Austin's Urban Wildlife Demonstration and Bike Maintenance Tutorial
Hosted by: City of Austin Park Rangers
Visit our LIVE BROADCAST Booth: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sessions Summary - More details below!
- 12:00 - 12:10 - Meet the Rangers!
- 12:10 - 12:40 - Austin's Urban Wildlife Demonstration
- 12:40 - 1:00 - Austin's Urban Wildlife Q&A
- 1:00 - 1:30 - Bike Maintenance Tutorial
- 1:30 - 1:50 - Bike Maintenance Tutorial Q&A
- 1:50 - 2:20 - Austin's Urban Wildlife Demonstration
- 2:20 - 2:50 - Austin's Urban Wildlife Q&A
- 2:50 - 3:20 - Bike Maintenance Tutorial
- 3:20 - 3:50 - Bike Maintenance Tutorial Q&A
Austin's Urban Wildlife
Recommended Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Activity Time: First Session 12:10-12:40 Q&A 12:40-1:00 Second Session 1:50-2:20 Q&A 2:20-2:50
The Challenge: Learn about the different wildlife species that live in parks around Austin. Rangers and scientists use motion-triggered cameras, called trail cameras, to capture photographs of wild animals in their habitat. In this activity, you will learn how a trail camera works, see pictures of wildlife caught on the cameras, and learn how to identify wild animals by their fur or bones.
Recommended Materials: Note-taking materials, field guides, or books about mammals (optional)
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Exploring Earth and Energy?
Scientists are interested in studying how wildlife adapts to living in urban habitats. Parks are great habitat for urban wildlife because they provide natural spaces for animals to find water, food, and shelter. Studying wildlife can be difficult because animals try to avoid humans as a way to survive. Trail cameras are a great tool for observing wildlife because they capture photos at any time during the day or night. They allow scientists to observe animals from a safe distance without disturbing them.
- Some animal species survive better in habitats that are urban, but some do not. This is something that scientists want to study to help protect species that may be in decline.
- Animals have many different adaptations that allow them to survive in their habitat. Examples of adaptations include fur color (spots, stripes, solid colors), types of teeth (canines, molars), body structures (antlers, claws, scales), and more.
- Learning how to identify animals by their types of adaptations allows scientists to collect data on which species of animals are found in urban habitats.
Bike Maintenance Demo
Recommended Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Activity Time: First Session 1:00-1:30 Q&A 1:30-1:50 Second Session 2:50-3:20 Q&A 3:20-3:50
The Challenge: Learn how to change a bike tube.
Recommended Materials: Bike tube and wheel. Note-taking material if you do not have a bike available.
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Moving Around: Land, Water, Air, and Space?
- Tires on a road bike are very thin and slick (no tread). This is for minimum contact with the road and to make the wheels ‘slice’ through the air. Tread on a tire causes friction with the road and would slow the bike down.
- Most advanced road bike frames are lightweight. They are made of aluminium, or carbon, or a mix of both. Some top-end frames are high-density weave, which removes any additional material from the inside of the frame, making it lighter still
- Bicycles are full of fascinating gears, levers, bearings, forces, counter-forces, momentum, inertia, fulcrums, pivots, friction, thrust, and other scientific things.