Science beyond 4 walls: Citizen science opportunities in Hawai‘i and beyond
The ultimate purpose of science is the advancement of our collective knowledge. But the practice of generating this knowledge is more messy, collaborative, and driven by curiosity than most people realize. How can we get our students to understand both the core ideas of science as well as the off-script nature of the process of science? By giving students the opportunity to do authentic field science in collaboration with professional researchers; by turning them into citizen scientists. Come learn about some of the many citizen science projects in Hawai‘i and how you and your students can get involved. We will discuss several local projects, including the Little Fire Ant and stream restoration—with a special focus on Our Project In Hawaii's Intertidal (OPIHI). We will then look at how you can go global through programs like Ecology Project International.
Mitchell, C., Harkins, C., Schaefer, J., & Philippoff, J. K. (2018). Science beyond 4 walls: Citizen science opportunities in Hawai‘i and beyond. Presented at Schools of the Future Conference, Honolulu, Hawai'i.