#Welcome On this page you will find programming, activities, and resources related to formal and informal education. From here, you can: Join the conversation Learn how to integrate community science practices into your classroom Browse community science lesson plans from the Public Lab team Find activities for your classroom from the community Ask a question, answer a question, or follow future questions on education ## What Does Community Science Look Like in Your Classroom? Public Lab defines community science as community-led scientific exploration and investigation to address community-defined questions, allowing for engagement in the entirety of the scientific process. Unlike traditional citizen science, Public Lab’s approach emphasizes local and traditional knowledge, community ownership of research, and working together in scalable networks to encourage collaborative learning and civic engagement. [![Screen_Shot_2021-04-15_at_6.34.42_PM.png](/i/43663)](/i/43663?s=o) Classroom community science projects are youth-led with an approach that emphasizes participant and community ownership of research, from question identification through analysis, and working together to encourage collaborative learning and civic engagement. After identifying their interests, students conduct research as they join the efforts of people and organizations already working on these issues and take the lead in aspects of study design, data collection, and analysis. The data collected from these student-designed projects supports community action and civic engagement. [Read more about integrating community science methodologies into your classroom here]( **** ## How Can You Get Involved? We're looking to build a strong community of practice where educators of all experiences can share resources, knowledge, and lend a hand. Here are some ways that you can help build Public Lab's educational community ### Join the Conversation Get notified about new #education posts by subscribing to related tags. Click the button below, and subscribe to tags like "education", "classroom", "lesson", as well as other topics that you're interested in. Subscribe ### Try These Lessons in Your Classroom and Share Your Experience After using one of these activities in person, let us know how it goes in the comments. We appreciate your feedback and encourage you to share how you modify the lesson to better fit your classroom. - [Classroom Community Science]( An adaptable curricula for bringing student-led environmental projects into your classroom. - [Messages from the Mississippi]( A 6-part series investigating microplastics in local bodies of water culminating in student artwork and advocacy. - [Wetlands Remote Sensing & Management]( Hands on lesson plans to introduce students in grades 8-12 to oil spill cleanup, monitoring wetlands, and managing natural resources. - [Air Quality Class]( An 8-week program in which students work with air quality sensors to monitor indoor air pollutants. Participants catalog and analyze the environmental air pollutant hazards that affect neighborhood homes and will share their findings with other community members ________________ ## Activities Here are some different activities particularly suited for use in the classroom: [activities:education] **** ## Questions [questions:education] **** ## Resources Check this [wiki]( that has some information on funding sources for science teachers. ![PartsNCraftsSpectralTurntable.jpg](

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pfubochka "Wow that's sounds really helpful. But sometimes issue cannot be solved so easily. We should find other ways in our community here at forextime " | Read more » almost 2 years ago
mimiss "Thanks for sharing! I'd love to learn more about your 1 on 1 conferencing, I think it's extremely important to the success of student projects. Do..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
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lisa_graf "Barriers: my own self! It was hard to not take ownership of some of the students' projects. Also, being ok with chaos as a process and that learnin..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
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warren "I'm going to order a couple of these fans to test this out: $11 " | Read more » about 3 years ago
warren "Yes, and the aromatic baby powder is nice because you can smell it. Great idea. We're going to try prototyping this activity soon. With 3+ sensors,..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
mimiss "I love the idea of using cocoa powder or powdered sugar to model this (out doors of course!). " | Read more » about 3 years ago
crispinpierce "@Warren I think this is an interesting way to show movement of fog droplets (10-20 um diameter," | Read more » about 3 years ago
warren "This is a cool idea esp. the site-planning with "buildings" or air barriers. I heard a good comment about this on Instagram too, where i'd posted -..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
silentsairam "Great @warren : My responses, 1. planning the placement of sensors on a site: a) The site can be Indoor places(schools, office or outside space, ..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
mimiss "This could be a great way to plan where to put your Simple Air sensor! You could build a mini model of the area you'd like to study with something ..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
nanocastro "hi @warren I really like your setup... it remind me of these cool projects of visualization by Nerea Calvillo" | Read more » about 3 years ago
warren "@molangmuir10 @sadieprego @zengirl2 @nanocastro @mimiss I thought you might be interested in this! " | Read more » about 3 years ago
satyam_cc_mpr "click here to know for this answer " | Read more » about 3 years ago
liz " Also see articles in the Community Science Forum (formerly Grassroots Mapping Forum) " | Read more » over 3 years ago
mimiss " Here's a place to start: " | Read more » over 3 years ago
mimiss " Staining is used mostly with cells, both bacterial and eukaryotic (i.e. animal or plant cells) for better visualization. Stains can increase contr..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
Bronwen " Can you give a quick pointer as to when (and why) to dye a sample for microscoping? Are there different kinds of samples that benefit from dye, or..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
warren "Yes, the purple ones in these are with beet juice, although that time it was pickled beet juice, with vinegar, and maybe some garlic (yum): https:/..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
mimiss "Do you have any photos of how the stains worked out? Or maybe notes on what concentrations of dye were too little/too much? " | Read more » over 3 years ago
warren "We've used watercolors, like these, and they work well: and https://w..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
ayushi_gupta " Great post! I am actually getting ready to across this information, is very helpful my friend. Also great blog here with all of the valuable infor..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
warren "@pdhixenbaugh wrote this up for working with a group of teenagers on #coqui kits --" | Read more » almost 4 years ago