San Diego
Science Educators

The San Diego Science Educators Association is a professional organization supporting science educators. Our mission is to promote science literacy and advocate for science education by promoting professionalism, leadership, and community outreach.

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SDSEA Excellence in Science Education Awards

SDSEA annually recognizes outstanding science educators in  K-5, 6-8, 9-12, University, and Community/Informal categories.

Those selected for the educator awards show a passion for science education for all students, a dedication to not only knowing their subject in depth, but knowing and using effective, engaging instructional methods. They demonstrate an ongoing desire for professional development and self-improvement which of course impacts their craft. It is highly desirable that they go on to share their expertise with other science teachers, giving back to the profession.

SDSEA is pleased to honor the following educators for excellence in science education for 2014:

Elementary Level
Bruce Wollitz

Fuerte Elementary School,  Cajon Valley Union School District

Middle School Level
Elizabeth Meade

Joan MacQueen MIddle School,  Alpine Union School District.

  High School Level
Jennifer Ogo

Kearny Science Connections and Technology High School,  San Diego Unified School District.

University Level
Dr. Katherine Hayden
Dr. Youwen Ouyang

iQuest and Activate Computational Thinking (ACT) projects at California State University San Marcos.

Community/Informal Science Level
Anne Fege

San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative
Program Manager


SDSEA Elections

Nominations are now open for Vice President and Secretary

Members of the San Diego Science Educators  Association may nominate another SDSEA member to serve as Vice President, or nominate a candidate for Secretary. Nominations close on May 16. Voting for candidates will take place, on line, between May 18th and June 1. The newly elected officers will begin their terms on June 4, at the annual SDSEA awards banquet. Officers serve two year terms, with Vice President and Secretary being selected this year, and President and Treasurer being selected next year.


SDSEA assists with

Organ Donor Research Grant

with UCSD and the

San Diego Blood Bank

funded by the

National Institutes of Health

SDSEA is pleased to partner with researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine in a new NIH funded research Grant aimed at increasing organ donor participation in our area. The BOLD Project (Be an Organ Life Donor), SDSEA Board, and membership can serve as connection points with local high school blood drives, in cooperation with the San Diego Blood Bank, and help develop student outreach teams, techniques to increase awareness of organ donor opportunities and importance, and educational materials in support of these goals.

It has been established, through two National Institutes of Health-sponsored Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grants, that high school students are very effective at educating others and performing community outreach. Based on limited data, it also appears that blood donors are more favorably inclined towards organ donation than non-blood donors.

As the BOLD Project grant gets underway watch for more information about how you, or your students, may be able to play a role in the research. We will provide posts about the grant on the SDSEA Facebook page and at this web site. Stay "tuned."


Dinner Speaker Series

SDSEA, is always at work to bring its members interesting and informative activities to expand  their professional and personal knowledge.
Our "Dinner With An Expert"  series of  presentations by local scientists, engineers and professionals has been very successful. The talks include multimedia presentations and time for questions and answers. Here is what we've presented so far:

"The Largest Whale Fall Known To Science -
Disposing Of A Dead Fin Whale From The Shores Of San Diego"

necropsy study, and disposal
with the assistance of Virgin Oceanic

Presented by Mr. Eddie Kisfaludy

"The Life and Death of Marine Mammals"
a long-term surface and seafloor postmortem study done for a National Geographic special
Presented by Mr. Eddie Kisfaludy

"What's Up With Those Bees?"

honey bee decline and Dr. Nieh's research on how fungus infections affect honey bee larvae
Presented by Dr. James Nieh, UCSD

"Rainforest Conservation and Ecotourism in Costa Rica"
how conservation of Costa Rica's
flora and fauna has shaped the nation
Presented by Jheudy Carballo

Future Speaker Presentations
There is a blank spot here because we're looking for your suggestions for other interesting speakers. The format is informal, with a high interest science/technology topic, 30-40 minute presentation with some Q & A after (multimedia presentation equipment is available); and someone who wants to share with educators without expecting a big stipend (we are happy to buy their dinner, but we're doing this on a shoestring to keep it free for attendees).

Please contact us with your suggestions
( for this every 6 weeks, or so, presentation. It'll be a great time to connect with others (face to face social networking) enjoy a good meal, and generally enrich your life. All presentations will be held at:

Randy Jones All American Sports Grill
7510 Hazard Center Drive, Suite 215
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 296-9600


Science Conference
Over 500 science educators joined us in exploring Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards at "Science Trek - The Next Generation" Science Conference, March 1. Attendees experienced an amazing array of more that 80 excellent presentations, practical ideas, new resources, strategies, and model lessons. So many people commented on the energy and networking that are part of conference attendance, and how that enhanced their learning.

