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Dear Parent/Guardian

Your child wants to be part of the WeatherBlur community.  To do so, we require that you provide us permission for them to participate in the program, the associated educational research program and allow us to use photographs, video and audio that we obtain through their participation.

Please find details of all these activities below.  If you agree to allowing your child to participant in these activities, please complete the form and sign TWICE – once in the middle and again at the bottom then hit Submit.

  If you have any questions, please email us on

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Study Title: WeatherBlur: Computational Thinking Through Citizen Science in the Classroom | IRB #              Principal Investigator: Ruth Kermish-Allen, Ph.D.  | 

You child is being asked to participate in research conducted by Dr. Ruth Kermish-Allen regarding the WeatherBlur program.  The WeatherBlur citizen science program which is administered by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA). This educational research program is funded by the National Science Foundation. 

The purpose of this study is to explore the potential of linking relevant and empowering learning experiences in citizen science with rigorous math learning and computational thinking skills, by studying key design elements and supports for rural educators and youth.  WeatherBlur is a community-based, online citizen science platform that allows communities to develop their own science investigations to help them solve a local problem. Your child’s classroom is participating in the WeatherBlur program this year and we would like to get your permission for your child to participate in research activities about the  program’s impacts.

This is what we are asking them to do:  This study will include approximately 1500 student participants across Maine, Mississippi, and Alabama. As a participant of the WeatherBlur project, your child will be asked to participate in a short (approximately 10-15 minute survey) during the class at the beginning of the year and the end of the year regarding their knowledge of computational thinking and graphing. We will also be conducting an observation of your child’s  classroom and monitoring their activity on the WeatherBlur website. Only the research team listed above and their fellow research staff at MMSA will have access to any files. All identifying information about your child will be removed and replaced with a study ID after it is collected so it is anonymous. All data will be confidential and no one will know which answers are your child’s except our research team. 

What are the benefits to your child’s participation? There are no known harms associated with this study beyond those encountered in normal daily life. As a benefit, this study may help individuals who are concerned with creating, facilitating and promoting citizen science programs that integrate computational thinking. Participation in this study will involve no cost to you or your child. Your child will not be paid for participating in this study. 

You can access the study information sheet at this link (XXXXXX) which outlines more details of participation.  Please feel free to email us any comments, concerns, or questions regarding the conduct of this research and your child’s participation. 

By signing below, you are indicating that you have read and understand this permission form, and you agree to allow your child to participate in and assent to this study.   


  • By signing this form, I agree to allow my child to be part of the educational research described above.