Citizen Science in the Middle School Classroom
February 14, 2012 3:24 PM Subscribe
I am looking for great citizen science projects for my students to get involved in!
posted by Peregrin5 to science & nature (15 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Hello guys! Rather new Middle School teacher here. I am very big on getting my kids used to doing ACTUAL science rather than just learning facts, and I want my students to get involved in citizen science, which is something I just heard about recently.
I guess it's about turning to the general populace to gather aid in completing the nitty gritty of a lot of the research that scientists do (i.e. data collection, computation, etc.) and have to use most of their time on. This helps scientists, and gets people actively involved in the process of science!
Well my kids are 8th graders, so we're doing physical science: forces and motion, chemistry, states of matter, astronomy, etc. I would like projects that are geared more towards this area. I know a lot of them tend to be life-science based (counting birds and the like).
Even better would be some type of Citizen Science hub that scientists post their projects to in an attempt to garner aid from the public. Is there anything like that yet? (if not, it's a idea to make one)