Monthly Archives: March 2015

How do stars form?

Tatum Witt
Citizen Science Project
How do stars form?

I chose the project “How do stars form?” this was a small activity that showed you pictures of different parts of the galaxy. With the pictures that I was shown, I was able to identify the different star clusters, objects, bubbles and egos. I chose this project, because I wanted to be able to know what everything was, if I were to look at a scientific picture of the sky or in space. This helped me understand what it up there with all the stars. There’s so much more that I could learn for this project if I were to further with it. This project helped me create a better image of how the stars are formed.


Arizona Envirothon Competition

This weekend was the annual Arizona Envirothon Competition held at the Hacienda Girl Scout Camp in Tucson, AZ.  Several members of SNHS competed against teams from other parts of the state in soil analysis, wildlife and forestry, aquatic ecology, and urban forestry.  The competition is part of the national competition, where winners are awarded scholarships and other prizes for having the most knowledge and the best plan that explains this years theme.

team 5

Team 5 Front: Amy (senior) and Alyssa (junior) Back: Zach (junior), Madyson (junior), Ms. Doskocil (coach), David (senior), Mrs. Irick (coach)

team 4

Team 4 Front: Ms Doskocil (Coach), Denise (Senior), Rogelia (Senior), Mrs. Irick (Coach) Back: Jack (Senior), Carl (Senior), Robert (Senior)

team 4 working

Team 4 hard at work at an ecostation

team 5 working

Team 5 testing soils during their ecostation test

Youngker SNHS chapter sent two teams to the competition this year.  Team 4 and 5 were comprised of members from SNHS as well as students taking our wildlife management class.  While they didn’t win this year, they did a great job in the competition and represented their school with pride.

The teams compete in different subjects under Environmental Science.  They have 3 “ecostations” where they answer questions related to water quality and the animal life that can be supported within ponds, lakes or rivers; pollutants and how they effect both terrestrial and aquatic systems; soil impacts on types of trees and how soil textures effect quality of plant life; and wildlife identification.  They also wrote and presented a presentation where each team had to design a plan to implement an urban forest in a fictional city.

This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about the environment and how they can impact nature.  It also gives them a chance to interact with peers from around the state.

Good job to all the teams that competed, but especially teams 4 and 5!

Photos courtesy of AZ Envirothon Facebook Page

Storm Watching

Jasi Torres
Semester 1

Citizen Science Project: Stormwatching!

For my citizen science project I chose to visit the Cyclone Center to learn how tropical cyclones form and change.  I was presented a couple of images and was prompted to identify what type of storm the image entailed. My options were: eye, embedded, curved, shear, and other.  I was then asked additional questions about the image presented in which I specified the nature, size, and strength of the storm. I classified the third image as a Curved Band storm. After classifying the storm, I learned that its strength is measured by the length of the band…the longer the band, the stronger the storm. I focused on how far around the band wrapped, and clicked on the picture that best matched it. I found this topic interesting because storm watching is fun and it is exciting that my input is helping climatologists predict future storm behaviors.

Solar Flares

Courtnee Oglesby
December 19, 2015
Citizen Project

There were several categories for me to explore, but tracking solar flares seemed the most interesting. I learned that it takes several days for a flare to erupt and die down. During this project, I was able to track and identify the flares. At first, it was difficult to spot which where flares and which were particles or random debris in space, but as I learned more it became easier. Being able to spot and track solar flares is important because we are able to help the scientists who do this for a living. They spend hours watching for flares and analyzing then, so if I can provide any extra information, they would be have more data to analyze in a short amount of time. I feel like I was able to provide people with assistance after completing this project and that’s all I could ask for.

Classy Stars

Derric Nguyen

Citizen Science Project

The project I chose to do was to find specific terms of stars and to group them into their specific classes. I had to analyze a picture and determine where the bubbles, star clusters, EGO’s, and galaxies were. To do that I had to click my mouse and make the circle around those said terms. I helped by classifying in those pictures shown to me where I saw bubbles, star clusters, EGO’s and galaxies. The reason why I chose this project was because I have always been interested in the stars, how they looked and I wanted to learn more about the things in space. After completing this project I feel as if someone were to show me a picture of stars, I would be able to classify where the bubbles, star clusters, EGO’s, and galaxies are; I feel more knowledgeable about the topic of space.

Nightly Stars

Madyson Madrid
Class of 2016
Dec 18th, 2014

For this project I did the loss of the night project at This project enables you to locate as many stars in your as possible to help learn better about light pollution. I got to lie out and just observe the night sky. It is a great way to teach you constellations while also helping out. I chose this because I absolutely love stars! I lay out all the time anyway so why not do something useful too. Having a love for stars was great while doing this project. Everyone should be able to look up into the sky and see millions of stars! Being able to help out with this feels great, I know that my help could let more children enjoy the sky’s beauty.…