October 24, 2017

Guest Speaker

Let’s Figure This Out Together: Sense-Making in the NGSS Classroom
Cindy Passmore, UC Davis School of Education
What are we trying to figure out? Come hear about some approaches to teaching science that foreground wonder and curiosity about the world around us. The 8 practices defined in the Framework for K12 Science Education and NGSS provide a roadmap for rich sense making and deep learning. (Presented at CSTA 2017)

K-2nd Grade Science

Playground Properties
Instructor: Michelle Rossi, Sacramento City Unified School District
An instructional segment from the CA Dept. of Education’s second grade framework. Students plan and carry out investigations based on properties of rocks which leads to an engineering challenge around sand castles.
NGSS: 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-2, 2-PS1-3

3rd-5th Grade Science

Rotting Fruit and Disappearing Dead Stuff: Developing Models, Observing Flows, and Defining Systems
Instructor: Barbara Woods, Galt Elementary District
Observe the exciting world of rotting fruit while exploring questions such as "Where did it go?" and "How did it get there?"  Develop models and define systems exploring organisms and the flow of matter, making sense of every day common occurrences where matter changes and dead matter disappears.  Or does it?
NGSS: 5-LS2-1, LS2.A, LS2.B

Earth Science

You are STARDUST!
Instructor: Ingrid Salim, SASP Teacher Leader
In this workshop you will engage in learning tasks to help you and your students develop a model for why this claim can be made.
NGSS: HS-ESS1-3

Life Science

Mutations
Instructor: Megan White and Sarah Caves, Stonegate Elementary
In this workshop we will explore how genetic information can change over time by building a model of DNA function and mutation.
NGSS: MS-LS3-1, MS-LS4-5

Physical Science

Ride the Wave
Instructor: Mike Hotell, West Campus High
Increase student engagement with the development of a mechanical wave model. Emphasis is on student sense-making of phenomena. The mechanical wave model can be applied to seismic phenomena and extended to electromagnetic waves.
NGSS: MS-PS4-1, MS-PS4-2, HS-PS4-1, HS-ESS2-3

November 14, 2017

Guest Speaker

Exploring Mars with Curiosity
Dawn Sumner, UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences
The Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars for five years, providing exciting data to the science team.  In this presentation, I/Dawn will share a taste of how the team operates Curiosity, some of the beautiful images we use to interpret ancient environments on Mars, and what we’ve learned about how those environments could have supported microscopic life.  We have not found evidence of life, but there were once rivers and lakes that had all the resources necessary to support life as we know it on Earth.

K-2nd Grade Science

Our Choices Matter: Affecting the Environment
Instructor: Nancy Ludu, Isabelle Jackson Elementary
Students are never too young to start thinking about how our choices affect the environments in which we live.  These activities will help students construct arguments supported with evidence about how plants, animals, and humans can change their surroundings to meet their needs.
NGSS: K-ESS2-2

3rd-5th Grade Science

Charge It Up
Instructor: Rita Mukherjee Hoffstadt and Emily Anderson, Powerhouse Science Center
Explore a new Powerhouse Science Center program designed to introduce elementary students to energy and electricity. Have fun working with devices that convert energy from one form to another, while understanding the definition of energy and Law of Conservation of Energy. Then work with electrical circuits to complete a series of challenges.
NGSS: PS2, PS3, ETS1

Earth Science

Explaining the Wonders of Water
Instructor: Kelli Quan, Elk Grove Unified School District
Water covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface and plays a key role in the functioning of living things. In this workshop, participants will make sense of the unique properties of water and how the cycling of this chemical has helped shape the planet.
NGSS: MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS2-6, HS-ESS2-5

Life Science

Now You Sea Ice, Now You Don’t: Biodiversity in Antarctica
Instructor: Aaron Pecho and Kerin Butterfield, Sacramento City Unified School District
This NSTA lesson explores the impact of climate change on Biodiversity in Antarctica. Students will graphically represent data and utilize multiple lines of evidence to make sense of climate change impacts on the Adelie and Chinstrap penguin populations. This lesson utilizes the expert jigsaw approach to student discussions which scaffolds and supports all students in engaging in rigorous, evidence based discussion. At the end of the lesson, students create a group model of climate change impact in Antarctica and an assessment is included to challenge students to use and evaluate the model they created.
NGSS: MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4, HS-LS2-6

Physical Science

Understanding Nuclear Science and its Applications (Closed due to maximum enrollment)
Instructor: Laura Shafer, Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) and Wesley Drew Frey, McClellan Nuclear Research Center
In this workshop teachers will experience multiple ways to incorporate nuclear chemistry into High School Life and Physical Science Lessons.  We will explore the resources available at the UC Davis McClellan Nuclear Research Center. We will examine the conservation of energy and energy transfer by comparing nuclear and chemical reactions.  
NGSS: HS-PS1-8, HS-PS3-4

December 12, 2017

Guest Speaker

Integration of Engineering Practices and Activities into Science Curriculum
Ben Fell, Sacramento State, Department of Engineering
Dr. Fell will present an overall methodology to help teachers understand how engineering activities can be included as part of science instruction. Since 2016, he has been engaged in a project titled “Integrating Science and Engineering Education” (iSEE) where the approach has been introduced to Sacramento-area teachers leading to novel lessons across a wide range of science disciplines. Through NGSS and academic literature, along with his own thoughts on the applicability of engineering in K-12, the presentation aims to provide a framework for teachers to apply to their specific science and site needs.

