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Science Shorts: Project BudBurst—Analyzing Data

Science and Children—Summer 2008

Project BudBurst is a national program intended to get students and other “citizen scientists” to participate in a real study about plants, the environment, and climate change. It also provides an excellent opportunity for students to build data-analysis skills. A collaboration of several agencies and universities, the program began last year and attracted thousands of participants from 26 states. The project operates through its user-friendly website and participation is free. This article describes this project and includes a lesson related to how geography can affect plant life cycles.
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