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Upcoming Science Teacher Events & Opportunities
including AFSE events

Association of Future Science Educators Club Calendar of Events
The Association of Future Science Educators Club is a Student Chapter of the NSTA & CSTA 

2010-2011 Events
All meetings are 6-8 PM please note room locations!

Spring 2011 Events 6:00-8:00 PM

PLEASE RSVP on-line! so we have enough handouts and supplies.

Topics and Locations to be updated.

Thursday, February 10, 2011 Living With  Earthquakes   PH1-219   Please RSVP
Bob DeGroot, Sounthern California Earthquake Center

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Model Lessons from NASA - Physics of Sound PH1-127  Please RSVP
Sandy Kaszynski, JPL/NASA Educator.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Bringing the Ocean into your Classroom LA5-263  Please RSVP
Join educators from Cabrillo Marine Aquarium as they demonstrate hands on activities to bring the ocean (and science) to your classroom.

Fall 2010 

Area Science Education Calendar of Events
Cost, Description, Contact Info
Science Education STAR Seminar Series 4:30-5:30 CSULB
Tues. Feb. 15th New Common Core Science Standards - Martin Storksieck (National Academies of Science)
Wed. March 16th  Coaching Teachers with Tools for Integrating Literacy and Science Content  - Maria Grant (CSU Fullerton)
Tues. April 19 - Learning by Dolphin Encounters  - Dian Sweeney (UCSD)

Visit the STAR Seminar Series website for more details
Crystal Cove Education Internships Attend training  Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 8:30 AM – 12 PM
Teach four lab sessions between February 7-25, 2011 (Each session is a 4-hour shift: 8 AM – 12 PM or 12 PM – 4 PM)
Crystal Cove State Park
Students enrolled in the credential program at CSULB in fall 2010 or spring 2011 are eligible to apply for the limited number of instructor positions. 
Instructors will be expected to attend a training and teach four lab sessions in February.  A stipend of $150
will be awarded to students who successfully teach 4 lab sessions.
Application Procedure Interested
preservice teachers should submit a letter of interest by 8 AM on January 10, 2011 to Sue Magdziarz at 
In the letter, please include how you would benefit from teaching at Crystal Cove, a brief description of your experience
working with children, and your comfort level teaching science.  Phone interviews will take place during the week of
January 10, 2011.  For more information, please contact Sue Magdziarz at or (949) 376-6200
Five Things that Teachers & Their Students Need Thursday Feb 3
Univ. Theater

Author and educator Rick Morris will share a handful of innovative yet practical ideas from the incredibly successful New Management program of student management, motivation, and involvement.

Ocean Institute Internship April - June 2011 Dana Point Ocean Institute Two paid internship positions will be available from April 25, 2011 through June 3, 2011.  Interns will be scheduled to work three days per week during this six-week period. 
The internship program provides interns with the opportunity to:
         Teach hands-on science lessons to students in grades K-6
         Gain confidence teaching hands-on science
         Write hands-on science lesson plans
         Learn about the local marine ecosystem
         Learn about the resources the Ocean Institute offers to classroom teachers
More information about the internships and the application process will be available in December 2010.    For more information, please contact Shanette Rillorta at or  (949) 496-2274, extension 339.
Crystal Cove Tidepool Walks with a Scientist Saturdays
1/15 from 11-1
2/12 from 11-1
3/19 from 1-3
Crystal Cove State Park
22 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast CA
Join a visiting scientist for a tidepool walk. Each month has a different focus.
1/15 Water Pollution, 2/12 invasive species in the tidepools, 3/19 dolphins off the coast. Walks are free but you must pay the state park entry fee ($15).
Columbia Memorial Space Center - Teacher Open HouseSasturday Feb 5 (noon - 4PM)
Saturday April 9 (noon-4PM)
12400 Columbia Way
Downey CA
Teachers are invited to attend the Open Houses for a free look at the center and information about field trips. Teacher ID must be shown at hte door for free admission. RSVP not necessary. 562-231-1200
Columbia Memorial  Space Center Workshops (led by NASA/JPL)Sat. Feb 5 10-noon
Sat. April 9 10-noon
12400 Columbia Way
Downey, CA
2/5 Climate Change workshop (2nd-5th grade standards) FREE but you MUST RSVP
4/9 Physics of Sound (2nd & 3rd grade standards) FREE but you MUST RSVP
Jet Propulsion Lab - Open HouseSaturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 2011
Admission and parking is free

