Using Citizen Science in the Online GenEd classroom
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Citizen Science Part 1:
Look through the websites listed below, and pick one of them to participate in.1. Penguin Watch (https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/penguintom79/penguin-watch): Monitor penguins to help researchers track the changing numbers over time.
2. Nature's Notebook: (https://www.usanpn.org/natures_notebook) Track backyard flora and fauna to contribute data on climate change. This one requires you to get outdoors. Class credit to take a hike!
3. Sounds of New York City (https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/anaelisa24/sounds-of-new-york-city-sonyc) Identify city sounds to help machine learning for automatic detection and mitigation of noise pollution.
4. *NOTE* These projects come and go over time, but I would recommend and add any of the projects on the Zooniverse site: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects?discipline=climate&page=1&status=live
Spend at least two hours participating in the project, and submit a 1 page summary of what you did, describing how much you were able to accomplish in that time. Include screenshots. Submit here on Canvas. This is due by Wednesday at midnight.
Citizen Science Part 2:
Crowdsourcing science has become a popular way to gather large volumes of data. There are potential advantages to both the scientists and the citizens involved in these projects. But others have argued that it does not give an accurate perspective of the scientific process to the general project because they do not see the project from concept through completion, and are only involved in data collection. Having read the articles and participated in a citizen science project yourself, what do you think? Spend a couple more hours on your project and then write a reflection on your experience participating in a citizen science project, after you have read this article (https://www.nature.com/news/crowdsourced-research-many-hands-make-tight-work-1.18508) and this article (https://www.nature.com/news/crowd-sourcing-strength-in-numbers-1.14757). To receive full credit for the paper, you must include the following:
-2-3 page paper total (12pt., Times New Roman, 1.5 space)
-A discussion of the overall project: what are the goals of the project and how did you contribute? (~1 paragraph)
-A discussion of the scientific and/or societal implications of this project. You should include specific details and citations from the articles that pertain to the results or are relevant to the purpose of this study. (~1 page)
-A discussion of what you have learned by participating in the project. How, if at all, has this project refined/reshaped your worldview. (~1 paragraph)
-A discussion on how the purpose of this research connects to the world around us. Does this project reshape our understanding of human interaction with the environment or does it reinforce previous knowledge? Explain your response. (~1 page)
-Did you feel that the work that you put into this citizen scientist project helped make an immediate impact? Do you feel that participating in citizen science that you were actually doing science? Explain your reasoning. (~2 paragraphs)
Submit here on Canvas. This is due by Wednesday at midnight.