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Bay Area Science Festival

by rochelle on Oct. 21st, 2012 No Comments

Bay Area Science Festival

Get your students excited about science outside of the classroom or participate in teacher events throughout the Bay Area.

From October 25 to November 3, 2012, the Bay Area will come alive with science and technology activities – lectures, debates, and exhibitions from Santa Rosa to San Jose. For the complete program schedule visit the Bay Area Science Festival website.

Discovery Days

Encourage your students to spend a day doing science. Participate in programs chock-full of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, all meant to entertain and inspire.

Events for Educators

Educator Giveaway: South San Francisco
Thanks to donations from labs and companies across the Bay Area, educators will have access to high quality materials and scientific equipment for their classrooms at the Bio-link Depot. Everything from pipettes to glassware to safety equipment will be given away for free! The give-away on Saturday October 27 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm are sponsored by BABEC and CCSF’s BIO-LINK Depot. Please bring school/educator ID.

Educator Extravaganza 2012Educator Extravaganza
The Academy’s own Educator Extravaganza is also part of the Bay Area Science Festival this year. On Saturday, November 3, 2012, join fellow educators to explore the California Academy of Sciences inside and out. Walk away with resources, activities and inspiration to bring science into your classroom in exciting new ways. Advance registration is required, and space is limited! For more information and to register for the Extravaganza, visit the event’s website.

Come celebrate Halloween at the Academy

by rochelle on Oct. 19th, 2012 No Comments

SuperNaturalLooking for a family-friendly way to celebrate Halloween?


Saturday, October 27, 2012


The California Academy of Sciences invites families to grab their costumes and have a ghostly good time while trick-or-treating through the Academy at night among spooktacular animals and spine-tingling specimens at SuperNatural Halloween 2012.

  • Trick-or-treat in a fun, educational and safe environment
  • Party with larger-than-life stiltwalkers and roaming magicians
  • Transform into your favorite Academy creature with fanciful face painting
  • BOOgie to the tunes of the Crunchy Frog Band and enjoy live animal shows
  • See a giant pumpkin carving demonstration and A Haunted Tour of the Night Sky in the Planetarium
  • Participate in ghoulishly good hands-on fun, craft booths, and family-friendly activities for all ages
  • Capture the night with photoBOOth snapshots
  • Complimentary beverages for adults and children
  • Come in costume and get a free trick-or-treat bag!
  • Academy Café will be open for dinner, snacks, and drinks
  • Proceeds support Academy programs including field trips for 130,000 students annually

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the SuperNatural Halloween web page.

Ocean Literacy Professional Development

by rochelle on Oct. 11th, 2012 No Comments

Winged Ambassadors
Ocean Literacy Through the Eyes of an Albatross

Professional Development Workshop for grade 6-12 Educators

Winged Ambassadors is a five lesson activity package that helps students to learn about seabirds, the ocean, and marine and land debris. Albatrosses traverse vast oceanic regions searching for floating food, and often ingest plastic trash and feed it to their chicks. The five activities in this unit are inquiry-based science instruction and are aligned to standards for grades 6-8, with extensions for grades 9-12.

Each lesson includes a lesson plan with suggested discussion questions, ideas for differentiation, extensions, suggestions for videos and Internet links. Also included are student worksheets and handouts and other materials for the teacher.

This workshop will be useful to classroom teachers and others who work with children.

P.R.B.O./Conservation Science: 3820 Cypress Drive, Petaluma

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

For more information and to register, click here.

**NOTE: This is not an Academy sponsored program. Please direct all questions and requests for more information directly to Jill McIntyre for registration inquiries or Mike Roa for content questions.**