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LiMPETS Starts the School Year with More Student Resources
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! Monika here from the Greater Farallones Association’s LiMPETS team. We are very excited to get into the field monitoring alongside our teachers and students. This past year, we have worked with scientists and teachers to improve our trainings and protocols. Our curriculum has been updated to align with Next Generation Science Standards and California state teaching standards. We’ve created a new and improved quality control plan which we are piloting this year. Increasing LiMPETS scientific rigor is a big goal of 2015!
The roll-out of our new Student Resources excites me the most. It includes quizzes, videos, and games for both Rocky Intertidal and Sandy Beach Monitoring. We encourage our teachers to direct their students to these resources not only because it will increase students’ understanding of California’s coastal ecology, but also it will give our data-users more confidence in student-collected data. Citizen science is gaining traction in the scientific community and we will continue to be the exemplary youth-based citizen science program.
Go to the Student Resources page to see some of these training materials and keep checking in for new ones this fall!
LiMPETS Students Present at the MBNMS Currents Symposium
This year, eleven LiMPETS students presented research posters at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Currents Symposium on April 25, 2015. Their five posters, documenting trends in sea star wasting, predator-prey dynamics in the intertidal, and parasite prevalence in Pacific mole crabs, were among only 50 posters accepted to the poster session at the Symposium. One student team, comprised of high school interns from the California Academy of Sciences, won an award for their outstanding poster.
After a busy poster session, LiMPETS student Yusef Nayib from James Logan High School was both energized and excited. He said to his teacher, “I NEVER thought I would get so into this. I mean, Ms. Childers, you didn’t think I’d ever get so into this, right?”
Filming at Fitzgerald
LiMPETS is implementing student communication projects, like science blogging and filmmaking, aimed to take students beyond their monitoring experiences, deeper into the process of science. The goal is for teachers and students to think critically about their monitoring results and communicate the broader meaning of their work to a variety of audiences. Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve provided LiMPETS with two GoPro cameras. A GoPro captures high-quality video, and in its waterproof housing, can withstand being dropped on the rocks, rolled in the sand, and pounded by waves. It’s durable, much like the tiny and tough intertidal denizens of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.
Read more about the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and LiMPETS partnership in the FFMR’s Newsletter.
Strong Presence for LiMPETS at International Conference on Citizen Science
Sanctuary and NOAA staff joined 600 people from 25 countries who convened February 11-12, 2015, at the San Jose Convention Center for “Citizen Science 2015,” the inaugural conference of the Citizen Science Association. LiMPETS staff and students participated in a variety of talks and panel sessions over the course of this two-day event.
LiMPETS presentations addressed engagement, research and evaluation of the student experience. ABC News covered the event, highlighting the joint LiMPETS panel session titled, “Diverse Perspectives on Youth-Based Citizen Science.” LiMPETS students from the Branson School, Lowell High School and the French-American School participated in the panel, and were interviewed by ABC news. Frankie Gerraty at The Branson School told ABC reporter David Louie, “It was incredible to have scientists coming up to us, asking questions about our research. They were all blown away by how we’re only in high school, and we have the opportunity to present at a prestigious conference.”