The session facilitator, with years of on-site experience in Gorongosa, will introduce current conservation efforts in the park, explore the use of trail cameras by park scientists, and demonstrate the citizen science platform. Participants will engage in an activity that involves making observations and asking scientific questions using trail camera photos. They will discuss what makes questions testable, how to generate hypotheses and predictions, and how to analyze trail camera data to answer their question.
This presentation will explore scientific inquiry practices through innovative data collection – citizen science via online crowdsourcing. The trail camera project platform is an example of public participation in scientific research (PPSR). The resources presented in this session allow educators to bring real data into the classroom, letting students experience the process of science in a meaningful way. Participants will leave with tangible resources they can use to teach the process of science in a classroom or lab setting.
*Participants must bring their own laptop computer to this session.