Citizen Science


  • SciGirls | Frog Whisperers 01: Research

    Before the SciGirls can collect data they have to learn frog calls. They listen to the calls and match them with waveforms to help them pay attention to the differences. They also use what they've learned about the calls to create musical instruments that mimic the calls of frogs and toads.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Frog Whisperers 02: Mentor Moment

    Girls benefit from relationships with mentors. Not only can mentors guide the girls through an inquiry investigation, but they also serve as role models, someone succeeding at a scientific career. As a science educator the mentor takes the girls to observe frogs and toads in their natural habitat and experience scientific field work.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Frog Whisperers 03: Data Collection - Country

    The SciGirls learn about the data collection protocol for FrogWatch USA. Then thirty minutes after sunset they record their observations of the  frogs and toads at a location in the country. In addition to recording the types of frogs and toads they also record the intensity of the calls.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Frog Whisperers 04: Data Collection - City

    The SciGirls collect data about frogs and toads using the FrogWatch USA protocol. The data they're collecting is in an urban location and they will compare it to the data they collected in the rural location.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Frog Whisperers 05: Share Data with Scientists

    The SciGirls take the data they collected at the rural and urban sites and upload it to the FrogWatch USA website so that other scientists and researchers can access it. The girls also get the opportunity to talk with a frog biologist that is interested in the data they collected about the species and intensities they found.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Frog Whisperers 06: Brainstorm & Share

    The SciGirls brainstorm, plan, and create multiple presentations to share the information they learned during an Earth Day celebration at the zoo. The girls think it's important to inform people that the amphibian decline is really important and that they can help scientists learn more.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Wetland Band

     In this SciGirls activity learners act as scientists and listen to the calls to collect information on how frog and toad populations are doing. Frogs and toads find each other by calling, and each species makes a unique call. They use these calls during the breeding season to find a mate. Most frogs and toads call at night when they are protected from the sun and can hide from predators.

    Grades: 5-8,13+
  • SciGirls | Flower Power 01: Mentor Moment

    Girls benefit from relationships with mentors. Not only can mentors guide the girls through an inquiry investigation, but they also serve as role models, someone succeeding at a scientific career. As a science educator, the mentor takes the girls to look for signs of spring including tapping a sugar maple tree and introducing them to a citizen science project.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Flower Power 02: Data Collection

    The SciGirls begin collecting data using Nature's Notebook's data collection protocol. They collect data about temperature, precipitation, and what phenophase their selected plants are in. The girls also upload their data on the Nature's Notebook site so that scienctists and researchers who need it can access it.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Flower Power 03: Brainstorm

    Girls should be able to approach projects in their own way using their creativity, one way to do that is encouraging them to come up with unique ideas for communicating results. The SciGirls work with an artist mentor to express the big ideas that they want people to learn about the importance of collecting data over a long period of time and protecting the environment.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Flower Power 04: Data Analysis

    Critical thinking is an important skill in science. The SciGirls create two different graphs (average temperature and first sugar maple leaf bud break) and make comparisons of the two graphs to determine if there is a relationship between average temperature and the date that leaf buds break. They want to know more about the patterns they see so they talk with an expert from Nature's Notebook.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Season Seeking

    Observing plants and animals often involves noticing and recording seasonal changes over time. Every species moves through a series of life cycle stages that are related to environmental cues. The study of these life cycle stages is called phenology and the observable stages are called phenophases. This SciGirls activity guides a group through identifying, observing, and recording phenophases nearby.

    Grades: 5-8,13+
  • SciGirls | SkyGirls 01: Mentor Moment

    Girls benefit from relationships with mentors. Not only can mentors guide the girls through an inquiry investigation, but they also serve as role models, someone succeeding at a scientific career. As a NASA research scientist, the girls' mentor talks to them about clouds, the atmosphere, and satellites. She also introduces them to a citizen science project that asks students to make ground observations of clouds to help NASA understand how the satellites are doing.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | SkyGirls 02: Collect Data

    The SciGirls collect data using the protocol described in S'COOL (Student's Cloud Observations On-Line). Observations include sky visibility, cloud type, sky color, amount of cloud cover, cloud opacity (how much sun or light you can see through the cloud), and ground observations. The girls upload the data to the S'COOL website and have to wait five days to hear back from NASA about their observations.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | SkyGirls 03: Brainstorm

    The SciGirls have learned a lot about satellites, clouds, and collecting data for a citizen science project and have the opportunity to share what they learned at a local museum. The girls brainstorm all the different things they want to share at the museum including a 12 foot wall of clouds created to scale.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | SkyGirls 04: Analysis

    The SciGirls receive the data they submitted back from NASA and are able to compare it with the data collected by the satellite. The data they collected doesn't match the information that was collected by the satellite and the girls' mentor tells them about the importance of that information.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Cloud Clues

    The terms transparent, translucent, and opaque describe how much light gets through a cloud and help us understand why clouds make shadows. Clouds play an important role in maintaining the Earth’s temperature. One of the ways they regulate the amount of light (energy) coming from the sun is their opacity.

    Grades: 5-8,13+
  • SciGirls | Butterfly Diaries 01: Data Collection

    The SciGirls collect data about monarch larva populations following the protocol described in the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. This citizen science project asks participants to count the number of monarch larva or caterpillars on milkweed plants. They look for eggs and caterpillars writing down all the ones they find.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Butterfly Diaries 02: Research and Brainstorm

    When researching a science question sometimes you need to learn more about the what you're studying. The SciGirls start by learning more about monarch caterpillars then they decide to research a question about caterpillars using the specimens they bring home.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Butterfly Diaries 03: Data Analysis 1

    After entering the data that the SciGirls collected with Kelly in the milkweed patch they look for patterns in the data. The patterns that they see in the data help them understand more about the life cycle of monarch caterpillars. They also discuss how their data will be available for scientists and other researchers to use.

    Grades: 5-8

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