Hands-on learning for citizen scientists

Students in multiple Rochester schools have taken on the roles of citizen scientists, thanks to a partnership with the University of New Hampshire’s Cooperative Extension and the Leitzel Center.

students looking at rain gauge

Through its collaboration with UNH’s Schoolyard Science Investigations by Teachers, Extension Volunteers and Students (Schoolyard SITES), students at five schools are exploring a variety of scientific areas through hands on research and experimentation.

Rochester’s Gonic School students are currently researching local birds’ habitat preferences, while classes at Nancy Loud School and Chamberlain Street School are studying local birds and their feeding preferences. Meanwhile, students at the William Allen and Maple Street Magnet Schools are exploring how precipitation varies as the seasons change.

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Lara Gengarelly
STEM Education State Specialist
Extension State Specialist/Professor, Science Ed & Outreach
Phone: (603) 862-2995
Office: Leitzel Center, Parsons Hall Rm N117, Durham, NH 03824

Malin Clyde
Community Volunteer State Specialist
Assoc State Specialist
Phone: (603) 862-2166
Office: Cooperative Extension, Nesmith Hall, Durham, NH 03824

Haley Andreozzi
Wildlife Conservation State Specialist
Assoc State Specialist
Phone: (603) 609-0927
Office: Cooperative Extension, Nesmith Hall, Durham, NH 03824

Megan Glenn
STEM Docent Program Manager
Extension Program Mgr
Phone: (603) 641-4391
Office: Cooperative Extension, 88 Commercial Street, RM 332, Manchester, NH 03101