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Homeschool Day on April 8, 2014

by rochelle on Feb. 22nd, 2014 No Comments

Join us on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, for a special day when we invite homeschool students, ages 4- 17, and their families to to get into the Academy at a special discounted price and engage in science through presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on programs.

Touch Tank

Registration Information
Tickets will be available online starting at 8 am on March 12.
Homeschool admission for all families outside of San Francisco is only $6.95 for all children (ages 4-17) and up to two adults. San Francisco homeschool children (ages 4-17) and up to two adults can attend for free.

Reserved Programs require an additional fee and have limited availability.

Pre-registration is required to attend the event. Tickets will be available online starting March 12 at www.calacademy.org/homeschoolday. Reservations for our reserved programs will be taken over the phone (877-227-3311) starting at 8 am on March 12, 2014.

For all the details about registration, be sure to read our Registration Guide!
Discover Academy Animals
Homeschool Day is full of drop-in programs and places where you can learn more about the habitats and organisms on display at the Academy. Ask a biologist about our penguins, sharks, or coral reef fish as the animals are fed. Or, get your hands into a tidepool!
See our Registration Guide for more details about our exhibits and programs.
Reserved Programs
Be a scientist for the day in our hands-on programming. This spring look inside a squid or use the tools of a field biologist to explore the outdoors. We even have an astronomy show just for our homeschool families.
Learn more about the specific programs being offered in our Reserved Programs Guide.

Contact Us

For questions about homeschool events, email homeschool@calacademy.org.
For many of the most frequently asked questions about homeschool day registration and the event, see our Registration Guide and the Event FAQ.

Links to Important Homeschool Information

Free ocean acidification workshop at GFNMS

by megan on Feb. 18th, 2014 No Comments

The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary presents…

Ocean Acidification Teacher Workshop
February 22nd, 9:00 am to 1:00pm
GFNMS Building, 991 Marine Drive, San Francisco CA, 94129

The workshop will include two presentations by scientists engaged in research at the frontier of this emerging science:

Jim Barry is a senior scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute studying ocean acidification effects on the biology and ecology of marine benthic communities.

Jill Bible is a UC Davis graduate student at Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory studying how ocean acidification threatens oysters.

Participants will also:

  • Conduct plankton studies to identify organisms that are likely to be affected by the lowering pH of the oceans.
  • Be introduced to hands on experiments about ocean acidification they can use in their classrooms.
  • Become familiar with an abundance of Ocean Acidification learning resources, from websites and videos, to activities and information about ocean acidification research organizations.

Registration is required. Please contact Peter Winch at pwinch@farallones.org.

***This workshop is run through our partners over at the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Please direct all questions to Peter, as indicated above.***

March 2014′s Brilliant!Science: Incredible Ocean

by megan on Feb. 14th, 2014 No Comments

The Academy presents Brilliant!Science, an incredible festival celebrating the nutrient–rich ecosystem of micro and macro marine life along California’s coast. Enjoy a wide range of programs, family activities, lectures and social events throughout March!

Brilliant!Science Banner 2014

Here are some highlights:

  • Saturday, March 15 . 9:00am – 11:00am . Board Room
    Eye-Opening Science: The Changing Oceans
    In addition to the global climate change, one of the consequences of increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the concern that this gas will dissolve in the world’s oceans and create more acidic conditions. Organisms that produce a calcium carbonate skeleton are potentially highly vulnerable to this acidification. What is the current state of the world’s oceans? Currently, how serious a problem is ocean acidification?
  • Saturday, March 22 & Sunday, March, 23 . 10:00am – 4:00pm . Piazza
    Family Festival: Incredible Ocean
    Explore the Incredible Ocean through informative, interactive programs for the whole family. Learn about local efforts to preserve and nuture marine life, and join in for a special storytime.
  • Saturday, March 28 & Sunday, March 29 . Chrissy Field
    Bioblitz: Golden Gate National Parks
    During BioBlitz, teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible The Academy is participating in this year’s BioBlitz effort which includes a biodiversity festival at Chrissy Field. For more details, visit this site.


Big Picture Competition: Kids and youth can enter!

by megan on Feb. 12th, 2014 No Comments

Big Picture Photography Competition

The Academy’s BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work to the competition that will both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it.

Chaired by award-winning photographer Suzi Eszterhas, this competition welcomes professional-level, high-caliber nature, wildlife and conservation images and is open to all photographers.

In fact, there are age divisions for kids aged 5-11 and youth aged 12-17!

Enter Your Images into the Big Picture Photography Competition by March 31, 2014, for your chance to win the Grand Prize of $5000 cash along with $2000 in Calumet photography gear!

Winning photos will be featured in an exhibit on the Academy’s museum public floor from August 1 – November 2, 2014.

For more details, visit http://bigpicturecompetition.org

Evaluation project seeks 6th & 7th grade teachers – stipend available

by megan on Feb. 11th, 2014 No Comments

SRI International is seeking science teachers to become part of a research study testing SimCityEDU game-based leaning and assessment tools for middle school science classrooms, with its associated curriculum based on the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core ELA Standards.

Students are asked to solve real-world problems using systems thinking skills such as how to balance the output of pollution in a city against the need for power to run businesses and create jobs.

The researchers are seeking up to 10 middle school science teachers of 6th and 7th graders to:

  • Participate in professional development to learn how to play the games and use individual student data to assess their students’ acumen with selected Next Generation Science Standards and ELA Common Core Standards.
  • Use the SimCityEDU curriculum package (including game activities, embedded assessments, and non-technology enhanced classroom activities) for 9 science class periods with their students.
  • Participate in two structured interviews with researchers to provide feedback about the teacher and student experience using the game-based curriculum package and the formative assessment feedback.
  • Gather parent consent.
  • Administer a brief survey to all participating students about their experience playing SimCityEDU and using the curriculum materials.
  • Allow researchers to observe the game-play and related instructional activities as they are implemented in your classroom for at least four science periods.

Who: Middle School Science Teachers from the Bay Area and their students (grades 6th and 7th)

What: Students must have one-to-one access to computers with consistent online availability in the school during science class. Also, district administration must approve of participation and parent consent will be required.

When: This Spring – preferably before end of April, 2014 but timing is flexible

Stipend: Teachers receive an honorarium of $1200 to take part in this research study!

Interested? Please contact Amy Hafter (amy.hafter@sri.com / 650.859.4566) as soon as possible. SRI can only accommodate 10 teachers in this first implementation study!

**Note: This study is not run by the California Academy of Sciences, so please direct all inquiries to Amy Hafter, listed above.***