It Takes A Village: Citizen Science in Rural India (Grades 9-12)

June 22, 2020
DESCRIPTION: The workshop will take a case study from India on fluoride detection in water and how citizen science efforts were utilized to contribute to scientific research. The case study will help students to understand the fluoride problem in a rural setting and will broadly discuss an example of how citizen science can be used on a large scale for important research purposes.

Presenters: Radhika Iyengar, Director of Education, Center for Sustainable Development, and Lex van Geen, Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory


1. Fluoride Warriors - Listen to Sahana Ghosh’s podcast on how they are using science to fight water contamination.

2. Madhya Pradesh’s Fluoride Warriors - Read more about the fluoride citizen science program.

3. Testing Fluoride Levels in Indian Wells - Check out this blog post that further details the experience of the scientists leading the fluoride citizen science program.

4. Education Brings Sectors Together to Address Fluorosis in Alirajpur - Explore the intersection of education and sustainable development.

5. Lex van Geen Podcast - Listen to Lex discuss bringing fluoride awareness in rural India through community water testing.