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 […]