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April 9, 2014
High School Science Newsletter #14
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Spotlight on 2014 BioBlitz!

 
What is a BioBlitz? 
A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. BioBlitz 2014 in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area consisted of a two-day Biodiversity festival in Crissy Field, along with a 24 hour inventory of all living things in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Scientists and the general public worked together to document the biodiversity that exists in our local national park. A few exciting finds included two Bald Eagle sightings, the first ever sighting of a gulf fritillary butterfly and a climbing salamander in the GGNRA, and a wildlife camera photo of a mountain lion (Rancho Corral de Tierra) and a badger (Marin Headlands). 
 
What did SFUSD teachers and students do? How many organisms were documented?  
The Parks Conservancy, National Geographic, the Presidio Trust, the SFUSD Science Department and Education Outside collaborated to create an inventory experience for over 2000 of our public school students. 40 4th-8th grade SFUSD teachers brought 55 classes to Fort Funston and Lands End to inventory plants, birds and insects, using field guides as well as iPads with the app iNaturalist. Educators and scientists were paired with each group. One lucky class even got to take a ride around the bay on a boat, inventorying organisms in the water! After their inventory, students were transported to Crissy Field to participate in the Biodiversity Festival. Their data was collected and counted in the overall totals.

Here are some exciting statistics about the BioBlitz from the 
Parks Conservancy:
  • 320 volunteer scientists
  • 200 community volunteers
  • 6,000 participants, including more than 2,700 schoolchildren
  • 16 inventory sites in 3 counties

With numbers expected to grow in the coming weeks, an initial tally shows:

  • 9,800+ observations recorded
  • 2300+ species counted
  • 80+ new species to the parks’ species list
  • 15 threatened species
Are you excited about creating a BioBlitz experience in your classroom? A BioBlitz can happen anytime, anywhere! To recreate this rich experience with your students, and celebrate biodiversity in your classroom, take a look at these resources:
  • iNaturalist - This app is a great way to catalogue what your students find. You can create your own project (Example: "Sunnyside's Schoolyard") or add to an existing project (Example: "Birds of Ocean Beach"). iNaturalist can be used with iPads or other tablets, computers, and smart phones.
  • National Geographic: Golden Gate BioBlitz - Includes links to sound files of night inventories, the Biodiversity Youth Ambassador blog, and more.
  • BioBlitz finds 2,300+ species - This video gives a great overview of the BioBlitz, with images of some of the plants, animals and fungi that were identified.
  • Neighborhood BioBlitz (grades 6-12) - Use this lesson plan and video to create a BioBlitz experience with your students. Could be modified for younger grades.
  • BioBlitz Lessons from AAAS - A collection of lesson plans for all grade spans from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • BioBlitz Lessons created by SFUSD teachers - click here for grades 4-5 and here for grades 6-8.  Teachers of grades 9-12:  Modify lessons to suit the needs of your students.  
 
SFUSD Science Professional Learning for Teachers

Unwrapping the Standards
Tomorrow, Thursday, April 10, 4:30-6:30pm, John O'Connell High School: Register on Cornerstone here* Extended hours will be paid.

This workshop will focus on making meaning of the new standards through close analysis of the Performance Expectations. The focus will be on reading the document and its organization around the three dimensions: Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and the Cross Cutting Concepts.

 

2nd Annual Environmental Literacy for All: Educators' Conference
Saturday, May 3, 10am-3pm, John O'Connell High School: RSVP Here (no extended hours - check with your principal about using your Prop A hours)
Join us for a day of Environmental Literacy with presentations and exhibitions from fellow SFUSD teachers and members of the San Francisco Science, Sustainability and Stewardship Collaborative. You will learn: how to bring science lessons outside, and professional development, field trip and student learning opportunities. Take materials and curriculum back to your classroom. Connect with colleagues and community members. Flyer here.

 

*First time Cornerstone users: use your SFUSD ID and the password Welcome1 (case-sensitive). You will then be prompted to create a new password.

Middle School NGSS Implementation Online PD & Feedback - Feedback from High School Science Teachers Needed!

Do you want to learn more information about the structure of the NGSS within middle school? Want to give feedback about how to make the NGSS rollout in middle school a success for all SFUSD students? We are looking for feedback from middle and high school teachers. This is an online PD opportunity that you can complete anytime outside of work hours. You can do it online at your own pace by midnight on Sunday, April 13.

