Lower Brule Research (LBR) helps people ask and answer the questions that are important to them and their community. We primarily do this by employing middle school and high school students part time for eight weeks over the summer months as researchers. Through monthly community meetings we develop community centered research projects. Then over the summer, student researchers plan, conduct, and analyze these community driven experiments. This process simultaneously provides students with a hands on scientific research education, while giving them the opportunity to address important issues around community health and sustainability. Projects are overseen by a certified science teacher and each student is supported by a college mentor as they complete their community centered research projects.