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New citizen science tools database to discover and access the right instruments

Citizen science (public participation in scientific research) often calls for tools you won’t find lying around the house, such as a rain gauge to record precipitation or an air quality sensor. Lack of access to these tools can be a barrier to engaging in citizen science projects. To address this, SciStarter is creating a relational … Read more “New citizen science tools database to discover and access the right instruments”

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About SciStarter’s “Participant API,” used by 50+ citizen science projects (and counting)

I thought it would be helpful to provide a description of what SciStarter’s Participant API is and why a growing number of projects and platforms are implementing it and becoming SciStarter Affiliates in the process. A little background. SciStarter had been “merely” a database where project scientists would add their projects and citizen scientists would find … Read more “About SciStarter’s “Participant API,” used by 50+ citizen science projects (and counting)”

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Calling all Librarians: Citizen Science Day 2019 Invitation

Dear Librarian, Libraries and similar venues are public spaces where community members, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, economic level, or education level, can engage in a variety of activities.  May we suggest citizen science, which enables ordinary people to advance real scientific research?  Professional scientists need your help, and connecting through citizen science projects offers … Read more “Calling all Librarians: Citizen Science Day 2019 Invitation”

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Sharing Across Scales in Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing

Post by Ruthanna Gordon, Ph.D. She is a steering committee member of the Federal Community of Practice for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science. One strength of citizen science is in its ability to gather granular, hyper-local data—and to bring that data together into a big-picture understanding of what’s happening nationally or globally. How are patterns of rainfall shifting … Read more “Sharing Across Scales in Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing”

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Citizen Science in the Classroom: Raspberry Shake

Citizen science can be an excellent way to engage learners in the process of science and to address the Practices as outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In each issue of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Journal, Science Scope, a citizen science project from the SciStarter Project Finder is featured! In the … Read more “Citizen Science in the Classroom: Raspberry Shake”

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How-To Festival Brings Makers and Citizen Science Together

On a beautiful Fall, Saturday morning in Brunswick, Maine (a small mid-coast town known for Bowdoin College), the Curtis Memorial Library held its annual How-To Festival, which brings together local businesses, organizations, and individuals. Attendees shared their skills and knowledge of doing all things under the sun, ranging from activities that require highly specialized skills to those anyone … Read more “How-To Festival Brings Makers and Citizen Science Together”

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Citizen Science in the Classroom: I See Change

Citizen science can be an excellent way to engage learners in the process of science and to address the Practices as outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In each issue of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Journal, Science Scope, a citizen science project from the SciStarter Project Finder is featured! In the … Read more “Citizen Science in the Classroom: I See Change”

Categories: Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, Education, In the News, Nature & Outdoors, Science Education Standards, SciStarter News

Frankenstein Outside the Castle

It’s alive! The first time Mary Shelley introduced Dr. Frankenstein’s lab in her 1818 novel, she described it as “a solitary chamber, or rather cell, at the top of the house… I kept my workshop of filthy creation… The dissecting room and the slaughter-house furnished many of my materials.” Two hundred years later, researchers at … Read more “Frankenstein Outside the Castle”

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Designing Citizen Science for Both Science and Education

In January 2017, eleven field science advocates gathered in an unlikely location: indoors. These individuals were educators, scientists, and web platform developers participating in the Designing Citizen Science for Both Science and Education workshop, hosted by BSCS Science Learning (BSCS) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The workshop focused on georeferenced field studies, which are projects that … Read more “Designing Citizen Science for Both Science and Education”

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Save the Date: Citizen Science Day returns on April 13, 2019

SciStarter, the Citizen Science Association, and the Citizen Science Day Working Group are excited to announce Citizen Science Day on Saturday, April 13, 2019! The fourth annual Citizen Science Day celebrates and raises awareness about the amazing volunteers, projects, and scientific breakthroughs that are part of citizen science, encourages new people to get involved, and … Read more “Save the Date: Citizen Science Day returns on April 13, 2019”

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