Welcome to Project Crystal! During this virtual program, you are invited to help UC Irvine, Crystal Cove State Park, and Crystal Cove Conservancy study the best way to help seedlings grow.  Project Crystal participants will learn about the real-life challenges we face in protecting Moro Canyon as they investigate scientific questions, design a model, set up an experiment, analyze data, and finally create a recommendation for Crystal Cove State Park.

The program, designed to address Next Generation Science Standards for fifth grade, addresses concepts such as plant ecology, the water cycle, and how we can use science ideas to protect our wild places.  It is divided into twelve sessions, which consist of 60-90 minutes of investigations, including an optional Explore at Home extension.

How to Join

Program materials are available below.  We have also set up the program on Google Classroom, which you can join by registering for a free Google Education Account. Once registered, enter the Classroom Code acvelwv to join.  

If you are a teacher and would like to run Project Crystal through your own online learning platform, please complete this survey and let us know!  Teacher resources are available here.

Program Overview

Session 1: Welcome to Moro Canyon

Session 2:  Moro Canyon’s Changing Landscape

Session 3: Introduction to Our Research Project

Session 4: Designing a Model

Session 5: Thinking About Plants & Water


Session 6: Thinking About Photosynthesis

Session 7: Thinking About the Water Cycle

Session 8:  Revising Our Model & Making a Hypothesis

Session 9: Designing the Study & Collecting Data

Session 10: Analyzing & Graphing Data

Teacher Overview for Session 10

Session 11: Constructing a Recommendation

Teacher Overview for Session 11

Session 12: Sharing Our Findings

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