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K-12 Education

Luquillo LTER/CZO Schoolyard Data Jam

The Luquillo LTER/CZO Data Jam invites high and middle school students to find interesting ways to present scientific data to non-scientist audiences.

Students use ecological data collected at the El Yunque National Forest by the Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory, Luquillo LTER and USGS Water to create a project that presents the data in a non-traditional way.  An important component of the activity is encouraging students to get creative.  Project examples include children’s books, raps, videos, models, presentations, and infographics. Students will present their project at the Luquillo LTER Schoolyard Symposium hosted by the University of Puerto Rico in December, 2019.



Data Jam Teachers Workshop

On Saturday, December 10th, 2018 we successfully held our third Teacher Data Jam Workshop of the Luquillo LTER Schoolyard Program. On this occasion, accompanied by a group of 24 dedicated and adventurous educators; and an excellent staff from the Forward Learning Company, whom we thank for their hard work that lead to the workshop success. It is essential to thank the scientists and experts of Luquillo CZO, USGS, Concord Consortium and Luquillo LTER, who facilitated the process and provided us with workshop data. Special thanks to Dr. Steven McGee for taking the lead of introducing the Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) in Spanish!

Data Jam 2019 Poster Session

Data Jam 2019 Poster Session.

Associated Files

Creating a Poster in Power Point
(1 MB pdf)
Creating a Poster in Power Point

(814 KB pptx)
Organization Logos (CZO, LTER, IITF, USGS and others) for Data Jam posters

Accessing other CZO Data
(342 KB pdf)
Accessing other CZO Data

Teacher and Student guidelines
(2 MB pdf)
Teacher and Student guidelines

Teacher instructions for introducing the Data Jam to students
(77 KB pdf)
Teacher instructions for introducing the Data Jam to students

explaining hydrology variables for students
(2 MB pdf)
What do these data mean? An introduction to hydrology variables for students.

Developing a Research Question
(397 KB pdf)
How to develop a research question en español.


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