Citizen Science programs across the country invite the public to participate
in scientific research. Through these experiences, participants learn scientific
data collection protocols and have opportunities to observe nature, which naturally
leads to asking questions about the natural world. A new project in Minnesota
is training leaders of youth groups to use citizen science experiences
to stimulate curiosity and inspire motivation to design and carry out scientific
research projects. The poster will describe the experimental program model
and methods used to foster authentic inquiry in youth age 10-14 outside the
traditional school setting, such as 4-H clubs, scout groups, or community youth
programs. Formative evaluation results show that the program model leads to
changes in skills, attitudes and behaviors of both youth and adult participants.
Strauss, Andrea; Oberhauser, Karen; Nippolt, Pamela; Blair, Robert; Meyer, Nathan.
Citizen Science Sparks Independent Scientific Investigations.
University of Minnesota Extension.
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