Help Discover a New Planet & More!

September 10th, 2012 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi! It’s Tuesday, September 4, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Zooniverse

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this website that “is home to the internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects” developed by the Citizen Science Alliance. The CSA works with scientists and researchers around the world on projects that use the efforts and ability of citizen volunteers. Parents and kids can have a great time together engaging in real science projects!

When you get to the site, you’ll see an image menu of the current projects and some retired ones. Click on any image and a new screen opens with a brief description. Click on “Take Part” to get a detailed explanation of the project and what volunteers do. Once you understand the scope of the project, you can sign up to participate (free). Some of the current projects include:

SPACE – View images of space from the Hubble Telescope, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the STEREO spacecraft, the Kepler spacecraft, and the Spitzer Space Telescope to help researchers with these projects:

  • How Do Galaxies Form?
  • Explore the Surface of the Moon
  • Study Explosions on the Sun
  • Find Planets Around Stars
  • How Do Stars Form?

CLIMATE – Help scientists recover worldwide weather observations using Royal Navy ship logs.

HUMANITIES – Help scholars study the lives of ancient Greeks.

NATURE – Help marine researchers understand how whales communicate.

Some of the projects include “Resources for Teachers” with interactive lesson plans, teachers’ notes, presentations, events and exhibitions. They are designed for classroom students but can be tweaked for use at home.

You can also participate in “Experiments in Laboratory” that currently include: helping researchers review data about NASA Astronauts and Engineers living on an underwater base for 10 days; searching for life on another planet; and helping researchers describe music collections from various time periods.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the “Retired Projects” too!

This is a terrific way to engage the whole family in science explorations. Bookmark it to return often.

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