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MSU Educator Workshop: Citizen Science and the Lewis and Clark Trail
June 28, 2019 @ 9:00am
Montana State University will host an educator workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, called Citizen Science and the Lewis and Clark Trail. The workshop is open to Montana educators working with youth in grades 5-12 in a classroom or out-of-school environment. No prior experience is necessary.
The workshop combines a new citizen science project from the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail with Montana projects supported by NASA and the National Science Foundation.
The workshop is $25, which includes meals and take-home materials. The project will provide overnight housing in MSU’s residence halls for educators from outside the area, and additional travel scholarships may be available.
Educators will learn basic aeronautics by observing the flight of large kites with instrument payloads for collecting data; follow NASA procedures and protocols to develop and answer a science mission question; practice using the GLOBE Observer app; and learn how researchers with the Montana NSF EPSCoR project use remote sensing instruments, aerial photography and environmental mapping to study water quality.
At the end of the workshop, educators will brainstorm new ways to bring the tools and STEM concepts back to youth, including incorporating art, writing, photography, videography and Lewis and Clark history.