Citizen Science

Right now I'm leading a participatory design group of 4th graders in creating a citizen science app for their school. We are working from the ground up, starting with creating a wildlife garden on a small wooded area. We planted native flowers and bushes in October. In the spring we'll add a water source and some more flowers. In January we'll start designing the app to help community members and students become more engaged with their environment. Very excited to be part of a Green Town!

To see more of my work go to my UX Portfolio or my Web Design site


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Phase 1 - Research

Biodiversity audit, grant proposals, and lots of research! Students performed a biodiversity audit by identifying the variety or lack of variety in vegetation and wildlife on school grounds. After analyzing the data each student created a map of what a wildlife garden needs: water source, food sources, places to hibernate, etc...

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Phase 2 - Plant

We now have two gardens - one for sunny flowers and one for shade. All are planted with native flowers and shrubs. Thank you to our volunteers and generous donors including Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, Cedar Hill, and BRD Landscaping. Also a big thank you to our Donor's Choose philanthropists and HPEF!

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Phase 3

Coming soon - Design, Develop, Launch! First the student design team will research how other citizen science apps are structured. Next we'll brainstorm and create user personas to understand who we're designing for and why. Everyone will then work on an interactive prototype that we'll test with families to see if the app is easy to use.