4800 Oak Grove Drive
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mail Stop 186-113
Pasadena, CA 91109

This popular event celebrates JPL's accomplishments with exhibits and demonstrations about the Laboratory's ongoing research and space exploration. Many of the Lab's scientists and engineers are on hand to answer questions about how spacecraft are sent to other planets, how scientists utilize space technologies to explore Earth and how researchers are searching for planets beyond the solar system.

The Open House is a fun and educational experience for children too, with special hands-on activities designed for kids. Admission and parking is free.  For more details visit the website:
The 45th Annual
Occidental College's
High School Physics Teachers' Day
Sat. March 19
8:30- 4 PM
Occidental CollegeSpend a day with other HS physics teachers sharing demonstrations and labs. $5 registration fee, purchase lunch at the event. Please visit their website and RSVP if you want to attend.
Send questions to
Scholarship & $$ 
For Single
Subject Candidates
APLE Program
Assumption Program of Loans for Educators
APPLY  Money is still available The APLE (Assumption Program of Loans for Educators) program will target future math and science teachers for its grants, which pay off educational loans up to $19,000. The APLE program website is

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International STEM Education  scholarships 
$5,000 scholarships 

PLUS $1,000 per year for the first three years in your classroom to be used for supplies and supporting your students

Applications due June 10, 2010

Scholarships will be awarded in August.

Beginning in 2010, AFCEA International will award 35 scholarships of $5,000 each per year. Students eligible to compete for AFCEA STEM scholarships must be U.S. citizens attending an accredited college or university in the U.S. and majoring in Education for the purpose of teaching a STEM subject in a U.S. middle or secondary school. Additionally, nominees must be enrolled full time and hold a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Applicants can access the AFCEA STEM Teacher application form at .

If you have any questions, please contact Norma Corrales at or (703) 631-6149.

Noyce Fellows Scholarship There will be a round of funding started in fall 2010. Applications due March 20th.. CSULB - NSF grant (DUE-0833349) This $15,000/year scholarship is available for students persuing a single subject credential in math or science. For each year of funding you must teach for two years in a "high needs school". Find out more by visiting the website.
Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship Feb 1st application deadline Physical Science Teachers-to-be can be supported through this generous fellowship. Visit the website for an application and details.
TEACH Grant visit the Financial Aid Office vist the website for details Funded by the Federal Govt, this program provides up to $4,000 per year for future science teachers. In return for funding you must teach in a high need school (if you don't the grant becomes a loan with interest).
College of Education Scholarships  Applications due Februrary 1st Applications available November 1st 
APPLY!!! Lots of scholarships are specifically for science teachers.
There are several scholarships for future teachers (elem and secondary). You only need to fill out a single scholarship application in order to be eligible for any/all of them. You do not need to apply to a specific scholarhip. PLEASE NOTE: Boeing sponsors scholarships specifically for math/science secondary teachers and there's the Oliphant Scholarship for science teachers (SSCP or MS in science education).
Edison International established a scholarship fund in 1999 to help economically and educationally disadvantaged students obtain a teaching credential.  Applications and Information Sheets are available in ED1-Room 67 or in the campus Financial Aid Office.  Applications cannot be mailed to students. Below are the basic criteria:
Applicants must be in good standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,  Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office, Applicants must be accepted to a CSU Teacher Credential Program (Single Subject, Multiple Subject or Special Education), Candidates in the final year of a blended program to pursue both a bachelor's degree and teacher credential concurrently are also eligible 
Award preference will be given to students who are economically and educationally disadvantaged, Award preference will be given to students seeking a credential to teach math, science or special education, Recipients must remain CSU full-time equivalent students for one year. 
Applications may be submitted in the Fall and Spring terms.


