Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Estuary Field Research Water Testing "Presearch" (2 of 3) - Section 4: EXPLORE: Notice + wonder


New York State assesses students' science proficiency through summative Regents exams.  These exams have a 1200 minute lab requirement, but not a field research component.  In fact, there is not a true science research requirement in any Regents science course; rather, students engage with experimental design and traditional classroom lab experiences.  As such, many of my 11th grade students may have never had a field research experience.  The goal of this section is for students to create a conceptual understanding of field research through observation of actual field research and to share this understanding of with the group.

  What is field research?
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: What is field research?
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Estuary Field Research Water Testing "Presearch" (2 of 3)

Unit 2: Citizen science, Student design
Lesson 12 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to 1) practice field testing procedures in a classroom environment and 2)) identify highly important field research behaviors.

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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Science, Statistics, field work, Community Mapping, engineering design thinking
  55 minutes
graphic citizen science
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