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ERIC Number: EJ1000823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Citizen Science International Pellet Watch
Dohrenwend, Peter
Science Scope, v36 n3 p50-53 Nov 2012
Like Tokyo, other cities, both small and large, typically have numerous universities with dedicated faculties of scientists. By using portals such as Citizen Science and SciStarter, teachers can reach beyond the four walls of their classroom. The incredible experience of forging a relationship with a local scientist can easily begin via a cordial phone call or introductory e-mail. Making contact with International Pellet Watch (IPW) lead scientist Dr. Hideshige Takada opened this author's eyes to the reality that scientists are often eager to share their work with those who are genuinely interested. IPW, a project that monitors persistent organic pollutants (POPs) using beached plastic resin pellets, strongly supported the curricular objectives of the coastal field ecology unit for the author's grade 7 science classes. The connection he made with Dr. Takada helped transform his seventh graders from enthusiastic students into budding science researchers. (Contains 4 figures, 2 resources, and 5 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan (Tokyo)