Visit the Science Education Department home page to find the most up-to-date information on area opportunities!

Key Contact People
Laura Henriques & Elena McComas, AFSE Coordinators and
Tim Williamson, Single Subject Science Credential Advisor & Coordinator
Alan Colburn,  Science Education MS Advisor
Laura Henriques,  Noyce Mentor, PhysTEC Mentor, Department Chair
Mark Katayama, Noyce Scholars Mentor
Angela Tuan, PhysTEC Mentor
Bill Ritz, Head Start on Science Mentoring Program

Past Events of the Association of Future Science Educators Club -- an NSTA/CSTA Student Chapter

2009-2010  Events
September 17 (Thursday)-  Model Science Lessons and Labs from Young Scientists Camp  handouts
October 19 (Monday) - The Ocean Institute Presents Why should we care about watersheds? join us
November 5 (Thursday) - Science in Space: Educational Materials from NASA
December 1 (Tuesday) - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium shares lessons for Teaching Marine Science K-12

Thursday, February 25, 2010   Living with Earthquakes!   Resources from event: Pangaea flip book, Tremor Troops -;
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 in PH1-220   Something's fishy in the Classroom
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 in LA4-102 Inquiry Science at the Elementary Level - Mixtures & Solutions
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 in LA5-243 Using a Local Endangered Species, the Channel Island Fox, to Teach Engaging Science
September 25 – What did you do last summer? Model lessons from Science Camp (YSC staff)
October 14  – NASA Educational Night (JPL Education Outreach)
November 13– Marine Science for the K-12 Classroom (Cabrillo Aquarium)
December 4 - Getting a (Science) Teaching Job (panel– principals, HR folks, dept. chairs) LA5-261
Monday, Feb 9 Living with Earthquakes! (USGS outreach)
Thursday, Feb 26 – Classroom Management and Safety for K-12 science classes (LA County Office of Education Science Consultant)
Monday, March 9 Teaching with NASA Educational Material (JPL Education Outreach)
Monday, April 27 - Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: Teaching About Watersheds (Cabrillo Aquarium)
Thursday, May 7 Physical Science Lessons & Teaching Ideas (CSULB Science Education Master's students)

Sponsored in part 
by a grant from the 
National Science Foundation

CSTA Student 
Chapter Status

Sponsored in part 
by a grant from the 
National Science Foundation
September 26, 2007 Inquiry Activities - 3rd grade through HS  Join us for an evening of hands-on investigations and stories about teaching 3rd-11th graders at a summer science camp.
October 8, 2007 NASA Educational Night Join NASA/JPL presenters as they share activities, resources and curriculum developed just for teachers.
November 14, 2007 Bringing the Ocean into your Classroom. Join educators from the Cabrillo Aquarium as you discover ways to marine biology and ocean science into your classroom.
December 3, 2007 Job Searching Tips Hear from principals, human resource personnel, department chairs and other experts about the job searching process.
2/12/08 6-8pm AS-244 Quickie Hands-on Activities That Meet the CA Science Standards
3/11/08 6-8pm AS-244 It all flows to me: The science of water and watersheds. Presented by the educators at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
4/16/08 6-8pm PH1-140 NASA Educational Night Join Art Hammon from JPL for an evening of earth/space science activities.
4/30/08 6-8pm PH1-140 Inquiry for the Elementary Classroom - Presented by Maggie Ostler of Delta/FOSS

