Citizen Science Day at the Cambridge Science Festival

Are you in New England for Citizen Science Day? Join The Science Cheerleaders and SciStarter at:

Cambridge Science Carnival & Robot Zoo
April 14, 2018 in Cambridge, MA

We will be introducing citizen science and several outstanding citizen science projects, including Meet Your Mites and ZomBee Watch, as well as piloting our new SciStarter Citizen Science Kits (created in partnership with the Oakland Museum of California!). Also, meet Science Cheerleaders Kelly and Beverly and ask them what it’s like to be a cheerleader AND a top tier scientist or engineer! Kelly was a team member and coach of the MIT cheerleading team, where she also pursued her PhD in Computational and Systems Biology! Beverly has a biomedical engineering degree and recently joined the Boston Cannons Dancers for her rookie season!

Learn more about opportunities with Citizen Science on the third annual Citizen Science Day, hosted by SciStarter and the Citizen Science Association.

Citizen Science Projects Featured at the Cambridge Science Carnival & Robot Zoo

ZomBee Watch: Scientists believe that the Zombie Fly, Apocephalus borealis, is parasitizing honey bees. Help researchers determine where honey bees are being parasitized by the Zombie Fly. You’ll learn to spot infected bees (we’ll show you what that nasty Zombie Fly looks like in person!), build your own bee catcher, and report observations to this project…or purchase a mini kit with all the things you’ll need to get started right away!

Meet Your Mites: Learn about  face mites through DNA analysis when you swab your skin and send samples to the California Academy of Sciences. So far the study has shown that while there are many types of mites, many people – even those who have lived their whole lives in the US – have mites similar to those in the country where their ancestors were born. We will have minikits available for purchase so you can sample your own face mites and send them to researchers!

And many more!

SciStarter connects people to real science they can do by making it easy for people to find and join projects from its dynamic database featuring more than 2,000 citizen science projects, events and tools!

Categories: Citizen Science, Events, National Citizen Science Day, Science Cheerleaders

About the Author

Lea Shell

Lea Shell is the Digital Learning Specialist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. With a background in entomology and education, she has spent the past five years working in the world of citizen science, public engagement and science communication at North Carolina State University to help bring citizen science to the classroom.