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Kids can learn about biological diversity, habitats, and human impact on ecosystems. Project Noah lets kids do the real-life fieldwork of biologists and ecologists by helping track a particular species or adding to a catalog of data about a neighborhood or region. In addition, the community structure of the website helps kids build important collaboration skills. Project Noah is a free and easy way to take part in biodiversity research with the support of a knowledgeable and global community.
Kids are empowered to be part of a scientific community and protect their world.
Violence & Scariness
Some photos show dead animals but with educational intent. For example, photos of dead fish in the Gulf Oil Spill Impact Mission.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Project Noah is an online community and citizen science website that allows users to submit nature photos to help with global research missions and record biodiversity. The website is used along with a mobile app, which kids can use to upload photos on location. There are some privacy and safety concerns for younger kids. Kids must sign in with an existing email or social networking account (Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and full functionality requires access to location. Submitted photos are associated with the login account and include a link to the user's profile, for which there is an option to include name and photo. Kids using Project Noah in conjunction with a teacher-monitored education account have more protections than those using a public user account.
Is It Any Good?
Project Noah is a vehicle for users to share their nature explorations. It can be used by anyone, from elementary students to seasoned scientists, to collect data about species diversity. It's best used to get kids engaged in conservation and scientific inquiry. Kids will feel empowered that data from this site is used in actual research. It will also help them recognize the ecological diversity that is present in their own community.
While Project Noah reflects how scientists collaborate and share data online, users are limited to taking pictures and describing organisms. Some kids might not find this very exciting.
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