In three new videos on the University of Minnesota Extension You Tube Channel, young researchers describe their experiences studying birds and Monarch caterpillars last summer. Sparked through their involvement in the NSF-funded Driven to Discover: Enabling Authentic Inquiry through Citizen Science project, these youth worked with trained adult leaders and University of Minnesota science faculty to design and carry-out their own investigations.
In the first video, a youth discussed how she investigated the question "How does a constant daily temperature versus fluctuating (one day 90 degrees, one day 63 degrees) temperature affect the growth of a cecropia moth caterpillar?"
In a second video, youth describe how they designed a study to explore the question "Are more birds spending most of their time in the lagoon, sky, ground, or trees and poles?"
In the third video, youth discuss how they investigated the question "Are more birds spending most of their time in the lagoon, sky, ground, or trees and poles?"
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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