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Tuesday, November 10 • 9:50am - 11:00am
Field Data is Awesome Data: How to Use Real Science to do Real Math

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How can we make data more exciting for students (and ourselves)? By having them collect it themselves, as part of authentic citizen science projects! By connecting field-based data collection to in-class data analysis, students make the connection between all those points on a graph and the soil, water, trees or bugs they just felt, saw, and explored. The data itself becomes more meaningful so the data analysis becomes more worthwhile. Instead of seeing graphing or analysis as a dry exercise, students begin to develop an understanding that data can tell us a story. If the data they collect is part of a larger conservation effort, students are often even more motivated to participate. This session will use programs developed by Mass Audubon as an example of how to engage students in real-world data collection, followed by real-world data analysis. 


Jennifer Feller

Education Manager, Drumlin Farm, Mass Audubon


Adrienne Lennon

Teacher Naturalist, Joppa Flats Wildlife Sanctuary, Mass Audubon

Kris Scopinich

Director of Education, Mass Audubon

Tuesday November 10, 2015 9:50am - 11:00am EST
Location TBD
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