Citizen Science Research for Teachers
This summer, partner with scientists from the University of Minnesota to learn about
and participate in citizen science research. Citizen science is an exciting (and
easy) way to involved students in field ecology that matters!
June 23-27 and July 7-10 with two Saturday meetings during the school year
For summer 2014, Monarchs in the Classroom will offer a 9 day course for licensed
Minnesota teachers to focus on science process skills,
goals, and science literacy. We will utilize citizen science to do authentic field
investigations along with university professors.
Choose from citizen science programs such as the
Odonata Survey Project, Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird and Feederwatch,
Phenology Network, and more. These programs provide rigorous and established
protocols that creates a scaffold from which to build a unique research project.
Teachers of all grades will participate together in the citizen science project,
but will work in grade level groups to adapt for specific grade level needs for
work in the classroom. The focus will be on addressing the challenges of making
rigorous science fun and rewarding for you and your students, while at the same
time addressing key inquiry and Minnesota state science standards. The citizen science
groups will be lead by an expert UMN scientist in the field and an experienced classroom
educator. The pace and content of this course will allow you to focus on cultivating
your science confidence and expertise.
Summer Course Dates: The 2014 summer course will run 9 days, June
23-27 and July 7-10, with two Saturday meetings during the 2013-2014 school year,
on dates to be determined in November 2014 and May 2015. The school year meetings
provide a way to continue the support of instructors and colleagues during implementation.
Location: University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus
Instructors: Karen Oberhauser, Rob Blair, Lis Young-Isebrand, Sarah
Weaver, Don Alstad, Sami Nichols, Elaine Evans, Chris Buyarski from the University
of Minnesota, and Kurt Mead and Ami Thompson from the
Odonata Survey Project.
Details: This course is funded by the Minnesota Office of Higher
Education which provides 3 graduate credits, all the equipment necessary to conduct
field experiments, catered lunches, supportive curriculum and more. Teachers receive
a $300 stipend. Please note, participants enrolled in a degree seeking program at
the University of Minnesota you will have to pay additional fees.
Apply Online - Applications received by March 12th will receive
full consideration. Applications received after March 12th will be considered if
space is available.
For more information, email Sarah Weaver.