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Citizen Science: Getting Students into STEM with Jason Osborne & Dr Aaron Alford

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Streamed live on May 18, 2014

In this Science On Google+ Hangout on Air, we chat with two of our Community members, scientists Jason Osborne and Dr Aaron Alford. They are co-founders of Paleo Quest, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes research and educational projects in Paleontology for the public (http://paleoquest.org). Jason and Aaron also founded SharkFinder, a STEM education program that studies fossil remains of elasmobranch (shark, skates and ray) along the USA Atlantic coastal plain of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina. SharkFinder provides kits and learning modules for citizens and classrooms to participate in data collection (http://www.sharkfinder.org/). 

Jason and Aaron talk about their efforts to expand citizen science, with a special focus on how students can be better guided into STEM careers through these hands-on citizen science programs. We also discuss their upcoming publications that will incorporate data collected by students and the public, as reported by Scientific American (http://goo.gl/4drR1Z). We'll then chat about how we can better support children from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in STEM.

This Hangout was hosted by two SoG+ Moderators, Dr Buddhini Samarasinghe and Dr Zuleyka Zevallos. The video first aired on Sunday the 18th of May.

Visit our science page on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/Scienceongoog...), and join our Community (http://goo.gl/7Sucf8). Follow us on Twitter @scienceongoogle using #scienceongoogle.

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