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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person events have been canceled. For any events you previously attended for Category I, please complete the assignment for that event.

We have also revised the options for Community and Technology Resources. There are new options for Category I below. Please consult with your advisor about assignment specifics.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Virtual Field Trip

  1. Visit the Kelp Forest Cam. Note: the live feed is only available from 7am-7pm but during "off hours" a recorded video of the tank is available.
  2. Observe the animals in the kelp forest for about 5 min. Record your observations in pictures and words. After you have observed a couple of animals, visit the aquarium's website on animals of the kelp forest. We recommend you keep two tabs open so you can continue to view the kelp forest cam.
  3. Select two animals that you observed and learn more about them. The kelp is an option, which is easily visible. Add information to your notes.
  4. Visit the Coral Reef Cam
  5. Observe the animals in the coral reef for about 5 min. Record your observations in pictures and words. After you have observed a couple of animals, visit the aquarium's website on animals of the coral reef. We recommend you keep two tabs open so you can continue to view the coral reef cam.
  6. Use the self-guided booklet (pdf) to compare the two habitats. This is intended for K-2 students so don't overthink it.

You are now ready to complete the Expedition Assignment. Feel free to look at the Monterey Bay Aquarium educator resources site as an additional resource while you complete the assignment.


San Diego Zoo - Virtual Field Trip

Helpful Hint: Install RealPlayer and/or Windows Media Player on the computer being used so the Webcams can be viewed. The page for the site(s) chosen will indicate the plug-in that are needed to view the animals. These are free downloads, but it may take extra time to install the programs.

  1. Visit the San Diego Zoo webcam
  2. Choose an animal to explore.
  3. Explore the Sites with Webcams. Note when the zoo indicates that the animals featured on the camera are typically active. Be prepared to choose an alternate camera if no animals appear within a reasonable length of time or if the Webcam is unavailable for some reason.
  4. An option instead of Webcams is for children to complete similar activities by observing a pet, animals at home or the zoo, or a birdfeeder or squirrel feeder outside the window or at a near-by park.
  5. Explain what you see on the Webcam display or live animals near home:
    • What is the animal doing?
    • What do you notice about the animal's habitat?
    • How does the animal move?
    • How does the animal interact with others?
    • What else do you think the animal does in this habitat?
    • What do you notice when you look closely at the images?
    • What would a scientist notice about this animal?
  6. View the images from the Webcam once a day or several times during the day. Compare what is the same and what is different. You could choose to view multiple locations, compare how similar animals act differently in the different places.

Imagine that you just completed a virtual class field-trip (or you could in the future). You are now ready to complete the Expedition Assignment. Feel free to look at San Diego Zoo educator resource site to help you complete the assignment.


Exploratorium Virtual Workshop

Participate in a teacher workshop from the San Francisco Exploratorium. There are four parts to this workshop:

  1. Collaborative Learning with Earth and Moon
  2. Facilitation with Colored Shadows
  3. Scientific Inquiry with Mirrors
  4. Community Construction with Pinholes

The videos are a little under an hour long, in total. If you want to know more about any of the science activities used in the workshops, click the science snack link under the "Dig into the Science" link within the workshop description. This will appear once you select on of the four videos to view.

After you have completed the videos, you are ready to answer the Museum-Based Workshop Assignment.




Previous Events

The following events are no longer available (either they have finished or are canceled), but are displayed here for your reference for assignments.

Seats Name, Event Type, Grade Level Date, Time Description, Assignment
0 left Biodiversity in Our Ocean — A Natural History Museum Vision - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (San Pedro)
Type: Speaker
Level: All Levels

Additional RSVP required
02/07/2020
7:00pm-9:00pm
Join Dean Pentcheff and Regina Wetzer from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County as they share their research examining the coastal communities of Long Beach, San Pedro, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula, testing important new technologies, including the use of 'Environmental DNA', to learning more about our marine neighborhood. Free, but RSVP at https://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/events-news/events-details.asp?id=2256 [For more info, click on the title above.]
Assignment: Speaker
0 left Lend Me a Hand: A Bioengineering Challenge (AFSE-CSULB HSCI-281)
Type: Workshop
Level: All Levels
02/08/2020
9:30am-12:30pm
Imagine you only had one hand, or only one functioning limb. How would you be able to do everyday things? What if an artificial hand or limb could be designed for you? This workshop will take you through the engineering design process as you learn about the form and function of the hand and limbs so that you can design and build several different working versions. Alberto Lazaro is an elementary teacher in Montebello Unified School District who incorporates lots of engineering, 3D printing and technology into his classes. This series of activities was inspired by students in his classroom! Please RSVP by 2/6 so w have enough food. Location: HSCI 281
Assignment: AFSE Workshop
1 left Physics Demo Day: Electricity and Magnetism HSCI 280
Type: Workshop
Level: Middle/High
02/13/2020
4:30pm-6:00pm
Teachers from around the area come to CSULB to share some of their best demonstrations at PhysTEC DemoDays! Meet practicing teachers and see a variety of demonstrations and instructional approaches related to waves, heat, fluids and the atom.
Assignment: AFSE Workshop
7 left Bees and Bugs - Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Type: Workshop
Level: All Levels

