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Citizen Science at theCalifornia Academy ofSciencesUsing existing projects to fill programmatic needsAlison YoungCitizen Science EducatorCalifornia Academy of Sciences
Middle School Out-of-School-Time ProgramYouth Community Science Action Clubs• First program to engage middle school youth• Promoting science learning in out-of-school time environments through Science Action Clubs• Build science skills in youth while maintaining a focus on community action• Train-the-trainer system – giving OST coordinators modules to pick from California Academy of Sciences
Careers in Science: intern program» Year-round, multi-year science education and youth development program for San Francisco youth» Aimed at groups under-represented in the sciences» Propel students to pursue a career in science through hands-on experiences in the field and laboratory» Build critical skills and capacities for academic and career success
Careers in Science: intern programMission:» Provide diverse youth with opportunities to immerse themselves in the natural world» Explore potential science and education careers» Central in Academy ladder of support for nurturing science engagement» Pivotal link that expands horizons and opens doors to professional science careers
Conducting Authentic Scientific Research » Hands-on field study projects locally and afar » Support research of scientists and biologists
LiMPETS:Long-term MonitoringProgram andExperiential Training forStudentsProgram Mission To provide authentic, hands-on classroom and coastal field monitoring experiences that connect teachers, students, and the community to the ocean.
LiMPETSAcademy Careers in ScienceInterns are trained to collectintertidal data:» Distribution and abundance of mole crabs on sandy beaches.» 33 species of invertebrates and algae on rocky shores.» Data are used by the sanctuary to establish a baseline to better address current and future impacts. California Academy of Sciences
Ocean Beach Summer Sand Crab Abundance 40 35Average # of crabs per sample 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 California Academy of Sciences
LiMPETSAcademy Careers in ScienceInterns have beenparticipating since 2003:» More than 200 students total.» Have presented their findings at the American Geophysical Union conference. California Academy of Sciences
Gulf of the Farallones NationalMarine Sanctuary PartnershipRocky Shore PartnershipTrains Academy docents and GFNMSvolunteers as rocky shore naturalists:» Teach tidepool etiquette and natural history at Duxbury Reef.» Contribute to on-going intertidal monitoring.» Work in the California Coast exhibit at the Academy. California Academy of Sciences
Gulf of the Farallones NationalMarine Sanctuary PartnershipRocky Shore PartnershipOriginally only collected data on visitor useand rockweed abundance.Adopted LiMPETS protocols:• To add more depth and scientific meaningto what the naturalists did at Duxbury.• To allow adult Rocky Shore volunteers towork with LiMPETS students in the field. California Academy of Sciences