Virtual Learning Opportunities
During this time of uncertainty, The Citizen Science Lab is here to provide you with Virtual Learning opportunities.
Check out the resources below:
Zoom Experiment Sessions
Join us for FREE online Zoom Science sessions led by our expert instructors! We can't wait to see you there!
In order to help The Citizen Science Lab keep these free resources available please consider donating today!
Date and Time
Have your DNA and eat it too!
Explore the structure of DNA through a simple model - using candy! Learn how DNA is constructed of matching base pairs and make a twisted ladder of sweet science.
Tuesday, April 21
Intro To Circuits
Cabbage Juice pH Indicator
During these sessions attendees in grades 4th-8th will explore electricity and the power of circuits.
Wednesdays, April 22-May 13
You will utilize red cabbage to create solutions for testing various pH levels. After the experiment, you will have created a rainbow of colors and built their understanding of acidic and basic solutions.
Tuesday, April 28
Investigate the idea of density in relation to items sinking and floating in water. You will discover it is not the weight of an object, but its density compared to the density of water, that determines whether an object will sink or float.
Tuesday, May 5
Strawberry DNA Extraction
You will extract DNA from strawberries, leaving it in a form that can be seen without the aid of a microscope. In the process, students will learn about the enormous length of DNA molecules and their physical properties.
Tuesday, May 12
Imagine designing a vehicle to travel across the surface of Mars; it must cross rocky, treacherous, and unpredictable terrain. You will construct your own vehicle, a “pasta rover” while staying within your project budget as they “buy” component pieces from the pasta “market”
Tuesday, May 19
Think of all the power required to propel a spacecraft to the moon... and the technology required to stop it once it arrives. You will engineer a shock-absorption system out of homemade springs and marshmallow-cushioning to ensure a safe landing that doesn’t damage your “aircraft” or astronaut “passengers”.
Tuesday, May 26
Geodes seem like normal rocks on the outside, but on the inside is a treasure trove of crystals waiting to be discovered. How did those crystals get inside that rock anyways? And how can we make them ourselves? We’ll share the answers to those questions and teach you the ins and outs of crystals in the process.
Tuesday, June 2
Crayon Rock Cycle
Learn about the rock cycle with a common craft item..crayons! You will create the rock cycle by creating sediment from wax crayons, compacting them into sedimentary rock, melting and pressing them into metamorphic rock, and finally cooling them into igneous rock.
Tuesday, June 9
Labs are places of exploration and discovery for every field imaginable. Likewise, you can discover, engage, and share what you learn virtually on LabXchange.
The Citizen Science Lab is now offering Biotechnology Tools and Techniques training via LabXchange. LabXchange is a free online platform for virtual simulations, videos, and animations created by scientists. Learn and practice foundational biotechnology techniques online like isolating DNA/protein, culturing bacteria, or conducting various chemical reactions.
A NEW pathway has been added to The CSL's LabXchange Classroom!!
Learn Plasmid DNA and Recombinant DNA Theory and Techniques online NOW for FREE!
Visit The Xchange Lab Website, www.labxchange.org, and register for an account. Log in, and ensure you are observing your Learner Dashboard by checking the top left hand side of the screen. Then, click on Classes in the white toolbar. Select join a class and enter in Class Code : 96F99B.
Select “Request to join class.”
Your request will be approved within one business day. Once approved take your time to complete the pathways in the class to give yourself a foundation in biotechnology techniques.
Check back weekly for new biotechnology learning pathways and join us in the lab when The Citizen Science Lab re-opens to put these skills to practice!
See you soon!!
All NEW Virtual Drone Pilot Training Program
FAA Remote Pilot Test Preparation
An online program designed to prepare people aged 16yrs and older to become a FAA Certified Remote Pilot
Sponsored by The Buhl Foundation
Our online test preparation course is available 24/7 and features all the latest updates and information to successfully prepare for the FAA Remote Pilot Examination, a vital step for a career in the commercial drone industry.
Topics covered throughout this course include: rules/regulations, weather, operations, performance and more!
Each module features all the latest information to help you succeed through written content, video lectures, quizzes and practice examinations. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a customized certificate!
Once finished with our course participants should be ready to take their FAA official exam.
Participants will create their own user name and password when they enroll.
After entering the academy, participants will see a series of lessons, videos and quizzes.
Each module covers the topics relevant to the FAA Remote Pilot examinations.
After reading the material, participants will watch a video on the topic.
Following the video participants will then then take a quiz . They have three tries on each quiz and must obtain at least a 70% to pass.
Office hours will take place with Dr. Lori Paluti, certified UAS pilot and CEO of Pittsburgh Drone Services, via Zoom on Thursdays starting at 4pm.
Click the envelope to email Dr. Lori for the link to Office Hours.
Exceptional Online STEM Resources
Foldscope is the ultra-affordable paper microscope. It was designed to be portable and durable, while performing on par with conventional research microscopes (140X magnification and 2 micron resolution). Try your hand at this challenging DIY during our foldscope online session.
*make sure to purchase a Foldscope before the session
Sparkfun- this is a great resource for ordering electro components for DIY circuit design and more! Solar panels, LEDs, wires and resistors and so much more. This is a great place to get the items needed for Intro to Circuits Zoom classes.
VMD is a molecular visualization program for displaying, animating, and analyzing large biomolecular systems using 3-D graphics and built-in scripting. VMD supports computers running MacOS X, Unix, or Windows and is distributed free of charge.
Foldit is a revolutionary crowdsourcing computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research. Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans' puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively to fold the best proteins.
-Apply direct reasoning and intuition to their puzzles
-Foldit kicked off a Coronavirus Challenge where players design a protein that can be used as an antiviral drug, and the University of Washington will take the most successful designs and use them for their research
-There are weeklong rounds, after each round Foldit will analyze the results, and will tweak them for future rounds
-They have looked at the first three rounds and have chosen 99 designs to test in the wet lab
-Students don’t have to just work on the Coronavirus Challenge, they have a slew of puzzles to choose from
-If you are new to Fold-It, they have youtube videos to get you up to speed
Carolina Science Online
In response to COVID-19 Carolina Biological is offering free interactive lessons for Middle School students. The Citizen Science Lab has created an account in order to provide these lessons to our students!
Each engaging lesson includes animations, videos, and interactive exercises with assessments. Lesson topics range from cells and their functions, humans as organisms, plants, genetics, environmental studies, classifications of materials and many more.
Once the student clicks the link to access the science lesson, they can immediately start working through the interactive lesson.
Students can navigate through the lesson using any of the following:
the arrows at the top right of the lesson
clicking on the pages of the lesson table of content
using the navigation bar at the bottom of the lesson