SAC Bugs Training
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Science Action Club features three environmental science units—Bird Scouts, Bug Safari, and Cloud Quest—that take youth outside to investigate nature, document their discoveries, share data, and design strategies to protect the natural world. Educator trainings explore relevant science concepts and skills, and offer best practices for teaching STEM in the informal learning environment.

Bird Scouts

SAC Birds Emblem

Bird Scouts explores feathers, flight, and the features that make birds unique. Using tools and technology, youth identify local species and investigate environmental changes that impact bird behavior. The checklists youth submit to eBird—a citizen science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology—help scientists track changes in bird distribution and abundance across the globe.

Explore sample activities and kit materials from this unit below.

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Bug Safari

SAC Bug Emblem

Bug Safari explores small creatures with big environmental impacts. On local field expeditions, youth search for bugs, collect specimens, and post photographs to iNaturalist—a citizen science project and online social network for nature research. Working with scientists and other students, youth identify arthropod species and document habitat conditions that influence our planet’s health.

Explore sample activities  and kit materials from this unit below.

 

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Cloud Quest

SAC Clouds Emblem

Cloud Quest explores the impact of clouds on weather and climate. Using the GLOBE Observer citizen science platform, youth identify sky conditions and report their discoveries to NASA. Researchers map these observations against satellite image data to study how clouds influence the flow of energy through Earth’s atmosphere.

Explore sample activities and kit materials from this unit below.

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Blended Learning Training

SAC Bird Training

SAC trainings are interactive and fun! The online training provides step-by-step guidance for all 12 SAC activities in each unit, and introduces important science concepts and STEM teaching strategies. The in-person training creates a community of practice and offers hands-on experience with citizen science and SAC activities. Explore sample training resources below.

Explore sample training agendas and online trainings below.

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