Monthly Archives: March 2017

Gaming the Brain

Marlene Sanchez

It is a game like simulator where the user maps neurons in the retina. This served as a way for people to better understand their brain and what goes on in it. So all the user had to do was look at a brain scan and try to determine what was a neuron based on the scan. Once we did that we had to physically locate the neuron in the brain on the scanner. I chose this project because anything that involves the brain or mental issues interest me so much. I feel as though I know so much more about the human brain than I ever learned in anatomy and I feel as though I made a difference in some way. http://eyewire.org/explore

Galaxies Everywhere

Mackenzie Roland
October 31, 2016
Citizen Science Project
Science National Honors Society
Classifying Galaxies
The project that I chose was Classify Galaxies, through Galaxy Zoo. The project was to look at images of galaxies that are either newly discovered or scarcely researched and answer a series of questions to help classify them. I helped by classifying galaxies and providing information to a team of scientists so they could properly analyze the galaxy. Among the many citizen science projects presented, this one stood out because it gave an opportunity to look at and help classify images of galaxies that few get to see. Although I am not a huge space enthusiast, it presented an offer to explore space in a way the many don’t get to, and help along the way. At first, I was not very enthralled, since space sciences are widely explored, but as a begun to classify and discuss the galaxies with others, I found that it has a bigger impact than I expected. By the end of my time classifying galaxies, I felt that I had helped in the analysis and recording of galaxies that few get to see and was a contributing factor to the continuing expansion of space exploration.
https://www.galaxyzoo.org/#/

Picking up Trash

Kiara Rivas

Science Project

The project I participated in was volunteering to pick up debris in the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Center with other members of Science National Honors Society. I helped the community by picking up many pieces of trash and cleaning up big portions of wreckage that was washed onto the dried up river. I chose to do this because I enjoy making a small difference in the world and helping to make it a better place. After completing my part, I felt very accomplished because I helped make a change that was significant to the community and worked together with a team to accomplish this task. I would definitely participate in a project like this one again.

 

 

Project website: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/rio-salado-habitat-restoration-area