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  • Seabirds and Citizen Science

    Judge Memorial High School

    Seabird observers comb local beaches looking for dead seabirds to document and add to a database to monitor the environmental health of the seashore. Students from Beaverton Health and Science High School worked with the Coastal Observer and Seabird Survey Team to learn about citizen science in their backyard.

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  • Bighorn Sheep Conservation in Arizona

    Xavier College Preparatory

    For more than fifty years, Arizona’s Desert Bighorn Sheep Society has worked to maintain the health of Bighorn populations. Students at Xavier College Preparatory report on volunteers who improve existing waterholes and create new ones in order to preserve and expand Bighorn populations.

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  • Creating a Concussion Sensor

    The LINC High School

    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.

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  • Testing for Arsenic in Well Water

    Mid-Maine Technical Center High School

    Teen journalists at Mid-Maine Technical High School reported on students at Waterville Senior High School participating in a citizen science project testing local well water for arsenic. Their findings are disturbing.

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  • School Makes Diversity a Priority

    Trumbull Career & Technical Center

    Trumbull Career & Technical Center’s ALL IN program brings together students, teachers, and guidance counselors to promote diversity, student leadership and community problem-solving.

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  • Peer Helpers Support Mental Wellness

    Cedar Crest High School

    Lebanon Valley College is addressing the rise in mental health needs with a 50/50 peer to peer counseling program that trains designated Peer Helpers to help students facing depression and anxiety.

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  • Destigmatizing Counseling in Kentucky

    Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center

    After a traumatic car accident that killed her goddaughter, Mariah felt sad and lost but didn’t know what to do. Mariah’s mom sought help from Janay Sutton, the Director of Family and Health Services at the school. Initially reluctant, Mariah soon realized that working with a therapist on a weekly basis was the key to her recovery.

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  • Crisis Doesn’t Take A Time Out

    Forestview High School

    The Time Out Youth Center offers services to LGBTQ youth, families, and couples, like counseling, help to find clothing, a job or just a safe place to stay.

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  • Teens Sharing Meals

    Forestview High School

    When students noticed a need for reliable food sources, Alaina Moran decided to do something about it by establishing the share-a-meal program at Forestview and Hunter Huss High schools.

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  • Backyard Birds

    Cape May County Technical High School

    The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science project counting all species of birds you can in one location between February 15th and 18th. Cape May Technical High School students covered the event.

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  • WildSci in Utah

    Judge Memorial High School

    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.

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  • Sources of Strength Helps Struggling Teens

    Etiwanda High School

    In 2017, approximately 1 in 6 adolescents reported having suicidal thoughts. Peer-led programs like Sources of Strength help those struggling with suicidal ideation.

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  • Frog watching makes a difference

    Legacy Early College

    Frogwatch USA is getting citizen scientists, young and old, into nature to monitor their local frog populations. The database they are building will help scientists better understand where these key indicator species are thriving or failing.

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  • How a Jet Engine Works

    Shortridge High School

    Elyse McMillen, a Fluids and Surfaces engineer at Rolls Royce, explains how a jet engine works in two minutes.

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  • Being a Female Engineer

    Shortridge High School

    Elyse Mcmillen explains supply chain management and why being the only female engineer can be an advantage.

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  • Kids count rattlesnakes in West Virginia

    South Charleston High School

    Timber Rattlers are a poisonous snake, but relatively docile and misunderstood. West Virginia’s Department of Natural Resources is using citizen scientists to record sightings of Timber Rattlers and raise awareness about the positive role they play in West Virginia’s ecosystems.

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  • This is how you fix the desert’s soil crust

    Xavier College Preparatory

    Helen Rowe, the director of the Parsons Field Institute at the Mcdowell Sonoran Conservancy, is experimenting with how to grow back desert soil crusts that are essential to curb erosion and facilitate nutrient transfer in the Sonoran Desert. She leads citizen scientists to develop new and more effective methods for soil crust remediation.

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  • Gameheads brings diversity to the gaming industry

    Youth Beat

    Gameheads provides a haven for aspiring young programmers of diverse backgrounds to get a leg up in the lucrative video game industry.

