STEM Opportunities and Events:
The Fab Lab is an engineering classroom designed to "WOW." The idea is for kids to learn NGSS engineering design standards, while being amazed at their own ability to use math, science, and technology to invent something new.
The lab has tons of high end equipment (laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC milling, robotics arenas, vinyl cutter and more than 100 computers from 3D augmented reality zSpace workstations to tiny Arduinos) to give an amazing science and engineering experience to students who come for field trips and teachers who come for training.
Visit the FabLab website for more details
Questions? Please contact Stephen Callahan at 209 468-9247.
Dinner with a Scientist 2019
Dinner with a Scientist is an evening of inspiration and insight for middle and high school students who may be interested in entering the field of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). Students will get the rare opportunity to spend 15-20 minutes with four different STEM professionals of their choice. STEM volunteers will discuss their professions and answer any questions the students may have.
For $100, a teacher can bring a group of three students. Along with spending time with various STEM professionals, the evening will also include a science challenge, appetizers, dinner and dessert.
The event will take place on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 from 5-8pm. It will be held at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, Wentworth Education Center, located at 2707 Transworld Drive in Stockton. Limited scholarships are available.
Register your team today!
We are also looking for STEM professional volunteers to host a table. Please email Bret States if you know of anyone that would like to participate.
2020 San Joaquin County Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Science (STEAM) Fair
February 21-26, 2020 at SJCOE
New for 2020:
- New exhibition categories in science fiction writing, Rube Goldberg machines, robotics, and reverse engineering
- All students will have interview opportunities
- Hands-on scientific experience and exhibits
Teachers College of San Joaquin STEM Masers Degree Program
The masters degree program at Teachers College of San Joaquin has a focus on preparing candidates for the 21st century, linked through four organizing phases: Experience, Exploration, Implementation, and Inquiry. Candidates successful in this program understand and have the ability to work collaboratively with others, apply theory and knowledge, and pursue the development of their own expertise as it relates to teaching, learning and school development. M.Ed. candidates bring their own unique academic experiences and work with an advisor to ensure the connection of those experiences to their Masters Core coursework.
Teachers College of San Joaquin's New Environmental Literacy, M.Ed. Program
TCSJ is so excited to launch its new M.Ed. Program concentration: Environmental Literacy
The program was developed in response to SB720 (signed into law in fall 2018) requiring local educational agencies throughout the state of CA to provide environmental education instruction to pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 through 12, inclusive. This degree will develop educators’ expertise in Environmental Literacy and prepare them to assume leadership roles.
The Environmental Literacy M.Ed. coursework examines the close intersections between peoples, societies, and natural systems, and how to relate within those systems in a humble, sustainable matter. Educators learn to develop integrated curricula and learning opportunities that nurture K-12 students’ understanding of the natural world outside the classroom, expand critical thinking skills, and prepare engaged citizens. Graduates have expertise in developing, implementing, and sustaining capacity building plans for Environmental Literacy programs within an organization, such as a school district.
Check out their website for all of the details.
Coming Together for the Climate -
A video challenge for California middle and high school students
The Coastal Commission is launching a new challenge for middle and high school students this school year, inviting them to create short videos in response to the question, “How do we come together for the climate?” Students can enter independently or under the guidance of a teacher, on their own or in teams of up to five film makers. The deadline to submit entries is March 31st. Please check out the challenge webpage at:
Annie Kohut Frankel (she/her)
Public Education Program
California Coastal Commission
45 Fremont Street, Ste 2000, San Francisco, CA 94105
Cal Water H2O Challenge: Classroom Challenge
A FREE classroom competition teaching kids about caring for water.
Cal Water H2O Challenge's Classroom Challenge is a project based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms, grades 4-6. Designed in conjunction with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water, and aligned with the Common Core State Standards and complementary to the Next Generation Science Standards, the Classroom Challenge offers a unique opportunity for upper elementary teachers to facilitate their students' learning of standards-based content, while developing the core understanding of environmental principles necessary to becoming science-literate citizens.
Submissions are due by February 28, 2020
The California Environmental Phenomena Summit's in Santa Cruz!
October 3-4, 2019
Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz, CA
Spend two days collaborating with local science experts and other educators from the region. Learn about local, environmentally-focused phenomena. Deepen your understanding of phenomena and California's Environmental Principles and Concepts. Contribute to a resource that will be shared with other educators.
Designed for K-12 Classroom Teachers and out-of-school educators experienced with NGSS and interested in environmental phenomena.