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Field courses offer hands-on learning experiences at exciting destinations throughout the Sacramento area. They are optional, require advance ticket purchase, and are open to adult, registered conference participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket prices include round trip bus service between the Sacramento Convention Center and the field course site.
All CSTA Field Courses will depart by bus from the Sacramento Convention Center located at 1400 J st, Sacramento, CA. Times listed include travel time, which may vary depending upon road and traffic conditions. Please arrive at the bus departure site in front of the Sacramento Convention Center 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to ensure an on-time departure. For outdoor activities, participants are encouraged to wear walking shoes, layered clothing, and carry a backpack containing sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, binoculars, camera, a notepad, and a pen. Lunch will be provided only where noted. CSTA recommends that you bring your own snacks as needed.
FC01: Learn and Create at the Hacker Lab!
your students interested in STEM (STEAM - Science, Technology, Electronics, Art
and Mathematics) in the classroom? This hands-on new field brings the
traditional teaching of learning by doing into the most innovative areas of
education. Learn about Laser Cutters, 3D printers, CAD and industrial
design using the latest in technology. Do it the old-fashioned way,
learning by doing. Hacker Lab will offer a field-trip opportunity to up
to 30 educators, to see a maker space in action. We will be hosting Laser
Cutting demos by the students of the onsite Sac Maker Academy, a private 7th -
12th Maker School that is located within Hacker Lab. 3D printer demos,
opportunities to work with design software, and a chance to engage with
robotics. All within a 3-hour tour / hands-on training program.
FC02: Tour the Nuclear Reactor Facility - McClellan Nuclear Research Center & the Aerospace Museum of California
McClellan Nuclear Research Center (MNRC) is operated by UC Davis. The facility was originally built for the primary purpose of detecting low-level corrosion & hidden defects in aircraft structures using non-destructive testing techniques such as neutron radiography & tomography. The nuclear research reactor at the MNRC was commissioned under the United States Air Force in 1990, making it one of the newest research reactors in the US. It is the highest power TRIGA™ (Training, Research, Isotope Production General Atomics) reactor in the United States, rated at 2mil watts in steady state with the capability to pulse to approximately 400mil watts for 30msec. Unlike large power reactors & naval reactors, you can watch this reactor operate safely through 23' of water and see the characteristic “blue glow” of a nuclear reactor.
FC03: Nimbus Hatchery/ Folsom Power Plant Museum
Nimbus Hatchery raises Chinook salmon and steelhead for release to the American River. The Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center offers fun and educational activities. Enjoy the on-site nature trail along the American River to view wildlife, as well as the American River Parkway trail directly adjacent to the Nimbus Hatchery.
Folsom Power Plant Museum
The Folsom Powerhouse is part of a colorful chapter of Sacramento history and is also an example of the tremendous advance in the commercial application of electricity. H.P. Livermore realized that the water of the American River could turn generators for electricity in Sacramento, 22 miles downstream. With his partners, Livermore built the powerhouse, which still looks much as it did in 1895.
FC04: Exploring the Cosumnes River by Canoe
Join Cosumnes River Preserve staff and scientists on a behind the scenes tour of the Preserve. Visit a large scale floodplain restoration project coordinated by The Nature Conservancy in collaboration with UC Davis scientists and researchers. Learn how local elementary school students engage in habitat improvement projects that are academically rich and lead to long term environmental stewardship. After lunch you will embark on a leisurely canoe trip exploring rivers and sloughs. Watch for a variety of wildlife including ospreys, herons, egrets, turtles and otters.
The 50,000 acre Cosumnes River Preserve is a sanctuary of global significance just 30 minutes south of Sacramento. Located on the Cosumnes River Preserve are the largest remaining examples of Valley Oak forests which once dominated the Central Valley landscape. The Preserve also protects spectacular examples of seasonal and fresh water wetlands. The Cosumnes River is the only unregulated river freely flowing from the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada to the rich Sacramento San Joaquin Delta. The Cosumnes River Preserve is also home to more than 300 species of resident and migratory birds.
FC05: Sun, Wind and Cow Farts - Renewable Energy Bus Tour
Enhance Your Curriculum with Renewable Energy
Board the bus and learn how to integrate energy in your classroom. Experts will keep your curriculum fresh wile meeting NGSS. Tour: wind farm, dairy digester, solar array, electric vehicles and a home efficiency exhibit. Some schools are already leading the way and encouraging students to be green. Such schools place considerable emphasis on sustainable development through good teaching, stimulating lessons, and by encouraging students to take an active part in improving the sustainability of their schools and their communities. Teaching about renewable energy, sustainability and energy efficiency can help to bring the significance of air quality, pollution and climate change to life while meeting the three dimensions of science learning.
On this tour, teachers will view in person the energy technologies of solar, wind, biogas and electric transportation and learn how to integrate the related science into their curriculum. They will also tour a LEED certified office building and an exhibit of an energy efficient home. Subject matter experts in these fields will provide background information and science teachers will present relative lesson plans and activities.
FC06 California Raptor Center, UC Davis
The first half consists of an interactive informational presentation on local raptors. The students are exposed to rehabilitation and what we see and do here at the CRC. Many aspects of raptor biology are covered, including adaptations, conservation and species identification.
Next, the students have the opportunity to handle the numerous educational talons, bones, feathers and study skins" used in the presentation. These are clean, taxidermied birds which are used as visual and tactile aids. They present an unsurpassed experience of touching a real hawk or owl.
The students are then taken on a tour of our non-releasable birds. (The rehabilitation section is off-limits to the public.) They are introduced to each individual bird species and their individual personal stories. The tour ends with a visit to the Museum, a hands-on experience both children and adults enjoy. They may dissect an owl pellet, examine raptor radiographs or handle the wing of a real barn owl."
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