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Description:

Students learn that ordinary citizens, including students like themselves, can make meaningful contributions to science through the concept of "citizen science." First, students learn some examples of ongoing citizen science projects that are common around the world, such as medical research, medication testing and donating idle computer time to perform scientific calculations. Then they explore Zooniverse, an interactive website that shows how research in areas from marine biology to astronomy leverage the power of the Internet to use the assistance of non-scientists to classify large amounts of data that is unclassifiable by machines for various reasons. To conclude, student groups act as engineering teams to brainstorm projects ideas for their own town that could benefit from community help, then design conceptual interactive websites that could organize and support the projects.

Subjects:

  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

Grade 6,NSDL,classification,Grade 8,community,citizen science,technology,Galaxy Zoo,Grade 7,crowd science,website design,Zooniverse,citizen,Life Science,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140919103457754T,data classification,Middle School,non-scientist,Elementary School,NSDL_SetSpec_928276,volunteer,citizen scientist,project,Engineering,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Education,Technology

Language:

English

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Public - Available to anyone

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Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike

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