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Workshops 2013

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 K12 Minnesota teachers to focus on science process skills, STEM 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 MN Odonata Survey Project, Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird and Feederwatch, MN 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 MN 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.

To Apply: 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.