Los Angeles Science Teacher Network Resources

Los Angeles Science Teacher Network Resources for Science Teachers:

LASTN started in September 2009 in Lisa Niver Rajna’s house, in May 2013 it will have its 14th meeting. There are over 70 science teachers from 40 schools who come to our Science Share meetings to talk about hands-on labs, assessment and creating engaging science experiments. Many meetings have 25+ teachers talking about science and education.

Email Lisa to get on our list. 

Article about our Network in the Bill and Melinda Gate’s Foundation: Impatient Optimists: “Teachers Need A Village.”
LASTN on wikipedia
Village School
Oakwood School
Willows Community School
May 2013: Curtis School
March 2013: Stephen S Wise Temple
Oct 2012: Turning Point School with Discovery Education and Teach Plus Network
Science Fair in the NEWS! Lisa and Science Buddies.com
April 27, 2012: Mirman School
February 10, 2012: John Thomas Dye
December 2, 2011: Village School

  1. Challenge Based Learning, presentation by Elaine Wrenn from Echo Horizonwww.challengebasedlearning.org
  2. ipad apps and hands-on labs
October 19-21, 2011: CSTA Pasadena
March 10-13, 2011: NSTA in San Francisco
February 11, 2011: Oakwood School–topic: Assessment
November 2 2010: Steve Spangler Hands on Science Secrets
October 28 2010: Valley Beth Shalom–Topic: Earth Science
September 2010: Lisa’s house-hands on labs & websites
June 9, 2010: Pink Taco End of Year Celebration and Happy Hour
April 12, 2010: Brentwood School–Topic: Hands on Labs & Invention Convection
February 5,  2010: Village School–Topic: Science Fair
November 13, 2009: Center for Early Education Topic: Hands On Labs
September 2009: Lisa’s house–Topic: Hands on Labs, Presentation from COSEE-West
Please contact the teacher for MORE INFO:
Ros (JTD) shared about CLICKERS:
Eileen (Seven Arrows) gave a great presentation on ENVIRONMENTAL ED and does 23 trips with K-6 kids!! I am sure she will send you the LIST and share more details on how to set them all up!
Linda (Curtis) “It’s a Salmon’s Life”
Nacisse (CEE) : seeds of science: http://www.scienceandliteracy.org/
Joseph (Village): working to bring STORY PIRATES from Geffen theater to his school….
Ros (JTD) AIMS: adaptations with moths and DOOR PRIZES!!
RESOURCES:Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading is a research-based curriculum that teaches essential science understandings while building a full range of literacy skills. http://www.scienceandliteracy.org/

Physics: Hitting a softball:  http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6592801
AIMS Education Foundation is amazing! Sign up for their newsletter and get free hands-on math and science activities. Many e-activities are only $1 and they are awesome!  Click here for recent news.
For teaching human body:    http://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/ Thank you to
Marcia W.
Oceanlist: Marine Science Listserve: OceanList:
Keep up to date with recent developments in marine science and marine science eductation. Join OceanList by emailing Peggy Hamner at [email protected]
COSEE-West  http://www.usc.edu/org/cosee-west
California Department of Education: The Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum has brand new curriculum in Science and Social Studies for Grade K-12
AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) has a fantastic book as part for Project 2061 called Science for All Americans. I highly recommend it. I also like their Atlas.
Pinwheel Instructions
Books about Origami:
Polyhedron Origami for Beginners (Origami Classroom) by Miyuki Kawamura
Unit Polyhedron Origami  by Tomoko Fuse
Unit Origami: Multidimensional Transformations by Tomoko Fuse
Mining Information Institute: was in NSTA science grab bag
DEEP DOWN also about mining…an online game about the energy industry and coal mining. Students have to solve a power crisis in a fictional town.