The NGSS Classroom: Connecting Climate Research with the Clean Energy Industry

How do you explain global warming AND make it relevant for middle school students? First, connect two Port of San Diego environmentalists with one Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher. Next, add five enthusiastic middle school science teachers.  Then, meet for two days to co-develop a brand new Earth Science lesson that will tie together authentic…

Tapping Real Science for San Diego Classrooms

Each ONR-REAL teacher team created a poster and presented a five minute “flash talk” on their research-based lesson at the fall 2017 ONR REAL showcase. SIO’s Dr. Michael Latz (right) with SDUSD and SUHSD science teachers Scott Frazier, Kearny High School; Tracy Mesina, Granger Junior High School; Katie Kennedy Hendrick, Olympian High School; and Alexandra…

Creating New Science Lessons for San Diego: Leveraging UCSD-Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Naval Science

From the spectacular and colorful undersea world of bioluminescence to the acoustic ecology of dolphins and whales, San Diego-based science was the focus of an intensive two-day workshop linking five renowned scientists and 25 high school science teachers from throughout the county. Participants gathered for a focused Lesson Study workshop to create Next Generation Science…

Another Day at the Beach: Unearthing Clues to a Changing Planet

by Cristina Trecha, Director, San Diego Science Project   Only in California, or make that San Diego. On September 20, middle and high school science teachers hit the beach during record-breaking heat to study the “Snowball Earth” theory (how the earth could have been completely frozen at some time more than 650 million years ago)…

Doing a Deep Dive: Biology Teachers Explore Antarctic Invertebrates at SIO

Ever wonder what lies deep beneath the waters near the South Pole?  At the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), local biology teachers are taking a look at Antarctic marine invertebrates and the role geography plays in connecting these populations from South America to Antarctica. Spearheaded by Cheryl Peach, director of Scripps Educational Alliances, along with…

Making Waves: Engaging teachers as scientists transitioning to the Next Generation Science Standards

To teachers, “professional development” in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) too often means sitting silently all day, watching someone narrate a PowerPoint presentation.  In partnership with Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), the San Diego Science Project (SDSP) at CREATE aimed to bring together a group of science teachers in a self-designed PD experience in…