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Monday, March 12 • 9:50am - 10:35am
Ignite the Citizen Scientist in Your Students

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Children are naturally curious about nature and what’s going on around them. Research indicates that children, who have more nature experiences, demonstrate more advanced cognitive and emotional development. Yet, sadly more and more children are suffering from Nature Deficit Disorder, where although they may go outside for play or sports, children lack a connection to nature and the outside world around them. We know teachers want to give students more opportunities to practice their observations skills and have more real world experiences with science. How can we build awareness of the world around our students and practice science in a real, tangible way with meaning? By giving our students a role in Citizen Science. Our presentation will discuss the value of bringing Citizen Science into the classroom. We will introduce concept of Citizen Science, describe many Citizen Science programs offered to all age groups and discuss our Glen Cove STREAM Program’s K-5 involvement in eBirds, Project Budburst, and CoCoRah’s. Our presentation will include unit and lesson ideas with these programs, as well as demonstrations of the apps used and how students can submit their observations. Participants will see how these submissions actually help real scientists with their research. Our presentation will show how Citizen Science blends the use of technology with the study of the great outdoors to benefit scientists everywhere. Citizen Science offers students a chance to not just learn about science, but to feel like a scientist using data to discover changes in the world around them. We hope you will give us this opportunity to share Citizen Science at the Suffolk ASSET Technology conference.

District Presenting

Cheryl Carmody

STREAM Teacher, Glen Cove SD

Jessica McKenna

Glen Cove SD

Monday March 12, 2018 9:50am - 10:35am EDT