Citizen Science for Classroom Teachers--A Hybrid Course Offering

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Citizen Science for Classroom Teachers--A Hybrid Course Offering

Participate in online modules and discussions to prepare you for a full-day, on-site session with citizen science practitioners, Brandeis faculty and MITS educators. Explore ideas and gain experience that will help you design learning outcomes aligned with the MA STE Framework. Participate in online modules and discussions to prepare you for a full-day, on-site session with citizen science practitioners, Brandeis faculty and MITS educators. Together we will explore citizen science in the classroom through the lens of biological, ecological and natural history research. 20 PDPs are available for this course, which will be held at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.  The cost of the class is $160 (the registration fee includes lunch).
Dates: 
Webinar Launch September 26 at 4:00 pm 
Online September 26 - October 28 
On-Site Saturday, October 15, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Citizen Science is one of the most innovative ways to fully engage students in the science practices which are the foundation for the MA Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Curriculum Framework. Citizen science is the public participation in scientific research, which may be designed by you, by scientists or in collaboration. 

  • Investigate citizen science research 
  • Engage your students in collecting, analyzing and interpreting data that impacts real research
  • Explore ways to use mathematics and computational thinking in your classroom 
  • Learn how your students can interact with scientists through hands-on, minds-on research 
  • Discover how to connect with citizen scientists, practitioners, resources and educators who use citizen science in the classroom 

Meet the goals of “relevance, rigor and coherence” set forth in the MA STE Framework, and allow your students to demonstrate science knowledge and practices while deepening their curiosity in science, technology and engineering in the real world. 

  • Learn the history and present-day function of participatory scientific research.
  • Develop curriculum and science education programming with support from scientists, citizen science practitioners and other educators. 
  • Adopt an existing research project or start your own using the tools and resources provided in this course. 
  • Use citizen science in your own classroom to grow your students’ scientific literacy, promote civic engagement in science and advance scientific research. 

Partners: Brandeis University, Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), Encyclopedia of Life (Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University) and USA National Phenology Network 

Visit www.mits.org for more information and to register. 
Contact Brianna Wilkinson, MITS’ Assistant Director of Education, with questions: bwilkinson@mits.orgor 617-328-1515