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Teen Science Night at the Academy!

by megan on Jul. 31st, 2013 No Comments

Teen Science Night
Friday, August 16, 2013

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

The California Academy of Sciences announces the first TEENS ONLY After-Hours event. This event welcomes teens from across the San Francisco Bay Area to the California Academy of Sciences for a FREE night of Science Exploration, Experimentation, and Entertainment!

Sponsored by the Bay Area Teen Science (B.A.T.S.) collaboration and hosted by the Academy of Sciences’ own youth programs, Teen Science Night will bring together demonstrations and performances in collaboration with different institutions like the Oakland Zoo, the Chabot Space Science Center, the Exploratorium, and the UC Berkeley Space Science Laboratory.

This event will provide a safe environment to allow youth from various backgrounds to learn, share, and discover science.

  • Must RSVP to attend. Please click on link below.
  • Open to all Bay Area youth (ages 13-18 only).

Be sure to RSVP: http://cas-teen-science.eventbrite.com/

SCRAP Annual Celebration and Material Giveaway!

by megan on Jul. 26th, 2013 1 Comment

Hats Off to Teachers!
SCRAP’s Annual Celebration & Materials GiveAway
for SF Bay Area Teachers

August 10th
10am to 4pm

801 Toland Street, San Francisco

SCRAP is hosting a Hats Off to Teachers party and materials give-away on August 10th from 10am to 4pm! If you are an SF Bay Area teacher, come by to gather free classroom supplies.

They’ll have all kinds of materials for your classroom: pens, pencils, paper, markers, binders, paint brushes, National Geographics, sponges and much more!

If you’re not a teacher, SCRAP needs your help! Donate supplies now!

SCRAP is hoping to supply 200+ teachers for their classrooms at our Hats Off to Teachers Materials GiveAway and Celebration this August. SCRAP is currently collecting office and classroom supplies to give away to teachers. Please let them know if you would be willing to set up a donation drive at your work or in your neighborhood. They can provide you with all the materials and bins that you need, email scrap@scrap-sf.org.

In case you don’t know, SCRAP is San Francisco’s oldest and largest creative reuse nonprofit. They divert over half a million pounds of corporate and individual donations from the landfill, selling or giving them away to teachers, artists, nonprofits and individuals. The 5000 square foot warehouse holds all kinds of materials for creative reuse and the arts. You can find anything there from fabric, paper, office supplies, toys, party decorations, and boxes to plastics, woods, tiles, metals, and foam core.

The Ordinary, Extraordinary Junco: Evolution in Action

by megan on Jul. 10th, 2013 No Comments

Juncos are among the most common and most abundant “backyard birds” found across North America, and they are easily observable by millions of people daily. Did you know that they also tell an exciting evolutionary story?

The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco is a documentary film project designed to engage, entertain, and inspire student and adult audiences of all backgrounds. The feature-length film (88 min.) is comprised of eight shorter video modules (3 to 20 min.), or “chapters,” that highlight past and present biological research on one of the most common and abundant –yet amazing and diverse – groups of songbirds in North America, the Juncos.

Each video chapter explores key themes in animal behavior, ecology, or evolution, and conveys the process of scientific research with high school and college science standards in mind. Related educational resources are available to facilitate classroom or self-directed (e.g., homework) use.

There is also a teacher guide!

Ordinary Extraordinary Junco

What: A film highlighting research on a common yet amazing group of backyard birds, the Juncos

Run Time: 88 minutes total, but comprised of eight shorter video chapters (3 to 20 min. each)

Created for public and student audiences of all backgrounds and ages

Key themes: evolution, animal behavior, ecology, and the research process

Designed with science and biology education standards in mind (high school and college)

Produced by biologists and filmmakers from Indiana University

Funded by the National Science Foundation and Indiana University

And it’s all available for free!

Read more here