A small group met and saw some demonstrations, tried their hand at some activities and walked away with handouts for doing each of the demonstrations.
|Up in smoke!
Observations & Inferences - Candle observation
Boil water in a paper bag
Conservation of Volume – Not!
Slime & Slimy Substances
Super balls & Silly Putty
Happy & Sad Balls
Super Absorbent Polymers
Air Pressure & Bernoulli’s Principle
Websites with Science Demonstrations
Sources of more Discrepant Events
Invitations To Science Inquiry, 2nd Edition, by Dr. Tik L. Liem
Mars & NASA Curriculum -- April 20, 2004
The national interest in Mars set records. The topic raised interest for our AFSE group as well. 93 people came out to learn about the latest happenings on Mars! After an informative slide show with brand new images straight from Mars we were ready to look through some curriculum, see 3-D images of Mars' surface and try our hand at putting together our own mission.
David Seidel, Art Hammon and Carlo Cayetano brought stickers, posters, curriculum materials and 3-D glasses for all of us. They had a model of the Mars Rovers and a lego version which kids could build.
Among the teaching resources described were several websites.
Design a Mission to Mars & Beyond.... http://www.nsip.net
Planetary Photojournalism http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov
Imagine Mars http://imaginemars.jpl.nasa.gov
Space Link http://spacelink.nasa.gov
Mars Exploration Rover Mission http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov
|One activity we did together was Marsbound!
Mission to the Red Planet. These are all available as PDF files.
Marsbound! Student Guide
Marsbound! Teachers Guide
Marsbound! Equipment Card Deck
Marsbound! Design Mat
AFSE hosts NASA on April 20th -- The Latest from Mars & Related Curriculum Materials. Don't forget to RSVP!
April 5 6th grade: Plate Tectonics & the Earth structureHigh School Chemistry Teacher Workshop - March 28th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m, Coastline Community College For More information, registration form and location map visit: http://dl.ccc.cccd.edu/faculty/dlicata/HSDay/
May 3 7th grade: Physics of Light & Color
June 7 8th grade: Forces & Motion
Science Fairs & Science Competitions -- March 25, 2004
The team sharing their experiences with us.
What a poised group of students!
Mathematics, Engineering, Science & Achievement
Students from Jefferson Learning Academy MESA Team came to share their experiences of being student participants in science competitions. We heard how this experience helps them become better students, more prepared and excited about college, and improve their language and study skills. It was a treat to have these five outstanding young people and their coach, Marisela Moreno! We wish them luck in their upcoming competitions.
MESA at CSULB
There are opportunities to volunteer to help the team prepare and to judge the competitions. If you want to participate in any way, contact Albert Shaheen (email@example.com) in the College of Engineering.
Bret Harte Style!
LBUSD is hosting their Science Fair on April 24th. Be a judge!
Picture This is a science version of pictionary. Teams of students try to correctly identify as many of the 21 terms possible in a 6 minute time slot.
|Sharon Writer, a long time Science Olympiad Coach and current Science Olympiad State Coordinator, told us all about the various events and opportunities for kids to participate. We tried out "Write It, Do It" and "Picture This", two of the many Science Olympiad Events.||
Non-Traditional Characteristics of a Successful Science
Fair Project by William Sumrall and Don Schillinger
This article is hot off the press! Found in the March 2004 issue of Science Scope, you can read the complete article on-line at http://nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_scope.php?category_ID=87&news_story_ID=49073
The article includes a rubric for scoring the presentations and a list of web resources for science fair projects.
Multiple and Single Subject Credential candidates braved the heavy rains to attend an evening of Science & Literacy which provided opportunities to learn literacy strategies for the science classroom.
Barbara Atherton shares a
sample of student work to
illustrate a point.
|Veteran middle school teacher Barbara Atherton shared various strategies she uses for helping students structure their writing and thinking. New teacher Dr. Shawn Holmes shared reading strategies she uses in the high school which help students make sense of their science textbook. Science Curriculum Leader Eric Brundin provided an overview and described the sorts of science and literacy programs LBUSD has for new teachers.||
Dr. Shawn Holmes shares
the PQRST reading strategy.
Elementary folks were treated to snails and
literacy links for youngsters by Bill Ritz. Marisela Moreno then shared
strategies for literacy development in second language learners. Cathy
Chen led a chromatography activity that linked writing and science.
Cathy Chen shares Planting a Rainbow
by Lois Ehlert before transitioning
into the writing activity.
Bill Ritz and a student look at
the underside of a snail.
|Sixty-seven students came out during the last week of classes to hear an excellent panel presentation about finding jobs in education. President Maxson kicked off the evening with a special welcome and inspiring words about joining the teaching profession. As a 10 year veteran of the K-12 classroom, President Maxson shared stories and words of wisdom to the future teachers gathered.|
|Our esteemed panelists
included Shehzad Bhojani, Bonnie Cohn, Joe Pistoia and Judi Walker.
