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Think Evolution: A summer institute for science educators

by rochelle on Apr. 29th, 2013 No Comments

Calling all middle school, high school, and community college biology teachers and science educators!

DarwinPut on your evolution eyeglasses and your nature of science thinking cap and join the University of California Museum of Paleontology for (yet another) fun-filled five days of evolutionary explorations with biologists and educators at the University of California. The Think Evolution Summer Institute, returning for its fifth year, will combine lectures by prominent evolutionary biologists with sessions focused on hands-on activities for the middle school, high school, and community college classroom. Topics this year include genomics, phylogeography of amphibians, biogeography of moths, the evolution of gossip, and natural selection.

When: Monday through Friday, July 29–August 2, 2013; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Who: Middle school, high school, and community college biology teachers and science educators
Where: UC Museum of Paleontology, Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley
Cost: $75.00 for five days; includes lots of free resources distributed to participating teachers plus morning and afternoon snacks. Plus a field trip to our very own Academy for a tour of Human Odyssey.
For more information: Visit the program website
To Register: Click here soon as the course fills up quickly!

**NOTE: This is not an Academy hosted course. Please direct all questions and requests for more information to Louise S. Mead or Lisa White.**

Animal Observations at Homeschool Day

by rochelle on Apr. 26th, 2013 4 Comments

We want to thank everyone who attended our spring Homeschool Day on Tuesday, April 23!

The Academy was hopping with Homeschoolers and their families learning in the Academy exhibits, discovering in the Naturalist Center, and observing our animals to collect data. Read more about the activities available at this event HERE.

Save the Date!

Our next Homeschool Day events will take place on Monday, December 9, 2013 and Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

For those who were not at our Homeschool Day event this spring, we invited all attendees to take some time to explore some of the animals at the Academy. Read on to see some of the great work that they did.

Reptiles!
Younger learners collected observations on adaptations of reptiles in our Rainforest and Aquarium. Here is the activity guide they used to find their way.

Those who shared their data found reptiles in many colors of the rainbow! See a picture of the chart they made:

Did you see a reptile in the Rainforest or Aquarium? If so, tell us about what colors you saw and how those colors help it survive in its habitat? (You can use the comment option below to tell us!)

Bird Behavior
Older homeschoolers were invited to be an Academy biologist for the day and take careful observations of the behaviors of some of the live birds that we have in our Academy exhibits.

Using this worksheet, kids made tallys of penguin and macaw behaviors.

We compiled all the results into graphs that you can use to compare what you observed at Homeschool Day to what other homeschoolers observed on the same day! See the results here.

Let us know what types of behaviors you and your family saw at Homeschool Day! (Use the comments section below to share what penguin and macaw behaviors you observed.)

For questions about homeschool events, email homeschool@calacademy.org.
If you wish to receive homeschool event updates directly to your email, you can sign up for our homeschool email list by sending us a note at homeschool@calacademy.org.