Ambitious projects

  • 2-6 hrs set up
  • Mutiple variables
  • Mutiple measurements/observations
  • Strict data protocol


  • Data requires cleaning and management
  • Reporting protocols to external project
  • 2+ classroom discussions
  • 2-4hrs of teacher PD required
Phenology calendar: Multiple species
Estimated time required:

5 periods or more, plus student observations

Research questions:

When do the phenological features appear?  

How do they compare to other measurements — in other locales, and in prior years?


Science Practices: 1,3,4,8

NGSS and MA Standards: 6.MS-LS1-3, 7.MS-LS-4, 7.MS-LS2-1, 8.MS-LS1-5

Invasive species census: Four or more species
Estimated time required:

Protocol under development

Research questions:

What invasive species are present, and how does their abundance compare to other areas and previous years?

How does the regional climate compare to that of their habitat of origin?


NGSS and MA Standards: 7.MS-LS2-4

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