Book Review: Introspection through citizen science

Busch, Akiko. The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science. Yale University Press, 2014. 256 pages. Paperback $US16.00 One evening as she was preparing dinner, Jennifer Doudna’s son noticed her laughing out loud.  The biochemist had been thinking about how bacteria have the ability to protect themselves by finding and clipping a virus’ DNA—CRISPR—a clever mechanism … Read more “Book Review: Introspection through citizen science”

Categories: Book Review, Citizen Science, Nature & Outdoors

Five ways to engage in science near you…outside.

SciStarter offers something for anyone who is curious or concerned about the natural world. In this edition, we highlight Fall projects the Girl Scouts are doing all across the nation. But anyone can participate in these projects! Girl Scouts USA and SciStarter have joined forces on the “Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey” featuring a handful of curated projects (some … Read more “Five ways to engage in science near you…outside.”

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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

All Water Is Connected: Citizen Scientists Monitor Virginia Water Quality

The Virginia Beach Blue Water Task Force works all twelve months of the year. When we visit the beach, water quality is the last thing most of us want to worry about. Virginia Beach receives more than 15 million tourists each year, and both the state Department of Health and a local branch of the … Read more “All Water Is Connected: Citizen Scientists Monitor Virginia Water Quality”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water, Project Profile

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Citizen Science in the Classroom: NASA Globe Observer Clouds

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: NASA Globe Observer Clouds”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Do-It-Yourself, Ecology & Environment, Education, Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Project Profile

Celebrate summer with citizen science!

Search for the Rusty Patched bee, track flood impacts, or use your surfboard as a water quality sensor. Planning a trip to the beach, a park, or a campsite? Here are six ways to contribute to real science while enjoying the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Computers & Technology, Ecology & Environment, Environment, Featured Projects, Geology & Earth Sciences, Girl Scouts, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water

Join #MissionMonarch

Do you live in Mexico, the United States, or Canada? Then starting tomorrow, you can join in the second International Monarch Monitoring Blitz. From July 28 to August 5, it’s time for #MissionMonarch. By joining in on the Blitz, you help identify the monarch butterfly’s breeding sites, a task essential to its survival. You can … Read more “Join #MissionMonarch”

Categories: Biology, Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, CitSci Research, Ecology & Environment, Events, Nature & Outdoors, Project Profile

A Global Effort to Protect Giraffes with Citizen Science

I read once that if you want to keep a giraffe in captivity you have to capture it when it is young because an adult giraffe will fight to the death to be free. The story was in the book “Zarafa” by Michael Allin, and while I don’t think the statement is scientifically correct, I … Read more “A Global Effort to Protect Giraffes with Citizen Science”

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Nature & Outdoors

Perfect your weighing and measuring skills with these projects!

Whether you’re a fan of imperial or metric, this past Sunday was the day to celebrate the way we measure our surroundings. What better way to celebrate a day dedicated to measurement than to participate in a citizen science project where you weigh (or measure) something for science? We’ve pulled together some special projects that … Read more “Perfect your weighing and measuring skills with these projects!”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Computers & Technology, Do-It-Yourself, Featured Projects, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter, Ocean & Water