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 Senior Program Director at SciStarter where she manages the Citizen Science Month Program, SciStarter’s Corporate Volunteer Programs and other programmatic and outreach efforts, including working with SciStarter’s Syndicated Blog Network, which encompasses the Science Connected, Discover Magazine and SciStarter platforms. She spends her day helping educators, library staff, community leaders and volunteers from all walks of life do real science. Caroline is a Master of Public Policy graduate from American University, where she was a Reilly Environmental Policy Scholar, and is a current PhD student at the University of Florida. She also works with the UF-VA Bioethics Unit, the Christensen Project, Florida Community Innovation and the Commission on Local Debates. She was the 2019 Cherry Blossom Princess representing the state of Florida and the grand prize scholarship winner at Miss Earth USA 2021 as Miss Louisiana Earth.