The Museum is part of a $2.2 million international research project that aims to understand what youth gain from participating in natural history museum-led community science. The project will help us to better understand how to design community science projects, and help shape the next generation of science leaders!

The Learning and Environmental science Agency Research Network for Citizen Science (LEARNCitSci) is a 4-year research project funded through the Science Learning+ initiative, a partnership between the National Science Foundation and the Wellcome Trust with the UK Economic and Social Research Council. This project is a collaboration between community science practitioners and learning researchers and is based at three natural history museums (NHMLA, NHMLA London, and California Academy of Sciences). Through ethnographic observations of participants (ages 5-19), the team will gain an understanding of how youth develop Environmental Science Agency. Our findings will help community science practitioners around the world design programs that can better educate, enable, and empower youth in science.

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This research is a collaboration between learning researchers and community science practitioners at the following organizations:

From Left to Right: Lila Higgins, Christothea Herodotou, Heidi Ballard, Alison Young, Déana Scipio, Annie Miller, Rebecca Johnson, Lucy Robinson, Julia Lorke, Jessie Jennewein, Harpreet Sanghera  

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