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Teaching Science through Citizen Science, Workshop for Grades 6-12

by megan on Apr. 29th, 2014 No Comments

Teaching Science through Citizen Science
One-Day Workshop for Teachers, Grades 6-12

Session A: Wednesday August 6, 2014 or Session B: Thursday August 7, 2014

Teacher and Students studying data at table outside9:00am – 4:00pm
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Are you looking for ways to incorporate hands-on and inquiry–based learning into your STEM curriculum? Have you wondered how to engage your students in meaningful science research? Citizen science is an opportunity for students to make important contributions to ongoing investigations around the world.

In this workshop, researchers and educators from the California Academy of Sciences will present a toolkit for integrating citizen science into your curriculum, including step-by-step guidance on how to design and implement authentic partnerships between your students and the scientific community.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Foster scientific inquiry skills
  • Structure student involvement in data collection and analysis
  • Increase understanding of science concepts and processes
  • Build science communication skills
  • Evaluate learning through these experiences
  • Choose a citizen science project
  • Identify potential partners in your local community

While the focus of this course is on life sciences and environmental biology, the toolkit and associated resources are relevant to earth and physical science teachers, as well.

Pearson Foundation LogoTarget Audience: Teachers in grades 6 – 12
Cost: FREE!*

For more information and to register, email: rkc@calacademy.org

Space is limited to the first 40 registrants per session. Light breakfast and lunch provided.

*Generously supported by the Pearson Foundation

Want More Science at School?

by megan on Apr. 28th, 2014 No Comments

Edventuremore In-Class Programs

Edventure More, the organization voted “Best Educational Support Program” by BayAreParent Magazine five years running, offers a variety of School Year Programs to meet your school’s needs.

Designed in partnership with top Bay Area museums like the California Academy of Sciences, they offer hands-on:

In Class Science Programs
Invite hands-on science learning into your classroom. Programs are aligned with state standards and actively engage students in the learning process. A limited number of 2014-15 school year can be reserved now. Visit their website, call 415.282.MORE (6673) or email outreach@edventuremore.org to learn more and reserve your 2014-15 In Class Program now.

After School Science & Technology Programs
Edventure More’s After School Programs are kid-friendly, build 21st Century Life Skills and are fully customizable to your school calendar. Visit their website to learn more, forward this link to your After School Program Coordinator so they can book a 2014-15 program or email outreach@edventuremore.org with the name of the Coordinator at your school.

Connect to Classroom virtual programs launch this fall!

by rochelle on Apr. 25th, 2014 1 Comment

Connect to Classrooms Dr. Blackburn shows frog specimens
Can’t bring your students on an Academy field trip next year? Too far away to rent a kit? Or just want to add excitement to your science curriculum?

 
With just a computer, internet, projector, and speakers you can bring Academy collections and experts into your classroom starting this Fall 2014.

 
Learn about the adaptions of penguins, get a close-up view of specimens from our collection, practice asking questions like Academy scientists, and engage in conversations with Academy experts.

 
More information will be available in September, so keep your eyes open! Until then, if you have any questions email us at connect2classrooms@calacademy.org.

 
 
Check out a sample screen shot from just one of our programs:

Connect to Classrooms Shark program

Saturday, May 3rd: Environmental Literacy for All Educators’ Conference

by megan on Apr. 15th, 2014 No Comments

Environmental Literacy for All
 
2nd Annual Educators’ Conference

Saturday, May 3, 2014
John O’Connell High School
2355 Folsom St, San Francisco
10:00 am – 3:00pm

Explore Environmental Literacy Education With Experts

Register online at http://environmentalliteracyconference.eventbrite.com


 
Resource Fair & Lunch

  • Catered lunch
  • Learn about professional development, field trip and student learning opportunities
  • Connect with colleagues and community members
  • Integrate ELD and Science

Free Workshops for Pre-K-12 Teachers

  • Presented by partner organizations and fellow SFUSD teachers
  • Hands-on learning
  • Connect with colleagues and community members
  • Take home materials and curriculum to try in your classroom

Free event with parking available!
 

For more information, download the flyer or contact Elishama Goldfarb.

Note that the Academy is not the primary planner for this event. If you have specific questions you can contact Elishama Goldfarb directly.

Project ASTRO Training Workshop 2014

by megan on Apr. 14th, 2014 No Comments

Project ASTRO
ASP’s Project ASTRO partners Teachers with Astronomers in Bay Area Schools & Community Organizations
Galileo Workship

Project ASTRO seeks 3rd–9th grade teachers and astronomers who have a passion for sharing the wonders of astronomy with students. Teacher-Astronomer partners will attend a free 2-day summer workshop to learn hands-on, inquiry-based astronomy activities designed to inspire and excite students in their science pursuits and eventual professions.

Project ASTRO applications are now being accepted for the 2014–2015 school year. All participants are required to attend a free 2-day workshop held July 25–26 at the College of San Mateo Planetarium in San Mateo. Program participants receive The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0, a compilation of astronomy teaching resources, as well as materials from NASA.

Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students majoring in astronomy are also encouraged to apply!

Apply online to join the Project ASTRO program by May 30, 2014.

Teacher application . Astronomer application

Project ASTRO Training Workshop 2014
Friday & Saturday, July 25–26, 2014
9:00am–4:30pm
College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA
Attendance is required!

Target Audience: Teachers in grades 3 – 9
Cost: FREE!
For more information and to register, go to: astrosociety.org/baprojectastro.html