Tag Archives: citizen science

Elephant Expedition Project

Kiara Rivas

Citizen Science Project

The citizen science project I chose to participate in was the elephant expedition project on zooniverse.org. I was drawn by this project because I have an admiration for elephants and I was interested to see why scientists wanted to keep track of them. After looking more into the task, I realized that scientists are trying to study the location of these animals by setting up hidden cameras and using motion detectors to capture photos of the elephants. They are doing this to protect the location from poachers who are trying to hunt the elephants for their ivory tusks. For this project, I had to view some of the photos that were captured and classify what was in the picture. Most of the photos contained elephants, however, a few of them were just pictures of shrubs and grass, and occasionally there was a photo of a gorilla or an indistinguishable creature. Overall, I thought it was really interesting to analyze these photos and do something to help a scientist conserve wildlife.

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Bash the Bug

Jocelyn Huerta

I choose a simulation called Bash the Bug on zooniverse. The task was to identify if there was any growth in bacteria after using an antibiotic or if it stayed the same. It shows a picture of the bacteria without antibiotics and multiple pictures of the bacteria with different dosages. I choose this simulation because I think it is important for scientist to understand how antibiotics are working against a certain bacteria. It’s important to be able to see this because scientist need to determine if that antibiotic is still useful against that bacteria or if they need to improve the antibiotic. It is necessary to keep up with this because a bacteria may become “immune” to the antibiotic which means that a new antibiotic needs to be used or that a higher dosage is needed to treat that bacteria. I liked participating in this project and helping to stop resistance to antibiotics.

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/#/

Associating Words

Ana Munoz

Citizen Science Project:

The project was a study on word associations. Scientists are studying the language and memory organization. This is a large-scale scientific study that aims to build a map of the human lexicon in the major languages of the world. I contributed by allowing researchers to have insight into what words and what part of their meaning are central in the human mind. These results will enable psychologists, linguists, neuroscientists and others to test new theories about how the human brain represents and processes language. I chose this project because I thought it was interesting to learn more how the brain handles a lot of our memory and recognition of words. I feel like I gave these researchers’ the results they need to further continue their studies.

https://smallworldofwords.org/en/project/home

iNaturalist

Erick Langunas

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.

Ocean Fish

Anthony Khalifeh

Citizen

http://www.oceannetworks.ca/learning/get-involved/citizen-science/digital-fishers

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.