Region 1 Update: Fall 2023
By Rudy Escobar, CASE Region 1 Director
San Joaquin COE
Let's Play Outside Summer Camp.
The Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center's 'Let's Play Outside' Summer Camp, is a unique program partially funded by the CA Natural Resources Agency and district contributions. This collaborative effort with local community partners offers students in grades 4-8 an exciting blend of outdoor adventures, including hiking, kayaking, fishing, archery, disc golfing, and farm-to-table cooking. Learning at a local urban farm and exploring a regional park allowed for learning about farm animals and local wildlife. Prioritizing underserved communities, the program's exceptional ethos extends to the hiring of eight youth camp counselors through CA Natural Resources funding, creating an inclusive and enriching experience for all.
Stanislaus County Office of education supporting teachers at the beginning of the year to teach their students and integrate climate action, engineering and computer science standards in their lessons through professional development and county conferences.
8th grade teachers preparing their weather kits to teach climate action and using physical computing to collect and analyze data to make sense of the scientific phenomena of forest fires.
Elementary and high school teachers' learning how to use the science and engineering practices and the engineering standards to develop lessons about forces and motion with balloon cars.
Transitonal Kindergarten teachers' learning how to engage students with wonder by learning about push and pull factors and the engineering design process to build their sail cars.
Teachers' learning about how to use physical computing in their science classes to collect data about surface temperature and light level intensity to analyze and interpret data.