Stem squared 4 9 13_academy


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Presentation by Courtney Rudd, Project Manager, Science Action Clubs, California Academy of Sciences for GBARISP Power of Discovery Workshop #4.

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  • We are just starting to look at how these changes impact the living things around us. To be certain that changes are related to climate, scientists must have observations from across continents and over long periods of time.
  • In citizen science, people everywhere use basic, scientific protocols to report observations of natural events.Hundreds and thousands of participants, all across the landscape, can contribute millions of observations every year, allowing scientists to ask questions they were never before able to answer.
  • Networks of observers across Europe show that blooming, leafing, and fruiting of plants is happening earlier and earlier. (Menzel et al 2006, could get more specific than this if needed… do they say anything about asynchronicity?)
  • Observations by Mrs. Anderson and others suggest that species in some places are changing their habits as the climate changes.
  • There’s more.Observations by volunteers in the New York State Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project show that four species of frogs are calling 10-13 days earlier now than in the beginning of the 1900s.(Gibbs and Breisch)
  • And the observations of participants in the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project have helped researchers predict that the butterfly’s ideal breeding conditions will be found farther north in the future. (Batalden et al 2007)
  • Stem squared 4 9 13_academy

    1. 1. Out of School Time ProfessionalDevelopment:Science Action ClubsCourtney RuddCnrudd@calacademy.orgScience Action Club Project ManagerApril 9, 2013
    2. 2. The Academy’s approach to professionaldevelopment in out-of-school time• New knowledge, attitudes, skills and career goals for leaders• Build bridges between in and out-of-school• Foster multiple alliances and connections via CoPs• Blended & virtual learning California Academy of Sciences
    3. 3. OST Programs at the Academy Student Science FellowsIntensity N=10 CiS Program Careers in Science Assistants (CiS) N=4 N=35 Digital Learning Programs N=30 Science Action TASC Force Clubs N=60 N=400 Learning Labs with SF Public Library, CAS, KQED, BAVC N=100s-1000s 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th Undergraduate Grade Level California Academy of Sciences
    4. 4. Science Action Club ProgramPromoting leadership in OST • Offer OST professional development for frontline staff • Youth in grades 6-8th in afterschool programs Sparking interest in science! • STEM curriculum linked to national citizen science projects • Promote professional networks California Academy of Sciences
    5. 5. Professional Development Design Principles California Academy of Sciences
    6. 6. Areas of Impact Activity AllianceYouth Partnerships Leaders Teams• Engaging, • Increasing • Bridging in- • Building a hands-on confidence & and out-of- leadership STEM competence school network experiences in leading program STEM advocates activities California Academy of Sciences
    7. 7. Support for Activity LeadersProviding resources and emphasizing co-learning• Blended professional development  Training in citizen science• STEM curriculum module• iPads as teaching tools• SAC Alliance and Network California Academy of Sciences
    8. 8. Alliance Teams School site teams supporting SAC implementation• Team Approach  Accredited science teacher  Afterschool Site Coordinator  Afterschool Activity Leader• Building bridges between the school day and informal learning environments• In prototyping stage; evaluation is ongoing California Academy of Sciences
    9. 9. SAC Experience for YouthIgniting the spark for science• Hands-on STEM learning• Citizen science research experiences• Club identity• Ladder of leadership• Digital technology California Academy of Sciences
    10. 10. Youth being scientists
    11. 11. What is citizen science?
    12. 12. In citizen science, people everywhere can use basic,scientific protocols to report observations of natural events.
    13. 13. Buds…
    14. 14. Birds…
    15. 15. Frogs and other amphibians…
    16. 16. Butterflies and other insects…
    17. 17. All help us put the puzzle together…
    18. 18. What does Citizen Science provide for youth?• Getting outside for observation in habitat• Authentic way to engage in STEM learning• Motivating—their data make a real contribution• Jumping off point for investigations that mirror professional science California Academy of Sciences
    19. 19. A sampling of Citizen Science projectsThe GreatSunflower Project California Academy of Sciences
    20. 20. Celebrate Urban BirdsCitizen Science Project
    21. 21. Celebrate Urban BirdsEngage in authentic science experiences in OST California Academy of Sciences
    22. 22. Celebrate Urban BirdsEngage in authentic science experiences in OST California Academy of Sciences
    23. 23. Celebrate Urban BirdsEngage in authentic science experiences in OST California Academy of Sciences
    24. 24. Citizen Science in Afterschool California Academy of Sciences
    25. 25. Questions?Courtney RuddCnrudd@calacademy.orgScience Action Club Project Manager