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Region 4 Chapters and Resources

Last Updated: June 13, 2013

Region 4 Chapters

San Diego Science Educators Association - SDSEA
Chuck Abel-President
sdseapresident@gmail.com
(619) 861-7105
Martin Teachworth: mdteachworth@sbcglobal.net
Barton Hays: b29hays@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.sdsea.org

Inland Area Science Teachers Association - IASTA
info@iasta.org
http://iasta.org

Region 4 Resources

San Diego Science Alliance
Your one-stop shop for science events and resources in San Diego County. Searchable databases and catalogs make this site a must for science educators in the entire tri-counties area. www.sdsa.org.

California Science Projects

The California Science Project (CSP) is a university-based professional development network for pre-K-16 teachers of science that utilizes highly skilled teams of educators and scientists drawn from universities and school districts across the state. This statewide network works toward the common goal of improving science education for all California students. The CSP has convenient sites across the state at campuses of the University of California, California State University, and independent colleges/universities. There are four science projects in Region 4:

California Science Project at Irvine—UC Irvine
Inland Area Science Project—UC Riverside
Imperial Valley Science Project—San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus
SEASAND-UCSD Science Project—UC San Diego

The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific has a host of exhibits and activities designed to showcase the health and stability of marine ecosystems. They also have a Teacher Resource site that lists professional development opportunities, lectures, workshops, and lesson plans for your classroom.

The Fleet Science Center in San Diego opened in 1973, bringing hands-on exhibits and the world’s first IMAX® Dome Theater to San Diego. Today, more than 400,000 visitors each year visit the Fleet to discover our 100+ hands-on exhibits for all ages and enjoy incredible IMAX films and planetarium shows in the recently renovated Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to connecting individuals to science and technology. The Fleet also offers field trip opportunities and professional development opportunities for teachers.

The Santa Ana Watershed Association is a non-profit organization that provides FREE interactive field trips to students in the Santa Ana watershed area (San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange Counties). Our standards aligned field trips focus on water and water conservation. Busing grants are also available. Please visit our website for more information www.sawaedu.org.

The Living Desert in Palm Desert offers field trips,

Riverside County Office of Education
Mike Horton has developed a Wiki site which includes "Free Stuff of Science Teachers", "The Science Inquirer" newsletter, a science misconception podcast, super-slow motion videos, digital microscope pictures, position papers, and much more. Visit: http://rcoescience.notlong.com.

San Diego County Educator's Resource Directory
Looking for a quick way to find resources for enrichment programs? Check out the San Diego County Educator's Resource Directory, a new, free publication for elementary and middle schools in San Diego County. On- and off-site programs, assemblies and in-class activities offering enrichment to your science (and other) curriculum. San Diego County educators: check with your PTA/PTO president or principal to see if your school received its free copy. Can't find it? Call ERD at 760-479-1700 for a replacement copy.

MySDscience
is an online community resource where San Diego scientists and science enthusiasts can: *meet local scientists, researchers, and innovators *join interest groups and discussion forums *compete for awards and prizes *find and post job opportunities *learn about the latest developments in San Diego science and technology *ask questions and provide answers *and more...all for FREE. MySDscience was started by local researchers and educators in hopes of uniting the scientific community, accelerating discovery, inspiring the next generations of scientists and innovators, and generating interest and support for the San Diego Science Festival.

Discovery Science Center
A nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math, and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92705; 714-542-2823. Visit their website at http://www.discoverycube.org/.

The Western Science Center is home to a fascinating array of Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils that were unearthed at Diamond Valley Lake. You’ll be moved by “Max”, the largest mastodon found in the Western United States, as well as “Xena”, a Columbian mammoth. Let your imagination run wild as you walk on tempered glass which houses “Little Stevie”, a large mastodon installed beneath the museum floor to re-create the actual dig site. The museum has been designed to provide world-class facilities for the research, curation, and presentation of the nearly 1,000,000 specimens discovered during the development of the Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet, California. The Center offers a number of programs for schools and the public.

Inland Empire Waterkeeper
A non-profit, grassroots organization with a mission developed around protecting and improving water quality in all the waterways of the Santa Ana River Watershed. In addition to developing projects around advocacy, enforcement, and restoration, they are very concerned with what they feel is an insufficient number of environmental education programs in the Inland Empire. To address this their education program, "River KATS: Kid Activism Together with Science", is aimed a bringing high school science classes out of the classroom and introducing students to water testing, restoration, water treatment, and water conservation. Visit www.iewaterkeeper.org for more information.

March Field Air Museum, and the P-38 National Museum are adjacent to the March Air Reserve Base, Riverside, California. March Field Air Museum serves as home to over 70 historic aircraft and many inside displays relating to the history of March Field, now known as March Air Reserve Base. The main building was erected in 1993. Its style reflects the traditional hangars of earlier aviation days. The distinctive checkerboard roof can be readily seen from the Interstate 215 freeway. At the museum visitors can watch modern military aircraft as they land and take off daily. Inside the museum the visitor will find thousands of artifacts on display covering the years from 1918 to the present. Also displayed in the hangar are some rare and unusual aircraft, including a P-59 fighter, the first operational jet adopted by the U.S. Air Force over 50 years ago.

The Living Desert offers the Living Desert University, classes for individuals who want to learn more about the world around us, including our impact on it. Living Desert University offers unique classes taught by locally recognized experts, and offers participants Master Desert Gardener, Master Desert Naturalist, Coachella Valley Hiking and Desert Backyard Habitat certification programs.