SuperSchool Teacher Training Seminars

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SuperSchool teacher training seminars are offered periodically and in a variety of subject areas. SuperSchool helps to enable teachers to broaden their science expertise, jump start their course content and renew their teaching spirit.

SuperSchool is open to teachers at regular public schools, dependent charter schools, independent charter schools with 501(c)(3) public charity status and private non-profit schools with 501(c)(3) public charity status located in California.

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Squishy Circuits
(Add a Little STEAM into Your STEM Curriculum, Part 1)
Instructor: Gloriane Hirata
For teachers of grades 3- 5
Teachers of other grades may find this seminar not quite as useful, but definitely interesting)
Oak Grove High School, 285 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose 95123
Room X – 10 (enter second parking lot off Eagles Lane
9:30 am – 3:30 pm,
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Heat up your classroom by integrating a little Art into your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities and let your students’ creative side shine. This two-workshop series will take your electricity activities to another level. Participants may select to enroll in just one of the two workshops. It is not a requirement to take both in the series, but teachers may find it helpful, interesting and even FUN to register for both. Your students may prefer one art medium over another in their pursuit of electrical circuitry design.
Integrating electronics and craft materials can appeal to more students than traditional science or art activities. Students learn about electricity in the context of hands-on design. Because students are making creative decision about appearance and functionality, their projects will reflect characteristics of personal identity. The activities can be an outlet for self-expression. Students learn best by doing, instead of just by listening, reading, or watching others. Such activities invite students to consider technology in a more creative context and, likewise to consider creativity in a more technical context.
Squishy Circuits allow very young students to create circuits and explore electronics using playdough, modeling clay, batteries, LEDs, motors, and buzzers.

Objectives:
• Students will be able to explain how an electrical circuit works.
• Students will explore the difference between conductive and insulating materials.
• Students will design and build a circuit to accomplish a desired outcome.
• Students will be able to identify various electrical circuit components and explain their function.

Disciplinary Core Ideas:
• Energy
• Engineering and Design

Crosscutting Concepts
• Patterns
• Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
• Scale, proportion and quantity
• System and system models
• Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation

Science and Engineering Practices
• Asking questions and defining problems
• Developing and using models
• Planning and carrying out investigations
• Analyzing and interpreting data
• Using mathematics and computational thinking
• Constructing explanations and design solutions
• Engaging in argument from evidence
• Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

The seminar is appropriate for teachers in grades 3 through 5. Teachers of other grades may find this seminar not quite as useful, but definitely interesting. There are no course pre-requisites.
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Weather
Instructor: Heidi Black
For teachers of grades 3-9 (but all interested parties are welcome)
Oak Grove High School, 285 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose 95123
Room X – 10 (enter second parking lot off Eagles Lane
9:30 am – 3:30 pm,
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

This seminar will focus on activities designed to illustrate weather phenomena and principles.
Teachers will be provided with materials and resources to help enrich weather units, add hands on activities and information needed to teach weather and climate concepts and to discover possibilities for weather and renewable energy related student projects. The workshop will focus on patterns and scientific processes as outlined in the NGSS.
The seminar is appropriate for teachers of grades 3-9. The course uses the NGSS standards in grades 3-9 as a guideline, but all interested teachers are welcome. This class was last offered during the summer of 2014
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Paper Circuits
(Add a Little STEAM into Your STEM Curriculum, Part 2)
Instructor: Gloriane Hirata
For teachers of grades 4-12
Oak Grove High School, 285 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose 95123
Room X – 10 (enter second parking lot off Eagles Lane
9:30 am – 3:30 pm,
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Heat up your classroom by integrating a little Art into your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities. This is the second workshop in the series, but attendance in the first workshop is not a pre-requisite.
Integrating electronics and craft materials can appeal to more students than traditional science or art activities. Students learn about electricity in the context of hands-on design. Because students are making creative decision about appearance and functionality, their projects will reflect characteristics of personal identity. The activities can be an outlet for self-expression. Students learn best by doing, instead of just by listening, reading, or watching others. Such activities invite students to consider technology in a more creative context and, likewise to consider creativity in a more technical context.
Paper Circuits is a low-voltage electric circuit that is created on paper or cardboard using conductive tape, LEDs, resistors and coin-cell batteries. Paper circuits can be used to design and construct circuits that are more complex than Squishy Circuits.

Objectives:
• Students will be able to explain how an electrical circuit works.
• Students will explore the difference between conductive and insulating materials.
• Students will design and build a circuit to accomplish a desired outcome.
• Students will be able to identify various electrical circuit components and explain their function.

Disciplinary Core Ideas:
• Energy
• Engineering and Design

Crosscutting Concepts
• Patterns
• Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
• Scale, proportion and quantity
• System and system models
• Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation

Science and Engineering Practices
• Asking questions and defining problems
• Developing and using models
• Planning and carrying out investigations
• Analyzing and interpreting data
• Using mathematics and computational thinking
• Constructing explanations and design solutions
• Engaging in argument from evidence
• Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

The seminar is appropriate for teachers in grades 4-12. There are no course pre-requisites.
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Plants: Their Parts and What They Do with Them
“digging into more about seeds, roots, leaves, etc.”
Instructor: Heidi Black
For teachers of grades 2-8
(but all interested parties are welcome)
Oak Grove High School, 285 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose 95123
Room X – 10 (enter second parking lot off Eagles Lane)

9:30 am – 3:30 pm Thursday, July 19, 2018

Let’s take a look at these taken-for-granted organisms that provide us with both the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat. We’ll dissect them, look at growing them, explore their reproductive parts, their ingenious adaptations, and the processes of photosynthesis and respiration.

Participants will come away with an understanding some of the ways plants survive in a world when they are “stuck” in place, and an appreciation for their ability to adjust and defend. We will discover NGSS aligned methods of getting students to defend and argue their way through plants.

You’ll use asparagus, radishes and basil to explore plant parts, build glucose molecules with marshmallows, and do plant art and math. You’ll leave with a copy of Botany on Your Plate (Accidental Scientist Series) as well as equipment that will help bring the plant lessons into the classroom or school garden. Let’s melt chocolate chips and pop popcorn to make weather come alive.

The course uses the NGSS standards in grades 2-8 as a guideline, but all interested teachers are welcome.

This class was last offered during the summer of 2017.

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Instructor Profiles

Heidi Strahm Black holds credentials in physics and biology and has been with the East Side Union High School District for over 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.
Gloriane Hirata retired as the Science Coordinator from the Santa Clara County Office of Education. With over 30 years of experience in education, Gloriane began her career in elementary and middle school classrooms. She has also worked outside the public school system as science product manager of an educational software company, manager for The Tech Museum, and educational director for Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT). Gloriane has served on several non-profit boards, including RAFT and California Science Teachers Association and has also chaired and co-chaired two CSTA statewide conferences. Gloriane has spent the second half of her career providing professional development seminars/workshops to classroom teachers in science. Even in retirement, she continues to pursue her interest in working with teachers.

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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 ceuprograms@sjsu.edu. SuperSchool classes have 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.

 

 

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