FEB. 20, 2001

CONTACT: Pat Wright, 661/664-2138, pwright@csub.edu



Math and science teachers will meet at CSUB

California State University, Bakersfield hosts the 13th annual Math, Science, and Technology Conference Friday and Saturday. More than 1,300 local area teachers are expected to attend. The meeting brings together teachers to share innovative and effective ways to introduce math and science into the classroom

Featured speakers are:

· Ruth Cossey, president, California Mathematics Council. A nationally known speaker, Cossey will talk about the challenges faced by California teachers as they try to make sense of the state standards, the STAR testing, and the HSEE.

· Ane Carla Rovetta, storyteller, artist, and educator. A naturalist who has been teaching science and leading natural history excursions throughout the West since 1974, Rovetta fuses art and storytelling to add enchantment to the learning process. She will present three stories that convey important ideas in science and mathematics.

A wine and cheese reception will precede speakers, and afterwards the Kern Astronomical Society will guide stargazing.

Saturday's program features:

· "Even You Can Use Storytelling and Art" -­ Ane Carla Rovetta returns to lead four workshops on how to use art and story telling in the classroom, including telling legends with a natural history focus, sketching illustrations of plants and animals to highlight concepts, and using hands-on crafts in the classroom.

· "Math and Science in the Garden" ­ Ann Carlyle and Colleen Million will co-present activities that develop real world skills and connect them to the school skills necessary to meet grade level standards. Both presenters are kindergarten teachers with over 50 years of combined experience in early childhood education.

· "Gardening and Snacking for Nutritional Decisions" ­ Judy Simms will present a hands-on integrated approach to improving the eating attitudes and habits of children, while teaching them important lessons from a variety of subjects. She has explored garden based learning for the past 12 years.

· Vernier Probes from an Expert" ­ Clarence Bakken will present two special half-day workshops on using Vernier probes to collect and analyze data in science and mathematics classes. A teacher with over 30 years experience in high school, he has co-authored Physics with Computers and Physics with Calculators.

· "LHS/GEMS (Great Explorations in Math & Science)" ­ Rick MacPherson will present two three-hour short courses from the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley, that introduces sixth through ninth grade teachers to the process of teaching about scientific inquiry. The workshop will use the GEMS units entitled "Oobleck: What Do Scientists Do?" and "Earth Moon & Stars."

Aimed at Kern County area teachers, the conference is sponsored by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools and three regional professional organizations; Bakersfield Math Council (BMC), Kern Science Educators Association (KSEA), and Kern Computer Using Educators (KCUE).

Registration begins Friday at 4 p.m. Program continues from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday program continues from 8:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Sessions and workshops will be presented at Dorothy Donahoe Hall, the School of Education Building, and Science I and II.

For more information, call 661 /665-6123 or 800/788-2782 (ask for MST).


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