September 19th - A Round Robin of Science Activities Teaching Associates from Young Scientists Camp/Summer Science Institute will share some activities they did with 4th - 10th graders this past summer. Come try out a few activities, get hand-outs for lessons & labs, and learn about how you can participate next year!
October 12th -  Physics Activities for the Upper Elementary/Middle School Classroom Join us for an evening of science lessons around physical science concepts.
November 6th    Integration Made Elementary: Connecting Life Sciences and Language Arts/ELD - Drs. Susan Gomez-Zwiep and Bill Straits will show you  how science can serve as exciting writing prompts for your ELL children and how children’s literature combined with ELD stragtegies can support your teaching of life science standards.
November 30,  Integrating Math & Science in your Classroom.THIS MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE AT CERRITOS COLLEGE. This event is cohosted by Future Math Teachers Association and the Cerritos College Math Club 3:30.
December 6th - The Job Search! Finding, Applying & Interviewing for Teaching Jobs Join a panel of experts who will share their knowledge and perspectives on how to successfully get a teaching position.
February 14, 2007 Assessment 101! Learn what makes for good and poor assessment items, how to create a test and how to use tests for learning (not just assigning grades).
March 15, 2007  NASA Education Event Join NASA Educators from the Jet Propulsion Lab. Do activities, get NASA curriculum and hand-outs.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 Inquiry for the Elementary Classroom. Join us and learn how electricity and magnetism can serve as starting points for inquiry. Maggie Ostler will share strategies and lessons from FOSS to model what inquiry looks like in the elementary setting.
May, 3, 2007 Biotechnology at the Secondary Level Join CSULB alumni presenters as they share information about a new course they've developed and try out some of the activities.
Sponsored in part 
by a grant from the 
National Science Foundation

Sponsored in part 
by a grant from the 
National Science Foundation
Sept 13  Inquiry Round Robin  An evening of activities and an introduction to the 2005-06 school year!
Oct. 19 Science & Literacy  Strategies to  link & integrate science and literacy.
Nov. 14 NASA's Educational Materials JPL Educators shared science education curriculum and activities developed for K-12 teachers.
Dec. 1 Landing a Teaching Job!  Hear from principals, department chairs, human resource personnel and our Education Career Placement Office. What's the job market like and what can you do to sell yourself?
February 7th  Who Done It? Tap into students' interest in solving mysteries by using crime scenes. What a great way to introduce science activities and the nature of science.
March 6th  Math & Science at a Magnet School Rod Ziolkowski and his students will be sharing their experience and perspectives of Whitney High School, a math/science magnet school in ABC Unified.
April 20th  The Nature of Science & Scientific Inquiry Join some of CSULB's alums (all now in their own classrooms) as they share strategies and activities which help students understand the nature of science.
May 1st  Science Fairs and Family Science Night! Learn from two of LBUSD's outstanding elementary science specialists (Shelley Fernald and Rauline Boland)  how they help students succeed with science fair projects and how to organize and run a family science night

Inquiry Round-Robin - An evening of activities and an introduction to the 2004-2005 school year!
Forensic Science - Kids love to solve mysteries. Crime scence science is a great way to get kids excited about doing science. See how to incorporate forensic science into your curriculum.
Science & Literacy - Elementary folks HAVE to integrate science and literacy. Secondary folks will find that reading and writing strategies can help their students do better with science. Learn new strategies for success in this area.
Job Searching Tips & Strategies This annual event brings HR and personnel staff, principals and department chairs to share their expertise and insight into the job search process.
Rock On! Do hands-on activities rocks & minerals activities specifically tied to the 2, 4 and 6th grade standards. Dr. Sue Pritchard presenting.
Just Add Water! Join us as we learn about water resources and water quality issues. A great evening of hands-on activities, curriculum materials and information about water. Benita Horn presenting.
Marine Sciences in the K-12 Classroom - met at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific.  Learn how to successfully incorporate marine sciences into your K-12 curriculum, learn how the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific can be integrated into your teaching and find out what they have to offer teachers.
NASA Educational Night  David Seidel, Art Hammon and Carlo Cayetano from JPL will provide information about NASA’s educational materials and lead you through several activities. Among those you will try are Reading, Writing and Rings - an integrated science/language arts lesson related to Saturn and an integrated math/science lesson to help your students understand more about the solar system and gain a sense of how big it really is.

