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Friday, October 25
 

7:00am

FC01: It's Your Fault! - The San Andreas Fault Up Close - SOLD OUT
Welcome to the San Andreas fault! Where else in the world can you put one foot on the Pacific tectonic plate and the other foot on the North American plate?

During this field course you will explore several truly remarkable features created by the San Andreas fault from the San Gabriel mountains to Palm Springs. While on the bus and during the stops you will participate in several standards-based activities which can be immediately taken back to the classroom. Throughout the day there will be an emphasis on how principles such as Steno's laws (e.g. superposition), the rock cycle, geologic time, and plate tectonics can be used as powerful tools to understand earthquakes. You will learn about current research in earthquake science, how STEM fields contribute to understanding earthquakes, and the Great California ShakeOut. Lunch provided. Ticket: SOLD OUT
Sponsored, in part, by the Southern California Earthquake Center 

Speakers

Friday October 25, 2013 7:00am - 5:30pm
Offsite Field Course - Bus Departs Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

8:00am

Shaking Things Up with E-books and iTunes U Courses
Experience earthquakes in a new way! Come learn about two resources for iPads and other iOS devices to engage students and help them learn about seismic phenomena. Grades 6-12

Link to Handout: http://goo.gl/7fk9Pt



Speakers
avatar for Andrea Aust

Andrea Aust

Senior Manager, Science Education, KQED
I love working with educators to bring media and technology into classrooms in fun and exciting ways for students. I taught environmental science and marine biology for 10 years before landing at KQED. Ask me about KQED Teach and KQED Learn!
avatar for Helena Carmena

Helena Carmena

Manager of Teacher Services, Education Division, California Academy of Sciences

Exhibitors
avatar for KQED Public Broadcasting

KQED Public Broadcasting

Increase your students' understanding of science with multimedia resource from a trusted source. Learn how to access free videos, interactive graphics, standards-based lessons, e-books and more from KQED and other PBS stations.


Friday October 25, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Madera

9:00am

FC02: College and Career Readiness in Alternative Energy and Utilities
Limited Capacity seats available

You are preparing your students to be college and career ready in science. Find out what this really means as you tour a solar powered waste-water reclamation plant, a wind farm, a community college alternative energy training facility, and a business startup "reactor" where alternative energy startups are inventing the jobs of tomorrow! Even in a struggling economy there are many good jobs with benefits that go unfilled because applicants lack the skills in science and math. You will meet people in their job sites, find out what they do, and learn how they use science and math in their careers. Lunch provided. Ticket: $55
Sponsored, in part, by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. 

Photo Courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB. 


Friday October 25, 2013 9:00am - 3:00pm
Offsite Field Course - Bus Departs Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

11:00am

Digital Globes: Transforming the Way We Learn About Global Concepts
Digital globes have revolutionized science museums, but the costs were prohibitive for classrooms... until now! Learn how this technology can transform students’ understanding of climate, geology, astronomy, earth systems, etc.

Speakers
R

Representative

Digital Globe Systems of California


Friday October 25, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite B 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

11:00am

Earthquake Shaking – Using Model Buildings and a Simple Shake Table to Study the Effects of Earthquake Vibrations and Damage
Learn about earthquake hazards, vibrations of buildings, and damage, through an exciting activity using model buildings. Students design and build small structures according to specifications. Buildings are then tested by applying vibrations on an easily constructed shake table.
Grades 9-13+

Speakers
LB

Lawrence Braile

Professor, Purdue University
SB

Sheryl Braile

Teacher, Happy Hollow School


Friday October 25, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Ventura

1:00pm

Beyond the Rock Cycle! – California’s Mineral Resources and How They Affect Our Everyday Lives
California was founded on gold, our state mineral! But what are California’s modern day mineral resources? Explore six California mined minerals’ geology, economics, environmental concerns, and how we use them every day! Rock samples, PPTs, posters, classroom activities, online resources. Grades 4-6 & 9-12

Speakers
CP

Cynthia Pridmore

Engineering Geologist, California Geological Survey
JP

Joyce Pulliam-Fitzgerald

Production & Quality Control Manager, Elementis Specialties


Friday October 25, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree B 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

4:00pm

Skywatching Activities for 2013-2014
Track changes in the evening sky as Earth overtakes five bright stars and three bright planets, and is overtaken by Venus and Mercury. See two lunar eclipses and a solar. Observing guide, desktop activities. Grades K-3, 5, 8-13+

Links to Handouts:
 

