Reimagining Science Education: Creating Expanded Learning Opportunities through Community Engagement

Please join us on Monday, December 2, 2019, for a discussion on Science Education with Dr. Alexandria Hansen from Fresno State. Science education is changing. With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), K-12 teachers are expected to engage students in the practices of scientists and engineers to make sense of disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts. Moreover, technology is revolutionizing the way that science is taught. Aside from instructional technology, fabrication tools such as 3D-printers and laser cutters are redefining what is possible for students and teachers to create in the digital age. Finally, informal learning spaces (museums, clubs, camps) are emerging as leading innovators in the field of science education, calling for the integration of multiple disciplines (STEM) to solve authentic problems and spark creativity. With these factors in mind, Dr. Hansen shares illustrative examples from her research to highlight ways that we can reimagine science education for the modern world.

Who: Dr. Alexandria Hansen, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology at Fresno State

When: December 2, 2019 at 7pm

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA 93704


Lions and Tigers and…no wait, just Bears!

Bears are an iconic species, particularly in California. Please join us as the lead biologist for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Tyler Coleman, shares a historical perspective on bears in the West, and his ongoing work with bears in our local National Parks at Sequoia and Kings Canyon.

Who: Tyler Coleman, Lead Biology, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

When: Monday, November 4, 2019, 7PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA 93704


Halloween Theme: Bats in the Central Valley, Oh My!

Please join us Monday, October 7th for a discussion on the life history of bats and research that Dr. Joshua Reece and his students are doing on bat biology in the Central Valley and surrounding High Sierras.

Dr. Joshua Reece has been interested in ecology, evolution and conservation biology since he started college at the University of Central Florida. He has worked on marine turtles, moray eels, freshwater turtles, giant salamanders, hagfish, birds, venomous snakes, and now bats. His current research investigates basic unknowns in bat biology: which species are where, when and why? He will begin with a Halloween themed introduction to bats and their fantastic adaptations and then discuss echolocation, how bats respond to forest fires and changing weather patterns, and lastly, whether or not they like the Full Moon…….

Who: Dr. Joshua Reece, Assistant Professor of Biology at Fresno State

When: Monday, October 7, 2019 at 7PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA 93704

Mexican free tailed bat mammal