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Gulf Coast Educators: Join Public Lab this summer for a Classroom Community Science Workshop

by mimiss | January 10, 2020 18:06 10 Jan 18:06 | #22270 | #22270

Dates: June 29 - July 1, 2020

Location: New Orleans, LA

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and closing on March 15, 2020.

Eligible Participants: High School Educators

Contact: Mimi Spahn Sattler,, @mimiss

Participant Stipend: $600

Start your application here.

Join us in New Orleans to learn about Classroom Community Science Programming!

This three-day workshop brings together high school educators from across the Gulf Coast to learn about implementing community science methodologies in the classroom. The focus of the summer workshop is to introduce educators to community science as well as to support the use of Public Lab tools and connections to the Public Lab community in classrooms.

This workshop will introduce educators to a series of lessons designed to engage students in hands-on, locally-situated environmental science projects as they explore challenges facing their community using open hardware and community science principles. In this process, students engage in community citizen science via Public Lab methodologies. Students lead the research project with support from their teacher rather than being led through a predetermined rubric. As a team, students undertake problem identification, study design, data collection and analysis, and sharing results back to their community. You can learn more about the lesson plans and see examples of student work here.

Participants will receive a stipend of $600 upon successful completion of the workshop. Limited travel and housing support available.

In addition to workshop participation, there is an opportunity for educators to receive support for classroom implementation of this program in the Fall 2020 semester. Reach out to Mimi (@mimiss) at for more information.

Thinking about applying but have more questions? Join Public Lab staff and fellow educators on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 8 PM ET for OpenHour, an interactive online seminar. February’s OpenHour will offer participants a chance to learn more about our classroom community science workshop and Public Lab’s educational programs. You can learn more about OpenHour here, or follow this link on February 3 to connect.

Workshop Highlights

  • Participate in a balloon mapping
  • Meet other local educators
  • Learn more about Community Science
  • Connect with the Public Lab community
  • Use DIY science tools

Start your application here.

This project is made possible by an award from the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


I enjoyed this opportunity so much! Glad that you expanded it to be seen on i feel like a better science teacher for it. I look forward to letting the children in the class lead science and publish their works.

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