Speakers
RV

Robert Victor

Staff Astronomer (retired), Abrams Planetarium, Mich St Univ


Friday October 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree B 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262
 
Saturday, October 26
 

5:15am

Astronomy on the Lawn: Pre-Dawn Star Gazing
Can't do astronomy during the day? Think again. Meet astronomer Robert Victor of the Abrams Planetarium on the back lawn of the convention center to see some amazing sites in the daytime (and pre-dawn) sky. From 5:15 to 6:15 AM join for some cool pre-dawn viewing of Mars, Jupiter, the Moon, Comet ISON and winter skies in October. From 8 to 10 AM learn how to use a polarizing filter to do high contrast Moon observations during the day. In the afternoon from 3 to 4:30 PM see a gibbous planet Venus in broad daylight!

Speakers
RV

Robert Victor

Staff Astronomer (retired), Abrams Planetarium, Mich St Univ


Saturday October 26, 2013 5:15am - 6:15am
Palm Springs Convention Center, East Lawn 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

8:00am

Earthquakes – A Workshop for Teachers (Part I)
For teachers who wish to learn more about earthquakes, seismology, plate tectonics and related Earth science, and implement exciting hands-on activities. Free materials provided.

Speakers
LB

Lawrence Braile

Professor, Purdue University
SB

Sheryl Braile

Teacher, Happy Hollow School


Saturday October 26, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite C 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

8:00am

Stratigraphy Strategy: Modeling Processes with Sticky Notes
Students use repositionable, self-stick notepaper to model superposition, crosscutting relationships, folding and faulting, intrusions and unconformities. This method makes stratigraphy concrete and understandable as it explains the principle of superposition as it connects to relative dating.
Handouts:
Stratigraphy Strategy: Modeling processes with Post-Its (R) (PDF - 20MB) 
Post-It Stratigraphy (.zip file -  27MB)

Speakers
KW

Karin Westerling

Teacher, Matthew Gage Middle School


Saturday October 26, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Andreas

8:00am

Astronomy on the Lawn: Daytime High-Contrast Moon Observations
Can't do astronomy during the day? Think again. Meet astronomer Robert Victor of the Abrams Planetarium on the back lawn of the convention center to see some amazing sites in the daytime (and pre-dawn) sky. From 5:15 to 6:15 AM join for some cool pre-dawn viewing of Mars, Jupiter, the Moon, Comet ISON and winter skies in October. From 8 to 10 AM learn how to use a polarizing filter to do high contrast Moon observations during the day. In the afternoon from 3 to 4:30 PM see a gibbous planet Venus in broad daylight!

Speakers
RV

Robert Victor

Staff Astronomer (retired), Abrams Planetarium, Mich St Univ


Saturday October 26, 2013 8:00am - 10:00am
Palm Springs Convention Center, East Lawn 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

8:00am

FC03: Exploring Joshua Tree National Park - SOLD OUT
Limited Capacity seats available

Joshua Tree National Park is immense, nearly 800,000 acres, and infinitely variable. Viewed from the road, this desert park only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. This land may appear defeated and dead, but within this parched environment are intricate living systems waiting for the opportune moment to reproduce. They depend on their entire ecosystem for survival. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place.
With National Park Service Rangers, come explore this amazing desert ecosystem. Learn about amazing adaptations of plants and animals that call this area home. Explore the geology of one of the top ten rock climbing places in the world. Participants will be hiking in the Wonderful Land of Rocks area of the park. Lunch provided. Ticket: SOLD OUT

Saturday October 26, 2013 8:00am - 4:00pm
Offsite Field Course - Bus Departs Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:30am

Earthquakes – A Workshop for Teachers (Part II)
For teachers who wish to learn more about earthquakes, seismology, plate tectonics and related Earth science, and implement exciting hands-on activities. Free materials provided.

Speakers
LB

Lawrence Braile

Professor, Purdue University
SB

Sheryl Braile

Teacher, Happy Hollow School


Saturday October 26, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite C 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

9:30am

Understanding Modeling, the NGSS Practices, and Day & Night
Deepen your understanding of modeling and the interconnectedness of the science practices in the Next Generation Science Standards and A Framework for K-12 Science Education through a hands-on, minds-on science experience related to day, night, and the sun.

