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'"The Bugs Are Breaking In!"'

“The Bugs Are Breaking In,” is a sharable Next Generation Science Standard teaching tool and interactive platform to educate teachers, students and their families about invasive pest species, particularly the Asian Citrus Psyllid, an insect costing billions of dollars and destroying citrus nationally and globally. This activity creates an immersive experience promoting backyard scientist events encouraging kids to go outside and become the observers and story tellers we need to combat the invasion of the Asian Citrus Psyllid, as more than 50 percent of California homeowners have citrus trees. Workshop includes sharable links and interactive gaming experience.

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Julie Cates
Email: jcates@vusd.org
Speaker Order: 1
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Person Type: Primary Presenter
State: California
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Main Phone: 559-737-0339
Biosketch: Julie Cates was selected as California’s Ag in the Classroom's 2015-2016 Outstanding Educator of the year, when she was a passionate and enthusiastic first-year teacher for her innovative use of agriculture and nutrition education via taste testing, farmer visits and @TheProduceMom’s #ProduceChallenge calendar. Each spring, Julie has her class create an interactive dairy mooseum and and has partnered with VUSD Teacher of the Year, Amy Downs, to integrate NGSS and invasive pest species awareness. Follow Julie on Twitter https://twitter.com/cates_julie #TryItTuesday #FindYourFavoriteFriday #Mooseum
Organization/Affiliation: Sixth Grade Teacher, Linwood Elementary, Visalia, California
Amy Downs
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Speaker Order: 2
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Person Type: Presenter 2
State: California
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Biosketch: Amy Downs currently teaches a fifth & sixth grade class at Global Learning Charter School in Visalia, California. She grew up on a farm in Kern County. Amy holds Master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and Elementary Mathematics. She is also a Hapara Certified Trainer and a Google Level 1 educator. Amy Downs was Visalia Unified 2017 Teacher of the Year, and a Tulare County Excellence in Education Educator of the Year.
Organization/Affiliation: Global Learning Charter School