Citizen Science: MicroPlants

Ask a Scientist
60 minute live broadcast on select dates and times with a Field Museum scientist. Grades 6th-12th.
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Explore evolution through the lens of citizen science! Participants will learn about the evolution of early land plants and will engage in the process of collecting and classifying bryophytes (microplants) with Museum scientist Laura Briscoe. Students will have the opportunity to become citizen scientists and contribute to an active research project at The Field Museum involving microplants. 

Students will go behind-the-scenes of The Field Museum and "visit" to one of the Museum’s state-of-the-art laboratories. Students can see, hear, and interact with Field Museum staff and learn about current research at the Museum. NGSS aligned pre-and-post activities accompany each broadcast. 

Supports NGSS LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

Technology Requirements: Virtual Visits is streamed live via video conferencing. Participating classrooms need a high speed Internet connection and are encouraged to use their webcam. Classrooms are encouraged to run off of a wired connection.


Ask a Scientist - Registration is available on the following dates and times.  Participation in a pre-broadcast technology check required. 

  • October 27, 2015 @ 9:30am CT (middle school) & 11am CT (middle school)
  • October 28, 2015 @ 9:30am CT (high school) & 11am CT (middle school)
  • March 15, 2016 @ 9:30am CT (middle school) & 11am CT (high school)
  • March 16, 2016 @ 9:30am CT (high school) & 11am CT (middle school)

NGSS Aligned Supplemental Activities 

Ask a Scientist - Middle School classrooms, High School classrooms


Ask a Scientist - Classroom -$125 (35 students or less); Multiple classrooms - $250 (36 students or more). Scholarships are available for CPS classrooms.

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