Each panelist spoke for 5-7 minutes. There were general questions from the group after which students were able to attend two 25-minute sessions with the panelists of their choice. Lists of typical interview questions were supplied along with a host of recruitment information from LA Teach Now. Visit the websites and ask questions if you missed this informative evening. Plan on attending next December when we host a similar event!
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|Linking language arts and science, Meteorite Mysteries activity requires students to describe the inside of a chocolate bar without using any food words. This helps with scientific writing as well as helping students become better at describing what they see.||
Take a bite of your candy bar and describe what you see inside.
|Deep Space Network - This series of satellites, antennae and
speakers allows NASA to be in constant contact with their various space
craft. Using an umbrella and the beeper on a watch we were able to model
the parabolic dishes sending out their signals to the depths of space.
Using the top portion of a 3-liter pop bottle you can make "dishes" for your ears!
|Micro Gravity -- Using the oscillations of different masses we were able to simulate how objects are massed in low gravity situations. Graphed results enabled us to make best fit lines which we used to interpolate our results.|
Pizza, calendar of upcoming events, and door prizes rounded out the evening. Thanks to our friends at JPL for another excellent night of NASA Curriculum for the Classroom!
Here's what one student had to say about
NASA materials and their event last year:
With regard to the NASA meeting...you should know that thanks to their visit last year, I have been able to greatly enrich my teaching this semester. I visited their store in Pomona and came home with oodles of unit plans, resources, activities, posters, etc. The activities are genuinely fun, my students have really enjoyed them. The posters and photos have been FABULOUS for supporting my teaching. Everything they have provided me has been just first-rate. You may want to pass this on to other future science teachers, I can't speak highly enough of this great resource!
|Teri shared a wealth of information about how to better identify students
along the autism spectrum, strategies for teachers to better engage students
and suggestions for how to protect and serve as an advocate for this vulnerable
population of students in our schools.
A few books recommended were:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Other recommended reading can be found at their website.
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The Association of Future Science Educators is a club for future science teachers, K-12. We are a student chapter of NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) and affiliated with the campus Association of Future Educators club. The AFSE will host monthly meetings. All AFE members are invited to attend our events and AFSE members are invited to attend AFE events. A calendar of area science education events is posted on the Science Education Department website (scienceteaching.org). Visit the site and find out what's going on this semester! [Calendar of Area Science Education Events & Future Meetings]
The AFSE club is designed to provide a home for Liberal Studies science concentrators and Single Subject Science Credential Candidates. Our intention is to host monthly meetings which focus on professional development, teaching strategies, and issues of interest to K-12 science teachers. As part of membership in AFSE-Student Chapter of NSTA students are entitled to one free year of membership in the National Science Teachers Association. With the NSTA membership comes a journal (Science & Children, Science Scope, or The Science Teacher), reduced registration rates for annual conferences, and a discount for NSTA products.
You can view
future events on the Calendar as well as seeing descriptions and pictures
from past events. RSVP to Laura Henriques
|Station 1: Genetics/Evolution/Diversity
Catherine Martin led participants through a series of related to genetics, common traits, heredity. Multiple formats of the lesson were presented so that students could see the difference between an open-ended, divergent activity and closed-ended, convergent activities. In addition to the activities done with human traits, an activity from Science Scope was shared. This activity, Dragon Genetics, uses dragon traits to help kids learn about dominant and recessive genes.
|Station 2: Circuit Quiz Cards
Cathy Chen showed AFSE-ers how to create simple quiz cards using the science involved in a simple series circuits. Using an index card, aluminum foil, tape and a circuit students can create and use these simple circuit cards.
|Station 3: Chromatography
Patricia Pimentel, a Young Scientists Camp '03 teaching associate, shared several activities associated with chromatography. Patty talked about how these activities were done with her 7th grade students this summer. These activities were part of the Crime Solvers summer science camp, a murder mystery in which students do lots of sci experiments to solve the case. Chromatography is one of the tests.
through the ink the
dyes separate leaving
a distinct pattern.
|Station 4: Bernoulli's Principle
Elaine Bloemeke, AFSE president and Young Scientists Camp '03 teaching associate, showed us several demonstrations of Bernoulli's Principle. Keeping the bubbles aloft was one of the evening's highlights!
the pressure decreases (faster moving
air means lower pressure), so the balls
|The Bubble Challenge
Simply waving your hand or an index card, make a bubble stay afloat.
|Let's see.... Bernoulli's Principle tells us that faster moving fluids have lower pressures. That means when we wave our hands we'll have areas of low pressure...||so.... if we wave our hands ABOVE the bubbles we'll get lower pressure above the bubbles. The higher pressure below the bubbles will push them up. I get it!!|
Special thanks to Elaine Bloemeke, Cathy Chen, Jim Kisiel, Catherine Martin, and Patty Pimentel for sharing their time and activities with us.
Thank you for attending! See you next time.
Don't forget to attend AFE Events!
AFE President Genevieve Finch and
VP Jessica Vieira share
info about upcoming AFE events.
(AFE events are listed on the AFSE website)
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