You can celebrate Citizen Science Month from home.

While we want you to celebrate Citizen Science Month, we all need to help flatten the curve to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Learn more about flattening the curve, below.

As a Citizen Science Month event organizer or participant, you can stay home and still participate in Citizen Science Month.

Here are seven ways to join or host an online event or to transform your in-person event into a virtual event.

1) Invite people to meet-up virtually via Facebook Live, Skype, Zoom, Google Hangout, etc, and step them through the Introduction to Citizen Science Tutorial. 

2) Create a virtual team and invite others to join the team and play Stall Catchers, an online game to accelerate research on Alzheimer’s Disease. Or, encourage people to go to SciStarter.org/NLM to find projects to do from home!

3) Organize an online book club to read and discuss books from this Citizen Science Booklist featuring a brand new book, “The Field Guide to Citizen Science,”  from Timber Press (invite the author’s to join your online discussion!)

4) Host an online Watch Party to view PBS shows about citizen science or “How to” videos on YouTube.

5) Find and join an existing online event at SciStarter.org/events (select “Online Only”).

6) Find and join an online project with the SciStarter Project Finder.

7) Post these social media prompts to your email list or social media followers and invite them to view archived webinars; or, poll participants about their interests in citizen science, plan a follow-up project, or share projects.

Check out this Welcome Letter and find these and many other free resources at CitizenScienceMonth.org/Resources.

Most importantly, please do your part to flatten the curve.

This is where containment strategies, such as banning large gatherings and encouraging people to limit their exposure to others, come into play and why individual efforts to stop the spread of the virus are crucial. Learn more here.

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About the Author

Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier is a Professor at Arizona State University's Center for Engagement and Training, part of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter. She is also the founder of Science Cheerleader, an organization of more than 300 current and former professional cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers, and a cofounder of ECAST: Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology, a network of universities, science centers, and think tanks that produces public deliberations to enhance science policymaking. She is a founding board member of the Citizen Science Association, a senior advisor at Discover Magazine, a member of the EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, and was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences "Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning" committee. She is the author of The Science of Cheerleading and co-editor of The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science, published by Arizona State University. Darlene holds degrees from Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania and was a high school, college and NBA cheerleader. Darlene lives in Philadelphia with her husband and four children.