Today marks the 55th day since schools closed. Although state and local governments are working to put a reopening plan into action, Pasadena Unified schools are going to remain closed for the rest of this 2019-2020 school year, and summer programs are likely going to have difficulty reopening too. So what are kids to do?
Enter Citizen Science! As citizen scientists, kids can play games and earn points for contributions toward scientific research, all from the safety of home. They can pass the time knowing that they aren’t just “passing time” but actually furthering a good cause, like studying wildlife in remote regions of the globe, tracking climate change, learning about distant galaxies, or discovering underlying causes of diseases to move researchers closer to finding treatments.
So today I gave a webinar highlighting my personal favorite citizen science projects for kids to try. There are thousands of projects out there, and I must have played at least a few dozen of them before narrowing down my options. These are the ones that I feel offer the most learning opportunities, fun, and enrichment, while being kid-friendly and easy to do.
You can watch the recording here: https://transcripts.gotomeeting.com/#/s/1bfafc5dc1e7a3e9ffe260849b47d7b44c42825b5565f23ca1a4f26d07dfd31b
I hope you find something in this webinar that you’d enjoy playing! Download the slides here:
And please sign up for our next Citizen Science webinar on Monday, May 11 at 3 pm, with ways that kids can help scientists fight Covid-19! Sign up here!