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.
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.
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.
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.
Citizen science Project
This project was about helping hydrologists from the University of Washington analyze forest snow interception patterns by looking at photos taken throughout Olympic National Park. To help I looked at many pictures and said whether there was snow on the trees or not and if there was how much snow was there. I chose this project because I wanted to know what kinds of things Hydrologists study. After completing my part I would still like to find out more about Hydrologists, but overall it was an enjoyable experience. I do think that this project doesn’t go into an in depth study or explanation of what a Hydrologists does but it did give an idea of some of the work they do.
By Marlene Sanchez
Citizen Science Project
What was the project?– The project was looking for environmental change through different images after seasons have passed.
What did you do to help?– I helped by looking at different pictures and identifying trees, plants, and vegetation. It also involvedlooking at image complied of pictures of the same landscape over the year to see if the camera shiftedat any point. I also searched for way that humans have deducted nature to a small amount.
Why did you chose this project?– It seemed the most interesting. I enjoy looking at nature, especially trees so it was perfect to look atpictures of trees and nature to see if I could identify anything.
How do you feel after completing your part?– I feel like I could have done more, it was incredibly fun but I wish I could’ve helped in many more ways.