CSTA Night at the Aquarium of the
NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase
©Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the
Pacific. All rights reserved.
Thursday, December 4, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join your CSTA colleagues for an amazing evening at
the Aquarium of the Pacific. The evening promises to
be fun and offer a relaxed environment for science teachers
from across California to network, learn, and share.
This will not be an ordinary visit to the aquarium.
The Great Hall will feature an NGSS
Science and Engineering Showcase: information tables
featuring STEM, Engineering, or NGSS lessons, units,
or projects that teachers can be and are doing at their
schools! Learn about all of the exciting options available
to teachers to support science, STEM, and NGSS in your
school. There will also be several
guest lecturers in the auditorium presenting on a variety
of topics. Participants will be able to access the
demonstrations, lectures, and the aquarium. Light appetizers
will be served and a cash bar will be available. CSTA
members can purchase a ticket for $10 – which includes
one drink coupon. Conference registrants who
are not members of CSTA may purchase a ticket for $25
- which includes one drink coupon. Space is limited
to the first 500 registrants!
Hosted by CSTA and the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Sponsored by Chevron.
CSTA Member/Nonmember Fees: $10/$25
(confirmed as of 11/5/2014)
Manley, Professor, Department of Biological
Sciences, California State University - Long Beach
Kelp Watch 2014: Design, Recent Results, and
Kelp Watch 2014 (KW14) is a scientific campaign that
uses Giant Kelp as a coastal detector of Fukushima released
radioisotopes predicted to arrive on our coast in 2014.
KW14 will also provide data on the extent these radioisotopes
have entered our kelp forest ecosystem. KW14 involves
more than 50 scientists and educators from various organizations,
sampling kelp from 48 sites primarily on the west coast
of North America but also including Chile, Hawaii, Guam
and Tasmania. The rationale of this truly collaborative
project along with recent results will be presented.
Mas Dojiri, Division Manager,
Environmental Monitoring Division, Hyperion
Monitoring Pollution in Santa Monica Bay:
Science Influencing Management
The presentation will consist of an overview of the
City of Los Angeles Environmental Monitoring Division's
ocean monitoring program in Santa Monica Bay, including
microbiological testing of the beaches, determination
of effluent (treated sewage) plume location, analyses
of infaunal invertebrates and trawled fishes, chemical
analyses, toxicity testing, and bioaccumulation of toxic
pollutants in seafood. A brief summary of EMD'S other
programs and special studies will also be presented.
Heidelberg, Associate Professor (Teaching)
of Biological Sciences, Director of USC Environmental
Life in Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents: Using
Technology to Study Biodiversity in Extreme Environments
Hydrothermal vents would seem a tough place to live
– thousands of meters down in the permanently dark ocean,
immersed in superheated water with a toxic cocktail
of chemicals. However, these seemingly hostile environments
host abundant and active trophic food webs and are very
important ecosystems in the deep ocean. This talk will
describe how state-of-the art technology is used to
study these environments and the lessons we are learning
about the extreme limits of life.
Michael Gunson, Global Change
& Energy Program Manager & OCO-2 Project Scientist,
Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology
Earth Science from Space! Why I Love My Day
Job Spying on Carbon with the NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory
NASA launched the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2)
on July 2, 2014 and has been operational, taking measurements
routinely since October. This satellite takes a million
samples every day, and from those least affected by
the presence of clouds, measures the concentration of
carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. These measurements
are cumulatively designed to test hypotheses or address
questions around where on the Earth’s surface around
half of all the carbon dioxide produced by human activity
has been absorbed. OCO-2, as with all large-scale satellite
experiments, represents the work and collaboration of
hundreds of engineers and scientists across NASA, industry
Burkett, Geophysicist, USGS
Understanding Earthquakes: Science, Technology,
Geologic context of why we have earthquakes, specific
earthquake risk in CA, how we monitor earthquakes, earthquake
early warning, and resources available through the USGS
NGSS Science & Engineering Showcase
Accepted Showcases as of 11/4/2014
Inputs and Outputs of Cells
This unit focuses on what every cell requires and produces.
We explore how the cell gets what it needs and gets
rid of what it doesn't need. We explore what the cell
does with the inputs to produce the outputs as well
as which body system supports that.
Kerin Butterfield, Science Teacher, California Middle
Geologic History- BBK Unit Module
Sobrato High School Geology teachers recently collaborated
to create a BBK- Building Background Knowledge unit
module, aligned to NGSS, on Geologic History and Plate
Heather Wygant, Geology Teacher, Sobrato High School
Backpack Robotics Inventing to Learn: Students
Build Original Mars Rover Robot
We are integrating Common Core and Next Generation Science
Standards by simulating the building of a Mars Rover
robot from the ground up. Students follow building plans
and use laser cutters and 3D printers to make parts
for a simulated rolling robot. Students use STEAM++
Graphic Organizers and a ePortfolios.
Bob Barboza, STEM Director, Super School University
- Kids Talk Radio Science
The Finches of Daphne Major: Use the Scientific
Model of Natural Selection to Help Your Student’s Reason
with Data and Explain the Phenomenon of the Galapagos
The changes of the Galapagos Finches of Daphne Major
are an excellent example of natural selection. This
lesson shows how your students can use 11 pieces data
and the model of Natural Selection to tell the story
of the finches.
