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    • Bird Academy
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      Which citizen-science projects have you used with learners, if any? Do you have any advice or suggestions about how to participate in the specific project you have used or with citizen science in general? If you have not done a citizen-science project with learners, reflect on the readings and how you might incorporate citizen science.
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    • kristin
      Chirps: 11
      In Physics I find it hard to incorporate Citizen Science; however, I absolutely love the idea of it and am hopeful that I can learn of some resources so that I can include it in my classes.  I like the ideas presented below about NASA and S'COOL and will need to look into those.
    • Adam
      Chirps: 12
      I have not yet done citizen science in my classroom.  In looking at the examples in the text, it is obvious the benefits citizen science can have in my classroom.  The S'COOL is one citizen science project I can incorporate into my physics classes.  We spend a great deal of time explaining how satellites work and communicate.  We also discuss the many difficulties satellites have communicating with proper timing in my classes.  Connecting the information flow of satellites with data observed on earth is a great way of involving my students in working with NASA to fine tune their satellites that ties into my curriculum.  With my classes out for the time being due to COVID-19, this is something I may incorporate into this years activities if classes remain remote as appears likely.
    • Bill
      Chirps: 12
      At this point, I have not done any citizen-science projects. After reading through the examples in the book, I can see the value n these projects and would like to incorporate them into my curriculum. I particularly enjoyed the spotlight on weather where students observed and reported clouds to help scientists ensure the accuracy of their instruments. Not only are the students collecting data, but they can clearly see the connection between their work and the value of this to science. For my classes, where I focus on human physiology, I would love to find a project where students can collect data on themselves (ex: heart rate, breathing rate, frequency of urine (had a senior do that for her senior project this year! :), etc....) or even on human behavior, then compile and submit this data to a central resource.
    • Anna
      Chirps: 14
      11 years ago when I first returned to classroom teaching, I did a project called "journey north".  Although, I did not exactly do the citizen science part.  Instead, we just did the part where we tried to find mystery locations based upon the changing hours of day length from the time period of the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice.  I seem to remember there were something on Journey North with watching monarchs.    I used to do a lot of outdoor education type stuff but have not done anything with citizen science.  Unfortunately, in my school, our class periods are 35 minutes.  Also, with adopting NYSSLS, the topics I teach have changed. I have used some NYSSLS aligned units from NGSS Storylines and SCALE in order to better learn the standards.  Now that I understand them, I am better able to put things into my curriculum like citizen science. One benefit to transitioning to on-line school (because of Co-vid 19) is that we will no longer be bound by class time periods. On my google classroom I just posted to link to projectbudburst.  I am making it optional as we already had to submit paper lessons for 12 days.  But, if students are interested this is a good time to do this project.
    • Aaron
      Chirps: 15
      To this date, I have not participated in a citizen science project.  As a middle and high school biology teacher, as well as elementary STEM teacher, many of the citizen science projects that currently exist would fit well into curriculum that I teach.  The citizen science project that excites me most is Project BudBurst.  Through this project, students will have the opportunity to make year long observations of plants and how they change throughout the seasons.  The data collected through this project is important for understanding the influence that climate change has on natural plant cycles.  This project is flexible, and not significantly time consuming, which would enable me to fit it into the busy school day.  It also would provide students with the opportunity to spend time outside throughout the year.
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