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Saturday Science at the Fair

Published on July 15, 2014, by

Saturday-ScientistSaturday, July 19th, 1:00 PM
Ponderosa Pavillion
(AG/Hort Building)
Paso Robles Mid State Fair

Explore the World of Nature’s Clothing. An activity for all ages and families.

Examine and discover forms, functions, shapes & surfaces.

View critters and coverings with magnifiers and tiny microscopes. We’ll examine things that slither, swim, and sparkle.

Join us and be a scientist for a day.


Science 4 Girls Camp, at the Exploration Station in Grover Beach

Published on July 10, 2014, by

August 4-8, 10-12pm
Ages 8-12
Exploration Station, Grover Beach, CA

This camp is meant to inspire girls to explore their universe and will be taught by women who are experts in their fields of STEM (science, tech, engineering, and math). We have mentors in biology, chemistry, materials engineering, technology and horticulture. Explore with a different mentor each day, do a hands-on project, and your child will finish the week inspired and enthusiastic about what possibilities her future can hold. Contact us at youth@explorationstation.org to register. Space is limited.



National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property

Published on July 10, 2014, by

August 10-14, 2014
Santa Clara, California

The institute will focus on middle and high school teachers from around the country. The curriculum will help teachers incorporate making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection in STEM lesson plans and classroom instruction. Teachers will be equipped to challenge young innovators and entrepreneurs to make, improve, and repurpose new inventions from expired patents, inventions, and designs. Courses will be conducted by USPTO experts, representatives from other federal government agencies, National Science Foundation-funded researchers and inventors.



Volunteers Needed for Science Fair in Lompoc May 30-31

Published on May 21, 2014, by

The 2014 29th Annual Central Coast Science Fair is being held Friday and Saturday, May 30-31, 2014 at Lompoc Valley Middle School on 234 S. N Street, Lompoc, in the gymnasium and associated patio/classrooms. I am once again looking for helpers in set-up/tear down support from 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm Friday and judging support from 5:00 – 8:00 pm Friday and set-up, tear down and awards placement support 2:30 – 5:00 pm and 8:00 – 9:00 pm Saturday and judging support from 7:30 am – 2:30 pm Saturday.

One does not have to have a science, math or engineering degree to help out. If you are uncomfortable judging, I have several non-judging duties with varying degrees of involvement. We will be judging 4-8 Grade (mostly 7th grade Middle School) age children’s projects dealing with math and science
related subjects. I also have plenty of set-up/ tear down tasks to handle if you do not want to be a judge.

If interested please contact leah.williamsayers@us.af.mil or call her at


Two Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Published on May 21, 2014, by

Greetings Central Coast Educators!

Attached are flyers for two exciting summer professional development opportunities. We hope that you will consider attending one or both. Please register by May 28.

Modeling Science: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
Dates: Monday, June 16 – Friday, June 27, 2014
Registration Link: http://edventionpartners.k12oms.org/1197-80868
Details: Practice pedagogical approaches exceptionally aligned with the science and engineering practices of the Next Generation Science Standards. Spaces particularly available for sections in Physics and Chemistry.
$500 stipend, parking, and lunches provided.
Open to teachers grades 7-12.
Cal Poly Modeling Workshop Series 2014 (PDF flier)

Computational Modeling & Simulation
Dates: Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1, 2014
Registration Link: http://edventionpartners.k12oms.org/1197-81870
Details: Learn to engage your students in computational modeling using NetLogo, an open-source computer simulation platform. Workshop to be facilitated by three master teachers who run a Teacher Research Academy at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
$250 stipend, parking, and lunches provided.
Open to teachers grades 5-12.
Computational Modeling_Cal Poly_flyer2014 (PDF flier)

For further information on either of these opportunities, feel free to contact Sarah Hegg at shegg@calpoly.edu