We had a great time at the Exploratorium Conference this weekend. So many wonderful ideas and projects presented. I have listed all the different sessions and the handouts for each session. Though we didn't see all the sessions, I wanted to list who went to which sessions in case you want to reach out and ask more questions about them. I have posted some of the videos and pictures on our Facebook page also.
SESSION 1 The Art and Math of Curved Mirrors Presented by Julie Yu
Reflect on the potential of cylindrical and conical mirrors to create an array of anamorphic art that is transformed through the looking glass. From simple shapes to complex pictures, these drawings and activities reveal the math embedded in the simple physical principles of light and reflection.
SESSION 2 Lights, Camera, Motion! Presented by Bree Barnett Dreyfuss and Sebastian Martin
Using special LED lights that blink hundreds of times a second in a darkened room, you can model motion in a way that will engage and motivate students at all levels. These photos of projectile motion, circular motion, constant velocity, acceleration, and more are easy to take, high-impact, and entrancing. The activities covered in this session can be done qualitatively from elementary to high school—older students can also use the photos they create to calculate speed and acceleration.
Attended by: Therese Hopkins, Emily Felsenstein
SESSION 3The Science of Dance Presented by Zeke Kossover
Dancers turn, jump, lift, and balance. Their art form involves physical forces, rotational momentum, torques, and the semi-circular canals in the inner ear. Learn through demonstrations and activities how the principles of science help dancers achieve grace and athleticism. Create tools for finding out what dancers do that’s special, and try your hand at activities to help your class learn through dance.
SESSION 4 Engineer a Musical Instrument Presented by Bryce Johnson
Come explore the fundamental nature of sound, which is vibration. In this session, you’ll learn how to make, tune, and create harmonies with a membranophone, a musical instrument that produces sound via a vibrating membrane. It's an instrument all students can play regardless of age or skill level.
Attended by: Susan Hughes
SESSION 5 Drawing with Circuits Presented by Tammy Cook-Endres and Meg Escudé
In this workshop, you’ll build paper circuits while learning how to integrate inquiry-based learning, science concepts, and engineering practices into your science class. Through the conception and construction of these expressive art pieces, students will explore the complexity of circuitry and how it can serve their design. The process also encourages problem solving, collaboration, and the deepening of students’ understanding of electrical circuits. We’ll also discuss ideas for teacher facilitation, additional short lessons about electrical circuits, and project management in classroom and after-school settings, as well as ways to extend these activities into long-term projects.
Attended by: Emily Felsenstein
SESSION 6 The Science, Math, and Perception of Reflections Presented by Modesto Tamez
Learn to double your money instantly, make people and things disappear, create beautifully intricate designs that would be the envy of Moorish architects in medieval Spain, and design and build your own kaleidoscopes. In this workshop, you’ll do all this and more while also learning about the math, science, and perception of reflections.
Attended by: Susan Hughes
SESSION 7 Hue Are You? Color, Light and the Human Eye Presented by Eric Muller
Investigate how we perceive color using hands-on (and eyes-on) activities. We’ll use simple and cheap materials to explore properties of light and the physiology of the eye. Enlighten your art and science teaching!
Attended by: Susan Hughes, Therese Hopkins
SESSION 8 Bio-Prints: Making Art with Ocean Organisms Presented by Lori Lambertson and guest artist Julie Whitcomb
See how compatible art and biology can be by studying and making prints of readily available marine organisms. We’ll partner with educators from the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary to study the anatomy and physiology of marine organisms as we prepare to make art out of them. You'll learn printing techniques from printmaker Julie Whitcomb and strategies for doing these projects in the classroom. You'll also get to take home the beautiful prints you create.
Attended by: Therese Hopkins
I attended this event on Saturday and picked up some great lessons that help support the practices (science and engineering) in the NGSS and also tie into the content. This was a well organized event if you ever get a chance to attend. I have included the lessons they shared along with the web address for Cal. Academy's educator page with many more activities.
Sustainable Livestock: Life sciences and enviromental issues
What the fog?: Developing models and showing weather patterns.
Live webcams: Ideas for how ot use them and many resources of wonderful webcams of animal life.
Blue and Bubbly Investigation: Great activity on chemical reactions and having students set up their own investigations. By far, my favorite lesson that evening!
California Academy of Sciences educator page: Many different lessons and resources that are listed by grade level!
iTEAMS is a professional development research project designed to provide teachers with support to deepen their content knowledge and pedagogy to promote STEM education aligned to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).