Monthly Archives: April 2015

Moon Mappers

Brionna Blankenship
April 1, 2015
Citizen Science Project – Semester 2

Moon Mappers

This project was an online experiment that really caught my interest. After visiting Arizona State University in March, I’ve had an interest in the moon and space in general. This project was perfect for that. Online I was able to look at different pictures of the actual moon. In the pictures I had to identify and highlight craters. Some craters we’re harder to find than others, especially if the sun was casting a shadow on the moon. The simulation took me through different levels in pictures, making the craters harder to find as the levels got higher. Towards the end of the project I had photos where I was identifying about ten craters, even ones with a shadow casted over them. This project kept my interest the whole time and the simulation was very easy to follow. I would definitely recommend this project to anyone who as interest in the moon or space.

Seafloor Explorer

Tatum Witt
April 1, 2015
SNHS

Citizen Science Project
My citizen science project was Seafloor Explorer; this was a little game that had me search through the seafloor for different creatures and plants. This will help scientist later on, because it helps them know what there is on the seafloor to see and know the different creatures under the sea.

Science Labs at ASU

Tatum Witt
April 1, 2015
SNHS
Community Project

For my community science project, I went on the trip to Arizona State University. I learned so much at this field trip. I learned a lot about the science labs and classes at Arizona State University. I got tons of my questions answered about college by the students that actually attend the school. This will help me and other future scientist by helping us choose a college that has a lot of science majors. The college has a lot to offer to their students in science majors.

Serengeti Photos

Zack Ozment
3/23/15
SNHS
Citizen Science Project

For my citizen science project I decided to do the “Snapshot Serengeti”. For the most part, I observed pictures of animals that walked by a motion activated camera and had to help identify what animals were there, how many there were, and what action they were doing. The reason behind me doing this experiment was to help identify the animals for scientists because they had hundreds of cameras set up. With my, and other students help, we were able to identify and help the scientists work a little easier.

The reason I chose this project was because I had wanted to do it for my first project. African wildlife interests me, and seeing all these wild animals was a fascinating experience. I feel like that would be such an awesome job, setting up cameras in Africa and watching to see what animals were there. This project was easily found at zooniverse.org.

Science Fair at Westpark

Zach Blowers

For this semester’s community project, other members and I took a trip to WestPark Elementary school during their science fair. While there, we showed students, parents, and teachers a couple of science demonstrations. The first demonstration was “controlling” the color of fire by soaking Q-tips in different chemicals and lighting them with a Bunsen burner. The second demonstration was a tie-die note card. For the notecard, we used food coloring, shaving cream, sharpies, and rules. I joined this project because I enjoy teaching the science behind things to younger students in hopes that they too will have a liking for science and how things work. Another reason was because I attended WestPark for elementary school myself.

I believed it helped the community by encouraging students to become more interested in science and academics. I also believe it helped encourage parents to have their students become encouraged. The world’s future rest on the backs of current students. Without science, we would not be as far as we would in technology. Science is key to expanding the limits and boundaries of any current barriers and these current students may be the ones to break them down. Also, science is almost always fun. I felt great after doing my part because I felt like students learned more than their normal courses are currently offering.

Discovering Planets with Kepler

Zach Blowers

For this semester’s citizen science project, I decided to help discover planets using Keplar’s most recent data. In this simulation, I was asked to look around a graph. What I was looking for was something called a transit. A transit was a drop in brightness of a star, which meant a planet was blocking some of its light. I chose this project because I enjoy learning more about outer-space and it caught my eye during my hunt to find a citizen science project for this semester. I feel like I did very little compared to what others have done. I feel as though I did help though. The projects website is http://www.citizensciencealliance.org/

Exploring Science at ASU

Brionna Blankenship
March 23, 2015
Community Project – Semester 2

I was excited to go on this field trip because I knew that not only would I have the chance of learning in depth about the earth, but got the chance of having one on one time with real ASU students to talk to them about some questions I had. Our trip started off with a 3-D movie presentation that really sparked my interest. The presenter went into depth about the earth and the universe and just how small the earth really is. He said things that I never knew and the facts were really interesting. After the movie we got the chance to go into the Bio Design Institute. This building is under tight security so I felt privileged to be able to have a tour. Our tour guide was an employee of the institute and gave us a lot of great information. Later, after the tour was over, another tour guide who was an ASU student gave us a tour of another building. There he offered to us to be able to ask any questions we might have about college. I’m very happy that he gave me the one on one time and he was able to answer almost all of the questions I had. The trip to ASU was very exciting and educating and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in ASU or going into a career in science.