Youth journalists in STEM Student Reporting Labs explore how citizen scientists are advancing knowledge through projects like Frogwatch USA and The Great Backyard Bird Count. Health SRLs investigate where students turn in a mental health crisis and show how peer to peer counseling programs like Sources Of Strength build healthier school communities. PBS NewsHour STEM and Health Student Reporting Labs students pitched, wrote and produced these stories.
Jessie Garcia had a head impact during a game and wanted to know if there was a way to check if she had a concussion. The only product available was too expensive, so she rolled up her sleeves and got to work creating a purely mechanical head impact sensor. Students at The LINC visited Jessie’s factory to tell her story.
*This piece was the winning film at the 2019 SRL STEM Film Festival.
Students explore why Flint, Michigan is still having problems with lead in its water.
To study the impact humans are having on wildlife in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, scientists need citizens to help monitor remote cameras. Students at Judge Memorial Catholic High School worked with Austin Green from the University of Utah to report on the Wasatch Wildlife Watch.
Students explore how Art Works helps mental health patients heal. Watch as supervisor Ron Hoffman guides us through some exceptional work.
In 2017, approximately 1 in 6 adolescents reported having suicidal thoughts. Peer-led programs like Sources of Strength help those struggling with suicidal ideation.
Phenology is the study of how cyclical seasonal phenomena related to plant and animal life are influenced by climate. Studying these cyclical occurrences is one of the keys to managing invasive species like the wooly adelgid and keeping it from destroying local species like hemlock trees. Students created the Finger Lakes Phenology trail s a tool to help hikers and citizen scientists get a better understanding of the world around them and how to make phenological observations.
Frogwatch USA is helping citizen scientists, young and old, understand the significance of frogs as an indicator of environmental health. The Frogwatch database they are building will help scientists better understand where these key indicator species are thriving or failing.
In Maui, the Eastern Pacific Gyre is depositing trash on the shores of paradise. Teams of citizen scientists are cleaning the beaches and cataloging a problem that keeps coming back.
The Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network in Alaska helps citizens share their knowledge and observations about unusual animal, environment, and weather events on land and sea across the state.
Alexandria “Ali” Fuller is fighting crime and low expectations in Roxbury, Massachusetts by providing free martial arts training for neighborhood kids. Her program is an outlet for stress, as well as a place of comfort and tranquility in an effort to “Beat 58,” the average life expectancy of Roxbury residents.