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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning
Project Scope

An ad hoc committee of experts will be appointed to conduct a study on how citizen science projects can be designed to better support science learning. The committee will identify and describe existing citizen science projects that seek to support science learning, consider research on science learning in both formal and informal settings, and develop a set of evidence-based principles to guide the design of citizen science projects that have science learning as a goal. The committee’s final report will discuss the potential of citizen science to support science learning, identify promising practices and programs that exemplify the promising practices, and lay out a research agenda that can fill gaps in the current understanding of how citizen science can support science learning and enhance science education.

Sponsor: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


November 1, 2018 - Public Report Release Webinar - Register here

August 9-10, 2017 - 500 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC - Open Session Agenda
This public meeting will convene experts on how to design and implement participants’ experiences with citizen science in order to achieve diverse learning outcomes, as well as how learning in citizen science is assessed and evaluated.

May 2-3, 2017 - 500 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC - Open Session Agenda

November 29-30 - 500 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC - Contact


Rajul Pandya (Chair), American Geophysical Union
Megan Bang, University of Washington
Darlene Cavalier,  Arizona State University
Daniel Edelson,  Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
Louis M. Gomez,  University of California, Los Angeles
Joseph Heimlich, The Ohio State University
Lekelia Jenkins,  Arizona State University
Bruce V. Lewenstein,  Cornell University
Christine Massey,  University of California, Los Angeles
John C. Mather (NAS),  NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Julia K. Parrish,  University of Washington
Tina Phillips,  Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Kenne Dibner, Study Director
Coreetha Entzminger, Program Assistant

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