Grants Awarded

Seeing the Big Picture: Cameras for Exploring Patterns in Nature

This grant is for the purchase of two cameras to enhance the science curriculum for students in grades two through five: a time-lapse camera and an infrared motion detection camera. The cameras allow students to make observations of natural events that occur over long periods of time and/or take place at a time and place when the students cannot be present. Too often nature’s grandest spectacles unfold so slowly or distantly that students cannot make the connections needed to see the “big picture”. How did the monarch caterpillar emerge from its cocoon? When did the wood frogs arrive at the vernal pool? Time lapse and infrared motion detection technology offer students a view of these and other events which are otherwise difficult to experience.

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