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HawkWatch International provides real-world K-12 STEM education programs that align with curricula and learning objectives. We bring our live Raptor Ambassadors into classrooms to teach students about biology, ecology, and conservation. HWI's 30+ years of migration data are used to teach students about statistics, analysis, and data interpretation.
Math and science are a part of our everyday lives here at HWI. We love getting students excited about the natural world and providing outdoor experiences to show them how we integrate math and science for research and conservation purposes. Our goal is to foster new generations of biologists and conservationists.
This outreach program looks at what makes a raptor different from other birds, and birds different from other animals. We introduce students to the concepts of predators, prey, adaptations, and ecosystems. This program also begins the conversation with students about what conservation is and how our behaviors affect conservation. The program is adjusted according to grade level and curriculum connections.
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Utilizing HWI's migration data, this outreach program integrates math and science by providing students with hands-on activities such as taking measurements of stuffed toy birds to collect data through the same methods our scientists would at our trapping/banding research stations, a life cycle activity that demonstrates the raptor life cycle, and food chain models. Students then discuss how we use data to tell stories and make assumptions about outcomes.
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Raptor Biology Through the Seasons: Fall Migration, Winter Survival, and Spring Nesting (Middle and High School)
This outreach program utilizes HWI's migration data and scientific research to discuss topics including migration, evolution, adaptations, the food chain, predator-prey relationships, data interpretation, understanding different kinds of data, natural selection, the life cycle of raptors, and the use of field guides and dichotomous keys. The program includes a hands-on migration data element that encourages critical thinking about what data tell us (examples include comparing both numerical and categorical data to evaluate correlation, relativity, and comparison of variables to make inferences).
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Teaching and Learning Observation, Natural Science, and Statistics (TALONSS) (Middle and High School)
Migration data from HWI's Goshute Mountains research site is used in this program to teach teachers and students about the data collection and data analysis elements of the scientific method. Students gain an understanding of how and why data is collected, what kinds of questions can be answered through statistical analysis, and fundamental statistical concepts using real data. For an additional enriching experience, HWI provides field trips to the Goshutes site where students participate in the raptor research and get to collect their own data for classroom exercises. Professional teacher development workshops are also conducted throughout the year to provide teachers with the training and resources necessary to introduce a successful TALONSS program.