Community Science Project
I joined the iNaturalist project which empowers citizens to record biodiversity. The goal of the project is to go out in the wild and take pictures of the nature around you and send your findings to their website. I joined this project because I enjoy hiking and taking these photos was very entertaining. I helped the community by providing images of the current Arizonian environment which land managers and scientist can use to monitor changes in the environment. Science is important because with it we can use it to understand changes in the environment and why they happen. After doing this, I felt very content with myself because I had helped the community once more.
For this citizen science project I did on where you identified different species of fish in the ocean and you label them and for some say what they are doing. This is important because there is a lot of ocean and scientists cannot work to label all of it and need help due to the size of the operation. I learned about all the different types of fish and other species that live in parts of the ocean that I didn’t believe were that biologically diverse. This impacts the science community by easing the load on scientists and allowing them to do other tasks so they can do important that might be more important at that time.
20 December 2016
Science National Honors Society
The citizen science project that I chose to do is called: Gravity Spy. Gravity Spy is an interactive “glitch” identifier on Zooniverse, a website hosting many classification citizen science projects. With Gravity Spy, I am supposed to identify “glitches” in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory’s (LIGO) data that are rendering them unable to accurately search for gravitational waves. Physics is an interesting subject that I am considering to major in when I attend college in the near future. After participating in this citizen science project, I feel like I know a bit more about physics and that searching for data is quite a bit harder than one would think, especially when it comes to gravitational waves.
Ana, Mackenzie, Eric, Jacob, and Erick doing the candle demo
On Valentine’s Day, 5 members of YHS SNHS visited Freedom Elementary School to spread some science love. Jacob, Eric, Ana, Mackenzie and Erick shared their knowledge about density with Mrs. Roland’s 7th grade science classes. The SNHS students demonstrated density by having the 7th grade students make observations about a small candle in water and a large candle in ethanol. The density of the candle compared to the ethanol makes the candle sink. However, the same candle floats when placed in water.
Candles in ethanol and water
The 7th grade students where then tasked with creating a density column using their new knowledge of density. The 7th grade students where given different colored liquids of different densities. They could then add them to a test tube in order of highest density to lowest density to create a colorful column. These columns are possible because a water solution with more sugar is more dense, causing the different layers to not mix!
My citizen science project was participating in the Eyewire 3-D mapping of the brain. To participate, I spent half an hour attempting to map neurons using the interactive software on the website. I would be given a cube in which I was to attempt to map the neuron from one side to another. I chose this project because the brain fascinates me. It seemed like a project that would be exciting, interesting, and beneficial to science. After participating, my brain felt really awake. I found myself recognizing patterns and trying different tactics to map out the neuron using the subtle clues in the images I was provided.
The project I did was called Gravity spy and I basically was tasked with identifying gravitational waves. I helped by identifying blips and whistles in the LIGO gravitational wave detector; it was difficult at first because some things that I thought looked like blips, actually weren’t blips which would lead me to be more critical about what I though was and wasn’t a blip. I chose this project because I’ve already heard about the gravitational waves being discovered, so I wanted to see how the researchers identified the gravitational waves, plus it had to do with space. After completing my part I felt like I learned something new and interesting.