Citizen science comes to public television this April

By Catherine Hoffman March 24th, 2017 at 10:30 am | Comment

Photo: The Crowd and the Cloud

Photo: The Crowd and the Cloud

This April, The Crowd & The Cloud brings you a 4-part public television series exploring citizen science, crowdsourcing, and mobile technology. You’ll find the SciStarter Project Finder on The Crowd & The Cloud website to help viewers of the show become do-ers of science!  Below we’ve highlighted each episode and related projects to jump start your viewing!

Cheers!
The SciStarter Team

Photo: The Crowd and The Cloud
Even Big Data Starts Small
The crowd, using mobile tech, and the cloud contribute to science that saves lives. In this episode, you’ll hear stories of everyday people contributing data used for emergency management, researching Alzheimers, mapping oils spills, and more.
 
World Broadcast: April 6th at 9pm EST
(replayed at 9pm PST)

Photo: The Crowd and The Cloud
Citizens + Scientists
Citizen scientists track air pollution in Wyoming, test for lead in Philadelphia’s drinking water, fish for data in coldwater trout streams and report environmental crimes in China, using the “Black & Smelly Rivers” app. Hear all these stories and more in Episode 2.
World Broadcast: April 13th at 9pm EST
(replayed at 9pm PST)

Photo: The Crowd and The Cloud
Viral vs Virus
Real-time data helps track environmental triggers for asthma sufferers and citizens confront air pollution and rising asthma rates by collecting real time data. In this episode, explore how maps and apps can combat globalized disease from asthma to Zika.
World Broadcast: April 20th at 9pm EST
(replayed at 9pm PST)

Photo: The Crowd and The Cloud
Citizens4Earth
This episode explores a Year in the Life of Citizen Science. Counting birds with an app, surfers collecting ocean data while they ride the waves, volunteers surveying horseshoe crabs on the Delaware Bay, and butterflies wintering over in California.
World Broadcast: April 27th at 9pm EST
(replayed at 9pm PST)

CROWD & CLOUD plans live tweeting during both WORLD channel feeds (same day, same time to 70+ leading PBS stations) with a live one hour interactive “hangout” at 10pm ET and 10pm Pacific. Other PBS stations will program their broadcasts asynchronously, and Scistarter will have a station finder on our website. All programs will be streaming on the Crowd and Cloud website, and those of PBS stations, after April 1st.

 

Globe at Night and Earth Hour: two causes with a common goal

By Catherine Hoffman March 23rd, 2017 at 6:04 pm | Comment

Photo: Christian Haugen

On Saturday, March 25, join hundreds of millions of people around the world and turn off your lights for one hour to show your commitment to the planet, the starry night sky and our collective fight against climate change and light pollution. Participate in Globe at Night before, during and after Earth Hour (Saturday, March 25, 8:30-9:30pm local time). There’s never been a more timely and important moment for the world to stand in solidarity for the protection of our planet and the starry sky above.

Globe at Night is a SciStarter Affiliate Project so your contributions will be automatically tracked in your SciStarter dashboard.


Find more citizen science projects to do at night with the SciStarter Project Finder.

Endangered Bumble Bee Gets Help From Citizen Scientists

By Eva Lewandowski March 22nd, 2017 at 5:37 pm | Comment

The United States Endangered Species Act is often considered to be the most powerful piece of environmental legislation not just in the US, but in the world. As a result, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) formally lists a species as either threatened or endangered, it can be a game-changer for the species in question, protecting and even recovering a plant or animal that would otherwise be headed towards extinction. Such an action usually garners a fair amount of notice among conservation biologists and environmental advocates. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t miss the Citizen Science Day workshop at the CSA Conference!

By Catherine Hoffman March 22nd, 2017 at 10:38 am | Comment

There’s still time to register for the Citizen Science Association Conference (5/17-5/20 in Minneapolis, MN)! The conference will start on May 17 with a series of workshops and special events to dive deep into relevant topics.

 

 

As a proud cofounder of Citizen Science Day, SciStarter is pleased to invite you to join the Citizen Science Day task force workshop to plan for the sustained future of this event. The task force is led by Catherine Hoffman (SciStarter), Lila Higgins (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles), and Alison Young (California Academy of Sciences).

Goals include:

1. To solicit community feedback on the recurring date for Citizen Science Day.

2. To review Citizen Science Day 2016 and 2017 and to generate feedback for the planning of Citizen Science Day 2018.

3. To discuss the challenges and opportunities for Citizen Science Day events and to strategize future resources needed to overcome these challenges and maximize opportunities.

4. Solicit feedback on planning a wide-scale, annual evaluation plan for Citizen Science Day.

Register for the workshop in advance while you are signing up for the conference. We look forward to planning the future of this great event with you!

This will be the second Citizen Science Association conference and an estimated  1,000 participants are expected to convene from all over the world.  Join the Citizen Science Association for reduced registration fees.

This is part of a series of posts about the Citizen Science Association Conference.

Girl Scouts and Citizen Science at the Atlanta Science Festival

By Catherine Hoffman March 21st, 2017 at 11:50 am | Comment

SciStarter and the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta will be at the Atlanta Science Festival Expo on March 25th to help collect important cloud data for NASA. You are invited to join us!

Local Girl Scouts will show you how to help NASA ground-truth satellite data by identifying clouds, making observations, and adding your photos to the GLOBE.gov Observer database. If you can make it, just look for a Girl Scout (they’ll be in uniform) or stop by the SciStarter booth to get started.

We will also be taking “selfies for science” using the FaceTopo app to build a taxonomy of facial features AND teaching Atlanta residents how to find and research common beetles through the Backyard Bark Beetles project.

Science Cheerleader Christina will join us to engage more volunteers, talk about her career(s) and sign autographs at 12pm. Christina is a software engineer and former Atlanta Hawks cheerleader. Learn more about her in a recent interview!

We hope to see you in Atlanta!