Monthly Archives: December 2014

Worm Watching

Jordan Cabral

Citizen Science Project

The project that I did for the fall semester was a worm watching activity. The activity entailed such gripping events as watching a worm slowly move on the screen while hovering my finger over the z-key in case it laid an egg (as I was told to press “Z” if it laid a new egg in the video). I chose this project because, come on, this thing sounds pretty interesting; there were all these activities, and this one only said, “Hey, wanna look at worms? You just need to know that they are worms, and nothing more.” It felt pretty fulfilling to do my part in telling researchers that absolutely nothing interesting happens in an interval of time adding up to ten minutes.

Website

http://www.wormwatchlab.org/

ASU Trip

Sara Hawkins
SNHS
Community Science Project
Class of 2016
December 18, 2014

Arizona State University is known for many things. People all over take trips there for campus tours, games, and even summer programs. However, for the SNHS members of Youngker we went there to explore a few career pathways. Starting with anthropology and ending with biology we all had a rather interesting experience.

Seeing how the majority of the SNHS members attended this field trip, the anthropologist at ASU seemed to be shocked as to how much space we took up in their classroom. But, it didn’t affect their teaching abilities so we continued to participate in hands-on activities. The main one the anthropologist had us do was organize skulls arrange on a table. With a little lesson, and some facts we arranged the skulls from oldest to most modern. Some mistakes were made here and there, but we understood for the most part, and enjoyed the activity.

With that being said, it was rather different entering the presentation/conference room in the second building. A power point, and new lady begun to explain some minute as soon as we settled in. She started off explaining to us some soil, and plant biology, and then slowly began her way into talking about a national project that any student may join.

All in all both career paths seemed rather interesting, and peaked a few student interest, but after a lot of walking, and lessons most SNHS members had home on their mind.

Hunting for Asteroids

Sara Hawkins
SNHS
Citizens Science Proj.
November 23, 2014

Through the website Zooniverse.org I decided to do a project under the category of Space. The section I chose happened to be about the topic of asteroids. My objective was to observe a series of pictures and hunt for asteroids. The asteroids were very difficult to spot because there was such little difference between each picture frame. However, with a close eye, and use of the sidebar tools you could slightly see some movement ,and identify an asteroid.

I chose this specific citizen science project category because my knowledge on asteroids is rather weak, and I felt the need to strengthen it. Overall, it was quite fun, and interesting.

Science at Westpark

Zack Ozment
SNHS

Community Service Report

On Wednesday December 10th, a group of representatives and I went to West Park Elementary to a science class of eighth graders and showed them how to create “Elephant Toothpaste”. We explained how we combined baking yeast, 3%, 6%, and 12% hydrogen peroxide, and soap to foam up. We explained to the students how the yeast is a catalyst which speeds up chemical reactions and the peroxide mixed with everything separates from H2O2 to water and oxygen when the yeast is added.

We also explained how we can clean pennies with different acidic liquids. We used orange juice, lemon juice, and vinegar to wash off the top layer of copper on the pennies. We explained how these were weak acids and that’s why we were able to drink orange juice and lemon juice. We also spent the day explaining what it was like to be in high school and how they can prepare for the science courses.

Identifying Asteroids

Zack Ozment
SNHS

Citizen Science Project
Asteroid Zoo

The project I completed for my citizen science project was the Asteroid Zoo project. O basically identified asteroids, or artifacts, or nothing in a span of four frames back to back to detect unknown asteroids or artifacts in outer space. You could select asteroids, and highlight them in a negative photo, or a color frame which was a bunch of color highlighting objects. I had done two previous projects like the penguin identifier, but I did not feel it was useful, but the asteroid project I actually got to participate in identifying objects in space that other people had not seen. I felt this project was actually going to help the environment and Earth to notice asteroid coming close to Earth, aiding with the other scientists doing this also.

Citizen Science Project

Sophie Thomas
Class of 2016
YHS
November 8th, 2014

Title: Trash Pickup
Visit local parks or wildlife areas and help clean
Citizen Science from NWF

For my citizen science project, I decided I’d undergo a trash pick up on a local level.  You see, one day, I took my siblings and puppy to our neighborhood park.  As I set my dog down to explore, I noticed the area was trashed.  There was garbage everywhere, dog poo in plenty of places, and over all it was a dump.  Just the look of it make me concerned for the safety of everyone who frequents the park.  So I set out the pick up as best I could.  I collects many pieces of trash, used a bag to scoop up the dog poop, and even made sure most of the sand was in the playground area.  I think its safe to say that the park is now a bit safer than before, and when the time comes to pick up once more, I’ll gladly be the first to volunteer.

Habitat Restoration

Derric Nguyen
SNHS
12/16/14
Community Science Project

The project I was apart was the habitat restoration community project. I forgot where we went, but to sum up the area we were working in, it was a field that needed working on, and there were many things needed to be done. For example, some people were taking apart some plants by pulling off the stems of these plants, some were just bagging the dead plants, and the rest were pulling out weeds. I was in the team pulling the plants out of the ground, (I forgot the name of this bush) but they varied in size, some were the size of weeds, and some were the size of bushes. I chose this project because I’ve always done lawn work, and I’m used to physical labor, so I thought this would be a good and easy way to help my community. After we were done helping, I felt like I actually made a positive impact to my community and that we can really make a change as long as we all can work together as a team.