This PD consists of a 25-minute presentation and about 20 minutes worth of feedback for which you will be paid 1 extended hour of pay. You may want to have paper to take notes on and print/open this document to have while “attending” the PD: DCIs by grade level.
 
You can access the PD via Nearpod on any device:

  • On your PC: use either Chrome or Firefox and go to nearpod.com and where it says Join a Session (in the top right of the page), enter the Pin WLQSR.
  • On your Mac: use Chrome or Safari and go to nearpod.com and where it says Join a Session (in the top right of the page), enter the Pin WLQSR. Note: one of the websites does not load in Safari on a Mac.
  • On your iPad, B&N Nook, or other tablet: download the Nearpod App from iTunes and where it says Join a Session in bottom right, enter the Pin WLQSR.
  • On your iPhone, Android, or Windows smartphone: download the Nearpod App  and where it says Join a Session in bottom right, enter the Pin WLQSR. Note: that you may want to switch your phone to Airplane mode so messages/calls don’t interrupt the presentation (you can open the app again to restart in the same spot) and change your display settings so the screen stays one for 1 minute or more before turning off.
Opportunities and Resources for High School Science Teachers  Yes, there are MANY opportunities - including summer ones - advertised in this newsletter.  Plan now as deadlines are approaching!  

Free and Compensated
  • Meeting of The Northern California Nevada section of the American Association of Physics Teachers: Includes a share-a-thon of ideas, plus Douglas Stone from Yale presenting about Einstein and the Quantum:The Quest of the valiant Swabian and Pascal Lee from the SETI Institute presenting on Mission Mars: Steps toward the first human mission to Mars. After the meeting Paul Doherty and Don Rathjen will introduce a few of their favorite Exploratorium exhibits, including a chance to re-enact Alice's travel through the Looking Glass. Information & advanced registration hereFriday, April 11, AT&T Park (free) and Saturday April 12,  8:30am-2:30pm, Exploratorium $20 (members) or $45 (includes 2013-14 membership).  
 
  • Bay Area Earth Science Institute (BAESI) Workshops: present a blend of science concepts and ready-to-use classroom activities for teaching them. Free and you may combine any two sessions to earn 1 Geology unit from SJSU for $50. Each workshop meets from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm on the San José State University (SJSU) campus. Details & registration here.
    • April 12: Natural Hazards (presented with NGSS Writing Team member Paula Messina)
    • May 3:  Exploring Geology at Alum Rock Park
 
  • American Museum of Natural History Coursera (online) Course: The Dynamic Earth: A Course for Educators will focus on overview of the history of the Earth and geologic time scales; an exploration of how scientists “read the rocks”; evolution of the Earth’s ocean basins, mountains, and continents; interactions of the Earth's major systems; and implementing what you’ve learned in your classroom. This is a free, online, 4-week, 5-8 hours per week course. Register here. Starts April 14.
 
  • Academic Enrichment Grants from the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation: up to $10,000 over 3 years to foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. Apply if you or your students have a unique idea for a project that will supplement your regular classroom curriculum or strengthen their academic experiences AND if you have facilities, expertise and community endorsement, but need additional resources for materials, time and transportation. Information & application here. Apply by April 15. 
 
  • Exploratorium Teacher Summer Institute "Change Over Time: Collecting and Visualizing Data": Build and use classroom-friendly instruments to collect environmental data based on experiments that you design.   Topics include: connecting our bay, oceans, and atmosphere, including the carbon and water cycles, water chemistry, bay and ocean health, weather, and population growth.  Time will be provided each day to collaborate with other teachers to adapt course materials for your curriculum.  Participants will receive a $325 stipend. Click here for more information and to apply.  Institute is June 23-27, 9am-3:30pm at the Exploratorium. Apply by April 15.
 
  • Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC) Application: The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) are recruiting applicants for the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC) to assist with the revision of the Science Framework for California Public Schools, K-12 (Science Framework) to incorporate and support the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, K-12 (CA–NGSS), that were adopted by the SBE in September 2013. Curriculum frameworks provide guidance to teachers, administrators, and parents on how a standards-based curriculum is implemented in the classroom. The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) will submit a list of recommended applicants to the SBE for appointment in May of 2014. Apply here. Applications will be accepted until April 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. 
 
