SciGirls Season 3 focuses on the newest frontier in science education: citizen science. Citizen science initiatives challenge kids and adults nationwide to make and record observations (often about the natural world), and share these observations with professional scientists. Scientists then use this citizen-submitted data to advance their research. It’s like “science crowd sourcing,” and tens of thousands of ordinary people participate annually!
For its third season, SciGirls traveled cross-country to highlight six unique national citizen science initiatives. Our PBS Kids audience will join real-life SciGirls and their adult mentors as they:
- Listen for calls of frogs and toads with FrogWatch USA at the St. Louis Zoo (St. Louis, MO)
- Record the arrival of spring with Nature’s Notebook at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (Chaska, MN – suburb of Twin Cities)
- Work with NASA Langley Research Center to identify clouds with S’COOL and share results at the Virginia Air and Space Center (Virginia Beach, VA)
- Observe caterpillars transform into butterflies with the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project with the Monarch Lab at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities, MN)
- Create better habitats for local birds with Celebrate Urban Birds in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Denver, CO and Ithaca, NY)
- Explore ocean habitats with Zooniverse’s Seafloor Explorer and collect data for the Crystal Cove Alliance at Crystal Cove State Park (Southern California)