Additional RSVP required
02/22/2020
9:00am-12:00pm
Explore the fascinating world of bugs! Join Assistant Collections Manager of Entomology, Lisa Gonzalez, as we learn how bugs can be the bridge to nature in an urban environment. Lisa will share her current work with the BIOSCAN project, how schools can get involved, best practices when working with bugs, and some unconventional tools entomologists employ when collecting specimens. Along the way, Lisa will take you behind-the-scenes into the Museum’s Entomology collections where you’ll get a glimpse of research in action. We’ll finish off with some hands-on bug catching in our Nature Gardens! Space is limited. You MUST REGISTER by clicking on the title above...or go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdppdYRU3vmWqjQKj5CT2LEJRFcqke3QBPa9YRCyKDIrludbA/viewform
Assignment: Museum-based Workshop
0 left Weekend Tidepool Walk - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (San Pedro)
Type: Family Event
Level: All Levels
02/23/2020
2:00pm-3:30pm
Join Aquarium Educators as they conduct tours of the Point Fermin tidepools. Attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium, then come along on the naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat. Outdoor clothing and sneakers advised. Families welcome (young children must be accompanied by adults.) FREE (Small fee for parking; Click on title above for directions)
Assignment: Family Event
4 left Unwitting Helpers: The Strange, True Story of How Silent Spring and the Clean Water Act Gave Rise to Asian Carp in America - Aquarium of the Pacific
Type: Speaker
Level: All Levels

Additional RSVP required
02/26/2020
7:00pm-8:30pm
Environmental journalist and author Andrew Reeves as he discusses how Rachel Carson’s seminal book Silent Spring, the creation of the EPA and the passage of the Clean Water Act inadvertently led to the spread of Asian Carp--and invasive aquatic species. FREE for teachers and students with valid ID, but YOU MUST RSVP to 562-590-3100, ext. 0. Parking $8 [Online RSVP can be made by clicking on title above.]
Assignment: Speaker
2 left Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach)
Type: Expedition
Level: Elementary
03/03/2020
4:30pm-7:30pm
See what resources the Aquarium has for science teachers! Speak with educators, explore different galleries and participate in a variety of marine science activities. Meet the Aquarium Staff just outside public entrance by the fountain. (Tell them you're from CSULB) Late arrivals may be turned away. Free event FOR CSULB STUDENTS ENROLLED IN SCED 475 ONLY, but fee for parking.($8)
Assignment: Expedition
1 left Weekend Tidepool Walk - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (San Pedro)
Type: Family Event
Level: All Levels
03/07/2020
12:30pm-2:00pm
Join Aquarium Educators as they conduct tours of the Point Fermin tidepools. Attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium, then come along on the naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat. Outdoor clothing and sneakers advised. Families welcome (young children must be accompanied by adults.) FREE (Small fee for parking; Click on title above for directions)
Assignment: Family Event
0 left Mysteries of the Kelp Forest - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (San Pedro)
Type: Workshop
Level: All Levels

Additional RSVP required
03/14/2020
9:00am-12:00pm
Discover the hidden habitat of the kelp forest! Find out, through a hands-on dissection, what is living inside a real kelp holdfast. Work with fellow educators to master the art of kelp printing and other seaweed STEAM activities. Then join CMA’s Education Team for a walk by the water as we comb the shore for beach wrack. FREE but MUST RSVP by sending an email to Teacher teacher.workshop@cmaqua.org, call 310-548-7562, or click on the title above.
Assignment: Museum-based Workshop
0 left CANCELED - L.A. Nature Fest - Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Type: Family Event
Level: All Levels

