Receive and Register your Kit
Teachers should register for the program through CurioCity. Eligible teachers will be notified and receive their kit in the mail beginning February 22, 2019. Each kit contains: 4 sampling vials with special chemicals, a pair of tweezers, and a pre-paid return package
To get started with your kit, register here. You will find the kit code number on the Kit Registration Voucher that comes with your kit. (The LifeScanner mobile app will not be used for this program)
Buy fish at a local supermarket or fish market
Students will collect samples any of the following:
- Red Snapper
- Sockeye Salmon
- King Salmon
- Atlantic Halibut
- Pacific Halibut
Use the LifeScanner site to submit the data for each vial. Fill in the fields based on the detailed instructions provided by the Let's Talk Science CurioCity program instructions.
Take pictures of your fish purchase while still in the original packaging, making sure to capture all names, labels and other information.
Return your kit
For the spring 2019 project, use the pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope that comes with the kit to mail completed samples to LifeScanner no later than April 5, 2019. This will allow LifeScanner to process your samples in time to get results before the end of the school semester.
See Your Results
The results for individual samples can be viewed on the LifeScanner website. CurioCity will also provide a summary of all the results obtained during the term/semester from samples returned before the closing date. Check back here to learn about what you found.
Q: I teach a number of classes, can I get more than one free kit?
A: At this point, Let’s Talk Science and project partners are only providing one free kit per educator. Additional kits can be purchased from LifeScanner and the data from those kits can be included. If you want data to be included in this project, mark the return envelope with “Let’s Talk Science Fish Market Survey.”
Q: I don’t see Sockeye or King Salmon at the grocery store, but I do see Pacific Salmon. Does that count?
A: Yes, both Sockeye and King Salmon go by the name Pacific Salmon as well as North Pacific Salmon. King Salmon is also called Chinook Salmon.
Q: Can we submit fish we caught ourselves in a local water body??
A: For this project, we would prefer that you get fish from a grocery store, as the main purpose is to determine if commercial fish are being sold under the wrong name. Additional kits can be purchased from LifeScanner to sample self-caught fish of your choice.