2004-05 Events
2004-05 AFSE was sponsored 
in part by a grant from the
Metropolitan Water District

Sept. 18 Introduction to the Club
Introduction to NSTA, Young Scientists Camp & the club, a variety of sciences activities for the K-12 classroom.
October 20 Autism in Our Classrooms
Teri Book, from For O.C. Kids, presented a great session about autism. The presentation helped you learn to identify children on the autism spectrum and to develop strategies to meet behavioral challenges they face in the classroom setting.  It also helped teachers develop teaching strategies that better engages children with autism in the learning process.
Nov. 4thNASA Educational Materials to Teach Math & Science Art Hammon and David Seidel from JPL will be sharing the best NASA has to offer! Come learn about the educational materials NASA has, how they are linked to a time-line of NASA launches and planetary visits. Meteorite Mysteries and Micro-gravity are among the great activities you will do! Read what a former student has to say about NASA and their materials!
Dec. 8  So, you want a Job! Preparing for the Job Market
Panel presentation followed by your choice of small table discussions -- Chat with the panelists, get resume and cover letter writing tips (feel free to bring along a copy of yours for feedback), professional portfolios tips and more.
March 1  Science & Literacy Learn how to infuse literacy strategies into your science teaching. Separate sessions for elementary and middle school/high school folks. Eric Brundin (Science Curriculum Coordinator for LBUSD), Barbara Atherton (Marshall Middle School), Dr. Shawn Holmes (Cabrillo HS) will work with the secondary folks. Cathy Chen, Marisela Moreno and Bill Ritz will be with the elementary folks.
March 25 Science Fairs & Science Competitions
Come learn the ins and outs of science fair planning.  Find out how to evaluate projects and help students succeed. Also learn about the various science competitions that students can do and try out a few of the events!
April 20  NASA & Mars! Hear about the Mars rovers and the exciting findings being sent back to Earth. Learn how to integrate this timely topic into your K-12 classroom! Educational materials and curriculum provided.
May 10 Science Activities and DemonstrationsTry your hand at some classic science demonstrations and do some fun experiments.

NSTA Student
Chapter status

Sept. 16Introduction to the Club
Introduction to club, life, earth and physical sciences activities for the K-12 classroom.
Oct. 8  Science & Literacy  Reading strategies, using children's books (fiction and non-fiction) to jump-start science.
Nov. 19   Science Field Trips  Steps for developing effective classroom field trips will be presented. A speaker from Bolsa Chica Wetlands will share information on how to use the wetlands for a field trip and in your classroom.
Dec. 9 Preparing for the Job Market
Panel presentation followed by resume and cover letter writing, professional portfolios tips and more.
Feb. 10 Using NASA Educational Materials to Teach Math & Science
Art Hammon and David Seidel from JPL will be sharing the best NASA has to offer. Come learn about the educational materials NASA creates and learn how to use them in your classroom.
March 11 Perceptions of Science - What does the media tell us?  Ms. Honeyman, an expert in science/technology media literacy, provided an interesting look at what the media tells us about science, technology and the role of gender.
April 3 Science Assessment - No Teacher Left Behind!  Tim Williamson (Elementary Science Consultant for Los Angeles County Office of Education) led an intensive workshop about the new 5th grade science test, the role of assessment in the classroom and a mapping of curriculum to see that the new test is for all K-5 teachers!
May 12  Inquiry Science for All and NSTA & You This evening had a pair of workshops (one for MSCP and one for SSCP candidates) and a full group activity. We  planned a session specifically for Secondary Teachers-to-be "Inquiry in the High School Setting" [panel members are: Eric Brundin (LBUSD Science Curriculum Coordinator), Elizabeth Fessler (Lakewood HS) and Martin Matthews (Wilson HS)]. The session aimed at MSCP candidate is Science, Literacy and Inquiry Activities. The full-group activity is based around your NSTA membership featuring highlights of YOUR NSTA journal.