Thank you
Thank you to so many who volunteered, making this conference possible. If you are interested in a volunteer leadership opportunity, helping to shape science education professionalism, please contact SDSEA.
Thank you, as well, to our helpful co-sponsors for their support.

SDSEA Conference Co-Sponsors
San Diego Unified School District
San Diego County Office of Education
San Diego Science Alliance
Grossmont College

Thank You Conference Exhibitors
Exhibitors are an important part of any conference. Their financial support is essential for providing all the other facets of the conference.  The expertise provided by exhibitors is even more value to teachers with instructional problems to solve.

Stay in contact with exhibitors you met at the conference by clicking on their name to be linked to their web site.

San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative (SDCaN)

California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC)

Acorn Naturalists

San Diego Archaeological Center

Achieve 3000

Robotis Inc.

Boojum Institute for Experiential Education

San Diego Computer Using Educators (SDCUE)

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

San Diego Maker Faire

SCI Foundation - American Wilderness Leadership School

Coastal Studies For Girls

Living Coast Discovery Center

San Diego Zoo Global

San Diego Natural History Museum

U.S. Geological Survey California Water Science

San Diego County Office of Education Outdoor Education

San Diego Science Educators Association (SDSEA)


National Park Service - Cabrillo National Monument

San Diego Super Computer Center at UCSD

First Investors Inc.

California State Parks PORTS Program


UCLA Biomedical Library - National Library of Medicine

Lockheed Martin

California Science Teachers Association (CSTA)

Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (GSDSEF)

 CPO Science and Frey Scientific

Delta Education

Werkz Publishing

LEGOLAND California

Life Sciences Summer Institute

Sea World San Diego Education/Conservation Programs

National Geographic Learning - Cengage Learning

Klein Educational Systems

Resources of Interest

SDSEA seeks to inform its members about useful resources, both from within our organization, and from other science education sources.

The "Links to Resources" choice from our main menu will take you to tested useful information; but on occasion we'll highlight separately, things that have come to our attention.

We believe the three featured resources linked below are worth a look:

Point Loma Nazarene College "Perspectives on Science Lecture Series" has been in action since 1998. Their speakers cover a wide variety of topics on an academic level that are good for updates in the fields covered. Click to go to their web site for complete information:

Perspectives on Science

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Montana State University wants to make you aware of their new "Masters of Science in Science Education" program (MSSE). The link shown here will take you to their site for complete information on continuing credit or degree courses:

Montana State MSSE Program

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MediaPlanet has posted "Careers in Science" a great resource for those needing up-to-date information on careers in science. This material was recently in a supplement to the San Francisco Chronicle, and has been posted on the web. Multiple educational and industry sponsors funded it's creation. We encourage you to check it out.

Careers in Science


2013 Excellence in Science Education Award Winners

Honored at the

SDSEA Annual Banquet

June 5, 2013 at the Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Bay, SDSEA held its annual awards banquet to honor excellence across the spectrum of science education. Congratulations to this years winners:

High School
Dena Rosenberger, El Capitan High School - Dena has already received multiple awards for her teaching, research, scientific publications, and service to students and colleagues. SDSEA recognizes her active professionalism sharing research expedition experiences with students and other science teachers.

Middle School
Deborah DeLucia- 8th grade science @ Escondido Christian School - Deborah is highly active in leadership roles at her school, and runs a challenging classroom infused with technology tools. In addition she has multiple presentations to her credit through the iQuest project.

Elementary School
Sharon Fargason, Mary Lanyon Fay Elementary School - Sharon engages inner-city students daily in her classroom as a National Board Certified Teacher. She's also participated in the CRMSE Learning Progressions for Scientific Inquiry project at SDSU, serves as an adjunct professor, and is soon to be a published author on inquiry based science teaching in diverse classrooms.

Ivan Rosero and Robert Lecusay, UCSD Doctoral candidates - we honor their work in creating an urban agriculture program, using aquaponics, for Kearney High School students in conjunction with Jennifer Ogo, the AP Environmental Science teacher. Check this link, then click on the "KHS Aquaponics" video to see their work.

Cristina Park, EA - While not specifically a science educator, Cris has been the dedicated accountant and tax consultant to SDSEA for over 10 years. Her service has been outstanding, and we honor her part in keeping SDSEA financially alive and well.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Park Trefts Ph.D., UCSD - Dr. Trefts has worked for over a decade to provide science research and mentoring programs at UCSD for high school students from under-represented populations.