Link to Handouts: http://saspcsus.pbworks.com/w/page/70331043/CSTA2013b 

Speakers
RH

Richard Hedman

MASE Director, CSU Sacramento
CP

Cindy Passmore

Associate Professor, UC Davis


Saturday October 26, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite D 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

11:00am

Get Eroded!: Earth Science Erosion Models
Experience how the erosion of California landforms can be simulated using easy to make, hands-on models. Come check out our engaging, creative and budget friendly glacier and landslide activities. Lesson handouts will be provided, with complete units website accessible.
Grades 4-6

Links to Handouts:

Speakers
MP

Meagan Pasternak

Peabody Charter School
TS

Tracy Schifferns

Teacher, McKinley School


Saturday October 26, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite H 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

12:30pm

4th Grade Earth Scientists Program
Be an 'Earth Scientist' and dig deep into hands-on, inquiry-based lessons appropriate for teaching Earth Science standards in your 4th grade classroom. Curriculum CD featuring eight weeks of classroom curriculum included!

Speakers
SG

Shanette Grieve

Director of Program Development, Ocean Institute


Saturday October 26, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree D 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

12:30pm

Layers, Layers, Earth Explored!
How do scientists figure out the layering of the crust? How can you get your students to follow this same thought process in a fun, hands on way? Come explore density and inference with activities ready to use tomorrow.

Link to Handout: http://sbsciencematters.com/ 

Speakers
KC

Kim Castagna

6th grade math and science teacher, Carpinteria Middle School
JF

Jennifer Foster

Carpinteria Middle School


Saturday October 26, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite H 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

3:00pm

Astronomy on the Lawn: Gibbous Planet Venus
Can't do astronomy during the day? Think again. Meet astronomer Robert Victor of the Abrams Planetarium on the back lawn of the convention center to see some amazing sites in the daytime (and pre-dawn) sky. From 5:15 to 6:15 AM join for some cool pre-dawn viewing of Mars, Jupiter, the Moon, Comet ISON and winter skies in October. From 8 to 10 AM learn how to use a polarizing filter to do high contrast Moon observations during the day. In the afternoon from 3 to 4:30 PM see a gibbous planet Venus in broad daylight!

Speakers
RV

Robert Victor

Staff Astronomer (retired), Abrams Planetarium, Mich St Univ


Saturday October 26, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, East Lawn 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

3:15pm

Earth Observation Day- An Introduction to Geospatial Education
Earth Observation Day engages teachers/students in the use of free satellite data for Land Cover Mapping. 6-8 Grade teachers will learn about remote sensing sciences and its applications using Google Earth in combination with 3 lesson plans.

Link to Workshop Handouts/Information: http://cstars.metro.ucdavis.edu/education-and-outreach/californiaview/california-science-teacher-conference-2013/ 

Speakers
PV

Pia van Benthem

Program Coordinator, Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis


Saturday October 26, 2013 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Palm Springs USD, Tech Room B

3:15pm

Rocking Around the Rock Cycle
Do you have a small set of rocks and don't know how to use them in the classroom? During this workshop, we will do a simple activity that helps students understand the rock cycle using those rocks. Grades 4-12

Speakers
DB

Debra Bereki

PhD Candidate, Gold Coast Science Network


Saturday October 26, 2013 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree A
 
Sunday, October 27
 

9:20am

From Plato to Moon Phases: Addressing Misconceptions in Science
Common Core literacy meets Next Generation Standards: Come see the process of planning a team taught lesson and the doors opened for inquiry among our staff in developing cross-curricular lessons as we share the connection between Plato and moon phases.

Link to Handouts: http://home.lcusd.net/lchs/ttraeger/geospatial_tools_teachers.html 

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Lewsadder

Jamie Lewsadder

Teacher, www.lcusd.net
I'm obsessed with Design Thinking after tagging along with our junior high history teachers on a trip to Stanford's D School. Since then, I see the world differently and want to find ways to share what I learned. When not talking about redefining the purpose of open house or challenging... Read More →
TT

Tom Traeger

Earth Sciences Teacher, La Canada High School


Sunday October 27, 2013 9:20am - 10:20am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree A

10:40am

Engaging Your Students in Scientific Argumentation
Explore ways to incorporate effective scientific argumentation in your science classroom. Participate in a workshop focused on the science of climate change, modeling how to provide students with opportunities to gather evidence and use scientific argumentation to make evidence-based explanations. Grades 6-9

Speakers
SP

Sarah Pedemonte

Ocean Sciences Curriculum Specialist, Lawrence Hall of Science
EW

Emily Weiss

Marine Science and Literacy Education, UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science


Sunday October 27, 2013 10:40am - 11:40am
Palm Springs Convention Center, Smoketree A