Invitations to Inquiry with Data using FieldScope


Invitations to Inquiry are short instructional modules designed to help middle and high school students work with data using FieldScope . FieldScope is an interactive mapping and graphing platform that allows citizen science  projects to collect, visualize, and analyze environmental data. Invitations to Inquiry are short learning experiences for students designed to allow them to learn about where the data is collected and then explore one or more questions with the data. Each lesson engages students in interpreting graphs or maps, or both, and figuring out what the data means. They are intended to increase student confidence in working with data and using visualization tools as part of the process.

These inquiries are intended to support the Science and Engineering Practices  from the Next Generation Science Standards.

These Invitations to Inquiry work best if you have at least one computer for every 2-3 students along with high speed internet access.


Asking and Answering Questions with Data

Using graphs and maps of water quality data, students investigate relationships between variables to answer questions.

Budburst - Fall Colors

About this Inquiry In this Inquiry, students engage in a debate between two characters about when a bed-and-breakfast (B&B) should have a fall leaf-peeping special to maximize guest experience. Leaf…

Budburst - Lilac Festival

Students use graphs and maps of lilac phenology data to determine the best time to host a lilac blossom festival in their area.

Frog Eat Frog World

Using maps and Frogwatch data, students explore the natural and invasive range of the American bullfrog.

Frog Symphony

Using maps and graphs of data, students investigate the habitats and time of year and day to hear a full chorus of frogs.

Global Night Sky Comparison

Students investigate what contributes to light pollution using data from locations around the globe.

Globe at Night - Dark Skies

Students use maps and graphs of Globe at Night night sky brightness data to predict the best place to stargaze in Arizona.

Heavy Metals in Waterways

Students investigate possible sources of heavy metal contamination using maps and data from Colorado.

Restoring Oyster Reefs

Students use data from the Chesapeake Bay estuary to determine suitable sites for oyster reef restoration.

Stocking Rivers with Trout

Students use data from a Colorado citizen science program to make recommendations on the best waterways for stocking trout.

Trash Free Potomac - Plastic Bags

Students investigate whether a plastic bag tax was effective in Washington D.C. by analyzing graphs of trash cleanup data before and after tax implementation.