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The California Science Education Conference in Palm Springs starts tomorrow.  Below is a list of select sessions and events chosen from a long list of interesting options.  See you there!

Friday, October 25th 

Keynote Address
9:15am – 10:45am Primrose B
CSTA President, Laura Henriques will deliver an update on the state of the association and the state of science education in California.  Following Laura’s address will be the keynote presentation by Dr. Stephen Pruitt.  Dr. Pruitt is the Vice President for Content, Research, and Development for Achieve and led the development of the Next Generation of Science Standards.

Writing in Science – Arguing from Evidence
1:00pm – 2:00pm Mesquite E
Refutational texts are a type of persuasive argument found in science. They introduce a misconception, refute it and offer an alternative way of thinking. Participants will engage in a hands-on investigation to gather evidence for their own refutational text. Grades 6-13+

Shark Tracking Robots
2:30pm – 3:30pm  Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Catalina Ballroom
Making waves in how we research shark behavior. In an effort to track shark motion, Dr. Lowe and his colleagues have developed a shark tracking robot to monitor and track shark movements. The development of the robot requires input from a team of partners – engineers, programmers and mathematicians. Getting a diverse group of experts to share a common language starts with mathematics, the truly common language of all STEM fields. Dr. Lowe will share with the audience how the team answers scientific questions through the design and development of the robots. This promises to be an engaging and informative session.

NGSS: The Basics
4:00pm – 5:00pm  Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Pasadena Ballroom
Feel like you are just starting to learn about Next Generation Science Standards? Do you find the whole thing a little overwhelming? Come join us for an overview presentation regarding the Next Generation Science. Develop a deeper understanding of the key elements of these standards, the connection to 21st Century Skills, and the strong emphasis on engineering and technology integration. Time will be devoted to answering your questions and presenting the draft timeline for implementation.

Saturday, October 26th

TEDitorials – Open Up the World of Possibilities 
9:30am – 10:30am Palm Springs USD, Tech Room B
Increase science literacy by utilizing the amazing world of TED (Technology Education and Design). Encourage critical thinking and clear communication by increasing writing within your curriculum with TEDitorials. Grades 8-12

Getting Your Students to Construct Explanations in Science: The Integration
3:15pm – 4:15pm  Mesquite D
This session provides strategies for teachers to adapt existing readings, activities, and investigation in science curriculum to provide students with opportunities to engage in scientific explanation and to provide content scaffolds to improve their student’s ability to construct scientific explanations.

What is Nanoscience and What Can We Do with It?
3:15pm – 4:15pm  Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Catalina Ballroom
Nanoscience is at the basis of the enabling technology of the 21st century. This involves all academic disciplines as well as impacting electronics, energy, medicine, and all the future innovative technological applications. Be introduced to emerging research and applications of nanoscience and its fundamental link to a more in-depth K-12 science education.

The Science of Energy – Exploring Forms of Energy and Energy Transformation
4:35pm – 5:35pm  Smoketree C
Confidently teach important science concepts with center-based, hands-on activities that investigate forms of energy: motion, sound, thermal, radiant, electrical and chemical energy, and the energy transformations between them. Grades 6-8

Sunday, October 27th

Closing Session and Keynote Address
8:00am – 9:15am  Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, California Ballroom
How will the combination of a booming global population and global warming change the world? Which countries will struggle, and which will prosper? Laurence Smith believes the North is set for major gains. In his talk, Smith will outline the changes that our world will face in the next 50 years, both geologically and societally.

Implementing the NGSS in the Classroom: Start from Where You Are 
9:20am – 10:20am Mesquite C
This workshop intends to build awareness and capacity of teachers to implement effectively the new Science Framework dimensions to better prepare all students with a 21st century science education. Grades K-12

Engaging Your Students in Scientific Argumentation
10:40am – 11:40am  Smoketree A
Explore ways to incorporate effective scientific argumentation in your science classroom. Participate in a workshop focused on the science of climate change, modeling how to provide students with opportunities to gather evidence and use scientific argumentation to make evidence-based explanations. Grades 6-9



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