Anyone can be a citizen scientist and participate in scientific research, including you and your students! Citizen scientists contribute to ongoing research by helping collect data and then sharing it with scientists. Through participation in a citizen science project, your students are not only making a meaningful scientific contribution, but are also getting an authentic experience of what it means to be a scientist.
April 16th is National Citizen Science Day so it’s a great time to pick a project and get your class involved for the last few months of the school year. There are countless citizen science projects your class can become a part of and most of them require minimal prior experience, equipment you already have, and very little time, making it easy to get started and stay involved! SciStarter is a great site to find a citizen science project that is perfect for your class. The website makes it easy to search for projects by topic, location, and more.
Careers in Science Series
A great way to connect citizen science and The Walking Classroom is through our Science Career podcast series. Each of these podcasts provides insight into a career in science and many of the scientists talk about the importance of getting involved in science early on. All sixteen Careers in Science podcasts are available for free download from our website.
Have you done any citizen science with your students? Share your thoughts and experiences with us!