Webinar: Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design

Thursday, November 1
11:00 a.m.

Please join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine for a webinar release of this new report from the Board on Science Education. SciStarter’s founder and Professor of Practice at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU, Darlene Cavalier, is a co-author of this report.

From the Academies: Citizen science has blossomed as a way to engage a broad range of individuals in doing science. Citizen science projects focus on “nonscientists” participating in the processes of scientific research, with the goal of advancing and using scientific knowledge. These projects enlist individuals and communities in a wide range of science-related endeavors, from counting particular species in the environment to monitoring for contaminants in streams to categorizing the structure of galaxies.

The report says that citizen science is uniquely positioned to support participants’ learning about science and identifies ways that citizen science projects can be designed to effectively support learning. The report also recommends areas for research in order to advance understanding and practice.

  • Raj Pandya, Committee Chair and Director, Thriving Earth Exchange, American Geophysical Union
  • Heidi Schweingruber, Director, Board on Science Education, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Kenne Dibner, Program Officer, Board on Science Education, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Sponsors: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Simons Foundation

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About the Author

Caroline Nickerson

Caroline Nickerson

Caroline Nickerson is a Master of Public Policy student at American University with a focus on environmental and climate change policy. She is passionate about science communication in the policy space and engaging citizens and voters. Caroline currently serves as secretary on the national board of the Commission on Local Debates (localdebates.org), an emerging nonprofit seeking to leverage technology to make debates for local elections better and more accessible. She also works as a textbook and curriculum development consultant for the University of Florida Psychiatry Department. In her role there, she is a project manager for the Christensen Project, which honors and furthers Dr. Richard C. Christensen's legacy of advocating for homeless and under-served individuals.