Chapters - Region 1
Center for Mathematics and Science Education
Rich Hedman |
MASE Center, 6000 J St., Sacramento, CA 95819-6125
Science in the River City — SIRC
Debbie Dennick |
SIRC & Event Coordinator, MASE
(916) 278-4497 | (916) 278-5084 Fax
Resources - Region 1
California Science Projects
The California Science Project (CSP) is a university-based professional development network for pre-K-16 teachers of science that utilizes highly skilled teams of educators and scientists drawn from universities and school districts across the state. This statewide network works toward the common goal of improving science education for all California students. The CSP has convenient sites across the state at campuses of the University of California, California State University, and independent colleges/universities. There are four science projects in Region 1:
—Humboldt State University,
Inland Northern California Science Project —CSU Chico
Sacramento Area Science Project —UC Davis
Delta Sierra Science Project —San Joaquin County Office of Education
The Discovery Museum Science
and Space Center (Sacramento)
The Discovery Museum is one of Northern California’s premier institutions with an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and hands-on learning. www.thediscovery.org
Children's Museum of Sonoma County
The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County presents the Museum-on-the-Go, a fantastic mobile science program that comes to your school. The program transforms your school into a mini hands-on “Exploratorium-like” museum for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. The Museum on the Go offers two engaging and fun programs to elementary school students – AIR POWER! And ELECTRIC SCIENCE! All exhibits and activities are correlated to Ca. Content Standards. For more information, call Theresa Giacomino, Director of Programs and Education 707-338-3412 or visit the museum website at www.cmosc.org.
STEM-based education and exhibits are an integral part of Sacramento Children’s Museum, and we introduce these ideas throughout the Museum. Stacking, dropping, sorting, matching and balancing are all concepts that children explore while playing in “CityWays.” “Solar Car Racers” introduces the notion of solar power and the sun as an energy source in a fun, simple way. Learning about wind flow and air currents becomes a game in “AirWays.” Our mission is to spark a passion for life-long learning, and through these exhibits, we are introducing concepts of science, technology, engineering, and math that take root in our young visitors and will flourish over time. www.sackids.org
RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching)
A non-profit organization that believes hands-on teaching is the best way for teachers to teach and students to learn. They provide creative hands-on activities, educational resources, workshops, and inexpensive materials (many donated by local businesses) to enrich pre K-12 education. The goal is to assist teachers, non-profits, and community groups by providing materials and ideas for day-to-day teaching and for supporting professional growth. www.raftsac.org
MASE (Math and Science Education)
Center at California State University, Sacramento
The mission of the MASE Center at California State University, Sacramento, is to improve the quality of science teaching and learning in the public and private schools of the Sacramento region. The MASE Center employs the expertise of teachers, grades K-12, university and community college faculty and local industrial scientists and engineers to accomplish this mission. Implementation of the mission is provided in two distinct areas; professional development of experienced teachers and development of pre-service teachers. www.csus.edu/mase
San Joaquin Valley Children's
Science exhibits and much more are available for field trips and walk-in visitors at:
Castle Science and Tech Center, Atwater—www.challengersjv.org, (209) 726-0296
ImagineU Interactive Children's Museum, Visalia—www.imagineumuseum.org
Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, Bakersfield—www.sharktoothhill.org
Children’s Museum of the Sierra, Oakhurst, Madera County— www.childrensmuseumofthesierra.org, (559) 658-5656
Madera County Fossil Discovery Center, Fairmead—www.maderamammoths.org
Bohart Museum of
Entomology at UC Davis
The Bohart Museum, one of the largest insect collections in the United States, welcomes classes to explore the diverse and fascinating world of insects. Students will get the chance explore part of the vast collection, see beautiful and unusual insects, and interact with residents of a live insect zoo. For more information visit bohart.ucdavis.edu or call (530) 752-9555.
For more information, call 916-264-5166 or go to www.saczoo.com.
Petaluma Wildlife Museum
The Petaluma Wildlife Museum is the largest student-run wildlife museum in the world. The museum is completely run by student docents who care for the dozens of live animals and hundreds of taxidermied animals, and run all of the flied trips through the museum. The museum offers summer programs for students and a limited number of weekend tours. For more information contact: Petaluma Wildlife Museum, 201 Fair Street, Petaluma, CA 94952, (707) 778-4787.
World of Wonders Science Museum
An educational hands-on science museum located in Historical downtown Lodi, California. The mission of the World of Wonders Science Museum is to offer hands-on science-based exhibits and programs to stimulate discovery for all ages. wowsciencemuseum.org
Explorit Science Center
Explorit engages children and adults in hands-on science discovery. We have a family-friendly museum and nature site in Davis. What’s more, we take science programs on the road to schools and community sites in 18 counties. The center offers everyone the chance to “Think it… Try it… Explorit.”. www.explorit.org
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Located in Redding, Turtle Bay Exploration Park educates visitors of all ages with entertaining and stimulating exhibitions and programs that interpret the complex relationships between people and their environments. Using the unique cultural, historical, and natural resources including those in the Sacramento River Region, Turtle Bay serves as a catalyst for exploring universal human experiences. The Redding GEMS Center at Turtle Bay has been providing north state teachers access to cutting edge teaching materials and intensive workshops since 2001. These workshops are presented by local teachers who have become GEMS trained associates. For a current schedule of workshops and other GEMS offerings, please e-mail your inquiry to or call 242-3108. www.turtlebay.org/learn/professionaldevelopment
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