Fun Exchanges and Activities for Science Teachers
Have you been looking for new, exciting, teacher-tested ideas for your science classroom? Or perhaps you’ve wanted to have a discussion about science resources, safety in the lab, or how other teachers manage a certain science demonstration or other activity? Or maybe you simply want to network with other science teachers and build a lasting friendship with other science educators. If this is what you’re looking for, we welcome you to FEAST. FEAST is truly a grass roots effort that began with a small group of about 8 secondary science teachers in the fall of 2005.
Today our FEAST list has grown in size to over 200 teachers. We meet once a month during the school year and topics are selected by the FEAST teachers. Most of our sessions invite teachers to share lessons and demonstrations around a particular topic such as "Energy" or "Toys in Science" or "Climate Science," etc. However, we also have visiting speakers who might present a half day workshop. All of these experiences are conducted on Saturday mornings. There is no cost to join or participate as long as you are an educator. However, we do want to emphasize that the reason the FEAST sessions have become so successful is because of the sharing that goes on. By sharing one of your favorite lessons around a particular topic, other educators can gain access to yet another idea. You’ll find our sessions to be very casual yet welcoming to all who wish to share. We hope you will join us at one of our future sessions.
FEAST (Fun Exchanges and Activities for Science Teachers) would like to welcome all teachers to attend our next session:
Science as History
Simply put, history can be defined as: the whole series of past events connected with someone or something. When have science and history been so connected in your curriculum? Is it ever necessary to spend time on the history side of a particular science topic? Science and history can often be pretty inseparable since so many scientific topics and the technologies used in scientific research have evolved over time…forming a historical connection to these improving technologies. In fact any tool used to collect data has its own history and many great discoveries have depended on the development of these tools and technologies over time. What are some of those topics and technologies that have an interesting history in your classroom? We invite you to bring your ideas and activities to our next FEAST session and share how history and science are uniquely connected. Though it’s not always possible, we encourage you to include any hands-on ideas because FEAST has a HISTORY of including SCIENCE practices which can lead to the added bonus of DISCOVERY!
Here are the details:
- Title: Science as History
- Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
- Time: 9am to Noon
- Room: Hauben (Across the bridge in the Dellums Building)
- Tracy Ostrom. Oakland Unified School District
- Tim Ostrom, Oakland Unified School District
- Tanya Phillips, Science Mentor
- Stan Fukunaga, Chabot Staff
Please RSVP using the form below so we can get an idea how many of you will be attending. If you have any questions, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to include the following information: your name, school/city, grade level and/or subject taught, and e-mail address.