The Open Science Cooperative is an extension of the Hive Mapping Cooperative, a 2014 Hive Learning Network project.
The Chicago Academy of Science and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Sweet Water Foundation, and Smart Chicago Collaborative proposed the Hive Mapping Cooperative as an effort to provide teens the ability to collect, manage, analyze, visualize, and share geo-referenced data through open-source mapping and data-sharing software. This project identifies platforms to pilot in existing summer programming and facilitating collaborative youth-guided inquiry, within and across programs, into topics and issues in human ecology and urban ecosystems.
By documenting and sharing our work, we will create a toolkit of resources for youth-driven science inquiry that can be shared with other organizations through the Open Science Cooperative.
Thirty-one Chicago teens developed their own investigations focused on a wide range of urban environmental and ecological topics from dragonfly swarms to water quality to earthworms. Their project pages include their research question, methods, and results. Spatial data for each project was collected on Android tablets using EpiCollect. Each group designed their own EpiCollect data form along with paper-based data collection forms. Data visualizations including maps and graphs were created using Google Sheets, Fusion Tables and Maps Engine Lite.
EpiCollect.net is a free web and mobile app developed at Imperial College London. It allows the generation of forms and freely hosted project websites for data collection. Data are collected (including GPS and media) using multiple phones or tablets and all data can be viewed centrally (using Google Maps / tables / charts).
The SWF/CSU Aquaponics Center provides a hands-on learning environment supporting the development of our Urban Agriculture/Ecology track option for CSU students. Offering benefits to those matriculating at the university, area high school students, and the community at large, the Aquaponics Center serves as a resource and training center addressing nutrition and health issues facing inner city communities and green workforce preparedness. The goal of the facility is to incorporate the academic study of urban environmental sciences with community outreach/recruitment to train future students and community members to grow nutritious food with a small carbon foot print.
Over the summer, AQUAPON interns gained hands-on experience in the areas of aquaponics, hydroponics, traditional gardening methods, horticulture, and interdisciplinary research. As part of their training, interns were required to engage in hands-on work at a variety of other community partners in to broaden their general exposure to the many facets of urban agriculture.
Primary responsibilities included seeding, transplanting seedlings, harvesting a variety of greens, assisting with daily water quality measurements and fish management, feeding fish, watering outdoor plants, cleaning grow beds, and assistance with public tours. Interns also assisted in the construction of new aquaponics systems and often times found themselves visiting sites of school partners around the greater Chicagoland area partnering with SWF/CSU’s Aquaponics Facility on various urban agriculture initiatives.
Secondary responsibilities involved assisting with a variety of research projects including the following: garden journals, soil testing, nutrient level analysis, lighting/energy analysis, and market analysis. Interns will learn about the aquaponics processes, aquaponics management, the culture of hydroponic greens, and innovations in sustainable agriculture in urban conditions. In addition, interns will learn about experimental design, scientific method, and data analysis.
This powerpoint presentation was completed by the students in the program as summary of their summer experience
Portfolio Page for the 2015 iteration of HMC