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Science & Nature

Club NIPI: Science Fair & Nature Project for Young Citizen Scientists

Want to share your world? Nature Invention Perspectives and Integration Club for young Citizen Scientists
Karen Fisher Favret the FractalMom
172 total reviews for this teacher
17 reviews for this class
Completed by 175 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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I am an oceangrapher-Mom who switched to soundscape ecology when my kids were young and we moved to Montreal.  My kids and I started recording with a hydrophone in the lake and a recorder on a floating dock at the University of Montreal's Biological research station, and kept on listening in our backyard and the roof of their school.  Soundwalks are a fun way to start doing Citizen Science. 
All you need for a Soundwalk is yourself. If you would like to take a notebook, or use the Soundwalk Tally sheet for the Club, or use a camera, recording device, smartphone/iPhone, or tablet/iPad to document what you observe, you can share your findings with the Club NIPI and the world of Citizen Scientists connected through iNaturalist. Or find your own way to communicate with your family and community!
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Connecting to the apps and websites below is optional for all participants. The kids I have worked with have been very engaged using iPads to document and get help identifying all the species they encounter on Soundwalks (mushrooms, weeds, birds, and trees!).  They enjoy using smartphones to measure the sound levels (dB) around them, and being able to see the spectrograms, drawn in realtime, on SongSleuth.  If you would like to be able to share our bat recordings, EchoMeter is a free app that will display these Ultrasonic recordings (or you can obtain your own EchoMeter Touch from Wildlife Acoustics and discover the ultrasonic world in your own backyard). uses Citizen Scientists to do all sorts of projects, like classifying galaxies and identifying patterns in storm damage to structures after hurricanes. But all these ways of communicating science are secondary to learning to observe, and listen, to what is around you in your own community. 


Karen Fisher Favret the FractalMom
Lives in Canada
Oceanographer and Biodiversity Scientist for Spatial Temporal Earth
172 total reviews
111 completed classes

About Me

My goal is to bring as many new observers into the growing global network of Citizen Scientists as possible!  I have a PhD from Cornell, am a visiting scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), have done forensics on hostage videos... 
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