Scientific Inquiry and Data Analysis Using WildCam Gorongosa
In this activity, students will be guided through making observations using trail camera data collected in Gorongosa National Park, developing and investigating a scientifically testable research question, and analyzing their results.
This activity accompanies “WildCam Gorongosa,” an online citizen science platform for identifying animals photographed by motion-detecting trail cameras in Gorongosa National Park. The WildCam Lab is a part of WildCam Gorongosa, where students can view trail camera data on a map, filter, and download the data to investigate scientific questions. In this activity, students will download data from the WildCam Lab to conduct a scientific investigation.
Student Learning Targets
- Develop testable ecological questions based on an available data set.
- Formulate hypotheses and predictions about the questions that they posed.
- Select and analyze data to investigate their questions.
- Analyze data and describe trends to investigate their questions.
- Communicate the results of their inquiry and generate new questions based on their findings.
abundance, biodiversity, ecosystem, grassland, habitat, hypothesis, limestone gorge, observation, prediction, savanna, vegetation type, woodland
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HS-LS2-1, HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-8; SEP1, SEP4
AP Biology (2019)
ENE-4.A, SYI-1.G; SP1, SP3, SP4
IB Biology (2016)
4.1, C.1, C.2
AP Environmental Science (2020)
Topic(s): 2.1, 3.5
Learning Objectives & Practices: ERT-3.F, ERT-2.A, SP4, SP5
IB Environmental Systems and Societies (2017)
Common Core (2010)
Math.S-IC.3, N-Q.A.3; MP.2, MP.4
Vision and Change (2009)
CC5; DP1, DP2