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  • Native Alaskans document the effects of climate change

    Alaska Teen Media Institute

    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.

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  • Smelly weeds are invading Northwest forests

    Anacortes High School

    Citizen scientists in Padilla Bay, Washington are working to remove the invasive weed Herb-Robert — also known as Stinking-Bob — that’s running wild in Pacific Northwest forests.

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  • Martial Arts program punches low life expectancies

    Madison Park Technical Vocational High School

    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.

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  • Citizen scientists keep the Mukwonago River clean

    High School of Health

    The Mukwonago River is home to nearly 80 state-listed threatened and endangered species. It is one of Wisconsin’s cleanest rivers as a result of the continuous attention of the Nature Conservancy and organizations like Friends of the Mukwonago River, who deploy citizen scientists to maintain its pristine nature.

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  • Plastics pollute paradise

    Maui Waena Intermediate School

    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.

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  • The Healing Horses Ranch for youth with disabilities

    Manor High School

    The Healing Horse Ranch is where Patty D’Andrea uses horses to help heal youth with disabilities in Manor, Texas.

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  • Robotics build purpose and drive

    Cornell University

    Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, the FIRST Robotics Competition is the ultimate sport for the mind.

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  • Phabulous Phenology

    Cornell University

    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.

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  • E-Bird keeps delivering for the birders of the world

    Cornell University

    E-Bird allows birders to see more birds, create and track field lists of sightings and share them with the broader birding community. E-bird is not just a powerful tool for the individual birder, but for the entire bird conservation.

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  • Is that an elk?

    Black River Falls High School

    Elk have been reintroduced into Jackson County Wisconsin, and citizen scientists are monitoring the herd with camera traps to observe where they are going and what they are doing.

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  • Flint Water Crisis Update

    Royal Oak High School

    Students explore why Flint, Michigan is still having problems with lead in its water.

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  • Recycling for Cancer Research

    Cedar Crest High School

    Nataliya Smith is the Study Coordinator for the Biorepository Project at the Neuroscience Institute at Penn State College of Medicine, where she catalogs and recycles tissue samples leftover from operations for future research.

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  • School nurse shortage sparks change in Kentucky

    Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center

    When Janay Sutton took over Health and Family Services for Hardin County Public Schools in Kentucky, the situation was bad. She turned it around with partnerships and attention to physical AND mental health.

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  • Women of color find mental health care at Sista Afya

    Free Spirit Media

    Sista Afya is an organization created by Camesha Jones to support women of color with mental health issues.

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  • Extreme Makeovers… for elephants

    Hughes STEM High School

    The Cincinnati Zoo is considering the biological, social, emotional and physical needs of their elephants as they look to the future.

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  • My Barbie was a brain surgeon

    Daniel Pearl Magnet High School

    Dr. Sandy Lee explains how she got into the field of ophthalmology and why more girls should make their Barbies brain surgeons.

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  • Maker spaces and projectized learning help students find their own pace

    Shortridge High School

    The maker space at Shortridge High School is where science, creativity, and projectized learning meet.

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  • How scientists balance research with teaching

    Carver High School of Engineering and Science

    Professor Amit Basu describes the difficult choice between teaching and being a research scientist.

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  • Supremes of Science

    High School of Health

    Dr. Brian Hoffmann is a pioneer in medical research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Dr. Hoffmann started a program called the “Supremes,” where high school students can work alongside primary investigators, graduate students, and staff in a true research facility. Having more diversity in his investigating team has paid off with innovative ideas and strategies that may have been overlooked by traditional researchers.

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  • EndoTool controls diabetes better

    Forestview High School

    Up to 40 percent of patients in the hospital will get dosed with insulin at some point during their stay. To more effectively manage insulin dosing, Monarch Medical Technologies invented EndoTool, a software tool that helps doctors find a more accurate dosage for patients.

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  • Teaching Advanced Manufacturing

    South Charleston High School

    The Robert C. Byrd Institute of Advanced Flexible Manufacturing is helping West Virginians learn how to manufacture products at scale, spurring innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation in West Virginia.

