Web Cam Zoo Keeping Project for Kids | Still Playing School

Web Cam Zoo Keeping Project for Kids

We love animals but we live a bit too far from the zoo to visit on a regular basis. Instead we used the technology of web cams to study the science of zoology with our kids who then recorded the math data and analyzed it! This made the perfect STEM activity for kids!
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Our STEM project costs nothing yet can be as long term as you like. It is easily adapted for all ages and ability levels. 

The first choice your Junior Zoologist needs to make is what animal they'd like to study. Our preschooler E chose the pandas at the National Zoo but there are so many options! The National Zoo has several animal web cams. We chose this zoo since we visit annually so E will have a connection with the pandas the next time she sees them. You could also choose a web cam in the wild such as this one for observing a bald eagle nest!

Next we used a Junior Zoologist Observation Log printable that I created. You can get your own FREE copy of our Observation Log by signing up for our weekly newsletters! Once you join our email subscribers you will receive a link to the page with all of our free printables including the one you need for this zoology STEM project for kids.

Children will record the date, time, location (for our pandas it was inside or outside, on a rock, etc.) and behavior. Once a reasonable amount of observations are collected, kids can graph their data. A bar graph or pie chart showing the breakdown of each behavior would be a perfect mathematical representation of this project.

Lastly, to include a bit of engineering you could ask your students to design the best habitat for the animal(s) they studied based on their observations. We love to Zoo Tycoon together! Right now E is a bit too young to play the game independently but she loves to watch me play as we design, manage, and maintain our ideal zoo. If the animals seem to spend a lot of time indoors, the shelter needs to be large and clean. If the animals enjoy playing outside in social groups, they would need to put the species in social groups in their zoo. 

This post is part of the A-Z STEM Series. We chose the letter Z for Zoology which completes the series but you'll definitely want to check out all the amazing STEM Ideas for Kids posted prior to ours!

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  1. We love the pandas at the National Zoo! This is such a great idea, and a fantastic use of technology. Thanks for the idea!

  2. I love this idea! We really enjoy some of the underwater web cams (the one from the aquarium at Monterey Bay is pretty active). Great connection between nature & tech for kids!!