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”

Categories: Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, Education, Events, Science Practices, Workshops

Invitation to connect your project to a global citizen science hub

Dear citizen science project leaders! I am writing to invite you to join more than 50 citizen science project leaders who have already connected to a global hub through National Science Foundation-supported digital tools known as “SciStarter Affiliate Tools”.   The digital tools are designed for projects registered on SciStarter (projects on SciStarter are shared with other … Read more “Invitation to connect your project to a global citizen science hub”

Categories: Citizen Science, Workshops

Experience NEON’s Citizen Science Academy Online

Are you looking for a way to include citizen science in your teaching but not sure where to start? NEON’s Citizen Science Academy (CSA) is a new professional development resource designed to help educators successfully engage learners in key aspects of citizen science from making observations and measurements, to visualization, and more. NEON’s CSA offers facilitated, … Read more “Experience NEON’s Citizen Science Academy Online”

Categories: Citizen Science, Science Education Standards, Workshops

Webinar: “What’s Being Measured on CitSci.org: Creating Organism and Site Attributes”

CitSci.org will be planning a “Feature Friday” webinar where you, as members of the growing citizen science community, are invited to offer your ideas and thoughts about improvements to CitSci.org. Their team will demonstrate how to use the website feature and take feedback. The January webinar will focus on “What’s Being Measured,” and this discussion … Read more “Webinar: “What’s Being Measured on CitSci.org: Creating Organism and Site Attributes””

Categories: Citizen Science, Events, Workshops

CitSci.org Webinar on 12/6/13 : Building Datasheets

This is a webinar opportunity from our friends at CitSci.org. Details below! Greetings from CitSci.org! We are pleased to announce our December “Feature Friday” webinar where you, as members of the growing CitSci.org community, are invited to offer your ideas and thoughts about improvements to CitSci.org. The first Friday of each month these webinars will … Read more “CitSci.org Webinar on 12/6/13 : Building Datasheets”

Categories: Citizen Science, Events, Workshops

Citizen Science Academy: Bunny Slippers Optional

  When I first became involved in online professional development (PD) courses about 10 years ago, the casual approach to participation in terms of time and attire were often noted as desirable features. An often-touted advantage to online PD was that individuals could participate at 3 a.m. wearing pajamas and bunny slippers. Over the years, … Read more “Citizen Science Academy: Bunny Slippers Optional”

Categories: Citizen Science, Guest Contributor, Workshops

Citizen Scientists Go Back to School

It happens every year, and you’re right: it’s just not fair. After nearly three months of uninterrupted fun, gone are the barbeques, ball games and pool parties that dominated the summer schedule just as Labor Day signals the sudden arrival of the shorter, colder, and more structured days of the school year. But before you … Read more “Citizen Scientists Go Back to School”

Categories: Animals, Astronomy & Space, Biology, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Do-It-Yourself, Ecology & Environment, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Science Education Standards, Workshops

BioBlitz: Explore the National Parks with National Geographic

Attention all backyard explorers and rosebush whackers: this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Your days of leading patient parents on perilous neighborhood expeditions are over. Put down that “machete.” Stop mushing the dog. Grab your merit badges. The big leagues are calling, and they want you on their next adventure! This Friday, August … Read more “BioBlitz: Explore the National Parks with National Geographic”

Categories: Animals, Biology, Birds, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Education, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Science Education Standards, Workshops

Recycle, Reuse, Reboot: FreeGeek, A National Movement

Enter on the side of the building. Look carefully, or else you’ll miss the sign. Walk down the stairs and turn right. Never mind the lack of windows, dim lighting, and pungent smell of coffee grinds. You have now entered FreeGeek, an underground lair of a nonprofit that harnesses the power of local volunteers to … Read more “Recycle, Reuse, Reboot: FreeGeek, A National Movement”

Categories: Citizen Science, Computers & Technology, Do-It-Yourself, Science Education Standards, Workshops