IASTA is a local network of teachers, administrators and professional science providers who work together to promote science education and share resources.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Business and Planning Meeting
Institute for Teaching Grants
The first is a general meeting to be held
on Tuesday, October 2nd at
the FTA office located at 16850 Seville Ave. • Fontana, CA
92335. The meeting will begin at 5pm and the topics up for
discussion are the upcoming science fair Expo to be held at the
Riverside County Education Offices. We will also discuss the
CSTA Pasadena convention.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
Registration is free, but we need to plan for the number of attendees.
use registration tab above
Second Event: Field Trip to
Palm Springs Tram
When: meet at Palm Springs Tramway Valley Station at 0930
on Saturday, 06 October 2018. Takes somewhat over an hour from
Rancho Cucamonga; your time will vary. The road is steep and
curvy from Hwy 111 to the parking lots.
Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA (Off Hwy 111 a little northwest of
the city of Palm Springs)
Cost: adult rides on the Tramway are
$25.95; $2 discount for 65+. See www.pstramway.com for
details. If you wish to stay for diner (after 4:30 PM), there
is a “Ride ‘n’ Dine” ticket you may purchase.
Activities: visit nature center in upper tram building,
go for nature hikes in Long Valley. Have IASTA meeting
outdoors, probably sitting on logs or rocks.
Conditions: Expect lows in the high 40s(F) and highs in
the mid 70s(F). But be prepared for temperatures from 45F-85F.
We will probably walk around a total of two miles over several
hours, but there will be longer and shorter strolls for those who
wish. Bring hiking shoes, sun protection, water, and a day
pack. Check forecast to see whether rain and/or wind
protection needed. Bring lunch. There is food and drink
available for purchase at the upper tramway station, but it is not
very cheap. It may be somewhat crowded at the Tramway and in
Long Valley, as October is a very pleasant time to be there.
There is a steep concrete path from the Tramway to Long Valley, but
there are handrails. This, of course, seems especially steep
walking back up.
Hazards: loose rocks & things on trails, and
again, steep trail back to Tramway. Snakes.
RSVP for Palm Springs Tram Way
The field trip will be for whomever shows up. Be on time!
If all else fails, email: firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Regular Members: $40
Pre-service and Retired Teachers $20
*Dues can be paid at the meeting, Make checks payable to IASTA
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Save the Date: 2018 CAST Academy!
To support the implementation of the
California Science Test (CAST), the CDE has partnered
with SCOE to present the 2018 CAST Academy, a training
that will be held at five locations in October 2018. The
one-day training will be offered in fall 2018 as
October 16—San Diego
October 30—Los Angeles
The CAST Academy is intended
for school and LEA science instructional leaders,
including teachers, teacher leaders, teachers on special
assignment, trainers, and instructional coaches. In
addition, curriculum, professional development, and
assessment leaders would benefit from attending this
Visit the CAST
Academy registration Web page for agendas and online
Save the Dates
August 24, 2018
Kickoff Meeting and Picnic
Wildands Conservancy, Oak
October 3, 2018
How to do a Science Fair Project
Fontana Teachers Association Office
Palm Springs Tramway
10:00 am car up
Presented by Dr. Steve Bryant
*note date change
California Science Project - 2018
Professional Learning Programs
Link to Flyer for professional learning programs for
Califronia Science Project and RCOE
Understanding California's High School 3-Course Model that Integrates Earth and Space Sciences into Biology, Chemistry, and Physics