WHO WE ARE
We are a team of dedicated individuals from diverse academic backgrounds - interested in furthering scientific education and awareness among students and teachers. We believe in tackling global problems through coordinated community efforts powered by citizen science - engaging citizens in local projects for global well being.
Citizen science happens when ordinary people observe the world around them simply out of curiosity. We believe that simple measurements taken over a long time can give valuable information about the environment we live in. We wish to empower ordinary citizens with the right mindset and tools to explore the world around them.
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Meet Poonam Verma, a science teacher from Bulandshahr, UP, India who is a participant in OFC’s algal bloom project, working tirelessly with her students to monitor algal bloom in their local waterbody. With OFC’s help, Poonam guided her students to take algal images using foldscope (bottom row showing images taken by her team) and assemble a frugal spectroscope (top row showing an observed spectrum from an algal sample), to quantify algal bloom! OFC thanks her for all her efforts and wishes her
D. Snehalatha is a lecturer at Telangana Social Welfare Residential Degree & PG college for women since 2019. She started her journey from a small village. She says “Even though my parents are uneducated, they encouraged me a lot in my studies. From childhood, I had a passion for teaching. I am grateful for the opportunity by Open Field Collective to monitor algal bloom”.
Sumathi Natrajan is a lecturer at Telangana Social Welfare Residential Degree & PG college for women since 2019, a government organization that provides free education to women from marginalized families to make them independent. Some of her students are part of the Algal Bloom monitoring project run by Open Field Collective where they have been collecting water samples from a mini pond in NFC Nagar in East Hyderabad, Telangana since November 2021.
Sample images taken by our young citizen scientists