I’m always on the look-out for ways to get involved in ‘normal’ activities even if I can’t hear everything that’s going on. That’s why I was fascinated to come across Project Noah, an international wildlife project which allows kids to upload photos of plants and wildlife in their area to help create a map of the natural world and contribute to scientific research in the process.
Project Noah is for all kids everywhere but has an inclusive app for deaf and hard-of-hearing young people (relying entirely on images and text communication) who can get involved in exactly the same way their peers do.
As a community volunteer myself, this will be hugely useful for a 2km nature trail we’re creating around our homes during the next few months. Working closely with our local Wildlife Trust, we’re getting residents and kids involved in identifying flowers, trees, plants, birds, bats and bugs so we can tell everyone about the wildlife that lives in our area. This app will be ideal as the kids can not only find the wildlife, but they can take photos and add information to an international database of species, becoming ‘citizen scientists’ in the bargain! Wow, what a great way for kids, parents, and teachers to learn about wildlife!