Join a National Moth Week Event Near You!

Tomorrow, on Saturday, July 21, Moth Week will commence! Running until Sunday, July 29, Moth Week is a way for people of all ages all around the world to come together to celebrate the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. These self-described “Moth-ers” are in fact citizen scientists, as one of the key missions … Read more “Join a National Moth Week Event Near You!”

Categories: Apps, Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, Education, Events

ASEE Panel: STEM Communication

Last week, on Monday, July 9, Darlene Cavalier, the founder of SciStarter and Science Cheerleader and a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, presented on a panel at a American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) event. The panel was part of a larger two-day conference hosted by ASEE for engineering communicators. The panel was … Read more “ASEE Panel: STEM Communication”

Categories: Citizen Science, Events, SciStarter News

Shark Week is coming! Shark Week is coming!

Five “Jaws”-dropping projects for Shark Week   As a prelude to the Discovery Channel’s 30th year of Shark Week, SciStarter’s editors picked these five projects you can do related to sharks and their conservation. Whether it’s collecting and reporting shark egg cases or documenting sightings to track species, there are many ways to unlock your … Read more “Shark Week is coming! Shark Week is coming!”

Categories: Citizen Science, Featured Projects, Newsletter

Think you have remarkable memory traits? Share them by participating in the Harvard PGP-Lumosity Memory Challenge

It all starts with Professor George Church’s vision. Church is a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute and professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School. In 2005, he launched the Personal Genome Project (PGP), which collects data on a person’s DNA, environmental background, and relevant health and disease information from consenting participants. The premise … Read more “Think you have remarkable memory traits? Share them by participating in the Harvard PGP-Lumosity Memory Challenge”

Categories: Alzheimers, Citizen Science, CitSci Research

Science in the Skies: Studying Clouds with CitSci

The lazy days of summer are perfect for kicking back and watching the clouds float by. Why not contribute to citizen science from the comfort of your hammock with this cloud-observing project from NASA? Help NASA understand clouds by reporting your observations with the citizen science project S’Cool  Clouds are so democratic. You don’t need to … Read more “Science in the Skies: Studying Clouds with CitSci”

Categories: Apps, Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Project Profile

Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains? Here’s How You Can Contribute to Science While You’re At It

Hitting the trails for the long holiday weekend? Here’s a citizen science project you can contribute if you’re exploring the Appalachian Mountains, which stretch all the way from Georgia to Maine. Happy trails!  ~The SciStarter Editorial Team Hikers in the Appalachian mountains contribute data and help researchers learn how climate change is affecting plants living … Read more “Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains? Here’s How You Can Contribute to Science While You’re At It”

Categories: Citizen Science, Environment

Picnic Blanket and Basket by Amy Liscomb (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Grab your basket and blanket, July is Picnic Month!

This month it’s exceptionally easy to celebrate by simply grabbing your meal and bringing it outside! Lots of creatures will likely join you during your meal en plein air, so this is a good opportunity to say hello and take note as some sing you songs, some attempt to take a nibble of your food… … Read more “Grab your basket and blanket, July is Picnic Month!”

Categories: Animals, Birds, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Featured Projects, Insects, Newsletter

A Global Effort to Protect Giraffes with Citizen Science

I read once that if you want to keep a giraffe in captivity you have to capture it when it is young because an adult giraffe will fight to the death to be free. The story was in the book “Zarafa” by Michael Allin, and while I don’t think the statement is scientifically correct, I … Read more “A Global Effort to Protect Giraffes with Citizen Science”

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Nature & Outdoors

Happy National Pollinator Week!

From June 18 to June 24 we celebrate the pollinators that make most of our food possible. This week, take a moment to make and share your observations with scientists. Our editors selected five projects in need of your help. More about pollinators from Penn State’s website:   Pollinators include bees, butterflies, beetles, flies, some birds … Read more “Happy National Pollinator Week!”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Featured Projects, Insects, Newsletter

Science Festivals: Report from the Front Lines

Over the past few months, members of the SciStarter team have been working around the country to share new citizen science projects at science festivals. It’s been so much fun to join others excited about science and get a chance to meet some of you! Organizing a science festival is a labor of love, fueled … Read more “Science Festivals: Report from the Front Lines”

Categories: Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, Events, Other, Science Cheerleaders, SciFests, SciStarter News, USA Science and Engineering Festival