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.
Your school and electricity use (Carbon Footprint).
Next Wednesday June 20th at 2:30pm our scientist David Holmes from Bendigo Discovery Centre will show us some crazy things we can do with circuits and talk us through collecting data on each school’s electricity use. Students will go away and collect their schools data on electricity use and perhaps their own and then be able to calculate the carbon output. Making simple circuits is another great activity that can follow the session. Does the carbon output match the carbon your school is catching,your carbon sink? (See the recording of the last session for instruction on calculating your carbon sink) What can you do about it?
This session has been postponed! Look out for the new dates soon-sorry for any inconvenience! In our first out of three sessions, we look forward to seeing you on Thursday May 3rd at 2:30pm where we will be talking to students who have made solar lights in the Solar Buddy program and hearing about their experience of helping children around the world to have a light so they can read/write when its dark.
Scroll down to read about the previous post to see the details of the other two sessions coming in term 2.
Is your school using any solar power? Fill in the form so we can share with you the data on how much solar power is being used in some schools. Is your house at home using solar power for anything? Have you made any solar powered items in STEM?
The following link is for the Sustainable Schools website and is just one among many showing schools doing great units with their students on sustainability. Explore the website it has many great resources.
Would you like a green schools report on your school? Here is a link so students can see all the things involved and find out what else they can do to help at school.
How many kilowatts do panels create? Check this website out for some information. How many would you need for your school?
How many panels would you need for your home? Fill in this form and calculate.
Sustainability is our topic for term 2 with three sessions for your involvement.
Session 1. SolarBuddy – Thursday May 3rd at 2:30pm
Students collect data on how many families have solar panels for some of their energy use and if the school has any solar panels and add to the data base on the post for this session in term 2. Then Solarize the world with a project to take action and give the gift of light to others who have little or no power. SolarBuddy is a great program that allows students to actively make a difference in the world. SolarBuddy connects Australian school communities who want to make a difference with other children and communities in areas throughout the world that live with energy poverty. In this program schools/students purchase, build and send lights to a community in need with the help of the buddy2buddy system. We will have the experts from SolarBuddy explaining how students can be involved.
Session 2. Carbon Sinks – Tuesday June 5th at 2:30pm
The amount of carbon absorption by trees is the focus of this session. (sequestration) The experts at the Royal Botanical Gardens will instruct students on how they can measure the trees and calculate the carbon sink of your school. Students will then be able to submit the data into the calculator for comparison with other schools and decide what action the school needs to take. Thanks to Climate change North.ca for the image of the carbon cycle.
Session 3. Carbon Footprint – Wed June 20th at 2:30pm
Your school and electricity use. Our scientist David Holmes from Bendigo Discovery Centre will show us some crazy things we can do with circuits and talk us through collecting data on each school’s electricity use. Students will go away and collect their schools data on electricity use and perhaps their own and then be able to calculate the carbon output. Making simple circuits is another great activity that can follow the session. Does the carbon output match the carbon your school is catching? Submit the data to compare with other schools. What can you do about it?Register here
In Term 1 we are having Karen Player from Museum Australia and the FrogId project to tell us about the frogId app and citizen science on Thursday March 15th at 2:30pm. She will be answering our questions and looking at student work. The student work challenge for term 1 is to create an animation either using claymation or common craft explaining the life cycle of a frog. Add into the explanation things that we can do at each stage to help frogs survive. Then upload your work to the padlet to share with everyone before the session. Make sure you add some questions also either to the padlet or on the blog.Register
Collect frog sounds by using the FROG ID app (mentioned in the previous post) and check out the map where frogs have been identifed on the frogID website.
Here are some links with how to’s for making the common craft or claymation animations. Common craft can also be made on iPads with screen capture on or in explain everything and moving objects around. Then you have no hands showing. I can just imagine the tadpoles morphing into frogs. Can’t wait to see student work up loaded onto the padlet below.
Last Friday the Australian Museum launched FrogID, an app designed to help save Australia’s frog population from extinction. Your class can join and students with their families can join by downloading the app and helping to identify frogs in your area. You wont need to see the frogs but just record their sound which is then sent to a data base for identification. There is lots of information in the app also and this can be used for many curriculum areas.
We are hoping to have an expert come an talk to us late February 2018 so watch this space for details of the Frogs Citizen science session. Also I’ve been searching around and I’ve found more citizen science websites and projects available that you and your students may be interested in 2018. Here are just some –
Spatial Vision has four different Citizen Science apps available so you can join or look at other projects that have been implemented.
CItizen Science Organisation Australia has even more informarion about joining projects and project availability
Melbourne Water’s Frog Count Lots of great resources for learning about frogs and their importance in our environment.
Thanks to everyone who gave their students the experience of being a Citizen Scientist in 2017 by enabling them to upload data and attend our virtual sessions with experts.. In 2018 we’d like to offer one topic per term for Citizen Science and we’d like you to have input. Submit your topics for 2018 so we can get some ideas and plan for 2018. Use comments below to add your topics or any ideas. Many thanks from the Virtual Learning Team.
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.
to add to that there is a game you can download, Hungry Birds Arludo for iPads and iPhones along with Android to learn about bird survival. How many chicks can you raise? Teachers resources are also on the webpage from https://www.arludo.com/game/hungry-birds
If you are also looking at data collection and representation this game is great for data collection and includes some templates for student use on the website also..
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.
Add your bubble pics/videos here and questions. Scroll down for more bubble resources.
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
|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|
In term two this year we are looking at spiders and their webs. Are all spider webs the same? How many different spider webs can we take photos of this term? Students are asked to take photos of the webs, be careful of the spiders and use zoom so you don’t have to be close if spiders are there. (snap a spider pic as well if you can without getting too close) Upload them onto the padlet as we did for Projects 1&2 and then register for our session with a scientist from the Bendigo Discovery Centre on May 24th at 2:30 pm who will answer questions from students with a live crossing via Polycom, Skype for Business, Real Presence app or Lync. Add your questions with the pic to the padlet.
The session number for May 24th session is 6154092
Who is Charlotte and what did she do with a web?
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.