In DepthCitizen Science

U.K. moms are turning parenting into an experiment

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Science  16 Feb 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6377, pp. 726-727
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6377.726

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Summary

An unusual citizen science project in the United Kingdom, named the Parenting Science Gang, links groups of parents interested in a particular topic with researchers who help them design and carry out experiments. The 2-year project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, has already initiated studies on how the composition of human milk changes with a nursling's age, the variation in a baby's temperature when it is carried in a sling under various conditions, and the experience of flexi-schooling, an arrangement in which children are registered at school but attend part-time. The studies help answer parents' everyday questions, but also give the 2000 participants a chance to learn more about science.