About Citizen Science
Citizen science connects local observations and experiences (data) to real-world research and increases the participants’ knowledge of their surroundings and the scientific process.
Some citizen science projects integrate geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) . With these geospatial tools, data for citizen science projects can be mapped and allow for deeper analysis of the topics. Increasingly, citizen science projects make use of app’s for devices that allow for instantaneous data upload and analysis, also called “crowd sourcing”.
About Citizen Science Hawai’i
Citizen Science Hawai’i is a program of Learning Endeavors funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Grant Program. The original project name funded for SY 2015-16 was “Watershed Citizen Science and Stewardship through Digital Mapping”.
The long term goal of Citizen Science Hawai’i is to become a statewide portal and resource center for citizen science projects throughout Hawai’i, thereby increasing awareness of and participation in quality citizen science that will positively impact the future of our island communities and ecosystems. Contact us today if you would like to add your project to our website or become involved in this effort.
In its first year, SY 15-16, Maui Middle School students and teachers engaged in citizen science and stewardship activities at two preserved areas, one native forest site and one coastal dunes and wetlands site with shoreline access. They used digital mapping tools to analyze and communicate the value of researching and restoring our island’s fragile watershed ecosystems. Students and teachers helped to lead two culminating community events to demonstrate their newfound knowledge and skills in May and June 2016.
In year two, SY 16-17, the program is expanding to include additional middle schools and elementary schools of Hawai’i as well as additional appropriate field study destinations.
Primary partners on this project are the Hawaii Department of Education BaldwinKekaulike Maui Complex Area Middle and Elementary Schools, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, East Maui Watershed Partnership, and West Maui Watershed Partnership.