In Phase 3 of the Student-led Community Science Curriculum, students focus in on project implementation and data collection. Examples of data collection might include site surveys, collecting information from monitoring devices they have placed in the field, retrieving memory cards for time lapse photographs, and interviewing local residents. Here, you'll find resources to help you get started, organize your tasks, and compile your data.
Preparing to Collect Data
Dividing up tasks
Before beginning your project, it’s important that your team’s work is divided fairly. A great way to do this is to assign clear roles for your team members. Then, you can make a list of all the tasks your project requires and assign tasks based on each person’s specific function, position, and strengths.
For educators looking for ways to arrange students for group work, check out these resources:
- 30 ways to arrange students for group work from TeachHub
- Group work: Using cooperative learning groups effectively from the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching
- Implementing Group Work in the Classroom from the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence
Creating a Checklist
Having a checklist can help ensure that your team is on the same page and that no task is forgotten. You can also use notes on your checklist to help standardize the data you collect, by ensuring that you gather data from the same locations at the same time. Here is a template to get you started.
Data Collection Tips
Use the same format for your data sheet each day. Check out these data pages or make your own!
Resource: Learning to Make Data Tables
If you’ll have different students collecting data each day, be sure there are clear instructions to help standardize the data they produce.
- Have instructions for the angle to take a photo from.
- Use tape or chalk to mark the place to be measured.
- Agree beforehand on the units and number of decimal places you’ll measure to.
- Store your data in a place that’s accessible to all, such as an online collaborative document like a Google Doc or Sheet.
Thinking about using a data logger? Check out this collection of resources from Public Lab contributors.
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