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Irene Maliwan is TOY!

posted Sep 4, 2020, 9:17 AM by Brian Foley   [ updated Sep 4, 2020, 9:18 AM ]


 Polytechnic HS Bio teacher Sauwalee (Irene) Maliwan is one of 20 teachers of the year for LAUSD

Dorothy Win Award!

posted May 11, 2020, 9:35 AM by Brian Foley

CSUN Extraordinary Service Award About Dr. Nguyen-Graff - Chem110 Chemistry in Action

Dorothy Nguyen-Graff, Chemistry and Biochemistry

The recipient of the 2020 Extraordinary Service Award is Dorothy Nguyen-Graff.


A faculty member in Chemistry and Biochemistry since 2006, Dr. Nguyen-Graff developed the Peer Learning Facilitators program for Chemistry 100 with 15 facilitators serving more than 300 students per semester providing small group discussion and problem-solving sessions. She also manages the chemistry tutoring center, and she spent spring break transitioning both programs online. An innovative and motivating instructor, she acts as a technology resource for her chemistry colleagues and has been recognized for her energetic embrace of technology by serving as a Canvas Insights early adopter.


Dr. Nguyen-Graff has helped to organize Earth Day events at CSUN attended by elementary and middle school students. She has led chemistry workshops to prepare pre-credential students for the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). She also works with the CSUN Science Learning Collaboratory, which offers summer institutes and monthly presentations for middle school and high school science teachers.


As “Dr. Dorothy,” she dons a tie-dyed lab coat to lead fun-filled science experiments in K-6 classrooms. She has also started a F.I.R.S.T. Lego League robotics team and a school Science Night. And she has served the Boy Scouts of America as a Merit badge counselor for a range of topics in chemistry and related fields.

CAST Test results

posted Apr 8, 2020, 10:25 AM by Brian Foley

science LAUSD logo

Two-thirds of California students didn’t meet science standards. Here’s the LA Times article
CAASPP website for Science Results

Teaching Climate Change Article

posted Jan 1, 2020, 11:40 PM by Brian Foley   [ updated Jan 1, 2020, 11:41 PM ]

LA Times published an article on the need for teaching about climate change. Our own Jeannie Chips and her students were featured.

Hirst goes to infinity and beyond

posted Sep 24, 2019, 10:21 AM by Brian Foley

Great article on Christine Hirst's adventures in space

She also shares a clip from a French TV show that debunks conspiracies - including the Flat Earth Society

High Altitude Balloon Experiments

posted Sep 10, 2019, 8:38 AM by Brian Foley   [ updated Sep 10, 2019, 8:42 AM ]

West Ranch HS students led by Christine Hirst has been conducting high altitude balloon experiments for years. Check out their latest adventure from the Spring 2019 Balloon launch
curviture of the earth from the balloon

JPL Invention Challenge

posted Sep 1, 2019, 2:07 PM by Brian Foley

To all Students, Teachers, and friends,

The time has arrived for the new rules for the 2019 JPL Invention Challenge.  This is the twenty-second year of holding the JPL Invention Challenge.  The title for this year’s contest is the “Ping Pong Ball Run Contest”.  Please review the attached set of rules, form a team, and enter during the registration period.  Be sure to follow the submission of entry rules found in Rule 3. The entry rules have been slightly modified so please read them carefully.  Emailing the Excel spreadsheet will help with the paperwork process.  Completely filling out video release forms and mailing all of them in along with a printed copy of the spreadsheet will greatly simplify the badging process at JPL.

The rules are attached with just the simplified objective being listed below.  The rules and forms are also posted on the JPL Invention Challenge website at…

OBJECTIVE: Create a device that can move up to 10 ping pong balls into a jar located 5 meters away.  The winner will be the team that moves the highest number of ping pong balls into the jar.

Good luck to everyone,

Paul MacNeal
Contest Organizer



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2 NGSS Paloozas this Year

posted Sep 1, 2019, 2:05 PM by Brian Foley

We have decided to hold two separate multipresentation science workshop days at CSUN this year

Fall NGSSPalooza - Nov 2nd
Spring NGSSPalooza - March 9th

Save the dates and if you have recommendations for workshops or keynote speakers email

New CSCS Faculty Member Li Ye

posted Nov 13, 2017, 11:13 AM by Brian Foley

We are happy t
Li Ye
o welcome Li Ye to the CSCS family. Li is a new faculty member in the Chemistry Dept at CSUN. She has experience studying chemistry education at the college level and is looking forward to working with HS and MS teachers.

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