Greater San Diego Science
and Engineering Fair
 Student Winners
 of the SDSEA Award for
 "Best Science Done
 Using Simple Materials"

Isaac Izaguirre - Sweetwater High School, grade 11, for his project titled "Which Buildings Wiggle More During Earthquakes?", Teacher/Advisor Ms. Maureen Rymer

Christian Blanco - Muir Middle School, grade 8, for his project titled " Prop it up! Static Thrust of Small Aircraft Propellers", Teacher/Advisor Mr. Vincent Stevens

Geneva Pfeifer
- Nazareth School, grade 7, for her project titled "Does Feeding Chickens Egg Shells Make Their Eggs Stronger?", Teacher/Advisor Ms. Marilyn Reed

BOLD Project

Student Winners

Before the BOLD Project had a name (see the article below), the investigators conducted a contest among students to provide a logo, and a slogan for the project. They also offered the opportunity to create a student produced video about the project, for inclusion on their web site.

The winners of each of these competitions were given their awards at the SDSEA Awards Banquet. 

Winner of  $100 for the slogan contest, "Be an Organ Life Donor" was Emily Dinnerman.

Winner of $100 for the logo contest, with the logo showing one figure giving a kidney to the other figure was Cailin Liu.

The video production team, who's video is now on line at the BOLD Project site consists of Adam Hersko-Ronatas, Benjamin Leibowitz, and Matthew Twohig.

Congratulations to each of them!


Impressions of the 2013 NSTA National Conference

Submitted by Aubrey Harness

SDSEA Member and

Primary Grades Science Prep Teacher

Encanto Elementary, San Diego City Schools

  The NSTA conference in San Antonio, Texas was extremely large, using around 120 smaller conference rooms, 15 ballrooms, and a gigantic exhibit area encompassing the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, the Grand Hyatt, and The Marriott, all in downtown San Antonio. The convention theme was on The Next Generation Science Standards with 4 strands focusing on Next Generation Assessments, Next Generation Elementary Education, Next Generation Special Populations and Next Generation Technology.

  As a science prep teacher, I chose more seminars and activities from the Elementary Education strand, such as Visual Literacy in the classroom, or the highly useful Elementary Extravaganza where hundreds of teachers demonstrated their very creative methods to engage students in science. The Little Shop of Physics treated us to several hands on activities dealing with pressure, temperature and heat. Using Discrepant Events will pique student’s curiosity at all levels from k-12.

       Of course there were several sessions offered daily that were directed toward demystifying the Next Generation Science Standards and how they integrate with the Common Core Standards to produce Scientific Literacy. ( A great deal of information in PowerPoint and pdf format can be obtained through the NSTA website by going to the San Antonio Conference and browsing through the many sessions where presenters uploaded their material-

    I spent 4 hours in the exhibits area, where mini-tech sessions were offered hourly and the information on instructional materials, displays and ideas were given with only a scan of ones’ NSTA ID badge. Technology was huge, and although most was geared toward middle and high school, seeing what one could do with sensors and an iPod or tablet and the various applications was almost breathtaking. The tabletop Scanning Electron Microscope was just short of unbelievable. I won an iPod shuffle, was given a dissection scope and saw a 3D printer work for the first time, and walked through the expo with excitement, with a fresh anticipation and appreciation of my job. Next years national convention will be in Boston from April 3-6.

A professional development scholarship from SDSEA helped defray Mr. Harness' expenses in attending the NSTA National Conference.

Just for Fun


Robert A. Dean
Memorial Scholarship

Bob Dean was an inspiring leader in science education for decades both locally and nationally.  As Science Coordinator at the San Diego County Office of Education, he founded the Greater San Diego Science Teachers Association, which later became SDSEA.  He also helped found the San Diego Computer Using Educators Association (SDCUE). In addition he established the Southern California Association of Science Supervisors (SCASS) and was president of the National Science Supervisors Association, later to become NSELA.  After "retiring" from the County Office of Education, he and his wife Melanie wrote, received, and coordinated many NSF grants for summer science teacher training academies at UCSD.

Bob's impact on science education in our area and beyond was amazing.  He constantly sought to bring out the best in everyone around him, and tirelessly encouraging others to pursue their dreams.  In this spirit, SDSEA is announcing a science leadership scholarship fund in his memory. Details are available by clicking the "Scholarships" link at the left.


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