The X-Polli:Nation project aims to get communities buzzing. It shares (or ‘cross-pollinates’) approaches and tools between members of the public, scientists, technologists and educators in order to support pollinators, people and the practice of citizen science. The project improves existing web-based technology as a proof of concept that it is possible to take successful tools and enhance their functionality, expand them for use in new geographic regions and for use with new audiences. It develops an inspiring schools’ engagement programme and evaluates the impact on people, pollinators and practice
The project has been developed in the framework of the citizen science activities carried out by the highly successful OPAL project (led by Imperial College, London), in collaboration with several UK partners and the Maremma Natural History Museum in Italy. XPollination has been funded by National Geographic USA, a global leader in crowd sourced citizen science. The partners, in their routine activities, seek to inspire, empower, and support a new generation of citizen scientists and change-makers by creating better and richer citizen science learning opportunities for all ages. Students and teachers will benefit from a comprehensive education programme which interactively teaches young people about every stage of the scientific process. Through taking part in citizen science, students will develop the most important Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills, including intellectual curiosity, problem solving, creativity, statistics and data-driven decision making.