Citizen Science Day 2019 (referred to as #CitSciDay2019 on social media) falls on Saturday, April 13 this year. On Citizen Science Day, SciStarter and the Citizen Science Association are encouraging people all over the world to celebrate citizen science.
For a “quick start,” you may just want to join the SciStarter team right now. If so, make a Stall Catchers account using this link and you’ll automatically be part of the SciStarter team, meaning your contributions will be part of our team’s total. For more information about Citizen Science Day and the Megathon, as well as for step-by-step instructions about how to either join SciStarter’s team or make your own Stall Catchers team, read on.
SciStater’s featured event during Citizen Science Day is the Stall Catchers Megathon. Stall Catchers is a gamified way for people of all ages and of all backgrounds to contribute to Alzheimer’s research through the identification of stalled and flowing blood vessels in micro-videos. A world-wide, synchronous event, the Megathon’s goal is to have 100,000 participants annotate 1 million micro-videos in 1 hour, saving researchers 1 year of lab work. These researchers at Cornell University are studying the flow (and stalls) of blood in the brains of mice who have Alzheimer’s. Promising treatments are being studied based on treating the stalls identified by crowdsourcing citizen scientists. Stall Catchers can be played from any device that connects to the internet. Want to post on social media about your excitement? Don’t forget the now-ubiquitous hashtag: #Megathon!
One way you can get involved is by planning an event meet-up or joining an already existing event. The best way to add your event or find an event is by visiting the SciStarter Citizen Science Day page. But what if you don’t want to host or join an in-person event? You can also play from home on the SciStarter team, and we’re delighted to host you online! More instructions on this below.
The Megathon will take place from 1:30-3:30 ET. The entire event will be livestreamed and you can find the livestream on SciStarter’s FB page on April 13. From 1:30-2:00 ET, there will be introductions and speakers from the Megathon Headquarters at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. From 2:00-3:00 ET, we have the “catching hour.” During this hour, people will just play Stall Catchers! Different meet-ups will be piped in and featured on the livestream during this hour. If you want to be featured on the livestream, email CarolineN@SciStarter.org as soon as possible. Then, from 3:00-3:30 ET, we will find out the results and see how much research we all accomplished.
If you’re hosting or joining an in-person meet-up, we urge you to make or join a Stall Catchers team for your location so your contributions can be credited to this team; we’ll have some friendly competition about what team gets the most Stall Catchers points! For those who won’t be at an in-person meet-up, we’re so grateful that you want to play Stall Catchers from home! We urge you to join our SciStarter team to be part of the fun. We broke down how to join this SciStarter team and how to create a team step-by-step below.
Questions? Get in touch with me at CarolineN@SciStarter.org
Special thanks to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region, Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and the Citizen Science Association for their support and partnership with Citizen Science Day initiatives.