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Citizen Science Networks

This Web Seminar took place on October 11, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Henry Reges from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, & Snow (CoCoRaHS) network and James Zdrojewski from NOAA’s National Weather Service. Mr. Reges and Mr. Zdrojewski talked about different programs that involve citizens in gathering scientific data.

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Mr. Reges began the program by talking about the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow (CoCoRaHS) network and describing how both teachers and students can become involved. The program enlists the work of citizen volunteers in collecting rain, hail, and snow data from across the country. Mr. Zdrojewski discussed the Cooperative Observer Program (Coop), an initiative dating back to the work of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin that engages citizens in monitoring weather conditions throughout the nation.

Twenty-one (21) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee. Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. In addition, three participants attended the Web Seminar from locations outside the United States: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Turkey.

Seminar participants received the NSTA SciGuide of their choice. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “The CoCoRahs is a great network example to reproduce in my country.”
  • “I can see everyone can become a "citizen scientists."
  • “I am very excited about the CoCoRaHS program!!! It will involve my students in participating in science data collection.”
  • “Applicable to schools and to the community. Great information on opportunities to get involved in monitoring weather or ways to analyze weather patterns - nice to know what's going on around us!”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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