Firefly Science Project for Kids

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Be a firefly scientist and join us for some firefly fun!! Check out Ready, Set, Glow! and get your kids involved in a fun summer science project. The National Children's Museum's Ready, Set, Glow! project is a unique collaboration between the National Children's Museum (NCM) and the Museum of Science, Boston (MOS), designed to help children become "citizen scientists" through studying fireflies in their own backyards and inputting data online. The goal of the project is to engage kids in inquiry-based learning and stewardship of the environment, and above all, to have fun! Here's more from the website:

What states have fireflies?

Fireflies that glow are found in the eastern United States, east of the Mississippi River all the way from Maine to Florida. If you live in the West, in states like California, Oregon and Washington, you probably won't see fireflies. Fireflies like warm, moist climates and scientists think it may be too dry in these states.
When can I start watching fireflies?

Fireflies can be seen starting in late spring or early summer. Watch for them starting in June until mid to late August or even September, depending upon where you live.

Counting fireflies is easy and fun!
Just follow these simple steps:

Pick a location (like your own backyard!) and register your location on the Museum of Science Boston website.

Spend 10-15 minutes once a week observing fireflies and answer some easy questions like:

Citizen Scientist
* How many fireflies did you see?
* How many different firefly colors did you see?
* How many flashing patterns did you see?
* Where were the fireflies that you watched?

Record the answers on the MOS data sheet and upload your observations to the website. Use the online tools to have fun helping scientists map where fireflies are found and interacting with fellow Citizen Scientists.

Use the MOS web site to have fun helping scientists map where fireflies are found and interacting with fellow Citizen Scientists.

To learn more about fireflies and to join the Museum of Science, Boston (“MOS”) Firefly Watch Project go to www.mos.org/fireflywatch/.

sheila said...

When my kids were little, I think we actually did something like this. Cool. Great post for parents!

Jen said...

How fun! I'm going to check this out for something to do with my kids.

~~tonya~~ said...

Great post!! Thanks for sharing. Looks like something my son would love to do.

Sweet Serendipity said...

I do you you enjoy it!
Thanks for stopping by and taking time to leave a comment :D

The Redhead Riter said...

I love fireflies

Hope you experienced a wonderfully fantastic Tuesday!

The Redhead Riter said...

I love fireflies

Hope you experienced a wonderfully fantastic Tuesday!

Icy BC said...

My son and I watch for firefly every summer. We had just a few fireflies this past weekend for the first time this year, in Metro Detroit!

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