With Youth-focused Citizen and Community Science (YCCS), youth
contribute to authentic science. They can do this through data
collection, but also interpreting or sharing findings. But what
does this mean for science learning? To answer this question, we
began conducting case studies with YCCS projects in Northern
California and bringing together key stakeholders to explore when
and how YCCS works best.
We asked our partners – expert researchers and
practitioners — what it looks like when youth do science. The
resulting video speaks to the tremendous potential of
youth-focused community and citizen science (YCCS) in the
classroom, in the field, in a science museum, or anywhere in
Of course these results are not guaranteed. It takes careful
planning, and thoughtful implementation. Learning what works in
youth-focused community and citizen science is a primary goal of
our research. Read more.