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Activities for citizen science at science centers


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There are many creative ways to do citizen science activities at science centers. We build on a logic model framework to see how activities can build on the resources (inputs) you have available, and can achieve the learning outcomes you're aiming for. This is the fourth in a series of workshop slideshows about integrating citizen science into informal science education programming.

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Activities for citizen science at science centers

  1. 1. Citizen Science –at – Science Centers Creative Activities for Learning Outcomes
  2. 2. Flickr photo, sierraclub
  3. 3. So manyoptions!
  4. 4. Don’t forget,activities should build on your inputs and aim for your outcomes!
  5. 5. IN(puts) Activities OUT (comes)
  6. 6. Be creative!Think about…
  7. 7. Topics…
  8. 8. Biotech Natural history AstronomyWeather Flickr photo, sierraclub Water quality (and many Paleontology more!)
  9. 9. Venues…
  10. 10. Exhibits Teacher training Camps Festivals CollectionsAfterschool
  11. 11. Engagement…
  12. 12. Observing Social networking Specimen collection Curating Hack/MakeUsingtechnology Solving puzzles Gaming
  13. 13. But don’t forget: it’s not just what volunteers do…
  14. 14. …outcomes are related to howvolunteers are involved.
  15. 15. Degree of participation: Contributory Co-Created ScienceDefine a question/issueGather informationDevelop explanations + ≈Design data collection methods SocietyCollect samplesAnalyze samplesAnalyze data ≈ + IndividualsInterpret data/concludeDisseminate conclusionsDiscuss results/inquire further ≈ +Bonney et al. 2009. CAISE Report.
  16. 16. Outcomes for: Contributory Co-CreatedScience + ≈Society ≈ +Individuals ≈ +(adapted from Shirk et al. 2012)
  17. 17. Could you…
  18. 18. Identify issues/questions?
  19. 19. Analyze samples?
  20. 20. Analyze data?
  21. 21. Share results/ take action?
  22. 22. And it’s not either/or…
  23. 23. … it’s about bringing meaning to thescience.
  24. 24. Vastpossibilities!The only limits?
  25. 25. Vastpossibilities!The only limits? 1. Intended outcomes 2. Institutional resources (inputs) and…
  26. 26. Vastpossibilities!The only limits? 1. Intended outcomes 2. Institutional resources (inputs) 3. Your imagination!
  27. 27. Time to brainstorm!
  28. 28. Time to brainstorm!What activities might meet the goals of your science center? What are the constraints? What are the opportunities? See Citizen Science Logic Model Worksheet
  29. 29. Looking foroptions?Get inspired at…
  30. 30. Photo credits:Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Genetics LabDenver Museum of Nature & Science, Paleontology Certification ProgramChabot Space and Science Center, FernWatchMuseum of the Earth, Mastodon Matrix ProjectCoCoRaHS, iNaturalist, PatientsLikeMe, Belly Button Biodiversity, GalaxyZoo, FoldIt, GreatBackyard Bird Count, NestWatch, CitizenSort, DIYBio, Saguaro National Park BioBlitzOn Flickr: WWViews, waiferex, projectdiscovery, sierraclub, usfwssoutheastResources:Bonney, R., H. Ballard, R. Jordan, E. McCallie, T. Phillips, J. Shirk, and C. Wilderman. 2009. Public Participation inScientific Research: Defining the Field and Assessing Its Potential for Informal Science Education. A CAISE InquiryGroup Report. Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), Washington, D.C. OnlineShirk, J. L., H. L. Ballard, C. C. Wilderman, T. Phillips, A. Wiggins, R. Jordan, E. McCallie, M. Minarchek, B. V.Lewenstein, M. E. Krasny, and R. Bonney. 2012. Public participation in scientific research: A framework fordeliberate design. Ecol. Soc. Ecology and Society 17(2):29. more