  • Long-term Engagement in Authentic Research with NASA (LEARN): Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry and Math teachers are strongly encouraged to apply to come to NASA’s Langley Research center in Hampton, VA during the weeks of July 7-11 and July 14-18, followed by weekly Summer Research Team Collaborations July 21, 2014 – Aug 22, then Monthly On-going Research Team Collaborations via telecons/webinars Sept 2014 –July 2015. $1000 stipend plus all-expenses & conference travel. Information & application here. Application due April 21.
 
  • NSTA/FDA PD in Food Science: this all-expenses paid one-year program includes an overview of the farm to table process and visits to agricultural facilities, the FDA labs, and the University of Maryland (UMD) Microbiology Labs, where experiments from the Science and Our Food Supply curriculum are taught by UMD microbiology professors. In the fall, teachers teach segments of the curriculum in their classrooms. At the NSTA/CSTA Regional Conference, they prepare to teach the program to their professional colleagues in the spring. Open to middle & high teachers in at least their third year of teaching. Information and online application here. Applications due by Friday, April 25, program is July 20-27 (in Washington, D.C.) and December 4-6 (at NSTA/CSTA Regional Conference in Long Beach, CA).
 
  • CTA Institute for Teaching Grants: intended for CTA members and chapters to support strength-based, teacher-driven reform for students and public schools in the 2014-15 school year. Grants awarded to individuals & small teams of teachers up to $5,000. Chapter grants awarded to associations up to $20,000. Announcements of awards in June 2014. Information hereDue April 30.
 
  • Ocean Guardian School Grants: this program provides funding for hands-on school projects that are focused on a current issue(s) affecting local watersheds and/or the ocean while promoting best environmental practices. Through a school- or community-based project, schools work to make a difference in the health & protection of their local watersheds, ocean, & national marine sanctuaries. Grant amounts range from $1,000 - $4,000 per school depending on the level of the project and funding year. Information & application here. Applications due by 5 pm on May 1.
 
  • Research Experiences for Teachers: Funded by the National Science Foundation, this 6-week summer residential program gives K-12 teachers the chance to participate in real-world science & cutting-edge magnetic field research. Through weekly seminars, discussion groups, PD & tech workshops, teachers develop strategies & resources to translate the experience into material for their classrooms. Each teacher accepted by the program receives a $3,600 stipend, classroom materials, up to $600 in travel support, & housing. Teachers are expected to return to their jobs as leaders in service education, implementing science research in their classrooms. Information & application hereApplication due Friday May 2 and program is June 16th - July 25th at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida.
 
  • NGSS Coursera (online) course with Rice University: "Using The Next Generation Science Standards for Students’ Deeper Understanding" is designed to guide science educators towards an understanding of the Framework behind the NGSS and how to integrate the Scientific and Engineering Practices into classroom instruction. The goal will be to answer the question: As teachers begin to address the Science Core Disciplinary Ideas through the lens of STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics) instructional strategies, how and why should the Scientific and Engineering Design Practices be integrated into investigations? This is a free, online 4 week, 2-4 hours per week course. Register here. Free. Starts May 12.
 
  • Award for Excellence in Polymer Education: The national award winner receives $1000 and an expense-paid trip to a NSTA national meeting and will have opportunities at the meeting to interact with a Polymer Ambassador. Apply here by May 15.
 
  • EcoTech Grants from Captain Planet Foundation: apply for up to $2500 for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that use innovation, biomimicry/nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities. Apply here. Rolling deadline through May 31.
 
  • Meteorology Grant from National Weather Association: apply for up to $750 for supplies, programs, or professional development related to meteorology. Apply here by June 1.
 
  • American Museum of Natural History Coursera (online) Course: Evolution: A Course for Educators will focus on the history of evolutionary theory, how scientists reconstruct evolutionary history, human evolution, the societal implications of modern evolutionary theory, and integrating modern evolutionary theory into your teaching. This is a free, online, 4-week, 5-8 hours per week course. Register hereStarts June 2.
 
