Citizen Science Project
The citizen science project I chose is known as “Whales as Individuals”, by Zooniverse. The project allows people to help identify individual humpback whales. An algorithm is used to identify the patterns in the whales’ tails. The project asks the color of the whale’s tail, and asks the highest points of the tails, as well as the “V”, if it is visible. I chose this project because of my prior citizen science project. In one of my previous citizen project, I had to differentiate several different whale noises. Since I found that project very interesting, I decided to look for other animal related projects and came across another whale project. After completing the project, I still feel as strongly about animals as I always have. https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/tedcheese/whales-as-individuals
Today I took 8 students to the ISEF held at the Phoenix convention center. The fair showcases students from around the world who have competed in local, regional, and state science fairs and have won in their category. They now are competing for chances to win a total of $4 million in scholarships and prizes. Some of the projects are truly amazing. Students are using research techniques to solve problems such as dust allergies, milk allergies, and identifying breast cancer at earlier stages. It’s inspiring.
My students are here to observe, ask questions, and be inspired. They have part updated in some hands-on labs where they had to think about problems in a different way. The invasive species lab was partially good because it dealt with some local and global problems.
Students looked at how zebra and quagga mussels effect local ecosystems and have a global impact on both other species and human endeavors.
The ISEF is a great place to see how one person or a group of people can change the world by looking for solutions to problems they encounter. Hopefully some of that inspiration with transfer to my students and they will look at the problems facing the world in a different way.
11 December 2015
Community Outreach Project
Teaching Buckeye Elementary
Teaching the kids of Buckeye Elementary really opened my eye on a lot of things. From the teachings skills required to make sure students learn the subject topic, the information needed to back up any questions that may be asked, and a lot more on the topic that I was actually teaching. For the first class, I felt that everything was extremely scrambled and unorganized; mostly because it was our first class to teach, and there was not a set plan to teach those students. Not only that, I forgot that the students get to ask questions, and was not expecting anyone to ask us to elaborate on how the fire got put out by the carbon dioxide, or even where the carbon dioxide came from.
This experience taught me that there has to be an ignite for a fire to start, and this all taught me everything needed to make a fire, and what can be done to put out a fire. Not only did I learn from this experience, but I think the kids that we taught as a group learned much more than I did in that one day.
November 30, 2015
Community Outreach Project
The community outreach project that I did was a trip to Arizona State Universities to see a presentation from their human origins program. We got to hear about how early humans are categorized and how we can learn what creatures in the past did and ate. The program that these women were in enabled them to get out there and travel the world while doing what they have come to love. I joined this project not just because I am interested in science as a whole but because I will be going to ASU in the fall! Their jobs enable us to find out where we came from and how that just happened to happen! Learning more about science is fundamental to our existence. If something were to happen to our world, knowing about the past, could possible save us. Doing this project could help students when trying to fine what they want to do for the rest of their lives.