Video production is a great way to capture data and then present the findings of a scientific experiment. It is not only engaging for students to go through the process of making a video, but the end product can reach far beyond the classroom walls.
At Crissy Field Center, a dynamic hub of youth engagement for Golden Gate National Parks, youth are able to better understand their environment and become active citizens in their community. Project WISE, a collaboration with Galileo High School, is one of the great programs that Crissy Field Center offers where Environmental Science students from Galileo High School identify local environmental issues and then create experiments to test the magnitude of these potential hazards.
This inquiry-based learning model allows students to work in small groups to select topics based on issues that interest them. Last year, students selected a wide range of issues to explore that included the toxicity of Axe Body Spray, the nutritional value of school lunches, bacteria in beef, the water quality for endangered Coho Salmon, and the toxicity of white board markers.
Students documented the process of their experiments with video cameras and then produced short videos that present their findings.
The video below examines how students conducted and documented their experiments to then present their findings to their community.