Democracy At Play – Constitution Day Challenge

Check out iCivics’  Democracy at Play challenge! National Constitution Week is September 17-22. To celebrate, we are partnering with iCivics, the nation’s leading provider of civic education, to help America raise its game. The Constitution is the heart of our democracy, but how well do we really know the rights it guarantees? Let’s find out. We’re … Read more “Democracy At Play – Constitution Day Challenge”

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Taking the First Steps: Libraries and Citizen Science

Editor’s Note: You got to know Dan with his team member spotlight. Now you can read about his perspective on and work with libraries!  If you haven’t visited your local public library in a while or if you just pop in from time to time, I highly recommend you take some time to look around … Read more “Taking the First Steps: Libraries and Citizen Science”

Categories: About Us, Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, Education, SciStarter News

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BirdSleuth K-12 Webinars for Educators

Have you looked at SciStarter’s event finder lately? We have exciting new additions, including a new webinar series from BirdSleuth K-12! BirdSleuth K-12, an education program run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, supports educators as they help kids connect to nature and develop science skills by participating in citizen science and inquiry. Their free, hour-long webinar … Read more “BirdSleuth K-12 Webinars for Educators”

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New Book Review Series

We have an exciting announcement! Beginning in October of this year, SciStarter is partnering with Dr. Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher’s research team to begin publishing monthly book reviews of books focusing on citizen science. Dr. Mehlenbacher’s team at the University of Waterloo includes both undergraduate and graduate students. Housed in the English Department, the team’s research focuses on, among … Read more “New Book Review Series”

Categories: About Us, Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, CitSci Research, Education, SciStarter News

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BSCS Report: Designing Citizen Science for Both Science and Education

Created in 1958 as the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) within the National Science Foundation, BSCS Science Learning is now an independent 501(c)(3) with over 60 years of research and educational training, focusing on science learning. Their mission is to transform science education “so that all students have an opportunity to learn science for their … Read more “BSCS Report: Designing Citizen Science for Both Science and Education”

Categories: Citizen Science News, Education

Join a National Moth Week Event Near You!

Tomorrow, on Saturday, July 21, Moth Week will commence! Running until Sunday, July 29, Moth Week is a way for people of all ages all around the world to come together to celebrate the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. These self-described “Moth-ers” are in fact citizen scientists, as one of the key missions … Read more “Join a National Moth Week Event Near You!”

Categories: Apps, Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, Education, Events

Trophy marks new era for citizen science in the classroom

By Egle Marija Ramanauskaite, Citizen Science Coordinator at EyesOnALZ December 21st, 2017, just might enter the history books as the first day a citizen science trophy was ever awarded to a school. The trophy, bestowed to 250 students for contributing to Alzheimer’s research, is now proudly displayed next to sports trophies & special achievement awards at a … Read more “Trophy marks new era for citizen science in the classroom”

Categories: Citizen Science, Education, Guest Contributor, Health, Other, Project Profile

From Tide-pooling to Shark Diving, Citizen Science with Ocean Sanctuaries

Tiffany Poon dives with sharks. In fact, it’s one the biggest highlights of her diving year. “As soon as the first one appears, usually in spring, I’ll be at La Jolla Cove spending as much time as possible with them,” Poon says. “Sometimes they’re shy and keep their distance, but often they’ll come by close … Read more “From Tide-pooling to Shark Diving, Citizen Science with Ocean Sanctuaries”

Categories: Citizen Science, Education, Ocean & Water, Other

Upbeat, collaborative, and focused: Educators at SXSWedu reflect on the value and future of citizen science in education.

Who really benefits from citizen science? How can citizen science support STEM education?  How do we bring citizen science to new audiences? How can we leverage new technologies to expand student participation in citizen science projects? These were some of the questions we set out to discuss at the Citizen Science Meet-up at SXSWedu. SXSWedu … Read more “Upbeat, collaborative, and focused: Educators at SXSWedu reflect on the value and future of citizen science in education.”

Categories: Citizen Science News, Education, Events, Guest Contributor, Science Education Standards

Citizen Scientists, Citizen Educators

When most people think about citizen scientists, they tend to think of them as data collectors, volunteering their time to report wildlife sightings, gather microbe samples, or transcribe old weather reports. It’s true that data collection is the primary task of most citizen scientists, but many volunteers take their participation a step further by designing … Read more “Citizen Scientists, Citizen Educators”

Categories: Citizen Science, Education