This year is looking to be another great year for Science NHS at Youngker High School. I’m excited to see old members returning and excited to meet new members.
This year we will continue posting students’ summaries of their citizen science projects and their community outreach projects. Students will also write a short summary of a scientific paper that we read as a group, so look out of those posts.
It is a game like simulator where the user maps neurons in the retina. This served as a way for people to better understand their brain and what goes on in it. So all the user had to do was look at a brain scan and try to determine what was a neuron based on the scan. Once we did that we had to physically locate the neuron in the brain on the scanner. I chose this project because anything that involves the brain or mental issues interest me so much. I feel as though I know so much more about the human brain than I ever learned in anatomy and I feel as though I made a difference in some way. http://eyewire.org/explore
The project I participated in was volunteering to pick up debris in the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Center with other members of Science National Honors Society. I helped the community by picking up many pieces of trash and cleaning up big portions of wreckage that was washed onto the dried up river. I chose to do this because I enjoy making a small difference in the world and helping to make it a better place. After completing my part, I felt very accomplished because I helped make a change that was significant to the community and worked together with a team to accomplish this task. I would definitely participate in a project like this one again.
Project website: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/rio-salado-habitat-restoration-area
Community Science Project
I joined the iNaturalist project which empowers citizens to record biodiversity. The goal of the project is to go out in the wild and take pictures of the nature around you and send your findings to their website. I joined this project because I enjoy hiking and taking these photos was very entertaining. I helped the community by providing images of the current Arizonian environment which land managers and scientist can use to monitor changes in the environment. Science is important because with it we can use it to understand changes in the environment and why they happen. After doing this, I felt very content with myself because I had helped the community once more.
For this citizen science project I did on where you identified different species of fish in the ocean and you label them and for some say what they are doing. This is important because there is a lot of ocean and scientists cannot work to label all of it and need help due to the size of the operation. I learned about all the different types of fish and other species that live in parts of the ocean that I didn’t believe were that biologically diverse. This impacts the science community by easing the load on scientists and allowing them to do other tasks so they can do important that might be more important at that time.