Environmental education is critical for the long term sustainability of biodiversity. Creating an environmental awareness through participation in wildlife mapping will help to develop a society that can make informed decisions about our future.
It is increasingly important for all American students to become sophisticated thinkers of science. The BioKIDS/DeepThink research group is engaged in educational research to improve science learning in high-poverty, urban, elementary and middle school classrooms, with particular focus on the Detroit Public Schools.
The vision of NatureMapping is that citizens of all ages conducting meaningful science for the benefit of their local communities and biodiversity. Their approach is to train individuals to become aware of their natural resources and to provide the tools to inventory and monitor their resources.
Cynthia Sims Parr, Tricia Jones and Nancy Butler Songer. CyberTracker in BioKIDS: Customization of a PDA-based scientific data collection application for inquiry learning. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.