Field Courses

Ticketed Events


Field courses offer hands-on learning experiences at exciting destinations throughout the San Jose 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 San Jose Convention Center and the field course site.

All CSTA Field Courses will depart by bus from the San Jose Convention Center. 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 San Jose 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.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

FC01: Environmental Literacy with Community Education Partners

Childern's Discovery Museum

Highlighting effective practices in partnering with Children's Discovery Museum, Lawrence Hall of Science, and Youth Science Institute, this short course empowers PK to Grade 2 teachers to uncover phenomenon-anchored opportunities to teach 3D, 5E NGSS science investigations through the lens of environmental literacy leading. This field course does not have bus transportation. It is a 15 minute walk from the convention center.

  • Date: Friday, October 18
  • Departure Time: 2:00 pm
  • Tour Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Return Time: 6:00 pm
  • Fee: $15
  • Maximum 50 attendees

FC02: RAFT STEAM Experience


RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) field experience will focus around STEAM experiences using global challenges & the development of Makerspaces to enhance science inquiry.

  • More details: Includes RAFT kits that align to at least 1 of the challenges teachers would undertake.
  • Date: Friday, October 18
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
  • When: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Return Time: 1:30 pm
  • Fee: $35
  • Maximum 40 attendees

FC03: The Aerodynamics of Human Flight at iFly


Attendees will experience 1 flight class where you will learn how to fly and control their body in the air. Along with a ball demo provided by a STEM class educator, where attendees will guess how different objects fly in the wind tunnel, including a basketball, football, teddy bear and water. All gear to fly is included in the cost.

  • Date: Friday, October 18
  • Departure Time: 9:00 am
  • Tour Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Return Time: 2:00 pm
  • Fee: $45
  • Maximum 40 attendees

FC04: Lick Observatory: The World's First Permanently Occupied Mountain-Top Observatory

Lick Observatory

An evening tour starts at our Visitor's Center and guests can look forward to seeing the 3-m Shane Reflecting Telescope (the main research instrument used by the astronomers at Lick) and learning about the ongoing research in astronomy and astrophysics and, hopefully, weather permitting, viewing astronomical objects through the 36" Refractor.

  • More details: Coffee, hot chocolate or tea is provided to attendees.
  • Departure Time: 3:15 pm
  • When: Friday, October 18 – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Return Time: 10:00 pm
  • Fee: $50
  • Maximum 40 attendees

Saturday, October 19, 2019

FC05: Yoga for Stressed Teachers

Do you want to find some peace after the last bell rings? For those days when everything seems to fall apart; for those moments when you feel your heart beat increasing and you start hyperventilating in the middle of class, for those instances when you question your sanity for being a teacher.... YOGA is the answer! Yoga enabled me to respond to stress in a positive way. I no longer collapse on my teacher seat at the end of the day. I have the energy to engage in fun activities after work. It will be an honor and a pleasure for me to guide your practice. Join me on the mat to find your conscious breath, move to the rhythm of your body, and tap into your natural power for relaxation.

Mary Ann Ng recently completed her clinical Yoga Therapy classes at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. She has certifications in Vinyasa, Bhakti, Yin, and Chair Yoga. She is also a full-time Biology and AP Computer Science Teacher at Alhambra High School.

  • More details: Fee includes yoga mat.
  • Date: Saturday, October 19
  • Time: 6:30 am – 7:15 am
  • Fee: $15
  • Maximum 45 attendees

FC07: The Tech Interactive Field Trip - Making with Microbes

The Tech

Participants will engage in a special conference-only session of our Biotinkering Lab activity making with Microbes led by the experienced developers who created it. This activity lets visitors of all ages collaborate with tiny, living organisms to design, mix and grow a biomaterial. Then, there will be a behind-the-scenes tour of our lab spaces and a discussion of the unique advantages, challenges, needs, and constraints of running educational bio-making activities. Finally we will share tips and resources about how to grow biomaterial in your own classroom.

  • Date: Saturday, October 19
  • Departure Time: 3:00 pm
  • When: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Return Time: 4:45 pm
  • Fee: $10
  • Maximum 20 attendees

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