Some Online Projects coordinated by large organizations and
Sponsored by TAFE, an adult education organization in Australia, this
project surveys the frequency of one trait each year. Last year it
was mid-digital hair.
Watch A collaboration of Canandian classrooms (Manitoba and
Saskachewan) to study the boreal ecosystem and atmosphere.
Cold Spring Harbor
Student Allele Database allows students to share PCR data on
their own DNA (alu inserts in the TPA-35 gene) and perform
statistical tests comparing it with data collected in other human
populations. Schools and districts may become members of the program
for a cost. Teachers attend a workshop ($250) and places are limited.
of Ornithology - Citizen Science
Watch Students test hypotheses about the evolution of plummage
colors by surveying the frequencies of 7 plummage types in local
pigeon flocks. Observations of the courstship behavior of the
pigeons investigate sexual selection. The data is processed by the
Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, and is disseminated to
participating classes. A summary may be read online. Materials
- Feeder Watch
Participants record the species visiting their feeders to monitor
the health of natural populations. Materials cost $15.
in Forested Landscapes Students collaborate with scientists to
investigate the effect of forest fragmentation on the breeding
populations of forest birds. Participation is free, but requires
the right location and ability to survey nesting birds twice
during the year.
Environet Monitoring A
network of students, teachers, scientists, and environmental
educators. Sponsored by NSF and Simmons College, Boston. These
projects are based in the N.E. United States, but many are open to
participants outside the region.
here to browse the many project descriptions and protocols.
- Coyote Howl
- Insect World
- Roadkill (Dr. Splatt)
- Salt Track
- Vernal Pools
Plants/ CUE/NASA Teachers and Students Investigating Plants in
Space! Compare the growth of FastPlants in the classroom with
FastPlants growing aboard the space shuttle.
Collection Share scanned pictures of leaves and plant activities.
GLOBE is a collaboration
scientists and educators involving 4000 schools in 55 countries to
monitor Atmosphere/Climate, Hydrology, Land Cover, Biology and Soils.
In order to participate, schools must purchase the necessary
instruments and materials ($500) and send teachers to a free 4-day
workshop. They must also provide internet access to students.
Rivers Environmental Education Network) - provides activities for
learning about the functioning and maintanence of watersheds, and
sustainability. A rich source of information and supplies for
environmental education, it
hosts ProjectWET and
Econet . Schools in 135
countries are involved.
Collaborative Research Network) A partnership of scientists,
educators and students.
Help track the breeding and migration of Monarch butterflies in
eastern and central North America. Western Monarch populations
suffered a crash in recent years. Sitings of their migration and
online activities regarding Monarchs in general may be found at
Journey North (aimed at lower grades, but some activities would
work for upper grades).
is an annual contest that challenges Students, age 12--19, to use the
Internet as a collaborative, interactive tool. Teams of 2-3 students,
coached by their teachers, develop a web page on a scientific topic
of their choice. The web pages are judged and scholarships and awards