amphibianfoundation's Young Scientists' League — y-sci
'y-sci' engages elementary through high school students to explore science, conservation and stewardship through classroom and in the field projects — in an atmosphere of enthusiastic inquisitiveness.
We can guide students while encouraging them to ask their own questions - and find their own answers! We have helped schools develop S.T.E.M. and S.T.E.A.M. programming and even achieve S.T.E.M. certification.
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Through the Young Scientists' League, the Amphibian Foundation offers many biology and conservation programs for kids. The following programs are offered for classroom studies, projects and experiments. All amphibians are donated by The Amphibian Foundation and its partners to schools for their experiments.
Poison Frog Feeding Experiment
This experiment is intended for 2nd Grade Classrooms. It will help students develop and understand hypotheses, as well as how to collect and organize data. A minimum of two groups of frogs are needed for this experiment, so it is possible to include more than one class, or one class can have two enclosures with frogs. One group is fed fruit flies, and the other is fed bean beetles. The frogs are weighed and measured monthly and growth rates can be calculated and comapred between groups. Students also learn how to care for and rear these frogs, how to culture live food for the frogs, and how to design and construct healthy vivaria in which the frogs can thrive. For more information, please see The Young Scientists' League website.
** Poison Frogs are harmless in captivity **
Poison Frog Rainforest Project
This project is intended for 2nd - 4th Grade Classrooms. Students research rainforests and what makes them unique. They investigate the qualities that make a rainforest, and work towards using the key features to design a vivarium that can sustain rainforest frogs, like Cobalt Poison Frogs. With guidance, the students will construct the enclosure and when it is ready — we add the baby Poison Frogs!
The Axolotl Feeding Experiment
Axolotls are aquatic salamanders that never fully metamorphose. They keep their large external gills and huge swimming tail for their entire lives. This makes them quite unique! They also have cute smiley faces, quickly recognize when it is feeding time and come up to greet you!
This experiment will work for all age groups. A minimum of two groups of axolotls are required for this experiment. We will donate axolotls for this experiment and teach the students how to set up aquaria for keeping healthy salamanders. One group is fed one food source (i.e. reptomin) and another group is fed another nutritional food source or live food like earthworms. The salamanders can be weighed and/or measured monthly and growth rates can be calculated and compared. Students will learn how to generate hypotheses, as well as how to collect and organize data.
The Young Scientists' League has partnered with Atlanta Audubon, Trees Atlanta, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance and Arabia Mountain to offer an Atlanta Urban Ecologists program for grades 7 - 12 in the metro Atlanta area. The y-sci component will be lab and field identification of our 28 species of amphibians native to this region of Georgia — the ones we can find in our urban neighborhoods. Atlanta Urban Ecologists can then participate in the Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program (www.maamp.us), conduct field surveys and collect data on our urban amphibian communities | atlantaurbanecologists.org