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ERIC Number: EJ1175502
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
A Global Perspective
Brunvand, Stein; Bouwman, Jeffrey
Science and Children, v55 n8 p50-55 Apr 2018
Citizen science projects have been found to increase scientific knowledge and awareness among the participants who engage in these collaborative efforts. Providing elementary students the opportunity to collect, share, and analyze data is an effective way to help them develop a deeper understanding of scientific concepts and gain competency in data collection protocols and experimental design. In this article the authors share a citizen science project that involved fifth-grade students collecting soil samples for the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) pedosphere protocol hosted by the Global Learning and Observations to Benet the Environment. The students collected the SMAP data discussed in this article during the 2014-2015 school year. The best practices the authors detail were developed in collaboration with colleagues from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the local Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA), and faculty from a neighboring university.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A