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.
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.
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.
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.
Trumbull Career & Technical Center’s ALL IN program brings together students, teachers, and guidance counselors to promote diversity, student leadership and community problem-solving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2017, approximately 1 in 6 adolescents reported having suicidal thoughts. Peer-led programs like Sources of Strength help those struggling with suicidal ideation.
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.
Elyse McMillen, a Fluids and Surfaces engineer at Rolls Royce, explains how a jet engine works in two minutes.
Elyse Mcmillen explains supply chain management and why being the only female engineer can be an advantage.
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.
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.
Gameheads provides a haven for aspiring young programmers of diverse backgrounds to get a leg up in the lucrative video game industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Healing Horse Ranch is where Patty D’Andrea uses horses to help heal youth with disabilities in Manor, Texas.
Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, the FIRST Robotics Competition is the ultimate sport for the mind.
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.
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.
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.
Students explore why Flint, Michigan is still having problems with lead in its water.
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.
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.
Sista Afya is an organization created by Camesha Jones to support women of color with mental health issues.
The Cincinnati Zoo is considering the biological, social, emotional and physical needs of their elephants as they look to the future.
Dr. Sandy Lee explains how she got into the field of ophthalmology and why more girls should make their Barbies brain surgeons.
The maker space at Shortridge High School is where science, creativity, and projectized learning meet.
Professor Amit Basu describes the difficult choice between teaching and being a research scientist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chet Cooper, a professor at Youngstown State University, Ohio, is researching a novel fungus that is causing disease in AIDS patients in Southeast Asia.
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.
Operations manager David Jones walks SRL students on how to run an oyster aquaculture facility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard Morris guides us through the work of the Rising Stars Ranch, home of equestrian therapy.
Students explore how Art Works helps mental health patients heal. Watch as supervisor Ron Hoffman guides us through some exceptional work.
Software Engineer Haydn Huntley walks SRL students through how he has helped students at Maui Waena Intermediate School build a 3-D printer.