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The Teams

The Teams and The Projects

Across the country, science centers and schools are planning to celebrate National Public Science Day on January 21, 1999. The following teams— a science center and partner school—have already identified their planned investigation. Follow along over the next few months as their work begins to appear online.

Austin Nature & Science Center
Austin, Texas
Becker Elementary School
Project: Splash! Into the Edwards Aquifer
Students will explore the flora and fauna or a local creek to catalog and investigate how water quality in an underground aquifer is effected by processes on the Earth's surface.
Contact: Janice Sturrock

Buffalo Museum of Science
Buffalo, New York
Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School
Project: Reading the Environment
More project pictures
Fourth grade students will explore the concepts of change and causation in the urban physical environment that surrounds their neighborhoods and school. Working in teams, they will identify a question that leads to a more specific long term earth science investigation.
Contact: Bill Rogers

Capital Children's Museum
Washington, DC
Options and SEED Public Charter Schools
Project: Understanding Meteorology through Broadcasting
Students will combine their exploration of weather phenomena with developing expertise in video production to create a series of video projects that demonstrate their understanding of weather's effect on the environment.
Contact: Jenka Soderberg

Miami Museum of Science
Miami, Florida
Avocado, Pinelake, and Redland Elementary Schools
Project: Our Changing South Florida Ecosystem
The semester long project will involve student research exploring both natural and human factors which lead to changes in the local ecosystem and the development of strategies to prevent or minimize damage to the natural environment.
Contact: Mara Hernandez

National Science Center, Fort Discovery
Augusta, Georgia
Sego Middle School
Project: The Impact of a Single River
Students will study the historical and environmental role of the Savannah River. They will investigate the ways humans have influenced the river system and develop strategies for better use of water resources through enhanced environmental awareness.
Contact: Mary Ann Navarro

The Pittsburgh Children's Museum
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Homewood Montessori Elementary School
(Pittsburgh City School District)
Dickson Intermediate School
(Woodland Hills School District)
Project: Nine Mile Run, An Urban Ecosystem
More project pictures
Students will investigate the ecology of the Nine Mile Run brownfield, a former industrial site, to better understand the potential value and opportunity offered by blighted and abandoned urban landscapes.
Contact: Lois Winslow

Southwest Center for Education & the Natural Environment (SCENE)
Tempe, Arizona
Meyer Elementary School & Trevor Browne High School
Project: Habitat Design with Elementary Schools
SCENE will work with the schools to plan, design and establish native habitat areas on school grounds and to develop educational programs using the habitats for scientific inquiry.
Contact: Kathryn Kyle

Virginia Air & Space Center
Hampton, Virginia
Flora D. Crittenden Middle School
Project: Our Changing Earth Viewed from Space
More project pictures
Seventh grade students, with assistance and consultation from atmospheric scientists, educators, and computer specialists, will investigate Earth changes using images obtained from orbiting Earth satellites.
Contact: Margaret Carlini

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles, California
Foshay Learning Center
Project: Elementary students will investigate changes in the earth from prehistoric time. Middle school students will be examining the effects of weather phenomena on the earth. High school students will work with the lower grades in creating a website.
Contact: Leah Melber

KCET Television
Los Angeles, California
Bryant Ranch School
Lomarena Elementary School
Contact: Mitch Aiken

California Science Center
Los Angeles, California
Elizabeth Street Learning Center
Cucamonga Middle School
Wilson Middle School
Apple Valley Middle School
Project: Students will research El Niño and La Niña, including historical patterns, theories and causes, quantitative data collection and analysis, and implications for everyday life in the Los Angeles/San Bernardino county region.
Contact: Paula Wagner

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Portland, Oregon
Petersen School
Project: Petersen School, a rural 4th through 6th grade school in Scappoose, Oregon, rests in the shadow of Mount Saint Helens. Students will follow their natural curiosity about the Cascade Mountains as they investigate the science of volcanoes.
Contact: Marilyn Johnson or Nate Angell

The Franklin Institute Science Museum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
G.W. Childs School
Exploring Our Piece of the Planet: Our Neighborhood - Inside and Out!
Decatur School
Watersheds and Water Testing
Continued Water Testing and Watershed Involvement
Morrison School
Ocean-Related Field Trips and Projects
Morrison Salutes The Year of The Ocean
Patterson School
The Southwest Philly Schoolyard Habitat Project
The Schuylkill Center ECOVAN
Elmwood Park
Contact: Karen Elinich

The Chicago Academy of Sciences
Chicago, Illinois
Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez Elementary School
Project: Soaring in the City: The Peregrine Falcon Story
Students will examine how the peregrine falcon has adjusted to live in our modern world and the relationships between wildlife and human development. By viewing the peregrine falcon's fight for survival from near extinction, students will begin to tap into the larger concepts of the more complex processes involved in maintaining ecological systems and biological diversity.
Contact: Tim Hayes

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