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Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 31 by Mark Frauenfelder

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3 RULES FOR SUCCESSFUL CITIZEN SCIENCE

Make it measurable. Make it cheap. Make it open.

BY ARIEL LEVI SIMONS

image Jorge Luis Borges once wrote, in the very short story “On Exactitude in Science,” of a great empire that sought to create a map so accurately detailed that it grew to be as large as the empire itself. Early in my teaching career, and recently out of school, I thought (in a similar, albeit less poetic, fashion than Mr. Borges) about how I was representing science as a high school teacher.

I wrestled with the same anxiety most, if not all, science teachers feel about not covering enough content. I constantly felt rushed to get through enough ...

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