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Winter Weeks, Dec 21, 2019-Jan 5, 2020

December 13, 2019 - 2:47pm
The Hall’s annual Winter Weeks celebration is back!

Celebrate the holiday season and the start of the new year with two weeks of scientific exploration at UC Berkeley's public science center.

Enjoy all your favorite activities and exhibits—such as the Animal Discovery Room, Ingenuity Challenges, and the Planetarium—every day during Winter Weeks. Plus, experience some of our newest additions, including the Reinventing Reality exhibit, our New Year's Eve event, and two special screenings of a magical holiday film, The Polar Express, in 3D!
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Grounds for Science - The Dark Matter of Physics Rap, Dec 6

December 5, 2019 - 12:44pm
Rap is the language of the youth. Science is a way to expand truth. As the Genius of the Wu Tang Clan, GZA’s plan is to band his two muses through his new music. Enter Dark Matter: mad-sure to shatter the chatter that science-songs couldn’t be sadder. In this talk you’ll find the science behind the brilliant mind that writes the rhymes.
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East Bay Science Cafe - Knotty Sculptures, Dec 12

December 5, 2019 - 12:44pm
Join us to explore the fascinating world of Art, science, mathematics and design with Prof. Emeritus and artist, Carlo H. Séquin. This cafe talk will start with a gentle introduction to mathematical knots and ways to describe and classify all possible knots. It will then focus on ways to turn such knots into attractive, abstract geometrical sculptures, using various computer-aided design tools.

In one approach, a suitable cross section is swept along the knot-curve, possibly twisting and turning as it moves along this way.

In another approach, a thin wire-configuration of the knot is used to define the edge of a nicely balanced minimal surface. This is equivalent to dipping the wire knot into a soap solution, and then observing the intriguingly complex soap-film surfaces that might form.
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Science Lecture - How do you feel?, Dec 21

December 5, 2019 - 12:44pm
Humans rely on the sensations of itch, touch and pain for a broad range of essential behaviors. For example, acute pain acts as a warning signal that alerts us to noxious mechanical, chemical and thermal stimuli, which are potentially tissue damaging. Likewise, itch sensations trigger reflexes that may protect us from disease-carrying insects. Despite these essential protective functions, itch and pain can outlast their usefulness and become chronic debilitating conditions that affect millions of people worldwide. Dr. Bautista will summarize what is known about the biology of itch, touch and pain, and then focus on her latest research identifying novel mechanisms that drive chronic itch and pain.
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Biotechnology Celebration, Nov 9

November 8, 2019 - 5:41pm
From the development of biofuels to gene editing in medicine and agriculture, biotechnology has emerged as an exciting new frontier in science. Join us for a celebration of all the ways this research is changing the world we live in. Plus, enjoy hands-on biotechnology activities in our new Biotechnology Learning Lab, open to the public for the first time!
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Ten Minutes to Improving Science Achievement (FOSS, NSTA), Nov 14

October 22, 2019 - 12:01pm
The word “assessment” can strike fear into the hearts of teachers and students. Join FOSS developers to learn how assessment can be transformed into an integrated teaching tool that both teachers and students grades 3–8 embrace to create a classroom culture that motivates effort and growth mindset to improve learning. (Gr 3–8)
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Making Sense of Phenomena with FOSS (FOSS, NSTA), Nov 14

October 22, 2019 - 12:01pm
Students need to experience and make sense of relevant science phenomena that connect to and define standards—a challenging task for teachers. Learn strategies for providing direct experience with phenomena and guiding students to constructing explanations and developing models to explain everyday phenomena around them using the FOSS program. (Gr K–8)
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Wave Properties and Information Technologies (FOSS, NSTA), Nov 14

October 22, 2019 - 12:01pm
Engage in activities using lasers and optical fibers in the FOSS Next Generation Waves Course for middle school. Explore the phenomena of refraction and reflection that allow information transfer by fiber optic technology, and identify connections to the three dimensions of NGSS. (Gr 6–8)
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Ten Minutes to Improving Science Achievement (FOSS, NSTA), Dec 12

October 22, 2019 - 12:01pm
The word “assessment” can strike fear into the hearts of teachers and students. Join FOSS developers to learn how assessment can be transformed into an integrated teaching tool that both teachers and students grades 3–8 embrace to create a classroom culture that motivates effort and growth mindset to improve learning. (Gr 3–8)
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Making Sense of Phenomena with FOSS (FOSS, NSTA), Dec 12

October 22, 2019 - 12:01pm
Students need to experience and make sense of relevant science phenomena that connect to and define standards—a challenging task for teachers. Learn strategies for providing direct experience with phenomena and guiding students to constructing explanations and developing models to explain everyday phenomena around them using the FOSS program. (Gr K–8)
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Wave Properties and Information Technologies (FOSS, NSTA), Dec 12

October 22, 2019 - 12:01pm
Engage in activities using lasers and optical fibers in the FOSS Next Generation Waves Course for middle school. Explore the phenomena of refraction and reflection that allow information transfer by fiber optic technology, and identify connections to the three dimensions of NGSS. (Gr 6–8)
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Science for All Students—Access and Equity (FOSS, NSTA), Dec 12

October 22, 2019 - 12:01pm
Providing equitable learning opportunities for all students requires knowing the curriculum, understanding the diverse needs of your students, and responding effectively to those needs. Join us for a closer look at how the FOSS program provides both universal access and targeted instruction for your most vulnerable students. (Gr K–8)
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Tackling MS-ETS with FOSS Variables and Design (FOSS, NSTA), Dec 12

October 22, 2019 - 12:01pm
Experience the FOSS Next Generation Variables and Design Course middle grades 5–8. This 4-week course engages students in designing controlled experiments with variables that affect an air-trolley system before defining a community engineering problem. This new STEM course can supplement your science class, STEM club, makerspace, or afterschool program. (Gr 5–8)
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Arguing for Social Justice, Feb 1

October 22, 2019 - 12:01pm
The convergence among science, math, and language provides the foundation for making viable social justice arguments. This year we will focus on how environmental literacy can be developed by using this convergence.
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