FOSS Middle School Summer Institutes 2017

Berkeley, California
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Hotel Accommodations
Institute participants should make hotel arrangements at Hotel Shattuck Plaza in nearby downtown Berkeley.  Transportation to and from the Lawrence Hall of Science each day will be provided from this location.

Electromagnetic Force, Next Gen Short Course only
If you are attending the Electromagnetic Force session, a block of rooms is being held at a special group rate. Call the Hotel Shattuck Plaza directly (866-466-9199) to reserve a room on or before June 13, 2017 to guarantee the group rate. Ask for the Lawrence Hall of Science Electromagnetic Force group rate.  You can also register using this online link and attendee code: 1707ELECTRO

Gravity and Kinetic Energy, Next Gen Short Course only
If you are attending the Gravity and Kinetic Energy session, a block of rooms is being held at a special group rate. Call the Hotel Shattuck Plaza directly (866-466-9199) to reserve a room on or before June 13, 2017 to guarantee the group rate. Ask for the Lawrence Hall of Science Gravity and Kinetic Energy group rate. You can also register using this online link and attendee code: 1707GRAVITY


Waves, Next Gen Short Course only
If you are attending the Waves session, a block of rooms is being held at a special group rate. Call the Hotel Shattuck Plaza directly (866-466-9199) to reserve a room on or before July 16, 2017 to guarantee the group rate. Ask for the Lawrence Hall of Science Waves group rate. You can also register using this online link and attendee code: 1707WAVES


Heredity and Adaptation, Next Gen Short Course only
If you are attending the Heredity and Adaptation session, a block of rooms is being held at a special group rate. Call the Hotel Shattuck Plaza directly (866-466-9199) to reserve a room on or before June 20, 2017 to guarantee the group rate. Ask for the Lawrence Hall of Science Heredity and Adaptation group rate. You can also register using this online link and attendee code: 1707HEREDITY

You will pay the hotel directly for your stay.  

Transportation

Travel to and from Berkeley is your responsibility. We will provide transportation between the hotel and the institute at the Lawrence Hall of Science each day. Plan to arrive the day before your institute starts. Plan to depart in the evening or following day after the conclusion of your chosen institute/s. We will end at 4 PM each day. 

If you will be flying, use either the Oakland Airport (closer and more convenient) or the San Francisco Airport (larger with more flights).  The Bay Porter Express airport shuttle can pick you up from either location.  If you choose to take a shuttle, you should make reservations in advance by web or phone:  http://www.bayporter.com/ or 1(877)467-1800.  You may also choose to take BART (train) from either airport to the Downtown Berkeley stop, which is adjacent to the Hotel Shattuck Plaza.  You can access BART routes and schedule times at http://www.bart.gov

We will provide transportation between the hotel and the institute at the Lawrence Hall of Science each day. 

If you choose to drive to the Lawrence Hall of Science you will be responsible for parking fees.

Sightseeing in the Bay Area

We will have a full schedule during the week and encourage you to arrive a day or so early or extend your trip late if you would like to spend time doing additional sightseeing in the Bay Area.  The Downtown Berkeley BART (train) station is adjacent to the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, making it easy to get to San Francisco or other Bay Area destinations during your free time. Visit Berkeley is a great resource for sightseeing in the Bay Area.

Meals
Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided each day of the institute. Refreshments will be provided at the private evening museum receptions. All dinners are on your own. There are numerous restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Visit Berkeley has a great list of local places within walking distance.

What to bring?
 
Dress is casual, but weather in the Bay Area varies widely during the summer, from sunshine to fog, so layers are recommended.  We recommend packing an extra sweatshirt or jacket as the temperature is often much cooler than expected.  We will be supplying you with FOSS Teacher Guide materials and several other handouts, so please leave room in your luggage accordingly.  Bring a laptop or mobile device if you would like to try out multimedia components of the course during the workshop.
 

Contact Information

  • For questions related to Institute content please contact:

    Ann Moriarty
    amoriart@berkeley.edu

    For registration questions please contact:

    Vanessa Castaneda
    vcastaneda@berkeley.edu


Payment Instructions

  • Please register all teacher participants using this online tool. If paying by PO or check select those options at checkout and follow the additional instructions below.

    Please be sure to include the invoice number on check stubs and/or PO's.

    If paying by check
    , please make checks payable to "UC Regents" and mail to:

    FOSS
    Attention: Gricelda Mendez-Zarco
    Lawrence Hall of Science
    1 Centennial Drive
    Berkeley CA 94720-5200

    If paying by PO, please mail PO's to the above address, or fax to 510-643-8219.


    For payment questions, contact Vanessa Castaneda
    vcastaneda@berkeley.edu


FOSS Project
Lawrence Hall of Science

University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-5200
Contact: 510-642-8941

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