Additional RSVP required
03/15/2020
9:30am-5:00pm
There's a surprising amount of nature in Los Angeles, and the more you know how to look for it, the more you'll see. You'll be blown away by the plants and animals, their incredible survival stories, the best ways to see them, and the people devoted to studying and protecting them. Nature Fest is free with museum admission, and if you have a school ID from a local public/private school, your admission is free too! Expect crowds, so consider going earlier in the day. Although the event lasts over 7 hours, for this assignment, you are expected to attend for at least 2 hours. Add'l fees for parking ($12) For more info on events during the day, click on title.
Assignment: Family Event
0 left CANCELED - Weekend Tidepool Walk - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (San Pedro)
Type: Family Event
Level: All Levels
03/22/2020
2:00pm-3:30pm
Join Aquarium Educators as they conduct tours of the Point Fermin tidepools. Attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium, then come along on the naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat. Outdoor clothing and sneakers advised. Families welcome (young children must be accompanied by adults.) FREE (Small fee for parking; Click on title above for directions)
Assignment: Family Event
0 left CANCELED - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium - Life at the Edge of the Sea (AFSE-CSULB LA5-265)
Type: Workshop
Level: All Levels
03/24/2020
6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: LA5-265
Assignment: AFSE Workshop
0 left CANCELED - Santa Ana Zoo (Santa Ana)
Type: Expedition
Level: Elementary
03/25/2020
9:00am-11:00am
Explore this hidden pocket of nature and discover the world's smallest monkeys (and many other animals!) Learn how to plan for and include the zoo as part of your science curriculum. You will meet the zoo educator leading the session at the ZOO ENTRANCE TICKET BOOTH; please wear closed-toe shoes. (Note that this event is ONLY for students enrolled in CSULB Science Methods classes. Family or Friends can visit the zoo separately (opens at 10am) and meet with you at the end of the workshop.)
Assignment: Expedition
0 left CANCELED - Excellent Educators: Ecosystem Services - Environmental Nature Center (Newport Beach)
Type: Workshop
Level: Middle/High

Additional RSVP required
03/26/2020
4:00pm-7:00pm
We have many native plants and animals here in Southern California that provide us with an array of ‘ecosystem services’ – like water filtration, pollination, and air purification. What are the economic impacts of losing these ecosystem services? How can we ensure good stewardship of these plants and animals so that we can reap the benefits for generations to come? This workshop will generate some engaging discussion on this topic and will help us all realize the extended value of nature. Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores! This workshop’s target audience is middle and high school teachers, but anyone is welcome to attend. YOU MUST REGISTER with the ENC directly to participate. Click on the link above to access the registration site.
Assignment: Museum-based Workshop
0 left CANCELED - Engaging Kids at the Science Learning Center - CSULB, HSCI 110
Type: Special Event
Level: Elementary

Additional RSVP required
03/27/2020
8:45am-11:45am
What happens when kids talk about science? How do they make science relevant to their own lives? For this event, you'll engage groups of local 4th and 5th graders visiting campus as a volunteer at the College's own miniature science center. Not only do you have an opportunity to see how kids think about science in an unstructured and low-pressure setting, you will gain insights as to how facilities such as the Science Center can foster scientific thinking. Participation in this events requires an orientation to the Science Learning Center and a particular science activity (8:45-9:15), followed by engagement with local 5th grade students visiting the SLC from 9:15 to 11:45. YOU MUST RSVP to cnsm.sciencecenter@csulb.edu no later than 3/17.Please include your name, date of the event, and your email address. If you are later unable to attend you must again CONTACT the science center to let them know.
Assignment: Museum-based Workshop
0 left CANCELED - Marine Heatwaves of the North East Pacific: Will “Blobs” be the new normal? - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (San Pedro)
Type: Speaker
Level: Middle/High

Additional RSVP required
04/03/2020
7:00pm-9:00pm
Join Dr. Andrew Leising of NOAA as he discusses the marine heatwave of 2014-2015 (aka “The Blob”)--an extreme event of high sea surface temperatures across a vast portion of the northeast Pacific. Find out what causes these ocean anomalies and how they impact ocean life. Free, but RSVP required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-discovery-lecture-tickets-87997961271 [For more info, click on the workshop title]
Assignment: Speaker
0 left CANCELED - Meet the Grunion - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (San Pedro)
Type: Family Event
Level: All Levels

