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Episode 301: Frog Whisperers

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Month: August, 2015

When St. Louis’ SciGirls find the amphibian population in decline, they hop to it! Alanna, Madison, Amanda and Clara hit urban and rural sites to compare frog and toad calls and report on their amphibian neighbors.

Learning Goals: Learn that frogs and toads make lots of different sounds and calls at night. Understand that frogs and toads are indicator species that can help scientists know if there are environmental problems. Observe that some locations have more frog and toad species than others.

SciGirls spring into action! Minnesota sixth-grader Jordan gathers her girls to track changes in flowers and plants as spring emerges, and celebrates by creating a sculpture and a time-lapse video of the season’s arrival.

Learning Goals: Learn that phenology is the study of plant and animal life cycle events and how they are influenced by seasonal variations in weather. Understand that a phenophase is an observable stage in the life cycle of a plant or animal.

Virginia SciGirls Emma, Lauren and Madison have the ultimate “stratus update!” Teaming up with NASA scientists, they identify clouds from the ground and compare their data with satellite images, ultimately creating a “mostly cloudy” museum display.

Learning Goals: Understand that the Earth’s atmosphere is made up of layers and that the lowest of the layers is where all the clouds reside. Learn that there are many different types of clouds that have different forms. Understand that satellites observe the Earth to get a better understanding of what’s happening.

Mimi and her friends explore a Minnesota milkweed patch, counting monarchs to help scientists track the butterfly population. These SciGirls then raise monarch caterpillars, and use a video diary to capture their metamorphosis into butterflies.

Learning Goals: Learn that monarchs have different life stages – egg, larva, pupa, adult. Understand that monarch caterpillars go through different periods in their development when they shed their skin and get larger and it’s possible to identify these periods when observing them. Learn that monarch caterpillars eat different types of milkweed plants.

Regina, Schuyler and Anayia hit the streets of Denver to investigate what makes a good urban bird habitat, and transform a city school garden into a welcoming home for any flock of feathered friends.

Learning Goals: Understand how to observe birds and some resources to identify them – field guides, mobile apps. Learn that birds need certain items in their habitat – food, water, shelter. See that science understanding can be communicated in a variety of ways including through the creation of art.

Anchors aweigh! Junior lifeguard Chloe and her friends set sail on a SoCal citizen science cruise, working with marine scientists to collect data on the health of the Pacific Ocean and create a splashy conservation video for beach visitors.

Learning Goals: Learn that the ocean has many different organisms living in it and they all depend on each other. Understand that lots of people – scientists, fishermen, park rangers, lifeguards, kids – all are interested in keeping the ocean healthy. Learn that giant kelp is an organism that lives in the ocean and provides habitat and food for many different organisms. See that science understanding can be communicated in a variety of ways including through the creation of art.

Produced by: Funding is provided by:
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