Quick summary: In this lesson, students investigate citizen science and its contribution to scientific knowledge. Students begin by thinking about what science is, what scientists do and how scientists help biodiversity. They then work in groups to look at a range of biodiversity related citizen science projects. Groups adopt a jigsaw approach to share what they have learnt about the citizen science project they investigated. Finally, students consider the risks and opportunities for citizen science projects.
This lesson has been developed in partnership with Earthwatch. Earthwatch developed the ClimateWatch program with the Bureau of Meteorology and The University of Melbourne to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia’s plants and animals.
- Students know the role citizen science plays in scientific knowledge.
- Students understand the value of citizen science projects from a scientific and social perspective.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 Science
- Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures (ACSHE223)
Year 8 Science
- Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures (ACSHE226)
Syllabus outcomes: SC4-17CW.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6.
Relevant parts of Year 7 Science achievement standards: Students describe situations where scientific knowledge from different science disciplines and diverse cultures has been used to solve a real-world problem.
Relevant parts of Year 8 Science achievement standards: Students describe situations in which scientists collaborated to generate solutions to contemporary problems.
Topic: Biodiversity, Climate Change.
Unit of work: ClimateWatch: Citizen Science – Science – Years 7 & 8.
Time needed: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee discussion, lead students in activities.
Resources required: Tablets with ClimateWatch app installed. Internet access. Student Worksheet – print one copy per student. One printed Prior Knowledge Questions per 12 students in the class. Workbook.
Keywords: Earthwatch, ClimateWatch, science, scientist, citizen science, biodiversity, community.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.