In a new video on the University of Minnesota Extension You Tube Channel a young researcher, Tiana Connelly, describes her experience researching Monarch caterpillars last summer. Sparked through her involvement in the NSF-funded Driven to Discover: Enabling Authentic Inquiry through Citizen Science project, Tiana worked with University of Minnesota Graduate Assistant, Kelly Nail, to study how caterpillars respond to tiny temperature variations on a single milkweed plant. In the future, they hope to publish results of their research project.
The NSF-funded Driven to Discover: Enabling Authentic Inquiry through Citizen Science project seeks to expand the reach of Citizen Science for youth. Typically, citizen science--or public involvement science--involves the general public in collecting data that can be analyzed and interpreted by professional scientists. Illustrated in the new video, this project carries citizen science a step further, enabling youth to design, carry out, and even report on their own research questions under the mentorship of science advisors at the University of Minnesota. By giving young researchers the freedom and responsibility to design their own projects, they gain a greater understanding and appreciation for science, and will grow to see themselves as scientists.
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