Welcome to Project Crystal Code! During this program, you are invited to help UC Irvine, Crystal Cove State Park, and Crystal Cove Conservancy study the best way to restore Moro Canyon.

Project Crystal Code participants will learn about the real-life challenges we face in protecting Moro Canyon and how we can use technology to address them as you investigate scientific questions, design a computer model, explore how to code an environmental sensor, analyze data, and finally create a recommendation for Crystal Cove State Park.

The program, designed to address Next Generation Science Standards for middle school, addresses concepts such as decomposition, modeling, coding, and how we can use science ideas to protect our wild places.  It is divided into ten sessions, which consist of 45-60 minutes of investigations.

Please visit our field trip page for information on booking an in-person trip.

How to Join

Virtual Project Crystal Code is free for everyone! If you are a teacher or homeschool educator and would like to join Project Crystal Code virtually for the 2023-2024 school year, please complete this survey and let us know.

If you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact Georges Edouard, Education Coordinator, by emailing georges@crystalcove.org.

Teacher Professional Development

We highly recommend that all teachers, educators, and parents who will be facilitating Project Crystal Code attend two online professional development sessions.  The “Welcome to Project Crystal Code” training gives an introduction to the Project Crystal Code research project and curriculum.  The “Project Crystal Code Data Analysis” training gives you a crash course in supporting your scientists in thinking about how best to represent data through statistics, making graphs, and using their graphs as evidence to support a recommendation.

2023-2024 Training Dates:


In-person workshops (recommended for teachers participating in field trips):

If you cannot attend a training, we will post recordings afterwards to watch at your leisure!

Project Crystal Code Curriculum

Curriculum for this year’s project will be posted throughout winter and spring 2022! If you want to check out the complete curriculum from last year, check out the 2020-2021 project page here!

Teacher & Educator Resources

Session 1: Welcome to Moro Canyon!

Session 2: Introduction to Our Experiment

Session 3: Designing a Model

Session 4: Making a Hypothesis

Session 5: Building Circuits

Session 6: Learning to Code

Session 7: Coding a Soil Moisture Meter

Session 8: Collecting Data

Book a field trip to Crystal Cove State Park by contacting georges@crystalcove.org

If you would prefer to do a virtual field trip instead, check out our virtual data collection lesson guide and virtual data collection slideshow!

Session 9: Analyzing Data

Session 10: Sharing Our Findings

Have any other questions?  Please contact Georges Edouard at georges@crystalcove.org for more information!

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