Last Updated: Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Citizen Science and Curriculum for Excellence

What is this?

Want to discover a new quasar in deep space, count elephants in the Serengeti National Park from the comfort of your classroom or monitor invasive species in your local park? If so, you will be joining forces with millions of people around the world who are discovering a passion for science through citizen science activities. Download the PDF guide to find out more about the exciting ways that learners and their communities can engage with science as volunteers and make a difference to their communities and world.

Who is this for?

This guide is relevant for all practitioners, including those in early learning and childcare, primary, secondary and ASN sectors.

How to use this learning and assessment resource to improve practice

This guide explains how citizen science can be used as a motivating context to promote skills development in sciences and STEM subjects.

Questions to consider:

  • How can citizen science be used to improve the teaching of science, STEM subjects and promote the development of skills?
  • In what ways can the motivating learning experiences relating to citizen science be used to improve outcomes for learners in relation to literacy and numeracy?
  • How can citizen science opportunities be used to ensure learners receive their entitlement to learning for sustainability?

Download(s)

PDF file: Citizen Science and Curriculum for Excellence (2.5 MB)

Powerpoint presentation: Citizen Science: Creating a passion for science and Learning for Sustainability (large file - 15 MB)