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Screen Time and Science

Jamie Brunmeier

Vallivue Middle School, Caldwell

In today's fast-paced world, everyone is on screens.  Screens have even become a mainstream staple in classrooms.   We all know that screen time is bad for our mental health and physiological health. But we can help with science!

Mental Health Benefits

Students, like adults, need to be outside.  We are happier and more relaxed after being outside for even 10 minutes.  There is loads of research proving that getting outside in the elements, hearing and seeing nature can create a healthy mind.  The best way, and the easiest way, to help your students is to get them outside, into nature, AND contribute to citizen science.

Citizen Science Fridays

In my classroom we use each Friday for “Citizen Science Friday.”  This is a block of time that is a powerful strategy to enhance students’ learning.  Students get to experience science in real time.  Which in turn gives them a new perspective on science.  Students also learn to collect data and that, they too, can contribute to the whole science community.  This structured approach not only boosts their concentration in science, but also fosters an avenue to build self confidence.

Master the art of "Getting Outside"

Getting our students outside is not just about doing more in less time, but it is about doing the right things at the right time. By implementing Citizen Science into your week you can teach your students to reclaim control of their mental and physiological health and achieve greater success in both their academic and personal life. Whether you're a seasoned teacher or a budding science student, mastering the art of “getting outside” can significantly impact your productivity and overall well-being.


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