iWonder is an exciting project that began with funding from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the National Science Foundation. The iWonder project brings together students, educators, scientists, and community members across varying communities and educational settings. These community stakeholders work toward a common goal to help their communities thrive and enable deep, authentic community learning within co-created community science projects. iWonder citizen science easily aligns with CC and NGSS because it starts with what students are curious about in the area of science that they are studying. The iWonder program has been redesigned to be applied to a broader range of community science projects in a variety of contexts and thereby broaden participation.
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Scientist Testimonial – Authentic science, data use/collection, etc
“Students are the driving force of what topics we collaboratively investigate. My students consider themselves “citizen scientists” because of their participation in data collection in our community. They understand that the data they collect is used by the scientific community to better understand the world in which we live. We understand that none of us needs to be an expert. In fact, sometimes students are the experts who teach adults. We learn from each other.” Marci Train – Long Island School
Student testimonial about value of project
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There are many ways to get your students making observations outside of the classroom and asking questions. iWonder provides a framework to get your students in the field and begin using the things they notice to write iWonder questions. Through a supportive online community, students can take their iWonder questions and get feedback from experts, iWonder staff, and other classrooms. This feedback will help them transform their iWonder questions into specific, measurable, attainable, relevant/realistic, and measurable (SMART) investigation questions.
Students will need access to web browsers in order to access the iWonder website.
We know teachers are on a tight timeline to get everything done in the school year. The great thing about iWonder is that it easily integrates into what you’re already doing. iWonder is designed to be adaptable to your curricular needs and students’ interest. Our resources will assist you in weaving iWonder into your curriculum to empower your students’ curiosity.
Some teachers spend a whole year working on an investigation and others take a few months. The answer really depends on your needs and specific investigation.
The supplies you’ll need vary depending on your investigation. If your investigation requires supplies you don’t have on hand and will need to purchase there are grants that could fund your project supply costs. Moreover, as part of a network of educators and experts, many times supplies can be shared between classrooms.
REAL STUDENT LED SCIENCE
The community investigates.
The actions based on real data.
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Investigations we‘re tackling together
Our active communities
Maine, the northeastern-most U.S. state, is known for its rocky coastline, maritime history, and nature areas like the granite and spruce islands of Acadia National Park. It has 6 active schools.
Alabama is a southeastern U.S. state that’s home to significant landmarks from the American Civil Rights Movement. It has one active school.
Mississippi is a southern U.S. state with the Mississippi River to its west, the state of Alabama to its east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. It has 2 active schools.
Our scientific steps
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This project is funded by the National Science Foundation, grant #1933491. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.