2024 Collaborative Action Research Project: Food! How can we ensure good nutrition for all?

2024 Collaborative Action Research Project: Food! How can we ensure good nutrition for all?

As part of the Network for Emergent Socio-Scientific Thinking (NESST), the Smithsonian Science Education Center is assembling a group of students ages 14-19 to participate in a collaborative action research program on the topic of Food! How do we ensure good nutrition for all? Through this virtual program, young people will meet weekly to explore how the topic relates to them and their community, engage with experts in the field, and eventually form research teams to produce an action project video that will be showcased at a final session in May 2024. As part of this showcase session, participating students will have the opportunity to share their work with experts in the field, as well as gather meaningful feedback and support from educators, Smithsonian staff, and their peers. 

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for high school or secondary school students who are dedicated to investigating local and global issues through a lens of science, who are motivated to take action, and who are willing to represent their communities in a global forum. We are seeking:     

  • High school/secondary students ages 14-19 who represent communities around the world.      

  • Participants must be proficient in both written and spoken English.      

  • Individuals who can commit to participating for 3 months from program start date (From February 13, 2024 – May 7, 2024), and who can attend the final showcase session virtually at the end of May 2024.   

  • Individuals who can dedicate roughly 2-3 hours per week to this project. All whole group meetings will take place via Zoom every Tuesday from either 9-10am Eastern or 7-8pm Eastern starting on February 13, and all content and tasks will be hosted on Moodle. You may attend whichever session works best for your time zone. If you are not able to attend either session due to time zones, we can discuss accommodation or asynchronous options.     


What are some benefits of participating?
  • The opportunity to network with professionals in many fields, and gain additional knowledge about science, sustainability, and social issues.      

  • A certificate acknowledging your participation, your name listed on the Smithsonian Science Education Center website, and your videos hosted and amplified on the SSEC website.   

  • The opportunity to engage and collaborate with other youth from around the world and to bring new ways of thinking and acting for a better future to your own community. In reflecting with last year’s 2023 Sustainable Communities Collaborative Action Research Project cohort, one participant commented, “I liked how my team and the participants of the program came from different communities and cultures all around the world, but everyone was focused on one goal: making a change no matter how small.”  

Learn more about last year’s project focused on Sustainable Communities here


How do you apply?

For additional questions, contact Alexa Mogck at Mogcka@si.edu.