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Using Citizen Science to Engage Introductory Students: From Streams to the Solar System

    Authors: Carolin Cardamone1,*, Lisa Lobel1
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Mathematics & Science, Wheelock College, Boston, MA 02215
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    • Published 01 March 2016
    • ©2016 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
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    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Mathematics & Science, Wheelock College, 200 Riverway, Boston, MA 02215. Phone: 617-879-2256. E-mail: [email protected].
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. March 2016 vol. 17 no. 1 117-119. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v17i1.1082
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    Abstract:

    We present two examples of citizen science learning activities, with discussion of how these activities align with teaching strategies shown to increase retention of under-represented minorities and improve learning for all students in science. For introductory science students from diverse backgrounds, citizen science provides a unique hands-on opportunity to engage students in the process of scientific discovery and to contribute to real science through their curriculum. These tools also increase engagement of science majors and address the current national priority of increasing student retention in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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Abstract:

We present two examples of citizen science learning activities, with discussion of how these activities align with teaching strategies shown to increase retention of under-represented minorities and improve learning for all students in science. For introductory science students from diverse backgrounds, citizen science provides a unique hands-on opportunity to engage students in the process of scientific discovery and to contribute to real science through their curriculum. These tools also increase engagement of science majors and address the current national priority of increasing student retention in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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