  • Exploratorium Teacher Institute - Change Over Time: Collecting and Visualizing Data: School teams are encouraged to sign up (open to non TI-alum) to learn about topics connecting our bay, oceans, and atmosphere, including the carbon & water cycles, water chemistry, bay and ocean health, weather, & population growth. Build & use classroom-friendly instruments to collect environmental data based on experiments that you design. Comparing your data and learn how to use data collected by the Exploratorium, NOAA and other sites to increase your understanding of what is happening in the San Francisco Bay. $325 stipend. Information & registration here - sign up ASAP! June 23-27, 9am-3:30pm at the Exploratorium.
 
  • (6-12) NSTA New Science Teacher Academy: For teachers entering their 2nd-5th year of teaching in the 2014-2015 schools year.  Information & application hereApply by August 26.
 
  • Chemistry Teachers: On August 10, 2014, Beyond Benign (a non-profit dedicated to helping educators with tools to teach green chemistry and sustainability) will hold a Teacher Day in conjunction with the American Chemical Society (ACS) and they are looking for teachers to present sustainability and green chemistry lessons.  There are a number of lessons and labs on their website, but they would welcome lessons and workshops that you might be doing and are willing to share with others. Contact Kate Anderson by email kate_anderson@beyondbenign.org  if you are interested. 
 
  • Energize Schools: Energize Schools offers curriculum and professional development centered around energy efficiency at school and at home. Learn how to audit your school's energy use, and how to teach students about energy efficiency. Find curriculum here and a schedule of trainings here.  

Fee-Associated
  • Attend an evening lecture at California Academy of Sciences. Explore each of the three lecture series here.
 
  • Attend Nerd Nite at the Rickshaw Stop on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Topics vary but are all STEM related. $8 cover, doors open at 8pm. It's recommended to buy tickets in advance and show up early to get a spot. More information here. 
 
  • CA Academy of Sciences' Conversations on Science Series: $27. Information & tickets here. All lectures at 7:30pm at the Nourse Theater (275 Hayes Street).
    • Tuesday, April 22:  Extreme Weather & The Science of Superstorms with Heidi Cullen
    • Wednesday, May 21: The Neuroscience of Music & Creativity with Indre Viskontas
    • Monday, June 9: Science & Scripture: Inside the Vatican Observatory with Father Coyne
 
  • Reengineering Your Science Curriculum - STEM Conference at the Exploratorium: Wondering how to integrate the NGSS for engineering into your middle- or high-school classroom? Join the Exploratorium's Teacher Institute for this daylong conference, which features hands-on workshops, and activities you can use in the classroom to engage your students and meet the Standards (you'll leave with handouts of the activities). Lunch and an evening cocktail social at the Exploratorium are included. $45 fee includes lunch.  Click here to register.  Sunday, April 13, 9am-7pm at the Exploratorium.  
 
  • (HS Chem Teachers) ChemEx2: Chemistry Experiences & Experiments for Learning is a laboratory-based course offered during the summer for high school chemistry teachers. In this course you will be challenged to rethink the role of phenomena in the lab in order to foster student learning. This course provides opportunities for you to put key ideas from both the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards into practice because of its focus on evidence and explanation. During the course you will also have time to develop a plan for your classroom that integrates the experiences, experiments, and core teaching practices you experienced into your chemistry courses. 
    Dates: 7/21 - 8/1.  Cost: $300 (includes all course materials, breakfast, lunch, and parking).  Online application available
    here.  Application deadline: 4/30.  
 
  • Forestry Institute for Teachers: The Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT) is a multi-day residence workshop held at 4 northern California locations. The goal of FIT is to provide K-12 teachers with knowledge, skills and tools to effectively teach their students about forest ecology and forest resource management practices. The institute also provides hands-on experience in: NGSS, CCSS, Project Wild and Project Learning Tree. There are 4 one-week sessions scheduled at 4 different locations during June & July. Information here. Meals, lodging, & curriculum included for free. $25 registration fee. Registration deadline: April 30, 2014. 
 
  • UCMP Summer Institute - Think Evolution VI: Put on your evolution eyeglasses and your nature of science thinking cap and join us for (yet another) fun-filled five days of evolutionary explorations with biologists and educators at the University of California. The Think Evolution Summer Institute combines lectures by prominent evolutionary biologists with sessions focused on hands-on activities for the classroom.  $75.00 for five days; includes lots of free resources plus morning and afternoon snacks.  More information & registration hereMonday through Friday, July 28–August 1, 9am–3pm at the UC Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley.  
 
