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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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24th Annual Conference 

Be a session presenter by applying at this link…

2015 Science Trek - The Next Generation Conference Presenter Application

The primary presenter of a session attends the conference free of charge. Any co-presenters will need to register at regular rates to attend. 

NGSS and Common Core

Awareness and Planning Tips

Expert Featured Speakers

Practical Ideas

STEM Strands

Model Lessons

Hands On Workshops

Exhibitors and Door Prizes

80 + sessions to choose from

Saturday, February 28, 2015

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Grossmont College

Watch for more information coming soon on how to:

Register to attend

Register as an exhibitor

(commercial or non-profit)


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


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!

Upcoming Opportunities
School Gardening Conference

American Nuclear Society Workshop

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School Gardening

In an engaging, information-packed day, the UCCE San Diego County Master Gardeners will be holding their popular Gardening with Class Conference from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  The conference fee is $50 and is for preschool through high school educators, administrators, and school garden coordinators. It will be taught by Master Gardener School Garden Consultants and professionals with school garden expertise. 

Session topics include:
  • Creating Your School Garden
  • Eating Healthy - Farm to Fork
  • Utilizing Citizen Science for Students
  • Worm Composting
  • Schoolyard Habitats
  • Ethnobotany for San Diego Teachers
Curriculum sessions include great ideas from experts to help educators effectively use the outdoor classroom.  Links between new concepts and activities and Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards are introduced throughout the sessions. Classes are offered by grade level. Afternoon networking sessions involve additional outdoor learning garden activities.  A continental breakfast, lunch, exhibits, free plants, and other garden related activities complete a fun and fulfilling day.

Workshop classrooms are covered, but open to the track, so please dress appropriately for outdoor air temperature.


  • 8:00 am Buffet Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00 am Session A
  • 10:30 am Session B
  • 12:00 pm Buffet Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Session C
  • 2:30 pm Session D
  • 3:30 pm Closing

Directions and Parking

The Gardening with Class Conference will be held in the Grandstand 11 Building at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  Parking is free with parking pass for early registrants (those who register by October 10).  Other registrants pay a $10 parking fee.

*Parking instructions vary depending on when conference attendees register. Please see instructions and maps below.

Early R­­egistrants:  Enter the Solana Gate and park in the West Parking Lot. 
All Other Registrants:  Park in the Main Parking Lot and enter the O'Brien Gate


The Del Mar Fairgrounds offers disabled parking and is fully accessible for the disabled.


Conference participants seeking assistance with the event cost can contact gardening enthusiasts such as members of the San Diego Horticultural Society, garden clubs, PTAs, or other educational foundations to support teachers with the reasonable $50 registration fee.

UCSD In-Service Credit

Teachers may also wish to register to receive 1.5 quarter units of UCSD Extension in-service credit for the day. Cost to register for the in-service credit is $55 in addition to the conference $50 registration fee.


American Nuclear Society Workshop

San Diego Science Teachers have the opportunity to participate in a Teachers Workshop titled "Detecting Radiation in our Radioactive World,"  presented by the American Nuclear Society, the professional society for nuclear science and technology.  The Workshop will be held on Saturday November 8, 2014 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, in conjunction with the American Nuclear Society National Meeting.  The Workshop will include a full day of hands-on professional development with 8 hours of certified training.  Each teacher will take home a Geiger counter, a radon measurement kit, and a comprehensive teacher resource book of activities, demonstrations and visual aides.  There will be ample opportunity to talk in depth with nuclear science and technology professionals.

This Workshop is very timely, given the growing concern about carbon dioxide build-up in the atmosphere and resulting global climate change.  The new "Generation 3" nuclear power plants are safe and clean, and offer the only significant source of non-intermittent, base load electricity that is virtually carbon-free.

Teachers may register on-line at  In addition to the 20Disney discounts, the local San Diego Section of the ANS will offer an additional $50 off for the first 10 San Diego County teachers to sign up.  The Coupon Code for this discount is SANDIEGO50.

Charles Hardin
Education Chair
San Diego Section American Nuclear Society

Two information sheets with details are posted below

Workshop Announcement

Workshop Postcard


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


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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