The ultimate goal of the lab is to show how important citizen science and hands-on education in teaching science really is. Hopefully, more and more facilities will be opened allowing the general public to come and do research, which will not only increase the interest in STEM, but also make each of these communities more invested in the protection and conservation of local resources.
I, like many others, went through school wondering when I was going to use a lot of the information I was being taught. I didn’t know how it all fit together. I would say to myself, “Ok, I get that biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of life, but I’m not getting the big picture, only pieces of information.” Similarly, “When am I ever going to use statistics in my everyday life?”