Monthly Archives: May 2015

Ignore That!

Amy Marroquin
Ms. Doskocil
Citizen Science Paper: Ignore That!

My project was Ignore That! as part of the Games with Words project. The project consisted of two tests in which I had to ignore certain information in order to answer problems correctly, such as identifying a word as orange or white while ignoring the color of the word itself. The second test was identifying which side an arrow was at: left or right, while ignoring the direction the arrow was pointing. Prior to the two test a practice test of the test is given. I was timed on how quickly I answered each test to determine in which one I was faster at, the practice or the actual test.

The project is the study of cognition, and I am instantly drawn to anything that involves the brain, therefore, I had to give the test a try. Plus, I have heard of facts that certain people are identifying words while others are better at identifying color, depending on each individual’s brain. Thus, I was quite intrigued in the study.

I feel that I have made a good contribution to a project that is further investigating the human brain and its daily functions, especially in the unusual area of focusing attention on the necessary and ignoring the unnecessary. The brain is a mystery and I just like helping researchers with their study.


End of the Year

Last week, students at Youngker High School were inducted into the Science National Honor Society based on their science grades, their overall grades, and their participation in community outreach and citizen science.  In total, 30 students were inducted into the society.  Thanks for making it a great year and congratulations to all the seniors who will be graduating at the end of the week.  You’ve made this chapter a super fun and amazing place to be on campus.

We also welcomes our new members who will be joining out chapter next year.  Congratulations for doing well in your classes and meeting the requirements to become a member.  I looking forward to working with all you next year as we confirm your membership through continued hard work and success.

Lastly, we introduced next year’s officers to the club.  Congratulations to:
Madyson Madrid – President
Zach Blowers – Vice President
Sara Hawkins – Secretary
Jonathan Catrone – Treasurer
Madison Derho – Parliment

I look forward to another great year doing science and reaching out to the community to explain the importance of being scientifically literate.  There are a lot of fun and educational projects in the works for next year, including another trip to Disneyland to discover how their Imagineers use science to create the great attractions in the park.

Until then, have an amazing summer.

Ms. Doskocil


Priscilla Hidrogo…

For my Citizen Science Project, I chose Plankton Portal. Plankton Portal is an interactive activity that allows you to learn about different plankton and it teaches you how to determine the different types of plankton based on their size and shape. In the program I measured the length and width of several different types of Plankton, including Solmaris, Doliolid, and Thalasso plankton. I helped to determine the pattern between the depth of the ocean and the common types of plankton found at that depth. I chose this project because I am interested in the ocean and am fascinated by the unique creatures that are found very deep in the ocean. I find that the most unique animals are found in the ocean. After completing my part in this project, I feel more informed on the various types of Plankton and on how the presence of tiny life forms makes a large impact on the ocean. If the ocean did not have Plankton then the food chain would be completely thrown off.

Urban Wildlife

Sara Hawkins
Science National Honor Society, 11th Grade

This semesters citizen science project was rather interesting. I decided to change from the subject of astrology into wildlife because I have more passion towards wildlife.With that being said, I have never truly learned much about urban wildlife, because I did not think there was any. Well by participating in the Chicago Wildlife Watch my previous assumptions were wrong.

In the Chicago Wildlife Watch stimulation on Zooniverse the main goal was to look through a series of pictures and attempt to find and identify an animal. Mainly urban bounded animals such as squirrels, cats, dogs, and the exception of foxes and deer near the outskirts. Well, some pictures did not include an animal in it at all, but if you were to find one then you would do your best to identify it. Seeing how many of the pictures were taken at night, and unfocused the identifying would of been difficult without the identifying tabs to help. Fortunately these tabs included the animals coat, tail, body structure, it’s build, and what it may look like. Significantly helping me out.
All in all, the stimulation become a little boring as unnecessary photos kept on repeating themselves, but it was interesting otherwise. I did not know urban wildlife watching was even a thing until I clicked on it, o the outcome was positive in my opinion.

Chicago Wildlife Watch

Tracking Penguins

Robert Christian

I had the opportunity to help with tracking penguins in Antarctic regions through the use of photos. Part of this project is to take each photo and first determine whether there were any penguins in the photo, which is actually harder then it seems because they will sometimes blend in with the surrounding area. If there are penguins in the photo then we must identify adults, adolescents, and any eggs in the photo. One of the harder parts of this project was that photos could literally contain hundreds of penguins or massive flocks that were impossible to differentiate individuals from. So from this project I was able to learn patients and careful analysis. I was also able to assist scientist studying the penguins population by contributing my count of each photo.

Penguin Watch

Star Circling Activity

Jordan Cabral
Youngker HS
Class of 2015

The project that I did for the spring semester was a star circling activity. The activity was solely composed of putting eliptical shapes over what I assumed to be a star cluster or other interesting object in a picture supplied to me; in case you were wondering, extended green ojects were, in fact, included in what I would search for (I know those are just all the rage). I chose this project because it didn’t look super boring to me, and this one didn’t have a crazy ten-minute tutorial that made me instantly regret clicking the link. Overall, it was fun drawing with non-euclidean shapes to help people researching the milky way for things such as galaxies..



Henry Cardona
Class of 2016
Dec 19th, 2014

The citizen science project I decided to work on was a website where you search and locate how many penguins are being shown in a photograph.  The website would show you a picture taken somewhere in the Antarctic, and you would have to identify all of the adult penguins, chicks, and any eggs that could be seen in the photo.  After you upload your findings, your results will help any scientists’ jobs of looking at penguin patterns will become a lot more easier.  I chose this project because penguins are my favorite animal, and I would love to help identify their breeding grounds, or herd behavior to help make a scientist’s job simpler.

Penguin Watch