K-2nd Grade Science

Play Ball!
Instructor: Steven Howe, Mary Tsukamoto Elementary
Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object. Children at play discover how the laws of physics affect the objects they play with.
NGSS: K-PS2

3rd-5th Grade Science

Water Ways, Plastics, and Pollutants
Instructor: Rebecca Cihak, CTA Instructional Leadership Corp.
Participants will learn about the effects of plastics and pollutants that have impacted the water cycle and the watershed. In addition, participants will design and engineering a water filtration system.
NGSS: 3-5-ETS1-1

Earth Science

Earth’s Formation and Early History
Instructor: Rich Hedman, Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP)
How do we know the earth’s age and early history? Examine phenomena, identify data patterns, generate questions, and develop initial models.  Apply the models to construct explanations to answer our driving question, and seek consensus on the explanation which is best supported by evidence and reasoning.
NGSS: HS-ESS1-6

Life Science

The Three Dimensions of the Bad Seed
Instructor: Anna Newman, Roseville Joint Union High School District
Participants will engage in a hands-on activity around the amazing phenomenon of the Filaree seed, or Stork’s Bill. Through exploring the unique behavior this seed exhibits, questions will be created using the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) developed by the Right Question Institute. The questions produced by the QFT serve as the beginning of a whole group talk format. Whole group talks are modeled as a means of formatively assessing students’ prior knowledge. Participants will leave with a written questioning protocol based on work from The Right Question Institute and a strategy for using discourse as a formative assessment.
NGSS: MS-LS1-1, HS-LS1-1

Physical Science

Forces versus Fields: Helping Students Understand the Difference
Instructor: Scott Richardson, Davis Senior High
Force fields are popular in science fiction, but are fields real?  If so, what are they? This workshop will look at some ways to help your students understand one of the most important ideas in modern physics--the abstract and often confusing idea of fields.
NGSS: HS-PS2-4, HS-PS3-5

January 30, 2018

Guest Speaker

Using Underwater Robotics to Understand Lakes and Oceans in a Changing Environment
Alex Forrest, UC Davis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
In future climate scenarios, impacts will be felt on our lakes and oceans that will, among many other results, threaten water supply, degrade ecosystem function and drive melting in polar regions. From draining epishelf lakes in the Canadian High Arctic to ice shelf collapse in East Antarctica, Alex Forrest will present on his team’s usage of autonomous systems to address environmental challenges. The use of underwater robotics is critical to allowing the scientific and engineering communities that would be cost prohibitive or logistically impossible to access by other means. Autonomous and remote sensing technology development also allows new information to be collected that enables better predictions of how our environment will react as the climate continues to change.

K-2nd Grade Science

Investigating Light
Instructor: Julie Harr, Churchill Middle School
What are the effects of placing objects made of different materials in the path of a beam of light? Plan and conduct investigations to find out!
NGSS: 1-PS4-3, 1-PS4-2

3rd-5th Grade Science

Engineering Designs for Energy Transfer: Electricity, Natural Resources, and Environmental Impact
Instructor: Jenna Porter, Sacramento State
Participants will engage in engineering design challenges to convert energy from one form to another. They’ll also explore how to design devices that convert natural resources into usable energy, and the environmental impacts for doing so.
NGSS: 4-ESS3-1, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4

Earth Science

An Integrated Lesson: Living Organisms Effected by Celestial Patterns
Instructor: Lisa Hegdahl, McCaffrey Middle School
CA NGSS Early Implementer MS Integrated Lesson Sequence guides student exploration of how celestial patterns can affect organism populations as they respond to environmental changes overtime.
NGSS: ESS1.B, LS4.C

Life Science

Energy for Biologists: Productively Aligning Ideas with Physical Science Classrooms
Instructor: Chris Griesemer, UC Davis
How do you approach energy in your life science classes? Do both you and your students struggle with the concept? How much do you teach, and is it in accord with ideas they'll learn in physical science / chemistry / physics? We'll explore some productive ways to address energy in the context of NGSS standards that require students to explain phenomena around matter and energy in biological organisms. Importantly, we'll consider the ways in which energy is dealt with in physical science (MS) and in chemistry and physics (HS) in order to generate more robust model ideas in the life science classroom.
NGSS: MS-LS1-6-7, MS-LS2-3, HS-LS1-5, HS-LS1-7, HS-LS2-3-4

Physical Science

Did NGSS Throw Out Kinematics? Do we Skip Equations of Motion?
Instructor: Scott Richardson, Senior Davis High
Distance… speed… acceleration… NGSS seems to say nothing about the traditional equations of motion (kinematics) found in a standard physics or physical science class. What are teachers supposed to do? This workshop will explore some options for addressing this issue by focusing on one of the central goals of NGSS: Student making sense of motion.
NGSS: PS2