Citizen Science at Science Centers (and other informal science institutions!)

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Do informal science ed? Interested in citizen science? This set of slides introduces how citizen science can be a great fit for science centers and other informal science institutions, and helps you …

Do informal science ed? Interested in citizen science? This set of slides introduces how citizen science can be a great fit for science centers and other informal science institutions, and helps you get connect to resources to get you started.

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  • 1. Citizen Science -at-Science Centers
  • 2. Citizen ScienceMembers of the public engaging inreal-world scientific investigations:asking questions, collecting data,and/or interpreting results.
  • 3. It’slearning… In the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Program, youth “bond” over loving science! (Kountoupes and Oberhauser 2008)Photo, MLMP photo gallery
  • 4. … and it’sreal science! Monarch data predict ideal breeding conditions will be found further north in the future. (Batalden et al. 2007)
  • 5. But, how do you do both? and well?at science centers?!
  • 6. We haveexperience to share …
  • 7. … and so do you! Survey: citizen science in science centers? Interested but not yet involved Current (87) involvement (41)Opportunities. Past involvement (24) Never again (3)
  • 8. … and so do you! Survey: citizen science in science centers? Interested but not yet involved Current (87) involvement (41)Opportunities. Past involvement Learning (24)opportunities! Never again (3)
  • 9. So,what works? “I am able to work with this kind of programming because it…”0 10 20 30 40 50
  • 10. So,what works? “I am able to work with this kind of programming because it…” … is supported by external funding nope.0 10 20 30 40 50
  • 11. So,what works? “I am able to work with this kind of programming because it…” … fits well with our institutional priorities ding ding0 10 20 30 40 50 ding!
  • 12. We help you gain: • Awareness of a wide range of citizen science projects and approaches • Knowledge of where to start looking for ideas, resources, and support • Connections with a community of practice for citizen science • Skills to develop a citizen science strategy targeted for your institution and goals
  • 13. Now …
  • 14. …do you want to do citizenscience?
  • 15. Get started here: CitizenScience.org/ISIs
  • 16. Photo credits:Project NestWatch, www.nestwatch.orgProject BudBurst, www.neoninc.org/budburstCommunity Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Program, www.cocorahs.orgLost Ladybug Project, www.lostladybug.orgGalaxyZoo, www.galaxyzoo.orgCyberTracker, www.cybertracker.orgMonarch Larvae Monitoring Project, www.mlmp.orgAnitaGould on Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/46701075/Resources:Kountoupes, D. L., and K. S. Oberhauser. 2008. Citizen Science and Youth Audiences: EducationalOutcomes of the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship1:10-20.Batalden, R. V., K. Oberhauser, and A. T. Peterson. 2007. Ecological Niches in Sequential Generations ofEastern North American Monarch Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Danaidae): The Ecology of Migration andLikely Climate Change Implications. Environmental Entomology 36:1365-1373.For more information:CitizenScience.orgcscentral@cornell.edu