Research on Citizen Science as a promoter of “spatial citizenship” is being carried out by doctoral student Dalit Lan, under the guidance of Associate Prof. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, The Faculty of Education in Science and Technology and Dr. Sagi Dalyot, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The research was conducted within the Center of TCSS (Taking Citizen Science to School) jointly with the Technion and the University of Haifa.
The study examines the integration of Citizen Science research in the field of mapping and geo-information, in Geographic Education, in the field of “Geographic Cyber”. As part of the students as Geographic Information Volunteers take part in social participatory mapping. The study will allow planning of walking paths for the visually impaired- blind population. The route calculation and detection will be performed using an algorithm, relying on the mapping data that students collect on the open platform- OpenStreetMap. The students participate in an intervention program that includes the development of skills, knowledge and understanding in the field of Geographic Information Systems as part of geographic inquiry based learning. The study examines aspects of “Spatial citizenship” that includes “Spatial Thinking” and “Active Citizenship” in the context of integrating Citizen Science into the school. Schools wishing to participate in the project can be integrated into the Ministry of Education’s program for community social engagement.