Elementary Science Symposium


If you have registered...

If you have registered you should have received a confirmation and reminder email since October 25th. If you have not received an email please check your spam folder, or if you have any questions, please email Debbie Dennick or you can reach her at (916) 278-4497.

Check-in will be held at the University Union outside of the Ballroom. It's recommended that you park in Parking Structure II. You view and download a campus map at www.csus.edu/campusmap/.

Registration is now closed!

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have arrived – is your elementary school ready?  
Spend a day learning more about the standards and about the teaching shifts that go with these new standards.  This conference is for K-6 teachers, site administrators and district personnel who are looking for ideas on implementing NGSS in their classrooms and school sites.

Symposium Schedule

8:30am - 9:00am: Check-in & Contintental Breakfast
9:00am - 9:10am: Welcome
9:20am - 10:20am: NGSS Introduction & NGSS: Beyond the Basics
10:30am - 12:00pm: Science & Administrator Breakouts
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm - 2:30pm: Science & Administrator Breakouts
2:40pm - 3:40pm: NGSS Breakout Sessions

Registration & Payment



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Registrations received after October 15th will incur a $25 late fee per teacher
Any cancellations must be received prior to October 25th in order to receive a refund. Cancellations before that date will incur a $10 processing fee.

If paying by Purchase Order, a hard copy is not required to register, but you must have approval from your district, school principal, or school secretary for the funds AND the contact information for that person must be provided during the registration process.

Payments should be made out to the Sacramento Area Science Project and mailed to:
MASE Center - SASP
6000 J Street - Sequoia Hall #330
Sacramento, CA 95819-6125

NGSS Morning Breakouts

Intro to NGSS
Laura Shafer, Sacramento Area Science Project, UC Davis
Learn about the structure of the standards and some of the teaching shifts they require

NGSS: Beyond the Basics
Rich Hedman, Sacramento Area Science Project, CSU Sacramento
This workshop is for those who already understand the structure of NGSS and its three dimensions.

K-2nd Grade Breakouts

Morning Breakout
Exploring Forces & Motion with Marble Runs (Kindergarten)
Anna Grace & Paula Baucom, San Juan Unified
Explore the effects of pushes and pulls with a series of small investigations appropriate for kindergarten students.

Afternoon Breakout (two 45 minute sessions)
Investigating Sound (1st)
Judi Kusnick, Sacramento Area Science Project
Learn how to structure student-driven investigations with limited materials and time.

Thinking About Changes (2nd)
Christine Pearsall, Pershing Elementary
In this lesson, 2nd grade students explore whether changes are reversible or irreversible.

3rd-5th Grade Science Breakouts

Morning Breakout (two 45 minute sessions) - CLOSED
Silent Productive Dialogue about Waves (4th)
Sam Brewer, Chloe Williams, Bridget Lydon, David Lubin Elementary, SCUSD
Students explore wave patterns using ropes and make sense of the phenomena they observe by using iconic signs that serve as visual models with which they communicate their understanding to each other.

Can You Drink Acid? (5th)
Janine D’Angelo, Brent Fullmer, Lisa Holland, Susan Ott, Pershing Elementary, SJUSD
Explore acids in your kitchen and cupboards!

Afternoon Breakout (two 45 minute sessions) - CLOSED
Energy and Speed (4th)
Kathy Gill, Davis Unified, retired
We will use familiar children's toys to explore the relationship of energy and speed.

Building Windproof Houses (3rd)
Julie Harr, Winston Churchill Middle School and Vikki Muro, Pasadena Ave Elementary, SJUSD
Be blown away by this engaging engineering project that uses everyday office supplies to further students' understanding of weather forces.

6th Grade Science Breakouts

Morning Breakout
Human Causes of Climate Change (6th)
Barb Munn, Geology Dept., CSU Sacramento
This lesson explores data about climate change to compare potential causes for the warming of Earth.

Afternoon Breakout
What do the Oceans have to do with Weather? (6th)
Ingrid Salim, Davis Unified
How do the oceans affect temperatures on Earth? How do those differences affect where water travels?


Morning Breakout
Designing technologies for problem solving (K-2)
Jenna Porter, Corinne Lardy; College of Education, CSU Sacramento
Explore just what technology and engineering mean in the primary grades.

Afternoon Breakout
Designing Windmills (6th)
Aaron Silberman, Marge Clinton, and Heidi Witter, Orangevale Open K-8 School (SJUSD)
How can we harness the power of the wind?  This workshop connects science with engineering.

Administrative Strand

Morning Breakout
Site Administrators Panel
Host: Pia Wong, CSUS
This panel of site administrators will share their experiences to date with implementing NGSS at their site and their plans for the future.  Bring your questions and ideas to share.

Afternoon Breakout
District and County Administrators Panel
Host: Aaron Pecho, SCUSD
This panel of district and county office administrators will share their experiences to date with implementing NGSS at their site and their plans for the future. Bring your questions and ideas to share.

Afternoon NGSS Breakouts

Getting Students Ready for NGSS
Peggy Harte, Dixon Unified and Kathy Gill, Davis Unified (retired)
Learn techniques to help elementary students gain foundational skills in questioning, science discourse and sense making.

What Do the Practices Look Like in Elementary School? (CLOSED: At Maximum Capacity)
Kelli Quan-Martin, Elk Grove Unified
A critical aspect of NGSS is that students engage in the practices of science and engineering.  This workshop gives you a flavor for what the practices look like in action

NGSS: Beyond the Basics  (repeat of AM session)
Rich Hedman, Sacramento Area Science Project, CSU Sacramento
This workshop is for those who already understand the structure of NGSS and its three dimensions.

Integrating Engineering & Science
Ben Fell, Civil Engineering, CSU Sacramento
The best engineering lessons should grow naturally out of the science concepts that students are learning.  Find out more about the engineering design process.

Common Core & Science
Judi Kusnick, Sacramento Area Science Project
Reading, writing and dialogue are all ways for students to make sense of their science experiences.  Learn how to integrate dialogue and literacy strategies into science instruction.