Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to noon
Professional Development Workshop
Endangered Marine Species Shadow Box

Design Challenge Learning Institute @ The Tech (145 W. San Carlos St.)
Information: Allison Wilhelm, awilhelm@thetech.org

In this free arts-integrated, hands-on workshop, participants will explore human impact on marine species using simple circuits to create unique shadowboxes. Content is appropriate and scalable for educators of Grades 2-4. This workshop is aligned with the new Next Generation Science Standards Earth and Human Activity objectives as well as Common Core State Standards.
Participants will: 

  • Discuss current threats to marine species and consequences of human activity on marine ecosystems
  • Construct a shadow box.
  • Create a simple circuit.



Marion Cilker Conference SJSU 2016
San Jose State Uniuversity

I will be presenting a professional Development Workshop – The Importance of Water / Poster Making
Friday November 4th
from 9:5 to 11:00


The Bay Area Earth Science Institute presents:
Science, Art & Design, and Our Watershed


This Next Generation Science Standards-based workshop will explore Earth and Space Science core idea “Earth and Human Activity” as an engaging and relevant context for teaching and learning.  Workshop activities will  include:
– Making a Terrarium: Understanding the Water Cycle
– Designing Symbols about Water
– Creating a Poster: Watershed & Pollution Awareness


  • Discover connections between the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and art and design
  • Learn fundamental, interdisciplinary science concepts
  • Engage in three design projects/activities about the importance of water and how human activity impacts our watershed and the ocean.
  • Acquire tools and confidence to support your transition to the NGSS.


This workshop is designed for teachers of grades 4-9. School administrators, pre-service teachers, and others interested in the NGSS and in integrating science with art and design and other disciplines are also welcome to attend.

When and Where

Saturday, November 19, 2016
9 am – 3:30 pm in Duncan Hall Rm 306, San Jose State University


Michele Guieu (Teaching Artist at Montalvo Arts Center)
Elizabeth Walsh (SJSU Meteorology and Climate Science/Science Education)
Ellen Metzger (SJSU Geology/Science Education)

Participants will receive
a $100 stipend, ready-to-use classroom activities and materials and the option to earn 0.5 unit of Geology 104 for $25

For additional information or to apply
Please contact Ellen Metzger at 408 924-5048 or ellen.metzger@sjsu.edu. This workshop is free, but space is limited.
First preference will be given to teams of two or more teachers from the same school 
and to applications received by October 15.

Funded by a grant from All Points North.


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