Students Conduct Fieldwork for Scientists' Research
One goal is to foster youths' interest
Donning safety goggles inside a school laboratory may make some students feel like scientists, but elsewhere, they are actually going outside the classroom to perform the work of real scientists.
Listening for frog calls, counting ladybugs, observing birds, and testing water samples are just a few of the activities K-12 students are now taking part in through "citizen science" projects, in which everyday people collect data and perform other tasks that contribute to scientific research.
Aided by technology that makes data collection easier than ever before, groups like the Girl Scouts and the Boys & Girls Clubs and schools are increasingly looking to these experiences to provide students hands-on science...
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