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LOGYC Winter-Spring 2021 - Student Powered Research (high school)

  • January 29, 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 2:10 PM
  • Central Skokie
  • 10



Student Powered Research 

Teacher - Beth Beyer and guest speakers (from Field Museum and more)

Did you know taking photos of unique flowers and listening for frog calls in the Chicago area can help scientists? Join our LOGYC class this Winter/Spring to learn science by doing; by participating in 'community science' projects during which volunteers and scientists work together to answer real-world questions.  We'll begin our journey guided by the Student-Powered Research Toolkit and in a unique partnership with the Field Museum. Students will have access to learning specialists and scientists doing real time research during the course of this class.  We will begin our journey exploring and participating in local community science projects such as the Calling Frog Survey (, Project Squirrel (, Plants of Concern ( and more.  Internationally, we'll explore the work the Reef Check Foundation ( has done to conserve coral reefs worldwide. We will discuss what to look for in the design and development of these opportunities. Following this, we will define and explore what is meant by Environmental Justice.  We'll explore how LVEJO ( in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago has pursued access to clean air and water through environmental laws established by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).  We'll build and test an Arduino based air quality system which could serve as a prototype for an affordable community based solution thus meeting a need for accurate air monitoring data.

As a class, we will design a sample project with students taking the lead in a variety of ways.  Those interested will have the opportunity to share with a panel of Field Museum professionals and other experts about their research efforts via an optional virtual Zoom experience.  

While the class will be virtual, extension opportunities will afford the students the ability to meet face to face and/or do some of their work together in pods. 

Target Group - HS or those able to perform at a HS level

Size - Min 3/Max 10 (could go up to 12, if needed)

Cost $52.00  (includes material needed to build our class prototype(s))  

Type of Class:  Hybrid - all necessary classwork will be able to be covered virtually.  If safe, in person or in pod (small groups), may be provided to allow for needed social / cooperative learning experiences.


Family must register for LOGYC Co-op,,
in order to receive a code to sign up for classes.

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