Monthly Archives: December 2015

Planet Features

Alexander Abrams
December 7th, 2015
SNHS
Citizen Science Project
The project was to identify features that I see on the images that were projected to me from satellites. Whether they were Spiders (dots with marks protruding outwards), baby spiders (just dots), Channel Network (lines), Swiss Cheese Terrain (holes, weird shapes), or craters. I helped out by putting in my own input on what the pictures were of. I chose this project because I like to look at images of planets from space and determine what they are. I feel great about this citizen science project because I feel like I helped out the scientists determine what patterns are on the surface of the planet.
Project Website:

Gaining Knowledge

Alexandra Peralta
Ms. Doskacil
SNHS
17 November 2015
Community Outreach Project: ASU Trip-Human Origins
The community project I chose to participate in was the ASU trip to visit the Human Origins department, so I could better understand our ancestor’s origins and the theories of how humans have evolved from other subspecies. During the time of our visit I was able to learn from
two current students in the program who gave their personal experiences of their time with the chosen field of study, and they put some common myths to rest. This project is important to the community, because it’s important that people understand their origins and how they came to be,
along with gaining knowledge on how our ancestors survived and evolved to who we are today.  Science is essential to our future, and its important people get past the misconception that science solely deals with test tubes and chemicals. Science allows humanity to progress, and the more people familiarize themselves with science the more progress we may provide leeway for. Now that I have learned more about human origins I can talk to others about my new found knowledge concerning the subject, in addition to helping others whom believed in some of the common misconceptions I did.
 

Not What I Expected

Thanh (Eric) Hoang
Science National Honors Society
Community Outreach
The Vision to Your Future event is hosted at the University of Arizona every year. The event is an open house, for high school juniors and seniors, at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and the School of Plant Sciences. The event was to help the community by introducing molecular/cellular biology and plant sciences to high school students through communication, possibly leading to a major in the subject, and after majoring: possibly a person that can revolutionize the community with research and innovations. The reason why I attended this event (or project) was because I believed it was to be about astrology and physics, the studies that the University of Arizona is well known for, and the studies I would like to major in.  Although the event was not what I expected it to be, it was intriguing and opened a new window for me. Science is important, with proof throughout history, for it helps humankind progress,and, possibly sometime in the future, betters the Earth for all living things.

Expand my Parameters of Interest

Community Outreach Project- ASU Human Origins Trip
Daimion Butler
For my first community project, I along with fellow SNHS students took a trip to ASU to learn about opportunities in the field of Human Origins and Paleontology (The study of things once alive and now deceased). There, we were given information pertaining to the field of study, a brief explanation of the jobs offered and some historical background in the area. 
I joined to expand my parameters of interest pertaining to studies of science in college. This specific field helps the study of where we as a species come from, our ancestors, we know based off of ‘Lucy’, were around 3 to 4 feet in height, and resembled chimpanzees. That of which differs from human DNA by about 2%. Knowing things such as this will help us to better understand where our species will stand in the distant future and help us to predict changes and adaptations that may occur along the way.
I enjoyed this informational trip, and plan to take another. The two instructors were very informative and well-spoken.
  

Peaking Interests

Brooklyn Adams
11-19-15
Community Outreach Project
For my community outreach project I attended the ASU field trip for anthropology. Here we sat in on a miniature lecture with these two ladies who both have substantial careers in anthropology. After learning about their careers they lead us to their library which contained the oldest human decent“Lucy”. We also got to explore more of the lab which contained many off the bones that they personallystudy.
I joined the project because I thought it would be interesting to actually see what kind of work people in this field actually do. I like learning how hands on it was and that it was very outside based rather than stuck inside all day. This project helped the community by bettering the students at YHS with the knowledge of this field and how it is a relevant choice of study.
Learning more about this specific science is important because it is one of those fields that is always evolving. There is always new stuff to dig up and discover. Learning about where we have come from or learning more about our past species is really a fascinating subject that always has new leads.  I’m glad that I went and was able to experience this project, even if it was more informational.  Anthropology opened my eyes to a new field of study and definitely peaked my interest.
 

Ignore That

Ana Munoz
Citizen Science Project
For my citizen science project I participated in an “Ignore That!”experiment. The way I contributed to this project was the fact that I was part of a study on how easily distracted we become depending on age, language, or backgroundIt examines the ability to ignore unnecessary information. The experiment was interested on how this effect changes over age, and whether the effect is weaker for fluent speakers of English or who learned English later in life. I chose this project because the whole point of the experiments are to basically learn more about the human behavior and understand the complex system of our bodies in anyway seeing fit. After completing my part, I feel as if I have contributed to that ongoing research specifically; no matter how small of a part is was.
project was listed: https://www.scientificamerican.com/citizen-science/?startRow=21
 

Galaxy Zoo

Thanh (Eric) Hoang
Science National Honors Society
Citizen Project
The project that I partook in is called Galaxy Zoo, an online survey regarding galaxies and stars that take the results and inputs them into the database for scientists. What I had done to“help” was by assisting in updating the database through the means of classifying multiplegalaxies on the website. The reason why I had chosen this project was because I am interested inastronomy and wanted to partake in a project involving it. After completing my part, I didn’t feel much; there were no results or proof of what I had done had been of any use for science studies. The classification of galaxies would continue on forever until we would become bored of doing so. In the end, this project was just simple, boring, and possibly helpful; it was my fault for not finding any more interesting projects.