Synopsys Outreach Foundation

SuperSchool Seminars

Understanding the Carbon Cycle and Changes Using Data and Graphing
Instructor: Heidi Black
Grades 5-12
Oak Grove High School, Room X-10, 285 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA, (enter second parking lot off Eagles Lane)
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Part One: Purpose

Understanding the Carbon Cycle and Changes Using Data and Graphing

In this integrated math and science workshop we will explore the carbon cycle, and use it as a basis for understanding anthropogenic changes in our atmosphere and ocean. Emphasizing NGSS practices, we will model the carbon cycle, use data from NOAA and other sources to explore and graph changing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, model ocean acidification in a cup, and build our carbon footprints using charcoal briquettes.

This workshop is appropriate for teachers in grades 5-12

Part Two: Agreement to Participate

Please indicate your acceptance of each of the following provisions by checking the box below and entering your name in the space provided.
 • I understand that Synopsys Outreach Foundation is a non-profit organization with the purpose of enabling students and teachers engaged in project-based learning at schools in Silicon Valley and across California and Oregon. I also understand and agree that my participation in a SuperSchool class is not intended to and does not create an agency, partnership, employment or joint venture relationship between me and the Synopsys Outreach Foundation, its officers, agents, employees, volunteers, and affiliates including, but not limited to, Synopsys, Inc. (collectively "Affiliates"). I further understand that I am assuming full responsibility for any loss, damage or personal injury sustained by participating in a SuperSchool class. Accordingly, I hereby agree to not sue Synopsys Outreach Foundation and its Affiliates for any injuries incurred or damages or loss sustained as a result of participating in a SuperSchool class and I agree to hold Synopsys Outreach Foundation and its Affiliates harmless from any loss, liability, damage or cost they may incur from my participation in a SuperSchool class.
 • I understand that registration for this seminar is contingent upon receipt of a refundable $25 deposit.
 • I understand that the deposit check is payable to "The Synopsys Outreach Foundation" and will be returned to me (uncashed) following my full day's attendance at the seminar.
 • I understand that should I decide not to attend and fail to cancel my registration within 72 hours of the start of the seminar, my check will be cashed and the amount forfeited.
 • I understand that any materials provided during the seminar are contributions made to my school from the non-profit Synopsys Outreach Foundation and not contributions to me, personally.
 • I understand that the Seminar is intended to develop and enhance my skills in science and in project-based learning.
 • It is my intention to apply those skills and that knowledge to the teaching of project-based learning, and to the development of science projects.
 • It is my intention to consider participation in the programs offered by the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Foundation during the academic year 2016-17.


Part Three: Registration


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To reserve your spot, please send a $25 refundable check payable to Synopsys Outreach Foundation:

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PO Box 635
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921-0635

Part Four: Date, Time and Place

Instructor: Heidi Black
Saturday, September 10, 2016
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Oak Grove High School, Room X-10, 285 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA, (enter second parking lot off Eagles Lane)

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Part Five: Instructor

Heidi Strahm Black holds credentials in physics and biology and has been with the East Side Union High School District for 30 years. Heidi spent a year as a Teacher-in-Residence with the Exploratorium and her focus is hands-on learning. She has contributed to the Exploratorium's curriculum and published in The Physics Teacher. For the past 15 years Heidi has worked with science fairs at all levels, from individual elementary schools to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Part Six: Continuing Education Units

CEUs are handled through San Jose State University.  If you have a  question about CEUs, please call 408-924-2685 or email

This SuperSchool classes has been approved for Continuing Education Units CEUs. Please note: Ten hours of instruction are required for each CEU and are awarded only in whole number increments (1.0, 2.0, etc.) Each SuperSchool class is only 5 hours in duration, so to receive 1.0 CEU, you must complete at least 2 SuperSchool Classes. Here's how it works:

If you take 1 SuperSchool class, you are eligible for 0 CEUs.

If you take 2 SuperSchool classes, you are eligible for 1 CEU.

If you take 3 SuperSchool classes, you are eligible for 1 CEU.

If you take 4 SuperSchool classes, you are eligible for 2 CEUs.

We’ll have the paperwork available at each class.  FYI, 1 CEU costs , payable to SJSU.