New Programs Now Available
This week, a free educational application for iPad created by the Hurvis Center called Observe to Learn goes live in the App StoreSM. This application is available for anyone to download and use to explore animal behavior in their backyard, a local zoo, or nearby nature area. The app and an associated curriculum guide were designed for use by informal learning institutions and schools nationwide to provide youth an opportunity to learn about the natural world through self-directed, animal behavior (ethology) studies. The application is also available in Spanish, and may potentially be translated into other languages as new partners from other nations express interest.
The aim of Observe to Learn, which evolved from Lincoln Park Zoo's successful program, Young Researchers Collaborative, is to provide technology that combines established approaches in animal behavior research with simplicity to allow any institution to implement the program in a way that will complement or enhance existing programs.
To date, Hurvis Center partners on using Observe to Learn include Roger Williams Park Zoo in New England, St. Louis Zoo, San Francisco Zoo and Columbia's Zoologico Santa Cruz.
Career programs for underserved Chicago-area teens
In addition to the launch of Observe to Learn, the Hurvis Center is now accepting applications from Chicago-area high schoolers for two newly created career-focused programs: Career Explorers and Research Apprenticeship Program.
Career Explorers is a two-week-long early exposure program focused on different career paths within a zoo, aquarium or museum to give youth a deeper understanding about a range of careers. The Research Apprenticeship Program will give select high schoolers an opportunity to spend four weeks working alongside a Lincoln Park Zoo scientist and engaging in authentic research experiences. These youth will continue
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