Informal science education supports people of all ages and walks of life in exploring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
"Citizen science" projects contribute to awareness and understanding of key scientific concepts and excel in building interest in scientific activities and developing science-related skills. These are the conclusions suggested by the evidence from the recently completed CAISE Inquiry Group study of Public Participation in Scientific Research (PPSR) programs.
Lead author of the report is Rick Bonney of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Join a discussion with Rick and other members of the PPSR Inquiry Group: online in the CAISE Forum in ASTC Connect September 14-18, or at the ASTC Annual Conference, Sunday, November 1, 4:00-5:15 pm.
Download the full report or the executive summary:
Public Participation in Scientific Research: Defining the Field and Assessing Its Potential for Informal Science Education (full report, PDF, 3 MB)
Public Participation in Scientific Research: Executive Summary (PDF, 347 KB)