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Citizen Science and The Age of Disruption: Navigating, Innovating, and Excelling. Nov 12–14 Washington, DC

By November 8th, 2017 at 5:57 pm | Comment

Planning to attend the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities annual meeting? SciStarter’s founder, Darlene Cavalier will be there to speak about “Citizen science and crowd-sourcing among other options for universities to move forward and find new ways to collectively address societal challenges.”

11/12 1:45–3:00 p.m. Delaware Suite
The Knowledge Paradox: How Can Expertise Be Dead Amidst Ubiquitous Information?

The disparagement of expertise at a time of ubiquity of information is forcing universities and scholars to redefine their role as experts. Universities must engage more deeply and differently with society to co-create and diffuse knowledge. Citizen science and crowd-sourcing are among options for
universities to move forward and find new ways to collectively address societal challenges. Attendees will interact with panelists through both questions and electronic comments posted on a screen alongside the podium.

MODERATOR: Rush Holt , CEO, AAAS – The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

PANELISTS: Darlene Cavalier, Founder, SciStarter Professor, Arizona State University Center for Engagement and Training School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU

Dietram Scheufele, John E. Ross Professor in Science
Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement
Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Categories: Appearances,Events


Think Like A Citizen Scientist with Girl Scouts of the USA

By October 10th, 2017 at 10:50 am | Comment

Philadelphia, Penn. – (October 10, 2017) –SciStarter and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) are teaming up to encourage girls to pursue citizen science activities and exploration with new programming in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Girl Scouts of the USA has launched a new “Think Like a Citizen Scientist” series developed specifically to draw girls into the excitement of authentic scientific discovery through a new, customized Girl Scouts portal on SciStarter.

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Celebrate National Citizen Science Day: Find an Event Near You!

By April 6th, 2016 at 11:59 pm | Comment

Celebrate Citizen Science
National Citizen Science Day kicks off April 16 and runs through May 21 with events scheduled around the world. We highlight five below. (Stay tuned for more featured events, including bioblitzes!) Find more on the SciStarter Events Page.
The SciStarter Team

Spring, Citizen Science and some Irish luck!

By March 22nd, 2016 at 11:59 pm | Comment

Photo: CL Goforth
Critter Tracking
With spring weather upon us, many animals are on the move. Contribute your wildlife observations to advance scientific research. Learn how, below.

Find projects from our pals in Ireland, Canada, the EU, and now, Australia through our brand new international partnership. Like citizen science, SciStarter is global.

You can find more projects via the SciStarter Project Finder.

The SciStarter Team

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Words with (Citizen Science) Friends

By February 19th, 2016 at 8:26 pm | Comment

wordleLanguage is a critical component of our lives so our editors are excited to share their favorite “word” projects from the SciStarter Project Finder!

Check out these top notch word projects in need of your help!


The SciStarter Team



iopSmithsonian Transcription Center

The Smithsonian and the National Museum of Natural History need your help to transcribe online text from historical notebooks and specimen records, from the comfort of your home. Get started!




To help make computers understand human languages, scientists first need to know how our words are given meaning. If you have a few minutes (or more) you can participate in this fun project contributing to linguistics and artificial intelligence. Get started!




Do you enjoy reading about science? If so, then this is the project for you! Find key words and phrases in research papers to help scientists study NGLY1, a rare genetic disorder.
Get started! 


nnNotes from Nature

Transcribing museum and herbarium records is essential to preserve the knowledge gained over the past few centuries. By transcribing these important records online, you can contribute to research and boost your own personal education!  Get started!


itIgnore That!

How easily distracted are you? Can you stay focused when presented with lots of information and noise? Participation in this project takes only 5 minutes, and you’ll contribute to research on language and thought processes (and get to know more about yourself!).
Get started!


csdNational Citizen Science Day!

SciStarter is a proud partner of National Citizen Science Day, presented by the Citizen Science Association. This celebration kicks off on April 16 and runs through May 21, 2016. Hundreds of events will be held throughout the country, and you can find them here.

Have your own event? Use the “Add an Event” form to post your event on this official Citizen Science Day event calendar!


Categories: Citizen Science