have guidelines on how to name near-Earth objects like 1999 RQ36.

For more information about the NASA mission, visit the OSIRIS-REx website or for specifics on the contest, click here.

**NOTE: This is not an Academy sponsored activity. Please direct all questions and requests for more information directly to The Planetary Society.**