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Gulf Region: Community-based Citizen Science Projects

Public Lab is excited to announce that we will be working on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’ Gulf Research Program aimed to build the scientific capacity of the next generation.

Read more about the project here.

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Here are some different activities particularly suited for use in the classroom:

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Flame testing metal salts observe - @kgradow1 3h medium 0 replications: Try it »
Tracking Plant Health Using Visible and Infrared Light -- Initial Experiences at an Arts High School - - @Travis - - 0 replications: Try it »
DIY Science Lesson with the Coqui - - @pdhixenbaugh - - 0 replications: Try it »
Building miniature kites at a family science night build - @SuziT9 - - 0 replications: Try it »
Prototyping a kite for kids build - @oscarbrett 3h easy 0 replications: Try it »
Using the Spectroscope for Analysis of Concentration (Beer's Law) test-limits - @straylight 3h medium 0 replications: Try it »
Aerial Mapping Projects in Environmental Science at The Thacher School - - @thacherenvisci - - 0 replications: Try it »
Classroom Flame Spectroscopy - - @straylight - - 0 replications: Try it »
Bean Cam observe - @cfastie 1d medium 0 replications: Try it »
Lycopene - - @cfastie - - 0 replications: Try it »
Simple pulse motor generator, powered with solar panels - - @sciencetoolbar - - 0 replications: Try it »
DIY Windmill and Solar Light Workshop - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Hand-crank powered flashlights - - @pazb - - 0 replications: Try it »
Scan and compare different gases (in discharge tubes, like neon) using a DIY spectrometer - - @warren - - 27 replications: Try it »
Youth Balloon Mapping Workshop Complete! - - @mjain26 - - 0 replications: Try it »
See the Fraunhofer absorption lines in sunlight verify draft @warren 1h easy 4 replications: Try it »
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Posting assignments on

You're welcome to post your own assignments to with a "Post a Response" button, and have student's responses collected in your post:

Here are some examples:

Title Author Updated Likes
Post your spectra from a classroom spectrometry experiment @warren 6 months ago
Final posts for Google Summer of Code @liz over 1 year ago
Aerial Mapping Projects in Environmental Science at The Thacher School @thacherenvisci almost 2 years ago
Assignment: spectrometry at NAFCS @liz over 2 years ago
Wrapping up Google Summer of Code 2016! @warren over 2 years ago
Definition of User Streaks @ananyo2012 almost 3 years ago
Google Summer of Code 2016: draft proposals @warren about 3 years ago
Assignment: reflections on sensor journalism @kanarinka about 3 years ago
Holiday Beverage Whodunit @cfastie over 4 years ago


Title Author Updated Likes
What are some of your favorite community science projects from around the world? @mimiss 16 days ago
Have you tried any good DIY microscope dyes or stains? @mimiss 24 days ago
Ideas for a DIY + Maker class for 6th graders @Kmckeown 8 months ago
What are good resources for teaching middle school age children about water quality parameters? @stevie about 1 year ago
What is the easiest and cheapest way to make a kite big enough to carry a camera? @warren over 1 year ago

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