Scientific Research is often thought of as a singular event in a sterile laboratory, working on an obscure set of data, only relevant to scientists. But it can, and does, involve so much more.
Community-Engaged Learning in Science increases students' perception of research by placing it in the context of community. Research encompasses creative, problem-solving skill sets in addition to observational skills, because a problem cannot be researched until it is identified as such.
By engaging students in the community outside of the university, Community-Engaged Learning in Science encourages them to look outside the lab and identify real-world problems. By doing so, students' confidence in their scientific knowledge and skills increases by applying them to their skills and knowledge to problems outside of the lab.
Community-Engaged Learning removes the sterility and tunnel vision often found in science and broadens future scientists' understanding of the impact science has on the non-scientific community.
Scientific Research Activities
The Scientific Research component of Community-Engage Learning in Science consists of these student activities: