Katherine Mathieson
British Science Association
@kath_math
Citizen Science for Schools
The 3Rs of Citizen
Science for Schools
• Real
• Relevance
• ResourcesR
Benefits for students
• Raise motivation and
appetite for school
• Boosts learning (&
attainment) in science
• Broaden car...
Benefits for teachers
• Raise student
motivation & aspiration
• Raise your/your
department’s profile
within the school
• R...
Tips for researchers 1
• Involve teachers
• Be clear about the benefits to schools
• Dedicate resource to recruiting schoo...
Tips for researchers 2
• Don’t make assumptions about school IT
setups
• Keep school participants involved
• Use researche...
School networks
CREST projects in schools
National Science &
Engineering Week
Questions?
Katherine Mathieson
Director of Programmes
British Science Association
www.britishscienceassociation.org
Kather...
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British Ecological Society's Special Interest Group on Citizen Science, meeting held 2nd & 3rd July 2014 in Oxford

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  • Why do researchers want to work with schools?
    Inspire next generation – CERN@School
    Target age group – Flusurvey
    Granularity of data - Treezilla
  • Real
    Relevance is to pupils’ everyday lives
  • Involve teachers – in planning (e.g. school year) & making resource materials (e.g. what works, curriculum links)
    Benefits to schools – don’t oversell
  • School IT setups – also be aware of data protection/permissions issues e.g. Flusurvey
    Keep them involved – share the data
    Researchers as ambassadors - STEMNET
  • Seeking new partner for 2015
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  • Katherine mathieson slides citizen science fit for the future 3rd july 2014

    1. 1. Katherine Mathieson British Science Association @kath_math
    2. 2. Citizen Science for Schools
    3. 3. The 3Rs of Citizen Science for Schools • Real • Relevance • ResourcesR
    4. 4. Benefits for students • Raise motivation and appetite for school • Boosts learning (& attainment) in science • Broaden career aspirations & strengthen science identity • Develop employability skills e.g. leadership, communication
    5. 5. Benefits for teachers • Raise student motivation & aspiration • Raise your/your department’s profile within the school • Raise your school’s profile locally/nationally • Link to other school agendas e.g. sustainability • Support your (science) passions
    6. 6. Tips for researchers 1 • Involve teachers • Be clear about the benefits to schools • Dedicate resource to recruiting schools • Identify a narrow target audience – or offer a range of ways to participate
    7. 7. Tips for researchers 2 • Don’t make assumptions about school IT setups • Keep school participants involved • Use researchers as ambassadors
    8. 8. School networks
    9. 9. CREST projects in schools
    10. 10. National Science & Engineering Week
    11. 11. Questions? Katherine Mathieson Director of Programmes British Science Association www.britishscienceassociation.org Katherine.mathieson@britishscienceassociation.org @kath_math

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