On Monday, April 16th, Graduate Assistant, Sarah Shimek, will share her thesis research in SpHC(Sports & Heath Center) room 9A at UMD from 3-4pm. The presentation "Connecting Scientists and Adult Leaders through Technology to Further Authentic Science Inquiry by Youth" will share the results of a recent study exploring the preferences of potential adult leaders towards the use of internet technologies to support connections with professional scientists and facilitate authentic scientific inquiry among middle-school aged youth engaged in citizen science research. Using the University of Minnesota Extension Driven to Discover: Authentic Inquiry through Citizen Science as context for the study, Shimek interviewed licensed teachers, informal science educators, and youth development leaders to answer the research questions:
- How do adult leaders describe the potential for using web-based technology as a means to achieve the scientist contribution to youth-based authentic science inquiry?
- How do adult leaders perceive plans to develop a website to facilitate the ongoing relationship of scientists, adult leaders, and youth? What do they perceive as needs and barriers for using this planned website? What website characteristics would encourage them to use this planned website?
Visit Driven to Discover:Enabling Youth Inquiry Through Citizen Science to learn more about this project, funded in part by the National Science Foundation. Sarah Shimek is a graduate student in the University of Minnesota Duluth Center For Environmental Education.