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Citizen Science Education Resources

Below are several resources produced through efforts of the CSA’s Education Working Group.

 Learning* through Citizen Science: An Aspirational Vision and Ten Questions to Prompt Reflection on Practice

Excerpts from a blog post by Kirn, S.L., Ford, M.E., Collay, R., Henderson, S., Jolly, E., Trautmann, N.M., Arndt, L., Lorek Strauss, A.

Photo courtesy of Minnesota Master Naturalist.

The following set of questions can inspire citizen science programs to consider the many ways they do and might serve, inspire, and support current and future participants.

  1. How have you articulated your program’s learning objectives and made them visible?
  2. How have you articulated your program’s science objectives and made them visible?
  3. How have you helped your participants to see where their contributions fit in the scientific research enterprise?
  4. see all ten questions here.

Youth Learning and Citizen Science

Citizen Science Infographic in the shape of the Rutherford Model with description in the center

New resources are available to help educators and youth organizations understand and tap into citizen science. The first document in a series, Citizen Science: Activating STEM Learning Out Of School, shares how citizen science offers youth and educators unique opportunities to observe and explore the world through authentic research experiences.

See the full post, including video, here.