  • NEW UCMP Summer Institute - Understanding Global Change: The UC Museum of Paleontology, together with the National Center for Science Education, will launch a new web resource — Understanding Global Change — at the end 2014. The resource will provide vetted scientific content, teaching resources, and strategies for K-16 educators to effectively incorporate the complex and critically important topic of global change into existing curricula. The goal of the workshop is to preview parts of the new website, provide feedback to the UCMP and NCSE, review related teaching resources & supplemental materials that support the teaching of global change, & explore connections to the NGSS. The workshop will also feature invited speakers & prominent scientists whose research intersects with a variety of global change issues, from climate change to ocean acidification. $75.00 for five days; includes free resources plus morning and afternoon snacks. Information & registration hereMonday through Friday, August 4-8, 9am–3pm at the UC Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley.  
 
  • BAWT Wilderness Leadership Training: The WLT is a 5-day intensive entry-level backpacking course (with pre-trip meeting) from Bay Area Wilderness Training that is designed to give you the tools you need to lead youth on multi-day backpacking adventures. After completing the course, you will gain free full access to our gear loaning libraries. Skills learned include: clothing requirements, nutrition, equipment use, map and compass reading, basic wilderness first aid, leadership styles, group dynamics and more. Food and transportation are provided and no previous experience is necessary. $195.00 (scholarships available & CEUs available). Information & application here. Spring Pre-Trip Meeting is Sat, May 10 from 9am-4pm in Oakland, course is Wed, May 14-Sun, May 18 (scholarship deadline is 4/18). Summer Pre-Trip Meeting is Sat, July 19 from 9-4pm in Oakland, course is Wed, July 23 - Sun, July 27, in Tahoe National Forest (scholarship deadline is July 4). 
 
  • (Grades 3-9) NGSS & the Solar System/Galileo Investigates the Solar System: In this workshop for teachers and those who work with them, explore the solar system through classroom-tested, standards-based, hands-on activities. Discover investigations and techniques to help teach earth and space science in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards and make connections with the Common Core. Participants receive a wealth of teaching resources, including The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM (retail value $30), and a large collection of resources for teaching astronomy. $80 (there are a limited number of scholarships available). More information hereSaturday & Sunday, August 2–3, 8:30am – 5pm, Hyatt-Regency, Burlingame. Apply by July 5
 
  • (Grades 6-9) NASA Lunar Workshop for Educators: NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a workshop focused on lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with the new data from current and recent lunar missions. Workshop participants will learn about recent Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter discoveries, reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, gain tools to help address common student misconceptions about the moon, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, tour the LRO Mission Operation Center and the Goddard spacecraft testing facilities, work with LRO data and learn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with grades 6-9 National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks. More information and application here. Questions can be sent to Brooke Hsu at Brooke.C.Hsu@nasa.gov. The workshop will take place July 14-18, 2014, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Participants will receive a $200 stipend to help offset travel expenses.
Upcoming Opportunities for your Science Students!   Direct your students to http://www.sfusdscience.org/students.html to further explore these opportunities.           
  • (9 & 10) Careers in Science Intern Program @ California Academy of Sciences:  Now recruiting!  If you share a curiosity for the natural world, from the plants to planets, worms to snakes and everything in between, you should think about becoming a CAreers in Science intern.  This is a PAID MULTI-YEAR, year-round science education and youth development program for high school youth underrepresented in the sciences.  Application filing period: 3/1/14 - 4/16/2014
 
  • (Current 10th)  Student Science Fellows: Advanced Science Immersion and Investigation Fellowships @ California Academy of Sciences:  Now recruiting for two-year, unpaid research fellowships for highly motivated youth who are serious about science as a career.  Through the fellowship position, you'll work directly with Academy scientists on a university-level research project.  The program runs September 2014-June 2015.  Application filing period: 3/1/14 - 4/6/2014
 
  • (9-12) Digital Learning: Science in Action Film-making Summer Intensive: Create short films to tell science stories to the public during this intensive two week summer program!  This program is open to all high school students and runs M-F, June 16th - June 27th, 10 AM - 4 PM.  Application filing period: 3/1/14 - 5/4/2014
 
  • (8-12) TASC: Teen Advocates for Science Communication:  Now recruiting for this volunteer program for rising 8th through 12th graders interested in creating fun and innovative science experiences for museum visitors.  Application filing period: 3/1/14 - 5/4/14.
 
