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Citizen science has opened up the world of scientific research to anybody and everybody. It is being done in all areas of scienceincluding zoology, biology, astronomy, chemistry, and more. Some projects involve going outside and observing nature while others revolve around data obtained and shared over the internet. And whether one has scientific training or not, the contributions being made by citizen scientists are making a difference.

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Kathryn Hulick

I began my career with an adventure. I served two years in the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan, where I taught English and somehow lived without the internet. One day, I received a donation of kids' magazines. I thought to myself, I could write articles like this. I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my career.All kinds of writing and editing interest me, though most of my experience is in science and children's writing and editing. I have published numerous nonfiction books for kids with ABDO, Capstone, Cavendish Square, National Geographic Kids, and more. My books cover a wide variety of topics including robots, video games, artificial intelligence, energy technology, and dinosaurs. I am a contributing editor at Muse magazine with a monthly technology column and regular feature articles. I also write news and features for Science News for Students.I love getting to speak to scientists in many different fields and learn about their research. Once I spoke with an expert on parallel universes while he was shoveling snow from his driveway! I feel that the trick in writing about science for kids is in understanding the concept completely myself first, then figuring out what will make it interesting and relevant to kids. In my experience, kids can easily understand even the most complex concepts - the trick is to keep their attention. I write for children because I decided at the age of ten that ten was the perfect age to be, and some part of me listened well and never got any older. When I'm not writing, I'm hiking, gardening, reading, painting, or spending time with my family.

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