Students investigating decomposition

Registration for this workshop is full! To be added to the waiting list, please email

How can we anchor science and engineering learning in real-world phenomena? In this workshop, you will build your understanding of what phenomenon-based science can be, why it matters, and how to start making it happen in your classroom.

“How did the Grand Canyon form?” “What happens to an apple core when I throw it in the compost?” These questions about real-world phenomena are examples of how science can be used for figuring things out. In this workshop you will participate as a learner in a phenomenon-based lesson sequence, then unpack your experience with fellow educators. You will build understanding and gain strategies to help you choose phenomena and craft essential questions that can guide your students to figure things out about the real world.

This workshop is designed for teachers of grades K-12. All educators are welcome.

Saturday, December 2, 2023
9 am - 3:30 pm


How Do I Join?

This in-person workshop takes place at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Pre-registration is required. Registration includes admission to the Academy exhibits.

Tickets are $35.  Registration for this workshop is full.  To be added to the waitlist, please contact


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