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LTER/LCZO Schoolyard Data Jam

Several students listen to a fellow describe his poster for the data jam.
Several students listen to a fellow describe his poster for the data jam.
The Luquillo LTER/CZO Data Jam invites high and middle school students to find interesting, non-traditional ways to present scientific data to non-scientist audiences.

Grades 9 - 12
Biology/Molecular
Workshop • Project


Educational Objectives

  • Students use ecological data collected at the El Yunque National Forest by the Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory, Luquillo LTER and USGS Water to create a project that presents data in a non-traditional ways.
  • Students create data visualizations.

 

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Audience
K-12


NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns

NGSS Science & Engineering Practices: Asking Questions and Defining Problems | Analyzing and Interpreting Data | Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS2 - Earth’s Systems


Observatory: Luquillo CZO

Author(s): Steven McGee (The Learning Partnership), Noelia Baez Rodriguez (UPR, Luquillo LTER), Miguel Leon (UPenn, LCZO), Bill McDowell (UNH, LCZO)


Funding: NSF CZO, NSF LTER


Details for this Resource

The Luquillo LTER/CZO Data Jam invites high and middle school students to find interesting ways to present scientific data to non-scientist audiences.

Students use ecological data collected at the El Yunque National Forest by the Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory, Luquillo LTER and USGS Water to create a project that presents the data in a non-traditional way.  An important component of the activity is encouraging students to get creative.  Project examples include children’s books, raps, videos, models, presentations, and infographics. Students will present their project at the Luquillo LTER Schoolyard Symposium hosted by the University of Puerto Rico in May, 2017.

Teacher and Student Information

  1. Schoolyard Data Jam dataset
  2. Registration (PDF)
  3. Teacher and Student guidelines (PDF)

Important Dates

  • Friday, March 3rd, 2017 - Data Jam Registration due (students’ names submitted by teacher)
  • Friday, April 7th Registration for Scientific Poster Preparation Workshop
  • Friday, April 28th, 2017 - Scientific Poster Preparation Workshop
  • Monday May 15th, 2017 - Annual Symposium, Luquillo LTER Schoolyard, at UPRRP

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Data Jam 2017 Poster Session

Data Jam 2017 Poster Session. 

Luquillo CZO Poster Session

The Luquillo CZO held a Poster Session at El Portal El Yunque national forest visitors center on June 6th 2016. This session was open to the public and three groups of students from local grade schools and high schools attended and presented posters, a diorama and song created during the Data Jam. 

Data Jam Teachers Workshop

On Saturday, December 10th, 2018 we successfully held our third Teacher Data Jam Workshop of the Luquillo LTER Schoolyard Program. On this occasion, accompanied by a group of 24 dedicated and adventurous educators; and an excellent staff from the Forward Learning Company, whom we thank for their hard work that lead to the workshop success. It is essential to thank the scientists and experts of Luquillo CZO, USGS, Concord Consortium and Luquillo LTER, who facilitated the process and provided us with workshop data. Special thanks to Dr. Steven McGee for taking the lead of introducing the Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) in Spanish!