A new app that lets users upload photos of insects and animals is aiding the discovery of new species, NPR reports.

Photos uploaded to the iNaturalist app are accompanied by a location, and from there, amateur and expert naturalists can examine the photos to identify the species.

One of the app's developers told NPR that making science fun and gamifying it can be challenging when a "mixed crowd" wants both technical capabilities along with open-ended exploration.

Activities and tools such as this app, which can be used for amateur biologists but also for classroom purposes, might be key to engaging students in...

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