ISTAT Faces

"ISTAT is a partnership between UC Berkeley and the San Francisco Unified School District."

Although this statement is true, it does not describe the real ISTAT, which is an energetic group of people who are dedicated to making a positive impact on the science classroom. Who are the people that make the ISTAT project happen?

They are science teachers, UC Berkeley scientists and staff members, and school district administrators. Each person brings a unique set of skills and experience to the task of creating outstanding on-line science resources for the classroom. Together the group offers a wonderful blend of laboratory experience and classroom savvy, a combination that results in high-quality resources that are easy for teachers to use.

Not only does ISTAT create a partnership between UC Berkeley and San Francisco Unified School District, it also brings together four distinct UC Berkeley units in the earth and space sciences: the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL), the Center for Particle Astrophysics (CfPA), the Center for Science Education @ Space Sciences Laboratory (CSE@SSL), and the UC Museum of Paleontology (UCMP). These on-campus collaborations are very productive as the group develops materials that draw on complementary areas of expertise.

We gathered pictures and comments from members of the ISTAT Lead Team to help put a face on the ISTAT Project.

"Having spent 25 years in the classroom, no doubt that teaching science is my passion. In my position at UCMP it is easy to get a bit isolated from the classroom. I find the high energy levels of our SF partners completely invigorating and working with them, I think that we can find the best ways to use technology to excite more kids about science." Judy Scotchmoor, Director of Education and Public Programs (UCMP) and ISTAT Project Coordinator



"Working with the ISTAT team from Berkeley encourages me to try new things in my classroom from technology to curriculum. With their support, I feel confident exploring topics that are less familiar to me." Jennifer Fong, Teacher, Mission High School


"I love talking to people about earthquakes. Earthquakes have both scientific and societal relevance, and I am excited about using students' interest in earthquakes to generate enthusiasm for science." Lind Gee, Seismologist, Berkeley Seismological Laboratory


"Working with teachers,both as partners and end users in the classroom, to create and deliver new curriculum is very rewarding. The enthusiam of the teachers motivates me to work with ISTAT." Nahide Craig, Assistant Research Astronomer and SEGWay Program Director (CSE@SSL)


"ISTAT is providing a great opportunity for us (teachers) to collaborate with scientists and staff from UC Berkeley. As members of the ISTAT team, we are piloting and helping to develop Internet based activities that will provide a motivating means of turning students on to science. I believe that Internet resources and activities can be an important piece of a well-balanced science program, and I am excited to be part of a project that aims to integrate more technology into the science curriculum." Debbie Farkas, Teacher, Horace Mann Middle School


"ISTAT is an amazing project because it permits teachers and students to use real data and resources to study the physical world in which we live. The project studies all of the content that I find personally exciting: rocks, fossils, earthquakes, volcanoes, weather, light, waves, and stars. Scientists intensively use technology in their studies and communications so ISTAT students and teachers also learn about and use technological tools." Patricia Spencer, SFUSD-UC Berkeley Interactive University Liaison


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