Jennifer Horton, Science Teacher, Lincoln High School
Global Climate Change: Earth System Carbon
Cycle and Energy Flows
Global climate change is a great topic for modeling
how to weave disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering
practices, and crosscutting concepts (CCCs). These lessons
and resources deepen understanding of climate change
and of two major CCCs.
Art Sussman, Senior Project Director, WestEd
Dr. Bob's SoundSchool: Teaching the Science
of Sound Through Music
Dr. Bob's SoundSchool is a 10-week experiential STEAM
curriculum which teaches the science of sound through
the magic of music to second-grade students. Throughout
the curriculum, our goal is that children hear, touch,
and feel sound with each activity, using electronic
and acoustic instruments.
Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director, Bob Moog
You Wind Some You Lose Some
Student engineers will be testing different blade designs
of a wind turbine in order to maximize the power output.
Students will be writing a formal lab report and organizing
powerpoint team presentations in order to convince the
public how society can utilize wind energy more efficiently.
Jamie Larson, Physics Teacher, Da Vinci Science
Connecting STEM and Literacy in the K-8 Classroom
Come learn how a K-8 STEM academy has developed STEM
based interdisciplinary units of study that have significantly
increased student achievement, especially for English
learners and struggling readers. The design model makes
every classroom lesson highly engaging with hands-on,
minds-on learning experiences and opportunities for
all students, everyday!
Patricia Maruca, Executive Director/Principal, Discovery
Let's Prepare, Care and Share! Real Life Lessons
Prepare: What causes quakes? How do we prepare so we
can stay safe? Care: Many places are affected by quakes!
Why did the buildings suffer so much damage in Haiti,
but not in Japan or the United States? Share: Is there
anything we can do to help the people Haiti?
Camie Walker, Teacher & Facilitator Science
Methods, Elementary & University of Phoenix
Colorimetry Made Easy Using DIY Instruments
and Mobile Devices
The Community Science Academy @ Caltech (csa.caltech.edu),
IO Rodeo (iorodeo.com), and L.A. Biohackers (biohackers.la)
join forces to offer a hands-on lesson that uses a DIY
colorimeter to measure solutes present in water collected
from various sources. A free iPad application provides
a way to collaboratively learn concepts and analyze
Douglas Foster, L.A. Biohackers
Integrating Geospatial Technologies for Underwater
Data Collection and Analysis
Students at Clark Magnet High School use a remotely
operated vehicle to collect underwater data for mapping
and analysis in ArcGIS. Geotagged photographs and video
taken by the ROV document the study area. Students use
the ROV to investigate relevant marine issues and ArcGIS
to model plausible solutions.
Dominique Evans-Bye, Teacher, Clark Magnet High
Water Water Everywhere - Not a Drop to Spare
In this unit, students use chemistry, environmental
biology, nanoscience and engineering concepts. The students
collected data about local water and then used the data
to design a water treatment proposal. Students learned
about buffer systems and nanoscience through laboratories
and applied the knowledge to an engineering challenge.
Cara Hale-Hanes, McBride High School
Where Has Mars' Atmosphere Gone? Working with
the MAVEN Mission
Using hands-On labs with instructions that you can take
back to your classroom, learn about how you can teach
your students about Earth's magnetic field by mapping
the magnetic field and then learn about Mars' magnetic
field by mapping its field and how does the relationship
to the MAVEN Mission.
Dara DeVicariis, Earth Science Teacher, Colton High
The M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Program (Multinational
Youth Studying Practical Applications of Climatic Events)
Join M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. - an international high school
collaborative engaged in research on local impacts of
global environmental issues. Students and their teachers
use locally generated and satellite-based data mentored
by NOAA and NASA, then meet annually to discover global
trends in their collective data and present their findings.
Pete Arvedson, Science Teacher, Ret., Satellite
Story Maps for STEM
Students at Clark Magnet High School use free online
mapping software from ESRI to implement CCSS and NGSS.
This presentation will showcase how Earth Science, Life
Science and Physical Science disciplinary core ideas
can be explored and communicated by students using GIS
Alex Day-Blattner, Teacher, Clark Magnet High School
Underwater Robotics - Middle School, High School
Underwater Robotics in the classroom will be displayed
showing teacher resources and completed Remotely Operated
Vehicles (ROVs) from Middle School, High School and
College level programs.
Scott Fraser, Professor, Long Beach City College
Modeling DNA - Unlocking the Code
Students made and used three different models to learn
about DNA and its role in protein synthesis. Models
included a computer model, and two physical models.
Students also evaluated the models for limitations and
benefits of use.
Rachel Poland, Teacher, Innovation Middle School
Focus and Explore Wave Energy and STEM Education
Focus on getting started with STEM education while effectively
teaching the Next Generation Science Standards through
inquiry-based practices instruction. Explore how to
prepare your students for future careers in the 21st-century
workforce and ensure effective achievement. Leave with
tools to accelerate your STEM journey.
Susan Dewberry, Carolina Biological