The following projects are designed to be carried out over one or two days. They include both a classroom and a field location. Projects are designed for specific grade levels. Not all projects will target all grade levels. Please note: Project availability is subject to change, and new projects are continuously created!


1 | Microscopy

Overview:

Microscopy is the technical field of using microscopes to observe objects that are outside of the resolution range of the naked eye. Simple digital optical microscopes have only recently been widely available for a wide range of student levels. They can allow students to analyze details of living and non-living items of their surroundings while improving fine motor skills and their attention to detail.

Grades : 3 - 8


2 | Plants of Hawai`i

Overview:

Plants are the backbone of all life on Earth. They are essential to every human function proving oxygen, food, a large percentage of medicines, and regulating the water cycle and the Earth’s climate. A disruption in the ecological balance of plant species can have devastating effects, especially on a island. The control of invasive species and the health of endemic and indigenous species is imperative for maintaining Hawai`i’s natural environment. The first step to controlling the potential threats is the ability to identify plants and understand their value.

Grades : 3 - 8


3 | Birds of Hawai`i

Overview:

Seabirds have used the Hawaiian Islands as a feeding and/or nesting ground for millions of years. Today, indigenous birds that rely on ponds and marshes are being threatened due to habitat loss and the introduction of non-native birds and predators. The ability to quickly identify the different birds and their behaviors is the first step to recognizing the problems they may face.

Grades : 3 - 8


4 | Shark Exploration

Overview:

Sharks are one of the most misunderstood animals. They have been villainized by media and hollywood as mindless man eating predators, causing fear and panic worldwide. Although they are the oceans top predators, and incidents of human injury and fatality do occur, their labels as man-eaters couldn’t be further from the truth. Shark population worldwide is down nearly 90%. Their role is imperative in the ecological balance of the oceans. Separating myth from fact, and establishing a better understanding about sharks is imperative to slow their population decline.

Grades : 3 - 8