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Youth participants

Many youth took part in the Driven to Discover project as it was being developed. We learned a lot from them and love them all! Here are some of their stories.

The effects of Irgasan on amphipods

Student:

Joshua Proehl (9th grade, New London-Spicer High School)

Joshua studied the effect of Irgasan, a man-made chemical found in hand sanitizers, on amphipods.

Movement and behavior of birds at Washington Park

Students:

Bella Caranen (6th grade, Wedgewood Park Int'l School) and Donald Harris (9th grade, Bradley Technology & Trade High School)

Location:

Milwaukee, WI

Partner:

Urban Ecology Center

A group of students studied the movement and behavior of different bird species at Washington Park to determine if they were most often in the air, on the ground, in the water, or in trees or on poles.

Comparison of bird species

Students:

Marie Charles and Liam Darby

Location:

Milwaukee, WI

Partner:

Urban Ecology Center

A group of students tracked birds at two different parks (Washington Park and Riverwood Park) in Milwaukee to determine which park had more birds and which species were present.

Climate change causes caterpillar calamity

Student:

Elizabeth Myster (St. Hubert School)

Location:

Chanhassen, MN

Adult leader:

Cindy Petersen

Elizabeth compared two groups of cecropia moth caterpillars: one group subjected to constant daily temperatures, and the other subjected to fluctuating daily temperatures, and compared the growth rates between the groups.

How hot is too hot? Driven to Discover monarch microclimate study

Student:

Tiana Connelly (8th grade)

U of M researcher:

Kelly Nail

Adult leader:

Cindy Petersen

Tiana and Kelly measured the temperature at different locations on the same three milkweed plants and made note of the locations of caterpillars on the plants in an effort to determine the caterpillars' preferred microclimate.

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