Citizen Science

What is citizen science I hear you ask? Learn from scientists and contribute to scientific discoveries in your world. Students and teachers are able to ask questions, learn from each other and speak with experts. More events will be added here throughout the term so please check into this page regularly! Click the headings below for more information.


Citizen Science – Project 5 – Birds of a FEATHER

Our next Citizen Science project is called Birds of a Feather.  The session will be held in bird watching week in October  National Bird Week 2017 takes place between Monday 23 October and Sunday 29 October Term 4. On Tuesday 24th October at 2:30pm Karen Roberts (Collection Manager, Vertebrates) will be taking us through the Ornithology collection with the assistance of Priscilla Gaff (Programs Co-ordinator – Life sciences)

We are teaming up our Citizen Science project with the national birdwatching week. Citizen Science requires participants to collect data and we will be collecting pictures of birds in your school yard.  Up load them to the padlet so we can see what birds are at your school.  During the week on October we will  have an ornitholgist from the Melbourne Museum talking to us about the bird collection at the museum and answering some bird questions. The session is on Tuesday Oct 24th at 2:30pm.  Register here

There is also a bird watching app you can download to participate in the Australian bird watching week and become a real part of Citizen science work.


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Citizen Science Project 4 – Bubble Detectives

During Science week (Aug 12-20th) and on Thursday Aug 17th at 2:30pm we will be talking with a scientist, David from the Discovery Centre about bubbles. Why they are what they are, how you can make them bigger and more. We will be looking at all the different places you can see bubbles and talking to a scientist at the Discovery centre.

Register here

Add your bubble pics/videos here and questions. Scroll down for more bubble resources.

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See Victorian Curriculum Science Outcomes – Science Understanding and Science Inquiry skills.

Primarily a chemistry unit but emphasis could be on science inquiry skills for all levels with bubbles providing context for science skill development.

In Particluar – Level 5-6 Solids, liquids and gases behave in different ways and have observable properties that help to classify them (VCSSU076)

Websites about Bubbles

 Homesciencetools  ThoughtCo
 Bubble Prints (makes nice wrapping paper for presents)  KidsDiscover


 Square bubbles  Giant bubbles 1  Giant Bubbles 2
 Making A Net for GIant Bubbles  Icey Bubbles  Frozen bubbles
 Bubble engineering  Fountain of Fizz  Raiders of the Lost Anti Bubble and Episode 2

Citizen Science – Project 2 – Blue Sky Grey Sky, what do you see?

In term one this year we are looking at clouds.  Why are there different clouds?  How many different clouds can we take photos of this term?  Students are asked to take photos of the clouds, be careful of the sun’s position. (behind your back is the best so you don’t shoot into the sun) Upload them onto the padlet as we did for Project 1 and then at a later date (March) we will have an expert from the Bureau of Meteorology answering questions from students with a live crossing via Polycom, Skype for Business, Real Presence app or Lync.



Expert Claire Vincent(climatologist)  from Melbourne University will be coming online on Tuesday 28th at 2:30.  Claire will be telling us about our cloud pictures and answering your questions. Time to start uploading cloud pics and questions.

Register here


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Citizen Science – Session 01

The first Citizen Science Session is about to go live (2:30pm Thursday 10th November 2016). Even if you have not uploaded pictures, you can still come by and listen to Dr Marissa Parrott from Zoos Victoria talk about the critters that students found in schools around our state as well as answering student questions.

We recommend you join about 10 minutes prior to the session start time and ensure that your microphone is muted.

To join via Polycom dial 6115255 from your remote.

To join via Lync click: Join the meeting using Microsoft Lync

See you online in about 40 minutes!

Citizen Science – Project 1 – School Yard Creatures

Creature Capture

This collaboration between schools is to find out what creatures can be seen at schools in Victoria. Students will be posting photos of creatures they see in their school and uploading to the padlets.  There will be a four week window where students can post their creature photos.  I wonder what will be the most unusual creature posted and what will be the most common creature posted?

On November 10th at 2:30pm we’ll be joined by an expert, Dr. Marissa Parrot from Healesville Sanctuary to discuss, question and find out if we have endangered creatures, vulnerable species or common creatures at our schools.  How can we care for them?  Should we have more creatures?  Why do we need creatures?  And more. Register here

So start snapping and become a citizen scientist. Upload your snaps onto the board for your Region so we can compare regions also and add some questions in the comments with your school name.

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