Bring Some Citizen Science to Your Summer #MakerEducation
There’s still time to add some STEM activities to your summer agenda! Here are some great ideas from the Scientific American Blog.
It may seem like only yesterday that school let out for the summer, but binders and note cards are already starting to fill the back-to-school shelves at the store. What are you hoping to squeeze in before the school year starts up again? More swimming? Day camp? Hiking? Reading? Long afternoons of video games?
How about tracking local frog populations for science? Photographing clouds or measuring the brightness of the night sky? The young and curious kids you know can finish out the summer as citizen scientists.
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