Additional RSVP required
04/09/2020
8:00pm-11:45pm
Watch silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and growth of this curious fish. The Aquarium opens at 8 pm and an auditorium program begins at 9, followed by guided observation at the beach. You must arrive before 9 pm to see the movie. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. Admission: $5 adults ($1 seniors, students, children). You must register/pay Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in advance; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-grunion-tickets-88029539723 [Click on title above for more info]
Assignment: Family Event
0 left CANCELED - Physics Demo Day: Waves, Heat, Fluids, Nuclear HSCI 280
Type: Workshop
Level: Middle/High
04/09/2020
4:30pm-6:00pm
Teachers from around the area come to CSULB to share some of their best demonstrations at PhysTEC DemoDays! Meet practicing teachers and see a variety of demonstrations and instructional approaches related to waves, heat, fluids and the atom.
Assignment: AFSE Workshop
0 left CANCELED - Robotics and Coding in the Elementary Classroom (AFSE-CSULB PH1-223)
Type: Workshop
Level: All Levels
04/13/2020
6:00pm-8:00pm
Join veteran teachers Heather Curcio (Downey) and Vannessa Fowler (Rowland Heights) for a fun evening of robotics and coding. These are activities and lessons they do with their elementary students. Come find out what it's all about and how you can incorporate these new ideas into your classroom. Location: PH1-223
Assignment: AFSE Workshop
0 left CANCELED - Bolsa Chica Wetlands (Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Huntington Beach)
Type: Expedition
Level: Elementary/Middle
04/18/2020
10:00am-12:30pm
Join Conservancy educators and volunteers as for an introduction to wetland science, watershed ecology, community impact, and the history of Bolsa Chica. The event includes a guided hike and opportunity to help maintain the health of the wetlands through a short service-oriented activity. (Note that this expedition is ONLY for CSULB students enrolled in the Science Teaching Methods Classes this semester--we are unable to accommodate additional guests.) Please park at 3842 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA and proceed to the education center. Closed-toed shoes are REQUIRED. Additional preparation suggestions can be found by clicking on link above.
Assignment: Expedition
0 left CANCELED - Excellent Educators: Natural Beauty - Environmental Nature Center (Newport Beach)
Type: Workshop
Level: All Levels

Additional RSVP required
04/23/2020
4:00pm-7:00pm
Increasing environmental appreciation is the first step towards increasing environmental attitudes and stewardship. Our students don’t always have the exposure or access to natural beauty, so how can we expect them to develop an appreciation for it? Join our ENC naturalists for a workshop that will empower you to connect art and natural beauty to environmental science lessons. Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the marshmallows and skewers to make some s’mores! YOU MUST REGISTER with the ENC directly to participate. Click on the link above to access the registration site.
Assignment: Museum-based Workshop
0 left CANCELED - Grunion Fishtival - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (San Pedro)
Type: Family Event
Level: All Levels

Additional RSVP required
04/25/2020
8:00pm-11:45pm
join the fun at the annual Fishtival! Hatch grunion eggs, participate in grunion arts and crafts, watch a classic grunion video, interact with grunion researchers, touch live tidepool animals and see the many fish and other live animals in the Aquarium. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. Admission: $5 adults ($1 seniors, students, children). You must register/pay Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in advance; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grunion-fishtival-tickets-88032199679 [Click on title above for more info]
Assignment: Family Event
0 left CANCELED - College of Natural Sciences Open House - CSULB, HSCI 110
Type: Special Event
Level: Elementary/Middle

Additional RSVP required
04/25/2020
12:30pm-5:30pm
This spring, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will be holding its third annual community Open House--and we need your help! Over the course of the afternoon, the Science Learning Center (SLC) will be engaging kids from 3 to 93 in a variety of hands-on Science activities. This is your chance to work alongside SLC staff and other volunteers and see what it's like when kids get excited exploring phenomena and doing . All methods student participants will be required to attend a short training session (at 10am on 4/24 or 11:30am on 4/25) Please contact the SLC to sign up for this option and learn more about the event: science.center@csulb.edu. You can also click on the title above for additional information. You must RSVP no later than 4/17.
Assignment: Family Event
0 left CANCELED - Physical Science Round Robin (AFSE-CSULB HSCI 277)
Type: Workshop
Level: All Levels
04/30/2020
6:00pm-8:00pm
Come experience 3 different physical science lessons. The lessons were developed by students in the MS in Science Education program and are all experienced K-8 teachers. This is always a popular event! Location: HSCI 277
Assignment: AFSE Workshop
0 left CANCELED - Exploring and Understanding Earthquakes (AFSE-CSULB PH1-227)
Type: Workshop
Level: All Levels
05/06/2020
6:00pm-8:00pm
Bob de Groot, of the USGS and Southern California Earthquake Center, will help you better understand earthquakes and earthquake monitoring. Location: PH1-227
Assignment: AFSE Workshop