KID TALK

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MINECRAFT AND BIOPHILIC DESIGN

  • Andy Kuhlken, Austin Montessori School (8th grade)

This presentation showed how biophilic design principles could be incorporated into Minecraft. Andy offered examples of how nature can be involved while playing a video game.

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WHO IS A SCIENTIST? A FIFTH GRADER FINDS HIS VOICE THROUGH iNATURALIST

  • Sahil Shah, Canyon Vista Middle School (6th grade)

When Sahil’s 5th grade science class was given the opportunity to individually select, design and pursue an 8-week ecology-based service learning project, his interests led him to iNaturalist, where his questions about the reliability of the “scientists” using the platform helped him realize the value of his own voice.

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BATTLE WITH INVASIVE SPECIES

  • Benjamin Shrader, CommanderBen.com

Can you triumph over invasive species with a video camera? Yes you can! Ben shared his adventures creating his blog and YouTube video series to help educate kids of all ages about invasives. He also shared his experiences as a citizen scientist recording observations in the Invaders of Texas Program.