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Hello all!

Sorry to be late with this. We ended our Honors Science 9th grade with a focus on oceans. I used the California Environmental Education Initiative curriculum called Ocean Currents & Natural Systems ( http://www.californiaeei.org/curriculum/unit?unitid=67)
and supplemented it with the Monterey Bay Aquarium webcams and several of the KQED Quest pieces. The EEI curriculum does a good job in telling the story of the collapse of the sardine fishery in Monterey, but the stars of that area are also the sea otters. This works neatly into the end, showing how our sea otter populations help the kelp forests and kelp forests sequester CO2. Along the way, we also used the KQED programs, Roots of the Carbon Cycle (http://ww2.kqed.org/quest/2014/04/29/the-roots-of-the-carbon-cycle/ ) and Follow that Nutrient (http://ww2.kqed.org/quest/2014/04/09/follow-that-nutrient/). We had previously (at the start of the year for 8th grade standards) worked on some Project WET curricula in urban water runoff, and participated in the Freshwater Live broadcast from the Chesapeake Bay watershed, so students had some background for nutrient cycles.

We used the otters as a centering piece for all our work, and did a short day cleaning up a local wildlife refuge to work in some field experience on seeing how these parts interact in our delta ecosystem. This was a big hit, and I'd highly recommend it!

http://ww2.kqed.org/quest/2014/02/25/balancing-act-otters-urchins-and-kelp/

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Hello all!  

My current 8th grade science classes are all in the middle of understanding Newton & physics.  It's easy to tangle concepts here, for they have personal experience - riding in cars, flying in planes, playing baseball or hockey, for example - but this may be the first time they've teased out all the factors that influence these experiences. 

I'm going to use this video to demonstrate.  It's got all the main players - gravity, density, buoyancy, air pressure......and, critically, FUN!

http://ww2.kqed.org/quest/2007/04/24/science-of-big-waves/

Hello KQED STEM Educators!

I'm Eileen Bradford from Elizabeth Pinkerton in Elk Grove, California.  Looking forward to working with you all this year!

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Dione tomorrow.....

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Hyampom's evacuated.....

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