Case Study: Students and Farmers Become Citizen Scientists

ArcUser January, 2007

field work, science, citizen science
Academic Instruction Youth-and-Community

It all started in 1993 when Diane Petersen and Cathi Nelson, fourth- and fifth-grade teachers at Waterville Elementary School in the state of Washington, were investigating ways to engage their students in meaningful science inquiry. Traditional curriculum messages of saving tropical rainforests and endangered species had little appeal to youngsters most familiar with the farm fields in the high plateau of eastern Washington.