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Youth Development brown bag webinar series

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Sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development and North Dakota State University Center for 4-H Youth Development

The University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension have partnered to offer the youth development brown bag webinar series since 2010. The purpose is to provide research-based information on hot topics, trends, and program ideas for youth workers over the lunch hour.

These free webinars provide professional development opportunities for people who work with youth without the cost and travel. Participants are able to ask questions and get answers in real-time, while the presenter guides interactive discussions, questions, and polls for sharing and applying the information to participants' work.

This webinar series is free to participants, but registration is required.

Direct questions to Kari Robideau.

Driven to Discover: Fostering Authentic Inquiry with Youth through Citizen Science

Facilitators: Rebecca Meyer and Andrea Lorek Strauss

Citizen science programs invite the public to participate in scientific research. Through these experiences, participants learn scientific data collection protocols and have opportunities to observe nature, which naturally leads to asking questions about the natural world. The structured observations that are part of many citizen science projects can thus provide a springboard for full engagement in the process of science. However, participants often lack the experience and quantitative skills to conduct research that will address their questions. We envision our environment for sparking science inquiry as balancing two core processes of scientific authenticity and meaningful engagement. Scientific authenticity is activities and investigations which characterize real-world science. Meaningful engagement is ways that youth and adults feel interested, and co-create productive effort. Scientific authenticity and meaningful engagement need to be in balance. This presentation will focus on the strategies utilized in multiple U of M Extension programs focused on engaging youth in citizen science. These programs focused on creating meaningful engagement in citizen science, and on specific strategies for intentionally creating positive, effective team learning environments while getting youth outdoors to engage in hands-on learning. Investing in these strategies will foster an effective learning environment which, in turn, will enable youth to better engage with the work of doing science.

Date and time

Wednesday, June 13
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon (Central time)

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