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BirdSleuth is looking for 10 teams of youth-adult team who are interested in using citizen science to spark youth inquiry projects. Youth-adult teams will build STEM facilitation skills and plan, recruit, and lead youth participants through an inquiry-based learning project together. Youth-adult teams would take BirdSleuth’s new interactive online professional development course, Integrating Inquiry for Educators: Building Student Science Practices. This course uses readings, videos, interactive quizzes, and discussions to guide educators through the best practices of engaging youth with citizen science and inquiry. Adult participants will be expected to share the most relevant materials and techniques with their youth partner. Teams would participate in an in-person training at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to complement the inquiry course and support program development. Teams would take this course in fall 2017 and use the skills learned in the course to plan and deliver their program in spring/summer 2018.

Preference will be given to:
* Extension volunteers and educators with experience working with youth
* Educators with a strong interest in engaging youth with citizen science and inquiry
* Educators who have have established a team with a teen leader

*September 29, 2017: Applications due
*October-November 2017:  Complete the Integrating Inquiry for Educators course (20-25 hours) and share relevant resources with youth partner
*January 12-13, 2018: Attend an in-person training to deepen course learning and discuss project implementation, details and exact date to be announced.
*February-August 2018: Engage youth in citizen-science-inspired inquiry (number of youth, citizen science project, and inquiry project parameters determined by the youth-adult team)
*August 2018: Showcase efforts at NYS Fair
*September-October 2018:  Complete a final written assessment, follow-up interview, and post survey.

Please fill out this application by October 13, 2017. Apply early. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis with all applicants notified of their status by no later than October 27, 2017 about the status of your application. If you have any questions, please contact the BirdSleuth team at

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* 1. Contact and school/organization information:

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* 2. Which best characterizes your role:

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* 3. Please tell us about the teen leader you will be working with. What is their name and age? What leadership experience do they have?