Science Snoops - The Case of the Missing Monarchs

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Science Investigations
CD-ROM-based software for students in grades 6-8

Macintosh and Windows operating system compatible
Made with Macromedia Director and QuickTime

Kinder Magic Software
Ilse Ortabasi
760 632 6693

Software Features:

  • allows students grades 6-8 to experience the scientific process
  • is correlated to the National Science Education Standards
  • features over 70 interactive live-action video clips of scientists
  • is discovery-based and encourages students to record their findings in a journal
  • 20 monarch video clips (including original film and video footage from the Mexican monarch overwintering site El Rosario)
  • 20† interactive screens
  • monarch science reference page
  • glossary
  • student science journal
  • teacherís guide
  • userís guide

Users as snoops will inquire into possible hypotheses as to the lack of abundance of monarch butterflies at a fictional site somewhere in the Corn Belt during the 4th of July Butterfly Count. They will verify evidence given by their clients, run simulated experiments in the virtual laboratory, videoconference with experts, review relevant references, go on virtual field trips, and keep notes in their "case journal". Students will then report their findings to the virtual client.

Screen shot, video and activity examples:

Clients bring their case to the science snoops:



Measuring the forewing length of the butterflies brought by the clients
Checking for infected butterflies

Click the Petri dish to weigh the larva.

Learning Outcomes

With the Science Snoops software, students in grades 6-8 will learn about life science topics through exploration and discovery of the monarch butterfly. The software is structured in such a way that interaction with it reflects how science is done, emphasizing inquiry and discovery as a way of achieving knowledge and understanding.In accordance with the recommendations of the National Science Education Standards, Science Snoops provides opportunities to engage in scientific inquiries including:

  • the ability to identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations
  • design and conduct a scientific investigation
  • use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data
  • develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence
  • think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations
  • recognize and analyze alternative explanations and predictions
  • communicate scientific procedures and explanations
  • use mathematics in all aspects of scientific inquiry

Acknowledgment: This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Health and Human Services; National Institutes of Health (NIH); National Institute of Drug Abuse Grant Number: 1 R43 DA13557-01. This project is funded under the SBIR program (Phase I). Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of NIH.

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Last updated: August 2006 I.O.