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  • Me3 and You

    Xavier College Preparatory

    Me3 is an interactive tool created at Arizona State University to help high school and college students identify their career interests, see how those careers connect to college majors and tailor their learning experience to make it happen.

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  • This is how you become a music producer

    Vista Peak Preparatory

    Students at Vista Peak Preparatory explore how new software is helping a music producer transfer 30 years of knowledge of the ins and outs of music production to his students.

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  • Promoting Cardiovascular Sonography

    Legacy Early College

    Eric Walker had to be innovative to get the Cardiovascular Sonographers he needed for the Greenville Health System (GHS) in South Carolina. Instead of flying in outsiders to interview, he created a joint venture at Clemson University and GHS to train Cardiovascular Sonographers and provide a pathway to a career at GHS.

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  • i3Detroit helps innovation

    Royal Oak High School

    i3 Detroit gives residents hands-on access to high-quality training and specialized tools in a community-supported environment. From using a laser cutter to programming a computer, if you want to build it, you can do it here.

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  • Central Wasatch Survey

    Judge Memorial High School

    Red Butte Canyon in Utah’s Central Wasatch Range is an oasis for animals of all kinds. Citizen scientists with Wasatch Wildlife Watch are using camera traps to measure how urban development and human recreation impact the local wildlife populations.

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  • Fungus and AIDS

    Trumbull Career & Technical Center

    Chet Cooper, a professor at Youngstown State University, Ohio, is researching a novel fungus that is causing disease in AIDS patients in Southeast Asia.

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  • Developing STEM Teachers

    Mid-Maine Technical Center High School

    According to American College Testing, less than 1 percent of people who take the ACT are interested in being STEM Educators. Assistant Professor Kate Cook Whitt is looking to change that.

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  • Cultivating Oysters

    Cape May County Technical High School

    Operations manager David Jones walks SRL students on how to run an oyster aquaculture facility.

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  • Building Foxconn in America

    Black River Falls High School

    Chief Estimator Sean Hoffman describes what it is like to work on Foxconn’s first American factory and how to estimate the cost of building a structure the size of 25 Walmarts.

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  • VR in Architecture

    Health and Science School

    Virtual Reality is transforming architecture. Bryan Stevens, a SERA Architects Visualization Specialist, talks about how he creates virtualizations that become steel, brick and mortar structures.

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  • Frogwatching brings families together

    Legacy Early College

    Frogwatch USA is getting citizen scientists, young and old, into nature to monitor their local frog populations. See how one family is helping to build a database that will give scientists a better understanding of where these key indicator species are thriving or failing.

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  • Frogwatch USA: citizen scientists monitor local frog populations

    Legacy Early College

    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.

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  • Citizen Scientists document local frog populations

    Legacy Early College

    Frogwatch USA citizen scientists monitor local frog populations and enter observations into a database that will help scientists better understand where these key indicator species are thriving or failing.

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  • Bald Eagle Watch

    Vista Peak Preparatory

    Once placed on the endangered species list due to the insecticide DDT, bald eagles have made a triumphant return. Scientists and citizen scientists monitor local bald eagle populations to ensure our national bird stays around for a long time.

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  • Teaching Pharmacy

    South Mountain High School

    South Mountain High School offers a unique course to enhance students’ STEM skills and options after high school: pharmacy class. Bronwyn Lyons explains how the school came up with the idea and how she is able to teach in a way that helps promote STEM knowledge.

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  • How horse therapy affects mental health

    Etiwanda High School

    Richard Morris guides us through the work of the Rising Stars Ranch, home of equestrian therapy.

     

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  • Mental health patients heal through art

    Etiwanda High School

    Students explore how Art Works helps mental health patients heal. Watch as supervisor Ron Hoffman guides us through some exceptional work.

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  • Build a 3-D Printer

    Maui Waena Middle School

    Software Engineer Haydn Huntley walks SRL students through how he has helped students at Maui Waena Intermediate School build a 3-D printer.

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