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Hundreds of BOP middle school students showcase original research at the Third Annual BOP Research Symposium

BOP middle school students monitor oysters all over NYC and dive deep into our STEM curriculum– but that’s not all!  They also conduct original research projects based on their field experiences and analysis of student-collected, city-wide data from the BOP Digital Platform, which dazzled judges at this year’s Symposium this past June.  This year marked […]

A BOP Student’s Perspective on How to Protect Our Oceans

BOP middle school students have a lot to say about ocean conservation! Central Park II East student Eli Sweatt writes passionately about his commitment to protecting our oceans and his experiences attending the Blue Vision Summit, a biennial ocean conservation conference.  His teacher, BOP teacher fellow Clarissa Lynn, wrote this intro: “In early May, BOP […]

How to Research the Environmental Past and Present of Your Neighborhood- and Why You Should

By Heather Flanagan, BOP Communications and Curriculum Editor The BOP Curriculum Team is hard at work writing and piloting middle school science units that hit state and city standards while engaging students in authentic, hands-on restoration work.  One core belief of our team is that our work should empower students to connect the science they’re learning […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Open Data and Open Source for Environmental Justice

The BOP Curriculum Team is hard at work writing and piloting middle school science units that hit state and city standards while engaging students in authentic, hands-on restoration work.  One core belief of our team is that our work should empower students to connect the science they’re learning to meaningful environmental justice work in their own […]

How to Use Our Favorite Maps for Researching Pollution in Your Neighborhood

The BOP Curriculum Team is hard at work writing and piloting middle school science units that hit state and city standards while engaging students in authentic, hands-on restoration work.  One core belief of our team is that our work should empower students to connect the science they’re learning to meaningful environmental justice work in their own […]

Using Stats with Your Students: Frequency Distribution Histograms

How do you make restoration data in a spreadsheet tangible for students?  We looked at one approach- building a histogram using index cards- in our professional development, Using Stats with Your Students. As a part of the Billion Oyster Project, students all over New York City monitor Oyster Restoration Stations (ORS) and upload the data they collect […]

Oyster associates: what are amphipods and isopods?

We take a closer look at the small arthropods who make a regular appearance in our Oyster Restoration Stations! Note for teachers: Amphipods and isopods get a starring role in BOP’s new curriculum, NY Harbor Populations Investigation. This unit starts with NY Harbor food and habitat webs, gets students hands-on designing experiments with their own small tanks […]

7 Reasons to Get Excited about Plankton!

There’s an amazing microscopic world in every drop of New York Harbor water.  Fancy equipment helps, but you can even spot these key players in the harbor ecosystem using DIY materials! “Plankton” is a catch-all term for an extremely diverse range of species that share one trait: they live in the water column and are unable to […]

Calling All Scientists!

Come share your knowledge with the best middle school oyster researchers in the city at the Third Annual Billion Oyster Project Research Symposium on June 23rd! We’re currently looking for professional scientists, citizen scientists, graduate and undergraduate students to present their work alongside BOP’s young researchers on Friday, June 23rd from 10am-2pm on Governors Island.  Interested in […]

Intro to New York Harbor Part 2: After the Clean Water Act

New York Harbor’s water is cleaner than it was 100 years ago and its biodiversity is on the rise thanks to laws like the Clean Water Act and the tireless work of water protectors- and you can be a part of it! New York Harbor’s health suffered tremendously with the rise of the city’s economy […]

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