The Science of Sustainability

Andrea Aust

Andrea Aust

Andrea is the Science Education Manager for KQED. She joined KQED in 2007 to coordinate education and outreach for the public television series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. Between working on Ocean Adventures and joining the QUEST team, she developed the educational resources for the 4-hour documentary Saving the Bay. Andrea graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Environmental Science and earned her M.A. in Teaching and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco. Before arriving at KQED, she taught, developed, and managed marine science and environmental education programs in Aspen, Catalina Island and the Bay Area.

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Get Energized by KQED’s New E-books and iTunes U Course

Get Energized by KQED’s New E-books and iTunes U Course

Think you know all there is to know about energy? Buff up your energy awareness and knowledge with KQED's new e-book and iTunes U course.

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Nonrenewable and Renewable Energy Resources

Nonrenewable and Renewable Energy Resources

This infographic depicts the two major categories of energy resources: nonrenewable and renewable.

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Career Spotlight: Insulation and Coatings Technician

Career Spotlight: Insulation and Coatings Technician

Samuel Weatherwax is an insulation and coatings technician for a geothermal power plant.

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Career Spotlight: Microbiologist

Career Spotlight: Microbiologist

Aindrila Mukhopadhyay is a microbiologist who directs a group researching ways to use microbes to convert plants into biofuels.

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Career Spotlight: Kite Designer

Career Spotlight: Kite Designer

Damon Vander Lind works at Makani Power building high-altitude kites that can generate more power than conventional wind turbines.

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Career Spotlight: Mechatronics Engineer

Career Spotlight: Mechatronics Engineer

Leila Madrone is a mechatronics engineer who leads a team that is designing heliostats — mechanisms used in concentrating solar power systems.

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Do Now #74: Earth Day

Do Now #74: Earth Day

Calling all students on this Earth Day: Do you make it a regular practice to care for the environment? If so, what do you do? If not, why?

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Be Moved by "Earthquake": A New E-book and iTunes U Course

Be Moved by "Earthquake": A New E-book and iTunes U Course

What are earthquakes? Gain a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with an e-book and iTunes U course co-produced by the California Academy of Sciences and KQED.

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Science-Based Google Maps: The Details

Science-Based Google Maps: The Details

Inserting Photos from Flickr QUEST makes our photos free for you to use in educational projects under Creative Commons licensing. Explore the photos that QUEST has posted on the Flickr photosharing site and choose one you would like to embed in your map bubble. Click on the photo and in the "Actions" drop-down menu select […]

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Final Celebration

Final Celebration

  Agenda   9:00am – Welcome 9:10am – Team Time and Reflections 9:30am – Institute Evaluations 10:15am – Team Presentations – Part I 11:15am – Break 11:30pm – Team Presentations – Part II 12:30pm – Your Future with QUEST 12:45pm – Congratulations and Thank You!   Team Reflection Loading…

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Mid-Year Sharing Gathering

Mid-Year Sharing Gathering

  Agenda   10:00am – Welcome and Updates 10:15am – Team Time and Reflections 10:45am – Team Presentations 11:30am – Break 12:30pm – Subject Groups 12:50pm – Awards 1:00pm – Thank You! (optional tour of KQED)   Team Reflection Loading…

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Mobile Devices

Mobile Devices

  Intro to Mobile Devices Read this MindShift post and respond in the comments box: To Ban or Not to Ban: Schools Weigh Cell Phone Policies Text Poll: What is your view about using mobile devices in an educational setting? Small Group Discussion: Individual sites' cell phone policies and opinions about using mobile devices in […]

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Fair Use and Copyright

Fair Use and Copyright

  Fair Use What is it? What it does and does not do Two key questions Did the unlicensed use "transform" the material taken from the copyrighted work by using it for a different purpose than that of the original, or did it just repeat the work for the same intent and value as the […]

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Institute Workshops and Resources

Institute Workshops and Resources

  Find links here to follow-up workshop outlines, activities, media release forms and more! Workshop Outlines The following workshop outlines have links to tutorials, screencasts and resources for finding multimedia content to use with your students. Google Maps Narrated Slideshows Audio Editing with Audacity Fair Use and Copyright Mobile Devices   Other Resources A video […]

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Audio Editing with Audacity

Audio Editing with Audacity

  What is Audacity? Why you would use it Audio podcast Narration for a digital story Audio for an audio slideshow (interview, etc.) Why it's better than recording straight into iMovie or Movie Maker Example Story Albino Redwoods: Ghost of the Forest Using Audacity For a step-by-step tutorial, check out our Audacity Educast series Importing […]

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QUEST Science Education Institute Reflections

QUEST Science Education Institute Reflections

Please respond to the following questions: What connections have you made so far around the work that you are currently doing? What connections can you make to the work that you want to be doing? What are three goals you have for yourself as a participant in the QUEST Institute this year?

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Science-Based Google Maps

Science-Based Google Maps

View Refugio Valley Creek Project in a larger map Short URL: goo.gl/Djwg5 Why Integrate Map Making into Curriculum? It's fun and engaging! Creates ties between content and place Maps are interactive and easy to update Maps can be great assessment tools Good Content for Map Making You have information or data that is place-based. You […]

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Project Guidelines and Ideas

Project Guidelines and Ideas

  During the Institute, you will develop and implement a multimedia project, either separately or as a team.  Project implementation will take place during the spring or summer.   Guidelines Each person on a team must be involved in project implementation. Projects should be about science. :) Projects should be student/youth-created. Read some tips on […]

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Summer Training Intensive

Summer Training Intensive

  July 29-31, 9am-5pm at KQED (2601 Mariposa St., San Francisco, CA 94110) The three-day Training Intensive is your team’s launch point for learning about QUEST resources and content. It is composed of mini-workshops, hands-on projects, and team planning. Each team will set goals and begin to develop their multimedia project. Directions and Public Transportation […]

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Maximizing Your Institute Experience

Maximizing Your Institute Experience

  I hope this is a truly fulfilling professional development experience for you.  In order for your to maximize the benefits you receive from participating in the Institute, I've listed some words of wisdom from past participants (and some of my own). You are part of a community of educators excited and enthusiastic about building […]

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