Citizen Science - Part 1

Lesson 1 - Citizen Science – Giving service and having fun!

Lesson Content What do I need to achieve:

-      Research

-      Preparation of a colloborative presentation

-     Understand what  is meant by ‘Citizen Science’.

-     Effective involvement in a collabortative and co-operative team.

-     Research a variety of Citizen Science opportunities.

Work in a group of three - you have 15 minutes for research

Identify three super interesting Citizen Science opportunities that capture the enthusiasm of all members of your team.

One must be local.



One must be national but not in WA.

One must be international.


Below are some web links that may be useful.  You are also encouraged to search more broadly:


At the end of the 15-minute period - Your group is to get three small pieces of paper from your teacher.

  • Write the name of each project on a separate piece of paper.
  • Write the names of your group members onto each of the three pieces of paper.
  • Fold up the pieces of paper and place these in ‘the hat’.
  • Your teacher is now going to draw one Citizen Science project for each group.
  • No groups will prepare a presentation on the same topic

You have 30 minutes to prepare your presentation

Create an informative, interesting, three to five slide power-point to share your citizen science opportunity with the class.

For each Citizen Science opportunity your group needs to provide:

  • A title.
  • A typical photo, photos or a video.
  • An explanation as to why the Citizen Science opportunity appeals to your group.
  • A description of the place/s you will be visiting.
  • An explanation of the ‘work’ that you will do as a Citizen Scientist.
  • An explanation as to why the ‘work’ is helpful.
  • Any other points of interest: e.g. costs, necessary attributes of participants.

You also need to be ready to place a dot on the world map to show the location of the citizen science project. //,137.3843768,2.16z">,137.3843768,2.16z

Presentations will be delivered in the next lesson.