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.


Frogs Alive – 2018 Project 1

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.


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.

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National Citizen Science Project Launched



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 Central

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.



2018 Plans for Citizen Science

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.

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.


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  

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..


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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 3 – Charlotte’s Web

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

Here’s a link to Jonathan at the Bendigo Discovery Centre feeding a spider.

Who is Charlotte and what did she do with a web?

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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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