Dec 10, 2015
Citizen Science Project
I was at first extremely confused of what I wanted to do for this project, so the first thing I did was to look up citizen science project examples online. Literally, so many came up, and I actually did more than one because they were so fun to recreate. My favorite one from the three I conducted was age guess. I want to talk about this website because I have never heard of it before, all you do is guess a person’s age and gets points by how close you are! At first I believed this would had been extremely boring, I’m literally just guessing a person’s age, so I researched this website a bit forward. Scientists made this website to research the data set for the human aging body, consisting of many people to guess on. More specified they mentioned “[A] project on human biological and chronological age”. I still was a little sketchy of this project. So I continued reading more and I discovered this simple website collects data on the evolution of the eyes and a certain part of the brain. Apparently, babies are most interested in the human face than anything else, their testing is to see if people still do this. Certain things like expression and even seemingly the processing of a photo can affect the ability to find the certain age of a human. After reading this, I decided to finally give it a try. It was actually so fun, I tried analyzing people’s faces for a straight five minutes, I couldn’t stop laughing. It’s insane how off some of my guesses were. It was extremely fun competing with other science citizens from high school and college. After actually doing it I understood more of what they were speaking of on their website. I felt like I helped these scientist (main ones are Uli Steiner and Dusan Misevic) in their fun experiment. I was extremely fascinated because I actually thought I would get all of them right and once I saw the correct answer I would understand where and why I went wrong. My review for this website is a very fun experiment!
Community Outreach Summary:
ASU Institute of Human Origins Trip
Members of SNHS went on a field trip to the ASU institute of human origins. Two students explained to us what the purpose of the school was and what it’s like to study and work in their field. We learned the names of some hominids that existed millions of years ago and how they were discovered and what technology and methods are used. I joined the project because I’ve always been really interested in human origin and anthropology, I love to learn about what the world was like millions of years ago. I believe the project helped the community by teaching students what the study of human origin actually is and make them more educated. Learning things like this about science is important to understand where we come from so we can understand how to grow. After seeing the school and learning how broad the field is I’m very interested in doing more research on how I can be a part of it in the future and possibly putting a chemistry degree toward it. Overall it was a gratifying experience and I enjoyed it a lot.
11 December 2015
Citizen Science Project
Chicago Wildlife Watch After going through http://www.chicagowildlifewatch.org/#/classify, I learned the different types of animals that live in Chicago. Not only did I learn the types of animals inhabited in Chicago, but the type of foot prints they leave, the size of the foot prints, the space in between, and the seasons these animals usually walk around in. I learned that usually animals are tracked when snow falls, and the foot prints are clearly visible. There were animals that I did not expect to have such large paw/foot prints; these animals are usually really small, but their foot prints were not proportioned with their body size.
This project has revealed to me the types of animals in Chicago, and before going through Chico Wildlife Watch, I learned that there is more to the City of Wind other than the skyscrapers and the powerful winds gusting through the city. This website educated me on the color of the animals, their prints as they tread through snow, the length between each print, and their usual habitats within Chicago.
The project I did was going to Cellular and Molecular Biology event that was held by the University of Arizona. They had presentations about the different fields of study under cellular and molecular biology. They also had different professors talk more in depth about their certain studies and careers underneath their specific section. They had undergraduate student’s research on posters with the students ready to present what they researched and they would go into detail about the research and would answer questions. I joined this project because I wanted to see what they had at their school molecular biology. It helped the community because it showed what they had to offer at U of A. Learning about science is important because it helps you make smarter decisions if you know more. I feel good about completing this project because I learned more about different kinds of science and different studies they offer at U of A.
December 10, 2015
Citizen Science Project
For my project I chose to do a picture pile from scistarter to help with global problems. This project enables me to look at pictures and look for any type of global problems or climate changes. You do this by looking at the photos and comparing them. You then decide whether there is a problem there or not. The program looks a lot like the dating app tinder, but instead we are helping the earth. I chose to do this because every day there is more damage being done to our planet from both human hands and those of Mother Nature. I really likes it, not only because it was simple, but because it makes a much bigger difference than anyone would ever think. A picture is worth a thousand words!
Priscilla Hidrogo SNHS Community Project
Arizona State University
The community outreach project that I participated in was a field trip to Arizona State University-Tempe. During this field trip I got to meet two scientists who taught myself and the rest of SNHS about fossils. The two graduate students showed us different skulls and showed us how to tell each skull apart. The scientists also taught us how to identify human body apart from the body of a primate because of the difference in bone structures. This fieldtrip was very interesting and was an experience that I excitedly went home to tell my family about. I joined this project to further my education about ASU’s science department. This project helps the community in that it passes on knowledge that is easily understood and can be taught to others who didn’t get the chance to experience this field trip. Learning about science is important because it is always going to have an impact on the world around us. My favorite part of this community outreach project was holding and examining the fossils. Through this experience I have gained more knowledge about early humans. I’d recommend this trip to whoever is interested in human origins, as it is very informative while still exciting.
Citizen Science Project
During this project I looked through of series of moving images that were time lapses of wildebeest. I had to play the image and then record where it was moving. (Left, right, left towards camera, right towards camera, etc.) I also marked whether it was alone, with one other, and or with a group of others.
I choose this projects because it looked like an interesting way to observe these animals in the wild. The images were moving clips taken in still shots so they were kind of blurry but the direction that the wildebeest were moving was clear. It was also interesting to observe their different behaviors depending on how many wildebeests were in the group.
I’m glad I got to contribute to marking the direction of the wildebeest movements. I felt it was impactful because it shows the different ways that wildebeest travel during the different seasons. It was cool to see the different packs and ways of travel that they choose depending on the different circumstances effecting their lives.