Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday Weekly Website–Project NOAH


Project NOAH


Review: Noah stands for networked organisms and habitats. Think of Project Noah as a tool people can use to document and learn about their natural surroundings and as a technology platform research groups can use to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. Once you register with Project NOAH, which is free and can be done via one of existing accounts on google, twitter, face book etc., you can start uploading pictures of animals or plants that you have spotted. It can be a butterfly in your backyard or a lion in your recent safari. For each organism you can further add its scientific name, description of the specie, any additional notes, date and place of spotting etc. You can also participate in missions, in which you are given a particular topic like birds of the world or the color red, and you have to upload pictures on that topic. The more pictures you submit, the more ‘patches’ you will earn. You can even download the Project NOAH applications for your smart phone to make the process an easier one. Want to find out the true identity of that shrub growing outside your yard? check in the growing catalog of animals and plants submitted by thousands of spotters world wide.

These kinds of approaches to science can be an exciting one for all ages, even those who are cynical about application of sciences in real world. classifying animals into sub categories can be a good starting point for young learners who will need to think about an organism’s characteristic before sorting. Children can learn all sorts of facts about animals and can learn about the kind of habitat they are found in. Have a look at our spottings.


Suitable for ages: 4-80

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