Citizen Science at The Harley School

Below is a link to a graphic overview of how Citizen Science is evolving at The Harley School
The Faces of Citizen Science

Citizen Science - A Historic View

Thomas Jefferson was one of the earliest proponents of the possibilities of utilizing all levels of society on behalf of the acquisition of knowledge about the natural world.
  • He envisioned providing a thermometer to a every county in Virginia with instructions to twice daily log temperature and wind direction
  • He believed it was a way to both collect scientific data as well as inform and educate the public. He was also concerned with combating a European misconception about the New World.
    • "Since the mid-18th century, European naturalists had proposed that animals, vegetation and even humankind degenerated on the American continent due to the climate. In his one full-length book, Notes on the State of Virginia, Jefferson confronted the theories of the leading French naturalist, George Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, who contended that the animals of America were smaller in size and number." Source

citizen science, nest watch
citizen science, nest watch

  • Citizen Science- Cornell's nest watch project
In the 21st Century, the tools of the Internet have made it possible for the public to take an increasing role in data collection on behalf of science. In part, citizens are functioning as "tools of science", but beyond that role is the ownership of science research that the public potentially gains as well as an increased understanding of how science works. The potential for expanding children's enthusiasm for and knowledge about science is at the heart of introducing Citizen Science projects to students.

A model Citizen Science Project

Vital Signs

Tools for Developing C.S. Projects?

Citizen Science Central, a site for educational and science professionals involved in Citizen Science programs have put together a toolkit for "How To Develop A Successful C.S. Project". The link below which addresses 'Framing the Question for Research' provides a sample of the thinking that lies behind successful Citizen Science Activities. C.S. Toolkit

Mindtalker Blog

Citizen Science at Harley is an evolving process. Some of the thinking behind its evolution is found at the MIndtalker Blog, a location that allows for others to easily make comments.