Educator Resources: Information Technology

AQTreks (AirQuailty Treks)

In AQTreks, students use a Personal Air Monitor (PAM) to measure air pollutants along mobile “Treks” of their design. The PAM wirelessly connects to mobile phones and Treks are displayed in real-time on the AQTreks smartphone application. Each Trek is automatically uploaded via to the AQTreks website for online analysis, discussion, and comparison with other schools.


National Institute of Environmental Health Services

Biodiversity PEEK STEAM Curriculum

Biodiversity PEEK students spend time outside observing and wondering about the wild plants and animals we often overlook. Biodiversity PEEK kids do real, meaningful citizen-science using digital photography and an international database. Through a guided nature journal students develop their own questions, investigate/research some of these questions, share their findings and develop a feasible biodiversity project.


The Biodiversity Group

Citizen Sort

Citizen Sort’s video games were designed in collaboration with biologists and naturalists. As you play, you’ll help classify plants, animals, and insects, and you’ll produce valuable scientific data to aid scientists in their work.


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Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, National Science Foundation


Today, scientific discoveries ranging from finding new planets orbiting alien stars to finding light echoes from quasars are all being made by everyday people working as citizen scientists. CosmoQuest citizen science projects include: Moon Mappers, Mars Mappers, Mercury Mappers, Vesta Mappers, and Image Detective.


CosmoQuest, NASA

Snapshot in the Classroom

Snapshot Wisconsin is a great way to get students outdoors and learn about local wildlife! The project is a unique opportunity to integrate science and technology into your classroom. Educators can volunteer to host a trail camera with their students at a school forest or other property. Students can also help identify and count critters in photos captured across the state by logging on to the Zooniverse website.


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, NASA, Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Adler Planetarium, Zooniverse, University of Wisconsin-Extension

The GLOBE Program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)

The GLOBE Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.