Partners in Discovery

Partners in Discovery

Partnerships among students, teachers, and other experts can be helpful when doing citizen science. This infographic includes suggestions for how to connect to experts and examples of the benefits of these types of partnerships.


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Partnerships between classrooms and experts in different fields can be very fruitful when doing citizen science. Share this infographic with your students and ask them to think of a local issue that could be addressed through citizen science. Then ask them to think of experts who are working on that issue, either specific people (e.g., the recycling coordinator for your city) or categories of professionals (e.g., wildlife biologists).

Have students work in groups and select a citizen science project from National Geographic or SciStarter in which they would be interested in participating. Ask them to list the experts who are working on this project. If it’s not clear which experts work on the project, ask the students to imagine the kinds of expertise that would be useful for that project. Then have the students develop a list of questions they’d like to ask the experts. If possible, reach out to the experts with the questions.

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Mary Ford, National Geographic Society
On-site Project Manager
Anne Haywood, Mountain to Sea Education
Dr. Brittney Beck, California State University, Bakersfield
Peg Keiner, 31 Days of Citizen Science
Kerryanne Monahan, Saint Edward's School
Last Updated

March 21, 2024

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