Science NetLinks | Lesson | Grades 6-8
In this lesson, students will discover that citizen scientist volunteers can contribute to scientific research. Engage your class in meaningful observations of the natural world that involves them in citizen science and adds to scientific understanding.
Loree Griffin Burns, author of Citizen Scientists, writes that citizen science "is the study of our world by the people who live in it." Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents; however, the Internet now makes it possible for children of all ages to contribute to scientific knowledge and protect animal species in their own backyards while they are still in school.
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Of the four Citizen Scientist projects you read about in this lesson, in which would you most like to participate? Can you suggest additional Citizen Scientist projects?