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Big changes to Oyster Research Station monitoring expeditions on the BOP Digital Platform!

We know it can get tough out in the field, so we’ve made it much easier for you to collect and share your BOP Digital Platform data with the world! Thanks to feedback from YOU and the support of our growing pro-bono open source developer community, most fields are now optional on the data entry forms for each protocol in order […]

ORS Supplies

Monitoring an Oyster Research Station (ORS) is the cornerstone of the Billion Oyster Project Schools and Community Science program.  You can check out the Basic Training page and the Field Science Manual to learn more, or contact educate@nyharbor.org to get in touch with our education staff.  We supply the cage, live oysters, and some equipment, but if […]

Oyster Tanks in the Classroom!

Setting up a classroom oyster tank is a great way to get started with BOP, and it’s an awesome way to keep your class hooked on oysters all year long! Supplies Oyster Tank Supplies Purpose Quant Price Tank (10 gallon) home for oysters 1 $41.00 Tap water conditioner de-chlorination of tank water 1 $8.00 Instant Ocean […]

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 […]

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