Field Studies

Field study can involve a range of practices for teaching outside the classroom such as place-based inquiry, situated science, and research-led-learning. Field study engages students "in the real world" through inviting them to apply their prior knowledge to new circumstances, producing their own new knowledge to fill in the gaps in their understanding, as well as social learning about how their work impacts others. **** ## Field Study Kits This is a collection of kits from across Public Lab's ecosystem which may be particularly suited for use in field studies educational contexts. ### Kite and Balloon Mapping Kits * _A simple DIY kit to take aerial photographs of things that are important to you - from hundreds of feet up. Hundreds of people around the world have used the Balloon Mapping Kit and its many variations for all kinds of projects over the past seven years._ ### Lego Spectrometer Kit * _The new Lego Spectrometer Kit addresses issues of rigidity, sourcing, modularity, and image quality over previous versions of our Do-It-Yourself spectrometers, which we’ve been collaboratively refining since 2011. This latest version enables analysis of liquid or solid samples and the LEGO components allow a resolution of 2 nanometers._ ### Basic Microscope Kit * _The Basic Microscope Kit is an introductory Do-It-Yourself microscope made from affordable and easy to find parts. The goals of the project are to offer a very easy starting point for DIY microscop, to act as a stepping-stone to more advanced DIY microscopes, and to be good enough to view the 2.5 micron particles commonly measured in ambient air pollution._ ### Nano Data Logger / Mini Pearl Logger Kit * _The Nano Data Logger is an easy and very inexpensive way to start collecting environmental data, based on the open source Arduino platform and easily integrating with the online p5.js data visualization framework._ ### Multispectral Raspberry Pi camera * _Recently launched to the International Space Station, this multispectral camera based around the Raspberry Pi enables the kind of photography NASA uses to do plant health analysis. It is supported in part by the AREN project at NASA and was developed in collaboration with FarmHack, a network of organic farmers using open source technology._ **** ## Questions [questions:field-studies] ## Activities [activities:field-studies] _below image via The Economist, December 2017, fair use permitted_ [![2017-12-economist-spec.png](]( ...

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warren "Love this! Thank you, Paz! " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
warren "@warren awards a barnstar to pazb for their awesome contribution! " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
warren "Great question -- I used tags to add the prompt for posting replications; if you're willing, would you mind posting your results using the button a..." | Read more » over 7 years ago
cfastie "You are correct that this is not really an extraction. It's just plant material chopped up finely in a blender with some liquid. I also did this wi..." | Read more » over 7 years ago
iamkat "Hi, I tried to re-create the lycopene extraction with methanol and ethanol (lab grade) but didn't get anywhere. It's my understanding that they are..." | Read more » over 7 years ago
liz "This looks great Oscar and Beam Campers! Keep us posted!!! " | Read more » almost 12 years ago
mathew "looks like a fine kite-- it will probably need a long tail and needs to be turned around, so the frame is on the back of the sail material. to adj..." | Read more » almost 12 years ago