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Upcoming Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops

Explore many facets of science through teacher professional development at the Academy! Dive into science content, explore scientific practices, engage in effective teaching pedagogy, and develop a sense of how science really works. Each workshop includes relevant science activities, thoughtful discussions, and the opportunity to connect with other educators. Please join us for some fun and meaningful professional development!

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Registration

Register for workshops by calling the Contact Center at (877) 227-3311, or by purchasing a ticket online at the link below. Ticket prices for each workshop are listed below with the workshop descriptions.

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Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

This workshop is sold out. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Skull
An animal skull can be an amazing resource for exploring natural history and practicing skills such as observation and interpretation. In this workshop, participants will investigate the skulls of seven Northern Californian mammals and learn some of the critical differences that distinguish herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores. Discover the significance of eye placement and learn to infer what animals eat from the shapes of their teeth.

After taking this workshop, you will be eligible to use the Skulls Kit in your classroom.

To see activity descriptions, materials, and the science content standards covered by the kit, visit the Skulls Kit page.
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Tickets: $15
Click here to register.
Banana Leaves
Tropical rainforests cover only about 6 percent of the world's land surface, yet are home to about 50 percent of all terrestrial plant and animal species. In this workshop, you will learn about the importance of the water cycle in the Amazon, the challenging life cycle of rainforest plants, and more. Explore the California Academy of Sciences' Rainforests of the World exhibit and discover ways to connect this unique exhibit with your classroom curriculum.

After taking this workshop, you will be eligible to use the Rainforests of the World (grades 4-8) Kit in your classroom.

To see activity descriptions, materials, and the science content standards covered by the kit, visit the Rainforest (grades 4-8) Kit page.
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Tickets: $35
Click here to register.

Special Note: This is a three part workshop taking place on

  • Wednesday October 1,
  • Wednesday October 8, and
  • Wednesday October 15.

In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

What are the common myths that skeptics use to argue against climate change? Through hands-on activities and laboratory demos, learn how to debunk some of those myths and misconceptions about greenhouse gases, global warming, and the like. Learn how the framing of a climate change message influences the way in which people think about the subject. Leave with the confidence to teach the science behind climate change in your classroom!

Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Tickets: $15
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How do we know what we know about the solar system? Get your hands on the Academy’s brand new Astronomy Kit and find out! Explore the planet Mars and discover how our knowledge about this red planet has been built over time. Start by observing the movement of a tiny red dot across the constellations, then see how telescopes transformed our observations. Consider the benefits and challenges of using rovers to learn about distant worlds, and find out how careful planning and critical thinking play a role in space exploration.

After taking this workshop, you will be eligible to use the Astronomy Kit in your classroom.

Activity descriptions and materials will be posted soon!

Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Tickets: $15
Click here to register.
Geology Kit
Join us to experience hands-on activities that illuminate the hidden processes of our planet. Learn about the Earth's layers, the movement of tectonic plates, and earthquakes. Take a look back over geologic time and check out some fossils from key points in Earth's history.

After taking this workshop, you will be eligible to use the Geology (grades 6-12) Kit in your classroom.

To see activity descriptions, materials, and the science content standards covered by the kit, visit the Geology (6-12) Kit page.
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Tickets: $15
Click here to register.
Coral Reef Kit
Dive into the world of the coral reef ecosystem through a variety of engaging, hands-on activities and games. Learn about coral polyp anatomy, the ecological importance of coral reefs, and the critical environmental conditions necessary for coral to survive. Explore the California Academy of Sciences' Philippine coral reef exhibit and discover ways to connect this vibrant exhibit with your classroom curriculum.

After taking this workshop, you will be eligible to use the Coral Reefs Kit in your classroom.

To see activity descriptions, materials, and the science content standards covered by the kit, visit the Coral Reefs Kit page.
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Tickets: $15
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Biology plays an important role in the movement of carbon in and out of the air, land and ocean through the process of photosynthesis. Plants pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and use it to power themselves and increase their mass as they grow. But how does the carbon dioxide get into a plant? Using microscopes, we will investigate stomata on the leaves of plants, pores that plants open and close to allow carbon dioxide to come in and water to get out. This workshop is a great connection to pre- and post- visit activities for the Plants of the Living Roof field trip program.
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Tickets: $35
Click here to register.

Special Note: This is a two part workshop taking place on

  • Wednesday December 10 and
  • Wednesday December 17.

In order to participate, you must be able to attend both sessions.

NEW! Discover how your classroom library can link the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), bringing science into reading time and reading into science time. In this workshop, we will explore books that tell the stories of scientists and their work, highlighting the Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS. You will also develop a new perspective on your existing classroom library, enabling you to spot the books that illustrate the Practices in action. In addition, you will learn strategies for integrating these books into your teaching. Leave the workshop with a list of book titles, a new perspective on old favorites, and the ability to help foster your students’ connections to science.

 

Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Workshop price: $15
Click here to register.
obsidian rock
Explore the physical properties of rocks, minerals, and sand through hands-on observation and investigation. Discover the difference between igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, learn about the rock cycle, and trace the mineral resources used to manufacture objects that you use every day. While appropriate for grades 2 - 5, this kit emphasizes 4th grade science content standards.

After taking this workshop, you will be eligible to use the Geology (grades 2 - 5) Kit in your classroom.

To see activity descriptions, materials, and the science content standards covered by the kit, visit the Geology (2-5) Kit page.
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