Teacher Resources

The Discovery Circle is committed to community participation and education. Below we provide resources are for primary, middle, and secondary school teachers and students, including:


Introduction to citizen science

An introductory video to citizen science:


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Teacher resources: Cat Tracker

Cat Tracker is an exciting Citizen Science project you can use in the classroom. The extensive resources we have provided will help you to plan and implement community-connected science, with an emphasis on thinking and working scientifically. But there’s more than science involved! These resources provide cross-curriculum links to learning areas including mathematics, geography, history and the Arts. We have suggested a Learning Framework and provided links to resources for Reception to Year 9 (foundation to middle school) students, which can easily be adapted for all age groups.

  • Download our step-by-step guide “How to calculate a cat’s home-range” (click here)
  • See all of the teacher resources for Cat Tracker (click here)

Other citizen science projects of interest

Galaxy Zoo

  • Website: https://www.galaxyzoo.org/
  • An online project for people who love astronomy or want to learn about it.
  • Help classify galaxies: over 1 million people have participated and helped to classify over 100 million galaxies!

Zooniverse

  • Website: https://www.zooniverse.org/
  • The success of Galaxy Zoo has led to the development of a wide range of citizen science projects on the ‘Zooniverse’ platform.
  • Online projects in biology, history, language, literature, medicine, physics and more (over 100 projects available).

Bowerbird

  • Website: http://www.bowerbird.org.au/
  • Bowerbird is an Australian website where you can create your own projects – catalogues of living things that you photograph in the schoolyard, at home, or anywhere.
  • You can upload images of living things and the Bowerbird community will help identify them.
  • Read a Discovery Circle blog about the features of Bowerbird (click here).
  • Download the Discovery Circle tips on photographing plants and animals (342KB PDF file: click here).
  • An alternative website that you might like to try is an international project called iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/

Questagame

  • Website: https://questagame.com/
  • A phone app that allows you to record sightings of wildlife.
  • Gain points on the leaderboard by completing quests, or set quests for students.
  • Download the Discovery Circle tips on photographing plants and animals (342KB PDF file: click here).
  • Read a Discovery Circle blog about playing Questagame (click here).

Foldit

  • Website: https://fold.it/portal/
  • An online game where you help researchers by solving ‘puzzles’.
  • Training is provided – learn how to ‘fold’ proteins for biomedical research, then compete online as an individual or a team.

Goanna Watch

Edible Gardens

  • Website: http://www.discoverycircle.org.au/projects/edible-gardens/
  • Help researchers understand the best ways and the best crops to grow in your garden
  • Record and learn about your own water use and food production (fruit, vegetables, herbs, poultry, bees, fish)
  • We’ll help you record the inputs and outputs of your garden – then you can compare areas in your garden, your school garden, or other people’s gardens
  • See a list of participating gardens (click here)
  • Read a Discovery Circle blog about urban food production (click here)

Frog Watch South Australia

  • Website: http://www.frogwatchsa.com.au/
  • Use a phone app to record frog calls and conduct habitat surveys.
  • Have your frog calls identified, or use the online resources to develop skills in frog identification.

Project finders

Need help finding citizen science projects that will help you in the classroom? Below are two citizen science ‘project finders’, where you can search for projects by location, by topic and more…