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Academy Opportunity for High School Youth

by rochelle on Nov. 20th, 2012 No Comments

Do you have a student who is enthusiastic about science and the environment?

The Academy is now accepting applications for PART 2 of our Problems with Plastics program!

In this after-school program, high schoolers will work with our Digital Learning team, Academy experts, and local businesses to understand the role plastics play in our communities here in San Francisco. Youth will conduct research and make data driven decisions on how they can make a difference on the ecological landscape of San Francisco.

The experience will culminate on Earth Day weekend when the youth will unveil their plan for impact to all who attend the Academy’s Earth Day celebration!

The program will run from January 7, 2013 through April 20, 2013, twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, and on the 4th Saturday of every month (10:00 am – 4:00 pm).

We are accepting ONLY 6 high school students from any school in the Bay Area. Participants will be chosen on a rolling basis so youth need to apply quickly by clicking here!

Multicultural Astronomy in the Classroom

by rochelle on Nov. 19th, 2012 No Comments

Engage Your Students in Science Through Their Astronomical Heritage!

Project AstroMulticultural Astronomy in the Classroom

Saturday, January 12, 2013; 9:00am – 3:00pm
College of San Mateo Astronomy Department and Planetarium

This teacher professional development opportunity is brought to you by: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, College of San Mateo, Hartnell College, and Project ASTRO.

So often the teaching of astronomy ignores or sidesteps the contributions of non-European and non-U.S. cultures. Few educators receive much training in this area and often stick to what they know best, even when an increasing number of their students are from cultures beyond those familiar to them. In this workshop, explore activities and resources about the astronomical heritage of cultures from around the world, and learn some techniques to engage your students with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Target Audience: 3rd – 9th grade teachers; interested educators of all grade levels
Cost: $20 (includes lunch)
For more information and to register: Click Here

**NOTE: This is not an Academy sponsored workshop. Please direct all questions and requests for more information directly to Project ASTRO.**

Free Online Astronomy Workshop

by rochelle on Nov. 19th, 2012 No Comments

Sky Rangers Online Workshop for Outdoor Astronomy Interpretation

January 21 – March 15, 2013
Application deadline
: November 28, 2012

Sky Rangers workshops, which are part of the Astronomy from the Ground Up (AFGU) program, are designed for educators and interpreters from parks, nature centers, and other informal outdoor and environmental educational facilities.

This 8-week workshop will get you out under the night sky, build your confidence in locating constellations and planets, and give you the tools to interpret the sky for your audiences. Each participant will also receive a free toolkit of materials for a variety of outdoor astronomy activities, plus an additional Our Magnetic Sun toolkit of activities for interpreting the Sun and leading daytime solar observing programs. See eligibility requirements and read what past participants of this workshop have had to say about the experience.

Apply online by November 28.
For more information: Click here

**NOTE: This is not an Academy sponsored workshop. Please direct all questions and requests for more information directly to Astronomy from the Ground up.**

Earth and Space Science for Families!

by rochelle on Nov. 16th, 2012 No Comments

Looking for a way to connect your student’s families to an afternoon of experiments and exhibits on Earth and Space Science?

 Stomp Rockets
Exploration Station is a program of activities organized by the various American Geophysical Union (AGU) groups who will be gathered in San Francisco for their annual conference.

On December 2, 2012, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in Moscone South, families can make their way through dozens of exhibits offering a variety of easy, family friendly, hands-on activities and an opportunity to interact one-on-one with scientists, engineers, and education specialists. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Check out the list of some of the many groups represented at this event by clicking here.

Mars CuriosityScientists working with Mars Curiosity Rover will also deliver a Public Lecture immediately before (and next door to) Exploration Station. Click here to read more about the lecture.
**NOTE: This is not an Academy event. If you have any questions about the event, please direct your questions directly to Bethany Adamec, Education and Public Outreach Coordinator or Pranoti Asher, Education and Public Outreach Manager.**

Teacher workshop on birds this November 14th!

by rochelle on Nov. 6th, 2012 No Comments

BirdSleuth and Native Bird Connections Workshop
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, from 3:30-5:30 pm

Brewer's Blackbird
This workshop is offered by BirdSleuth and Native Bird Connections and will be held at The Gardens at Heather Farms (Rotary Room) in Walnut Creek, CA.

Experience new activities from Cornell Lab of Ornithology, get a free bird feeder, meet a Barn Owl and American Kestral, learn about the Native Bird Connections “Outside Child” program, and find out how birds can bring excitement and hands-on learning to your students.

This workshop is open to all educators, but the activities presented are most appropriate for K-8 students. This workshop is free, but you must register in advance (deadline: November 10, 2012). All participants will get a bird feeder and free activities! Register today!

**NOTE: This is not an Academy sponsored workshop. Please direct all questions and requests for more information directly to BirdSleuth or Native Bird Connections.**