Reflection: Checks for Understanding CAPSTONE: Hudson-Raritan Estuary Field Research Data Collection at the Bay Ridge EcoDock (3 of 3) - Section 6: DEBRIEF + CHANGING COURSE: Overcoming obstacles


Because students were not able to finish the CAPSTONE project, a few alternate assessment ideas were tried. Here they are:


  1. Students wrote an application letter to an Earthwatch program. This application consisted of three questions:
    • What is your understanding of the purpose of Citizen Science work?
    • How do you think you could benefit a team of science researchers?
    • How do you think that this project will help us better understand how to live on "Spaceship Earth"?
  2. Student applied to an actual citizen science project in New York City. A number of students in my course applied to the highly selective Project TRUE. Project TRUE is Teens Researching Urban Ecology and "is an internship program where NYC high-school students learn about the NYC ecosystem and conduct research as part of a collaborative team with Fordham University scientists and WCS professionals." Three students ended up going to an interview and one student just finished an extraordinarily enriching summer with Project TRUE!

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CAPSTONE: Hudson-Raritan Estuary Field Research Data Collection at the Bay Ridge EcoDock (3 of 3)

Unit 2: Citizen science, Student design
Lesson 13 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to 1) collect data from field research sites; 2) identify factors in the environment around the field research sites that would influence collected data; 3) assess the health and biodiversity of an oyster cage; and 4) articulate potential future directions for citizen science work in the Sunset Park neighborhood.

Big Idea: Citizen science projects along the Hudson river contribute to a fuller understanding of the health the estuary system. How does data collection help scientists and designers in develop a more complete picture of the needs of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary?

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