  • Latinas In STEM To Achieve Success Conference: LISTAS will be hosting their first conference to encourage and motivate young Latinas into the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and management! Come listen to Latina professionals from the Bay Area share their story about their upbringing, professional careers, and tips on how to become the next generation of successful Latinas. Flyer in Spanish here. Free.  Saturday, April 26, 8:30am-3:30pm at Cañada College in Redwood City.
 
  • (11 & 12) iDesign-E: is a free, 2-week engineering program for 11th and 12th grade students interested in technology.  This is a hands-on course where students design, build, play, travel, take apart, and learn - all while having fun and learning how engineers help society.  June 2-June13, 9 A - 4:30 PM at CCSF Ocean Campus.  Applications due May 6th.  Email Valerie Abaunza at vabaunza@ccsf.edu for information and an application.  
 
  • (7-12) Google Science Fair: It's your turn to change the world. What do you want to change? Online events & amazing prizes. Information hereSubmit by May 12.
 
  • (10-12) Skyline Green Energy Camp:  Earn 2 college credits that can lead to a green economy career!  Skyline College's Green Energy Camp for concurrently enrolled high school students is Monday, June 16 through Friday, June 20, 2014 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
 
  • NASA Exploration Design Challenge: these grade span (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) STEM challenges set up the goal for students to research and design ways to protect astronauts from space radiation as they travel beyond low Earth orbit and on to an asteroid or Mars. Complete this challenge by July 1, 2014.
Highlighted Field Trips / School Visit Opportunities!  For additional information on the field trips and school opportunities, visit http://www.sfusdscience.org/field-trips-and-school-guests.html. 
  • UC Berkeley Stem Cell Presentations for your students!  Undoubtedly, stem cell research and regenerative medicine are simultaneously the most discussed and questioned scientific advances of the 20th and 21st centuries.  The Student Society for Stem Cell Research (SSSCR) at UC Berkeley can have members give a presentation to your students at your school site or at the UC Berkeley campus on a “Stem Cell Saturday.”
 
  • Excelsior Science Workshop: Community Science at its best! ESW provides science enrichment field trips to neighborhood schools and provides open workshop times to the local community.
 
  • Dark Universe Planetarium Show: Book a spring or summer field trip and pre-reserve seats in the 11:30am showing of Dark Universe!
 
  • Compass Green, a mobile education project, will be bringing their mobile greenhouse and 1-day Sustainability Program to Bay Area schools in the months of March and April.
 
  • BayMobile - Bringing the Bay Your Way!  Can’t make it to the Aquarium? Now the Aquarium can come to you.  During a visit from the BayMobile, your students will dive into the science of climate change and meet some of Aquarium of the Bay’s animal ambassadors, all without leaving the classroom.
 
  • The Felidae Conservation Fund: Offers free presentations, labs and field trips for Bay Area schools.
 
  • Chat with an Academy Scientist! Scientists at the California Academy of Sciences study all sorts of amazing creatures and travel the world in search of new ones. Spark your students' curiosity in a 30-45 minute conversation with a scientist using a free, internet-based platform to connect to the Academy from any California classroom.
 
  • Get to the Coast with YMCA Point Bonita and Coastal Conservancy: This program is intended to provide first time overnight coastal outdoors experiences to Bay Area youth enrolled in Title 1 middle and high schools. This is for a teacher-led enriched or honor class (or science-themed club) of interested students to experience meaningful scientific research. Three days/2 nights will be full of YMCA outdoor education programming with integrated grade-level appropriate guided research with YMCA staff. Low-cost with busing included. Apply now for dates in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.  

 
Save the Date for Science Events!
Contact us!  The Science Team at C & I is here to support your science education needs.  In addition to centrally-located professional development opportunities, we are available to provide on-site individual and department-wide support in:
  • Common Core Literacy Standards for Science
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • Integrating science inquiry
  • Data-based inquiry to inform your science instruction 
  • Content and Language Objectives in Science
  • Strategies for English Language Learners
  • Curriculum development
  • Coaching
Dawn Rege, Secondary Science Content Specialist, Science Department (STEM @ C & I)
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