This TEDTalk confirms the fact that even non-professionals can do legitimate science. In this case, those non-professionals were school children, and the work that they did was published in a peer-reviewed journal. The sketchnotes above capture some of their story. I encourage you to watch the TEDTalk, then revisit these sketchnotes to help you remember it’s message.
The push right now in science education is to teach children not just how to learn science from textbooks, but how to be scientists. At the high school level, many are already teaching in this way (a few that come to mind are Frank Noschese and Shawn Cornally, and in math, Dan Meyer – if you’ve come across others, let us know about it in the comments below). It is great to hear stories like the one shared in this TEDTalk because it sheds light on the fact that children will surprise and impress us, so long as we give them the opportunity to do so.