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Citizen scientist - Open w/ badges

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Citizen scientist - Open w/ badges

  1. 1. Citizen Scientist: All-Sorts-of-Science
  2. 2.  REAL connections with & support for science (Cornell; www.globe.gov; www.nasa.gov) Science literacy; science sharing; extending & creating new knowledge and understanding; helping other nations
  3. 3. BADGES – to reinforce, validate, value, & sustain Can I get a Best Brain Badge? Use badges to promote, extend, monitor, and support the endeavor; For examples, badges for:  10 Great Pictures or Videos of Bugs or Crazy-landforms or Star-clusters or Red Oaks Badge  Bronze Helped-Fellow-Researcher Badge (entry level # of Likes by other citizen-scientists who found this badgees discussion-boards tips to be helpful)  5 Useful Science Data Points Badge (generated by scientist who assert validity / utility of data gathered)
  4. 4. Citizen Scientist: Assorted Topics (launching an ongoing “open” resource from a graduate course)This Citizen Scientist: project is an open resource that would be initiated and originally vetted during an course in science-education within the MAT program where the initial concept, design, exemplars, project criteria, links, contacts with scientists,alignment with national standards, course-level criteria, and input-assessment standards would be developed and would berequired within the course itself. Then, during the course, collaborative student teams would conduct the research, talk toscientists about what would serve their purposes, make the startup materials, directions, assessment criteria, establish theinput and participation venues (would citizen scientists upload pictures? or videos? or gather data from the field? or writenarrative reports?), and develop the e-framework. Along with the project directions embedded within the course, theinstructor would create a sketch-up or model to help students understand the complexity and breadth of the Citizen Scienceproject. A component of the graduate assignment would be the dissemination portion where the student team wouldresearch how to bring this information forward to the larger public – what school, public, web-based, organization, or venuewould be best suited to launch this project to the general public? The student team would also establish the larger evaluationenvelop that they would use to determine if the work from these budding field scientists was high quality. And, they wouldconsider the badges (see below) that would be needed to motivate, document, support, and maintain the project. In otherwords, the student teams would be required to consider the entire project – from meaningful science through meaningfulassessment, and through continuing the effort after they leave the project themselves. This project would serve as an idealcollaborative project for a preservice or inservice K12 science teacher; the work-for-school could serve a large communityneed.The project work would be evaluated by the instructor using the rubric that was developed for the assignment. Students inthe class would also conduct a similar criteria-prompted peer review to determine what Citizen Science project was ready tobe brought to the public – as good science and as a good representation of the quality of the work from ESC. Future classescould be tasked with reviewing, assessing, modifying, and revitalizing the project based on the results since the last class.Badges could be available for different tasks within the project and could be used to facilitate the ongoing support andmaintenance of the project – badges can validate the many different aspects of the project that need to function properly ifthe open resource is to be maintained, interesting, valid, and generative. Badges could document and support key areas suchas: quality data input (from peers and from scientists); effectiveness of peer support (who is best at helping each otheronline); recruitment (who enlists the most new citizen scientists); maintenance/ governance (who attends & supports e-meetings (virtual / Google+) that look at the overall open-resource management).This model of higher-education launched, local-citizenry, open-resource could support the implementation of other project-like tasks – humanity helpers; a reading club; home architecture hounds; cross country cuisines.Examples of citizen science efforts: http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2008/0410/p14s01-sten.html ;http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/news/spitzer20120307.html ; www.globe.govCITIZEN SCIENTISTS. Higher-ed initiated, field-data gathering and input. Encourages learning science and supports science.Badges ensure rigor and maintenance.

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